Why sensitive permaculture is important
- Published: 13 February 2010
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Even the most sustainable and ethical gardening can lack sensitivity, writes Alanna Moore.
For the past 26 years I have worked as a geomancer, assessing and balancing the subtle energies of places with pendulum dowsing and meditational attunement. It’s akin to feng shui, but not formula oriented.
A geomantic reading of a place seeks out the actual inherent energies there, so it’s rather more indigenous than informed by Chinese cultural conditioning, as feng shui is. It thus requires openness and keen sensitivity.
You never know what might show up. I often find high-tech radiation, or geopathic stress from unhealthy underground energies; or perhaps a desecrated sacred site that’s causing ‘bad vibes’. On the other hand, beneficial energies can also be created or amplified, harnessed for enhancing plant growth in the garden or for making one’s own backyard sacred site.
Thus the hundreds of ‘Towers of Power’ I’ve been helping to create around Australasia and elsewhere have had some noteworthy effects for farmers and gardeners. I wrote a book on the subject in 2001 – ‘Stone Age Farming – ecoagriculture for the 21st century’.
For the past 22 years I have also been a keen permaculture practitioner. Permaculture is the ethical design of sustainable culture, mostly practiced in the form of eco-smart gardening systems. Developed in Australia in the 1970’s, it has gone on to have a very positive impact on food security in many parts of the world. But this sustainable system of land development may lack sensitivity in its implementation. A macho approach to bulldozing can often leave a bad vibe in a place, for example.
However, even earthworks can be done with sensitivity. Implementing a geomantically informed permaculture design for sustainable living can alleviate environmental problems on many levels. I’m finding that the more sensitive, spiritual approach to land planning and Earth care is gaining a welcome resonance amongst people who are weary of the negativity and unsustainability of today’s society. It can be a celebration of the sanctity of Mother Earth, indigenous Earth lore and the traditions of nature based spirituality.
The invisible dimensions of landscape are not merely energetic. They are also characterized by varying levels of consciousness, epitomised by universal traditions of the fairy realms. I divide my time between Australia and Ireland, both places where knowledge of geomancy and the fairy world has survived relatively well, in understated undercurrents at the least.
The Australian Aborigines and native Irish are highly intuitive peoples. Like other animist societies, the Irish believed that fairy beings help to care for their crops and livestock and thus the ‘Good People’ must always be thanked, and their homes and pathways respected.
The Aboriginal people were (and often still are) acutely aware of the nature spirits around them and they may be intimately connected to the totemic nature beings that act as familiars to them. (It’s interesting that elements of totemism linger on in modern Catholicism, that most pagan of Christian forms. Equating Jesus with wheat/bread, for example, is a direct rip-off from animist mystery traditions of sacred agrarian culture.)
Nature spirits (also known as devas) continue to be a dynamic force in landscapes, I’ve discovered in my life of professional dowsing experience, travel and teaching around the world. By dowsing and attunement I find exactly where the nature beings are stationed and thus help people to avoid disturbing them.
I also seek the co-operation of the fairies to ensure harmonious co-existence. Swedish dowsers I have met have taken this approach further. They regularly consult with the10 metre tall European forest trolls and they actively help the local devas to overcome debilitating effects of high-tech radiations, such as from mobile phone masts on hilltops. (This is the subject of a short film I have posted on-line, amongst my other Geomantica Films at YouTube.)
Not just affecting the devas, sensitive people too (such as myself) suffer in the presence of such phone masts. Clusters of people reporting ‘Microwave Sickness’ symptoms are found in the vicinity of these insidious installations. Clearly, such energetic insults are not sustainable for continuing human existence.
Avoidance of such problems is always preferable and I actively defend sacred sites from such desecration wherever I can. In 2004, with a small group of determined locals, we fought a David and Goliath battle against Telstra erecting a 34m tall phone mast on top of the iconic Mount Franklin, the ‘Uluru’ of central Victoria, where I live (and famously depicted on Mt Franklin water bottles).
After several days in a Melbourne VCAT tribunal, Telstra was defeated – for the first time ever! It was thanks to the heritage overlay on the mountain that acknowledged its sacredness in Aboriginal lore. That you can’t screw with sacred sites this way is law and Telstra hadn’t done its homework.
Other such victories against phone towers elsewhere have followed from this precedent. (I wrote about this saga in my 2004 book ‘Divining Earth Spirit’, plus many articles on related subjects in Geomantica magazine.) However the proliferation of debilitating high-tech radiation in our beautiful landscapes in still increasing, thanks to industry thrusting ever higher levels of (typically unnecessary) technological complexity at us, such as digital tv and wireless broadband, also massive wind farms and the like. We lap them up at our peril!
In my seventh and latest book – ‘Sensitive Permaculture – cultivating the way of the sacred Earth’, I explain how eliciting nature’s help in the garden can foster harmonious feng shui, as well as nourish our own inner, spiritual gardens. It focuses on an energetic and loving approach to sustainable land planning. For when we connect to the sacred dimensions of life our activities can become positively life-affirming, festive and joyful. This is our universal heritage.
Alanna Moore is an acclaimed author, geomancer and editor of Geomantica magazine. She is also a permaculture farmer and teacher, and her archived articles on permaculture can be found here. Alanna’s new book ‘Sensitive Permaculture’ can be bought from bookshops around Australia and also via Amazon UK and Amazon USA. Information about her other books is available here. For more information contact Alanna at info [at] geomantica [dotcom].