Environmental Project: Terracing

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After terracing

Brief overview of post

This post is about an environmental project creating terraced areas on a hillside with deep holes to fill with matter in order to hold and retain moisture and encourage abundant self sustaining eco-systems. This post includes a breakdown of the process, principles, method and ingredients required to undertake similar projects.


Introduction

Jesus has been engaging a project on his and Mary’s property over the last few months and God’s Way is documenting the process and intends to record the results over the coming years.

The project involves terracing a steep sloping hillside and digging large holes on the top side of the terraced roads. This is a similar idea to the Trenches and Holes experiment but on a larger scale.

The terraced areas have been made in order to get a lot of matter into the large holes. A small tip truck can drive along the roads and deposit matter easily into the holes.

Photos above taken before beginning the project

By clicking on any photo it will make it into a full page image so you can look closely if you wish


Here’s the break down of the process.

Why the project was done (including but not limited to…):

Jesus has noticed that even after extensive rehabilitation on the property there is hardly any new growth and very little pioneer plant growth on the hillside. It is quite dry and the soil quality varies. He decided to engage an experiment to try and hold water and stop it rushing off the hill side and down the gullies.

To benefit the land by holding water on the hillside so it slowly seeps down hill from the trenches and holes. This re-hydrates the land. The more water you can keep in & on the land rather than having it all run off, the better it is.

To benefit the land by having nutrients from the decomposing matter seep through the earth and benefit the surrounding areas of the trench. This feeds the land, animals, insects, microbes.

To give back much needed organic matter and nutrients to the earth in order to aid the soil to recover and encourage intelligent living creatures to flourish.

To begin giving back to a property and doing everything possible to rehabilitate it.

To give education and training on how to conduct a large scale land rehabilitation project, including, helping with implementation, documentation and ongoing monitoring of the site for volunteers involved with God’s Way Ltd.

Photos above are the same area and orientation before and after terracing and holes have been dug.

Basic diagrams of terracing

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What was done:

  • Jesus Planned, designed & oversaw volunteers in marking out large scale terraced roadways, holes and trenches across contour lines of the hill. A hillside was chosen that is struggling to recover with hardly any new species growing in the damaged area. The idea is to hold as much water as possible on the hillside to have the greatest benefit to the most amount of area**.
  • Building large scale terraced banks, trenches and holes
  • Fill trenches and holes with organic matter that can decompose and leach nutrients and create healthy soil and ‘feed’ the lower parts of the properties. The purpose is also to hold water and moisture creating a slow release water supply on the hillside and below the trenches.

Below are basic drawings of depth, dimensions and levels for doing a contour terracing and trenches and holes on a hillside. The principles apply to any trench and terracing project: keep the base both sideways and longways level  so that water disperses evenly along the entire trench across the contour rather than one end or one side only. Ensure the top of the banks (swale humps) are level – see diagrams below. You want the base of the trenches and the banks level, so that moisture will be evenly dispersed over the greatest amount of area.

It is important to take into consideration where the trench is going to seep the most. You want to ensure that the seepage reaches the biggest area possible, or the targeted area.

Widths, lengths and details can be modified.

Basic principles of trenches and holes

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Terracing begins, images above. Press on any image to enlarge it


Dimensions of the trenches:

Dimensions are dependent on the area that you are creating the terraces and digging the trenches.

At the top of a hill it would be dependent on the diameter. If it was very steep you may run a trench along the contour of the land around the hill rather than doing a bowl shape at the top. This would be dependent on the terrain you are working with.

For the ones in this experiment they were dug along the contour of the land on near to the highest points of the property. They were part way down the slope of the hill. The approximate dimensions were as follows:

  • 1.8 metres deep, some places deeper
  • 100 plus, metres long (this varies from one area to the other but covers a wide distance across the face of the hill on contour
  • At least 3 metres wide some were wider

Trenches and holes images above


Where the terraces and trenches were dug:

The terraces were made and trenches were dug across the contour of a steep sloping hill. They were created on some of the highest points of the property in order that everything below will benefit.

Ingredients used in the terraces, trenches & holes

Ingredients to dig:

  • Excavator
  • Level – to ensure the bottom (long ways & sideways) of the trenches and holes is level. To ensure the banks are level.
  • Humans – to drive the vehicles, check the levels, direct the matter

Ingredients to fill & cover:

  • Hardwood chip + transport
  • Natural organic matter including but not limited to: cardboard, green waste, dead trees, tree stumps, felled trees cut up, cactus, anything that will break down but is non-toxic.
  • Tipper – to move earth, hardwood chip (a bi-product of saw mills)
  • Loader – to move earth, hardwood chip & debosia
  • Water + transport (or as a gift from God, Rain)
  • Humans – to direct & organise the matter

* As well as filling the trenches, it is also important to cover the banks and any areas that have been damaged or denuded in the process. You will need to take into consideration how much organic matter you need in order to both fill the trenches/holes and to cover the banks and any damage done creating the trenches and holes (example: exposed soil, or where the excavator has left track marks, trucks have dug up soil  when delivering matter etc).

Soil left uncovered and open to the elements with no ground cover dries out rapidly, blows away and can cause erosion quite easily.

The soil on these properties becomes like dust and blows away in the wind. We want to keep as much soil as possible in place and to do so we need to cover it with mulch rather than leave it open to the elements.

Ingredients required for documentation:

  • Video Camera
  • Stills Camera
  • Sound Recorder
  • Humans to manage the equipment & write up the data
  • Notebook and pen for diagrams and notes

Terrace images above


Method to create a terraced trench or hole on the contour of a hill

  • Plan and design the trenches and holes in a property specific manner. Design the terraces to suit the landscape. Choose the most damaged areas (already cleared), areas that are struggling to regenerate and the areas that would create the most benefit for the property
  • Dig the trenches and holes with excavator using the fill to create the terraces on the bottom side of the trenches and holes. In this project two long terraced contours were made. The holes and trenches were designed to go between trees so that the least amount of damage was done.
  • Some trees were removed, either dead, dying or one or two due to preventing the project going ahead.
  • Ensure the bottom of the trenches and the terrace banks are level as you go
  • Create a slightly sloping terraced bank on the lower downhill side of the trench if dug on contour, ensure this is level all along the terraced bank. These terraced banks were slightly sloped back into the holes so any run off will go into the holes rather than down the hill. If you do not make it level when it fills with water you will either have an overflow effect or you will end up with the top of the bank really dry. Remember you want to have as much moisture spreading as evenly as possible in the greatest possible area, or the specific area required.
  • Two terraced banks with numerous holes were dug across the hill. A lot of earth came out of the trench and it made a good wide bank. Any felled trees and some old logs that had been lying around for years were moved into a mound on the slope of the hill above the dam as a “third” swale to catch water run off and debris that may be washed down the hill in heavy rains. This will be far less not the trenches are in place but it is a way to create an “above ground” swale effect on a hill slope and damaged land.

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  • Fill Trenches as soon as possible after trenches have been dug. It is good to have the matter pre-ordered and to arrive as soon as possible after trench/hole completion, leaving earth exposed is not recommended.
  • Put in a ramp for animals so they don’t get stuck in the trench/hole if they accidentally fall in
  • Ensure that all work is done safely. Great care needs to be taken with the loader initially filling the holes and trenches. This is so the loader does not get stuck or fall into the trench. Watch out for power lines and potential hazards, always have a spotter and have at least two, or a team of people, working on dangerous jobs to watch out for each other.
  • Collect or Have fill ingredients delivered (matter)
  • Begin filling
  • If you consider the requirements before digging a trench, you can make it such a way that you can literally back the trucks into the trenches and drop the matter where you want it.
  • Cover all exposed earth and ground with matter (hardwood chip is ideal)
  • Fill with water – preferably by a large rain event, you can wait for this to happen. We are going to truck in some water to the trenches to speed up the process and fill them with water so they can begin decomposition much faster.

Notes

  • It is preferable to encourage decomposition rather than composting, this is due to wanting intelligent life to live, flourish and ‘do their thing’. So if you compost it gets too hot and kills everything. Example if you have a heap of green waste it would be better to create thinner layers, this creates less heat
  • If composting is intended to break down or prevent weeds or seeds germinating this can be put at the very bottom of the trench.
  • We suspect that the trenches will do a combination of composting and decomposition. Keep this in mind when creating trenches and holes.
  • Hardwood chip if layered too thickly can ignite. Ensure your trenches have enough moisture, or are layered to prevent them getting too hot and catching fire.

Above images are all of the same area from different angles and at different points in the process


Add the following ingredients:

  1. Layer of hardwood chip (fill approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of the trench)
  2. Green waste scraps, any other decomposable matter laying around
  3. Cover the banks, damaged earth and any other areas with hardwood chip
  4. Add water if possible, to speed up decomposition process
  5. Leave to decompose & seep
  6. Wait and see what happens
  7. Document the trenches and holes regularly to share with others what happens, who moves in, what creatures emerge, when you build a lovely big trench with lots of decomposing matter and moisture seepage.

Images above a swale made of piled up wood and tree stumps


Time & resources breakdown for two trenches:

Details to come

Excavator hours: 5 days of excavation time

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Hardwood chip:  Cubic metres

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Water:  loads for …trenches – water itself a gift, and the trucking to be paid for 10,000 litres per load, total of … litres for two trenches.

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Time so far: Approximately … hours or more of loader, tipper & manual labour work to move all the matter into the trenches.

Loader break down:  Varying time due to dangerous nature of the moving wood chip into trenches.

Supervising the project and laser leveling the trenches over … days for one person. We had one person always with the excavator for safety and ensuring levels were level.

This would take A LOT longer if the wood chip was being moved manually with just arms, legs, forks and wheelbarrows. There is more work to be done in order to totally complete these trenches.

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Time unaccounted for: guiding trucks into tricky areas, being onsite for matter delivery, planning and marking out, level measuring time during trench build (level measuring is approx the same as excavator time). Tipper moving piles of unused dirt, relocating dirt to other projects.

Images above, wood chip being placed into holes


Possibilities:

You can do holes and trenches on a small scale. From Jesus’ discoveries he has done both, and has found the big trenches to be really beneficial, but if you only have a tiny area then the trenches and holes can be scaled down.

We are looking forward to observing what happens to the terracing, trenches and holes with time. Watch this space over the coming years…

Thank you’s:

We would like to thank Jesus for his enthusiasm, time, direction, training and sharing.

Thank you to Jesus and Mary for offering this opportunity to God’s Way to document the process and record the information that they are generating their property.

hank you to the volunteers who contributed time to this project.

Questions:

If you have any questions please contact us through our contact us page, link here. Or go to the menu bar and choose ‘contact us’.

We feel enthusiastic about this project, are happy to share what we have learned and will happily publish answers to any questions asked.


** Notes & further considerations:

The planning of these projects is really important.

Taking into consideration the environment and eco-systems needs to be considered carefully for each project. Very fragile eco-systems would be treated differently to used farmland for instance. High mountainous terrain, or steep hills and flat or semi undulating areas would all need different considerations.

For some environments terracing may work, other environments cutting into the land would cause more issues and terrible erosion problems so it may be a matter of building up matter, or becoming innovative with the ways things are done.

The aim is to help land recover faster, not create more damage and problems. In all environments the problems need to be weighed up against the benefits. If the issues and damage will be more than the benefits it is best to not do it in that area.

The point of the trenches is to hold water and create nutrient soaks that hydrate and feed the land.


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Terrace – evening

Parent Experiment

Introduction

The following is post is about two experiments I was involved in.

The first experiment was a family experiment between Pete and myself.

The second was a parenting experiment to discover the addictions I have created between myself and the kids, and to challenge addictions in myself and the children during the month.

Following you will find:

  1. A brief reflection of the family experiment
  2. An outline of the parenting experiment including some benefits, the details of what, who, where, when and why. Some of my personal reflections & learning during the experiment and a summary of where I am heading next.

After the “official” experiments ended I decided to continuing them as the first month I only began to become a little more aware of what is really going on in the family dynamic, I have yet to emotionally work through the causal reasons why our family is like it currently is.


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Background and Reflections on the family experiment

Tristan, Pete and I began a family experiment in June as suggested by Jesus & Mary for the God’s Way of Education Project. I have written a previous blog post on this experiment click here to view.

The purpose of the family experiment was for the adults in the family to become more aware of the unloving family dynamics between themselves and how this impacts their intimate relationship and relationship with the children. Part of the purpose was to document the entire experiment, including the process, events, feelings and experiences for each person involved for God’s Way of Education Project.

After completing the family experiment I felt that I wanted to continue what had been started with Pete as I was seeing and feeling the benefits of what Tris and Jesus and Mary had been helping us with in our relationship.

I noticed the month after the family experiment was a really important one for me to continue to uphold a loving, truthful environment without having someone else to help me do that.

During the family experiment and the following month it felt confronting and emotional (when I allowed it) learning the reality and interplay between myself and Pete. Even now I find it challenging. I don’t always remain loving and firm (sometimes I just feel angry and want it all to end and someone else do the loving thing). Fortunately those times pass and I am realising that this is an opportunity for me to learn to uphold love and truth in every circumstance including with partner and children, I don’t feel very consistent with this yet.

Due to having outside perspectives to highlight issues in our relationship and feeling a little bit during this process I have began to recognise the emotionally abusive behaviour that I am open to from my childhood and how Pete is actually currently perpetuating that in our relationship. I have yet to allow the full feeling of it. I have begun to recognise the manipulative techniques that I used to think were “normal” and how Pete and the kids use these to undermine and pull me and others down to gain power and feel superior. I still allow bad treatment of myself and recognising the sin in both superiority and inferiority & allowing and perpetuating unloving behaviour is an ongoing process for me.

I recognised during the experiment that I want others to stand up and take action when people are unloving or will potentially or overtly be violent and angry and or attacking. For me the quality of courage needs to be developed and some ‘backbone’ grown so I am the person who stands up and takes the loving action. The best place to start is taking action in my relationship with Pete.


 

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LC early morning discovery – flowers

 

Parenting experiment

I decided to begin another experiment along with continuing the relationship experiment where I had the children live with me solo for a month.

I did this with the intention of challenging the addictions in the kids as a means to help me work through the emotions in myself as to why I created those in the first place.

Ironically I didn’t always end up challenging the kids addictions, but I definitely learned a lot about how I felt and what I want addictively from the kids in particular, but also from others in general.

Following is a breakdown of what occurred

Benefits:

  • Feeling the reality of where our family is at
  • Getting real with where I am at right now
  • Discovering God’s Laws and how God feels about what is going on
  • Recognising sin and where I am currently resistive to seeing & feeling
  • Becoming aware of the real issues rather than remaining “blind” to them
  • Challenge addictions and co-dependence in relationships
  • Recognising that there is a problem in what I have been defining as “normal” within the family
  • To gain education on what truly loving interactions between intimate partners feels like
  • To gain education on what truly loving relationships between children and parents feels like from God’s perspective
  • Feeling how I really feel and why I do what I do so I can change it
  • To recognise, encourage and allow personal emotional experience
  • Sharing the experiment with others who may be interested
  • Because there was desire and motivation for the idea and I wanted to give it a go

 

Who:

Participants: Eloisa and 3 kids

Informal guidance and mentoring from Tris, Jesus & Mary

When:

The experiment began on the 15th of August and went till 10th of September 2017

Where:

Eloisa’s home, Queensland Australia

What:

Primary goal and aspiration:

Experiment for parents who desire to challenge their own addictions and re-educate children about Love and Truth from God’s perspective.

Parent to uphold Love and truth in every interaction, beginning with the ones they recognise and become sensitive to those they are not recognising

To enforce ethics, morality and loving consequences and restrictions when Love and Truth is not upheld both for the parent themselves and for the children

What it ended up being about:

I discovered that I have a lot of work to do as I need to be educated before I can actually educate others. Thus the experiment was more about me becoming aware of how out of harmony with Love and Truth I am and why.

It was an opportunity for me to feel about what it is really like in our family, the addictions I have created, how the children treat me is because I have allowed them to treat me that way and how I interact with the children is about my choices and decisions. How the children’s demands were about me wanting to avoid my own personal emotions (they became MORE demanding and needy of me when I wanted to avoid feeling terror, fear and sadness).

Parent to document and log:

  • every incident out of harmony with love,
  • the emotions that were exposed in all parties (if known, or just in self if not known)
  • the consequences enforced
  • the feelings exposed in enforcing consequences
  • emotional addictions in parent
  • emotional addictions in children

Why:

  • To challenge issues within myself and personally recognise addictions in myself and what I want them
  • To challenge my lack of action as that seems to be the thing that brings up my emotions the most
  • To highlight issues in myself that contribute to the current family culture that I am currently skipping over, find out what I am skipping over and the emotional reasons why I am skipping over it
  • To uphold a space of love and truth with both partner and children
  • Parent to recognise how their addictions, emotional injuries and belief systems impact the family dynamic, specifically the children and how the parent has the ability to change the family culture
  • Parent to recognise they are responsible and have an obligation to change the family dynamic in a loving direction
  • To bring up the emotions in the parent and the parent to sincerely work through those emotions and enforce love and truth in themselves
  • To recognise what is going on and what in the parent is causing the behaviour
  • To work through the issue in the parent that is causing the behaviour
  • Parents to recognise they initially created the causes of children reflecting and acting out unloving addictions, demands and expectations and it is the parents responsibility to re-educate children based on love (once the parents are educated and uphold love this becomes far easier to do.)
  • Note: if emotional process is engaged by parents and then love and truth is upheld in the family environment it is very easy for children to change.
  • To challenge the addictions in the children that have been allowed, encouraged and actively created

Experiment and reflections from Eloisa’s perspective

I feel this was the beginning of the experiment rather than the completion.

Though the family experiment, was challenging I have chosen to continue it because I have growing faith in the process and though it feels like our family is disintegrating I am also feeling better in myself and noticing slight positive change in some areas. I feel unhappy, but it is real and more reflective of where I am currently at. Though I am still very afraid of standing up to angry men in my life when I do I feel better about myself and it highlights the terror I have within me. I am coming to actually accept that allowing unloving treatment of myself is wrong. Abusers are responsible for their actions, but I am an adult now and I can say “no this is not okay with me”.

I am finding it challenging to uphold love towards myself when my partner manipulates and emotionally abuses me. I find it challenging to stand up every time with the kids in every situation for love and Truth. The children have been trained by us (the parents) and are now master manipulators. Due to Pete feeling that what he does is right and my allowance of his and others abusive treatment it means the children gain approval for remaining in addiction, feeling superior and treating others in an unloving manner.

I stress that the children are a product of Pete and my creation and it is both of our responsibility to work through the emotions in ourselves in order to actually deal with what is going on in the children. When there is allowance and overt approval for unloving and addictive behaviour a child will reflect that when that is all they have known. A child becomes attuned to their environment and insensitive to their conscience and other mechanisms that would help them feel what is ethical, moral, right and wrong.

In our family there is acceptance of treating myself badly from both me and Pete. The kids are not going to change until the emotional allowance changes in me and the emotional justification changes in Pete, plus the external environment is a place where there is no option but to love and be truthful. When this dynamic happens then the children have the opportunity to easily feel through their emotion and undergo sincere change.

From my understanding, if only I change and actually stop allowing abusive behaviours towards myself and others and uphold a space of love and truth (this will partly improve how it currently is), the children will reflect this when they are with me. If Pete does not choose to change the children will still receive reinforcement for unloving behaviours from him and may not go through the emotional change necessary in order to truly change.

At this time Pete is resistive to seeing what is truly going on and how he is harming others. His desire for his addictions is currently far stronger than his desire to love and it is causing a lot of pain and harm within the family.

During the experiment, many emotions have been exposed but has yet to be worked through. Please note there are areas for myself  where I have work to do also. I am just focusing on the biggest issue we are currently working on.

I have discovered that I have addictions with the kids and Pete. It is taking time to become emotionally aware of them. It is one thing to see addictions, another to work through them.

I learned:

  • The courage to address issues of love and truth in the moment is something to focus on far more
  • I have a lot of emotion I am not allowing to flow
  • I have been avoiding feeling the reality of the situation
  • I am terrified of angry, violent men
  • I am easily manipulated through fears and beliefs I have about myself
  • I found I really want my personal addictions, I  act them out compulsively particularly when I desire to avoid feeling emotion
  • I don’t want to recognise when people abuse me because I don’t want to cry and feel the pain of my childhood experiences
  • Dynamics with Pete and I are reflected by the kids
  • I have learned that if I allow any unloving or untruthful behaviour that I know to be unloving and untruthful there are always negative consequences
  • By the end of the experiment I was more aware of allowing manipulation to take place between the children and by the children towards myself
  • I was more aware of why I have allowed manipulation to take place towards myself from others
  • Researching why loving behaviour is not happening in the household and personally deal with the emotional reason why, and take action to change the behaviour is confronting, challenging and beneficial. I can see when I am on my own where I allow myself to “get away” with not dealing with the reasons why I do things emotionally
  • Emotions take time. It is one thing to have something pointed out to me, another to actually investigate, discover and feel the real feeling for myself. It is also very different taking actions myself and upholding love than having others around me do it
  • Feeling even a little bit of emotion (when I allow it) brings relief, insight and a different perspective on the situation
  • I am still finding out why I am so terrified and resistive to feeling all my emotions
  • Letting issues drag on and not resolving them causes pain and suffering as compensation for not dealing with them emotionally

My faith grows every time I stand up for what I know to be right and though in the moment I find it challenging, uncomfortable and sometimes desperately want to back down (which at times I still do) I find that truth always makes things better when I stand up for it and when I don’t I feel uncomfortable inside for not doing the right thing

I recommend this experiment to any parent, it is not easy, it exposes all kinds of emotions and dynamics for all parties involved. There is conflict, confrontation and even nastiness when we lack humility. There are times when I go straight into addiction to avoid my fears and do exactly what I have always done. The thing is now I am aware I do this I can recognise why I am doing it and notice that every time I reinforce unloving behaviour to avoid my fears it actually feeds the abuser, and doesn’t change anything. Every time I take loving action things improve inside of me even if externally it doesn’t improve


Thanks

To Tris and Jesus and Mary for education, encouragement and pointing out my addictions and some of the underlying causes of why I behave as I do when I was not aware and when I didn’t want to do the loving thing!

Thank you for pointing things out in the moment as they were happening, this was so beneficial for me.

Where to now

  • Continue the parent and family experiments until it becomes a way of life and sincere change occurs in myself and I hope the family
  • Work on why I don’t let myself feel the reality, how sad, hurt, challenged, whatever comes up I truly feel
  • Modify the experiments when change is not occurring and add to it
  • Learn to allow all emotional experience
  • Work through any blocks to emotional experience
  • The most important part of this experiment is allowing time for feelings to be exposed, come up and be felt.
  • When emotions are not felt no real change occurs in the parent or the child
  • Document the process and emotions and situations that happen within our household

Until next time

Eloisa

God’s Way Education: Family Experiment Specialised Home stay

***This post was updated on the 2nd September 2017, to be more transparent about some of the emotional dynamics being played out within the family

Introduction

The following post includes a breakdown of the family experiment we undertook over a month, the purpose, aims and some benefits. It explains the who, what, where, when and why, some of our findings, personal feedback and participant reflections, followed by possibilities for the experiment and where we are headed now with the God’s Way of Education Programme and follow up experiments.


In June Jesus & Mary made an interesting suggestion about a “family experiment” for the God’s Way of Education Project.

The purpose of the experiment is for the adults in the family to become more aware of the unloving family dynamics between themselves and how this impacts their intimate relationship and relationship with the children. Part of the purpose was to document the entire experiment, including the process, events, feelings and experiences for each person involved for God’s Way of Education Project.

After some consideration and clarification (because initially we didn’t fully understand the implications, principles or what the project actually involved) Tristan, Pete & I, plus by default the kids, decided to go ahead and engage the experiment.

Pete and I felt somewhat nervous as we were warned it would be challenging, but the desire to engage the opportunity was greater and away we went.


Following is a breakdown of what occurred

Purpose, Aims & Benefits:

  • Feeling the reality of where our family is at right now
  • Recognising where we are out of harmony with God’s Laws
  • Recognising sin we are currently resistive to seeing & feeling
  • Becoming aware of the real issues rather than remaining “blind” to them
  • Challenging addictions and co-dependence in relationships
  • Recognising that there is a problem in what we have been defining as “normal” within the family
  • Becoming happier, more truthful and loving people
  • Gaining an education on what truly loving interactions between intimate partners feels like from God’s perspective
  • Gaining an education on what truly loving relationships between children and parents feels like from God’s perspective
  • Recognising emotions and encouraging and allowing personal emotional experience
  • Making time for emotions. Making emotional expression the number one priority for personal change to occur
  • Gaining an education and training in how to conduct and partake in emotional experiments
  • Sharing the experiment with others who may be interested
  • Because there was desire and motivation for the idea and we wanted to give it a go, we also felt it would be a good experience for the God’s Way Education Project

Who:

Mentors: Jesus & Mary

Educator: Tristan

Participants: A family of 2 adults and 3 children (Eloisa, Pete & kids) 

When:

The experiment began on the 17th of July and went till 14th of August 2017

Where:

Pete and Eloisa’s homes, Queensland Australia

What:

Specialised Home stay Experiment (Tris has come up with the idea of a specialised and general home stay, the specialised is defined below).

Specialised home stay: is for families where one parent is being consistently unloving in their intentions, attitudes, and actions to another the Educator conducts a specialised home stay to remedy this problem first.

Pete is currently treating Eloisa in an emotionally abusive, manipulative manner. This is the first issue that needs to be resolved as it will expose emotions in both parties that need to be worked through. The aim of the experiment is for both parties to see this dynamic and to work through the issues that allow it to continue.

The aim is to do this so that Eloisa and Peter can be together and have an equal relationship based on love and truth. We suspect their whole relationship is going to need to be deconstructed and built again.

Quote from Tristan’s blog that can be found at the following location: LINK

The Educator is to live day-to-day with a family for a month.

Over a month the Educator is to notice all unloving, unethical or immoral behaviours or intentions being engaged by anyone in the family. Each time the educator is to stop the family and tell them that they can no longer engage with each other until they sincerely and emotionally work out why they were stopped, what would be the loving thing to do, and then act on that loving behaviour.

If one family member was historically treated badly by the rest of the family members then the rules would be when that person is treated badly next then they would leave to go live in a neutral and comfortable location. Then the rest of the family works out how they had been unloving to that person and come to a sincere and emotional understanding of what would be the loving thing to do. When they have, then the first family member can come back and interact with the rest of the family. In the most resistive cases, this may take a large portion of the allotted experiment time.

All parties to write up journals or logs

Educator to write up parent report at the end of the month detailing the biggest issues and some ideas on what to do next.

Educator to then write up a procedure for others who might want to conduct or have their families be a part of a similar experiment.

This experiment will be a tool Educator may use for engaging with families that want to be a part of any “God’s Way” school in the future.

Why:

For many reasons, below are just a few

  • The lack of desire to love and resistance to change in one party is causing pain and suffering to others
  • The current dynamic is destroying the relationship
  • To highlight issues in the family culture that the adults/parents in the family are currently not recognising, or desiring to overlook due to addictive reasons.
  • Parents to recognise how their addictions, emotional injuries and belief systems impact the family dynamic, and how they have the ability to change the family culture.
  • Parents to recognise they initially created the causes of what the children are reflecting and acting out. They encouraged and allowed unloving addictions, demands and expectations and it is the parents responsibility to re-educate children based on love (once the parents are educated and uphold love this becomes far easier to do.)

Note: if emotional process is engaged by parents and then love and truth is upheld in the family environment it is very easy for children to change.

As Tris says:

The fact is parents and guardians are the most invested in how the family currently interacts. They are the main reason why their children enact unloving behaviours and intentions both in the home and out. However most, if not all, parents are unable to see this truth.

Often a parent is trying to correct a child’s behaviour when they themselves have taught them that behaviour through personal agreement with it (but only when it’s the parent doing it) or through encouragement [and or allowance] of that behaviour towards the parents. Either way the child will be unable to make emotional changes if the parents don’t.

I have seen children being completely unaware of their unloving intentions exactly as their parents with their own intentions.

This experiment brings in someone who is not in agreement of the family “status-quo” and highlights constantly the problems as they occur.

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Findings

(This is not an exhaustive list)

  • The experiment was almost terminated due to Pete refusing feel certain emotions that were exposed. He then chose to treat Tristan badly as well as Eloisa. Pete’s resistance to seeing what he is truly doing is an impediment to change in the family
  • Pete and Eloisa spent very little time together during the month as each time they were together there was an issue of love that caused Eloisa to have to leave. They are still spending limited time together as the issues are yet to be resolved
  • Pete has not been honest with how he actually feels and desires to remain in his facade more than actually being truthful about what is going on. This is still currently the case
  • Eloisa’s desire to avoid feeling terror was exposed and reflected in not wanting to uphold love and truth under all circumstances no matter what
  • Eloisa’s allowance of bad treatment of herself was highlighted and her addiction to placate angry people was demonstrated
  • Facing up to the reality and truth of what is currently going on in their relationship and with the children was confronting and challenging for both Pete and Eloisa
  • When we don’t desire to love and rather desire our addictions and facade above all else it can get emotionally nasty
  • Emotional abuse and manipulation is very damaging and destroys relationships
  • Harming others is a choice not because of anything that has happened to us in the past but because we choose to do it
  • Taking loving, truthful action in the moment brings up emotion rapidly
  • Allowing emotion to flow every time it comes up takes time, personal effort and desire
  • Self reflection and giving time to feeling emotions needs to become a way of life rather than something one does now and then
  • Being transparent, honouring truth and love brings consistency, safety and security into a family. Doing the opposite causes pain and reinforces emotional error
  • This experiment highlighted that the issues between Pete and Eloisa (parents) are the cause for the issues currently being played out between the children and being reflected in the children’s behaviour. For example there were times when the children played out the manipulative and emotionally abusive behaviour towards each other in the exact same manner it plays out between Pete and Eloisa

Findings cont…

  • Parents are responsible for the loving authority in a household
  • It is the parents’ responsibility to uphold love and truth in a family
  • One party upholding a loving space can create change in a family. Both parents upholding a loving space and working towards a common goal I imagine would create more change faster (we have yet to experience this)
  • No real or lasting positive change occurs in a family unless parent/s release emotions in themselves that create and or contribute to the current family dynamic
  • If there are issues in parents intimate relationship parents will most likely create co-dependant addictions with the children
  • Parents desire to not feel emotions causes damage, pain & suffering to selves and others
  • Parents desire to avoid feeling emotions prevents children expressing their emotions
  • Parents prefer to blame children than take personal responsibility
  • Parents are often hypocritical with the desire to change children but not change themselves
  • If abuse between parents (emotional, physical, sexual, any type) is happening in a household and one party actively agrees with it and the other allows it this teaches children a number of things, 1. That abuse is okay and they can do the same, and/or 2. That it is okay to be abused and they remain open to being abused, 3. Oscillate between both of the previous points. There might be other things, this is simplified version of what is happening in our family currently.
  • Parent emotional addictions cause children to be mis-educated about love and truth
  • When parents have addictions they actively encourage or allow addictions in children
  • Inter-generational family false beliefs that have not been emotionally released, emotional resistance, and holding onto emotions that not in harmony with love cause harm to children, including emotional pain and suffering, “accidents” and disease
  • Children reflect and respond to the environment they are brought up in
  • Children quickly respond to positive changes in environment if they are allowed to release emotions
  • Children reflect relationship dynamics between parents
  • Children become desensitised to their conscience (the inbuilt mechanism God created in the soul to share Truth with His children)
  • When the family environment encourages sin and addiction, this means children are encouraged to sin and be addictive. Children often believe that the family dynamic is “right” and “normal” which is very damaging when it is not based on God’s Way

**Link to Tristan’s update on this project

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LC early morning discovery – flowers

 

Reflections from participants (Eloisa’s) perspective

I was challenged many times (still am). I found the experiment really tough at times and have yet to go through the emotions that have been exposed in me.  I feel confronted owning up to the reality and interplay between myself and Pete and even in this post I initially made out it was better than what it is.

The reality of where Pete’s and my relationship is at and our current family culture and family dynamic sucks and I am not enjoying it.

Coming to terms with the reality of where our relationship is at is emotionally confronting. I lack humility to the emotional confrontation. Accepting that Pete and I are currently in a co-dependant emotionally abusive relationship and actually becoming aware of how this affects our soul and what it feels like doesn’t feel very nice.

The experiment highlighted many areas where I have wanted to avoid confrontation and doing what I know to be loving and true just to avoid certain emotions I find challenging to feel.

I am aware that the issues that I am opening up to are not new, they began in my childhood with my parents, I notice I have resistance to feeling the grief and terror of my childhood experience.

I don’t always remain loving and firm (sometimes I just feel angry and want it all to end and someone else do the loving thing). Those times do pass.

Addictions, lack of ethical behaviour in myself and Pete were pointed out and my desire to allow unloving behaviour and not stand up and honour love and truth when anger and violence is threatened was exposed.

For me the quality of courage needs to be developed and some ‘backbone’ grown so I am the person who stands up and takes the loving action in all situations.

The truth is that both parties in a relationship have issues of love to work through and both parties are responsible for changing in a loving direction.

Actually loving someone, truly, as they are, is not something I have sincerely engaged before. (I am learning that putting up with unloving behaviour is not loving them or yourself)

Upholding God’s Truth, maintaining a loving, truthful space even if that means leaving for a period of time and then returning and re-engaging is a whole new way of relating.

I recognised dynamics that previously I had skipped over, such as how desperately I want others to change and do the loving thing so I don’t have to feel my sadness. How I desire to talk my way out of situations I feel uncomfortable in as a way of avoiding feeling my emotions and placating angry people and how futile this is as nothing changes.

Experiencing taking action in the moment an issue occurs and having it enforced rapidly brought up emotion (such as physically leaving a situation rather than remaining to placate anger actually brought up the emotion as soon as I left. I had never just left before.)

I have found emotions need time. It is one thing to have something pointed out to me, another to actually investigate, discover and feel the real feeling. It took time of just being with myself and feeling whatever it is that I felt.

Having truthful conversations about what I really truly feel brings up emotions. The main issue is being humble or not when the emotions come up. If yes good things happen. If no it usually ends up feeling painful and in a fight.

I recognise things that previously I was choosing to remain ignorant of. Having the gift of issues being pointed out in the moment was invaluable, and I feel this is what helped me recognise things I had previously skipped over.

This experiment is challenging and it will turn everything upside down if you choose to engage it. Your relationship and family life will never be the same. I don’t know how it is going to end up personally as I am still engaging the experiment.

The experiment (it is still going for me) is helping me in growing faith and trust in God’s Process.

Though my relationship feels terrible and all kinds of emotional stuff is now exposed, I actually feel better in myself if I address the truth of the situation. I still like Pete, (I don’t like how he treats me ) and want to work out what is happening in our relationship.

I have growing faith that one day Pete and I  (if we are soulmates) may actually be happy and totally into each other in a truly loving relationship if I just keep doing everything I can to live The Way to God.

I also realise that if one or both of us choose not to work through our stuff that we may not be together for some time. So I need to work through all my addictive needs so I can truly love.

I would definitely do another home stay if the opportunity is given.

 

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LC early morning discovery – thistle


 

Tris gave Pete and I some feedback that I have included below. It is specific to Pete and my relationship dynamic but I felt it might be useful for others

Feedback to Eloisa

  • Focus on what you feel from another, over what they are telling you
  • Focus on being strong about “no more unloving interactions towards myself or others”, not angry but relentless in standing up for what is loving and truthful
  • Focus on “drawing the line in the sand” in regards to unloving behaviour of every kind in the family
  • Be truthful as soon as possible about the intentions you feel
  • After you have been truthful be aware of the other person’s subsequent intentions. Not what they are telling you are their intentions
  • Prepare consequences for unloving behaviour, enact these consequences after giving them the (brief) chance to change (this was in regards to repeated issues of love that have been raised many times)
  • (Optional) Record the unloving behaviour, the consequences and the behaviour you are looking for to be able to rescind the consequences (this is very helpful particularly if you are open to being manipulated easily)
  • Do not go back on these consequences until the emotional desire for behaviour has ceased or you have learned you have been unloving in this interaction from God’s perspective
  • With adults, you may decide that consequences stay enacted until the desire for the unloving behaviour has ceased permanently, with a sincere and complete show of remorse.
  • When you feel your strength slipping understand that someone somewhere is definitely trying to undermine you; this may be family, others or spirits (this is a personal thing that I recognise happening and Tris kindly helped me see it so I can use it as a tool to change what I am currently doing)

 

Feedback to Pete

  • Focus on what love would do above all other concerns. That includes your worries over what partner is/going to say, do or feel
  • Be brutally self-analytical. If you do not have an airtight understanding of your intentions as “what love would do”, then all interaction should cease in favour for self-analysis
  • Understand that your relationship with resistance is compulsive and as soon as you wish to resist you need to be brutally self-analytical
  • Understand no one else is responsible for how you feel or how you have acted

Possibilities

  • World wide change in a positive direction in how children are currently treated
  • World wide change in a positive direction in regards to same gender or inter-gender relationships
  • World wide change in a positive direction on what a loving partner relationship truly is
  • World wide change in a positive direction on what parenting truly is
  • I feel this experiment has so much potential for all families
  • Parents can see where they are at, where they are out of harmony with love, what is truly going on from God’s perspective and once you can see this you have the ability to change
  • An opportunity to gain insight and perspective to what is really happening
  • Education on how to be more truthful, loving, self responsible individuals, beginning with the parents upholding a loving family environment
  • If a loving, truthful environment is upheld there is far more opportunity and possibility for the family culture to completely change in a loving direction.
  • Positive change can be engaged by one or both parents.
  • I feel both parties changing in a positive direction would be the most beneficial, but even for one parent to make sincere soul based change, or just to see what is truly happening in the family dynamic and begin to stand up for what is loving, truthful, ethical and moral will create positive change for themselves and anyone else in their environment. (As long as they uphold the love and truth they have learned).

Thank You

I feel much gratitude for having friends who truly love and encourage Pete and I to become better people who honour love and truth above all else.

Thank you to Tristan for spending a month with us, holding a space of love and having a true acceptance of emotional experience even under attack. It was so helpful to see this in action, understanding what and why things are happening in the moment.

Thank you to Jesus and Mary for the suggestion of the experiment, mentoring, encouragement and explaining and sharing Truth with us. Your example and understanding why and what is really going on is extremely helpful.


Where to now

The God’s Way of Education Project is undergoing some modifications.

Having engaged the family experiment Tris realised, and I agree that until the parents make some shifts there is only so much that can happen in educating children.

So Tris is still creating the children’s education programme but the physical lessons are changing with the focus being on parent education. When Tris is ready we will be engaging the Love Education programme as a trial and opportunity to create and write up the Adult Education Programme.

We have realised that without the parents working through emotional issues no change happens for kids and so the Education Project needs to focus on creating a Parent or adult programme simultaneously or before engaging kids.

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Following the completion of the official family experiment I decided to continue from where we left off with Pete, plus begin a new experiment involving having the kids on my own for a month.

The purpose was to discover what addictions I have created in the children and how I am allowing and enabling those addictions, and stop doing so.

I also aimed to challenge the addictions in the children simultaneously.

That is another blog in itself,  link can be found here.

Until next time,

Eloisa

Trenches & Holes

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top and lower trench. Drone photo courtesy of Legor Productions

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note: if you click on any image it will expand so you can view close up

Recently we partook in a project creating large trenches on a couple of properties.

Jesus suggested the idea, and directed us. He was going to do some large holes filled with matter at his place and Pete and I decided we would really like to do the same at our place. We also wanted help out in the process at Jesus & Mary’s to gain some valuable training and make use of the earth moving equipment in the area.

We felt it was a great opportunity to get the project started, learn about project management, execution, following direction and a whole heap of other stuff.


Here’s the break down of the process for your information.

Why the Project Was Done (including but not limited to…):

  • To benefit the land by retaining water to slowly seep down hill from the trenches and holes. This re-hydrates the land. The more water you can keep in & on the land rather than having it all run off, the better it is.
  • To benefit the land by having nutrients from the decomposing matter seep through the earth and benefit the surrounding areas of the trench. This feeds the land, animals, insects, microbes
  • To give back much needed organic matter and nutrients to the earth in order to aid the soil to recover and encourage intelligent living creatures to flourish
  • To begin giving back to a property and doing all we can to rehabilitate it after taking so much from the land over many years.
  • To gain education and training on large scale land rehabilitation, including planning, designing and implementation
  • Because there was excitement and motivation for the ideas and we wanted to be part of giving it a go.
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Lower trench. Drone photo courtesy of Legor Productions

What Was Done:

  • Planning, designing & marking out large scale holes and trenches on damaged areas of properties. Choosing areas that have already been damaged and or will have the the greatest benefit to the most amount of area**.
  • Building large scale trenches and holes, one smaller swale and a previous trench filled. 4 were completed in total on two properties.
  • Fill trenches and holes with organic matter that can decompose and leach nutrients and create healthy soil and ‘feed’ the lower parts of the properties.

Below are basic drawings of depth, dimensions and levels for doing a contour trench on a hill. The principles apply to any trench: keep the base both sideways and longways level  so that water disperses evenly along the entire trench rather than one end or one side only. Ensure the top of the banks (swale humps) are level – see diagram 3. You want the base of the trenches and the banks level, so that moisture will be evenly dispersed over the greatest amount of area.

It is important to take into consideration where the trench is going to seep the most. You want to ensure that the seepage reaches the biggest area possible, or the targeted area.

Widths, lengths and details can be modified.

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Dimensions of the Trenches:

Dimensions are dependent on the area that you are digging the trenches.

At the top of a hill it would be dependent on the diameter. If it was very steep you may run a trench along the contour of the land around the hill rather than doing a bowl shape at the top. This would be dependent on the terrain you are working with.

For the ones we were involved with they were dug either along the contour of the land, or on the highest points of the properties. Some were on flatter ground and some were part way down the slope of the hill. The approximate dimensions were as follows:

  • 1.8 metres deep
  • 20-35 plus, metres long
  • At least 3 metres wide some were 10 metres or more
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Drone photo courtesy of Legor Productions

Where The Trenches Were Dug:

The trenches were dug at the highest points on the property in order that everything below will benefit.

If the land had been flatter the highest point would have been chosen, or a number of trenches/holes possibly dug on flat ground (site specific decisions would be made).

If the land was really hilly, it would make sense to put the trenches or holes at the very top of the hill/s in a bowl shape so the goodness (nutrients & moisture) would soak out evenly on all sides of the hill and benefit everything below it.

 

Ingredients Used in the Trenches & Holes

Ingredients To dig:

  • Excavator
  • Level – to ensure the bottom (long ways & sideways) of the trenches and holes is level. To ensure the banks are level.
  • Humans – to drive the vehicles, check the levels, direct the matter

 

 

Ingredients To Fill & Cover:

  • Hardwood chip + transport
  • Debosia + Transport
  • Tipper – to move earth, hardwood chip & debosia (a type of local native softwood, a bi-product of an oil extraction process)
  • Natural organic matter including by not limited to: cardboard, green waste, dead trees, tree stumps, felled trees cut up, cactus, anything that will break down but is non-toxic.
  • Loader – to move earth, hardwood chip & debosia
  • Water + transport (or as a gift from God, Rain)
  • Tipper – to move earth, hardwood chip & debosia
  • Loader – to move earth, hardwood chip & debosia
  • Humans – to direct & organise the matter

* As well as filling the trenches, it is also important to cover the banks and any areas that have been damaged or denuded in the process. You will need to take into consideration how much organic matter you need in order to both fill the trenches/holes and to cover the banks and any damage done creating the trenches and holes (example: exposed soil, or where the excavator has left track marks, trucks have dug up soil  when delivering matter etc).

Soil left uncovered and open to the elements with no ground cover dries out rapidly, blows away and can cause erosion quite easily.

The soil on these properties becomes like dust and blows away in the wind. We want to keep as much soil as possible in place and to do so we need to cover it with mulch rather than leave it open to the elements.

 

Ingredients Required For Documentation:

  • Video Camera
  • Stills Camera
  • Sound Recorder
  • Humans to manage the equipment & write up the data

 

Method to Create a Trench or Hole:

  • Plan and design the trenches and holes in a  property specific manner. Design the trenches to suit the landscape. We chose the most damaged areas (already cleared) and the areas that would create the most benefit (down hill) for the property.
  • Dig the trenches and holes with excavator
  • Ensure the bottom of the trenches and the banks are Level as you go
  • Create a bank around the edges, or on the lower side of a hill if dug on contour, ensure this is level all round, or with the up hill side of the trench. If you do not make it level when it fills with water you will either have an overflow effect or you will end up with the top of the bank really dry. Remember you want to have as much moisture spreading as evenly as possible in the greatest possible area, or the specific area required.
  • On the lower side of the hill a bank was created, made level and then another trench was dug out to ground level (see diagram 3 below), this was also made level so that there is a deep trench and a less deep trench both that will benefit from the moisture seepage. A lot of earth came out of the trench and it made a very wide bank. Jesus suggested the second trench so that any future planting will benefit from the moisture. If we were to plant on top of the bank without the second, smaller, trench the trees will always be struggling for water, by having the second trench dug to ground level and filled with matter it benefits anything growing on the bank.

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  • Fill Trenches as soon as possible after trenches have been dug. It is good to have the matter pre-ordered and to arrive as soon as possible after trench/hole completion, leaving earth exposed is not recommended.
  • Put in a ramp for animals so they don’t get stuck in the trench/hole if they accidentally fall in
  • Ensure that all work is done safely. Great care needs to be taken with the loader initially filling the holes and trenches. This is so the loader does not get stuck or fall into the trench. Watch out for power lines and potential hazards, always have a spotter and have at least two, or a team of people, working on dangerous jobs to watch out for each other.
  • Collect or Have fill ingredients delivered (matter)
  • Begin filling
  • If you consider the requirements before digging a trench, you can make it such a way that you can literally back the trucks into the trenches and drop the matter where you want it.
  • Cover all exposed earth and ground with matter (hardwood chip is ideal)
  • Fill with water – preferably by a large rain event, you can wait for this to happen. We are going to truck in some water to the trenches to speed up the process and fill them with water so they can begin decomposition much faster.

Notes

  • It is preferable to encourage decomposition rather than composting, this is due to wanting intelligent life to live, flourish and ‘do their thing’. So if you compost it gets too hot and kills everything. Example if you have a heap of green waste it would be better to create thinner layers, this creates less heat
  • If composting is intended to break down or prevent weeds or seeds germinating this can be put at the very bottom of the trench.
  • We have yet to experience for ourselves, but we suspect that the trenches will do a combination of composting and decomposition. Keep this in mind when creating trenches and holes.
  • Hardwood chip if layered too thickly can ignite. Ensure your trenches have enough moisture, or are layered to prevent them getting too hot and catching fire.

 

Layer with the Following Ingredients:

  1. In the trenches we put some cardboard bales, an old chair, old logs & stumps, cut down trees we had cleared. Some prickly pear tree cactus was added in the bottom as an experiment. Prickly pear tree has heaps of moisture in the plant and as it is buried 1.8metres below the surface we don’t think it will sprout, rather it may cook, compost and decompose, leeching all that moist goodness down the hill.
  2. Layer of hardwood chip (fill approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of the trench)
  3. Layer of debosia (fill 1/4 to 2/4 of trench)
  4. Green waste scraps, any other decomposable matter laying around
  5. Fill anything left with hardwood chip (really you can fill it with what ever you have that is organic matter that will break down and is not toxic, you want to ensure it creates life, not destroys more)
  6. Cover the banks, damaged earth and any other areas with hardwood chip
  7. Add water if possible, to speed up decomposition process
  8. Leave to decompose & seep
  9. Wait and see what happens
  10. Document the trenches and holes regularly to share with others what happens, who moves in, what creatures emerge, when you build a lovely big trench with lots of decomposing matter and moisture seepage.
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Drone photo courtesy of Legor Productions

Time & Resources Breakdown for Two Trenches:

Excavator hours: 17 hours to dig 2 trenches, sculpt banks and form smaller trenches + mobilisation @ $153.00 per hour incl. gst.

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Hardwood chip: 640 Cubic metres of hardwood chip (8 loads, at least to fill 2 trenches) @ approx. $1830 incl. gst (approx. as this depends on the mill it comes from and transport costs).

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Debosia: 200 Cubic metres of debosia (10 loads at least for 2 trenches, we would have liked more but the season is over) @ approx. $190.00 incl. gst per 20 cubic metre load – truck & trailer (this depends on the price of debosia + transport and can vary).

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Water: 10 truck loads of water (2 trenches), 10 loads for 2 trenches – water itself a gift, and the trucking to be paid for (10,000 litres per load, total of 100,000 litres for two trenches. Details will be added when the water is delivered)

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Time so far: Approximately 16 hours or more of loader, tipper & manual labour work to move all the matter into the trenches.

Loader break down: 15-20 mins for each load of debosia. 20-30mins for a load of woodchip – this is varying with the first load taking longer than the subsequent ones.

Supervising the project and laser leveling the trenches 20 hours over two days for one person. We had one person always with the excavator for safety and ensuring levels were level.

This would take A LOT longer if we were doing it manually and moving it ourselves with just arms, legs, forks and wheelbarrows. There is more work to be done in order to totally complete these trenches.

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Time unaccounted for: guiding trucks into tricky areas, being onsite for matter delivery, planning and marking out, level measuring time during trench build (level measuring is approx the same as excavator time). Tipper moving piles of unused dirt, relocating dirt to other projects.

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Possibilities:

You can do these holes and trenches on a small scale. From Jesus’ discoveries he has done both, and has found the big trenches to be really beneficial, but if you only have a tiny area then the trenches and holes can be scaled down.

We have done a trench in town on a 1 acre block. it was 1.8 metres deep, approximately 1.5 metres wide and as wide as the block. It is doing really well with many creatures attracted to it already.

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Hardwood chip spreading. Learning the benefits of matter in soil creation

Thank you’s:

We would like to thank Jesus for his enthusiasm, this idea, his time, direction, training and sharing.

We would like to also thank Jesus, again, Pete & Eloisa, Corny, Wayne involved in trench building & filling, Lena, Igor for documentation, Darryl for the gift of water, and thank those who transported matter and dug the trenches. Some of these people were paid and some volunteered their time. We are grateful for all who were involved in this project and helped out in all the different areas!

 

Questions:

If you have any questions please contact us through our contact us page, link here. Or go to the menu bar and choose ‘contact us’.

We feel enthusiastic about this project, are happy to share what we have learned and will happily publish answers to any questions asked.

Until next time, happy experimenting!

 


 

** Notes & Further Considerations:

The planning of these projects is really important.

Taking into consideration the environment and eco-systems needs to be considered carefully for each project. Very fragile eco-systems would be treated differently to used farmland for instancce. High mountainous terrain, or steep hills and flat or semi undulating areas would all need different considerations.

For some environments terracing may work, other environments cutting into the land would cause more issues and terrible erosion problems so it may be a matter of building up matter, or becoming innovative with the ways things are done.

The aim is to help land recover faster, not create more damage and problems. In all environments the problems need to be weighed up against the benefits. If the issues and damage will be more than the benefits it is best to not do it in that area.

The point of the trenches is to hold water and create nutrient soaks that hydrate and feed the land.


July Update

Hello!
Thank you’s

We would like to thank Jesus for all the technological work and training over a large variety of areas that he is doing for God’s Way and gifting to myself and others.

The amount of research and comparing products, function, economy, prices, performance etc of all kinds of technology options for God’s Way data storage is amazing. And not only did Jesus do the research he also educated others, shared and compared everything he had learned with so that the best informed choice about things could be made.

Mary wrote up a great post which can be found at the following link: 

We would like to thank those of you who have donated to God’s Way over the past months. Your donations weather one offs or regular donations are most appreciated. Aside from Members fees, Gifts and Donations are the only sources of income God’s Way receives. God’s Way relies on people’s desire to donate in order to run and serve it’s objectives.

God’s Way update:


From Mary’s June Update:

Divine Truth & God’s Way Operations

Divine Truth operations were overdue for an overhaul and redesign of our data storage systems. As our core work and passion is to create and deliver Divine Truth materials to the world it is essential that everything we create is stored and backed-up very safely and efficiently (otherwise we risk loosing valuable recordings, documents, templates, plans, books etc). This requires Divine Truth to own and manage a lot of computer hardware. We cannot easily use Cloud based operations, since we have very poor internet bandwidth, speed and capacity in the Australian bush. Most of our computer systems are 5-7 years old, and our server systems are very slow, and at full capacity.

So, we have been overdue for not only an upgrade to our system to enable more reliable and less time consuming storage and back-up processes but we also needed to review the file management structure we have been using to organise the data we have stored and continue to create. Since God’s Way also must set up new data storage and file structures, we have decided to perform our upgrades with God’s Way in mind. This will allow Divine Truth and God’s Way to share the same infrastructure and training systems, and we hope will result in quite a number of people having a large degree of technical expertise.

We currently have around 480TB of raw video and audio data in cold storage, and 48TB of editing video and audio, along with another 16TB of general data storage, along with 3 iMac based video editing stations, 4 small linux servers, 4 windows PC’s and 3 Linux systems. All of these machines are connected to a 1Gbit network, but the video editing stations are connected via a 10Gbit network. Data is stored in many different locations, and managing it is becoming very difficult for Jesus along with managing all of his other work. We immediately need around 120TB of space to allow for Divine Truth video editing, God’s Way video editing, and the storage of data used by both companies, along with a clear upgrade path. Since our data is very important to us, we need to store it all, as well as having methods to backup the data regularly.

Jesus has put off his normal work for sometime in order to research the available hardware and software options that would meet our specialised needs for many years to come. He has had to learn learn about new technological advances (both in hardware and software). This research has taken Jesus huge amounts of time to complete, but he is now up to speed technically on creating large distributed node based clusters of data which have a high level of redundancy and the lowest upgrade cost. We hope in the near future to purchase and maintain our own hardware (4 x large servers able to upgrade to 240TB of data each, using 10Gbit connections to our network, used in a cluster which allows 2 servers to be used in rotation for a backup, and 2 servers live at all times, with each server having a copy of the data), and use open source software to maintain the clusters (GlusterFS on Centos). The proposed system will be able to grow to 240TB by adding disks, and further growth will occur by adding 3 new servers each time once God’s Way has a location of its own connected to our location by fibre (which we hope to set up in the next few years).

Cold storage backups will be produced by 2 x Linux servers with 16 drive bays backing up to large drives for individual project archival and storage. We always create two copies of all archives before we remove projects from our main editing store. These upgrades will allow for hi-speed video and audio editing at speeds that are a minimum of 4 x our current speeds, the ability to have a number of concurrent video editors working at the same time, along with reliable backups onto cold storage for years to come. This work in expanding our storage system and redesigning our file naming conventions and storage procedures is essential for our future expansion and later database creation. Obviously this amount of data needs good organisation for many reasons. The upheaval and reorganisation of our current physical system will occur after we have re-organized and categorised the data, along with producing a database which describes all of the data in detail.

In addition, we already have a team of around 80 volunteers who need to be able to communicate with each other better, and find documentation for their processes. So we are setting up a cloud based infrastructure for internal forums, wikis, and blogs to be used to keep all volunteers worldiwde up to date. God’s Way will eventually have many projects underway, all of which will also need forums, wikis and blogs.

Of course, this requires a lot of work to setup, and again, Jesus is the only person with the appropriate expertise to make these decisions and choices, as well as setup the resulting infrastructure which will be used both by Divine Truth and God’s Way. At this stage we are testing Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 in a load balanced solution connected to a scalable AWS RDS, running a Linux, Apache, MariaDB, and PHP software stack (LAMP) with an open source product alled Tiki Wiki running on top. Data will be backed up to AWS S3, and to our other servers in Canada and the USA.

LAMP Stack Defn

As you can imagine, this infrastructure needs a substantial financial and time based outlay. We have been putting off making the changes we have had to make for sometime as technology usually becomes more reliable and more affordable over time, and because Jesus wanted to focus on producing information for the Assistance Groups. But we decided that we can’t put the process off any longer and so Jesus has taken the plunge to investigate extremely thoroughly before we make our purchases. At this stage we have some people who want to help financially which is great.

Obviously we need technical assistance, but unfortunately, since a major part of our system has to be local, all of this assistance needs to come from people who live locally so that proper structures and directions can be given to them. Since there a no people locally with these skills, Jesus has begun a training program with people who do live locally, and who are dedicated to living “God’s Way”, who volunteer a lot of their time to us already. Eventually, when we have the funds donated to do so, we would like to pay these people for their services. At the moment this is not possible due to the amount of donations we receive, but Jesus is still going ahead and training the people required.

 

New Online Delivery Services for Divine Truth & God’s Way

As I have mentioned, as a part of our technological overhaul, and in light of the changes we want to make for Divine Truth and God’s Way, Jesus has been concurrently investigating content management systems. He has been creating LAMP stacks that will allow us to run a variety of content management systems to test. Our goal is to create and maintain Cloud based communication mechanisms, backing up data to our local systems. Due to the amount of data in our Video systems, this is not possible for our video systems without spending millions of dollars. But it is possible for us to use these kinds of systems for our internal documentation, process, and forum insfrastructure.

Our requirements include:

  1. Private Forums for our volunteer teams to use to create and store in house procedures, keep up to date with work on ongoing projects (e.g. transcription team) and communicate within and between volunteer teams
  2. Wiki Pages (private pages for Volunteer team members) – for sharing of Divine procedures, creating working documents
  3. Wiki Pages (for public) – to share data collected by Divine Truth and God’s Way teams in a variety of fields e.g. relationships, education, construction, land regeneration, engineering, computer systems, etc
  4. Website and blog redesign

Wiki

 

New Document Templates for God’s Way & Update of Divine Truth Templates

Jesus has also donated his time to God’s Way to create all of the new office templates for God’s Way company and project research documents. While he was at it he updated all of our Divine Truth office templates as well. He has updated over 100 templates in total. He makes these things look easy but they take a lot of time.

 

God’s Way Mentor-ship & Directorship

Jesus and I have both been involved in assisting the God’s Way company to get up and running and to focus on their core business as outlined by their constitution.

Jesus has spent considerable time in educating and donating time to Directors, members, and guests of the organisation, in the following areas:

  • Creation of a company constitution suiting the requirements for a non-profit organisation in Australia
  • Creation and setup of a company
  • Legal aspects of running a company, including how to deal with property ownership
  • Designing Accounting systems & correct accounting procedures
  • Setup of the software and chart of accounts for God’s Way
  • Consulting with accountants and leading meetings with God’s Way accountants to ensure they established best and legal practices for receiving gifts and donations
  • How to create and protect valuable Intellectual Property
  • Technical considerations for the creation of Intellectual Property
  • Education and assistance to Directors with decision making for the purchase of hardware and software pertaining to data collection & storage
  • Technical assistance and education to set up company email accounts, blogs and management of internet services

After Peter Lytton-Hitchins removal as Director of the company, {Mary} stepped in and became a Director to assist with day to day decision making and weighing up ethical considerations and actions in harmony with the company constitution and objectives of God’s Way. We hope Peter will return as Director after he addresses aspects of love that Jesus has identified for him.


As can be read in the quoted text from Mary’s blog above, God’s Way and those involved have been receiving so much help from Jesus and Mary technically, through training, personal feedback and other areas. Their time has been mostly used for helping out God’s Way which has brought up a number of issues which the directors and those involved in God’s Way need to emotionally deal with if they want to run a sustainable business that is led by a team of people rather than relying on one.


Changes to the God’s Way Constitution

Changes have been made to the God’s Way constitution and have been filed  with ASIC. A link with the modifications can be found here. Again Jesus spent many hours adjusting and creating these changes. The directors had the opportunity to receive training on Constitution clause writing.


Projects Updates:

Education Project for Adults and Children

We had a review at the beginning of the year in regards to the Education Experiment. This came after Jesus and Mary pointed out some truths we were skipping over and addictions Pete, Tris and I were engaging in.

The negative impact of not dealing with these issues included the project suffering due us being unwilling to challenge each other emotionally, wanting to be addictive and not challenging the parents or the children enough in the lessons. We are still working on these issues currently.

The areas that have improved are that more documentation is happening, more consistently, in fact this improved so greatly once the issue had been raised that we wish we had done so earlier.

Tris received some great ideas from Jesus and has revised the Education Project substantially. It is quite different to the presentation Tris and Eloisa gave in January, so we have decided to not put up the presentation but instead share about the new way it is going to be.

Tris has created an Education Plan for both an online programme and a potential school. We are currently focusing on the online programme and may or may not engage the example school. There could be others who are really excited about the school in the future who will take over that idea and create it.

We feel that an online programme for Adults and Children is the best way to share with the most people and feel that our time is best spent in setting this up.

Tris and Anna have some exciting ideas and as they design, create and share them you will find out more. you can see more of what they are up to on their blog

A Brief overview of the New Ideas for the Education Project:

The Student Education Plan consists of the following areas (this is not exhaustive and is subject to changes and modifications, currently it looks as follows):

Foundation Level

This is basically Love 101. Foundation is a whole heap of units educating people about God’s Love and Love in general. Introducing God’s Loving Laws and the benefits of living in harmony with them. It focuses on all the aspects of Love.

It focuses on how to use the gift of our Will, how to interact with others, encourages growth in all students. Educates how to work through emotional blocks to new information including current emotional issues that limit them and how to break these limitations and how to recognise and positively engage emotionally charged situations. Students will be encouraged to become responsible for their own emotions, attitudes and behaviour in life.

In the current schooling system Foundation would be the first year of school so targeting 5 year olds, but is designed in such a way that it is able to be modified for any age level. This is literally the foundation of the education course and every person involved will need to go through this course, no matter their age, before moving on to…

Enthusiasm Level

This is the second area Students will learn about, in the school current system it will be for ages 6-7, but again will be modified to suit all year levels, including adults and will need to be engaged before moving forward.

Enthusiasm focuses on How to recognise soul passions; how to use desire powerfully, become responsible for their own learning; research and creations. Enthusiasm educates students on the benefits of serving others in your passions, moving past current emotional limits of understanding, how clear purpose, benefits self and others.

Independence Level

Is the third area students will engage. This area in a school situation would target ages 8-9, but will be beneficial and adjustable to all age groups.

Independence includes learning how to complete tasks for self responsibility, including running a household, looking after personal needs and needs of others (in a loving manner); practical skills such as banking, vehicles;  what is involved and needed to set up companies and various other information. How to honour personal legal responsibilities in life.

Independence involves learning about God’s Laws and how these work and how to live in harmony with them. Independence educates students to be fully independent in a loving and self responsible manner both physically, emotionally & spiritually.

Occupation Level

Is aimed at students who are approximately around the ages of 10-13.

This area encourages students to become responsible for their own businesses and income. Students will be encouraged to be ethical and moral in all their dealings and interactions.

Occupation educates students on how to turn their interests and passions into businesses; how to create and run their own businesses and companies; how to create intellectual property to share freely with the world. How to document the process of every creation, the processes, procedures, mistakes and solutions, along with many other skills.

We feel excited about this project and the small experiment we are currently conducting with one family is showing some positive results for the students.

In images above kids and Tris engage in activities, Pete has joined the school to learn about love too.


Tubs Project

Experiment 1

Pete and Eloisa have been learning how to conduct consistent, thorougher, scientific research, we still have much to learn, but by setting up and engaging an experiment it has taught us a lot of things.

This project was suggested by Jesus to a group of people in order to find out how to create a waterless garden system that can be set up easily, self waters (meaning it has a wicking system – see image below that enables water to be put in the bottom of a tub and last for weeks or months so it does not require constant watering).

We found out many things including, but not limited to: how to set up an experiment, about how different soils act, about growth of plants and how living soils (soils that have life – micorbes, insects, soil creatures and are made of decomposed matter grow things in an exceptional manner and out perform potting mix)

We have video and documentation to share on this project that will be put up when editing is done and completed.

Others have also begun some Tub experiments to gather data. As others research and findings come available we hope to share them here too.

Image Basic Wicking Bed

Image of basic wicking system. Thanks to http://www.Carazy.net for use of this image

Tubs Experiment 2

Our next experiment is creating soil from human waste (poo, wee, household greenwaste) with the help of worms and possibly dung beetles.

We also want to measure the effects of prayer on soil and plant growth.


Trenches Experiment

Another great idea that Jesus had was to create swales along the contours of the land and trenches, or pits which are filled with matter and water at strategic points on a property.

The purpose of these large trenches is to act as huge soaks allowing water to seep down through the soil of the property to keep the property hydrated and the matter that is put into the trenches, to slowly decompose and all the nutrients to be transported down through the soil to the rest of the property also, or to a good portion of area surrounding the trench.

Jesus decided to do some on the property he and Mary live on and Pete and Eloisa got so excited about it that we have put a couple on our place too.

Future post to come: Detailed information on the theory behind the trenches, how they work, the benefits and photographs of the process. Link will be provided when it is shared.


Design projects

We are look at various designs and ideas for buildings, including a potential renovation for guest accommodation. Ideas and designing experiments for building with Earth bricks and other mediums; and everything involved to do this


Induction Programme

Is being designed with mentor-ship from Jesus and Mary.


Learning Centre Shed

Was dismantled and remove. There were lessons to learn for those involved about putting up with unloving behaviour due to fears, working as a team and being clear and precise. An important lesson was to always uphold Love & God’s Truth and deal with any issues of love immediately.


Observations

As you can read there is A LOT of involvement from Jesus and Mary and to be honest the ideas, creation and enthusiasm for God’s Way projects currently originates with Jesus in most situations.

We can see that due to some personal fears and emotional resistances we are often leaving many things up to one person – Jesus and that is going to be problematic and unsustainable if we do not make some soul shifts and changes.

Jesu and Mary are always growing and at some point will have so many other things to do and share with the world and at that time a team of people will be needed who are educated, passionate, desirous, self motivated, independent, dedicated to service & sharing God’s Truth with the world; and who are able to run the day to day operations as well as design, create and execute projects. Currently that is our aspiration to be the team described above.

For God’s Way to flourish those currently involved have some things to work on, and we look forward to attracting an enthusiastic, motivated team with a heartfelt desire to serve and meet the Objectives of the company.

All the best to each of you who read this blog,

Love

Eloisa

On behalf of the God’s Way Team

 

God’s Way Admin Update

Hi Everyone!

We would like to inform you of some changes to God’s Way email addresses and bank account details, see details below.

New updated Contact Details:

Please use the following email addresses if you want to contact God’s Way.

Contact Details

General Enquiries office@godsway.net
Gift Enquiries
gift@godsway.net
God’s Way of Education Enquiries education@godsway.net

Changes to Gifts & Donations page:

Updated bank account details & email addresses

Any gifts that are not accompanied by a Gift Deed & Gift Statutory Declaration can still be received by God’s Way, but are classified as income and cannot be accounted for as gifts.

We would like to thank all those who have made gifts and donations to God’s Way, we are grateful!