Journal 1/20/10

1/20/10

12:13pm

Yesterday, tuesday was the usual breakfast and check in. The work party consisted of pulling lava rocks out from in front of the rock wall at the “Ohi’a house”, which is where Tracy and Biko live. We then created a garden in this same area which involved lots of carrying buckets of soil and spreading it, laying down cardboard for any potential weed prevention, mulch and weeding. Using an o’o bar to poke through the cardboard and about 8 inches of soil below, we then planted the Yakon keiki’s  I harvested a few days ago. Good hard work in the hot hawaiian sun.

Following was a well deserved lunch of garden salad, ceviche, yam- sweet potato and squash stew and other tasty goods prepared by Pia, Fred’s norwegian land mate, and David.

After lunch we had an Non violent communication class with Dona and Judy facilitating. We re-enacted through two person skits, different aspects of poor communication. Ping pong and basketball followed in the meadow space structure.

Dinner was lush vegetarian again. A night cap of jamming with Nathan, Nico and others was fun.

Today is “domestic day”. We pick a cleaning job from a list of about 15 options like cleaning the compost toilets or cleaning and stocking the solar shower area.

Fred and I cleaned the upstairs of the main house and found a dead rat in a trap. I had to pull the rat up which was pretty decomposed and stuck to the floor. I almost threw up.  Later we’ll go to town and do laundry.

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Journal 1/19/10

1/19/10

6:00 pm

Killer breakfast of usual, digging Mameh Zapote. Check in is every morning which is starting to get easier and i’m actually beginning to appreciate it. Work party consisted of Macheteing Glerasidia and Caliendra along side the entrance path. Then feeding it to the plants we’re growing as a nitrogen fixer. Next we cleaned up papaya and banana trees and fed them the surrounding growth. After another beautiful lunch of hummus, tabouli and other fine food, we did a permaculture class consisting of a tour of the property and an explanation of what guilds are.

Dinner following, then Intro to Consensus decision making with Biko, this evening.

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Journal 1/17/10

1/17/10

10:30 pm

The morning began with a shower outdoors in the solar shower behind the main house. Sunday is a free day so we all decided to spend it together as a tribe. Lifetimes had widdled down to days. We all made our own breakfast of eggs, yakon, bread, coffee, fruits etc. Ningay was leaving to teach another symposium at another spot on the island. We had a heart felt talk.. she’s quite a visionary.. She offered to give me her book for free. I was very touched and knew I should give her a bracelet I made. I gave her the Owl Wisdom one. We were both close top tearing. She is living her Dharma and choosing to be carried by spirit. 

We gathered up and decided to hit the road for the day and through the night. The options that laid before us propelled us into our first consensus decision. We joyfully settled into the best choices for the group, as a whole. Kalani’s Ecstatic Dance was the first stop. I was driver again and was christened “Captain”, by Nathan. 

Kalani’s grounds are a little more well funded than La’akea, but they don’t offer the Permaculture classes I desire. Nevertheless, this class was the neo steam punk beach hippy’s version of the classic catholic church. I was exorcised of any remaining demons, if you will. Freeman, the elder of the of our tribe, his girlfriend Vicki, Camus, Rachel, Nathan, AJ, David, Nico, Emily and myself finally enjoyed our due connection amongst the larger circuit of human energy. We danced our godly asses off. The ritual of spirit movement held on this sunday was a successful attempt at bridging the gap between source and human. We started with a good 20 minute warm up which broke the sweat and lit ignited the fire. Then I saw my friend, Arcane from Boston via LA. Since their’s no talking I couldn’t say much. We sat in a circle said some prayers and they expressed certain guidelines. We then walked towards the center starting with an older man, apparently the owner of Kalani and a part Haitian woman. They layed their hands on each other, then each one of us came up one by one and put their right hand on the person’s shoulder in front of them, creatinga spider- like web of people with the intention and success of producing light. Ironically, the person that slipped in front of me was Arcane. The rest of the program was stellar. Our immediate tribe bonded even tighter within the extended Pahoan tribe around. Sweat was shed upon sweat as we moved in one serious Lahui. 

After the dance we decided to go to Kehena for the weekly drum circle ritual. We ate some food and got a beer at a restaurant in Kalapana at the end of Red Rd first. Then onto the infamous party on the black sand beach. Deeper and deeper we go. Sharing fruit, goji, coconuts, oranges, apples, cigarettes, beer, noni and love. Music, beach, spirit and Ohana. After acouple hours the rain lightly fell. Enough to prompt us to meander to the next spot. Downtown Pahoa, the Natch, Thai food, then played pool at local bar, Village Cafe where two Hawaiian guys played live covering familiar songs hawaiian style. Great voices. Ohana kapili. The tribe unites.

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Journal 1/16/10

1/16/10

9:57 pm

Remembering yesterday… seems like a lifetime ago. Started today with breakfast, eggs, oatmeal with tones of fixins, tons of fruit, coffee and various other things.. The work party.. We tore out old tarps and weeded then replanted colius and another plant, mulched then fenced a good size area along the side of the tool house. After that AJ and I harvested yakon and their keiki’s. Then lunch. After – peer counseling taught by Amara . Good info but pretty elementary. Great dinner after that. Fritatta’s and tons of other amazing vegetarian food. After that me, Nico, Fred, Fred, Rachel, Emily and Camus went to a party down along a long, bumpy volcanic rock road into a jungle community abode. Tons of locals.. Met some people.. Saw Gina from peer counseling group earlier. Checked out some killer bands including a badass portishead type band with a beat boxing chick singer, dulcimer and electronica. Checked out a fire spinning show and enjoyed the local culture. Reminds me of beach side jungle burning man vibe. 

Today, woke up this morning feeling a little funny, 5 hours sleep, not enough. Ate some oatmeal, then did ecstatic dance in the yoga room for an hour. Broke a sweat and burned of the shadow. Felt better. Then David, AJ, Emily Nathan, Camus and I rented Amara’s car and went to Kehena, clothing optional beach. Really great time. Met Fred  there and had a great conversation with him and Emily. Bumped into Ocean, whom I met at Burning Man 5 months ago. He’s a trip. Chatted with some people from the party last night. Jumped into the ocean for the first time since arriving. Cracked a bunch of coconuts and sugar cane and shared with some other folks and us. Total cool vibe. Cruised over to Natch after a few hours of beach. Talked to some dude in line Kolomana, about his fibonacci sequence broccoli and ayahuasca. Then drove back  to La’akea. Ate dinner including the yakon we harvested. Then went to Ningay’s symposium, Awakening the Drreamer.. Good night

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Journal 1/15/10

1/15/10

6:54 am

It’s jungle central here. I’m not sure of the origin of all the sounds serenading me. Coqui frogs and roosters are the main conducters, but many other critters are awakening too. Yesterday was FULL ON! Nathan and I did our skits. The first was called “Uncle Boris” and the second was, “The Tea”. Uncle Boris was a bitter old man who just found out his mentally challenged nephew was coming to live with him. Ultimately, through playing on the nephew’s seemingly “challenged” traits, he learned to find the value in everyone. “The Tea” was your regular old run of the mill, man finds salvation through unknowingly drinking a psychedelic substance. I thought ours was the best and most cleverly acted out, which in turn gave me confidence.

We did our tour of the grounds. What an amazing place. I fed the chickens, my job for the week, and gathered their eggs which by the way were nestled in random boxes in the tool shed and other places all around. Dona and Kaia’a came round with me to show me how to do it properly. Kaia’a is like barely 2 years old and knows his shit when it comes to community life. 

Last night we had Heart Share. WOW, nerve wracking. We each had to stand up and move in the middle of the circle of like 20 people and share our truths at that moment for four minutes. A very good test to face my biggest fears.. I’m feeling accomplished and well rested.. finally.. Let’s see what today brings..

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Permaculture and Organic Gardens I’ve been involved with

 

A Food Forest Permaculture Organic Garden

 

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Sacred Spaces

 

My first 17 ft. Geodesic Dome

 

 A Sacred space is a healing sphere that is pure, holy and safe. We can create sacred space and summon the healing power of nature anywhere on Earth. Much of our fear and pain derives from the feeling that the world is not a safe place for us. Within sacred space everyone is protected. 

I started realizing the importance of creating sacred space about 4 years ago at the Burning Man festival. When I got back I started building a geodesic dome from scratch. It took about a week and quite a bit of sweat. The math involved and pure physical hard work activated both sides of my brain simultaneously which resulted in a very satisfying process. The reward when finished was unparalleled. Consequently, I spent 100’s of hours of meditation, shamanic ritual, music, yoga and a place to go and leave behind the affairs of ordinary life. Within this space I was able to enter the quiet, peaceful inner world where an abundance of healing took place. I never thought I’d be able to connect to “spirit guides”, nor did I believe they existed. The healing energy and elements of sacred geometry of this space compelled me to return day after day, which subsequently opened up a portal to the spirit world, power animals and spirit guides. I had received many answers to questions regarding my life’s mission and how to maintain peace and happiness. I can’t give all the credit to the physical structure but without it, it’s quite difficult for me to make space in my life for consistent spiritual practice. The value of the first sacred space I built, is priceless. 

Our Domes and camp at Burning Man

 

One of my Domes on a hillside in the Santa Monica Mountains

 

Dome Jam

 

Sunset Dome Ritual

 

After creating some domes I was inspired by Drunvalo Melchizedek’s book, The Ancient Secret of The Flower of Life to build a structure to aid in meditation and stimulate one’s Merkaba Energy Field. Here is a picture of it 75% complete.

The Great Pyramid Merkaba

 

On my past trip to Hawaii I was honored to assist in the construction of an adult play structure made from local harvested native Ohi’a wood. A few snags and a few weeks later we completed the jungle gym like structure.

Ohi'a Play Structure

 

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