june 29 ’17

intentional communities

“For now, it is my hope that the ideas presented here create new insights for us as we struggle to articulate the path beyond the political impasse that has stalled action on financial reform and climate change in recent years.  Perhaps these thoughts will also inform our next steps as we ponder how to improve upon the Occupy Movement and Arab Spring of 2011 to elevate and meld together the social movements of the world into a coherent new economic and political system capable of delivering complex outcomes for our interconnected and rapidly changing world.”  –Joe Brewer, how will the 99% deal with 70 million psychopaths

“A surge in local grassroots involvement in projects large and small is creating a new type of social movement, not dependent upon adherence to some creed or following a leader but more like a groundswell of humanity toward creating a caring society and preserving a planet suitable for our long-term viability.”  –Marc Pilisuk and Jennifer Rountree, the hidden structure of violence

“The strategic outlook already prevalent among anarchists is that the road to revolution involves the proliferation of urban and rural projects of sustainable living, community building and the development of skills and infrastructures.” –Uri Gordon, anarchy alive! anti-authoritarian politics from practice to theory

“If we simply change or reform the currency and financial systems, leaving the centralized governance that controls and oversees things in place, while the psyche out of which the whole thing emerges remains unconscious, nothing will be solved, as the same problems will persist and reappear in a new (dis)guise.”  –Paul Levy, dispelling wetiko: breaking the curse of evil

“Even a radical intellectual shift to a new paradigm on a large scale would not be sufficient to alleviate the global crisis and reverse the destructive course we are on.  This would require a deep emotional and spiritual transformation of humanity.  Using the existing evidence, it is possible to suggest certain strategies that might facilitate and support such a process… a move in a direction that is sorely needed on a collective scale for our species to survive.”  –Stanislav Grof, Ph.D., psychology of the future

“For sustainability, we have to begin at the primal foundation of our Being, creating and allowing more compassionate human beings who recognize that the only sustainability possible for ourselves is to realize at the deepest level that WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER. And any hallucination that creates separation, including prejudice and degradation, manifests loss of opportunities for us all to realize our spiritual genius.”  –Iona Miller

 

 

DIY Shamanism Without Entheogens

free association.  bricolage.  impromptu spontaneous improvisational performance.  dress.  dance.  vocalization.  drumming.  painted skin.  poem.  trance.  outdoors.  fire.  meditation.

 

recordings.  photographs.  paintings.  scriptures.  lyrics.  pictures.  video.  audio.  photo.  text.

the day the music died

it’s midnight.  september 4th.  2017.  today is the day the music died.

laying my musical dreams to rest is an ego death.

a rite of passage.

an ordeal.

one door closes.  another door opens.

my coming of age, my initiation into the unknown, arrives at 27.

i do believe i can survive this death.  it is a trial and tribulation.

i’m working out my salvation with fear and trembling.

only the gods know where i’ll go from here.

i cannot give up on my life.  my life has only just now begun.

this mourning mixed in celebration bears the gift of loss.

something in me will live on beyond this stumbling block.

this tombstone is a stepping stone.

overgrown with thorny roses.

music, my dream, my love, this is goodbye.

i will never forget you.

options

what kind of school do you want to go to?

music school?

trade school?

what kind of degree do you want in order to be active in environmentalism?

what is your budget?

build credit, get a car, move to north carolina.

this is your life.  find adventure.  find romance.  it all starts here and now.

a plague of questions

trapped in the doldrums of not knowing.  the space where the wind doesn’t blow.  dark murks of confusion.  how do i identify and become part of a group that is actually making a difference, a group that isn’t complicit with the wetikonomy, a group that is actually working against the machinations of the corporate state, a group that isn’t just providing temporary help on a superficial level?  world wildlife fund shakes hands with coca-cola.  is the elizabeth river project any different?

is joining an anarchist federation necessary to participate in sustainable development projects?  do we need anarchist communities?  is all permaculture permaculture?  are all urban community projects doing the same amount of good?  what differentiates one community service project from another?

we know we can’t just take down civilization without that being genocide.  on the other hand it has been argued that sustainability itself is not the answer either.  this leaves transition as the only solution.  a gradual transitioning away from industrial civilization is the only way out and this has to be accomplished, it would seem, through small acts at local levels.  campaigners and pressure groups will do what they can to influence governments while others will choose the path of direct action.

 

gradual small scale change

deep green resistance seems to push for an overnight dismantling of industrial civilization by targeting critical nodes of infrastructure and accepting the subsequent mass population die-off as collateral damage.  there are also militant anarchists and other radical groups like DGR that sympathize with the notion of forcefully implementing a direct change on a massive scale.  other radicals and anarchists opt instead for a multiplicity of small scale grass roots projects being employed sporadically at the local level, creating cells of alternative living that serve as bases from which new human communities can emerge.  do people even have time for small scale change to gradually shape the future?  there is a great deal of pressure to think in terms of rapid, global-scale radical transformation.  what if this is only possible through a gradual amalgamation of grass roots efforts at the local levels?  how does one choose where to get involved?

addressing addiction

financial strain

isolation/ empties out social life

can’t sleep normal hours/ interferes with circadian rhythm

negatively impacts self-esteem, self-image/ feelings of guilt

risk of getting in trouble with parents or worse, the police

 

Summary:

I want to nourish and maintain healthy, honest relationships with my family and friends and myself.  I want to have financial balance.  I want to feel good about myself and I want to be able to get adequate sleep on a regular basis.  I have to make a choice.