The Rodan Foundation’s Publication for Earth Stewardship Fall 2017
The Love Awakening is an extension of The Rodan Foundation, a spiritual center founded in 1981 by Rev. Clarke Carraway. Our Community Greenworks intention is to awaken and connect in unity and harmony with our Earth Mother and all of her kind. As transceivers, we allow Source energy to direct and flow through us, touching all that we do with love and in exchange, receiving a bounty of goodness from the Earth.
Exercise to help you Encounter or Meet with all types of Nature Spirits -When I experienced my awakening, this was in a place in the woods that I have already visited 5-6 times over a number of years. It was somewhere that I had Red wood trees a feeling for, that drew me. This is important. I had already established a connection with this place. I was in one sense making my presence felt to the beings there and they had noticed me enough to talk to me about this when I became aware of them. They knew that I had a sense of them and their special place.
Advice on where to look for and to find the Nature Spirits -
So, the first thing that you should do to gain an awareness of nature spirits
is to cultivate a sense of the woods and forests that attract you. Look for places that have a lot of ancient
woodland that are well kept and then wander around. Don’t so much wander to
specifically look for something, rather wander to be drawn to somewhere. To
find a special place, some would say an energy place, although you could also
say somewhere that feels right to you and that draws you to itself. It does not have to be woodland, in the UK
there are few ‘pristine’ or VERY natural places left, so a place in nature that
is natural or undisturbed is a reasonable good bet to have some nature spirits,
better still beside some clear water or a stream.
How you can feel or sense a presence or atmosphere when Nature spirits are Close By - It may be somewhere that has an atmosphere, a mystery or a presence or that feels like a sacred space. Somewhere in that very spooky forest when you wander around not thinking too much you end up at. Somewhere that when you sit on your own in the silence of your own space you feel more your own presence, too. You feel more in touch with you. This is important. Nature spirits are not celebrities. They don't invite exposure. But if you find somewhere that feels right to you and feels special, then the chances are that any nature spirits will notice you as much as you notice them and over atmospheric rock pool time they will remember you and become curious (as they did with me). he first thing that you should do to gain an awareness of nature spirits is to cultivate a sense of the woods and forests that attract you. You could say that this is about starting a friendship. Taking time to recognize each other and feel comfortable in each other's presence.
Begin as you would for a good friendship - Treat
your special space in nature in the same way as a place to begin a friendship
because this is what you are going to do. You are saying you are here because
this place feels right to you and you want to meet others that feel right here
also. Do not make an effort to connect
with anyone the first few times but just establish your own space there. When you decide that you have found your special
place, then go there and spend 30 minutes to an hour but don’t be pushy. Don’t
be expectant, maybe take a book or just sit and relax or just watch your
breath. Just be in this space, without invading it, but by being part of it. You
will find a place to sit that feels right – this is your seat. This is the
place that best represents you.
Take your time to contact spirits of nature - Take the same seat in your nature space each time, too. Don't try and catch anyone's eye. Just become a presence. When you become a regular, you will be noticed and you won't frighten anyone away, and also there is more chance that you will come to notice the presence of other regulars, too. So, do this in your favorite woods or your favourite spot in nature. I found myself being drawn to the same place in the woods and sitting on the same spot each time. I did not know why at that time - it just felt right. Then when I took a friend who was aware of such things, she pointed out that I was always sitting right at the centre of an earth energy point - that was the centre of a large tree circle. I'd never noticed this, it just felt right. It is best to find somewhere that is quiet and not busy, has few people passing as nature spirits like their privacy.
Avoid negative, uncomfortable or disturbing places - Avoid places which have been used for rowdy parties or meetings. ‘Distressed’ places tend to have misshapen trees, with twisted branches, branches of some trees will avoid ‘negative’ energies while others will seek them out. Go with your feelings. If you feel uneasy about a place, then don’t spend time there and certainly don’t try to connect with what is causing the uneasy feeling. Not at least unless you have a lot of experience with such things. Once you have established an association with nature spirits in one place then you will find it easier to do the same in other environments. Realitywalker.com
I have outlined two easy steps to take as you work towards Zero Waste! These should be repeated periodically as the path to zero waste is never-ending. Always strive to downsize, find better alternatives, and educate yourself.
1. Evaluate: the first step is to take a look at your daily life and ask yourself the following
- How much garbage am I currently producing and what types? Ex: food packaging- this can help you determine the places you can start reducing and looking for alternatives.
- Why am I even interested in decreasing my impact? Is it for the environment, is it to decrease toxins in my life, is it to decrease clutter, is it because i’m totally broke and want to save money? Really understand your motivators and use them as a place to start decreasing what you use.
- What do I actually use on a daily basis (what is in my daily routine) and what do I not use/need? This can help you determine the things that you can donate and reduce.
- What products do I use that I can get more sustainable alternatives to? Ex: exchanging plastic Tupperware for glass or mason jars.
-The most important one straight from Yoda's lips: How much and what do I really need to be happy? Really assess why you own and hold on to certain things, and determine if you really need that giant foam finger in the back of your closet to be happy.
2. Transition: start to downsize and properly dispose of the unnecessary things:
- Bring a reusable bag and water bottle with you everywhere!
- Get rid of the plastic. From Tupperware to take away bags plastic is toxic. For items that are lightly used, donate to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. For products that are recyclable, like plastic, do so.
- Replace these products with sustainable, long-lasting alternatives. Such as Organic cotton, stainless steel, wood, and glass. Donate your crappy college plastic kitchenware for some nice glass, stainless steel, or cast iron. It is sexy.
- Be creative. Figure out what you can use in different ways. Organic cotton napkins can also be used as a drying rack, to store leafy greens in the fridge, or to bring lunch to work. Mason jars can be used for coffee, takeout, leftovers, toothbrush holders, lotion dispensers...
- Make your home your sanctuary. For me that means having a few things that are really important to me. Most of mine were either handed down to me or obtained on craigslist. Secondhand!
- Minimize. Ask yourself, what do I not need? What do I wear every day? What did I buy last year that still has tags on it? Whatever it is, it most likely has a value of some sort. Whether it is donating to your local Goodwill or Housing Works, or selling your products at a consignment store or on Ebay, you can always get a return on your items.
- Think Organic, think Local, think Sustainable and BUY IN BULK.
GREAT WINTER VEGGIES FOR CALIFORNIA GARDENERS
If you live in California, cooler weather means leaves, roots, flower buds and pods in the vegetable garden. There are many different vegetables that are at their best when temperatures are cool – and sometimes even cold – withstanding light to heavy frosts. The seed of these vegetables also germinate well in cool soils. Our best time to sow seed or plant these vegetables in the Golden State is fall into winter. For those lucky California gardeners who don’t face an early summer, these vegetables can be planted into early spring as well.
Leaf vegetables include the commonly grown chard, all lettuces and spinach. If you want to get a little more ethnic, try planting collards, kale, mustard, endive and chicory. Leaf vegetables like water, so make sure you keep their soil almost constantly moist (drying only slightly between waterings).
Root vegetables include my favorites: beets, carrots and radishes. There’s also onion and its kin, leeks and garlic. Some old-fashioned root veggies that a seasoned gardener should try include parsnips, rutabagas, turnips and salsify. And some unusual roots – and root-like edibles – that I think are worth the growing effort are celeriac (celery root), fennel. (a bulbous stem, often sold in supermarkets under the incorrect name of “anise”) and kohlrabi (another bulbous stem, a mild relative of cabbage). Root vegetables like deep, rich soil.
Veggies in the flower buds category are represented by broccoli and cauliflower. Because these plants “head up” best when night temperatures average about 45-50° F, adjust your planting schedule so that the vegetables mature along with when your local weather experts predict such temps.
The pods, of course, are the peas, including English peas, snap peas and sugar peas. An odd relative that deserves more attention is broad bean (also called fava or faba), which also likes cool weather. But don’t think that all beans fit in this growing season – common beans are strictly warm-season vegetables. These veggies, too, like a regular watering schedule (but not as moist or as frequent as the leaf vegetables)
Seasonal Planting Dates
Above Ground Crops
(i.e. corn, peppers,
squash, etc.): Oct 5, 23,
24; Nov 19-20; 30; Dec 4, 26, 28
Below Ground Crops
carrots, radishes): Oct 6-7, 13-14;
Nov 1-3, 10;
Dec 7, 17
Celebrate and co-create with Nature! For more information about volunteer opportunities for upcoming events, please contact The Love Awakening of The Rodan Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org