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Meet The 100 Year Old Man Who Built The Venus Project: The City Of The Future

Somewhere amidst the lush greenery of central Florida, lies The Venus Project: a tropical paradise of the future.

The beautiful model city was designed and created by Jacque Fresco, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

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Jacque is a self-proclaimed social engineer, and Futurist- “scientists and social scientists whose specialty is futurology, or the attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present, whether that of human society in particular or of life on Earth in general.”

The Venus Project is the start of what Fresco likes to call,  a ”resource-based economy.”

The 21-acre property had humble beginnings, starting out as a tomato farm for Fresco and his family. Now, however, Venus Project devotees visit from all over the world, even as far away as Australia. The buildings, infrastructure, and ideas Fresco has implemented are revolutionary, to say the least.

Dome-shaped buildings are used for several reasons: they require less material to fabricate, the shape gives maximum support and strength, withstands extreme winds and even earthquakes, and they are made from concrete so no trees will be cut down to make them.

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Fresco believes he has the perfect working model for the City of the Future. He told Bloomberg this city will be run without the use of money, and there won’t be any politicians. Continue reading

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The True Origins of “420″

So here we are on April 20th, national weed day or the international stoner’s day. Where did this tradition come from?

420 is an urban custom that refers to the yearly consumption of marijuana and cannabis and a way to identify with cannabis culture. This is celebrated every year on April 20 and also daily at 4:20 in the afternoon. A group of high school kids in San Rafael California who dubbed themselves the Waldos because of their hangout wall/meeting place outside of their high school used the term back in 1971 for the first time.

The phrase began when the students were looking for a rumored abandoned marijuana crop and they met at the Louis Pasteur statue at 4:20 to try to search for the crop. After several failed attempts to find the crop they just started using the term to describe marijuana smoking events in general. A writer from High Times was responsible for making the story a cult phenomenon. There are also stories about Grateful Dead practice sets in San Rafael that helped spread this like wildfire.  

weed smokerThough the term may only date back to 1971, the use of cannabis in spiritual celebration and ritual does not. In fact, cannabis is known to have been used in India and Nepal in the Vedic period, somewhere between 1500 BCE and 2000 BCE. There were even references in Greek mythology to a powerful drug that eliminated anguish and sorrow, thought to be cannabis. The herb is also associated with the ancient Norse goddess of love, Freya. Our modern word ‘Friday’ comes from ‘Freya’s Day’, which we still associate with letting loose and enjoying ourselves at the end of a hard work week.

One cannot write on the history of cannabis without mentioning the Rastafarian influence. The Rastafari see the plant as the sacramental and profoundly beneficial medicine that is the Tree of Life depicted in the bible. Peter Tosh referred to it quoting Revelations 22:2, “…and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of nations.

forsaleToday the marijuana laws are becoming a lot more relaxed. There are at least 23 states and the District of Columbia that at this current time have laws legalizing marijuana in some form or fashion. There are also four states including DC that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana is becoming decriminalized in many more states and I’m sure it is only a matter of time before it will be legal everywhere in this country.

Today we have public and private 420 celebrations all around the country. This may very well be one of the most important holidays of the year for cannabis connoisseurs. Given the herb’s history as a botanical aide for the enlightenment for mankind, it may be a celebration for something more divine. Enjoy today, enjoy the creation, and enjoy the blessed herb.

Forest & Alistair 

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So We’re “Awake”… Now What?

The great window of 2012 to 2015 or so was a period of time in earths history when a vast number of people said “I want something else with my life!”, and made a change in their lives. Some made smaller steps and some made bigger ones, but nevertheless, there was MOTION!

But now that we’re on the other side of that window, and all of us are feeling like we have a pretty solid grasp on the world and its ways… We are “Switched ON”, so to speak… Where do we go from here?

What is next for us?

There are a lot of conversations we NEED to have. Conversations about the environment, conversations about the state of our current systems, about the health and basic necessities of mankind and the earth.

It’s obvious the current systems don’t work, economies are collapsing all over the world, there is so much war and malice both on a global and inter-personal level… why don’t we all just change direction?!

That’s ultimately the question, isn’t it? Because no matter how many of us seem to get together and communicate… At the end of the day, we’re still voting for liars, putting up with mind-rape advertising, giving our money to the government every year to go to WAR with…. and spending our days working jobs we don’t want to do! Raise your hand if you fit into that description in any way, shape or form?

Now look at all of the hands.

See?

And yet, despite all of the efforts of brave and powerful souls all over the planet, the IRS doesn’t seem to be shutting down anytime soon. That’s not a revolution, that’s the OPPOSITE of a revolution… It’s a quicksand of energy-sucking that brings EVERYONE down and makes EVERYONE feel bad.

A lot of people will tell you that it is up to YOU to decide how you feel, but that is only half accurate, because I promise you that if I we didn’t have to deal with problems relating to the existence of dollars, and could spend our time making things that we were passionate about, we would be having a very difficult conversation now, wouldn’t we?

And yes, by We I mean You and I. 

But seriously, what are we all supposed to DO?! Bringing it down to the ROOT, like one of the last daily divination suggested, is the concept that brought me to this article today. There are so many of you out there, reading, watching, listening or looking in some way, shape or form. You’re seeing this, it’s entering your field of consciousness, that’s gotta say something right?

Why my voice? Why not someone else’s? Why this moment? For what purpose do we share this communication? What are we meant to do?

A lot of people would then end it here with a plug for their book, kind of like the ending of The Cove. Did you see that movie? They show you an hour and a half of dolphin slaughter and then once you’re all reared up about one of the most purposefully cruel acts humanity has done since the murder of Christ…. Your solution is, go and buy the DVD.

Come on. I secretly plugged my book paragraphs ago, and we’re only just getting started. 

We can’t do this anymore! And hey, I’m even suspect of doing it myself! We’d work really hard on something, put it all together, launch it, and then crash and bail because the vibe wasn’t right, and back to the drawing board. The only difference was, we genuinely tried. This time, We means me and my closest and most cherished of companions… Who you have yet to formally meet.

“Hey, crash and burn what?” You may ask…

Why, building a community of course! You know, it’s not as easy as it sounds… Mostly because, we were doing it differently than we’ve seen it be done before, and had to figure out a lot of things just about the energy between people before we could begin connecting with anyone else.

In the end, it will be the very connections themselves that bring us together, and even that, (making connections) is easier said than done.

But think about it, what is the other option? Are we supposed to be satisfied with the way the governments of the world treat us? Slavery didn’t go away you know, it just changed its form. Are we supposed to be happy with the way people treat each other? And For this, we all need to look at ourselves. WE are the ones treating others the way we are, and we are accountable for that. When we judge, or insult, or insist something be your way without a clear understanding of anothers, it brings the whole vibe down for everyone! WE do this too, it’s not JUST the governments… It’s all mixed together. They perpetuate that behavior, and we perpetuate them existing.

Because we COULD get slightly more conscious jobs but is that the bridge from here to there? If we’re still submitting to a group who claim they are there for your best results and then syphons all of your energy away…  Ugh, not cool! And no, I don’t think it is the solution myself.

It feels to me more like the answer is to translate your JOB into being something that you’re passionate about doing. And sometimes, the pathway from where you are, to “there“(where you want to be) is not clear. Sometimes you have to make a flying leap. That’s a huge step and sometimes scary for people. So scary, that why risk it when you’re safe, despite perhaps, overwhelmed and uncomfortable.

Doing something differently like that WILL change your life, no doubt… But sometimes the direction of the cosmic winds are far more powerful than you can imagine… and lifting thyself from where you were may land you in somewhere you hadn’t expected…

For the truth is, each and every one of us is born with a special, radiant gift. Something we can do, something we are passionate about, it is our own element of FIRE. It is what you live for….

And when LIVED FULLY – That gift creates incredible things here on earth…

We just need the freedom to actually go there, and be it. That takes courage… and strength… Embarking on a new journey is not always easy, as you enter the world of unfamiliar.

This is a world of growth, and a world of magnificence.

And a world where you are the creator along with everyone and everything else.

When everyone steps together, into THAT… will really see things change. If we wait too long, we will undoubtably see some disasters take place first.

This is the conversation we need to have.

What is next for us? What do we want the world to look like? What are we willing to do? How are we willing to change? You will say “I am ready! What can I do!?!” and then you must listen. Not to me – but to You. Not your ego or your thoughts…. but beyond that… the higher self through your Heart…   They, that part of You, are your guiding star, and it only takes listening to your own heart to hear what they say.

Sure, it might sound funny. Of course, it might sound ridiculous. Science will ridicule it, despite my earnest explanation that it is the wavelength of thought and emotion woven together through the center of your being and radiating to a macrocosm inside and outside that creates ripples in consciousness through time and communicates through the same channel. Thoughts and Emotions are non-linear just the same way Atoms are non-linear, and one day a passionate scientist will demonstrate this, in fact, some already are. 

But really, this is all a part of the big conversation we need to have as a species. I say species because the barriers of countries are just… well, they are really separated and that needs to open up a bit, and I know that’s like a HUGE task to even try and discuss how we could all do that would be like… Wow. Huge. That would take someone ascending and then flying around shouting at everyone that things are not the way that they seem! 

And truthfully…. where are we going to have it?

Facebook? Google? Twitter?

Or do we need to build something new?

Because quite frankly the comments section of the Spirit Science website is laughable as a place for beautiful and real conversations that shape the way we think about the world. I’ll be suprised to see comments on it, because mostly its spam!… Regardless, that is something I am very interested in participating in.

At the end of the day, there’s a great big beautiful future right around the corner if ONLY we choose to go there! And we have to go there TOGETHER. It’s not a solo journey… it is unified with All!

Thanks for reading!

With love,
Jordan

Program Your Mind Into a High Vibrational Frequency

How to Be Mindful: 4 Important Techniques

What does being mindful mean? You may have heard of mindfulness meditation but what does it mean to BE mindful? Mindfulness is defined as the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. Being mindful means to have that awareness of everything around you. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, “mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

baerefoot woodsMindfulness practitioners learn how to pay attention on purpose by practicing specially developed mindfulness meditation practices & mindful movements. Being mindful is an intentional way of being that you can cultivate on a daily basis. Being mindful means to be conscious and aware of all the things around you and how you affect them.

For instance, I live in a house that has a basement apartment below. I try to be conscious of the noise that I make and since I stay up very late at night doing things like writing articles I try my best to not disturb people sleeping in close proximity to my activities. I am careful not to wear shoes in my house and to walk lightly on my feet. 

As a young man, I was taught by rainbow family elders to tread lightly in the woods. Not only does this mean to physically walk lightly, meaning on the front of your feet and not on your heels, but also to be aware of WHERE you step, HOW you step ,and even WHEN you step. Basically, this just means to be aware of how you affect your surroundings.

Another way to practice being mindful is with your voice. Not only can one take care in what they say but HOW they say it. The volume of one’s voice can also be important.

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Do you use an inside voice when you’re outside? You may not get heard or may get asked to constantly repeat yourself. Do you use an outside voice when you’re inside? You may be so loud that you become annoying without even knowing it.

Being aware of your surroundings and the vibration you are putting forth in those surroundings is very important when being mindful.

There are many ways to become more mindful and mindfulness meditation is one of those ways. There are many mindfulness meditation resources on the web. Here are some tips on being more mindful…

  • Pay attention to your breathing. When all else fails always return to this tip.

  • Try to notice everything that you are doing when you’re doing something specific. For instance, if you are taking a shower notice the sound of the water, the temperature of the water, the smell of the soap and any other thing that you can sense. If you are eating notice the texture and the color of the food, its taste, its smell and texture.

  • Focus on the things that distract you. Pay attention to where you space out, for example, being on the computer, driving, doing household chores. Focus on bringing more awareness to those moments of distraction.

  • Be aware of people around you. Notice their eyes, their clothes. Take advantage of every moment and compliment someone or express affection.

 

Imagine a more mindful world!

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The Mountains Are Calling

Think about what it would be like to spend a week in the mountains, learning from modern practitioners of ancient earth skills. Think about taking that knowledge home and using it to ground your diet to the earth in the same ways that your ancestors did. If you’ve been wanting to actually learn about living with the land, this spring in Asheville, N.C. might be the time to do it.

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Local practitioners and teachers of permaculture, such as Wild Abundance, hold weekend gatherings and week long intensives like Ancestral Foods Cooking Class at their homesteads, where hands-on skills are shared by true teachers of the ancient crafts.

 

Botanists, herbalists, foragers, and homesteaders flock to these mountains, as they are the oldest on Earth and make up one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Being able to explore these beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about the forest and its secrets is one of the most profound experiences you’ll find. It connects you with more than just your food, it connects you with the spirit of these mountains and the life to be found in them.

 

The permaculture and homesteading movement offers a chance to break out of the dependent consumer cycle that is killing our planet and our spirit. We owe it to ourselves to learn how to unplug from that. Taking back the food you eat is a great place to start.

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There are those that say switching to a diet of simple, raw, wild ancient foods and foraged foods have miraculous health benefits, including relief from common illnesses to more advanced diseases such as diabetes and even cancer. But the fact of the matter is that eating off the land just tastes good and feels good. You will soak it up and enjoy it in your every cell. You’ll feel happy and healthy and juicy and nourished and you will love it.

 

The permaculture movement also offers hope of a world that marries 21st-century technology with the ancient skills of cultivation and stewardship over ourselves and our land. Our ancestors developed these skills from a loving, nurturing, reciprocal relationship with the earth.

 

Here in Asheville and the surrounding areas, you will find a celebration of these values and the sacred lands that it occupies. Join us this spring as we celebrate the ancient ways with the gifts and wisdom of these mountains.

 

 

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The Hidden Truth About Racism

We are moving in the direction of a socially unified world.  Races are expressions of consciousness.  They are perspectives.  They are not who anyone is.  But in today’s modern world, discussion about race has become taboo.  As a result, we cannot have the crucial conversations we need to have in order to create a socially unified world.  The time has come to make the topic of race and racism, no longer taboo.

What has never been talked about before is the fact that pain is not just felt by the person on the receiving end of racism.  In fact the root of racism is pain.  We do not develop resistance to a specific race unless we feel as if that race is a threat.  So the question we need to be asking is, what is the perceived threat?  What pain is hiding behind each specific case of racism?  Until we address this pain, we will find no resolution.  But if we find this root and begin to directly address the perceived pain that caused the racism in the first place, we can actually create resolution.

Like it or not, we all hold racial stereotypes.   If we can face these stereotypes and admit to the pain behind them on both sides, racism could actually become a thing of the past.

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If the mind assigns meaning to racial stereotypes that causes the being to feel threatened, prejudice, discrimination and antagonism is the result” 

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