Thoughts that came to me in my greenhouse - the outside man cave
What do Children and Gurus have in common?
They live in present time. the moment
A very difficult state of mind to maintain. Especially if you are trying.
Lately I have been able to have a some existential play times with my 4 year old grandson. Today while reflecting on the things and systems in the greenhouse the pump stated and now the Vertical towers drip into the DWC tank below. The sound put me in Transcendental spiral of thoughts. Few a few brief moments I was in the present. Then I realized this it the place I get to go when I am playing with my grandson.
They both can visit their great imaginations.
When we try and create a solutions for a plumbing problem etc. we are close to that child like state of being using our imagination. Children aren' yet confined to the boxes we live in. "The People" as native americans sometimes call themselves mostly didn't live in boxes in their minds or dwellings. Their unity with nature was imagined in the stories that they taught and lived by. They are our first american stewards of nature. Most of what we know as science was considered magic at one time. So doesn't it follow that some of what we consider magic today will be tomorrows science.
Children and Gurus laugh a lot.
How many times have you done something stupid only to find yourself laughing at it. By yourself. Involuntarily. Laughter is healing. Bernie Siegel and many other people of medicine believe that Laughter can heal even cancer. The pain of laughter is the joy of life cleansing us.
It never ceases to amaze me when my grandson is in awe of magic in nature. His wonderment is contagious. Since he doesn't yet live completely in a box he uses his imagination to describe his understanding of the wonders. He sees fairies in butterflies. Imaginary friends but if just for a fleeting moment. I see plant eating caterpillar breeders. But when I am with him I catch his wonderment and laugh.
They both believe in Superheros.
I spend a lot of time with my grandson in the pool playing superheros. Sure there is the good guy and the bad guy. But life is full of them. We are them. It is the consequence of our times to believe we can choose to be one or the other. But alas it is mostly the circumstances of the moment that challenge us to be brave or righteous. Tell the truth doesn't it feel good to be an Aquapon.
In the world of Magic there are three states of mind to manifesting a thought.
Knowing - Believing - Letting go
We know that others are doing this aquaponics thing and have success.
We believe that we can do it also. It doesn't look that difficult.
Once we have done it long enough we learn to let it go. Then the real magic begins.
When I first read "The Findhorn Garden" I learned what it meant to be a sympathetic magician. Through my life I have called that state of being by many names. Follower - Devotie - Witch - Shaman now Steward of Nature.
In late 79 I read "The Gaia Hypothesis" by Lovelock and Margulis. it was perfect.
a complex entity involving the Earth's biosphere, atmosphere, oceans, and soil; the totality constituting a feedback or cybernetic system which seeks an optimal physical and chemical environment for life on this planet."
Here I could find science to explain magic. I have always believed that the message of the holy grail was the "you and the earth are one". Now I had empirical proof to back me up.
In the early 80s I named my little girl born then Gaia Rhiannon Cosmo. Earth moon stars. Now as I grow old and wise I realize I have more in common with my grandson than my son. I want to live in the world of imagination in a state of wonderment laughing as much as possible.
My wife calls the greenhouse my man cave. I great mystery that I will have to ponder on my next journey while being transported out of my box by the sounds of the water.
A young devotee climbs the mountain to ask the guru the meaning of life.
After the long arduous climb he reaches the cave and finds the Guru floating a few inches above the ground in a seated meditation. The young devotee knows he can ask but one question so he sits in meditation for a while to form his question. After quite a while he notices that he can't concentrate because of the mosquitos that are buzzing and bitting him. Amazed, he notices that the Guru has a what seems like a swarm of bugs around him but none landing on him. Finally when he could't take it any longer he burst out "Guru how is it the mosquitos don't bite you". After a grueling long wait the Guru spoke. "They are not part of my reality" After a few minutes, the guru wavered off balance for a second and swatted a stinging mosquito.
So what does this have to do with Aquaponics.
Well think about this story in the news this week.
There are trillions upon trillions of microbes living on and in the human body.
To put this in perspective, Jeffrey Gordon, a professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, who studies the microbes that live on and in us, offers this factoid: "We think that there are 10 times more microbial cells on and in our bodies than there are human cells. That means that we're 90 percent microbial and 10 percent human. There's also an estimated 100 times more microbial genes than the genes in our human genome. So we're really a compendium [and] an amalgamation of human and microbial parts.""