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Please, No Tinted Windows :: the aesthetics of privilege

*note: This post had a very dynamic discussion thread over on Facebook where it was first published. I was just explaining to my husband why I don’t want a black car (we are looking for a used car right now as poor jeep-y is on her last legs) and especially not one with tinted windows. He keeps finding perfectly good vehicles and I keep veto-ing them. We finally sat down and he asked me, “what is it about a black car that is so aesthetically reprehensible to you.” I thought [...]

The Moon was Full Last Night :: why I work with trauma

I have been thinking a lot about my calling in life, my work in the world and how it has evolved over my 44 years. I have been asking myself, Why do I work with trauma? Why have I spent so many hours and years wondering and working to understand what happens in trauma. The truth is I did it for myself. When I was 14 I sank into a deep depression. I stayed in bed for days. I had no idea why, I just felt horrible. It came back [...]

Krista’s Dream Rates :: prologue to reclaiming the gift economy

I have a Dream. I wrote the first draft of this post about 5 years ago when I started my very first real business (where I was actually trying to make money rather than simply create a cultural millieu, or large scale art installation). I grew up pretty poor - at least by American standards. Before the age of 12, I had bought new clothes a total of twice in my life, though there was always abundance at the Goodwill. My mother had me when she was 21 without the [...]

Listening to Trees :: surrender is the new strategy

One of my favorite things to do is lay on my back and look up at the trees. Sometimes I go a long time without doing it. Sometimes years. Yesterday I took the morning off with my kids and a dear friend and we went to the Smith and Bybee Wetlands, a 2,000 acre protected space for wildlife withing the city of Portland. The truth is it's not really all that impressive. Flanked on every edge with industrial complexes, old landfills and highways, it seemed at first to be anything [...]

Permaculture Design Certificate, 10 things you can do with yours

Q: Why would I want to pay for and earn a Permaculture Design Certificate? A: You're kidding right? I mean one of our major influences here at Tierra Soul is Permaculture. Its ethics and principles make up a set of tools you can carry anywhere, into any profession, any endeavor. The essence of permaculture that it is a paradigm of sustainability for all things, all things here on earth from the stone to the stars and maybe even beyond. What is covered in a Permaculture Design Certificate? Like us, those [...]

My Mission :: the 3 sister sacraments

Life sparkles when you are on the right track.... You know the feeling. Doors open, clarity comes and you know exactly what to do next. You're in the flow. Life sparkles.... for a moment, and you think to yourself, this is the way life is supposed to be. So why do you feel so stuck and depressed so much of the time? You wonder what's wrong with you that you can't do it right, this surrender thing, this manifestation thing? Everyone else seems to have all the luck, blessings, favor... [...]

Find your project’s True Name :: yes, it matters

It is no secret. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man’s hand and the wisdom in a tree’s root: they all arise together. My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power. No other name. ~ Ursula [...]

Nervous Breakthroughs :: why you need more of them

Nervous Breakthrough: Derived from the oft referred to Nervous Breakdown, a Nervous Breakthrough occurs when, instead of viewing the symptoms of the aforementioned as pathological, one views them as important signs of imminent breakthrough. I once had a roommate who had spent about ten years practicing Zazen (a form of Buddhist meditation) who described the day she completed a koan after many years of meditation. She reported that she lost her physical ability to do some of the most simple everyday things, like tie her shoes, and walk down the [...]

What is Permaculture?

Q: Dear Hettie -- I love organic gardening and want to do more. I want to be more ecological and self-sustaining. I've heard the term "permaculture" used by like minded acquaintances, but I can't really pin-point exactly what people mean by it. What is permaculture? Can learning about it help me do more for my family and the earth? A: Well, says Hettie, In 1978 Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the phrase “Permaculture” to describe a set of agricultural principles that mimic the way Mother Nature sets up her gardens all over [...]

Grief Gates :: how allowing your grief can get you through

There is a Palace that opens only to tears - The Zohar I want to get really honest about grief, about what I call The Weeping. I have been in the closet about it for many years, only ever being half honest about how important the release of grief is. I was reminded once and for all last weekend at Sobonfu Some’s Grief Ritual. It was clean. It was raw. It was real. It was all out miraculous for one who has harbored snippets of release behind closed doors. This [...]

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