Archive for August, 2015

Disappearing Into Nature

Way cool! Kind of the opposite of transhumanism … instead of merging with machines, disappearing into Nature. Thanks and love, Tania!

Tania Marie

Love this…Orly Faya creates stunning art by merging people with Nature around the world – The Gaia Project

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Day 129: Wasps and Hornets

Since I’ve written so much over the years about wasps, bees and most recently hornets, I thought I’d reblog this post with wasp and hornet lore. Our yellow jackets are still patrolling the garden well, although yesterday, I needed to suggest a different nest location than in front of our garage door. How about the north side of the blue house? Lots of privacy there, and shelter from the wind via the south side of the neighbors’ house. So far so good. 🙂

The Necessity of Spirituality and ‘A Moral Question’ – Native American Elders William Commanda and Oren Lyons

Deep Wisdom flows here. Thanks and love, Jamie!

“If you don’t have a moral question in your governing process, then you don’t have a process that’s going to survive. You must have a moral society, or you won’t have any.” ~ Oren Lyons, Seneca/Iroqouis Faithkeeper and Elder

Exactly!

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William Commanda (1913-2011), Algonquin Elder and Chief. Image: International Cities of Peace. William Commanda (1913-2011), Algonquin Elder and Chief. Image: International Cities of Peace.

“In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge.

They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago.

Their steps would take them to the elders, who they would ask to guide them on their journey.

If the New People remain strong in their quest, the sacred drum will again sound its voice. There will be an awakening of the people, and the sacred fire will again be lit.

At this time, the light-skinned race will be given a choice between two roads.

One road is the road of greed and technology without wisdom or respect for life. This road represents a rush to destruction.

The other road is spirituality, a slower path that includes respect for all living things.

If we choose…

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The Serene Hornets’ Nest

In response to my very vocal concerns about GMO corn syrup in shelf stable nitrite and MSG filled sausage being marketed as a health food, I was told to contact the manager, which I did. Here’s what happened, and hopefully an illustration that we do not need to cower when something egregious creeps into our awareness. We don’t just need to accept that “this is the way it is.” We can speak up, strongly, and when we do, things can and often do shift. If no one had said anything, then this outcome would not have happened. I’ll still be sending a lot of Reiki to this transition, but I do love it when people step up. It’s a time of clear intentions and walking the talk. Your walk may not be my walk … but it’s a time to match your walk with your talk. I appreciate the opportunity for discussion and change.

UPDATE 2: Successful resolution to this issue! Personal phone call from the manager. The product was pulled, because it was only accidentally ordered in the first place by a relatively new buyer. Training will occur, and if the product cannot be returned, it will be labeled as containing corn syrup, GMO’s and nitrites so that people who don’t read labels are not confused into purchasing it as a health food. The manager also invited me to become a participant in meetings between the Board, management and co-op Members, and he’s posting a response and action steps on the bulletin board at the store. He did explain they need to broaden their customer base by including a wider range of foods that people are requesting; however, he reiterated his commitment to clearly labeling foods that are local, but conventional and if they contain particularly unhealthy ingredients.

Stirring the Hornets’ Nest

Well, good thing I have a good relationship with all things bee, wasp and hornet, because I’ve gone and done it. The hornet’s nest has officially been stirred. Our local co-op’s under new management and undergoing some, shall we say, “growing pains.” More like a complete identity crisis! After being texted by someone who shall remain anonymous, I had to see this to believe it: shelf stable, non-organic meat sausage filled with GMO corn syrup and MSG, proudly on display right next to organic raw vegan treats, almost looking like they are the same genre and standard.

Oh, that Fire Faery. She does have a wee bit of a fiery temper, now, doesn’t she? Well, apparently, I’m not the only one with jaw dropping recognition that one of these things is not like the others, but I am so far the only person willing to go on record about it. I left the following note, sent out a text and email blitz to people I know who might care to –ahem — speak the heck up, and then I sent a note to the President of the Board.

There’s a lot of opportunity these days to force people and institutions off the fence. You vote with your words, with your money, and with how you respond to non-organic, GMO and MSG filled BS. A bunch of us have been keeping our eye on this place, murmuring behind the scenes and attempting to extend the benefit of the doubt. Gosh, MCM, if you wanted to be added to my growing list of places needing Reiki Healing Attunements in Goshen, you could have just asked! Oh, I guess you just did….

MCM outrageAnd to our Board President:

Dear ___

Are you aware that the co-op now has processed, non-organic meat sausage with GMO corn syrup and MSG on display right next to raw organic vegan treats like they are somehow equivalently healthy? I never thought I would need to leave a note like this at the co-op.

What is going on?! If this is the new MCM vision, this town will end up making its own health food co-op, and MCM can feel free to turn itself into a gas station vendor. I don’t care if the “meat” was made in Nappanee. It doesn’t belong in the co-op, let alone prominently displayed as though it’s a featured new health food?! Has Monsanto gotten onto the advisory panel for co-ops, or does someone in ordering just not understand the word, “No”? Who’s making these decisions? I shudder to think if this is just the beginning of MCM’s new vision of itself as a leader in the community!

Sorry for the outrage. I am actually toning it down.
Shaking my head and not the only one doing it …

Laura Bruno

UPDATE: I was told to direct my concerns to the manager, and so I did:

Dear ___
____ suggested I bring this up with you, even though I’ve already left a comment card on the wall at the co-op, also attached here. Please see our exchange below. Also, please know that while I may currently be the only person willing to go on record speaking up about it, some of your staff, many owners and even at least one Board Member (not ___) are so shocked they’re speechless, stunned into only commenting to each other, “WTF,” “disgusting” or “that’s so wrong.” The co-op can’t be all things to all people. If you or the Board want to turn it into a Circle K, then you are going to lose core shoppers who will just band together and re-create a buying club with real commitment to the original co-op ideals. Perhaps a commitment to health doesn’t matter in this new MCM vision, but at the very least, the display is deeply misleading for new shoppers who may not know much about reading labels. It’s so absurd that you may not hear much from people because they just can’t believe their eyes.
 
If this is how the co-op wishes to transform itself for the 21st century, then I hope the junk food eaters want to spend a lot of money there to replace the core members you’ll lose.
Sincerely,
 
Laura Bruno
UPDATE 2: Successful resolution to this issue! Personal phone call from the manager. The product was pulled, because it was only accidentally ordered in the first place by a relatively new buyer. Training will occur, and if the product cannot be returned, it will be labeled as containing corn syrup, GMO’s and nitrites so that people who don’t read labels are not confused into purchasing it as a health food. The manager also invited me to become a participant in meetings between the Board, management and co-op Members, and he’s posting a response and action steps on the bulletin board at the store. He did explain they need to broaden their customer base by including a wider range of foods that people are requesting; however, he reiterated his commitment to clearly labeling foods that are local, but conventional and if they contain particularly unhealthy ingredients.

Minneapolis Woman Is Raising 400 Monarch Butterflies in Her Home

Another link from Kieron — and as he says, “Another signpost.” My garden is an official Monarch Waystation, but this woman takes things to a whole new paradigm. I can’t post this due to copyright; however, the link is well worth a click, and the video’s a must see:

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-woman-is-raising-400-monarch-butterflies-in-her-home/322304761/

Day 125: Quakers and Witchcraft

I love this post, and it explains to me one of many reasons I elected to be born in Pennsylvania — Penn’s Woods, founded by the Quaker, William Penn. i’ve always felt so aligned with the simplicity, mysticism, respect and sincerity of Quakers, and some of my favorite people in Elkhart County also happen to host a Friends Meeting in their home. Thanks for this historical perspective!

Double Helix Stairway to Heaven

Well, then! I finally know why the Runa Faery Druid Tania and I met in Mendocino in 2009 kept quoting Led Zeppelin. Pure Faerie in those lyrics when you tease them apart from the loud end to the song. Just like those tricky Fae, eh? The quiet beauty of Nature hidden in plain view. May Queen, Pan, hedgerow… I will never think of Zeppelin the same way again. Thanks, Cnawan!

Ethereal Nature

My musing for the day ~ from the origin of life, through all the steps of evolution, to the rise of the capability of Consciousness to become of conscious itself, the DNA strand is the Stairway to Heaven that we are collectively climbing. Little wonder that spiral staircases feel so magical…

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Image from LiveScience.com

“The arising of space consciousness—a shift to vertical rather than horizontal awareness—is the next stage in the evolution of humanity, and it’s happening more and more as our awareness remains in the now moment.”
Eckhart Tolle

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“I am saying that I see the emergence of space consciousness as the next stage in the evolution of humanity. By space consciousness I mean that in addition to our being fully conscious of things—that is to say of sense perceptions, thoughts, emotions, and whatever happens in our lives—there is at the same time an undercurrent of awareness or Presence…

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Planning Next Year’s Harvest ~ Lasagna Gardening How-To

It may not seem like it, but now’s a fabulous time to begin imagining, designing and plotting next year’s garden. As we come into the season of fallen leaves, straw bales, and this summer’s yard waste, a little planning can turn all that free biomass into fertile, no-till soil. As a Mad Scientist Gardener, I’ve tried all sorts of methods, depending on the location and juglone (toxin from black walnut) levels of my soil. The Lasagna Gardening method, also called “sheet mulching” builds rich, deep soil over the winter, so you don’t need to dig in spring.

I love it so much, I’ll be using it to create a horseshoe shaped asparagus bed in the Blue House yard, a perfect edible hideaway for gatherings from spring through fall. I learned yesterday that an 18″ underground electrical line cuts through my would be horseshoe, and asparagus gets dug in deep. This information only solidified my original plan to build the soil up so that I wouldn’t need to dig down. It’s a great way to kill off grass and weeds, too, incorporating them into the overall soil fertility.

For those who find the idea of a no-till garden intriguing, here’s a Mother Earth News full description of how and why to try Lasagna Gardening for next year’s bounty. Enjoy the planning …. and the harvest!

Peer Reviewed Scientific Evidence Exposes Chemtrail as Crime Against Humanity

Thanks to Kieron for sending this article my way.

Finally! For all the people who think, “Those are just contrails, dummy,” or “Huh? I have no idea what you’re talking about. I don’t look at the sky. I’m too busy texting and virtually documenting my life to look UP ,” here’s some peer reviewed scientific evidence exposing chemtrails as the crime against humanity (and the environment) they truly are. May the haze begin to clear — on all levels.

Covert Geopolitics

A peer reviewed, court admissible scientific evidence of the deliberate annihilation of the global population has been released to the public by a very prominent scientist. This explosive revelation was made through the peer reviewed International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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