What is Qi, and how does it correlate to daily life? Qi, pronounced chi, being the circulating life force is within all things, from early Chinese philosophy. It is also seen as the invisible forces that connect all things. So, how does this correlate with blood? Well besides the obvious description of a life force that is circulating, it is also written in order to regulate one’s Qi they must regulate breath, which is also one and the same with blood. I feel as though it delves deeper, though. Blood has magnetic properties, it has been shown that hemoglobin can form magnetism while processing oxygen. So, if one were to want to transfer Qi towards another object, in theory, one would just have to focus their blood flow to a specific area and one may be to emit an electromagnetic field that could react with something else. This seems to also fit in with descriptions of Reiki as well, which in essence is the ancient art form of healing through naturally occurring electromagnetic waves. If you wish to practice this, try looking at and thinking about your hand until you begin to feel more with it, with the heightened neuron senses, they must be pulling more blood supply to aid them, and therefore increasing the electromagnetic resonance. Once you have harnessed the flow until your hand becomes warm to the touch, try transferring it throughout your body, I find visualizing it as a light within your minds eye tends to aid the flow as well. We will delve deeper into the streams of Qi at a later date, but this a good place for us to dip our toes in, in The Garden of Knowledge.
“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
-John F. Kennedy
This quote was intended to drive the American population to finally reach for the stars and beat Russia to the moon, but I feel as though it translates past that, and speaks novels of the human spirit. Not the spirit in the essence of the mind without the body, but the spirit of humanity that drives us ever towards tomorrow. It’s evolved with us, ever since discovering fire and mapping the stars, which we someday soon may be exploring. It’s the same spirit that drives mere mortals to become Olympians or a single mother who is working three jobs so she can send her child to college one day. We choose to do these things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, and it is written in each and every one of our DNA to rise up to any challenge, just as humanity always has, and always will.
What truly holds the secret to having the green thumb, and what secrets does it possibly hold for other factors of life? Yesterday we began to converse over the topic of epigenetics as it may pertain to diet in a broad sort of sense, but how does epigenetics hold up when it comes to the plant kingdom, and how might that tighten the connection between our own realities of existence with theirs?
“I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency.”
With all the advertising money being funneled into new diets and health crazes, it can be difficult to find pure truths in it. I find the best thing one can do at any point to find what’s healthiest for them, is to check-in with the animal living inside of each and every one of us. It can be easy to remember in this day in age, that we weren’t always the well-groomed beauties that we are today, and weren’t nearly as well fed either.
Unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.
When we think about plants and sound, many stories of people reading or playing music to their plants comes to mind, but how? Well, as it turns out like a great number of other species on this planet, plants developed a defense mechanism allowing them to pick up subtle vibrations through their leaves to let them know when predators are nearby. Though they don’t use traditional auditory functionality, If you look at the shape of most they will have a broader section that reaches a point, much like cats ears.
Let us take this moment to possibly think about the glorious gift that Mars is for us, the blank canvas awaiting the brush, the red gem that until now has been just out of arms reach. As far as the soil composition goes the red planet is pretty much ready for plant life, I personally believe the only thing you would need to get things going is some time, and proper implementation of microbial life to get things started, as the main problem I would see occurring would be that the soil is “dead,” for now. It has all the basic nutrients you would need for growth, you would, however, have to add in some “fluff” like coconut husk or ever perlite to help disperse the water to the roots and help break down the clay like quality that is the surface. Well, now we’ve figured out some of our potential soil issues, what’s left is dialing in light, atmospheric conditions, temperature, and last but certainly not least gravity.
I spent a fair amount of time pondering where to go with our stream of consciousness, I came to the conclusion that the best thing would be to find out where our past has led us so far. This leads us to the, however, unfortunate widely ignored world of plant synapses and their communications with each other. The unfortunate truth is that many we meet tend to shrug off the possibilities that many of the creatures we share this planet with may indeed be more complex than we give them credit for, plausibly due to our own issues with superiority and the domineering versus nurturing path, it leads the vast majority down.
Where better to begin our journey together, than arguably our beginning and one of the major sustenances of our existence. Though there are so many different facets of the microbiome that we could explore each one more intriguing than the last, today we will be focusing on the microbiome of soil and how their health and numbers contribute to the overall health of your plants.