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[VIDEO] SOIL: THE MOST IMPORTANT SUBSTANCE ON EARTH

The lives we live are often so full of activity that looking at the wondrous world of soil just beneath our feet is often the last thing on our minds.

If we pause for only a moment and begin to look at what this incredibly important and diverse layer of our planet is doing we quickly become drawn into a world of mystery and intrigue that would make even the best screenwriters in Hollywood sit on the edge of their seats in anticipation.

Humus, the layer of organic material just under our feet in a healthy landscape, is the most diverse biological mass known to science.

It is specifically because of this level of diversity that it plays a role as the cradle of everything we hold dear and true in the natural world.

The complexity of the forest alone is unable to exist as we know it when this layer is either missing or damaged through the ignorance and abuse of modern agriculture, forestry and gardening practices. 

French agronomist engineer Claude Bourguignon has reported extensively on the importance of this vital layer of the Earth.

He covers the effects of the loss of this layer throughout the European continent in the 20th century and how the degeneration of humus, microbiology and vermiculture is responsible for many of our modern day health problems.

He presents the question, ‘Where is the world heading,’ if we continue this trend toward soil destruction.

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With so much of our health relying on the healthy and truly diverse soil-scapes, we are at a critical turning point in our attitude toward this foundational biomass.

It can be clearly seen in the video above that we are able to totally destroy ourselves through the simple act of destroying our global soils.

However, we are also able to completely change the face of our understanding our place on this planet by caring for our soils with the same level of devotion we would care for our nearest and dearest people in our lives.  

Although the term ‘care’ can be interpreted in many ways, the use of the term here is referencing a total devotion to encouraging and increasing the absolute and highest health of the soiled biomass just under our feet.

It only takes a subtle shift in our attention to who and what we are as a small, yet critical, part in the curation and care of the world we live in.

We are stewards of this grandiose planetary Ark we call Earth. 

Funny isn’t it?

We have named this planet, Earth.

What is earth?

Well, simply put, Earth is earth: a biomass that includes the subtle, vital and extraordinary skin we call soil.

Without healthy soil, the other layers of earth are no longer able to produce organic life.

Without organic life, we are all at a loss.

After all, we are organisms just like any other.

We need to be careful to embrace our role here as stewards of this Great Planet.

Are you ready for the shift?

Put your hands on some soil and begin the journey of perpetual peacefulness inherent in loving your planet again. 

Here’s to your highest health and your best self.

Love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HORMONES – THE MESSENGERS OF HEALTH

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SLEEPING BEAUTY

Why do our bodies seem to break down and cause problems?

It doesn’t make any sense when looking at how the body works.

Science has shown over and again the power of our body to regenerate and grow back from nearly anything.

Before we can get a clear picture as to why we are experiencing many of the hormone challenges we have we need to look at a deeper issue that is just under the surface of our lives.

Have you ever wondered why we are the only creatures on Earth that seem to be having a problem understanding how to live?

Why is it that birds just ‘get it’ while we struggle to make ends meet?

Why do bees have the ability to set up shop wherever they want, and yet we have to go through the trouble of confusing social systems just to get enough resources to acquire places to rest our heads, raise families, build businesses, or run nations?

What is it about people that we just don’t ‘get it’?

Why are we having such a challenge figuring out what every other creature just seems to understand right out of the gate?

These are the questions that may initially seem ridiculous to ask.

Many people respond by saying that it’s because we are humans and we have the biggest brains.

We understand how to use tools and create technology.

The thing is, not enough people are asking these questions.

If we take a closer look at our behavior as a species, we quickly see that there is nothing about what we are doing that is anything close to resembling a natural life.

We have all but completely divorced ourselves from the natural world, currently contributing to the pandemic illnesses of our society.

It’s like we are all under a spell, asleep waiting for our savior to finally wake us from our slumber.

WHAT IS THIS PLACE ANYWAYS?

It’s rare to meet someone who is 100% healthy.

In fact, it’s very unlikely any of us ever has.

When we break things down to the levels of hormone health, especially in North America, there is a very slim chance that things are all in balance and working as they should. 

We are all systematically indoctrinated into a way of life that is far removed from naturally living on a planet.

If we were viewed from an outsider looking in, we would likely appear as if we’re an alien lifeform out of our respective element.

Or worse, a sickness on the planet.

Remember, we live on a planet that is a so far beyond our understanding when it comes to its functions, forms, and feelings – and thus our place within it – that it is silly to assume we know much of anything.

Until we begin again, as our native neighbors and ancestors did, to connect to the intuitive ‘inner voice’ of the heart, we will continue to flounder our resources and treat this wondrous place as if it is just a bunch of stuff we can take advantage of rather than care for wholeheartedly.

This blinded approach our culture is taking is the root of the demise of our hormone health.

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More frequently than not, this is not at all what people want to hear.

Bringing this up in conversation often induces the usual eye roll and deep sighs of pity toward the person bringing up the subject.

Personal accountability can be very challenging.

This behavior is just an automatic response triggered by years of conditioning in a system that needs this kind of reaction for it to continue functioning as it does.

We are, after all, social creatures and we all want to be included in our social circles.

Being respected and thought highly of is often a desirable quality that can quickly become momentarily unavailable if we step out of expected socio-political alignments.

So bringing up controversial issues, issues many of us often don’t have the desire to investigate, can often send us to the sidelines full of awkward glances and hand-over-mouth whispers.

The reason this reaction often occurs is two-fold. 

First, people have a hard time taking responsibility for this level of care in a world that is very much built by focussing on the opposite.

Second, the pain of our unconscious folly has to metabolize somehow, and for most, it’s just easier to ignore it and push it away rather than face it.

Again, this is another major reason for the pandemic anxiety and depression that is so prevalent in our culture today.

After all, isn’t it easier just to take a pill to suppress your natural instincts and their communication from the body?

Isn’t it more socially appropriate to turn a blind eye to the injustices we see happening to our planet, our neighbors, our children, and to ourselves?

This backward view is, again, at the root of our health issues, especially regarding hormones.

AUTOMATIC ECOCIDE

It certainly doesn’t make it any better to watch the events happening on the world stage with people subjecting us to all kinds of ecocide.

As of the writing of this article, there are numerous atrocities happening all across the nation that affects every area of our lives.

From the disposal of toxic waste to the over-farming of our land we have a lot of work to do just in our own backyard to make sure that we are leaving our ourselves, our children and our grandchildren with a healthy place to live.

This is not even mentioning the challenges presented in areas of the world that are less likely to hold the nation accountable for these atrocities.

Many parts of the world are still continually degenerating, like in many regions where, in the morning, household garbage burning takes place in the backyard of the average homeowner, or in others where clear cutting ancient forests at the rate of 1 football field per minute is an acceptable practice.

These processes are not even considered as locally problematic because it is often happening in the limelight of business.

Big business has to make profits and profits tie in directly to growth.

Growth is often only able to continue by consuming more and more by increasingly vast numbers of people.

Therefore, ecocide – the perpetual killing off of entire ecosystems – is now simply an automatic function of business as usual.

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN WHO, AND WHAT, YOU ARE?

Why have we gone so astray?

Why have we forgotten the sacred rule of Unity, the notion that we are all one big organism?

It would be ludicrous to allow someone to come up to us and allow them to drain our lymphatic fluid just to fuel a pencil sharpener, or to enable them to mine our bone marrow simply to make shoe laces.

Why, then, do we assume we can do the same to our planet?

We’ve all but forgotten that the Earth is alive.

Realistically, that’s the main pain point right there.

Many people in our world still believe that this planet is not alive.

We all buy into this materialist theory of science that the Earth is just a big rock hurling through space with a bunch of stuff growing on its surface.

The vast consciousness at the root of all of us, the Earth included, isn’t even considered as a possibility. So many of us are still unable to observe life as it is.

Just beyond the qualities of what we consider ‘life’ to look like, as in a moving snake or a flowering tree, there are other subtleties we never take into consideration, like bacteria, a heartbeat, or cellular functions.

The same relative process applies for the Earth as well.

We are simply not taking into consideration that Earth is part of a greater body and is operating in much the same way toward us and the solar system as a cell would function inside our body.

A cell just ‘knows’ what to do in our body in all it’s complexity much the same as a planet ‘knows’ how to function as part of the greater universe with all of its mysteries.

Many of the subtleties of living in alignment with Earths operational mysteries are just whispers in the winds of the ages, leaving most of us walking blind to what life actually looks like just outside of common sociocultural viewpoints. 

Are we thus fated to make the same mistakes and suffer the same demise of ill health as every other historical culture has?

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LOST, UNLESS WE MAKE A CHANGE…

If we turn to the ancient texts and wisdom traditions, like the Native indigenous cultures, the Vedas of India or the texts of Buddhists for instance, it is stated that even the rocks are full of life.

Even Christians have Jesus saying in Luke 19:40 – “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

There is a rare person in North America that will take a claim like this and seriously look into how it can be the case, and the rest of the world is not far behind in dropping their inquiry as well.

It’s certainly not much of a stretch to understand a lesson such as this, but it does require some education into the nature of the unseen world.

And this isn’t even a spiritual statement.

It’s a statement that relies on nothing more than physics.

Everything is all vibration and matter in motion through torsion.

Molecules and atoms, all buzzing around at head-spinning speeds, respond to the life-force inherent at the root of every single physical thing we see, rocks included.

Rock and mineral dust is part of the makeup of organic life everywhere on the planet for a reason.

Not to mention the fact that much of the Earth is made of crystalline minerals, metals, liquids and magnetic fields. 

Now, this is perhaps a bit too far down the rabbit hole for a conversation about hormone health but it helps to create a context as to why we are where we are.

The point here is to address the reasons that are just behind the veil of our everyday life and to delve deeper into the reality that we are living within.

Without an intimate relationship with the world we live in, and as, we cannot fully grasp the monstrous decline in the wellbeing and health of all of us, especially when it comes to hormones.

This is one of the cornerstone reasons we age the way we do.

Longevity is intimately tied to our connection to our immediate environment.

If our environment is not supportive of the diversity our body requires to survive and thrive then we are more likely to be continually at a loss for access to high-level health, wellness, anti-aging, and deep-seated connection to our reality. 

THE BODY NEEDS DIVERSITY IN THE ECOSYSTEM

You are truly a remarkable creature and are entitled to a life of optimum health and wellbeing.

It is only when we finally understand that we are all part of the intimate network of creatures of our planet, creatures that all need to be living in harmony, that we can claim our place in the circle of life.

The reasons so many people are not experiencing the levels of health we should be experiencing are many.

One of the main reasons is the agricultural system.

In the current scientific model of agriculture, the farmer is led to believe that cutting down the forest, then plowing the remaining areas completely bare, then seeding one kind of plant with petrochemical fertilizers and then spraying them with highly toxic pesticides and herbicides is therefore somehow going to produce the foods we need to nurture our bodies.

This is not in any way to lay blame on the farmers that are growing these foods.

They are often simply moving in the direction that the industry dictates with big agricultural companies and boards calling the shots.

This is a perfect example of how we just do what everyone else is doing because that’s how we grew up.

Even though it’s harmful, most people don’t know what the alternatives are, or that there even needs to be.

Nonetheless, our body is not designed to consume these types of plants.

Chemical agriculture is responsible for the depletion of soils, minerals, bacteria, fungi, and animals that our body REQUIRES for optimum functioning.

Our body is yearning for an opportunity to be fed foods that have been grown with a natural level of biodiversity, the opposite of what is found in modern chemical agriculture. 

This is no longer food that our body can recognize.

The biodiversity that goes into growing a just a single ear of corn or a lone stalk of wheat in a natural setting is mind boggling.

And what’s more, in the natural environment these plants are many times more nutrient dense and are naturally capable of fending off diseases, pests and other plants competing for space.

THE PRACTICE OF GREEN PHILOSOPHY

A prime example of this kind of farming is illustrated very well in the classic book ‘The Natural Way of Farming – The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy,’ by the late Japanese revolutionary farmer, Masanobu Fukuoka.

At the moment it would be hard to find a better and more comprehensive treatise on the fine art and philosophy of natural farming.

Just the casual introduction of his agricultural philosophy of ‘no action’ as well as the use of his clay ‘seed-bombs’ is enough to stir a sociocultural revolution.

If people could understand the ecosystemic implications of just one generation applying this philosophy, we would never again have a problem with the nutrient density of our foods, soil degradation, disease, pestilence, or poisoning our family and environment with toxic agricultural chemicals and GMOs.

In an ideal situation, we would all be living a similar life to the one illustrated therein.

However, it would be nice to have something to do in the meantime.

Ideally, we could turn things around in as little as one generation if we could all listen to the guidance of permacultural revolutionaries like Geoff Lawton, David Holmgren, and the late Bill Mollison. 

The urban conditioning most of us are privy to makes this lifestyle relatively unthinkable.

THE HORMONE HANDBOOK – RECLAIM YOUR POEWRVery few are willing to opt in for a life of modest farming.

And realistically, there is nothing wrong with this.

We simply need to begin engineering our urban landscapes in such a way as to inherit the ways of nature as closely as possible.

This is not something that is going to happen overnight.

This is going to take an increased effort by everyone living in these urban centers to get the initiatives in motion.

We have to demand a shift in the way our current system views biodiversity.

Every aspect of our culture will require a change in the way we are doing things.

Clearly, this is a daunting task.

The question is, what can we do in the meantime to support hormone health in the face of so many challenges from the outside world?

The first step is taking control of our immediate environment and introducing simple things that will emulate the natural world as closely as possible while still enjoying our life the way it is.

Whether you are a person living in a small room with a little window or a large estate in the country there is a plan of action that you can take right now to get yourself on the right track and living the way your body is designed to.

BOOT-OUT THE HORMONE HARASSING HELLIONS – RECLAIM YOUR POWER!

In our book, ‘Finally Feeling Sexy, Happy, and Healthy – A Handbook of 23 Natural Ways for Supporting Your Healthy Hormones,’ you’ll discover how to reclaim your power to control and influence your health in positive and natural ways.

It includes all the important points you need to know to avoid the pitfalls of a profoundly misguided system so you can boot out the hormone harassing hellions from your life and finally enjoy your power to live well.

We cover the most important hormone disrupting issues of our time.

You’ll find topics ranging from Big Pharma and its potentially toxic grip on society to the exposing of endocrine disrupting chemicals that cause all kinds of havoc in your body.

It’s time to sidestep the biggest culprits in hormone disruption, and the ill health soon to follow, by finally introducing the practices and ideas needed to help you, your friends and your family get to the bottom of what causes hormone imbalance once and for all.

There is absolutely no good reason whatsoever that the vast majority of people have to suffer the painful circumstances surrounding hormone health issues.

Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, gut-problems, depression, low sex drive, anxiety and a whole series of problems are all tied very closely to having hormone challenges.

The world is constantly increasing the output of the most common culprits in health disruption, and if you don’t get ahead of it, you too will very likely be grouped in as another statistic that ends up suffering the consequences of an ‘ill-informed’ world. 

There is simply no time to wait when it comes to this core health issue. 

Check it out for yourself by clicking on the links above or below.

You’ll be glad you did…

Here’s to your highest health and your best self.

Love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HORMONE HANDBOOK – RECLAIM YOUR POEWR

Additional Resources:

Masanobu Fukuoka’s Book –

soilandhealth.org/copyrighted-book/the-natural-way-of-farming-the-theory-and-practice-of-green-philosophy/

 

YOUR BEST GARDEN EVER – THE ‘GREEN PHILOSOPHY’ OF HEALTH

THE ‘DO NOTHING’ GARDEN

Our current way of thinking about gardening requires painstaking effort.

We have to plan the lot, till the soil, plant and protect the seeds, gate off from animals, weed out unwanted plants, water, shade, the sun, etc., etc.

There is a great deal of work in this and can be very taxing on the new gardener.

It is little wonder why so many people in our neighborhoods avoid too much gardening, opting rather for the low-cut mono-grassing that is so prevalent in our culture.

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Even this approach is more annoying than pleasurable.

It’s a rare person that actually loves to go out and drag the lawn mower around to cut the grass, then weed the lawn, then water the lawn, the clean everything up, only to do it all over again in a week or two.

It’s quite fascinating to see how we are so easily corrupting our understanding of what our ecosystems are and what they require to thrive.

It’s remarkable that we can even be tricked out of our natural birthright.

Unfortunately, without a thriving ecosystem, human thriving is out of the picture altogether.

What, then, do we do? How do we encourage people to engage with the natural world – this includes the front yard – in such a way as to honor the ‘house rules’ we’ve all but forgotten?

That’s right; there are rules to the conduct we engage in when it comes to interacting with the living things of the world.

The grass is a living thing that requires a certain level of care and attention, not mowing and weeding if it is going to perform its duty as a part of the greater system.

The plants we consider weeds are actually often acting as a band-aid to the scathing wounds we create, like mowing and tilling, when we don’t apply the house rules.

Before we get into the house rules, however, let’s just take a look at what is going on in our soils…

…the place where everything is really happening.

THE FABRIC OF LIFE: SOIL

The most important element behind everything we know to be a great garden is the quality of the soil.

The soil is not just ‘dirt.’

It’s not just ‘the ground.’

And it’s certainly not inert.

‘Soil’ is the collective term used to describe the multifaceted network of countless forms of life and myriad processes going on at the base of our natural world.

Soil needs to be teeming with life in order to be of any value to the bacteria, fungus, virus, worms, insects, plants and animals that rely on it for sustenance on every level.

In today’s culture, even among serious gardeners, there is often little regard invested into understanding the nuances of a truly living soil.

So many people have been conditioned to believe in the various practices that are at the root of soil degeneration.

Even just a brief discussion with many renowned gardeners on the topic is enough to spark contentious debate.

After all, why would people change the way they approach soil as simply a growing medium and begin looking at it with the same reverence as you would your most cherished friend?

Why would changing years of habits – habits that have often produced wondrous gardens to the eye – be something even worth considering?

The answer is simple: systemic health.

Yours and the worlds’…

WITHOUT HEALTHY SOIL, YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH

The subtle nuances of the soil are manifold and only become known to those who become obsessed with its care.

It is through, and from, this mysterious medium that everything we know and love comes to be.

With the proper care and attention, we can create a veritable ‘heaven’ for the life that relies on the health of the soil.

An untouched soil connects to the entire garden.

There is a fungal layer that connects the whole garden together in an intimate communication grid that carries the utmost importance to ensure the inclusion of nutrient density, immune functions, and diversity of life in the backyard.

This fungal layer, known as the mycorrhizal network, is responsible for so many duties and processes that to ignore it, and worse, destroy it, is akin to pretending we don’t have a neurological system and thus lobotomizing people at birth to create quiet babies – of course, an ultimately insane practice.

The reason so many diseases can get to crops is that this layer has been cut off.

Many of the insect infestations we now see regularly are directly related to this layer being disturbed or destroyed.

The nutrient density of the plants is directly linked to this layer functioning well.

Therefore without this layer, even the people who eat from these gardens, or consume the animals that feed there, are going to be left short of vital nutrients that would otherwise be abundant with this layer intact.

The challenge we face today is that everyone often opts into tilling and turning the soil.

This is a practice that cannot be further from what is needed.

There is absolutely no requirement to till the soil once we begin to understand the nuances of healthy soils and the way they operate within the larger whole of a yard, a garden, a forest, or an entire continent.

Tilling and turning happens naturally with the roots of plants channeling through soils and with animals that scrape at the surface like birds and grazing animals, So many people have become fixated on the idea of mono-cropping, weeding, tilling, and fertilizing that it’s hard to break out of that mold.

The problem is, all of these processes destroy the mycorrhizal network and cut off the garden from the rest of the world.

This layer takes years to grow back and with the constant tilling its likely to be left out of the garden for good leaving plants permanently disabled and disconnected from their world.

‘HUMUS’ BE KIDDING ME…

It is very strange to think of a garden this way.

For many people, gardens are just a pleasant looking afterthought, a chore even, so the neighbors think your yard looks beautiful. For others, it’s a place to relax and appreciate the beauty of nature and everything it has to provide.

In any situation we come across the principles are the same.

Regardless of whether you are a casual flower gardener or a forest conservationist, observing and applying these core principles is a must for a healthy and functioning ecosystem.

Above it was suggested that soil is a collective.

Around the year 1800, science gave this soil a name – humus.

The single most biodiverse substance known to science is humus because it’s the collective biomass of the many mycorrhizal fungi, bacteria, microbes, protozoa, minerals, insects and animals as well as the even vaster array of intimate processes happening among them.

If it’s looked at objectively, the humus layer of the earth is very much like an organ.

Our skin, when allowed to be naturalized, is very similar to this kind of layering.

It’s so close to what humus looks like that it can be easy to take the leap and suggest that humus is the skin of the planet – skin that has feeling and responsiveness and a purpose beyond any one isolated substance or event.

THE LONG-TERM GARDEN

Here’s where we get into one of the house rules, ‘do nothing.’

It is a bit of a paradox of course because you are still going to collect seeds, create seed balls, harvest when ready, and have a hand in design to a degree.

Do nothing is referencing a way of life that lets nature have more of a hand in how things go in the garden space.

You are allowing life to use the already natural processes and procedures inherent in Earth’s operating system, so to speak.

Do nothing is referring to giving the soil the opportunity to be unscathed by tilling, turning, chemicals, fertilizers, and transplants by adopting the many methods learned when observing how nature gardens without human intervention.

So how do we garden with a philosophy that is so far from what we conditioned to using?

It’s all about the long game.

The first few years can be simple flower beds seeded with native grasses and wildflowers.

At the end of each season, collect the seed and then just cut the plant and lay it on the ground where it falls.

Flower beds like this allow for a great base of nitrogen-fixing green manure to build up a layer of protection for the soil itself and create a source of nutrition for the plants subsequently growing there.

After this stage, lasting 2-3 seasons, a more selective arrangement can begin.

If you love a particular plant, create a bunch of clay seed balls packed with your payload and spread them around the area of choice throughout the year.

They will begin to sprout season to season at perfect intervals balanced to what the soil can handle with full health.

After a few years, you will have an area that is well suited for that particular plant group.

This approach works even better when introducing companion planting.

Consider using various plant heights, maturity, colors, species and bloom cycles when creating seed balls.

Done this way, a veritable heavenly oasis that all of the life in the garden can appreciate and inhabit will be the result.

FINALLY FEELING HEALTHY AGAIN

Again, another cool result of applying this philosophy of gardening is the optimized personal health and wellness that arises.

It’s surprising just how quickly the body reacts positively to being in a naturalized ecosystem.

When we are no longer the hyper-sanitized, mono-cropped, ‘weed’-free, insectophobes that most urban cultures promote we become naturalized and full of life.

We become a true human again.

Welcome to your birthright.

Try it for yourself for a few years.

You’ll be very pleased with the resulting diversity and overall yield – yields of animals, seeds, fruits, vegetables, grains, wood, etc. (consumable crop as well as areas allotted to nature) – of your naturalized garden space.

Here’s to your highest health and your best self.

Love,

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