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Jon Rappoport August 22 2013 ~ The US is Bankrolling the Genetic Engineering of Humans

This is not just a question of the US Constitution, although I do see Jon’s point that it might be Americans’ best defense against such an atrocity. For those who still believe in a benign government and a benign collusion between chemical companies, BigPharma and the GMO industry, I hope this piece will finally begin to make clear what the actual agenda is: genetic alteration of the human species.

And no, I don’t mean they want to help along “Human Evolution.” Between the brain mapping advocated by the current administration, the official psychiatric pathologizing of all human emotions, the patenting of DNA, the stacking of Monsanto employees in the FDA, and now this DARPA program, which, if you’ve ever researched DARPA you know is really a sinister organization … humanity really is in a fight for its very existence.

At what point will people draw the line? Non-organic foods are already spliced with human genes and pig genes (very close to humans), many of which are inactive in the food but activated once they encounter the human body. Do you want to be a Frankenslave? Because that’s the agenda. That and robo-humans who automatically obey orders and can’t decide anything for themselves. “Transhumanism” — machine-human hybrids and genetically engineered humans. Is this what you showed up on this planet to experience? If ever there was a time for not just Americans but the entire world to gather together and shout an enormous “Stop!” this would be it. If ever there was a time for humanity to set aside squabbles and argue for sovereignty over our body and for a return to honoring Nature as sacred, this would be it.

Calling any and every Earth lover, human lover, Nature lover, and any person who recognizes that some things are and shall always remain sacred … please send Reiki, pray, visualize, cast spells, plant organic and heirloom seeds, and/or use whatever gifts and skills you have to provide some extra oomph to blasting ourselves out of this Brave New World, 1984, Frankenstein, and Bladerunner combined. It’s time.

… Speaking of which … DARPA has also been heavily involved in Time Travel and Project Pegasus. … It’s easy to keep control when you keep hijacking the changing timelines. No matter. We have tools for that, too! So dust off your Reiki Distant Healing Symbol and blast away … collapse the time-space and space-time continuum by chanting OM … break out your copy of A Wrinkle in Time and tesseract on outta this timeline.

Even as I write, I know I’m not a part of this, and many of you aren’t either. Still, it never hurts to add extra fuel to the sacred fire of purification and transformation. Who knows? Since all time is Now, maybe that extra fuel is exactly what saves, saved and will save us from the abomination “they” would have us become.

Thanks, Gillian.

Jon Rappoport ~ The US Government is Bankrolling the Engineering of Humans

If you still remember a piece of paper called the US Constitution, you might wonder under what section of that document the government is permitted to alter the human species.

A current Pentagon plan to create a biological platform inside the human body, using it to deliver new genetic information, and thus changing what the human body is and does…well, that is about as outrageous as you can get, when it comes to the violation of permitted federal powers.

Yet, the White House doesn’t care, nor does Congress, nor does the Supreme Court, nor does any federal agency or oversight department. It’s all right. It’s not a problem. It’s a “medical” program, you see. And therefore it will help people, and the government’s job is to help people.

This is the new version of the Constitution: “the government is here to help you, and anything it does in that regard is legal.” Sign up now. Get on the list. Help overrides anything written into the Constitution.

“If the government wants to help me, it’s fine. That’s what government is for. It’s like a parent. If the daddy is injecting me with genetic material to make me better, I love it.”

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is preparing to launch these genetic experiments. DARPA is organized under the Pentagon, which is organized under the Dept, of Defense, which is an agency of the executive branch, which means the White House, which refers to the President, where the buck stops. So that’s the chain of command. The violation of the Constitution goes all the way to the top.

Here is a key quote from the DARPA proposal: “…the successful development of technologies for rapid introduction of large DNA vectors into human cell lines will enable the ability to engineer much more complex functionalities into human cell lines than are currently possible.”

DARPA plans to insert a 47th chromosome into human cell lines. That chromosome will serve as a kind of platform that will make subsequent delivery of new genetic information much easier.

New genetic information means alterations in the body, at the level of DNA.

Engineering humans.

DARPA will justify these experiments on the basis of improving soldiers’ performance on the battlefield, their general health, their capacity to recover from illness, injury, exhaustion. They can justify it any way they want to, but it adds up to the same thing.

“We will change you. We will make you better. And, ahem, uh, easier to control.”

But this isn’t a debate about how a human could be made better or what “better” should mean or who should decide. It’s an argument that the whole program is a violation of the Constitution—because if we don’t stand on that, we don’t stand on anything.

Without invoking the law of the land, we allow various people to squabble about lesser issues and determine outcomes based on random and arbitrary factors.

“Well, I don’t think the Pentagon should be in charge of this program at all. It should be moved over to the National Institutes of Health, where it belongs.”

“I see no problem with Pentagon handling it, as long as there is civilian oversight from, say, the FDA. We could also have university scientists act in a consulting capacity…”

“The President should appoint a Genetics Czar. He could supervise the whole thing, with Congressional oversight.”

“It has to be run by the government. Otherwise, we can’t guarantee it’ll be done in an ethical fashion.”

No. The whole effort to engineer humans is unconstitutional, where government involvement is concerned. As for private companies taking part, there are already laws on the books about engineering humans. The adequate enforcement of those laws is another problem.

There’s nothing much at stake here. Only the future of the human species.

If private citizens, who are the target of this experimentation, don’t have standing to file a class action suit against the government, who does? A judge denying standing would, in and of itself, create an uproar.

“Let me see if I’ve got this straight, Your Honor. We, as private citizens, who would have our DNA changed, don’t have the right to object. Correct? Call us crazy, but we thought potential victims are precisely the class who must take action. Who should oppose this program? Ants? Rats? Chimpanzees?”

If there are any constitutional lawyers out there who see what’s happening here, I advise immediate filings. Take this horror to the most basic level: the gross violation of federal powers. Bury the government where they stand. Make the point. Cut this off at the pass.

If there is any issue around which the American people should be able to unite, the government alteration of their genes should be it.

If not, I suggest consulting travel brochures for other planets.

Jon Rappoport

A Second “Twin” Star of David Portal – August 25th, 2013

Another potent energy portal on August 25th. Some people are calling this the new “Ascension Date” and I’ve received more than a few emails about timelines splitting on this date, the world ending or other “prophecies.” My take on these potent alignments like 12/21/12, 7/29/13 and all the other really amazing astrological alignments is that they are supportive windows for certain types of energy. No one is going to do all your shifting *for* you. It’s still your life and you can refuse to engage the energies. Some might carry you along a bit anyway, but this is a participatory Universe. Recognizing the energy of the stars, planets and Moon is not so different than deciding to have your roof fixed during a non-rainy season, or planning for the birth of your child sometime around the due date rather than a year out. Enjoy the journey. It’s yours and yours alone, even though many are also taking their own journeys and saying hi along the way.

Tania Marie

quartz-merkabaYou may remember the post from July 29th I shared on the Star of David – Merkaba – Grand Sextile Portal which had profound effect for everyone and was a time to really tune in and harness that heart intention that would be amplified.

Well, this Sunday, August 25th, there is going to be a second “twin” Star of David creating what is being called a “Peace Portal”.

So, what does this mean? Well, it’s yet another energetic doorway to harnessing intentional peace within our hearts – sounds like something good to do every moment of each day, right?

But truth be told, it is easy to get pulled in different directions and not take advantage of the chance to do that daily in a way that would truly shift your experience.

So, if this is the case for you, no reason to be angry that you may get off…

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Two Questions for Doctors — And Congress

I sent this as a private email to my dad today, since he’s needing to evaluate some recommended treatments. Even with my own dad, I am not diagnosing or prescribing — just encouraging him to keep his eyes, ears and Spidey senses open. I thought my comments were worth sharing here, too, with a little addendum at the end:

On the rare occasions I was allowed into one of [my very health-challenged ex’s] doctor’s appointments, I would invariably ask two questions after the doctors had had their say:

1) If this were you, would you pursue this same diagnosis and treatment?

2) If this were your spouse, would you pursue this same diagnosis and course of treatment?

The squirming, lack of eye contact and question dodging were usually quite telling. Every once in awhile, a doctor would look me in the eye and say, “Well, if it were me, I would get acupuncture” or “Well, if it were my spouse, I would do what YOU are suggesting, but I’m not allowed to suggest that to a patient.” Usually, they would just mumble about how those questions were completely irrelevant.

On the contrary, I found the questions ever so instructional! If someone answered yes, I would ask them to tell me why they would choose this particular treatment or diagnosis over all the others available, making sure to ask them if they knew of the variety of other options and how much they had studied those other areas to see if they actually knew what they were talking about.

Not surprisingly, I was usually not allowed in my [then husband’s] appointments, but I was always very polite. 🙂 At least one doctor in Reno and one in Monterey changed their definitions of and treatment of Lyme Disease based in large part on our conversations. One doctor in San Francisco admitted to me that he would not pursue traditional medicine at all and in fact, only uses TCM/acupuncture for his own and his wife’s health issues. I understand that a large percentage of surveyed oncologists would refuse chemo themselves.

Anyway … in your decisions you might want to ask your various doctors recommending certain courses of action what they would choose for themselves as well as for their spouses. Then watch their body language, listen to tone of voice and see if they make eye contact if they’re still trying to sell a particular item –because, unfortunately, sales are a factor. Chemo drugs are very, very expensive, and many doctors get major kickbacks in terms of bonuses, grants, and other perks based on what level of drugs they prescribe. This is not me being paranoid. It’s quite well-documented if you look for the information. I also heard it straight from the pharmaceutical rep’s mouths when I knew sales people from Merck and straight from the MD’s at the Lyme conference I spoke at in January 2011.

Cancer and drugs are big, big business.

Along the same line of questioning, one might ask Congress if they would engage in the same “care” offered in the body-sovereignty crushing “Affordable” “Care” Act. Of course, they have kindly saved us the trouble of asking that question by quietly exempting themselves from Obamacare. The IRS — who will be enforcing this “health” “care” is arguing for an exemption, too. Sometimes silence is deafening, even in a torrent of rhetoric and sales pitches. Sometimes hypocrisy screams so loud you wonder how the whole world isn’t suffering from tinnitus!

Whenever anyone — doctor, priest, armed FDA agent, mandatory vaccine pusher, or Congressional critter — insists he or she knows what’s best for you and your body, take a moment to ask if he or she would willingly accept the route they want to impose on you. Maybe they will, but often they won’t.

Even if they would follow the imposing protocol, that still doesn’t mean they know what’s best for you. It might just mean they’re stupid, brainwashed or mis-educated. When I spoke with some lovely state representatives in Wisconsin back in 2011, they didn’t even know what a GMO was, and they thought people who wanted to drink raw milk would be buying it from factory farms! Um, ewwwwww! No crossover market there: it’s vegan or organic raw dairy from small farms. I gave them a little education of my own, all about accepted pus levels, factory farm conditions, antibiotics and Frankenfoods. Let’s just say, many of them pushed away their snacks during the course of our conversation. I don’t know if it ultimately changed their votes, though. Lobbies work hard for their corporate money, providing free “education” and perks to lawmakers, just like BigPharma reps do for doctors … just like all those Rockefeller grant regulations do for Med Schools.

Personally, I trust myself and my own body’s wisdom far more than a corporation, government or system that only profits from me being sick, weak and too brainwashed to fight back. There’s a time and a place for everything, including Western Medicine. I just personally do my best to ensure that I’m far, far away from that time and place.

What Are You Learning?

We live in the so-called “Information Age.” What kind of information are you imbibing? Do you watch the outsized, overblown mythology and status-quo (or worse) brainwashing ironically called “the news”? Or do you devour alternative media’s infinite listings of all the ways our world is going and has already gone to hell in the proverbial hand basket? Do you “forget all that stuff” and turn on your favorite TV programming “to numb out”? Or do work and childcare fill your days and nights so fast that you find little time for learning anything at all? Even so, we’re in the Information Age. Information bombards us everywhere we turn. The question remains: “What are you learning?”

Because we have agency over what goes into that noggin of ours.

Yes, certain things demand more of our time and attention than others, but we can still squeeze in some positive, practical and joyful tidbits here and there. Passion exponentially amplifies whatever information we glean, making even small time investments pay bigger learning dividends.

Try to learn five new things every day: little factoids, practical tips, new techniques, a new piece of music, a chant, how to cure an ingrown toenail, how to write (and think) in active voice, or acquiring any old-fashioned but largely forgotten skills. Topic or field doesn’t matter. The only requirement is that the information interests you.

Also consider the ways you acquire information. In this age of zippity doo dah texts, emails, web phones, wifi laundromats, satellite this and LinkedIn that … do you ever … unplug? When was the last time you read an actual, physical book? It’s a different experience than a Kindle — having words on a page go directly to brain rather than projected and received through yet another screen. When was the last time you walked outside and observed Nature? Smelled a rose? Picked your own tomato — either from a garden or a Farmer’s Market table brimful of ugly yet delectable heirlooms? Do you even know what “heirloom” means with regard to food? When was the last time you cut your own hair or made your own lasagna? Have you built anything since Legoland? What about music? Or stories? Do you know any poetry by heart? How often do you visit your local library? Have you ever taken a dance class? Or tried your hand at watercolors?

In the “Information Age,” how quickly most people dismiss any information that comes through the body — through doing instead of watching YouTube videos. How quickly our society dismisses beauty as a luxury, healthy food as a weird obsession, trade skills as “blue collar,” and self-sufficiency as a bizarre, “Doomsday Prepper” lifestyle.

Ummmm, until the Industrial Revolution gave us ugly factories, crowded cities, pollution, toxic pharmaceutical drugs, GMO’s, couch potato desk jobs, and instant everything, beauty, real food, tangible skills, and self-sufficiency were just … Life!

What kind of information do you consume on a daily basis? What kind of things would you prefer to learn and experience? “No time” usually just means you haven’t gotten creative enough with how you use the time available. Listen to books on tape or CD in the car or while working out at the gym. Chant while making dinner. Paint during a few of the hours you would have frittered away on Facebook or in front of the tell-LIE-vision. Plant a handful of seeds and just nurture them to maturity, even if it’s just a basil plant in your Southern window. You’ll learn something. I guarantee it.

We can — as a society and as individuals — reclaim the “Information Age.” Learn what we want to learn. Become the change we wish to see in the world:

“Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” ~Henry L. Doherty

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.” ~Jacob Bronowski

“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” ~Antisthenes

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~Alvin Toffler

“I find four great classes of students: The dumb who stay dumb. The dumb who become wise. The wise who go dumb. The wise who remain wise.” ~Martin H. Fischer

Bradley Manning ~ ‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’

I’m still sending and requesting much love, gratitude, protection, prayers and Reiki to, for and around Bradley Manning. May those in positions to make a difference find their conscience and their sleep severely troubled until they make things right. May those who do act to follow their conscience enjoy the blessings, relief and protection of the Divine finally shining through them.

Can’t imagine what that looks like? Observe the hero who graces your courtroom and prison with his presence. Much respect, Bradley Manning. Thank you for walking your talk and living your heart. May you be showered with the blessings you’re too humble to seek; may you feel the love and honor of those who truly see you.

Thanks, Ann: “At approximately 10:14 AM EDT this morning, Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. This afternoon, his attorneys met the press.”

Manning invoked that late Howard Zinn, quoting, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

Manning invoked that late Howard Zinn, quoting, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’

by Bradley Manning

The following is a transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday:

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

Garden Tower helps 88-year-old woman continue to garden

So inspiring! If we still had very limited gardening space, I would totally be getting one of these Garden Towers. Who knows? I still might. I thought I’d share this post here, though, since I hear from so many would-be gardeners that they “don’t have enough space” to grow food. This opens possibilities for many– young, old and space compromised. Cheers!

Full Blue Moon in Aquarius ~ August 20th 2013

More lovely sharing from Tania Marie. I just had to reblog this quickly on a break, because I bought a print of this Blue Moon painting, just waiting to be hung in the downstairs bathroom I described earlier this week — the one with the portal door. Indeed, I noticed a card on the windowsill I photographed this morning — a card that also wants framing for the bathroom — and, as Tania noted in her comment on my Beauty Inside and Out post, she sees “Nestie,” her beloved bunny, who’s also in the Blue Moon painting. Ahhh, timing! My Moon is in Aquarius, and Blue Moons have held particularly wonderful, empowering significance in my life. Thanks for the nudge, Nestie and the Universe! Message received. 😉

Tania Marie

Once in a Blue Moon webWe are at yet another Full Moon (time flies) and a Blue Moon at that! This is the second Full Moon in the air sign of Aquarius we are experiencing this year – the first was July 22nd, 2013. It is opposite the Sun in the fire sign of Leo.

Air and fire are both wonderful purification elements that can be useful in supporting the release of outmoded everything – especially ideas and beliefs about yourself that are blocking you from being your natural you and living from your authentic core beingness. This is particularly a good time to create a sacred ritual around this process of letting go, transmutation, and integration.

“If you have built your castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” ~Henry David Thoreau

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Beauty Inside and Out

Here are a few photos from today’s morning glory meditation. Although not pictured, we now have a new “color” of pure white ones, in addition to the surprising variety from previously uniform flower producing seeds.

Morning glories and jade

Green Man

Bird, Chandelier and Morning Glories

Morning glories from inside

The thing I love about morning glories is that they’re gorgeous, require little to no care, and they serve a “magickal plant” purpose. Traditionally, they are used to keep away “hostile” nocturnal faeries, but they are not the only flowers that keep away unwanted visitors. Regular, old companion planting suggests including yarrow and flowering herbs in the garden in order to attract “beneficials,” which act as predators of unwanted bugs like aphids and cucumber beetles. Beautiful, edible nasturtiums offer themselves as “trap crops,” luring aphids away from other plants, while sunflowers and purple coneflower (echinacea) attract birds, who also eat beetles and pest larvae.

We can learn a lot from Nature. “Protection” need not become ugly, aggressive or imposing. Beauty heals, both inside and out, and we can transform an ugly, aggressive, imposing world by inviting and cultivating beauty.

So paint that wall with something lovely. Hang a gorgeous piece of art. Plant those flowers, and decorate your home. Go ahead: accessorize your outfit with healing crystals and protective gemstones. Nature shamelessly and wisely adorns herself, lifting the hearts, minds and spirits of those with eyes to see, noses to smell, ears to hear, mouths to taste and skin to feel.

How often humans forget to recognize themselves as part of Nature! You are beautiful. May that beauty spill out of you in all its glory.

Timothy Glenn ~ Proterrian’s All-Purpose 3-Step Formula

I am loving these latest posts from my dear friend and soul brother, Tim! This one covers the oh-so-oft demanded “how?!!!?.”

Proterrian’s All-Purpose 3-Step Formula:
A Simple Guideline From the Proterrian Channelings

By Timothy Glenn

The multidimensional/extraterrestrial collective known as Proterrian has noted the Earthling propensity for asking “how” questions. When Proterrian expounds on our infinite possibilities and our probability lines, people in the audiences will often ask for the instruction manual on how to achieve whatever Proterrian is suggesting as a reality we can create. These folks are basically asking for an explanation of how to evolve, or how to become what we truly are. How? How? How?

In such cases, Proterrian likens the Earthling Humanoids to young strawberry plants who are fretting over how to make strawberries. In a voice mimicking an overanxious, almost hyperventilating human, Proterrian will say something like: “They expect me to make strawberries, but I’ve never made strawberries before. Oh, my God, what am I supposed to do? I don’t know how to make strawberries. How do they expect me to do that? Look at me: I’m all green and leafy. Strawberries are red. Where would I get the pigments? I have no idea what to do.”

Proterrian’s 3-step formula for young strawberry plants: “One: you’re in the earth. Two: you have water. Three: you have sunshine. Done deal. It’s part of your design.” Everything will unfold according to its design.

First, A Specialized 4-Step Formula

Before we delve into Proterrian’s All-Purpose 3-Step Formula, we will cover their formula specifically designed for the “how” questions. It has come to the point that any time an audience member asks a “how” question, Proterrian immediately responds with this formula:

1. Access thinking dictionary.
2. Go to “H”.
3. Scroll down to “how”.
4. Delete from dictionary.

The Ultimate Answer

Ranking right up there with “The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything”, Proterrian’s All-Purpose 3-Step Formula covers the vast majority of “how” questions, and perhaps covers all of them regarding our quantum leap in evolution. How can we ascend? How can we transmute? How can we become what we are designed to become? How? How? How?

People with complexity addiction may be extremely disappointed by the beautiful simplicity of Proterrian’s All-Purpose 3-Step Formula:

1. Come from a loving heart.
2. Put one foot in front of the other.
3. Walk in Faith.

Although this requires no elaboration, it may not hurt to indulge in a little, if only to keep the Monkey Mind happy.

Step One: Come From a Loving Heart

In 1980, I had a t-shirt made with iron-on letters, sporting my definition of love: “the vibratory essence of everything that exists”. In the early 90’s, it became obvious that we had lots of theoretical physicists and others from the scientific realm interfacing with us weirdo mystics, and many more to follow. To welcome them into the fold, I added a second definition of love: “the energetic essence of the unified field of infinity”. For some people, the words “of infinity” are redundant, since we are talking about The Field. But there are others who have not come to grasp the concept, so we can regard “of infinity” as repetition for emphasis.

David Icke words it quite elegantly: “Infinite love is the only truth; everything else is
illusion.” The New Testament distills it down to three words: “God is love.”

If our motives in life spring from the purely unconditional divine love, we are automatically aligning ourselves with the Infinitude.

Step Two: Put One Foot in Front of the Other

Be here now. Live in the present moment. We have heard this literally for millenia. When we are living in the Magic of the Now, we are not concerned about where we are going to be twelve steps from now, or five hundred steps later. By contrast, if our consciousness is scattered across an illusory timeline, we are not presenting ourselves as prime candidates for transcending linear time.

Infinity is always right here, right now.

Step Three: Walk in Faith

When we accept ourselves as part of infinity, we can proceed with full confidence that we are unfolding into direct expressions of the spirit that creates and maintains all universes.

As Proterrian loves to express it in an almost thunderous voice: “Thou art God.” This
is followed by a comic pause, with fists on hips. “Now act like it!”

Timothy Glenn

The Green Backyard

Thanks, Colette!

This is so timely, as I’m working with some neighborhood youths to apply for an available local grant for youths aged 15-20 to improve our neighborhood. My idea? Plant fruit trees in a ho-hum park down the street to beautify the space and provide food security for our town.

I had asked for the grant-required youths “to just show up at my door,” and yesterday, they did just that! Three were congregated outside our back gate, and we started talking. It turns out that one of the guys had actually asked our landlord if he could plant fruit trees on this property after our landlord cleared away most of the overgrown, neglected trees last year. I had hoped to find youths that would be willing to engage this project as a community service or for college application building, but this young man is passionate about Nature. He’s actually been wanting to plant fruit trees in our neighborhood, and he wants to get his girlfriend and friends involved, too. Here’s hoping the synchronicities continue all the way to grant qualification, planting, community building, and (eventually) harvesting!

The video below illustrates some of the ways that gardening and beautification ripple out into the community.

From the YouTube description:

“This is the story of a once neglected urban wasteland in Peterborough, recently transformed into a much loved community resource by a crew of eager volunteers, led by the father and daughter team of Rennie and Sophie Antonelli. This is a light-hearted and candid portrait of this garden that brings together its flora, fauna, people and activities in a symbiotic fashion. Through its simple approach to placemaking the green backyard carries a bigger environmental message for our urban areas and highlights that it is often the simpler things in life that carry the most meaning.

For more information please contact me I am currently based in Amsterdam, but interested in new projects wherever they may be.”

email daryl [at]
or on twitter @darylmul

More about The Green Backyard here