Cool stuff! Replace harsh chemicals with these tried and true alternatives.

When you go to the grocery store, you can be overwhelmed by all the brightly packaged products, vying for your dollars.  They all claim to be the best and can cost a fortune, what’s worse, is that many of the products contain harmful chemicals that can really wreck your world.  Let’s keep it simple.  Here are 4 tried and true products you can use cheaply and safely, that you might have at home already, saving you a trip to the store.

#1 Castile Soap.  I love this stuff.  With one soap, you can eliminate virtually all of your common household cleaning products.  I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s hemp/rose scented soap lately. I use it for cleaning my house and cleaning me.  I love that I can clean my counters with it and not feel like I have to wear a gas mask.  One note to keep in mind when using Castile soap, sometimes it can leave a bit of a film.  The two main places I’ve noticed this were washing my dishes, and washing my hair.   If the film bugs you, (as it does me) you can use a rinse made with water and apple cider vinegar(ACV).   (I use about 1/2 cup ACV to a quart water)

Just don’t mix castile soap with ACV, the ACV dissolves the binding agent in the soap leaving you with a weird curdled concoction with no cleaning power.  1st soap, then ACV.    Below is a link to 12 great uses for castile soap.

#2 Apple Cider Vinegar

I’ve used it as a hair rinse and it works great.  ACV has wonderful clarifying properties and I can attest to them.  I had a problem with dandruff and dry skin, and the ACV/Dr. Bronner’s combination leaves my scalp feeling WONDERFUL.  It also makes your hair shiny and smooth.  (You wouldn’t know it from my picture on the left.  I had just taken out my dreads and thought it was funny that I looked like a DBZ character.  Kamayamaya!)  ACV is another great multi-purpose natural product.  Like castile soap, you can use it on you, and your home.

Here’s a link to a website with 131 uses for vinegar.
#3 Baking Soda

Baking Soda is another product I’ve used to clarify my hair and it works really well.  I make a paste out of it put it in my hair and let it soak for a few minutes and then rinse with ACV.  It can be used for cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene.  Baking soda works great as a deodorizer, I put a box in the fridge and it helps absorb funky odors.  It’s also handy to sprinkle in the cat box.

#4 Lemon Juice.

I’m most familiar with using lemon juice to beat colds.  I add a little honey and lemon to my tea, the honey helps sooth sore throats, the lemon helps cut the gunk and mucus that can come with a cold.  Lemon also has antibacterial properties, which might be part of why it works so well.  I’ve also found lemon to be an effective mask for your face, take a fresh lemon peel, put about a teaspoon of honey on it and rub it on your face.  Leave it there for 5 minutes and your face feels soft and awesome.



I’m gonna pretend the world ended in 2012, and rebuild.

You don’t need to have society reduced to rubble and ashes to start over.  We can start over at any moment we choose.  Nothing is true except the present, and the seasons.  I’m learning to flow better with the seasons, and live more in tune with the natural world around me.  You could say I’m becoming something of a Druid, learning to understand nature and everything she has to teach me.     Since we are in the season of reflection, I have been thinking a lot.  I have been looking at what I want to do in the world, and how to go about doing it.

After learning a lot through youtube and different facebook groups and pages all across the internet, I’m seeing a lot of those possibilities more clearly.  One thing I have learned is that to understand what you want,  first understand what you don’t want.  Well that part’s easy.  Just look at the world around us.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed at first by the sheer weight of all the “problems” the world has.  I put quotations on “problems”, because I think it’s actually just one problem, though it has many facets.

Let me explain, the biggest problem we face today, is ourselves.  More specifically, we don’t believe in ourselves.  We don’t believe we have the power to change things.  Well, I believe we do.  And I’m seeing it happen already!!!!   I want to be a part of that change, I want to help nurture and grow this idea that we can all make a difference.  The best way to do that is to start with myself I suppose, and share it with you so you might feel inspired to do the same. What are things I can do to change the world, right now?  Let’s explore some of these “problems”, and find the solutions that are already within our power.

One big issue we face today is directly tied to our food.  We are no longer eating things found in nature,  companies like Monsanto are creating franken-food, which has been banned in multiple countries because it has been shown to have very negative effects on our health and the health of the world.  Corporate farming is displacing animal habitats, it is poisoning the planet, and throwing off the delicate balance upon which everything depends.    The food we are eating is making us sick, and so we go to the doctor, and are given a pill which makes us even more sick, and broke.

We have been so disconnected from what we eat it’s insane, and because food is a vital necessary part to life, the fact we don’t have control of it is a very bad thing.  If the dollar were to collapse tomorrow, and suddenly your money was useless, what would people find valuable?  Gold?  Can you eat gold?  Nope, can’t eat gold.  Your best bet is food.  People will always have a vested interest in food.  Food is freedom.  The food they sell us now is shit, utter total garbage. The seeds from this kind of food are useless, they won’t sprout after the first season.  This crap is covered with chemicals that people can’t inhale and we’re eating it.  Go figure.

Let’s rip up 100 acres of nature so we can plant rows and rows and rows of genetically modified corn, then we’ll spray it with poison, and wonder why we’re all getting sick and all the animals are dying.  Never mind all of the useful things growing in that forest.  Never mind all the animals living in that forest.  The blatant dis-respect we show is astounding.  I think maybe nature has a better idea of how to do things.    What’s even funnier is the large amount of useful wild plants labeled as weeds.  Well they have roundup to take care of those.  Our agricultural system is all messed up.  If I were to walk around outside I could find in five minutes dandelion, cat-tails, plantain, wild-raspberries, burdock, nettles, and clover, just to name a few.  They all are either edible, or have medicinal qualities, or both.  And these are just a FEW of the things that we blindly, arrogantly consider weeds.

So we have this misguided notion of the natural world and what’s useful.  Someone please tell me why lawns are considered normal?  There is an awesome page on facebook called grow food, not lawns.  I suggest you check it out and see all the awesome alternatives to mowing your lawn.   Find ways to work with nature, not against it.

The whole thing is set up as one gigantic system with many arms designed to keep you in bondage.   You can’t see the chains, they are made out of fear and apathy.    They use everything in their power to keep us under control.  From fluoridating our water and killing our desire to fight for something better, to poisoning our food and making us sick, to polarizing us and keeping us fighting amongst ourselves, to downright denying our constitutional rights when people start to protest this system.  They are working very hard to make sure we don’t wake up.  Why is that?

Is it perhaps because they don’t have that much power when we wake up to our own potential.  Get angry.  You need to get angry.  You need to get angry because anger is better than apathy.   Make sure your anger is useful.  Use it as inspiration to get out there and do something about it, instead of falling into the trap of impotent rage.   I will be adding a lot of information and links in the future so you can see for yourself how badly we’re getting fucked, er I mean so you can educate yourself on what’s happening and why it needs to stop.

Still, you would think with all that oil, they could at least use some lube eh?  Pricks.  I kid, I kid, but no not really.    On the bright side, the right side, I will also be adding tons of material on how to stop the rape of our planet and it’s people.

There are options out there which will free you, me, and the planet from the poison tentacles of the corporate machine.  From simple things we can start doing right away, to things which might require more planning, teamwork and investment.

Growing your own food and herbs can save you money in the grocery store, grow enough food and you can start selling or trading it with others, get a bunch of family, friends and neighbors together and you can share your bounty and help each other.  Grow your community by growing food. If you live in an urban area, don’t get discouraged, there are lots of creative alternatives to a traditional garden that also account for space restrictions.   You can also look into joining a community garden.  I would also suggest starting community gardens.  This is something I want to start, and I’m really excited about it.  We have the resources, it’s go time!

If you don’t have a garden and can’t grow one, get your food organic from local sources.   It can be a little more expensive then the pseudo fruit at pick-a-slave, but it’ll save you thousands of dollars in medical bills down the road, and it will keep money in the local economy.  Money that will help friends and neighbors who are also struggling to get by.  Who needs the money more?  The 80 year old guy at the farmer’s market every Sunday, busting his ass to grow some peppers, or the corporate parasites who claim they own the world and have everything money can buy and then some?

It’s funny, while we are forced to live in an ugly grey “habitat” they created by destroying the real world, they get to enjoy the last bits of paradise left.  Why do we live in a grey world?  Because they tell us to?   Why do they tell us to?  Perhaps because color and beauty and curves and texture  are exciting, and calming, and inspiring all at the same time.    They don’t want you to feel those emotions, they want you to feel hopeless and apathetic.  They want you to feel like your sanctuary and peace comes from living in that stupid fucking box, surrounded by trinkets from walmart.  Just sit down in front of the TV, watch your “programs” (read: programming) and everything will be fine.  I refuse to buy into that bullshit system any longer.  Not when there’s something I can do about it.

I have access to greenhouses, land, and the tools I need to start making this a reality for me and the people close to me.  I’m planting my garden this year, I’m sharing the fruits of my labors with anyone who needs it.  I’m going to help people get set up to do the same.  I’m going to preserve that food when it comes time to harvest it, and share it with anyone who needs it.  I’m going to make the world around me more beautiful, more natural, more wild.

I’m going to find out the best ways to become self-sufficient and live in harmony with nature, and help others to do the same.  I’m going to plant flowers in unlikely places.   I’m going glorify trees.   I’m going to get my hands dirty and my armpits fucking sweaty, and fuck it, I might not shave em either.  Call me a dirty hippy and see if I care.  I’m going to shout out far and wide to anyone who will listen to me that this doesn’t have to be the world we live in.

Most importantly, I’m going to share my Journey with you, and invite you to join me.  We might start out small, even the mighty oak has to start out as an acorn.  The thing about the acorn is this, it knows it has the power to grow.  We should follow it’s example and wake up to our own strength and potential.

Being Somewhere – Low Impact Living

The link below features some great examples of homes that are cost effective and sustainable, they have a magical feel to them and they exist in harmony with the landscape, instead of in opposition.  For example, because of the low curved structure of the building, heating costs will be lower.   And they look badass!

Being Somewhere – Low Impact Living.

Opening up to the Magic

So, when I was a kid, I used to get terribly depressed.  I would see the big buildings and concrete, and highways, and gas guzzling monstrous vehicles, and all of these other dangerously gray aspects of society savagely devouring the green sacred spaces of the earth.  I felt like I had been born in the wrong time, that there was something horribly wrong with the world I was living in.  I had a deep feeling like there used to be a great magic here, the wild places and the ancient places were our connection to it.  Seeing these sacred places slowly being destroyed by a society which considered itself superior really bothered me.  Every time I would pass a housing development or a construction project I would feel slightly sick.  It all felt so alien and disconnected, unbalanced.    I felt sad that I couldn’t have been a part of the age of dragons and elves and dryads and magic, of towering ancient forests  and mythical landscapes.  I was told that these green places were just trees and rocks and didn’t mean anything.  I didn’t believe it then and I still don’t now.

The difference between what I believed then vs. now is this.  I now believe I have the power to change that system.  I believe we all do.   I believe we’ve been fed a bunch of bullshit and have been indoctrinated into a system set up on lies, deceit, and fear.   A system designed to disconnect us from our infinite nature and the world of magic.  A system designed to keep us from each other.

I was told that there never was this world of magic, that earth has always been a grey and mundane place!  I was told that all that existed was the material!   I, like you,  are blessed with a burning knowing deep inside, that there is something more.  We might not know exactly what it is, but that feeling drives the curiosity to inspire us to look and try and find out where and what “it” is.

My curiosity lead me to at first to a world of fantasy books many of which I still love today.   They were a much needed escape from the so-called reality imposed cruelly imposed on our world.  These books were also an invaluable aid in the search for anything that could confirm the existence of this “something more”, as fleeting and delicate as it appeared at times.   Though they were from the “fantasy” category, I knew some how, they contained within them something important, even if it was just a feeling of a fleeting memory.

I wanted to understand that feeling more and so I started to do more active research on different subjects.  To me, the harsh angular world of logic and science seemed to be too wrapped up in the very system that was destroying the magic around us.  Because of this resistance to left brain attitudes and ideas, my search started out with new age books and books on spirituality and magic.  I studied philosophies from different cultures, I studied different myths, and hunted for anything I could find that might explain what magic was, and how to  bring it back.

While I found magic and many of the rituals and magical artifacts interesting, for many years I was more interested in learning how to directly experience magic without the use of tools.  This lead me to psionics, and topics such as remote viewing, and then to quantum physics and sacred geometry.  I had come full circle back to the science I first shunned!

With YouTube I was able to discover the works of many people who were beautifully combining science and spirituality.  Man was suddenly a creator in this universe.  We were a part of everything in existence, we share a connection with infinity.   The world of magic is still strong, Elves are freaking real, angels are all over the place, you can live in tree houses and hobbit homes, you can have free energy, we can create a paradise on earth, we are a part of everything how fucking mind blowing, and awesome, and groovy is that!?

Since I first started this journey, I have seen very clearly this world of magic.    I’ve learned more about how to create this world of magic around us, and a lot of it has to do with how we think.    How can you possibly expect to live in a world of fairies and magic, when you’re surrounded by white walls and punch-clocks and creative sterility.  I want to help bring that world of magic, love, and creativity to everyone else.  I believe we have the power to create a magical world around us we have the power to live fully in tune with nature and experience every aspect of it.  I believe we have enough resources in this world for everyone, I believe we have enough magic for everyone, I would like to help make this the reality we all share.