10 ways to inject community back into your neighbourhood

“Sharing is good, and with digital technology, sharing is easy”

Richard Stallman

 

When we moved into our cabin our neighbourhood didn’t really have much connectedness. The homes are physically dislocated. People drive their car straight into their garage and in doing so avoid any possibility of engaging with the people that live next door.

We didn’t know each other, we didn’t talk to each other and so we didn’t share things. Our little street was a community that wasn’t. Now things are different. I feel like I am friends with everyone now to varying degrees. I hope that they feel the same about our family and I have had some really positive feedback about how much more fun it has been since we moved in…which is nice!

Here are 10 ways you can make where you live a more fun and more social experience:

  1. Community beer or wine: The community that brews together saves money and has lots of the good stuff to make street parties and cookouts a hoot.
  2. Community Wifi: If one household gets a Wifi amplifier everyone can hook on. This saves a ton of money on connection fees, but requires trust that people won’t upload or download naughty stuff.
  3. Community food swap or food coop: Every Saturday we dump our surplus produce on a table along with everyone else’s. You take whatever you can use. People now bake cakes or muffins or cookies that are shared free. It’s a cool way to get a diverse range of free food and at the same time save your own from wastage.
  4. Community tool shed: Combine all the tools in one shed to free space. Keep a roster or an account for new additions to the shed. Have a policy about what to do when things break. This can give you access to every tool on the planet for a very low yearly fee.
  5. Community childcare: The best babysitter for a child is another child. A great gang of kids roaming the neighbourhood up to mischief is a delight to see. By having 1 parent responsible at any one time all other adults are freed up for more important things…like drinking community beer.
  6. Community cookouts or Barbecues: Make some punch, uncork the community cider, grill up some food, make a bonfire, make your own music and dance!
  7. Community cars: Cars are expensive and go unused an average of 23 hours per day. One car can easily be shared by several families…kids car seats and all. Now everyone will be into this, but you only need a few others who think it is a good idea.
  8. Community clean ups: Get people together to clean up local streams, parks and gardens. Plant native trees and make it a better place for everyone to live.
  9. Community DIY: Wouldn’t it be nice to crowd source labour for the big jobs around your home? Imagine getting your house painted in single day! The only thing to ensure is that
  10. Community dollars: Wouldn’t I like to!! Why use debt money from the national treasury that is created by greedy bankers to keep us imprisoned in mountains of debt. If it weren’t illegal it would be so easy to set up a local currency in our little hood!!

What community share projects have you started with your neighbours? Love to hear about them. Click the speech bubble under the title to post a comment!

The two wolves

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it”  

Edith Wharton

 

I feel like there are broadly two ways that we can operate.

The vast majority of people absorb the energy around them. Mostly this is the negative life is crap and disappointing, be scared and afraid cultural narrative promulgated by mass media and echoed by the majority of the population to make us feel small and helpless. When we operate in this mode we feed off the energy around us. Whatever it is. It flows into and back out of us and we respond and react to it. We draw from the negative charge. Life is a bitch and we want everyone around us to be as unhappy as we are. We repel people. We act selfishly and hurtfully.

A much smaller group of people generate their own energy. They project their passion outwards. Their positive energy, happiness and intent radiates from them like a shockwave to everyone and everything that they come into contact with. Like magnetism their positive energy can clash with the surrounding negative aura that has most people caught in an invisible spell.

To get radiant these people have had to run their batteries a little low to begin to produce and project their own positive power. It’s a hard thing to do in the face of such a massively negatively charged social environment. By programming their own mind (rather than having their mind programmed by the mass media) they are now beacons of light that can beam brightness and lightness into the hearts of other people.

We are attracted to these types of people because we recognise they are ‘off-programme’ free spirits. Their pilot light is on. They’ve ditched autopilot to dance to their own tune. When we clash with these people it is often because we feel jealous, intimidated or fearful. We resent their directionality knowing at the same time we are neck deep in mud and misery. While they exhibit freedom and fluidity we feel trapped in circumstance and expectation and we hate it!

There is an Indian legend about a old medicine man telling a young brave about the two wolves that live within him. One wolf feeds on suffering and pain. The other feeds on happiness and harmony. These too wolves are always fighting and eventually one will win. When the young brave asks who will win the medicine man replies simply ‘the one you are feeding’.

It’s easy to figure out if you are a producer (positively charged) or a consumer (negatively charged). You just need to ask yourself whether you are sucking in suffering or are you consciously projecting your passion and happiness out to energise everyone in your emotional field?

Let me ask you one other question. Do you feel like your closest relationships (partner, friends, kids and other family members) suck your energy or do they magnify your charge and inspire you to keep forging your own life lived on your terms?

The entertained brain

“I restore myself when I’m alone”

Marilyn Monroe


We seem to fear being alone with ourselves. Perhaps this is partially explained by one of the major drivers of our behaviour being the need to be connected and accepted by others. Kids will get in cars with a drunk mate when they know it is  life threatening. The risk of dying is less scary to them than becoming socially outcast by their peers. We shouldn’t fear being alone with our self. Why we do is just one of those mysteries of the universe I guess. Aloneness is actually great. Through aloneness we can move behind the mind chatter and discover our true nature. This awakening is one of the most important experiences in life. But, most of us don’t do embrace the solitude. We fill our aloneness up with mobile phones, facebook, gaming, sports, politics, new media and any and every other type of brain entertainer. We live in a world designed to keep us utterly distracted and completely plugged into a narrow bandwidth of thought and experience. We tune externally instead of internally, but at the same time we miss the important things. Lightweight entertainment and recreational drugs (or any other thing that helps us forget our troubles) are king in our culture. We talk other about the weather, who won the big game or which politician one might vote for. We don’t discuss questions like:

  • Why don’t the Rothschild family appear on the world’s rich list when they have reported fortunes of +$500 trillion?
  • How come most of the US presidents were members of the Council on Foreign relations? Who are the CFR anyway and what do they do?
  • Who are the Bilderberg group? Or the Committee of 300? Or who is Moloch or Nimrod and why do either have any relevance today?
  • Who owns the Fed?
  • Under what law does a US private company collect tax from its citizens?
  • How can we ever achieve an abundant, sustainable and efficient lifestyle if our operating maxim is profit making (founded on scarcity)?
  • Are their fairer better and more egalitarian social structures?
  • How might we enable real change?

Most of the things we should be talking about aren’t public knowledge anyway. They are part of the shadowy world that operates behind the curtain pulled over our eyes by our politicians, banks, companies and the media. While we remain entertained and distracted we miss the opportunities to connect back into our essence.  We trade deep meaningful conversations about matters that affect all of us for superficial diatribe from strangers. Our problems seem big. We are so small. Perhaps it is better to close our eyes and distract our brain from ourselves, our nature, our problems and our life. It’s what most people seem to prefer anyways…

The five best documentaries on the tube

What they’re not teaching you in school…and once you watch these you’ll completely understand why! You’ll also realise how much bullsh*t you are being fed each and every day through your work, the banks, the media, your school, church and the state…

 

Ancient Knowledge

Amazing stuff that will really change your thinking on many bits of state taught ‘official knowledge’.

 

Zeitgeist

Slow to start but a really clear presentation of alternative ideas showing how media and religion are being used to control our way of thinking and our lives. The sequels on money and solutions are also good.

 

Kymatica

You finish this wondering exactly what some people know that you don’t. What has specifically being kept from you for centuries?

 

Esoteric Agenda

Interesting viewing!

 

Resonance: Beings of Frequency

The importance of sound to all living creatures including us…

 

The hunger games

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist” 
Hélder Câmara

 

Throughout our history we have had to survive on locally grown and raised foods. This inevitably meant finding one’s way through the hungry season. Vegetables, fruit and herbs are all very seasonal and a mix grows well in Summer, Autumn and in early Winter Coming out of the winter the weather is improving and seedling growth will start to take off. But, in the weeks beforehand, those weeks from the dead of winter until peak spring growth there isn’t much on the menu.

We try to eat at least 60% from our vegepatch/mini orchard during the year. In the hungry period we’ve tended to drop that percentage to maintain variety in our diet with store bought vegetables.  This year we are going to do an experiment in reality. I’ve got a ton of stuff seeded. Our goal is to make it to Spring without increasing our bought food expenditure. It’s going to require some creative cooking to get over eating the same stuff everyday.The most fortunate thing about this reality check is that if worst turns to worst our family won’t starve to death like millions and millions of others have since the dawn of time. We live in a world of unbelievable abundance, variety and opportunity. Just 100 years ago the hunger games were for real

1960’s village life

“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal”
John Lennon

 

In 1960, or only 40 years ago, the village of about 3000 families that I live in had three butchers, a bank, two bookshops, a furniture upholsterer, a coal merchant, two ice cream shops, half a dozen grocers, two garages, a coffee lounge, a picture theatre, a fish and chip shop, a cake shop, two markets known as self help stores, a barber, a firestation, a hairdresser and a newspaper outlet.

Now there is one dingy pub that can’t seem to keep it’s doors open, a barber that should probably not be in business had it not been there with the same owner doing the same work since the 60s, a quaint little cafe that does well in terms of suburban cafes, but in general not well in terms of city cafes and a boutique theatre that shows art house films twice a week.

Everything one needs to live life requires travel outside the village. There are no schools. No daycare. No doctor. No green grocer. Above all there is no work anymore.

I wish I lived here in 1960.

I wonder why we let village life slip through our fingers for bland big box chain store garbage retail? I also wonder which style of village life people would choose these-days if given the option?

What’s really wrong with work (the bigger picture)?

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws”
Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812)

 

My main objection to work is that most of our labour for money is a dispiriting waste of our life. Beyond that I hate work because I know that I will pay tax. I actually have no problem paying tax if the tax system effectively distributes help to those in need, provides good quality health care and encourages quality education for everyone. However, more and more our tax dollars are going towards heinous things like bank bailouts, and unnecessary wars concocted by bankers and weapons manufacturers for profit and power. There seems to be no limit to tax dollars for mining or fracking in conservation lands or for deep sea oil drilling in marine reserves while at the same time there isn’t enough to pay teachers much above minimum wage.

Worse if you work for any company, in almost any part of the world, that has more than 1000 workers then it’s inevitable that the 10 biggest shareholders include these venomous few world banking families and their fanatical partners who been secretly manipulating the control of this planet since the 1500s. You are working so they profit greatly and with those profits they will spread their evil web to further enslave the populace in misery.

Four things you should do:

1. Your own research on the reach and control of the world banking and religious cartel.

2. Realise that love is the key. We are all in this together. We need to stop focusing on trivial artificially manufactured differences that are separating us. We need to expand our consciousness and find our bliss :)

3. Get out of debt. Stay out of debt. Put your money in a local building society or a small banking cooperative instead of a big corporate bank.

4. Spread the word. Tell people what you have discovered! [These guys work on 50 - 100 year plans so use the internet for free speech while you can].