Sacred Gardening can be defined as an art form and healing practice that consists of using intuition and knowledge gained from direct experiences to co-create with all beings and forces in the Universe to expand human consciousness and produce nourishment.
Sacred Gardening is part of a wider pursuit call Sacred Living which occurs when every aspect of a person’s life are fully integrated and in agreement with the Laws of Creation/Universe/God. Every aspect of a person’s lifestyle (e.g. nutrition, therapeutics, work, spiritual and leisure activities, thoughts, relationships, etc.) must be carried out to allow for a continual growth/expansion in consciousness.
People choose to practice Sacred Gardening in many ways, however we follow guiding principles, such as:
- It is essential to establish a deep loving and nurturing relationship, to appreciate, and have reverence for nature and all the beings in the garden.
- Intentional killing or hostility towards animals, insects, and microorganisms is counterproductive. Pesticides, fungicides, insecticide, biocides, biological control agents are not needed. This includes natural, organic, synthetic or non-synthetic. None of these are needed.
- Animal sacrifices, dead animal parts or animal manures are not needed.
- Weeds do not exist. There is no need for herbicides, inhibitors, plastic mulch, etc. There is a fundamental difference between viewing weeds as evil afflictions that deserve to die and viewing these same plants as amazing beings we prefer to see growing elsewhere. Such plant can be transplanted or carefully removed. Ramial Chipped Wood or Hay can be used as mulches to help prevent some plants from growing in certain areas.
- Soil is the home and product of many different kinds of beings. Chemicals are not the source of soil fertility. Life begets life and creates plant nutrition. There is no need to amend the soil with chemicals, manure, or compost. The notion of soil fertility can be conceived differently than what is commonly taught in books and classrooms. A healthy soil will be teeming with living begins that will eat, poop, and die. The outcome of soil life-activity provides plant nutrition for those plants that ought to co-exist in that ecosystem.
- All living beings are entitled to live full and natural lives. As such, some plant individuals under our care must be allowed to go through every developmental stage, from birth to reproduction. This includes letting some plants birth naturally. They must be permitted to reseed themselves (or at least have the possibility. When establishing crops a preference is given to sowing seed outdoors and directly on the soil surface. By allowing some individuals to live full and natural lives we favor the continuation and integrity of a species’ group soul.
- The use of growth hormones, synthetic or biological accelerants, and genetic manipulations is strictly forbidden.
- Establishing perennials and wild edibles in the garden is highly recommended. Sacred Gardening aims to integrate wild edibles in the practices as much as possible.
- Financial gain and profit should never motivate or influence our actions. Food is sacred and sacred things cannot be dignified in financial terms. Plants grown and harvested should be eaten for personal nutrition and/or medicinal purposes, given to family and friends and/or offered to those in need free-of-charge. Transformed foodstuff (e.g. jams and jellies, sauerkraut, etc.) may be sold at reasonable price to recover the cost of production/materials and extraordinary labor. Foregoing financial profiteering also serves as a deterrent for the corruption and/or hijacking of the practice of Sacred Gardening.
- In nature, there is more than meets the eye. Humility is a virtue and the expansion of consciousness requires making room for the unknown. As much as possible, we must let nature express itself, even if it appears counter-intuitive or goes against what we have been learned in gardening book or other propaganda tools. Great things have yet to be discovered/remembered by those who have cleared enough space to receive them…
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