How to Decolonize- Step 2

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO SEX:

This is a biggie, but I am going to make every attempt to keep it relatively short and sweet.

You are going to have a very hard time every enjoying true health, happiness, and balance, if you believe sex is profane, dirty, and a sin.

Why is that? Look around.

Sex is everywhere. Sex is the source of all life. Sexual energy IS creative energy, and this force, this energy, is a part of everything. There is no divide between the energy used to run a marathon or create a work of art, and that used to bring forth orgasmic bliss. Thus, EVERYTHING IS SEX. We are all here because of sex. Every plant, tree, flower, animal, is directly a product of sexual expression and the union between male and female. It is truly, a beautiful thing…

Healing past sexual trauma, awakening the body and the spirits’ ability to absorb and generate mind-boggling amounts of sexual pleasure, and reclaiming a healthy sexuality and sexual sovereignty are all passions of mine, (so much so that I actually became a certified Tantra Instructor!). Not only do I believe doing these things for the self and for others is a radical step in self-care, self-love, and decolonization, but I truly believe that reframing our attitudes towards sex has the ability to save the world. I’m serious.

Here is an expert from my newest book, “How to F-ck Like a Goddess”, which will be released March 2019:

Sex. It is all around us. It is the reason each of us are

here and a driving force behind much of what we do and how

we behave. There is no denying it’s presence or its potency.

Yet for so many people, sex remains a hugely misunderstood

and complicated concept.

In our modern Western culture, sex is often used to sell,

to shame, to entice, and to manipulate. Flip on any television

program, watch any commercial, glance at the front of the

magazines in the grocery check out line, and you will see that

this is true.

In addition, most Western religions teach that sex is

sinful, something to be ashamed or embarrassed of, and

something you may even be punished for, for all eternity, in the

after life! Talk about confusing. On one hand we are being told

that we need to be sexual dynamos, always ready and able to

please our partners, and looking like societies ideal of the

ultimate man/woman while doing so, and on the other, it has

most likely been ingrained in us from a very young age that

sex and sexuality is bad. A no-no. We are taught to temper

and repress our budding sexuality, to cover it up and rise

above it, yet in the next breath we are told to be tantalizing

sex kittens who can fulfill any partners fantasies at the drop of

the hat.

There are also glaring double standards about sexuality

when it comes to men and women, and these falsehoods are

damaging to males and females alike.

Rarely in our culture is sex given the honor or respect it deserves;

that of a creative and expressive life force, capable of

soothing, healing, and even bringing enlightenment and

spiritual bliss to the conscious practitioner. Rarely is it

recognized as the divine gift and path to endless joy and bliss

that it is.

An individual who is cut off from their sexuality is cut off

from the joy and juiciness of life. They are living a half life. One

lacking in pleasure and sensuality. They can be having sex

every night, every day of the week, but chances are, if it is the

conventional, distracted, goal oriented and friction based form

of intercourse, they are going to be left feeling unfulfilled, as

though something is missing. And indeed it is….

What does all of this have to do with decolonization? Because the colonizers brought with them not just greed and dehumanization-driven violence, but rape. Prior to the arrival of white settlers, rape was unheard of and incomprehensible to the First People, until they experienced it first hand by the foreign invaders. So unthinkable was this devastating act, that it was reported a group of Native hunters could not wrap their heads around it’s reality when they stumbled upon the naked and violated bodies of two indigenous girls they discovered in the woods, surrounded by the boot-prints of a gang of white terrorists. In fact, many tribes held the belief which can be summed up in a well-known Cherokee proverb stating that: “A woman’s highest calling is to lead a man to his soul, so as to unite him with Source. A man’s highest calling is to protect woman, so she is free to walk the earth unharmed.”

European settlers brought something else with them as well: A religion that under no uncertain terms stated that sex was a profane act. Dirty and sinful. (Unless of course you were raping heathens and savages, whom everyone knows are agents of the devil and have no soul. *insert eye roll here* because the enduring hypocrisy of religious fanatics would be laughable if it were not so globally devastating and…dare I say—evil).

Any people, of any color, creed, or culture, living close to the land, in intimate communication with Nature, and harmony with her variety of life forms, knows that far from sinful, sex is the source of all life. It is the foundation of all nature, and arguably the most powerful source of healing and magic(k). You cannot escape it. You are born of it. Step outside, especially during the spring and summer months, and you would need to be blind to not see it (hhmmmmm. WAKE UP!). Birds, dogs, flies, lizards, they all get busy right under our noses! Sex makes the world go round. And (when done right), it feels aaaahhhmazing. Great sex is a human right. Or at least it should be.

When Jesus said sex outside of marriage was a sin, we must remember that this statement was made in a time and place far different than our modern world. We need to remember that people lived and spoke much differently than they do now. For example, children of both sexes were often married off as soon as they reached puberty, around the ages of 13-14. Therefore, sex before marriage really wasn’t that much of an issue. Many people, prior to marriage, were just too damn busy being children. Also, Jesus was a mystic. Mystics have a long, rich history of speaking in codes, riddles, and metaphors. In my life experience, I have observed that the masses of religious people tend to make the grave mistake of trying to interpret their sacred texts in a literal fashion. When Jesus spoke of sex and marriage, he was referring not to the man-made business contract of marriage, which essentially made the woman property of the man, (the word ‘Husband’ comes from Old English/ Old Norse húsbóndi , meaning {male} ’master of a house,’ from hús ‘house’ + bóndi ‘occupier and tiller of the soil.’ The original sense of the verb was ‘till, cultivate’, and it was essentially the husbands job to farm, i.e. till/cultivate, and seed his wife), but to the divine union of male and female energies; The Holy Wedding. There is so much more to divine union that swearing oaths of undying, unquestioning obedience….

So I would like to be clear, it is not the teachings of Jesus Christ I am opposed to. Far from it. It is the institution of western religion, the perversion of his Gospel into a tool used to control and manipulate the masses. To instill fear and dogma. To justify untold horrors and devastation against our brothers and sisters, our families, our tribes, and the children of God/dess. If your understanding of Jesus’ teachins gives you a low view of sex, then you have misunderstood him. Go and read the Old Testament, especially the Song of Songs if you need any encouragement to believe that God says sex is good! Great even.

And if you are serious about decolonizing your headspace and your life, take some time to honestly reflect on how to can go about reprogramming your mind so that it is able to be healed from the lies about one of your greatest personal powers (SEX) that it has been inundated with. Liberate yourself, and reap the hard earned rewards.

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“Part those sheets like holy waters, and I will worship your skin like a born again believer.” – Tyler Knott Gregson

How To Decolonize- Step I, Part I:

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD

This is HUGE.

And way easier said than done.

You have spent an entire lifetime enforcing your eating habits. From what you eat to how you eat.

Making changes in this area is going to be HARD. Breaking any habit is hard. CHANGING is hard. Yet it is so SO worth it. Plus, I can promise you, once you get over the initial hump of adjustment, the benefits waaaayyyyy outnumber any initial struggles you may face. What was difficult in the beginning is transformed to a wonderful and sensuous adventure as you learn to source, prepare, and thoroughly enjoy your food. You will look, feel, and BE so much healthier, happier, and connected to Nature. You will understand what it is to be reborn and to come alive again. I’m serious.

Before I dive into how to do this, let me answer the following: Why is food so important to decolonization? (And if you are wondering why I am passionate about the need to decolonize, you can read my essay on THAT topic by clicking here.)

#1) You cannot be a truly free/sovereign human being if you do not know how to eat properly. We need food to survive. Food is our life source. Without it, we die, and rather quickly. And when we eat fake, processed, chemically saturated food, we get sick, are miserable for awhile— and then die.

When we hand over the task of feeding ourselves and our families to outside sources, to massive corporations who care nothing about people, human rights, or the environment (the source of all real food and thus, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE), but only for profits and power, we literally hand over our freedom. When you let someone else be in control of your food, you let someone else be in control of YOU.

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#2) You vote with your dollar. Money is what drives politics and our government. It should be quite obvious to you by now that politicians care nothing about creating a better world for all of us, but only about obtaining more money, power, and prestige for themselves. If the goal of politics/politicians was really to create a harmonious existence amongst humanity, we’ve given them plenty of time and free passes to figure it out and get their shit together.

Instead, politicians have continued to fail miserably, and proven themselves to be worse than incompetent.

If they had any integrity, they would either: A. Dismantle the system and start fresh, or B. At the very least take a good, hard, honest look at our political system and government structure- and give it the massive overhaul it so desperately needs. But they don’t, and here we stand.

We stand facing the cold hard truth that the government cares nothing for its people, and is concerned only with keeping wealth and power concentrated within a VERY small group of individuals who control the bulk of the worlds economic resources. These people follow the money. Where it goes, they will follow, with all the enthusiasm of a dog pressing its nose up against another dogs butthole during a first encounter.

If we as consumers demand that our products are clean, not filled with poisons and pesticides, wholesome, and sourced in ways that do not destroy the environment and oppress indigenous people, people of color or low economic status, if we take the time and the little effort that is required to really research our food and where it comes from, and then refuse to financially support all those companies who’s practices are killing our ecosystems and destroying our health and our planet (ONE AND THE SAME PEOPLE!!! ONE. AND. THE. SAME!), these same companies will be FORCED to immediately clean up their act. EVERY.DOLLAR. YOU SPEND. COUNTS. Who you hand your money over to makes WAAAAYYY more of a difference in the world than the amount of crystals you own, time you spend in prayer/meditation, or witty & empowering insights and solutions you share on Instagram. Stop kidding yourself. If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. None of us are innocent, but we are all capable of becoming real life heroes. The first thing you must do is go head to head with your own ignorance, and kill it. Even if the battle is exhausting. You can do it. The Universe is at your back.

Aside from shelter, food is most peoples biggest and most pressing expense. There is so much opportunity to affect not only the quality of food you eat, (which correlates directly to your health and genetic expression), but to affect national and global policy concerning environmental health and human rights in a positive way, simply by learning how to NOT fund the evil-doers with your hard-earned money.

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#3) Proper eating is the fastest, easiest, BEST way to give the finger to the colonizer, honor your ancestry, your environment, and take back your health. 

We are, quite literally, that which we eat. Our bodies are built directly from the substances we take into ourselves. And the elements. (More on that later. Suffice it to say that food is the magical expression of all the elements joined in together in live promoting harmony).

Once this meant we were Wild. Free. Vibrant. ALIVE. Now, for many, it means we are filled to the brim with lab conceived chemicals, unnatural colorings and flavorings, a laundry list of known carcinogenic substances which the FDA conveniently turns a blind eye to, and genetically modified “foods” whose long term effects on the human genome we know nothing about. We have become, as Pink Floyd would say “comfortably numb”. Or for many unfortunate folks- Uncomfortably numb.

Pause and take a moment to really consider the following: If we are LITERALLY formed and kept alive by what we eat, and if our energy and physical structure results directly from our food, (which is not fake news btw, but well-known scientific fact), would you rather eat a wild deer, who spent her life free, running through the forest, hiding, playing, mating, eating wild greens and forage, drinking live, free-flowing water, (that has hopefully not been tainted by human pollution), and was killed quickly and as humanely as possible during the hunt, whose spirit was then thanked, honored, and cherished, and whose body was used as a sacred source of food, clothing, tools, and shelter building material,….. or a cow, who was conceived via artificial insemination, born in a cage, immediately separated from her mother, spent her life in a concrete and metal box, knee deep in shit, shot up with bucketfuls of antibiotics, growth hormones, and who knows what else, was not fed what her body was designed to eat, was not allowed to move, run, play, or mate, or to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, and was then killed at a slaughter house that stank of fear and death, where the cries of tortured animals greeted her upon arrival of her last day alive on Earth, and where she was then butchered cruelly, painfully, without compassion…which one would you rather take into your own body? How do you think each would affect you differently?

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And we wonder why physical and mental health in America is decreasing and why more people, including young children, are sick with allergies, depression, chronic diseases and cancers than ever before, or why people (including our children) are flying off the handle left and right and thinking that shooting masses of innocent civilians is the best course of action…

Our ancestors were plugged directly into Nature through the food they grew, foraged, and hunted in their immediate local landscapes. There is no act more intimate, (except maybe sex), than eating. Than willingly taking another life forms’ body and essence (be it plant or animal) into the deepest bowls of our own bodies, and transmuting this being into the energy that sustains us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Native people knew this and were a PART OF the environment and part of a community that spanned across species.

Then, some white men come from a foreign land and take this all away. Prevent people from hunting. Force us into captivity and force us to farm THEIR food, which prevents us from moving in the natural, seasonal patterns we were designed to follow based on THOUSANDS OF YEARS of co-evolving in a mutual and intimate relationship with our unique and wonderfully diverse environment. By taking away our traditional food sources, we were cut off from Nature at the root.

This sets off a chain reaction of gross-imbalance and devastation which leaves North America reeling and from which we are still not recovered and currently deep within the process of reaping some of the larger and more devastating impacts we as a nation have sown.

Wildfires, floods, mudslides, water pollution, soil depletion, species extinction…none of this happened anywhere near to the extent it is occurring now. This is not because there are more people. This is because Native people knew, understood, and holistically managed their environments to a degree that most can only imagine, one which would bring the top environmental ‘scholars’ and permaculture enthusiasts to their knees in awe and appreciation. The environment was (IS) a living, breathing, FEELING entity which was truly loved, and thus, treated with awe and respect. It was celebrated. It was protected.

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Learn about the region you live in. Who are the Natives? What did they eat? How did they get the bulk of their nutrition? Look at your own ancestry. Go back far enough and you will find you are from “Native” people as well. Go back further still and you’ll find out you’re actually black and your ancestry is African, but again, thats another topic for another time.

For now, try to zero in on what your known ancestors ate. Compare it to what was traditionally eaten in your region by the locals, (the real ones), and see where they meet. If there is no common ground between the local indigenous diet and that of your heritage, go with what makes the most sense to you and with what you enjoy the most. The key is to make sure it is organic, local, and seasonal. If we all did this, Eden would bloom mañana.

Subscribe to be sure you don’t miss Part II of Step I, which will explain in further detail, exactly HOW to change your relationship to food and take back control of your life.

Peace, Love, and Good Food, Always.

I Want YOU to Decolonize NOW!

B-b-but…whyyyyy??? you may be asking.

The United States of America is a failed experiment. While it may have enjoyed a brief moment in the sun, and continue to maintain status as the most “powerful” country in the world, one looks around and cannot help but ask; At what cost is this ‘power’ obtained, and is the benefit worth it?

Too high, and no.

To those still (loudly and obnoxiously) claiming ‘Merica to be the greatest country in the world, I ask you, the greatest in what?

Education. No.

Healthcare. Not even close.

Economic equality. Nope.

Gender equality. Ha! You wish.

Abundant natural beauty and resources. Well maybe. But anyone who has done a bit of traveling or has access to Pinterest knows that there is unique and breathtaking beauty to be found the world over. Yet we as a nation have raped, pillaged, plundered, and polluted our land, (which I will point out is not our land and belongs to no individual, group of individuals, or specific species, but is the life giver and sustainer that WE BELONG TO- not the other way around. To believe otherwise is to trust in a dangerous illusion). Everything in existence belongs to the Earth, to Nature. Yet we continue to not only violently abuse our homelands, but encroach upon and devastate the lands of neighboring countries near and far, exploiting and destroying for the monetary profits of a small group of individuals to the point we have become not a global leader or example, but a world bully. A dangerous laughingstock. The only thing we lead in is mass-shootings and mass-incarceration. Those are the facts. And this is your idea of success?

“What about security?” you say. “Quality of life?” Look around you. No, really- put down the phone and look around you. Take a moment to observe your fellow human beings. Do they look happy? Healthy? Vibrant, peaceful, radiating joy and love as Nature/God intended? Or is there a glazed and deadened look in their eyes? A tension and struggle in the way their movements?

One woman, @allisonserrao_ writes:

“It’s not just gun control that’s an issue here, it’s the mental health of America. You know it, I know it, the whole country knows it. We work our people to the ground, we live paycheck to paycheck, our family leave- forget about it, vacation time? What’s that? Cost of living, let’s not forget about the healthcare. [And I would like to add many of us can literally not afford to die…]

How about having a sexual predator as out f-ing president guys? That the leader of our country’s most famous slogan is “Grab em by the..” The rape culture that is now apparent in every corner of every news outlet and the PTSD we are putting our people through? What about our secretary of education being a complete imbecile? How about our president literally not believing in global warming. When it comes to our children do we honestly think these large scale things don’t trickle down into our everyday lives? On top of the nationwide issues our children do not get a break from the pressures of society, school, work, even their extra curricular activities become a job, there is no place of solace, and if there is, our children are not being taught how to use it. We as a people have ignored our human right to take care of ourselves and have created a culture and a nation full of sick humans. Go look in your nearest prison, count the mentally ill walking the streets without care, take a walk down the riverbed in my backyard to see the homeless…the only time we offer any real push services to help mental health and even physical health is when something bad has already taken place. This country has disabled its entire nation from being able to take care ourselves and our own. 18 [now 22] school shootings since the year has begun? It’s not just the guns people, its not just the f-ing guns.”

It is hard to deny the facts, (and perhaps harder to face the truth), the brutal reality of our situation is that we are a severely ill population, in both body and spirit. Our culture is one of arrogance, selfishness, and mental disease.

But stemming from what? How can we fix this if we do not know the cause, the root of the problem?

Aaahh but we do! It’s just a question of whether or not YOU are willing to face the truth, whether or not you really are able to admit your own personal ignorance, shame, guilt, responsibility, and where you have fallen short, and then take the necessary actions required to rebalance these areas and move on, move forward. As within, so without.

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Lets take a look at the beginning. The beginning of this ‘great country’. The history we were taught in school would first lead one to envision kind and courageous blonde, blue-eyed families risking life and limb to make a go in a vast and wild wilderness, fighting off wolves, mountain lions, and the occasional barbaric ‘savage’ hell-bent on harassing women and children as they fled the oppressive rule of their dark and dreary homelands. Later, epic battles would be fought while yankee-doodle played in the background, fireworks exploded in the sky, and the glorious red-white-and-blue of our young and promising nations flag waved proudly over the battlefields where those brave young men fell like angels as their dutiful wives cried on the hills, heartbroken yet proud their men had died defending freedom and the glory of God. Through their blood and sacrifice, this great country was born.

Awww. What a cute story. Yet it is fantasy.

I do not discredit the hardships the colonists faced here, nor do I make light of the lives lost or the values they died defending, (some of those values at least). My purpose is not to mock or discredit the courage and bravery it took many men and women to make the United States into a country I feel fortunate to have been born into. However,  I am NOT willing to be naive about the reality of our nations beginning. And the reality is that this country was founded on the massacre of an entire population of human beings who had been living and evolving with the landscape for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS! Your “American” ancestors decimated the villages, lands, traditions, languages, religions, and freedoms, of an entire continents existing and extensive population. The result its that we have lost the only source of valid ecological place-based knowledge (which had been carefully gathered, experienced, shared, preserved, crafted, refined, and passed on orally by the wisest village elders generation after generation after generation….over THOUSANDS OF YEARS!), and we are ALL suffering the consequences of such a loss.

Look at the increasing instances of fatal natural disasters such as wildfires, mudslides, sink-holes, and flash floods, all resulting largely from the mismanagement of the wild landscape. Look at the epidemic of mental illness (and if you can honestly tell me that most of the adults you know are NOT on some sort of anxiety medication or anti-depressants, I will be pleasantly surprised), all stemming from our systematic disconnect from Nature. Or at least our dumb unawareness of Her universal laws, (as one can never truly disconnect from Nature, being a part of nature herself).

Therein lies the root of the problem: Our disconnect from Nature.

We are wild creatures by birth, but have become “civilized”. Which is to say “colonized”. Which is to say domesticated.

We, my friends, are unwell in body, mind, and spirit, because we are free and wild beings, (which does not mean primitive, barbaric, unkind, or without a moral code), designed by the eons to live in intimate and intuitive harmony with our immediate surroundings, including its diverse and awe-inspiring array of living and non-living entities. Yet we have been domesticated and essentially enslaved by a system that cares not for love, happiness, health, and wellbeing, but rather on monetary profits, material gain, and the accumulation of power over others. We have been fed a lie of “survival of the fittest”, a myth which favors competition over collaboration, in order to keep us fearful and divided, so that we cannot see that which has really occurred is simply a new form of slavery. One in which a handful of elite have successfully made the rest of us dependent on them (global mass-corporations and big pharma companies), for everything from food and water, to shelter, warmth, healthcare, giving birth, and even raising our young.

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Without the “comforts” of modern society, many of us would not survive, having been so cut off from our most basic ancestral survival skills, that we would have no idea what to do in the real world, that which lies beyond this artificial zoo we have created for ourselves. The world in which we are responsible for providing our own warmth, shelter, and protection from the elements and predators. The world where it is up to us, as individuals, families, and tribes, to locate, harvest, process, share, and enjoy our own food and water, the truest givers of life and health, where we heal our own illnesses, birth our own children, and manage our own birth control, as our predecessors did (successfully I might add), for thousands of years prior to the start of agriculture.

When these God-given skills are purposefully kept from us, when there are actual laws in place preventing us from practicing our Nature-based freedoms, we become exclusively dependent on a system which cares nothing for our well-being, only whether or not they can use us as either a producer or a consumer to increase their profit margin. The American dream is a hoax. And we have sacrificed our sovereignty on its behalf.The fact that the POTUS champions the extraction of more fossil fuels, more jobs, and thus more money, over the rapidly declining health of the planet and all her inhabitants, speaks volumes about how far we have missed the mark as a country and world leader.

What do you call it when one or both parents are forced to spend the majority of the day, the majority or the week, aka the majority OF THEIR LIVES!!!- away from their homes, families, and loved ones, (conveniently leaving the rearing of young to the corrupt agenda of the media, which has no qualms about brainwashing the innocent so they will grow into fearful, insecure, selfish individuals driven to purchase more and more without question..), so they can work hour after hour at a soul-crushing job, just to be able to afford housing, food, clothing, healthcare, and basic utilities? If not outright slavery, it reeks of indentured servitude.

From the moment we are born, and especially from the moment we enter the school system, we are being groomed to be good little robots who do what they are told and keep all the economic cogs running smoothly. And woe to the poor soul who dares to stray too far outside the socially accepted norms. Yet this system is severely unstable and unsustainable. If you can’t see that by now it is likely your people were completely domesticated several generations before your birth, or you suffer from a general lack of intelligence. Not necessarily your fault. The cultivation of the “sheep” mentality is one that has been carefully favored, preserved, and promoted by religions, patriarchy, and companies going back hundreds of years.

But we see it. We remember. We know how this country began. It was founded on genocide. On the mass-murder of the innocent indigenous. This was done by YOUR ancestors. By OUR ancestors, yet we can’t even admit and take responsibility for this founding fact, or the fact that the survivors of this holocaust continue to be oppressed, ignored, and degraded to this day. Nor are we able to admit the fact that after this cultural annihilation the country was grown with the ideals of white supremacy, crippled by the demonization of the sacred feminine, “colonized” on the bloodied backs of African slaves, and poisoned by the religious backed lie that Nature is a commodity, and not a living, breathing, conscious entity.

Our legacy is using religion as a tool to manipulate the masses, destroy the landscape, and dehumanize and persecute those whose  beliefs and perspectives stand in opposition of European Patriarchy. To be the largest catalyst in the global warming epidemic. To leave devastation in our wake wherever we go.

So now we have more or less identified the problem. There is absolutely nothing civilized about “civilization”. Agriculture is not, and has never been “progress”, (more on this another time, for those still left scratching their heads). Our current culture is damaging on both individual and global scales. But what is the point of griping about all of societies flaws if one can not imagine any sane solutions?  I offer those as well:

Decolonize.

Rewild.

Take back your power. As an individual, a family, a tribe, a local community, a people.

A lover and companion of Nature, in all her sensual forms.

Accept your power and responsibility. Vote with your dollar, even if you have only one. If you are reading this, you have the ability to vote with your money. Every day. While your at it, learn to live without money. Yes. It is possible. The earth still spins, the tides still turn, the wolves still hunt and your lungs still pump oxygen in and out of your body whether or not your bank account is zeroed out or not.

Learn how to be a sovereign human being again. One who does not outsource their freedom, health, well-being, and ability to stay fed and safe to large unethical organizations. Learn that you don’t need a middle man or set religion in order to talk to God and experience unity and divinity. Discover through observation and silence that nature moves slowly, allows for periods of rest and recovery, and favors collaboration, harmony, and diversity, over competition, aggression, and monoculture.

Decolonize the following NOW:

*FOOD
*SEX
*BIRTH

*EDUCATION

*HEALTHCARE

*SPIRITUALITY

More than anything- LEARN HOW TO BE HAPPY. Learn how to love and accept yourself completely, despite your inevitable shortcomings and imperfections. We all have them. It’s what makes life interesting. Do not be afraid of being wrong or failing. Be courageous and wise enough to change. You deserve it. You are capable. Follow your passions and burn any limiting or fear based belief systems you come into contact with to the ground. The ashes will nourish the next wave of new growth.

Remember, whether white, black, brown, red, yellow, or green, we ALL come from a tribal people. ALL of our ancestors at one point or another worshipped a divine Mother and lived in intimate co-existence with the plants, rocks, animals, spirits, and people who surrounded them. Your legacy and your ancestors legacy goes back so much further than the past 500 years…

I am not suggesting going back to the stone age, or living as nomads out of tipis and mud-lodges, (unless that sort of thing appeals to you. If so, hit me up!). I am suggesting we acknowledge that enough is enough, and that we know when to dismantle that which is not serving the Greatest Good and develop the willpower to do so, (like yesterday. No more lollygaggin!). That we look to the past not to dwell in it, but to harvest the wisdom contained within it, pair it with the knowledge we have gained with this failed experiment of capitalistic patriarchy, and gracefully move forward with heads held high into a new world story.

One does not need laws and religions to tell one how to be a “good” person, or how to behave in an acceptable manner. These are the inventions of a culture designed to control and assert power over any and all others. We, by our very creation and existence, are agents of love and harmony. We need only have the courage to remember, and to face our own reflections in all their hideous beauty.

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Welcome Home.

Prelude to “The New Witches’ Handbook”:

 

Hello my sacred sister, and congratulations on finding your magical path! If you are like myself, you may be feeling both a sense of joy and excitement at having experienced “The Calling”, mixed with a bit of trepidation at what comes next. There is so so much to learn. And what will the neighbors think? Not to mention your friends and family. It is only natural that our excitement be tinged with a bit of fear. The horrific persecution many of our ancestors suffered for pursuing their paths still lingers in our memories, as it should. We must always remember to use care and caution when practicing the craft, and it would be unwise to make yourself the target of a modern day witch-hunt, figurative or otherwise. That being said, I want you to realize that you are not alone. There are more of us than you think, and our numbers are growing.

As a young lass, I was fully aware of my beliefs and spirituality, though I had no name for it. I was also aware that there were many people who called themselves witches. But those people tended to be the goth kids, the social misfits, who wore black T-Shirts featuring bloody looking pentacles, spike chokers, and who hung out in the hallways at lunch burning things with lighters they’d smuggled onto campus. That wasn’t really my style. Nor was the structured hierarchy of Wicca or some of the other Pagan based religions I came across in my studies. I eventually discovered Natural Witchcraft, or as it is sometimes referred to as, Wild, Green, or Kitchen Witchcraft, and determined that if I had to put a label on it, my faith fit most easily into these categories, but I kept these thoughts mostly to myself. When it came to my spiritual beliefs, and my beliefs in energy, magic, and the power of the mind, I still felt very much alone.

It was not until I gave birth to my daughter that certain events in my life began happening at a rapid rate, setting off a domino effect of occurrences which resulted in me experiencing The Calling with such a force that it could not be denied. Something within me clicked. This is who I am. This is what I was meant to do, this is the path I was meant to walk. With this acknowledgement and acceptance came a sense of peace and completeness that my soul had not previously experienced. It was such a powerful feeling that I knew I could not be wrong in choosing this unconventional path. I began to write about it. And talk about it. And reach out to people who I could sense were feeling the pulse of magic streaming through their veins just as I was. It was in doing this that I made a pleasant and unexpected discovery: I am far from alone. There are untold numbers of magical beings living both in and out of the broom closet.

I had never felt ashamed for the things I believe, for I knew them in my heart to be true. However, as a result of not ever having any peers growing up who felt the same way, I had often felt guarded, embarrassed even. Most of my classmates were raised either Christian or Catholic, and they quickly learned that taking me along to church on Sunday morning was a bad idea. I asked far too many questions that had no satisfying answers of the poor church staff. To be fair to them, I did rather enjoy watching the color rise in the pastors cheeks when they realized they’d been morally stumped by a grade schooler. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for debate and playing the devils advocate. Regardless, I learned to keep my spiritual beliefs to myself, and while this served me quite well, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get lonely from time to time. These childhood experiences made me somewhat hesitant to open up about my magical path. But the experiences I was now having as a new mother were so profound I could not keep them to myself.

I have been more than thrilled with the overwhelming show of support from both friends, family, and strangers, since my “coming out”. Many of the people I have nervously shared my beliefs with have confessed to feeling the same way. There are so many of us out there longing to re-establish the intimate connections we once had with the Earth and our environments. There are numerous individuals who are waking up and seeing the world with new eyes, recognizing the magic that surrounds them on a daily basis and feeling it’s fire flow through their veins. Even science is headed in the right direction, proving that not only are we all made of the same energetic essence, and that energy can never be destroyed, but it is also acknowledging the fact that our minds, and our thoughts, have much more of an impact on ourselves and our world than we had previously comprehended. Take for example the placebo effect, or the relatively new and groundbreaking field of Noetic Science.

At the time of this writing, Mercury and Pluto are squaring off. We are in the middle of a great shift in global consciousness, an awakening. The stirring you are feeling within yourself, that undeniable call of the Goddess bubbling up from within your own sacred soul, is Mother Earths cry to arms. Her body, her cycles, her health, are all reflected in our own bodies. We can feel the restlessness, like a snake uncoiling from a slumber, lifting her head, read to strike. The Earth is sick, dying. This is a result of humanities break from the Goddess, a rift that has grown between ourselves, the heavens, and the Earth. As we continue to pollute our planet with toxins and exploit her resources until her fertile grounds turn bleak and barren, continuing to believe the illusion that we are somehow separate from Nature, so too do we damage our own sacred bodies. Formerly unheard of diseases are claiming the lives of millions each year, despite all of our best advances in modern medicine. But you, my sacred sister, are beginning to remember. The fact that you are reading this now is proof that you have heard the Mothers Call, for it is for you that this is written. If we as woman, who are so intimately linked to the cyclical dance of the Earth and Skies, do not speak for The Mother, who will? The time for inaction is passed. We have sat by silently for too long, allowing our powers to be suppressed, perverted, and made taboo. If we are to survive as a species, and leave our children in a world we can be proud to pass down, we must stop believing we are insignificant and powerless as women. We must relearn the ancient knowledge of the Goddess, and reawaken the suppressed intuitive powers within ourselves. It is not a task which can be taken lightly, but it is one we can put off no longer.

While the path of the Witch is not without trial, I can promise that it is one filled with truth, magic, wonder, and awe. There is a sense of peace and joy that enters the soul when you humbly acknowledge and accept your divine path. There is a completeness that can be felt down in the core of your being which proves to those in-tuned that this is what you have been brought here to do. You have a purpose. The Goddess needs YOU to speak for her, to act for her, to spread her love and heal the world. This may seem like a monumental task, but never doubt for a second, that you do indeed, have the capacity of healing the planet.

The patriarchal social structures which have ruled our society for several thousand years have had their time in the sun. I think it is safe to say it has royally fucked shit up. These discriminating, selfish, hierarchal and outdated ideals benefit no one. Not man, not woman, not child, and certainly not Mother Earth.

Now it is our turn. Our turn to shake off the chains which have bound our feminine powers and create the magical utopia that is absolutely attainable if we once more learn to live in the harmonious cyclical cycles of Mother Earth and the heavens beyond, and perhaps more importantly, to trust ourselves, our inner Goddess, our intuition, and each other. Remember, before the conquest of Western masculine ideologies some five thousand years ago, cultures from around the globe worshiped the feminine in all her life giving and creative glory. It was women who linked our menstrual cycles to the movement of the moon and planets, it was women who invented astronomy, astrology, yoga and the arts. Women built the first societies, nurtured the first communities, convened and communicated with nature and the unseen energies which surround us, and kept the balance of masculine and feminine in perfect order. It is time to reclaim this power. We will perish if we don’t.

So I applaud you for your courage, and your choice to heed The Call. Wear the title of Witch proudly, teach the masses that far from evil, Witchcraft is a wise and ancient art, full of love, growth, and healing. Never loose the sense of excitement and vitality you feel now. There will always be something more to learn, some opportunity to grow and blossom.

It is my hope that one day there will be no more Witches. One day, I believe, this label will be obsolete, as humanity will have re-established balance with Nature, seeing that witchcraft is not an eccentric hobby, but a way of life. THE way of life. It can embrace all cultures, all geographies, all peoples. We will no longer be Witches, we will simply be human. Human beings living side by side in mutually beneficial relationship with one another, with Mother Earth, and all her inhabitants, guided by the Heavens and confident in our own divinity. Today, however, more than ever, the Witch is needed. The Universe is thirsty for her magic, craving her care and attentions, waiting for her to shape and sooth the damaged energy of the world back into the glowing gem of life , love, and wonder it is meant to be. It is time to reawaken your inner magic and become an active participant in this process. It is time to make a change.

Welcome home my sister, and Goddess Bless.

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Did you like this excerpt? If so you may be interested in the rest of “The New Witches’ Handbook, which releases on October 1st, 2018. Or you can subscribe to receive the complete PDF version ABSOLUTELY FREE pre-launch! Cheers!

Why I’m Here

Hi! Thanks for joining me!

I’m here because I love to write. I NEED to write the way bees need to make honey.

I also love reading, (obviously. What writer doesn’t?), and learning new things. Especially about the things I am passionate about.

What am I passionate about, (besides reading & writing)? I’m so glad you asked! Here are some of my faves:

*Magic, Witchcraft, Paganism

*Conscious Parenting, Un-schooling

*Re-wilding & Decolonizing

*Sex & Sensuality

*Eco-feminism, holistic land-managment, and permaculture.

*Homesteading and sovereign lifestyle design.

*Reiki

*Horses, dogs, birds, all animals really.

*Plant medicine, herbalism

*Music, Dancing

*Art, DIY

*Primitive & Ancestral Skills

*Indigenous Culture

*Travel, Exploration, Adventuring, and HAVING FUN!

No matter what twists and turns life brings our way, I believe our time here is meant to be thoroughly enjoyed and that our greatest purpose is to generate unconditional love. To be able to give and receive love freely and without fear. And to always remember to enjoy the process and be grateful for the blessings we are gifted with.

I also believe writing is an art and form of activism, and that we as individuals have the duty, privilege, honor, and responsibility, to use our voices and our words to create and collaborate rather than to destroy and compete. We can add something of real value to the world if we choose to do so, and leave it in a more harmonious, peaceful, and beautiful state than the one we found it in if we are wise enough and so inclined.

Change comes first from within the individual, and then within the community. Meaningful change comes from the ground up. It is rooted in the earth and rooted in community, both local and global.

And so we get to my M.O. I am here to share. To learn. To grow and evolve. To collaborate with like minded individuals and to empathize and respect with individuals whose views differ than my own, so that we can find our common ground and move forward as complimentary forces. I want to broaden my horizons, to inspire, and to be inspired.

I am here because I want to meet YOU, my fellow human being. What is your life like? What are you most passionate about? Do you share any of my interests? What role do they play in your life? Let me know in the comments! I look forward to hearing from you.

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“A drop of ink may make a million think.” — Lord Byron

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