Spiritual Agroecology: Human Healing, Transformation & Spiritual Growth through Agroecology
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
There are parts of ourselves with which we have not reconciled ourselves. We project that outside of ourselves and create "the others." "The others' thus are nothing more than our creations, our selves. Then we want to build a walll to separate ourselves from ourselves. Sew much pain and delusion inside of us. The only way to take down the outside wall is to heal the inside of us!!!!
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Hridaya Yoga, My Yoga School in France!!! The Real Yoga, the Spiritual Yoga!!!! Home HRIDAYA-YOGA.FR
IS IT TRUE? ARE OUR THOUGHTS TRUE? IS WHAT WE SEE, HEAR, TASTE, TOUCH & SMELL TRUE? IS OUR PERCEPTION TRUE?
Perception is projection!!!! A Course in Miracles. https://acim.org/ All we ever percieve: see, taste, touch, hear, smell, is the projection of our own thoughts outwards!!!
Is it true? Are they true? No! It's just a projection of our thoughts!!!!! Lol!!!
The truth is within us, only the light within, that energy witihin, the wisdom, profound knowledge within us. The deepest parts of our self. The Self itself!!!!!!!!
Be still and you can touch the truth! Perception is not the truth!!!!!
Byron Katy GOT IT SO RIGHT WHEN SHE ASKS SIMPLY IS IT TRUE? https://thework.com/ She gets us to be still and settle into a deeper wisdom inside of us wherein lies the truth beyond these thoughts! And then we know simply it isn't true. It isn't true! And what we precieve is nothing more than the thoughts projected outward. We call this reality. Isn't!!! It isn't true. Its just thoughts!!! Reality is within us, the deepest parts, wisdom, truth, knowledge within us. Be still and turn in. Go for a walk. Whatever you do to connect with the truth within you. Perception is projection. What we percieve is nothing more than the projection of our thoughts. Your liberation is at hand!!! Is it true? Close your eyes and ears, be still, and ask it is it true?
Friday, April 2, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
My Father: Fathers do not die. Love never dies and its power radiates through all subsequent generations and all I meet!!!
One of the most important people who made me who I am!!!!!! The best part of me is my father!! Humble, generous, helpfull to all, no ego, (still working on that one) hard working, easy going, funny. He was not perfect! He was better than perfect. He was real, and he taught me love did not need to be perfect. It needed to be flawed, so I could learn to love him too! DIVINE!!!!
Fathers do not die. Love never dies and its power radiates through all subsequent generations!!!
"The healer does not heal. He lets healing be." (My father and my grandmother and my grandfather and all the neighbors in my community where I grew up.) Thier presence was the healing. A Course in Miracles via Eckharte Tolle
Sunday, March 28, 2021
"This Place is A Dream. Only a Sleeper Considers IT Real then Death Comes Like Dawn and You Wake Up Laughing at What You Thought Was Your Grief!!!!!//"Este lugar es un sueño. Sólo quien duerme lo considera real, entonces la muerte llega como el amanecer y te despiertas riéndote de lo que creías que era tu dolor". RUMI
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
(English/Espanol) "My Life in Havana, Cuba!!!!" Me with Neighborhood Children at My Hairdresser's Rogelio Conde in Lawton in Havana!!! Rogelio is the Hiardresser of the Stars in Cuba!!"
(English) Visiting children in Lawton, Cuba in the summer of 2008. A neighborhood of Havana. My hairdresser
and best friend’s neighbors!!!!!! The famous Rogelio Conde, Cuban hairdresser for the stars!!! Cuba has
very strong communities! No one has moved since 1958. Neighbors are like extended family.
It very much reminds me of the neighborhood I grew up in from 1958 to about 1963!!! I lived in the house
with my grandmother, uncles and my father and mother!
My father had grown up there! Everyone knew everyone and we were in and out of each other's houses!
My father's best friend, Junio and his family, lived across the street.
His children were my best friends. My father drove the same cars from that era that the
Cuban people drive today!!!
And the men in Cuba remind me so much of my dad! Stocky and masculine with white tshirts on, the
sleeves rolled up to the middle or top of thier biceps My dad always carried a pack of pal mals in those rolled up
sleeves, but I have never seen that in Cuba!!!
(Espanol) Visitando a niños en Lawton, Cuba en el verano de 2008. Un barrio de La Habana. ¡¡¡¡Mi peluquero y los vecinos de mi mejor amigo !!!!!! El famoso Rogelio Conde, peluquero cubano de las estrellas !!! ¡Cuba tiene comunidades muy fuertes! Nadie se ha mudado desde 1958. Los vecinos son como una familia extensa. ¡Me recuerda mucho al vecindario en el que crecí desde 1958 hasta aproximadamente 1963! ¡Vivía en la casa con mi abuela, mis tíos y mi padre y mi madre! ¡Mi padre se había criado allí! ¡Todos conocían a todos y estábamos entrando y saliendo de las casas de los demás! El mejor amigo de mi padre vivía al otro lado de la calle y sus hijos eran mis mejores amigos, etc. Mi padre manejaba los mismos carros de esa época que hoy maneja el pueblo cubano !!! ¡Y los hombres en Cuba me recuerdan mucho a mi papá! Bajita y rechoncha con camisetas blancas puestas, las mangas arremangadas. ¡Mi papá siempre llevaba un paquete de amigos en esas mangas remangadas!
Visions of Food Sovereignty from Cuba (Short)/Visiones de La Soberania Alimentaria desde Cuba (Corto): Dr. Peter Rosset & Maria Whittaker at 2008 Cuban Agroecology Encuentro, Havana, Cuba (English/Espanol)
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Randy Gardner, Wisconsin Grain Farmer and Long Time Activist Member of Family Farm Defenders, Leads Our 2010 People's La Via Campesina Food Soveriengty Bus Caravan from St.Louis Potosi, Mexico to Cancun for the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference and the Simultaenous People's Meeting!!!!
Randy Jasper, t(he tall man in the middle) grain and soybean farmer from Wisconsin and Family Farm Defender member,
showing solidarity with fellow grain and bean farmers from La Palma, Mexico, "the "Xi UIY people"
who lost the land on which they had lived to a superhighway in Mexico . Juan is on the left holidng thier banner!Their ancestors lived and
farmed on that same land before the Spanish arrived. We all rode together on Caravan 1 from San
Luis Potosi to Mexico City demonstrating along the way. The gentelamn next to Randy was from France I believe!!!
Randy, Tristan From Why Hunger and our companeros from the Frente demonstarting in Mexico City.
Thousands of people were in the streets!!!!!!!!!
RandyGardner, Wisconsin farmer and long time activist member of Family Farm Defenders was amazing on the Mexican La Via Campesina Caravan in 2010!!! He was our American delegation leader and one of the leaders of our bus and the carvan. He was fearless and full of wisdom, experience, and humor and true grit!!!!!! Nothing fazed him! He was always in good spirits, jovial, full of humor and wit, and goodness. He loved everyone and everyone loved him including the indigeous Mexican peasant farmers who travelled with us!!!! The XI UIY people!!!! They had been pushed off of thier land centuries ago by the Spanish conquistadors and subsequent Meican society, and continuously discriminated against and excluded from the beneifts of society. Sadly nothing less than a type of genocide and human delusion at its worst!!! But they are still here noentheless lifting up thier cause and thier culture and peoples!!!!!
As far as I remember he was the only actuall USA farmer on the Caravann!!!! Tony Schultz, a young Wisconsin farmer from Family Farm Defenders joined us in Cancun. I got off the carvan in Mexico City and flew from there to Cancun!!! I was overwhelmed!!!!! While some parts of the caravan were absolutely beautiful and warm, at times, at other times, like at our protest at them mine in St. Lousi Potosi, the tension was palpably intense!!!
Eyeryone, everyone, The Mexican People, most of all, the salt of the Earth had poured out to so many of the meetings as we crossed Mexico, and they cheered, applauded, and listened intently to everything Randy had to say (wIth translation) . He knew what he was talking about as a real. true to life, farmer. I know he shared with me he had lost one of his fingers to a combine that he worked now, having lost his farm.
He had NO EGO!!! He was all just real, sincere and goodness itself. The media mobbed him!!!
As did the real people of Mexico, peasant indigenous farmers carrying forward the wisdom of thier people
He was leadership itself and taught me some of the most important lessons I have learned for my own
personal growthI wish you could have seen him!!! He was on. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for this world and he did
more than fulfill this opportunity!!!.
It was truly amazing!!!!!! Some of those interviews which were mostly translated into Spanish hopefully
maybe are on line somewhere.
Here is one interview of Randy I found!!!!
Randy is and John Kinsman and you and all and FFD just mean more and more to me the longer I am
associated with you all. THe longer I am associated with you all, I just see more and more who and what
you all really are. It is absolutely no accident I see now more clearly that I have been with y'all for so
long now and now I both see that more clearly and am beginning to truly understand it.
My dad was from the hills of Kentucky. His family moved to “the bottoms” in Columbus, Ohio when he
was small I believe. He had three brothers and two sisters and was the youngest brother and quite close
to his two sisters. They lived in what was known as the Bottoms in COlumbus Ohio at that time, and
I fortunately spent a lot of time there at my grandmother’s house until I was about 6. Almost very moment
at my grandmother
S house was divine, pure love, pure joy!!!
I was with my little brother, one year younger than Myself. We do not know, my mother and I, but we
believe his family had a lot of indigenous heritage. THey definitely had EUropean and African heritage
but they also looked very native or Indigenous. Once I saw Mexican people for real, they just reminded
me of my dad so much. But my dad never talked about it.
He was the most humble and real person I have ever known. Truly the salt of the Earth. His whole family
is and was like that. They hate compliments. They just aren't interested. If people needed help, they just
helped them; they didn't ask questions etc.
If someone needs a ride you stop and pick them up. In my case, my mother needed help and my 'dad'
stepped in to help my mom with me, because my birth father had abandoned us.
My mom was a gifted college student on a scholarship from the Catholic church! But for him, my Dad,
and his whole family, the salt of the Earth, I honestly do not believe I would be writing this email to you today. I would be somewhere strung out on the street, beyond help. like so many beings. My dad was not a family farmer, but he could have been if maybe his family had stayed in Kentucky. He worked at a factory after serving in WWII, a big mistake said my dad, who also shared with me he only always shot in the air. He served in the Philippines and still had nightmares from his experience when I was growing up.
Randy and John Kinsman and all these family farmers are people like my dad, I now see.
The best kind of people.
The kind of people who really make this world a better place.
People who aren't in this for themselves, or to amass fortune or fame or any of that nonsense.
They just do what needs to be done in the moment and they don't ask questions; they just do
what needs to be done!!!.
Sometimes I call my dad and people like this, "God's people." They just do what is right because they
"surrendered" a long time ago.
Randy really showed me "how to surrender (to the higher power)" essentially. To just do what's
right without even a thought about what's in it 4 U. U just do it because this is what is, is right and 4
the good of the all. ANd just because.
I am still working at this, dropping my ego essentially, but my dad and Randy in Mexico and FFD itself
really show and help me how to do this very well.
It is the most important thing. Its the most important thing in life.
ANd it is at the core of FFD. the family farmer, the family farm this way of life.
It's so important.
Its so real.
It's learning to live and be in a way that your own survival and flourishing contribute to the survival and
flourishing of the all.
That is what being a Family Farmer means to me in the most broad perspective..
To me that is what FFD, John Kinsman, Randy, you and all at FFD are truly about.
Living in a way that contributes to the all and nourishes you and your family and farm community
(and nation and world) as well.
We people, including myself, have to truly learn this and get this one down if we are are to thrive and
Randy really showed me that; he showed me what it meant for this to be not about "just us,"
but about US All. He was/ is magnificent truly.
And at the most profound level as we travelled across Mexico that was his message!!!!
“We" not "I," are all in this together." That is what the people, the masses heard, that is what he said
and that is the truth.
He did such a great job for Truth itself in that caravan and for me in planting in me the seeds
that would one day help me begin to see the more profound truth of who he was, who
the Mexican peasants were that flocked to the Caran's gathering and
what this "life" all is.
He showed me really what it mean to be "a family farmer,"
It's a truth that is so far beyond and above "the thinking of this world" but so critical and true and important.
It is some kind of universal truth. something cosmic and I see and hear it in all the stories of family farmers,
community farmers, et al.
I was really fortunate to have been able to travel on this caravan with Randy.
He planted so many seeds of wisdo, that just keep growing now.
And I needed that because my mind was so little and shut!!!!
People like Randy cannot die in truth.
They, their very presence, have influenced so many and so much and wisdom and knowledge itself that
"they " just keep growing and giving and influencing.
This is true for "Randy" and John Kinsman and FFD and so many others.
I am so glad I got to interview John Kinsman for a radio show in KC and to meet him at FarmAid in
WIsconsin, and to be part of his continuation, FFD and his work.
I fit so well.
Real values, Real people, Real Community.
And the most important thing for we human beings.
My dad is smiling. Like he always used to say, one day "Reat a Reat, "You will Understand."
I am making progress learning what Randy already knew and what John Kinsman already knew too!
And what FFD truly stands for!!!
"Me and Randy Jasper, grain and soybean farmer from Wisconsin, former dairy farmer. He gave it up because as he said, why kill yourself for nothing. We rode on Caravan 1 together from San Luis Potosi, Mexico to Mexico City and met again in Cancun, Mexico at the La Via Campesina Alternative Forum for Life and Environmental and Social Justice. ( I could not take the caravan's extreme discomfort and tensions at time. however, Randy Jasper, went the whole route by carvan. This picture was taken there at that camp on December 12. Randy is a great guy and was a great companion for Caravan 1, except for his taunting me with gummy bears and worms when I was hungry." (on a lighter note!) December 8, 2010.
Blain B. Snipstal, me, and Randy Jasper. Carlos Marentes, Sr. in the background.
in Cancun, Mexico at the La Via Campesina Alternative Forum for Life and Environmental and Social Justice.
Blain B. Snipstal, me, Randy Jasper, grain and soybean farmer from Wisconsin and mi companero from Caravan 1, Tony Schultze, vegetable farmer in Wisconsin at Cancun 2010 La Via Campesina Alternative Forum for Life and Environmental and Social Justice.
— in Mexico.
Display's created at the People's Forum.
Two of the "Xi Uiy" people who travelled with Randy across Mexico from St. Louis Potosi to Cancun.
One of our "XI UIY" Comrades who travelled across Mexico with Randy Jasper. (He is the spitting image of my own father and shares the same humble and calm demeanor.)
Me and my father at my college graduation.
Art on display at the People's Forum in Cancun, Mexico, December 2010/
Love and humility.
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