From the Mountain to the Farmacy
Food is medicine and the Farmacy is open on the North Shore of Oahu!
ZeroPoint Farms is a place of Artisan Farming and one of the four foundations of our Community Wellness Initiatives. We’re located on the North Shore of Oahu under the umbrella organization of ZeroPoint Embodiment LLC. We are creating a web of gathering spaces for support, nourishment and empowerment to share with the entire community.
In the beginning.
The name ZeroPoint comes from a place where I spent time in India that’s near and dear to my heart. It’s a place high in the Himalayas where the official trail ends and the real Himalayas begin. It’s a place of stillness, Truth and beauty. A resting place before you continue on your journey higher and deeper at the same time.
Some time later, while researching the name, I discovered ZeroPoint as an energy theory in quantum physics; a place where there is a void, a space where nothing exists and simultaneously the potential for everything exists.
Through my professional role as a Certified Rolfer of Structural Integration, ZeroPoint also became the keystone in the balance and holism of the body, a space between sleeping and waking, the dream-like theta wave state, a place of stillness where our optimum health and wellness exists and our body has the wisdom to renew itself.
A Vision Sown and A Missing Piece.
When I came down from the mountain, I brought with me the inspiration of manifesting the embodiment of ZeroPoint by integrating the practices I’d been studying and living: yoga culture, Rolfing Structural Integration, cranio-sacral therapies and humanitarian work to contribute to sustainable community wellness.
For many years after I first traveled to ZeroPoint, I lived and worked internationally with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the humanitarian worlds on the front lines conflict. During that time my awareness was focused on the extreme lack of food, impact of violence, imprint of trauma and the insecurity that prohibited people from resourcing themselves and supporting their families. I did not yet have the inspiration of permaculture, artisan farming or feeding people.
In 2016, I had a rough forced landing back on the North Shore of Oahu after my third MSF mission in Bentiu, South Sudan ended abruptly because of signs of PTSD, compassion fatigue and physical exhaustion. I had nowhere else to go so I came Home to the place where my soul felt at rest and I could breathe deeply again. It was the first time in my life I broke my commitment of Service and walked away from people suffering unspeakable horrors. A humbling experience of human frailty that left a deep tear in the emotional fiber of my Being. I felt broken from the sights, sounds and smells of suffering and death. It was time for a new direction in my life to heal myself and allow the vision I’d sown in India to grow.
It was around then that my lovely partner, Arnold Molina, entered my life to share with me his dream of nearly 20 years. It was so similar to mine but unique with a missing puzzle piece which he patiently shared with me step by step through his love, creativity, wisdom and practical expertise.
The mountain is the path.
Once back on North Shore, I was all too quickly diagnosed by medical doctors with a lifetime auto-immune disease, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, kidney and liver imbalance and thyroid dysfunction. Their only solution was unending series of tests, prescription drugs and medical procedures that offered no real quality of life, left me with more anxiety and growing fear plus I could not afford to pay for any of it.
We Are the Soil.
With the support and encouragement of my partner and community, I had the courage to just say no to the convention medical advice! Arnold and I both gave up everything – our homes, our way of life and our work to come to Hawaii to start fresh and to nurture me back to health with the healing power of naturally grown food along with our other embodiment practices and basic lifestyle choices. We played the long game of daily routine and simple farm fresh meals without gluten, dairy, spices, or meats to allow my body the time to find its own wisdom back to health.
One of our biggest challenges was when we realized we could not afford the good clean food I needed. Thankfully, Arnold knew he could grow it year round in the fertile soil of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s Aina. And he did it and then we did it! Feet on the ground, hands in the soil and open sky above, made all the difference. Two years later all my blood tests are back to normal levels and I am full of renewed life-force and inspiration to Pay It Forward.
Food is Thy Medicine.
Recently, a letter I posted in 2005 from India to a trusted teacher was returned to me. In it I had written, “When I leave India, I am drawn to Boulder, Colorado to study and somehow combine Rolfing, Yoga and Cranio-Sacro practices into a path for helping others.”
I do not remember writing the letter and many times I’ve lost site of ZeroPoint. The path to ZeroPoint Embodiment was long and arduous with ups and downs, twists, turns and disappointments. At times I felt closer to death than life and yet – here we are still standing and thriving.
From the sowing of those first seeds along with the blessings of Nature, our Artisan Farming practices grew into ZeroPoint Farms. This portal of nourishment allows us to share with others what we’ve been given from the Aina (our ancestral support of belonging): The embodied wellness of locally grown artisan food.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
For more information, please visit our website at zeropointembodiment.org to learn how you can become part of our community wellness movement.
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