Fortunately we can begin with a gratuitous dog picture:
because otherwise, traction is not available at this location. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Things are, it turns out, REALLY dependent upon one’s state of mind. Ascension, for example, is real, even if the “definition” of it can be so airy fairy you think it’s got to be almost a scam of some sort. The part that gets funky is realizing you get to implement a whole new mindset in the same place you were before. One works toward inner peace and balance, and to do no harm and perhaps be of service. That seems like a reasonable goal. New mindset doesn’t sound like it should be a problem, right? But. I realized I was kind of thinking that new mindset might also involve a different actual place. Silly bear. What would the point be of achieving developmental progress in some easy, relatively problem free place? After all, it’s EASY to maintain equanimity for the most part when your World isn’t acting like it wants to kill you. The trick is realizing it’s all an illusion and there to be observed and experienced, no tampering required.
The no tampering part seems to be a bit of a sticking point. Gardening gives you plenty of opportunity to see the problems with tampering- Nature doesn’t do the dumb stuff, and I have always wondered why humans felt they needed to “improve” it or change it. Hybridize, clone, and fake it to literal death is more like what happens. There’s really no good reason why anyone should be going hungry on this planet. Except of course that the thrust of food production is toward mono-culture, chemicals up the yang, and killing the soil and all the pollinators in the process. So there is desertification and food that actually now, for extra fun, makes you sick via endocrine disruption, heavy metal poisoning, not to mention nutrient deficiencies. All of which are presented to the public as no problem! and starving people….well, change the channel. No problem! I like to, and do, believe that people will turn the tide on this process, invest in community and personal gardens, and quit acting as though profits for the petrochemical industry are more important than anything else.
Of course, profits are kind of the bottom line of ick in all this. It’s all about making money for a limited number of people, whatever it takes. Poison the water, poison the air, who cares? As long as we have control over it, a patent here and there on something that Nature made? it’s all good.
Which in a meandering sort of way leads me to the next light bulb that went off in between things falling over, the Dog eating a centipede or something and barfing all over the carpet, and my seeming inability to plan my activities in such a way as to allow their completion (this latter is of course a combination of procrastination and the bloody weather, for the most part, since I now allow a good several minutes or so at some point in the day for blubbing and decompression so as to get that Out of the Way in Order to Get Things Done.) And this is? that in this country now, we no longer have the “rule of law”. I personally find this rather scary, having long thought that reasonable rules, enforced by concensus and in practice, with processes and safeguards and attention, creates a more livable situation than not for everyone. Aside from the militarization of police, this is best exemplified in action by all the recent legislation around marijuana.
A lot of people probably think this has nothing to do with them. And maybe it doesn’t except for the fact that there are outright lies being stated as truth (such as there’s no research on the plant, it’s a “gateway drug”- which can be said of anything if you’ve got the brain chemistry for addictive processes) and thus as justification for certain actions, and this is a trend, across the board, about everything. Lies do not make good legislation or rules for living. The other thing is. The overarching Federal law says this plant is illegal. Some states have voted to make it legal in various situations. Not dicey enough? local jurisdictions also have the ability to determine “legality”. So. We have something that’s illegally legal, and while there may in fact be a “law” that says everything is copacetic, there are generally at least two governmental entities in any given spot able to say the exact opposite. Which means people can really get hurt. For no reason I can see except the money to be made- the profits, if you will. I always kind of thought that as soon as big tobacco and big pharma could get together on the profit margins, the stuff would be legal. Now, here in California, it’s “legal”, with the federal and local caveats, and? to be taxed at a rate that makes credit card interest look like a bargain. Philip Morris does not appear to be driving this particular bus- but investment bankers do. So. Aside from my general preoccupation with nature and healing and saving seeds and not poisoning things and all that, what makes me crazy about this is that “laws” are made, having huge impact on people’s lives, based on nothing except somebody’s desire to make money. Just like the housing market bubble is being blown back up again, the thought form that creates this stuff is going full tilt. And that is something that will lead to no good.
So net net the thing of it is….having a whole new mindset in the same place can actually move you forward. It lets you see things more as they actually are, and you more as you are. Then you can formulate ideas and actions. While none of us can really tackle the beast whole, we can behave properly in our own lives, whether or not there is an external rule of law. Another thing that means is we can no longer assume someone else will take care of things. It means we have to stand up for each other, be conservative in the true sense of not wasting or abusing ANY resource, and establish the real rule of law, which of course, is love. ( See picture above for clarification if needed.) It isn’t selfishness or profits or any of the things people turn to when their hearts are moribund and you need an electron microscope to detect them. The real question now is what about all those hearts, after all? Blessings and thanks!