I read this series of books as a direct result of reading Lost and Found in Russia. The first book Anastasia , The Ringing Cedar Series series and the surrounding phenomenon is mentioned on page 255. Susan Richards friends tell her of eco-villages that were springing up all over Russia as a result. The first book came out in Russia in 1996.
Now, I must admit that one of our friends who is a Russian professor said the books were absolute rubbish and could not believe we would waste our time reading them. Yet, there seems to be an entire movement based on the concepts in this book – from schools in Russia to settlements in various provinces in Canada and states in the U.S., even a group in Florida. I say, you have to read the books for yourself and make up your own mind as to whether they have any value or not.
I cannot even tell you if they are fact or fiction. The editor himself does not answer that question. He simply shares how the books changed his life and the odd and miraculous events surrounding their publication. The editor, Leonid Sharashkin (who sounds exactly like Bartok the Magnificent in the Anastasia cartoon) can be seen giving lectures about his experience with the books on youtube.
There were definitely some statements that intrigued us on our quest for truth. In the very first chapter Vladimir Megre, a businessman using ships to start commerce along the River Ob, meets two old men who approach him about buying a cedar tree. The translation bothers me because what they are really talking about are old pine trees, but… the statement is made that , “God created the cedar (pine) to store cosmic energy…”
Okay, simple enough, but remember I had recently finished studying Answers in Genesis, so presuming that God created everything for a purpose is not that big of a stretch. They go on to tell of the tree’s healing properties and how important it is for a ringing cedar to be cut and dispersed to people to give them the healing properties it has been gathering and storing during its 150 year lifetime.
Granted you can laugh at this tale, or you can google the health benefits of pine nuts, pine needle tea and pine oil and decide for yourself. When Megre discovers the benefits of pine oil he asks the question, “What kind of unknown forces are trying so earnestly to erase our forebears’ knowledge from our own memories?” (p. 19) He is incensed to find out that this cedar (pine) oil is being sold in foreign packaging for outrageous prices. Anyway, it’s food for thought. We continued to read.
Megre meets Anastasia in chapter 2. She is a bizarre woman who lives in the Siberian Taiga without a house, or much clothing or basically anything – and thrives. Compared to the way any of us live today – and Megre is included – that is just weird and when he asks her in a condescending way if she is just a beast of the forest she challenges his concept that the only thing that distinguishes man from all other creatures is his possession of manufactured objects. She assures him that she has everything she needs in the nature surrounding her. There is the insinuation that she is perhaps superior to him (us) by the very fact that she has no need of any manufactured products.
Watch a couple episodes of Hoarders and you might question whether it really is more civilized to own more stuff. I know that I am being influenced by the minimalist movement and a personal love of tiny houses. I don’t want to believe that minimalism and tiny homes were purposefully introduced to lead me to acquiesce to Agenda 21. (I admit I read Glen Beck’s scary book – and not the actual document.) I wouldn’t even believe that our wonderful representatives in government or the UN would do anything remotely like the fiction in Beck’s book if I hadn’t taken a trip to the Georgia Guidestones (which I thought was fiction!!) or listen to testimony about Codex Alimentarius!
But back to minimalism and tiny homes – I actually feel lighter and more in control of my life with less stuff to cart around, store or maintain. I want to believe that some altruistic soul with a design gene invented the idea of tiny homes to save people from the thirty-year mortgage trap!
Back to ringing cedars (pines)! Anastasia then leads Megre through a re-education in living close to nature. Her relationship with animals seems like pure fantasy, but of plants she says, “Everything – but everything – on the Earth, every blade of grass, every little bug, has been created for Man, and everything has its individual appointed task to perform in the service of Man. The multitude of medicinal plants are a confirmation of this. But people in your world know very little about how to benefit from the opportunities they are presented with – about how to take full advantage of them.” (p. 75)
In the course of reading these books, I also noticed that our local area was having a conference on wild edibles. In my research I also stumbled across several websites that promoted the idea that God often lets weeds spring up in our very front or back lawn which address the very diseases we suffer from. So, I started looking around our yard.
My husband suffers from psoriasis (it disappears when we eat totally raw foods) – but our yard seems to grow an abundance of Aloe Vera plants. Aloe is quite soothing to the skin. Coincidence? We actually have an abundance of weeds, but more research is needed for us to have a clue if they have any useful purpose. It’s a process!
Did you ever hear that saying, “We can all count the seeds in an apple, but only God knows the number of apples in a seed.”? Anastasia has some pretty crazy sounding advice about seeds. She says we should hold the seeds we are about to plant in our mouths for nine minutes before planting them. We should also be standing barefoot on the patch of earth where we intend to plant. After spitting them out of our mouths, we should hold them in the palms of our hands and blow gently on them. “Then the wee little seed will know everything about you.” (p. 78) In addition, if we hold our palms open and present the seed to the sky, the celestial bodies will convey some sort of information will will confirm to the seed when it should activate.
This may sound strange until you start to think about what we have learned in recent years about DNA. According to Anastasia through perspiration from one’s feet comes substances containing information about bodily diseases. This information is taken in by the seedlings.
Is it possible for a seed to read your DNA or for the Earth in your garden to analyze toxins coming out of your feet?
Has anyone read about essential oils, and how you can put them on the soles of your feet to help prevent or heal certain illnesses? Have you ever heard about Shu-Li patches which are designed to stay on your feet overnight to draw out toxins? Have you ever read a Farmer’s Almanac and noticed how certain plants should be planted on the waning or waxing of the moon? Ever wonder about any of this?
What did our grandparents know that we have lost touch with because we have invented something that works faster and/or better? We certainly don’t turn to natural remedies as much as our ancestors did. In fairness we do tend to live longer than previous generations, but some of the medications advertised on television have such a long list of possible side effects that I wonder if added longevity is always worth the risk.
It certainly gives us a lot to consider. In my next post I’ll talk more about the Ringing Cedar Series. There are nine books in all – and that series led further along the rabbit trail.