Biodynamic practice is an individual affair subject to complex variables, and results are not guaranteed. Despite many guidelines, the responsibility for success lies with the enthusiasm and clarity of intent of each person applying the method.
We might keep in mind that from the viewpoint of quantum physics the observer and the phenomenon are inseparably linked. The act of observation is a key factor in determining the phenomenon. Stated in a more time-honoured way, what we seek, we find, or what we think, we grow.
Biodynamics seeks the truth of physics and chemistry, and in doing so it works with the principle of fluid dynamics that a microscopic change at a point can effect large scale changes in the medium. Chaos theory calls this the ‘Butterfly Effect’, as though a butterfly can flap its wings and change the weather.
Certainly there is chaos, but chaos theory is about how order arises from chaos. It does this at boundaries, though the factors which trigger it are so infinitesimal they are difficult to identify. Forty years before chaos theory became standard physics, Steiner was using the term ‘smallest entities’ to describe these infinitesimal organizational factors. This lends weight to other Steiner recommendations, not only the biodynamic preparations but also the value of stirring small quantities of preparations in enough water to cover large areas.
We should take into account that Steiner intended us to experiment. Near the end of his last lecture on agriculture he commented:
In these lectures, I have only been able to supply certain guidelines of course, but I am sure that they will provide a foundation for many different experiments extending over a long period of time, and that they will lead to brilliant results if worked into your agronomical practices on an experimental basis. That should be a guideline for dealing with the material presented in this course.
From Quantum Agriculture, Biodynamics and Beyond, Hugh Lovel, 2014, p13-14