It is in everyone’s best interest to reflect on the wide spectrum of foods that are available to be consumed by the human body as this can reinforce gratitude for the abundance of resources that Mother Earth provides – not only for our thriving, but for our ability to enjoy the process of receiving nourishment. The industrial agricultural complex has done a disservice to the human population by reducing the diversity of what is grown for the mere purpose of efficiency and the perceived notion of increasing profits. While it is known that all ecosystems are more able to thrive when they are diversified, the industrial agricultural complex has severely reduced diversity to the point of undermining an ecosystem’s ability to survive.
This is not news and there are many individuals and organizations trying to address this concern in a myriad of ways. We, Abraham, are able to connect with anyone who desires to receive our guidance and who genuinely desires to use our guidance to support the human population in reestablishing a symbiotic partnership with Mother Earth. We are able to provide guidance on the best next steps for individuals who would like to redefine the way in which humans engage with Mother Earth to grow food for any living creature. We will highlight Megan’s experience here to provide tangible evidence of what this might look like, knowing full well that each individual will have different circumstances with which to exercise the most symbiotic partnership for them.
Three years ago We provided guidance on the best trees and shrubs for her to plant within a 2-acre area in addition to providing the ideal planting layout that maximizes efficiencies in maintenance/care and harvesting while also maximizing the ecological placement of each plant. Over the past three years, she has learned what it takes to care for these plants which informs her future plantings and she’s also learned how to craft plant medicines that use the products she’s growing. She did not know the specific purpose of each plant before she planted it, however, trusted the guidance as her goal was to diversify her farm’s ecosystem while providing herself diversified products that would benefit her family and others. By consciously partnering with Mother Earth, Megan made it possible to receive guidance on the best way to utilize her land so that it symbiotically benefits her family and Mother Earth. This process of symbiotically partnering with Mother Earth would not be encouraged by most workshops that one might attend as you are told that you need to know how you are going to sell your product before you plant anything in the ground.
“You’ve got to be practical,” says most experienced farmers and educators, however, ‘being practical’ continues to perpetuate a mindset that money should drive one’s decision-making. We are encouraging a mindset that shifts one’s priority to the diversification of ecosystems and habitats, reinforces a connection to Mother Earth as a partner, and graciously benefits from the harvests and monetary gain that results from this type of partnership. We understand that this mind shift is not easy to make, especially when one’s financial situation requires instantaneous results. Again, We are able to provide each individual with their specific next best steps when you are open to using Our guidance.
There are many things that humans do not understand when it comes to the nature of their physical presence on this planet. There are many things that we have managed to gain a better understanding of with the help of science and those that are able to tap the spiritual realms. When we follow the guidance that is aimed at reconnecting humans with Mother Earth in a symbiotic partnership, we will experience an abundance of tangible evidence that we are on the right track. It is important that these mind shifts begin occurring for our existing practices in so many realms (agricultural, educational, economical, technological, +) do not benefit our well-being and that of all other living organisms on this planet. Again, this is not news, however, We are offering and encouraging a path forward that will lead to quick and beneficial results that will enable present generations to turn the tide on our most pernicious planetary challenges of this time.
You might ask, “How the heck do I access information from you, Abraham?!” And We will say, “You can begin connecting with us by inviting us into your day, practicing alignment with your thoughts so that you are able to receive insights while grounded and centered, and allowing yourself to listen to your heart.” We encourage you to begin addressing Mother Earth as a partner and asking her if she can provide input on the best ways for you to develop a relationship with her. We encourage you to practice putting your ego in the backseat and allowing your higher self to be in charge. We also encourage you to reach out to others who are open to shifting their mindset so that you can begin partnering on cooperative steps forward. From Paul Stamets in the film Fantastic Fungi, “Communities survive better than individuals. Communities rely upon cooperation… Evolution is based on the concept of mutual benefit and the extension of generosity.”
We know that behavior change is one of the hardest things to achieve and We also know that it is most commonly inspired when an individual perceives there is no other option but to change. We also believe that fear is not required nor is a forced hand to make inspired change occur, for when an individual experiences the benefits that come from a more aligned way of living, it reinforces the motivation to continue and expanding upon one’s heart-centered choices.
Megan’s 2-acre planting of trees and shrubs will provide her with her own source of ingredients for the products she has already been making for the past few years and new ones that she has yet to craft. This diversified mix of plants has already helped bring in an abundance of pollinators that normally would not be present and the trees that are growing in this space have already begun to establish an underground microbial community that will enable a healthier soil community to be established, further supporting all of the plants that will exist in this space. The financial gain that comes from a thriving ecosystem will come from a diversity of financial outlets, a gain that will surpass income options of a mono-cropped planting and simultaneously benefit a much larger physical area than the 2 acres alone.
If We could wave a magic wand, We would plant every single agricultural field that grows annual crops in the U.S. with an alley-cropping layout that included at least 3 different types of plants within it (see image below). The alleys would be used for annual grains that were cover cropped in the winter or grew rotational perennial grains and the tree rows would include tree and shrub species that made the most sense for the climate in which they were growing. The trees would enhance the nutritional value of the grains in the alleys, the shrubs would enhance the number of pollinators, and the grains would help drawdown carbon in the atmosphere in addition to providing an annual source of income while the trees and shrubs are getting established. This type of agricultural system would allow existing equipment to be used while also encouraging the development of innovative harvesting machines that use alternative forms of energy. The establishment of diversified processing plants in more communities would bring new sources of revenue and job opportunities while also enhancing the tax base that support community infrastructure and services.
The way in which we engage in agriculture in the U.S. (and many other countries) is one of the most foundational opportunities for improving well-being for the entire population. It also serves as a powerful solution to increasing our carbon drawdown and reducing our negative contributions to climate change. While it is easy to suggest these changes in all agricultural lands, We know that it requires a great deal of systematic change. We have the choice to make these changes.
Not everyone wants nor is able to be a farmer, so you might ask, “What can I do?” The way in which you choose the food you eat is paramount as it highly influences the political and economical decisions that are made. So, when you are able, choose foods that are grown organically and locally (in that order of priority) and support farmers who are diversifying their farms and farming in a manner that enhances the well-being of our ecosystems. There are a growing number of organizations working on these issues and We would encourage you to learn more about the work they’re doing. Here is just a start:
- The Land Institute
- Savanna Institute
- Organic Consumers Association
- World Tree
- Kiss the Ground
- Farmer’s Footprint
- Midwest Permaculture
- Illinois Stewardship Alliance
Our ability to engage with the land in an intentionally symbiotic manner is a phenomenal area of focus for every human being. You need not be a farmer to grow your own food, to delight in the deliciousness of the food you eat, or express gratitude for the nourishment you receive from Mother Earth every day. These are all things that every person can do and all have a positive impact. There are many opportunities to be discovered that will enhance the agricultural systems on this planet and they each reside within the human heart. Practice heart-listening and allow these important new ideas to come forth.
To your aligned vitality,
Photo credit: Illustration taken from the Savanna Institute’s Agroforestry Infosheets