Here is one picture that will provide the framework for the internal organisation of the four activities course.An image that describes the whole of the course, is the Glenological Rosetta Stone
The very next paragraph after RS had finished the content of his agricultural course in lecture 8, he said
Here is the link to the Greenplanet FM radio interview – on a range of current topics and practical solutionshttp://traffic.libsyn.com/greenplanetfm/10012015_-_GlenAtkinson.mp3 Enjoy…….
Here is a short utube video addressing this question.https://youtu.be/ZimKQU9aIOs
There is an effort in New Zealand to legislate the use of the word Organic. Alongside this there has been opinions voiced in ‘the media’ about the need for the word Biodynamic to be similarly ‘owned’. While this private ownership has been achieved in some countries around the world, in New Zealand this is not possible.
I would start by reading Wilhelm Pelikens descriptions of the prep plants in ‘Healing Plants’. Then have a read of what RS says about the function of the plants in the Agriculture Course, so you can get an image of what you are wanting. Then any other author I could find. Then I would read up some herbal journals about the healing effects of your local plants, and try and match them up. Part of RS approach is how plants effect the energetic activities, and this is what you need to match.
This has been quite a week. (21 August 2015) Whew, and the most wonderful event this week has been my discovery of what Hugh Lovel wrote about his investigations into my Chemistry (Glenological Chemistry). In his recent book ‘Quantum Agriculture – Biodynamics and Beyond’, in the chapter entitled ‘Beyond Biodynamics – Agriculture as it might be taught’, which specifically focuses on my approach, findings and artwork.
In the vol 67-2 issue of Harvests magazine, there are two replies to my article ‘BD in the Rational World’. One is by David Wright and the other is from Andrew Seeger. Given I have recently resigned my membership of the BDANZ, I will not be replying to these articles in that forum, so this one will have to do.
In Hughs recent book ‘Quantum Agriculture – Biodynamics and Beyond’ in the chapter entitled ‘Beyond Biodynamics – Agriculture as it might be taught’ which specifically focuses on my approach and findings, he says regarding my efforts with chemistry “Time after time my knowedge of biochemical reactions has confirmed that Glen’s conclusions are spot on.”Thanks Hugh……….
Biodynamicswhat is it and how can we use itGlen Atkinson is moving away from the Bay of Plenty and will take his decades of research into Biodynamics with him. He has offered to share his perspective on ‘the Agriculture Course’ with us before he leaves. This is the series of lectures which Rudolf Steiner gave to a group of farmers in 1924, and forms the basis of biodynamics.
Here is a letter from Steve Erickson , of Chaos Springs, telling of their success on their citrus orchard with ThermoMax (during -6C frosts). and with the control of the fungal disease varicoses, with FG4 – our environmental harmonisersee the the full letter here
Over the years some criticisms of ‘my approach’ have gotten back to me. Glen’s approach is too ‘heady’, and we are practical farmers(1) No I am not a farmer, I have not been blessed with inheriting a farm, however I have continually been a gardener since 1976. I have had experience on larger properties, but mostly home gardens, with the last 10 years managing a 1 hectare mixed horticultural property.
Have you ever wondered why BD people do not make sense once their explanations move beyond the basic BD actions? Why they flit off into religious and faith based stories filled with elemental beings, angels and other unproven dimensions?It is because ‘they’, as a movement do not have a co ordinated understanding, due to one central concept not being widely understood.
In my article ‘The Problem of the Etheric Formative Forces v4’, I identified ‘the problem’ as the difference between identifying the primary formative cause of lifeforms as ‘The Stars’ – in line with astronomy, several leading Biodynamic scholars of the past, and the Apop medical view of the world. While ‘Modern BD’ says the primary cause of lifeforms comes from the The Etheric Formative Forces which find their source in ‘The Cosmic Ether’. It then follows that the ethers are the main formative activities in life forms.
A central problem for Biodynamic Agriculture is they have two different worldviews, being told by different groups around the world. Worst of all ‘they’ do not know they are confused, and that they are confusing everyone who tries to understand them. This IS a problem.