Arathu babbling like a dilated pupil fool around the fire........................cant tell if my eyes are open or closed..........it all looks the same............looking through the other eye's.
Keep in mind I'm just another bozo too.......so while we might be on same bus I could wind up sitting in the back with some of you smoking a bowl and wonder who is driving.........hahahahaha
In a session around my fire pit, which is located at the center of a stone circle that I built for this purpose, I was deeply looking for answers to troubles I was experiencing with contamination (my own cubie days). I was shocked (my big old intellectual ego got smacked down) at the "answers". The best message I finally got was "see what we do? just copy us". For example, now I try and think/feel (note: that's left brain and right brain integrated) like the mycelium and the ecosystem. These organisms, like all life, must have an energy source in the way of food and ample water to grow and develop. So in the flavor of this thread I see that the wood-loving species of interest to many folks have adapted-to/developed-in riparian environments. If you can, I suggest to go and meditate, observe, and make notes right there in the environment itself. (side note: mosquito's and ticks LOVE these environments so prepare yourself however you see fit) These environments are violent places of flooding, land slipping, and experience great season to season changes in shape and content. (A useful visualization might be to picture a small stream that experiences heavy destructive flash flooding)
Annuals and perennials (Japanese Knotweed is a really good example of this and definitely found in very large quantities in the riparian environment here) fall down and provide large amounts of relatively soft and easily colonized material (spawn perhaps). What happens there? In a flood it gets mixed with the tree branches, leaves, moss, soils, and everything else including multiple species of fungi that's being ground up in one of mother nature's blenders. So there is this violent slurry of everything necessary to grow moving down the valley. When a bend or other obstacle is reached and the water makes a turn it looses it's ability to carry heavier materials and they tend to get deposited in piles. Then the flood goes away and the water goes back to the bottom of the valley. This happens repeatedly over the winter and spring (not so much summer but it does occur) resulting in layers of soft lignin rich materials, hard lignin rich materials, soils of many types, and etc. forming beds/heaps knocked up with spores and mycelium slurry along the water way as gravity and hydrodynamics saw fit. Sound familiar? I submit that is exactly what we are attempting to emulate regardless of the particular wood-loving species. (obviously other species have their own particulars and it pays to study them in their native places. IMHO Waylit and others saw this either consciously or unconsciously and thus the layered approach to bed making (starting at page 1 of this thread which IS COPIED from the vaults and Waylit's massive thread library) resulted.
Sitting amongst them especially after eating them is incredible. Of course I might just be really freaking wyrd........................
Observe nature and copy Her.....................indeed IMHO
Riparian in a mono-tub perhaps?
What does it look, smell, and feel like along a natural stream?
Looks like breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the mushrooms' eye's IMHO
Death is nothing to fear, it is the return of the building blocks necessary for new life, you and I owe our flesh and bones to the dirt since we only borrowed them for a short while.