Soil-less Gardens
by Diana Hart

In the "Soil-less Garden" video, Machaelle says not to pick something you don't want to lose when you first start working with nature. So, of course, we decided to choose our house. We have lived in our house for eight years and decided to purchase it. We felt ready to work with nature to bring this about. We found a broker and set out to do this. But, as Machaelle says, "There is a learning curve."

Like many people, my partner and I heard these words, but we didn't heed them. We figured that because we had been studying spiritual work for many years, that learning to work with nature would not be that difficult. So, we set up a DDP to buy our house. We worked diligently in conings, asking nature whether we were on the right track, asking what the next step was, asking whether the broker we were using was in alignment with us and so forth. Everything was going smoothly until the day of our closing: on that day, we had the paperwork in our hands for the closing, when we got a call from the broker who said, "The bank that I had that was going to do this, decided not to. Because of this, I have nowhere else to take your loan so I'm going to give this to someone else to see if he can do something for you."

Normally, this would not be such a negative situation but what I did not explain was that due to illness and some other challenges, we were substantially behind in our rent. When we couldn't purchase the home, we were back at square one and had to come up with $5,000 for our back rent!

Now, normal people might have gone into a panic at this point because we have no family or friends that would lend us the money. We worked several days trying to find the money and nothing was happening. We were facing eviction and we had only five days to figure this out. On day 4, I realized we hadn't set up a DDP to find the rent money!

We constructed the following DDP: "We need to have $5,000 by the evening of Sept. 30, 2006 (you have to be very specific) for the purpose of paying our back rent." We moved forward with all the hunches that nature gave us, and we worked in conings diligently. On day 5, we went to a friend who we knew had recently received an inheritance. We figured that if anyone could help us, she could. Well, she and her husband had pretty much spent the inheritance, gotten scared and put the rest into investments. We were sunk.

Not wanting to give up just yet, and not wanting to believe that this wouldn't work (we were not going to lose our home — that's what we finally concluded), we made one more phone call to my partner's mother who had previously said "no" when we requested help. This time, the phone call was made in a coning.

Well, you guessed it: my partner's mother asked her brother (who never gives money to anyone), and he agreed to lend us the money. So you might ask what have we learned from this experience. We had to ask ourselves this question. First off, we've learned to listen to Machaelle! After all, she's been doing this a lot longer than we have (we say humbly) and we now understand a whole lot more about working with nature. From our experience, we have an understanding of the following:

  1. Nature only knows balance — so only yes/no questions work. They must be very specific. Nature does not predict the future nor does it do the creating for us. Nature responds to the request immediately.

  2. Nature, the Devas and the White Brotherhood form a collaboration with us as humans, but each one works differently in the coning. Each one has their own "job" and we have ours. Human understanding of "who does what" is very important to the success of the team. We are the ones learning here and we have to understand our position.

  3. Our part in the process is to go through the motions necessary to bring the DDP to fruition. We must be consistently vigilant in understanding our part. We also must understand the difference between our job and nature's job — and stop trying to do nature's job!

  4. DDPs help us maintain our focus. By checking in daily, sometimes more than once a day, we stay more focused on the goal.

  5. DDPs must be very specific and strong in order for us to send a clear message to nature about what we want and need.

  6. Working with nature does require a learning curve because we don't fully understand balance. We have an idea of what we call balance, but it doesn't mean the same thing as what nature calls balance. So, it's best to leave this one up to the experts!

  7. Humans naturally try to manipulate or bargain with nature. This doesn't work.

Finally, working in conings with nature takes time, energy, courage and commitment. As humans, we always want to take control of a situation and make things happen. In co-creation, we don't have to do everything on our own. Instead, we only have to understand what we are to do and do that — then get out of the way and let the rest of our team do their part.