“Should I Leave the Country?”

Since the Boston Marathon, I’ve received quite a few private emails, texts and blog comments from people either telling me they feel like they should leave the US or wondering if I would advise them to do so. That’s a tricky question, because individual circumstances vary widely, but since so many people are asking me that question right now, I thought it merited at least a short blog post. Before I get to it, I want to say that I’m not advising anyone to stay or go: that’s a very personal decision. I’m simply sharing some thoughts, intuitions and observations here. Please make of them what you will. Take whatever resonates and leave the rest for someone else who might have a different viewpoint and life goals but also read this blog.

You don’t need to be psychic or particularly intuitive to realize things are dicey in the USA. In case you haven’t noticed, though, they’re also pretty crazy in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, South and Latin America, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

Most people in the US tend to think of themselves as immune from human rights issues, civil wars, famines, martial law, brutal dictatorships, drone attacks, fascism, genocide, torture, and guerrilla warfare. These are things that happen “somewhere else,” like Nazi Germany, Palestine, Iraq, Cuba, Stalinist Russia, Communist China, or Guatemala.

Frankly, I’m surprised even more people aren’t asking me if they should leave the US right now; however, head-in-the-sand syndrome and Stockholm Syndrome run pretty deep these days. With people working multiple jobs just to put food on the table, trying to find ways to get a job, fluoridated (i.e. Prozac’d) into compliance, GMO’d into lethargy, or glued to all manner of electronic programming from tell-LIE-vision to video games to text-mania to Facebook farms instead of actual gardens, those of us who have been watching the creeping transformation of America can’t honestly feel too surprised that most people have no clue.

Of course, this cluelessness makes many awake people even more nervous about the current, extremely precarious state of affairs. What happens when the rich, but not super-rich people who’ve banked on the security of their retirement accounts and savings wake up one day to a Cyprus scenario? What happens when food stamps and social security checks stop coming? What happens if multiple disasters — natural-, government-, or “legitimate” terrorist- induced — occur close enough together that Big Government either can’t or won’t swoop in as saviors? What happens if Big Government “saves us” with Martial Law?

What happens when masses upon masses of doped up people suddenly realize that everything they’ve built their lives upon has been a highly contrived and externally controlled lie? What happens when people who’ve struggled to put food on the table even with three jobs suddenly don’t have those jobs because the bottom dropped out of the economy? What then?

What happens if a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME/Solar Flare) knocks out the grid and life as we know it never returns? What happens if Washington DC sinks under 100 feet of water? What happens if things get so crazy that most people have a nervous breakdown?

I’m not listing such questions to freak anyone out. These questions and more are simply things to consider, scary or not, because refusing to look at them hasn’t made them go away. If more people can at least garner enough courage to look at the scary possibilities, then we can develop individual, group and community strategies to deal with the challenges. One strategy may or may not involve relocating to another town or country.

When deciding whether to stay or go, you’ll need to assess your necessary and available resources, including time.

Things are moving quickly around the world, especially in the US. The Bill of Rights has been all but gutted, and –with the exception of that pesky 2nd Amendment– all laws are in place for a complete private military dictatorship and management of all aspects of daily life. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.” We’ve got some laws on the books right now that would make even Hitler blush, not to mention the vastly increased powers of the UN and would-be world dominators like Monsanto. Although the plan started slowly, almost imperceptibly, the speed of this crackdown has dramatically accelerated in recent months. Some of us saw the ugly cloud from far away. Many more have suddenly noticed the darkened sky before a previously unimaginable storm.

How long before the tornadoes, hail and lightning strike?

I don’t know. I personally hope that if enough people recognize the signs, then enough of us will decide to join our energies into shifting the current trajectory. Fight? Flight? Pray? Or Garden? It may take all of the above, and that’s where decisions become tricky.

If you plan to remain in the US, then you will need to determine a) how to make your current location as safe and sustainable as possible or b) if and how you can relocate pronto to a more suitable location. If you determine that you really can’t relocate right now, whether due to family, finances or whatever logistics, then do yourself a favor and stop fantasizing about leaving the country or living in rural Montana.

You’d be better off focusing your attention on how best to develop community right where you are, as well as how to cover basic human needs like food, shelter, and water for individuals as well as the unprepared. If your town has no disaster plan or community gardens, consider starting one, not just for yourself but because offering security for the disenfranchised increases everyone’s security in times of crisis. Finding ways to connect with neighbors, co-workers and natural leaders also provides multiple safety nets by encouraging people to assess skills and resources and develop relationships before anyone really needs them.

“Would you personally leave the USA?”

Under very different circumstances, yes, I probably would; however, I truly feel called to live exactly where I live and to do exactly what I’m doing.

If I lived in a city, I can honestly say I would relocate, because I already did strategically relocate to Goshen, Indiana. David and I came here to support his aging parents, but we also looked at any and all of the potential challenges of our times and opted to surround ourselves with organic farms, Amish people who know how to live off grid, a sunny permaculture yard, and a community already implementing Transition Town concepts to support life after peak oil or a belly-up economy. Since I have a deep love for Earth and find permaculture principles absolutely fascinating and healing, I can’t think of a better location for me right now.

Ideally, you will find a way to make whatever location you happen to live in a top-notch location for you … or … you will quickly assess what you need in a location and very speedily find a way to manifest your move there.

I will say that vibration makes a huge difference. If you fixate on fear, you’ll attract fearful scenarios. If you fixate on solutions, you’ll attract those. We can use the challenges of our times to build a better and stronger world than the one we know now. Collapse of the known could bring celebration and renewal. In permaculture, we say, “The problem is the solution.”

If you feel called to live somewhere overseas that affords you a closer relationship to the Earth and more freedoms, and you can get there soon, then I’d say go for it. I do hope that not everyone who can leave the US does. Plenty of us feel called to stay, and we are the people frantically trying to build new structures before all the old ones fall away. We are the people trying to get community gardens growing so well that an economic crash or radical disruption of food transportation doesn’t matter. We’re the ones speaking beyond Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, actively seeking common ground from which to build systems of mutual support. We’re the ones looking at problems and choosing to address them instead of pretending they don’t exist.

If enough of us create preemptive solutions, then we create possibilities and paths for life to change easily, without the need for crash and burn or smashing into rock bottom. When enough visionaries take action, then all the problems facing the US and the world today can result in an amazingly lush, healed and prosperous society that honors everyone for the unique beings we are while living in harmony with Nature and Natural Law.

“What should I do now?”

I’m not a fan of “should’s.” What do you feel called to do? What excites you? What worries you? What fears keep you up at night? What strange ideas tickle your fancy so much that you can’t seem to stop giggling about them? How might your “problems” become “solutions”? An old saying says that God never gives us more than we can handle, and I believe that’s true … with one caveat: sometimes we do need to turn to God (or Goddess, Spirit, Nature, the Faery Realm, Ancestors, Runes, Animal Totems, Myth and Legends) in order to survive those challenges.

“We are spiritual beings having a human experience,” and we need to remember that. As challenging as we may find the physical realm, being here is a privilege and an adventure. Whether you decide to stay or go, I would suggest you invite your spiritual side into your decision. Ask your body what it prefers. Feel the longings of your heart. Pay attention to the mind that assesses and strategizes, then invite inspiration in all you do.

Once you’ve invited this special Wisdom available to each of us, allow yourself to receive the answers. I guarantee those answers approach you whenever you invite them into your awareness. As the Hopi say, “This can be a good time.” When you discover the eternal Wisdom that whispers within yourself, you will always know what to do or how to respond in any given moment. I will leave you with two helpful mantras:

“If not this, then something better.”

“I am always in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing.”

And so it is.

21 responses to this post.

  1. Reblogged this on Reiki Dawn and commented:
    I feel very compelled to share this blog article from Laura Bruno. Laura puts into context the awareness people are now having about what has been and is going on in the USA, she takes the fear out of the equation but stares the truth in the face, and uses that to catapult herself, as well as inspiring others in ways that they can proceed going forward. Thank you Laura so much.



  2. Excellent post. We can’t even estimate how many times have we have heard: “That could never happen here.” Some of us have been warning about this for decades, and have also determined that running away most likely won’t be offered as an option. Our Spirits may have chosen for us to stand where we are, and give new application to the words “Just Say No”. Here in these former United States, it’s time for all of us to face the consequences of what we have allowed. Some people have cooperated with the imposition of tyranny more than others, but not one of us is completely free of some share of the responsibility.

    What we see happening on the geopolitical landscape is merely the dragon in the throes of death. But when is the dragon most dangerous? In the throes of death. The power brokers have launched into the insanity that the Hopis and others had said would manifest at this time. The Powers That Woud Be are losing it in every sense of the term. Perhaps now enough of us can find the courage to stand strong and face the music, and even compose a new symphony of life.

    I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me a New Reality.



  3. Posted by Cheryl on April 21, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Exactly what I needed to hear tonight, as usual. Thanks.



  4. […] Laura Bruno has published a wonderful piece that thoroughly explores what is in my own heart during this climactic period of accelerating wag-the-dog events that promise vastly increasing police presence lauded by an apparently brain-dead public. I too, have wondered, “Should I leave the U.S.?” — and discovered when traveling in Thailand recently the enticing prospect of a “retiree visa” that simply needs to be renewed every six months. I met one expat from Florida at the wat (temple) near Chiang Mai who has made this his decision. He looks relaxed and content. […]



  5. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:

    I wrote this in April 2013, but now, fourteen months later, waves of people are beginning to ask me again, “Should I leave the country?” I hold by my comments in this earlier post, just noting that the fourteen months that have already passed represented crucial time you could have been preparing for a move or creating a better situation where you currently reside. Make your decision soon and act accordingly. Act means take inspired action, not just sitting around in fear or daydreams. A tiny step in the right direction is at least a step in the right direction. 🙂 Blessed Be!



  6. Posted by Sky on July 30, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Been there, done that as far as leaving the country. Very few places offer long term visas or easy-to-meet residency requirements for the average person, couple, or family these days. Top of list: Belize, Thailand, India. Currently, you just need an income of $1200 a month to get residency in Belize. You can get a 10 year visa for India, if you choose. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have pretty stiff requirements for residency. The Netherlands has a great residency program for those with the means to start up a certain size company.

    In Europe, you can now only stay a total of 90 days in any European Union country. As opposed to *years* the last time I travelled abroad. If you want to stay longer, you’ll need to be able to move back and forth between England, which allows you stay 180 days and then 3 months in another European Union country, then back to England for 180 days. Australia also allows 6 months and no visa requirements for US citizens.
    Believe me, we learned all the ins and outs last year — to our great dismay. CHECK the CURRENT rules VERY CAREFULLY before making the leap. Although my husband is a Danish citizen, it turned out that we were unable to stay there permanently, as we had hoped. He could stay, our kids could stay, but “I” could not..

    The jaws of the trap are already in motion and closing in all around the world. many people just don’t “see” it., Having traveled literally around the world last year, I can tell you that the same darkness is everywhere. Especially within the European Union. There is no place you can go to get away from it. The situation in Europe was chilling. Very chilling.

    Best bet is what Laura is suggesting. Plus have or make some friends who are off grid in the country to whom you can “travel” to and live on their land, if needed. Another option for singles and couples without children is joining an intentional community, retreat center, or lay monastery community. One that grows its own food and is off grid. Preferably one with a world view or spiritual path you are comfortable with. We have identified one we would like living in, if it comes to that.

    We happen to live in a very small town, with lots of empty “lots” that could be farmed, if need be. The town also has a community garden. Due to the weather here, many people have green houses to get an early start on veggies and to grow salad greens year and some veggies for salads year round.

    Laura is very right about focusing on what you *can* do and on the “positive”. As we do attract what we focus on. Also, if you have found the way to be happy despite your circumstances, or choose to go into spiritual retreat, then it hardly matters what happens around you. And you will be a light to others.

    Lastly, I highly suggest second Laura’s suggestion of learning the runes, in addition to whatever other spiritual path you are on. I suggest the Armanen Runes. Decades of use as a magical system have given them power. The runes are an added tool for protection.

    As Gandhi advised, we need to be the change we want to see in the world.



  7. Posted by Mythoughts76 on July 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    You’re better off being in the country where you be able to live off the land in case something worldwide and horrible happens.



    • Agreed, and gardens take time to set up. I almost feel like we are rapidly approaching the time of “bloom where you’re planted.” If you can’t move immediately into some sort of situation that’s already set up (like an intentional community or a place with existing community gardens), then most people would be better off figuring out what they need to do in their current location to make it livable for the long haul.



  8. Posted by Zora on August 1, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Thank you for this thoughtful post, Laura. My husband and I made and actioned a plan to move to New Zealand by 2012, as we were starting to worry about what might go down in the USSA that year. However, as Sky notes above, the same agenda is being rolled out nearly every place you might consider living on the planet. But here in NZ it’s a “kinder, gentler” form of tyranny being foisted upon the sleepy hobbits.

    Being a very energetically sensitive person, I have definitely noticed that I am much less anxious here in NZ than I was in the USSA. I sense this may be due in part to the fact that Americans are pretty much subjected every day to intensely negative psyops via the media, and it creates a general vibe across the population that affected me even if I didn’t watch the evening news personally. People here in NZ feel safer in general, and this creates a much more relaxed vibe that makes me feel safer as well.

    Many Americans do not realize that the USSA govt treats its citizens living abroad terribly – there is no escaping the long arm of the IRS that still requires you to file an income tax return every year, which you need to do if you want to continue re-entering the country to visit family without getting hassled at the border. If you try to get out of this requirement by renouncing your citizenship, the IRS will not recognize your renunciation if they have cause to believe tax avoidance was your main motivation for doing it!

    So living abroad creates its own unique stresses in life, especially if you still have loved ones back home. xxZ



    • Thanks, Zora, yes, I learned that about the IRS several years ago when a major motivation to move abroad would have been to avoid paying for all the endless wars. The long arm of the IRS really needs surgical removal and even then, it’s apt to turn into a prosthetic! About the only way to really avoid it is to become a mega million dollar US corporation. Then you can have the IRS pay you! What a system.

      Blessings in your new home. You were wise to leave when you did. If I were not certain I am right where I need to be, I would have left, too — not just due to the agenda, which is everywhere — but for that same vibration issue you mentioned. The amount of gardening, orgone, Reiki, magic, crystals and other things I need to do to remain here is quite a testament to how negative it is here. Someone needs to stay, though, so I am glad I’m notthe only one. 🙂



  9. […] “Should I Leave the Country?” Posted April 21, 2013 by Laura Bruno […]



  10. Posted by Sky on August 1, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Zora — Interestingly, New Zealand was top of my list when I looked at various other places to live. If we could have, we would have. We just couldn’t meet the residency criteria, unless my husband remained in the US working while my kids and I lived elsewhere. It’s a gorgeous country with lovely people. You are lucky to have been able to swing moving there.

    Where we live now is very lovely, too. Very peaceful with miles of beach. A very small coastal town that is off in a world of it’s own. It’s a winding drive through forest and then along a bay to get to the closest city. So you really feel you are “away” from the rest of the world when you are here.

    The main need for all of us is to create as much food sufficiency as possible. Which includes acquiring plenty of experience cooking with dried beans, dal, chickpeas, peas, and lentils. Any of those made into a hearty soup or stew on top of rice makes for a tasty solid meal.

    I am thinking of seeing if the town government might pass whatever they need to pass to allow people to have backyard chickens and chicken coops… for a nice supply of fresh eggs.

    Best news of the week: Thanks to Laura, I found out that we would grow a “cold-hardy avocado tree” here. Woo hoo! Life is good!



    • We just got a Hens for Goshen initiative passed here a couple months ago. We don’t personally qualify, as renters are excluded, but I was just telling David that with all the redundancy and variety I’m building into our yard, including what will eventually be a full herbal pharmacy that I know how to harvest and utilize, we should have plenty for bartering. If you develop like-minded community, then you don’t need to be 100% self-sufficient. You just need to have your bases covered and know others who have other bases covered. That takes off some of the pressure and allows people to maximize whatever space they do have. Not everyone has a sunny yard to grow annual and perennial veggies, but not everyone can have chickens or goats either. Some people have fruit trees; others have window boxes of herbs. The time of the completely lone wolf is over, but it’s important to develop as much sufficiency as possible. 🙂



  11. Posted by Sky on August 2, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Oh, but I love chickens! And eggs… Had a pet chicken when I was 14 or 15, though she loved my big brother best. (smile)

    I’m not a lone wolf. But chickens I can do and then trade for what I can’t do.



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