Regenerative Landscape Architecture
01 Jan 2012

Why Ecology Is Important

Ecology’s importance in relation to, well, everything, is obvious, and so what could there be to say?  I recall the many discussions I’ve shared with brilliant, creative friends wherein it was agreed that so-and-so prefers tarot cards while another dear soul doesn’t trust them and instead likes to write in a journal as a way of figuring out her life.  Multiple perspectives are important in every subject, just as diversity is the key to balance on a farm.

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02 Aug 2011

Cosmic Rain

After 14 years, I have relocated an article I read in the Washington Post one afternoon while attending college.  I was standing in my boyfriend’s living room, and I couldn’t sit down I was so excited.  But I laid it down and forgot to keep the paper.  Over the years, I tried to find the article again using search terms on Google and by writing to the Washington Post, with no luck.  Now that I have fortunately relocated the documentation of this important story, I would like to spread the word.  I think this information profoundly changes the world-view that American teenagers of my generation were taught in high school science and has far-reaching implications for human perception and experience.

In 1986, scientist Louis A. Frank released his findings to NASA that house-sized frozen water droplets are and always have been raining down into Earth’s atmosphere from Space.  The 40-foot wide “snowballs,” as the scientific community refers to them, were previously undetected with the instruments available due to the relative size and speed of the droplets.  The discovery was confirmed with further research, however.

The significance of this relatively new-found fact is that our planet’s water cycle is not closed, as our text books diagrammed with colorful cartoons, but open to space.

Essentially, then, little wet vehicles for all manner of materials enter our atmosphere daily.  I’ve come across numerous theories of Earth’s seeding from Cosmic origins, but what about yesterday, tomorrow, today?  Where did the last rainstorm over your town come from?  What might it have carried to your local soil, plant communities and crops, drinking water?

The relatively small comets Louis A. Frank discovered are mostly water, but it seems overwhelmingly obvious that an incalculable variety of organic and inorganic material is arriving in the cosmic rain we’re getting, especially since these water comets apparently helped Earth form its oceans.

It is a fact that on Earth rain clouds form when water vapor attracts to bits of grit and dust in the atmosphere.  Science has declared Space to be filled with dust, and ice composed of H2O has also been found (also kind of unnecessary to prove if you ask me) in numerous locations, both within our solar system and galaxy, and billions of light years away.  In my humble opinion, the question to ask is why wouldn’t Frank’s comets also be bringing us solid and probably organic particles?  I dare to say ‘probably organic’ because I think some things are just kind of obvious.  But that may just be me.

The Findhorn Foundation in Northern Scotland, famous for its spiritually-created gardens, received messages from the spirits of plants telling them that trees anchor our planet in its orbit.  Trees are able to attract rain to themselves as well via what some scientists say is an ability to create vapor flows and indigenous people say is a much deeper ‘like-attracts-like’ kind of process.  My personal experience is that trees anchor the planet energetically and also channel raw cosmic energies coming at Earth from Space in a way that disperses and sort of organizes the charge of the untamed rays into a usable form.  I have witnessed this physically as well as visually.  The founders of Findhorn received communications from the plant kingdom that corroborate this as one of the primary functions of trees.  Perhaps it could be that Planet Earth’s global forest is the magnet for the cosmic rain Frank documented.  Indeed, the research conducted surrounding his discovery perplexed the scientific community because there doesn’t seem to be any rain coming down on the moon.  The moon, of course, has no trees.

According to the Washington Post articles, thirty of the house-sized cosmic droplets hit Earth each minute, or “43,000 of these celestial snowballs arrive on Earth every day.”  It is my hope that whomever newly shares in the discovery of this awesome, mind-opening information takes a little more time and energy to observe the natural world and tune in to what s/he perceives.  I will definitely have more to share soon on this last statement.  (You can check Eco-Logic’s calendar of events for workshops.)

The original article can be read in its entirety here:  Cosmic Rain

 

13 Jul 2011

The Hopi Prophecy Revisited

At the Oregon Country Fair this past week, I was lucky to motivate myself to get to the tipi in Community Village where a presentation was being held on the Hopi Prophecy.  I wove through the wide strands of people looking for clothing and other gear to enhance their appearance and enjoyment, and with purpose I arrived at the white towering canvas structure in time to claim a comfortable cushion and accept a shell of sage leaves to smudge myself.  The Hopi Survival Guide had frightened me as a teenager when I read it, but the message of the prophecy lingered beyond the dire warning of the direction human beings have been heading, that of choice.  I wanted to come to this talk at the Country Fair because whoever was revisiting it at this time could have something current to suggest about one of the oldest prophecies on record.

The tipi filled up, and a prophecy cloth was shown to us.  It depicted the actual drawing relaying the prophecy on the rock wall.  The cloth had been created by a man officially asked by the last native elder in charge of sharing the prophecy to carry on the teachings after his death.

The points that the speaker considered important centered around a third kind of major disturbance in the scale of time, shown as the third circle on the bottom horizontal line, after the rightmost vertical line, and the figures lined up atop the top horizontal line.  These figures’ heads are disconnected from their bodies as they travel the path of disconnection, basically the opposite of a spiritual path.  Immediately, I noticed that the third disturbance, as indicated on the speaker’s cloth, bore a striking resemblance to a symbol that I wrote about in a previous blog article, that of a pyramid with its apex hovering above its main lower two thirds.

The two symbols, that of people with their heads disconnected from their bodies and that of the disconnected pyramid, which is so common and yet strange nevertheless, seemed also to be obviously related to one another.  The discussion in the Community Village tipi centered around this symbology of disconnection.  The prophecy appears to indicate an inner sort of war, a time where people are stuck in their heads, disconnected from their hearts.

In my studies of mythology during a college exchange to New Mexico, I gained insight into recognition of symbols within the variation of depictions by different hands, in diverse cultures, and at various times.  The cloth shown to the group in the tipi during the Country Fair had a distinctly pyramidal third disturbance symbol, where in the example I found online (shown above) the symbol is not immediately recognizable as related to the pyramid I mentioned.

Human senses are deeply affected by environmental and internal stimuli.  For instance, perception is easily dulled with repetition of things we know to be untrue or ridiculous, as with television commercials or talk shows.  Entrainment to such low-frequency patterns of thought act on the mind to discount and eventually not see a variety of options outside of what is presented.  Eating food with chemical additives like energy sodas and neon orange snack foods has an emotional impact on the human organism, dulling and confusing our sensory capacity.  The kind of recognition that one can have, therefore, as a result of specific stimuli has validity.  In other words, you sometimes have to be in the right mood or state of health to see or be drawn to something, for instance a connection.

To me it is definitely possible that the Hopi Prophecy warns modern people of what is already perceptible as the early stages of a kind of global media pop-corporate culture seduction including pod-to-pod living and an all-encompassing drive for fame and wealth.  From personal mp3 playing device pods that block out the sounds of Nature and communication from other people, to the automobile that surrounds us in a slightly larger pod of glass and steel and carries us directly into our home box or pod from our work pod, we are distinctly cut off from what is real in this world right now as a mass culture.  Subliminal advertising doesn’t even have to be in use if soulless music is played in grocery stores.  Media conglomeration continues to squelch local perspectives and diverse reporting of what is news-worthy.  There are so many additional examples of disconnection in this society (U.S.) that I’m sure I don’t need to go into them here.  Perhaps it’s not quite as all-encompassing as in the movie The Matrix, but the similarities could be worthy of thought.

Here are the important questions as I see them:  how could this kind of disconnectedness have been foretold by an ancient people?  And more importantly, why is it worth being warned about?

I think that the first question is a whole other article, so I will say that I think they were deeply connected to their natural sensory ability and leave it at that for now so I can move onto the second question.  Disconnection is a serious threat to the survival of our species.  Whether you believe it or not, the fact is that humanity exists inside a living system where connectivity is the name of the game.  Everything affects and is affected by everything else.  If you’ve ever experienced synchronicity, you’ve witnessed the magic of how your seemingly routine decisions can help another person’s manifestation come about, and vise versa.  The casual conversation you have on the commuter train with a stranger on the way to work triggers you to see a musical performance at which you run into an old acquaintance who has just the information you were looking for, etc.  We are all connected in a mysterious web of energy whether we utilize it or continually block ourselves off from recognizing it.  Connection can be as simple and yet profound as being in the right place at the right time because a friend tipped you off to something good.  In terms of global systemic balance, do you think it is better to tune in and turn on to what your intuition is telling you or to stop and check your facebook messages every time the bing goes off on your smart phone?

I would like to bring into this question the symbol of the levitating pyramid cap.  There is an interesting video series that interprets this symbol in an uncommon way.  After watching the exploration of levitation via complex symbol magnetics, I decided that it is perhaps possible that the “Free Masons” called themselves free because they had discovered how not to have to lift a finger to build with stone.  Regardless of that particular interpretation, the floating pyramid symbol is almost everywhere you look.  I even saw it at the Oregon Country Fair!  Who knows why or what it means?  It does get used a lot by conspiracy theorists though to “prove” their theories, thus inspiring fear.

Fear itself seems to be mainly a kind of disconnection from reality, reality being the bioenergetic fact that human beings can create material substance from thought via emotional frequency. I postulate, then, that the Hopi Prophecy is a warning against separating from our nature, our inherent powers of creation, our basic connection to Nature and to each other, and an admonition to reconnect within, and to act in strong accord with the deep frequency of the heart chakra.  In this way, we can save ourselves from our own darkness.

On Sunday night of the Country Fair, I sat on a bale of straw next to my new friend and fellow camper Octavia, who is a good friend of Brian Stroud and his wife.  The wire and L.E.D. crystal she carried to illuminate her way and lost later that night reminded me of The Dark Crystal, and the way the Skeksis merged with the urRu again after the crystal was reunited with the shard.  I wonder if this is the meaning of the Hopi Prophecy.