Well I've been in Tennessee for a second time now, and thankfully I have some exciting news to report! The property that Dean and Crystal have purchased, after much careful deliberation and communication, has become a viable home for the privshare project! Their desire to form community aligns very closely with not only my vision, but the shared vision of many of my closest friends and family. The vision for a community working together toward common goals: love, freedom, and a new earth. A place where healing can and does happen, where no one is ever concerned where their next meal will come from, and where everyone feels empowered to work at their passions unrestricted. This is the very beginning, and founders are being solidified. Not that you won't have a chance to join later, rather anyone that adds any form of equity will be a "founder" and consequently a co-owner. Many of the details and agreements, etc are still yet to be fully flushed out, as we understand that while the group forms there will be evolving needs to consider. The plan is to deliberate as a founding group on a weekly basis around these issues.
For the first founding people, housing will be available on the property coming in December. Crystal and Dean have ordered a 4 bedroom house and have offered three of the bedrooms for potential use of other founders. The house will serve as a launch pad for Founders to begin to build their permanent housing structures, and will eventually become an office for the farm/healing center.
In the interim, it's time to spread the good news! This land is intended for all those who are set on following or discovering their life path, and/or all who resonate with the ideas being embodied. This is a call our for any healers of all modalities, to consider helping at the ground level of a new community - poised to create a micro-chasm of love and balance as an example to the world of what can be done to remember our individual and collective power.
Burning Man, wow! It has taken some integration time for the beauty and love that I felt on the playa to make its way into my being. I had flown into Reno on the 30th, and unfortunately had mechanical issues on the first plane before takeoff, and so after a few hours we were given a new plane, and we arrived safely in Reno about 3 hours after the scheduled time. I then went directly over to the RV pickup spot, where the gate code I had been provided did not work (since I was too late). After a few tries, I called the emergency number. After some finagling with the person on the phone, they let me in & I got Winnie the Beast out and onto the street. Quickly I realized something was off, but wasn't totally sure what. I got Minnie level and then realized they had not plugged her in!! They not only promised to do this, but this was also a service that I paid them for! The most pressing concern was the fridge/freezer. Thankfully most things in the fridge were not needing refrigeration, so it wasn't a total nightmare. The freezer however had become an incredibly putrid mess of de-thawed and now color changing moldy, waterlogged (food?!). I was choking and throwing the food out of the RV, while cursing the company I left it with. When I initially opened the freezer, it of course spilled all over myself and the floor, so this incredibly nasty stinky water had also gone throughout the fridge & so the cleanup took some time. Finally I finished this endeavor to realize that my batteries were dead as well. As my rig was stored inside (with no sunlight to power my Solar panels) and they did not plug in the RV, it drained my 12v system to 6v over the 2 weeks. I know this because I checked the bluetooth monitoring app for the solar charger, which recorded the data thankfully. This sort of discharge kills batteries, and so that next morning I was off in search of a replacement battery. $800 later and I had a new battery setup and ready to go. I went back to checkout of the RV spot and get the other set of keys from the office, and was greeted without any sympathy whatsoever. I had expected to at least get the $15 back for the charging fee, but they wouldn't even do that! Instead they just defended their position, indicating it was somehow my fault. Phew, that really sucked - I got the number of the manager/owner but have yet to call as I feel it may just be easier to avoid their services again in the future.
Next I set off for provisions, then planet fitness for a quick shower, then I set off toward the Renegade Burning Man festival. As I got closer, there was an incredibly foreboding wall of smoke from the fires off to the west. This was intense to drive through & worried me about the conditions of the event. Thankfully I reached the other side of the smoke, and there was plenty of room between it and the playa. I stopped for gas at the last station in Gerlach before hitting a local pizzeria and then following a caravan onto Blackrock Desert. The city was "built" (located) about twice as far into the playa this year, so google maps was very misleading as it showed the previous year's location as well. Once at Blackrock City, I drove around to find my reserved spot, then checked out Izzy's spot (way in deep playa) but there was nothing/no-one there, so I went back into the city in hopes of finding a camp to join.
I drove around (now dusk) and spotted a camp that looked promising - they said it was all about vibes & offered me a spot to park next to another RV. I was greeted by someone asking about my vaccinations status, and upon informing them I hadn't yet had it, they immediately walked away in a hurry muttering something like "nevermind..". So, I peeked around the corner and asked if it would be easier if I found a different place to stay, and they affirmed yes immediately. Agreeably, I left to find a place that was more welcoming. I drove only a few feet it seemed, and I found a camp that had a tent that said "LOVE" and I stopped to ask if they could use another camp member. I met Deva & was offered a spot in their camp whole heartedly, despite being a total stranger. I informed them of my short timeline due to weddings back in Colorado that coming weekend. We walked the playa together on the 31st and the 1st, making our way around esplanade both directions. Interestingly, we were actually camped right on Esplanade & so that made for a convenient walkable location to almost everywhere! I danced, explored, met people, shared my RV bathroom, experienced gifting economy, and had a massive dose of appreciation and gratitude for all that life has to offer. Much of the gratitude for this experience goes to Deva, as she was so helpful in providing experience from her 5 past burns. It made the transition into life on the playa much easier.
After my ~ 40 hours in camp LOVE (not sure the actual name, haha) I set off for the rear exit. Along the way I checked for Izzy's camp again and there was still nothing/no-one there, bummer! So I made my way to the eastern rear exit, went over the train tracks, and spent about 3 hours driving through single lane dirt roads at very low speeds due to washboarding, dips, hills, turns, etc. I don't think many large RV's take this route... Finally I made it out to I-80, and started the trek back to Denver. I got about an hour outside Salt Lake City before I needed sleep, so I pulled over and rested until the morning & then took off again. I drove quite a bit the next day - about 10 1/2 hours (540 miles @ 65 mph max) but made it all the way home! The next day was Branden's wedding, which was so incredibly beautiful, full of love, and I'm incredibly grateful that I got to be a witness to their ceremony. This Saturday is another wedding (Willy) and I'm looking very much forward to witnessing that union as well. Such a special time in my life to see multiple friends in a state of love, and get to share in it with them.
*acknowledges this is a long post*
The next step of the Privshare journey has been a bit of a mystery to me. My struggle has been whether to focus on finding land or finding people - currently I've been successful in neither despite trying to do both. I've been getting signs from the universe to take it slow and not get too ahead of myself (i.e. buy land prematurely) but that that a slow steady pace is necessary. Of course this realization happens right as I find a beautiful piece of unrestricted land in Tennessee that's available within my price range. So as I plan to travel down this coming week to see the property, I will be praying that I act in accordance with divine will and timing.
In conjunction, spending time in community is calling to me. To feel into this way of living more fully seems critical, as being well rounded enough to understand the challenges from multiple perspectives and communities will help as wisdom for any group I may be a part of moving forward. I have a hard time determining which communities I'd like to visit, as most seem to offer a program or class as a means of entrance & while that may be of interest, I'm often more interested in simply experiencing the community sans any program or schedule. In addition, I find the costs associated to be somewhat prohibitive to visit multiple communities in this way. Ultimately it will require more work in communication on my end, but for now any recommendations on communities that would be worthwhile to spend 2-4 weeks with, would be of much interest! Currently one of my top interests is in the Damanhur community in Italy. I'm wondering if these spectacular and mature communities exist, what purpose or need will yet another community fill/serve?
Thankful for the Journey,
I've been back in Denver for 10 days and have felt into a bountiful cache of energetic revitalization. Finding balance in productivity, as well as relaxation has been helpful - as well as following my inner compass. Listening to the universe (who has been speaking ever so loudly it seems lately) has led me to various places, people, and conversations that have been affirming and necessary to the path. Feeling more aligned and connected, I'm ready for the next venture into Tennessee for a second pass. Intending for this next trip to be able to make an offer on the right land should it make itself available.
A large component of this renewed energy is due to the Traveling Shamans Camp that I had the good fortune to attend this past weekend. Thankful for an invitation from Ama, I was able to not only able to enjoy the multitude of classes and teachings offered during the festival, but I was also able to participate as a member of the bliss conscious community art troupe. I carpooled to the event with Quinn, and Jean Paul traveled with Ama, and the four of us held a beautiful space on stage for all ages to express themselves and to share in prayer-song. It was a weekend overflowing with meaningful connection to healers of all kinds. On the last day, I got bit/cut by a plethora of things: a stick jumped up while walking and cut my leg, I got bit by a few mosquitoes, I smacked my shin with a rain stick, I had a bee fly into my shirt while driving down the highway and sting me, and finally I had a spider bite my foot. It was a day full of mild injury/pain, and while thankfully none of it was overly traumatizing - I couldn't help but wonder why on this single day so much physical pain had befallen my body!?
The next steps on the journey will be flying back to Reno on the 30th, and making my way through the Black Rock desert for a quick jaunt at the Burn, before returning home to Colorado for the two weddings I'm honored to attend early this September. I'll be hoping to enjoy the Burn for the 31st and 1st, then driving back the 2nd and 3rd, to be ready for a wedding on the 4th, and then another on the 11th. In the meantime, I've been thankful for progress in my personal life - having some breakthroughs in therapy & growth in how I relate to others.
Missing you all & sending love,
I fly back to Denver tonight, and I'm very thankful to have a space to decompress and plan out some of the next stages of travel and project work. The last few days have been slow and steady. I started down from Northern Washington state, after my time in Oak Harbor - through Portland for a night where I returned a lost key to a new friend Samiyah, and then went to a community prayer/scripture reflection at the 18th Ave Peace House early the next morning. I got on the road and boogied down to the SF area to get into town in time for a good night's sleep and then to see Jess my ex-wife play electric guitar at Church the next morning! We enjoyed lunch and then I met up with my friend Emily that afternoon for a beautiful hike, some tarot and dancing along the precarious trail edge, and a drive through the Oakland hills to see an incredible sunset! The next day, I spent going through the storage locker I have in SF, pulling out the few things I can use right now and re-arranging the rest, so it's not as cluttered. Thankfully parking was again very kind, as I got a few lovely spots in the SF area and good luck with no major issues with Winnie during the stay!
On Monday I just happened to bump into a friend Cat who was off that week for their birthday & so we made plans to get together the next day. On Tuesday I met up with Cat for a birthday breakfast, then visited with Alex in the park for a few hours of dancing, stretching, yoga, conversation, food and sun... then I continued hanging out with Cat for the rest of the evening. We continued celebrating Cat's birthday with a tea ceremony, honest and authentic conversation, and a little dancing. It was beautiful to get to connect with someone so unexpectedly. There's definitely a lesson to be learned there about surrendering control to the universal flow. Oh and also Cat has 2 cats and they are so freaking adorable, omg I miss Mr Bubbles (my cat)!
Wednesday I got on the road toward Reno and made it as far as about Truckee for the evening. On the way through Sacramento I remembered I had a previous boss of mine that lived in the area, and so I called Charles and on the shortest notice ever, we met up for a few drinks and a tour of the Minnie Winnie! Those were a great few hours of conversation where I felt honored by banter that was both aligned and simultaneously offered new perspectives and ways of thinking. It left me feeling full mentally in a way I don't often experience, for which I'm extremely grateful. That night I got into the RV park late, and then checked out early. I made it into Reno quickly and have been spending my time in the area getting ready for my flight. So this means cleaning up shards of glass in the back of the RV, doing laundry, packing for the flight, making a list of repairs for the service center, etc. Speaking of service, I'm so extremely grateful for the folks at Admiral Toy Storage, as they are going to be holding my RV for me, as well as getting it serviced/repaired as needed while I'm gone. This is a life saver and quite unexpected given my first call with them. Initially they said that they have a waiting list over 50 people long & there was likely no way they could help. I asked to be put on the list just in case, but also took the recommendation for another service center in the area. I then called the second service center, and they were booked out for months as well. Miraculously the waiting list somehow panned out and I got a call saying they could take my RV for the dates I requested! It was serendipity. I will return from Denver to a safe and repaired RV, ready for the Renegade Burning Man fest for labor day.
Gratitude to the max and love out the wazoo!
Yesterday was intense. I went for a walk with Jordan, Dana, Clara and Calvin - we took a stroll through this cute little forest path, when we came upon a rope swing. Three problems: it appeared unsteady/Uneven , it was made with rather small gauge cord (enough so, as to raise the question of it's ability to hold an adult human), and the seat was elevated to probably 4 or 5 feet off the ground, making it very hard to get up to from the ground. I tried to lift myself by the cord, but it was too small for me to hold onto by itself, so I wrapped it around my hands, and that gave me the needed leverage to pull myself up. I then sat the weight of my body down on the seat, and at that instant my hands became crunched down by the lasso wrapped around them, now cinched by the weight of my body below on the 2x4 board comprising the seat of the swing. I then had to pull myself up again and off the seat, requiring a further strain to the already incredibly tight cord around my hands. At this point, Jordan quickly pushes me up against the tree, so that I can get my footing on a branch and then I quickly unwrapped my hands and climbed down. The initial visual inspection was pretty gruesome as the imprint around and into the base of my pinkie finger was very deep and scared me at first. I took some deep breaths as to not add a panic attack to the mix, and then over the next few minutes the blood-flow returned and I felt such an immense gratitude and appreciations for my hands, each and every finger. As I type this, I still have some sensation being affected in my fingers, specifically the pinkie and ring finger on each hand. It's subtle, but there's definitely a lot more healing to do. Thankfully I've had time and space to take it easy and recover. Now I'm off for a final evening with the Shamburg family.
Tomorrow I'm starting off toward the eventual destination of Reno, where I'm looking to store my RV as I've got a flight from the 13th to the 30th from Reno to Denver and then back. The flight was $124 and the gas would have been $750, so there should be room for savings doing it this way! I'll stop by Portland and San Francisco again on the way to Reno, then it'll be home sweet home in Denver for a few weeks. On one of the weekends in late August, I'm looking forward to performing at a shamans camp in New Mexico. Then it'll be burning man through Labor Day & I can't wait to take the Beast Winnie to the playa for some fun! Still trying to figure out who's coming with me.. as there are 7 theoretically sleeping spots in the RV. I've invited a few people, but I am still waiting to confirm with the only one person that seemed remotely serious. If you are interested in joining me at the Renegade Burn '21, please feel free to get in touch as I'd be glad to share the RV space with y'all!
Until next time, much love!
I ended up meeting with only two people of the four that I had expected to meet up with (as logistics and covid concerns were both factors) and yet I'm immensely grateful for the opportunity to get to connect with both my cousin Alison and my long-time friend Jordan & family. Getting to spend time with Jordan, Dana, and family has been a blessing - they have two of the cutest kids, a lovely house with 2 dogs & a spectacular view of the ocean! I had originally planned to park on the military base where they live, but the parking restrictions don't allow anything past 4 hours, so I just nabbed a local RV park spot for a couple nights to fill up the water tank and plan the next section of the trip, There have been a few communities I've reached out to about a visit, and only one has gotten back to me (with a polite decline due to lack of time), so I'm hoping to find a few on the trip back to Colorado that are able to accommodate a guest & lastly plan on finally stopping at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch after a long time having heard of them and wanting to visit! Until then I'll be relaxing and enjoying another day in the Pacific Northwest.
Happy Tuesday y'all,
Indeed I did get to see lots of friends in SF and I'm thankful for the time I got to spend with everyone! The six nights in SF continued to be blessed by incredible parking karma. The rear right window on Winnie however did not fare as well, as someone or something poked a hole in it, causing it to shatter. The first attempted fix (flex seal over the cracks and tape the hole shut) worked within the city, until I rolled the windows down on the highway and it created a draft that sucked the window into the RV, making glass go everywhere (again). I then taped the window and flex sealed that. It's temporary, and will definitely need a more permanent fix, however I'm learning to make due with what I've got.
During the time in SF, I did the essentials (picked up items left in my drawer at work) and also got to enjoy a lot of walking, stopping into various coffee shops and seeing new parts of the city. I got to offer some body work and also did some dancing, plus ate a few really tasty meals and had lots of great conversations too.
After some much needed time connecting and reconnecting with lovely humans in SF, I headed North again and made it into the redwood forested areas of norcal. This particularly beautiful pull-off just north of Leggett, CA was a lovely home for the evening as I enjoyed plant medicine within the most epic and large trees I'd ever seen. The experience was a magical and beautiful time with nature. Also I found an iPhone among the trees, and gave it to the park rangers when I saw them in the morning. I then set off for Oregon and made it to Medford that evening to meet up with another friend Ian and his new wife! We enjoyed dinner and drinks & caught up on life. Then I went back to the RV (was parked at walmart) and realized they didn't allow overnight at this location, so I found a spot in a neighborhood around the corner. I woke up this morning and went north further to Portland and met up with a friend Ryan for an afternoon of tacos, cannabis, and camaraderie. Tomorrow I'm hoping to meet up with my former co-worker John as well as my cousin Alison. Then Monday I'm off to Seattle for an evening with my friend Tory and then Tuesday meeting up with Jordan, an old friend, to park in his driveway and visit his family!
Hoping to find some interesting communities to visit along the way back home, and will definitely report on my findings.
Waking up in SF today was lovely! The chilly air was invigorating and reminded me of all the fond memories I've made in this place. The trip from LA to SF was interesting. I took off for Highway 1 on Thursday and got as far as Ventura (not far) before I stopped to get settled in for my therapy appointment (online). I went into a cafe to grab a drink before the therapy appt, and managed to lock the keys in the RV. I then spent half an hour using the cafe telephone to try and get AAA to come help. AAA of course transferred my call half a dozen times before I spoke to the person that would help me. After the owner of the cafe got frustrated at the store phone being in use for so long, I left feeling ashamed, embarrassed and frustrated all at the same time. Thankfully once AAA arrived, they got my door open and I was even able to make it to the therapy appointment on time. Ironically it was scheduled for 2 hours after the time I thought it was scheduled for, so I didn't' miss the appointment!
After this mini-debacle, I got back on the road and drove to morrow bay, where I spent the evening parked next to Morrow Rock (in the bay). I got woken up at 0200 by a police officer writing me a ticket for parking in this location. Apparently despite google saying it was a 24 hr parking lot, this was not a place you're "allowed" to stay overnight. That said, the $62 felt almost justified, as the scenery was incredibly beautiful and I couldn't think a more serene place to spend the night. I woke up the next morning and got moving toward SF. A quick stop for some breakfast and then I drove through the SF bay area. I stopped at my beer storage facility, my PO box, and then found parking right near my friend Alex who I'm staying with for the weekend. I felt so incredibly lucky to find a parking spot in the city only a few blocks away that's good for the whole weekend!
Thankful to be back in this special city, and hoping to get to see lots of friends before heading out on the road again!
P.s. enjoy the full moon tonight! & if you're in SF and wanna hang this week, let me know!
Spending a few days with family was quite nice. I got to uncover and process some childhood trauma, in a very validating way. I visited the beach multiple times, saw an old friend for sushi, and on Monday was able to schedule a visit to see Pine Manor with my Mom! We went up and visited Pine Manor, a beautiful spiritual and healing retreat center/community. It was at the top of a mesa - nestled on about 2 acres. I think there were about 14 structures on the property, with about 80% of them being either natural/earthen or made of recycled materials (Photos are posted). The amount of ways this property can be of service is vast, yet Gail (the owner) seemed clear on how important it was to be flexible to fill whatever needs are present in the community. It was a lovely time getting to share this with my Mom, who actually found Pine Manor and recommended it in the first place!
This morning I woke up and provided body work to my brother in law, before heading up north toward LA to meet my friend Felicity. I managed to get the Winnie into the hills of Bel Air, and parked in a rather affluent neighborhood - then enjoyed a low energy afternoon while getting settled into the new spot. The RV is parked a bit too far away for the internet to work, so I'm writing this from the serenity of a patio in the cool of the evening. This month seems to be flying by, and I'm mostly trying to trust the journey instead of judging myself for not doing/seeing/being enough.
Off to an early nights sleep,
I've made it to Southern California, and have been incredibly thankful for the journey so far. The drive from Albuquerque to Phoenix seemed rather long, but thankfully it was rather uneventful. Phoenix was hot, but not as hot as usual (95 instead of 115), so that was fantastic. After a couple days spent relaxing at Ryan's place with her extra snuggly cat Drogo, I set off for so-cal. On the way, I arranged to stop at the Down to Earth EcoShire. I had texted Jim about a potential visit, and the timing ended up being impeccable. We sat and chatted for a few hours while the sun went down, then walked around the property in the reduced heat of dusk. It was so inspiring to hear the story of how this literal garbage dump has been transformed into a beautiful ecovillage, complete with earthen structures. The breakdown is the breakthrough (if you let it), and Jim has surely done that. I again was greeted by a snuggly cat (Gandalf) while visiting: something I'm thankful for as I'm away from my own kitten at home.
Last night after leaving the EcoVillage, I arrived into Mission Viejo (where my sister and mom live) and today I have been planning out my next week in this area. Hoping to get some repairs done to the RV (really just getting the generator serviced would be amazing), as well as finding more communities to visit along the trip up north. As I've been researching, I found a place called SunBurst that interestingly comes from the same yogic lineage that has been intertwined with my journey across the past few months. Amaterasu is in this succession, as is Sudarshana the astrologer who finally read my chart (after many requests!) and finally through the unintentional finding of a book by Paramahansa Yogananda (which has been resonating strongly with me for some time now). I'm incredibly humbled by the amount of support that I've felt from the universe, and can't wait to create that same amount of support for myself and others.
Wishing you all a peaceful weekend,
Hello there! It's been over a week since my last update. I had a lovely breakfast/coffee with my former co-worker Meg & then went down to Bentonville, AR to see Zoe (my sister) again. On the way, I was moved by spirit to visit a rock shop & the second I walked in I was greeted by a beautiful piece of deep purple fluorite*. I inquired and thankfully got to take it home at an incredibly reasonable price. I enjoyed a little breakfast cookout with Zoe the next morning, and then picked up a massage table for my friend Felicity in Joplin, MO while I was on my way through (Bringing it to her in Cali). I stayed overnight in Hayes, KS at an RV park right across the street from where Winnie got repaired on the way out. Then once back at home in Denver, I was able to balance seeing a few lovely humans (meditation group, body work trade, final shadow work container, brunch with my friend Kat) & getting a lot done with the RV logistically to make life easier. Chief among this was getting solar installed: I now have 400 watts to charge my batteries! Also, I got a motorcycle carrying hitch installed, so I can purchase and ride a more agile vehicle while the RV is parked. Added a little "flex paste" to more properly seal the front left quarter-panel that blew off at the beginning of the first journey*, and added an inverter to make use of the solar & Minnie was ready to get back on the road!
Saturday (7/10) I left for southern Colorado to meet Sean & the Medicine Valley Ecovillage. I got in late in the afternoon & after a little imbibing we went for a short walk & maybe only 500 yards away there was a jaw dropping view of the Rio Grande carving out a canyon*. This bend of the river was picturesque in every way & felt incredible. After this, we toured the property & got to see beautiful plants of all kinds being grown with an abundance of love and care. Truly inspiring to see the beginnings of such an amazing project. Then I set off towards Taos to meet up with Ama and observe the start of the Dreamweaver/Bliss(?) space. I parked the RV at the community entrance, caught up with Ama & got to see Thystle too! (cutest lil black pug the world has known) I got to sleep-in late, and woke up naturally after a solid 6 hours. I was dancing around in my underwear around 10:30 AM when Ama and Michael came to say goodbye, which inspired me to just drive the whole way to ABQ in my underwear (so I did). Now I'm in Albuquerque where I met up with a friend from years ago: Ryan Fox. She's here helping her sister put down her cat & so we're splitting the RV until Tuesday evening, when we'll drive back to her place near Phoenix, AZ. I'll probably spend a day or two in AZ, then head out to the Southern California area. Lots of people to see there: Mom, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, friends, a new baby in the family, etc. In between all this I'm hoping to continue meeting like-minded communities along the way, so doing research on that today as well!
*Oh, and I've added a photo page - a simple link to shared google photo album: here*
Wow, so update time: The Cat Sanctuary Airbnb was delightfully healing! I ended up walking like 4 miles to the AirBnB in the heat with a huge bag on my back, so I spent most of this visit just sleeping. I heard from the tow truck driver and the mechanic that the burglar cut out the Catalytic Converter. This remains drive-able, yet it's extremely loud. I did confirm that the only needed repairs were the alternator and a battery. Given the break-in, throw in a new passenger side window, and it was actually quite reasonable for all the repairs. All-in-all it could have been a ton worse, and actually my renters insurance has already issued payment for the claim, so this is a small miracle! I stopped by and started the process for the Police report on the stolen items, grabbed some Ice Cream from the local shop & got out to my RV spot for the evening, just outside Knoxville. This morning when I woke up, I was concerned about timing for today, but then remembered I'm going into Central time and will gain an hour - neat! Hoping to stop by Nashville for a coffee, but will feel it out when I'm closer. Sleeping in St Louis tonight, then breakfast with Meg in the morning!
Welcome to July,
Monday morning and I've contacted AAA for the tow (now that the 48 hour waiting period is over) & then took a Lyft from Jack and Sorrell's place in Asheville all the way back up the Tennessee to put the keys in the RV so it could get towed. When I got to the RV I saw the hood for the engine was open (which I had not left it in this condition). Immediately I was suspicious, and upon getting closer I realized that the passenger side window had been smashed. A quick inspection seems that three main things were stolen: the electric SharkWheek skateboard, the DJI drone and the 100' power extension cable. Weirdly things like the Sonos speaker were left in place, and they may not have checked under the bed - so my stones/crystals were also left. Thankfully the stolen items are all replaceable and I hope/presume that no one was hurt. I took pictures and called the police, who told me to come in for a report when I can (as I'm without transportation at the moment, since the RV still needs fixing)!
As I write this, I'm sitting at Orchard Coffee in Waynesville, NC. I ate a delicious arugula strawberry candied walnut salad & drank an Ethiopian Cortado which was a delight. My lyft driver was a total blast & had such good energy - Olivia gave me her phone number to ensure I'd not be stranded around here (how sweet!!) and now I'm looking for the way I'll enjoy the day while waiting to check-in to my cat laden airbnb this evening. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that an alternator will be the only needed repair - but I've got a reservation to be here a few days as a backup either way.
Next major stop looks to be Colorado - by way of a few potential short stops: visitng a past Co-Worker and friend Meg in the St Louis area, my sister Zoe in Bentonville, AR, picking up a massage table to transport for a friend around the Joplin MO area & perhaps even stopping by Austin TX to visit my other sister Adara! Once back in Colorado, it'll be time for a re-group, repair and recharge for another leg of the journey! I'll hope to visit my new acquaintance Sean, from the Medicine Valley EcoVillage as well as visit Ama & Corey of Bliss Community and Balance Coach Club respectively in the high desert of New Mexico. After that, swinging through Arizona to see my long time friend Ryan & then on to southern California to see my Mom, sister Grace, brother in law Daniel, and friend Felicity! Then it's north to visit SF to: check in on my storage locker, update my beer locker, check on my PO Box, visit friends, and then head back to Colorado to regroup again (and see Mr Bubbles!!!).
Thankful for the journey,
So after a few more conversations, and some reflection - one core principle has surfaced as an important piece of the community I want to be a part of: 100% co-ownership equal among all community members. This is a core safety feature, designed such that all members are inherently and fundamentally equal on paper and in law as a equal owner of the land. Also an important piece of the equation is ensuring that there is an friction-less exit plan for any members that leave, so additional considerations around financial reimbursement in these scenarios have been rolling around in my head. To accomplish this, I think using a non-profit corporation would allow sufficient flexibility for this purpose.
And here's what my Friday was like: I left the quaint RV park and headed off to meet up with the lovely folks at "Our SAGE Community" (link here). Dean greeted me and Crystal was in and out with work. Dean and I walked their property and what a gorgeous 50 acres it is! Lots of ambition in the ideas, but also lots of heart it seemed to me. We ate some food, had some good chats, Worked on pulling the RV 5th wheel hitch out of the bed of Deans truck, and he helped patch up my RV a bit where it was coming apart toward the back left of the vehicle. Then I said goodbye and headed off toward Asheville NC. I made it about to the state line, before my battery died and then the engine/transmission died entirely. I then hiked the 3-4 miles to the nearest gas station for power, as my cell phone died after spending 90+ minutes on the phone with AAA, and they wouldn't help me since apparently I didn't have RV coverage. So now my lovely friend Jack and their partner Sorrell are headed to pick me up and bring me to Asheville to wait until the RV is tow-able (48 hour waiting period). I'm so thankful to have friends that're willing to pick me up in the middle of nowhere!
Until next time,
It's been a nice last few days - I spent another night in Arkansas, and got to visit with Zoe more, which was awesome! Then took off for Tennessee where I had planned to meet up with Jay (an acquaintance I'd met online as they were looking to start a similar type of community). Unfortunately it had sounded like the land wasn't in the right shape to build on, and so instead we meet up at a Wal-Mart in the nearest town Savannah, Tn. We chatted for about 90 minutes just standing in front of the store and drinking kombucha. It was a great conversation - lots of alignment in many ways. Then I went off and found my RV park spot for the night. The next day (Monday) I met up with Harvey from the Dunmire Hollow community. He was absurdly generous with his time and I was able to record the whole thing! (although at times the audio may not be great, as my phone was in my pocket as we're walking around the garden, so I'll edit it at some point). The conversation was largely around his work with both the community he's lived in for 47 years, as well as working with the FIC for over 30 years. This depth of knowledge was a delight to hear about as well as getting to ask questions as they came up! Our discussions were mostly around consensus voting models and mediation for conflicts, as well as financial components for structuring the community, and lastly making sure everyone has an exit strategy! After talking for nearly 4 hours, and weathering a severe but short thunderstorm, I left with an abundance of gratitude and appreciation.
I heard from Jay, and was invited up to another property that he's looking at as well. It'd be $10k down and like 1k payments in an owner financed deal - 70 acres for about 140k. I am conflicted about exactly the nature of Jay's intentions with the land (as I'm barely understanding my intentions my own self) so more communication will be needed here. That said, I've traveled from west to east Tennessee to see the land, as it seems worth investigating at the least. I'm not all that interested in payments, but think it's smart to keep all my options open. I'm sure I'll learn something that I can use to apply to looking at other land in the area, for example.
So now I'm sitting in the RV park I'll be sleeping at tonight, as well as last night. It's a quaint pull-off spot for only $20/night - Here! I'll be leaving right after finishing this post, to head down to the land to meet Jay and check it out. I am bringing the drone fully charged *gets up and verifies this by fidgeting with batteries and charger for a few minutes* so that we can get a good sense of the property from the air. I'm excited to get out in nature and view a supposedly gorgeous property with someone as knowledgeable in nature as Jay. This has been a great start to the Tennessee experience & I'm really thankful for this experience already.
-Their Warmness, the Luke
Addendum: I hiked into the property with Jay and it was beautiful! There was such diverse wildlife and beautiful streams and a pond! It's been overgrown by a LOT and desperately needs a lot of work, but there's already a cabin on the land and a camper, as well as tons of trees and coal! I got a few nice drone video's I'll upload when I'm back at my computer in Morrison, CO. Had lots of great chats with Jay about various facets of the potential community and still interested in exploring the opportunity further. My diet is not currently compatible with the other interested parties (non-meat eaters) and so that's a consideration of course. Jay is clearly a skilled in the outdoors and would be great to work with that way. Then I returned to the RV site to enjoy a fire and picnic with the neighbors while the sun went down - people pitched in various things; I brought chips and salsa. Super thankful for today, to enjoy such beautiful nature and get to ponder various potentials for community building with a like mind.
Chilling in Arkansas - Tennessee tomorrow!
A day of breathing and settling - got the RV water system *more* figured out, but still learning! After a breakfast at the airstrip in Bentonville with my sister Zoe, I found a spot for my RV with hookups & finally got to experience the full splendor of Winnie. She's got lots of life in her, but needs a fair amount of work at the same time... Oh and the transmission didn't need a new seal yet, as long as I'm driving her nice (aka under 65) then it shouldn't be a big problem. This feels nice - like it was meant to be a way of teaching me to slow down. Emailed back and forth with some communities in the Tennessee area & planning to meet up with Harvey from the Dunmire Hollow Community (https://www.ic.org/directory/dunmire-hollow-community/) as well as Jay with the New Earth Community (https://www.ic.org/directory/tribe-of-the-multi-colored-phoenix/).
After speaking with Jay, it sounds like the property is a bit more undeveloped than anticipated, and so it may be a bit different than anticipated, however I'm simply excited to get to the area, feel the vibes, meet people, etc.
Sitting at Breathe coffee shop in Hayes Kansas as I've broken down in the RV. I'm on my way to Tennessee to work with Jay - a local holistic practitioner in the Tennessee area. He's purchased a piece of land in the Lawrence county area, and I'll be there for a few weeks to aide in building earthen structures (and to learn about the area as well as the techniques). This trip has had some interesting events already, with the side of the RV ripping off a small forward panel due to wind within the first hour of travel, then a few hours later losing a fair amount of transmission fluid at a gas station, and then after filling it back up - I made it only another few minutes down the road when I had to pull over due to billowing smoke. I made it in to a garage that I parked and slept in back of (in the RV) & in the morning they let me know it wasn't something they could help fix. So after a recommendation to Augie's auto repair, I'm now waiting for a tow and then a diagnose/repair. Employing patience at this time as I was hoping to be in Tennessee by Sunday, so using the time to feel how I feel and rely on embodiment to guide this temporary layover.
If you're in the Kansas area and want to get some body work, let me know!? www.ritualhealers.com/luke
Update - They found a hose that is cracked, which was causing the radiator fluid to leak. Going to fix that & refill the Transmission to see where that is leaking from!? (Looks to be the front gasket, where it connects to the engine, so that's a larger issue) in the waiting room now & hoping to know more soon!
This is my last week before I retire from the capitalist society. The planning stages of the initial trip are barely coming into view now. I've been looking for distractions everywhere I can it seems, however perseverance will prevail.
Reading Scientific Healing Affirmations by Paramahansa Yogananda, and this quote stuck out:
"Sincere words of affirmations repeated understandingly, feelingly, and willingly are sure to move the Omnipresent Cosmic Vibratory Force to render aid in your difficulty. Appeal to that Power with infinite confidence, casting out all doubt; otherwise the arrow of your attention will be deflected from its mark."
FUCK that's powerful!
I'm working on the 'understandingly' - It's an evolving part of the journey, but chiefly - visualizing and understanding the vision fully. 'Feelingly' reads to me: the literal felt sense of what the words or affirmations would feel like once accomplished. 'Willingly' I read as surrender. So being willing to feel into your understanding seems to be key, and then *God* will have your back.
I think I'll need the assistance on this journey, so I'll be employing these three keys on the daily.
Until next time,
I'm in the last 3 weeks of my career, and I really can hardly wait to begin the next chapter. I've procured a van to travel in & will be fixing it up for commuting around this summer. I plan to visit a multitude of communities that are working toward similar goals as I am, to learn from them and ensure I'm not re-inventing the wheel - so to speak. This will be a time of exploration, and I hope to network with many people that have far more experience in this arena than I. All the while I'll be considering land options for where to begin this project. I'm super excited about Tennessee as their building codes are few and far between, with most counties requiring absolutely no permit or notice of any kind for constructing residences less than three stories in height. That level of flexibility should prove extremely useful in this endeavor. Additionally, I'm hoping to connect with Indigenous peoples for whatever region I am considering, to ensure the land use is in balance and harmony with the oldest stewards of the land.
If you know of a community that I could check out, please let me know!
Time to start,
I feel it's time. My desire to spend energy building the new earth is strongly superseding my desire to accumulate wealth (even though this was to be spent on said new earth). I've cashed out my 401k, I'm quitting my job, and I'm starting. The world can't wait much longer & I desire to get started today. That's why I'm leaving my job over the next 6 weeks, and will be transitioning to a full time effort toward community building. I'm rather scared in some ways, but feeling so called to this work that the excitement of the project is keeping things in balance.
Grateful for each of you & hope to work together soon!
So, I think a lot about what I want the community I live in to be like, but also I think a lot about how I can enable other diverse and unique communities to thrive in tandem (as we are a part of the whole system and any conflict that exists upon us exists upon all of us - in my opinion). Anywhoo, I think a community of communities - a web of webs - interconnected through shared morals that allow flexibility around those things which should not define us (sexuality, gender, race, color, almost everything) , but instead allow more full expression of those unique beautiful differences, within safe, intentional, nature focused, sustainable and regenerative communities that have the peak of technology integrated into the earth based daily practice. If we use the vast amount of technology that is already available, we can solve nearly any challenge with the currently more precious resources: intention and commitment. However it feels that now people are driven to build the new world, and this I think is key - the time and place are critical factors for success. The wealth inequality in the world is so great now, that the top 1% are making at minimum 10 times the median income. (about 50k & 500k relative)
I make gross about 180k a year, I work in tech - cyber security - and feel that's a ridiculous amount of money to make. Of course, I want to share this with others, as I see this abundance as a blessing or a curse (and it's my choice). I want to bless and heal the entire world, empowering and enabling others to walk their path and spread loving awareness everywhere. I currently have been blessed with the vision of a healing center, one not confined to the traditional ideas of healing, but one where all modalities flow together. Using pricing models based on income (such as 10% of previous months take home earnings for a day of healing) we can service a wide variety of clientele and still operate with abundance. If 1% of people are the 1% (which I think the math supports, haha!) then for those clientele an average night would be ~$7,000. For me, it'd be ~$900 and for someone at median it'd be more like ~$300 and continuing on from there. So with the potential for such an overflow of monetary blessing, every cent that doesn't go towards the healing center, will go toward purchasing land for co-ops with aligned morals and vision, to enable the growth of that network of communities. This would serve as a generator for replicating the moral alignment (with nature, ourselves, etc) and subsequently allow reclamation of the earth for those who feel the same.
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