Finding Balance

I often get asked what does the phrase ‘biodynamic’ actually means? In essence, it means ‘lifeforce’. This sounds simple, but when you look a bit more into it its origin it can get quite complex.

Most cultures have specific names for this ‘lifeforce’. In the Hindu philosophy, it is referred to as prana’, in China, it is known as ‘chi/qi’, the Mayans known it as ‘chu’lel’ and the Aborigines in Australia call it ‘alcheringa’ and these are just a few examples.

“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a conscious and intelligent non-visible living energy force. This energy force is the matrix mind of all matter.”   – Max Planck, developer of Quantum physics. 

When Rudolf Steiner coined the phrase ‘biodynamic’ in the early 1900ie he used the Ancient Greek words  bio=life and dunamis – energy to describe this ‘life-force’.

He was certainly influenced by Wilhelm Reich’s research, another fellow Austrian doctor and author who published his work around the same time as the Biodynamic movement started and came to similar conclusions.

the biodynamic life forceThis ‘lifeforce’ is omnipresent, in plants, minerals, the cosmos, animals, and of course in us humans. The overarching concept is a symbiotic harmony of all lifeforms. It is the interconnectedness between macro-organism (the planets, stars, the universe) and all life on earth. It is the ‘energy’ that makes us think and tick and describes the harmony between the body, the mind, and the soul.

It is also the energy that makes us think of someone or gives us ‘a gut feeling’. We all pick it up subconsciously. It is about vibrations and how we interact. Some people lighten up a room others bring in ‘some bad vibe’.

We say that some people ‘have green fingers’, meaning they grow plants and garden with ease, where others can’t manage to keep a plant alive. This effect is true and has to do with ‘life-force’. We all exert energy and other humans,  animals and plants pick this up. There is a study that asked its volunteers to water plants with the same amount of water, light, and growing condition. But one test group has to gently stroke the plants in their care and ‘give them some love’. The other test group were encouraged not touch the plants and to handle them in an aggressive manner. I know what you are thinking these are plants, it should not matter – same light, the same amount of water should give the same results.  But this study clearly showed that it did matter and quite a lot, too. Therefore a ‘green fingered person is simply a gardener that really cares about their plants and gets pleasure out of handling them.

The saying ‘ where attention goes – energy flows’ is a clear manifestation for this elusive force. We tend to be skeptical about everything that we can not see, touch, hear or measure. But that does not mean it does not exist.

Translate this to agriculture and it is easy to see why biodynamic food tastes so good and is ‘full of life’. It is the way the soil is prepared, the crops are rotated, the organic watering/fertilizing process is handled. And once harvested, the fresh produce is handled with care, packed in breathable containers until it reaches the plate and is not stored into tight-fitting plastic wrappers that won’t let any air in. 

During the growing cycle, the plant has plenty of interactions with other plant species and animals like bees, butterflies, and earthworms. There is not one specific benefit that matters the most – it is all these combined that produces this vibrant, good-tasting and healthy food. Which in turn nourishes us and keeps us happy and healthy – as we all know – you are what you eat.

Here is an article that compare Biodynamic agriculture with convential growing methods. 

As the Beach Boys sing – it is all about ‘good vibrations’. Here is an article series that may help you with this. I have rekindled it for our newer community members. It is called  The Benefit of crystals.

If you want to find out more about LWTM, please download our Freebies that give you more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Balance

I often get asked what does the phrase ‘biodynamic’ actually mean? So here is an article that I can point future enquiries to. 

In essence, it means ‘lifeforce’. This sounds simple, but when you look a bit more into it its origin it can get quite complex.

Most cultures have specific names for this ‘lifeforce’. In the Hindu philosophy, it is referred to as prana’, in China, it is known as ‘chi/qi’, the Mayans known it as ‘chu’lel’ and the Aborigines in Australia call it ‘alcheringa’ and these are just a few to mention.

“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a conscious and intelligent non-visible living energy force. This energy force is the matrix mind of all matter.”   – Max Planck, developer of Quantum physics. 

When Rudolf Steiner coined the phrase ‘biodynamic’ in the early 1900ie he used the Ancient Greek words  bio=life and dunamis – energy to describe this ‘life-force’.

He was also influenced by Wilhelm Reich’s research, another fellow Austrian doctor and author who published his work around the same time as the Biodynamic movement started and came to similar conclusions.

the biodynamic life forceThis ‘lifeforce’ is omnipresent, in plants, minerals, the cosmos, animals, and of course in us humans. The overarching concept is a symbiotic harmony of all lifeforms. It is the interconnectedness between macro-organism (the planets, stars, the universe) and all life on earth. It is the ‘energy’ that makes us think and tick and describes the harmony between the body, the mind, and the soul.

It is also the energy that makes us think of someone or gives us ‘a gut feeling’. We all pick it up subconsciously. It is about vibrations and how we interact. Some people lighten up a room others bring in ‘some bad vibe’. 

We say that some people ‘have green fingers’, meaning they grow plants and garden with ease, where others can’t manage to keep a plant alive. This effect is true and has to do with ‘life-force’. We all exert energy and other humans,  animals and plants pick this up. There is a study that asked its volunteers to water plants with the same amount of water, light, and growing condition. But one test group has to gently stroke the plants in their care and ‘give them some love’. The other test group were encouraged not touch the plants and to handle them in an aggressive manner. I know what you are thinking these are plants, it should not matter – same light, the same amount of water should give the same results.  But this study clearly showed that it did matter and quite a lot, too. Therefore a ‘green fingered person is simply a gardner that really cares about their plants and garden. Maybe not rushing through, but enjoying the time with the plants.

Translate this to agriculture and it is easy to see why biodynamic food tastes so good and is ‘full of life’. It is the way the soil is prepared, the crops are rotated, the organic watering/fertilizing process is handled. And once harvested, the fresh produce is handled with care, packed in breathable containers until it reaches the plate and is not stored into tight-fitting plastic wrappers that won’t air in.

During the growing cycle, the plant has plenty of interactions with other plant species and animals like bees, butterflies, and earthworms. There is not one specific benefit – it is all these combined that produces this vibrant, good-tasting and healthy food. Which in turn nourishes us and keeps us happy and healthy – as you are what you eat.

As the Beach Boys sing – it is all about ‘good vibrations’. Here is an article series that may help you with this. It is called The Benefit of crystals.

If you want to find out more about LWTM, please download our Freebies that give you more information.