Archive for the ‘Healing the Land’ Category

Healing Prayer for the World’s Oceans

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Since the beginning of the New Year Fukushima’s continuing destruction to our air and water has been on people’s minds, as I receive a steady flow of concerned emails from friends and acquaintances with links to various websites portraying the devastation this nuclear disaster is having on our environment.

This past Fall alarmed Native American elders from many North and South American tribes banded together in council to help “restore peace, harmony and balance for our collective future and for all living beings.”  In doing so, they emphasized that we all need to form groups to pray for and visualize healthy oceans free of radiation and other types of pollution.

This request will make perfect sense to those of you who are familiar with Dr. Masaru Emoto’s ground breaking work on observing the physical effects words, prayers, and music have on the crystalline structure of water.

If you are unfamiliar with these experiments here is a bit of background. Dr. Emoto exposed water to different words, word phrases, and music, froze the same water samples and then hired photographers to take pictures of their crystalline structures. The results were incredible!  Water samples that were exposed to nice words and feelings such as love, compassion and forgiveness formed beautiful crystals and samples bombarded with phrases like “I hate you” or heavy metal music formed distorted and ugly crystals.


Here are some examples.




I encourage you all to form as many prayer groups as possible to help restore the health of our oceans.  My friend Barbara Janeway is sponsoring such a group every Thursday evening at 7pm at the Oasis in Carrboro, NC.  Let’s join together and help heal our beautiful planet!

Extinct Judea Date Palm grown from 2,000 Year Seed

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

In 2005, research biologist, Elaine Solowey, decided to see if she could grow the then extinct Judea Date Palm from 2,000 year old seeds found at the ancient mountain fortress of Masada in Israel.

After soaking the seeds in warm water, prepping them with growth and rooting hormones, and then planting them in enzyme rich fertilizer, Dr. Solowey was amazed to see shoots coming up after only five weeks.

 With such vitality, it’s easy to see why the  Judea Date Palm was called The Tree of Life and  Date Bearing Phoenix.  Still thriving today, this resurrected date palm is bearing flowers, and researchers are hoping it is a female tree that will produce fruit.
 Known for a host of medicinal properties the Judea Date Palm was once at the heart of the region’s local economy.  Both the Bible and Quran site its mundane uses of food, shelter, shade, and good fortune, plus its healing virtues for disease, infection, and contraception.

However, after conquering the region in 70AD, Roman legions destroyed these valuable trees to crush resistance and control the local economy.

Judea Date Palm

Ingenious Solar Project in India

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Everytime we turn on the news in our country, it instantly feels like we are all doomed.  However there are countless, really positive projects going on all over the world, and here’s one of them.

India is in the process of converting their country to Solar Power by covering their canal system with solar panels.  This ingenious idea creates clean fuel for electricity, while staving off constant water evaporation; thus providing an extra irrigation capacity to India’s farmlands.

The Indian government projects that in the next 50 years 85,000km will be completed.  Meanwhile, 2,200 mega watts of electricity are being produced by 19,000km of covered canals.

How is this possible? …In India there exists an atmosphere of cooperation and progressive thinking between the government agency that owns and maintains the canal system and Sun Edison, the power company that is now building the new electricity grid.

Eco Dome from Cal Earth

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Bored with just digging and maintaining a garden?  Now you can build a small house in your backyard made from earth using NASA’s Superadobe technology, recreated by Cal-Earth Institute.  This structure called the Moon Cocoon, is resistant to fire, floods, wind storms and earthquakes.

Watch this short flick and find out how.

Sweden’s Novel Use of Garbage

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Sweden is the only country in the world that manages their landfill issues by recycling physical waste into electricity for 250,000 homes and 20% of their country’s heat.  In doing so, only 4% of their trash winds up landfills.  This waste management program is so effective that they have run out of garbage and are currently buying it from Norway and hope to expand to other European countries soon.

Spokespersons for the Swedish EPA say that they are now able to help eliminate recycling issues for their neighbors, while creating a new income stream for their own country by charging for their services.

Fungus Among Us – Take 2

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

After writing my article last month on the role mushrooms play in our environment, I was intrigued enough to watch another Paul Stamats lecture on You Tube. I found it to be both fascinating and enlightening, so below are a few of the things I learned listening to his amazing talk called The Future of Fungi.

After years of study, scientists have found that fungus inhabits all plants and trees, helping their seeds to germinate better and enabling them to resist disease and sustain long droughts, predator attacks, and sudden climate changes. Because fungi carry nutrients to trees over long distances, researchers have also discovered that mycelium have a balancing effect on the health of forests.

Fungi also create soil by decomposing leaves, straw, and other plant debris, and then form dense under ground water storing networks that branch out and explore new territory. It then educates the network of what it has found.  He calls fungi, earth’s natural internet, and goes on to say that networking is basic to all forms of life, including galaxies embedded in a field of dark matte that he believes to be cosmic consciousness.

Paul Stamats also believes that mycelium are intelligent, sentient beings, that actually are related to us because they also breath oxygen and release carbon dioxide.  He says that millions of years ago we were one species that began developing differently.


Other Mushrooms Discussed in the Film and What They Do.

Amadou mushroom – can create a spark and carry fire for several days.  Can be formed in to clothing and when smeared with animal grease, becomes water repellent.

Oyster mushroom – breaks down hydro carbons and eats oil.

Hideous Gomphidius– Eats Cesium 137 and lowers radiation in the surrounding environment.

Black Molds – growing on Chernobyl walls ate l million rads of gamma radiation, by using pigment cells to utilize radiation the same way plants use sunlight for cellular metabolism.

Agarikon mushroom eats bacteria of TB, small pox, staphlicocos and ecoli, but only  grows in old growth forests.

Reishi & Cordyceps – Used in the prevention of cancer




Want to see the film for yourself? 

View Paul Stamats film The Future is Fungi on You Tube




Mythic Walking

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Mythic Walking occurs when symbolic meaning is perceived in the surrounding, natural topography.  Here, cliffs and mountains resembling faces or animals relate ancient indigenous myth, while connecting us to spirit of place.

Journeying through symbolically charged landscapes enabled first peoples to understand who they were as a tribe, where their culture came from, and where it was going.  In this way they were able to merge with the living land where resident spirits became their Gods and Goddesses.

Today, we too can honor this ancient rite of Mythic Walking by navigating sacred territories through meditation or spiritual quest. By merging with the landscape, we can awaken to the spirits that be, while leaving an invisible footprint upon the Earth.

Lessening Our Carbon Footprint by Greening Deserts

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

While filming a story on Chinese farming practices several years ago, cameraman John D. Liu stumbled upon a series of techniques that transformed barren wasteland into tracks of green oasis. So inspired by his discovery, he decided to dedicate his life assisting third world nations such as Rwanda, Ethiopia and Jordon, in restoring and revitalizing over grazed desert in only three to five years!

Using fencing for domestic, grazing animals, planting trees and building mesas, these countries have returned fertility to the land and given their people food security.

According to Mr. Liu, renewal occurs when people have a fundamental understanding of how eco systems work and having a balance between hydrology and vegetative life.

He feels that we need to shift our belief system away from valuing goods and services to valuing the natural world of trees, water, plant and animal diversity, because when our source of wealth is based on products derived from the land, and not the land itself, it’s inevitable that environmental challenges will develop. Instead, Mr. Lui feels we need to base our wealth on breathing clean air, drinking clear water, being happy, and living in nature.

He states, “If we were to restore all of the land on Earth that has been degraded, we would put a huge dent in the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.  Living soils retain 3X more carbon than the foliage above the ground.”

 Watch this remarkable film about John D. Liu’s work on revitalizing desert into fertile, sustainable and functional land now.