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The Greysage Journey
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. -Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
 

Understanding

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

- Douglas Adams, "The Hitchiker's Guide to the galaxy"
 

The Greysage Foundation

Pursuing Understanding and Knowledge In and For All Things




A Contemplation of a World Without Boundaries

In the brilliant novel, "The Light of Other Days", (Tor Books, 2000), Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter explored the idea of a world without privacy. In this world, after a particular technological discovery, everyone's every action is open to public scrutiny, anywhere, past and present, and without the subject's knowledge. Further, the subject's whole life can be shown, like a movie, anywhere and at any time. The only absolute privacy left is the contents of one's mind, and many young people choose to give up that privacy as well.

After reading the story, my imagination went to work...

The transition could be painful for those of us who have any kind of shame about ourselves, which I think is most of us at present. However, I believe that we would attain a very much higher level of communication, understanding, connection and growth within a couple of very short and extremely enlightening years.

Crime would quickly disappear, not only from fear of getting caught, but also because the causes of crime would naturally resolve themselves. If any of us sees someone we love acting in a way that is self destructive or dangerous, and we have a way to review their entire history up to the present, who among us would not investigate the events that led up to the behavior and try to help our loved one resolve the issues that are causing them pain? If our grown son or daughter is having severe financial problems, we could see how they got into those problems and help them find ways to resolve them. If a teenager is too moody or violent, the parent or doctor, could observe even the most private events in their lives and so be able to clearly see all that lead up to the teen's pain.

Everyone would be far more cautious about making moral and criminal accusations and judgments, because every accused could then review the accuser's whole life, in minute detail, and, in turn, accuse the accuser.

To read the complete article go to greysagejourney.blogspot.com/2009/10/contemplation-of-world-without.html

Places to Buy Alternative Fuels

It occurred to me that there might be someplaces nearby to purchase Ethanol E85 or other alternative fuel and I just hadn't heard about them, so I Googled. I was surprised, and pleased, to see that the U.S. Department of Energy has an E85 station locater page. Then I found E85prices.com which, not surprisingly, gives one the current prices of E85 at local stations and tells you where to find them.

Next, I wondered why more people don't use alternative fuels, so I looked for news about alternative fuels and specifically E85. I found that virtually all of the stories about current uses and performance of E85 and other alternative fuels are told by local and small circulation newspapers and magazines. All the stories in national corporate media were negative and saying why alt. fuels won't work, and I found no current stories, at all, in large corporate owned broadcast media.

To read the complete article go to greysagejourney.blogspot.com/2010/02/places-to-buy-alternative-fuels.html

Age of the New Generations

Many of us inadvertently plot the course of our lives by virtue of our mortality. We set a schedule for when we should start dating, graduate high school, start college, start our careers, have a certain amount of net worth, be married, etc. To all these events are assigned a certain age range, and if we do not accomplish those things by the time we pass that age then we are "late". And beyond "late" is another age line, which is a little more vague, by which age, if the thing is not accomplished, then we think of ourselves as having "failed". Or, in the vernacular of the day, we think of ourselves as "a loser". Now, suppose we were to learn that our allotted time could well be doubled? How would that effect our perception of our current state and condition?

I understand, from my reading and research, that there is an ongoing wager among some scientists and medical professionals as to the current age of the first person in modern times who will live to be one hundred fifty years old. Science and medicine have advanced in knowledge and experience to the point where a person who is sixty or seventy years old in 2010 could easily be the first person to live a full and prosperous life of one hundred fifty years, or more. Getting a medical degree at sixty suddenly doesn't seem so impractical if one has another seventy years to live.

To read the complete article go to greysagejourney.blogspot.com/2010/02/age-of-new-generations.html

What is a Hedonist? - A Meditation on Pleasure

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This article started out as a response to a question posed in a group I belong to on Tribe.net, the question was "What is a Hedonist?". I started with a quick response, then as I started looking up definitions and finding more information, the short answer I started with kept growing. Now, because the article grew the way it did, I'm also going to post this article on my other blog.

Which is here greysagejourney.blogspot.com/.

I think many people see hedonism as a sensually joyful distraction from the "daily grind" of normal living, however, I believe hedonism can be a far deeper experience. I think "true" hedonism, as a meditation and a spiritual path, can be extremely powerful and healing, something akin to the Buddhist vision of nirvana. For example, this is an article that was written by Georgie Holbrook, who was able to heal a terribly disfiguring condition by resolving to do things that brought her pleasure and joy rather than living in fear and stress, communityconnexion.com/joy-full#paragraph-3. Georgie gives us a good demonstration of hedonism as a powerful, healing, spiritual meditation and life path.

Michael Nagel, M.A. describes common effects on the body when we decide that we must live our lives in fear and stress, www.communityconnexion.com/article/01-01/bodycentered.html. It's a pretty scary scenario, and yet, it seems to me that the majority of people around the world choose a life of fear over a life of abundance.

So, I guess, I see a hedonist as spiritual student, and a hedonist lives in an abundant universe. After all, isn't abundance just being in a position of being able to do and be more things that bring us pleasure?

A hedonist, I think, must also be compassionate. Suffering that exists in those around us must surely diminish our own pleasure, and sharing pleasure with another will surely increase our own pleasure.

A hedonist must be creative. One becomes insensitive to any sensation if one experiences that sensation long enough, so a hedonist is always looking for new experiences of joy and pleasure. Also, we must all do things that we might not enjoy at first, in order to live, the dedicated hedonist will also seek to create ways to experience pleasure in all things.

A hedonist is a master in the art of appreciation. www.communityconnexion.com/article/03-01/cardo.html One cannot fully experience the joy and pleasure of a thing unless one understands the significance of that thing, unless one appreciates that thing. For example, I don't believe one can fully experience pleasure from the sounds of another if one does not know whether those sounds are expressing joy or pain. Likewise, if we watch a funny movie with someone, our pleasure is increased if we hear that other person laughing with us.

So, don't be ashamed to be hedonistic. Shame is an indication that we are not being in integrity. I believe that if we are being "true" hedonists, then our interactions will arise from love, compassion and the wish to spread joy and pleasure. There is no shame in adding to the joy and pleasure of the world. In fact, I believe to pursue anything other than pleasure is a disservice to the world.

Hedonism is a thing to be encouraged!

A Meditation on One's Greatest Vision of One's Highest Self

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Neale Donald Walsch suggests that we will do alright if we seek our greatest vision of our highest self. I began to ponder this thought this morning, "What do I envision as my highest self?".

The first vision that consistently shows up when I ponder this question is that I move in and out of physical form and space at will and assume any shape, form, resonance, frequency or wave simply by imagining it.

The second vision is that I see and know all forms of energy so that I see and know the joy and suffering of all others and know how it, and they, came about. For example: I imagine seeing and feeling the energy fields of the earth; seeing the energy radiations of other people, plants, animals, rocks, etc. so that I can identify and know physical, emotional and spiritual grace or disease in them and the roots from whence it comes.

I suppose, to carry these thoughts further, I know the smallest, sub-protonian part of myself and thereby recognize it and know it in all others, ("all others" being all other beings, objects, forces, whatever).

To use a mathematics metaphor, when one identifies the smallest common denominator all things will balance and one will attain understanding, or enlightenment, and know sameness between the objects in the equation.

Or to use a gardening metaphor, if one were to remove the judgment of fashion one could see that a rose is no more, nor less, valuable than a thistle, both will reveal themselves in thorns and beautiful flowers.

I see all things as particles, either flowing in their courses or moving about at random. I imagine this to be like a river flowing over rocks and logs. The current is causing whirlpools and eddies, the water casts up and down. The water is billions and billions of drops that come together to make a flow. Occasionally, amidst the turbulence created by incongruities in the river's bed, a splash of water will form a single drop that exists wholly as an individual being for less than the blink of an eye then it becomes a part of the flow again.

(As I am writing this my awareness is increasing. I am noticing the pressure of my fingertips on the keyboard, the movements of leaves in the breeze that I can see through the window, the sound of the water flowing in Bear Creek. My body seems to be lightening and solid objects seems to be growing less solid in my perception.)

I see the "river" as though I am in the midst of the current and that the energy is flowing in all directions. Everywhere I look I can see the eddies, whirlpools and single droplets that emerge from splashes. The current is flowing from me and toward me, I move my hand and the flow changes, I direct my attention to a particular movement and my perception of the flow changes.

It makes no difference whether I am the rock or the water, in the end it is the same. The rock stands in the water and the flow spreads and goes over and around the rock, and the water is thinned and directed to new places and new directions, but the water is not diminished, it is expanded. Likewise, the water washes over the rock and carries away tiny bits and pieces of the rock and though the rock gets smaller in it's solid form it is spread to greater dimensions than was possible while in it's solid form, and the rock is not diminished, it is expanded. Though it takes longer for the rock to expand than the water, they are both never the less expanded, in their time. And eventually, the water may evaporate, leaving only the minerals behind that were once the rock, and they will become rock once more. Both water and rock are now something new.

So it is with us, we are, at different times water and rock. And what ever we have been we will be something new, eventually. The water does not blame the rock, nor the rock the water, they both simply are. When we can perceive the particles of our beings then we will no longer need to feel anger or blame, we can simply be what we are.

If God created us with his/her breath and clay, which God created, then our smallest particles are particles of God, and we have all the attributes of God, like the water and the rock have the attributes of one another. And when we recognize that we have the attributes of God then we forgive like God, nor do we need to be in pain. We know the joy of God. We experience every nuance of our physical being as God does, and we experience every nuance of our spiritual being as God does. We seek the knowledge of perfection, in the practice of imperfection. We are spiritual beings in a physical form. We came from God and to God we will return and God is in us, like the rock and the water.

When we recognize the God in us we no longer need to fight because there is nothing to fear. We know that food is abundant and dying is only going back to God.

When we recognize the God in us we no longer need to be in pain because everything is just an experience for the spirit of God that is in us, and that we are.

Know this, my Brothers and Sisters, my Lovers, God is in us and all we need do is remember. I have come to believe that that is our common mission in this realm, that in spite of everything, we remember the God in ourselves.

I find that it is easier to remember when I am with others who wish to remember, so find others who wish to remember and share with them. And help others and each other to remember the God inside.

This is my underlying intention for Obi en, all other things are intended to help all those wish, remember the God inside.

Peace and love are yours, drink them up, they abound in endless supply. Randy Greysage

I Intend to Create Obi en.

At the risk of being redundant, I intend to create Obi en.

About twenty years ago, someone introduced me to the idea of living in intentional community. I didn't know what an intentional community was or what it meant to live in one. So, I started asking around, researching and studying the concepts, talking with people and eventually living in communities of all sorts.

At that time, I spent more time homeless then I did in a home. I had no purpose other than my own survival and comfort. Also, I had many unhealed wounds, as well as a whole paradigm of judgments and beliefs that were based in ignorance and fear. Looking back I can now recognize all sorts of beliefs and judgments that I had which I had no reason for believing other than, other people telling me to believe in those things, I was very unaware of my own motivations.

The communities I experienced and the people I met helped to heal some of those wounds, even ones that I didn't know I had. And they also helped me to grow in ways that I couldn't imagine. I am immensely grateful for those people and for those experiences.

I lived in and/or experienced communities ranging from family run farms and businesses to religious communities, from hedonistic communes to survivalist compounds. All of the communities and groups played a part in helping me develop a purpose and a clear understanding of my own intentions and motivations.

Well, it's twenty years later and I find that I now have a desire to create a new community with a specific intention and mission of service to the greater good and to myself. I'm calling it Obi en. My experiences and studies have awakened in me a desire to live a paradigm of cooperation, sanctity, holistic growth, spirituality, joy, connection and to serve the greater good by freely teaching all the things that I learn to others and continuing my own education partly by learning from others.

*Some of the things I've read and some of the people I've talked to have convinced me that the model that I have in mind for Obi en is familiar to indigenous tribes all over the world. I have read or heard about tribes who are shamans, mystics or people who walk with spirits; tribes who are the keepers of histories; keepers of children; keepers of technology; keepers of the forest; etc. Some of the things that all these tribes have in common is that every member of the tribe has a similar life mission or purpose and so they join together to add the power of numbers to that purpose. As a natural result, every member of the tribe will wish to support every other member of the tribe because it is good for the mission of the tribe, and so, is good for the purpose of the individual.

The mission and purpose of Obi en, and so my own mission and purpose, is described on the Obi en website. Please look it over and let me know what you think.

And please remember, the only thing one needs to be a part of Obi en is a desire and willingness for spiritual growth.

*This section is the result of another dream I had in relation to the community. When I went to bed last night I had been puzzling over how to explain the concepts I was imagining so that everyone might be able to understand them. Then, this morning, September 2, 2009, as I was waking I was hearing a particular drum beat on a Native American drum. As I came awake the drumming stopped and a phrase came into my mind, "The tribes".

I did not know what the drum beat was, so when I got to a computer I Googled it, I believe it to have been imitating the heart beat. The drumming is the same as the beginning of the song in the YouTube video below. Also, be sure to read the translation of the song that is below the video.

Robbie Robertson and The Red Road Ensemble Music For The Native Americans Mahk Jchi (Heartbeat Drum Song) Translation: by Shirley Daniels

www.youtube.com;feature=player_embedded

Aÿ hundred years have passed Yet I hear the distant beat of my father's drums. I hear his drums throughout the land. His beat I feel within my heart.

The drum shall beat so my heart shall beat. And I shall live a hundred thousand years

Written by Pura Fe, Soni, Jen. Saponi translation by Lawrence Dunmore. Performed by Ulali: Pura Fe, Soni, Jen. Album: Music for the Native Americans

America's Poor, Altenative Energy and My Own Vision

I am still working on part 2 of "How to Start a Community" and the subject of "Making Agreements and Creating the Community Structure". I hope to have it posted in the next few days. However, I was inspired to further define the community that I wish to co-create. I'm finding that this blog, and some of the others that I'm writing, are hugely effective in helping me to get my intentions clear in my own mind, helping to communicate my intentions to others, and helping others get more clear in their own intentions. So, I now suggest that it is an amazing help and a very powerful attractor for an individual to write about their specific intentions, hopes and dreams... Especially if you publish your writing on line.

Now on to my current subject, poverty in the U.S.

According to a 2007 report from U.S. Census Bureau, (which is the latest report I could find), one out of every eight people living in the United States lives below the poverty line www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty07/pov07fig03.pdf, that's 37.3 million people.

And according to the National Center for Children in Poverty, at Columbia University, 18% of children living with an adult live below the poverty line www.nccp.org/publications/pdf/text_851.pdf, that's nearly one out of every five children. And that doesn't count anyone under the age of eighteen who are living without an adult.

Further, about 1 in 50 children in the United States have no permanent home at all, according to America's Youngest Outcasts, www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/.

Now, here is how this involves my vision for an intentional community and alternative energy. I, like so many others, have been keeping up to date on business practices and tech developments. One of the things that I have learned, as I mentioned in the Feb. 15, 2009 post "How to Start a Community with No Money", is that it doesn't take a great deal of capital to start a profitable business, it only takes knowledge and willing hands. So, I'm thinking that I would like to co-create a community with the intention of making a place for those people who are living in poverty consciousness and would like to move out of poverty and into abundance.

I see a place where we have buildings for doing all sorts of businesses with an emphasis on appropriate and green technology. For example, my first inclination is to build and sell practical and reasonably priced electric vehicles and power plants. We can create housing on sight so that individuals or whole families might have comfortable places to live, decent food and clothing while they are learning and developing a business that they would own if they leave the community. We would not only teach the skills for manufacturing but also all the skills needed to make a business successful, while guiding students toward an abundance mentality. The community would also be doing micro-finance and be supported by income from the cottage industries that we are teaching and by donations. Further, we can train more teachers so that they could start similar projects anywhere in the world.

I'm kinda' excited to see what happens next!

How to Create World Peace with Almost No Effort!

5/14/2009 I am just getting over a sort of flu or cold... or some sort of constitutional dis-ease, and one of the things that happens in me when I get certain kinds of illnesses is that I get deeply depressed... everything gets...like black and... you know, Gothic and painful. Even if I don't feel that sick, it's like something "chemical" happens in my brain. Anyway, after the illness I go back to what ever is regular for me. I'm at the stage in the illness now where I slip in and out of depression throughout the day. This morning, during a bout that came about while I was looking through the world news (which is depressing enough when I'm totally well), in an attempt to make myself feel better I Googled "kindness".

Just after the "wikipedia" definition, I found the "Random Acts of Kindness Foundation", www.actsofkindness.org, I had some trouble with the site so I'm not totally sure that they are still in operation, but I got access to some really cool stories.

The "Random Acts" site led me to "Values.com", www.values.com, which has all sorts of amazing things. There are written stories about heroes, acts of kindness, a "Good News" section. Plus, they also have sections for video, audio, podcasts and much more. "Values.com" is a great site to help a person feel better about the world.

Then I thought of a movie I saw called "Pay It Forward", with that extremely earnest little kid, Haley Joel Osment. Well, it turns out that the author of the book, Catherine Hyde White, started the "Pay It Forward Foundation", www.payitforwardfoundation.org/welcome.html, in 2000. The Foundation gives out grants and seems to be creating all sorts of wonderful things with children's groups, schools, scouts and many other groups.

The Foundation spawned a movement, www.payitforwardmovement.org/index.html, which has some fantastic personal stories. Which, in turn, inspired someone to try to make a day, www.payitforwardday.com/index.htm. I couldn't find information about who started the "day" site, but the copyright notice is held by the Life Changing Experiences Foundation (LCEF), www.lifechangingexperiences.org/ of New South Wales.

OK, to make a long story short (if there is still time), here's my conclusions:

First, I'm no longer depressed. In fact, I think I'm manic;

Second, I believe Catherine Hyde White should get the Nobel Peace Prize for getting the idea into popular culture, (and Haley Joel Osment should get an Oscar... all the time);

Third, I don't believe we can create peace by changing the traditions of a race, the laws of a culture or the collective mind of a faction. I believe that peace comes when a single individual does a kind and important thing for another individual with the governing intention being that of improving the whole of our universe,... even if it is just a tiny bit. After all, every whole is made up of a whole bunch tiny little bits.

So, you want to create a universe of peace? Do a kindness for someone every time you think about it... and for the profit of the whole. The more kindnesses you do, the easier it gets, and before you know it, that's all you're doing... acts of kindness.

And the more people for whom you do these acts of kindness, the more people start to think about kind acts, then they start performing more kind acts themselves.

That's my answer... that's my suggestion... and that's my plan.

How to Start a Community with No Money

Introduction:

This is from my own personal experience of how a group might acquire a space they could use for a shared income community when the members have little or no money and few resources to start. These are things I've done in the past, and extrapolations made from things I've done in the past, that proved effective at getting substantial amounts of income flowing quickly. There are a large number of us who do not wish to start a new community with a debt, with that thought in mind, following are some ways that a persistent group might be able to get a new community off the ground.

It turns out that I'm going to be publishing this particular essay in parts, because I want to get the next part up on my blogs and the thing isn't finished yet. I'll know how many parts when I reach the end.

Legal disclaimer: I make no promises nor do I offer any advice, either actual or implied. I hold no degrees in law, investment or anything else. My only purpose is to relate what I have experienced in my past and to extrapolate suggestions for successful endeavors.

Part 1: Getting Initial Funding

Ok, so your out on your journey, just making footprints on your path, and you meet up with some other folks with whom you seem to have something in common. You all follow a similar spiritual path, you have similar goals, or you just like being together, so you decide that you would all like to live together or share a common space. You want to be able to live in comfort and wellness and you want to have time to devote to things other than making a living, things like meditation, natural studies, chicken tossing, whatever. The problem is that no one in your new community has any money. So, you can't get a place large enough for everyone to live in, none of you have transportation, your 40 years old and you still live with your parents, (who want you to "get a job, get a spouse, JUST GET OUT!"). But your stuck, right? Wrong. You can pool your communal resources now! Find something that someone needs done, everyone get together and do it for them and use the money from that to get the community started. This way, the whole community gets in on building the community from the beginning. It's like the difference between eating food you've bought and eating food you've grown.

In factories and other labor industries the rule is "two people can do the work of three", that is, two people working together can do the work of three people working by themselves. With a little planning this can be a very effective tool for making pretty large amounts of money in a hurry, and can result in all sorts of other great benefits through barter, reputation, networks and other things. Here are some examples of ways to get cash to get started:

Example 1; Shed Building

I used to build sheds and other out buildings for people. I would build a 10'x10' shed in about twelve hours by myself. When a buddy joined me, we built a shed in about nine hours. When, eventually, three more people joined us we could build two sheds per day, from start to finish. In todays money, the price of materials for a similar size shed, when purchased from Home Depot, is around $2000.00. Installation, when purchased from Home Depot, is around $2500.00. We had the customer purchase the materials, had the materials delivered to the sight and we built the shed for the customer for a $1000.00. And, as I said, we were building two of these per day. So, we as a group were grossing $2000.00 per day.

Now, in those days, we each took our share of the money and went our separate ways. However, if we had all been working toward a shared goal of getting a common space, then that could've been $2000.00 dollars per day toward a house. In three days we could have had a deposit, first and last months rent on a pretty nice house, or been able to purchase pretty nice automobiles, a motor-home or whatever.

Now, in order for this arrangement to work everyone in the community needs to be willing to be equal and to do the labor. If, for example, one member supplies the money or tools, another member goes out to find the jobs, another member spends all their time drawing designs for future sheds then you end up with two people left to build the sheds and the income is cut in half, everyone is overworked, people start to feel resentments and the whole thing either falls apart or devolves back into the "wage slave" trade.

So, here's one possible schedule; everyone spends Monday lining up eight customers, and drawing up designs and ordering materials. Then on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday you go build sheds. The community has grossed $8000.00 in five days, subtract $200.00 per day for expenses, that leaves $7000.00 in five days. If you live simply, that will likely take care of expenses for the rest of the month. So, now you've got the other three weeks of the month free for all the other things you want to do.

Example 2; Web Design and Computer Tech

In the past I've traded web design for rent, cars and many other things. I've also set up small businesses with bar code systems, CAD programs, accounting software, and computer controlled machinery. New and small businesses are a great market for barter and quick cash for the average geek or hacker. And a team of geeks and hackers can make several hundred to a thousand dollars per day. Legally! And this method is a great "in" to the local economy.

Example 3; Farm Labor

Farmers are great barter partners. They don't usually pay much cash but I have never bartered with a farmer that they didn't give me far more value in trade than if they had paid me cash. I've traded for high quality and fresh fruits and veggies, organic meats, eggs, livestock, and the use of equipment like tractors. I've even seen some barter long term leases on bits of land or big old farm houses on the edges of their farms.

The work can be clearing and repairing fence rows, weeding grain fields, cleaning barnyards and stalls, hauling hay, root grubbing, and many other things.

Example 4; Real Estate Labor

A five person crew can earn several thousand per day rehabing rental units and new purchases for real estate investors, landlords and banks.

These are just a few examples of ways to get started. And, you never know, you might try some of these things and find that you like doing them and end up using them as part of your regular support regiment for the community.

Coming up in part 2; Making Agreements and Setting Up an Account.

My Personal Vision for Intentional Community

I've heard intentional community described as common agreement and collective action. The following is a description of what I would like to be a part of in an intentional community. Through my own experience these are things that I have come to value, and have found very effective as ways of living together.

1. Compassion: def: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate that distress.

Understanding the roots of suffering in myself and others and taking practical steps to help end that suffering for everyone who wishes. One of my intentions is to create or support a safe place where anyone might be able to live, heal and remember the love, power and connection in all things.

2. Nonviolence: def: 1: abstention from violence as a matter of principle; also : the principle of such abstention 2: the quality or state of being nonviolent : avoidance of violence

When necessary, resolving personal and relational issues in a communal or a mediated environment to help identify and overcome intentional and unintentional violent responses which might occur in deed or in thought.

3. Anti-Consumerism/Sustainability: Anti-Consumerism def: 1: the promotion of ecological and global interests in conjunction with individual consumer's interests 2: the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically and socially undesirable; also overcoming a preoccupation with and inclination toward the buying of consumer goods. Sustainability def: 1: capable of being sustained 2: of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged

Living simply and lightly and encouraging growth and healing in the people and the planet while still being able to take a practical and healthy part in modern society.

4. Social Diversity: Do not discriminate on the bases of race, color, national origin, educational background, economic background, religion, spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, disability or ability. I believe that everyone is sacred and valuable.

5. Egalitarianism: def: 1: a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic rights and privileges 2: a social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among people

A system where the opinions and ideas of all members of the community will be heard and considered and to create a space so that no single individual has sole responsibility for, or sole power over any part of the community. Decisions are made by common agreement.

6. Healthy Living: Healthy def: 1: enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit: wellness 2: evincing health 3: conducive to health 4: a: prosperous, flourishing b: not small or feeble : considerable

Develop and maintain a healthy physical, spiritual and emotional environment, by having healthy food, a toxic free space (as much as is practical), mutual respect for individual paths, honesty, love and compassion with each other and the world.

7. Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Healing: Heal def: 1: a: to make sound or whole: b: to restore to health 2: a: to cause (an undesirable condition) to be overcome: mend: b:to patch up (a breach or division) 3: to restore to original purity or integrity: to return to a sound state

Identifying and resolving emotional and physical wounds in one's self and in others so that every individual has the ability to walk their path in integrity, confidence and authority. I believe that openness and transparency are important in healing and in growing. If we reveal our good (effective) behaviors and our bad (ineffective) behaviors, then we naturally, (and I might suggest unavoidably), become models for each other.

8. Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Growth: Grow def: 1: to spring up and develop to maturity 2: increase, expand 3: to develop from a parent source 4: to pass into a condition : become 5: to become increasingly acceptable or attractive, to have an increasing influence 6: to promote the development of

Each member of the community learns and understands the goals and dreams of every other member of the community and seeks to help make those dreams and goals a reality. Community members can aid each other in creating new neuro-synaptic paths by engaging in desired behaviors (modeling), or by demonstrating a greater amount of joy or importance for certain behaviors (ceremony), or by pointing out alternatives to undesirable behaviors (counseling) and in these ways we can help each other grow.

9. Shared Income: In my personal experience, in an intentional community that lives with 100% income sharing, actual work hours for each individual are reduced while standard and quality of living are increased. No single individual has the power to direct the course of community decisions based solely on the fact that they hold the purse strings. Individuals are prone to mood swings, fears and ineffective decisions. Getting every members' input protects the whole community from bad decisions made by a single individual.

10. Community Businesses: The following are businesses in which I am interested, have experience, believe can support a community and are easily adapted to community. A community could work a single business or any combination of multiple businesses.

New Technology: Internet tech design, construction and marketing; Alternative energy systems design, marketing, construction and retrofitting; Retail robotics design, marketing and construction; Software development and marketing; Information research;

Primitive Technology: Harvesting and processing cultivated and wild plants for fiber, oils, soaps, essences and dies; Spinning, weaving and processing natural threads, yarns and cloth, clothing and other products; Wildlife and wild living education, expeditions and guide services; Farming;

Other Businesses: Artistic creation and sales including pottery, paintings, photography, sculptures; Stage shows like plays and musical performances, etc; Spa treatments; Real estate investing; Remodeling;

Definitions are from Merriam - Websters Online Dictionary

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