I've been drawn to numerous platforms such as this, not only to extend my knowledge but mostly network and find brothers and sisters with the ethos and aspiration to establish and nurture community from this magnificent Earth... This obviously starts from fostering the natural state of abundance we should be in; bringing it back and maintaining it by distributing it's fruits in a manner that does NO HARM (as much as possible) and benefits all... All stems from this food, water security and ultimately good rapport... My drive is to co-create and find self-determining, self-reliant families/communities, working with a strong sense of custodianship... This starts with being it, in present-sense - walking the talk. I feel this is our inherent role, despite how much our social-conditioning may have us forget and obscure this.
I feel the conscience is innate and that ideology, doctrine and that the contrived and arbitrary constructs or law and order don't create (social/political/economic)'systems' impervious to exploitation...
Quote: Plato ~ "Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws". This doesn't presuppose that we don't have boundaries, 'rules' and consensus.
'Community-Immunity' is the term I use to define this security, abundance, respect, empathy, honour, love, etc., we all seek. Relations that are genuine, function from the principle of NO HARM and it's derivative qualities; patience, perseverance, diligence, fortitude, discipline, accountability, self-possession, humility, trustworthiness, etc., are the qualities I'm trying to cultivate. Furthermore, I feel no partnership/relationship is true unless it's based on helping one another grow, which requires a degree of selflessness - to nurture, to confront and scrutinise for the overall betterment of both...
So my post here is for a partner, if it should be, but also for true friends. In saying this, I feel one must have comfort and solace in his/her own company and not feel incomplete feeding a potential 'neediness'.
If I know you and I know you're passionately on a path to create these 'edible-forest-landscapes' and communities that I've briefly elucidated, I will be there if I can and assist wholeheartedly. This is the my journey and my soul. Life wants to live.
I detest laziness, stagnation and the lackadaisical attitudes that stifle growth, creativeness, health, etc., I'm a reliable hard worker - often too hard. So I can step the line from steadfast to stubborn where something may give... I'm genuine about looking at my inadequacies, 'blind-spots', shortcomings, hypocrisies, etc. My repulsion to prolonged laziness probably came from my youth before I found my purpose, where enthusiasm and drive was lacking. I acknowledge there's also a time to slow down and rest or 'meditate' if you will... To enjoy the fruits and foster gratitude and contentment. To not allow chronic discontentment to grow. 10 years ago I had my greater revelation that the human-condition is largely impaired, that 'elitists', bankers and their lackey corporations determine the fate of this control-grid built off the bones of a dying Earth. That my own adherence to this system of debt-slavery and human-trafficking is complicity in everyone else's and our progeny's demise.
I'm trying to reduce the verbiage - so I will cover some facts about myself. At age 20 I finished my trade as a heavy metal engineer ("Boilermaker"), after my prolonged disillusionment I renounced it all and knew the remedy was in this self-reliance and the aforementioned custodianship. I began the real learning after my PDC at Geoff Lawton's farm Zaytune PRI, witnessing first-hand the abundance possible, doing a total of 2 years working as a volunteer, gaining first-hand experience managing different systems on the farm. From there I've helped establish new projects/sites up and down the coast of Aust. My passion is for soils and creating annual/perennial polycultures, food-forests, medicinal/edible-forest-gardens and now also the building and artisan skills required... For the last 8 years I've lived rather nomadic in many respects and have gained the confidence experience I feel necessary in soils, propagation, water-harvesting, and gaining in experience building, repairing and installing some infrastructure. Still not the 'jack of all trades' I'm looking to be, however I'm getting there.
Another point I feel I have to make is I'm mostly a 'Man of Straw', meaning I don't rent licenses, permits, I don't engage in contractual commercial endeavours, I have no bank account, no 'authorised' claims of ownership, title-deeds, etc. I use legal tender here and there to get the tools, the essentials and travel. I try to keep focus and energy on this 'remedy' and co-creation. I operate through trust, contribution, collaboration and acts of good will. My contribution is labour, the food I can put on the table and company... In saying all that I don't denounce participation in the 'system' - more look at how we can transition from this system of harm into something more nurturing. Nothing needs to be predetermined/preconceived - just allow things to proliferate and culminate through these acts of good will - I trust they will. I think as this whimsical economy systematically disenfranchises, misappropriates, displaces and dispossesses us, our energies become dissipated and the family unit breaks down. Simply put, the energy and credence isn't where life is so life fades away... Where is your dreaming and actions? Is it for a system contrived for you to be bound to? Or is it with a dream that has the real follow through provided by this Earth - the fruits of our labour, care and love of a family/community? 'Government', politics, figureheads and authorities to me, is nothing more then corporate intermediaries, interlopers, intermeddlers, etc., in positions of public-office that evidently siphon all the wealth and real capital, the water/food and human energy etc. I wish to stop feeding the parasitic systems, rather feed and care-take the God-given life-support-systems.
I can give more about where I'm at currently and the projects I've participated in. Currently working with people who host work-shops on sustainable living, sell scythes, and traditional fermentation crock pots, now axes and simple tools. We cover subjects such as biological-soil management, perennial and annual systems, riparian restoration, water-harvesting and general land rehydration, holistic management/cell-grazing, cheese making, preserving food, wild medicinal/edible foods, artisan skills, etc. I suppose we wish we capture and amalgamate all fields of expertise and produce more interest.
*I'm about 6'1.
*Vegetarian, sometimes vegan, like to eat fresh and raw as much as possible, enthusiastic about health and natural medicine. Not dogmatically apposed to meat consumption - like to hear all perspectives.
*I smoke a bit, stopped for prolonged periods, taken it up again. I smoke about 3-4 a day never much more. Sorry if this repulses you. ;D
*I don't take to senseless inebriation per se, however, will enjoy a few drinks here and there. Completely indifferent to those that may - don't like the ramifications of drugs (alcohol's a drug).
*I have some tattoos on my right/left arm/shoulder...
*I detest TV essentially and the (social-engineering) consumeristic, self-obsessive crud/stimuli this culture disperses relentlessly.
*I've long hair.
*I don't affiliate with a 'movement', denomination, creed, ideological persuasion or particular belief-system.
Can't think of much else at the moment. Sorry for the length of this post. I feel though a lot of it is necessary so people know more about who I am and where I'm going. Feel free to ask question or message privately.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. Steve flies like a tiny ad:
I'm going to build a sauna trailer and document the entire process in video and ebook form!