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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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.
Late last night, while working in my darkened room, with only the light of my laptop glowing... a big brown moth flew into the lit screen. Crashed several times. Hard.
The metaphor was not wasted on me. I recognized my own light-chasing, head-banging work-style. And I suddenly "got" that the completion of my creative goals do not require self-torture.
Nature is my favorite teacher. Here are a few other things that moth reminded me:
Have you had any encounters with moths, or other insects, that taught you something? Please describe it. Big lessons often come from tiny things.
Ecstasy is a direction to lean into. So is pain. This is emotional posture. Most people I know, myself included of course, seem to have had their natural connection to ecstasy disrupted. And their learned connection to pain, reinforced. So it becomes a cultivated habit... to plan, prepare and make room for... pain. Hope + optimism atrophy, while cynicism grows strong + muscular. Stop trying to avoid disappointment. Disappointment doesn't kill. Cowardice kills. Risk disappointment. Ecstasy seeks to drench such fools.
All tied up, at my first bungee jump at Paradise Acapulco!
My friend, LeAnne, dove in like a fearless pro.
I, on the other hand, required a 6-minute pep talk, lots of deep breathing and, ultimately, a gentle push. I was soooo frightened, and nauseous, and I really thought I was going to fold and just turn around. Or vomit. Or worse.
Sometimes help is needed. That was one of those times, and I wasn't too proud to ask for, and receive, it. Next time, though, I'd like to squash all that at-the-edge hesitation. There's a big difference between leaping, and limply falling.
Graceless starts aside, I went head-first 164 feet, and felt what it is to plummet. And to "bounce back." I will hold that embodied metaphor a good, long time.
Free your MIND, and your LIFE will follow! Yes, there are costs and considerations... and each one is well worth it!
Adam Kokesh (the only author I'm aware of who didn't even bother to have his name on the cover), and the generous folks who support him, make this fantastic freedom primer available FOR FREE!! You can get it here: http://thefreedomline.com/freedom/
Please give it a listen or read. If you'd like to then share your thoughts/feelings here as a comment, I'd love to hear what got stirred in you.
With the help of Google Translate, I asked him (he was sitting upright then), for pemission to photograph the painting behind him. He smiled, raised a finger to ask for a minute, and proceeded to spread himself out for a nap. -- Calinda Beach, Acapulco
Hi! I am having a three-month exploration in Acapulco! I'm exploring personal freedom, and am healing and restoring myself from a brutal Western conditioning that -- temporarily -- disconnected me from my own wisdom and power. Okay, that's enough background for now.
Moving on... to the floor-length window in my bedroom that OPENS. Yet, I've been in this space for a week without realizing that! Because I come from a strange part of the world where many windows are not intended/designed to be opened! Fresh air? Who wants to be bothered with the nuisance of a natural breeze? No, we prefer our enviroments as artificial as possible.
And so, due to a repeated occurrence in my life (windows that don't open) I wrongly presumed the window in my room was just for show.
Here's the exciting (to me) part: WHAT CRACKED THE CONDITIONING OF MY MISTAKEN PRESUMPTION was being in my roommates' bedrooms, and luxuriating in the wonderful cross-breezes flowing through. So it occurred to me there was no justifiable reason why my room shouldn't also have windows that open! And sure enough, nearly effortlessly, it slid right open.
With a single finger, I had access not just to the most amazing breeze that makes AC absolutely unnecessary (average temp is 85F + sunny), but I also get a gorgeous soundscape of a water fountain and bird songs. This is a very mundane example, hopefully making it even more useful:
Love + Liberation,
These ladies, strolling down a busy street in Acapulco, sure make their loads look easy to carry. One even keeps both of her hands free.
I giggled as I compared their poise to my recent, and graceless, wrestling with suitcases and stuff. It's easy to get bogged down, but buoyancy is possible!
Which brings me to the important question about your freedom I'd like to ask you. But first, let's be clear and precise with our language:
Freedom is defined as "the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint."
And, for our purposes, those last 4 words do not include hurt or harm to another. So, my question to you is, how much of that power or right do you exercise in your life? How often -- in your relationships, in your work, in your daily decisions -- do you exercise your power and your right to act, to speak and to think as you want? If not very, very often, WHY???
Whether you are restrained by:
* a tyrannical national government;
* a tyrannical negative inner voice; or
* more likely, both of the above!
... you can regain and enjoy more freedom. But there is some honest and daring work required. Here are three things I've been practicing:
1. Be quick to question. Any person, organization or system that tries to rule over you, should quickly be scrutinized... and likely, rejected. Would you ever consciously give your consent to another to rule over (e.g. master) you? Then don't do so, unconsciously.
2. Be slow to judge. Every person, without exception, knows something useful that you do not. Stop dismissing people based on shallow presumption and prejudice. Go deeper. Listen harder. Learn something amazing from an unlikely teacher.
3. Be intolerant of oppression. Anarchy -- or voluntaryism -- is a supremely ethical and philosophical ideal that CAN be lived into. When freedom is pursued, and traced to its utmost, you will find humans co-existing without compulsion and coercion. (Or, at the very least, working toward that end.) In a world that seems intent to domesticate, dominate, colonize and modify all life forms, anarchists steadily hold and develop strategies for personal sovereignty.
Freedom is not an imaginary unicorn. It is an innate birthright, that is too often infringed upon by inner and outer bullies. I'm grateful to be at Anarchapulco, surrounded by so many bold, brave, lovers of peace and freedom.
Do you appreciate romance, sensory pleasure and plants? I made a recent and simple discovery that includes all three! It's a triple-win I'd like to share with you. I hope it helps you get closer with yourself, and/or someone you love.
While making a tincture (an alcohol-distilled botanical infusion), I was slicing a large amount of fresh, raw ginger. Its juice was all over my hands. I licked my palm, and noticed pleasant tingling on my lips and tongue.
I had always loved ginger for its warm, delicious spiciness. But I never considered it as a natural, topical stimulant before. Add a bit of coconut oil, and you have a spicy-warm lubricant or massage oil. No partner necessarily required, but lovely if you have one ;-) XO
This wordcloud is in response to Bruce Rauner's oppressive reign over medical marijuana. His leadership is willfully keeping citizens in needless states of suffering. Why?! How is this possible?! His administration's hyper-regulation will surely strangle the poorly supported medical cannabis pilot program this state rolled out in fear and hesitation... and has now progressed to blatant obstruction and sabotage. Seriously makes me want to bounce... and roam about where wellness and freedom is not infuriatingly kept beyond reach. Because after all, we are each THE ULTIMATE GOVERNOR of our own bodies and minds!
Rise early. Listen well.
Let freeing truth within you swell.
Here's what swole within me early this morning...
A simple thought about SPIRIT. Its essence
means "BREATH." Spirit is a principle that animates
and vitalizes. So, let that be your benchmark
for spirituality that is worth keeping. And practicing.
Ask yourself, "Does it make me more alive? Does it
cause me to be a better carrier and expresser of life?"
If your answer feels like "No, not really," don't despair.
It is a wakeful moment to learn the difference
between breath, and asphyxiation. With breath --
with true spirit -- rules and rulers are simply not needed.
There is order, without oppression. So, INHALE YOUR FREEDOM DEEPLY.
A few years ago I wrote and published an essay titled "The POWER of Your Intense Fragility: What Culture Hasn't Told You About Being Sensitive AND Strong" (available on Amazon.)
A kind reviewer described it as "less self-help for your inadequacies and more of a call to action for your special gifts."
And another said it "illuminates the power of your nature in such a way that you can begin to envision yourself as having a significant role in creating a kinder and more sustainable world."
I'm grateful to those readers for getting my message, and I'd like to share a little of it with you here. This is section 11:
We are facing more crises now than have been faced in the last 5,000 years of recorded history. We have to think differently and act quickly. We have to return to good sense and sanity, rather than normalizing the absurd. Indifference is possibly the most harmful threat we face.
Ecocide. Attachment to privilege, comfort and convenience at any cost. Disregard for the health of this planet, and the life-forms on it. It is time to live the wisdom that indwells each of us.
Mothers' breast milk should be pure and powerful... instead it is loaded with dioxin and many other toxic contaminants.
Forests -- literally, the lungs of our planet -- should be large and thick... instead North America has less than 4% left, and we are quickly slicing through everyone else's trees, too.
Oceans, topsoil, air, 100+ endangered species a day, as well as our overall sense of well-being and contentment are all vanishing under the deadening weight of chronic materialism.
Please consider the following words (which I have shared many times elsewhere), written in 1955 by marketing consultant Victor Lebow, and carried out every minute by most industrialized people:
"Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumptionÉ We need things consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate."
Lebow's mandate disconnects us from ourselves, each other and the ecosystems that make Life possible. We should be angry that these tender webs of life are being carelessly swiped away. Alarm! Outrage! These are appropriate responses.
Empathic writers have long sent letters to editors, senators and representatives to voice their concerns. That's good, but this revolt demands more of us. Seeds of sanity -- freedom from mental derangement -- must be embedded more deeply and more broadly throughout culture.
Consumerism is not a viable way of life. Opposition to that murderous death-style has got to turn way up if it's ever going to be properly challenged and changed.
Many of the doctors in the Nazi death camps tried to help the imprisoned Jews by giving them, from time to time, an aspirin to lick. Can you see the littleness of that gesture, however well intended?
Socialized craziness requires radical revolt and resistance. Aspirin-licking won't relieve this planetary migraine.
We *have* to come together and shut the sick show down. United in sanity. Bonded in our knowing of Life. Committed to act, and to cause acts. The redeeming kind. The saving, correcting, game-changing kind. We are homo sapiens, not homo consumericus.
Start with your Burn, your holy indignation, and craft from there: songs, movies, books, articles, public service announcements, plays, TV shows, business plans, small farms, urban homesteads, community gardens, workplace outings, birthday celebrations. Allow sanity -- sound, healthy thought -- to pervade all that you create.
Embrace the pain or burden that gnaws at you. It entrusted itself to you. Your particular area of care is just that. YOUR area of care. Own it. Then assert your creative, sensitive influence into that space. Accept this match made in heaven, and express it here on earth. Let your ink flow into the very dry parts, and create, author. Citizen. Lovely, lively human.
Cultural conventions that cause cancerous, disastrous consequences have been masquerading as normal. When do we stop pretending that bagged and boxed crap will make us happy? Will we mindlessly shop 'til everything drops?
Remember how thrilling it was to play outside? To make discoveries in the natural world. To watch the flight-pattern of a bumblebee or red-breasted robin. To get splashed by fresh water from a lake, or salt water from an ocean. To eat berries and pears straight from a tree. To get breathless from a mountain hike. To get romanced by the silver light of a full moon, or energized by the golden light of the sun. To get quiet and still from the closeness of a deer. To get drunk from the scent of honeysuckle. To feel your skin extend to the green land around you. To remember when you preferred a monarch butterfly to a manic mall.
Start there. From the place of your deepest care. And write as if your life depended on the blossoming of your words, because it does.
Our sensitivity is tied to our highest calling. I believe we are neurologically-wired to lead the way in personal and planetary upgrades. Our special nervous system uniquely equips us for the global tasks and issues that require unprecedented delicacy in all of the realms that affect every living creature -- social, political, economic and environmental.
Heightened perception is both a privilege and a responsibility. Societal power structures are drastically shifting, and more and more empowered Sensitives will be needed to come forth to serve as humanitarian and visionary leaders.
"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand." (Woodrow Wilson)
* Get the full essay HERE. *
Stay tuned for "Sativa Yoga: Two Steps to Sanity" which is about freeing yourself, and being yourself. We'll talk candidly about the blessedness
of cannabis, and how incredibly effective it is at exposing and healing
lack and sickness in our bodies, minds, ecosystem and social systems.
The cannabis "industry" talks about what we DO with it.
That's cool. I'm just more interested in who we can BECOME with it.
What are its transformational effects? Let's have some real talk, friends.
We know that we don't have to wait for arbitrary dates
to do aspirational things. But our limbic system is complicated.
It still seems to need prompts, triggers and calendar cliffs
for us to leap from... to declare, "NO more of that!"
And "LOTS more of that!" So whether you embrace
December 31 as the ultimate re-set button. Or, like me,
you view each day as renewed, may your Right Now
feel shiny, new and full of possibility.
Because it is all of those things.