If you plant this little grain in the earth
where it belongs, in contact with the soil,
the rain, the air, the sunshine and the light of the moon and of the stars, then, like a universe
in itself, it will begin to grow bigger and bigger.
Likewise YOU, if you would grow in knowledge
must go into your garden,
where you will be close to all the forces of nature
and of the universe--to the sum total of things."
From The Essene Gospel of Peace:
"Let the angels of God prepare your bread. Moisten your wheat, that the angel of water may enter it. Then set it in the air, that the angel of air also may embrace it. And leave it from morning to evening beneath the sun, that the angel of sunshine may descend upon it. And the blessing of the three angels will soon make the germ of life to sprout in your wheat . Then crush your grain, and make thin wafers, as did your forefathers when they departed out of Egypt, the house of bondage. Put them back again beneath the sun from its appearing, and when is is risen to its highest in the heavens, turn them over on the other side that they be embraced there also by the angel of sunshine, and leave them there until the sun be set. For the angels of water, of air, and of sunshine fed and ripened the wheat in the field and they, likewise, must prepare also your bread. And the same sun which, with the fire of life, made the wheat to grow and ripen must cook your bread with the same fire. For the fire of the sun gives life to the wheat, to the bread, and to the body" --From "The Essene Gospel of Peace,
by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely
Describes a Mystical
day I had in Boulder,
Colorado during the summer of '04
"The earth is seeking
to spawn life.
We can help her
or hinder her.
The blessings is ours
when we help her in harmony. "
--Reb Zalman in
June 30, 2004
Wild Oats Health
Yes, based on
I Return to You something you forgot....
Something that belongs to you...
In the days of old when the Jewish people
had the Holy Temple, we grew Barley and wheat.
When we lost the Temple, we stopped growing
our own Barley and wheat.
I return to you your Barley and Wheat.
The Temple is may not be restored.
The Holy Temple in this days is
The very act of growing your own
Barlely an Wheat will restore your Temple.
These photos express the stages of growth in the life
of a grain of wheat. When I grew wheat this year
as part of my Omer Counting Journey, the Tree of Life
came alive for me at a new level. It expressed
the teachings of the World Picture of Zarathustra,
a prophet who once gave the troubled Kind of Persia
a single grain of wheat as a way of leading him out of the narrow places of his life where he was deeply troubled.
IF you and I take a single grain of wheat and plant it,
great universal truths, so essential, so necessary for our survival today will be received by us.
is intended to become this:
This photo was taken at the Whole Being weekend.
The group was reaching up for bread as part of the closing ritual. How simply can the Truth be shared,
We come together in Love for moment--trusting,
open, and then the narrow places come up for all of us that make us withdraw into our separate boxes.
"Let us seek truth everywhere;
let us cull it wherever we can find its blossom or its SEED. Having found the seed, let us scatter it to the winds of heaven. Where ever it may come,
where ever it may blow, it will germinate.
There is no lack in this wide universe of souls
that will form the new ground." --Roman Rolland,
From The Forerunners.
Nobel Peace Prize for literature, 1917
Between Passover and Shavuot, Jewish People worldwide celebrate a journey of awakening, each evening counting the Omer. Barley was originally Counted in the ancient days, as it was harvested on Passover. Wheat was harvested around Shavuot, 49 days later. Today, in its most exciting context, each evening we focus on a specific quality of the Tree of Life. For more on using Counting the Omer as a Journey of Awakening, please get a copy of
Rabbi Ted Falcon's book.
Barley (photo) planted by the B'nai Horin Children
on Rosh Hashana. It was ready to harvest by
Passover in San Diego.
Grow Your Own Holy Grains...
My Essene Vision tells me that Counting of the Omer will even be more enhanced as we literally grow barley and wheat. Plant barley late in the fall, perhaps between Succot and Chanukah. It is a winter growing grain. Around February, or three or more weeks before Passover, plant wheat. Seven week after Passover, comes the holiday of Shavuot, when esoterically all the tribes gather to receive God as Lover. Many Jewish renewal communities, have a ceremony where we wed God. The ritual of Passage from the Narrow Places of Passover to rejoining in Community is a meaningful ritual that can be experienced by Souls of many tribes.
I see the growing of barley and wheat becoming a significant addition to the Counting of the Omer ritual.
For wheat kernels grown in the Enchanted Garden, please send a contribution.
I will send you some.
Your Enchanted Gardener
The following Quotes are from
of our wheat growing in various stages.
This story inspires my own Plant Your Dream work.
" This is one answer to your problems given by the grain of wheat. It teaches that every thing is in movement and is constantly changing and growing, that life and all things else are the result of struggle between two opposite forces. IF you go into your garden and will look at soil and rain, at the sky and the sun and the stars, they will teach you many more truths of a like kind." --from the Essene Booy of Asha by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely
"All that you say is true," answered the king, "yet in the end the plant will wither and die and will be dissolved in the earth."
"But not," said the philosopher, "until it has performed an act of creation and has turned itself into hundreds of grains each like the first. The tiny grain disappeared as it grew into a plant, and you, too, as you grow must turn yourself into something and someone else."--
"This tiny grain of wheat can indeed teach us the laws of the universe and the forces of nature, for it contains them in itself. Even as you must not keep the grain of wheat in its golden box--[or a silver box, or any box
including the Box made by the miller's refinery]--if you would learn the answers to the weighty qustions which trouble you and if you would grow in wisdom and understanding, so you yourself must not stay in this luxurious palace [any fragmented "palace of materialism cut off from Soul]. If you plant the little grain in the earth where it belongs, in contact with the soil, the rain, the air, the sunshine and the light of the moon and the stars, then, like a universe in itself, it will begin to grow bigger and bigger. Likewise you, if you would grow in knowledge and understanding, must leave this artificial palace and go into your garden, where you will be close to all the forces of nature and of the universe--to the sum total of things. Just as inexhaustible sources of energy are ever flowing towards the grain planted in the earth, so will innumerable sources of knowledge
open and flow towards you, till you become one with nature and the organic universe." --Tshengregachna, a visiting prophet speaking to the
Edmond Bordeaux Szekely.
This is an invitation for those who would like to participate in my On-line Shavuot workshop, who live on the West Coast of the USA, or in other winter temperate regions.
Please get some organic barley and start to grow it in the fall if you are in an area that allows this. Start growing the wheat around Purim, the holiday that comes
a month before Passover, sometime in early March.
By the time of Passover's second Sedar, you will have barley to harvest and wheat growing in your garden.
When you start counting the Omer.
Create an intentions behind growing the barley
and wheat:This is called your seed dream.
What is your personal seed dream that will grow?
What do you want to harvest in your life in three months?
What can growing the seed teach you about growing your seed dream in harmony with the way all seeds grow on earth?
Keep a record...this is called your Garden Management Journal.
Many seeds from one seed...the goal will be to gather the next generation or seeds from our one seed...The seeds will be ready to harvest by Shavuot,
50 days after the second Seder.
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I know an Orthodox Rabbi who once lived in my neighborhood. He was kind and friendly. I attended a dinner at the synagogue. I was stunned by the poor quality of the food, especially the bread. I heard blessing on this bread; yet how much blessing was in the bread itself? I did not know what to do with my feelings. I happened to have some wheat seeds. To increase nutritional awareness, I promised I would grow him a Challah, a loaf of bread. The day of the first year's harvest, he came over and helped me separate the wheat from the chaff. I saw a little boy come out, and more. Deep meanings in the Holy Books took on great new insight for him. Nature references became clear. Please grow some wheat seeds. Let me know what you learn...
He went on to other gardens
This would be his
once the Essene
School of Life