According to Steiner, Novalis can write about the most profound foundations of life because he was there when those foundations were laid. The most important moments in Christian history can be understood through Novalis because of his central role in the enactment of the mysteries of Christianity. Of course, the reader is free to surmise what you will out of pure study of Novalis’ work, but it is often found that an inner question about the works of this author arises, “From what source can such wisdom flow?”
Each individual is responsible for creating his own world by bringing what is inside of him to the perception of what is outside of him, and then determining his relationship to those perceptions for good or ill. Finding the bridge between the inner world of a thinker and the outer world of perception is the key to philosophy and the science of knowing. Perception gives us a chance to “know” something about the world and our relationship to it. But the real question is: What cans the observer know?
Yes, there were and still are Jesuit spies in Anthroposophy. I know this, because I was a Jesuit and I worked with well-known Anthroposophists that were Jesuits as well. Many friends and colleagues in the Society know that I speak this as truth as they have shared life events with me regarding that which I am about to reveal.