Ecosophia

The aboriginal people of Australia lived in harmony with nature. They knew the elemental beings of fire, air, water and earth and they knew of landscapes and their devas: mountains, rivers, deserts, forests and plains, each with their own ecology.

Today modern civilization is cut off from the spiritual world and sees only the physical appearances. We have forgotten the old connections. Even though farmers, foresters and especially gardeners have maintained perhaps the longest an unconscious, naturally intuitive connection with the nature beings, our gardens and parks are now designed more or less at random. For maintenance chemical fertilisers will be used and machinery.

Agriculture is based on the same insights. In such approach there is no limit to technological interference as gene modification. Permaculture, organic and especially biodynamic agriculture give the farmer a healthier method to apply. Naturally these farmers develop their senses and ways of observing nature phenomena to a higher degree. But today the human farmer is standing in nature with limited capacities, because much of the old folk wisdom and insights are lost.

The Findhorn experience opens the field to hearing the messages of the invisible nature beings and to applying them. The co-creative gardening method, developed by Machaelle Small-Wright in her Perelandra Garden, Virginia, US, gives simple guidelines for the gardener to make contact with the spiritual world as partner in a group of beings. The gardeners input is essential.

She brings the concept of involution and evolution as the basic principles of creation. She works with spring, summer as involution, as coming into being, with autumn and winter as evolution, and she identifies the beings that belong to the different stages of growth.
Secondly she explains that the I Am (or ‘Higher Self’) of the gardener is part of the process as creator of a garden. The spiritual advisers are partners in a team with the human being. More and more the main creator and restorer of the planet earth will be man supported by a spiritual team.

Shin characterises creation thus: ‘the continual active principle of creation is generation, development, enhancement and evolution’ *). In nature we see that in the process of spring – growth; summer – flowering; autumn – seeds, nuts; winter – dormant.
Thus we are in contact again with the basic spiritual principles of creation. The human being himself is created from these principles. Every virus or bacteria carries it as well. Every plant – animal, the earth itself, every spiritual being working for the good or seemingly not so good is also created out of these principles.

The human being is generally recognised as the highest developed being in our earthly ecology awareness. In the realm of ecosophy the approach is different. Being higher or lower is not the main parameter. What do you carry, what is the core-task of you as creator? The human being is created to be the guardian of the earth. Oaks or lions, garden daisies or magpies have each a different task in our living network. Is a baby less important in a family than the parents? Is a good working dog on a sheep-farm less important than the sheep? Is the beekeeper more important than the bees? These questions are equally valid when reversed. Are the bees more important than the beekeeper? Etc.

All this shows that we have to think in interlocking multifaceted functions. We obviously belong together and extend our care to each other. I can look after my trees, recognise them as beings with a complex task. Birches are in their function different from oaks and eucalypts have other tasks than wattle trees (mimosa). A start in showing respect is through feeling and observing the difference and seeing their task or telling them that you don’t quite know their full task yet.

Trees do understand the human thought in words and can give answers. A tall double trunked Eucalyptus tree is growing close to the backdoor of the house at Evera. recently, during the Australian bushfire threats, we had to leave. In passing the tree I said aloud to him: ‘I might have to cut you down, because of fire risks.” And immediately I felt and heard inwardly the tree’s reaction: ‘You cannot do that. I look after your house and its inhabitants.!” Over the years I have learnt to listen to this sort of information from the plant-world. We have to learn to communicate on many sense levels and through spiritual meditative methods.

The co-creative work-books of Machaelle Small-Wright are a very helpful start to take on the care of earth and its beings. Gradually we will be able to  create landscapes that are supportive: Gardens that support school environments or conference-centres or hospitals or restoration areas. Temple gardens, we can create them together with the spiritual world. Medicinal gardens, peace gardens, meditation gardens, all is possible. All according to the principles of creation and with insights in the specific task of each stone, plant animal, man.
Think of huge areas to restore the balance. Think of creating new species with the spiritual world and all nature beings included as the next stage of development. Haven’t we done this before, a very long time ago? Now that is responsible growth of and work with nature instead of GM experiments.

Ecosophia opens up beautiful vistas and confronts everyone with the need to recognise and integrate the positive and seemingly not so positive aspects of one’s character. Then working together becomes possible with each in our specific task, be it stone, plant, animal or human being.

 

photo of golden wattle blossom

The ceremonial stones overlooking the land,
representing mother and father (horizontal and vertical) and
ancestors and law (pointed and square).

 

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