Posts Tagged ‘Relocation’

Our Relocation: The Inside Scoop on Dra’Faven

At long last, I can make official what I’ve only hinted at for months: this past Summer David and I bought a house and relocated from Goshen, IN to Kalamazoo, MI.

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After considering many other locations and then taking a whirlwind tour of Southwest Michigan in Summer 2016, we found that Kalamazoo offered all the things that attracted us to far more distant locales. It feels like the “sweet spot” of Continue reading

End of an Era ~ Goodbye, Faery Hof and Goodbye, Goshen!

After literally two months of packing, cleaning, sorting, teaching, and gifting, first with Haus Am See and now with our home, mini farm and food forest of the past almost five years, today we turned in our keys in a misty eyed exchange with our landlord. We are officially no longer the caregivers of Faery Hof. We and all the Faeries and Spirits of the Land wish Linette, Jason and their animal friends a magical, loving and joyful move-in tomorrow!

The first sunflower of the season popped out to mark the changeover:

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All my indoor and outdoor container plants have made the journey, and tomorrow begins their shift from containers to raised beds, so these patient tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, kale and especially the very pot bound collards can release and expand into the new, just as we are. Our new yard has “good bones,” but it needs some loving care, which we’ll finally have time to address this weekend, intermixed with much unpacking.

Everything has occurred in such obviously perfect timing and with the perfect people with this entire process that this massive amount of work feels very satisfying. We’ve been so busy we’ve not really had time to process all the changes, but we already love, love, giddy love our new home. Details some other time, as we still have many moving parts. I’ll be back to regular sessions after the 4th of July.

Thanks to everyone for your patience, love, prayers, Reiki and good wishes during this sacred time. It truly feels like we shifted timelines not only for ourselves but for many others with this move, opening so much space for growth and abundance. We look forward to seeing what bursts forth for all of us.

Blessed Be … and be the blessing. It feels so good. 🙂

 

How to Thrive in a Less Than Ideal Location

Today’s topic arises so many times in coaching sessions that I thought I’d address it here, since it seems more common than not for people to feel misplaced, isolated or otherwise “stuck” in a location other than their heart’s desire. Having lived in 43 homes throughout my life — including many of the most beautiful, stunning spots in the US — and currently living well in a way less than ideal area, I can share both personal and professional tips for creating your best life wherever you are. This is not a “settle for less” post, but rather a list of ways to ensure you receive the most benefit, growth and satisfaction from any given location until you either realize you do love where you live, or you manage to leverage yourself into something much more compatible and preferred.

Create a Sacred Space

The first, easiest and most important step you need to do is to reclaim your environment by creating a sacred space. Sacred means “made or declared holy” and includes the idea of “set apart.” Even if you live in a hovel with Messy McMess, find a corner, mantle, bathroom, nightstand, chair, closet, or room that you can clean, clear, decorate and dedicate to you. Size doesn’t matter. Even a corner of a bookshelf, consciously cleaned and intentionally claimed begins the sympathetic magic process of exerting more of your own energy over an incompatible location.

Once you choose a spot, you’ll attract opportunities to charm and enhance other areas. Instead of feeling oppressed by your environment, your field of influence grows and transmutes your surroundings. “As Within, So Without” very often begins with one tiny external shift.

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Above, you can see an Element Altar, hidden in plain view, right in the center of our home. This little spot has featured different objects over the years, but I created it from Day One in order to honor the Elements — Earth, Air, Fire, and Water — in our home, celebrating and respecting Nature front and center in a region of the country that defiantly does not.

I’m an artist, so I know the power of color and symbols to shape space (and reality). Continue reading

“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.

Moving Stories and Tips

You asked, and I’m delivering. Every time I move, I receive so many emails and longing comments during sessions from people who “would love to move” like I do, who “would love to just pick up and go,” and “would love to inject a little more adventure” into their lives.

I’m writing another ebook on these very topics! It will cover everything from moving on a shoestring budget to synchronously finding that perfect spot to utilizing all your resources in all dimensions to make things as easy and fluid as possible. After all, The Lazy Raw Foodist is also a Lazy Mover.

And a Lazy Author! I intend to share all of my own tips, but I’d also love to include some others’ stories of Divinely inspired and managed moves, as well as some of the more mundane matters like packing tips and finding the right realtor in case you want to buy instead of rent. If you’d like to contribute, please email me at brunoleaf (at) yahoo.com to give me a sketch of what you’d like to offer. All chosen contributors will receive a link to your website and a promotional tag line, along with an acknowledgement and repeat contact information in the beginning. There will also be an affiliate program through ClickBank.com if you want to recommend this resource on your own site.

I tend to move fast — in relocations as well as ebooks. I penned The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide in three weeks from start to finish, so contact me soon if you’re interested. I don’t know that it will be THAT fast, but the instant manifestation seems to be continuing.

Many Blessings!
Laura