The Power of Permaculture


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How do plants, water, air and earth put us in touch with divine qualities?

Class Sessions:

Four class videos: 1 hour 45 minutes each
Hierarchs of the Elementals: Oromasis and Diana, Aries and Thor, Neptune and Luara, Virgo and Pelleur
David Christopher Lewis, Robert Beese and Ralph Raaths
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Course Description:
Are you on a path of transformation, ascension, personal growth and healing and still at times feel stressed and disconnected? In this Meru University course we show you how to re-connect with Nature and how to use permaculture to transform your inner world as you create natural beauty in the physical world around you—your home, your garden, your landscaping.
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The course is comprised of 4 classes, each representing an aspect of the elemental kingdom—fire, air, water and earth—in that order.

We begin with a general discussion of Permaculture with quotes from the Hierarchs of the Elementals, emphasizing the element of fire with practical examples of how the fire of the sun can be captured to support a splendid garden in a harsh environment.

Aries and Thor, as hierarchs of the air element, give us a deeper understanding of the role of the sylphs and the constant work that they do for the planet. Nature is holistic/non-lineal and truly a work of love, which we explore. We study systems in nature, such as the heart, to learn more about their self-organization, embracing a full spectrum of stimuli and responding to the most subtle vibrations. We discuss the opening of the doorway into nature and allowing oneself to experience and develop a heart-connection with plants. An update on the situation with our bees, instruction on the importance of trees in the design of our landscapes, and sharing experiences from our walks in nature are included.

We review quotes from Neptune and Luara, the Hierarchs of the Water Element, and consider examples of water management strategies inspired by the elementals, which have resulted in sustainable, harmonious gardens. Assuaging burdens upon the elementals by applying the approaches outlined in Buhner’s book—the development of the heart as an organ of perception and imagination—are presented. Students talk about experiences from their interactive walk with nature.

Virgo and Pelleur work with the elements of nature on a grand planet-wide scale and with the tiny beings in your own backyard. We focus on the areas where we can personally be of the greatest impact, including our calls and prayers as vehicles for positive change.

Ralph Raaths presents a segment on ways the elementals fulfill the divine blueprint from the Elohim pertaining to the rotation of the Earth and its seasons and anchoring this light into the tiniest details in nature.

We examine the principles of Permaculture as they relate to the soil under our feet, the living veneer of our verdant sphere. Examples are given of the innovative ways gardeners have worked directly with the nature spirits in developing soil fertility without the use of chemicals and poisons.

Course goals

1. To develop a closer relationship to the elemental kingdom and to Nature
2. To investigate and share ways of making permaculture practical in your life
3. To help you better plan your space, whether it is  your back yard or a future solar community

The hidden forces of Nature invite you to come alive and create a garden in which you will thrive!

Have you ever wished you could re-capture a child’s view of the whole world, where every tree, every plant, every mountain is alive with little elementals that talk and work and even bless you? Yes, the elements of fire, air, water and earth can re-awaken your mind and feed your soul. Nature responds to the smallest of vibrations. Learn how to respond to Nature’s healing vibrations. In this course you will sense the profound qualities of Nature and learn to work with her beyond gardening. Join David and Robert for this heart-expanding four-lesson course, and you will learn to
  •     Develop a closer relationship to the elemental kingdom and Nature.
  •     Investigate and share ways of making Permaculture practical in your lives.
  •     Engage in better planning for our Hearts Center solar communities for the future.

Benefits of this course will be to
  •     Begin connecting your heart with the vast world of plants that surround you.
  •     Develop a deeper understanding of the elementals in nature— the salamanders of fire, the sylphs of the air, the undines of  the water, the gnomes of the earth.
  •     Explore ways to communicate with these spirits of nature.
  •     Learn important, even life-saving principles.
  •     Become skillful in carrying out the wishes of the plants and the trees!
  •     Develop and maintaining your own landscape.
  •     In limited space, create your own special garden project.
  •     Discover how to store, purify and garden with water.
  •     Learn to create sacred space.
  •     Discover the magic of merging with plants, flowers, trees, all of nature.  

Questions we attempt to answer…
  •     What is fire? What is spiritual fire? Is our divine blueprint etched in physical fire?
  •     What role does our sun play? How can permaculture capture more of the sun?
  •     How can trees create a beneficial micro-climate?
  •     How are the bees doing?
  •     What is the consciousness of trees? How can they restore balance to mankind and the earth?
  •     What is the work of undines in Nature?
  •     How can we reduce erosion and preserve the water in our soil?
  •     How is the soil alive? What nourishment does it offer? What does it require from us?
  •     How can we improve our health by using the elements of the earth?

Required and Recommended Reading

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required reading  
A Living Book, Autobiographical Reflections by Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Omraam's love for nature through his pure heart open for us a communion with all living things. He reflects upon the beauty of the sun as our Father/Mother and the sweetness and spiritual meaning of the rose.

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The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature by Stephen Harrod Buhner
Buhner takes us on a journey from the mode of linear analytical thinking to intutive perception, feeling and sensing all of nature with ones heart and total being.

This quote sums it up: “I like to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations through which God speaks to us every day, every hour and every moment of our lives, if we will only tune in and remain so.” —George Washington Carver

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Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, Second Edition by Toby Hemenway

Bursting with examples of practical applications of Permacullture strategies for the home and garden, this is the seminal book to read if you read only one book on Permaculture.

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The Elves of Lily Hill Farm by Penny Kelly

This book chronicles the author's experience with the nature spirits in her vineyards. At first she was startled by the voices of the little elves and could hardly believe what she was experiencing. Eventually Kelly began implementing their gardening advice to her immense joy and amazement.

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Sepp Holzer's Permaculture by Sepp Holzer

Sepp Holtzer is considered one of the authorities and pioneers of the Permaculture movement. He transformed a farm on the rocky hillsides of Austria to a magnificent example of what one can do when in harmony with nature.

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References and Links

Portia 4-6-2012, Gardening with God for the Benefit of Family, Loved Ones and Community: Enable Your Youth by Your Own Shining Example  Listen

The Regenerative Design Institute (RDI) is a non-profit educational organization with the vision that all people can live in a mutually enhancing relationship with the earth. They envision a world in which people, inspired by nature, create and maintain healthy and abundant livelihoods that enhance fertility and biodiversity on the planet.

BACK TO EDEN (film/video) shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The organic growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. However, never until now have Paul’s methods been documented and shared like this!

A Thousand Suns (video) tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.

Geodesic greenhouse kits from Growing Spaces®, LLC create a new paradigm in solar greenhouse design and efficiency:

How To Create Your Own Geodesic Dome Green House And Have Your Own 'Organic Food Factory' Providing You and Your Family With Incredible Food, Year Round, Even In the Coldest Winter!:

Listen to Amaryllis's 4-18-12 HeartStream about this course.

Fun with the undines! Watch our heartfriends swimming and diving in the Florida Keys.

Watch Boyd"s Terrace Garden with Sheet Mulching video!

Listen: Kuan Yin reminds us to read David Henry Thoreau regarding knowing mercy in nature.(3-25-12, Miami)

Midwest Permaculture blog

About Our Instructors

David Christopher Lewis is a gifted clairaudient, an Aquarian spiritual author and talented musical composer. He is co-founder of The Hearts Center Community and Meru University. His mission is to share the ascended masters’ teachings and their practical, sometimes startling, progressive revelations for personal awakening and Self-Realization.

Born in the Chicago area, David was the sixth of ten children. At the age of 14, he embraced the concepts of karma and reincarnation after reading Edgar Cayce’s The Sleeping Prophet. He has studied the world’s major religions for four decades and lived and worked in an intentional spiritual community for 22 years. In the spring of 2004, David experienced a mystical awakening and began receiving regular telepathic communications from angels and enlightened spiritual beings, known as ascended masters. 

David has now received and delivered more than 4,000 messages from angels, masters and divine beings. He calls these messages “HeartStreams”–progressive revelations for today on diverse topics, including divine science, advanced alchemy, cosmic solar awareness, the New Blue Wave, abundance and healing.
His seminal work,  Advanced Studies of the Human Aura--How to Charge Your Energy Field with Light and Spiritual Radiance, unveils new solar technologies of the Spirit from the Master El Morya, initiating  readers directly in order to accelerate their human aura into the divine. David is currently writing his upcoming book about Saint Germain’s newest teachings on advanced alchemy. 

His other publications include Now Zen and Always, a thought-provoking collection of quips and Zen koans from the Master Morya; and  Mother Mary’s Missions–Messages from the Divine Mother, a series of HeartStreams received during David’s California Spanish missions tour. Sweet Heart of Jesus, is David’s eleventh and newest inspirational CD of spiritual love songs available at The Hearts Center online store online.
In addition to teaching for Meru University online, David leads prayer vigils and seminars and hosts conferences in person and online. He also conducts annual pilgrimages to sacred sites worldwide. David lives with his wife Mona near Livingston, Montana.

Robert Beese, a  student of the ascended masters for forty years,  has always known a profound respect for Nature, his source of inspiration, and is passionate about environmental issues. For six years, he taught science, and for the past ten years, he has run a successful remodeling business in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Holding a Master of Science Education degree, Robert brings a strong academic background as well as a practical hands-on approach to the subject of permaculture.

 Robert’s connection with the earth has been enhanced by his experience as a construction supervisor for twelve years, overseeing road construction, underground utilities, concrete and rock-crushing operations, and work on various buildings. He sports a sense of humor that could only be inspired by the gnomes he so loves!

Ralph Douwe Raaths was born in Lusaka, Zambia. The son of a farmer and rancher, he helped herd cattle and sheep and tended several acres of maize. After graduation from university, Ralph entered the industrial instruments process and control trade. From an early age, Ralph took an interest in evolution and related subjects. This led to an earnest quest for answers to the mysteries of life. He embarked on in-depth studies of eurythmy,* drama, astronomy, astrology, mythology, metaphysics, history, freemasonry, African traditions, mental health and storytelling.
It was Rudolf Steiner's methodology of spiritual-scientific thinking that captivated his attention most. After the completion of a four-year training, Ralph received a eurythmy diploma in Teaching and Artistic Performance at the Cape Town School of Eurythmy. He also had postgraduate training at the London School of Eurythmy. 
Ralph is an accomplished lecturer, speaking on various aspects of cosmology. In 2003, he co-founded and was the program director of Viva Youth College, whose mission was the upliftment of young people diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar and other biochemically related mental disorders. He has done extensive work with adolescent, drug and dysfunction-related problems, all based on Dr. Rudolf Steiner's work. 
He has studied ascended master teachings for more than twenty years and is currently the president of the International Council of The Hearts Center.

*Eurythmy, developed by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, is the art of making speech and music visible through gesture and movement. The training is mainly artistic by nature—poetry, painting, speech and music being emphasized—but firmly founded within the philosophical, psychological and therapeutic subject matter of Dr. Steiner and the Waldorf School curriculum.


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