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Friday, April 29, 2016

Closer to the Land

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light 

I admit to being a pollyanna. I carry with me a rather idyllic view of the way farming can be healthier, both for us and the Earth. This rosy attitude comes from spending time on small, organic farms, talking with farmers, taking photographs, and just paying attention to the flow of life there. Some of these farms take "organic" to the extreme by ridding their land of mechanized equipment and modern chemicals completely. We'll talk a little about this today, and how going back to the way things used to be, at least on small-scale farms, can benefit humans and Mother Nature, both.
Regardless of whether you agree with the religious views of groups like the Amish or Mennonites, they are oftentimes practicing very sustainable, organic, more nature-friendly farming. These "extreme" organic growers produce their crops without the use of modern farm equipment, chemicals, or GMO seeds. And in many of the Mennonite and Amish communities I've visited, their land is insanely productive!

They, and a growing number of non-religious, small-scale growers here in the US are making the old-fashioned, less-mechanized organic farm "cool" again. Let me introduce you to a few of the practices these growers use so you can see how their work is more in tune with the land.


Horsepower
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No, not the mechanical kind but real, honest-to-goodness horse power. Both the Mennonites and Amish are well-known for their use of horses to till soil, plant seeds, and harvest crops, but other, non-religious growers across North America are going back to this method too. I spent time in Maine a few years back and saw a fair number of young adults taking up farming and homesteading with nothing but a pair of horses or oxen, a plow, and their own enthusiasm.

Why is simpler farming better for the Earth? First of all, horses don't need chemical fuels such as gasoline or diesel. Pasture grasses, hay, water, and TLC are what is needed to grow these big draft horses. With horses, we don't have to worry about fuel spills, fumes, and storage. Secondly, the Amish in particular often buy (actually "rescue" is the more appropriate word) unwanted young draft horses that are the product of our hormonal birth control industry. Yes, if you didn't know, much of our hormonal contraceptives come from pregnant draft horses kept in pretty rough conditions. You can read more about that here (http://www.snopes.com/medical/drugs/premarin.asp) and HERE (http://www.gentlegiantsdrafthorserescue.com/pmuindustry.html) . Third, the "products" of the horse are re-used as fertilizer for the crops, finishing the nutrient cycle on the farm. The horses also provide the farm's children valuable training in how to deeply connect with farm animals, something kids in cities rarely have a chance to learn. These children grow up understanding the value of the rest of God's creatures. No Chemicals and No GMO ------------------------------------------------------------ The Mennonite farming communities I've visited in Tennessee view GMOs (artificially genetically-modified crops) as unnecessary and probably not a good idea for our long-term health. It's also a spiritual issue for them. They believe it goes against God's plan for His creation. I don't know about that, but I do respect their beliefs and agree that GMOs aren't something I want to be consuming. Many Mennonites and Amish are working hard at old-fashioned cross-breeding and hybridization as a way to create superior crop strains. And they are succeeding, perhaps even moreso than the big, commercial, GMO seed companies. But more on this in a future posting.
These small-scale organic farms avoid or completely eliminate the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, too. They control weeds the old fashioned way: proper planting techniques (planting tighter rows, using mulches, etc.), tilling (with horses or by hand), or using no-till techniques. To control pests, they encourage insect-eating birds and bats to take up residence on their farms, as well as using a variety of other methods including plant nutrition:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/the-amish-farmer-replacing-pesticides-with-nutrition/380825/


Healthy Crops = Superior Nutrition & Taste
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Come summer, do this test. Go to a commercial grocery store and buy one of those imported, commercial tomatoes. You know the ones that look a little ripe but taste ghastly? Now go to your local farmer's market, farmstand, or you own backyard and pick up a truly organic, vine-ripened tomato of the same general kind. Do a taste test. Which one tastes better?

I grew up on a small family farm and my mom had a huge tomato patch, Yes, I was a spoiled kid. We didn't use chemicals, fertilizing the tomatoes with compost and manure, and letting the sunshine and rain do the rest. These were the most incredible tomatoes in the world, well, at least in my small world at that time. Even today, I just cannot bring myself to eat a grocery-store tomato.

And organically-grown vegetables have been shown to be richer in anti-oxidants than their conventionally-raised counterparts: "Across the important antioxidant compounds in fruits and vegetables, organic fruits and vegetables deliver between 20 and 40 percent higher antioxidant activity," says Charles Benbrook, from Washington State University's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, a co-author of the study. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/07/11/330760923/are-organic-vegetables-more-nutritious-after-all Calming ------------------------------------------------------------ Besides all of that, just being on one of these farms, whether Mennonite or secular, is a calming experience for a visitor. The pace of life is slower, more natural. Birds, butterflies, and bees are common. Animals come and go...a coyote might peep out of a corn row, then nip across the lane into an alfalfa field looking for mice to hunt. Swallows and purple martins zip through the air, snapping up insects. Horses and mules whinny as they greet you at the fence. Kids play on hay piles, tend to the chickens, or help mom with the gardening.
It's hard work, for sure, but the pace of life on these farms is comfortable (at least for me). And it's more in tune with the land. And that's why I support them as much as I can. Love and Blessings to all of you... Nancy

Today's Prayer

God, thank you for the abundance of the Earth, and for the food we're eating today.

Upcoming Events

- June 26, Louisville, Colorado: Awakenings from the Light at the Louisville, Colorado, Center for the Arts, located at 801 Grant Avenue in Memory Square Park (4 blocks west of Main Street on Spruce). Time TBD. Lecture, Q&A, with books sales/signing after.
- July 15-17, Copper Mountain, Colorado: Shifting Your Reality Conference With spiritual medium Lynn Van Pragh-Gratton, manifesting expert Ken Elliott, and me, Nancy Rynes, NDEr and author of Awakenings from the Light (http://NancyRynes.com) . Click here for more information and to register.
- July 30, 2-3 PM, Orlando, Florida: Awakening to Life by Nancy Rynes at the International Association for Near Death Studies National Conference (IANDS).  For more information or to register, see: http://conference.iands.org
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Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Upcoming Event in Longmont, Colorado

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light 

Upcoming Talk and Q&A in Longmont, Colorado

SPECIAL Guest Presentation by Local Author Nancy Rynes
Sponsored by Spirit Connections Paranormal Group, Longmont, CO


Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 900 Mountain View Avenue, Longmont, CO
(Recreation Center Building, across from Mountain View Cemetery)
Reservations: GAIL JONES, 303-709-5995


Nancy’s first book, Awakenings from the Light, published in June, 2015, details her accident and resultant near-death experiences and the lessons she learned while in Heaven. She also has a second book in the works that will discuss each lesson learned in depth and include additional insights, ideas, and exercises.
Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this event for an informative and enjoyable evening to explore another facet of the paranormal as Nancy shares the details of her near-death experiences with us and the lessons she learned while in Heaven that gave her a second chance to change her life for the better and live in Spirit.

Autographed copies of Nancy’s current title, Awakenings from the Light will also be available for purchase.
Please call to make reservations, as space is limited; and, we need to know how many will be attending for refreshments that will be provided. We suggest you make your reservations early, as we expect a large turn-out.

$5 donation requested to defray costs.

Come join us in Longmont to find out more about Near Death Experiences (NDEs).

Other Upcoming Events


- June 26, Louisville, Colorado: Awakenings from the Light at the Louisville, Colorado, Center for the Arts, located at 801 Grant Avenue in Memory Square Park (4 blocks west of Main Street on Spruce). Time TBD. Lecture, Q&A, with books sales/signing after.

- July 15-17, Copper Mountain, Colorado: Awakenings... With spiritual medium Lynn Van Pragh-Gratton, manifesting expert Ken Elliott, and me, Nancy Rynes, NDEr and author of Awakenings from the Light (http://NancyRynes.com) . Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado.


- July 30, 2-3 PM, Orlando, Florida: Awakening to Life by Nancy Rynes at the International Association for Near Death Studies National Conference (IANDS).  For more information or to register, see: http://conference.iands.org

- November 9, 7-9 PM, Santa Barbara, California: Awakening to Life by Nancy Rynes at the International Association for Near Death Studies in Santa Barbara, CA.  Stay tuned for details.


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All content copyright Nancy Rynes, 2015-2016
Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Little Things, and Caterpillars

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light 


Last week I wrote about the uniqueness that is our home here on Earth. It's special, and it's ours. Humanity's only home for now in the vast expanse of space. While we transition from this physical plane when our bodies die, many generations of people and animals will inherit this Earth from us.

Many NDE experiencers come back with the message that this Earth is a precious place. Some make drastic changes to their lifestyles in order to better honor and care for the Earth. We can do that...we can make big changes and have an impact but often times the most important ways we can care for the Earth might seem small at first.


I want to share a story about caterpillars with you.





Not too many years ago, my then eleven-year-old daughter and I were walking in a wildlife refuge near Tacoma, Washington. An autumn chill was in the air that October day and the "wooly bear" caterpillars scrambled along the ground looking for places to hibernate for the winter. That's one of the little caterpillars there on Cara's hand, above.


Unfortunately, the little caterpillars decided that they absolutely needed to crawl across the main pathway into the heart of the refuge. The pathway was busy with dozens of people walking out to the wetlands to see the migrating geese. And yes, some of the caterpillars were being squished under the feet of all of those humans. Cara took one look at the caterpillars, then at the people, and took action. She started picking up the caterpillars and moving them to the grasses on either side of the path so that they would survive their crossing.


This may not seem like a big deal at first, but Cara knew without a doubt it was the right thing to do, so we both spent the next hour or so moving caterpillars from the path to the grasses to which they were headed. But here's the magical part of the story: by watching Cara, other adults on the path became conscious of the caterpillars and went out of their way to avoid stepping on them. Some even stopped to help us!


Soon we had a platoon of ad
ults and kids helping move caterpillars off the busy walking path. I'm very proud of my daughter for being unabashedly herself: for caring about the little critters that most of us don't even think about. And in the distant future, when it's time for Cara's own life review in Heaven, I bet this event will be one of the things Spirit brings up and says "Beautifully done, my dear."

Did Cara save the world that day? No, but she saved some cute, fuzzy caterpillars. More importantly, though, Cara's actions made other people conscious of their own effects on the animals and plants around them. In the end, it was the ripple effect of her actions that made the biggest impact that day.

Remember that everyone on Earth is our neighbor, even the lowly wooly bear caterpillar, and every action we take has an impact on the world around us. We'll continue to explore some of those impacts in the next few weeks.


Love and Blessings to all of you...


Nancy





Today's Prayer


Divine Spirit, I pray for all of those who have crossed over before me, that they continue to live in and love Your light.

Upcoming Events


- April 29, 2016, 7-9 PM in Longmont, CO: Introduction to Awakenings from the Light at the Mountain View Rec Center, 3 blocks west of Main on Mountain View. Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted.

- June 26, Louisville, Colorado: Awakenings from the Light at the Louisville, Colorado, Center for the Arts, located at 801 Grant Avenue in Memory Square Park (4 blocks west of Main Street on Spruce). Time TBD. Lecture, Q&A, with books sales/signing after.

- July 15-17, Copper Mountain, Colorado: Awakenings... With spiritual medium Lynn Van Pragh-Gratton, manifesting expert Ken Elliott, and me, Nancy Rynes, NDEr and author of Awakenings from the Light (http://NancyRynes.com) . Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado.


- July 30, 2-3 PM, Orlando, Florida: Awakening to Life by Nancy Rynes at the International Association for Near Death Studies National Conference (IANDS).  For more information or to register, see: http://conference.iands.org

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All content copyright Nancy Rynes, 2015-2016
Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Honoring the Earth

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light 


Do you see that little blue dot there on the image below? That little dot peeking out from under Saturn's rings? That's Earth. That's us, seen from Saturn, 900 million miles away courtesy of the Cassini spacecraft and its imaging team. All 7+ billion of us humans are on that little, tiny dot at this moment. Every single human who has ever lived, lived there. Every plant and animal that we know about made that little dot its home. That's it, the sum total of life as we know it on that insignificant-looking dot set against a very empty-looking background of space.

In Awakenings from the Light, I write at length about the importance of our home here on planet Earth. I'm revisiting that theme during the month of April by devoting several newsletters to exploring why I feel the Earth is sacred. And if you join me over on Facebook or Twitter, I share at least one nature-themed picture every day, celebrating this beautiful planet. Remember, we are all together, right now, on that little dot soaring out in a vast expanse of space. The only neighbors that we know about are on that little dot alongside us. From this perspective, everyone on Earth is our neighbor.


Whether we are spiritual, religious, or not, this planet is the only home you and I have right now. It is the only home that our children and grandchildren will have, too. We are a part of the Earth, we absolutely depend on it for our survival. Our species cannot live without her unique atmosphere, flowing waters, and landscapes that feed both our bodies and our souls. There may very well be other, more intelligent life somewhere out there in the cosmos, and in forms much different than our human selves can imagine, but this is our place. Our home. And to me, it's sacred for that reason.

Perhaps at some point in the distant future, we will expand our permanent human presence out past Earth but for now and for many, many human generations to come, this is it. That dot is our home. We take care of her not just for ourselves, but for our children, their children, and many more generations yet unborn. And yes, for the animals and plants, too. The health of those future generations, all of them, depend in large part on the choices we make in our time, right now.
Every action we take has an impact, and we'll explore some of those impacts in the next few newsletters. Love and Blessings to all of you... Nancy ** And a bonus: Carl Sagan's speech "Pale Blue Dot."
Posted by Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light ( http://NancyRynes.com )
All content copyright Nancy Rynes, 2015-2016
Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com