A garden or a farm is a living organism. This is not only the ideal, but the result of following through on the principles of permaculture. Every defined garden space has the ability to be a cell in the body of the larger ecosystem. Each ecosystem is an organ in the body of Earth. Holons stack inside holons: bounded infinities stack into bounded infinities.
When an embryo begins its journey to fetus and then infant, one of the first things that happens is the development of the heart and circulatory system. The heart cells are the first cells to differentiate and specialize. In the creation of your garden or farm, the first order of business is to define the space, to set the boundary lines. (These can grow out later on, but all organisms begin with a sense of the edge.) The second order of business is to find the heart, the circulatory center.
At Bluebird Farm, it took me 9 months to find the physical location for this heart. It took time to get a sense of the whole, to get my feet and my own rhythm in sync with this place. We discovered the locations for hedgerows and labyrinths, vegetable rivers and sheep pastures, berry patch and salad garden, but the heart felt like something I was still carrying inside myself. The full conception of this garden-farm had not yet come into being.
Then one day in early October, understanding unfolded. A patch of ground occupied by six-foot tall wild lettuces kept attracting my attention. It wasn’t on the list or the schedule, but I knew the time had come to create a water altar, to give Bluebird her center, her heart. It didn’t take long to remove the lettuces and create a mulched pathway to the spot. The granite rocks needed to frame the area had been waiting patiently for months. A few simple statements infused the space with the necessary intention. It took another week for the water bowl to show up. Some pretty rocks volunteered to participate: amethyst, emerald, and shungite. Because Bluebird is open to a variety of people, I wrote a short message, inviting others to also participate in empowering the water of this farm-heart. That message reads:
Water is one of the most amazing substances on this planet or in this universe. In 2012, scientists in Germany confirmed that water has memory. It records in its molecular patterning the energies of the people and things that come in contact with it. This water altar is a place for sharing love and appreciation with water. Think of someone or something in your life that you love deeply, or remember an experience that made your heart sing. As you feel that love and joy and appreciation in your body, place your hands on this water bowl and let your love flow into the water. It only takes a few moments, but the water will remember! This water will be sprinkled on the soil, plants, and animals that live here on Bluebird Farm, charging all with the powerful energies of love and appreciation. Thank you for your participation!
The flow of water lies at the heart of all living organisms. A trickle of water can erode the most solid of rocks. How might your garden change when you find its water-heart?