“I knew there and then that a conscious relationship based on devotion and love played an important role in gardening. I was not only growing a garden, the garden was growing me! From that point on I was going to clear my own path, rely on direct experiences and be the final arbitrator. I would proceed as a spiritual warrior so that none could deter me from remembering and being in the flow with my higher self and all of Creation; I was going to call this relationship with nature and food Sacred Agriculture…”
An excerpt from the book, Awakening Sacred Agriculture
Welcome to my blog.
I’ll be using this web interface to post various items regarding Sacred Agriculture.
Three years ago I asked myself what kind of world I wanted to live in and the answer demanded a profound change of perspective and the birthing of a new agricultural paradigm and reality. For me agriculture plays an important part of the healing process because it not only offers an opportunity to establish a deep connection/relationship with Creation/Nature, but because it also provides nourishment for humans.
I didn’t invent the practice. I’m simply remembering something that has, and always will, be happening as long as humans exist.
Sacred Agriculture can be defined an art form and healing practice that consists of using intuition and knowledge gained from direct experiences to co-create with all beings and forces in the Universe to expand human consciousness and produce nourishment. Sacred Agriculture is part of a wider pursuit call Sacred Living which occurs when every aspect of a person’s life are fully integrated and in agreement with the Laws of Creation/Universe/God. Every aspect of a person’s lifestyle (e.g. nutrition, therapeutics, work, spiritual and leisure activities, thoughts, relationships, etc.) must be carried out to allow for a continual growth/expansion in consciousness.
In 2013 I began traveling across Canada and the United States going from farm to farm in order lend a hand a learn more about organic and biodynamic agriculture. I spent several months by the Kootney River in British Columbia growing food for a small community of hippies, assisted a CSA operation in northern California, learned cattle ranching on a biodynamic farm in Texas, and devoted half a year managing the Temple garden of a spiritual farm community living in a cow sanctuary in Mississippi. I learned a great deal on my spiritual quest and many extraordinary events took place, the most significant a coalescing of experiences leading to the remembrance and practice of Sacred Agriculture.
I will try to explain the philosophy and underpinnings of Sacred Agriculture. But first, I must warning you that I do not practice Dennis Klocek’s (i.e. the Anthroposophist who wrote a book on the subject) version of Sacred Agriculture, which in my opinion is a restating of biodynamic agriculture and Steiner’s spiritual views. While I concur that biodynamic agriculture contains some unique spiritual aspects, I do not consider it a sacred practice, at least not according to my innerstanding of the matter. Moreover, I do not think that Steiner’s impulse has been fully innerstood by most farmers, nor by myself for that matter, and also contend that biodynamics, especially the one promoted by THE DEMETER ASSOCIATION (i.e. the certification body of biodynamic agriculture), has degenerated to something rather embarrassing. I do not say this lightly, nor does it please me. Last year I conducted an analysis of the certification of the USDA organic program, which led me to evaluate the certification of biodynamic agriculture. I was appalled by my findings as I suspect you will also be if you read my paper. See: https://evaluationofdemeter.wordpress.com
Sacred Agriculture is not a recipe that can be mindlessly implemented; however there are a few guiding principles, such as:
- It is essential to establish a deep loving and nurturing relationship, to appreciate, and have reverence for nature, than trying to dominate it at all costs.
- Intentional killing or hostility towards animals, insects, macro and microorganisms is counterproductive. There is no need for pesticides, fungicides, insecticide, biocides, biological control agents, etc. Animal sacrifices are prohibited and dead animal parts are not needed.
- Weeds don’t exist. There’s no need for herbicides, inhibitors, plastic mulch, etc. There are better ways to deal with plants we prefer not to see growing alongside those we favor. There is a fundamental difference between viewing plants we prefer not having in the garden and seeing weeds as evil afflictions that deserve to die. Love and respect is the difference between these two points of views.
- Soil is the product and home of many different kinds of beings. Chemicals are not the source of soil fertility; life and its byproducts provide plant nutrition. There is no need to amend the soil with chemicals, cow manure, or compost. The notion of soil fertility can be conceived differently than what is commonly taught in books and classrooms, and can be generated otherwise.
- All living beings are entitled to live full and natural lives. As such, some individuals under our care must be allowed to go through every developmental stage, from birth to reproduction. This includes letting some individuals undergo a natural birthing process. For plants, some individuals must be permitted to reseed themselves (or at least try), and when establishing crops ourselves a preference is given to sowing seed outdoors and directly on the soil surface. Allowing some individuals to live full and natural lives assures the integrity and continuation of a species’ group soul. The use of growth hormones, synthetic or biological accelerants, hybridization and genetic manipulations is strictly forbidden.
- Establishing perennials and wild edibles on the land is highly recommended.
- Financial gain and profit should never motivate or influence our actions. Food is sacred and sacred things cannot be dignified in financial terms. Plants grown and harvested should be offered to those in need free-of-charge. Transformed foodstuff (e.g. jams and jellies, sauerkraut, etc.) may be sold at reasonable prices to recover the cost of production and materials. If donations are given by the public, the monies shall be reinvested for the well-being of all beings living on the farm.
- In nature, there’s more than meets the eye. Humility is a virtue and the expansion of consciousness requires making room for the unknown. As much as possible, we ought to let nature express itself even if it appears counter-intuitive or goes against what we’ve been told. Great things have yet to be discovered/remembered.
Sacred Agriculture is a means of growing/expanding one’s own consciousness, and by consequence, indirectly, that of humanity. It occurs when humans are willfully building a deep relationship will all beings that dwell in nature. By all beings I include not only the animals, plants, insects and microorganism, but those of a more subtle nature. Sacred Agriculture is not a methodology to learn how to channel or become a clairvoyant. Much can be said regarding such dispositions, but suffice to say that building a deep and loving relationship with Creation requires being open to, and feeling, the presence of subtle forces/things. One must not be surprised if extraordinary experiences occur when practicing Sacred Agriculture.
Consciousness is not an easy concept to grasp. It means one thing for scientists, another for nurses, another for the lay people, another for occultists, and so on. When I speak of consciousness I’m referring to a relative state of awareness that transcends the capacity to appropriately characterize. Consciousness is dynamic and linked to a person’s perspective, which helps define their reality. A person’s consciousness can expand if their perspective changes, which in turn alters their reality. However, for the most part, we share a common reality because we’ve been conditioned in similar ways. This is not a random happening, but the outcome of centuries of social engineering and culture creation. The good news is that it is possible to deprogram ourselves and switch off some internal mind programs in order to access domains of reality that would otherwise be imperceptible and inaccessible. Deprograming oneself is not a trivial task… When I say that healing is a question of growing consciousness, I’m partly referring to the process of changing our perspective and removing elements of our reality that don’t serve our best interest.
One can enter into the practice of agriculture with arrogance, preconceived ideas, a methodology that includes dominating nature, and the drive to earn as much money as possible or one can enter with love and humility, allowing for the unknown to fill the space that’s been made available, and feel blessed to have the opportunity to grow spiritually and heal. I contend that both attitudes cannot coexist.
From my own experience, I find it beneficial to rely as much as possible on intuition, to experiment and learn from personal direct experiences. Even failed experiments are useful. Nature communicates with those who are unencumbered and willing to learn and grow. However, as Steiner pointed out, we need to discriminate between information coming from the higher worlds and that from our lower senses which most often stem from selfish desires. Perhaps this is where Sacred Agriculture becomes a very useful tool as it gives us the space and means to delve into the magnificent and less explored facets of our higher selves. Perhaps it’s because we seek no financial gain that such wonderful gifts are bestowed by this type of agriculture? I am willing to bet that most farmers out there don’t really enjoy having to make dreadful compromises in their practices, but are making them because of financial reasons. I’ve felt the pain and levels of stress of small organic and biodynamic farmers across America throughout my travels. I’ve seen beautiful souls pursuing great ideals, but I’ve also seen them make terrible compromises…
I don’t think that every farm should convert to Sacred Agriculture. The world requires a diversity of farming practices to suit the different levels of consciousness, needs of people and to ensure the continuation of their spiritual development. Sacred Agriculture is simply something that I started doing because it came to me very strongly and was the appropriate thing to do at the time and still is today. I realize that I didn’t invent the practice. I’m simply remembering something that has, and always will, be happening as long as humans exist. Sacred Agriculture may seem radical, but I prefer to view the reality in which most people live as extremely awkward. Most, if not all agricultural practices have been perverted and the food we eat made toxic. There is a need to return to something SACRED.
Note: I’m currently writing a book and it will be called: The Awakening of Sacred Agriculture. Stay tuned!