earth connections

Lets be clear, Donald Trump potentially becoming president is not a laughing matter for Canadians. I don’t want to see any pretentious jokes about the US election.

Beyond the horrors that would occur against Muslims, mexicans, black people, jewish people, in the USA…

It effects Canada directly. The USA is Canada’s largest trading partner. If Trump fucks up his economy, its going to fuck up Canada’s economy. Trump has also been very protectionist in his rhetoric, which will obviously hurt Canada’s trade.

The US is one of the largest emitters of Greenhouse gases. Trump plans to leave the Paris Climate Change accord and disinvest hundreds of millions to billions of dollars in funding for climate research and energy efficiency.

The earth is a connected system, and if Trump ends up pushing the world towards a runaway climate, its going to effect every single person on earth.

something that always struck me as odd about the prequels is how palpatine was able to forge a relationship with anakin in the first place.

this is definitely my biggest problem with the jedi, in relation to anakin: they let palpatine, a middle aged man, get anakin, a child, alone. the fact that palpatine’s even insistent on it at all should be ringing alarm bells. there should be Stranger Danger warnings going off, people! you’re dropping the ball, men!

and i understand that, according to the comics, palpatine threw his political weight around, saying that the senate has total control over the jedi. that you can’t deny the chancellor. but that’s incorrect - the republic is corrupt, but it’s not a dictatorship yet. as anakin’s legal guardians, the council has the full right to refuse palpatine access to anakin - it doesn’t matter who’s knocking at your door, you’re supposed to protect your charge. 

but the jedi handed him over. the second palpatine pressed, they folded; and no one tried to curb anakin’s interaction with palpatine, even though it should be clear that an old man wanting to talk with a minor day after day after day is suspicious. especially since the jedi were suspicious of palpatine anyway

Grounding, a quick how-to

i like to think of grounding as the magical equivalent of a jogger stretching their legs before and after a run. it focuses you and gets you ready to get stuff done. grounding is the process of ridding yourself of negative/stale/stagnant energies, and pulling in new, fresh, powerful energies, and connecting with the energies around us.

here is a short list of ways/options of how to do it.

physically

literally shake it out. stretch, crack your knuckles, etc. breathe, roll your neck around, clench your fists and  then stretch them wide open.

visualization / the tree method

imagine tree roots growing out of your feet and into the ground, and branches growing out of your arms/head into the sky. pull energy into yourself through the roots/branches

others

you can invent your own ways to ground. as long as it involves pulling energy into you (from whatever source, it doesn’t just have to be the earth) and connecting with the sources around you.

“The human body resonates at the same frequency as Mother Earth. So instead of only focusing on trying to save the earth, which operates in congruence to our vibrations, I think it is more important to be one with each other. If you really want to remedy the earth, we have to mend mankind. And to unite mankind, we heal the Earth. That is the only way. Mother Earth will exist with or without us. Yet if she is sick, it is because mankind is sick and separated. And if our vibrations are bad, she reacts to it, as do all living creatures.”  
~ Suzy Kassem

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask a creative person how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something…they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
—  Steve Jobs 

“The human body resonates at the same frequency as Mother Earth. So instead of only focusing on trying to save the earth, which operates in congruence to our vibrations, I think it is more important to be one with each other. If you really want to remedy the earth, we have to mend mankind. And to unite mankind, we heal the Earth. That is the only way. Mother Earth will exist with or without us. Yet if she is sick, it is because mankind is sick and separated. And if our vibrations are bad, she reacts to it, as do all living creatures.”  
~ Suzy Kassem

~ Photo Motion Effects by George RedHawk

“The human body resonates at the same frequency as Mother Earth. So instead of only focusing on trying to save the earth, which operates in congruence to our vibrations, I think it is more important to be one with each other. If you really want to remedy the earth, we have to mend mankind. And to unite mankind, we heal the Earth. That is the only way. Mother Earth will exist with or without us. Yet if she is sick, it is because mankind is sick and separated. And if our vibrations are bad, she reacts to it, as do all living creatures.”  
~ Suzy Kassem

~ Animation design by John Nelson  

~Greetings from the zen space of Jah-feels yurt~ I welcome you all to take a seat with me. As we breathe. Together. Inhale. Exhale. Om. Inhale. Exhale. Om. Rain is falling. I am warm in this cocoon. Blessed with incense smoke of sage and palo santo. I stare up into the sunlight. White rays shine in from the circle above my bed. I am alive. I remember the breath. Inhale. Exhale. Om. Repeat. Smoke fills the room. I breathe it all in. Another form of connection to the mother. Herbs taking root in her ground. Picked to dry and pass around. Smudging to heal. Lit with intention. I honor the light. Expanding my lungs. Praise up. Giving thanks. Grateful for this day. Jah. Grateful. Here. Grateful now.✨

To the wild woman being spiritual means: whispering to the trees, laughing with flowers, falling in love with sunsets, consulting the waters and worshipping the stars at night. One hand to her heart and one hand touching mother earth🍃

Blue Diamond is my problematic fave:

Blue Diamond may be nice, but she isn’t good. She’s still a diamond that believed Earth needed to colonized and ultimately destroyed.

Her reasons for not wanting Earth to be destroyed currently are tied to Pink Diamond’s connection to Earth. It was her planet. It was her only planet. It was where she started her kindergarten. It’s one of the remaining pieces that prove she had lived.

BD’s perception of Earth isn’t like that of Rose, or even Pink Diamond. Of the four members, Pink was more compassionate when it concerned the natives of her planet, but the Diamond Authority’s ideals were her ideals too. It explains why she kept a zoo where humans were glorified pets/guinea  pigs. 

Rose loved humans, but over a thousand of years she didn’t understand them. It wasn’t until she met Greg, subsequently getting to know him, that she started to understand fully what made humans unique from other creatures.

Narration is built up to sympathize with BD and YD. 

BD, the composed and collected one, openly expresses her grief, and it’s the point where she has neglected her duties as a leader. She grasps and holds tight to anything related to Pink Diamond including her zoo, planet, and the gems she created. She can’t even think of smashing her Rose Quartz warriors, now bubbled in what appears to be her throne room.

YD, the logical and practical one, openly loses her composure when Peridot wisely recommends preserving Earth for resources. Her reaction was straight up illogical, and rather than preserve Pink’s memory/legacy, she wants to wipe it out due to pain of having to remember she lived and died.

Blue Diamond is a tyrant. A tyrant currently trapped in grief and unable to let her younger diamond go although thousands of years have passed since her death, and I don’t think she’s going to change so easily, not even Jasper changed despite her massive character development. 

Her former self is briefly shown during her interaction with Holly Blue, and it proves despite her current grief the frightening ruler of her personality remains.

Naturally, she immediately resumes her current state when she’s reminded that the window of obtaining more humans is quickly closing. She doesn’t know any better at the moment, but the point still stands.

Steven Universe gives a lot on perspective. It shows how stories change and alter when they’re told from a different source and narrator. Surely, Rose Quartz and her Crystal Gems were the villains of their story, and Pink Diamond was the tragic heroine, killed before she had a chance to reach her prime.

Lets not soften her character based on recent revelations. BD, similar to YD, is a complicated mess of feelings and potential development, but Blue Diamond is a cinnamon roll that can and will absolutely kill you if you cross her. Losing Pink Diamond brought her to a very dark and sad place that has lasted longer than YD would’ve liked. 

 - MINERAL - 

2016

We do interact with them every minute but we tend to forget them, due to their immobility. 
Their connection to earth seems to be nevertheless so strong and fascinating.
When i look at a stone or shell i find beautiful no matter where i found it, at some point that i can see different faces, different colors, different textures. 
I always wonder about their stories.
The extraordinary thing is, that most minerals owe their formation to life or at least oxygen. As we do.

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