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Reflecting by the lake

Winter has come for many of us. A time for endurance, truth, creativity and most of all, reflection. Have we lived well in 2016? No doubt we have been doing our best in difficult circumstances. Being here is tough!

I love to watch the seasons pass, each has its own characteristics and gifts. Nature offers a beautiful reminder of my own lifes journey, from spring to winter, and guidance in how best to live well in the seasons of this life. In winter I appreciate stillness, learning to forgive and heal, myself and others.

The world is a rocky place, filled with distractions and conflict, but a healthy connection with nature and the earth is central part of contentment, happiness and fulfilment. I have a great relationship and responsibility when I realise that I am an essential part of nature and life cannot be sustained without the vitality of the earth. My life, in so many ways, is a fragile harmony.

I was reading this this morning and found it focused my mind on a simpler path of appreciation (many traditions refer to the earth as ‘her’ or ‘Mother’ and I like it):

‘Every particle of us comes from her
Through the food we take from her daily.

We all start out as tiny seeds.
We have grown to our present state and status
Through what she provides.

She is truly our Mother
And must be acknowledged and respected.’

– Ogala Peace Pipe Ceremony

We once, as a human family on each continent of the earth, lived in balance with nature. With this approach and sentiment maybe our collective love of money and power will be transformed and we can reclaim our own balance with love and respect for ourselves and each other; Mother Earth, wise nature and every living thing.

We are all highly sensitive beings, it is no wonder there is so much fear, anxiety and feelings of isolation and resentment. The way that our societies approach life and treat nature is rotten at the roots. We are treated like cold machines, when in reality, we are warm breezes.

Each morning brings fresh opportunities. So many chances to change, build deeper and more sustaining relationships, making ourselves stronger with unity and love, giving ourselves the strength to ride out even the roughest of times with dignity and respect. An example to follow. Each one of us a great leader contributing to a brighter future.

A crisis sometimes just needs a shift in perspective and appreciation of what we are and have.
This is my wish this mornning reflecting by the lake.

Peace and Happiness from Pokhara, NepalX

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Alan Watts – ‘The House Boat Summit’ with Allan Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Gary Snyder, Allen Cohen

This is an incredible meeting of some real characters from the 60’s, a time when the feeling that ‘anything is possible’ was a driving force behind everyday life and visions of the future were bright, communal and most of all peaceful.

You can hear on this tape, that this was not just some stoned dream, this was real and this group were thinking pragmatically about what could be done.  Its interesting and slightly saddening that the world they are describing is almost identical to the world we live in now.

The 60’s was not this for all folk, my family were working in the mines of North England and had little prospect of getting out of the Industrial model created and introduced so effectively by the powers that be.  But for a few special sorts, who were tuning into something eternally powerful, the times were changing.  The men around this table had a profound effect on the way that Western culture has developed over the subsequent years, especially in the US.  To have them all around one table, trading jokes and concepts is a wonder to hear.   They seemed charged with inspiration and the fact that they are in a sense ‘serious’ academics adds greater credence to their theories and behavior.

I wonder how our children will look back on this generation?  The lessons of the 60’s are all around, we’re recycling, cutting down on food waste, more aware of environmental issues etc, but do we really mean it.  Really MEAN IT like these fellas meant it.  After all its not a lifestyle, but a life choice.  To do something means doing it all the way.  Easier said than done as we all know!

Big business are using the ‘eco’ feel as a marketing tool now and it turns my stomach to see these profit mongering entities (profit at any cost that is) tagging onto what should be a revolutionary/ evolutionary idea, a giant leap back towards nature and further exploration of what it is to be a here now and to be blessed with so many gifts.

Alan was a real maverick spirit, a light for the Western world and his translations of Eastern wisdom will no doubt filter through the ages.  He was also savvy and I am certain had a hunch that this would be of interest in the future and available to a mass market.  He knew what was going on, he’d lived through two world wars and the stifling repression of middle England and now (or then) things were really taking off in and around California, then it went global and things began to fill with love for a while.

Neil Young says on his new album (the song ‘Walk Like Giants’):

“I used to walk like a giant on the land, now I feel like a leaf floating in the stream….

Me an some of my friends, we were going to change the world, we were trying to make it better, we were ready to save the world!……

But then the weather changed and the white got stained and it fell apart and it breaks my heart, to think of how close we came.”  

Here it is actually in all its 16 minutes of glory.

Its this feeling that amazes me about the 60’s, the collective feel, the global sense of love that was kicking off at that time.  There was hope, and more hope, and infinite holes filled with only hope.  It can’t have gone far…..

We now have this magical tool, the internet, and instead of sitting around a table taking notes, we can get together, all over the world and do amazing things at the push of a keyboard button.  We have so much power we don’t know what to do with it!

Would anybody like to talk about this, maybe we can have our own universal houseboat summit, people from every continent sharing problems and coming up with solutions for all this nonsense that is going on.  Meeting like minds, coming together, making friends and laughing alot along the way. Drop me a line if this resonates.

I’ll stop typing now and let the guys take over, on Alan’s houseboat in a place called Sausalito,California sometime in 1967:

December At Yase

You said, that October,
In the tall dry grass by the orchard
When you chose to be free,
“Again someday, maybe ten years.”

After college I saw you
One time. You were strange,
And I was obsessed with a plan.

Now ten years and more have
Gone by: I’ve always known
where you were—
I might have gone to you
Hoping to win your love back.
You still are single.

I didn’t.
I thought I must make it alone. I
Have done that.

Only in dream, like this dawn,
Does the grave, awed intensity
Of our young love
Return to my mind, to my flesh.

We had what the others
All crave and seek for;
We left it behind at nineteen.

I feel ancient, as though I had 
Lived many lives.

And may never now know
If I am a fool
Or have done what my
karma demands.

Gary Snyder

 

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Let’s Change Our World! – Thrive (What On Earth Will It Take?)

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa

Do you want to live in a better world?  A more peaceful place to be; with less suffering and greater natural abundance; less pollution, corruption, war, confusion, conspiracy……..Don’t we all!

Doesn’t it seem like the systems in place are against us, we; the very people who created them and contribute towards their very existence?  This doesn’t seem to make any sense.  Banks (global economic mafioso) and global corporations are doing anything to create profits, regardless of how it affects people’s lives and the earth.  The super rich are getting super rich and the vast majority struggle on, feeling helpless and without hope.  Things have not always been like this.  Why do we accept this?  More alarmingly, we have the power, we are in control.  At any moment we can say ‘NO’!  Collectively, no ruling minority could begin to control the positive changes we could enact through peaceful protest and stopping (consuming/ interacting/ working for the institutions that control).

Minimising or even better, stopping, our contributions to the systems that are controlling us; robbing us of our hard earned money, reclaiming our family homes, is surely the easiest way to express our discontent.  They need us, let them know we will not stand for this and then change will follow.  By turning our backs on them, we’ll soon realise there is a whole new way of looking at things.

It’s our natural tendency to thrive, to be healthy, love one another.  How have we been so distracted?  How have we created so many systems and social norms that do not reflect these tendencies and lead us further from our true nature.

THRIVE

‘Thrive‘ is a movement for positive change, an incredible movie that shares much information that you will not read about in the mass media.  Many disparate threads of allegedly ‘alternative’ theories and information.  I say ‘alternative’ only because it may be something new and revelatory that has been around for many years (even many thousands of years).

It can be difficult to digest such new ways of perceiving the world, the systems that control us and have done for our whole lives.  People are not talking about these fascinating discoveries for a reason, our awesome potential to live in a state of harmony and peace is REAL news.  Lets get that on the BBC and NBC, or whatever corporate news channel you are exposed to.

The beginning is near….

‘Thrive‘ offers up some type of framework for massive positive changes within our societies, namely free energy for all.

We created the vast majority of our societies problems and we have the ability to change them. “Thrive’ empowers us to make that change, gives us a direction to follow in order to make the world a better place to be.  It will not happen overnight, but influences like ‘Thrive’ add momentum to our evolution towards brighter days.  It is cleanly packaged, over produced you may say, but who cares!  It has many positive messages and is huge at the moment, its clean-cut image is exactly what is needed to get skeptical people on board.  A movie about hairy hippies living in wigwams in Mexican dessert will not cut the mustard in this field.  We are a very judgemental society, whether we like it or not, we like shirts and ties, our teachers and fathers wore them.  What a wonderful thing.

If we are not open hearted and positive about change, how can we change?  I accept the fact that much of the information important to us is suppressed and am open to anything.  Miracles are happening everyday, all the time, miracles are dependent on our perception of what ‘is’ happening around us.  Our very consciousness itself  is a miracle!

I’m welcome people like Mr Gamble who do not accept the way it is and ‘always will be’ but who are empower to effect change, spread vitally important information deeply imbued with hope for us all.  We all need a little more hope, we’re not given enough of it by our media and in the general patterns of living (work, eat, sleep; work, eat, sleep/ occasional party/ recovering).  How many depressed people do you know?  Why are we depressed?  What a terrible modern phenomenon.  What a money spinner for the chemical companies?  All those terrible drugs being pushed on vulnerable people (I, like many, have far too many friends in this boat).  The truth is, I’m the boss, you’re the boss, we’re the boss.  WE are running this show.

If we simply allow people who are power hungry and nepotistic, namely the vast majority of politicians (the civil servants who control almost everything) then they will be inclined to take more.  Our capitalist societies, built around the concept of ‘more is more’, will not stop until resources (be it human or a natural resource) are utterly depleted.  Have you ever noticed that in the vast majority of business’s profits must always grow yearly, costs must always be less, wages decreased.  We’re squeezing the life out of living!  We’re cutting down trees to print money!?  There is enough madness in our present societies to suggest that people are capable of anything; be that positive or negative.

HOW CAN WE CHANGE?

So who’s going to do all of this changing stuff?  I am and hopefully you are and the very first step is educating ourselves and this is where movies like ‘Thrive’ come in.  Watch it and share it with friends on the miracle of the internet, spread the message worldwide, project it on the side of your house, create a web of powerful inspiration and change just by clicking a few buttons on a screen.

The changes needed are urgent and all encompassing.  So how do we go about positively effecting change?  I focus on consuming less, wasting less, recycling more.  This is my mantra for getting my home life in order anyway.  The rest is supporting the local community, neighbours and friends.  Treating all with care and respect.  This all seems fairly obvious, but will make all the difference.  Shall we be the creators or the victims?

Most importantly in this rapid period of change is being open to radical changes, discerning these changes as something positive and realising that most of what we are taught in schools and what seems normal is actually wrong and unfortunately part of the perpetuating problem.  For me, accepting that many of the well meaning people in my life had been misguided themselves was tough.  I have come to realise that all that matters is how I conduct myself.  ME.  I am the change and that is all I can begin to control.

Just to get some idea of the effectiveness of this movement, over 4 million people have watched this on Youtube alone.

We are so bombarded by information at present, there are so  many outlets and opportunities to be something different that we seem to forget who we are, the fundamentals don’t change.  Why we are here is not important (though nice to reflect on once in a while), it is what we do while we are here that is.  How we lead our lives, through thought, word and action.  To begin to see through all the words and concepts and realise what is really affecting us, what lies beneath all this jumbled up knot of dead end knowledge.  Free ourselves from self-made binds.  Focus on the simpler things in life (trust me, the mind will make it complex, its unavoidable!)  Feel our way through this maze towards that which is truly important.  What we really need to thrive in life is love.

Be good, do good, happy Saturdayx

PS – I know I’ve already posted ‘Thrive’ on the blog, but I’ve just watched it again and felt equally moved by it.  

PPS – I love hippies in wig wams.

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When We Grow….This Is What We Can Do (Documentary)

Fascinating documentary about the awesome potential of the hemp plant.  There are thousands of positive uses, fuel for cars, paper, clothing, a healthy snack, even building material.

Why are we all not growing hemp?  Watch on:

 

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Thrive – What on earth will it take? (Full Movie)

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

Thrive is a movie that informs and empowers us relating to our roles as humans sharing the earth.  Find out more on their site:

http://www.thrivemovement.com/

I cannot upload the clip onto this blog, to watch the full documentary for free, you will have to enter you’re email and join the site.  Initially I found it a little slick and hollywood, but it soon settles down into a fascinating expose of the way things are and how and why we are being oppressed and who is behind this madness.

It is well worth a couple of hours, ‘Thrive’ opens the doorway to so much diverse knowledge about our history, our infinite potential and those who would take it away from us.

“THRIVE is more than a documentary relevant to the times. It is more than a well-researched and alarming insight into who really controls how the world works. It is a recipe and blueprint for how we can, each and every one of us, thrive in the way that the rest of nature does – easily, naturally and with expansive grace. For this last point alone, it is more than worth the time to see.”

-Odyssey Magazine

If you like the message of ‘Thrive’, please pass it on……

Peace and LightX

 

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Let’s Save the Amazon – AVAAZ

Taken from the AVAAZ website:

Our petition is being delivered to the Presidential Palace in hours! Let’s hit 2 million before the meeting — sign below and forward this email to everyone

Brazil’s Congress has just passed a bill that gives loggers and farmers free rein to cut down huge swaths of the Amazon. Only President Dilma can veto it. Domestic pressure is mounting, but a massive global outcry will prove her international reputation is at stake. Let’s tip her over the edge to stop the Amazon chainsaw massacre — sign the urgent petition and tell everyone:

Sign the petition

Dear friends,

Brazil’s Congress has just passed a bill that gives loggers and farmers free rein to cut down huge swaths of the Amazon. Only President Dilma can veto it. Domestic pressure is mounting, but a massive global outcry will prove her international reputation is at stake. Let’s tip her over the edge to stop the Amazon chainsaw massacre — sign the urgent petition and tell everyone:

The Brazilian Congress has just passed a catastrophic forestry bill that gives loggers and farmers free rein to cut down huge swaths of the Amazon. Now only President Dilma can stop it.

Fortunately, the timing is on our side — in weeks Dilma will host the world’s biggest environmental summit and insiders say she cannot afford to open it as the leader who approved the destruction of the rainforest. She’s facing mounting domestic pressure, with 79% of Brazilians rejecting this new bill. Now, if we join them we can turn up the global heat and push her to axe the bill, not the rainforest.

Dilma will make her decision in the next 48 hours! Let’s get her to veto the bill. Click below to sign the urgent petition to stop the Amazon chainsaw massacre and if you have already signed — send this to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/veto_dilma_global_final_push/?vl

The Amazon is vital to life on earth — 20% of our oxygen comes from this magnificent rainforest, and it plays a key role in mitigating global climate change. Over the last decade, Brazil has vastly reduced deforestation rates, achieving a 78% decline between 2004 and 2011. The reason? A world-acclaimed forestry law, strong enforcement and satellite monitoring.

But this dangerous new bill would open up an area larger than the size of Rajasthan and Maharashtra combined to clear-cutting and gives loggers amnesty for all past deforestation crimes. This would not only spark total forest devastation in Brazil, it would also set a bad precedent for other countries. That’s why it’s so crucial that we all protect it.

Brazil is a rapidly developing country, battling to lift tens of millions out of poverty. Despite evidence that growth does not require deforestation, Dilma is under pressure from the powerful agriculture lobby that helped her get elected to cut down rainforest for profit. And it is an ugly battle — activists are being murdered, intimidated and silenced. But ex-Environmental Ministers and people across Brazil have sent a clear message to Dilma that they want to save the Amazon. Now, it’s up to all of us to stand with them and urge President Dilma to remain strong.

The fate of Brazil’s rainforests is dangling by a thread. But, with President Dilma so vulnerable to public pressure right now, we can bring the global force of people power to get a win for our planet! Sign the urgent petition below and tell everyone — the petition will be delivered by Brazil’s former Environment Ministers directly to Dilma:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/veto_dilma_global_final_push/?vl

In the last three years, we have won battle after battle against the odds. Now, let’s come together before it is too late to stop the destruction of the Amazon, protect our planet and herald Dilma as a true international environmental leader.

With hope and determination,

Luis, Pedro, Maria Paz, Alice, Ricken, Carol, Lisa, Rewan and the entire Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION:

Brazil’s Congress approves controversial forest law (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17851237

Brazil Forest Code Passes In Defeat For Dilma Rousseff (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/27/brazil-forest-code_n_1457149.html

Revised Brazilian Forest Code good for environmental criminals, bad for forests (IB Times)
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/20120501/revised-brazilian-forest-code-environmental-criminals-forests-common.htm

Amazon deforestation record low (BBC)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8358094.stm

Brazilians reject axing of forest protections (WWF)
http://wwf.panda.org/?uNewsID=200698

Avaaz.org is a 14-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 19 countries on 6 continents and operates in 14 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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The Oneness – We Are All One!

A brief, inspirational mix of video clips, with music that relates to our oneness:

This a quote from the controversial comedian Bill Hicks that effected me greatly as a young chap, helped me to get my head around things:

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we … kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”  

Bill Hicks

“An organism at war with itself, is doomed”  

Carl Sagan

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