Remember.. planting fruit trees opens our hearts to nature's wisdom. Nurturing them gives exposure to life's vulnerability and teaches how to build ecological and human community.
Fruit is the one food that is offered to us "free of charge" in the karmic sense. There is no taking of life, instead the fruit is offered as part of a symbiotic pact between plant, animal and the earth. The plant remains intact and benefits from the interaction. - It gets to reproduce itself. What bliss, what joy! Not only does it get to reproduce through the sowing of it's seed, but also the more delicious the fruit, the more chance that we will nurture that seed and, feed, water and care for it, until and after it brings to bare it's own fruit.
Many people have never planted a fruit tree as they think they do not own land. This is a mistake. We are all children of the earth, we share equally in the valleys, hills rivers, seas.. Let us no longer be deceived otherwise..
Phantom fruit tree planters have no formal organization, no joining fee, and only the earth holds its membership list throughout time.. To belong, simply plant a fruit tree without expectation of material gain, help care for existing ones, or hold in your heart what they mean..
Is it too long to wait for an apple tree to grow? You do not need to live so fast that only instant results satisfy.. Remember, we plant fruit trees not only for ourselves, but for those who will follow.. Life gives unto life. And by doing so, we can enjoy with clear conscience that which has been handed down from the past..
With due sensitivity, plant fruit trees on any land, and in any place where they have a chance of surviving.. Do not be put off by feeling you must always get permission. Nature sows without asking. You are part of nature. Reconstituting the world, and working toward paradise is a duty and a right which extends beyond so called legal concepts of ownership.
Do not worry too much about losses. Accept these as part of the process. Take heart that other fruit tree planters are also at work. What matters is not individual success or failure, but the overall process we share in..Planting fruit trees is about making love with the earth. Phantom planting works toward paradise. Let us live and love in paradise. Let us not be afraid to grow and change.. Let us celebrate - life itself..
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