GLENOPATHY - Secular Energetic Biodynamic Agriculture
BD Thought Puzzles
Glen Atkinson - Astrologer, Gardener, Homeopath and Philosopher - developed the agricultural and medical work of the turn of the century German philosopher, Dr Rudolf Steiner, into a rational and secular approach to land management, while staying true to Dr Steiner's energetic indications.
Glen began working with Dr Steiner's indications in 1976 and has made developments in several fields. His innovation and understanding of Dr Steiner's suggestions have come firstly from recognising the fundamental similiarity, between the traditional Astrological world view and Steiner's suggestions. Then from experimentation and observation. A simple yet innovative theory of manifestation - The Atkinson Conjecture - has become the basis for his many practical activities.
Glen accepts that, all the forces and activities talked of in Dr Steiner's Agriculture Course express themselves through the electro magnetic spectrum, and that the physical Universe is big enough to be 'God' . Hence, what can be known and proven, forms the basics of his observation, reference and practice. The 'Online Books' section, contains several free books outlining the basis of this world view. They are refreshingly free of the large dollops of 'faith and fairies', so characteristic of Anthroposphical Agricultural literature.
The homeopathic system, that arises from this study is available to agriculture and humans through BdMax ltd, in New Zealand.
'Case Studies', has formal and informal plant research studies, undertaken to support our theoretical strivings.
The 'Pictures' section provides artistic images that summarise many of the chapters in the books. There are three 'Biodynamic Thought Puzzles' available there, that provide a visual observational pathway to a new approach to seeing the world, through Steiner's Agriculture and Glen's Chemistry. His research into Chemistry has lead to the online book 'Biodynamic Chemistry' in which the Periodic Table of chemical elements was first re-organised into a 'Circular Periodic Table' and then into a '3D Gyroscopic Periodic Table'. A plastic three dimensional gyroscopic sculpture is available to animate this 'being'.
Dr Steiner's agricultural indications are contained within a series of 8 lectures known as the 'Agriculture Course'. To aid in their understanding and appreciation, we have provided these often difficult lectures with a commentary, that seeks to harmonise them into a cohesive comphrehensible whole. More recently Glen has reorganised and lightly edited the theoretical parts of the original text, to enable an easier appreciation of the message contained with in. ( see the side box )
Within the Books section there are a series of 'Articles', that comment on many contemporary issues, often with Astrological indicators as their basis. A blog area for discussion of anything you find on this site, is also available
We trust you will enjoy your visit and find something of interest.
There has come a time in this philosopher's life, where my individual search has lead to something, that no longer fits within the definition of any formal group, other than the very 'broad church' of Astrology. Given, even in this wild and varied 'group', I am considered an innovative fringe, and where I stand with regards to 'modern' Biodynamic Agriculture, and my difference of approach to the usual practice of Homeopathy, time has come to give this very individual approach a name for itself. It is time to give it a skin within which to live. Having said this, I appreciate my process and view has many similar elements and approaches found within older traditions, such as Paracelsus.
By giving my practice a name - Glenopathy - I am intending for the information within this story, to become the reference for the story. Outside reference systems are now only partially relevate and often cause a huge confusion. To really understand the details of the outcomes presented here, one first needs to accumulate the framework of understanding, within which a particular phenomena can be adequately judged. Without this basis, not much here will make sense.
For me, bending to fit some other long established approach, is not working anymore. I have to tell the story within the reference of the story that has developed over the last 40 years. Yes I have drawn from the knowledge of the ages, and much of what I use as reference material is very traditional, however how I have blended the streams together has produced something, other than any one existing part. I think, what I have found is very old, and forgotten, rather than new. I am just not finding this particular telling of the story anywhere else. And it needs to be told, yet it needs to be told and understood, within its own reference, or organisation.
That reference has elements of Astronomy, as the fundamental basis of Astrology, which is humanities long observation of Astronomy's effects upon life on Earth; Rudolf Steiner, and his detailed view of how the energetic activities work within life; Homeopathy, as one of the practical techniques Steiner chose to influence life's manifestation; and History, as the story of humanites endevours. All of these sources have been 'perceived' in the Goethean Scientific / Paracelsusian sense, over a long time, and with the help of practical experimentation. What has arisen is a way of seeing Life, and actvities that can be done, that lead to extraordinary outcomes.
As the intentions and practical actions being taken in this method, are closest to homeopathy, it seems reasonable to acknowledge it and the difference to it, by using 'Glenopathy'. Glen's development of a theology and a practice for alleviating discord, in its many forms.
Garuda is a Hindu god, who as an incarnated EAGLE manifestation of the primary god Vishnu. He performs several essential functions in life.
In India he is represented as a protector of the godly and all that is good for life.
In Indonesia he is represented as the Eagle who carries Vishnu to the Earth, thus he is "Bringing Spirit to Earth".
The Eagle also represents the ability to fly high and gain a far seeing vision , or large overview perspective of Life, while being able to also see the specific details of the environment.
This last quality I see mirrored in a suggestion by Rudolf Steiner (RS)
"... when we want to understand the plant, we must bring into question not only plant animal and human life, but the whole universe. For life comes from the whole universe not only the Earth. Nature is a unity and her forces are at work from all sides. He who can keep his mind open to the manifest workings of these forces will understand her. " R.S. Pg 70 1938 Agriculture. (1)
'This statement has long been a 'guiding thought' for me in my working with his indications, which so beautifully brings Spirit to Earth and help life processes function at their optimum.' (GA)