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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:


Ancient Filipino Science

Filipinos’ deep and ancient culture is an exciting and intriguing exploration. The science behind indigenous practices of Filipinos and that of other groups reside in quantum. One cannot sufficiently explain or give justice to the validity of indigenous knowledge and practices if only material science is invoked. One cannot find deep alternative or quantum solutions to climate change and other seemingly hopeless challenges if ancient knowledge and practices is not invoked. Documentation and study necessitates looking at rituals, festivals, seemingly superstitious beliefs and practices; these bring the general condition of the area to one that is more akin to the intention of the community, farmers or individuals. They alter the subtle energy and formative forces of the place. One site one could go to for a journey to the past and the science application of the indigenous is I wrote earlier articles on the subject of indigenous seed practices, two of which may be found in  and in Dr. Boni Comandante has applied his scientific study to the sleeping fish, giant shell or taklobo, baybayin or ancient Filipino scripts , alternative student learning through dance and writing , terahertz and many more realms. And yes, to baybayin farming (will be featured later).

Schoolchildren dancing the Baybayin script. Learning is greatly enhanced through this movement.

Pam giving an introduction to Baybayin talk by Dr Bonifacio Comandante


Brain Plasticity and Transcendental Meditation with Dr Fred Travis

Dr Fred Travis explains what happens to the brain when someone practices the Transcendental Meditation technique.

All experiences changes the brain and nothing changes the brain like transcending. Fred Travis: Mr Lynch and Dr Hagelin gave a very compelling image of a Unified Field at the basis of our thought, at the basis of our behavior and these compelling images have concrete reality in the functioning of our brain. The quality of the functioning of your brain determines the quality of the functioning of your mind.

If you want a creative mind you need a creative brain. If you want a calm and alert mind you need a restful and alert brain. If you want a creative mind you need a creative brain. If you want a calm and alert mind you need a restful and alert brain. This relationship goes the other way as well – the brain not only generates experience but also each experience we have changes the brain.

Every time you see something, you hear something the words now going into your ears are creating this cascade of electrical activity in your brain. Individual neuron by individual neuron is sending the information and you have as if these connecting hands, we have this delicate network over your brain and that’s what lets you see. That’s what lets you decide and every time you have an experience that network gets a little stronger.

Your brain is a RIVER it’s not a ROCK. Indeed 70% of your brain cells change every day. What we have here is an example of 2 dendrites. Dendrites are where one cell takes in information and these little bumps that you see are called dendritic spines, this is where one neuron is communicating with this neuron. You have 100 billion neurons in your brain, each one get input from about 10,000 other neurons every second. You could imagine getting 10,000 phone calls every second and trying to integrate it together into one coherent output.

One of the most research ways to improve holistic brain function is through practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.

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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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”.