Have you put your feet in the dirt lately? Did you know that the earth carries a negative charge, and that you may actually feel better if you take five or ten minutes to stand barefoot in the dirt (or even in the grass)? Some people call this “grounding”, and for myself, has been a wonderful way to feel better after staring at a computer screen, or being on a cell phone, all day. Most objects on the ground carry a positive charge, and so by actually physically connecting with the earth, you can “stay balanced” electrically (we are energy).
The earth, and us as human beings, have an amazing connection. Just like we depend upon the earth (and universe) for energy to power up our computer and phones, we also rely on the earth to feed ourselves, and to of course, to have a clean water supply. There are many people in our country, who do not have the time to go and take their shoes off to stand in the dirt – there are arguably people who have never touched the earth’s surface with their bare feet – and it is my hypothesis that this creates people who are out of touch with the planet – literally and figuratively.
Until to put your feet in the dirt, or take your shoes off and put your feet in a stream or creek – you may not realize just how powerful the phenomena is. It is my goal to get as many people as possible taking their shoes off and taking 10 minutes to stand in the dirt. If you can actually get out on a trail, out of the city, that is even better. If you can put your hands in the dirt too, and plant something or grow something to eat – that is the next step to connecting to your power source – agriculture. But just a little bit helps – I bet you will see positive health benefits.
Why on earth would an agency charged to “regulate” agriculture need machine guns? Or any guns for that matter? Isn’t there something horribly wrong with this picture? Can you imagine farmers and ranchers doing anything on their property that would require this particular government agency to have these high-powered weapons?
Unless a farmer or rancher is physically harming someone else – physically beating or using force against another person for any reason other than self-defense – there is absolutely NO REASON that weapons should ever be used by any government agency against its own citizens. And there are already law enforcement agencies charged to take care of such a situation – like the County Sheriff.
We have people screaming about gun laws for the safety of citizens – what about the applicability of these gun laws that already exist for our own government officials? Shouldn’t they have to follow the same laws? Isn’t the government made up of individuals just like you and me? What makes somebody who works for the government any better, smarter, or capable of managing a weapon used for mass killing?
I hope you take a moment to sign this petition at the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund – and stay involved in this debate. There is absolutely no reason that ANY government agency or official should have these weapons that could be used against our own citizens. It is frightening – and we can stop it.
Today I took my abuelita (little grandmother) to church and watched as many people, many years my elder, hug and shake hands with one another. You could see them quickly catching up with one another, sharing updates, sharing consolation, sharing love.
When disaster strikes, we can call on “the government” to help us, but it is really the people who surround us – in our community, our church, our favorite non-profit organization, our favorite local store – that “save us”. It is our neighbors, our customers, our vendors, and our friends who hug us, who cry with us, who help us to rebuild. These are individual people – we as individuals hold the power to help one another.
There is an entity called “the government”, but it is really just a collection of individuals – those people who work in government have families, have communities, and have souls (for the most part), and act as individuals as well.
What is the difference between a collection of individuals in a community and a collection of individuals acting as “the government”? Well, it is the use and ability to use force – the force of law, the force of punishment and incarceration if laws are broken, the force of death if you run from a law that you broke. The difference between a collection of individuals in a church, and a collection of individuals who work for “the government” is the use of force.
I don’t believe that force should ever be used unless it is to protect one’s life. Force should not be used to protect the IRS’s collection of taxes, to protect the EPA officials who use drones to spy on farmers’ land, to protect Monsanto from the deadly repercussions its trans-genetically modified seeds may create. The use of force should only be used by individuals to protect individuals – not as a collective force acting as “the law” and as “the government”.
When disaster strikes, we can only save ourselves. Anything that “the government” does for us, as people, involves the use of force and should be used sparingly. Most of our everyday problems as individuals could be much better solved by smaller groups of people acting in our community, County, and State. It happens naturally – it will continue to be how we truly solve the problems facing our economy and culture.
When disaster strikes, “the government” responds (eventually) and tells us what they expect us to do, how to behave to get their help, and only offer what they think we need. When your family, friends, neighbors and people you have never met respond and step up, they ask what you need and then find a way to do it. No limits, no rules, no restrictions…who do you want to help you in your time of need? A heavy hand or a helping hand?
Love is powerful. WE are powerful. We do not derive our power from government – we derive our power from loving each other. In the times ahead, please remember how much power you have.
– Tisha Casida
Each of us makes a difference. Each of us, even in our own little world of stocking shelves, serving food, driving trucks, delivering goods, tapping on the keyboard, and talking to friends and family – each action that we take is profound.
The government is made up of people – human beings – that can be changed (or manipulated for that matter). We – you and I – are the people that can make our government exist of people who cherish liberty, our natural rights, our right to protect ourselves, our right to express ourselves freely.
We do this by our own little interactions – in our community, in our town or city, and in our County. We can participate in State and national politics – but our real power is with our small circle of 10 or 20, who we can trust, who we can talk to, and who we can build our armies with.
To a very rebellious 2013 – let us rebel against the evil powers that seek to destroy, and instead – cherish, promote, and empower the creative forces that embrace peace and prosperity. Let us rebel against collective rights, like political parties, who have their own agenda. Let us rebel against the manipulative monetary system that erodes the wealth and property of all people. Let us rebel against the tyranny that seeks to destroy our light, as free and loving people.
Rebel with me, and let’s use the amazing power that we have – for good.
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There are probably few better role models than that of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter what religion or spirituality encompasses your framework and world-view, looking at Jesus Christ as a person, based off of a well-known book called The Bible, shows that he is just the type of guy that many households could use right now – as a friend, a companion, a confidant, and a freedom-fighter.
As people who cherish liberty and our natural rights to do things like eat the food we want, maintain control over our property (including our body), and defend and protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm – we embrace individual rights. We embrace taking responsibility for ourselves. As Michael Badnarik eloquently points out in his lectures and Constitution classes, he says “I am King” – and that each of us, as individuals are Kings. We bow to no one. We are responsible for ourselves and cherish ourselves as individuals. This is unique to most forms of governments in the world – our country is still very free.
In Luke 17:21, Jesus is talking about where exactly the Kingdom of God is, and says that it is nether “here” nor “there”, “because the kingdom of God is within you” (New International Version Bible, 1984). Stop looking around – God is inside of us, and we are the Kings of our lives. And, as Badnarik would say, “It is good to be King”.
Jesus is the kind of friend that would not cast judgment on a person – he ate and drank with thieves (thieves at that time were the tax-collectors) and prostitutes, he was nice to everyone – he loved people where they were at. Like most of us who cherish liberty, we oftentimes find ourselves preaching to others, but we respect people’s individual choices and would never use force to change the behavior of another. Love versus force – a big gap in how to encourage behavior amongst our fellow men. I opt for using love to encourage behavior – not force.
Religions use “sin” as a word to cast judgment and prove “wrongness”. In Greek, “sin” literally means to “miss the mark”. And oh, how so many of us do miss that mark. Morality is subjective – there will be no agreement amongst humankind about right or wrong – but we can all think of ways that we “miss the mark”. In America, that mark is remembering that we are powerful individuals, and that our natural rights must be intact for us to not be slaves.
Jesus turned over the tables of the “money-changers” and was a rabble-rousing truth-seeker that caused problems for “the King”. Those money-changers (like the Federal Reserve today) and thieves (like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)) were called out by Jesus – for their robbery of the people. They were eroding the wealth and property of the people, and Jesus had enough of it. He did not lay down, he did not shut up, he spoke out and eventually his life was taken for it.
There is no better way to celebrate this holiday (again, regardless of what you believe in as “God”) than to celebrate the rabble-rouser whose birth so many celebrate. So, this Christmas, I wish to you a merry time with friends, family, pets, etc. in celebration of the birth of a man who made enemies of those who would keep us on our knees.
What is your greatest fear? For me, after a lifetime of struggling with my own fears and worries, I am working on letting go of fear as much as I can. Because fear stops me from accomplishing things that I want to accomplish.
After so many fights, in my own mind – of being scared of death, scared of war, scared of terrorists, scared of God – I let go of my fears. I decided that I would spend my time loving my walk on earth, versus being terrified of all of the things that could go wrong while I am here.
Fear is the basis for most of our legislation, most of our laws, most of our communications from the media. Fear sells – it is arguably the most powerful human emotion – it is built in our DNA – to react to situations that are dangerous. We can’t change that. What we can change, if we want to create a better and more peaceful life for ourselves, our family, and our community – is how much we allow fear to control our actions. And that is something that can only be done on the individual level.
All of our great teachers and leaders have let go of fear to do something great. You may not like all of these people, and there are certainly character flaws in them (and us) that could be argued with no conclusion. We all have different likes and beliefs and don’t agree on everything. But it is true that these people were not afraid of death, and not afraid of speaking out against the people who keep us on our knees.
This year, for many people, the election is not about Right versus Left, Conservative versus Liberal, Republican versus Democrat. For many people, this election is about attempting to find people who are not corrupt, people who want to be public servants, people who do not want to make a career our of “politics”, people who will represent all of their constituency, and not just the people who belong to a particular party. These two sides pull us back and forth – stating the fears we should have if “the other party person” gets elected.
The truth is – these politicians from both “sides” are mostly all the same – they mostly all find ways to keep us on our knees. They mostly all work on legislation that erodes the rights of the individual, and they mostly all stay silent about the forces that have destroyed our economy – the erosion of the value of the dollar, the Federal Reserve System (inflation), and the corruption of the banking and financial industries that are in cahoots with representatives from the government.
If there is one thing that will save us and preserve the liberties that are unique to our country (although they are quickly being whittled away) – it will be the separation from acting in fear and instead acting out of love. Our enemies cannot control our outcome when we detach from their fear-based agendas. You and I are powerful people, and if we understand this and believe it – we can work together to make sure we ensure health, prosperity, and safety for our kids and grandkids. So what is your greatest fear? Can you let go – and work with me to find solutions?
Sometimes I feel like a criminal. Sometimes I get parking tickets for somewhat exorbitant amounts of money (at least they add up), and sometimes I get pulled over to make sure I have my papers – license and registration. Being on the road so much, it is also very easy to see that many others are subjected to these checks – to these methods of revenue-generation.
Our police force, sheriffs, and state patrol are a group of men and women who are charged with (swearing an oath upon) some means of serving and protecting the people who they live amongst. Unfortunately, it oftentimes seems like their purpose is to write as many tickets as they can for as many statutory (not constitutional) laws that are created at a local, state, and federal level. It is more about revenue-generation that serving and protecting.
More than once I have seen a law enforcement officer speed by someone on the side of the road who is obviously having a problem to go and write a ticket to someone else. Maybe the ticket is for speeding, for not wearing a seat belt, for expired tags, for a burnt-out headlight, for no insurance – but whatever the reason, it is not to “serve and protect” – it is to generate revenue. Yeah, maybe if the person is going 20 MPH over the speed limit – they may be endangering others, but how often does that happen? Most of the time, people get pulled over and written tickets for crimes that are by no means crimes. We are not criminals, and it is a shame that we are starting to feel that way.
I had a very pleasant experience one time with an officer who really was trying to “serve and protect”. My infraction was minor, he was kind and courteous, and just warned me that others in his field may not be so kind. For the first time I did not feel intimidated by the law (as well as I shouldn’t because I am not a criminal), but I actually wanted to participate in the process. To serve and protect – why is that not painted on our law enforcement vehicles anymore? And I mean OUR vehicles – it is our taxpayer money that pays for those police cars, and pays for the salaries of the law enforcement officers. They are OUR public servants – and should be serving us by protecting us from real criminals – from people who threaten the life and limb of the American public.
I have often said that our country has one big social problem. And I defer to that when debating because it is spiritual in nature – why are we on the planet, who do we answer to, why do we have values, and what is the all for?
For myself, as a sovereign individual seeking liberty so that I can pursue happiness, I think the whole point is to love, to create, and to take the high road while learning important life lessons. I do not think that fear creates anything, I think that fear is the opposite of love, and I think that it is impossible to walk on the high road when you are afraid. And I think that fear is what so many people, organizations, and factions of government use to get their various agendas through.
Example 1 – Peak Oil, Global Warming, and Fossil Fuels
I envision our wonderful and beautiful planet as a living and breathing entity (because it is). As humans, we have had the opportunity to live on and populate the earth for some time. As of late, it can be argued that we are doing some awful things to the earth – and we are. But that shouldn’t make us afraid to use the earth’s resources responsibly, that is what these resources are there for. The earth regenerates – much like we as humans re-generate billions of cells on a daily basis. To say that resources are finite and that we should be fearful, is a bit misleading – it may take many years to reproduce these resources (minerals, petroleum) or to see these resources become clean again (water), but the earth provides, and the resiliency of nature is beyond our human comprehension. We should not be afraid of using our resources – what we should do is have local oversight over resources and allow for regulations to be made at a State and local level (much better than a federal or international level where it is difficult for agencies to be accountable and transparent). When public lands are leased for responsible use of resources, citizens in these counties and States should be the direct beneficiaries of the monetary gain (instead of governments). If citizens in the county benefit from responsible resource development, they will be much more apt to participate in the discussion concerning development and regulation.
Example 2 – Abortion
There is a very real and serious problem with abortion in our own country and around the world. It is nothing short of tragic, as the ability to conceive a child and to give life is a miracle and divine. Pro-life groups advocate making abortion illegal, and the problem is that laws do not change human behavior – only people making conscious choices affect human behavior. Causes of this epidemic include poverty, a welfare state with no repercussions for personal choices and individual responsibility, the erosion of the family unit (made possible by the first two causes), and a complete disconnect from our own human bodies. As a woman, I am incredibly in tune to my body, however, many are not. And this disconnect feeds the disease and the actions of people – who pollute their body and who find it easy to abort a living and breathing being from their very womb. No federal or state law will truly fix this problem. The only way to solve this is by creating positive environments for the developing young woman where she is healthy, pays attention to the divinity of her female form, and makes conscious decisions about what to put in or take out of her body. It is the cultivation of love within a human, that makes them change their moral behavior. No law, no angry vitriolic attacks, no heavy hand of government will ever cure the pain and fear that allows for the violent act of abortion to take place. Individuals acting in their communities, in their churches can foster the loving environments necessary to curb this behavior.
We are so disconnected from our planet and from each other. Right and left, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, all pick out issues to violently defend and profess – using fear and using hate. This disconnect from responsible and conscious decisions made with love; and the disconnect from having faith in each other and this planet, is our one big moral problem that affects every issue that we debate.
We have a chance to drop the caustic rhetoric and work together to love more, benefit our local communities more, and create a healthy economy and environment to improve our quality of life. And that is a win-win-win for all of us.
What defines an extremist? What defines extremism?
“As a government, we are working to prevent all types of extremism that leads to violence, regardless of who inspires it. At the same time, countering al-Qa’ida’s violent ideology is onepart of our comprehensive strategy to defeat al-Qa’ida. Over the past 2½ years, more key al-Qa’ida leaders—including Usama bin Laden—have been eliminated in rapid succession than at any time since the September 11 attacks. We have strengthened homeland security and improved information sharing. Thanks to coordinated intelligence and law enforcement, numerous terrorist plots have been thwarted, saving many American lives.” —President Barack Obama, August 2011
How is it possible to prevent extremism that leads to violence – regardless of who inspires it? What must be done? How do you know who to stop and when? This most recent Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) out of Washington, D.C. leaves those definitions pretty open.
This is about definitions and who is defining them. Most of us would agree that “extremists” who go and kill others (including themselves) are dangerous. What about people who are extreme in their rhetoric but would never hurt anyone? Freedom of speech allows us to speak up and out as long as we are not violating anyone else’s right to life and liberty. What if those people who speak up are called an extremist? Are the Occupy Wall Street crowds engaging in extremism? Are the Tea Party crowds engaging in extremism? Are Ron Paul followers and supporters engaging in extremism? Isn’t it up to the person to decide whether or not these people will engage in violence? Before a crime is committed – who has the power to actually know what people are going to do? Law enforcement and our government are not God and do not know everything. Why are they the ones to decide who is being extreme and whether or not those people may use violence BEFORE IT HAS EVEN HAPPENED? Isn’t that dangerous to our freedom to express ourselves?
I take offense to this and these definition because I myself have been called a “radical” and an “extremist” because I really truly believe in the Constitution of the United States being the control mechanism to keep our government in check. I have also been called these names because I have given up everything to be able to try and speak to others about it. I have even been called this when I say that I believe in Jesus Christ, as he walked and taught us while on this earth. And if someone tried to kill me for any of these things, I would fight back. Does that fit their definition of extremism? Am I now the enemy?
These are questions you should ask yourself. Even if YOU don’t think you are doing anything – what if someone who didn’t like you decided that you are? What if they then tell local law enforcement what a dangerous and extreme person you are? Are you now the enemy?
Just reminding you that we have more freedom right now than we may ever have again, and you better use it.
“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”
– George Washington