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The Four Ethers – gateway to deep understanding of “Quantum” approaches

One must delve into the discussion of the reality beyond our 5 senses or ordinary reality- of the four ethers, for example. There are some materials in the internet that offer an elaboration of the four ethers. One is a site on Phenomenology of Tom Van Gelder Get started on the discussion on ethers from the site mentioned, but remember that the topic may take sometime to make full sense, esp for one who is new in the subject of subtle energy or spiritual science (e.g., Anthroposophy):

The Four Ethers

Whereas you can perceive the elements as external phenomena, you can’t perceive the ethers directly. You can, however, perceive their effects through the elements. The elements are found on earth; they are bound to it and attracted to it. This is most clearly the case for the solid element, least so for the warmth element.

The opposite is true for the ethers. They arise from the environment and their effect runs counter to that of the earth’s gravitation. They work from the cosmos, and attract earthly matter. An example of such an ether working from the cosmos is light. You can observe the force of light when a seed germinates into a plant, which starts to grow and elongate upwards, breaks through the asphalt surface and grows towards the light. The plant grows away from the earth and towards the light, that is, towards the cosmos. Light gives the plant power to overcome gravity. The etheric force overcomes the weight of material substance.

There are four types of ether: warmth ether, light ether, chemical or tone ether and life ether:

  • Warmth ether is the etheric side of warmth: the inner, impulse-creating warmth or the warmth of enthusiasm that occurs as the intention that underlies actions. Its elemental counterpart is fire, or externally perceivable warmth. Warmth ether and warmth as an element are closely related.
  • Light ether illuminates everything and makes all material things visible. It is also the force which makes plants grow upwards and makes people stand and walk upright. Light ether corresponds to the air element.
  • Chemical or tone ether is the force that structures the development of phenomena and can be seen, for instance, in the natural succession of plant communities. Chemical ether corresponds to the water element.
  • Life ether is the force that makes an object and its environment appear as a unified whole. It is the force that unifies an object’s course of life. Life ether corresponds to the earth element.

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A Waldorf education mentor and friend, Horst Hellmann shared his article/notes- “Imaginative Thinking and the Four Ethers” (may read here). It is very insightful and calls for transformed educational approach and content such that students are made aware of the “forces” beyond the physical, and experience awe and wonder and reverence and gratitude toward nature. We need start this early or students become too calcified and earth-bound, and disregard the greater truth of things, nature and of humans. Then they also become incapacitated to harness their own imagination and creativity, which are necessary to meet current challenges in society and the world. The 4 ethers, when internalized, could lead us to greater understanding of why certain seemingly unscientific or superstitious practice do work. That includes plants responding to sound and movement.



Quantum Agriculture on Radio and an Exploration on Pseudoscience

Students’ Exploration on “Quantum Agriculture” on Radio, and my Exploration on “Pseudoscience”

Let me share with you what transpired here at UPLB last March 21, 2012. Development Communication students set up a panel discussion in their radio program “Do you AGRI?”.  The panelists were myself (considered agriculture scientist and promoting Quantum Agriculture), a Physics professor, and two undergraduate students pursuing fields in Agribiotech and Applied Physics. The proceedings may be  read here.

or heard here    (contracted version, in mixed language).

Students are asking … what is this “Quantum Agriculture” organism that people in campus are talking about? Some gladly receive it, while others seem perplexed, if not disturbed, and a number say that it is “PseudoScience” or not True Science (“suds” or science ?). It is indeed healthy to be skeptical because this attitude can be the beginning of deepening of one’s truth. I tend to be one, too, but can’t resist my inclination toward indigenous practices and knowledge systems. I am always intrigued with the science of “unexplained”, “amazing” or “out-of-the-box” practices and phenomena, especially in agriculture. Only later did I realize that these concepts and practices are labeled “pseudoscience” by some sectors or individuals. I feel confident, however, that the scientific explanations will continue to be revealed. Indeed, science is discovering new things that bring many of those in the list of pseudoscience their due “true science” status. In fact, many practices or concepts have already been taken off the list of Pseudoscience as scientific knowledge grew, and as scientists came to accept them. Thus, what would be more productive now is not to argue who or what is right but to try to understand that there is a more expanded definition of science, that science evolves and has a half-life, that it is not neutral, and that knowledge may be obtained through other processes. Read more here:

Intuitive Farming and Gardening

We try to separate the usual from the unconventional; the modern from the traditional. We say those old practices- the rituals, offerings, belief systems- are not scientific. Indigenous farming systems are quite rich in these practices. They have come down to us through inspiration, intuition, or simply via hand-me-down; Also by trial and error. We stripped them off from the mainstream agriculture practices, the so –called actual or direct practices. As we revitalize Organic Agriculture we slowly recognize their value. We see the farms thrive, and observe the difference in glow between a highly chemical farm or garden and an organic one. As farmers go deeper into organic something opens in them and they become more intuitive.

Because of our conditioning and training we tend to follow the mainstream which is chemical-based and reductionist. Thus the more unconventional or organic initiatives are more prevalent among those with non-agriculture background than the trained or certified agriculturists. While some enthusiasts do organic after deliberate study and training, others do it through intuition or gut feeling. How knowledge on practices is obtained is a very interesting subject worth a separate writing. The explosion of brain science or consciousness science makes us realize the power of the mind, consciousness, intention, prayers, meditation, or thought in crop and animal agriculture. Browse the slides here:

Power of Prayer in Plants and Seeds

Suffice to say that people can indeed tap the secrets of the universe given the right make-up and process. One person I like to cite is Walter Russell. He is referred to as the man who tapped the secrets of the universe.

A book about him and his secrets has been written by Glen Clark.

Watch here for a video about him:

and a review of the book is also available in video form here.

We all have the opportunity to do the tapping of the universe on a daily basis, but others do it more strongly or on a more sustained basis. They have bursts of “aha moments” that make them great inventors, mathematicians, physicists or discoverers. Deliberate tapping may be exemplified by shamanism and other modalities where certain practices (such as rituals) are done and the person becomes more open to the truths of nature.

Intuitive farming may be said to be one of the practices under Quantum Agriculture. Dr. Henk Kieft gave his classification of quantum agriculture in an article “Quantum agriculture: bridging frontline physics and intuitive knowledge of nature?”. The paper may be read here:

Discussions referring to or about Intuitive farming abound in the internet; the following are some of my finds- with prominence of Findhorn and Perelandra gardens:


Energetic Agriculture




Shamanism    Shamanism… the cosmic serpent : DNA and the and the origins of knowledge Q&A with Jeremy. The following also contains such interview and some video interviews of Jeremy:   Narby by Todd Stewart:  Videos and Summary of Narby’s book: Research indicates that shamans access an intelligence, which they say is nature’s, and which gives them information that has stunning correspondences with molecular biology…. Your hypothesis of a hidden intelligence contained within the DNA of all living things is interesting. What is this intelligence?… Intelligence comes from the Latin inter-legere, to choose between. There seems to be a capacity to make choices operating inside each cell in our body, down to the level of individual proteins and enzymes. DNA itself is a kind of “text” that functions through a coding system called “genetic code,” which is strikingly similar to codes used by human beings. Some enzymes edit the RNA transcript of the DNA text and add new letters to it; any error made during this editing can be fatal to the entire organism; so these enzymes are consistently making the right choices; if they don’t, something often goes wrong leading to cancer and other diseases. Cells send one another signals, in the form of proteins and molecules. These signals mean: divide, or don’t divide, move, or don’t move, kill yourself, or stay alive. Any one cell is listening to hundreds of signals at the same time, and has to integrate them and decide what to do. How this intelligence operates is the question. … DNA has essentially maintained its structure for 3.5 billion years. What role does DNA play in our evolution?… DNA is a single molecule with a double helix structure; it is two complementary versions of the same “text” wrapped around each other; this allows it to unwind and make copies of itself: twins! This twinning mechanism is at the heart of life since it began. Without it, one cell could not become two, and life would not exist. And, from one generation to the next, the DNA text can also be modified, so it allows both constancy and transformation. This means that beings can be the same and not the same. One of the mysteries is what drives the changes in the DNA text in evolution. DNA has apparently been around for billions of years in its current form in virtually all forms of life. The old theory—random accumulation of errors combined with natural selection—does not fully explain the data currently generated by genome sequencing. The question is wide open…. The structure of DNA as we know it is made up of letters and thus has a specific text and language. You could say our bodies are made up of language, yet we assume that speech arises from the mind. How do we access this hidden language?… By studying it. There are several roads to knowledge, including science and shamanism… The symbol of the Cosmic Serpent, the snake, is a central theme in your story, and in your research you discover that the snake forms a major part of the symbology across most of the world’s traditions and religions. Why is there such a consistent system of natural symbols in the world? Is the world inherently symbolic?… This is the observation that led me to investigate the cosmic serpent. I found the symbol in shamanism all over the world. Why? That’s a good question. My hypothesis is that it is connected to the double helix of DNA inside virtually all living beings. And DNA itself is a symbolic Saussurian code. So, yes, in at least one important way, the living world is inherently symbolic. We are made of living language.

Some books and readings that helped me through in the quest for the science of the “non-material” or “quantum” practices in agriculture are  the following:

When you are cast with doubt, just be open and consider that we have barely scratched the surface of truth about the world. Commit to study and knowledge shall be added un to you…

Scientific Advances in Agriculture, Medicine and Societal Change By Nicanor G. Perlas

My Quantum Agriculture stirrings started in the 1990′s with Biodynamic Agriculture and Indigenous Knowledge. Betsy (Ma Helenita) Gamela of the Don Bosco Diocesan Youth Center, Inc., in Makilala, Cotabato had given me an early deep insight about Biodynamics which is occasionally posted in the media or the internet (examples are this one and another one).

An earlier documentation about her initiative may be read in a chapter of a book which I edited- Compendium on Sustainable Agriculture. Perspectives and Strategies of Advocates and Practitioners in the Philippines- by UNDP.

The book cover may be viewed here:  and Betsy’s paper is the fourth one among the 4 NGO presentations herein:  SustainableAgricultureBiodynamicsArticle.pdf .

Then a lecture at UPLB by Nick Perlas was held in 2004.  A transcription of this talk on “Scientific Advances on Agriculture, Medicine and Societal Change”, which emphasized non-material aspects (I call these “quantum”), is available here ScientificAdvancesinAgricultureWithNickPerlas.pdf .   Two meetings were subsequently held that same day, attended by some members of PABINHI: farmers , NGOs and academe staff.

Nick gave other lectures at UPLB, one of which was on ” Deep Spirituality in Agriculture” , held in 2006 (this was earlier posted in this same site).

Much earlier (early 1990′s), Nick already wrote a comprehensive article on the “Second Scientific Revolution” . Read article here:
You will see that the new things being talked about now were already known before and were popular elsewhere). Further writings embody the same but more updated concepts. One of these is the  “Science of the Impossible” (may be downloaded here: .

It has been 8 years since, and what Nick said then are only now starting to be talked about in the academic community. The outside community is more ahead in the understanding, accepting and the applying of these new scientific advances than the academia.

Dance, Inner Dance, Eurythmy, Indigenous dances like the Sinulog: Their effect on Plants

Dance has an effect on the viewer and the watcher. But what about on plants? This is a question that many don’t think much about… Rituals with dances during different stages of crop growth are being performed by a community of people or by special members such as shamans and other spirit-filled people. I had a brief taste of eurythmy (“visible” speech; and inner dance and they haunt me to tell their story in relation to plants. They are not just movements to heal people. They can be also an impulse to express into art. Johnny Danganan has brought his Inner Dance (as found by Pi Villaraza- ; into some kind of quantum touch and healing, and ART (  ). These dances may be used to change the atmosphere’s vibration and life giving forces and thus affect crop and seedling growth. My work is on seeds but my exploration on the subject, the link on dance and seed is still at stage 1 (curiosity and reflection). Yet I gather initial evidence and testimony from friends- that seed germination and vigor, seedling and plant growth form  respond to different “letters” when delivered as movement or dance form. Like sound or words and music, movement also affects the atmosphere and other aspects of nature entangled with it. We shall explore this farther… for now I believe that inner meditative dance and movement are very much a way to connect to the source, through a very strong cosmic antenna, the human body in which the spirit resides. For the Cebuanos, the effect of Sinulog dance ( ; ; ) on plants would be intriguing to know…

Some other links

inner dance:


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A new wave of change is here. This wave permeates all aspects of human and earth existence. On the other hand, new knowledge is being revealed and new tools are being developed to answer current challenges: illnesses, pests and diseases, climate changes, calamities, etc. Approaches have been 2-pronged: one hangs on to the old mechanistic reductionist model, the other explores what is beyond that, as well as the fundamental role of human beings in addressing all these challenges in a synthesis way. Einstein’s premise is that we cannot find solution to our problems with approaches that come from the same framework that created the problem in the first place. These solutions must be coming from outside the box. And that outside the box space has been there all along, among ancient practices and teachings, and is now confirmed by the new science of “quantum”.