The Biology of Wonder Quotes I

Andreas Weber


“There is no objective reality that could have an effect on an organism, or which organisms (or humans) could be able to perceive as it is. What reaches the organism is something, a stimulus, an encounter , a push which gathers meaning only in the light of the organism’s needs.  Living beings only react to what is important to their existence to continue, regardless of what this really is. Or, perhaps more accurately, what really exists is something which grows together with the ways organisms imagine their relationships with the remainder of the world. They are not predetermined by compulsive physical laws of an external environment but rather by their own inner urges to realize themselves as a feeling body, as a center of experience and concern.

Every being in this manner becomes a sort of creative epicentre of its own world.  It imagines its reality by feeling what is meaningful for it to thrive. An organism interprets any influence  –  whether through the genes or the environment – in the light of its desire to preserve itself.” Page 51.

Here Weber is explaining ideas from Kalevi Kull, a native Estonian and founder of a movement called “biosemiotics”, which is the theory of nature as a sphere of meaning  and experience.  This sounds to me like a partial description of a living planetary organism. Also, “A sphere of meaning and experience” may share meaning with a philosophy of existential phenomenology as expressed by Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. It is certainly not physicalism.


Putting meaning back into the words Conservative and Liberal


“In today’s America, conservatives who actually want to conserve are as rare as liberals who actually want to liberate.  The once-significant language of an earlier era has had the meaning sucked right out of it, the better to serve as camouflage for a kleptocratic feeding frenzy in which both establishment parties participate with equal abandon. Putting meaning back into the words can be a risky proposition, in turn, because so many Americans are used to waving them about as arbitrary noises linked to an assortment of vague emotions, the common currency of what passes for thought in so much of modern American life.”


John Michael Greer



Why not Jack the Price?

“Many airlines introduced baggage fees in 2008 to cope with soaring fuel costs.

Despite historically low oil prices and record airline profits, the fees have not been revoked.”


Prevalent pricing policies bear no resemblance to market forces anymore.  Prices go up simply because they can.  In most cases where prices have not gone up, amounts in the package have been trimmed.  We are feeling the effect of a significant change in Capitalism as we have known it.  Scrap the terminology you learned in economics classes.  The only surviving and meaningful word is exploitation.

The Best and Beautiful of Nisargadata


“Your love of others is the result of self-knowledge, not its cause.”


“Q:       If I am free, why am I in a body?


M:       You are not in the body, the body is in you!  The mind is in you. They are there because you find them interesting. Your very nature has the infinite capacity to enjoy. It is full of zest and affection. It sheds its radiance on all that comes within its focus and awareness and nothing is excluded.  It does not know evil or ugliness, it hopes, it trusts, it loves. You people do not know how much miss by not knowing your own true self. You are neither the body nor the mind, neither the fuel nor the fire. They appear and disappear according to their own laws.

That which you are, your true self, you love it and know it, and whatever you do, you do for your own happiness. To find it, to know it, to cherish it is your basic urge. Since time immemorial you loved yourself, but never wisely. Use your body and mind wisely in the service of the self, that is all. Be true to your own self, love yourself absolutely. Do not pretend that you love others as yourself. Unless you have realized them as one with yourself, you cannot love them. Don’t pretend to be what you are not. Don’t refuse to be what you are. Your love of others is the result of self-knowledge, not its cause. Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine. When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously. When you realize the depth and fullness of the love of yourself, you know that every living being and the entire universe are included in your affection. But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it. Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation. It is a vicious circle. Only self-realization can break it. Go for it resolutely.”


I Am That

Nisargadata  Page 212

third edition  revised and re-edited


There can be no peace nor cessation of planetary destruction until this is understood.

The Grand Old Party in the USA



“’I think what a lot of Republicans want to see is that we have a standard bearer that bears our standards.’ House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday,”


Perhaps “Republican Standards” are the standards of the rich and elite.  American wealth is moving toward the few (.8% now) at an unprecedented  rate of flow (up).  American wage earners have experienced their standard of living dropping whilst Congress spends such a lot of time bickering and fighting each other.  Perhaps the other 99.2% are just fed up.


For example:  “For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades” and yet; there are now more than twice as many millionaire households than there were in 1996.


48.00% of Americans earn less than $25k a year.


“In 2011, the majority of low-income working families (61 percent) spent more than one-third of their income on housing, exceeding an accepted guideline for what constitutes affordable housing.”


A low-income family is: “those earning less than twice the federal poverty line. In 2011, the low-income threshold for a family of four with two children was $45,622.”  That means the poverty level is $22,811.  So nearly ½ of American families (2 adults and 2 children) are living in or very near poverty.  “In 2011, the top 20 percent of working families received 10.1 times the total income received by the bottom 20 percent of working families, up from 9.5 in 2007.”  I’m sure that in 2016 at least 50% of American families are earning below the poverty line.


For quite a while I’ve heard the over-ripe saying that “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”  I always thought it was just an over exaggeration.  Not anymore.


As I posted on Facebook Friday, “Fanaticism is bred by hopelessness and despair”

I think it is safe to say that almost half the American population despair of ever rising above the poverty line.  Then along comes Trump!  But Trump is a millionaire.


Does this really make any sense?



Destroying Habitat to Feed Machines

“But there are some cons to consider. When biofuels first started to become competitive, there was concern that they were competing with food growers for agricultural land — an issue that’s become more salient as concern heightens over the planet’s rapidly growing population and the future of global food security. As a result, producers are increasingly focusing on fuel sources that can be grown on land that’s unsuitable for food crops.”


Life in and around the Earth’s surface is not all about humans.  It is bad enough that humans have eaten out most of our environment and are now destroying Earth’s organic structure but to exploit the few remaining places where other lifeforms can exist and plough them up to feed machines is insane.





A Cheap Crack?

“Already Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has issued a statement that, while not definitive, shows his preference.

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” he said. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

Is this a cheap crack at President Obama or the words of a disoriented mind?


Love of the Earth

“You carry Mother Earth within you,” says Thay. “She is not outside of you.”


Thich Nhat Hanh interview with Jo Confino, an executive editor of the Guardian



I am so grateful for the message of Thich Nhat Hanh who gets right to crux; the missing, fundamental principle of why so many humans do not love the Earth and thus will not sacrifice for that which they do not love.


“You carry Mother Earth within you,” says Thay. “She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. In that kind of relationship you have enough love, strength and awakening in order to change your life. Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.

Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the Earth are two separate entities, the Earth is only the environment. You are in the centre and you want to do something for the Earth in order for you to survive. That is a dualistic way of seeing. So to breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it and realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the Earth. Not to cut the tree not to pollute the water, that is not enough.”







Killing Disease and Pain

Perhaps pain and sickness is the physical manifestation of a spiritual imbalance, an inner conflict.

Approaching this conflict with an attitude of doing harm to whatever is causing simply adds energy to the very situation that you are opposing.  What just crossed my mind is the turning of the other cheek suggested by the Christ.  And then there is the admonition about loving your enemies.  Such thoughts are so 180 degrees out from our culturally derived responses to what we dislike or hate.  Now, I’m not claiming that I could love my pain or surrender to it.  However, on some level it does have personal merit for me.

So, is there a reasonable explanation for the admonitions cited above?

The first step in healing, for oneself or another, is to accept and direct loving vibes toward the area.  Speak to it and express your understanding and sympathy for the inner conflict that has brought it forth.  Then, gently ask that this entity to move on.  Express your understanding for the entity’s need to lash out but at the same time, ask that it respects your need to thrive.  When the entity observes the depth of loving power that you are bringing to the situation it realises that it cannot feed itself any longer.  It realises that you refuse to strengthen it with your negativity.  It also realises the depth of your strength and knows that it cannot survive around your spiritual, psychic -whatever description suits – power.  What I have just said may be pure hogwash, but I very seriously stand firm on the point that fighting the dis-ease with a “kill it” intention simply leads to greater pain and suffering.



It is now 12 hours or since I wrote the text posted above.  I placed it as a comment to a posting I saw on Facebook.  Several hours later I read some sarcastic comments about my comment so removed it completely rather than get into negativity or be scorched by someone who has chronic pain and thinks I don’t have the right to speak.  As you will recall, I was careful to use the word “perhaps” in my post.  I had not read this article below this morning and now know that I am not the only person on this planet that talks to his body!



Your Cells Are Listening: How Talking To Your Body Can Help You Heal

Dec 31, 2015


By Therese Wade, MSc, Wake Up World where this was originally featured.



“Every part of your body has its own consciousness or its own soul.” These transformative words, spoken by indigenous medicine women, began my journey within to discover the extraordinary healing capacity of the human body.

When this perspective was introduced to me, I was suffering from a severe chronic pain disorder. I suddenly imagined incorporating this concept into my meditation routine. I thought: Can my body hear me? Can I talk to it to gain its cooperation in healing this condition?

That night, after reaching a state of deep calm through meditation, I inwardly engaged my body in a heartfelt conversation, with hope, but having no idea what to expect. After about one hour of this focused communication, something amazing happened. My tissues began to respond. Connective tissue pulled and stretched apart layers of scar tissue. Nerves fired and my calf muscles began to perform flexion and extension exercises independently of my conscious control. As this response continued, one of my calf muscles that had become paralyzed by the neuropathic condition — diagnosed as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy — came back to life as electric-like jolts shot through the area.

My heart pounded as I realized that the path to my freedom from this condition had finally begun. With a background in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, I knew too well how prevalent chronic pain is in this country and I wondered what the implications of this phenomenon could mean to so many others who were suffering. As I continued to make progress with my condition, I organized my approach into a system that I could teach to clients and shifted my professional focus to hypnotherapy.

When instructing my clients, I explain that a regular meditation practice is necessary to train the brain to enter alpha and theta brain wave states. While in these states, communication between the conscious mind and the physical body is dramatically enhanced. I have found that when communicating, there are three key steps to gaining the cooperation of the body:


  • Approach your body with genuine compassion, understanding that it is made up of conscious cells who experience emotions.
  • Build trust by engaging your body in positive mental conversations about your desire for the two of you to cooperate and overcome the ailment.
  • Allow changes in the conversation by using different thoughts and words that elicit spontaneous elevated emotions.


Alan Beat’s New Book


Some of you may remember that Alan Beat started the Smallholders online newsletter back a few years ago during the disgraceful burning of thousands of cattle and sheep here in the UK.  The newsletter was extremely informative and also served as a communications vehicle especially for those smallholders who had their land invaded by government personnel who often burned healthy cattle and sheep tested perfectly free of foot and mouth just in case!!  I think it is fair to say that Alan’s research and experience qualified him as, at least, one of the best informed farmers in the UK on the subject.


The following information contains the details of Alan’s new blog on Mother Earth News.



Here is the main reason why vaccination was prohibited:


“Currently, the World Organisation for Animal Health recognizes countries to be in one of three disease states with regard to FMD: FMD present with or without vaccination, FMD-free with vaccination, and FMD-free without vaccination.[24] Countries designated FMD-free without vaccination have the greatest access to export markets, so many developed nations, including Canada, the United States, and the UK, work hard to maintain their current status. Some countries such as Brazil and Argentina which have large beef exporting industries, practise vaccination in some areas but have other vaccination-free zones.”


These were frightening and extremely sad days for many farmers and smallholders in the UK who were victims of the decision not to vaccinate.


“Alan Beat trained as a mechanical engineer, working 20 years in the profession before making a deliberate change of lifestyle by moving to a 16-acre smallholding (homestead) with his family in 1987. He restored an historic water mill to working order, and now grinds locally grown organic wheat for demonstration and to feed his family. Alan has written a regular monthly feature in Country Smallholding magazine for the past 25 years and has contributed to a number of other UK publications on a freelance basis.”


Smallholding: A practical guide to self-sufficient living Paperback – 16 Jun 2015


Alan is an established author with six, 5 star Amazon reviews of his first book on the subject:  A Start in Smallholding.