“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Maybe if you live on a mountain top in a monastery where the inhabitants have taken an oath of silence, you are not feeling the waves of heavy, sticky energy slamming into us this week.  Maybe.

But if you are a mere mortal, you are feeling it.  Big time.

It’s been tough out there.  I’ve been working at home — with the exception of one day of meetings up at school — but even so I felt like I was swimming with sharks who wanted to gnaw my limbs down to little nubbins.  I felt like someone was managing to cook me on the stove top. I had a session with an energy healer I’ve been working with for the past decade, and after she’d removed all my “cooties” (her term), I felt infinitely better.  How is it that so few people know how to cope with change? Since change is the only constant in life, how can it undo such a large swath of the populace?

It is difficult to hold your own space — even when surrounded by others who are doing their own spiritual work.  When you are simply out at the store or walking across a parking lot filled with average Americans, it can be terrifying.  People who’ve been shrugging off their inner work are now running around like salivating zombies hoping  to find someone — anyone — to “make them feel better.”  I call them energy vampires.  You know who I am talking about.  The people that make your inner voice start to scream in terror: Get out!  Get out of here, RIGHT NOW!  

(That’s the way I feel if I ever turn on the news. It sucks the life-force right out of me.)

The thing is, it is futile to think you can suck your way through the world forever.

Chubacabras and suckubus-types you are on notice. Unfortunately, no one else can do your spiritual work for you. That’s on your “to-do” list. There is no option to slave it out to others or slough it off for another day.

The reason the energy is so crazy right now is because we are up to our asses in spiritual alligators. We need to get it together. Putting it off — or thinking that some other generation will handle it — is complete and utter bullshit.

So, how do we handle these high maintenance folks?

My advice, only spend time around people who you know are walking their walk and doing their own work.  Listen to your life. When you feel a creeping sense of dread when you consider having dinner with someone who is a so-called friend, pay attention to that feeling.  For gawd sakes!  Recognize that if something makes you feel bad, it is a signal that you should stop doing it or get the hell out of there. Do not focus on things that are futile, like changing the minds of Tea Party members or skin heads or others who are intent on returning to the 1950s.  You are whistling dixie in the dark, if you do.

Protect yourself.  Protect your spiritual life.

Energy vampires are easy to recognize:  they make you feel tired, angry, sad, and useless.  They’re like poop in a punch bowl.  They wipe you out.  Typically, they attack you for something you say in passing that they take offense at.  Or they needle you until you lose it.  If someone is getting on your last nerve, they are an energy vampire.  They are scanning for an opening — for any sort of vulnerability — so they can suck you dry.

And as much as they would love for you to save them by letting them suck up all your life force, they will never be filled by doing so.  They could eat up the entire world’s population, and they’d still want more.  They are the rapacious members of our society for whom no amount of money or stuff is ever enough. They could cut down every tree, pollute every river, use every person — and still they’d be starving. More.  More. For people who don’t want to do the work nothing is ever enough.



I watched two documentary films this week that I highly recommend (as a counterpoint to the actions of energy vamps). One is called “Thrive.”  You can watch it online for free.  Foster Gamble and his wife explore the idea of free energy as a way to solve global warming and clean up the world’s finances.  They take viewers deep into information about the global elite, as well as examine what we can do right here and right now to make a change. It is a hopeful film full of insight and ideas.

Garbage Warrior

The other film, “Garbage Warrior,” is about renegade architect, Michael Reynolds, and his sustainable subdivision of homes just outside of Taos, New Mexico. He’s created homes that allow him to live off the grid.  The houses are completely self-sustaining for a family of four. They provide food, water (through a catchment system on the roof and the use of gray water), heating and cooling, and energy (both solar and wind). They are essentially made from garbage: beer cans, used tires, old bottles, and other materials cemented together with adobe. Inside, they are quite unusual but totally lovely.

Reynolds is a visionary when it comes to sustainable living. He’s been at it for the past 35 years. Not that it has been easy. His initial attempts at building sustainable houses were not always successful. In addition, he’s had to battle the city council and the state of New Mexico to be permitted to build something that is not hooked up to municipal services.  (Services which, by the way, the city cannot provide for the area he lives in due to the exorbitant expense involved.) Apparently, it is law that we be on the grid for energy, water, sewer, and garbage. (Which means we are on the hook to pay for all these things.  Reynolds’ homes run themselves.  No mortgage.  No utilities.) It seems counter-intuitive to insist that everyone buy energy rather than build homes that don’t need an outside source of power.  The fact of the matter is, we need to learn ways in which we can provide power for our homes and businesses without using coal, nuclear, natural gas or oil.  Reynolds demonstrates how it can be done. He’s encountered many obstacles along the way. His run-ins with the local and state government make one wonder how anything ever gets done in this country. It seems, no matter how good their intentions, some people in positions of power are only interested in maintaining the status quo. Someone like Reynolds scares the crap out of them. I high recommend watching this little gem of a film.  I found it heartily encouraging.

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