I was born in the remotest jungles of Borneo to Dutch parents back in 1949. As a child, I lived in Borneo, then Malaysia, then England and last New Zealand. It was
here, as an eighteen-year-old, that I fell in love with the
land and decided to become a Biodynamic farmer. A
while later I met a young American women, fell in love
and followed her to the States where I spent most of my
Saving Fukushima and the Pacific Ocean
Nature Appreciation Meditation.
I have been a Biodynamic dairy farmer most of my life and have always enjoyed being out and about in nature. So two years ago in a healing session, I experienced the deepest sadness imaginable about the death of the Pacific Ocean due to Fukushima. The pain I experienced was similar to loosing a dearly loved family member. ‘How could we collectively allow this to happen?,’ I asked myself.
At the same time, I was shown how important it is to Mother Earth that we appreciate her in all her beauty and magnificence. I saw how we can combine these two experiences and how that will help heal nature and ourselves.
As we practice building reverence and love for the Earth, we can experience her unconditional love for humanity. In this talking back and forth between ourselves and the Earth, we can let ourselves actually feel the hurt of Fukushima. These feelings of love and thankfulness that we have for the Earth can literally be extended to Fukushima. We can bath her in it, let the love sink deep into the wound of the earth and then let it flow to the ocean and all her life. We can saturate the ocean with our deepest appreciation of her splendid life and send her all our healing energies.
Many of you probably have meditation exercises that you practice. You could modify them or add a new dimension. I imagine thousands of strands of light and love stretching to Fukushima and bathing her and the ocean in healing love.
I am lucky in that I live in the mountains of Ecuador close to the Equator. All year long, the sun rises close to six a.m. and the weather is perfect. Every morning as the sun rises, my wife Susan and I make the Agnihotra offering to the sun and immerse ourselves in the beauty of another day.
I vary my experience as repetition can blunt the senses. What never varies is that I block out all thoughts of the past and future and just try to enjoy the moment. I watch the clouds, I listen to the river and birds and insects. I smell and feel the warmth or cold. Nothing else matters. Then I allow my feelings to come in and I direct them with my will. Sometimes I might choose a plant like a rose and follow her through her life. This lets me experience her in her full being and then I start to appreciate her. I thank her for being so faithful to the sun in her growth. Maybe she is growing in rocky soil or it is too wet or dry. I appreciate her in her environment, whatever that is. I enjoy her beautiful flowers, her colors and smells and I thank her. I thank her for cleaning the air so that I have oxygen to breath.
All these feelings I then strengthen as I bring them into all nature. I fill myself with appreciation, gratitude and love for all that surrounds me, both seen and unseen.
I am lucky in that I can sit on our porch for half an hour, sometimes an hour, just enjoying what surrounds me. Or I can go out at night and watch the stars and fireflies.
Then when I am ready I give all that joy back to Fukushima and the wound that we have created within the Earth. I bath Fukushima in love and light and let that spread to the life of the ocean.
If you live in a city or do not have access to nature you can, for instance, put all your attention into a potted plant. A plant with a beautiful flower, perhaps a cyclamen or a delicate orchid. Or maybe you can take the time to go for a walk in a park. Even a winter landscape has its beauty and then you can thank the Earth for letting you go inward and experience the long nights. You know that later you will have the contrast of spring, summer and autumn.
These exercises are important for three reasons. The Earth is a conscious being and can experience our enjoyment and love of her. We all know how love can heal....know that your love can heal the Earth! We do not necessarily know how, but know that one hundred thousand people or more consciously enjoying nature and sending their blessings will make a difference.
The second reason for doing Earth appreciation meditations is that it will reconnect you to the Earth and therefore yourself. We are of the Earth - literally. Fukushima and our treatment of the Earth can only happen because we have become disconnected to our origins. As we practice enjoying nature our thoughts will change. Similarly, our lifestyle will change to one that is in line with the capabilities of the Earth to support us.
The third reasons for doing meditations like those above is that science has now proven that can change the outcome. For instance, Lynne McTaggart and others have shown how, when many people concentrate on peace for a city or a war-torn situation, the violence will decrease.
If you are in a position to combine the meditation with a practice like AGNIHOTRA, you will find that your life will be enhanced. A daily practice of ceremony like this brings in new powers to your life.
Food too is important. If there is BIODYNAMIC FOOD available you will find that your consciousness will heighten and that it will be easier to change your life as you wish.
We have now added a set of nine meditations that are specific to Fukushima and the pacific Ocean which you can find on the home page