12.29.2007

The Story of B, by Daniel Quinn

- The world will not be saved by old minds with new programs. If the world is saved, it will be saved by new minds--- with no programs.
- “If the world is saved, it will be saved by people with changed minds. People with unchanged minds will say, ‘Let’s minimize the effects of pushing the button.’ People with changed minds will say, ‘Let’s throw the box away.’”
- The Taker vision: The World was made for Man, and Man was made to conquer and rule it.
- The Leaver vision: The World is a sacred place and a sacred process, and we’re part of it.
- Farming and “totalitarian agriculture” as the start of Civilization as we know it--- the “Great Forgetting.” Everything we “know,” even religion (mainly as “salvation,”) hugely influenced by the Great Forgetting. Now, trying to start the “Great Remembering,” towards tribes again, the way of the “pre-civilized” folks, and how many “indigenous” folks still live… what Teaching Drum is trying to walk towards.
- We are all interconnected, and everything has Spirit and Purpose. Animism. Everything affects each other. My stepping on this plant affects how the planet will be eons from now. Someone coughing in Nepal affects me right here, right now, too. We’re all interconnected. It’s all a part of the great Circle. Death and Life are the same. When I die, I will return to the soil and look through the trees and soar on the wind. My grandfather still walks on in the world, through my feet.
- “We’re straying from the path of salvation for love of the world … we are the ones he was talking about, and this is the final hour--- but it’s their final hour, not ours. They’ve had their day, and this is indeed the final hour of that day. Now our day begins.”
- “You are B.”

12.19.2007

the Continuum Concept, by Jean Liedloff

Liedloff Continuum Network
PO Box 1634
Sausalito, CA 94966

Many a life is spent in seeking nothing much more than proof that one exists. Racing-car drivers, mountain climbers, war heroes, and other daredevils who flirt with death by predilection are often only trying to feel, by as close contrasting as they can with its opposite, that they are, in fact, alive. But shaking up the instinct for self-preservation can only dimly and temporarily simulate the steady, warm current of the missing sense of self.

The search for in-arms experience, as the years pass and we grow up, takes on a great many forms. Loss of the essential condition of well-being that should have grown out of one’s time in arms leads to searches and substitutions for it. Happiness ceases to be a normal condition of being alive, and becomes a goal. The goal is pursued in short- and long-term ways… it becomes increasingly clear why we do many of the seemingly pointless things we do. In-arms deprivation expresses itself perhaps most commonly as an underlying feeling of unease in the here and now. One feels off center, as though something is missing; there is a vague sense of loss, of wanting something one cannot define. The wanting often attaches itself to an object or event in the middle distance; put into words, it would be “I’d be alright is only…” followed by some proposed change… when the object is attained, the middle distance, where mother once was, is soon occupied by a new “If only” and the distance between it and oneself become the new measure of the space between oneself and the missing rightness--- rightness in the here and now. One is sustained by the hopes raised by the succession of objects as they arise at the distance dictated by the degree of unattainableness one needs in order to feel “at home,” that it, in the same relationship as one was in to one’s mother when in-arms experience was denied.

Expressions of in-arms deprivation checker our lives and color the personalities around us so frequently that we tend to view them as part of human nature… [for] the compulsive traveler, new places hold the promise of being the right place, for the illusion of the magic return to arms is untenable in any clearly perceived reality. Thus the comparative greenness of far fields gleams alluringly to the if-onlyist, who believes, for reasons not recalled even by himself, that fulfillment lies in the change to a certain other place.

[Change as accepted and expected for constantly moving in-arms infant]

How to apply the Continuum Concept:
- good mix of older and younger children to talk with each other
- activities for kids for companionship and example
- no “generation gap”: younger generation proud to be like elders
- families close together: companionship and cooperation
- unchanging way of life: equal work and cooperation of community
- children go everywhere with adults (if they want)
- generations all live under same roof
- leadership emerges naturally and is fluid; change is easy number of people living together varying. Good relations, thus, with all
- sleep with kids. Make love in their presence, even
- trust baby’s capability for self-preservation; don’t be over-protective
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We [should] not imagine that children must be happier than adults… we hold this view largely because we are in constant pursuit of some goal that we hope will restore our lost sense of rightness about our lives. As we attain the goals and find ourselves still missing that nameless something kept from us since infancy, we lose by degrees our belief that the next set of hopes will relieve our persistent longings. We also teach ourselves to accept “reality” to ease the pain of repeated disappointment as best we can. At a certain point in midlife we begin to tell ourselves that we have missed, for one reason or another, the chance to enjoy complete wellbeing and must live with the consequences in a state of permanent compromise. This state of affairs is hardly conducive to joy.

12.18.2007

2007- a doodlicious summary



infinite thank you's to everyone who made this year so colorful and delicious! lovelovelove...

12.16.2007

we are nothing



a self-constructed reality
a human sculpture
of hacked and re-welded limbs
new monsters of nearly hilarious
yet utterly terrifying
ridiculousness
stalking us
through cloudy dreams
on green winds we fly
off to change the world
off to seize the day
to knock our boxes off
to get naked
and become
nothing

no more



flickering lights
glitter-beckon-winking
enticing across the snow
no more

12.12.2007

dark purple


(yes, like a red veil across the blue sky)
walls
stifling a fiery spark (I’m suffocating
in here, the walls closing in, and
no one can hear me scream,
but I’m screaming and
screaming,
into wordless music,
ART EVERYWHERE,
and I will stay alive,
will not surrender,
will keep burning bright)
a small solid box sits in the middle of the desert
baking in the sun. a
silent shriek echoes
through the dust shrouding the box,
lost.

balance


teetering on the edge
of a tottering (un)consciousness
I jumped

n
o
w

am I falling or flying?

12.09.2007

Maps to Ecstasy, by Gabrielle Roth

1. Free the Body (power of the Body)
a. Five Rhythms= Flow>>> Staccato>>>Chaos>>>Lyrical>>>Stillness

2. Express the Heart (power of Love)
a. Emotions= fear>>> anger>>> sadness>>> joy>>> compassion
b. “Fear properly channeled yields wide awake engagement”
c. Truthspeak, free emotions, express them like a child

3. Empty the Mind (power of Knowing)
a. Sacred Teachers= me, family, friends, society, Universe
b. “Have a love affair with yourself… treat yourself as you would a lover with whom you are passionately in love”
c. Lifecycles= birth>>> childhood>> puberty>>> maturity>>> death
d. Write your story!

4. Awakening the Soul (power of Seeing)
a. “Life is a cabaret, and our challenge is to act out our own essential Self on the stage of the World”
b. Roles= dancer>>> singer>>> poet>>> actor>>> healer
c. Seeing vs. looking
d. “Every mundane activity is an opportunity for full authentic self expression”
e. Oscar Ichazo= her teacher at Arica
f. “Watch where your inner chatter (ego) spends the most time”
g. “The goal of the shamanic actor is to be free and spontaneous, physically, emotionally, and mentally, easing effortlessly into each present moment”

5. Embodying Spirit (power of Ecstasy)
a. Ecstasy is being fully alive
b. Inertia>>> imitation>>> intuition>>> imagination>>> inspiration
c. “After you jump and just before you land is God”
d. Be fully alive: show up, be who you are, share your gifts

12.05.2007

One



Hug me, for I feel alone. Listen to me, for I feel unheard. Talk with me, and let’s laugh together, dancing naked in the snow underneath the singing stars. Accept me as I am, for I wish to be no other. Love me, for I am you.

11.25.2007

Wolf Lake


We chucked a large boulder out as far as we could. It landed, and barely broke the surface. The Lake's almost completely frozen! I danced on her already, today... close to the edge, though.

11.23.2007

Lin family

Life-lover




I am a self-powered comet freely dancing around the Universe, inspiring love, light, and laughter through Movement-magic, Life as Art, and internal-external travels.

11.15.2007

whysnow



whywhywhy
stomps through like whooshing snow
swirling around so violent
and around and
leaving everything
white
please tiptoe

mirror



why, hello there
are you me
or am i you
and why does it matter
to me
(or you?)

9.20.2007

vision statement 2

I am a self-powered comet freely dancing across the cosmos, inspiring love, light, and laughter, in balance and complete attunement with Mother Earth and the Universe through movement magic, life-as-art, and internal-external travels.

7.19.2007

receptivity



I'm ready to take off again
(Shawangunk Mountains, NY)

6.24.2007

Move

"Know that everything that is alive has a dance, and your only task is to find and express yours"
- Gabrielle Roth

4.29.2007

People who are Alive

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Harold Whitman

From “Even Cowgirls get the Blues,” by Tom Robbins

- But plans are one thing and fate another. When they coincide, success results. Yet success mustn’t be considered the absolute. Success can eliminate as many options as failure.
- Do not permit your being to turn stinking inside a shell, but… swirl yourself in the toughness of dreams.
- It takes more than vodka to find magic. It takes risks. It takes EXTREMES.
- One can change things by the manner in which one looks at them.
- A lot of life boils down to the question of whether a person is going to be able to realize his fantasies, or else end up surviving only through compromises he can’t face up to… Heaven and Hell are right here on Earth. Heaven is living in your hopes and hell is living in your fears. It’s up to each individual which one he chooses… every fear is part hope and every hope is part fear.
- Love is something to be passed around freely, not spooned down someone’s throat for their own good by a Jewish mother who cooked it all be herself.
- Why do people fear death so? Because they realize, unconsciously at least, that their lives are mere parodies of what living should be. They ache to quit playing at living and to really live, but, alas, it takes time and trouble to piece the loose ends of their lives together and they are dogged by the notion that time is running out.
- To live fully, one must be free, but to be free one must give up security. Therefore, to live one must be ready to die… that’s why I encourage everyone to take chances, to court danger, to welcome anxiety, to flaunt insecurity, to rock every boat and always cut against the grain. By pushing it, we may speed up the process by which the need for playfulness and liberty becomes stronger than the need for comfort and security.
- New mountains and new islands--- once in a long while, new continents--- are being created and old ones destroyed. New climates are being formed and old ones altered. The whole thing is in flux. Existing arrangements are temporary and constantly in threat of disruption. This whole big city of New York could be sucked into the Earth or quick-frozen or flattened or inundated--- at any second. The Chink says the man who feels smug in an orderly world has never looked down a volcano.
- All a person can do in this life is to gather about him his integrity, his imagination and his individuality--- and this these ever with him, out front and in sharp focus, leap into the dance of experience… the freedom to play freely in the universe.
- It doesn’t matter what activity anyone chooses. If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it will go, push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm of magic. And it doesn’t matter what it is that you select, because when it has been pushed far enough it contains everything else… taking one thing, however trivial and mundane, to such extremes that you illuminate its relationship to all other things, and then taking it a little bit further--- to that point of cosmic impact where it becomes all other things… magic.
- I take the universal and make it person. The only truly magical and poetic exchanges that occur in this life occur between two people. Sometimes it doesn’t get that far. Often, the true glory of existence is confined to individual consciousness. That’s okay. Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.

Enjoy and love Mama Earth

One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.
- Edward Abbey

NOLS Wilderness Mountaineering quote

As your experience begins to add up, the wilderness and the mountains will begin to come home with you, you'll think about the mountains and eat a little better, so when you next go there you'll have a little more spring in your step. You'll want to train a bit so you can accomplish more in a week-long trip. You'll overcome obstacles and reach heights you never thought you could, returning stronger and more confident. You'll breathe a bit of clean air, burn a few more calories than usual, and raise your heart rate. You'll decide that sort of climbing you like and the kinds of places you like to visit, and you'll develop a climbing style that expresses your personality. But whatever forms of mountaineering you pursue, you just might find that it changes your like and, most important, that the deep wilderness speaks to you.

are you a dreamer?

are you a dreamer?

i haven't seen too many around lately. things have been tough lately for dreamers. they say dreaming is dead - that no one does it anymore. its not dead, its just its been forgotten - removed from our language. no one teaches it, so nobody knows it exists. the dreamer banished to obscurity.

i'm trying to change all that and i hope you are too. by dreaming, every day - dreaming with our hands, and dreaming with our minds. our planet is facing the greatest problems its ever faced, ever. so whatever you do, don't get bored. this is absolutely the most exciting time that we could possibly be alive... and things are just starting.

-- the trainhopper kid in "waking life"

4.11.2007

to Tommy



(from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY, sunset bike ride)
thanks for the month of shared adventures, laughter, visions, and more

4.10.2007

NYC community garden

Dale's place- N. Alabama




I meet Tommy passing through Memphis, TN, on a nocturnal bike ride after playing with bikes at the local bike co-op. I luckily landed in Memphis that Thursday, for I was ousted from the Bankhead Forest (northern AL) from storm warnings and fear of getting flooded out. Luck also helped me hear of the bike co-op; my couchsurfing host volunteered there. It was also chance that Tommy landed in Memphis that day, via his rampant travels. We talk while riding, verbally dreaming of past, present, future travels. We randomly meet up again the next day, once again at the bike co-op, go out biking for a bit, watch the lunar eclipse with a slew of other awesome young folks, then end the evening chomping delicious yams cooked over an indoor campfire. We part ways the next day, going opposite directions: Tommy to Knoxville, TN, me to Forrest City, AR. After 3 days with Steve in AR, I drive the 8 hours back to Knoxville, where I leave my car and most possessions, and begin my adventures with the one and only Tall Tommy. Here, we are at his grandpa, Dale's place in northern Alabama, to prune apple trees, take care of Dale, and just frolic in the woods.

Knoxville

Alive People



(found in Steve's bathroom in Forrest City, AR)

Colorful Narcissus

3.19.2007

Mountain Justice Spring Break

















Charleston,W. Va.—Eleven parents, community leaders and student activists were
arrested today while sitting in at the office of West Virginia
Governor Joe Mancin. Their sit-in was spurred by a recent decision by
the State Mine Board to approve a second coal silo nearMarsh Fork
Elementary School. Protesters were treating roughly and dragged
through puddles of mud. About 40 protesters remain in the governor's
office. Marsh Fork Elementary located near Sundial, WV currently sits
225 feet from a coal silo. Residents say Governor Joe Manchin is
shirking his responsibility for the health and safety of the students.

The coal silo operated by Massey Energy releases chemical-laden coal
dust into the air which is poisoning the air that school kids have to
breathe. Independent studies have found coal dust throughout the
school. The school is also 400 yards downstream from a 385 foot tall
seeping toxic coal waste sludge dam with a nearly 3 billion gallon
capacity, over 20 times the volume of the Buffalo Creek sludge dam
disaster that killed 125 people in 1972. A 1,849-acre mountaintop
removal mine surrounds the sludge dam and much of the nearby area.

"Governor Mancin seems to believe that all he has to do is make
promises while the children who attend Marsh Fork continue to breathe
in coal dust," says Bill Price of
Charleston, WV. "We are not interested in promises. We want a new
school for these kids so that they do not have to breathe in polluted
air while they are trying to learn."

"This is exciting that students and community members have joined
together to demand a safer school for the kids who attend Marsh Folk
Elementary," says Sarah Kidder, a student at Glenville State College
and a key protest organizer. "These kids should not have to endanger
their lives simply by going to school and having to breathe in air
polluted by coal dust."

Massey has been attempting to build a second coal silo near the
school, but the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in
2005 rejected Massey's permit request for the second silo. On Tuesday,
March 13, the state Surface Mine Board overturned the DEP's order that
blocked the silo.

"The situation at Marsh Fork is an embarrassment to West Virginia,"
said Lindsey Warf of
Bluefield, WV. "People from other states can't believe this is happening in the
US."

Contrary to Massey's public claim that the silo would reduce coal
dust, their 2005 air quality permit application associated with the
second silo's operation predicts an increase in coal dust emissions by
three and a half tons of dust per year.

TAKE ACTION!
Call Governor Manchin's office: 1-888-438-2731 (toll free) or 1-304-558-2000.
Send a FAX 1-304-342-7025
Email the Governor's office: Governor@WVGov.org.

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