My Steem ecoVillage Diary #1

in ecotrain •  last month  (edited)

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Welcome to this first post in the series, a diary and sharing of the very start of this very special journey. This diary is going to be several things. For me it a chance to assimilate, integrate, and share what is going on whilst we work to manifest this project. So much is happening, and yet I can still hardly believe that after so many years the time finally seems right! I am also writing this for you all, whether you are keen to learn and understand what is happening with ecoVillage, or whether you are just interested to follow this journey with us to see where it leads...

Right now I am in Brighton, UK for a few more days; before I head back to India where I live in Earthship Karuna. My whole Earthship journey began here in Brighton back in 2001 when I met Michael Reynolds and learned about Earthship biotecture. From that day on my life was never the same again! What started as a far fetched dream to build my own Earthship, one day, somewhere in the world.. has now become the story of my life, and now the start of a great new chapter.

I completed my own Earthship home in 2012, after around 11 years of searching and building. In the end, as chance would have it, I settled in the mountains of South India.. a very beautiful and remote location near Kodaikanal. By a miracle, I managed to self build with no previous experience and created a beautiful home. I have been living in Earthship Karuna for SEVEN years now, which is hard to believe. The off-grid lifestyle is something really special and it has changed me from the inside out. It really has set me free, and looked after me over the years, day in and day out, providing me with free power, water, comfort and everything i need to live. I lost my only source of income 2 years ago now, but have been able to continue to live and figure things out because I have not had to worry about being able to afford bills. This is so precious because I have had the time I need to figure out a new direction, and not be forced to take on a job or relocate just to pay the bills.

Whilst the Earthship concept clearly worked, the community in India that I live in did not! When I joined it in 2006 there was great potential for it to develop in to an international community, but for one reason and another it never happened, and aside from one Canadian couple everyone else has left. There are people around as it is also a guest house, but that is something altogether different to a community.

So for some years now I have been trying to find my new path. All i knew was that I could not return to the city, or the way of life that I had left far behind. I have know for some time that the only way forward for me was to live in community, off-grid, and out of the matrix. Being back in London for just 10 days is enough to show me that, in every way imaginable. It's really hard for me to watch how disconnected people are from their essence here, this perfect convenient modern world is very unappetising to me! I feel the stress around me, the tension, and the parasitic nature of the commercial world and I hate it. That is a strong word for me, but that is the truth.. I could never live back here without sacrificing my soul and getting stuck in a rat race and leads nowhere, and there isn't even an end!

So ecoVIllage lives in my heart as the way out for me, for you, and for all of us. I have been thinking for a long time about how to make this possible, and community and natural giving have become my mantra. After so long it really feels like the pieces of this puzzle are coming together, and the response I have had lately has been very positive indeed! Not least, @orlev and I finally had a chat just a couple of weeks ago now, and it was a great pleasure to learn how closely our visions align. That vital piece of the puzzle, the land itself, is ready to birth what may come to be the way out that so many of us have been waiting for.

THis is going to be hard work, but it feels like I have been training for this for most of my adult life. The challenges I faced when self building 4 times in India we like the ultimate training for what lies ahead in ecoVillage. I am looking forward to doing this with experience under my belt, and a supportive group of people to do it with. Until now i have held the weight of the entire build, training, organising, and just about everything in my own hands. Now to know that we can do this together, in a truly co-creative way, is food for my soul, how much more fun it will be like that!

SO thank you for reading being here. This is the start, and who know how long this is going to take, but i have all the patience and energy to pull it off, I already gave my life to this cause, and am very happy i can keep doing so. Nothing is more important to me then helping us find a new and better way to live. We must change the paradigm of life itself, because what we are doing is not working, and I believe we are now ready for change!

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Wow.... Such beautiful words... They resonate with me so clearly, like a perfect overtone, which momentarily veils the rich orchestral substrate that underlies our personal experience..
It is truly unimaginable, ney, ineffable, to conceive just how completely our two, very separate journeys, have aligned at this very special moment in time..
I would just concur with your words, saying I too have all the patience in the world. I have dedicated my life to this cause, and will to not only bring it solitary fruition, but will continue to work until my last day, to spread this message and augment its fertility to aid all of creation to thrive.
I truly believe this can be the start of a global-consciousness-revolution.

Namaste

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Well said.

The global-consciousness-revolution is already well underway! This ecoVillage dream coming to fruition is one of its manifestations.

Couldn't agree more!

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wow, indeed right back at you brother! How long we waited to just speak .. until the timing was just perfect. The divine plan is in operation, and it feels like we are both beautiful instruments. Love watching your vlogs, i hope more to come <3

@orlev & @eco-alex Sometimes we believe that we are alone in the world, or that there is no one who thinks like us, we are sure that there will always be someone with the same goals as you, many times in your family, many times, your neighbors, friends, but sometimes in other countries and even in other continents ... often separates us the language, as is our case, (excuse me if I'm wrong to do the translation) we speak Spanish.
Sometimes we get leaders like you who help us from their essence and thoughts to move forward with our projects, no matter how difficult they may seem, if we have a lot of faith and work to build this, we can achieve this dream in reality.
Congratulations to both of you.

Yes Yes YES!

Especially this:

So for some years now I have been trying to find my new path. All i knew was that I could not return to the city, or the way of life that I had left far behind. I have know for some time that the only way forward for me was to live in community, off-grid, and out of the matrix. Being back in London for just 10 days is enough to show me that, in every way imaginable. It's really hard for me to watch how disconnected people are from their essence here, this perfect convenient modern world is very unappetising to me! I feel the stress around me, the tension, and the parasitic nature of the commercial world and I hate it. That is a strong word for me, but that is the truth.. I could never live back here without sacrificing my soul and getting stuck in a rat race and leads nowhere, and there isn't even an end!

I've also been dreaming about community and have a strong desire to participate in building (and living) an alternative to the existing system. I'm looking forward to being part of this project, sharing my experiences and ideas, and having fun all at the same time!

Congratulations @eco-alex, I'm sure things will go well there for you. Staying tuned....

Dear friend @eco-alex Again we send our congratulations from Venezuela, we are sure that you are a great entrepreneur, a person who not only seeks the good for himself, but on the contrary seeks the best for the whole world, but outside the network, outside that matrix that encloses us, shelters us and tells us that everything is fine, that makes us feel at ease, but deceives us, lies very on the contrary that matrix separates us from our essence, from what we are as individuals, as people and even worse as a community.
For any person it is perhaps difficult to imagine living outside the net, and they will even think that you are crazy, but, I only tell you, if madness is good for you, for your community and for the world, then we must become crazy to establish a new order, where the priority is the essence of being, where there are no barriers, there are no networks that trap us and do not allow us to be authentic, in a capitalist world full of comforts, but that kill our soul.
It is an honor to know you, you have opened our minds and hearts to a new world, just as Michael once did with you, we are sure that someday, not too far away we will be able to show you our work, our effort living in community in our own Ecovillage-Arts-Academy.

I'm one to be your followers here in There is a reality and so realistic. I love it.

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thanks Olivia!

!BEER

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What a dream come true, happy for you man!

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Do you know what made the others move on from that community? Did they ever say? It would be interesting to know why, as this would be good feedback to help people decide whether this truly is the right path for them. I guess not everything is ready for such a big lifestyle change.

I’m really pleased how things are moving forward for you. Looking forward to future entries.

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oh YES i know.. 100% .. i just decided not to go into it on this one.. and yes i sure have learned a lot watching this process.. for some of them it was just that their children wanted to go to school in Goa .. for others it was just that the owner was also a dictator of sorts.. and stifled everything through the way he did things.. i l;l spare you the details!

What started as a far fetched dream to build my own Earthship, one day, somewhere in the world.. has now become the story of my life, and now the start of a great new chapter.

Oooooh... Congratulations, @eco-alex. That's why they say that the one who dreams big will see with his eyes an enormous consummation, a dreamed reality, because the dream is the beginning of the story and although it seems like a crazy dream, at the beginning, it lands in a sane vision. The world belongs to visionaries.
Greetings and a big hug!

I see exactly what you're saying. We are in need of this change, I cannot digest seeing people being so disconnected either when I go back into the Cities of our civilization, anymore.

I am so happy to have met you (online) and we will see you one day for sure... I want to help, I always have.

For the time being, I will push on with our ecoVillage build over in New York, most of my family and my wife's are there or closeby and the beginnings of a neo-tribe for the village have started.

I will probably stay in the US, vut you can be sure that I will be there to learn and help in Portugal sooner or later! All this living in community started growing in my being since 2004...

Anyway, thanks for being so good at connecting people and showing that making your dream reality is possible!

"We must change the paradigm of life itself because what we are doing is not working!" Oh Yes. Nailed it.

I love that you are starting to keep a journal. It will make the eBook so much easier further down the track. LOL. Please take lots of pics.


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oooh yes, Journal,, i like that word.. maybe ill rename this series ..
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You're in Brighton?!!! @michelios and I are in Eastbourne!! I wonder if there's any way we can have a meet-up before you leave?

Lovely read. You are lucky @eco-alex. I yearns for the lifestyle you have right now. Must be amazing. I wish i could experience it one day, someday when im through with all my responsibilities.
So peaceful and beautiful. Godspeed!