Natural Laws

Photos by Bert Peeters and Cholita Dantes

NATURAL LAWS ON EFFICIENT ENERGY USE

ENERGY IS BOUND BETWEEN THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF LIVING RESOURCES

  • Resources have a lifespan; they are guided by a cycle of life and death. The energy use within this cycle is kept as high as possible.
  • Feed positive energy and share abundance as a way forward. The more living resources share energy, the more they will receive and the better they will be protected throughout their lifetime. The lifetime of a fulfilled and happy living resource will be considerably longer.
A pond underneath an orchard of fruit trees

Pond surrounded by an orchard

ENERGY CYCLES

  • Everything loops in nature. The cycling improves the flow and use of energy and keeps it pure.
  • Water cycles. Rain falls on the roof, is stored in a container, will be used for washing, exits as grey water through a natural filtering system with gravel and plants, is absorbed by the roots of trees and evaporates during photosynthesis as clouds in the sky. Rain will fall again. The concept maintains the balance between clean water in and clean water out.

ENERGY MOVES EFFICIENTLY THROUGH SMALL-SCALE SYSTEMS

  • Complex resources are constructed with simple and small building blocks. Energy is easily kept and shared within and between such systems.
  • A guild between plants and animals provide a strong bonding where energy is kept and shared within the system. Fruit trees with deer and fish culture are a compact example on how energy is maximized and shared. Aquaphonics are another example on how productive small-scale systems can be.
A native deer near a vegetable garden

Native deer                                                                                                                                                   

A greenhouse containing plants

Greenhouse of Plants

ENERGY IS WELL PLANNED

  • All living resources strategize and plan to maximize their energy sharing with other neighboring components.
  • A guild of guilds becomes a pattern that ensures little energy loss. A forest on top, cultivated lands between, a forest below and a river moving out is a wholesome pattern where energy is planned and maximized throughout the systems. So is a forest bound by rice fields and cornered by bamboos draining excess water through a creek into a swamp land.
A pond surrounded by bamboo and other wood trees

A pond surrounded by bamboo and other components

NATURAL LAWS ON THE BEHAVIOUR OF LIVING RESOURCES

LIVING RESOURCES NEED TO BE CHALLENGED

  • Being alive means to be alert and to keep on moving. The energy within needs to be prickled.
  • Proper pruning of fruit trees induces and increases the occurrence of flowering and consequently fruiting. The more we use natural resources -e.g.: not clear cutting, but harvesting surplus- the more they respond with abundant growth. A forest needs to be cut to stay healthy for many species. All natural resources are the only food on our planet and composed of great building materials.
Abundant forest that grew by itself

Abundant forest                                                           

LIVING RESOURCES ARE PRONE TO EXCESSES WHEN HIGH OR LOW

  • Being alive is a responsibility carried by survival skills and careful assessment of the environment. High specialization and high density can lead to extinction.
  • Humans are very specialized and highly technological, but as the Easter island collapse has shown us before, we tend to run straight into the wall, causing the collapse of whole societies (inca, khmer, rapa nui,..) and the pending collapse of ours. The Philippine eagle is highly endangered because its numbers have dwindled to a very low. If there is no supporting environment or adaptation by the living organism, the specie is doomed for extinction.
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Philippine eagle 

LIVING RESOURCES ARE CHARACTERIZED BY THEIR ATTITUDE

  • Behavior is the key to survival; learning from others, building on what has proven to be useful and changing course based on mistakes are essential for staying alive.
  • Humans can be hardheaded, are prone to reinventing the wheel in a society that is highly Ego-centric in orientation. Yet we have analyzed all ills and solutions to these as well. It is simply a matter of cooperating and being what makes us different from animals.
Humans striving to retool themselves towards cooperation

Belgian volunteers

LIVING RESOURCES HAVE AN INTRINSIC WORTH

  • All living beings are unique in their adaptation towards the environment and their display of skills and impact on the very same environment. All living resources contribute to the improvement of the eco-system and behave in moderation and ensure that the surrounding eco-system keeps a high level of energy.
  • Everything gardens, everything generates an impact on the surrounding environment. To tap into existing impacts and attitudes of other living beings means less energy consumption and improved harvesting results. Let bees make the sugar and harvest sustainably; let termites clean up the forest and harvest clay; plant flowers in the garden and the bees and wasps will police for a healthy balance; and so on.

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    Flowers in a garden

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A man gardens

NATURAL LAWS ON THE RESILIENT RELATIONSHIPS OF LIVING RESOURCES

LIVING RESOURCES HAVE DIVERSE USES

  • All living resources have a variety of skills and impact on the surroundings
  • Worms aerate the soil, break down organic matter, generate great compost and liquid fertilizer and serve as food for others. Bamboo, coconut trees, bananas are other super examples in the line of many uses and versatile behavior.
Banana plant

Banana plant

Compost pit

Compost pit

LIVING RESOURCES ARE COOPERATING AMONG EACH OTHER

  • Functions in nature are strengthened when components are working together.
  • A forest habitat is more quickly generated with the support of humans planting trees, small mammals living in the undisturbed terrain burrowing and being forgetful about their loot, bats dropping their favorite seeds , birds roosting and nesting with their droppings containing the fermented seeds of pioneer plants and so on.
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Forest Habitat

LIVING RESOURCES OCCUPY SPACE RELATIVE OF EACH OTHER

  • Every space in nature is occupied in relation to the neighboring occupants and the ambient surrounding climate.
  • There is no vacancy in nature. Every area is occupied with living resources. The layers in a rainforest show this in full: climax trees, dominant trees, middle story trees, lower story trees, bushes and plants, ground cover and vines to even exceed the climax trees.
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A lush ecosystem

LIVING RESOURCES BLOOM WHEN THERE IS DIVERSITY

  • Living resources’ energy needs to be prickled in order for them to bloom profusely. The more challenges the more output.
  • Prune a bush and more flowers and therefore fruits will appear or put plants of different families and size together and guilds will be created between their root systems, pollinators and animals dwelling in them. Diversity installs an alert system among living resources.
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Diverse landscape

LIVING RESOURCES CHANGE OVER TIME IN SPACE AND DIMENSIONS

  • Nothing in life will grow forever. There are cycles of life and death as there is growth in space and over time.
  • When planting a food forest, think about the size of trees and plants over time as they will all occupy a specific space in the surrounding environment. Spacing at the start will be essential to ensure equal access to the free energies.
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Gardening spaces 

LIVING RESOURCES BEHAVE BETTER AT THE MARGINS OF THE ECO-SYSTEM

  • There is more productivity at the edge of living resources and eco-systems. There is an abundance of life at the margin.
  • The edge of living things makes them more productive and energy efficient. Consider the shape of seeds to do their flight for survival, look at the efficiency created by the shape of different leaves and weigh the energy abundance at the edge of a forest as compared to the inside of the forest.
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Energy at the Edges

LIVING RESOURCES’ SURVIVAL DEPENDS ONLY ON A FEW KEY FACTORS

  • A simple micro climate can offer survival options for many species
  • Dew in the season leading to summer offers a great opportunity for plants to tap into their need for water.
Water planter

Container for watering plants

LIVING RESOURCES’ SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON THE WEB OF LIFE

  • We all need cycles of geological origin to renew the life giving soil, biological origin to refresh the free energies and chemical origin to feed the living organisms.
  • Move, change and scratch the living resources. Make a small cut in the soil and plant a seed is more efficient than plowing the soil.
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A man gardens on rich soil.