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working hand in hand with Mother Earth
treading lightly


‘If we want a firm foundation for morality, we must supply the soul with fuel in the form of knowledge of the truth.” “It all has to do with levels of self awareness.” Rudolf Steiner

“Earth has rooted us through our lives. Your message is your life lived. Your gift is your divine self expressed.” Rudolf Steiner has written and said, “Life is lived by 3 basic principles. Functionality, Adaptability, sustainability. It functions on having atrophied to the point of near dysfunctionality, it adapts and having adapted, it sustains itself. Life is eternal. All thing in life support life.” In other words: “Life seeks more life through the process of life itself.”

Land: Spaces of Love : The example of the Dashniks in Russia provide spaces to grow our own food.

A Dascha is one hectare of land. The Daschniks are those who live on Dascha (kind of like subsistence farmers). They make an impact in food security and due to the free life style they are a vacation destination for urbanites. Abundance and celebration are the messages from the Daschniks.

Anastasia says, “nature really is not wild, it is just unfamiliar to you – there are a great many plants that can help us cure all – and I mean all – existing diseases. These plants have been designed for that purpose, but Man has lost, or almost lost, the ability to identify them”.

In Neil Donald Walsch's book ‘Tomorrow's God,' when asked how humanity is going to progress, he answers, “The solutions to society are in hemp production.”

Tim Petherick writes, “The mission of the slow food movement is as follows. Slow food works to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread taste education and connect producers of excellent foods with co producers through events and initiatives.” “Take all the initiative for your actions on the farm out of the realm of the spirit, not out of the realm of money.” “Permaculture is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non material needs in a sustainable way.”

Bringing philosophy into action: Earthworms and the soil

“Nature is "God's living garment", J. W. von Goethe.

There is a natural harmony between microcosm and macrocosm. Like the universe is endless with stars, clusters, planets, galaxies and life, so the earth is endless with micro and macro bacteria and organisms.

Earthworms are truly miraculous creatures. Earthworms have five or more sets of double hearts. They do not have lungs and breathe through the whole surface of their skin. They have been called the doctors of the soil. Aristotle called earthworms, “the intestines of the earth.” Cleopatra ‘decreed that the earthworm be revered and protected by all her subjects as a sacred animal.' Earthworms create balance in the soil. Without balance there will be soil erosion and soil erosion is a forerunner to the fall of civilizations.

In the soil there is a Cation Exchange which is a push / pull relationship. This binds the soil together. Minerals and Organic Matter (macro & micro nutrients) like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium etc. are positively charged. They bind with water in a process called “Hydrogen bonding”. The water holds minerals and nutrients and is called “soil solution”. Roots are ionic (are negatively charged), and thus “pull” on the soil solution. This holds the soil in place at a molecular level. Therefore increasing the Organic matter in the soil  is essential.

Earthworm expert, Paula Osborn of Earthfirst has said : “ It has been calculated that if we raise the Organi Matter content of the soils to only 5% (30 cm in depth) we can effectively “sequester” 150 billion tons of CO2 into the soil. This would very quickly offset our carbon emissions.”

Composting is taking care of your organic waste and feeding it into the soil. As Richard Pocock says, 'No nutrients leave my property.”

There are many techniques for composting from freestyle composting to wormery's. Composting earthworms love organic waste from our kitchens as carbon is found in dried organic matter and nitrogen in green organic matter. Composting earthworms turn this organic waste into ‘black gold', which is compost of the highest grade. This process is known and used worldwide. It is called vermicomposting.

To work with composting worms one can build a wormery. Any container will do. Planter pots work the best. The base of the wormery can be lined with stones, then shade cloth (which serves as a filter and aids in harvesting). The lid can be loosely placed on top to protect the worms from the rain, insects and birds whilst also allowing ventilation. The worm bin should have drainage as a worm liquid full of nutrients and micro-organisms drips through the worm bin. This can be fed to plants, pot-plants and seedlings. The dark, loamy compost produced in the bin is the vermi-cast and can be harvested for the garden.

Go Barefoot!

Over and above what we can do for the soil is what the soil can do for us. The soil is the ultimate psychologist as at balances the emotions in the body. Establishing a connection with the earth is called grounding.

“Grounding allows worlds to merge and it allows you to access many worlds. It allows you to feel surges of energy and then to direct those surges of energy where you need them, when you need them to become super-human. A good way to ground yourself is to go outside and sit on the ground. Go outside and be in nature. Stand next to a tree. Or sit next to a tree for a while. Or put your chair in the sun and read a book with the sun shining on you. Or go swimming or put your feet in water. These are the elements. They make up the Earth so you can feel them.” Pleiadean Book

Walking barefoot on the open soil has a very positive effect. Imbalances within the body, particularly at an emotional level, can be balanced by the soil.

My experience of this was a meditation whereby the rhythm of the stamping of my bare feet on the soil matched the rhythm of the breath. As I breathed in repair, so I breathed out despair thus transforming negative into positive.

And come together: How gorgeous is the flow of life to see nature stand up and say no more petrol, no more war, no more global economy, no more pollution, no more waste. And with one breath and one thought we are jumping again to acknowledge the power of forgiveness in the soil but also to manifest a meditation for the great job that lies ahead in healing ourselves, in healing our relationships and in creating long and loving lasting bonds with every fibre of our being.

Music is the language of mother Earth. She communicates in what scientists call sound vibration. Music is the harmonic expression of sound vibration. Music is a language our body vehicle (avatar) and higher selves can speak together. It is therefore a form of meditation.

"Music has always had an effect on your spirit.  Music has always been able to reach the human part of you and touch your soul very quickly, especially if it's your favorite music. Now we tell you that music will become a form of communication that you will eventually use just as much as your words, because now the vibrations can reach you on much different levels." Uknown quote content portal : quote the source © 2013 Struan Douglas of AFRIBEAT.COM
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