>Dear list '
> I too have heard the word "Fractal" in a number of overs now and am
>curious to know what it is.
>Can anyone help?
The word fractal describes the geometric forms discovered when the 20th
century Mathematician, Benoit Mandelbrot, began to investigate the concept
of fractional dimensions. Layer upon layer of complex, ordered forms arose
from some of the simplest fractional dimension mathematical relationships.
After a while it was realized that organisms and organic forms followed
these fractal relationships from the branching of the bronchial tubes, the
arteries, the kidney tubules, etc. to the build up of amino acids into
proteins, protein chains, nucleic acids, genes, chromosomes, nuclei,
tissues, organs, complete organisms and communities of such. Seemingly
living organisms never heard of Euclid and his three dimensions, but life
has evolved rules of its own born out of fractional dimensional
Look at it like this. Forces arise between opposite polarities. The
opposite polarities we work with in agriculture are positive/negative,
north/south and up/down. Plants, for example, cannot (easily) be fooled
about any of these three. A plant knows positive and negative, north and
south and up and down. It lives BETWEEN these three dimensions of force,
which means it lives in fractional dimensions. It is an organism that owes
its organization to fractal patterns.
These fractal patterns are richly present in the biodynamic preparations
and are imparted to compost piles, the land and atmosphere of a farm by the
application of the BD preps. Seeding these catalytic patterns into compost
piles, the soil and the atmosphere of the farm is what brings the
biodynamic farm to life. Nature, on the plant side, RISES into these
patterns, while on the animal side it FALLS into these patterns. In either
case by keeping these patterns resonating with sufficient strength we draw
nature from disorganized chaotic lifelessness into these highly ordered
organic forms, and in the process we tend to make the farm self-sufficient
and reduce the need for purchasing outside inputs toward zero.
Once we get the patterns established strongly enough it is not so hard to
maintain them. However, at the outset it may be necessary to do sequential
sprayings of the full array of BD preps as often as every other week for
noticeable, rapid results to occur. This is feasible for smaller acreages,
but for larger acreages my personal feeling is very few farmers are going
to be willing to invest so heavily in large scale spray applications--which
is why I've worked so dilligently to bring biodynamic field broadcasters
I hope this helps understand the essential nature of the biodynamic
preparations and how these preparations work. Steiner called this formative
force. I've recently been calling this organizing force or pattern
energy--or fractal seed patterns. Whatever.
I assure you I can see these energies in my mind's eye when I spray preps.
I think almost anyone would see these patterns if they were attuned
sufficiently to noticing them. I had a LOT of biofeedback training, and I
find this rather easy. But if you seek dilligently to develop this ability
I feel confident you will find a way to achieve that goal, whether it is
prayer, meditation, chanting Sanskrit mantras, dowsing, or whatever. Our
nervous system IS an antenna that is attuned to and receives these
impressions and a lot more besides. Take one of Joey Korn's workshops, or
you should have attended Bob Luzader's HEALING AT A DISTANCE presentation
at our Labor Day BD conference here at UAI in Blairsville last year. Bob is
a BD farmer, a real heavyweight, and just as down to earth as can be. I
hope now that he has retired from farming he will be giving a lot more
workshops. Lee McWhorter of the Josephine Porter Institute in Woolwine, VA
has a video of
Bob's presentation last Labor Day.
There is a lot to learn and this is a wonderful world.
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