How to create Abundance in your Life.

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Positive affirmations heal psychological blockades, old negative programs, patterns and believe systems in your soul and consciousness, in order to create a life of love and joy.

Very often, blockades and negative mind-patterns are stored in the Soul, and are carried in each life, if we don’t listen to the talk of the Soul in order to heal them. Many people on earth, are programming themselves unconsciously with negative, limiting mind-patterns and affirmations for many years or many lives, and are blocking themselves to live a healthy, happy life. Thoughts, words, and feelings are energy, and have an impact in our lives, Negative thoughts are the cause for many negative energies, diseases, disappointments, or wars on this planet. Only YOU can decide, if you want to live with blocking programs or not. Only YOU can change your reality in the NOW and re-program yourself with positive energies and positive thoughts that can change your life.

Affirmations work only if you put all your energy in it and you really want a positive change in your life. If you think that they will not work, you will have no success, because you gave more energy to your thoughts of failure. The best energy we can use, is the frequency of real Cosmic, Universal Love.


It is the creative, power of creation and manifestation that is inside of everything and everybody. But we have to use this energy consciously. Everybody has the possibility to connect with the unlimited power of the Cosmic Awareness.

Say inwardly the following Affirmations:

♥ I am one, with the Energy of the Source

♥ I am one, with the Cosmic Awareness that created me

♥ The Cosmic Awareness has given me the power to create the situations that I want

♥ I let go of the past and I live in the NOW

♥ I am ready to change my life NOW and change everything that is disturbing me to achieve joy

♥ I understand that my true self is my Soul, that is part of the Cosmic Awareness

♥ I allow my soul to heal and teach me with Love

♥ I am able to heal myself on all areas

♥ I have the power to make changes in my life

♥ I am ready for Wisdom and Knowledge

♥ I am willing to expand the horizons of my thinking

♥ I use the Wisdom of all my experiences for the good of all

♥ I am ready for Love

♥ I find Love everywhere

♥ I learn easy and with Joy

♥ I always reach my goals in an easy way

♥ It is easy to change my thoughts and emotions into positive energies

♥ My thoughts and feelings are creating my future, because everything I send out comes back

♥ With loving thoughts and emotions, I am attracting the right people and the right situations for me

♥ I am open to receive all the Abundance of the Existence

♥ I have many possibilities in my life

♥ Everything I need, comes at the right time, if I create the right energy

♥ The Cosmic Awareness has many ways to send me what I need and what I want

♥ My consciousness and creativity is extending constantly

♥ My spiritual side is always active and my consciousness is constantly growing

♥ I love myself

♥ I treat myself with Love and healthy vegetarian food

♥ I am healthy

♥ I am brave without ego and arrogance, and I face my fears in order to heal them

♥ I am free from blocking energies, programs, and vices

♥ I am free from belief systems, I am free from control and suppression

♥ I am not restricted by negative, limited beliefs from my family or society

♥ I am not depending on anybody and I am taking responsibility for my life

♥ Everybody is responsible for his own life

♥ I am independent and make my own decisions in tune with Light and Love

♥ My motives are in tune with the Existence, in tune with the Cosmic Awareness

♥ I am friendly, loving and compassionate

♥ I have sympathy in my Heart

♥ I am giving and receiving Love

♥ I use my talents in the service of the Light

♥ I am careful of what I say, because words are energy and have the possibility to manifest

♥ I am thankful for all the good things in my life

♥ I am living a life of love

♥ I use Love to transform any blocking energy

♥ I use Love energy, to create a loving, peaceful earth-society

♥ Love is the biggest power there is, because it is the power of the Cosmic Awareness


Statement: DELETING LIMITING THINKING OF INFERIORITY–POVERTY–ENVY – BEING OPEN FOR ABUNDANCE FROM THE EXISTENCE= One of the most important life lessons is to learn to be free from limitations. We are the source of our own prosperity. Abundance is a part of the Existence. If you reject this part, you are rejecting the Existence too. The Existence does not tell you to be poor or limited. Only the church, the governments and the bankers want you to be poor and limited. If you are thankful for the service of others, you will attract abundance too. If you are happy for the success of others, you will attract abundance too. If you are jealous or envy, because others are successful, you will block your own abundance flow, because with negative thinking you are telling the Existence that you don´t want abundance. If we create positive karma, we create abundance in all parts of our life. If you have created negative karma in past lifes or in this life, by stealing or blocking the abundance of somebody, the energetic result of this is to experience a blockage of abundance too. Karma is the principle of cause and effect. In order to heal this negative karma, you have to create positive karma, by helping others to gain abundance. EVERYTHING is energy, and yes, even money. Money is not bad, it is neutral energy. It depends of how we use the energy called money. Your thoughts can amplify the energy of money, or they can block the energy of money. It depends on how you use your thoughts. You can use money spiritually to create wellness for others. As long as money exists on earth, we have to use it for spiritual purposes. If we use the energy money for spiritual purposes we can create a society without money. We have to allow the money to serve us for the benefit of everybody. We should use it as an energy to manifest. Abundance should be flowing to everybody; just it is the case on higher developed planets. Money is a tool like a computer. Some people use computers to harm others and some people are creating art or are helping others with computers. If you keep money for selfish and greedy purposes like some politicians, managers or religions, you create negative karma. You have to find the middle way of using it for spiritual and useful things things, without being addicted or possessed by it, without controlling others with it. You have to let the energy called “money” flow. As long as the energy “money” exists on earth, we have to use it for doing good things. Money is an aid tool for manifesting on the physical dimension. With money you can manifest positive things for others. Money is one of many aid tools to learn to behave spiritual in the 3rd dimension. With money you can thank others for their help or work. If I want professional CDs, I have to pay the printer for his service. So I thank him for his service and because of that I attract abundance too. That is spiritual behavior. If somebody borrowed me money out of his compassion and love, to help my pay something, I thank him by give it him back when I have it again. That is spiritual behavior. If somebody don´t want to pay a bill for the service of somebody else, it shows that he don´t appreciate the effort of others and rejects the physical reality. That is closing the root chakra and abundance can not flow. Money is an energy-training in the lower dimensions to learn to appreciate and honor the work, the service or the offers of others. If you do so, you change your energy and you start to receive abundance too and your consciousness is ready for higher dimensions. In higher dimensions we don´t have money, we can create anything we want with our thoughts, because we are using our energy and abundance to help everybody. We are sharing everything with others and we don´t have egoistic thinking. Everybody lives in service for the others. As long as money exists in earth, you have to be thankful for the essence of what you are paying. If you pay for the phone, the essence of it is communication. If you pay for the car, the essence of it is mobility. If you pay for music CDs, the essence of it is the energy and the feeling that you get that makes you feel good. We have to be thankful for the essence and the main energy that we get. That is a spiritual lesson. The more gratitude you have, the more abundance and happiness you attract. The more jealousy, ego or hate you have for others, the more you are pushing yourself in misery and stagnation, your root chakra is blocked and you create negative karma that you will take with you in the next life and go through misery again, until the lesson is learned. If you are in tune with the Existence, you create abundance energy and positive karma and you will receive help and abundance from other people or situations that you did not expect, because your root chakra is creating abundance energy. That is the universal principle of cause and effect. If we want to buy something and we don´t have the money for it, we can use the situation to create abundance. It is an opportunity to change our thinking, our consciousness and our energy, in order to manifest the possibility to get what we want. It is an opportunity to receive the abundance from the Existence. I am doing free lightworks and free videos for 13 years, but even then many people are not thankful for it and are attacking, insulting and blackmailing me. Because many people have jealousy and ego, and they don´t like it when others have success. There is a lack of group-consciousness. Those people are blocking their root chakra and the abundance flow in life. I created the CDs with a lot of efforts, I am paying regulary many bills, taxes and Amazon fees, I used all my time and energy for creating design, music and energy, so others can create with this energy abundance too. In other words, I don´t keep the abundance only for myself, I give it to others too. That is creating an energetic flow of abundance. And still negative people are attacking me, because they are programmed from earths society to be like this. I use abundance to create abundance for others. That is called spiritual thinking and group consciousness and some earth humans don´t like that. You care for the wellbeing of others. And if you want to do something for the wellbeing of others, the Existence will send you all you need to achieve this. My CDs are a helping aid, to create positive energies and abundance as well as physical as spiritual. Those who want to have my CDs and are open for the abundance of the Existence, will get the opportunity to get my CDs. Those who are envy and jealous and attack with ego and hate, are blocking themselves from having success and abundance in life, no matter what part of life it is. People who don´t allow themselves or others to have abundance, are telling the Existence (god), that they like to live in misery and are creating this for themselves sometimes since many lives. Money is a learning program to learn to create energies with your feelings and thinking. If you think that you don´t deserve money or abundance then you are blocking yourself to get it. It does not matter if you are living in a “rich” place or not. History shows that church and religions have programmed earth humans since hundreds of years that they should be poor if they want to be friends with the dogmas of church and rulers. You can receive only something from the Existence, if you allow it for yourself. The Existence, the Cosmic Awareness, is always giving abundance, but many earth humans are blocking and rejecting this with their negative thoughts that they got from the earth society or with negative karma from bad behavior. If you have a negative attitude towards abundance and wealth, you have to ask yourself:

  1. Am I allowing myself, to receive abundance in life?
  2. Or do I block it with my negative thinking?
  3. Do I attack successful people because I am jealous, or am I happy for the success of others?
  4. Am I open to receive abundance from the Existence or am I blocking it?
  5. Abundance in spiritual and physical matters starts within you.
  6. Your thoughts, emotions and actions are creating your reality.




Living in harmony with nature and the earth

Getting Started – Small steps we can take…

All credit given to Simon & Jasmine Dale at:

“It’s fun. Living your own life, in your own way is rewarding. Following our dreams keeps our souls alive.!


  • Avoid buying newly manufactured things, instead buy second hand or make our own.
  • Avoid large chain stores and supermarkets.
  • Buy things from small and local businesses.
  • Favour worker cooperatives over corporations.
  • Wherever possible buy direct from producers.
  • Support local currencies.
  • Trade or give gifts in preference to using money.


  • Smile at people and meet their eyes.
  • Give open-minded/hearted time to those people around us.
  • Organise parties and celebrations (eg. a dinner party where everyone brings a homemade dish or a childrens party where each parent organises a game)
  • Organise rotating work parties and skill-sharing events.
  • Vision together the future of our communities and make it happen by a combination of negotiations with local councils and direct action. (If you think that unused roadside could make a good veg garden then get some friends together and just go ahead and do it)

Food And Land

  • Propagate and plant edible perennial plants wherever possible on any available land.
  • Learn how to grow food and save seeds.
  • Set up personal and community food growing.
  • Stick to seasonal, local and organic foods.
  • Eat meat in moderation.
  • Have a go at making bread, preserving food, making cheese, brewing etc..
  • Enjoy cooking and eating good food. Treat our food with reverence.
  • Learn what wild plants grow in our areas and learn how to use them for food and medicine.
  • Protect and encourage biodiversity and wild areas (eg. a small wild patch at the bottom of your garden could be a haven for birds and small animals).
  • Build a pond!


  • Use wood (biomass) for heating. Install wood burners. Take firewood from the waste stream and plant local or personal firewood supplies. In a climate like Britain’s, short rotation coppice crops such as willow can be fully productive in 3 years and a 30 x 50m area can heat an efficient family house.
  • Heat water with wood and solar energy. (A solar water heater can easily be made from scrap materials in a day or two.)
  • Use renewable electricity. Switch mains connections to suppliers who only deal in renewable energy.
  • Set up and use local or personal energy production systems. Small scale hydroelectric systems in particular offer simply maintained systems with high and reliable returns for the amount of invested energy.
  • Practice basic woodwork, metalwork etc to make and repair basic items and tools.
  • Compost food and human waste to build soil fertility and reduce energy demands of waste disposal.


  • Withdraw investment from houses. Move to a cheaper home or make our own (most cheaply done without permission).
  • Work less.
  • This will free up time and energy to develop sustainable ways of living as well as removing support from destructive systems.
  • Do not take employment from organisations which are unsustainable or whos actions are not benefiting the world.
  • Maximise our autonomy from state and corporate control structures.
  • Move from urban to rural areas and start working some land.


  • Consider what elements of our world and society are of greatest value to us (air, water, food supplies, medicines…?)
  • Consider what elements /service / products we could happily do without (war, this year’s fashion, more DVDs, a bigger car…?)
  • Be aware that the more we have of the latter, the more we threaten the former.
  • Whenever we spend money or play an active role in society, take time to consider the consequences of our actions. (Buying a tank of fuel supports the violent occupation of the middle east, buying cheap clothes supports sweatshops and child labour, buying from transnational corporations funds the extraction of capital from poorer countries and the erosion of human rights)
  • Consider our modern world from the point of view of our ancesters.
  • Count our blessings.
  • Appreciate the beauty and fragility of life, human and otherwise.
  • Make time to appreciate and congratulate ourselves – we are all amazing and powerful beings.
  • Smile, laugh, love and dream. Be present and don’t worry.

Since 2003 we have been living and building on the land, working in environmental projects and community.  We have found that for a few thousand pound and a few months work it is possible to create simple shelters that are in harmony with the natural landscape, ecologically sound and are a pleasure to live in.  There is something powerfully alluring in such natural buildings.  Their simplicity and cost makes them accessible; their beauty and use of natural materials remind us of our ancestral right and ability to live well as part of the landscape/nature/earth.  We believe this dream is possible for anyone with genuine intention, will and hard work.  Through this website is our best advice to inspire and assist anyone who is interested in similar ideas.

Shelter :: Earthlea

We will shortly be starting to build a three bedroom house. It will have the same hobbitat style and use the same natural materials. It will however contain enough space for teenage children and be of sufficient quality to last a satisfied lifetime.
If you are interested in coming along you could give a hand or do a course

Materials hunt

As always we will be trying to use reclaimed and natural materials wherever possible. Since our budget is next to nothing we are also welcoming donations of things that need to come new. We are on the look out for any useful materials, including:
EPDM / heavy duty plastic for DPM/tanking and roof membranes
Expanded Polystyrene or similar for solid floor insulation. – anyone got a lorry load or two of uneeded sheets / old packaging etc?
Second hand heavy duty tarps, old marquee, lorry curtain sides etc for protecting membranes, or large amount of synthetic carpets for the same purpose.
Plumbing / Wiring supplies.
Pallets, we could do with 200 or so, could be damaged.
Straw, We’ll need a good few hundred small bales come the end of summer.
Reclaimable timber, incl. ply/ sterling board
Any other spare building materials.
Building materials hotline: 07773372280

Shelter :: The Hobbit House

This is a house I built for our family in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimated 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 in materials. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour).
The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gave us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. It housed our family whilst we worked in the woodland surrounding the house doing ecological woodland management and setting up a forest garden, things that would have been impossible had we had to pay a regular rent or mortgage. The main tools used were a chainsaw, hammer and 1 inch chisel, little else really. I was not a builder or carpenter, my experience was only having had a go at one similar house 2yrs before and a bit of mucking around inbetween. This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverence and a mate or two to give a lift now and again.

Some key points of the design and construction:

Dug into hillside for low visual impact and shelter
Stone and mud from diggings used for retaining walls, foundations etc.
Frame of oak thinnings (spare wood) from surrounding woodland
Reciprocal roof rafters are structurally and aesthaetically fantastic and very easy to do
Straw bales in floor, walls and roof for super-insulation and easy building
Plastic sheet and mud/turf roof for low impact and ease
Lime plaster on walls is breathable and low energy to manufacture (compared to cement)
Reclaimed (scrap) wood for floors and fittings
Anything you could possibly want is in a rubbish pile somewhere (windows, burner, plumbing, wiring…)
Woodburner for heating – renewable and locally plentiful
Flue goes through big stone/plaster lump to retain and slowly release heat
Fridge is cooled by air coming underground through foundations
Skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light
Solar panels for lighting, music and computing
Water by gravity from nearby spring
Compost toilet
Roof water collects in pond for garden etc.

These are by along way the best drawings I ever did of the house, after it was made.

The Design:

The design of the house comes mostly from the combination of the following considerations:
Analysis of functions > elements > materials
Site survey (slope, features, aspect, access etc.)
Zoning, relationships of activities and requirements
Aesthetic, sculptural play
See how it goes, what works and feels good

NB. Ideally the design of our lives is seamless with integrated relations between all the spaces, activities and things with which we live. In this case however, mention is limited to that which comes inside the physical structure of the house to save unravelling the whole of the metaphorical woolly jumper.

Analysis from basic functions to solutions
basic function supporting elements primary choice reasons why requirements solutions
Dry a waterproof… Plastic membrane and earth
  • Aesthetic, low visibility and natural harmony.
  • Flexible design possibilities
  • Easy
  • Cheap
  • Protection from puncture
  • Protection from UV
  • Sandwich membrane with heavy duty plastic then straw
…supported roof, Roundwood timber frame
  • Renewable, low energy material.
  • Lower embodied energy than sawn timber.
  • Aesthetically interesting
  • On site,plentiful supply of otherwise useless oak thinnings (4″-9″).
  • Workable.
Fiddly to integrate square components (eg. door frames etc.)
  • Use soft, non-square materials for other components (walls, roof etc.)
  • Be inventive
Warm with heat source… Log burner
  • Renewable, non-fossil fuel.
  • Local plentiful supply.
  • More efficient than open fire.
  • Already been given one.
  • Flue
  • Hearth
  • Use stone from excavation to make hearth, chimney and thermal store
…and retention Straw bale insulation
  • Low embodied energy natual byproduct.
  • Flexible design possibilities
  • Easy
  • Cheap
  • Protection from weather, animals and fire.
  • Must be able to breathe
  • Use lime plaster where straw is above ground.
  • Use airgap creating spacers and plastic where straw is against or under earth.

The Hobbit House
After building and living in the hobbit house, we left it for the woodland workers passing through this beautiful place. In 2009 we finally bought our own place, a 7 acre piece of land as part of the Lammas eco village in West Wales.  The opportunity to really be somewhere, to integrate our basic needs of shelter, energy, food and a livelihood now has a permanent place to take root and grow.  Being creative with what is available; minimising energy and pollution; and careful observation is our basic approach. So far we have built a small house, the Undercroft; a workshop and barn.  Tree planting, pond creation, vegetable beds, fruit, composting and animals are the beginning of a self reliant, resilient and biodiverse home.

The Building Process

The site before starting Hole dug and level, post positions marked out, dry stone foundation walls down, first retaining wall built against front bank.
30 or so small trees and a bit of chainsawing later. Lift logs, prop up, nail together and continue until no longer wobbly. Split logs over the top and palettes on the floor. Tree in to prop up sleeping platform. Palettes on the floor to take insulating bales.
Straw delivery. Cotton sheets then straw bales on the roof and cover it up with plastic, other bales inside, quick before it rains. Build straw bale wall inside, a fun and quick job. The bales are stacked on rough dry stone wall and staked together with hazel sticks. Inside bales go on pallette floor ready for floorboards on top.
Pop windows in the holes, stuff straw into any gaps then chainsaw trim the bales smooth with cute roundy corners. Father-in-law and tool bench, 4.30am. All tools lost, snowing outside, no doors, plastering underway.
Spring, mud on the roof, plastering and whitewashing done, landscaping nearly finished, beer brewing, bread in the oven.

Berllan Dawel, our plot at Lammas
Only three generations ago most of us had ancestors living in the countryside and were skilled in woodwork, plants, craft, weaving and so on. Like many people, we wished to reclaim these ways and return to having a direct relationship to the land, do things for ourselves, enjoy a high standard of living and have fun.    Committing ourselves to this land and simple living is our way of taking responsibility for our impact on the world as best we can.  Every day we learn more about this place and can integrate our needs with the landscape we are in. Time to observe cycles and seasons is giving the opportunity to become neo-indigenous; architects of our own lives and genuine stewards of the land.

Land :: Forest Gardens

Forest Gardening is another name for mixed agroforestry, i.e. growing herbaceous, shrubs and trees together to form mutually beneficial relationships. This model provides for human needs within an ecosystem that supports wildlife and biodiversity, in other words it is resilient and high yielding..  Robert Hart brought the idea of forest gardens from the tropics years ago, where he saw abundant food, fibre and medicine growing in a semi wild forest.  He compared the efficiency and ecological value of this compared to deserts of monoculture crops needing constant work and fertility inputs and sought to emulate this in a temperate climate in England.  Nowadays the leading example of this is Martin Crawford’s 2 acre site at Dartington College in Devon and he has captured the imagination of a generation of permaculture gardeners with the promise of a low energy, highly designed food forest.
Key principles that inform forest gardening in the UK:
LayersPerennialsShade and spacingGuildsDiversityFertility self sufficientWindbreaks
For me a forest garden has almost a mythical quality, conjuring images of fruit laden woodlands and sacred groves.  It simultaneously satisfies my dreams of living in landscape of ancient trees, surrounded  by birds and animals whilst giving me a practical model to address my fears for the future of food security and increasingly erratic weather.
Below are some pictures of our young forest garden at Berllan Dawel.  Berllan is the welsh word for orchard which beautifully translates as sacred place of sweet luscious things; Dawel means peaceful or quiet.  In time we want the whole plot to feel like a forest garden, the veg beds and ponds becoming glades within it.  So when the wind howls through the infant windbreak, spindly cherry trees break in half and words are heated I’m trusting the name and intention for this place will happen, but three years is early days for a woodland ecosystem!


Creating a Forest Garden by Martin CrawfordForest Gardening by Robert HartHow to make a forest garden by P.WhitefieldPlants for a Future by K. FernPlant and seed suppliers:Agroforestry Research TrustCool TemperateGourmet Organic

Land: Wild Soil

In nature there is no uncovered soil for long.  An occasional tree uprooted by wind, a freshly dug mole hill or a landslide is soon densely covered by vegetation.  This protects the soil from erosion drying out and dying.  Even the surfaces of rocks, deadwood and manmade materials are colonised by mosses and fungi in an ever flow of life towards more complex and diverse ecosystems, supporting more species.  As soil is the medium in which our life support systems grow, permaculture systems have a principle of keeping soil covered wherever possible.
This principle is called wild soil.  In practice this means preferring perennial and self seeding plants; protecting bare soil and clearing ground for cultivation through mulching.  Perennials live for more than one year, so this can include trees, bushes, herbs  and roots.  By their nature they have bigger, more established root systems and so can often withstand more extremes of weather, pests and disease. This provides resilience, extremely desirable in the face of erratic weather and legions of slugs.  Think of the robustness of a blackcurrant bush compared to a carrot seedling!
We love normal annual vegetables, however introducing a few perennials that don’t need to be planted year after year, means much less work involved too.  A good example are perennial brassicas and alliums, which can replace in flavour, if not in texture, cabbages and onions.  A shift in perspective can cultivate herbs eg mallow and trees eg lime as salad grown on bushes and trees.


Permaculture is a toolkit to integrate land use, dwellings and natural ecosystems in a way that is permanently sustainable.  By working with nature’s cycles, energies and resources, we can design our surroundings to meet our needs in a way that cares for the earth, people and allows individual conscience to determine what and how much we consume.  Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, earth scientists, devised permaculture in the 1970s as a response to oil crises and realisation that there are limits to economic growth in a world of finite natural capital.  They carefully observed natural systems that flourished and indigenous people that lived in harmony with their environment and came up with principles and practices to create such a world in our time.
Three fundamental ideas emerged:
ObservationPermaculture principles and ethicsDesign process
Nearly 50 years later, permaculture is a huge topic and practiced in diverse ways. Many of the ideas are ancient and common sense and overlap with non permaculture activity. The essence remains that instead of using huge amounts of fossil fuels or hard graft, permaculture offers a third way: creative design with its unlimited yield of our imaginations.  We can think of permaculture as a lens we can look through at a task or project, a tool to find solutions or a game we can play to make a plan.


There are tons of books, courses and films out there to find out more, some we can personally recommend are in the resources box below.Introduction to Permaculture by Bill MollisonThe Permaculture Garden by G. BellForest Gardening by R. HartEarth Care Manual by P. WhitefieldEarth Path by StarhawkPeople Care by Looby MacnamaraPattern Language by C. Alexander et alFilms:Farm for a futureGlobal GardenerLa Belle Vert

Design Tools

In some ways thinking has got a bad reputation, as not grounded or practical. However when we’re designing ecologically and socially sound projects that resonate with what is relevant to us, tools simplify a load of complex factors and help us reach a good decision. Imagine a carpenter, when they want to do a job they choose a tool, i.e to make a cut they choose a saw. It would be pretty inefficient, frustrating and even hazardous to pick up a hammer and attack the task with no mental organisation as to what and why they were doing. It is likely that if we were completely in harmony and symbiotic with our environment such tools would be obselete, but in a fragmented world, often distant from the skills and knowing our ancestors embodied, pattern languages help realign us with what is true, good and beautiful with minimum harm to other beings.
So permaculture tools are frameworks and processes for thinking about a problem or plan; they organise our thoughts and allow our mind to bring foward the relevant information or activity. The brain loves patterns and uses them to reduce the huge complexity of life to simple operational stuff. Below is a summary of some tools to use when designing.  This can be applied to any scale from planning an event, to working out how to build and site a dwelling on a piece of land.
Below are some steps to get you started.


Observation is fundamental to good design. The tendency of humans to control and react to the world has created the unsustainable world we are grappling with. So to truly observe and not jump to conclusions can radically maximise our positive impact, allowing being before doing. The key to observation tools is not to think of solutions:


This is good to do with children, who are professional wonderers. Walk around your site or contemplate your idea saying ‘I wonder …?’ For example, ‘I wonder why that fern grows there? I wonder why I feel nervous in this setting?’


This exercise was devised by Chris Day, and is described as 4 modes of listening. Take yourself to your site and go through the modes, making notes before or afterwards. Between 5 minutes and an hour for each one is a good start.
‘Intuitive’: first impressions; walk the boundaries of a site; gut feelings etc’Objective’: collect measurable data eg species, numbers, size of area, weather etc’Imaginative’: picture the landscape and its inhabitants 10,000 years ago and into the future’Subjective’: go to a place you are drawn to and do the first thing that comes into your head


A good survey will include the place and people involved and an accurate to scale map (this should be a map of existing features rather than proposed ideas!) For people, be sure to separate out different groups or individuals to get a true reading of the situation and to include yourself, whether as designer or participant. One way to simplify a survey is to break it down into the elements:


Earth can include soil, materials available (natural, man made, money, landform, species).


Air can include wind patterns, ventilation, thoughts and ideas.


Water can include water sources such as rainfall, taps, roofs, rivers; water catchment such as ponds, butts etc; emotions and feelings.


Sun can include aspect (north, south facing etc), average temperatures, sun traps, frost pockets, shade, passions, creativity.


Spirit could be your people survey, what skills they bring, limits they have, what they want to put in and get out of a design/project. It can also include spiritual beliefs, sacred spots and beautiful views.



This is not an inspiring name but these are great tools for looking at a site and starting to plan activities:


This is looking at patterns of how frequently a place is used and its proximity from ourselves. This starts to minimise wasted effort by placing elements (things) in places to use the least energy. What your situation is determines what your zoning will be; a block of flats or a farm have all the zones but their detail will be quite different. Zone 1 is patios, front gardens, herb beds etc. Zone 2 perennial garden, shed. Zone 3 orchards, grazing. Zone 4 coppice. Zone 5 wilderness.


Map the wind, sun, water, frost and soil conditions on your site. You can use overlays of each of these sectors on a map to see where stuff is most appropriate eg. the shade sector will show where the veg garden shouldn’t go but where trees would be fine.


This is the slope or direction your site faces. In the northern hemisphere, a southern aspect gets a lot of sun. A northern aspect will get limited sun at some times of day and year, east gets morning sun and west late afternoon and evening.


Get as accurate idea as possible of the gradient and variations on your site. Its amazing how inaccurate the eye is once you start making foundations.


This tool means how high above sea level you are. Eg we are 175-195m high. This gives valuable information about what grows where and weather conditions generally.


By now you will have a lot of information and your subconscious has had lots of time to organise it all and by now your ideas for a design will probably be bubbling up. There are lots of ways to analyse the collected treasure, here are a few good ones:


Start thinking of things as elements (things eg pond, greenhouse, kitchen) and functions (storing water, growing salads, cooking). Then a good practice is to make sure every element you want does at least two functions, this is for efficiency. For example, a stove cooks, heats water and space, dries clothes etc. A group of trees might give food, fiber, habitat, windbreak, privacy. Complimenting this is to ensure every function is fulfilled by at least two elements, for security. For example, water storage could be a pond, water butts, soil structure and contouring the land.


You can take this further at a systems level by writing down all the inputs and outputs of each element. and then match the outputs (yields) of one thing to the inputs (needs of another) to close the loop. Try to think as laterally as possible. An example might be a roof. Its needs might be structural, aesthetic, spatial etc and its yields might include obscuring a view, nesting for birds, rainwater catchment. Then when you’re mapping other functions and elements you can identify links. The roof becomes a valuable source of water for a polytunnel or bathroom. The needs of a neighbour to see something pleasant and the roof design might accommodate this by being turfed which would in turn provide other benefits and so on.
‘An unmet need = work or fossil fuels. An unused yield = pollution’ (B.Mollison)


Pick an aspect of the situation (this can be of what already exists or of what you are proposing) and write down the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Constraints


Similar is to ask yourself what is Positive, Negative and Interesting.



Use to scale maps and models wherever practical. Cut out templates of your main elements and play around with them to bring the design together on paper or make a model out of whats available, clay, lego, mashed potato!


Below is David Holmgren’s interpretation of the PC principles. Check through your ideas to see if they resonate, new ideas or modifications may appear. Don’t worry too much about what they mean, your own interpretation is good enough.


Check your design decisions to see if they include:
Earth care: ecosystems: soil, water, ecology, biodiversity, air
People care: patterns: social organisation, affect on others and self
Fair shares: limits to consumption: Ask our conscience what limits and compromises we can accept.


Reflecting on what worked and what didn’t and how we would act differently yields vital information for sustainable design. The more we observe and feedback and adjust our behaviour the more likely we are to truly be somewhere rather than just be using resources and doing stuff to the world.


There’s lots of ways to evaluate and then tweak your design. The analysis tools above of SWOC and PNI are good. Remember to evaluate not just the content of what you did/ are doing but also how well the tools and surveys you used to plan worked. The tweak is the adaptions you make. This is called action learning in permaculture design and is vital to turn mistakes into mis – takes; trial and error becomes try-alls and dismantles the perception that life is fixed rather than a process of experimentation.


Turn problems on their heads to become the solution. For example, too windy then grow windbreak trees giving a firewood yield, put up a turbine, become a small business drying people’s washing without fossil fuels!


The Permaculture Magazine lists tons of great design courses for an in depth approach to design tools. We are running some courses applying these simple design tools to a dwelling integrated with the land, food, firewood and greywater systems.Earth Path by StarhawkAranyaPeople and Permaculture by L. MacnamaraEarth Care Manual by P.Whitefield

Planning Permission

This page is due an update. Wales wide OPD planning policy is now in force and the best hope for this type of development.
Whilst I’m primarily talking about the UK planning systems, I hope the following may also be of use to those in other countries.

Planning Background

The British Town and Country Planning Act was introduced in 1947 to control the development and use of land. Other countries have similar legislation. This means that when we want to use a piece of land to live on or provide self sufficiency and livelihood we should seek permission for both any building work and any change of use of the land (as well as mining, engineering and other operations).
Whilst this system protects our land from uncontrolled development it has also come to play a important role in our economy. Our economy now grows by giving loans and creating more money in the form of debt. Rising house prices coupled with increasingly tenuous mortgage lending provide a crucial contribution to the growth and therefore stability of our economy.
The value of houses is related not primarily to the cost of their construction but to the permission to use that land for residential use. A quarter acre of an agricultural field might here be worth £1000. As soon as permission is granted for change of use to a residential building plot it becomes worth £100,000. So that puts £99,000 extra onto our national balance sheet, which the new homeowner is expected to pay off. Paying off this mortgage may well take the owner their entire working life and severely restricts their scope to live a simple and sustainable life.
There are planning regulations that control permission for those in agricultural enterprises to build and live on their land. This is close to suiting the low impact dweller who wishes to live on their piece of land in a simple way and work with that piece of land. These regulations require proof that both the enterprise is viable and that there is a strict functional need to live on the site. In practice viability of the enterprise is interpreted on its bottom line profit, this does not account for either produce derived for self sufficiency or for the fact that a very modest income is sufficient to support a simple way of life. In addition the functional need test is wildly variable in its interpretation and does not allow for the fact that living elsewhere may be economically crippling. (The test is more often related to the need for 24 hour attention to lambing ewes, burning charcoal kilns, or even battery chicken farm air conditioning backup systems -true example!)

Retrospective Application

Contrary to popular belief, in Britain it is not illegal to carry out building works and changes of use without applying for planning permission before-hand. It is acceptable to instead make a retrospective application. Of course it is possible that this application could be refused. This is the approach favoured by Tesco supermarkets who rely on a mutually agreeable financial arrangement to ensure approval. It is also the approach that has most successfully been used by both low impact dwellers and many more conventional farmers although these people have generally had to rely on paperwork and logic to ensure eventual permission.
In addition our planning departments do not have a general remit to enforce against unpermitted development, only to process applications and follow up on complaints. This is an significant retention of liberty and common sense. If I get a piece of land and build a monstrous palace which I use as a base for having excessively loud parties. My neighbours will probably complain to the council who will demand a retrospective application which they’d refuse and then serve an enforcement order for me to demolish the building. On the other hand, if I build a modest and discreet house on a piece of land somewhere and all my neighbours have no problem with what I am doing, the need to make a planning application will not arise. In this case, after 10 years the building and change of use will be eligible for a certificate of lawful use, meaning a planning application is not needed. If there is not a change of use, lawful use is granted after 4 years.
Many low impact living projects have now be granted temporary or permanent permission through the retrospective applications usually followed by appeals. Such cases are arguable through agricultural technicalities as well as appeals to general ecological and social commitments.
Agenda 21 says: “Access to land resources is an essential component of sustainable low-impact lifestyles. Land resources are the basis for (human) living systems and provide soil, energy, water and the opportunity for all human activity.” and commits us to the objective of providing for “the land requirements of human settlement development through environmentally sound physical planning and land use so as to ensure access to land to all households and, where appropriate, the encouragement of communally and collectively owned and managed land.”
And in the words of the Landmatters Project’s’ appeal inspector: “Permaculture is now an internationally recognised means of sustainable agriculture and the subject of much academic study in recent years. Moreover, the direction of travel of emerging national policy towards ever more sustainable approaches to development and the need to address the problem of climate change is readily apparent…In such a context I find there to be considerable ecological, educational and cultural benefits in further exploring permaculture…from the development of and experimentation with sustainable technologies and agricultural practices which that way of life facilitates” and “in order to practice permaculture properly and successfully…a substantial and continuous residential presence is essential”
This increasingly well trodden route of development and retrospective application has been the generally advised route for low impact development and gave us our homes for 4 years with very little complication. We never came to having to argue an appeal and we were never forced to demolish our home. We were encouraged by the worst case scenario that house were enforced against immediately and subsequently demolished after the inevitable couple of years paperwork. Over this time period the cost and amount of work it takes to make a simple home is small compared to the cost of renting a conventional house, not to mention the quality of our experience over that period.

Low Impact Development Policies

Over the last two years, we have spent our time following a different approach. Since the introduction of a groundbreaking low impact development policy in Pembrokeshire (SW Wales) we have been involved with the Lammas Project trying to get prior permission for a 9 dwelling low impact settlement. Our hope is that in so doing we will set the precedent which then makes it an easy route without the uncertainty of the ‘retrospective’ approach.
The Low Impact Development Policy is a farsighted and one which could potentially unlock a groundbreaking positive change. Under it, someone working and living on their land in a sustainable way and deriving their livelihood from that land is allowed to do so on agricultural land. This effectively subsidises sustainable livelihoods which would otherwise be economically unviable in the current, unsustainable financial climate.
Pembrokeshire have not yet managed to conclude any of the applications made under the policy. Whilst ours has been a frustrating process, we are still hopeful for a good result soon. Friends of ours who made a retrospective application under the same policy are in a better situation. They applied for 2 years temporary permission and have been living on and working their land for the 18 months since they submitted their application!
Similar policies are currently in consultation phase for Wales nationally and England is also making moves in the same direction.


I would currently recommend development followed by a retrospective application as required, preferably in Pembrokeshire, as the best approach for individual or groups wishing start a new low impact living project. There are also a number of established projects about who are open to new members (see resources page). Chapter 7 are a campaign group and planning consultancy for low impact development. They are almost certainly the experts on low impact planning matters and have some excellent publications and online resources.
This was an interview which I was sent in 2007, after a year or so in the hobbit house. It was one of my first attempts to articulate the principles behind what we were doing following instinct and fun, rather than ideals. I certainly knew nothing about what organic architecture meant in the architectural tradition !
Since when do you live in an organic house?
5 years ago
Was it a conscientious decision to move to an organic house, which were your influences in the first place?
Yes, but to be natural (nontoxic/low energy/eco), close to nature and self built were our first priorities. Being built mostly from imagination, optimism and rubbish,the process is naturally organic. Being organic in terms of forms seems to come naturally given the above. Also my aesthetic is generally soft and curved, coming mostly from the natural world. Between making my first and second houses I read Christopher Day who explains well the benefits of organic forms in architecture for our minds and soul. This seemed to vindicate my instincts.
What are, for you, the big differences between living in an traditional straight lines house, or living in an organic one?
Suits my aesthetic. Feels gentle. Feels to me more like being part of the(natural) world,less like a commodity in a box. Rectangular rooms do feel box-like and slightly claustrophobic in comparison.
Do you think that living in an organic house affected your way of being, your personality, and if so, in which way?
I think we overuse the cause and effect model. More usually it is two (or an infinite number actually) things co-evolving or mutually related. This is certainly true here, there is a change, but lifestyle, values, and material situation change together rather than one leading another. In my case at least this is true.
If you moved a random person (from a town flat say) to an organic natural house in the middle of nature it would affect them. They would probably fight it or love it.
How do people react to the fact that you live in an organic house?
Nearly everyone is interested. In the whole lifestyle mostly although the house does seem to have some kind of innate appeal. I think it touches something common, a romantic idea of some fantasy past/alternative. Everyone says it is a hobbit house, they all love the lord of the rings at the moment.I think Tolkien draws the hobbits as the naïve or innocent representation of humans in a wholesome natural state. People instictively relate to this, especially in the context of modernity.
Is it a subject that raises discussion? … living in an organic house?
It’s handy for a bit of suprising small talk, although explaining our lives can be difficult. Suggesting positive alternatives to the standard route often raising some uncomfortable feelings. Mostly these feelings are of an implied criticism of the way others lead their lives, in terms of ecological responsibility and the following of ones own dreams. These are both hard things to approach for all of us with lots of barriers from our societal conditioning and our own accumulated pains. I find Joanna Macy is very good at showing us ways to take our frustration at these barriers and turn it into positive action for ourselves and the world. I would make no claim that what we are doing is any better than anything else. I’d only say that this is where we are currently up to and this is what is working for us. If any of it can provide an inspiration for others to follow the path of what feels right for them then hooray!
Do you have many friends living or wanting to live in an organic house?
Everyone wants to take personal control of their own lives. To live in an environment that is close to nature and kind on the soul is a common aspiration. Also self building is a real current trend, in Britain at least. Inevitably, most of the promotion and help in doing it comes from those with commercial stakes in the industry and promotes self building in ways which are convenient and profitable for them. This means that people are introduced to a set of options that are actually quite limited in terms of the ways to create a home, particularly in terms of high costs, formulaic construction and mass produced modular components. Hence the dominance of linear forms. Actually comfortable and natural homes can be created in ways that are simple, cheap and allow massive scope for creativity and building quite literally outside the box!
There are increasing numbers of people making their own homes similar to ours. They are making some beautiful, accessable and highly functional houses. The more people who do, the more inspiration and support there will be for the next ones, as we owe ours to those who came before us.
would it be realistic to think that one day the majority of people will live or want to live in an organic house? What do you believe would be the consequences?
It is right and natural that different people have different aesthetics and I’m sure there will always be those who prefer straight lines to organic curves. However the dominance of linear forms comes largely from the aesthetic of the modernist movement and the world of mass production. I think we are moving beyond this now, both in our philosophy and the practicalities of our world. The age of cheap energy may well becoming to an end, as we respond to both environmental imperatives and dwindling supplies of oil. I think and hope that this will lead to more small scale, low energy solutions to meeting our real needs. This should mean an increase in individually produced homes of natural and local materials. This in turn means more opportunities for creative, non-linear and organic designs.
Does living in an organic house have any inconvenient?
It does make it tricky to integrate cast off furniture. We don’t have any flat walls and not much level floor! Luckily we’re not that much into IKEA stuff anyway.
By the way, Hundertwasser was keen to avoid flat floors because he thought it was unnatural for us. I was pleased to follow his recommendations and simultaneously avoid the trouble of leveling the floor.
Do your furniture and objects enter in the organic design?
Ideally, in terms of aesthetics, they would all be integrated, from the surrounding environment,through the shell of the building and on to the furniture, fittings, objects and people that inhabit the space. Also I would love to know the hands that made every object in my life.
why do you think that there are two separate movements going on: the eco/biological architecture and the organic architecture?
Maybe it is again about the industry. I am glad that we are seeing a increase in ecological constuction even in mainstream building. Still though I see this as being very much tied up with the convenience of mass production and hence linear forms. As for organic architecture, we don’t see much of it around and I think that most people just think that Gaudi has a trademark on anything with a curve. It’s probably just not cost-effective on the scale of industrialised construction unless there is lots of cash and passion involved which is a rare mix.
wouldn’t it make sense to integrate them?
When building is done in the way that I am talking about, what I’d call low-impact building, it’s done on the ground by the person whose building it is, who is the architect and builder, who is working with respect for nature around and inside themselves. Then I think the process and result will be organic in every way and ecological. There would be no separation.
What is your relation with nature?
We are all a part of nature unquestionably, we are animals of the earth. What remains is how see ourselves in relation to the rest of that living system. We can honour and celebrate it for its own innate value. Alternatively we can value it as a resource for our use. This is the distinction Arne Naess and others make by talking about deep as opposed to shallow ecology. When we adopt a deep ecological or ecocentric view of the world, it then makes sense to live in away which is as close as possible to a true synergy with nature.
how do you explain the relation between organic architecture and a more natural way of living?
The attempt to find a synergy with nature is then the approach that we are using to design systems for living. These systems include buildings, food production, waste and water systems and much more. When we are working with rather than against nature, the rest of nature works with us and things become easy. This is Permaculture.
Do you have any advice for people who would like to go and live in an organic house?
Having your own home which is a part of you can be simple. Start from “what do I need?” and “what do I have?” not “what can I buy?” or “what do other people do?”. Do a permaculture course or read a book. Be inventive, try things out, do things the easy way. Look in skips. BE BOLD.

Simon & Jasmine Dale

The Great British Garden Revival


A wonderfully inspiring TV campain to
revive Britain’s gardens
Watch the 1-hour episodes by clicking on the individual headings

Image for Ponds and StumperiesCharlie Dimmock campaigns to put ponds back in gardens. She finds out the importance of ponds for wildlife and takes the plunge in a new style of water gardening – the swimming pond. Charlie also finds out how a community in East Yorkshire has come together to breathe new life into their village pond. The lakes, small ponds and water features of Nottingham Trent University are the starting point for her revival, and Charlie gives her step-by-step guide to building a wildlife pond and bog garden, from the initial design stage, right through to planting up.

  • Chris Beardshaw wants to return a Victorian curiosity, the stumpery, to our gardens. Similar to rock gardens but created from upturned tree stumps, logs and roots, stumperies were created to display the spoils of intrepid Victorian plant hunters. On his revival Chris discovers how fern fever swept the nation in the 19th century. He meets a man in North Wales who is as fascinated by ferns as he is and sets off on a woodland trail to see the stumpery as nature intended. Chris bases his campaign at the most famous stumpery in the country, created by HRH the Prince of Wales, in the grounds of Highgrove House. Throughout the show, he creates his own mini-stumpery using his favourite ferns to full effect and shows how to grow mushrooms on a log.
  • Image for Glasshouses and ShrubsDiarmuid Gavin wants to use glasshouses to restore a sense of adventure, flair and excitement to gardens. On his campaign, he visits Wentworth Castle in Barnsley to help out with the final stages of the restoration of its elaborate Victorian glasshouse. He gives his guide to greenhouse buying and meets up with passionate allotmenteers in Nottingham, who have gone one better and designed and built their own remarkable greenhouses using recycled materials. Diarmuid gives his top greenhouse growing tips, gets to grips with hothouse flowers, and explores the wealth of temperate and tropical flora on display at the National Botanic Gardens in Wales.
  • Matt James thinks that shrubs have been overlooked and ignored for too long. He wants gardeners to rediscover and appreciate the importance of this amazing group of plants. On his journey he visits a garden in Norfolk where shrubs are the stars of the show, and inspires a group of young gardeners at Flatford Mill in Suffolk to plant shrubs in their gardens to encourage wildlife. Matt gives his beginner’s guide to shrubs with the focus on colour, flower power and fragrance. Plus he shares his top pruning tips to help keep shrubs looking at their best year after year.
  • Image for Fruit Trees and Ornamental BeddingIn this episode, plantswoman Carol Klein shares her infectious passion for a style of gardening that she thinks is in much need of a revival – the rock garden. She tracks its history from its pinnacle during the Victorian era, visits a community in Bolton who have pulled back their local rockery from neglect, and drops in on an old friend in the Midlands to find out more about this much-maligned gardening style. From her base at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Carol demonstrates tried and tested techniques for growing success, as she shows us how to plant up a trough with some of her treasured rock garden favourites and gives advice on the best alpine bulbs for containers.Also in this show, Toby Buckland is on the campaign trail for herb gardens. He discovers how useful herbs have been throughout history, learns that there was no such thing as a weed in Tudor times, meets a woman whose garden is overflowing with herbs we have forgotten, and talks to a botanist who grows plants to capitalise on their unique fragrances and essential oils. Toby also demonstrates how to harvest seeds and grow herbs, whether you have a garden or not, and how to make the most of herbs by storing them in clever and unusual ways.
  • Image for Cut Flowers and TreesIn this show, Rachel de Thame investigates the decline of Britain’s cut flower industry. At New Covent Garden, she discovers that 90% of cut flowers sold in the UK are imported. She meets a man who has dedicated his life to growing sweet peas, and joins a florist who uses some surprising flowers in the wedding bouquets she creates. From her base at the cutting garden of Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire, Rachel gives us her tips on how to grow, cut and arrange flowers.Also in the show, Joe Swift wants us all to plant trees in our gardens. He visits the magnificent elm trees of Brighton, which didn’t fall victim to the devastating Dutch elm disease as it ravaged Britain in the 1970s, and he marvels at the national collection of birch trees in Devon, the lifelong work of one man. Based at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Joe shows us some of his favourite trees for small gardens and also gives us his top tips on how to plant and prune trees.
  • Image for Cottage Gardens and House PlantsAs a passionate plantswoman, Carol Klein wants everyone to embrace one of the most iconic and quintessentially British styles of gardening – the cottage garden. She shares her years of experience with her ultimate guide to the best cottage garden plants, along with money-saving tips on how to grow favourite plants from scratch. In the Lake District, she visits the home of Beatrix Potter and a cottage garden which features in some of the most famous children’s books ever written. She also encourages the people of Nantwich to get gardening in the Great British Seed Swap.As a plant hunter, Tom Hart Dyke wants Britain to fall back in love with the house plant. He has a chilling encounter with an orchid he last saw when he was kidnapped in Columbia 13 years ago, discovers that house plants can have a positive impact on people’s well-being and productivity at work and shares tips on how to care for house plants and grow them from cuttings.
  • Topiary and Roof Gardens

    Image for Topiary and Roof GardensRachel De Thame sharpens her shears to champion topiary, the great tradition of trimming and shaping plants. In her revival she charts the rise and fall of topiary from Elizabethan times to the present day, meets a topiary obsessed woman in Kent who has transformed her entire garden using amazing topiary creations and witnesses the hedge handiwork of a man in north London who is causing a buzz in the local neighbourhood with his living sculptures. Rachel shows that with a little know-how and confidence everyone can share in the sense of fun that topiary can bring to Britain’s gardens.

    James Wong is up on the roof for his revival. He uncovers the hidden horticultural past of the capital’s rooftops, visits a woman who has moved her entire garden to her rooftop apartment and heads to Birmingham’s new city centre library with an innovative rooftop addition. James shares his tips and shows us that when it comes to roof gardens, containers are king and reveals the best plants that are ideally suited to a rooftop garden.

  • Wild Flowers and Front Gardens

Image for Wild Flowers and Front GardensMonty Don is on the campaign trail for wild flowers. 98% of wild flower meadows have been lost since the first part of the twentieth century, a shocking statistic which he believes all gardeners can do something about. On his revival he tries his hand at making hay the old fashioned way in a coronation meadow, visits the largest biodiversity hotspot in the world – Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank and shows how to grow wild flowers, even without a garden.

  • Meanwhile, Joe Swift is determined to return the nation’s front gardens to their former glory. He bases his campaign at the award-winning Rockcliffe Avenue in Whitley Bay and shares his tips on how to transform front gardens in a few simple steps. He also discovers that greener streets reduce pollution and hits the road to get the message across in his Great British Plant Giveaway

Image for Lawns and TropicalSarah Raven explores the relationship between the British and their lawns. She visits Worcester College, Oxford, to catch a glimpse of lawn perfection and the winner of Britain’s best lawn competition. She also discovers a radical new approach to growing lawns, with the world’s first ‘floral lawn’ – composed solely of flowering and foliage plants and not a blade of grass in sight. With the help of a family, she road-tests three different types of lawn – a wildflower meadow, traditional grass and fake grass – with surprising results. Basing her revival campaign at Polesden Lacey in Surrey, Sarah shows how to keep lawns in tip-top condition; how to inject a splash of seasonal colour into grass by naturalising bulbs; and also how to deal with those irritating bald patches in the lawn, which are the blight of every gardener.

  • James Wong is determined for everyone to share in the sheer spectacle, thrill of innovation and sense of fun which tropical gardens can provide. Seen as unfashionable, expensive and too much hard work, tropical gardening has fallen by the wayside and James wants that to change. On his revival he meets like-minded tropical plant geeks, including one man who appears to have defied the laws of nature by creating a tropical paradise in his back garden in Norfolk. James gives his tips on how to care for and maintain tropical plants; explains which ones are best for sun and shade; and also reveals how to create a tropical look on a budget.

Image for Herbaceous Borders and Kitchen GardensChris Beardshaw wants everyone to plant herbaceous borders in their gardens. On his revival he visits a garden which is a true labour of love, originally designed by one of our most celebrated garden designers, Gertrude Jekyll. He meets a mother and daughter who are championing the must-have plant for any herbaceous border – the aster. Plus Chris tries to teach two non-gardening students the key design elements of this truly iconic British garden feature. Throughout the show he gives his ultimate design tips, shows how to get the best from borders and offers advice on how to deal with the gardeners’ enemy, the weed.

  • Alys Fowler celebrates the glories of the kitchen garden. More than an allotment or a neglected veg patch at the bottom of the garden, she thinks the kitchen garden should be a place of great ornamental beauty that provides food all year round. As well as sharing her top tips and growing advice, she reveals the secrets of one of Britain’s oldest kitchen gardens, gets a taste for unusual edible plants that take your breath away, and finds out about the communities up and down the country who are turning unused spaces into super productive kitchen gardens.

Image for Rock Gardens and Herb GardensToby Buckland wants to put homegrown fruit back into Britain’s gardens. On his revival he meets a fruit tree conservationist who rescues species that are close to extinction, as well as a family in Kent whose passion for fruit has resulted in the creation of the largest collection of different fruit trees in the country. Toby gives his tips and advice on how easy it can be to plant and care for fruit trees. He shows how to cordon a pear tree, prune espaliered apple trees and the best ways to store the results of the autumn harvest.

  • Christine Walkden gets behind the Victorian craze for ornamental bedding. On her campaign she meets the passionate people working hard to keep this gardening heritage alive. She discovers the innovations in plant breeding which are breathing new life into bedding and in Bournemouth she finds out how the council are encouraging the local people and visitors alike to develop a taste for ornamental bedding, with their edible displays. Throughout the show Christine shares her tips and advice – she shows how to create a portable carpet bed and how to grow one of the most popular bedding plants, the geranium, from cuttings.

All we need now is a ‘Great British Plant Giveaway’ and get planting…!

Energetic tools for healing the society

Activate your Love in your Heart and send it daily to planet Earth.
Use the Meditations from parts 4, 6, 10 and 18 of his Videos.
~ I strongly recommend practicing his teachings ~

This film was produced by ALAJE THE PLEIADIAN in four months with the energetic support of spiritual humans and ight-beings from other planets and dimensions, many earthly efforts and costs and loving supporting friends, to help earth humans to develop an awareness of universal Love. May it reach many people and open their heart for love and friendliness.


The 21 videos in this channel are providing help and suggestions for everybody who want to live in harmony with the existence and create joy and love in life. The videos are neutral. The videos dissociate themselves from any kind of belief systems, cults, or political views from planet Earth and thus can NOT be brought into connection in any way. I am not responsible for the content, wrong actions or lies of any other third parties that are being linked to my name or channel. No loving person can be blamed, if somebody is misusing his positive suggestions and distort and twist them into something negative. If you want informations about me, activate your LOVE in your heart, and ask the Cosmic Awareness, Jesus or Lightbeings. Don´t ask haters in the internet. If you are listening to hate, arrogance, ego, envy, you can´t find light and truth, and you stay traped in darkness and hate —-
ALAJE from the light dimensions of the Pleiades,
(Spiritual Videos since 2006)

The meaning of Life is to have Love in your Heart and develop the consciousness****
Love is the solution for everything****
Love is the key****


Cleaning Products that purify Water!

1. Effective Micro-Organisms em-ceramics

What is EM (Ceramics)?

EM is the abbreviation for Effective Micro-Organisms.
EM is a combination of useful regenerated micro-organisms that exist freely in nature and are not manipulated in any way. This mixture increases the natural resistance of soil, plants, water, humans, and animals. EM considerably improves the quality and fertility of soil as well as the growth and quality of crops.

The possibilities and benefits in using EM are numerable and include the following:

  • For use in the home in daily life for everyone
  • The recycling of kitchen waste and turning it into valuable organic material;
  • In the garden to improve soil structure, increase productivity and to suppress both disease and weeds
  • For solving all kinds of environmental problems such as water, air, and soil pollution;
  • In agriculture and horticulture, fruit and flower cultivation;
  • In animal husbandry and for all kinds of pets;
  • In fisheries, aquariums and swimming pools;
  • In personal bodily hygiene and for the prevention and treatment of health problems.

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These products are a gift for nature, because they support the cleaning and purifying activities for the environment. The regenerating activity and effect is continuously activated for a long time after the application. All cleaning agents leave a natural dirt reflecting and protective film.

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3. Bless and Pray

At first, we strenuously observed crystals of tap water, river water, and lake water. From the tap water we could not get any beautiful crystals. We could not get any beautiful ones from rivers and lakes near big cities, either. However, from the water from rivers and lakes where water is kept pristine from development, we could observe beautiful crystals with each one having its own uniqueness.

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The observation was done in various ways:

  1. Observe the crystal of frozen water after showing
    letters to water
  2. Showing pictures to water
  3. Playing music to water
  4. Praying to water

In all of these experiments, distilled water for hospital usage produced by the same company was used. Since it is distilled twice, it can be said that it is pure water.

The result was that we always observed beautiful crystals after giving good words, playing good music, and showing, playing, or offering pure prayer to water.



imagesThe colours in food improve our health and quality of life but we can also ingest colour energy by solarising water. Solarised water absorbs filtered light and we can sip this according to our colour needs. To energise water you must use only pure natural spring water, as tap water has many chemical additives. You can either use a coloured glass bottle in which to hold the water, or you can wrap an acetate or plastic coloured filter around a glass or bottle. Place this in the sunlight for 30-60 minutes. The water must be consumed the same day for maximum effect. You can keep solarised water in the fridge for a day or two, but it works best when freshly made. You don’t need full sunshine for the water to absorb the sun’s rays, but natural light is an absolute must. The magnetic colours (red, orange, yellow, magenta) can be taken by the glassful, but the electrical colours (green, blue, indigo, violet) should only be sipped and not more than half a glassful at a time. Magnetic colours are best taken early in the day and not in the late afternoon or evening as they have a stimulating action.

You can use the complementary colours if there is any over-reaction to the effects of the original colour:
Red is complementary to Blue
Orange is complementary to Indigo
Yellow is complementary to Violet
Green is complementary to Magenta


Blue solarised water is a great healer. The blue soothes and cools, it lowers fevers and is wonderful if dabbed on cuts, stings, bites or burns. You can also soak two cotton wool pads in the blue solarised water and put them over your eyelids for a soothing refreshing effect for tired or sore eyes. Gargling with blue water has a dramatic effect on a sore throat, which will heal very quickly. Blue water is good for any problems of the nose, throat, ears or eyes. It can also be rubbed on the skin especially if you have a rash or inflamed skin. Blue is good for cooling any condition which is hot, such as a high temperature. You can find many blue bottles in the shops these days and it is a good idea to have one of these filled with water readily available as part of your household medicine chest.
Use if lethargic or lacking in energy. One glassful is helpful for anaemia.
It will raise low blood pressure. Use for sciatica. DO NOT USE on those
who are hyperactive, suffer from heart trouble, high blood pressure,
varicose veins or have tempers or are violent.
Use to free phlegm from the system, for asthma, wet coughs, fever,
digestive problems, difficult menstruation, kidney problems, colitis.
Will increase the flow of vital fluids, stimulates the spleen, pancreas, liver and kidneys. Cleans sluggish conditions and constipation. Stimulates the mind, clear thinking and memory loss.
A good nerve sedative and tonic. Relieves head colds, hay fever,
neuralgia and shock.
Half a wine glassful daily for colitis or biliousness (sip before a meal). Also good for kidney problems and diarrhoea. For hot flushes, take 3 times a day before meals. Use as a gargle for a sore throat. Blue solarised water has antiseptic qualities and is therefore good to use on minor cuts and bruises.
Use to bathe sore, tired or inflamed eyes. Good for migraine. Drink it to cool the system in hot weather and after sunstroke. Use for a sore throat if blue is not strong enough.
Beneficial for the skin and also for lack of energy.


5. Standard reverse osmosis system

Tap-water is highly polluted with chemicals, hormones and additives.


There are two types of fluoride: calcium fluoride and sodium fluoride. Calcium fluoride is naturally found in water sources, while sodium fluoride is a synthetic waste product of the nuclear, aluminum, and phosphate fertilizer industries. Guess which  type is found in our water? Right, the nasty one. Get yourself an inexpensive filter and use it for your drinking water. Regular water filters such as Brita do a good job in reducing the taste of metals and chemicals in the water but they do not filter out the fluoride. Purifying the water through reverse osmosis is the most effective way to remove sodium fluoride from water.

Standard reverse osmosis system

Some processed foods also contain high concentrations of sodium fluoride, including instant tea, grape juice products, and soy milk for babies, so once again, avoid processed foods. Also, switch to a fluoride-free toothpaste.

Consuming foods rich in calcium and magnesium help prevent fluoride intoxication, as they prevent the poison from attaching to the body.

“Magnesium is a very important mineral that many are lacking. Besides being so important in the metabolism and synthesis of nutrients within your cells, it also inhibits the absorption of fluoride into your cells! Along with magnesium, calcium seems to help attract the fluorides away from your bones and teeth, allowing your body to eliminate those toxins. So during any detox efforts with fluoride, it is essential that you include a healthy supplemental dose of absorbable calcium/magnesium as part of the protocol.”
– Paul Fassa, How to Detox Fluoride from Your Body

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Detoxifying your Physical Body – is it Necessary?

imagesIs it necessary to go on a detox diet? Well, not really.  You can work on your ascension without detoxifying your body and while consuming large quantities food toxins, drugs and alcohol.  But your progress will be minimal and very, very slow.  Also, the chances that you will stick to your Ascension work is highly unlikely.  The difference is like walking up a steep hill carrying 50 pounds of rocks on your back, versus driving a Ferrari up that same hill, with no rocks.  So, what exactly are toxic foods and drinks? If you regularly, or even occasionally, drink alcohol or take recreational drugs, I suggest you stop while doing your Ascension Work.  You will have much faster results if you don’t have these in your body.  Of course, taking these things should not stop you from continuing, or starting, your Ascension Work. Other high toxins are: refined sugar, refined wheat, artificial food additives, coffee, chocolate, meats (unless they are organic and free range), and, surprisingly, garlic and onions.  We also ingest toxins from food and drink in the form of pesticides and hormones in vegetables, fruits and meat products.  Sea fish now also contains high quantities of mercury. And of course there’s the prescription drugs which are given out like candy these days.  Talk to your doctor about cutting down on prescription drugs. If you can’t cut down on prescription drugs, then you will have to do your Ascension work with them. The process of detoxification doesn’t have to be sudden and extreme. Although if you can do it overnight, doing a detox diet and sticking to it, that’s about the best thing you can do.  Otherwise what we do is a gradual process of elimination.  So, for example, if you have a bottle of wine per night, then cut it down to half a bottle. If you take sugar in your tea, use a natural alternative or gradually cut back on the amount.  If you drink 4 cups of coffee a day, cut down to 2.  Anything in your toxic list that you can cut out of your life without a problem, do so straight away.  Progress slowly cutting back in the next few weeks as you do this work. And if you don’t manage to cut something out completely, don’t worry about it. It will have to do.  With regards the meats, the amount of chemicals used in the growing, processing, storing and packaging is the problem. So if you have access to organic and free range products, this is much better than battery grown animals and birds, the meat of which is full of stress hormones, growth hormones, artificial colors, antibiotics and other toxins.  If you can’t find organic, free-range animal products, then cut down as you do with other toxins.  The same goes for vegetables and fruits. If you find that the process of detoxification is too severe, or you have no power over what you eat because someone else provides you with food, then a good solution is to fast one day a week.  Choose a day where going without solid food will not affect your work, and for 24 hours, don’t ingest anything solid. Keep to water, herbal teas and a chosen fruit juice, such as apple or cranberry juice. Fresh if at all possible. Tap-water is now also highly polluted with chemicals, hormones and additives. Get yourself an inexpensive filter and use it for your drinking water. At this stage, watch out for binge attacks!  This is the sudden urge to consume large quantities of food or drink which is not good for you. This is the body crying out for what it is used to.  Release the urge with love if you can. If you can’t and find yourself stuffing your face with crappy food or drink, then simply say, “it is my will that I will no longer feel the urge to binge.” Eventually the body will get the message and the urges will stop. And last but not least, energize and feel gratitude for everything you consume before consuming it, whether it is an organic apple or a burger from your local fast food joint.

To Eat Meat, or Not to Eat Meat, that is the question.

There is a lot of feelings, judgment and attachment to the views of eating meat and also not eating meat in our daily diet.  These are based on medical considerations, moral considerations, religious and spiritual considerations.  What we are concerned with, while doing our Ascension Process, is whether eating meats will stop us from achieving our goal or whether it is irrelevant.  Well, it is neither actually. Yes, eating meat will slow our process down, but it will not stop it.  The reasons are rather simple. Firstly, most meats, and animal products, are full of toxins. While the animal, or bird, is grown in our modern farms, it will be subjected to huge amounts of stress, unhappiness, and physical pain. All these leave a chemical and hormone residue in the fat content of the meat as well as smaller amounts of it in the meat itself.  Apart from these naturally occurring chemicals and hormones  animals and birds will generate in huge amounts while they are grown under these conditions, there are also additional toxins added to them in the form of food additives, growth hormones, and even colorants and flavor enhancers.   After the animal or bird is killed, more chemicals are added during the cleaning and packaging stage in order to keep them “fresh” for a longer period.  Some meats will receive an added dose of colorants and artificial flavors at this stage too. Of course, if you only eat small, organic farm grown animal and bird meat and products, most of the above will not be present.  So if you are going to continue eating meat, this is the best type for you to buy. Secondly, if you have any moral attachment to eating animals or birds, or even fish, you will shower your food with negative vibration.  Yup, you will pollute it. So, if this is you, stop eating it. On a purely vibrational level, vegetables, even the factory grown kind, will have a higher vibration than any type of animal meat. However, if you compare the ascension process of a person who eats from a burger joint every day, but is an extremely positive and feels gratitude for everything that he or she ingests, to someone who is a negative person who complaints about everything and feels bad about eating in general, it is the person who eats processed burgers every day who will achieve their ascension goal first. In other words, although eating meat does slow us down on our Spiritual Ascension, it will definitely not stop it. Being a vegetarian will not automatically start or continue your ascension process. The physical body is one of many bodies that need to be detoxified and aligned in order to achieve a permanent vibrational change to a higher, more refined, more empowered level.

Exercises for Healing, Rejuvenation, and Longevity


The Five Tibetan Rites: Powerful Mind Body Healing



In 1985 a book called The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth written by Peter Kelder was published which for the first time fully described an exercise program for “youthing”. This is an exercise program used by Tibetan monks to live long, vibrant and healthy lives. In fact, this book states that many have lived longer than most can imagine by following the program often called the “Five Tibetan Rites”. The benefits are described in this book and a subsequent book 2 with an expanded description of the program by the publisher called the Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth – Book 2, a companion to the original book by Peter Kelder. Many thanks to the publisher Doubleday for such a special an expanded explanation of the Five Rites.
Potential Benefits of the Five Rites

The authors provide many examples of the benefits of the “Five Tibetan Rites” including the following: looking much younger; sleeping soundly; waking up feeling refreshed and energetic; release from serious medical problems including difficulties with spines; relief from problems with joints; release from pain; better memory; arthritis relief; weight loss; improved vision; youthing instead of aging; greatly improved physical strength, endurance and vigor; improved emotional and mental health; enhanced sense of well being and harmony; and very high overall energy.
How the Five Rites Work

Medical professions explain the benefits based on their personal perspective and I suggest you read the entire two books for a broad overview. However, the majority share the view that the rites represent a system of exercise that affects the body, emotions and mind. The Tibetans claim that these exercises activate and stimulate the seven key chakras that in turn stimulate all the glands of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for the body’s overall functioning and aging process. This means that the Five Rites will affect the functioning of all your organs and systems, including the physical and energetic systems and that includes the aging process. The man who brought these Five Rights out of Tibet stated that “performing the Five Rites stimulates the circulation of essential life energy throughout the body”.

Chakra is an Indian Sanskrit word that translates to mean “Wheel of Spinning Energy”. Chakras are spinning wheels or vortexes of energy of different color that perform many functions connecting our energy fields, bodies and the Cosmic Energy Field. Chakras are powerful electrical and magnetic fields. Chakras govern the endocrine system that in turn regulates all of the body’s functions including the ageing process. Energy flows from the Universal Energy Field through the chakras into the energy systems within our bodies, including the Meridian System.

Our bodies contain seven major chakras or energy centers and 122 minor chakras. The major chakras are located at the base of the spine (Root Chakra), at the navel (Sacral Chakra), in the solar plexus (Solar Plexus Chakra), within your heart (Heart Chakra), within the throat (Throat Chakra), at the center of your forehead (Brow or Third Eye Chakra), and at the top of your head (Crown Chakra). These chakras are linked together with all other energy systems in the body and various layers of the auras.

The Speed of the chakra spin is a key to vibrant health. The other keys to vibrant health that relates to the chakra is ensuring they are clear of negative energy and that they are perfectly shaped and not distorted.

The Five Rites speed up the spinning of the chakras, coordinate their spin so they are in complete harmony, distribute pure prana energy to the endocrine system, and in turn to all organs and processes in the body. This is one of the major requirements for vibrant health, rejuvenation and youthfulness.
The Five Rites Exercise Program

This program is often described as a modified yoga program. Simply put, yoga is a science that unites the body, mind and spirit. Today this is often called Mind/ Body Healing. The author of the book believes that yoga was brought to Tibet from India in the 11th or 12th century and that Tibetan monks over time developed modified these exercises and developed an effective program of exercises that western society now calls the “Five Tibetan Rites”. The rugged mountainous conditions these monks live in may well account for their particular emphasis on vigor. Many of the yoga exercises and practices being taught in the western world today are very new. The “Five Tibetan Rites” are exactly what the ancient Tibetans developed over many centuries of time. Therefore it’s very important to do the “Five Tibetan Rites” exactly as they are presented without altering the form or sequence to achieve some of the benefits accrued to these “Rites”.
Beginning the “Five Rites” Exercise Program

For the first week, and only if your are relatively healthy and fit, do each exercise three times.
If you are inactive, overweight, or have health problems begin these exercises doing one of the first three each day, and only if you feel totally comfortable doing this. Later in this article I will describe exercises you can do to help yourself strengthen so you can begin to do the “Five Rites”. If you have any concerns whatsoever, please consult with your physician. Individuals on serious medications should consult with their physicians.
If you are overweight do not do Rites #4 and #5 until you have developed some strength and endurance. Do the substitutes for #4 and #5 until you yourself feel ready to begin doing #4 and #5 of the “Five Rites”.
Do only what you feel comfortable doing. That may be only one of each exercise for the first week. Build up to two of each exercise the second week, three of each exercise the third week, etc. or at a faster pace only if your body does not hurt when you do these exercises.
21 is the maximum of each exercise you should ever do. If you want to enhance your program, do the exercises at a faster pace, but do not so more than 21 of each exercise each day. Doing more than 21 repetitions of each exercise in any day will affect your chakras negatively and can create imbalances in your body.
The “Five Rites” may stimulate detoxification and often creates many unpleasant physical symptoms. This is why it’s recommended to increase the number of each exercise gradually on a weekly basis. I also recommend a vibrational detoxification with Choming Essences. For more information on vibrational detoxification with Choming Essences please visit my website
If you have not exercised for some time, prepare to begin your “Five Rites” exercise program by walking daily, for a half hour each day if possible. Another alternative in preparation for the Five Rites is a stretching program with a gradual increase in the types of stretching exercises and the duration of this program.
A sugar free and low fat diet is an important support when integrating the “Five Rites” exercise program into your life. Also check for Digestive Food Sensitivities and eliminate all foods you do not digest easily.
Do the Five Rites exercises every day. The maximum you should skip is one day each week. If the exercises are done less than six days each week, the results will be greatly reduced.
If on certain days your time is limited, do 3 repetitions of each exercise. This takes less than five minutes.
For maximum benefit, do the exercises before breakfast in the morning, if at all possible. If this is not possible do them anytime during the day.


Detoxification is a process that helps to clean out of the physical and energetic body toxins or poisons that have accumulated in your physical cells, organs, systems and in your energetic systems (auras, chakras, meridian system and all electromagnetic, magnetic and electric systems). I strongly recommend that people beginning the “Five Rites” exercise program undertake a Choming Essence detoxification program either before or as they begin these exercises.

If you have never detoxified you will probably have many poisons accumulated in your body and energetic systems. A full detoxification program with Choming Flower Essence, Gem Essences, and Tree Essences will eliminate all toxins. Detoxifying with Choming Essences uses vibrational essences, or what is sometimes called vibrational medicine to clear your systems of toxins and poisons. This includes the elimination of parasites, candida, viruses, and all poisons from pollution, pesticides etc.

This vibrational approach to detoxification is completely complementary to the exercises of the “Five Rites”. Detoxification is essential for vibrant and long life. For more information please refer to my article “Detoxification with Choming Essences” and other vibrational health articles on my website at
“Five Tibetan Rites” Exercise Program

The following instructions and photographs for the “Five Rites” and other preparatory exercises as taken from the book Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, Book 2. I will show the exact Five Rights exercises, a group of exercises for those who need to develop flexibility and strength before beginning to do the “Five Rites”, and a set of warm-up exercises. I strongly recommend you purchase the book since it provides detailed information about methodology, concerns and benefits not included in this article.

SPECIAL CAUTION: Spinning and stretching through the following exercises can aggravate certain health conditions such as any type of heart problem, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons’s Disease, severe arthritis of the spine, uncontrolled high blood pressure, a hyperthyroid condition, or vertigo. Problems may also be caused if you are taking drugs that cause dizziness. Please consult your physician prior to beginning these exercises if you have any difficult health issues or if you have any other concerns.
The Five Tibetan Rites
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Stand erect with arms outstretched horizontal to the floor, palms facing down. Your arms should be in line with your shoulders. Spin around clockwise until you become slightly dizzy. Gradually increase number of spins from 1 spin to 21 spins.

Breathing: Inhale and exhale deeply as you do the spins.

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Lie flat on the floor, face up. Fully extend your arms Along your sides and place the palms of your hands against the floor, keeping fingers close together. Then raise your head off the floor tucking your chin into your chest. As you do this, lift your legs, knees straight, into a vertical position. If possible, extend the legs over the body towards your head. Do not let the knees bend. Then slowly lower the legs and head to the floor, always Keeping the knees straight. Allow the muscles to relax, and repeat.

Breathing: Breathe in deeply as you lift your head and legs and exhale as you lower your head and legs.

Rite #3
Kneel on the floor with the body erect. The hands should be placed on the backs of your thigh muscles. Incline the head and neck forward, tucking your chin in against your chest. Then throw the head and neck backward, arching the spine. Your toes should be curled under through this exercise. As you arch, you will brace your arms and hands against the thighs for support. After the arching return your body to an erect position and begin the rite all over again.

Breathing: Inhale as you arch the spine and exhale as you return to an erect position.

Rite #4
Sit down on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you and your feet about 12″ apart. With the trunk of the body erect, place the palms of your hands on the floor alongside your buttocks. Then tuck the chin forward against the chest. Now drop the head backward as far as it will go. At the same time raise your body so that the knees bend while the arms remain straight. Then tense every muscle in your body. Finally let the muscles relax as you return to your original sitting position. Rest before repeating this Rite.

Breathing: Breathe in as you raise up, hold your breath as you tense the muscles, and breathe out fully as you come down.

Rite #5
Lie down with your face down to the floor. You will be supported by the hands palms down against the floor and the toes in the flexed position. Throughout this rite, the hands and feet should be kept straight. Start with your arms perpendicular to the Floor, and the spine arched, so that the body Is in a sagging position. Now throw the head back as far as possible. The, bending at the hips, bring the body up into an inverted “V”. At the same time, bring the chin forward, Tucking it against the chest.

Breathing: Breathe in deeply as you raise the body, and exhale fully as you lower the body.

Exercises In Preparation For Doing the Five Tibetan Rites

The following group of exercises has been developed as a preparation for doing the Five Rites, or as an alternative when you are unable to do any of the Five Rites. Doing these exercises will help you strengthen and become more flexible to be able to do the Five Rites as they have been described above.

Do these alternative exercises in the sequence from one to five and when possible, substitute the Five Rite exercise into this alternative program until you have fully integrated the Five Rites.

As with the Five Rites, begin by doing two or three of each exercise daily, until you are able to do 10 each day. Once you are able to do ten of these alternatives, you should be ready to begin doing the Five Rite exercises themselves.