To write about my love for and devotion to living an Organic lifepath, is to write about Essence and living close to Source – and it feels like being held in the hand of God/Goddess, it is that expansive. So, as I usually do in my writings for you, I’ll try to get right to the essence.
I was literally “called” to the path – and I do call living organically a lifepath and not a lifestyle. My own mother’s “alternative” beliefs and practices she had learned from her mother, a Scottish artist and spiritualist-medium from a well-to-do family. I always say I’ll be forever grateful to my mother for introducing me to yoga and yoghurt in the 1960’s!
Organic living is a positive choice. I say it’s a “call to action” and the action is love. The benefits of Organic, therefore, simply are all the spiritual and emotional benefits of inviting positivity into our life and the bonding we experience of living alongside like-minded people which of course, as we know, has immense physical benefits for our bodymind systems and making them a more comfortable dwelling place for our Spirit.
“Organic” is also known as Biodynamic after Rudolph Steiner’s visionary beliefs and practices, and it refers to food that is grown with reverence for natural rhythms and cycles, without the use of toxic chemicals, synthetic pesticides or fertilisers and also to our self-care products and home goods [cosmetics, body oils and cleansers and cotton bedding linens for example].
As simply as I can say, here’s a rundown of history, philosophy and tradition of the Organic movement and benefits for self, culture and humanity.
When did the Organic movement “start” and why?
Dates reported for the start of the Organic movement vary, depending on who is telling the story and from what angle, but in our recent history we can trace a starting date to the early 1800’s when it was first realised that traditional manure fertiliser could be substituted by some mineral salts: in 1840 German Scientist Justus Von Leibig developed a mineral plant nutrition theory.
The Organic movement is not only plant-based, and includes any food grown by farmers who use renewable resources and who emphasise the conservation of soil and water, thereby enhancing the quality of the environment. Can you feel the love?
What first ever grabbed my attention about Organics/Biodynamics was that it was the returning Europeans and British on homecoming from India in the first half of the 20th century who brought Organic farming, gardening methods and knowledge with them . . . ancient roots began spreading globally from Mother India.
Ancient traditions: Balance
I call India’s renowned scientist and eco-warrior Dr Vandana Shiva the world’s “ecological Saint” and she speaks and writes constantly on the ancient roots of “Organic”. To truly get in touch with these roots Dr Shiva advises going back 4,000 years to discover traditional practices both in India and China.
And, digging deeper still Dr Shiva says: “Organic farming is the oldest agricultural practice, was practiced even more than 10000 years ago, dating back to Neolithic age by ancient civilization like Mesopotamia, Hwang Ho basin etc. ”
Do these dates stir anything in your memory? 4,000 years ago we know as the start of the ages of Patriarchy, leading to the epoch of descending moral virtue for our world and humanity. 10,000 years ago the prevalent culture extending geographically from the west coast of Portugal, throughout Spain and France, across Europe almost to the eastern coast of Russia and south to India/China, was the Magdalenian or Matrilineal culture which was the culture of Goddess/Mother or Divine Feminine.
At source of all “Mother/Goddess” based cultures is a reverence for a Divine life-giving Essence, which leads to balance resulting in all men and women thriving equally.
Benefits of growing, eating, living organically are benefits of “Mother”: harmony with nature, diversity, knowledge intensive [rooted in wisdom] and a holistic approach. And to remind myself of all of that, I use this mantra:
“I am a living being, on a living planet, in a living universe.”
Memory, vision and Organic: Unity
I mentioned Rudolph Steiner, his methods and vision . . . he was an early 20th century Spiritualist-Scientist-Educator-Forerunner with an understanding of Cosmic Memory. From reading his writings and knowing people who’d benefited from his education system I’m convinced he could probably “see” the cells of a human body as living organisms of the Cosmos, much as the Ancient Indian Siddhars could. His Biodynamic methods use bio-rhythms of the Earth, Solar rhythms and prana, light and life-force and of course planting, growing and harvesting of plant-food by the rhythm of the Moon cycle. He understood the story of Humanity as a Philosopher and Scientist of Living Energies. He practised Unity: or Humanity as “one”.
In 1924 Rudolf Steiner presented the first organic agriculture course to a group of over one hundred, including farmers and others in Poland. His “Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture”, published that year, led to the popularisation of biodynamic agriculture in Germany, probably the first comprehensive organic farming system. It was based on Steiner’s Spiritual and Philosophical teachings: Anthroposophy.
Harmony with the whole: Flow
Organic living is living in harmony with the whole: embodying flow. Organic growing flows with Moon cycles . . . Moon prana is as important as Sun prana. The lunar cycle teaches us to be at peace with and thrive within the human birth, growth, death cycle inevitable for all of us.
What else living with our daily flow does for us as humans is, instead of constantly being stretched out, drained or stressed out by time demands it offers a return to health, wholeness and meaningfulness in time . . . . accepting seasons and not accepting tasteless, modified fruit and veggies with limited nutritional value forced to grow unnaturally out of season or natural habitat.
Daily direct experience of Divine Presence : Love!
For me living an Organic path is essential to living with zen on a daily basis – being with the Immanent experience: experiencing Divine presence daily in everything living. Organic is a living close to Source, bringing a clarity of understanding which is where our strength is as a human being. It’s about making an incredible choice and choosing the power of living positively with pure love of the Divine Mother flowing unencumbered.
You know, we’re here to be happy and Organic living is about being a better, happier human being.