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Organic Quantum Food

Organic Quantum Food
My interest in Quantum Agriculture naturally extends to food. To be holistic, we should care about what we eat, and how we eat… Below are my thoughts that further give light to my food interest:
1. Organic food may still be not sustainable… it may still not help improve the lot of the bigger group. It may also just reside in the level of safety and material nourishment. Organic food that are certified or labelled as such are also mostly expensive or imported. There is even a question as to how authentically organic they are.

2. Food is our medicine. “Quantumized” food will effect quantumized healing (see the powerpoint prepared on Quantum Food). There are many who are sick and seek solutions that deal only with symptoms or which exclude transformation in lifestyle and ways of thinking.

3. Quantum food spiritualizes the human being. Only a strong united front of spiritual (conscious) and committed people can change the world. Food impacts on the thinking, feeling and willing-doing. Rudolf Steiner contends that the future of mankind hinges on nutrition and here food with high life force is the key. Such food translates to higher consciousness, to higher discernment, and to and increased or a developed WILL. And is it not that the problem of our society these days is basically lack of consciousness and a lame will power?

4. Food is key in societal transformation. Victor Landa says this: By the Spiritual Food for the New Millennium initiative we are trying to convey that through Biodynamic Agriculture we are feeding the physical and the spiritual bodies of both man and the planet. http://www.schooloflife.org/sfnm/forcesoflife.htm

I wrote an article on ”Quantum Food” for a presentation in the university in 2008 (click here to download). The accompanying “Quantum Organic Food”  presentation (slides in powerpoint) has morphed through the years and may be viewed here. I variously use it to explain what that kind of food that is needed for a quantum leap in societal transformation.

My food journey has been helped by advanced-soul friends and their sharing or talks/seminars which dwell on raw food, organic food, quantumized food, etc. Let me share some with you…

Dr. Susan Balingit (M.D.) was generous and kind to give talks in my classes or events in campus (2006, 2009). Her topic and passion is about “Agriculture, for Wellness or for Illness?” (read here). One could find some reference to her advocacy and practice in the following links:
1) http://www.prrm.org/publications/comhab13/rediscovering.htm Rediscovering indigenous food in Quezon, Palawan
2) http://bosombuddy.org/stay.html Stay Healthy
3) http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/20070817-83208/Health_advocates_say_indigenous_food_healthy  Health advocates say indigenous food healthy


Judy Barber (http://judy-barber.com//) has inspired me to deepen my understanding and practice some of her teachings on raw food. A transcription of a workshop session with her on “Raw and Living Food” may be read here.

Ursula Schloer is a friend who continues to shower me with her thoughts and finds about subtle energies. She introduced me to the realm of raw food. My notes during a visit with her and on various talks that she delivered, as well as articles that she wrote, may be read here… the titles of the four articles are:
1. RAW FOOD
2. SIMPLE COCONUT SECRETS
3. SIMPLY RAW
4. ENERGY AND HARMONY SPECTROMETER – PENDULUM – WAVES – FREQUENCIES

I also included here my notes on a session in 2005 with another food and alternative medicine teacher-practitioner, Boy Ortilla (click here to read).

Anthroposophy and the works of its founder, Dr. Rudolf Steiner has given me the backbone and meat of my scientific exploration on food. Here are some articles that could further deepen one’s understanding on matters that relate to food:
1. Problems of Nutrition. A Lecture By Rudolf Steiner. Munich, January 8, 1909 http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/19090108p01.html
2. Nutrition and Health. Lecture I: Nutrition and Health http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA/GA0354/19240731p01.html

3. Nutrition and Health. Lecture II: Nutrition and Health http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA/GA0354/19240802p01.html

4. Agriculture Course: Lecture 8 http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/Agri1958/19240616p01.html

5. Foundations of Esotericism: Lecture XXX http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/FoundEsoter/19051104p01.html

6. Agriculture Course: Preface BYcEHRENFRIED PFEIFFER, M.D. (HON.) http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/Agri1958/Ag1958_preface.html

7. On the Sheath: Lecture Three: Intestines, Mesentery and Digestion http://wn.rsarchive.org/RelAuthors/KoenigKarl/OntheSheath/19471004p01.html

 

By the way, here is an interesting take by a Steiner on alcohol…http://888spiritualscience.blogspot.com/2007/10/rudolf-steiner-on-alcohol.html

… and a few quotes related to food, nutrition and their link to agriculture, and especially to Spirituality and Food:http://www.schooloflife.org/sfnm/farmers.html
“ The following passage taken from the preface of the book, Agriculture, by Rudolf Steiner is very enlightening concerning the transcendental aspect of properly grown food. A challenging question posed by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer to him was: “How can it happen that the spiritual impulse, and especially the inner schooling, for which you are constantly providing stimulus and guidance bear so little fruit? Why do the people concerned give so little evidence of spiritual experience, in spite of all their efforts? Why, worst of all, is the will for action, for the carrying out of these spiritual impulses so weak?”….. He goes on to say, “I was particularly anxious to get an answer to the question as to how one could build a bridge to active participation and the carrying out of spiritual intentions, without being pulled off the right path by personal ambition, illusions and petty jealousies, for these were the negative qualities Rudolf Steiner had named as the main inner hindrances.” (emphasis added)
Then came the thought-provoking and surprising answer: “THIS IS A PROBLEM OF NUTRITION.”… “NUTRITION AS IT IS TODAY DOES NOT SUPPLY THE STRENGTH NECESSARY FOR MANIFESTING THE SPIRIT IN PHYSICAL LIFE. A BRIDGE CAN NO LONGER BE BUILT FROM THINKING TO WILL AND ACTION. FOOD PLANTS NO LONGER CONTAIN THE FORCES PEOPLE USED FOR THIS.”
Biodynamic farming and ayurvedic farming: http://www.schooloflife.org/sfnm/farmers.html ”THIS IS A PROBLEM OF NUTRITION…” was the astonishing reply that Dr. Rudolf Steiner gave to Ehrenfried Pfeiffer when he asked why is it that your followers to whom you give so much spiritual impulse seem to be having so little spiritual growth. He continues:

“NUTRITION AS IT IS TODAY DOES NOT SUPPLY THE STRENGTH NECESSARY FOR MANIFESTING THE SPIRIT IN PHYSICAL LIFE. A BRIDGE CAN NO LONGER BE BUILT FROM THINKING TO WILL AND ACTION. FOOD PLANTS NO LONGER CONTAIN THE FORCES PEOPLE USED FOR THIS.”
This quote from the inspiring lectures of Dr. Steiner published in the book “Agriculture” speaks very clearly of the role of Biodynamic farming in the process of human and planetary evolution.
The following article is an interpretation of Dr. Steiner’s message to the Biodynamic farmer as seen by one who is totally new to the area of farming and is extremely impressed by the scope and depth of the farmer’s role in a spiritual process.
Dr. Steiner reminds us of the need for meditation. It seems but natural, then, that the farm becomes a learning center for the spiritual truth of man. Victor Landa October 1997

My “quantum food” term includes “spiritual food”. Here are some links on the subject:
http://www.schooloflife.org/sfnm/newspfindex.htm
http://www.schooloflife.org/sfnm/background.htm
http://www.schooloflife.org/sfnm/eating.htm

Why Spiritual Food
Diet being one of the important elements in the practice of yoga, we were led to search for good quality food. The role of the process of growing the food was important to make the choice, which was not difficult once we found the form of agriculture offered by Rudolf Steiner. This form of agriculture not only ensures extraordinary nutritional value from a physical point of view– that means mineral and vitamin content, etc. –but nutritional value from a spiritual perspective, since it includes the integration of positive, subtle cosmic and human forces. Additionally, the farmers practicing this form of agriculture, at the time when we started our search, were joined in a cohesive manner by a common denominator: the teachings of Anthroposophy, a Spiritual Science, as defined by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of this school of thought. The method was not meant to be exclusive; the proof is that nowadays it is practiced all over the world by farmers and individuals that have come to the realization of the great benefits that it brings for humans and the planet as a whole, since its emphasis is on healing the soil. Our admiration was expressed in writing in Biodynamic Farmer: Backbone of a Spiritual (R)evolution, published in 1997. As we approached the organization that groups the farmers in the USA, we found our capacities could contribute to the effort of supporting this form of agriculture, threatened by the commercial “all for profit” tendency increasingly dominating this field of human activity with nefarious consequences for the health of human beings and the planet… That is when A Plan of Action was designed, that gave birth to Spiritual Food for the New Millennium, which represents a commitment to develop a concerted effort to support the movement by offering a venue to facilitate the contact between farmers and users. The potential that this symbiosis had to contribute to bring peace to the planet is described in Peaceful (R)evolution, which details how food grown in this manner, with positive subtle forces, enhances the natural spiritual nature of man in his search for inner peace. This special food, then, is the ideal support for the practice of Yoga that leads us to the attainment of self-realization, or perfect inner peace… Articles published in Pathways magazine report the coming to light of the project. The Spiritual Food for the New Millennium article explains the importance of this form of agriculture. The article “Eating: A Spiritual Practice” explains how food has such an important impact on our process of spiritual growth. Finally “Forces of Life Within You” covers the potential to bring about a societal transformation, by going back to the root of societal organization—“agriculture”—land stewardship, and the responsibility and possibilities that are open to us as human beings endowed with reasoning capacity and free will. It is a clear exposition of what we can do within our means (as ordinary folks, busy with everyday life activities) to bring about a transformation towards the positive… Further work in this area led us to realize that the number of farms that were strictly following Rudolf Steiner’s guidelines could not provide the whole spectrum of food that was needed. Another important step was then taken: to establish a classification system that would allow us to evaluate farms that– while not following strictly, or all of, Rudolf Steiner’s recommendations; or having introduced variations that could mean enhancement; or using alternative approaches, but maintaining the same principles–were still delivering quality produce, preserving the environment, and healing the soil. The result of this was Spiritual Farms. Farm classification gives more detailed information about the procedures used to classify the farms.

On raw food and Steiner
Raw foods contain the sunlight energies that are stored in their tissues through the process of photosynthesis. He believed that the spiritual progress of humanity as a whole would be enhanced by a progressive increase in a vegetarian eating pattern. Conversely, he felt that a meat/flesh eating diet would exert a negative influence regarding an interest in spiritual life. According to Steiner, plants supply us with their store of the outer light of the sun, which stimulates our INNER light during the process of assimilation. The light released by the plant world helps to stimulate, form and maintain our nervous system. In this way, the taking in of plant food makes a cyclic connection of our inner light with the outer light of the solar system and plant world… This is a common belief in the practice of Anthroposophical medicine. Steiner said “Nothing clouds the nervous system when nourishment comes from the plant realm. Humanity can more easily delve into the cosmic interrelationships which take place beyond the constricted limitation of the mundane personality.”… According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, “A strong solar resonance field promotes the evolution of humanity to reach our full potential as human ‘sun beings’. Light supports evolution, and a lack of photons in our bodies hinders it. Light and consciousness are interconnected. Rudolf Steiner taught that the release of the outer light into our systems stimulates the release of an equal amount of inner light within ourselves. The more we increase our ability to absorb and assimilate light, the more conscious we become. The more we transform ourselves by enhancing our absorption of light, the more we become that light.” ~ Source: Conscious Eating http://www.waldorfhomeschoolers.com/the-problem-of-nutrition-the-praise-of-raw-food

On Biophotons and Food matters
1. Live Food & Biophotons – Gabriel Cousens M.D. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ9vKyxS4AQ

2. WHAT FOODS ARE HIGH IN BIOPHOTONS?
http://www.livestrong.com/article/550181-what-foods-are-high-in-biophotons/
3. If Your Food Glows, You Will Glow
http://experiencelife.com/survival-of-the-fittest/tag/biophotons/
4. The Live Food Factor: A Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet by Susan Schenck, L.Ac., M.T.O.M. (acupuncture and oriental medicine) . Review by Kirt Nieft . Copyright © 2011 by Kirt Nieft. All rights reserved.
http://www.beyondveg.com/nieft-k/rvw/live-food-factor.shtml
5. The Science of Biophotons:
Part 1- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCYQHA-nNzI
Part 2- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isE7e0UhMGI&feature=relmfu


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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.

http://www.rustymicrophone.com/rm09_wr.html.

A book about him and his secrets has been written by Glen Clark. http://www.feandft.com/The%20Man%20Who%20Tapped%20the%20Secrets%20of%20the%20Universe%20-%20by%20Glenn%20Clark%20(Walter%20Russell).pdf.

Watch here for a video about him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U-WAtgan0A

and a review of the book is also available in video form here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b8zDn9QCok.

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:

http://www.movingworldviews.net/Downloads/Papers/Kieft.pdf

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:

http://www.intuitivegardening.com/intuitive_gardening/intuitive.html

http://www.transforming-child-behavior.com/machaelle-small-wright.html

http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/

http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/PDF/PP11_What_is_Nature_Intelligence.pdf

http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/pdf/perelandra_eop_brochure.pdf

http://loveforlife.com.au/content/08/08/11/perelandra-center-nature-research

http://www.evera-ecosophy.com.au/Article%20Pages/ecosophia.html

http://practicingperelandra.wordpress.com/

https://www.panosun.org/E-EoP.html

http://www.unconventionalwoman.com/meaning-aamp-purpose-resourcemenu-4/earth-connection-resourcemenu-25/277-communicating-with-nature.html

http://livingnewstories.com/stories/earth-nature/perelandra-cocreative-science/interview-with-dorothy-maclean

 

Energetic Agriculture

http://www.geomantica.com/geom20.htm

http://www.permacultureireland.ie/articles/energetic-agriculture/

 

Findhorn

http://www.findhorn.org/aboutus/vision/history/

http://www.organicmattersmag.com/features/15-findhorn-organic-oasis-in-a-world-of-conflict

http://www.livingroutes.org/programs/e_findhorn.htm

http://sageplace.com/change_findhorn_meaning_transformation.htm

http://www.carolriddell.co.uk/Findhorn%20C%20Intro%20%26%20Ch1.html

 

Shamanism

http://deoxy.org/narbystew.htm    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:

http://www.puppetgov.com/2012/05/22/the-cosmic-serpent/   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:

http://www.lynnemctaggart.com/

http://www.subtleenergies.com/ormus/tw/review.htm

http://www.rickhanson.net/writings/measuring-the-immeasurable

http://www.amazon.com/Measuring-Immeasurable-Scientific-Case-Spirituality/dp/1591796547

http://planetvermont.com/pvq/v8n2/book-review.html

http://www.colloidaltraceminerals.net/Secrets%20of%20soil.htm

http://www.odeion.org/petertompkins/work3.htm

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…

Alternative Learning through Quantum Agriculture

I am trying out a course in the academe. It is entitled Quantum Agriculture. I am also boldly infusing other courses that I teach with quantum concepts. Colleagues have a hard time following my logic. It is simple. A concept may be presented in various ways and at different levels. Quantum concepts do not conflict with those already contained in a curriculum. They simply bring one back to the synthesis level. From matter or material science to energy and information level. Understanding then becomes deep and comprehensive. There is another aspect in my teaching that makes students express what they imbibed through another avenue… through their heart or right brain… through arts and music. Earlier I posted a video produced by some students. Poems are other expressions in the course. Here are three poems by Mark Parducho, after his experience in a big event- Syensaya or Fun Science- where we featured Quantum Agriculture. The posters in pdf version may be seen here…

It is (seed)

In the book, in the box, in the drawer,
On a bread, in the fruit from a flower,
Or even floating on flowing river
These are seeds which we can find everywhere.
It is one of the best blessings from God,
Where complex things are embedded inside.
From a simple little thing to a bud,
Then to a plant where air and light collide.
It could lift our lives from ground to above,
Relieve us from pain to be as free as dove.
It’s a majestic curing that they and us have,
That would become better with our touch of love.
All we knew ‘bout them are not peculiar,
So we try to seek for unfamiliar.
Let’s go beyond our imagination,
And try to break the walls of restriction
&&&&&&&&

What a Seed

The air we breathe, light and heat,
Earth and water these are all we need
Able to mold, construct and build
A mysterious thing we call seed
Rushing water brought the chaos
But through rhythms of the cosmos
It had stabilized all the flaws
Thanks to the different concepts and laws.
Each has its own spirit in line,
But we try to mess with this design
And then we’re committing a crime
By modifying them each time.
We just can’t take them as they are,
Because of our greed and desire.
But it’s not late to start a fire
And make a spark on a rusty wire.

&&&&&&&

At First… quantum exhibit

At first, it was like a required work
Just like the pairing of spoon and fork,
Until experience had knocked on the door
And let it enter and take my floor
At first, I don’t know what to find
I think I was lost like an abandoned blind,
But there was something that whispered in my mind
That brought me to a spot where spells have bind.
At first…all was at first
Never thought knowledge would burst
Just like a magic breaking a curse
A divine water that relieves my thirst.

&&&&&&&

Let me also present another student project: Man in the Mirror, a video made by Juni Frio and Zeta Sanchez. The students advocate change starting with self. Education is self-reflection.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aMw6FTEjRU

THE BIODYNAMIC WORKSHOP – An Outer & inner Quest for Sustainable Farming


Thirty-four people from Luzon to Mindanao gathered at the Vidar Garden 2.0 at Libongcogon, Iloilo to participate in the 5-day (Aug. 17 to 21) Biodynamic workshop facilitated by Nick Perlas.  Many were farmers, some educators, doctors, hobby gardeners, religious, mothers, and businessmen.

 

The first hours in the morning were spent in observation of nature. Learning to observe,  immersing oneself, listening.   Nick had thankfully prepared a narrow gravel pathway edged with bamboo.  Beside this pathway was deep muddy sludge.  Sunflowers and zinnias and mature okras lined the path.  The farm itself is edged by trees.  There is a river running nearby.  This is originally a swampy area with heavy clay soil.  Soil was dug up to raise the farming area thereby forming ponds and trenches.  A diversity of weeds and grasses abound making the area ahaven for wildlife.   Those who did not take the matter of bringing boots seriously had a surprise.  They had to trudge in the mud.  Joffel, a farmer, enjoyed being barefoot and we secretly admired his feeling of freedom.   Nick brought us to the compost piles, one a BD compost, another one, an organic compost.  Our untrained noses were challenged to smell the difference.

Every day early mornings and late afternoons were spent outdoors before the heat of the day descends in full blast.  We were blessed in that most days were sunny. As if by arrangement it rained before and after the workshop week.  We prepared a plot (1×10 m) from scratch.  Wild grasses were cut and their resistant roots dug up.  A trench was dug to bring soil up for the plot.  34 pairs of hands helped in crumbling the clay soil, our hands happily squeezing the mud.  We took turns making a vortex from a BD preparation with water.  Then this solution was sprinkled on the new plot.  The next day we transplanted lettuce seeds after which we spread a mulch of dried rice straw to prevent compaction from rain and from the soil drying up.

Following the BD sowing calendar, we started lettuce seeds by wetting tissue paper.  Each one also planted Terry’s sweet papaya seeds in black bags, including an avocado.  One afternoon was spent in preparing a BD compost from scratch which included using the BD preparations 502 to 507.  These preparations stimulate the life energies of the pile, and are used to “manage the formative life forces that abound in the farm”.

Our workshop indoors challenged us to answer questions like Why am I here?Why did we start with a walk around the farm? What did I observe on the field? What are the hazards of chemical farming? What and where is the plant?  A plant study was made by groups one afternoon.  We observed patterns in the plant growth (of expansion and contraction) and other phenomena.  We answered the question What is the spiritual function of food?, and came to realize that eating processed food, junk food, chemical laden foods or chemical-mimicking food is actually blocking the body from being a worthy receptacle for the divine.

A sharing from Gilbert of Dumaguete Mission Node with promptings from Teresa re China’s rice production problems….led us, in short, to the 3 gorges dam project in China is a failure.  Many parts of China is drying up, even lakes.  China is looking into other countries including the Philippines to lease huge tracts of land to grow rice to export and feed the Chinese.  They will use our land and our people to grow rice for them.  Many questions arise.  Will they require the use of chemical farming?  What about our own needs to feed our own people?  Gilbert is encouraged to write about this in more detail to the MISSION group.

We come up with more questions.  How do we revive the respect for agriculture?  How do we bring back the dignity due to the farmer?  We see that in working the land these past few days, we were sweating, huffing and puffing.  We are suddenly made aware of the hard work our farmers give to be able to produce and feed us real food.  We realize that, as the workshop ended, our baby steps towards biodynamic  farming are just beginning.

 

Report by
Esther Windler
MISSION Dumaguete

 

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WAVE OF CHANGE

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”.