Ok so let’s just be real. We are literally all at fault. In some way or another, no matter how progressive we are all contributing to the failing design of instability in the world. My mind, being one that is solution based, immediately jumps to the question: What will we do about it?
While I was researching and gathering my thoughts for this blog Sandy hit the east coast and devastated NY and surrounding areas. As in the case of the Haitian earthquake or Hurricane Katrina, or the Syrian Gov slaughtering its own people, my heart’s reaction is always the same. ”These are MY PEOPLE, MY FLESH AND BLOOD, MY SISTERS, BROTHERS, DAUGHTERS, MOTHERS AND FATHERS.” These are our people, we can no longer live under the vail of separatism. The tragedies are already great and the moment we fail as a human race is when we decide, “Oh, I’m glad it wasn’t me,” or “It’s just karma,” or “God always has a reason.” There are many more statements of separatism that we make on a daily bases and it causes complacency, ignorance and removes our ability to participate in the rejuvenation.
Haiti has become one of the world's most extreme cases of suffering, and it's being overlooked.
When we have these kinds of attitudes it marks the degradation of our society. Now, there are those that have the same reaction as me… those that would risk their own life in crumbling rubble in order to serve others. It shouldn’t take tragedies for these emotions to hit our inspiration and change us forever. I would think by now we could all recognize this model is not working and it’s beyond the right time to change. In fact, we are behind and have so much work to do. The need is urgent.
We most certainly have contributed to these problems, and now that we know we are at fault for the worlds troubles, we can clearly see that it is our duty and responsibility to the Earth and the beings living here to do something about it. This doesn’t mean running out and standing in front of tanks, or in the front line of protest, or get angry and start preaching. Once we see truth and recognize it we should calmly and positively engage. Our Guru Dev always says, “Be neither reactive or inactive, be positively proactive.” Yes, there is a process that is natural for a human being to feel. We fill ourselves with information, we become aware, we become emotional because of our inherent love for Mother Earth, and then we feel restless or even helpless because the problems exist in such great magnitude. This is perfectly normal. The difference is any action met with such anger and chaos is only going to stay a flamed for a short while. But the calm presence of a devoted soul acting out of love and compassion for Mother Earth and all beings is a constant flame unwavering in the wind. We cannot participate in global or even inner family rejuvenation if we ourselves are not healthy inwardly. The model of this kind of consciousness is what we all seek, why don’t we put it into action? I know that everyone wants quick solutions and fixes to our problems, but the most important thing that needs fixing is our mindfulness. This process is essential in order to take the positive proactive choice that won’t leave us with spinning wheels of frustration.
Roaming freely in the streets of Rishikesh India, the blessed Go Mata Cow
To see the World as ours and to feel that the beings living here are our own flesh and blood is one of the most important steps in this process, and it is one of mindfulness. It will leave you with no other option than to want to participate in the rejuvenation. Your heart will not allow you to sit idly and watch it happen. Your heart will understand that even if you survive, what life will the future generations lead? Now that we understand that the oppression of the colonial grids and the slaughtering of indigenous people, traditions and culture has lead us to this separatist, materialistic, military state, we understand our role in the game and how clearly we can take a step back and envision what our new role must be. This Statement references Part 1 of this blog use this link to read Part 1.
Now, the problems are evident and clear! Onward to solutions. Landscape design can be transferred to all aspects of life: Your inner landscape, your garden, your social interaction and your community building design. One of the most tangible aspects of a permanent cultural design is Community Building. Not every can make food forests, and design landscapes that catch and preserve water and rainfall, not everyone can be a meditator cruising the inner landscape and working on the Self. But everyone can engage in the community, there is no excuse. Right now we are under the guise that our political and military figures have all the “power.” What we need to realize is that we have the Power, the Power of True Community. It’s inherit in our blood, it’s at the roots of our indigenous ancestors. What those political entities have is “authority,” not Power. Power comes from inner strength, courage, compassion, and many other unbreakable things. You CANNOT steal, kill or disturb the True Power of the Soul that is inherently within all of us. Also, let us not forget that we are the majority and we have given away our “Power” to the wealthy minority. Now that we can stand in our Power as beautiful shining people of Earth we can make clear steps to engage our communities and inspire them toward the same unified goals.
Do you know your neighbors? I mean really know them? Have you ever asked about their past or families or what they even do for a living? If the answer is no, then you can see in a very obvious way that the oppressing colonial grid is working to stop you from engaging your community. A.D.D. American Dream Disorder! (a quote from a very dear relation, can tell you more in person.) We are being raised to believe that this house with fence is mine and I want to keep myself separate and safe from the rest of society. We can see how that controls us and makes us weaker. Simply if we can stand together as a united front we can solve our own burdens and problems and stop relying on others that don’t even have our best interests in mind.
Singing and Dancing could definitely be helpful in community building! This is during a Farmers Market in Mumbai India. We grew to love the community there and met so many wonderful people and families.
Here is a very simple and tangible approach to Community Building. This can be done by anyone: Make a simple flyer or hand drawn advertisement for a pot lock dinner on your block in your neighborhood. Invite everyone on the street go door to door if you have to. Tell everyone to bring food. Food always brings people together for the common good! The purpose of the meeting could be very simple. ”Meet the Neighbors!” could be the title of it. There does need to be a “facilitator” (not a leader, the idea is that the community is one whole mind.) Their job is easy. Give a simple 3 sentence intro as to why we are gathering and at the end give a summary of the community input. The purpose of the pot luck could be very clear and simple. Three questions: Who are you, what is your working trade, how long have you been a community member. The idea is not to asses any problems or issues until there is a uniformed understanding of who everyone is. It sounds simple and within that meeting a plumber may meet an architect and share a common bond, and some skill trade may come out of it. Two people that love the outdoors may discover that they lived next door to each other all this time. There is a great game to get this type of conversation going called “Common Ground.” Everyone stands in a circle and pop corn style start blurting out the things they like or hobbies they are interested in. An example could be, “Common ground for hiking.” And everyone that likes hiking would step into the center of the circle. Bam! Instantly there is your neighborhood hiking group. Bonds are formed immediately out of these types of simple activities.
A Community Building of Permaculturists after the North Cal Permaculture Convergence coming together to learn in the field with world renown permaculturalist Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Institute. We are reading the landscape for contour in order to construct a pond that will be the staple for the surrounding food forest implementation
It seems almost too simple, and look at the reality of it. A community that is engaged and knows each other on a personal level will: reduce crime, reduce domestic abuse, reduce waste, slow traffic, improves health, reduces stress and many many other great things. Most of all your community will start to become aware of the common good, thus allowing them to see in a very clear way what are the problems and issues that we face as a collective, and how can we improve. The community will see, “Oh hey you have a garden and food growing in your back yard, I want that too!” And pretty soon the fences come down and we are all enjoying this life in the village demographic as we were granted the right by birth. If you would like more information on community building or facilitating your own neighborhood potluck, please contact me (email@example.com) I can go on and on about this subject, and I think you understand the general concept. The group City Repair in Portland OR gave birth to some really amazing landmark ideas on this subject and put them into action, they are awesome check out the site. City Repair Website
Ok, let’s say that you absolutely don’t like socializing and aren’t ready to get out of your home and mix with people. What role can you play in the rejuvenation design? I would say a good starting point is walking the confines of your living space with a clean slate, a new insight. Turn your attention to the areas of your living space that could be more sustainable. Ask yourself these simple questions, “What is the function of this space? What environment do I want to create? What is lacking in the space that I have? Where are there room for improvements? What is the maximum level of sustainability and rejuvenation I could hope for within this space? Rarely do we ask ourselves these simple questions, we just move about life as if we don’t need to improve. All the world around us is constantly changing and all we try to do is suppress it and think somehow life can go on in this unsustainable way. Now that you have seen the areas of opportunity within your very own living space there is a really great staple to begin with for anyone whether you are in an apartment or a house this simple implementation will generate life and higher level of functionality and will dramatically decrease your waste and in fact, put beneficial bioactivity back into your system. Simple Worm Composting Video By Permaculture Institute in Australia. Worm composting is the first step anyone should take in an urban setting to reduce waste and generate positive yields back into your system. In the video they are using one of those common three teared green plastic containers and those work great. But you don’t have to buy anything you can use any container really, you just might have to modify it a bit to be able to catch the most important part the “worm juice” for compost tea! After you get your worm compost started and you are dumping your kitchen scraps into the worm bin, the worms do all the other work for you. You just have to keep the top cover moist every now and then, fill it with your kitchen scraps and then and let the worms work their magic.
This is a fancy one, doesn't have to be fancy
The end result is a thriving compost of beneficial bacteria that you can then add to your potted plants or ground plants and the effects are dramatic. The plants will let you know how healthy and lush they feel. You will most certainly yield more fruit and benefit this way, and now your food scraps aren’t being taken off to some festering landfill and turning the ground into unusable soil.
See what I mean, this can be really easy and cheap.
The juice that drips from the worm bin is almost the most priceless ingredient. You can pour small amounts of the worm juice into a container of water with a small water pump (like you would use in a fish tank) and some fired stones (for aeration). Let the water pump run over night, and the aeration of the water pump increases positive bacteria content potentially by the millions, and this will greatly enhance the life of your plant systems. You will never have to buy compost or plant food if you take these simple steps. Just using the simple aeration method actually doesn’t produce the highest yield possible, and this video by Dr. Elaine Ingham, the world’s leading soil biologist. Dr Elaine Ingham on Compost tea brewing click this link
Ok damn, I’ll make it even easier. If you don’t like meeting neighbors, and you don’t like dealing with the Solid Gold of Permaculture, Worm Composting, what is there left for you to do? At least harvest your own damn rain water. The water is only falling out of the sky the least we could do is catch it and save some of it, so we are not running the damn faucet for every little thing. In a time of great need of conservation we need real answers that solve issues quickly.
Rain Barrel with overflow spout feeding a line of rose bushes in our Urban Permaculture Sight in Sugarland Tx
Installing a water catchment on your property or even off the front of your apt (especially if you have a balcony) is a huge step toward conservation and rejuvenation. It should be illegal not to do it. If every building on the planet had water catchment devices for rain just think of the surplus of resources that could be generated. That’s the real kicker, these solutions are simple and they are suppressed by an authority that wants you to by Ozarka water or what ever the hell the Coca Cola company is pushing on people and draining resource with. Ok, so I won’t go into detail about how to install the rain barrel, and I will say that I will personal facilitate anyones desires to have a water catchment device installed on their property. Oh, and Americans are alway so afraid of sanitation issues it’s ridiculous. So, I have a solution even for you. Not sure if you know this, but a block of limestone balances PH levels so you can drink the damn rain water coming off your rough with a block of limestone in your water tank, it’s that easy. If you don’t want to drink it, use it for your plants, wash your dog with it, just use it for something and turn off the damn faucet. Sorry, I’m passionate about saving water hehe… If you would like more info on water catchment or would like me to install one on your property please email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, I’ve outlined 3 solutions for you in this blog and I would like you to take them to heart and go back to your life asking these questions. Crack open your eyes and become aware. Wake up wake up wake up! There really is no time to waste and in fact we now have so much to make up for our past transgressions. And it’s not getting any easier. There are some very serious entities at work that do not want to see the positive evolution of the planet, and seek to pollute and alter the atmosphere, change the temperature and keep us reliant on GMO foods, because the only thing that will grow in an infested polluted landscape is something that does not even derive from nature. The moment that these ideas become a solution is the moment that you know we have completely slipped away and are removed from the needs of the people and the planet. I wish I could say I will end on a happy note. I’m hopeful and positive, and at the same time there is a huge magnitude of suffering and oppression that needs to be lifted, there is so much work to do. I will leave you with a piece I wrote loosely called “Do Your See the Spray?”
Do You See the Spray?
“I wake up to look hopefully into a clear blue sky–or even a sky with clouds–beings of mist and energy–Either way–I look upward (or outward) to witness this illustrious beauty in its natural state. Instead I see spray… it’s knifing through what might potentially form as a rain cloud–that would send its loving and bathing energy to my plants bellow that thrive and live off of it. And then the plants energy becomes my body and we are sharing with each other with care and tenderness. And then maybe the rainclouds move away and the sun comes raining down and lifts the spirits of Earth’s beings once again and we live to understand the importance of that symbiosis. Instead I look up and I see spray… I think to myself, “What kind of a world do we live in?” ”When does this become an acceptable answer?” ”Since when have we gotten so far away from our understanding of what gives us life and creation, and how far away from that relationship have we stretched?” The clouds I see are not clouds. They don’t have the same spontaneous lively patterns. These clouds make an X and straight lines and stretch across the sky for miles–then only to spread and block out that which gives us life and energy. I look and see a rainbow amidst this foreign mist only it’s not a normal rainbow. This one reflects similarly to the way oil reflects on a soiled concrete floor of a gas station–oozing and bubbling with chemicals. Then as the foreign mist spreads out it plummets to ground level, the temperature increases as we increase a facade dependency on chemical based, factory made, GMO commodities. These basic needs of survival should be our very own birthright as beings of the Earth. We should bare the right to produce and share them on our own. The Energies of the Earth should not be owned by anybody especially not the wealthy few that DO NOT have the interest of the Earth and beings living within in mind at all. So I ask myself, “What is this spray?” ”Why is it causing so many strange things to happen?” ”Who is behind this unsustainable display of greed and authority?” And how can we stop them, or at the very least, how can we open their hearts to the understanding of Earth’s desperate and drastic needs? She is crying to us… We must respond with the same Love She has for us. When I look up and wake up, I want to see Mother smiling back at me. I don’t want to see spray…”
Photo Taken out in front of Whole Foods on loop 360 the day before ThanksTaking. What is it?
Please… at the very least just ask yourself, “What is it?”
Link to a very interesting video about the subject I\’m writing about above. For more information email me, and we can send you the hard research that’s being done on this particular subject. email@example.com
Be kind, caring and compassionate.
PS please don’t be blind to what ThanksTaking truly represents and it’s not just history it’s still happening right under our noses and needs our participation in the restoration it’s our duty, start to educate yourself at the very least…
Don't pretend this doesn't exist. This is a house on an Indian reservation in Utah.