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Day 769 – Camphill living

Perspective on living in a ecological farm

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Camphill villages is ecologically driven villages and farms and communities that is suited and designed to people with disabilities and needs, who don’t usually fit into the larger hectic/capitalistic society/system. Personally I am diagnosed with schizophrenia.

My camphill life is structured so I can work my way through my schizophrenia with walking with the tools of desteni.org

I just realized that from me living on a ecological, camphill farm and village it gives me the opportunity to have structure. HUH ! We all need some sort of structure and organizing to function optionally. To me structure is like a pattern of organizing – it gives me a sense of control in my living. And after that freedom within the application/task !

I live in a camphil village in the south west of Norway. I have lived here since 01.07.2016. Let me tell you that life here is truly swell. Now there are so many different ways to be living life here on this earth and I would say I am truly grateful for living where I am and under these conditions that is present.

It gives me routines and structure. I provides me with cultural and spiritual/emotional insight. It serves me the best and healthiest of food. It grounds me with good work for the body. It gives me inspiring and touching and dear talks and interactions. It provides me with very dear friendship and colleges and hugs, and it is a international touch to it with people here from all corners of the world.

Life here is season based. And there are things like Bible study groups and practice of Christian tradition. This is of course voluntary if ones chooses to participate or not. I find the Bible study group very interesting – I get to share my insights and perspective from this important historical script.

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me after a days work

Now in the spring I can walk outside and pick my food of herbs from the garden. I can go swim in the fjord or in a freshwater stream, and enjoy a talk, a flower, a goat  … on my way to do so.

There are currently goats, sheep, cows, chicken, birds, bees, and cats here. They provide me with honesty, insight , groundednes, stability,  and realness, awareness and strength – besides the meat, milk, honey and eggs that is also on my plate.

We are very sufficient with dairy products, meat, some herbs, some fruits, berries and also a lot of vegetables.  This awareness is awesome and it brings up gratefulness and humbleness within me.

Camphill living with interacting with animals is very therapeutic. A goat will “tell” you straight. The animals, are honest and real, they are not mind based like us humans.   They don’t have our obsessive thinking, so they are more stabile and here, firm, grounded, sound as physical and natural. Something I know that we humans must learn sooner or later…

Being able to go out and pet a cow or a sheep or talk to the chickens is just medicine ! Very rejuvenating and real! I am very grateful for that presence in my living. It makes me more honest, and alive, like colourful and expressive.

 

One can even go as far as to say that this planet should be for animals and nature only, and not for humans. If we look at how humans treat nature, other humans, animals and so on… it makes sense. Which means that we (humans) must change… or we are doomed. There is no other way.

 

I am grateful for my living in this camphill. Some of the traditions is maybe not of my liking, but there is room to discuss and debate most things. The antroposofic way is known to be a alternative way of living in Norway. Most of it is very cool and down to earth. Either way we can debate practice and reach common ground. The environment  and the ecological policy is very appealing to me and I would imagine to all people. The camphill way is by all means a way for the future.  I don’t agree to some of the Christian/religious traditions, but we can work through it and come to agreements.

The way of living is simple, and structured and rich. I recommend to find a camphill near you, and become friends with them, visit them and test it out. There are camphill villages mostly in Western Europe, North America, but also in Russia, South – Africa and India.

Enjoy your investigation of camphill !

http://camphill.net/

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Day 555 – Restless at spring

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It is spring time in Norway. The first flowers have emerged from the ground and the first birds have arrived from the south. It is that time of year where new life is born. The farmers, in the rural area where I live, are having lambs born of their sheep. And it is that time of year where we can be allowed to play outside without a jacket, and without the extra clothes that winter forces on us.

A phenomena that I have discussed lately, that is just sad and wrong, is the winter/summer times, that comes with turning the clock to a different season/light. This is just lunatic and wrong. It is like we are told that we do not handle light and darkness. Come on. This is mockery and it have got to stop. There are 5 % more heart attacks in Norway during this shift. That have got to end.

But back to my point. During spring I get, anxious, I feel like moving, traveling, exploring, meeting girls, sing and shout, and … I feel like I want to do something, there is a urge within me. Like I am more superior.

What is Self-forgiveness?
It is the process by which an individual forgives oneself for accepting and allowing self to separate from objective reality, releasing positive and negative value judgments such as good or bad, right or wrong, positive or negative – as subjective interpretations of reality regarding something or someone that leads to stability as breath.

– June Roca

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I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to live this urge over and over again each spring like a automate pattern that is simply reoccurring over and over again. I want to live without this urge and my need to move and get anxious.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to think that I am allowed to feel superior because it is spring.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to think that spring is the farmers time to work on land and to care for animals and that this time of year is specially dedicated to the farmer and that this again creates a urge within me to become farmer.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself the urge I get when there is lambs being born and there is Easter and the tradition around the world with Easter, that is supposed to celebrate Jesus dying and living again where I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself my tradition of boiling eggs and burning a fire on the mountain with my family and the people that I hold dear.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself how I think that we have created a cool solution to celebrating Easter that is like to be with family and friends on a mountain, that is a cool new tradition to give each other time and to be with.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to think that I am living my life from the past, like seed buried in the snow and that I am living life over and over again with the same urge like a pre – program.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to think that my desires are born during spring and that this is the good time to have sex and meet women because of my urge to be more active and have less clothes on inn general programmed, feel more free.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to project out blame on to the government and officials because of how they still cling on to the old summer winter time schedule, of truing the clock, where I realize that it is my ability to be social and to make new friends, that is the root of this blame, where I realize that I need new friend and I need to socialize more and to be more “out there”.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to think that every time the spring comes I need to follow my dreams and my desires, thinking that I could become a farmer or to set plants and seeds for the future and be a part of nurturing life and to see life grow and develop.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to think that the spring is better than fall or summer or winter.

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When and as I see myself going into this urge or doing something extra or more like I get superior during spring, I stop myself and I take a deep breath and I slow myself down. I realize that spring time in Norway is that time of year that life is reborn and that life is re – created. I realize that spring time is that time of years that I relate to Easter and to be with my family on a mountain and burn a fire. I realize that I like to be with my family/friends, and to bring on traditions that are the best for all life. I realize that all people have spiritual sides with them that they need to or want to live out. I commit myself to root my spirituality and to be here and as my spiritual self, like I am a spire, I spire, I inspire, within life on what is here in front of me and to not limit myself spiritually but to use commonsense and to do what is best for all. I commit myself to let people have their spiritual or religions in peace and to not confront or attack anyone, in any way about their spiritual lives, but to follow the golden rule of do onto others like I would like to be done unto myself.

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