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The Most Isolated Island on Earth Wants Your Help Designing A Self-Sustaining Town

There’s a small island in the middle of the atlantic ocean, completely desolate from everything except for lots of water. The Island, named Tristan da Cunha, was first inhabited back in the 1810′s as an outpost by the British to stop a potential escape by Napolean. When that didn’t happen and the military were called back, a few folk stayed behind to establish life on their beautiful desolate volcanic island.

jgl7rwrrck3n0wso1aqgSo on Tristan da Cunha live a small community of about 270 people who love life so much that when their island volcano exploded in the 60′s, their evacuation to Europe only led them to understand that their personal and connected way of life was way more awesome, and came back to rebuild it. (Yeah, pretty much all of them too).

The name of their town? Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. (no joke.) 

The Tristan Islanders did indeed return to their own simple life before the very eyes of an amazed, dismayed, and somewhat insulted Western World… It was as if our whole ethos and way of life had been put on trial, and had failed.

See, they make everything there. Absolutely everything! They have no choice. Importing and exporting is a chore, considering their lack of airport and single harbor that is only available to use 60 days out of the year. No, instead they grow their food, create their own clothes, and anything else you could imagine. They do it together, in community, and with a genuine love and respect for each other which has allowed them to sustain life there for over 200 years.

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Thanks to a slow trickle of other settlers, Tristan slowly grew into its own tiny community, self-sufficient to the extreme. Without regular contact with the rest of the world, settlers had only themselves and the land to depend on for everything from produce to clothing to materials with which to build boats and homes.

So what’s the problem?

Well, as the modern world is becoming more connected through the internet and other communications technology, the island of Tristan is also in need of some revamping for the 21st Century. Everything from their harbor, to their electricity, to their internet.

And this is where you come in! To coincide with the island’s 200th Anniversary in 2016, the Tristanians are very interested in the ecological transformation of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, and are looking to the modern world for help. Design Teams from around the globe are invited to participate in a design competition that is looking to demonstrate what a self-sustained ecological town of the future could look like and how it could work.

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The competition is seeking innovative, cost-effective approaches for the re-design and consolidation of the Island’s government buildings; initiatives to significantly improve the living standards and performance of residential properties; together with improvements to the Island’s agrarian systems to better support grazing and the year-round growth of fresh produce.

Think you got what it takes? 

Thank you to Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan for her well articulated and longer version article on Gizmodo.

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Who are you really? Discover the real you with these inspiring words from Alan Watts

“You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way a wave is something the whole ocean is doing.” -Alan watts

Alan Wilson Watts was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. He was profoundly influenced by the East Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Buddhism, and by Taoist thought, which is reflected in Zen poetry and the arts of China and Japan.

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The Secret To Awakening

i1If you’re like most people, you live almost entirely in your mind. There’s a constant internal dialog going on, the mind always talking to itself. “I need to do this…”, “What if that…”

As soon as one thought is finished, another pops up. This is going on non-stop, so much so that really paying attention to all these thoughts would start to drive you nuts, so all the thinking starts getting pushed into the unconscious where it goes on automatically, habitually.

This is dangerous though, and the fact that nearly everyone else is doing it too doesn’t make it any less so. Your thoughts influence enormously how you perceive your world. In new age jargon, this is the “you create your reality”.  Continue reading

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How To Transcend The Perception of Separation

lucid dreams - spiritual awakeningHow do you communicate Oneness to people who believe they’re separate?

It’s an interesting challenge with no simple answer. I’d like to share the joy of Oneness with everyone, but I have to appeal to their illusion of separation to even begin communication. It makes things rather complicated and confusing to switch back and forth between these different perspectives.

For instance, we talk about Source Being Everywhere and Everything, but then we also talk about reaching Source. Do you see the problem there? It’s a contradiction, though a better word for it would be paradox. How can you reach what’s already everywhere? You don’t, and “reaching Source” is simply a shift in perspective. A realization of Source’s omnipresence.

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5 Ways To Help Save Mother Earth

Although most of us are well aware of the damage that our lifestyles are doing to the planet, there is still so much we can do to reduce the amount of waste and consumption in the world today.  We tend to get into the habit of living as though we have unlimited resources, and the planet suffers as a result.  Mother Earth is so gentle, beautiful, and full of magic.  The least we can do is do our part at an individual level.

For most of us, the majority of our food comes in packaging that gets thrown away, and though some of it is recyclable, much of it is not.  Our mailboxes are filled with unnecessary credit card applications and advertisements that often just get thrown away, even though we don’t need or want them.  Our cars still burn gasoline when electric and hydrogen cars are already available, and we are chopping down the lungs of this planet (rainforests) at an alarming rate.  Everywhere we look, we see waste.

The following list contains a few helpful things that we can do for our Mother Earth.  If we all enforced these 5 micro lifestyle changes into our daily lives, the world would start to improve over night.

1) Buy organic

Organic farming is done without the use of toxic pesticides, and is done mostly with non-GMO seeds.  Not only are these alterations and chemicals dangerous for you, but they are also dangerous for the planet.  When pesticides get into the soil, the leak into our water supplies tampering with our drinking water.  Animals other than insects are also poisoned by the pesticides, impacting the entire ecosystem.

2) Use reusable Bags

Buying a reusable bag can save hundreds of plastic bags per year per person.  In fact, approximately 1 trillion plastic bags are used and discarded each year.  If millions of people were reducing the production and disposal of hundreds of plastic bags a year each, that would make a huge difference.  It also sends a message to the other shoppers that being Earth conscious isn’t so hard after all.

3) Stop eating animals

This may make some people uncomfortable, but leaving the moral issue aside, it is the most environmentally destructive industry on the planet.  Yes, eating meat is a personal choice. But it’s not a good personal choice.  In fact, its the most destructive personal choice you could make.  Let’s look at some facts.  We are normally taught that to reduce our carbon footprint, we should ride bikes more and walk when we can.  But does this really make a difference? According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than all cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, and trains combined. It’s also a leading cause of methane production and is responsible for 65% of all nitrous oxide in the air, a greenhouse gas which is almost 300 times more destructive than CO2.

70% of all freshwater in the world is being used as drinking water for livestock and to grow feed for them, resulting in 34-75 trillion gallons of freshwater used annually.  Only 5% of all freshwater is used by private homes. It takes, on average, about 660 gallons of freshwater to produce just one hamburger.  That’s the same amount of water that is used for two months of showering!

Ever wonder where all of the cow and pig waste goes? 130 times more animal waste than human waste is produced in the US each year, which has already puled 35,000 miles of rivers in the US.  It’s also a waste of space that we could use to grow food for people and building housing, as 45% of the earths entire landmass is occupied for livestock purposes.

75-90% of all deforestation is caused by animal agriculture, to graze livestock and grow feed for livestock.  In fact, over 130 million acres of rainforest, the lungs and life of our planet, have been clear-cut so that we can eat meat.  At the current rate, it is about 1 acre per second.  Animal agriculture is therefore not only the leading cause of deforestation, water waste, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, it’s also the leading cause of animal habitat loss and species extinction.

The list of environmental impacts caused by the meat and dairy industry is endless, and not consuming meat remains the number one way you can help save the planet.  A person who follows a vegan diet produces half of the CO2 emissions, 1/11th of the oil, 1/13th the water, and 1/18th the land compared to those who consume meat. An easy way to save the rainforests, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, end water pollution, and save 1000 gallons of fresh water a day is to choose a veggie burger over a meat burger.  Plus, killing 6 million animals every hour worldwide when we don’t need to is not being very kind to Mother Earth and the beautiful life it created.

This is by far the most destructive industry on the planet. But the good news is, it’s an easy fix!  Less meat, mock meat, or no meat is all it requires to make the biggest difference you could possibly make.

4) Purchase “green” cleaning and beauty supplies

Buying non-toxic cleaners made with nature ingredients is a good way to cut back on our environmental impact.  If we can buy products made from biodegradable materials and recycled materials, all the better. All natural soaps, shampoos, and make-up products are also available, and are much healthier for your skin.  You can rest assured that the companies you give your money to are making an effort to do their part in protecting the environment.

5) Plant trees and gardens on your property

Help add more foliage to our planet.  If everyone in the US planted just 1 tree, that would be an extra 318 million trees helping to clean our air. Not only are plants beautiful to look at, they provide oxygen to our planet.  And why not plant an apple tree or pear tree and eat organic fruit from it each year?

These 5 ways to help save mother earth are all very practical and make a massive positive impact.  To help save our planet, we have to look at Gaia as a beautiful creative force that gave rose to both you and me.  If we look at the planet as a randomly evolved rock filled with randomly evolved lifeforms, we may not feel as compelled to change our actions as we would if we understand Earth as a divine expression.  Life is so beautiful.  Let’s do our part to take action and preserve it.

Thanks for reading!

Steven Bancarz,

Team Spirit

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The Illusion of The Astral Dimension

DigitalLightBeings1The astral realm can be a rather complicated place, and as such it has many different names. It’s called 4D, the mental realm, the void, limbo, purgatory, and it’s where all the religious heaven/hells “exist.”

The astral realm can be anything you believe, your preconceptions influence it enormously. You want to see shining cities of light, you’ll see that, if you want to see hellish realms, you can see that too. If you approach the astral with fear, it can become a nightmare.

Your own thoughts are projected onto the astral, kind of like a movie screen. If you’ve ever had a lucid dream, this is exactly what’s happening. You’re in your own little part of the astral realm, and you can make it into whatever you choose.

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The astrals are a realm playing with illusions. It’s largely an imitation of the physical realm as it can be a huge distraction on the path back to Source, and people often get caught up in the astral realm.  There are many who believe they’ve reached 5D, but never actually raise above the upper astral. They have these preconceptions of what 5D is supposed to look like, and the astral realm becomes those preconceptions.

The inability to get past the astral realm is what keeps people trapped in the cycle of reincarnation. If Consciousnessdoesn’t raise up to 5D, they get caught in the cycle and get another chance to learn the lessons they missed in the previous incarnation.

The mind cannot raise above the upper astral, as the mind itself is an astral entity. Consciousness can go anywhere, but the mind cannot get to 5D.

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You cannot think or believe yourself to 5D, this is why we put so much emphasis on going beyond the mind. This is why the whole practice of meditation focuses upon stilling the mind, so the Being can witness something More.

5D doesn’t create memories either, 5D is either part of your Present Moment or you’re missing it. You many create memories about 5D, but they’re always pale reflections of the Reality. In fact, even memories of the physical realm are very limited since your perception is so limited. You see only a teeny tiny part of what’s really happening, and on top of that your mind interprets that tiny part into a mentalknowing to create a memory. It’s just a one-sided story a long ways removed from the fullness of the actual experience.

True freedom doesn’t exist in the physical realm, nor does it exist in the astral. Freedom in it’s purest state transcends concept altogether.

 

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