The Nature of Things

Upon my voyage in life, I have come to realize how the true nature of humans seems to have slowly changed over the past few centuries. Even more so within the past 60 years.

Essentially, at the core, all people seek food, water, shelter, warmth and companionship. The first four are all basic human rights, even though so many people still don’t have this in life. In our modern world of civilized society, great technological and scientific advancement, many still go without food, water, shelter or warmth.

I have always found this perplexing, given the advances in these areas, why the basic human rights are still not afforded to every human being on this planet. And of course, i am not placing responsibility upon the governments of the world, however, how can people, still not have these basic needs? I believe that the system of society in which we live is unhealthy, unequal, and too centralized. Essentially when the fate of the nation rests in such few hands, who holds those people accountable. And even more now than ever before, the influence and power has been given to even fewer people. This unfair distribution of wealth and health seems to have been accepted by many as part of a capitalistic system. But, what happened to our humanity? Everyone on this planet is worthy of being given the opportunity for good health and wealth

If we localized all of our needs, brought the communities needs back into the hands of the community, then things would be much different. Everyone’s actions would be far more focused on helping the community. This would include, governance, as well as production, agriculture, health and education. All of these things would encompass the others, acting as a web of inter-connected actions.
Companionship, sought by nearly every person on the planet has always played a central roll in defining humanity’s evolution. In fact, without this, we would never have been able to build the civilizations that we have over the past 100’s of millennia. The true nature of humans is to care for, protect, learn and grow by observing and interacting with the world around us, being curious and having the desire to know the truth. These are characteristics that define humans, in my opinion. We see it in children, the nature of curiosity, in fact in all life, but as we become adults most of these characteristics have been misdirected into artificial entertainment of TV and video games and when we socialize in society we use drink to let loose. TV can still have its place but should it be at the expense of a deeper understanding of our place in the world.
What happened to sitting round the campfire?

I think it is about perception! When we are able to have a more objective view to our life, we are able to actually see more of the truth. connecting with what our ancestors did, actually deepens our understanding of ourselves. Too much attention is paid to economic development, discarding the old, in for the new, without any thought to the consequences. Ignorance and greed heavily influence the society in which we live, more than ever before. I wonder what the ancient civilizations would write about us, if they were able to see what we have done to ourselves and our Earth.

I think, so many people are in a trap. Afraid to be themselves, they look to fulfil themselves in other, sometimes unhealthy ways. Freedom, is really about our ability to be responsible for our own actions. When we are in the natural rhythm with ourselves and life, our freedom comes from being full capable and self supporting.

How can we as human beings, be able to benefit from the nature of things? How can we live a life that is truly based on the fundamental principles of nature? What is the ‘Nature of Things’?

The nature of all things are, their own nature and that in relation to its surroundings. Everything has it’s own individual nature which is unique to the life force, it’s individual character is displayed in its appearance and determines what influence and power it has upon its environment. If you imagine that each life force responds to different influences and exerts a different influence on other things depending on it’s nature and appearance which determines it’s affect both in the internal causes and manifested outcome of it’s actions. An accumulation of these moments, which are the life experience, all determine the effect at that very moment. The initial gut reaction or instinct, is the natural response, inherent within the mind of that life. It is the conscious response to a situation that cannot only be determined by the cognitive process that would be used to solve a mathematical problem. The nature of things, is that life’s own in-built survival system, the way it harmonizes with the inter-contented web of life, determines the balance of life and to be able to understand and observe this, enables us to be able to relate this to our own life.

When we are growing in our mothers womb, as a human being, we are synchronizing our bodies with our mothers. Science is still yet to fully understand the connection. In my opinion, one thing is for sure, any disruption to the natural way of pregnancy or birth, will have implications on that child’s well being. I don’t condemn c sections, or any other procedure which is necessary to save the child’s life. However, the environment that most babies are born is sterile, noisy and takes away the connection of mother and child. The first several years of a child’s life is incredibly important. To be reared by your mother and father for the first few years is extremely important for conceiving the world and feeling safe and being curious in a safe space. Although this actually begins in the womb, as does the immune build response, it continues after birth, by direct observation through the senses and also through the chemicals the mother releases in the womb during.

Children, just like animals are very good at tapping into the natural rhythms and vibrations of life.. This coupling of the nature of the mother and child is still something that is hard to measure with modern scientific instruments, but that nature is still there. In fact, it’s this ‘Nature. which has enabled the human species to survive up until now, through every event on our planet. It’s our consciousness, and understanding of our connection to the universal consciousness that allows our full true nature to be revealed. In the end, we can only determine the nature of things, if we ourselves understand our own nature. This is why our modern way of living makes so many people mentally imbalanced.

The nature of things change with subjective view and experience. What I only see as a weed today, can transform into sustenance or medicine the next day, depending on what I have learned. Essentially the thing its self has an essential nature, yet, it is the human experience and consciousness which determines it’s power and influence. The true nature of something, is inclusive and inter-connected to the true nature of all other things. But, you can only see this when you understand the objective reality of all things in time and space. The true nature of things is both it’s subjective experience and objective reality. When we understand this principle, we can start to realize that all things have their relationship with our minds (subjective experience) and nature of an entity (objective reality). Our relationship to anything depends on our experience and relationship with ourselves. This is fundamental in understanding why so many people have subjective experiences that differ when within the same reality and this complex relationship between the two is incredibly important to adaptation of all life.

As human beings we have the benefit of being able to observe, from our inner life force, to the wonders of the cosmos. This ability to observe and contemplate leads us to understand ourselves. For when we observe our own mind and nature at work then we are able to gain insight into the nature of things. Essentially, they are one in the same. In our past, we were more deeply connected with the nature of things and still today they are isolated groups of people both ancient and new who are the ‘nature of things’, and this doesn’t mean we need to live in a forest. That’s each of our choices.

Every woman and man has a choice on how they live their life. I have learnt through my experiences that learning to let go is probably the most difficult thing we can undertake emotionally. It requires a lot of strength and faith in the unknown. But as an observer, I have learnt to observe my mind, especially when it is in conflict. This disparity between myself and my ego, drives a void between my freedom and my reality. When I feel this way, I know what I am dealing with. I am dealing with my own distorted reality that has been created throughout my life, where I have, certainly as an adult been disconnected from my true nature and I am not always connected to it now. Just by knowing what my mind is, allows me to understand what is fact and what is fiction. Nature teaches us that there is a purpose to all of our lives, and for me, this is a way of life that is in harmony with the natural world, plants, animals and other humans, working with the land to produce healthy food and learn to build and grow in many ways, not just food.

I’m not there yet, however, I am working my towards that goal. The most important thing for me is to keep seeking knowledge and taking action, to allow myself to engage with myself each day despite the white noise and to connect with others of similar mind. The creation of consciousness towards this goal is the path of most resistance and yet ultimately brings the most fulfilment and enables us to grasp the true nature of our own hearts, souls, bodies and minds.

All of my articles are written my own observations and interpretations, based on ancient beliefs and philosophies that are now being proved by science.

However, I do believe that everyone has the capacity to connect with the nature of things. In fact I believe it’s in our DNA. This understanding is the path to understanding our purpose.

 

 

Food Freedom

I have been a food grower for a few years and have always enjoyed the freedom that it gives me, to simply plant a seed into the soil, tending to it as it is the most important seed of life and watch it grow!

To be the caretaker and not the keeper of nature is the key to creating a sustainable and organic environment and the conditions needed to produce nutritionally rich food and a place where nature does what it does and we can reap the benefits, whilst passing on the genetic heritage of that species. A symbiotic relationship between me and nature.

Our current food system is at best treading water, but in reality, the way most of the world farms it food, is unhealthy, unethical and illogical. Even with all the technology we have developed, it seems, that we drift further and further away from food sovereignty. Only 100 years ago, many people, especially outside of cities grew their own food, built their own dwellings, repaired their broken things and generally lived a life which was connected to living off the land. Granted we didn’t have many of the luxuries we have today, life was simple and hard, and people had more responsibility for themselves and their community. What you couldn’t grow or find or repair, you would have neighbours to help. People had little money generally, but most people had what they needed. Really, it was the cities where people were poor, as it was more competitive and more expensive. Cities were really a design to create wealth for already wealthy people.

Nutritional deficiency, rising prices and toxin ridden food has monopolized the western food market for over 70 years. Before this, generally food was not grown on mass scale and fewer if any pesticides were used. Much of the food was grown on small farms or on peoples patches of land. More control and accessibility was afforded to people, which meant that food was cared for like it was your own food. Now, this has all about disappeared, as slowly food become a commodity for growing national corporations. This, I believe is one of the greatest tragedies to happen. Food is life, everyone deserves to be able to eat and more importantly grow their own,. It’s one of the our Human Rights.

Once I decided to start growing my own food and buying from local farms where possible, I started to realize that food isn’t just about sustaining life. Now, I think, even more than ever, growing food is the most important action to take and also the greatest gift you can give yourself. Even if you may have tried growing anything, and it was a disaster. I would still urge you to grow. Growing food isn’t all about producing food you can eat. The idea of learning to grow is to observe and understand how plants work, react, change, evolve. Once you understand the ‘Soil Food Web’ you can grow anything. First year of growing food is for making mistakes. If you can grow food, you can do anything.

Humans, have in one way or another cultivated food for millennia, possibly 100’s of millennia. It’s in our DNA, and even in our own gut-biome is and has always been connected to the soil-biome. It’s actually essential for our health to have this connection. When you eat from the land, that is free from toxin, grown in soil that is bursting with life, our whole system synchronizes with the land. From that we can build great communities of health and conscious people. This is, in my opinion, true Health and Wealth.

It’s not until I started growing food that I started to change the way I thought about plants. I had always thought them fascinating, but I had never really thought about exploring the relationship that plants played in my life.
A seed (of varying sizes) contains within in it, all the information it needs to continue it’s species life cycle. Not only from all the previous generations growth and fruiting, but also a seed will record other changes in the environment; temperature, precipitation and disease etc. This enables the next generation of seed to be able to adapt to our ever changing climate.

The plant just like humans, has an immune system and is able to fight of viruses and disease. If a plant in an environment that is unfavourable, i.e. the plant is isolated in it’s growth, then it will struggle to build a healthy immune system. For instance, when we grow mono-crop food with pesticides or any artificial inputs that plant becomes dependent on those inputs. Just as with our own immune system, what we feed ourselves is what we become. If their is the right biodiversity, the plants that grow their will be healthy and require no artificial inputs.
Throughout history; seeds and food were always an important trading commodity. It has only really been the past 100 years, where most people in the western world have become not only detached from their food source, more importantly we have lost our connection to the cycle of planting seed, nurturing seedlings, maturing the plant, harvesting, saving the seed for next year. Within that seed is my future, your future and humanities future.

To myself, apart from knowledge, I ask; What will be the next trading commodity? Food, especially seeds will emerge as a currency of sorts, especially as food and other imported goods become more expensive and harder to obtain. Our knowledge and skills will also become seeds of exchange in the future.

Investment in seeds, is an investment in yourself, in your bright future. It’s true that nothing can live in isolation, there needs to be support mechanisms for each organism so it can thrive. Exchange, will be the channel of trade in the future. Trade or Barter, is in it’s very essence the freest and most equal form of exchange, simply because both parties agree on a win/win outcome and the trades only outcome is that both parties need the product or service. Moreover, the continued exchange with your neighbour, etc, will lead to a relationship of trust and mutual fulfilment.

Our souls are seeds that need to be nurtured too. For me; seeds are the future and because they represent the potentiality for life they ought to be held in the highest regard. To think that all life on Earth generated from seed and soil within that shell, sometimes so small we can’t see it with the naked eye, is the potential life force to carry on the evolution of that species.

For the past century since the introduction of mono culture farming and the advent of chemical fertilizers produced by companies like Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer, there has been a direct yet subtle and covert attack on the natural order of things.

A deeply beautiful thing happened when I started growing food! It was as if the food I grew was a reflection for my life. I started to think about the complexities of the Soil Food Web, and the multitude of influences that ultimately determined how much food I would get and what it would taste like. I compared this to how I feel on a daily basis; depending on the factors and influences in my life and the balance between them, would help determine my general mood. I realized that with the wrong balance or influences or ones that were toxic or artificial that my life wouldn’t be healthy and abundant.

This got me to thinking, that I learnt this through observation, and I was able through this to determine how I can adapt to the changes and challenges on my plot and understand through observing the nuances and cascading causes and effects. Any natural system including our food and mind, are part of a wider web of life. Most of our actions are based on learning through subjective experience, which form ideas and belief systems to influence further the actions we take and how we feel on a daily basis. Without an understanding of how any system works effectively, it never will.

I have come to realize the depth of knowledge that can be gained from observing how a natural eco-food system continually creates, decays and reinvents itself, constantly seeking homeostasis, in the pursuit of growth and life.

Our mind and society is like this too. To become aware of these functions and how influence society and our minds, is essential if we are to truly grow.

To best way to grow food is to use natural techniques and guide and already perfect system to working for you. What I learned is that once I understood how a food system worked, I understood that I was part of it too and that if I was I needed to take action and grow with growing my own food.

So, you may ask! How and why?

With a more localized world, we can have that very thing. If we all learnt how to provide many of our own needs and build communities to be able to create a symbiotic relationship with others that focused on the essentials of life. The Off grid lifestyle is an example of this. But imagine if people started to grow their own food, or keep hens, or make honey, etc? If we all were able to provide something really worthwhile for our community. We can still have culture, music, etc. As this way of life would represent an understanding that everyone can provide something great but when the every day person doesn’t recognise that without this connection to the most simple and important things in life, we lose sight of when our actions and way of life can jeopardise our very existence.

Localisation of the Nation is one of the solutions to the current crisis we are facing.  The entire systems success or failure rests on all of the links being strong. However, because of the clinical and artificial connections we have with our trading partners, who we rarely meet, this creates relationships that are based purely on personal benefit and not the benefit of all. This is understandable as the way we grow food, be it livestock, grains or horticultural produce, is based on yield, volume and profit. Most farmers don’t grow there own food to eat. Most farmers on the planet, especially if they are part of the current mono Ag food system are heavily dependent on financial support and their crops are heavily dependent on artificial fertilizers. A farm now is not self sufficient, it lacks biodiversity, health and natural equilibrium. Farms have become specialists,  lacking the necessary knowledge to grow food in a healthy and natural way. We leave our own ancestral knowledge behind and instead employed the capitalist way of growing food.

One crop, high yield, using disease resistant seeds and relying on artificial inputs to feed to dependent crops. This may produce an abundance of food, but as research and tests have shown compared to the food grown in the 40’s, there is between 10-90% less nutrients. Much of this difference will be the micro-nutrients, which are found in much less concentration in conventional farms, compared to permaculture and bio-dynamic farms. This is simply down to diversity. Without the biodiversity of plants, flowers, shrubs and trees, soil cannot sustain this bio-diverse and nutrient rich soil. If we look at why permaculture farms can be so successful in the volume and quality of food grown, whilst still maintaining and building healthy soils, you can see through observing the natural bio-diverse living system which is self regulating. NO NEED for artificial inputs in permaculture farms and spaces. Although the principles of having a successful permaculture farm, are simple, it does take around 2-7 years to transform land into a self sustaining, healthy and abundant farm.

Through this process of regenerating land, into an abundant food larder, with a bio diverse and complexity of relationships, which give us in return everything we need to live a healthy and abundant life. Observing how nature interacts, communicates and integrates itself into the web of life, particularly the soil food web, gives us all the answers we need to successfully live with the land. With the benefit of having access to ancient knowledge off growing and new technology, we have the greatest opportunity to create an healthy and abundant homestead.