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InspiredCA

blog_ca1First words from the road
InspiredCA is a new blog for the Good Times, one we were asked to write by Greg Archer. Over the next two months, filmmaker Mark Halfmoon and I are traveling to every corner of the state of California asking people what inspires them about this state. It is our belief that in a time when the language about our state has been particularly negative (this was reinforced to Mark and I watching recent Gubernatorial campaign commercials in hotels that we have stayed in since leaving), for some real and some perceived reasons, individuals who live in California or visit California by the millions each year, do so for a reason. We believe that reason is that there is a vast pool of human and natural resources that is unique to this place and people want to share and participate in those resources.

Mark and I have been on the road since last Thursday. On our journey south, we have stopped at Watsonville, San Juan Bautista, Castroville, Seaside, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel and Big Sur, and we are making our way down the coast to San Simeon and Cambria.The people we have met along the way have been thoughtful and generous with their insights and inspirations about California.

blog_ca2It’s interesting, with places so near to Santa Cruz, asking people about their state, their home and what is important to them—it is as if we have never been to those places before. We spoke with a group of local politicians and civic organizers at a John Laird fundraiser in Watsonville, including Laird himself, and despite the challenges that the state faces economically, each were optimistic about the future of California.

We spoke with people from Monterey and San Juan Bautista, who shared the same optimism for the future of California. In Big Sur we spoke with artists and long term residents who shared their deep affinity for the land and what the land has done to change their lives.  The beginning of our journey has supported our initial suspicions of the common ground that we all share about California.

Last night we camped at Molera State Park along the Big Sur coastline. At about 10 p.m. the full moon began to rise above the Big Sur hills and it began to light up the meadow where we were camping. Over the next two hours, the moon rose, casting a brighter and brighter light on the hills, the meadow and the sea. The 22 campers spread throughout the meadow, asleep in their tents, were flooded with moonlight. The extraordinary beauty of the setting seemed to Mark and I like a signpost for what we will discover on the rest of our journey. We will see.

Thoreau moved to Walden Pond to live directly and to escape what he called ‘society,’ what he ended up writing about is the common shared values of people within society, eventually moving back to Boston upon the publication of his book. So is the hope of this trip, to find our California common ground.

You can follow us on our journey at www.inspiredbycalifornia.com.

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In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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