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Where did Biodynamics come from, whats is it all about? come on a journey......

I could have posted this artical in GTT but for some reason unknown to myself I didn't..

When first introduced Biodynamic Agriculture was a bit ahead of its time, it took the ordinary world of physics at least a half a century to catch up, and agriculture is still getting there. As for the ordinary person in the paddoc or city farm, they still havn't quite gotten there, but there are the exceptions..............as we all know.
Anyway here is a bit of a story hope you enjoy..............
In 1961 Edward Lorentz (May 1917--April 18, 2008), a mathematician working with early computer models of weather at MIT, discovered the fact that weather not only is a chaotic system that runs down, but it also is organized around what became called a 'strange attractor' so that it also runs up. This was the birth of Chaos Theory and the beginnings of the realisation in physics that the universe is not simply running down into greater and greater chaos and dispersion, but it also is running up into greater and greater order--depending on where you are and the power of the attractor or attractors in your local system. (see:http://www.schuelers.com/ChaosPsyche/part_1_3.htm). Initially Lorentz discovered that weather was non-linear in its behaviour and that extremely simple and minute variations could result in extremely large scale, complex changes in results, and this was so intriguing that it kick started what became a far-reaching revolution in scientific thought, aided by such luminaries as Robert May, the ecologist, Benoit Mandelbrot, the discoverer of fractal geometry, and several others. James Gleick makes this story accessible to the layman in his excellent book, Chaos--The Making of a New Science, where, wouldn't you know it, he draws corollaries to the work of Rudolf Steiner and his understandings of what became biodynamics.

Steiner, as it happens, got his doctorate studying mathematics, chemistry and biology at what was then (and may still be) a prestigious scientific institute in Vienna in the late nineteenth century. However, he outstripped his contemporaries in scientific endeavour because he abandoned the Kantian epistemology (the study of how we know what we know--in Kant's case we could only know via the five senses.) in favour of the Goethean epistemology--which basically let him use all the means of knowing at his disposal, including thought, imagination, intuition, inspiration and cognition.

As usually happens in science, the mathematicians tend to take the first steps explaining things, and non-linear math was accepted since the days of the French polymath, Henri Poincare (1854-1912; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Poincar%C3%A9 ) who also developed many of the mathematical concepts Einstein used in his Relativity Theory. Often enough the mathematicians are 50 years or more ahead of the physicists, who once again tend to be about 50 years ahead of the practical engineers. (In this case, however, Poincare was also a physicist.) One of the things that makes this true is that observation theory shows that we first must have a concept before we can perceive its manifestations by way of observation. (It is said that when European sailors first came to Australia the Aborigines couldn't see their ships because they couldn't conceive of such a thing.) In Steiner's case, however, mathematician, chemist and biologist were rolled into one, and he saw what others around him couldn't see, as they had no such concepts.

Another Goethean scientist, Wilhelm Reich, one of Sigmund Freud's protégés as well as a pioneer of biophysics who labelled the organisational energy he discovered as 'orgone' energy, found that this organisational energy allows living organisms to run up instead of running down so that babies grow to adulthood as well as reproducing. This 'orgone' or life energy flowed from lower concentration to higher concentration, so that life energy flowed to where you had rich organisational energy, especially from out of the cosmos to the earth’s biosphere, and from beyond Saturn towards the sun. He also found that clouds grew by this same principle, and that by aiming a specially constructed device he termed a 'cloudbuster' you could suck the organisational energy out of a cloud and into flowing water, whereupon the cloud would disperse.

In his ag lectures, Steiner described the earth as breathing in organizational energy in winter when the sun spends the better part of its time below the horizon, and breathing it out in summer when the sun spends more time in the sky. The cow's horn, like all the other animal sheaths Steiner used for making vital remedies to reorganise the agricultural environment, is a highly organic form, which expresses one of Steiner's most important insights--not only is organisation the basis of life, but organization arises at boundaries, a fact made clear in the 1980s by Benoit Mandelbrot's discovery of fractal geometry. Thus Steiner not only states in his agricultural lectures that each farm must be treated as an entity that is alive and entire within its boundaries, but he also prescribes having sheaths around his agricultural remedies, all but those herbs most related to the sun (nettle, valerian and horsetail).

In the case of 500, the cow manure is packed in fresh, and it's alive all right, even though it can hardly be said to be internally organised. But lying in the earth as life is poured into it over the winter, the 500 can and should become extremely well organised. Of course, it helps to imbue the burial pit with organizational patterns of energy, such as a homeopathic potency of 500. It also helps if the soil is already rich and fertile. In my own case, I liked to arrange my horns in a vortex pattern, as the horns are themselves vortex forms and in general the vortex is probably the most organisational of forms. The earth is itself vortexial, and its organisational energy streams in around the equator, flowing from east to west and spiralling out the poles--which is what gives rise to the Coriolis force. This suggests that you might point the tips of the horns east.

When it comes to stirring and applying a Biodynamic remedy, such as the 500, Steiner suggested placing a measured amount in a proportional amount of water in a cylindrical vessel and stirring round and round to create a vortex. This generates order amongst the water molecules so that the coldest and densest move to the middle and the warmest and lightest move to the edges, ordering themselves in laminar layers. Once the vortex is mature, it is then disrupted into chaos and a counter vortex established, giving rise to a new generation of order. Stirring first one way and then the other establishes one generation of order after another in the water, drawing in organisational forces from the surroundings and giving rise to an evolution of order in the water. Then when the water is sprinkled lightly over the land in the evening so that it soaks in, it draws into the area sprayed a rich vitality from out of the cosmos. And, of course, as Lorentz found, as well as Osborne Reynolds (1842-1912) before him, even very slight changes in a dynamic system can have profound effects.

When stirring large quantities mechanically two of the best methods I have seen are Steve Storch's vortex brewer and John Wilkes' flow forms, which can be seen on the cover of Peter Proctor's book, Grasp The Nettle. If you want to go a little further afield into radionics and homeopathy I suggest you check out biophysicist Rupert Sheldrake's theories of morphic resonance (A New Science of Life, which get off into transcendental mathematics and quantum physics, as well as Lynne McTaggart's highly readable book, The Field. If you want to go even further afield, check out the mathematics of Georg Cantor (1845--1918) whose mathematics of infinite sets still hasn't made it into the physics departments. Then you'll be in good company, working with the physics of Barry Carter's ORMUS elements and Glen Atkinson's dimensions of the octaves of the periodic table (chemical, physical, etheric, astral and egoic).
Since then there have been several stand out personalitys including Peter Proctor NZ, Steve Storch USA, Hugh lovel USA now lives and works in australia and realy knows how to tell a rich yarn, but thats another story......

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