>Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 19:35:17 -0500
>From: Hugh Lovel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Threefold Social Order and BD
>Dear Glen, et. al.,
>This threefolding of society is another of those things that is fundamental
>to biodynamic farming, and I tried to make it at least as clear as mud in
>my book. Chapters XII, XIII and XIV go into detail and tie the social
>spheres together with the threefolding of the human being and all the rest.
>Because I didn't want to get caught in the religious kneejerk reactions
>people get into if I'm calling the spiritual sphere this complicated
>Religious/cultural translation of Steiner's Geistesleben (literally spirit
>life) I called this element of our social order the SIGNIFICANCE sphere and
>tried to make it clear that science, philosophy and religion were all a
>part of this together. I guess you know about this from being an
>astrologer--Sagitarrius and the ninth house and all that.
>Anyway, I spent three chapters making this social order stuff a little less
>opaque than it otherwise might be and you can read about it because you
>have a copy of my book. I packed so much stuff in that book that even I am
>sometimes amazed--like my basic rules for clear communication on page 171.
>Anyway it will never do to think of biodynamics as a set of rote procedures
>to grow crops. It is much more than that. It truly is a revolutionary
>spiritual practice and this threefold social order concept is one of the
>basic elements that lie behind biodynamic practices.
>I know some people are impatient with me when I tell them things like this
>when what they want to know is how to get enough calcium up into their
>apples at an early enough stage in their growth. Biodynamic farmers have
>used horn silica and horn manure for 75 years and never connected the
>threefoldedness of society idea up with their farming practices and had it
>dawn on them they needed to be using horn clay as the third leg of their
>prep package. It is the horn clay that gets the calcium up into the apple
>when it starts to fill out. Man is made of clay. There's a lot of wisdom in
>that. All the stuff about our preps being applied to the widest possible
>areas of the earth so that a bridge is built between the will and thinking?
>75 years and very little progress was made toward that goal! BD farmers
>needed to understand the threefold social order to realize they had a BD
>The threefold social order is a key idea for the BD farmer and people are
>wrong to think we can just follow some set of rote procedures to farm
>biodynamically. We haven't done anywhere near an adequate job of farming
>biodynamically in the past. You're going to see when you visit here next
>summer what an incredible advance the use of biodynamic horn clay is. We've
>needed three horn preps all along and we were falling flat all the time
>just using two. It is a mystery why almost no one in biodynamics had a
>clear perception of this until Greg came along and started using horn clay
>as a key part of his biodynamic programs. You might think when you read my
>three chapters on the threefold social order that at least I would have
>realized what was missing. But I didn't. It took me stepping into Topolos'
>vineyard before I saw that horn clay bridged the chasm between lime and
>silica and integrated the whole farm organism. Then I put it together with
>the threefold social order idea and saw how absolutely essential it was to
>use biodynamic horn clay on our farms.
>I have called Greg's introduction of horn clay into his biodynamic programs
>the most important advance in the 75 year history of biodynamics. That's
>NOT an exageration. It is the same thing as having to have a heart in
>between our heads and our guts or we don't have a functional human
>organism. We have to have a political sphere between the significance and
>the economic spheres or we don't have a functional society. We have to have
>a healthy ego between our will and our thinking or we are disempowered in
>our activities and off base with our thoughts. This threefold understanding
>is key to understanding the importance of horn clay, which is immensely
>helpful for getting the lime element up into the fruit of our plants. This
>idea lies behind the reason honey has the forces to help elderly women keep
>calcium in their bones and other sweeteners don't do the job. The threefold
>idea is one of the keys to understanding biodynamics.
>Incidentally, list readers, Greg has horn clay available. His e-mail
>address is: email@example.com I believe Courtney will have horn clay
>available in a year or so from JPI. It takes a year to make it. I make my
>broadcaster reagents with a Malcolm Rae Extended Range Potentizer from
>geometric cards. And I have four horn clay cards, Fall to Fall HC, Spring
>to Spring HC, Spring to Fall HC and Fall to Spring HC. If you're using
>radionics on your farm or in your garden (I talk about this in my Evolution
>of Biodynamics and Rain article which will be in the first issue of the ABA
>journal) you can get these horn clay cards and the Potentizer from the
>Malcolm Rae Institute in London, UK.
>Glen Atkinson posted,
>>> Dear Glen,
>>> Thank you for your good post. I am confused, however, by your
>>> last paragraph (above). You say Biodynamics represents the "spiritual
>>> sphere, with the BDA's being the cultural sphere." Do you mean the "rights
>>> or political sphere" instead of the "cultural sphere"? "Cultural" and
>>> "spiritual" are usually regarded as synonomous terms, being two alternative
>>> translations of Steiner's German term "Geistesleben".
>>Thank you for any clarification. I have not studied the threefold
>>material in detail, just been on the edges of many discussions, so from
>>what you are saying it appears I am using the wrong words in the wrong
>>I use the spiritual, economic and cultural words as they make sense to
>>I would like to get them right so others can get my point.
>>In the spirit, soul, body trilogy: spiritual is the 'pure' impulse of
>>the activity, so I guess this is were the morals, ethics and spiritual
>>intent are strongest. I can see how the political sphere can be part of
>>this. Political in the sense of guiding the impulse, not political in
>>the sense of economic manuipulation of the impulse.
>> The 'economic' is like the body, where it meets the Earth and
>>interfaces with the realities of everyday life, while the cultural
>>(soul) area is in a sense what develops in the middle as an interaction
>>of the two poles.
>>I know the threefold pictures are usually drawn more as a triangle with
>>smaller overlapping areas etc, so I am simplifying the concept.
>>I did not know that 'spiritual' and 'cultural' were synonomous. Sounds
>>confusing, which then brings us back to the BDAs
>>In this context it is easy to see how the BDAs are political/spiritual
>>sphere beings rather than cultural(social). What do you call my
>>Anyway it appears there is a cross over of activities here. The BDAs are
>>the place where interested people come to meet and share their desire for
>>knowledge, experience and support (more and more around making more $)
>>essentially creating the middle cultural life of the community, yet they
>>are also the political/ spiritual body, which in NZ has had a very
>>strong economic focus and role. The question is where is the spiritual
>>activity of looking outwards at the potential of Biodynamics as a pure
>>'science' exploring its potential in all its possible forms. This is the
>>research function and in a sense the most spiritual aspect of
>>I sense your use of the word 'political' with regards the spiritual
>>sphere is actually one of those crossover areas say between the
>>spiritual and economic sphere.
>>Afterall it is politics which appears to be interfering with the
>>spiritual activity of BD development. eg Why is it that even after a
>>BDANZ AGM in 1991 which supported inclusion of my research in the life
>>of the association, have I found it impossible to publish anything about
>>it in the journal, or present any of it more than the original 5 minute
>>opportunity? Where was the invitation to present a fuller picture of it
>>at the next AGM field days? It is little more than a development upon
>>koliskos work yet it is 'a red rag to a bull' to those in charge of
>>NZBDA politics. Hardly a spiritual activity.
>>I guess I see another arm of the trilogy is needed. We have Demeter
>>dealing with the economic and we have the BDAs doing the social, yet the
>>'research circle' function RS actually empowered with the initial
>>development of Biodynamics is sadly lacking. Does it still exist in
>>Europe? Where is it? Where is its national role in each country.
>>BDAs have become the grab bag of all spheres and it appears not to be
>>Anyway any clarification you can bring is most welcome.
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