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GEOMANTICA magazine no. 69

Geomantica 69

Halloween/Samhain edition, October 2017.

 

The free magazine of Earth mysteries, Earth harmony, dowsing, esoteric growing and eco-sensitive living, since 1998.  Editor – Alanna Moore.

 

Contents G69:

***News – ‘Smart’ Meters coming to Ireland from 2019? Hopefully not, writes Alanna Moore, who outlines why this is a bad, unnecessary and expensive idea (and this is a global Issue too).

Feature Articles –

***Geomantically Inspired Music – The story of my new album of songs: ‘Wild in our Gardens’ by Alanna Moore. And you can buy the CD now too!
***CREATING HEALTHY, ADAPTABLE, MEANINGFUL & AFFORDABLE HOMES,
by Peter Cowman BArch. Is your ‘sheltermaker gene’ calling? If so and you live in Australia, Peter is heading your way in early 2018 and offering workshops. You might like to help make this happen.

***Mother Earth Wells Up a Boulder at Sacred Site, by Madis Senner.
***Nature Harmony Stations, by Wolfgang Kuhl. Find out about these effective installations that are spreading around the German speaking countries and beyond.

***Book Reviews:
‘Medicine for the Earth’ by Sandra Ingerman. Reviewed by Alanna Moore. Shamanism meets radical ecology, at last!!
‘Plant Spirit Gardener’ by Alanna Moore. Reviewed by Tamzin for ‘Silver Wheel’, South Australia.

What’s On? – Geomantica events coming up in Australia (Adelaide, Melbourne and central Victoria), Malaysia (Penang and KL) and Ireland.

 

Editorial Geo 69

 

Hi Folks,
This is a milestone year, as I’ve clocked up 30 years of publishing books about dowsing. This month I also celebrate 60 years of living on Mother Earth, plus I’ve just fulfilled a long held dream of recording an album of some of my own geomantically-inspired songs. You can read all about the album in this edition.

This time of Halloween/Samhain is the end of the old Celtic year and the start of a new one. In tradition the veils to the Otherworlds are thin on this date. But the current commercialisation of this event focusses on the sinister only. Why is it assumed that the spirit world is malevolent? That is not the original idea! Nor the experience of the shamans, seers and geomancers! If we project fear into the world, that is what will come bouncing back to us. We create our own demons. The spirit world is rarely malevolent in my experience. Yes, there are the beings that have been demonised by human activities. Better to extend our empathy and compassion to them. I find that with this approach they can eventually sweeten up!

Photo right – Whooper swans  on Lough Erne with the famous Devenish Round Tower behind, Co. Fermanagh, Ireland.

There’s certainly a lot of scope for Earth and spirit healing in the world. That’s why I like to focus on teaching people ways to do this. I hope you can attend some of my upcoming workshops. I don’t do many these days, partly because I am electro-sensitive and this makes travelling and being in cities etc a real pain!

Enjoy issue 69 of Geomantica – it’s bursting with good stories and important news. Thanks go out to all contributors,

Until next edition in early 2018
Happy reading!

Yours,
Alanna Moore
Editor

 

G69 NEWS

 

‘Smart’ Meters coming to Ireland from 2019 ??

(And this is a global Issue!)
by Alanna Moore.

Recently came an announcement about the roll-out of so-called ‘smart’ meters (for electricity metering) that will be replacing the old analogue meters in Ireland from 2019.

Stop ‘Smart’ Meters Ireland has been formed because experience of these devices from other countries over the last 10 years has not been good! The downsides to them need to be known!

What’s wrong with ‘smart’ meters? There are several areas of concern.

1. Health

The biggest problem. The meters are typically broadcasting high frequency pulses of radiation (classified by the W.H.O. as class 2B carcinogenic) every few minutes throughout the home and in a mesh around the neighbourhood. Residents, especially children, plus plants and animals are badly affected, even if they are not aware of it. Blood tests show rapid unhealthy changes to cells. Electro-sensitives suffer the worst – unable to sleep, their wellbeing denied, they become functionally impaired from the radiation exposure. (Sometimes, like an allergic reaction, effects take a while to manifest in non e-s people.) Yet, unbelievably, there have never been any official studies done of health impacts.

2. Privacy/ spying and data insecurity

All your movements through the home using electrical devices can be followed remotely, thus criminal hackers can tell when you are home or not and can burgle your home more easily. The information gathered from households is sold on to third parties (I’m told that Irish customers will have the option to not share data, but they will be punished for that!) So who else wants this data? Advertising companies, for one. The selling of people’s power use data is said to be a potentially bigger revenue raiser than the sale of electricity!

3. Safety.

There are thousands of cases worldwide of meters exploding and house fires occurring following installation, especially when the meters are put on old homes with old wiring. Some people have died as a result.

4. Financial.

Increased power costs to the consumer plus an unjustifiable orgy of spending! Many customers globally have had skyrocketing bills following a ‘smart’ meter installation. Apart from meters giving inaccurate billing, customers are punished with the awful ‘time-of-use’ pricing. Whatever times you use power the most you are charged the most. How unfair is that?
And how is the 1.2 billion euro costing roll-out funded? Laura Brien told me, when I was speaking with her on Shannonside Radio on October 2nd, that a fee of 5.50 euros annually would be added to power bills over the following 20 years to pay for them. OK, so who is paying actually for the upfront costs? In an era of austerity and recession such a big spend surely cannot be justified? Is this the price of a greenwash? Because the CER must be seen to be “contributing to their international obligations to address climate change”. This seems to be the main justification given for them, but it isn’t a proven justification.

5. ‘Greenwashing’

’Smart’ meters are supposedly a ‘green’ initiative to save power. Yet the Irish trials only saw a 2.5% reduction, which could also be achieved by an education programme and off-peak tariffs. (It’s obvious that some power usage should be encouraged to shift to late at night whenever possible). Studies elsewhere have shown zero reduction in power use from these dangerous meters.

 

Solutions? Compromise?
1.2 billion euros for a new meter roll-out would be far better spent on health and housing in Ireland. The old analogue meters are fine, may they be left in peace! But given that there are other global agendas for ‘smart’ meter installation, it will be hard to stop their deployment. A compromise would be if the responsible authority (in Ireland’s case – ESB NETWORKS under the eye of the CER), chooses to go for meters that are WIRED into the FIBRE OPTIC cable network being laid out across the country. Thus there is no need for another layer of blanketing electro-smog, plus the data they collect is secure (and we can opt out of data sharing, if we read the fine print!)

Germany, in its wisdom, has refused ‘smart’ meters and in France they are installing 35 million WIRED METERS. In the USA, disgruntled customers are bringing mass class action suits, pursuing personal liability of the decision makers behind the meter roll-outs. If you want to see evidence for why, readers are strongly recommended to watch this film, available on YouTube – ‘Take Back Your Power’, a real eye-opener.

The official site for this film is: https://takebackyourpower.net/

There are also other YouTube sites to view it, for example:

And there are also other compelling films about the dangers of escalating electro-smog in the environment, such as Resonance, Generation Zapped, etc etc. Viewing of such is essential, especially if you have children or are thinking of having a family.

Concerned readers in Ireland can take action now

Get informed. Help stop this danger to society and the environment. Share this information far and wide! Join Stop ‘Smart’ Meters Ireland by emailing the author at – info@geomantica.com

Don’t let this beast be unleashed! Say NO now, before it’s too late.

Write your concerns to the people overseeing the roll-out, directors of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities. (The CRU’s mission is to regulate water, energy and energy safety in the public interest. One of their strategic goals is that consumer prices for energy and water are fair and reasonable.)

Send letters stating your concerns to the directors of the
Commission for Regulation of Utilities
P.O. Box 11934,
The Exchange, Belgard Square North, Cookstown, Dublin 24.

Take back your power folks!!

 

Feature Articles:

 

 

Geomantically Inspired Music

– the story of my new album of songs: ‘Wild in our Gardens.’

by Alanna Moore.

Music brought much joy to me in childhood. Around the home my father often sang folk songs in his wonderful deep baritone voice. He was an amateur singer in Sydney’s radical left wing New Theatre company. I was enthralled and my first ambition was to be an opera singer! I took up playing the piano, and got to love baroque music with JS Bach a favourite. But as an adult I left music behind me.

Years later I took up singing in choirs, usually as a tenor, and was a member of several choirs in the Northern Rivers region of far north east New South Wales, Australia, for most of the 1990’s. It was a real highlight of my time there. It was such a joy to sing African songs, often in their original language, plus songs in English about Nelson Mandela getting his freedom back. We sang gospel songs too. But the lyrics were often tragic, or they were meant to pass on secret messages to would-be escapees from slavery. We sang Macedonian songs that evoked life in old Macedonia. But I don’t remember singing many songs in English of any relevance to the here and now, nor ones that had particularly positive messages. Now living in Ireland, I hear the lyrics in traditional folk songs as typically odes to misery, rebellion, loss or suffering of some kind. Which is not surprising given Ireland’s tortured history.

No wonder I haven’t gone back to singing in choirs. Mandela is free and slavery today is of a different, more subtle, kind. I don’t want to sing songs that mention religion, and am dismayed that people aren’t writing many rebellious songs anymore (which reflects the trend of society to be more apathetic). And where are the songs that we need to celebrate a culture of peace and harmony?

I stopped listening to other people’s songs pretty much altogether. That freed my mind up and I was able to start writing songs myself. The lyrics always come first with my songs. I’ve been a poet since childhood, but couldn’t see much future in focussing on poetry.

Friends encouraged me to write songs about the sacred aspects of life and nature. Slowly I wrote a collection of songs in various genres that fitted the remit – their lyrics aiming to inspire and uplift, especially when sung with others. Songs that could heal people, because when you sing together, you can become the song, become part of a greater whole and all the better for it.

Benefits of singing in a choir

I was recently reminded about the benefits of group singing as I finalised my first album of recorded songs. A new Irish report had hit the news. This body of research, announced in September 2017, revealed the overwhelmingly positive feeling that people get from singing in choirs, with benefits in physical, social and emotional well being. People report significantly higher levels of wellbeing, the studies show.

The “Sing Yourself Better: the health and well-being benefits of singing” research carried out at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance is the world’s largest study of singers’ own perceptions of the health benefits of singing in a choir, taken from 1,170 respondents in 14 countries (mostly Ireland).

According to one of the researchers, Hilary Moss, the findings of the study concluded that “The greatest benefits of singing in a choir came from reducing social isolation; stimulating cognitive function; alleviating low mood and anxiety; improving respiratory function; having fun and relaxing and obtaining a sense of mindfulness and transcendence from everyday worries”.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/joining-a-choir-the-pitch-perfect-way-to-improve-wellbeing-460109.html

In other research, the de Haan Centre for Arts and Health of Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, found singing to have a positive impact in many areas, including mental health, chronic lung disease, dementia and the elderly.
“Physical benefits include better posture, stronger stomach muscles and toned facial muscles, to name but a few. And research at the University of Frankfurt points to immune system benefits as well. Researchers there determined that blood samples taken from choir members, before and after they sang, have raised levels of immunoglobulin A and cortisol. (Blood composition was unaffected when people simply listened to the same music.)
“Music is in us – we are music. We contain rhythm and vibration and pitch. The heart beats, blood flows through the veins. All of our body is a flow of music. So it is no wonder that we enjoy singing. Giving voice to your song is a way to free the mind and the spirit and release the tension of the day. Music and song stimulates deep brain structures involved in emotional arousal…“ said one of the researchers.

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/sing-out-loud-and-proud-it-will-make-you-feel-better-1.2893626

Making of the album – ‘Wild in our Gardens’

The musical journey to record nine songs has taken much of the last 12 months and involved a steep learning curve for me. I even returned to playing the piano on a couple of songs. It was a fun and satisfying project, to be sure! The local recording studio overlooks a huge lake on the River Shannon in County Leitrim and was handy to home. Sound engineer Finn O’Connor was patient and used his talents wonderfully. Other local musicians provided delighful additions of instrumentation to what had been just acappella songs, so that the songs developed in beautiful directions!
Each of the nine songs has a little story behind it that I’ll now share with you.

– Still Water

Here in County Leitrim the soil is mostly very heavy clay, making drainage very difficult, but it is perfect for ponds. I suggested that a digger make a big scoop beneath the spot for my husband Peter’s small wind turbine. The excavation revealed the pure clay and afterwards, on a warm summer’s day, we plastered any cracks in the walls with wet clay, a regular mud bath event!

It rains a lot in this part of Ireland and that pond was soon full and it has never dried up since. Eventually, to my great delight, wildlife moved in. Dragonflies and other bugs proliferate there. Small newts started to appear and then breed in it. Waterlillies and native yellow flag irises established and bloomed.

Sitting on the pond’s edge is very relaxing and on a still day there are lovely reflections. If you are still and quiet enough you might get to see a newt come up, dance gracefully around, take a gulp of air or just laze around sun bathing, hooked around some pond weed for support. It’s a magical place. This song, from 2014, is a celebration of that.

– Water Ways

This song has been shared with countless others at geomancy workshops for over ten years, sung on the shore of lakes and riverbanks and at special springs and ponds. With it we honour the spiritual dimensions of water. The water devas often tell me how much they love it when we sing it to them! I would once only ever sing this song at special watery places. But finally I decided to share it with others via the album, so that they can do that too.

– Singing to the Land

This is another favourite song for sharing with others. It was written on my farm in central Victoria in 2013. I liked to sing it in the orchard, to the bushes and trees, and also with groups of people at workshops. Often it is sung as part of a blessing ceremony when we make a Power Tower (also known as a Paramagnetic Antenna) for enhancing plant growth and Earth harmony. The chorus of this song is very simple and easy to learn.

– Just a Beautiful Day

Peter was flying over to Australia in early 2015 to help me move to Ireland when I started to write this song. But I didn’t want the personal to be a main theme, because any day can be celebrated as a beautiful day! As the Salish people of the Pacific Northwest of America say – ‘When people and nature are in perfect harmony, then magic and beauty are everywhere.’

I finished writing the song in early 2017. Finn recorded a dawn chorus of birds beside Lough Allen and in the song you can hear the joy of the birds in springtime, which is just about every day around that time of year.

– Wild in our Gardens

This is dedicated to the founders of the Australian Seed Savers Network, Jude and Michel Fanton, who devoted much of their lives to maintaining the genetic diversity of food crops. (They have now retired, but you can go and stay with them and learn about seed saving from them in their gardens of edible paradise near Byron Bay, New South Wales.)

This 2015 song is also an unstated reminder that some people are not free to grow food gardens, with local authorities disallowing them. And that not all seeds are freely shared nor genetically sound, with Big Business ever-tightening its grip on the control of crop seeds and genetically modified versions of them. To the transnational companies involved, food growing is like a war against nature. But no need to mention that in the song. Gardening is truly a celebration of life and the closest most of us get to a profound communion with nature.

 

– Golden Harvest

I found some old lyrics of harvest songs from the Outer Hebrides, collected in the late 19th century, in a book about Lughnasa (aka Lammas) traditions in Ireland (‘Lughnasa’ by Mairie McNeill). Needing a harvest song for my musical radio play ‘Lammas Fair’ of 2011, I adapted the lyrics to reflect the pre-christian roots of the ancient traditions, added a chorus, and a suitable melody manifested itself.

The 12 strong Fair Players loved to sing this one and we performed it in public a few times wielding cardboard sickles in our hands as we moved rhythmically with the images of the song.

– Pocahontas

Living the good life with Peter in rural Ireland it’s easy to get excited about simple things, such as the purchase of a new tomahawk to remove ivy from strangling the trees. This folk-jazzy number from 2014 arose from that.

– Full Moon Rising

At a festival (‘EarthSong’) in Ireland there was a fire ritual under a full moon, which entailed people singing and chanting around a bonfire. I was surprised that they didn’t have an appropriate song or chant to suit the occasion. They were even just repeating a line from an old song by The Doors. I thought that I could write something more suitable, so I did.

This late 2016 song evokes memories from my youth, such as full moon dances held in community halls in the rural hinterland of Byron Bay. Hence the ‘retro’ nature of the melody and music (“70’s style folk rock”). Put on your dancing shoes!

– Our Blessings

Leonard Cohen died early 2017 and his songs were playing a lot on the radio as a result. Hearing his songs again inspired me to write this one. The ethos of it is that we make our reality, so it might as well be a blessed one!

 

Link to the web page for viewing a short film about the album and for buying a copy of the CD –

http://www.geomantica.com/products/geomantica-wild-in-our-gardens/

 

CREATING HEALTHY, ADAPTABLE, MEANINGFUL & AFFORDABLE HOMES

by Peter Cowman BArch., Director, Living Architecture Centre, Ireland.

The deeper implications of the changes wrought by the shift from an agrarian to an industrialised economy are now being felt on a vast scale within all developed countries. While the loss of emotional connectivity resulting from this can seemingly be endured, the present threats to physical survival are less easy to bear. This has prompted a search for deeper meaning, a process that stimulates strong emotions with the potential to reunite the separated strands of our physical and psychological worlds. This manifests as the desire for a natural and sustainable life, nourished within a secure, healthy, adaptable and affordable home territory.

In the absence of traditional house design and construction knowledge and lacking a responsible and trustworthy authority that is overseeing the development of affordable, imaginative and adaptable house design solutions, people must now rely on the compilation of fresh knowledge regarding the shelter design and construction processes, and the free circulation of this, in order to achieve the objective of creating secure, healthy, adaptable and affordable homes for themselves. Such ‘sheltermaking information’ must acknowledge the inner connections which make us whole as well as the external connections which tether us to the outside world.

Contemporary house design and construction practices worldwide, based as they are on a purely rational approach to physical reality, lack any in-built connection to life’s intangible aspects. It becomes the task of homeowners to add this humanising dynamic to the properties they acquire, an undertaking that is normally hampered by the nature of the physical structure they are working with. The proliferation of books, magazines and television programmes documenting such undertakings attest to the strength and success of such commitments. However, developing a methodology whereby people can input such commitment at an earlier stage of the design and construction processes is likely to yield far more satisfying and versatile results for people.

A wider awareness of the realities of the design, construction and economics of sheltermaking is a foundation upon which constructive debate regarding the issue of ‘housing’ can be based.

 

A wider awareness of the realities of the design, construction and economics of sheltermaking is a foundation upon which constructive debate regarding the issue of ‘housing’ can be based. Such debate is an essential precursor to people playing a more active role in shaping their dwelling places to satisfy not only their physical but also their psychological needs. In truth while there is a need for regulation and for a building industry to manage the physical aspects of sheltermaking activity, the responsibility for managing the metaphysical or intangible aspects of sheltermaking belongs to people themselves. Where the taking of such responsibility was an innate part of traditional sheltermaking, when these traditions were superceded by commercial sheltermaking, the consequent cultural vacuum was largely filled by the myriad distractions and possibilities offered by this machine-based survival paradigm. When such distractions and possibilities fail to satisfy or prove to be inimical to the health and wellbeing of people and planet, the time has clearly come to, at the very least, open a debate regarding the nature of the buildings that need to be designed and constructed to ensure the primary aim of sheltermaking can be satisfied – the nurturance of human life and the fostering of cultural development.

Re-engaging with house design and construction activity is one way that people can satisfy the desire for a natural and sustainable life. This can be achieved on many levels by being informed regarding the houses they live in or aspire to live in, by clearly articulating what they need and want from their homes and by broadening the usual discussions regarding houses to include their intangible aspects which are so vital to the inner lives we all have to live. These are very much contemporary issues, aspects of evolutionary change which require clarification of what we understand individuality, community, progress and even life itself, to be. It should be borne in mind however, that such inquiry, debate and involvement with the ‘establishment’ runs counter to the mechanism of the global economy which exploits the need to be housed in order to satisfy its own agenda. People should temper their excitement at the prospect of being more directly engaged with the design of their homes with the expectation of a large degree of ‘push back’ from a well-established and powerful industry. Such reactions are part of the chemistry of life. Approached positively and handled skillfully such encounters can provide useful energy for the inevitable struggles that are always associated with radical change.

INSIDE, OUTSIDE
Our dwellings engage us on a physical as well as on a metaphysical, or emotional, level. This is a function of the architecture which acts to separate ‘inside’ from ‘outside’ allowing us to engage outwardly with the physical ‘outer’ world and inwardly with the emotional ‘inner’ world. The inclusion of ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ aspects of life within the house design and construction equations stimulates our rational as well as our intuitive faculties, allows for the proper balancing of physical and metaphysical considerations and facilitates a deep and harmonious engagement with life – the essence of sustainability.

If our dwelling places are imagined to be at the centre of a web of outward connections that link to water, food, the environment, community, transport, education, work, economics, leisure and so on, we can appreciate how vital such outward connections are to the maintenance of our physical aliveness. Similarly, if our dwelling places are imagined as the centre of a web of inward connections that link to dream, imagination, intention, aspiration, emotion, ego, instinct, personality, destiny and so on we can appreciate how vital such inward connections are to the maintenance of our inner aliveness. Imagining our homes in this way reveals the amazing potential of the house design and construction processes – the architecture – to facilitate a deep, harmonious and meaningful engagement with all aspect of life.

The creation of shelter relies on two primary activities – design and construction. When we wish to design buildings suited to a sustainable life we must first express what this means before we can hope to ‘construct’ it in the physical world. To do this we must first engage with the intangible aspects of our lives – our feelings, our aspirations, our sense of entitlement, our hopes, our imaginations, our dreams and so on. This process of self-enquiry raises many interesting questions! Answering these is what building design is all about – proceeding from an abstract conception of what it is one needs and wants to the manifestation of this in physical reality.

The stimulation of our inner selves that the design process provides goes to the heart of the notion of the ‘dream home’ – a place where we can truly be our selves. This allows us to think of our homes as a nutrient for our self-development – a place into which we can literally plant our selves so that we can grow into selfhood. This possibility has been delivered to us thanks to the widespread use of fossil fuels. Liberated from traditional communities laboring to provide themselves with food and shelter, we have been graced with the freedom to ‘be our selves’ pretty much anywhere on the planet we choose to live. This is a positive side of the modern world. Maintaining this freedom without destroying the environment on which we rely for our aliveness is one of the deep challenges of the sustainable agenda.

Maintaining the freedom to ‘be our selves’ without destroying the environment on which we rely for our aliveness is one of the deep challenges of the sustainable agenda.

 

MAINTAINING ALIVENESS
Because sheltermaking is all about maintaining aliveness, houses provide a natural context for our lives to be lived out. This is facilitated by the striking similarity between people and buildings. Architecture consists of two essential parts – a physical external fabric enclosing an intangible internal space. People are constituted in a very similar way with physical bodies enclosing an intangible inner ‘space’. In both cases it is the physical fabric defining the boundaries of the enclosed space that separates ‘inner’ space from the vastness of ‘outer’ or, universal space.

The enclosing aspect of architecture provided by its physical fabric generates a feeling of security, of space that is protected from intrusion. In the case of people, their physical bodies similarly generate feelings of security and protection for their delicate ‘inner’ worlds. It is the transference of the protective role played by the human body to the enclosing fabric of the home that provides the feeling of being ‘at home’ in one’s home which, in turn, inspires the feeling of being ‘one self’. This transference of one’s ‘inner’ space to the safety and security of the space enclosed within the home literally allows one to be within one’s own inner world. The perspective offered from this vantage is self-awareness, the consciousness that we are an integral part of a dynamic universe largely invisible to our physical senses. By designing and constructing homes in this consciousness we stimulate our rational as well as our intuitive faculties which allows us to balance the physical and metaphysical aspects of our lives and to enjoy a deep and harmonious engagement with life.

It is the similarity between buildings and people that makes architecture such a powerful tool in our quest not only to survive but also to thrive. Understanding the puzzle of our selves and of modern life is an integral part of re-engaging with the sheltermaking process – identifying who we are, where we are going and how we plan to get there. This begins by acknowledging the intangibles qualities of life that are so critical to the process of harmonization with nature. These are invisible and mysterious, residing within our deeper selves. When we articulate our desires about how we wish to live it stimulates these parts of ourselves that long for a deeper connection to life. This signals the beginning of a painful but necessary evaluation of our values, beliefs, ideals, aspirations and dreams. Such a perspective invites us to reclaim ownership of our time and our space, to engage more deeply with consciousness and to alter our entire way of life. The dynamics of such a shift are as much cultural as they are personal allowing us to embark on a process of renewal, the forging of a new cultural paradigm that acknowledges and integrates the physical and metaphysical aspects of life into a seamless whole.

Because a sustainable life is an emotional as well as a physical one, it is vital that buildings designed for sustainable living take this into account from the outset. While such an approach might appear challenging, this is merely a consequence of including an ‘inner’ dimension in the design process. This tracks right to the heart of our deepest fears concerning our survival. The potential onslaught from such encounters are indeed challenging, however, the strength derived from facing such challenges will comfortably carry one through the ordeals that will inevitable arise as a consequence of this, largely because our will to live is being stimulated.

Challenges and ordeals, arising from a deep engagement with life, were traditionally understood to be aspects of ‘fate, fortune & destiny’. Stimulated by our desire to maintain our aliveness, such engagement leads us unerringly in the direction our inner selves need to move as we live out our destiny. In practical terms these life encounters are managed by accepting their dynamic but invisible nature, by acknowledging that our fear is the inseparable companion of our longing for a meaningful life and by trusting in life despite the fact that we cannot clearly see a destination. In respect of sheltermaking, such trust is reinforced by one’s ‘sheltermaking gene’ – an innate facility we all have in respect of creating shelter, which, if it’s call is honoured, will prove to be a steadfast ally in the quest to live a meaningful life. It is from this vantage that one can ‘live one’s architecture’, in the process contributing vitally to a culture of sustainability. Even just imagining such a life, or only building a model of ones dream home is sufficient to activate this potent chemistry.

Generally, architecture is presented as being complex when, in fact, it can be very simple – literally, a floor, four walls and a roof. It is life which is complicated and full of hidden meaning.

 

ARCHITECTURE
Generally, architecture is presented as being complex when, in fact, it can be very simple – literally, a floor, four walls and a roof. It is life which is complicated and full of hidden meaning. When we accept this fact, and the nature of this invisibility, we can begin to distinguish between the visible and invisible aspects of buildings. This allows us to interpret the abstract nature of the space enclosed by the fabric of our homes as being a reflection of our own ‘invisible’, or, inner selves. As a consequence of this we gain the opportunity to shape the architecture to suit our selves and the planet we inhabit by virtue of the fact that the design process allows to see all aspects of our selves, our lives and the life of planet Earth.

Exploiting the potential of architecture to enhance our lives requires a defined procedure in order to activate the potential of the design and construction processes. This begins with the clear expression of ideas, needs, aspirations, dreams and so on. These abstractions are rendered in words and images, are given 3-dimensional form, refined, constructed and then inhabited. To design homes in this way, or to modify existing ones, requires self-honesty in order for the deep purpose of our lives to be encountered and for this potentiality to be manifest in physical reality.

The abstract conception of the role of your building in your life will emerge from within you. It is this intention which will enliven the inner space of the building. The role of the building fabric – the walls, the floor and the roof – is to enclose this inner space and to separate it from the outside world. Because clear intention is what brings a building to life it is essential that intention dominates the design process. This requires that a harmony be achieved between the inner and outer aspects of the design. This balancing of abstract and physical, visible and invisible, is characteristic of life itself.

To achieve the necessary harmony between the inner and outer aspects of the design your mind has to be encouraged to share power with your intuition. This will allow you to tune in to the harmony of your life and to infuse your design with that life. Bringing your design to life is, in many ways, about bringing yourself to life.

 

Peter Cowman is an architect, eco-builder, writer and teacher delivering Courses & Workshops internationally on the subject of Living Architecture. He was born and educated in Dublin, Ireland, graduating from the School of Architecture, University College Dublin in 1976. He began teaching people how to design their own homes in 1989, a task which he still pursues as director of the Living Architecture Centre. Never having had a mortgage himself, Peter has a special interest in the creation of affordable, low-impact, mortgage-free buildings and has developed a unique timber framing system for cost-conscious self-builders. Originator of the ‘Sheltermaker’ and ‘Living Architecture’ concepts Peter’s work has been widely publicised in both print as well as broadcast media, worldwide, including Owner Builder and Earth Garden magazines. Peter lived in central Victoria until his return to his native Ireland in 2014. His Sheltermaker’s Manual is published by Python Press.

Peter will be in Australia in March-April 2018 delivering 3 unique & empowering events:

Below, please find links to Aussie Tour info:

http://www.livingarchitecturecentre.com/sheltermaker-com/aus-nz18/

 

A CRASH COURSE IN ECO-BUILDING DESIGN

The secrets of eco-architecture revealed.
In this concise, thought-provoking and empowering presentation eco-architect & builder Peter Cowman sets down the essential principles governing meaningful and affordable eco-building design as set out in his proven & successful Sheltermaker Design Programme. In this presentation Peter will reveal what can only be described as ‘the secrets of eco-architecture’ – essential knowledge for those aspiring to the living of a sustainable life.
This presentation will appeal to those interested in understanding how the interactions of architecture and life impact our consciousness, our health and our wellbeing. The design principles that Peter will set out can be applied to existing buildings, to buildings that are under consideration for purchase or they can be used as the starting point for an original building design.

 

SHELTERMAKER THEATRE

An exploration of space, time & the architecture of selfhood.
A stimulating, engaging & active exploration of personal space & time as experienced in the Here&Now offering unparalleled insight into the realms of purpose, identity and dream – essential elements within the contemporary desire to create healthy and affordable buildings within which one can discern and follow one’s unique life journey.

This event will appeal to those keen to experience how the dynamics of architecture and life impact on our sense of self, our identity, our memories, on the directions we choose in the living of our lives and on how these dynamics interact with the buildings and places we inhabit.

SHELTERMAKER MASTERCLASS

Creating your personal eco-architecture.
In this hands-on, lively, practical & stimulating Workshop Peter Cowman will lead people through the personal architecture design process offering insights, suggestions, warnings and, most of all, encouragement. This design process has multiple applications – from consciousness raising to the creation of low-cost, low-impact eco-buildings to the dreaming of a yet-to-be-lived future. A unique and empowering event, not to be missed!

This Workshop will appeal to those wishing to get the design of their own eco-architecture underway. Participants will be able to lay the foundation for their design and gain understanding of how this can be carried forward and realised in the world.

The duration of A Crash Course In Eco-Building Design & The Sheltermaker Theatre events are 21⁄2 – 3 hours each, suited to evening, afternoon or weekend presentations in venues that can accommodate 25 persons+. The Sheltermaker Masterclass can be held as a 1 day event or can be spread over 2 half days in a venue that can accommodate 25 persons+. This offers lots of opportunity to tailor presentation to suit local needs and circumstances.

Further details of all events are available from sheltermaker.com
If you are interested in hosting an event email Peter at –  sheltermaker@gmail.com

Peter will be in Australia from mid-March to mid or late April 2018 following a route from central Victoria to NSW to Queensland, South Australia and back to central Victoria again. There is also the option of Peter going to New Zealand, in response to demand.

 

 

 

Mother Earth Wells Up a Boulder at Sacred Site in Eldbridge, NY, USA.

By Madis Senner

 

Has anyone ever found a material object that manifest out of the Earth at a sacred site? My friend tells me that a boulder popped up out of the earth once they created a little temple to the Sikh guru Baba Sri Chand. He is a well respected in central NY and is well known in the Sikh community globally and is not prone to exaggeration.

 

I had a chance to celebrate Sikh Guru Baba Sri Chand’s birthday at the home of Ralph and Joginder Singh in Eldbridge, NY on the last weekend of August. The atmosphere of their property is charged with the imprints of prayer, particularly the house. Both Joginder and Ralph are devotees of Baba Ji (Baba Virsa Sri Singh Ji), a noted Sikh mystic. The service was held in their lovely garden and was followed by lunch inside. Located in the backyard is a statue of Baba Sri Chand housed in small shed like building, arguably a temple.

I originally met Ralph and Joginder shortly after moving back to Syracuse (2000) during my quest to learn about the world’s different religions. It was right after 9-11 when the original temple in Central Square was burned down by teenagers. A tragedy that proved to be a great learning and community bonding experience as Ralph and Joginder forgave the arsonists.

Ralph was noted for teaching a course on the world’s religions and for his very ecumenical views. I joined others at his house on several occasions to discuss spirituality. In late winter/spring of 2002 Ralph asked me to take care of Baba Sri Chand while he and Joginder went to India to stay with Baba Ji. I was given keys to the house and was to prepare daily lunch for Baba Sri Chand. I would cut up a banana and some fruits and bring it outside to Baba Sri Chand. I would then light the sacred fire and meditate.

It was a wonderful learning experience. Several insights came to me during my visits that week.

 

Co-creating with Mother Earth

If you are at all familiar with my work you know that I talk a lot about how we create new births with Mother Earth. My book, Vortices and Spirals, details the formation of an energy vortex at a location where we love, give, heal, do self-less acts, prayer, meditation……takes place regularly. I have also spoken about the creation of water lines and water domes.

Given the focus on spirituality and doing good, and the prayers that have taken place at their home it was not surprising to find the formation of an energy vortex, what I call a natural vortex. I used my dowsing rods and marked the vortex with pink tape on the step next to Baba Sri Chand’s temple.

What was more interesting, or peculiar, something I have never seen before; the welling up of a large boulder from within the earth close to the sacred area. Ralph told me that less than a year after they put up the out building to house Baba Sri Chand the boulder emerged from the earth. It was not noticeable before.

I find this extremely interesting, first because I have never seen it before and second,  that it is a testament to what is possible when we follow the spiritual path, live a good life and perform spiritual practices.

Kudo’s to the Gobind Sadan community and all of their friends.

This is amazing. To think that a large boulder welled up in response to human intention. It tells me that everything and anything is possible.

Mother Earth is so wonderful.

Blessings,
Madis

October 2017

Nature-Harmony-Station (NHS)
– Supporting life-energy for humans, animals and environment

by Wolfgang Kuhl, Germany. Translated by Martin Richter.

Harmony – to feel a deep connection with all living beings.

“Orgone” Energy
Wilhelm Reich (1897 – 1957) discovered at the end of the 1930s a universally available form of energy, which he called “orgone”: the life energy * – a subtle energy at the interface between living and inanimate substance **. The life-energy field (“orgone field”) is a global ethereal field that forms the basis for all important life processes on our Earth (gr. GAIA): having pulsation, flow and charge.

According to Wilhelm Reich, each living organism contains, in each of its cells, life-energy, which, by means of respiration, feeds itself orgonotically from the atmosphere.

Reich said that the clouds and thunderstorms, which were not understood at the time, depended on concentration changes of the atmospheric life energy. Versatile as he was and inspired by his discovery, Wilhelm Reich developed special devices that were able to capture the energy of life through certain material arrangements. If the life energy is stimulated by certain physical factors (including radioactivity and electro-smog), it can assume a degraded state. Then destructive information breaks down structure and order. This destructive form of “orgone energy” with anti-living effects was called DOR (Deadly Orgone Radiation) by Reich.

* Already in ancient times, people have recognised the life energy in their culture circles and, according to their ideas, were termed life force, vital energy, Od, Prana, Chi, and so on.
** Our school scientists can not measure this subtle energy and therefore claim that this energy can not exist. This attitude is unscientific and recalls the times before Luigi Galvani and Alessandro Volta previously discovered non-measurable phenomena. Only after their death were they highly honoured and distinguished for their discoveries.

Todays Situation
The advancing industrialisation in all spheres of life promises us more growth, more money and more fun. New technologies should improve everything. But are we healthy? On the contrary, the natural balance and the norm of creation are greatly disturbed.

We are increasingly aware of the increasing dangers and burdens

~ Electro-Smog (Mobilfunk, Wi-Fi, DECT, High-voltage-transmission-lines, “HAARP”, etc.),
~ Environmental toxins (“plant protection products”, air pollution, artificially applied nano particles, etc.),
~ Poor food (the “fruits” of low-mineral soil, “fast food”, “preservation substances”, irradiated “food”, etc.) and
~ Emotional stress (aggression, depression, “burn-out”, etc.).

The life-energy field in our highly industrialised life-areas is already severely impaired. It is now the worst time – we must immediately provide a basic remedy.

Structure, function and effect of the Nature Harmony Station (NHS)

The Nature Harmony Station (NHS) uses the technology discovered by Wilhelm Reich for orgone accumulation.

It consists of:
~ a 1.5 m long 2 “steel tube (galvanized) with grounding wire and grounding spit,
~a partial wrapping of the steel tube (steel wool and wool felt in 7 layers) with weather protection,
~ a water reservoir (bucket, pond or similar),
~ Bio-information-medium (NHS chip, angel image, informed minerals, among others).),
~ four bracing wires for installation and assembly
~ much love in the construction and operation of the NHS
(look for: a small exercise for “moral technology”, Rudolf Steiner)

Radiaesthetic measurements show that a harmonisation field is created by each installed NHS. The constructive building of the NHS :
* pulls the life energy (“orgone”) in a 7-step process from the environment,
* concentrates the life energy in the steel pipe and
* enhances the harmonised life energy as a torus-shaped energy field back to the environment (comparable to a mammoth tree in mini format).

The steel tube acts as an antenna for coarse and etheric energies. The NHS chip ensures the natural function and the interaction of all components – especially in the networked interaction of all structurally identical NHSs. Man and his environment are again in harmony, similar to a “tuned” orchestra.

The transformation power of the water with its grounding supports the effective and safe functioning of the NHS. A collection of DOR is always transformed and safely dismantled.
The application and operation of an NHS is largely maintenance-free.
The user checks only occasionally the water level and the grounding of the water reservoir and the stability (tension of the suspension).

Recommendation: Run water from the garden hose through the steel pipe every 1 – 2 weeks for 5 – 10 minutes. This optimizes the function of the NHS and ensures a good grounding of the ground spike by humidifying the surrounding soil.

The NHS unfolds its support in the main fields of :

~ strengthening harmony in creation
~ the growth and health of all life (human, animal, plant)
~ strengthening the immune system and activating the self-healing powers
~ water and food energising
~ promotion of awareness and consciousness
~ harmonising the effect of negative environmental influences (e.g., electro-smog, geopathic stress, etc.)
~ bio-energetic harmonisation
~ perceiving of corresponding phenomena

The installation of the NHS must, in principle, be carried out in the open air, e.g. in the garden or on a balcony, best under free sky without obstructions above.
A location directly next to transformer stations or below high-voltage lines is rather unsuitable.

Our Vision :
By setting up as many NHSs as possible, we aim to achieve that our living environment (our homeland) is swinging naturally again. All identical NHSs are interlinked. This synergistically enhances the effect and benefits of each NHS for the benefit of all humans, animals, plants and our mother GAIA (the Earth).

A healthy life energy field has important harmonising influences:

~ restores the natural local weather (clouds and rain in natural alternation)
~ improve the soil texture,
~ strengthening of plant growth in the immediate environment,
~ promotes the health of humans and animals,
~ harmonises the effect of electric smog,
~ reduces or eliminates negative mental and emotional energies,
~ reduces or eliminates the effect of media external control by reconnection to creation; and
~ the social coexistence of people and other living beings in the field – it becomes more harmonious and peaceful!

Contact, kits and further information:

Wolfgang Kühl – Specialist for bio-information-science, construction manager for NHS

Websites – naturharmoniestation.com (with Shop)

www.selbstheilung-online.de/index.php/naturharmonie-station

Youtube-channel – Natur Harmonystation
www.youtube.com/channel/UCD0U-XwLALrx0BM9QzdzkTg)

 

GAIA (the Earth) is not a gigantic bio-chemical biotope. Perhaps it is seen so by the school sciences, but many of us know that GAIA lives. GAIA is aware. She speaks to us all the time. We rarely listen. In moments of silence it can be easier.

This planet suffers. And with it ALL beings that shelters GAIA. Animals, plants, humans and the realms of the natural and elementary beings, which are not visible to the normal eye.
When Orgone energy, Chi, Prana, get back into flux, blockages are dissolved, so that the control circuits in nature again work again – also in us.

“What our time most urgently needs is,
 that we can bring ourselves into us and hear the Earth crying “

Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen-Master
(and feel it living – remark of the translator)

A matter of heart from us

Our experience so far shows that technical design, optimum material quality as well as the underlying bio-energies and bio-information are important prerequisites for the optimal function of the NHS.

BUT the willingness of the “builders” to open up for a partnership, loving communication and cooperation with the subtle world of elementary and natural beings and the angels; to grow in there and to work together in the context of creativity – this intensifies the effect of each NHS far beyond the technical conditions.

The manifold experiences of the participants on “Building-days” and workshops show: this way is now open to us humans. In the midst of like-minded people, we can discover this path with joy and energy – through listening, understanding and doing.

You are invited! Do you join?

 

 

 Book Reviews:

 

Medicine for the Earth – how to transform personal and environmental toxins

by Sandra Ingerman, Three Rivers Press, USA, 2000.

The author, a practising psychologist and healer, studied with Dr Michael Harner in 1980 and has used his shamanic approach ever since. Originally she studied biology and was very concerned with pollution of waterways. But she switched over to working with people and began teaching the art of shamanic journeying and healing from 1985.

Mircea Eliade described a shaman as “a person who journeys in an altered state of consciousness outside time and space.” Journeying is a key element in shamanic traditions globally. The journey’s purpose being to bring back information and healing help for people, by working with helpful and compassionate spirits encountered.

Ingerman says that “one of the beauties of shamanic journeying is that it allows for direct spiritual revelation. For example, the compassionate spirits have taught me how to live in harmony with nature, how to solve problems, and how to heal myself and others.”

In this unique and deeply engaging book, Ingerman connects our wellbeing to that of Mother Earth’s and suggests exercises for re-connecting with nature and self. She uses positive perspectives. (We don’t need to be reminded of the Earth’s ills all the time!)

“Harmony is one of the key elements to our formula for transmutation. In order for transmutation of personal and environmental illness to occur, we must be in harmony with nature.” she writes. “By disconnecting ourselves from nature and the Earth, the bigger body we live in, we became more and more disconnected from ourselves. As we look at harmonising with nature, we must look at harmonising with ourselves. This is all part of the web of life. This is why so much of Medicine for the Earth has been devoted to healing our inner world. Our inner world has a profound effect on our outer world.”

Ingermann suggests rituals that we can create, to heal the Earth through transmutation and to re-establish connection with divine forces, in order to “weave the Heavenly and Earthly realms together.” Ceremonies, she says, can be individually devised upon a framework of setting an intention, creating a sacred space to work in, manifesting an outpouring of love and harmony, establishing a sense of union, harnessing the power of focus and concentration, and using the creative imagination to achieve goals.

I highly recommend you read this book, which has been described as “a major contribution to the integration of shamanic practises and radical ecology.” It espouses sound methodologies to transform and heal our inner and outer worlds.

Reviewed by Alanna Moore.

 

Plant Spirit Gardener, by Alanna Moore

Reviewed by Tamzin, published September 2017 in Silver Wheel no. 3

“This book is an ode to trees and the spiritual dimensions of the plant kingdom.”
This quote, from the introduction, sums up perfectly the feel of this engaging and passionate book.
It takes the reader on a journey – learning about the gifts that trees give us, the spirits of trees and how to connect with them, to the skills of dowsing, gardening with divas and through to divine gardening.
There are interesting and engaging facts all through the pages, and whether you read from cover to cover, or dip into the parts that most interest you, you will be enchanted!

Alanna Moore has researched her topic thoroughly and acknowledges who she refers to as the “giants” who inspired her. One who I particularly recognised was Bill Mollison – the designer of Permaculture
Plant spirituality from around the world – herbs and faeries, and the plant Devas are covered, with practical ways shown to connect with the plant spirits and deepen connections with plants and trees in our own gardens too…”

What’s On?

Upcoming Geomantica and related events

You can email info@geomantica.com for a flier for any  of these events.

The page with payment buttons is HERE.

 

Marko Pogačnik Peace Workshop
Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th October 2017
Venue: Swynnerton Lodge, Navan, Co. Meath.
Enquiries and bookings – carmelduffy1957@yahoo.com

AUSTRALIA  – November – December 2017

*Adelaide SA

‘Earth Spirit Divining’

Saturday November 11th, 2017, 10am – 4pm.
Discover Pendulum Dowsing, Earth Energies & the Spiritual Dimensions of Nature at a one day workshop with geomancer & author Alanna Moore.

Would you like to learn the art of attunement to the subtle energies of landscapes, using pendulum dowsing? To find out ways to clear non-beneficial energies such as geopathic stress and how to make your garden grow better? To discover the spiritual reality of the land, identify nature spirits by dowsing, and communicate with the spirits of place?
Students will be given practical training in how to dowse, apply the pendulum to exploring subtle energies and improve the energetic environment by geomantic means, including singing to the land. (Alannaʼs 1st CD will be out then too!)

Tutor Alanna Moore, a master dowser and geomancer (Earth energy consultant) of 35 years professional experience, is visiting from Ireland to teach practical ways to connect with subtle energies and the spirit of place.

Alanna is also giving a free talk, on ‘Plant Spirit Gardening’, at the same venue on the next day,

Sunday 12th November, at 3-4pm.
Venue: Theosophical Society, 310 South Terrace, Adelaide.
Fee to attend workshop: $75.

Bookings: email Alanna Moore –  info@geomantica.com

 

*Upwey, Melbourne
Friday November 24th, 7 – 9pm.
Adventures of a Geomancer’, talk by Alanna Moore.
Fee: $15 pre-paid, $20 at the door.
Venue: Magpie House, 48 Main St Upwey, ph. 9752 5838.
See – www.magpiehouse.com.au

 

*Warburton Vic
Nov 25th – 26th
Backyard Geomancy – Energy Dowsing, Devas and Power Towers’
Bookings – Ralph, email – ralphballard@optusnet.com.au

*Maldon, Vic
Saturday Dec. 2nd, 10am – 4pm
Backyard Geomancy – Garden Dowsing and Power Towers’

Bookings –  email: info@geomantica.com  or phone Rosalind,: 0435 303 264

 

MALAYSIA, December 2017

Weekend dowsing workshops with Alanna Moore

Held December 9 -10th PENANG (Batu Feringghi)
16 – 17th December KUALA LUMPUR (Seri Kembangan, Selangor).

Fee to attend: RM428 for the weekend.

Bookings: PENANG – phone Lim Ewe Hin 04-6582910 (noon to 6.00pm only),

or email – ehlim910@gmail.com

SELANGOR- phone Alice Khuan 03-89592969

 

IRELAND

Springtime 2018 – date to be confirmed

Introduction to Backyard Geomancy Workshop

– Garden Dowsing, Devas and Power Towers with Alanna Moore

Venue: Bangor Co. Down
(Private residence.) Limited places available.
Fee – £60 (inc. light lunch), paid before September 16th
Bookings – Lorna – email:  lornafish95@gmail.com  or phone  07848158939.

 

Springtime 2018 – date to be confirmed

Sunday 8th October 2017, 10am – 3pm
Venue: The Watergarden, Thomastown, Kilkenny

Dowsing, Sensitive Permaculture and Power Towers workshop with Alanna Moore.
Fee: €55, or €50 if pre-paid before Aug 30th.
Enquiries – Gervaise, email: kgervaise@hotmail.com

 

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