From the tiniest flower
To the largest pumpkin,
From the most ungainly weed
Or compost microorganism
To the hungriest slug,
Every part of your garden
Has intrinsic beauty, intelligence, and worth.
Connecting with it
And brings radiance to you both.
I have taught these classes to children and adults, novice and experienced gardeners. I teach skills with each of these points, and I tell anecdotes that illustrate how they apply to familiar experiences. As an example of the first point about garden bonding, here is a post on Love and a Green Thumb, with notes for a meditative approach:
Rosi has been gardening on Findhorn and Theosophical principles since 1977, and using Perelandra principles since 2000. Learn Deva Communion principles to gain cooperation from and learn communion with Nature, for personal or planetary healing.
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Many people complain–“I don’t have a green thumb. I can’t get anything to grow.” The charm and magic of a green thumb is cooperating with the intelligence in plants. Half is knowledge or information about the needs and cycles of plants. The other half is love. I leave the information part to you and your garden mentors, Google search, public library or bookstore. I will address the heart issues here.
Most people who find they have a green thumb love their gardening, and most of them talk to the plants. They may not admit it until they are 90 years old, have dementia and don’t care what anyone thinks of them, but nearly every elderly gardener I have worked with talks to their plants.
You don’t need to talk out loud to your plants, especially if you garden in an urban setting, have nosy neighbors, and are worried that they might doubt your sanity. You can speak softly, or even silently. Plants don’t hear the spoken word so much as the language of the heart.
I am not referring to the discardable love of movies. Rather, the real love that is needed to open up a two-way communication with anyone, especially with the plant world. Because plants can tell a phony from the real thing.
One example is Marion who keeps thinking she needs to go home to her deceased parents and husband. She is a lifelong gardener, really loves plants, especially vegetables, but doesn’t like to talk about the mushy stuff, and has a great sense of humor. She transplants lettuce starts or tomatoes, and then says “Grow, damn you!” in a commanding voice. They sometimes grow better than the plants that I speak kindly to. They are listening to Marion’s lifelong love.
Many people find they feel more peaceful in the garden. Some find it calms their stresses, a form of active meditation. Talking with your garden is no different.
We can communicate more easily with our gardens when we use our hearts. Our hearts send our electromagnetic signals just like our brain waves. When our hearts and brains are in coherence, we feel better and our health improves. Below is an exercise similar to one from the HeartMath Institute.
To help develop your green thumb, focus on what you love about your garden. Feel your heart expanding with appreciation. Visualize or notice the beautiful flowers or bulbs, the seedlings that you anticipate will become a head of lettuce, summer squash, tomatoes, onions or radishes. Or your busy compost heap, full of enthusiastic little red wigglers or earthworms, ready to transform your soil to healthy humus. Feel your heart open. Let go of all fears, release all thoughts just for the moment, and go into silence. Feel the love.
When you love something or someone, it is easier to get that heart-brain coherence to open up communication. Notice how fast your green thumb sprouts up next.
The author has been gardening on Findhorn and Theosophical principles since 1977, and using Perelandra principles since 2000. Contact her through the form below to schedule a class or enjoy a bodywork session using Deva Communion principles to discover what’s really happening in your body, and learn cooperation and communion with your body’s innate intelligence.
Genetically engineered (GE) crops are the cancer of the plant world. Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) spread irregularly, by wind, insects, and other pollinating agents, infecting stands of healthy, non-modified crops.
GE crops are less productive and more costly. Their long term health hazards are unknown. They have been engineered by companies or by scientists who refuse to care about the consequences, except for predatory profits. Cancer is characterized by irregular growth of cells that spreads in unpredictable ways. It is often stimulated by environmental toxins or failure to consider the consequences of known risks. Unlike human body cancers, there is no research to cure GMO disease. However, if the cause can be seen as unregulated human minds, there are cures for that.
Many nations have banned the farming or importation of GE crops. They recognize that the biodiversity of our planetary food supply is at risk. And perhaps their farmers have already suffered the loss of livelihood from GMO crops.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, engineered by Monsanto. Roundup is a weed killer, that destroys enzymes necessary for metabolic pathways in the plants. It is also implicated in harming the microbiome of our gut, possibly contributing to multiple diseases.
In 2018, a California court decided Roundup was liable for cancer. A UN agency also reported it to be a “probable carcinogen”. Even supposedly inert ingredients in Roundup contribute to the toxicity. This harm is passed on to anyone who eats it.
It is present throughout the food supply in the US, at this time, even appearing in wines and beers! To avoid the toxicity, purchase only organic produce and foods. Alternatively, meticulous washing and handling of inorganic produce can remove most of the residue.
In order for crops to not be destroyed by Roundup, Monsanto has created GMO crops that resist this toxicity.
Monsanto Roundup-resistant crops are engineered to be non-viable, requiring farmers to purchase new seed from Monsanto annually. This has destroyed the livelihoods of poor farmers around the world, who used to save seed from their own crops to plant subsequent ones.
In addition, GMO pollen becomes a malignant blight. These incursions on the self-sufficiency of farmers has not gone unnoticed. The international opposition has been so fierce that Monsanto has closed down plans to produce GE wheat.
GMO’s do not only affect crops. Research at the University of Hawaii is directed towards native plant species for pharmaceutical purposes. They threaten to contaminate the gene pool of Hawaii’s uniquely adapted ecological niche, something that has already happened to staple heirloom corn varieties in Central America. When we consider all the fragile eco-systems that are at risk of introduction of GMO’s, we cannot calculate our losses. What can be done to cure a disease that has already spread so widely?
I am grateful for the successful efforts by activists and nations to stop the spread of GE crops. However, what our Earth is facing now demands a solution beyond politics.
Human minds hold the seeds for our destruction. And regulation of our minds may hold the seeds for our salvation. Physics of consciousness is not just a curiosity. And the science of how our minds can change our physical world and change even genetic diseases is only just starting to be explored.
Many of you have already engaged in mindfulness meditation. Many of you recognize how you can calm your emotions, organize your thoughts, increase equanimity, and develop more love and compassion. Some of you have found that your focused intention can at least transform, and sometimes even completely heal your own body.
Let’s see what we can do for GMO disease.
One time I was growing a stand of corn at an elder facility, Oatfield Estates, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Even though the corn was from organic seed, I was aware that it was not isolated enough to be protected from GMO pollen contamination. It was at the tassel stage. I felt deep compassion and love for my frail elderly mothers and fathers. I intended that they not be harmed by this innocent-appearing corn.
I had an inspiration, and asked the devas of corn, deva of that particular corn variety, and the devas of GMO’s to please replace any genetically modified genes with regular corn genes. A friend who had taken my Deva Communion workshop was with me. We both saw the field of corn glow with light!
This is only my experience. To have scientific credibility, others need to experience this. So, I am offering this to any organic, biodynamic or permaculture farmers: to teach you how to do this for no charge. You will learn to attune to your plants, communicate with the Devas of nature and co-creatively remove any GMO’s from your crop. The crop must be in an optimum growing stage so it can regenerate its natural genes. Please contact me for other details and guidelines.
Adapted from my Garden Communication posts and poem, with permission. My path has now taken me to work with people’s intelligence and bodies in healing and increased self-awareness: there is a deva of every cell and organ that knows its perfect expression in the world of form, and how it can contribute to the wholeness of your life.
From the tiniest twist in your body image
To the largest expanse of your imagination,
From the most unwelcome aspect of your life
To the most cherished:
Every part of your being
Has intrinsic beauty, intelligence, and worth.
Connecting with it
Honoring and respecting it
Loving it without resistance
Following each process until it teaches you its purpose
And brings you to radiance and health.
I teach skills with each of these points, and I tell anecdotes that illustrate how they apply to familiar experiences.
The author has been gardening on Findhorn and Theosophical principles since 1977, and using Perelandra principles since 2000. Contact her using the form below for a free consultation or to schedule a class or bodywork session.
Respectful Communications & Insect Cooperation
It is becoming generally accepted that organically grown plants produce more phytonutrients and anti-oxidants in response to stresses. For a plant, stresses include being nibbled by insects. As a defense, they then produce higher levels of cancer-fighting and heart-healthy protective compounds. A few insects are therefore our allies. We don’t want to eliminate insects, just to have a garden in balance.
We are taught that insects are bad or pests. It’s difficult to overcome this way of thinking. Disgust, repulsion, or fear of damage, loss, or imperfection is an attitude that causes millions of tons of pesticides to pollute the earth. Not only can we change our attitudes, we can develop relationships that are based on the intrinsic appreciation of the insects in our garden. And as we do so, even in just a tiny way, we are contributing to changing the consciousness of humanity to help heal the earth￼.
What about our own self-worth? Because you have learned to appreciate insects, is no reason to assume insects have the right to get away with everything in your garden. We can negotiate with them in an equal partnership. In business, the old style of sticking to a bottom line and never giving in has yielded to the newer style of win-win negotiations and mediation. Applied to your garden, this means that both you and the natural world would come out as winners. You must know your negotiation strengths, be principled, and be willing to be very firm.
Your negotiation strengths include making choices that deprive insects of their favorite meals, or increase their aversion to your garden, or inhibit them in some way. You might stop planting green lettuce, which slugs prefer, and only plant red-leafed varieties. Or you could run a contest with yours or the neighbor’s kids to see who can pick the most slugs, and then gently relocate them to a park with ducks. You might spray ground chili peppers and garlic on your houseplants, or use beneficial predatory insects outdoors. You might put your tomatoes in pots and grow them on the patio. The essence of this is that you can do the physical work of gardening, challenging the insects to make other choices, or create an environment that is not so inviting to them.
Or you can communicate with them, in an atmosphere of love, and create a more inviting environment elsewhere. In my first negotiations with slugs I recognized they needed to eat as well. They had mowed down every emerging shoot of every spring vegetable, and I had tried loving them and pleading with them unsuccessfully. I set up a small patch of their favorite vegetables in the corner, and offered to keep it growing all season. I also let them know that if they didn’t agree, there was always slug bait, but I loved them and would prefer not to resort to that. I kept my word, and they all moved over to their patch and stopped eating from mine. This contract continued with every small garden I have planted since, although it needed substantial amendments when I worked in an extensive community garden with a greenhouse.
You need to know your insects well. Let me know if you would like me to teach this class at your garden or local community garden: Communicating with Your Garden Plants and Insects: Cultivating an Atmosphere of Non-Violence in Your Back Yard. Or leave a comment below if you would like to discuss anything in this article. I enjoy supporting others to develop the love and other benefits of win-win negotiation with insects. Perhaps you would like to know about squash bugs, wireworms, happy ants in the kitchen, compassionate slugs, cooperative yellow jackets, unattracting mosquitoes, a friendly flying cockroach, centipede takeovers, and an educational experience where the teachers were Japanese beetles?
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