A general saying may be, “You grow how you feel.” The inner qualities of a grower determine what type of caretaker of the earth that grower will be. The environment will also have an impact on how a grower thinks and feels. Mokichi Okada said that human psychological activities such as rational thinking and emotional expressions are not exclusive to people, but can be found in other species like the flora and fauna, microorganisms, soil and other inorganic matter. Both producers and consumers should note that their subconscious influences the health of plants, the soil in the fields, and even human feelings and attitudes. The farmer’s genuine gratitude and grace in the care for soil, seeds, and plants invigorates the soil to exert its life-force energy. Plants, in turn, tap into the soil’s energy to grow.
As spiritual beings, farmers have a personal relationship with their farm. If they tend to their plants with a sincere heart and pray for thei full growth without expecting any return, plants will respond with an abundant yield.
Humans emotionally interact with each other. In this sense, the state of mind in which farmers work their fields has a broad impact not only on the soil, seeds, and produce, but also on the inner feelings of those who are involved with each process of production, distribution and consumption. If everyone works together with gratitude, joy, compassion and mutual respect, these positive thoughts make a difference. These are age-old principles that must be respected in the application of Natural Agriculture farming.