prayer.” Her statement holds meaning for those who en-
gage in biodynamic work. While practical and scientific in-
formation about biodynamics is widely available through
hundreds of books, websites, classes and conferences, the
spiritual aspects of our movement cannot be so neatly
packaged and sold.
Though it is important to share “how-to” information,
and encourage friends and fellow farmers to use the prep-
arations, it is equally essential for practitioners to adopt
a devotional mood while working with the land. Rudolf
Steiner describes an attitude of reverence as a fundamental
prerequisite for the human soul to gain access to supersen-
sible worlds. After all, emphasis on how the spiritual world
is active in nature and agriculture is what sets biodynamics
apart from organic agriculture.
Mindfully stirring the preparations, or really being on
our farms and in our gardens can become opportunities for
the development of spiritual capacities. This is the juncture
where we go beyond a biodynamic practice that is more
or less, one of following instructions or guidelines, to one
where the gardener or farmer participates with the whole
of nature; through this higher sense of awareness, spiritual
scientific research takes place. We become capable of phe-
nomenological research, “reading the book of nature,” and
can come to our own understanding of what, for example,
a healthy plant, field, or landscape truly looks like. From
the basis of this understanding, we can problem-solve and
discern what can be done to restore balance.
Letter to readers of the fall 2009 issue of Applied Biodynamics, the newsletter of the Josephine Porter Institute, Christy is managing editor.