I went to celebrate 2 dear friends' birthdays yesterday at this gorgeous restaurant in Belize City, 501 Hub.
We had a great time. The staff was so friendly, the food was delicious, and we were the only diners in the whole, magical place.
How sustainable will that be for them, or any business?
Last year, approximately THE SAME NUMBER of people died from the flu...
...but they didn't take all of humanity -- and sanity -- with them.
It is neither considerate nor responsible to expect the world to literally suffocate themselves, while remaining holed up at home, growing deficient in sunshine, human touch, real eye contact, good bacteria, and the natural strengthening of your innate immune system.
BREATHING is the most basic and fundamental need for life.
We can go THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME without doing it, before literal death.
Yet the vast majority have bought into the most ridiculous idea that self-suffocation is noble, heroic, virtuous, and helpful to others?!
The real, true, great threat is a well-funded, long-planned, deceitful agenda.
You owe it to yourself, your brain (which REQUIRES oxygen to function properly), and your lungs (which are re-inhaling quite a lot of the WASTE GAS, carbon dioxide), to look into the inappropriateness of this protocol.
Those who have mandated it are despicable people unworthy of our trust.
We are fighting with each other over breathing, while a bigger-than-life agenda marches forward.
I hope no one lights a single firework or starts a single grill this Saturday, without listening to the Declaration of Independence first. Just 10 minutes. PLEASE.
Think about the past 3.5 months in the light of those words.
The evident, has become not very evident.
The Declaration of Independence is the basis of the 4th of July celebrations and fireworks, many Americans used to participate in... and I'm curious to see what will happen this Saturday.
But you don't have to be American to feel Thomas Jefferson's words. ESPECIALLY NOW.
So that's what you're invited to do. Take 10 minutes, and LISTEN to the reading of this historic document. Notice how you feel, and share that feeling as a comment.
The thing that makes this writing prompt "deep" is that it asks you to reflect and consider how you feel about something that's complex, and has no easy answer.
The medicine, I believe, will be in us all seeing each other's honest feelings ABOUT THE DOCUMENT, and how it might apply to each of us right now.
Let your comment first filter through your heart, please.
We're very interested in your honest expression, AND that expression needn't be insulting to anyone else.
How do you feel about Jefferson's break-up letter from King George III? 👑💔
👂🏽 HEAR it: https://youtu.be/4uE-tqe0xsQ
👁️ READ it: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript
(This is an open message to my Facebook Group. You are very welcomed to join us!)
Hi, EmpathicWriters! I'm Erika, and I created this group AGES ago. It went dormant while I had 2 international moves, surrendered all my life's possessions and paradigms... and have been putting myself and my life back together... from the heart, out.
It has been big, tiring, messy, LIBERATING work.
I haven't said anything here for awhile because, honestly, I hadn't known what to say, or how to serve... 'til now.
Starting tomorrow, July 1, I'll post deep writing prompts here, every Wednesday. I invite you to use the prompt to arouse in you a related memory/story, and share it as a comment.
There is no shortage of detached, avoidant banter and debate all around. This group will practice and promote the opposite of that. We are kind, curious and candid.
ORIGIN STORY OF WRITE YOUR WAY OUT:
Twenty years ago, I was at a cross-road. I ached for An Answer, and got one:
"Write your way out."
It was a non-audible voice I 'heard' from deep inside me. Somehow, I knew I could trust the voice, and I started following that advice every day, and have been doing so for two decades.
I didn't write what I already knew.
I wrote what I *needed* to know.
I started from confusion, loneliness, low self-worth, and other shadowy stuff, including career dissatisfaction. I needed freedom from those things, and *have* been freed from them.
Well, now I'd love to see if we can write our way out of ignorance and hatred. Presumption and judgment. Shallowness and blame.
I believe we can.
Because, stories are like ants, and can carry 8 to 10 times their weight.
We'll genuinely learn about fellow humans. We'll see our own reflection in each other in ways that will amaze and heal us. Watch. Give it a try. We start tomorrow. 💜
If you had to pick a breast, or a testicle, to have removed... which one would you give up?
Left... or right?
It's an impossible, unanswerable question!
Just like the US' 2-party system is an impossible, unanswerable question.
* HOW can you choose between health and economic security, when the real answer is both?
* HOW can you choose between justice and responsibility, when the real answer is both?
* HOW can you choose between black and white, when the real answer is both?
POLARIZED. End of an axis. There's not nearly enough compassion at the end of an axis. And there's definitely not enough nuance and tenderness at the end of an axis.
At the end of a rope.
Polarization, literally, restricts the vibration of a light wave.
So imagine what it does to you and me.
Consider how polarization restricts the vibration of the light wave that is you, when you make immediate assumptions about the person wearing a Red MAGA hat. Or a wild, frizzy 'fro.
Disaster-opportunity is ahead. Are we seriously going to greet it with festering hostility? Rage exhausts and weakens those who carry it. Even when the rage is justified, it still will rust its container.
To resist CAPTIVITY OF THE WORLD, ere'body better get a whole lot smarter, and a whole lot nicer.
Think. Care. Breathe.
And depolarize. 💎
A young black man (Robert Fuller, RIP) was recently found hanging in a tree in California. The coroner called it suicide, but his local community is calling it a lynching.
An independent investigation may reveal more truth, but even if it does confirm Mr. Fuller was hatefully hung and didn't end his own life, what then? More protesting?
TRIAGE is a French verb that means, "to sort."
In a hospital emergency room, triage is how patients are prioritized. Degrees of urgency are assigned to wounded or ill patients. A broken arm, a gunshot wound, an auto accident, and a dilated mother all need different things. Right now, life resembles this emergency room.
There are many different kinds of wounds and illnesses to be addressed, including:
* police brutality, systemic racism + mounting racial tension
* covid-19 + its threat of a rushed, mandated, harmful vaccine
* unemployment, destroyed businesses + need of cash
* manipulation + unreliability of mainstream media sources
* the economic consequences of magically printing $10 trillion
* increased mental fragility from this ongoing trauma
* roll-out of 5G + its health implications
* censorship on social media platforms
* A LOOMING IMPOSITION OF MARTIAL LAW
* A LOOMING U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
As emotional a time as it is right now... as fatigued as we may be from all the madness since March 13th... I believe it is crucial that blacks and anti-racists scan the entire Emergency Room... and do some triage.
Even though it is our absolute right to express our rage about unjust loss of life, is NOW the best time to do so when:
(1) those expressions are routinely being hijacked by violent infiltrators who *intend* to amplify chaos, confusion, and instigate ill will toward black people by misrepresenting us; and
(2) continued civil unrest is EXACTLY what hidden hands WANT to see, because it will be the justification to impose martial law. Martial law is "direct military control of normal civil functions or suspension of civil law by a government," and it will make the current police problems seem like roses.
There are a lot of emergencies in the ER, and all the patients need attention... but if everyone loses their liberty in the midst of hot expression, NO ONE WINS.
Peace and wisdom, to our hearts and minds.
About a week ago, a friend shared this breathwork video with me.
I already do a regular breath practice, so didn't rush to it... but, unable to sleep, I just dove in. Maybe 7 minutes in, I burst into tears. Giant. Booming. Flood.
Because BREATH IS LIFE.
* If confronted with mask-wearing, breath is life.
* If confronted with respiratory illness, breath is life.
* If confronted by a knee to the neck, breath is life.
I cried for the ways breath has been challenged.
Then, I noticed how close their knees were. The instructors'.
I started fixating on how, surely, they must be able to sense and feel each other's knee... not even needing to touch. Just, nearness.
And I realized how improbable it is that I will feel someone's knee close to mine like that, and I lost it. GAVE IT ALL UP.
The sinking fear that my chance to know closeness -- of knee and soul -- will come again.
I have romanced myself so extensively, for so long, I have now forgotten what it is like to do so with another.
So I grieved that, too. And by the time my face dried, I realized how very good it is that I am able to go through these extreme changes with only feline company.
And I also thought that single empaths who live alone must be having lots of stop-drop-and-cry parties these days. FEELING ALL THIS CRAP TO THE NTH DEGREE, while beliefs, structures, and systems, are all wobbling.
Well, feeling it IS healing it.
Let yourself cry hard, as often as you need to.
And, breathe deep.
Love to all. 🌺
(Background Song: "Bumbling," by Pictures Of The Floating World)
Innocent and healthy as we may be, the past 3 months have treated us like guilty, diseased people. And because of mass hypnosis, we allowed it. Because of suppressed truth, censored news, and silencing social platforms, we allowed it. Because of calcified pineal glands, indoctrinated minds, and weakened wills... because of our fear of rejection and disapproval... because of our mental laziness... because we were excessively trained to behave like victims and children unable to anchor our own existence... because of influential satanic, pedophiles who control nations, banks, government agencies, global industries, and because they have long-infested most of the images we see, and messages we hear... because of our knee-jerk dismissal of things we deem to evil or grotesque to be true... and, mostly, because of the human tendency to find scapegoats and sacrificially burn them, rather than take the hot responsibility FOR IT ALL... because of an unlistable amount of reasons, WE ARE HERE.
And so, it is a fully ripe time to let your shadow have its way with you.
When anger, fear, doubt, loneliness, or any other unwanted feeling comes... gracefully wave your hand, and offer it a seat. Make the invitation sincere. You WANT to hear what that dreary thing has to say to you. Every aching word. Feel the godawfulness thoroughly, because allowing the thorough feeling of it, IS HOW IT METABOLIZES. Like food, it can be converted into energy for fuel on your journey. The more it hurt or hindered you, the further your rocket fuel will take you, baby.
But first, allow it out of your body. That is done by FEELING it completely. Remember that distraction and drama exist to keep you from doing this important work. And who races to quietly be with their most uncomfortable feelings, anyway? Who expects fruit from this kind of annihilation? Who plans ahead to turn a bad mood, into an alchemical opportunity?
“If you bring forth what is within you,
what you bring forth will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is within you,
what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
SMART PUSH-BACK FOR HR 6666: If a Contact Tracer, or other government-credentialed snitch, ever comes to your home and tries to force or bully you into receiving a COVID-19 test, give them the form below, and tell them they need to complete it, before you can go forward with their test.
They will be startled by the word "mandatory," because it is an authoritative presumption they usually make. They are unaccustomed to the presumption being sprung on them. And the liability form is mandated by your most basic right to self-preserve, and the tests have proven to be unreliable in accuracy, and untrustworthy in freedom from contamination. In other words, the tests themselves are a health hazard (as are many of the recommendations made by WHO and CDC)!
I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice.
I am a human, and my body's sanctity prevails above misguided rules of law.
(Background song: "Bless Life," by Ketsa)
I just lost several DAYS worth of highly tedious work. A huge sound file got accidentally overwritten, and then auto-saved.
Time is time, even during a quarantine. So I was upset to have labored -- hard -- only to see it vanish.
But I was really-truly upset that I’ve spent almost a year and a half voicing other people’s words… while my own voice has seldomly been used to voice my words, for my readers. Wah wah.
When would the stars and ducks align nicely enough for me to start "social cozying" like this, with those who feel affinity with my content?
For the longest time, I have wanted to explore how INTENTIONAL VOICE can be used as a vehicle that carries assurance, calm, and relaxation. Yes, a little like ASMR… but with catalytic transformation, and poetic metaphor, baked in!
And lots and lots of HUMANITY. With bold and unapologetic inclusion of feelings. Annnd practical tips for high perceivers and super sensitive souls.
Here’s a tip for depression that I JUST used to reinvigorate myself to re-do the lost work with gusto and speed. I used this statement:
“Well, now that you’re here, Depression, I will use your energy to do things that melancholy -- and its hyper-analysis -- can actually HELP me with, things like:
NOW is the time to try the whacky thing. The next-level-bind-the-devil-evolutionary-not-so-customary THING… that is YOURS to Reveal. Pioneer. Look at. Embrace. INHALE.
Inhale. Deeply. Slowly. As if it was your lassssst.
Breathe that way. JUST FIVE TIMES. Is all it will take to flood yourself with buzzzing, life-affirming oxygen.
This is how you INSPIRE yourself. Can you now see the SPIRE inside you? What does yours look like?? What kind of signals does it receive??
(Consider asking more imaginative questions of yourself, and everyone.)
Everything is up for grabs now. Most are passively waiting and watching, but we are all invited to be very active participants in the recognition and execution of our own glorious destinies!
Leave your own imprint on the substrate. Write your scenes, baby. Load LIFE into that plot, because it is YOURS. Lavish yourself and your characters with love, health, freedom, plenty for sharing, joyful hearts for caring.
Our words are strong. They are literal and actual building blocks, best enlivened with feeling... which, if you will remember any 2 minutes in a traditional classroom, you were trained to write without personal feeling.
The cult of society misled the mainstream with the morbid idea that passion and emotion is unprofessional. So that basically put adults in socialized cages of repressed expression, mistaken for “chill, cool, savvy, gangsta, unbothered, anti-fragile” and insert any other AI-friendly-bot-synonym for behaving like a pulseless zombie-drone.
I call all that out, TO CANCEL IT. In the New Beautiful, expressions of sentience are not only expected, they are celebrated. So, see? It’s the wild, wild, wild West.
State your beautiful claim, and live like a ready receiver.
You are nature.
You can't be separated
from what you are.
Be hugged by green,
and kissed by blue,
refreshed by wind
blowin' the sea toward you.
Nearly two months ago, on March 13th, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that has forever changed life as we once knew it. The basis of that order was that coronavirus was deemed to be "of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency."
Time has shown those earlier projected death rates are actually akin to the seasonal flu... which is NOT an emergency, and does NOT have the severity and magnitude to warrant this continued global lock-down. In light of that, why have constitutional rights still not been restored? (While Rockefeller's Lock Step Scenario is rapidly unfolding.)
I'm inspired to share my personal plan for S M A R T push-back. Maybe some of the thinking is agreeable to you, too:
Soft Strategies: Soft Strategies include meditation, intuition, respect for nature, entheogens, whole foods and herbs as best medicine, and other honorable paths of personal liberation. Specifically, a soft strategy is one that brings you closer to health, peace and freedom, while not subjecting you to physical harm. The forces we are up against are counting on disorderly behavior, to justify their full implementation of martial law. Being calm, rather than riotous, will minimize violence and brutality.
Master's Mind: Most have received a lifetime of conditioning to hold higher regard for external "authority," than for one's own self. THIS MUST CHANGE, and right away. A slave is a person under the control and domination of a master. A slave obeys a master. To survive the days ahead, you will need to determine within yourself that you are your own master, and no one else.
Agorism: Start creating your own connection-based marketplace. This shifts 'wealth' from monetary, to relational. Such an economy impoverishes assholes, and enriches decent people. This is ironically similar to the 'social credit' model the technocrats are pushing. When grounded in goodness and harmlessness, a social credit model is actually an efficient way for an ecosystem to self-clean, and self-police.
Restored Rights: It is reckless and unwarranted to have had our civil rights suspended, when the contagion 'emergency' that launched the Executive Order, was amended weeks ago. The danger with suspended constitutional rights is that, as time goes on... as fear, confusion, hunger, and panic grows... someone will inevitably 'misbehave.' And it will only take a few escalations for martial law to be implemented. For new 'crowd control' technologies to be used against civilians. After nearly 8 weeks in needless captivity, we will blamed for reacting to the evil and foolishness that has been imposed upon us.
If you have been feeling angry, uncertain, and want to do something productive with your energy and intelligence, please draft letters to ACLU, US Attorney for Your District, Congressman/Congresswoman/Senator/Attorney General. With thanks and respect to Dr. David E. Martin for the following template (in blue), which I encourage you to copy, paste, send, and share widely:
To Whom It May Concern:
The Declaration of a State of Emergency and the ensuing lock-down –- (which exempts persons deemed “essential” without any basis in scientific fact or in Critical Infrastructure definition under the U.S. DHS) –- violates the legal standard set forth in Jew Ho v. Williamson, 103 F. 10, 26 (C.C.N.D. Cal. 1900) due to the facts outlined here:
1. The Governor of ________ [change to your state] could not have known that there was a virulent outbreak caused by a single pathogen (reportedly SARS CoV-2) when declaring the State of Emergency;
2. No scientific evidence has been offered justifying the declaration. Mere reporting of mortality and morbidity based on pneumonia symptoms does not make an epidemic or pandemic;
3. The Governor failed to provide adequate testing to confirm or deny the presence or absence of “a novel coronavirus” and, based on recent reports from incarcerated persons, it would appear that positive tests COULD NOT have been based on community transmission as 96% of confined persons have tested positive according to Reuters, and;
4. No effort has been made by the Governor or regional health authorities to overturn the established science published in JAMA that face-masks should not be worn by healthy individuals, and that social distancing that involves the confinement of healthy individuals has neither been tested nor validated with any science whatsoever.
I kindly request that you take this matter up on behalf of the Citizens of ___________ [insert your state].
Twine: Twine immediately suggests a degree of closeness... as in entwined. Shifting out of forced darkness will be more enjoyably done with like-minded people. So, start considering, and assembling, people with whom you could share:
(1) living-space; and/or
(2) land; and/or
(3) resources, networks, skills, etc.
Together, we can find resonance and strength in each other. Together, we can reflect care, clarity and courage. 💙
This started as a submission to a virtual poetry slam, but it morphed in a PSA (public service announcement), because when you see multiple, active attempts of
GEN💀CIDE, it is hard to think about much else.
My friend Thora is originally from Canada. I met her several years ago, when we both lived in Acapulco, Mexico. Her name translates as "thunder goddess." ⛈️
I see the fulfillment of her name in the free way she guides and lives her life. I love how aware she is of her surroundings in Peru, where she now resides and is quarantined. Learn more about Thora at her website, Feast for Freedom.
In the video below, Thora shares a perspective of the Coronavirus lockdown that is not considered or covered by mainstream news, even a little bit. It is one of many news deserts, and here are some of its highlights:
* When the state of medical emergency was declared, all civil rights were suspended.
* As of this writing, the total CV deaths in Peru are 484... but 51,000+ people have been arrested for violating the curfew in its first month of implementation. (Is that disproportion not alarming to you?)
* There are fines for not wearing masks. If the fines are not paid, banking privileges can be suspended.
* Blame and tension has risen between Northern and Southern regions in Peru. (Somewhat similarly, Africans in China are enduring xenophobia.)
* Social media comments of dissent are being massively deleted, so that honest expressions of lack and suffering are "sanitized." Removed, censored, and silenced.
* More people are migrating from highly censored platforms like Youtube and Google, to platforms that support free speech like BitChute and LBRY.
There are countless attempts to alter/altar* our "reality," and to control our perception of it. Big respect to both these women, for showing a broader perspective, that holds all human life in high regard.
TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU:
(1) How does this Peruvian experience compare to where you are in the world? (2) What is your favorite/most trusted source of news and media?
(* That multi-dimensional spelling is intentional.)
According to Christian doctrine, each human is BORN a wretched, miserable sinner.
A brand new soul that hasn't even had its first breath BEGINS its life under the burden of spiritual bankruptcy, incompletion, and neediness.
The teachings reinforce the idea that a human is nothing in its own strength, and only has LEGITIMACY with the cleansing blood of Jesus.
It dawned on me just now, that the COVID-19 plan for planetary domination follows a similar method:
The COVID-19 narrative claims that all humans are wretched, miserable, contagions. The current, (untrue) story-in-the-making says that our immune systems and natural remedies are not strong enough to bring us through, so all humans need the salvation of vaccination.
Both stories deny the inherent beauty, strength, and agency of each embodied soul.
Q: In 2020, how does the whole world go from somewhat free... to VOLUNTARILY enslaved?
A: A little bit, every day.
Here's to OUR resurrection. 🌟
There are some things of interest tucked away in the meaning of a few key words, which we will unpack right now:
The first key word is CORONA, which means 'crown' in English.
A crown is worn by a 'ruler or master.'
Which makes now a very good time to consider WHO OR WHAT IS THE RULER OF YOUR MIND AND BODY?
There is only one suitable answer to that question.
YOU are the only person fit to rule over your mind, body, and life (presuming you are not an unbridled sociopath).
Any reality, system, or person that tries to master your mind or body is severely out of natural order.
Envision the crown of your head. Now, set a guard there, to keep out fear and confusion.
In astronomy, the corona is a luminous plasma that makes up the outermost part of the sun's atmosphere.
In anatomy, the corona is the circumference of the base of the glans penis in human males. It is the 'penis crown.'
These two different word uses -- astronomical and anatomical -- are consistent with the ancient idea that the Sun represents masculine/yang energy.
The second key word is PLASMA, which means 'moldable substance.'
In physics, plasma is the fourth state of matter, after solids, liquids, and gases. It is an electrically conductive ionized gas that accounts for most of observable matter.
In biology, plasma is the liquid component of blood that holds cells in suspension.
These two different word uses -- among physicists and biologists -- are consistent with the universal law: "As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul..."
(I think it's kind of astounding to find physical aspects of ourselves, strewn about the cosmos! Do you feel any reaction to that? Even if only wonderment...)
The third key word is THRONE, which is an 'elevated seat.'
From that elevation, you see more. And the more you can see, the more you can be.
Coronate + Program Yourself, By Practicing Sovereignty From The Inside
With your mind's eye, see yourself taking seat on your inner throne.
Your elevated seat is always available to you... always able to show you a greater perspective, because it lifts you up, above the noise and chaos.
From there, you can hear the fresh influences of courage and creativity.
In that elevated seat, you can recover from the tiring choruses of fear and scarcity.
Take your seat upon your inner throne, so that you can re-emerge onto your personal scene full of LIFE.
While sovereignly seated, you can receive blueprints and designs of what can be built from the rubble of this fiasco.
The structures and routines that have been shaken -- and will be shaken -- give you the chance to do at least one thing you have previously felt too restricted to do, because of a lack of time or opportunity.
Here are both.
All cancellations can either be wasted in worry, or leveraged to finally make a go of something you have long desired.
Panic is not solidarity. As best you can, rule yourself and your circumstances from chosen calm.
That's right. I declare your body lovely.
Whatever aches, ills or unusualities ;-) you may have, your body is working well enough to power your act of reading and considering this post. It's quite an unacknowledged feat all that must happen within you, physiologically, to simply surf online. Let alone fuel physically demanding activities.
So, it never hurts to applaud the many symphonies playing throughout your body's impressive systems:
Homeostasis is what keeps all these things in working, balanced order. And cannabinoids support homeostasis.
Among many other wonderful things, cannabis is also an essential super-nutrient. Essential? Yes. Why else would our bodies be designed with cannabinoid RECEPTORS, if we didn't, to some degree, NEED TO RECEIVE cannabinoids? And what's the cost of NOT GETTING A NEEDED SUPER-NUTRIENT?
Epic displays of depression, obesity, fatigue, cancer and a host of auto-immune diseases, perhaps? Cannabinoids are foundational to holistic health. Their absence from our diet -- the lack of their support to our physiological systems -- shows up in a less-than-vibrant majority.
I love every part of the cannabis plant. Including the easily recognized, but never smoked, cannabis leaf:
This leaf is considered waste by many growers, but it's actually a bulk of the plant's wealth. The 15-minute video below is worthy of your time and attention. It shows the therapeutic power that's loaded in cannabis leaves:
I became aware of my own nutritional/cannabidnoid deficiency by these two occurrences:
One night, I confessed this odd, weed-eating habit to a friend. Thankfully, he shared that quirk with anarchist farmers in town who grow cannabis organically, and have an excess of their crops' leaves.
For some reason I can't understand, the leaf does not have the same commercial value as do the buds. When you buy flower in medical or black markets, the leaf has been separated from the bud, which is why I had never even seen one before, in real life! But generous folks that they are, they gifted me with a nice supply of fresh, green wonder. I've been adding it to my soups, salads and smoothies ever since:
GROWERS, please re-consider your output of this amazing leaf. It is far too nutritionally rich to go unused. Maybe you know someone who suffers from arthritic pain, digestive issues, or general malaise. Why not share this post, and your 'waste' with them? Or incorporate more of it into your own diet? Or juice it, bottle it, and add it as a secondary business. Become a health speaker, and share this buried truth loudly and widely. Let your healing, entrepreneurial imagination run wild. And put the leaf to good use.
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Fancy a talk? Or, prefer to be lavishly listened to?
I'm available by appointment HERE.
In this video, I talk about relational honesty and:
* What it is to be an empath.
* Why it's so important for empaths to know how to anchor themselves.
* Why it's so important for empaths to know how to sort their feelings from others'.
* What it means to be HONEST in relationships, and the gift that honesty brings.
* What it means to be POLITE in relationships, and the gift that politeness cancels.
The more we grow and mature ourselves in freedom,
the more we crave REAL connection with each other.
Honesty is what it costs.
Joy, peace and love is what it pays.
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Lairs. Superheros have them. Wild animals have them.
They are NEEDED in chaos, and in jungles.
And we are smack dab in the center of both.
Gotham-like mayhem. Rapid. Rabid. Designed
to wear minds down, and burn hearts out.
A secret, private, resting place of your very own
helps you stay rooted in compassion, objectivity
and wise action. Whether you are a busy mommy,
hustlin' entrepreneur or committed activist, you can
find the time, and the access, to this place inside you.
Yesterday I was talking with a friend (she's 7), and she recited the days of the week.
Each time she started, she said, "Monday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday..." and then we'd crack up laughing.
"Wow, life must be great when you'd choose TWO Mondays in one week!" I joked.
Of course she didn't understand what I meant... but I bet you might?
Are you now, or have you ever been, at a point in life where Monday represented separation from where you'd rather be... disconnection from what you'd rather be doing?
Many people live with deep resentment/dread of Mondays because (for traditional business schedules), it commences a lie. Or if that word feels too extreme, it starts a compromised reality we feel trapped in due to financial obligations.
Freedom eats that compromise, and restores ownership of yourself, to yourself. On every day of the week. In every circumstance. Thanks for the reminder, Meta. I needed it. <3
Got this terra cotta skull pot from a street vendor.
As a happy, but straight-forward, reminder to make the moments count.
To me, it reflects urgency, not morbidity.
these truncated lines
are built with the spines
of words meant to stand
in the liberated land
between your ears
beyond your fears
through your tears
can you hear?
a call to More
than the media's roar?
if we only read what was
rather than write what can be
who really controls
not a blue, or a red
a cop, thug, or fed
your future is YOURS,
made with the thoughts
in your head.
the thoughts in your head;
what are they making?
are they carrying their weight?
or are they just taking
up precious space
behind your face,
causing you worry,
and hiding real grace?
they are ABLE
to change material circumstance
without the old school song and dance.
so would you try, and take a chance
on envisioning more beauty,
don't just count dead bodies.
makers ain't morticians.
we don't embalm.
written in a certain way
to change the direction
of co-opted ways.
The random key to my current front door reminded me...
... of a phrase I saw in a dream: "This is the house that defiance built."
I was studying permaculture and earthen-building at the time, because I wanted to flee the city, head to a dense, mossy forest, and live in monastic peace.
So I listened to Jack Spirko's Survival Podcasts. Got my certifications. And took very seriously the idea of self-responsibility.
I was gonna be a new kind of pioneer woman, and everyone knew about my intended hand-sculpted, solar-powered, earthen dome home... designed with genius regenerative properties. And edible landscaping. And fields of cannabis!
And all those things may still come to pass, but I realize now my dream wasn't really about home-ownership, but self-ownership. And for that, defiance is needed.
Owning yourself requires defiance.
Defiance is the only appropriate response to oppression, enslavement or tyranny.
To defy is to refuse to obey, or to resist.
Unless you are harming another, no one has a right to force their will upon you. Yet we have come to EXPECT constant interference. Instead of *objecting* to the creeping intrusion of the State, we *normalized* it.
And that is why defiance is needed.
To reverse the routine trampling of your will. To revive, rather than regulate, your relationship with plants, rainwater and the sun. To cease the theft of your taxes, which fund deep and wide investments in death, via authorized assassins, weapons, wars and prisons.
We are encouraged to fear each other, and keep distance. Please, don't. Defy division. Defy the temptation to exaggerate the menacing qualities of "them," and the admirable qualities of "us."
From behind that green door, guarded by wild Bouganville and Birds of Paradise, I'll have more to say about personal liberation, and the plants that help us get out of our own cognitive way. In the meantime, Google "self-ownership." Let the ideas sink in deeply. Within you, they'll start the right kind of peaceable fire.