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Be a part of History! Come to the #YouthVGov: March for a Frack Free Colorado on Feb 20th

United We March For a Frack-Free Future! Join us on Feb. 20th at the Denver Capital

On Monday, February 20th from 1 pm – 4 pm, Earth Guardians and Our Children’s Trust will be holding a march to show solidarity with the six youth who brought the fracking and climate lawsuit against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The young people are arguing that the Commission has a constitutional obligation to prioritize the protection of the environment and public health over oil and gas development. On the following day, Feb 21st the hearing begin and we want to flood the court room to support the youth and show that people in Colorado care about their families health and safety! The hearing begins at 1:30pm at the Denver Court House and we hope to see you there!

We invite you to join us in this action.  Please help us raise awareness and recruit folks to join us in taking action!

Water and a Forest for Every Village

Water and a Forest for Every Village is our replicable project in innovative water conservation. It is coupled with reforestation to help heal the water cycle in Vilcabamba valley and beyond. It is simple, powerful & proven to be effective in regenerating some of the most damaged ecosystems on Earth. We invite you to learn how to apply this method in your locale. Help us create an inspiring example by donating & sharing with your friends and networks. Let’s bring renewed life to the Earth!

Water and a Forest for Every Village     This area in Southern Ecuador has one of the highest rates of biodiversity in the world, but has suffered significant damage from deforestation over the last 25 years. Without intervention, it could be a desert in the next 25 years.We have created a strong model with innovative water conservation techniques that have a track record for healing damaged eco-systems—see the video! With your help, we can scale our model, create jobs, train trainers & implement rainwater-harvesting design for this valley and beyond.

The project will help:

1. Conserve water & re-charge springs and aquifers
2. Increase production & create income for local farmers and workers
3. Support reforestation & have a stabilizing effect on the rain-water cycle and climate

Why is this project relevant to you now?

1.   This area has one of the highest counts of biodiversity in Ecuador, and thus, the world. Climate warming could have a greatly increased effect on species loss here.

2.     Ecuador’s continued prohibition of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) makes it an important GMO-free living seed bank, with potential to provide GMO-free seed to the rest of the world. In South, Central and North America, only Ecuador and Venezuela have maintained bans on GMOs.
3. This project, rather than being funded by governments or large NonGovernmentalOrganizations (NGOs), is being funded by direct grassroots action via crowdfunding, that is, it is funded by you and me.We need to start supporting what is breaking through via what is breaking down in the current system.

This photo is a picture of before/and after a water retention landscaping project in the Loess plateau in China. The results are miraculous.Our project is following this model of incentivized implementation. 

See our video! It shows how this simple and accessible low-tech method can conserve water so reforestation can succeed. https://youtu.be/5dPOJRxEYiA

More details about how the project will work

Once the retreat place for Incan royalty, Vilcabamba is much-loved throughout Ecuador and is renown as having one of the highest rates of longevity world-wide. It is now suffering from climate change and deforestation. Because of its fame, a success here could ripple far and wide. That’s what we’re designing for.

We have a good model in place on our farm—“Finca Vida Verde“, which some refer to as one acre wonder.  From across the Vilcabamba valley, it is eye-catching because it is greener!

Applying the rain-harvesting methods to the one acre we have recently purchased below our land, will allow us to  improve our model, and we will support two larger models.

We are opening the opportunity for our new acre to become a small land-based cooperative with three home-owners that collaborate  in expanding our eco-school. And, we are budgeting to support two larger models in the range of 20 hectares to 500 hectares. These models, as they green up, will help inspire water-retention landscaping to become a local trend.

We will train trainers to provide basic education in water harvesting and water retention landscaping in 3-day workshops which will provide protocols and guidelines such as width and depth of the canals relative to slope. The workshops will be offered through local organizations such as water boards and farmer’s associations. The trainers will support participants through the implementation phase, which will offer incentives in this way—for every 30 meters of contour water-retention canal they dig, the project will pay for another 30 meters to be dug. Based on the training they have received, the farmers will present a design plan that must be approved by two trainers. Properties will be screened re: appropriate soil/ slope/ and the location’s potential to affect weather patterns favorably.

Vilcabamba is in the rain shadow of the Andes of Southern Ecuador. It is a crossroads of Ecuador’s three main eco-zones—the coast, the Andes mountains and the Amazonian lowlands. Accordingly, it has one of the highest counts of biodiversity in Ecuador, and thus, the world. We are dedicated to supporting the diversity of medicinal plants and food crops on our model farms.

What can one person do? Back in the ’80s, when I was new to the environmental movement, and I first learned about the rate of rain-forest destruction, my OMG !#^! response uprooted me and plopped me down in the African rain-forest for 2 years of field work as a Peace Corps volunteer. My project design was used as a model for a $2.5 million project by the European Union. I learned that sometimes…….if you strategize,  dig in, do what you love, open your mind and heart,  and keep building relationships at all levels……stuff can happen. The pendulum swings. Crusty old patterns that block the Common Good can disintegrate and fall away, and POSITIVE CHANGE HAPPENS.

This photo is of us celebrating in Evinayong, Equatorial Guinea when project funding arrived.

If you read some of our stories and our bios, you’ll see we have a track record, and I hope you will be moved to send some cash our way! We have a very strong team, backed by decades of relevant experience.  Even more, we hope you will see our story as YOUR story.  Water is life. Changing the way we relate to water, to one of respect and understanding, starts here and now. This is about bringing renewed life to Earth.

Our team:

Zia Parker,  M.A., C.M.T. is a Permaculture teacher, designer and consultant, a health coach and movement therapist, and a community organizer. She spent the 70s homesteading in British Columbia. In ’88-90 she directed the Finca Permanente Agroforestry Project in W. Africa, which was used as a model for a $2.5 million project by the EU. She has taught or designed PC systems in six different climate zones. In 2012, she left her herb farm in Boulder for a new life in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Since, she has been deeply involved in the organic movement there, working with groups to help start the organic market, maintain the prohibition on GMOs, and providing Permaculture consultation and design. She is the organizer and main teacher for the Vilcabamba Permaculture Design Certificate Course located at Finca Vida Verde in Vilcabamba. She is the initiator and director of our project “Water and a Forest for every village”. www.vidaverde.info

Victor Macas is a respected member of the Saraguru indigenous people. He owns a 140 hectare farm near Vilcabamba and is a vendor with the Randi Nama Organic Market in Vilcabamba. He and his wife and five children own and operate an organic food store in Vilcabamba. The methods we are working with in this project are similar to ancient techniques used by his people, and Victor is very interested in this project as a form of support for their traditional knowledge.

Enma Cordero is a local campesina woman with deep knowledge of the traditional farming techniques of the local people. Her particular expertise is knowledge of local medicinal plants and remedies. She will focus on the project goal of supporting biodiversity of medicinal plants.

Robert David McEldowney “Roshni’s” love of farming and the organic lifestyle began in the early 70s when he was a market-farmer on the Big Island of Hawaii for several years. In 1983, he did a 1.5 year internship at Rudolf Steiner college, and has been working with Biodynamic methods on his farms, and others, ever since. He and his wife, Zia Parker, started Finca Vida Verde from raw land four years ago in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. For decades, he has been engaged in activism dedicated to preserving biodiversity and public health. He is  also a Waldorf-method teacher of young children specializing in movement education.

Walter Moora  Walter was born in the jungles of Borneo in 1949 of Dutch parents. As a youth, his family lived in Malaysia, England and in New Zealand. Since 1972, he has been practicing biodynamic farming, which works intimately with nature. In 2007, he and his wife began living and farming near Vilcabamba, Ecuador. He has been teaching workshops about living in balance with nature for decades. To learn more about Walter you can read his book, “A Farmer’s Love” http://www.amazon.com/Farmers-Love-Biodynamics-Meaning-Community/dp/0983198411

Annie Eagleton Annie has 30 years of experience in environmental activism and education in the USA, Czech Republic, UK, Vietnam, Kenya and Ecuador. With diverse cultural groups she has used English language teaching, the written word and the visual arts (see www.anniemalia.wordpress.com) to share her passion for protection of the natural world. Her focus has been very much on wildlife, habitat loss and sustainable living. Throughout, she has been an advocate for organic gardening and forest preservation. Her knowledge was much enhanced by participation in Zia’s Permaculture Certificate course the last two years.

Zia and Finca Vida Verde are active members of these organizations:

Permacultura Ecuador (national association of Permaculture consultants, teachers and practitioners)

RED Guardianas de las Semillas (national seed saving network of Ecuador)

Agroecologico Cooperativa de Provincia de Loja (Provincial organic growers association)

Randi Nama Feria Agroecologico, Vilcabamba, Loja Province, Ecuador (Vilcabamba organic market)

OEPEV: Organización de Emprededores y Productores de Vilcabamba, (Vilcabamba organic growers association)

Junta de Agua Cooperativa, San Jose, Vilcabamba (Vilcabamba water board serving 5 neighborhoods and 400 people with a system that is supported by “mingas”, which are voluntary working parties)

If you have ANY doubts or questions about this campaign, please call the project coordinator, Zia at Skype: ziaparker

A Council Gathering of the Ancestors with Dr. Maria D. Michael

Feb 25th night- World Yogi Day, Mahasivratri: TIME VORTEX OF ENLIGHTENMENT

Once a year, a powerful time vortex presents itself, whereby we can attain enlightenment with ease. This is the day/night of Mahasivratri. For a yogi/yogini, Mahasivratri is the “Day/Night of Yoga”, the time to transcend, transform, evolve and attain liberation. Mahasivratri has been observed as the single most important vortex of time by both yogis and householders in India for thousands of years. Based on the planetary alignment with Earth and the lunar cycle, this vortex of time holds the objectives of yoga – Spirit having a human experience; liberation from the limits of the mind; and having the grace of Source in our daily realities.

This coming Mahasivratri is the Feb 25th night. The ideal preparation time to begin our own inner journey is on the fullmoon of Feb 10th with each day towards Mahasivratri the journey to be a Yogi.

In practical realities, Mahasivratri offers:

  • An ideal time to detox the body
  • The time to detox the mind – letting go of the past and karmic imprints of limitations
  • An ideal time to create an intent of resolution and a supreme prayer
  • An inspiration to awaken the yogi within
  • A potent time to break free from the stagnancy of life to enable us to more easily evolve into a life more attuned to our higher purpose
  • To awaken to the joyfulness of “Being” a person of higher consciousness and thereby imbibing all the qualities of higher consciousness: abundance, harmony, love and wisdom.

In the Western world it is truly beautiful to witness the growth of yoga as a practice, as an exercise and as a lifestyle itself. A drop of honey will lead to the honey pot. Practicing yoga naturally provides benefits of health and less stress, but beyond it all is the experience of gravitating towards Source, expressed in words such as “freedom”, “oneness”, “bliss”, “inspired”, “in the Now”, and so on. When we go deeper into the science of yoga to understand yoga as a journey through consciousness, we realize that words such as “liberation”’ and “enlightenment” are not distant concepts but an amazing experience we can have in our daily realities. Observing Mahasivratri does ease us into awakening the potential underlying objectives within yoga.

The worship of Lord Siva (known as Lord Shiva in Northern India) is essentially advaita, which means: awakening to the Oneness of Source in who we are and in everything we perceive. “Si” is the Spirit that we are; “Va” is the Goddess, that of experience. Siva is the awakening experience to be the vast void that holds all the universes. This awakening is related to the experience of being the Spirit – the vast Soul that is beyond our “I” identification, Siva. This is the root understanding to Lord Siva, the male and female within each of us. Likewise, “yogi” refers also to the feminine counterpart “yogini”.

In the spiritual depth of India, most yogis who undergo deep tapas (meditative penance) seldom coming out for months at a time, take a break from their meditative state on this one day. These Sages come out to bless humanity during this period of Mahasivratri. For one on the path of yoga, this is the night to experience and actually be the Eternal Yogi.

This day of Mahasivratri is based on the lunar calendar; during this period our consciousness easily condenses into divine awareness. From the yogic perspective, the Moon directly influences the mind and our consciousness. Each month, the new Moon and full Moon energies offer their own unique power as the Earth rotates around the Sun in its oval-shaped orbit through the year. Each day of the Moon cycle holds a specific nature and in the mystical traditions of yoga, each day is attributed to a specific Goddess; each Goddess holds a unique facet of energy based on the Moon phase. Each full Moon and new Moon period holds a specific vortex of energy. New Moons hold the consciousness of Lord Siva, the Spirit experience, while full Moons hold the awareness and the mind, the energies of Lord Vishnu. Every month, there is one Sivaratri – a potent time to meditate and worship deeply, and once a year, the grand Mahasivratri (maha means great) near the new Moon period.

Mahasivratri and Turiya: One of the key observances during the night of Mahasivratri is to stay awake all night. In reality, it is not about being a weekend warrior staying up all night singing, chanting and dancing, but about training ourselves to go beyond the mind and its sleep pattern through meditative practice. At the time vortex of Mahasivratri, we are able to experience the ‘sleepless sleep’ state with less effort.

The many objectives of yoga from the original intent of the Sages unravel with the experience of Turiya and the grace of Mahasivratri.

When we unite the limited mind with Source, we ‘yoke’ the unlimited potential to expand human realities to its mastery, as an artist does while painting.

When we realize that we are the Infinite Spirit dwelling in the body as the “I Am” experience, we are able to attain the highest perspective of realities that surround us and attain the radiance of blissful being.

Upon realizing that our body is a shrine that houses our Soul, well-being as good health flows naturally with us.

Upon climbing above the mind as Spirit having a human experience, we realize the oneness of humanity, oneness of all life, and ourselves as the Oneness that is many. We awaken to the potent Angelic nature of realization to be compassionate.

We are blessed with the attainment of higher consciousness that is causal in abundance, as well as love, inspiration and fulfillment to all our aspirations.

We awaken to the wisdom of karma, dharma and our highest purpose on planet Earth. We become the Angelic beings recreating heaven here on Earth.

When we utilize yoga as a tool to consciousness, we realize that the journey is beyond the mind and the natural states of sleep, being awake and dreaming.

Any higher conscious master of any culture or religion has the ability to bless reality through words and intent. This is because they are in touch with the higher conscious mind that is in union with Source, the mind state of Turiya. In deeper meditation, as we journey through the states of being awake, dreaming and sleeping, we realize each facet of the mind in levels of consciousness. The yogis dive beneath these layers to go beyond the mind, the thought patterns and karmic imprints, to the state of Turiya, the state of sleepless sleep. In the state of Turiya, the yogis climb into timelessness to intensify the “I Am” experience. In Mahasivratri, the key to celebrating Lord Siva is by staying awake all night long to experience the yogic state of the mind, the Turiya. This higher conscious state of Turiya is the hidden experience that we are to be blessed with during Mahasivratri when staying awake through the night singing, meditating or/and chanting.

For more information and guidance please visit www.worldyogiday.org

FB Page for Nandhiji’s guidance through Mahasivratri: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mahashivratri/

Article is from Book: Mastery of Consciousness- Awake the Inner Prophet: Break the limits of mind, body, and circumstances- by Nandhiji.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mastery-Consciousness-Awaken-Inner-Prophet/dp/1634437217/

Handsigned by Nandhiji: http://www.sensitiveplanet.com/mastery-of-consciousness-teachings/mastery-of-consciousness-book/

About the Author: Nandhiji is a mystic, yogi, visionary, humanitarian, artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher. Nandhiji represents the path of the Liberated. Nandhiji shares the rare wisdom and teachings of the seldom revealed source of yogic wisdom of the Siddha Sages, the liberated mystics of South India

www.nandhiji

 

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