Developing Clairsentience through Smell and Taste


In lecture seven of the Agriculture Course, farmers were encouraged to become clairsentient with regard to smell. Rudolf Steiner also gave similar advice to doctors, to develop in themselves a personal relationship to the world by training the senses, in particular the senses of smell and taste. Like the farmers, the doctors work with the substances of the earth, but move from nutrition to the realm of medicines. In these more detailed instructions he points to the fragrant aspects of the plant as the place where the etheric turns toward the astral, while in the substances which we taste, the etheric being of the plant turns more towards the mineral.