The Eloquently and Elegantly stated Truth

Nothing is more important than reading this. And then reading it again.

The most elegant and eloquent presentation of the facts, that anyone who can understand words, must be persuaded to hear and respond to emotionally and intuitively as the truth.

I have merely copied and pasted the text of this writing within the link below (minus the original links within it), feeling it to be the utterly most important statement of vast insight, that everyone must read. And continue to talk.

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http://www.grenzbegriff.com/2017/10/leaving.html

 

these are my words at the time of writing — I am more like tree than rock — as I bend to reach the sunlight

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Leaving

Hi friends,

I’m leaving Google at the end of next week.

There’s too much I want to say.¬† ūüôā

I spent the summer away from work, outdoors in Oregon, awash in beauty.¬† I learned a lot.¬† I wept at how we’re treating the earth, as I rode past mile after mile of logged forests, polluted streams, and lifeless monocrop fields.

I got to be part of what I’ll call “alternative culture”, to explore ways of meeting all of our human needs through local community alternatives to basically everything we currently use money for.¬† I wrote some about this time¬†here on this blog.¬† I barely scratched the surface though.¬† More and more people, perhaps millions now even in the West, are devoting their lives to new (and sometimes ancient) ways of living in healthy relationship with each other and with the earth.¬† While they are usually partly within the current system, when all of these new ways of living come together, the current system becomes obsolete.¬† I see joyous glimpses of this everywhere.

Meanwhile our dominant civilization is killing its own foundation: the healthy web of life on earth.¬† Through deforestation and pollution we are destroying the ability of the planet to support all forms of life.¬† We can see this in the oceans where the fish populations are collapsing, the silent fields that were once thriving forests, and the deserts where millions of people go hungry in drought.¬† This ecological crisis can’t be solved simply by swapping oil for solar panels.¬†¬†I’m no longer optimistic that we will soon fix these problems with some new technology.¬† It’s quite possible that climate change is exacerbating the storms and droughts and fires, and that these will continue to become more severe in the next years.

The effects are not evenly distributed.¬† The unhoused breathe wildfire smoke while many of the housed have filtered air.¬† Some of us see our homes flooded or burnt while for others business continues as usual.¬† Most communities in the country and increasingly in the world have lost the ability to sustain themselves from their land, and now must import almost everything they need from elsewhere, which becomes precarious when those importing the goods see no profit in it (food deserts), or when disaster breaks down the supply line like in Puerto Rico.¬† Many communities no longer have access to clean water, or are losing it as I write.¬† On Monday I listened to a man from Guatemala talk about a new silver mine near his home that is polluting and drying up the water supply for many villages there.¬† Almost all silver is used to produce electronics, and demand is rising.¬† In Oregon this summer, ancient trees thousands of years old were cleared for fire breaks. ¬†The entire planet is being saturated with chemicals that we ought never to have created. ¬†These kinds of damage cannot be undone or fixed by technology.¬† The story for other species is even worse, as most wild animal populations have died off and we pack billions of animals in cages in horrific factory farms.¬† The coral reefs, the¬†rhinos, the ancient forests, the whales, and¬†even the insects… who speaks for them?¬† Some people do, and they end up in jail¬†if their actions threaten profits.¬† Profits are made at the expense of Life.

And within our civilization, we have more prisoners and refugees, more drugs and anxiety and depression and stress and addiction than ever.¬† Even in wealthy regions, most people don’t like the work they do all day.¬† It’s also not physically healthy to be indoors or using a computer or riding in vehicles for as many hours as many of us who are “successful” do.¬† What is happening to us?

It seems the leaders of our world are apathetic or powerless, as they fight over the most gaudy deck chairs on this titanic.¬† While it pains me, I don’t hate them for this; their actions are the product of a traumatic history that touches all of us.¬† They don’t know what they’re doing.

I envision a more beautiful world where humans have a healthy part to play, to love and respect the earth, not to dominate and exploit it.¬† I see many people living that vision already, and want to live my life in service to it.¬† I see the extremes of both ugliness and beauty grow more stark.¬† Ugliness as we close down and protect ourselves from the ‘other’, beauty as we come together in community, in love with mother earth.¬† Will “society” as a whole make some kind of transition, or continue the march into dystopia and eventual chaos?¬† I don’t know.¬† It will be both at the same time.¬† Some people are already in an obvious dystopia, some are in a beautiful place yet in the shadow of a collapsing ecosystem.¬† To hope for a peaceful transition would be to ignore the incredible violence on which the current system lives.¬† It will be violent¬†because it already is.¬† May we learn to be kind to each other as these changes unfold.

It’s been said that we need the darkness to see the stars.¬† We can open ourselves to what is happening, feel and honor our pain, grieve what is lost, and revel in our deep gratitude for the beauty of life.¬† I don’t mean to be a downer pointing at all this ugliness.¬† I feel that we have a deep need to see it and acknowledge it.¬† It makes the beauty that much more precious and worth living for.

“Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?‚ÄĚ
-Mary Oliver

What should we do then?

I don’t know exactly what we should do.¬† I don’t have a rational “here’s what everyone needs to do” that will resolve all of these crises.¬† I want to let go of my need to control what happens, because I’m really not in control.¬† At the same time, even if I let go and accept whatever comes, I am a human being and it is natural for me to care and want to help, to serve what I love.¬† I will not deny that part of me either.¬† So I find myself thinking about how to help, even if it seems “hopeless” overall.¬† I need not stress about the outcomes, but I will still act.¬† What else would I do with my few short years here?

So what might I do to be practical?

I don’t believe our technology is serving us well.¬† We, the wealthy humans near the top of the power hierarchy may see it as indispensable, but if we consider the animals or the fish or the trees or the laborers in the sweatshops and mines and plantations, it’s not working out so well.¬† Yes, our technology relieves some suffering in some places, but at what cost?¬† We simply do not, and probably cannot, count the costs of¬†development.¬† I am not enthusiastic that further technological progress will heal us.

I also don’t believe that our problems are mostly due to money being in the wrong hands.¬† Measuring everything by monetary value seems to me one of the roots of the crises.¬† The mentality that values money over life drives much of the pollution and resource extraction and oppression around the world, since humans first accumulated “property” and enslaved each other.¬† I don’t feel that getting as much money as I can and giving it to the non-profit side of the system is the best way for me to serve what I love.¬† I feel that the money abstraction and the distance it puts between us and the effects of our actions makes us feel disconnected and alone.

I also don’t like our culture’s valuing of measurable¬†impact¬†over everything else.¬† Much of what is precious to me cannot be measured.¬† What’s the measurable value of a 5000 year old yew tree?¬† What’s the measurable value of caring for a disabled child?

“May what I do flow from me like a river
no forcing
and no holding back
the way it is with children.‚ÄĚ
-Rilke

So I don’t know what we all should do exactly, and I don’t know what I will do beyond the short term.¬† I’m skeptical of money and the dominant culture’s value system.¬† I want to¬†trust¬†what makes me feel alive over our culture’s normal stories that usually are rooted in fear.¬† I recognize that I’m one of the most privileged people in the world.¬† I know most people do not have the options that I have.¬† I don’t mean to judge, only to encourage.

Right now what’s happening is I’ve been living in a homeless protest encampment in Berkeley the last couple months, which has given me still another perspective on our society.¬† It got¬†interesting¬†this weekend and we’re fighting eviction, hoping to benefit and inspire homeless communities around the country.¬† With all of the disaster and war refugees today, and housing crises in many places, there are more and more people who can’t have regular housing, and we could learn to live together with more kindness and understanding.¬† I’m also involved with the community here in other ways like¬†Food Not Bombs.¬† I expect soon I’ll be moving on to other places, to learn and to live in service to what I love.¬† To restore soil and help plants grow and be community.

I’ve learned I don’t need much money to live well myself, so I don’t need to earn it for myself.¬† Perhaps my perspective on money and impact will change and I’ll eventually decide that earning money and supporting my many friends who don’t have much money in their various causes is the best way to contribute, and then I might return to a job, but we’ll see.¬† “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Wherever I am, I’ll be with some kind of community learning how to live in healthier relationship with each other and with the earth.¬† There’ll be dark moments and joyous moments, and this is life.¬† Life is good.¬† Whatever comes, I will give¬†attention to the beauty around me, the beauty of¬†community¬†and of¬†nature¬†and of every form.¬† Beauty everywhere begs our attention.

“An eye is meant to see things.
The soul is here for its own joy.

A head has one use: For loving a true love.
Feet: To chase after.

Rumi quote Spirit Mind

Rumi quote Spirit Mind

carol return hitch from Taos, New Mexico

carol the blogger on her return hitch from Taos, New Mexico to Santa Fe. One side of my sign said Santa Fe, the other, Fanta Se

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Bill Hicks | piercing and hilarious comic | who exposed all

Prayers of peace and comfort to the earthquake and tsunami victims of Japan and surrounding areas.

Somehow, I had not known of Bill while he was alive, and only discovered him from a comedian here in Berlin. I fully appreciate his insights!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Hicks

“Revelations” Series of 8; in 8, he rocks the quantum level!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBbHfI8jfmg

“Sane Man” Part 1 of 9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjNT_dTeB8

Something Appearing out of Nothing

Sitting with a broken left clavicle after having had a harsh collision involving my body, acceleration, gravity and terra firma – while attempting to catch a disc in the end zone in an ultimate frisbee game – I’ve had the opportunity to slow down and have my life go into a bit of a slow mindful motion…or at least that’s what appears to be gently landing into my routine. I had been actively referencing aspects of this oil spill crisis and the conflicting images of Obama and what he has and hasn’t supported…on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/carol.keiter
and decided to cross reference some of these here, along and with some inspiring words.

Quotations ‚ÄúA human being is a part of the whole called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. One experiences one’s self, our thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical illusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

In a previous blog about my hitchhiking adventure, I incorporated this link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ehS_94hvo

The Indians mention that these holy crystal sculls of silica are able to store gigantic amounts of knowledge – a cosmic memory – enabling us to leave our prison of limited consciousness and open us up to new dimensions in space and time. It’s another angle of the concept which Einstein was talking about in this statement.

I find the contents of this note written on their 25th Anniversary Issue, by Eric Utne who founded Utne Reader, to be really encouraging. Especially reading through to the 2nd page, of his hopes for what can happen! with hope and love,
Carol

http://www.utne.com/Media/25-Years-and-Dreaming.aspx

I’ve just gathered various wall postings on my Facebook page over the last few hours/day, to repost here!

I was once again aghast when I heard that Obama was planning to open up legislation allowing oil companies to drill for oil in various oceans around the US – for the 1st time in 20 years. (The first time I was shocked was when he mentioned Afghanistan before he was even elected.) Drilling for oil in pristine waters just didn’t seem to follow or be congruent with what I thought Obama stands for. And I have been absolutely devastated and literally crying about what is happening in terms of the amounts of oil continually gushing into the gulf. I feel complete sorrow for all of the helpless wildlife, and sure, I know what it is to struggle for work too and sympathize with the people. We can employ a lot of people if we start researching and implementing renewable energy sources on a massive scale….there are a lot of things that can blossom from these disasters, such as gaining footholds in a completely new healthy direction; introducing more transparency, more open-source type concepts, tear down the borders separating people, find the core within all of us that we share, and respectfully live in harmony with all of life – including this planet. Sometimes it takes going in the wrong direction, to discern that it is a wrong direction, before we can make steps in the right one. Let’s stop letting apathy or delusions about money get in the way of life, of humanity, of human beingness and becoming…and have integrity to say what we know is right and let our voices be heard towards > building new paths and strengthening our hearts and minds in new directions. Life and love beyond borders.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_offshore_drilling/?rc=fb

and more! an inconvenient truth about the current ‘climate bill’
…”Outrageously, and at great danger to our economy and ecosystem, this bill provides for new offshore oil drilling…To hear their arguments, you’d think the bill adds important safeguards and limits to offshore drilling. But in reality, it significantly expands offshore drilling. Given that hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil are spewing into the Gulf of Mexico each day with no end in sight, there is no excuse for increasing offshore drilling with this bill.”

http://www.credoaction.com/campaign/caa_kgl/?r=5518&id=9144-1050481-hQDHD2x

“Obama: This Is Your Crude Awakening”
https://secure.avaaz.org/act/index.php?r=act

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1833

and as far as volunteering in the Gulf, these organizations have a clue, and can direct volunteers to attend intensive education and training, and then put people to work in whatever way that they can offer their services. A person needs to be trained because it’s really toxic!

http://www.audubonaction.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=3400

or

https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/316/personalopt1.asp?formid=oilspill

I think the CEO’s of BP and Halliburton should get the fuck out there, take off their ties and get their fingers into cleaning up this toxic liquid black gold as well, and not just for a 10 minute photo-op.

https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2519&s_src=socnet&s_subsrc=facebook

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1833

Happy Earth Day | Critical Beats |Chopra’s “Book of Secrets”

Hi there y’all!

In between the time that I’m trying to figure out how to fit into this world with the talents & interests that I have and what I like to do ‘-)… I also am searching…and came upon this, and I like it. Excerpts from Deepak Chopra’s “The Book of Secrets”.

http://www.spiritsite.com/writing/deecho/part40.shtml

Also, in the last couple days I opened an email and saw that DJ Spooky was hosting a contest to produce a song, incorporating sounds from Native American Indians of the Amazon. They provided recorded songs within their library, to which “we” create a song from a remix – in 24 hours. I did this, and realized I hadn’t really finely tuned my edits, cuz I hadn’t had enough time. And then they just announced this morning that they will extend it! yeah! so I’m about to dive back into the music software and hardware to polish what I had put together already. It’s called Critical Beats for the Climate!

http://www.criticalbeats.org/Critical_Beats_for_the_Climate/Welcome.html

http://criticalbeatsfortheclimate.bandcamp.com/album/earth-day-remix-contest-extended-2

Here is my song entry “Spirit_Of_Life_Beats” – remix of Indian Tribal songs, after a one day extension from the 1st deadline ‘-) Hey, it’s a little dark, but grave are the critical beats for our climate!

The first song on myspace http://www.myspace.com/nomadbeatz

And here are some highlights from “The Book of Secrets”:

“The greatest hunger in life is not for food, money, success, status, security, sex, or even love from the opposite sex.

The deepest hunger in life is a secret that is revealed only when a person is willing to unlock a hidden part of the self.

We live in the Age of the Higher Brain, the cerebral cortex that has grown enormously over the last few millennia, overshadowing the ancient, instinctive lower brain.

Ultimately you have to believe that your life is worth investigating with total passion and commitment. It took thousands of tiny decisions to keep the book of secrets closed, but it takes only a single moment to open it again.

I take it literally when the New Testament says, “Ask and you will receive, knock and the door will be opened.” It‚Äôs that simple. You will know every secret about life when you can truly say I must know.

The life you know is a thin layer of events covering a deeper reality. In the deeper reality, you are part of every event that is happening now, has ever happened, or ever will happen. In the deeper reality, you know absolutely who you are and what your purpose is. There is no confusion or conflict with any other person on earth. Your purpose in life is to help creation to expand and grow. When you look at yourself, you see only love.

Ever since you and I were born, we’ve had a constant stream of clues hinting at another world inside ourselves.

The body‚Äôs wisdom is a good entry point into the hidden dimensions of life, because although completely invisible, the body‚Äôs wisdom is undeniably real — a fact that medical researchers began to accept in the mid-1980s.

Signs of intelligence began to be discovered in the immune system, and then in the digestive system…Ten years ago, it would have seemed absurd to speak of intestines being intelligent… Now it turns out that the intestines are not so lowly after all. Their scattered nerve cells form a finely tuned system for reacting to outside events — an upsetting remark at work, the threat of danger, a death in the family. The stomach‚Äôs reactions are just as reliable as the brain‚Äôs thoughts, and just as intricate. Your colon, your liver, and your stomach cells also think, only not in the brain‚Äôs verbal language. What people had been calling a “gut reaction” turned out to be a mere hint of the complex intelligence at work in a hundred thousand billion cells.”

http://www.spiritsite.com/writing/deecho/index.shtml

with love,

Carol

Guides to Living Longer, Happier Lives – Right Here, Right Now!

I am in the midst of trying to re-organize a lot of things in my life. I have to move, again. I am also in the process of looking for work, because right at the same time I was informed that I must find a new place to live, several of my income sources also simultaneously “dried up”, like a local well suddenly becoming contaminated. Thing is, I have been aware of my need to upgrade to a deeper, larger and more vibrant watering hole before this whole process started, and now have no choice. I’ve been from the start trying to remain calm, and not let these impediments get in the way of things that I’ve wanted to participate in. And then yesterday, in the process of contemplating what I’d like to do, and of thinking about happiness in general, I went on yet another google research whirlwind to inquire among other things, ” Where in the world, people might be happier?”

One study which incorporated economic stability into the picture, according to this necessary ‘bias’ of the Western World…came up with Denmark as being the place where people are the happiest in the World. A dreary, gloomy often cloud covered place, where people enjoy a high standard of living, and also where there are more balanced socialized perspectives in terms of employment. In other words, there appears to be less of a social pecking order pyramid in terms of some jobs having more prestige, and more of an overall appreciation of life over work, and the idea that sharing and communicating optimism on a daily basis to others in one’s community is valued over the type of job one has.

http://www.financialjesus.com/how-to-get-rich/top-10-happiest-countries/

My point is not that I’m considering moving to Denmark. My search continued, and somehow in my trajectory I came upon this link, labeled the Blue Zones, which are what researchers discovered and labeled as the areas in the World which correspond to where people have the highest longevity.

http://www.bluezones.com

And in all of the material that I was reading and listening to, it became clear, that happiness is not a place that I or anyone else can find necessarily in a particular geographical place. It has to do with healthy physical and emotional habits; a balanced diet, a regular amount of physical activity and motion. It has much more to do with attitude than anything else. Having a sense of purpose in one’s life, recognizing the awe of life itself, in whatever way one chooses to approach this grand mystery, surrounding oneself with friends and family and embracing the daily changes with optimism.

In my other searches on ‘where people laugh and smile the most on earth’, since they don’t appear to do so with any high frequency here in Germany where I currently reside, I started doing searches.

It comes down to the fact that humor and laughter is universal in its health benefits, and I recall from the years of Thanksgiving dinners among extended family members, that there was a great deal of humor and laughter around the table, and physical exercise afterwards.

This link gets into a more philosophical inquiry about ‘what laughter is, and why we laugh’. One of the most stunning facts is that babies start laughing in the first months and kids laugh at least twice as much as adults. So, laughter is innate, is contagious just like yawning….and is associated with playful and light-hearted attitudes.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3077386/

We all just need to be more playful, and take ourselves less seriously…in order to transmit good vibes to other people that will also ripple to others; the calming, healthier signals of slowing down, enjoying life and appreciating all of the delicate morsels that it has to offer.

http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

Note, I had to research this stuff yesterday to be reminded, to not ‘stress’ and to be optimistic, about the task that I have before me. At least now I know, that I don’t have to make a mad dash to set up house in another city/country/continent to be happy or healthy, but merely seek out and incorporate healthy physical and emotional activities into my routine, with humor and delight – sharing with family and friends!

And don’t forget that we’re not alone on this planet ‘-)
http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_more_bloody_ivory/98.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK