There is what we now call “traditional” gardening, which really isn’t traditional at all, but a modern aberration that has only been practiced for less than a century. This kind of gardening involves the use of factory produced chemical fertilizers and poisonous herbicides and insecticides. It is essentially, kill or let the plants be killed gardening. It is gardening that takes from the soil but does not return anything to it, does not build it up and protect it. This kind of gardening and farming is not really sustainable in the long run. The chemical fertilizers and pesticides are made from oil, and this means that there is a large hidden cost when we use them. A cost that involves wars and destruction of the environment.
There is what we call “organic” gardening. This is fairly sustainable. It does not poison the earth or deplete the soil, and in fact, done properly, will build up the soil and protect its life-systems. It doesn’t have the hidden costs of “traditional” gardening. It is a good way to garden.
Co-creative gardening utilizes sources of wisdom and knowledge that neither of the above methods utilize. That is the wisdom and knowledge of nature itself and the world of spirit. For those who are inclined to believe that there is no such thing as spirit, or who can’t accommodate the idea that nature can have wisdom and knowledge, this blog is not for you. But for those who are willing and able to accommodate such ideas, co-creative gardening can open up a whole world of help and guidance, and also a profound and powerful sense of relationship to the other life forms that we have forgotten about or that have been buried deep, deep down in our collective consciousness.
The poison ivy has, for some reason, been a bit of a block for me. I should first say that I have not been communicating with nature anywhere near as much as I should be. I have allowed myself to be caught up in the business of every day life, and while I have been allowing myself to receive guidance through my intuition, I haven’t sat down and specifically focused on specific communications with specific consciousnesses very much in a while.
The poison ivy may be a block because I have been having trouble with the idea that poison ivy has a place in the world, too, and that in order to communicate effectively with it, I have to be willing (and able) to approach it from an energy of love. One of the reasons for this blog is to provide me with an extra incentive to be more diligent about doing the very important work of purposeful communication with the nature intelligences of my garden.
This is another characteristic of co-creative gardening, and it’s one that may be the hardest part for many people to embrace. The understanding that all of life has a place in the world, even the species of plant and animal that we find unpleasant, or difficult, or destructive. A co-creative garden doesn’t try to eliminate all garden pests. It acknowledges their rightful place in the garden of life, and in so doing, eliminates their need to respond with over-proliferation. The co-creative garden seeks balance, rather than control.
So what I really need to do is sit down with the consciousness of poison ivy, and maybe also the overlighting spirit of the garden, and ask what needs to be done to bring the poison ivy into balance with the needs of the garden, foremost amongst them, my need to be able to function in the garden without getting poison ivy rashes.
I will report back.