A few moments ago, as I was eating some almonds, I thought what a good idea it would be to plant a whole orchard of almond trees here, at the Bonfin. In the first place, the soil is ideal because almond trees can grow in arid ground; they don’t need much water but, more importantly, almonds are very rich in nutrients.
They even contain certain elements that combat cancer. For this reason it would be good to be able to eat at least three a day. Some of you might object that you would be tired of them within a week: but you can always grind them up and add a spoonful or two to your salads or your soup, then you would not get sick of them.
So we must plant some almond trees; and then, every year, when the brothers and sisters leave the Bonfin, they can take home bags and bags of almonds to nibble when they are back home! We have several acres of land available. Of course, it has not been cleared yet, but that can soon be done, and if some of the brothers were willing to plant some almond trees they would find it very pleasant, very poetic work.
We have not been very lucky with our almonds this year: the frost killed most of them. Only the trees in my own garden were not damaged by frost, but even they did not produce much. And that is a pity: the biggest almonds I have ever seen grow in my garden, but they were not very plentiful this year. It was the same thing for the olives. Well, there are years like that. It is something that occurs in every area; in fact it occurs for every person, too: the years of plenty alternate with years of famine, the seven fat cows alternate with the seven lean and hungry cows!
And now, why do almonds help to counteract cancer? Because the elements they contain are arranged in perfect harmony, and this harmony prevents cancer – which is the result of anarchy and disorder – from invading the body.
The more the spirit of anarchy prevails in the world, therefore, the more this disease will spread. Medical science does not know this, nor does it know that every disease results from a weakness or vice within man himself.
It is human beings, themselves, who create diseases. When there is too much nervous tension, one kind of illness appears; excessive sensuality produces another kind of illness; when disharmony increases, yet another kind of illness appears.
Every illness is the result of a specific type of disorder, and cancer is the result of anarchy. To guard against cancer, therefore, we have to work at harmony, think about harmony every day, ensure that we are in harmony with the whole of mankind, the whole universe.
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
The Bonfin, 15 July 1970
To be continued…
Compete Works Volume 6, Harmony
Chapter 1. Harmony