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Conscious Pregnancy, Empowered Birth II

Check out the first installment in this series:  Conscious Pregnancy I

I say this time and time again:  I am here to live the most awesome, activated life imaginable. To me, this means seeing through rote, built up ways and habits and dwelling in the true source. I relish the opportunity to do the things every other man does, but do them better, and do them within the world of Eden. Yet none of this is about me. There is nothing better than sharing with others.

So here we are. Everything is what it is; we all know what we are. We are obviously very intelligent, but not so much that we are completely aware of all important information. Novel technology laps itself at an increasing rate, and yet, even in the US, the work week can be 50 or 60 or 70 hours long. This is required for one to earn a decent living and support a family. Then as routinely as it comes in, we dole these earnings back out. We pay for the privilege of living in boxes, for the energy which makes us “go,” and for someone else to produce our entertainment and deliver our sensual pleasures. We pay for embalming, a funeral, a plot, and a casket when we leave this world (though that is a story for another article).

And we still pay for someone (a doctor or an obstetrician) to deliver children in a clinical, hospital setting.

This indicates that 99% of all humans on Earth, including the gender most immediately concerned with pregnancy, are disconnected from the perfectly designed process of birth. Sometimes technology frees resources, allowing us to dive more fully into the life experience; but it doesn’t always work that way. It also has the potential to enslave humanity and disconnect us from reality and ourselves.

More than any time in recorded history, birth takes place in a hospital. In the US, 98.8% of births occur in hospitals (CDC Report). It’s easy to forget that hospitals exist to treat medical emergencies. We have become convinced that birth is one such emergency. COMPLETELY FALSE!

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Conscious Pregnancy, Empowered Birth I

As a species, as those “being” human, male or female, we are integrally designed capable of everything that is of true importance to us. It’s built in, it’s natural, it’s God-sent. On planet Earth in this time and space, humans are almost completely disconnected from this truth.

There are many women who are beginning to question, who are beginning to remember. Many may be reading these words right now. There are many women who are now consciously choosing home births, natural births, midwife assisted births rather than doctor deliveries; births in pools, in tubs, and at home instead of hospitals or birthing centers. While these realities are upgrades, they are only the beginning. After all giving birth is a most powerful experience for a woman, and for parents. It’s also simple, totally natural. It’s a huge deal, an extraordinary process! And yet it happens every day and is completely and totally ordinary. This is the paradox of our entire lives.

Birth is happening every day, not only resulting in human children, but also in energetic consciousness. Every moment something is born – a thought, the genesis of an action, collaboration on ideas, creativity. From the human child to the formation of intention, it’s all birth. My favorite example of a type of birth is the breath. There is no physical aspect of existence that is more important, more nourishing, more sustaining than our breath. We can go for some amount of time without food or without water, but how long without breath? As we breathe in, it’s pure source, we’re breathing in pure, sustaining life force.

This air is relative, changing depending on where you are in the world and within yourself, yet this breath is the simple, natural process of birth. For as we breathe, we give life, and as we breathe out, we are surrendering, letting go, dying. Without that breath, life as we know it ceases. As we breathe in again, life is reborn, life is possible. Breath is an unconscious ability. Without thinking of it, you breathe for days and days, and yet still you breathe, just as the body pumps blood, just as the intestines and the stomach process food, just as the liver processes toxins. The body is working to sustain itself, it’s maintaining life, it’s existing, and it’s all built-in. It’s part of consciousness, it’s part of the perfect design. Whether you are conscious of it or not, it’s taking place. You have to really get in the way, you have to really really get in the way for these things to stop, for these things to malfunction. You have to try to stop breathing and then even so most of the time the desire is going to be manifest, it’s going to be birthed to breathe again.

Now what’s really amazing is that these simple natural processes, built and designed in perfection, begin to manifest in human consciousness and human form. The working of cells, the breath, the heart pumping and the circulation of blood – these separate and unconscious processes combine to form what we call the human body. The body manifests within this simple, normal, natural, built-in design, perfect in aspects, but also at times dysfunctional and malfunctioning. When the blood is not pumping properly, heart attack and stroke results. There are people with high blood pressure or low blood pressure because their blood is not pumping properly. There are a great many physical ills that manifest in the human form.

As far as natural and perfectly designed processes, there is no difference between the pumping of blood and giving birth. Since before recorded human history, since as far back as science can tell, humans have been giving birth to humans. Every mammal on this earth is giving birth to other mammals. What’s happening now is that, just like with the pumping of blood and the breathing of air, the simple, normal, natural parts of life, designed in perfection, are broken, or dysfunctional, or fragmented, because of the interference of the human mind. Because of thought, because of ideas, because of conditioning, because of manipulation, because of the abuse from living in this world. So the whole purpose of me writing this is to connect, to remember, to liberate, to empower, to access the state of divinity, and of natural ordinary thrival.

This is the first in a series of New Paradigm articles pertaining to Conscious Pregnancy. Look for the Conscious Pregnancy II in a few days.

Attachment II

Read the first part of this article:  Attachment I

In ways subtle or obvious, people operate schedules dictated by their attachment. This means attachment to a feeling of security, familiarity, a paycheck, a big house, a daily hot shower, a temperate environment, etc. It is certainly possible to enjoy these things without attachment, but realistically, very few are on that level. Seeing through attachment will allow you to maintain peace regardless of the situation or environmental condition. But every person has attachments. There is always room to go deeper within yourself. That’s where pushing your limits and putting yourself in new situations, unfamiliar and possibly uncomfortable situations has its benefit.

Put yourself in situations that you’re not prepared for, or where there are elements of the unknown. This is another area in which people experience a lot of attachment – they don’t put themselves in situations in which they feel insecure. Many people are stuck inside their own idealistic and socio-economic cliques and bubbles.

If you are this type of person who has been pushing her limits, who is actively engaged in the process of exploring attachments, then you will find it beneficial to meditate more, spend less time talking, less time watching tv, watching movies, listening to music, surfing the web. . .

Purposefully put yourself into new situations, talk to people you’ve never talked to before. And observe the thoughts and feelings you have. Just observe, without judgment, just see what’s there.

A ten-day Vipassana* meditation course is a good example: you’re going into an environment that you’ve never been in before, an environment based on silence, which is rare in most human-inhabited places, and you are going to have a lot of time to be with your thoughts and feelings, becoming conscious of the various levels occurring inside your body.

This is what non-attachment looks like in the New Paradigm:  you are living passionately. You are living from inspiration and with purpose. You are doing that deliberately. That is the goal. Life without desire is pointless. To me, desire is the fire of life, it is the fire of creativity. Without desire there is no creativity. Without creativity, there is no life.

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QiQi and Noki

Tonight is a doubly blest night~*~

QiQi danced around the kitchen in a pink size 8 pair of women’s flip-flops. Little Noki loves to watch her sister. She especially loves when QiQi is doing physical activity like dancing. While observing QiQi on this night, in delight to witness the play and fun, Noki began to giggle giggle and giggle. All those blessed enough to witness this moment, to experience this moment, were touched and grateful for Noki’s authentic smile full of appreciation and love.

Because the moment was so beautiful, of course we turn on the video camera. As I turned on the overhead lights to try and get better video, QiQi looked at me and said, “turn it off, we don’t need those, Daddy.”

At two years of age, QiQi is already more conscious and responsible about electricity usage than most adults I’ve ever met. Alas, I did not turn the lights off because they were needed for the video : ). She is simply not yet aware that in order to get good video you need to have good light. In her responsible logic she came to the conclusion that there is no need for the light. She truly is of my blood, and of my house. I am grateful and honored.

our noki
our noki

Most Americans are not very conscious of energy use, as we have become so accustomed to a effortless, readily available, and seemingly endless supply. When we have new people here at the Garden, it often takes weeks or even months for them to turn off lights when they are done, or to turn off lights that are not being actively used. I know, this seems amazing, but such is the state of casual carelessness in our society.
The 2-year-old mentor

A few months ago we had two Wwoofers join us here in Eden (if you’re not familiar Wwoofers are, check out the project @ www.wwoof.net ). They arrived from Japan for two weeks and spoke very little English. QiQi could comprehend and use more English than they, so she spent time pointing out and teaching these twenty-something-year-old Japanese girls what she knew.

This is one of many amazing examples of QiQi’s true caring and supportive nature. Of course she has many selfish moments, yet on a daily basis she is consistently coming from a place of true inspiration, helping people with everything they do. She helps us pick greens from the garden, and she helps us juice them. She helps sweep the floor, put it in a dust pan, and empty it in the trash. She pees in her own potty, dumps it out, and washes it. She helps wash windows, fold clothes, take clothes off the drying line and yes, teaches English.

At only two and a half years of age, there are many very real physical limitations for QiQi, but her inspired help is as real as I have seen. She not only helps with “work,” but does it in a way that can only be seen as play. For her, work does not exist. She is simply living and enjoying what she is doing. This bring perspective to our own approach to work. From the stance of chores and work and HAVING to do something it is very easy to get drained and tired. But doing something you WANT to do and doing it from a perspective of creativity, joy, and importance, the activity becomes enjoyable and fulfilling.

On one hand this is so extraordinary – to see such a small being be so aware and responsible – yet at the same time, why not? Why should it not be normal for children to be as responsible as adults (or much more so)? Why should it not be normal for children to be as aware and engaged in this world as adults? These are powerful questions. We have more to learn from our children than they from us, but our parental perspective still determines to a degree what and how much our children explore.

QiQi is not just intelligent but she is wise, caring, nurturing, playful, authentic, and extremely capable of everything she puts her attention on. I am grateful to have realized the truth of life before having children so that I may provide an environment for her to thrive and grow in her ever expanding capability without limiting her potential with rules, judgment, and preconceptions.

I have chosen to treat QiQi as a responsible, capable being in all aspects of her and our lives. Every day she reflects this understanding. We are blessed with for QiQi to be with us. We are also blessed to consider her a fully conscious and capable contributing participant in our life, rather than a burden that requires constant care.

These are powerful examples of just how naturally awesome life can be∞§∞

The New Paradigm is Awesome~*~

New Paradigm January Update

The Garden of Eden is metamorphosing into the sleek machinery of New Paradigm transformation.

From seven residents a mere two months ago, GOE is up to seventeen, including fifteen adults: Quinn, Inok, Shellie, and twelve others. After raid-survivors Rahb and Amadi each made their exit in December, the Japanese girls (Arisa and Ayano) arrived to live here during their winter-break. We added Andrew, Quinn(again) and Kathleen, Brandon, Will the wwoofer, and now Indie. There is a finite amount of space (between the house and land), but New Paradigm abundance is our forte. Aside from Eden Core, we have people sleeping in two guest rooms, two outdoor trailers, a junked bachelor-pad converted Chevy Suburban, a hammock, and a tent. Soon there will be space for two more in one of the guest rooms with the construction of double bunks.

As often as we see new resident and temporary wwoofers and other visitor come to stay, we regularly experience shifts in Consciousness and energy at the Garden. Every single day we are upgrading our lifestyle, relying on our own ingenuity to solve problems, and finding new sustainable solutions. In the past week, Brian, Chantha, Tyler, and Q(a) completed a 5-stall pen for goats. Next up is a hutch for rabbits. When this is finished we will have a killer goat-chicken-rabbit petting zoo. On the slate is a quality-of-life upgrade that everyone will love: endless hot-water for showers and hot-tubbing, our reward for diligently composting every scrap of organic matter. Look for a detailed breakdown and blueprint of our design after we have it tested and perfected. We have also successfully completed our first aquaponics system, which will support soilless fish-plant symbiosis.

We have a host of smaller projects happening, each helmed by our residents based on their unique skills and interests. One of our youngest residents, Tyler, is a veritable idea mill, enthusiastic to to do EVERYTHING: inspired to facilitate the reality of the rabbits and goats, venturing into making quality soaps and salves, weaving paracord bracelets, and constructing PVC hunting bows with Chantha. Chantha’s constant dedication played a big role in the success of the aquaponics system, and in his spare time he has taken to woodworking and perfecting a boomerang design. Bobbie and Inok are working on sewing aromatherapy pillows filled with herbs from the Eden garden, Kathleen is ambitiously fine-tuning small engines and appliances around the complex, and Q(a) is fermenting foods and making kefir. Brandon is doing carpentry and making houses for birds and fairies, and Dasmine experiments with making natural beauty products from natural and harvested materials. Indie, our newest inhabitant, makes dreamcatchers. August Personage maintains this blog, the EdenEpicThreads Etsy, and, with Quinn, is writing a series of New Paradigm books. It’s certainly no small task keeping fourteen people fed and focused each day, but Isness Quinn Is manages with aplomb, and he does it while teaching Simple Sustainability and Freedom Law at the Garden on Sundays, regularly granting interviews to radio shows (guerrilla network, truth frequency radio, and more to come), speaking at events throughout the metro and country, and running for the office of Texas State Representative as the Libertarian candidate in the 96th district. But Quinn’s real occupation is devoting time to the Eden family, raising his two daughters in an environment of love, freedom, and responsibility, devoting his attention to Inok and Shellie, and supporting and guiding the conscious growth of everyone here as they begin to let go of the suppression and conditioning of the world and awaken/integrate a life of thrival.

We at the Garden of Eden are always pleased and excited to meet anyone interested in finding out more about the New Paradigm or contributing skills or expertise.  We are particularly looking for video filming and editing experts, web design and maintenance masters, and someone skilled in the art of sewing. Contact us via Facebook if you or your group is interested in participating, in our community outreach events or other big projects. You may also contribute monetarily through Facebook or GoFundMe.

* ~ Denial ~ *

It is just amazing how many ideas there are! So many there is no way to quantify them. Our world is a series of ideas (just ask Humprey Davy). As long as we remember this fact, the world is a playground. But if we aren’t careful, if we forget, if we take the magic out of the world, if we start believing in iron-clad rules, rigidly determined systems, institutions and structures, then every idea is a potential hell. Would you rather wake up thinking “these are all my obligations, oh well, better get to it. . .,” or “what game shall we play today?” This recognition is part of the essence of the New Paradigm.

Personally, I feel it is very important to interact and engage authentically and transparently – that’s who I am to the core (and the book of my life is very open). When I express my will, my opinion, I do so without taint of anger or resentment except in the rare case that that is what is authentically true. Believe me – I can express myself with force – but that comes from the honesty and conviction of my words, not the need to guilt or control people. So commonly I’m met with disagreement or judgment or conflict or confrontation, and that’s okay. I would rather be clear and honest 100% of the time and risk coming up against this opposition than allow myself to be tripped up by fear or hesitation, or by getting caught up in games of denial, supposed to, have to, or should. Life is not very powerful when living within the judgment, expectation, and ideas of others.  I would trade a lifetime of pretending in order to gain approval, for one day of true fulfilled raw existence~*~  
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