The Desire For Commune and Self-Sufficiency

I feel it, a need for a different kind of freedom, and it has nothing to do with money. It has everything to do with self-sufficiency, as a community. I would love to see the world as my community, self-sufficient, working in harmony and in a commune, but the reality I see is not the case. We have been divided with ill intent.

Never the less I feel this pulling inside me to be a part of something great, and beautiful. So I look for something smaller: a tribe, a commune, like-minded people who also feel this pull. Are there others? I can’t be the only one feeling this hunger. The desire to sever oneself from this cancer that operates out of our reach yet has unrestricted access to the fruits of our labors.

Are you out there? Can we meet? Are you willing to combine resources, create a refuge, where our fruits are enjoyed by our efforts, and not sapped away from those that would strip us bare? Is it not interesting that tribal life, around the world, was eradicated no matter its form? Was it because that way of life could not be divided, isolated, and harvested? Were those circles too close-knit for the education devices that operate in our lives currently?

I personally just want to be apart of a citizenry that relies upon the shoulders of the ones that stand next to them: a commune. Perhaps one day that commune could be embraced on a global scale; even if that were the case, it would be a world of tribes, small circles, interlocked, with a common interest to thrive.

In the dark corners of our minds, there is a voice that says you will never have peace. I stand defiant, ready to take the first steps away from that lie. If we all were self-sufficient, within our small circles, we would not need this big unwieldy apparatus we call government. Our government could be a small circle of elders that once a year gathered with other circles of elders to talk about larger issues. Circles within circles.

We can have peace, but we must first want to truly live within a world that can provide for everyone. This peaceful planet has no place for the gluttonous; whatever the form the wealth takes. There is a reason the meek shall inherit the earth. There is enough to go around, there is enough land, enough food, enough skill, enough love…

The empire that operates before us, has grown on secrets, divisions, hates, and fears. I am tired of that way, it does not serve us. If we banded together and lived on small communes like the one I discovered in Virginia we could rediscover self-sufficiency. We would know that we only needed each other, and not this mythical beast we call government, which has done nothing but steal our self-sufficiency.

This pyramid of reliance, from local to state, state to federal, has created the opposite of what our forefathers have dreamed of. The dream of bottom-up representation has been co-opted, which on its own is not damning, but when you incorporate that with the governments’ vehement desire to keep the people’s very survival in its hands, you have a recipe for disaster of untold proportions.

Maybe it’s my survival instincts kicking in. Is it too late? Can we still band together despite the declaration of war this government has brought down upon its own people?

Our towns and cities would starve if the trucks stopped bringing the food. Should people be so far divided from their source of food? Convenience and safety have blinded us; We have given away the knowledge to take care of ourselves. I say its time to take that knowledge back. Industrial farming is raping the earth of the minerals needed to feed the food we would grow. We must take back the land used for this purpose, redistribute it into manageable communes; growing and feeding locally.

If we did this, you would all see the monster we have created; it would snarl and attack, but we are this monsters lifeblood and the will of the people cannot be thwarted for long. You might be tempted to say that we have outgrown the need for such communities, but I assure you nature is going to bring this current way of life to a screeching halt, despite what the pundits claim, it has very little to do with pollution, and everything to do with cosmic cycles.

Our world is about to undergo drastic changes, due to our star. If we don’t do a 180 from the way we do things now, millions of us, the ones that do survive the initial catastrophe cycle will starve to death. This cycle is being covered by a group of citizen scientists, namely the Suspicious Observers. Check out the playlist that covers this topic in great detail here.

There are millions of reasons to do this, you have just been blinded to them. Wake up and smell the disaster brewing. I want to do this for the freedom it would engender, but there are other, very serious reasons why we as a people should change.

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A Gleam of a Glimmer: A Glimpse of A Course in Miracles

Our thoughts create the world we see. Your eyes are projectors, extending what is seen from what is thought. How important than do your thoughts become?

Take into account all the information you seemingly absorb, and what must be said about the foundation of your every thought. Are the foundations of your thoughts based on or in love? How could they be, given that the world you see is filled with secrets, divisions, and terrors made of all shapes and sizes?

I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this idea, as my teacher has recently hinted to me that our salvation lies embedded in its understanding. If our thoughts are the source of our reality, then it would behoove us to absolve ourselves of any and all attack thoughts because, and I quote, “what would have effects through us must also have effects on us.” A gleam of a glimmer from Lesson 26 in, “A Course in Miracles” in case you were wondering.

It shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone who has experienced a thought, and then the effect of said thought. It has given me pause, my reality froze from time to time as one of my thought’s, just thought, becomes real before my eyes. Obviously, this is not the case all the time or we would have no doubt that this is, and always was the case.

A world projected, not seen.

So why then is this phenomena only sometimes, or even rarely experienced? When you base that inquiry within the assumption that your thoughts do indeed create your reality, then you must eventually, logically, come to the realization that you have endowed yourself with a cruel form of amnesia. Creating what you see before you, then simultaneously making yourself forget that you were the source of what was created. Don’t let this frighten you, remember the source from which everything is experienced.

All of these enlightening ideas where gleaned from the book, “A Course in Miracles” so if you want a more thorough explanation, then I would advise you pick up a copy, after all, I’m only on lesson 26.

Something else to understand, your thoughts are not experienced by you alone; your thoughts affect everyone, and everyone’s thoughts affect you. So when something happens to you, that you find horrifying, remember that it is not your thoughts alone that creates the world you see. Though, nothing in this world could harm you if you didn’t harbor attack thoughts. Attack thoughts attack your invulnerability because what is created through you must also affect you. That also is part of lesson 26.

Now I ask you again if what I say is true, does it not behoove you to know your mind? The Course is a step by step, day by day guide to return you to grace. God can only do this, you say? I agree. If you can’t see my shit eating grin, believe me, It’s there.

I am excited for what I have gleaned from this tomb of enlightenment. It will save us from our illusions about ourselves. Another bit of good news is that your belief in the material is not required for said material to have the desired effect. You will have to be honest with yourself, however.

HOW comes to mind as an effective acronym; honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. you read, “A Course in Miracles” with those three qualities in mind, then this course will take you far.

It is not a light read, however. I suggest you give yourself a year to read the material, then another year, following the curriculum. The material gives the lessons teeth, and will thus be more effective once you have heard the thoroughly laid out lectures. I must admit, it was almost painful to read at times, as some of the ideas were completely alien to my then current understanding, but I assure you, the reward of pushing through, even when you completely disagree, or have a complete misunderstanding, will be rewarding.

The Homestead on the Piedmont

Michael woke up face to face to Oscar the cat, purring a mere two inches from his face.

Oscar the Cat

Michael gently shewed oscar to the foot of the bed mumbling, “It’s not time yet, the coffee hasn’t even brewed.”

Michael rolled leaving the customary spot between his scissored legs for Oscar the cat to lay, waiting for the coming aroma and beeps to stir his servants to the inevitable task of preparing his breakfast.

Michael laid with one hand over his wife’s waist, when the floorboards creaked a few feet from the bed as if a child was attempting to tiptoe away but was betrayed by his weight. Michael perked up, but remained motionless, not wanting whatever was there to be spooked by his alertness.

Michael mentally checked all the sounds: Melissas’ rhythmic breathing, Oscar the cats’ purring, and Snook the Dogs’ snoring. With all the possible sources accounted for Michael opened up his mind, searching for the veiled presence, but that front was quiet as well. all his senses were searching for the source of the noise, waiting for the house to betray whoever visited their bedside, when the trickle of the coffee maker and the aroma of morning crept into the bedroom.

Whatever it was, it was gone. Snook was now awake, huffing and puffing in his bed, fighting his need to pee, Oscar was creeping back up to Michaels’ face to insist on breakfast, and with the coffee maker hard at work, Michael decided to get up and start his morning. Hoping his eyes wouldn’t fall on a would-be intruder, for which they didn’t.

While peeing, Michael decided the best way to feed the pets was to bribe his love, Melissa, with coffee, and coax her into feeding Oscar and Snook, something that he normally did, but for whatever reason didn’t want to today. Michael Silently justified his manipulation with the fact that it was his turn to clean the chicken coops.

Not nearly enough coffee was consumed, but the sun began to crest the over the treetops, beckoning the need to release the chickens from the coop, and to tend to their nightly refuse. It was Michael’s least favorite chore, but he only had to do it every other day, and besides, these chickens laid the biggest eggs he has ever seen, so Michael thought it was the least he could do.

Snook did his best to sneak away while Michael and Melissa set out the water, scratch, and pellets, but Melissa called him back, “I’m watching you, c,mon get back here.” It wasn’t long before we were heading into the forest for Snook’s customary walk.

A mere minute passed when four deer scampered across our path, just ahead of us. Snook growled and stomped a few feet ahead of us, ensuring that the deer knew just who’s forest they trespassed on. We continued on our path, which took us alongside the river.

Snook picked up what must have been the scent of the deer we roused earlier, and decided he was going to track them across the river. This old hound jumped into the ice water barely touching the bottom with his tip toes all the way across.

Melissa realizing what was happening tried to stop what was evolving before her eyes, “Snook, no. I hope you can swim, I’m not going in after you.”

Michael thought to himself, “That means I’m gonna have to”

Snook tiptoed back across once he realized we weren’t as committed to the task of finding the culprits that trespassed on his territory. Both Michael and Melissa silently let out the breath they didn’t know they were holding when Snook was back on their side of the river bank.

Snook was proud of himself, strutting in a full trot the rest of the walk, leading the way like a naive child with a wooden sword, ready to face anything. Michael couldn’t help but smile at the confidence the dip in the icy river infused Snook with.

The walk finished in customary fashion with Michael and Melissa talking about their dreams. They let snook in the house, despite half of Snooks body still wet from the swim, silently wondering if the house cleaner, scheduled to come the following day, was going to be angry with them for that them for that decision.

Michael cooked a hearty breakfast of sausage patties, those glorious eggs they collected every day, which they soaked up with buttered and jammed toast.

It was a wonderful beginning to another day at the homestead on the Piedmont; Michael would write in his blog, and Melissa would work towards her doctorate. Together, they basked in another blessed day.

A look at Article 8; Oversights and Abuses

There was an observation of a prominent news outlet. It was said, “Maybe people will see just how much the Federal Government does because of this shutdown.” The statement was a valid one. Not for the reasons that the news outlet reinforced, though; it was an attempt to say, “You need your Federal Government.”

      Under the current order, that statement is correct, but should it be? Do we really want umbrella governance, with such supreme dominance of control over so much of our daily functions? Would it not be better to restrict the Federal Government to what the United States Constitution intended the Federal Government to manage?

               Article 8 of the Constitution, Powers of Congress:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow money on the credit of the United States; To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures; To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States; To establish Post Offices and Post Roads; To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries; To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court; To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations; To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress; To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

               Section eight is violated thrice thus far, highlighted in bold, the underlined portion has been abused to extend the power of congress infinitum, creating the monster that the federal government has become today.

               Common defense and general welfare: so, taxes for this purpose, states that any welfare that does not apply to all its citizens (general) should not be accessible to our taxes. For example: food stamps restricted by income, discriminates from the general welfare, and is thus not applicable and would fall out of the purview of the federal government.

               Another insight is the pentagon’s separation from the power and control of the Congress. When the Pentagon was audited, it was found that 21 trillion could not be accounted for. We still do not know what has happened to that money. What does the Pentagon do in response to this finding? They determine that their bookkeeping practices were insufficient in regards to denoting such discrepancies! In other words, they needed to get better at not getting caught.

               Moving on, “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures.”

               The Federal Reserve, that I might add our forefathers and authors of this noble document were vehemently against, has made our Congress impotent to effect value or regulation. The abhorrent organization is not selected by our congressional body, and even when Congress attempts to audit this parasite, it is impervious to any meaningful speculation.

               The Federal Reserve unduly ties financial interest to our daily governance. Which is well documented, in the objections of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. They argued that it was unconstitutional, that the Congress was and is the responsible party, not a central bank, and that it would take the power away from the individual. James Madison said it was not within the power of the congressional body to create such a body or any other governing body. I would have to agree, that was not listed as one of their powers. Remember the constitution was written to limit the power of the federal government.

               If you look at any attempt of our modern Congress to bring to bear the will of the people on to the Federal Reserve, they were met with indifference and outright defiance. The current Federal Reserve’s members are not selected by Congress, and they don’t even have to be U.S. citizens! Obviously, the interest of the people has been made impotent. Why then should we not sever the central bank from our governing bodies, and simultaneously abolishing the fiat currency that this bank marionettes as our currency?

               Thirdly, “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

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               This device was designed to promote innovation, but alas if anything is invented that threatens the existing infrastructure it is gobbled up by the invention secrecy act of 1952. As of 2017, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 5784 inventions have been ceased, even those by private citizens. How then are we to grow as a people?

               Finally, “And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

               Has this final statement been abused? Should we confine its language or develop constraints that prevent our corrupted governing bodies from further decaying our personal liberties?               

In the end, you either support a Draconic Empire or a Free Republic. You can’t see what we have become as both. What would you support? Think about the “programs” that pacify, and yes provide for our people; they are unconstitutional if you take the literal meaning, “general welfare” to heart. Would you shoulder that hardship to be truly free? If we all worked for our general welfare, we could take back our basic liberties. We have given too much freedom away, but do you want it back? What say you?

When is Enough, Enough?

Hear Me!

Is it time to surround the capital building? Should we insist that the sitting members of Congress not leave until a deal is struck?

            Should we lock them in and surround them with the 800,000 unpaid individuals that are employed by the Federal Government, that are now going to miss a second paycheck?

            They would certainly be backed by individuals, both democrat and republican. Should we not organize a protest that voices are disgust for this behavior? Why is this really happening?

            These actors are following a script; both sides are engendering an unyielding posture that rational people could solve in hours. What law or bill is going to be the fruit of this sad comedy? Whatever it is, it won’t be in the best interest of the people, I assure you.

Who is pulling the Strings?

            We should replace the whole lot of them; we the people should enact a vote of no confidence in the body that sits before us. Please wake up and see the farce for what it is.

            A new party that does not deal in division, but in creating unity, must arise; these actors panhandle their seat of influence in this, us vs. them, regime. We must not allow this any longer.

            If unity and compromise were paired with creating true freedom for the citizens of this great country imagine, just imagine what could be accomplished!

           We are more diverse than democrat and republican; liberal and conservative; poor and rich. It is time to bring this country to its knees by simply not working. If the country went on strike, even just 60 to 80 percent of us, this shutdown would be over in 48 hours, at the most. 

Civil Disobedience is Necessary

            How did we get to a place where safety was more important than freedom? How did we get to a place where insurance was redefined as a tax? I realized then that all branches, including the judiciary branch, were and are, operating in concert to strip the people of any true freedom.

            The very idea that a wall represents America, supposedly the greatest county of free folk in the world is laughable. Laws were and should be designed to restrict governments impact on the people. Now they extend governments reach with every stroke of the mighty pen.

            The economy of faux capitalism is striping the vast majority of people from their true riches, the taxes are oppressive, and the innovation is crushed under the flag of national security; ask any inventor who has developed or claimed to develop any form of free energy.

The Federal Reserve is a true boogeyman, that will require a book of redress to adequately decapitate it from our institutions and enterprises of government.

            When is it going to be enough? The media is owned, our food is developed by six conglomerates, telecommunications is in a similar situation, and the federal reserve, the manager of our currency is practically untouchable.

            The regulatory bodies that are supposed to ensure our safety are run by folks who have an interest in the products that need to be regulated.

            When are you, the individual, going to stop churning out productivity, attempting to make your life work in this nightmare? You cannot reform this. The constitution can stay, but the body in power must be removed in whole. The Federal Reserve placed in moratorium, the Pentagon spending accounted for, etc.               

When?

Ask yourself, is it time? I think it is. We need to stop pretending its business as usual. It’s not; we are under attack, and we need to respond decisively and peacefully. We can stand and simply stop working. Hell, my God Ladies and Gentlemen! 800,000 of you aren’t getting paid! What are you waiting for? Wake up!

Comprehensible Moral Lawmaker Reform

          

Justice must prevail

               The greatest of all fallacies regarding our current government institutions is the separation of our law makers from the body of people they write and apply laws for. The second fallacy is that we allow the private or secretive interest to sit aside our lawmakers coaching them in the devilish details of the laws that our written. The third fallacy is that we place these human beings in a position of impossibility; they must almost immediately begin pandering to the highest bidders, funders, super-PACs, corporate sponsors, and other private interest. How then can these human beings possibly represent their constituents, when they must pander to the needs of these entities, that in most cases operate outside the base of operations that their said constituents reside within?

               Furthermore, when we take into account the ridiculous amounts of money that are allowed to be exchanged in the name of campaign finances, it comes to no surprise that our lawmakers and representatives are faced with an impossible choice; either they do what is necessary to maintain control of their seat within government, or they attempt to represent their constituents. Let’s not forget that the entities that are apprised of the highest contributors/bids are also in league with the entities that control or outright own our media outlets. This not-so-subtle fact ensures that anyone that resides on a moral foundation is ousted and removed from power.

               These manipulations would be less effective if the people that authored our laws had to live under the tyranny that rippled from the ink to the lives of the citizens that were affected.  An even better measure would be to sever our representatives from the temptations of monetary gain altogether. Perhaps those that serve do so, as true service to the people; supported in a meaningful and real way by an institutional apparatus, given a minimum wage to cover incidentals, and simply paying for all travel and services related to activities of representation from the federal treasury. Which of course would only be available if there be an actual surplus to pull from. It would then be in best interest of our currently profligate body to keep accurate accountings of their constituents’ tax dollars.

               Terms must be outright dissolved; our noble volunteers should be numerous and come from the body of its citizens. The laws they author should be simple, literate for that body, and conveyable in a simple conversation. If the laws take hundred of pages to convey, it is designed to confuse, and destroy the morale of its citizens, not insure with maximum effect, liberty, that would constrain the use of governance on its people. People serve one term and they are less corruptible. Money being removed as a motivation will attract less of the type of folks that currently reside within our body of governance. People who govern should do so as a service to our people; it should not be the other way around.

               Finally the laws that are written should apply to those that write them; If we continue to operate in our current posture, putting the lawmakers in a bubble with there own health care, tax laws, etc. We will create a barony. The elite social structure that resides is designed to sever the lawmakers from the law abiders. Tyranny is here, and it is simple on how we correct the path we are on. We place real people who aren’t interested in riches, in a position to manage in simple, common sense ways.

What say you? Does this look like sound reform to you? Do you see the need for it? I do. I hope you will like and share this, because maybe, just maybe enough of us will agree that this is not only possible but, necessary.

Open Heart; Open Spaces

Today began like so many others; we fed Snook the dog, Oscar the cat. After which, we sipped on our customary two cups of coffee waiting for the sun to crest the horizon.

The time gave us the space we needed to acclimate to a new day. We practically do the same thing every morning, but the quiet space we hold each day sitting beside one another is the beginning; un-rushed, patient, and silent.

We more times than not report on our dream experiences, how we slept, and any other out of the ordinary experiences we have during the night. We talk about what we should eat for breakfast after Snook’s morning walk, and if one of us is struggling, we haggle over who does what, especially if it’s the other’s turn to clean the chicken coops.

Today during our walk Snook spooked a couple whitetail deer, giving chase; he was soon out of sight and I was about to call him back when I thought better of it. It was the space that gave me the freedom to just let him be, had we been in a more confined space, say a suburbia of sorts, I would have been frantic to control Snook. I would have screamed myself hoarse trying to reign our furry friend in.

The space we allow ourselves and each other attributes to our perspective of freedom and is directly related to our overall wellbeing.

Is city life even necessary? Should we spread out, give ourselves the space that would allow our minds to relax so we wouldn’t need to hold on so tightly?

Snook eventually came back when the deer outpaced his interest, and I wasn’t trying to control his every action. It was peaceful and wonderful to watch the whole thing unfold without needing to control the outcome.

Just a thought, but maybe we need to abandon the idea of city living, spread out in small sustainable communities, and allow ourselves to relax the white knuckle grip we tend to have on every aspect of our lives.

We could give ourselves the freedom to breathe and be. We don’t need to cram millions of us so close together. Something as simple as a dog walk diametrically changed me just by the spaced that was allowed. I can’t imagine what else would change if we as a species decided to spread out; we have space, we just aren’t using it effectively.

Just think the about it the next time you or someone you see is frantic, because of how close we are to one another. We could solve so much with just spreading out.