"I saw that the reason I want to leave Oklahoma is related to the lack of community that I feel here. I saw yesterday that it’s not just me. Each and every one of us is trapped in the prison of our own consciousness. Writer, Paul Rogat Loeb, in his book The Impossible Will Take a Little While writes, “In isolation, imagination can breed obsession and estrangement. Shared imagination, by contrast, leads outward to other people. It is more likely to encourage engagement.”
Societal problems become insurmountable when people believe that they are suffering alone. I want to keep the momentum of yesterday’s rally going by encouraging connection with others. In this election year, I want to focus on creating public forums where people can feel safe enough to talk openly about our commonalities where ever I go. A strong sense of community transcends ethnicity, sexuality, religion, socioeconomic status or any other label. Why? Because it shifts our focus. Community is about coming together as the social animals that we are. I almost need to write a thank you letter to our idiot legislators; if they were doing their jobs well I would never have discovered how much I care for the people of Oklahoma! If anyone needs me, I’ll be in Tulsa fostering progressive human relationships."
I am a girl who likes her drink. And thus I end up with lots and lots of empty bottles in the recycling bin every week. I have often thought there must be something I can do all these but what?
Candlestick holder? Vase for a measly rose? Join a jug band?
Kinda lame (jug band excluded). If only I could just get rid of that stupid, narrow neck, I would be able to put it to such good use. After trying to smash the neck off a couple times (yeah, don’t do that), I started to explore my glass cutting options. After some poking around, I was delighted to find out that I wouldn’t have to invest in pricey glass cutting equipment after all! I didn’t even have to go to the store to pick up any supplies. String? Nail polish remover? Fire? In spades at Casa Sandra. And whole process is so quick and easy I don’t know why I didn’t know about this a lot sooner.
Now before I go on any further you have to promise me you’re going to be super careful. K? SUPER DUPER CAREFUL. Sharp glass, highly inflammable liquids, very hot fire? There are only about eleventy billion things that could go wrong. Do this on the kitchen or bathroom with a sink or fire extinguisher nearby. Pay close attention, don’t be lazy and you should be good and still have a roof over your head at the end.
Now let’s get to it. First, you will need:
- An empty liquor bottle you have washed out thoroughly.
- A bucket full of cold water
- Butcher’s twine
- Nail polish remover WITH acetone (please make sure you don’t get non-acetone remover meant for fake nails)
- Sand paper
- Lighter or match
STEP ONE: Wind the butcher’s twine around the bottle where you want to the cut twice. Tie off and cut excess string.
STEP TWO: Take the string off of the bottle and place in a little bowl or cup full of the acetone nail polish remover. Make sure it gets nice and saturated with the stuff. Then fasten the string back on the bottle just like you had it before.
—->ACHTUNG<— Get a paper towel or dishcloth and wipe off any nail polish remover that might have dripped down the bottle. THEN wash and dry your hands thoroughly. I mean it, Mister.
STEP THREE: Now. Here comes the fun/scary part. Hold the bottom of the bottle with one hand and light the string with other.
STEP FOUR: Turn the bottle on its side and slowly rotate it around to make sure you distribute the heat evenly. Once you see the fire is about to burn out (about 10-15 seconds), quickly dunk it (top first) into the bucket full of cold water. The fire should be completely extinguished and you will hear a pop! When you pull the bottle out of the bucket, the top half should be gone! Tada!
(If it’s not that probably means you didn’t let the string burn long enough. Just try again.)
WAAAAAAIT! You’re not done just yet. Those newly formed edges are really, really sharp. You don’t want to end up in the ER and get stitches after all that.
STEP FIVE: Gotta sand those babies down.
Ahh, much better.
OK. NOW YOU ARE DONE. So easy and gratifying, no? Look at that spiffy new vase, planter, cup, thingy holder you made.
Makes a great last-minute gift. People will think you are magic. And don’t you go throwing another glass bottle away again or Captain Planet will cry a thousand tears.
Occupy Austin Guerrilla Gardeners make one new public garden every week. Some have been destroyed the city, others remain and are sprouting vegetables. We have had run ins with park staff who are confounded by our activities and threaten us with police who never show up.
We do this to make people rethink notions of food, of where it comes from, of who produces it. We do this to make people rethink the use of space and the concept of property. We do this to make people rethink the concept of labor versus employment. We do this so you will do it to.
Year 2012 according to Sai Baba
Excerpt from a 2010 interview with Śri Sathya Sai Baba
Question: Have you heard of the year 2012 like a year where something will happen?
The truth is that the planet has been changing its vibratory state, and this change has intensified since the year 1989 where the magnetic poles have moved the last 20 years more than the past 2000.
Well, in one way there are several prophecies that signal this date like a term or important conclusion in the history of humanity, but the most significant is the end of the Mayan calendar, which prophecy has been interpreted in different ways. The most negative ones think that during this year the world will end, but it will not be like that, it is known that during that year a new era will start, the Age of Aquarius.
This has to do with the rotation of the whole solar system (solar cycle) that goes passing through the different eras each one of them lasts 5125 years. The era in which we now are, called the Age of Pisces, started on the year 3113 B.C. and ends on 2012. If there is a change on the earth’s magnetism, there is a change on the consciousness and also an adaptation at the physical level for this new vibration. The changes are not only on our planet, but also affect the whole universe, and today’s science can verify that.
Inform yourself about the changes on the solar storms (that are magnetic storms) and you will see that scientists are up to date with these things, or ask about the movement of the magnetic poles during the last years, and airports having to modify their instruments.
This change on the magnetism translates or it’s perceived as an increment of light, or an increase on the planet’s vibration. For you to understand it easily you must know that this vibration is affected and intensified due to the consciousness of all human beings. Each thought, each emotion, each new awakening of a human being towards the consciousness of God elevates the vibration of the planet. This might seem a paradox, due to the fact that the majority sees around themselves more hatred and misery, but this is not so.
There are many, even if I would like them to be more, that are trying to get out of darkness to grow and become a better Son of God. I have been saying this on previous messages, each one chooses where to focus the view, and those who only see the darkness are focused on the drama, the pain and the injustice. If you don’t see the spiritual advancement that humanity has made it is because you haven’t focused on it, but if you do the right work and liberate your mind of the negative you will open a space where you will be able to manifest your divine essence that will put on the focus of what is really happening with humanity and the planet. Humanity is elevating its consciousness as never before.
Question: But how!…Can’t you see the darkness?
Yes, I see it, but I don’t identify Myself with it, I’m not afraid of it…How can I fear darkness if I see such clear light?…Of course I understand those who fear, because I have also been standing where I could only see the evil.
This is why now I feel love for all of that. Darkness is not a force contrary to the light, it is absence of light. You cannot invade the light with darkness, that is not how the principle of light works. Fear, drama, injustice, hate and sadness only exist in states of darkness, because you can’t see the global context in which your life develops, and the only way to see from the light when you are there is through faith. Once you have increased your vibration and frequency (state of consciousness) you will be able to see towards darkness and understand what you have lived.
Question: But…How can You say this if there is more evil in the world everyday?
There is not more evil…there is “more light”, and that is what I’m talking about on this message. Imagine that you have a room or warehouse where for years you have been storing your things and is lit by a 40 w. bulb. Change the bulb to a 100 w. and you will see what happens. You will see the mess and the dust you didn’t think existed. The dirt will be clearer. This is what is happening, and this makes possible that a lot of people are reading this without thinking of it as foolish, like it could have been some years ago.
ou noticed that today lies and deceit come to the surface faster than before? Well, to access God’s understanding and life’s functioning is also faster than before.
This new vibration of the planet is what is making everyone nervous, depressed or sick, because to be able to receive more light and to rise to that vibrational level, people have to change physically as well as mentally, they have to change the way they think and feel, and delete or eradicate from their lives such beliefs or parameters that generally differ from reality or that take them towards the negative side of things.
You must put your warehouses in order, because each day you are receiving more light on your consciousness and even if you want to avoid it, you should start putting your hands on the project and start the cleaning or decide to live in the middle of the dirt.
This change creates physical discomforts, pains on the body, on the skeleton system and most of the time; the medical tests can’t find the reason or illness that provokes it. Generally they relate it with stress or nervous states; nothing farther from the truth, because these discomforts are provoked due to negative emotions accumulated during our lives, fears and anxieties that you have carried with you always and that now have the opportunity to transcend and transmute. It’s about that dust accumulated for years that you are now seeing, for it to be cleaned.
There will be nights when you will wake up and stay up for a few hours…don’t alter yourself, read a book, watch TV, meditate, don’t fight thinking there is something wrong with you, it’s the new vibration of the planet that you’re assimilating, you will go back to sleep and the next day you will not feel a need to sleep more. If you don’t flow with this process properly, the pains will be more intense and you will be diagnosed fibromyalgia, which is a name that medicine has given to these pains that have no visible cause and or which they offer no treatment with concrete results, they only give you prescription for antidepressants and this makes you escape the opportunity to change your life.
One more time you chose which reality you want to live, only this time the drama will be more intense and of course will be the love. If the Light is increased, also is the lack of need for it, this explains why there is so much irrational violence during the last years.
We are living the best time that humanity has ever lived, we will be witnesses and actors of the biggest transformation of consciousness that you have ever imagined.
Inform yourself; wake up your unrest for these subjects. Science knows that something is happening; you know that something is happening; we all know that many changes are happening in many levels. Be a conscious actor of these changes and don’t let them take you by surprise because you don’t know what is happening.
"A little man with sharp, distinctive features and a mane of hair beginning to turn grey entered the room. It was Ravel. Someone introduced me to him. When I expressed my pleasure at the opportunity of shaking hands with as distinguished a composer as himself and called him maître, Ravel snatched away his hand as if I had been about to kiss it and exclaimed, ‘Oh, please do not call me maître.’ He was an extremely modest person. I do not doubt for a moment that Ravel was perfectly aware of his great talent, but he hated any sort of homage and did whatever he could to avoid all attempts to honour him."
Dance sequences from 42nd Street (1933), choreographed by Busby Berkeley.
“Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?”
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
“Puer aeternus is Latin for eternal boy, used in mythology to designate a child-god who is forever young; psychologically it refers to an older man whose emotional life has remained at an adolescent level. The puer typically leads a provisional life, due to the fear of being caught in a situation from which it might not be possible to escape. He covets independence and freedom, chafes at boundaries and limits, and tends to find any restriction intolerable.”