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Finally Home…


I am working harder now, than I have for years. It feels good. Began clearing brush and inspecting the woodlot. Also began realizing I am not all that young anymore. And sadly, it won’t get any better… As they say….”It is, what it is.”

There are advantages of living remotely, besides the peace and quiet from the rat race one experiences here in the woods.  There is also a learning curve involved.  It takes time to shed all the drama, noise and routines of everyday life that one has lived for decades. This is all the shit you carry with you along that road.  This shit needs to disappear.

The one important thing I learned is to not let your work identify who you are. One’s work is just a temporary extension of a multi-faceted lifestyle. If you do not separate your work from who you are, there will be a sense of loss once you retire. Just be forewarned…

Another benefit…or not… of solitude is the opportunity to engage your brain into a new level of thinking. Not that superficial brain activity that people do to get through the day, but something slower…deeper…more tangible. Thinking that asks pertinent questions of one’s self. Thinking may elicit moments of regret, or melancholy or bring a smile, a sense of accomplishment or a feeling pride in that you lived a good life as a good person. Here one can get a deeper sense of who one really is.  It is a time to unclutter and rid oneself of all that shit I carry, make choices of priorities and reconnect with my environment. It is a place and time to truly enjoy the awesomeness of mother nature and to give thanks to all the gifts one is given throughout one’s life. I have many…people I still carry in my heart and mind, a great family, many good friends and life accomplishments. The latter being something that validates the importance of our existence within our own minds…

Hiked up the back acres to mark trees for next year’s firewood and stopped to check on the well. Three tiles deep (12′ deep)and spring fed. The well is almost an 8th mile from the cabin and sits at a much higher elevation…hence, gravity feed water system. Clean spring water and no pump….

Spent the last week cleaning 40 years of grime off the log cabin and barn. Once cleaned and dried, the sealer went on, followed by new chinking. Chinking is an ongoing process, but I will have it done before winter. There is nothing major for projects, other than felling next years firewood.

The gardens are ready for next year’s planting and in a few weeks, I will be preparing all the flowerbeds for winter. I still need to power up the workshop so to be able to work out there during the winter months. The forge is in and working, and I am now scrounging scrap steel to practice the art of the blacksmith.

 

 

 

 

My Mountain….


Having finished the labor of moving and stacking this winter’s firewood, I began exploring the back country….or 16 acres of it anyway…I wanted to cruise the woodlot and see what I could cut for next years warmth.  Managing the lot is first priority as I hope to need firewood for a few more years.  My primary heat is a wood-stove located in the basement and I also have a wood burning cook-stove to feed.  I put up two and half cord and will see what happens.

Moving to the mountain has afforded the luxury of solitude.  It has also benefited me in that I can now say that the world ends at the nearest road.  My mountain, my exile and my world.  I rarely listen to the news media’s biased reporting and now pay little attention to the growing divided this country is experiencing.  Alt. right, alt left, antifa, ineffectual governments, dirty politicians, violence, racism, hatred and all those other problems do not exist here.

One may wonder if I care and I will tell you that for the most part….No.  I do not care. Not as much anymore.

I will explain why.  I grew up believing in this country.  I do still believe in it’s ideals though many of those have fallen by the wayside.   I served my country during the Vietnam war and my thanks was to be spit on.  No big deal but I remember the atmosphere of dislike for those in the military.  It is something I will always remember.  I served my community as a member of town government for numerous years and I have served society in general as a Substance Abuse Counselor in a prison system until I retired and as a foster-parent to many children.

I decided that it is time to serve me.  To allow me to live out the remaining years doing what I want.  Taking care of me and eliminating the unrelenting bullshit that the world has created for itself.  Selfish? Yes…maybe….Apathetic?…Not so much…

I truly hope the world finds peace and good will but my faith in humanity is about zero.  We have developed mind boggling technologies, medical breakthroughs and hundreds of scientific discoveries but in the areas of enlightenment, spirituality, empathy and emotional intelligence we have yet to leave the cave.  Intolerance of everything we don’t agree with is the norm and I have chosen to look out at this  world and say “Fuck you, I’m outta here”, until people come to their senses…

 

 

My Mountain…


For as many years as I can remember, my one constant was believing that one day, after I retired from the rat race, I would spend my days sitting on my porch, listening to the wind songs and staring contentedly at the mountains.  I even used this scenario in the groups I facilitated, designating this dream as my (for lack of a better term) “happy place.”

I finally retired.  Now, as I sit on my back porch, somewhere in the mountains in New Hampshire, I am still in awe and wonderment that I ever made it.  The quiet peacefulness is beyond awesome, the sounds of nature; inspiring and the view….

There are somethings that I should have realized when moving into the mountains.  Things like chinking the log cabin, prepping the gardens for winter, putting up several cord of firewood to keep myself from freezing and putting in a good supply of food stuff…just in case I can’t get into town.  The Farmer’s Almanac says it will be a bitter winter season with above average snow.  Average here is about 100″.  Enough to make things interesting.  Bring it on….I am finally home…

 

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“Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect. What we are, that only can we see. All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do. Adam called his house, heaven and earth; Caesar called his house, Rome; you perhaps call yours, a cobler’s trade; a hundred acres of ploughed land; or a scholar’s garret. Yet line for line and point for point, your dominion is as great as theirs, though without fine names. Build, therefore, your own world.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are you an old soul?


The world consists of a variety of people and each one is at a different stage of soul evolution.

An old soul is someone whose energy has reincarnated many times over and this means that they have experienced many lifetimes here on Earth—maybe some that weren’t even human.

Old souls are easy to recognize, often by a certain look in their eyes, as it appears as though they can see straight through you. They are also identified by how they view the world in a way that is vastly different to how the majority of other people perceive it.

Although we use the term “old souls,” the concept has no relation to the number of years the soul has existed for. Time is not linear to a soul and the concept of old souls is associated with life-experience, reincarnation and also the amount of karmic clearing that has taken place, rather than the amount of time spent on Earth.  

From a young age old souls are wise beyond their years. They are noticeably advanced with their achievements and say things that would usually be spoken by someone far beyond their chronological age. They approach the world through old eyes and as though they have experienced similar life cycles before and seem to innately know things that others struggle to comprehend.

They are able to see, with ease, into the future and this is one of the reasons that they place trust in their intuition and use it as a faithful tool to guide them. They are aware that each decision they make creates an alternative picture of their overall life, so they will swap direction and make necessary changes without regret, knowing that ultimately their choices are shaping their eventual destination.

Due to their eternal unrest old souls are seekers who are on an adventure fueled with intrigue, inquisition, curiosity and self-exploration, rather than one that rewards hierarchies, social statuses or financial achievements. Their mind is constantly searching for answers and theorizing, scrutinizing and philosophizing.

Old souls are not necessarily intellectuals, even though many of them do obtain many qualifications due to their quest for knowledge. It is more common for old souls to self-educate and find the route to their own version of success rather than gaining their education from formal organisations. They are not ones for authority or regulation and whether they study or not, they are brimming with wisdom and knowledge that derives from lives fully lived.

Success to an old soul begins and ends with soul nourishment and anything else that results is simply a by-product and holds little value in comparison to personal growth and fulfillment. 

Old souls are emotionally and psychologically intelligent as well as being truth seers and their search for authenticity leads them to cut straight through the majority of the illusions that mask the true state of reality.

Due to their ability to see the world with clarity, rather than through a rose coloured bubble, they can become ostracised in society as others might believe their views and opinions to be pessimistic and cynical rather than seeing the old soul as awake, aware and realistic.

They do not need to be taught what is right from wrong, and although they can be rebellious, they inherently know how to behave and have high morals and ethics. However, they choose to live by their own rules rather than the written or unwritten ones that society demands.

The comfort of their home is their haven, and is the place that old souls are usually found curled up reading a mind-challenging book or classic literature in front of an open fire. These individuals are not dazzled by things that glitter, so they do not have the desire to compete or to submerge themselves in materialistic possessions, grandiose declarations or superficial surroundings.

Alone time is immensely important for an old soul as they are deep thinkers and find great pleasure in sifting through their mind so they can evoke the accumulation of historic memories that have been stored throughout their lifetimes. Although, they are at peace while on their own, they never consider themselves as being lonely as they have a profound understanding of oneness, so they constantly feel an intense connection to everything that exists or has previously existed on earth.

Rather than experiencing loneliness old souls associate their introversion with solitude as it allows them the space and time to delve into introspection so they can decode the meaning of their life and also a great understanding of the world.

Old souls sometimes struggle, feeling isolated and alien-like while in the company of others who cannot or will not try to relate or resonate with their experiences. They are almost otherworldly and can feel out of sync, often believing as though they exist in an alternative dimension. 

They may feel like the “black sheep” in their family or the “lone wolves” of society. Other people find it difficult to understand their behavior or the way they feel and experience the world.

Old souls can seem old-fashioned to many as they appreciate sentimental offerings and cherish the simpler things in life. Whether it be a hot tea in their favourite mug, a walk along cliff tops with friends, vintage framed photograph of a grandparent, a hand knitted sweater or choosing to pen a romantic letter to a loved one, old souls enjoy close connections to things that are precious to them or that are reminders of days gone by.

Friends and relationships are not sought out by old souls, although, if they do establish bonds with people it is with those who they have a strong spiritual connection and they will likely keep these people close to their heart and treasure them for numerous life times.

Old souls are not the outrageous, extroverted types who are the life of parties. Instead, they prefer to sit quietly and casually in the fringes where they can either observe human behaviour or converse with others about philosophy, literature or the intrinsic wiring of the mind. People are drawn to them as they have incredible listening skills and part of the reason for this is that they understand that when they pay attention and remain silent, they receive a unique opportunity to learn.

 

 

 

They are open minded, accepting and empathetic, so instead of condemning anyone, they look at the root cause of actions so they can understand why someone is behaving in a specific way. Compassion and forgiveness is offered, even if the old soul has been treated badly or hurt throughout the process.

Self-worth can be a difficult thing for old-souls to achieve as they do not look to other people to validate their character, neither do they seek ego-boosting compliments or endorsements. They question their identity and scrutinize their core traits. It can take them a long time to feel comfortable in their own skin, though that is mainly due to the fact that they are unlike those around them. When they do find self-acceptance they are thick-skinned and resilient souls and nothing and no-one will sway or break them.

Old souls are often described to be in their latter stages of evolvement. They are believed to have cleared much of their karmic debt and have learned many tough, arduous and excruciatingly painful lessons along their way, although this lifetime they are not attracted to drama or conflict and instead they are magnetized towards peace, harmony and balance.

They often seem as though they are born before their time as their ideologies, beliefs, inventions, artistic expression, thoughts and unconventional lifestyles can all make them feel as though they are out of touch with their own generation. Old souls are often misunderstood, misinterpreted and misplaced in society as they have unorthodox characters which can seem eccentric, perplexing and bewildering to most.

Nevertheless, they are valuable and precious fountains of wisdom that are of immeasurable benefit to the world. Old souls are the free spirits, game changers, creators, charismatic leaders, curious beings, philosophers, truth seekers, peacekeepers, warriors with tender hearts, wild imaginations and those with gentle but unbreakable spirits.

Old souls are the ones who live quietly and discreetly, often as recluses, outside society’s safely sealed box. 

It can take a little time to get to know and understand these old souls that have journeyed barefoot on this planet many times over. However, if they choose to unravel and reveal their magnificent eternal spirit, they will realize their true purpose here on earth and that is perfectly attuned to the order of the divine. Their existence here on Earth in this exact era is for a higher purpose not only for themselves but to share the knowledge and wisdom they have accumulated so that it benefits and enhances the life of all living things.

Try the quiz below if the above aligns with your traits and characteristics, or pass it on to someone you think may be an old soul.

 

Are you an old soul?   Take the test..

Gun Control…


Across the country, high school students walked out of class on Wednesday to protest gun violence in schools while some remembered the 17 victims who died at the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., exactly one month ago.

Outside the White House, young protesters chanted: “Hey hey, ho ho! The NRA has got to go!”

Some students used the opportunity to say that this was their way of “standing up to Trump.”

The national organizers of the event called for a 17-minute walkout at 10 a.m. local time in every time zone. In some locations violence and vandalism erupted on campus during the protests.

At Antioch High School near Nashville, TN, social media videos captured a brawl inside the school. Outside, students can be seen tearing down an American flag.

In defense of their walk-out, many students claimed they were exercising their 1st amendment rights even though schools can discipline students for walking out of class, even for a political protest.

While the seeming solidarity amongst most students across the country seems honorable I tend to question their motives and intent as both seem a bit misguided.

Protesting the NRA and going so far as referring to it as a terrorist organization is completely ignorant and unjustified. No NRA member has ever been involved in a mass shooting scenario.

Instead I’d like to know where the outrage against the real culprits is being demonstrated.

Where is the outrage and protests against Broward County, Florida and federal law enforcement officials that ignored 45 calls that named the Parkland shooter as a potential threat?

Where is the outrage against the school which did not follow up on the tips they had collected on the shooter, including those from when he expressed his violent fantasies to his therapists?

Where is the outrage against the fact that the government did not have the information necessary to make it impossible for the school shooter to buy a gun?

Where is the outrage against the mental illness that makes these tragedies a reality?

Unfortunately it’s far easier to protest an inanimate object such as a gun. It’s far easier to protest the constitution or specifically to use the 1st amendment to protest the 2nd amendment.

It’s far easier to place blame on organizations that represent guns and the constitution such as the NRA. It’s easier to say this is an “American problem.” Even though it’s not.

The four worst school massacres in the history of EARTH (all used guns):

1. 2004-Russia 334 dead
2. 2000-Indonesia 191 dead
3. 2014-Pakistan 149 dead
4. 2015-Kenya 148 dead

It’s not a uniquely American problem. It’s a people problem.

Protesting high schoolers would do well to know that these countries have far stricter gun laws than the US.

They would also do well to remember that disarming a populace is always the first step in ultimate subjugation and even the threat of potential invasion………. Chad Pather

 

Giving Up Your Freedoms….


 

 

Most Americans have no clue about what is really going on in America today.

They are happy to go about their weekly routine without questioning their leaders or the watered-down narratives that are disseminated daily in the form of shallow sound bites on the nightly news.

Americans have become so ignorant — so insulated from the truth — that those who are even halfway awake have labeled all the others as “sheeple”… people who will blindly accept and follow any direction that comes from a person who’s in a position of authority.

And so the sheeple continue to drop their kids off at public school, drive to work, put in their eight hours, eat microwave dinners in front of the TV, and think of nothing else but “making it” to the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

Why are so many Americans asleep at the wheel?

All the while they remain oblivious to what’s happening behind the scenes because they’ve been trained to ignore anybody who contradicts their neatly packaged worldview.

“Conspiracy theorists!” they say, right before turning their brains off.

Why is this? Why are so many Americans “asleep at the wheel,” as it were?

As Eric Hoffer points out, it all comes down to what people want to be free from

PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES ARE BARREN AND INSECURE SEEM TO SHOW A GREATER WILLINGNESS TO OBEY THAN PEOPLE WHO ARE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND SELF-CONFIDENT. TO THE FRUSTRATED, FREEDOM FROM RESPONSIBILITY IS MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN FREEDOM FROM RESTRAINT. THEY ARE EAGER TO BARTER THEIR INDEPENDENCE FOR RELIEF FROM THE BURDENS OF WILLING, DECIDING AND BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR INEVITABLE FAILURE. THEY WILLINGLY ABDICATE THE DIRECTING OF THEIR LIVES TO THOSE WHO WANT TO PLAN, COMMAND AND SHOULDER ALL RESPONSIBILITY. MOREOVER, SUBMISSION BY ALL TO A SUPREME LEADER IS AN APPROACH TO THEIR IDEAL OF EQUALITY.

IN TIME OF CRISIS, DURING FLOODS, EARTHQUAKES, EPIDEMICS, DEPRESSIONS AND WARS, SEPARATE INDIVIDUAL EFFORT IS OF NO AVAIL, AND PEOPLE OF EVERY CONDITION ARE READY TO OBEY AND FOLLOW A LEADER. TO OBEY IS THEN THE ONLY FIRM POINT IN A CHAOTIC DAY-BY-DAY EXISTENCE. (THE TRUE BELIEVER BY ERIC HOFFER, P. 118)

Hoffer published these words in 1951 after observing the nature of mass movements, including what happened during the reign of the Nazis in Germany and the reign of Joseph Stalin in Russia.

Strangely, his words seem to apply just as much to today’s sheeple in America as they did to the political zombies of World War II and earlier.

It’s a little bit scary when you think about it, isn’t it?

Don’t be scared. Be prepared.
-Survival Joe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acceptance


Acceptance means embracing what is, rather than wishing for what is not. When we accept difficult realities, we are able to discover whatever positive feelings and experiences may be possible in that situation. We find ourselves more at peace and able to experience life more deeply. Even so, acceptance must be guided by discernment – learning how to tell the difference between what we can change and what we cannot.

 

Acceptance of our faults and the faults of others helps us to be patient and to avoid hurtful kinds of criticism or judgment. By accepting faults we become more able to trust and celebrate strengths. Paradoxically, acceptance often leads to growth because it creates a safe space for insight and understanding.