While I’m not real good at all of this yet, it is a relief to be
feeling some solid clarity about what I really truly want to be and
do, so I can focus on working to get better at it.
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To me it seems that the common concepts of masculine and feminine
are mostly cultural programing that limit many people to half the
person they could be. I work on developing the full range of
skills, wisdom, and expression, which are available to all humans,
and I find the most synergy with others who are doing the
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In many ways I’m making a new start with life by working down to my
roots and building up from there. In particular I’m learning how to
heal the causes of my many allergies.
Although I have an affinity for cats and pet people in general, I’m
allergic to pets and animals. So for now, pets are okay, as long as
they don’t go anyplace I go. My long-term plan is to get healthy
enough to calm the allergies down.
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I spend much of my time and energy on learning, growing, and
applying my improved understanding to my own life, and then helping
others do the same. My life is more like the life of a student
immersed in learning or a monk focusing on doing service, than the
life of a person devoted to seeking exciting entertainment – I find
life itself very entertaining.
I find my fun in the process of living my life. Some of this fun
comes from: joking about the humor I see in my life (especially
about the serious stuff like I wrote about here), creating a new
recipe that turns out wonderful, the glow of satisfaction in work
well done, watching for the first ripe blueberry of the year, and
having an occasional feast or celebration. It’s stultifying to live
a life of drudgery while waiting for relief at some future date -
fun needs to be happening throughout each and every day (at least
this is the plan). LOL
Though my life is simple, I have things like high quality rain gear
and warm clothing for being outside on damp or cold days, and I use
high quality ingredients for my simple food. When a simple life is
done well, then it feeds your well-being in many different ways, on
many different levels. What more can you ask for than to have
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For me Sharing is more than just giving somebody something you have
– its both practical and spiritual, and is something like an
intermingling of many lives, activities, hearts, experiences, and
resources in an ongoing way. Deeply Sharing is a profound
experience that changes everything involved in the Sharing. This
Sharing pervades and underlies much of what I do.
However, this kind of sharing only works well when it’s balanced by
diligent selfless responsibility and conscientious self-reliance of
each person involved with the sharing.
A large part of sharing, from my point of view, is to:
- Cooperate in gathering and creating resources and to diligently
work together in doing this.
- Cooperate together in enjoying life.
- Cooperate in being a steward for all resources and life around
- Cooperate in using these resources to increase balance and
synergy in the world around you.
I'm slowly gaining understanding on how deep the difference is
between an indigenous focus on cooperative stewardship of resources
and using these resources to create balance, and the euroamerican
focus on ownership of resources and competing to own and consume
the most resources.
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Because of a complicated and messy family-of-origin history, as a
kid I identified as indigenous, and I don’t have any tribe to
associate with. Eventually I got really confused and lost my way
for a long time. Now, once again, I am listening to our Mother the
Earth, who gives me guidance and support in finding my way home
The book “How it is: the Native American philosophy of V.F.
Cordova” does a good job of describing how I see life, and how this
is fundamentally different from the worldview and belief system of
western civilization (and eastern civilization too). The book does
this in plain speech with very little philosophy jargon.
A couple authors, who can help you to understand the distinction
between attending an indigenous spiritual ceremony and living an
indigenous way of life, are Joseph M. Marshall III and Luther
Some people don’t realize that even if you are living in an
apartment in a big city, you are eating food, using water, and
creating waste, and how you do this can help or hurt the Land that
nurtures us. Always working to be a respectful conscientious
steward of the Land, and carefully looking at how everything you do
affects the Land, is part of living an indigenous way of
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Being indigenous isn’t genetics or where you are living (though
it’s easier to learn an indigenous way of living when you are
immersed in Nature), it’s the way you are living your life right
now, wherever you happen to be.
A core part of an indigenous worldview is that everything is alive
and everything is sacred, and at the same time this is balanced
with a pragmatic approach to dealing with daily life. This results
in a complexity in making day to day choices, which is difficult
for many people to understand. This balance is often challenging to
understand because most people are used to the simplistic,
abstracted worldview of western civilization, where things are
right, or wrong, and that’s that.
Another way to say this is that the western civilization approach
to life is based on following rigid idealized rules, and an
indigenous approach is based on figuring out how to sustain a
working balance of essential values, for each individual situation,
An example of balancing values is that it is important to be
generous and it is also important to take care of your family, so
balance needs to be found between generosity and the needs of your
family. Then as the circumstances evolve over time, this balance
will also evolve over time.
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Many people will say "oh yes, I respect and love nature" and they
respect and love nature like a pet they own and control, that
doesn't have any rights of its own.
On the other hand, I respect and love Nature like a small child
respects and loves their Mother, whom they are completely dependant
on for their survival.
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I prefer to have deep rooted, grounded connections with both people
and the Land, this takes a lot of time to do well and so I work
towards depth, not breadth.
I spend a lot of time in stillness, watching and listening, and
feeling for the essence of what is going on around me.
Many people don’t realize that a simple frugal life can also be a
life rich in meaning and experience. When I’m walking in Nature,
usually I’m socializing, doing a walking meditation or spiritual
practice, or doing service.
Basically, what I’m doing with my life is working on finding my way
home, and looking for companions along the way.
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A consequence of being indigenous is that I have been badly injured
(like millions of other people for hundreds of years) by the
program of cultural genocide that the federal and local governments
are continuing to conduct against indigenous peoples in North
America. This cultural war is intended to exterminate indigenous
cultures, and the violence of it causes huge amounts of
Warfare wounds everybody involved with it and so indigenous
peoples, euroamericans, and our Mother the Earth all need healing
from the injuries caused by this war. A focus of my life is working
to heal the damage caused by this cultural war, both in myself and
others. Is doing this healing work compatible with your worldview
and interests in life?
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Much of what I’ve written in this profile can sound like mainstream
New Age culture, when heard through the intellect from a mainstream
perspective. The same words sound indigenous when heard through the
heart from the perspective of a person rooted in the Land. Which
way are you hearing these words?
While I do have the light colored skin, lots of education, and the
skillset of a white, Anglo-Saxon, protestant, professional
social-class person – these skills are just useful tools, not a
lifestyle (at least not for me) and I’m being very firm about this
Deep inside I see life from an indigenous perspective and keep
using understanding, based on my indigenous roots, to help things
work well around me. Are you interested in sharing my roots?