|Week of October 1, 2005 |
Oct 1, 2005
Teachers who attended the biannual National Teachers Conference got to experience the life force that is contained in the plants in the garden. Dr. Dan took everyone out to the garden and had them pick and taste a tomato. Many people who disliked tomatoes found that fresh picked from the garden they really do taste good and are full of life force. We also picked a leaf of Swiss chard and we could actually feel the life force in our hands in the way of pressure or warmth. We thanked the plant for providing us with such goodness. When we ate the leaf there was such a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. People felt the energy spreading throughout their bodies as they maintained a still mind.
This is so different from how I used to think.
We as students here at the college have experienced the garden talking to us in different ways. The ability to understand when to water and when to fertilize comes from having a still mind and being present with the garden. It shows me that I can learn from everything if I am open and receptive to receiving. The garden and orchard help me to understand gratitude because the garden is completely dependent on us to take care of it. I can feel the gratitude of the plants and the thanks they give because of our care.
Paw-Paw Picking Experience
Tad and I went picking paw-paw fruit down in the fields along the river near Dream Valley. We had such a fun time! It reminds me of going on a treasure hunt. Only a few out of the many paw-paw trees actually bear fruit. The fruit is usually fairly well hidden higher up on the tree too. So it takes a still mind and a keen eye to spot one or a few bunched together. When we did find them, we usually had to shake the tree to get them to fall and then cover our heads to avoid getting hit. It was truly a great experience. The effort is definitely worth it though. When we were finished, we had about 10 gallons of beautiful, tasty paw-paws. Mmmm-mmm!! Shawn
Seeing My Influence
My daughter, Kim, called me the other night from New York City. She was very excited to finally be living the dream that she has had since she was five years old, attending the University of New York. Since coming to the School of Metaphysics I have learned and experienced how my thoughts and attitudes result in health problems like colds and the flu. If I can identify the non-productive thoughts and change them to productive thoughts I can heal myself physically. I have been building an understanding of this since coming to the school. I have talked with my daughter about the causal thoughts of illness and she has worked with this some at home but I wasnt sure she really understood it until she called.
Kim told me that her roommate had a cold. She casually asked her if she was having trouble making a decision lately or if she was putting something off that she knew that she should be completing. (The causal thought behind a cold is being indecisive, feeling that you cant have your desires.) Her roommate said that in fact she had been having difficulty making some decisions. Kim told her that if she made the decisions now and quit putting them off that she would be able to get rid of her cold faster. Her roommate followed through on what she needed to do and the next day she was much better.
Kim also found that she was starting to get a cold. Her nose was starting to drip and she could feel a scratchy throat. She thought about what she was putting off and realized that she needed to make some decisions concerning her boyfriend back in Iowa. She realized that she needed to take action. She called her boyfriend and after their talk decided to end their relationship. She told me that the very next day she was better. She said, Mom, it really works. She says that she and her roommate are experimenting with this causal thought stuff so that they can stay healthier. She has also been talking to them about metaphysics and they are very interested. I will be sending her the book Permanent Healing and The Dreamers Dictionary for them to use in New York. Karen
College Night To me, going to Bolivar High School was like a class for getting-up-in-front-of-people karma 101. I had the usual doubts to contend with - What if I dont do well? What if I cant think of what to say? What if dont know how to interpret the dream," etc. Of course, my fears were unfounded.
On the way there I kept redirecting my thoughts from fear and choosing an open mind. Im glad I did. I was a little nervous talking about dreams, yet once I got a chance to interpret one myself, everything changed. I went from having my attention on myself, to helping others who have not yet had the benefit of this study. The shift from nervousness to joy was instant. Then, when I finished telling this person about her dream, she immediately saw the truth of this message from her subconscious mind. She was so excited, she told everyone.
As the afternoon progressed, I manned the table while Jen, Jesse, Karen, and Kelley stood in front. Each of us was actively talking with new people and interpreting dreams most of the time. I expanded my attention and I could feel the whole room. I placed my focus on our group and could experience the excitement of each. I felt so much love for my classmates. We were all supporting each other energetically and working together harmoniously. From time to time Karen or Kelly would walk around with the camera snapping shots and I did my best to keep the give-away books stocked on the table.
I enjoyed the many discussions I had with the students there. It felt great to be able to provide answers, dispel myths, and let more people know about the School of Metaphysics. I remembered when I was in high school in California and heard about the SOM and how I wished there was a school center near where I lived.
I endeavored to keep in mind that each person I interacted with is a soul with similar needs to my own. This made it easy to feel connected. Every one of us had a great time and, after what seemed like 30 minutes-we had been there for almost three hours,- it was time to go. I look forward to doing similar events in the future. I am using this experience to change the way I think about getting up in front of others and talking. This will help me with everything from public lectures to job interviews. I know that by changing this mental picture I am changing my future experiences.
The garden is an amazing place to learn about group consciousness. Every day this summer we have been out in the garden debugging the plants and weeding as a group. It inspires in me the ability to connect with fellow classmates, to discuss the learning that we have gained, to share experiences and to go beyond limitations in our thinking about what we like and dont like. It is in finding the harmony with those things that allow us to transcend the Law of Duality, to see the value in all the activities that we do. For me this elevates the activities from something that I have to get done to what I can do to be of service.
We recently had a frost advisory here in Windyville. This necessitated finding large pieces of plastic to cover the gardens to protect the plants from frost. It took a lot of imaging to see how we were going to get the plastic to cover those plants most vulnerable to the change in temperature. Those plants that we couldnt cover we harvested like some of the sweet potatoes and tomatilloes. In all, the garden survived pretty well.
All this love and attention for the garden is paying off in an abundance of produce that we are receiving from the garden. During the Transcribe-a-Thon/Proof-a-Thon (more on this in Oct. 8th week diary) held here at the college we got to experience that bounty. The meals came completely from the garden and from our livestock.
carrots were in the salad.
We had sweet potatoes from the garden
along with fried okra.
and fresh herbs were also on the table.
Dr. Barbara made gooseneck squash pie (tastes like pumpkin but better)
served with whipped cream made from the cream provided by our dairy cows.
It was excellent.
We had barbequed ribs and roast pork,
the meat coming from our own livestock.
We also made pear honey jam
from the pears and apples in our orchard,
and canned okra for gumbo for later this winter.
We also made the best tomatillo salsa that I have ever had from the tomatilla harvested from the garden before the frost.
Dr. Terry Martin and Dr. Barbara Condron made Mexican coffee from the milk that we get daily from our dairy cows for the Transcribe-a-thon.
It is amazing how wonderful it is to eat things so full of life force. Everyone here is healthier and more energetic because of the increased nutrition from the things that we have grown organically. Karen
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