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Coming Back to the Village: Evolving From the Festival Culture to Land Stewardship

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The resurgence of large scale transformational festivals and participatory events such as Burning Man in Nevada, Boom Festival in Portugal, Symbiosis Gathering in California, and the dozens if not hundreds of smaller festivals has created a new form of modern coming of age ritual for millions of people.

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Many young and older people find these festivals life-altering, ushering a period of growth in their lives. We experiment with old and new ways of living together, in these temporary spaces, finding our humanity in them.

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We experience communal living, freedom of expression, and acceptance of others as we dance through the night and enjoy exploring together through the days.

The nomenclature “Transformational” speaks to the make of these festivals which, most often, focus on community building, personal growth, spirituality, healthy lifestyles, and overall striving for a sustainable and even regenerative culture, by design.

Most of these events — besides being a space for personal exploration, for dancing all night, and for art — also offer workshops around permaculture, land stewardship, sustainable practices, health and wellness practices, community building, and more.

The narrative emerging from these festivals and events looks at evolving the human experience into a more collaborative and resilient one. It uses the participatory nature of festivals to bring these ideas to the attendees, with the hope they will implement them in their lives back in the “default world.”

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Critics of these festivals maintain that they only create the illusion of transformation, however, and highlight how unsustainable the events actually are: the impact to the land from building the structures on it, the carbon footprint of the festival due to people driving to the land and using plastic and other single use objects, and the privilege required to even attend such events, even when hosted in a third world country.

The big question on the minds of both festival producers and participants is: Where do we go from here? How do we evolve from partying all night to actually creating change on a global level?

This question was raised by the collaborative group creating the book Reinhabiting the Village: Co-Creating our Future.

Over 60 grassroots leaders, artists, educators, visionaries, facilitators, event producers, permaculture experts, economic advisors, technology developers, indigenous elders, project managers, ecologists, media specialists, and social movement organizers shared their voices in this multimedia collaborative project that consists of a printed book, ebook, workbook, and a website featuring a resource hub.

The book features “voices from the village.” The more than 60 authors bring forward their best practices, share their experience, and offer models for a regenerative human culture.

The book is weaved through 12 themes aligning with Barbara Marx Hubbard’s wheel of co-creation:

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“What is a Village and how do we ReInhabit it? At the simplest level, a “Village” is a Place we belong to. Whether urban or rural, it is the place where we live, the land we share, it is the food we eat, it’s our watersheds, it is the ecosystem that we are a part of. A Village is also the People we are connected to, it is our children and elders, our families, our friends, our neighbors; it is the “WE” who share a “common unity,” a community of individuals who create a collective culture. It is the system by which we exchange and steward our resources and agree upon value as a means to ensuring our mutual survival.”

– Excerpt From Jamaica Stevens, “Reinhabiting the Village.”

(Check out the ReInhabiting the Village resource hub for projects and community near you, and to share your own!)

One of the conversations that has emerged is how to not mistreat the land used for hosting these events. The idea that every year a land is built on, visited by huge numbers of people for a short period of time, and then abandoned, has proven to be both unsustainable and harmful to the land.

So what can be done?

Over the past few years, land projects have started emerging as the next stage of festival evolution.

There are several great examples:

Earlier this year, the Burning Man project bought the fly ranch property: 3,800 acres of land located twenty-one miles north of Gerlach in Washoe County, Nevada.

This purchase answered the question: “How can we bring this beyond the event?

The first intention of buying the land is to become its stewards as the organization expands the culture beyond its annual event and amplifies “Burning Man’s cultural impact into the wider world beyond Black Rock City. 

Another example of a land project comes from Boom Festival, which has been going strong since 1997.

This festival, which focuses on permaculture in its festival land and only hosts their big 35,000 person event every second year, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy the land they are leasing:

The time has come to take our reality to the next level: Let’s create a Permanent Free Culture Zone where our ideals for a new world such as freedom, peace, arts, environmentalism, free culture and love can be expressed on a daily basis while keeping Boom alive on the same location. We want to use the land to organize events for conscious lifestyles on a yearly basis, to develop permaculture projects for the reforestation of the land and for educational purposes.

A third example of this evolution from festival to land stewardship is emerging in the Santa Barbara Lucidity Festival.

This festival, whose motto is, “Leave it better than you found it,” focuses on permaculture, and hosts an Intro to Permaculture Design Certification course in the week preceding its event.

This year, Lucidity Festival has announced its plan to create Lucidity University at Trillium. For 40 years, Trillium has ushered in transformation as a conscious community and wilderness education center. The Lucid University is continuing this legacy, offering an invitation to join in this lush and protected valley in Southern Oregon. They’ve launched their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to make that goal a reality, with rewards such as short introductory courses, longform immersive retreats, apprenticeships, certifications, online education, and even romantic getaways on the property.

The Lucid University offers immersive transformational education, organized into five curriculum tracks:

  • CommunityWorks
  • CreativeWorks
  • BodyWorks
  • EcologyWorks
  • SpiritWorks

As participants in the Reinhabiting the Village project, they are calling this experiment Foundations of a Living Learning Village, making it yet another example of a growing phenomenon within the global transformational culture.

There are many more examples of similar small and large initiatives popping up all over the map, such as Delphi Village in Nevada, and Numundo, which connects people who wish to volunteer in land projects globally as part of being eco-tourists. There is also Regenvillages, which makes desirable off-grid capable neighborhoods comprised of power positive homes, renewable energy, water management, and waste-to-resource systems that are based upon on-going resiliency research, for thriving families and reduced burdens on local and national governments. All of these indicate the emergence of a global network of land projects, permaculture, and urban villages.

We are finding our humanity in festivals, sharing resources and learning how to get back to the village. But beyond that, all of these experiences are teaching groups of people how to change their habits, evolve and expand to face the many challenges coming our way, and build a regenerative culture and resilient humanity.

With it, a new human narrative is born — one that wishes to leave this planet Earth better than we found it.

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Fact Checkers & Big Tech Censorship Are Tearing Apart Society

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Journalist Laurie Clarke published an article in the British Medical Journal examining hundreds of millions of pieces of content that Facebook has removed in an attempt to stop ‘covid misinformation.’ As a result of censorship, we are seeing a breakdown of important dialogue. Here is our deeper written analysis of her piece.

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The Quantum Eraser Experiment: What Happens In The Present Can Change The Past

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    At the quantum scale, what we do in the present can impact what happens in the past. This is shown through what's known as the quantum delayed choice choice, or quantum eraser experiment.

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    Why are factors associated with consciousness directly intertwined with physical material matter at the quantum scale? What does this mean when it comes to our physical material world in relation to our thoughts, perceptions, feelings and emotions?

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One of the founding fathers of quantum theory, Max Planck, who is often credited with originating quantum theory – a feat that won him the Physics Nobel Prize in 1918 – once stated: “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as exiting, postulates consciousness.”

Fast forward to today and there are a number of experiments in multiple fields showing that Planck was right. Consciousness is fundamental and it is directly intertwined with what we call physical material matter. You cannot explain consciousness in terms of the existing fundamentals like space, time, mass, and charge. As a result, the logical thing to do is postulate whether consciousness itself is something fundamental to the existence of reality.

A classic experiment used to examine the role of consciousness and its relationship to matter is the quantum double slit experiment. In this experiment, tiny bits of matter (photons, electrons, or any atomic-sized object) are shot toward a screen that has two slits in it. When there is no measuring device placed at the screen, the tiny bits of matter act as a “wave” and creates an “interference” pattern on the other side where a wall is placed to catch the pattern. Because there was no measuring or observation device used to see what slit the matter went through, we cannot know what path it took. When the pattern on the wall is examined to see what path it took, it represents a wave of possibilities, meaning the matter (particle) went through both slits, and one slit, and interfered with itself, which should be physically impossible. Welcome to the wacky world of quantum physics – anything and everything is possible.

The kicker is, when an observation device is set up to observe what slit the particles go through, the particle then only goes through one, thus collapsing the wave pattern and forming a pattern that is representative of the particle only going through one slit. In other words, the behaviour of the matter changes when we decide to measure  or observe it, the particles act as they are aware they are being watched. 50 percent of the time the particle will go through one slit, and the other 50 percent of the time it will go through the other and form a two slit pattern, just as if they were balls lobbed through one slit or the other.

Observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it…We compel (the electron) to assume a definite position…We ourselves produce the results of the measurement. (M. Mermin, Boojums All the Way Through: Communicating Science ina Prosaic Age (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1990, referenced by Dr. Dean Radin, From A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays explaining how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality

If this isn’t already mind-altering enough for you, one physicist, John Archibald Wheeler, pondered what would happen if we don’t interfere with the photons on their way through the slits? What would happen if we didn’t set up a measuring device to observe what slit the matter went through, and instead, what if behind the back wall there were detectors? One detector is focused on each slit, and just before the particle lands on the screen after it has passed through the slit device, the detectors are pulled away. When no one could detect which slit the photon had gone through, there was a wave pattern, but when the detectors were in place, there was no wave pattern. Similar to observing the particles before they went through the slit. No observation produced an interference pattern, and observation formed a one line, one slit pattern.

If they collapse to a state of particles from a wave at the moment of detection, after they have gone past the slit device, this means that even though they went through the slit unobserved and should produce a wave (interference) pattern, the very act of observing, still, instantly transforms them into particles and collapses the wave function.

This begs the question, how could these detectors interfere with something that had already happened? It would mean that what happened in the present changed the past. The very act of detecting the particles after they go through the slit determines how they went through the slit, either as a wave or as particles. How is this possible?

Like the quantum double slit experiment, the delayed choice/quantum eraser has been demonstrated and repeated multiple times. For example, physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) have conducted John Wheeler’s delayed-choice thought experiment, and the findings were recently published in the journal Nature Physics.

In 2007 (Science 315, 966, 2007), scientists in France shot photons into an apparatus and showed that their actions could retroactively change something that had already happened.

“If we attempt to attribute an objective meaning to the quantum state of a single system, curious paradoxes appear: quantum effects mimic not only instantaneous action-at-a-distance, but also, as seen here, influence of future actions on past events, even after these events have been irrevocably recorded.” (source)

To make the experiment easier to understand, Wheeler used a cosmic scale explanation. Imagine a star emitting a photon billions of years ago, heading in the direction of planet Earth. In between, there is a galaxy. As a result of what’s known as “gravitational lensing,” the light will have to bend around the galaxy in order to reach Earth, so it has to take one of two paths, going left or going right. Billions of years later, if one decides to set up an apparatus to “catch” the photon, the resulting pattern would be an interference pattern, as explained above in the double slit experiment. This demonstrates that the photon took one way, and it took the other way. A “wave” of possibilities, but the way it took has not been defined.

One could also choose to “peek” at the incoming photon, setting up a telescope on each side of the galaxy to determine which side the photon passed to reach Earth. The very act of measuring or “watching” which way the photon comes in means it can only come in from one side. The pattern will no longer be an interference pattern representing multiple possibilities, but a single clump pattern showing “one” way.

What does this mean? It means how we choose to measure “now” affects what direction the photon took billions of years ago. Our choice in the present moment affected what had already happened in the past.

Below is a great video of Wheeler explaining.

My mind is blown just writing this article, I can’t stop thinking about it and what it could possibly mean, and how factors associated with consciousness are, in more ways than one, intertwined with what we perceive to be our physical reality. I recently published an article regarding consciousness and how it might be fundamental to the creation of our physical material world. You can read that here if interested.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” ― Nikola Tesla

Why does all of this matter? Because it’s one of multiple experiments showing a strong connection between consciousness and physical matter. What does this mean at the classic physics scale? What does it mean with regards to the way we think, feel, perceive? What does it mean when we are talking about solutions to problems we are facing on our planet? If human consciousness could be so fundamental with regards to the ‘creation of our reality’, why aren’t we talking about it more? What impact would changing the way we look at our world have on the human experience? What would happen if we started to see things in a different light?

We tend to believe in our culture that we are beings where everything in our world is happening to us, as opposed to us being intimately connected to everything in our world. How might that knowing change the nature of our choices?

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Dr Byram Bridle Speaks For 100 Colleagues Afraid To Share Science About COVID Vaccine Concerns

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    Dr Byram Bridle and two other physicians spoke at a news conference on Parliament Hill about their experience being censored or harassed as a result of sharing their medical opinions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Do we as citizens truly want our scientists and physicians to be silenced and censored?

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Why are scientists and experts in this field scared to share concerning science regarding COVID vaccines? Just ask Byram Bridle, a viral immunologist from the University of Guelph who recently released a detailed, in-depth report regarding safety concerns about the COVID vaccines. The report was released to act as a guide for parents when it comes to deciding whether or not their child should be vaccinated against COVID-19. Bridle published the paper on behalf of one hundred other scientists and doctors who part of the Canadian COVID Care Alliance, but who are afraid to ‘come out’ publicly and share their concerns.

Bridle has stated about the Alliance,

In fact the reason that we (Canadian COVID Care Alliance) exist is sad. We exist because we’re like minded in the sense that we all want to be able to speak openly and freely about the scientist and medicine underpinning COVID-19, and we don’t feel safe to do it  anywhere else other than within our own private group, where we feel safe.

Below is our detailed report on the news conference held on Parliament Hill on June 17th, 2021. It was organized by Canadian MP Derek Sloan who has received hundreds of concerned communications from Canadian citizens about the censorship of scientists. Bridle and two other physicians spoke at the conference.

A recent article published in the British Medical Journal by journalist Laurie Clarke has highlighted the fact that Facebook has already removed at least 16 million pieces of content from its platform and added warnings to approximately 167 million others. YouTube has removed nearly 1 million videos related to, according to them, “dangerous or misleading covid-19 medical information.”

The more important questions to ask are: who is deciding what’s misleading? Who decides what’s false?

Some of the most renowned scientists and expert in this field have been subjected to this “fact-checking,” and they’ve been outspoken about how much of this fact-checking is flat out censorship. You decide.

To note: HealthFeedback.org, a fact checker, has attempted to refute some of Bridle’s claims. You can read more about them here.

 

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