Updated for 2015
Institute for Cooperative BioBalance® EcoSystem Research Study on Ash Trees and Emerald Ash Borer, Rhinebeck, New York, USA
The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, has generously agreed to allow its 195-acre campus in Rhinebeck, NY, to become a test site for the Institute for Cooperative BioBalance’s EcoSystem Research Study which involves Ash trees and the Emerald Ash Borer.
Bringing ecosystems into dynamic balance means improving the health of the entire 195-Acre Ecosystem. Special focus is given to the Ash Trees in anticipation of the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the area. Typically, the insect is brought in on firewood that people move. As a practical effort, each of the respective states has public contact efforts reminding people not to move firewood.
Since the Emerald Ash Borer was an unwilling immigrant to North America, (it was brought into the Great Lakes area on wood imported from China), it just wants to live its life-cycle as any living Being would.
Dr. Jim Conroy’s LIVE AND LET LIVE approach respects the insect’s primal drive to live and recognizes that conventional efforts to eradicate the insect will never be successful. By improving the health of the trees, expanding the inter-connectivity of all the organisms in the local ecosystem, and by forging EcoPeace Treaties® between the living members of the ecosystem–including the Emerald Ash Borer–all organisms in an ecosystem can thrive.
Neighborhoods in Brooklyn
The goal of Cooperative BioBalance is to create a condition in an ecosystem that’s like the way most people in neighborhoods in Brooklyn (which is a borough of New York City) flourish. Many people of different ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds, and sexual preferences share apartment buildings and co-habit in the neighborhoods in peace. Tolerance and even friendship is becoming the norm; there are few bullies. So must Nature’s trees, plants, insects, other organisms, animals, and other ecosystem members co-function for all to co-exist healthily. And they do, naturally and successfully, operate according to their unique natures, if they are not degraded by disruption or pollution.
To follow that analogy; the only bully in most ecosystems is the human Being. Many human ecosystem members think they know best what to do and how Nature operates. The conventional approach does not include ASKING the profound intelligence in Nature’s living Beings about themselves and their needs.
Dr. Jim Conroy’s Cooperative BioBalance approaches (these links take you to the CooperativeBioBalance.org website) and treatment technologies make it a priority to communicate intuitively (this link takes you to TreeWhispering.com) and ask Nature’s wisdom about the inner health of ecosystems members.
Every living organisms that is threatened usually reacts defensively. In Nature, organisms become more aggressive and seek to reproduce in greater numbers. By recognizing the Emerald Ash Borer’s right to live and its unique contributions, and by asking it for its input, Dr. Conroy holistically treats the EAB, too, and sets up a peaceful collaboration. He feels that without threats to its existence and with the acceptance that it is now part of the North American ecosystem, the EAB will not react aggressively and will not seek to reproduce in extreme numbers. Logically, the EAB does not want to destroy its only food source: Ash trees.
Concurrently, the Ash trees in the Northeast USA–which were already weakened by the natural activities of other disease organisms, other insects, pollution, and changes in the weather–needed to have their inner functionality and overall health improved. Dr. Conroy has done that with the Omega Ash trees as he has been doing successfully with trees for over 10 years. Please check examples of his work at the sister website TheTreeWhisperer.com.
Work at Omega Institute in 2012 and 2013
The first task was to locate Ash trees on the 195 acre property. Dr. Jim Conroy and Basia Alexander made 10 trips in 2012 and 7 trips in 2013 just for reconnaissance.Dr. Jim’s approach was to begin his holistic treatments as soon as the first few trees and groves were found. He used each of them as if they were broadcasting towers because all living Beings, including trees, produce a bio-energy field that radiates all around it. A person’s bio-energy field extends to 5 feet away from the physical body. A tree’s bio-energy field may radiate out much further. Then, as Conroy and Alexander treated more individuals and groves of Ash trees (as shown on the elevation map provided by Skip Backus, CEO of Omega) the additional treatment areas would begin to overlap. (Please see the images of that elevation map with Ash trees and groves dotted onto it in the slide show above.)
Starting in February with snow and ice still on the ground, Dr. Conroy made at least 20 trips in 2012 and at least 20 trips in 2013 to do his healing and interconnecting work at Omega. Like the beautiful patchwork quilts hanging in the Omega dining hall, Dr. Conroy was patchwork-ing the entire 195 acre multitude of ecosystems into a single whole fabric. And, of course, since trees and plants don’t honor human boundaries, Dr. Conroy feels that his treatments extend some distance beyond the property lines.
Both Co-Existence Technologies® and EcoPeace Treaties® were Dr. Jim’s tools of choice. As a result of his work so far, Dr. Conroy believes that the Ash trees on the property are sufficiently healthy so that they won’t even attract the Emerald Ash Borer onto the property. It is well known by tree care professionals that sick or stressed trees and plants of any kind attract insects to themselves. Dr. Conroy also believes that the intelligence of the EAB itself is a collaborative partner in this endeavor, so that if some individuals do fly onto the property, those individual insects will limit their activities only to the few Ash trees that may already be too sick to survive.
Work at Omega Institute in 2014 and 2015
Additional locations at the Omega research site were added in 2014 and 2015. The content of the EcoPeace Treaty originally negotiated between the organisms in previous years was clarified.
The structure of an EcoPeace Treaty was also clarified in two books written during 2014 and 2015. This link takes you to sister websites PlantKingdomCommunications.com. Live and Let Live V1: How Multidimensional Collaboration Heals Ecosystems and Live and Let Live V2: Enlightened Stewardship.
Other of Dr. Conroy’s research test sites in the Northeast USA include: Red Hook, NY, Salisbury, CT, Alford, MA, Sharon, CT, and Blairstown, NJ.
About Omega Institute
Located in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega Institute welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York and at locations around the world. Omega has been a pioneer in exploring, teaching, and embracing new ideas, focusing on health and wellness, personal spiritual growth, and self-awareness.
Among the popular courses each year is Dr. Conroy’s and Ms. Alexander’s Tree Whispering Workshop. It is usually offered the weekend AFTER Memorial Day, in early June. Enthusiastic students receive training in intuitive communication with trees and plants, learn techniques to heal stressed or sick ones, and graduate as Tree Ambassadors®.
Most students say that the workshop changed their lives by giving them confidence in their own intuitive skills, enhancing their personal spirituality or well-being, and a deepening their appreciation for all living beings. Many Omega campus trees have regained health and vigorous growth over the years because of both Dr. Jim’s treatments and the students’ practice.