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Masanobu Fukuoka – The One-Straw Revolution

“When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

“I do not particularly like the word ‘work.’ Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.”

“People think they understand things because they become familiar with them. This is only superficial knowledge. It is the knowledge of the astronomer who knows the names of the stars, the botanist who knows the classification of the leaves and flowers, the artist who knows the aesthetics of green and red. This is not to know nature itself- the earth and sky, green and red. Astronomer, botanist, and artist have done no more than grasp impressions and interpret them, each within the vault of his own mind. The more involved they become with the activity of the intellect, the more they set themselves apart and the more difficult it becomes to live naturally.”

“Until there is a reversal of the sense of values which cares more for size and appearance than for quality, there will be no solving the problem of food pollution.”

“We can never know the answers to great spiritual questions, but it’s all right not to understand. We have been born and are living on the earth to face directly the reality of living.”

“When a decision is made to cope with the symptoms of a problem, it is generally assumed that the corrective measures will solve the problem itself. They seldom do.”

“Fast rather than slow, more rather than less–this flashy “development” is linked directly to society’s impending collapse. It has only served to separate man from nature. Humanity must stop indulging the desire for material possessions and personal gain and move instead toward spiritual awareness.
Agriculture must change from large mechanical operations to small farms attached only to life itself. Material life and diet should be given a simple place. If this is done, work becomes pleasant, and spiritual breathing space becomes plentiful.”

“Food and medicine are not two different things: they are the front and back of one body. Chemically grown vegetables may be eaten for food, but they cannot be used as medicine.”

“I wonder how it is that people’s philosophies have come to spin faster than the changing seasons.”

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“The more knowledge we acquire, the more mystery we find…”

“The more knowledge we acquire, the more mystery we find…A human being is part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical illusion o his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace alll living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
Albert Einstein

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Guardians of the World House

 

 

The Kogi Tribe, Columbia

Only the birds can leave the massif

As we study our planet in miniature;

Conquer the sky, fell the trees,

Bastardise augury

And what we reap is disease.

 

Where once there was richness

Now cities function, cities born in the mire,

Lost cities, where focus falls foul,

Built far from the awe of nature.

Where are our monuments to beauty?

 

Descendants of the flourishing conquest.

How can we take care of the world?

In the heart of the earth, her hidden folds,

We are touched by a silent empathy,

We seem young and all too

Aware of our cancerous dust

And darkness we have wrought.

 

Cutting the heart out of the mother,

Severing our ties,

How can we look away

As she bleeds for us.

 

The hunting season is coming to a climax,

The world is fertile, her blood is gold,

It flows within all life.

 

We were given the earth in harmony,

To take care of, to nurture

And bear witness to its unfurling

Splendour.

 

In this world house

We must listen to the teachings,

The wind tells a story

Opening our hearts to remember,

Now to resurrect our inner world

With divination born of heart.

 

We are running around, wherever we can,

Not knowing what to do,

Far from enchantment or the rituals of soul.

Scattering our finest thoughts

Until nothing is left and, as one,

Are worthless, meaningless.

The minerals we need

Are being robbed by malice

And misplaced rationality.

 

The earth is innocent before us,

A noble friend,

Our one true mother;

To be adored in her sacred moods

And turning complexion.

 

Green disciples fixed in glory;

The earth is shaking

Can you hear the omen?

Doesn’t it stir your blood flow?

See through the smoking mirror

And venerate what is with tender care.

 

All people the creation of one clay,

Free to love and swim the waters of life,

Envisage a better world

And honour those dreams

With honest sacrifice and sincerity.

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Satish Kumar – Education with Hands, Hearts and Heads

How to be happy here?  How to live on earth in peace?  Where to start?

“Nature is not good or bad.  Nature just is.”

A couple of inspirational clips showing Satish Kumar explaining a new way of educating our children and our societies in general, explaining a more sustainable approach to a life in greater harmony with nature, respecting our great diversity which only highlights union, be who we are, embody our experience, be the change, become the leaders in a brighter future…….together we can change the world and we can start by caring for our planet, nurturing the soil, feeding our bodies, feeding our souls, then feeding our minds.

“We are all related, we are one, lets us celebrate that diversity!”

 

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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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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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The Green Beautiful (La Belle Verte) – Full Movie

A wonderful movie about a society of people, living somewhere in our universe who live in harmony with nature.  They send Mila down to earth to observe our behaviour, this begins a humourous, dramatic and deeply moving story of the madness that she encounters.

The football match scene is a movie classic!

I’m off to trapeze for while, I hope you enjoyX

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