Please take some time to visit the new website we’re building. Click the link to see what we’ve done so far. We welcome your comments and feedback!
Johanna & Jesse
permaculture, Herbalism, deep nutrition, and natural living
Please take some time to visit the new website we’re building. Click the link to see what we’ve done so far. We welcome your comments and feedback!
Johanna & Jesse
Greetings Zia family! Sorry we haven’t posted for awhile but here we are again back at it! Here is a video of an interview we did with our new friend Clint Culberson from Lords of Conciousness at Unify festival in Santa Fe New Mexico. Oh, and by the way here is our new website! http://www.ziapermaculture.com/
By Jesse and Johanna Boudreau
There is a revolution in education taking place here in America. After years of frustration with state-run schools, standardized tests, immunizations, prison style slop in the student cafeterias, fluorescent lit classrooms with uncomfortable seating, not enough physical activity and stressful overfilled schedules; kids and parents are moved to take education back into our own sovereign hands.
More and more people are turning to alternative modes of education in the form of Montessori schools, Waldorf schools, Charter schools, un-schooling and homeschooling. The reasons why are seemingly obvious. Though it was once a community endeavor, the education of our youth has taken on the mantle of the corporate global culture. In a typical classroom, only fluoridated water and sugar filled drinks are available to the students to drink, government subsidized low-fat milk and cafeteria slop or fast food is provided for lunch, the students have to sit in uncomfortable classrooms that are poorly lit, and if they are “deserving” they might be allowed 15 minutes of recess (hopefully outdoors). Teachers are overwhelmed by large classrooms full of distracted and poorly nourished students. The teachers themselves, though under paid, are expected to attend meetings before and after school, hold everything together in the classroom, and bring paperwork home with them.
Many studies have been done showing the adverse affects of exposure to these conditions. Poor nutrition has been linked to ADD and autism spectrum disorders and a child’s need for exercise and sunshine can no longer be ignored. Boys particularly need a certain amount of physical activity or they simply cannot concentrate. Similarly, state mandated immunizations carrying heavy metals are given to the children and have also been linked to ADD and autism. As for light: full spectrum sun light stimulates the rods and cones in our eyes to process stress chemicals in the brain. Fluoride in the water has many harmful effects including the calcification of the pineal gland which is a gland in the brain responsible for synchronization to circadian rhythms, as well as dreams. Fluoride was developed by the Nazi’s to make the imprisoned Jewish population more docile and controllable. Spending time at school in front of computers and time at home in front of the television further contributes to the calcification and atrophy of the pineal gland. The pineal gland is considered by religious traditions the world over as the spiritual third eye of awakening. physical activity and full spectrum sunlight stimulates the decalcification of the pineal gland and decreases stress.
These states of stress and over excitement are leading to ever declining test scores and an ever-increasing drop out rate. Kids are intuitive and they know what is good for them and what is not. In a classroom with forty students, a teacher can only really reach out to the few students to whom the information comes easily and therefore the students who have difficultly in the subject tend to fall through the cracks. Moreover, everyone has different leaning styles, wishes, dreams, and talents. The public school system seeks to pigeon hole kids into places where they often do not fit. Some people are more inclined and naturally skilled at art while others may excel at mathematics. Both professions are culturally valuable and yet kids have to learn to do it all and often spread themselves too thin to focus on their strengths.
The stress starts at the beginning of the day. Children are roused to wakefulness by an alarm and are scurried off to school (usually with a scant breakfast). They go all day long, perhaps attend soccer practice, track, or band after school. For dinner fast food or prepackaged food takes the place of a home-made family meal. This hurried overly filled schedule entrains children to stress,poor eating habits and disconnection from family at a young age. This helps them be practiced at handling a life full of stress. Now, stress exists and is a beneficial part of living, but entraining to nothing but stress is deleterious to both mind and body. Through our current school system we are simultaneously entraining them to fit cultural institutions, corporate culture, disconnection from the earth, and dog eat dog capitalism. It is a scientific fact that the neurons that fire together wire together, so perhaps we ought to be mindful of the states to which we entrain ourselves and our children.
For our family homeschooling made a lot of sense. We live in the country and have a home based business. This allows both parents to work as well as connect with and take part in the education of our children . The children have to do reading, writing, and math but then they are free to explore their interests in-depth. My oldest practices the drums and reads at his level for often hours at a time, my middle one who is interested in art and design will draw for extended periods, and my youngest will dabble with things like origami and gardening. Being avid naturalists and gardeners means we spend a lot of time outside playing. We go snowboarding in winter and gardening, wildcrafting, hiking and camping fill our spring, summer, and fall. In this manner education never ends and it teaches the children to trust and understand their selves and nature.
Often people feel that there are no other choices: both parents have to work , there is only one school nearby, not enough money to pay for a private school, etc. However, where there is a will there is a way. Options do exist. Some communities are forming homeschooling cooperatives, trading time teaching kids and working. Charter based Montessori schools are cropping up. In our case we decided it was better to invest our time, energy, and focus on our kids rather than making a little more money. When homeschooling, the amount of time taken working on school work is far less because there are only a handful of kids at most with the teacher (this also makes parent teacher conferences irrelevant because you know the state of your child’s education.) Also, there is not the distraction and hubbub that occurs in a public school. Focus is easier to attain. This means there is often time to work in the garden to augment food bills, to work from home, to catch up with chores, or to simply enjoy time together. Kids can work on exercises, practice music, or clean up after themselves while parents may deal with phone calls, lunches and dishes. Furthermore this also allows time for the children to explore their interest in greater detail and at their own speed. Perhaps the greatest difficulty with homeschooling is finding time for socialization. However many homeschooling play groups exist and there are always afternoons and weekends to play with friends who attend school.
We imagine the world as a learning environment that honors and respects the child, the earth, the parents, and the culture. We imagine a world in which children are entrained to peace, to the understanding of their own minds, to have respect for all, to have integrity, to realized their sovereignty and their creative power… and more than that: to realize their dreams.
by Jesse Boudreau
In mainstream western rationalist existence we grow up learning a scant amount of information about how to feed and care for our bodies. We behave, as a culture, as if the body is like a machine that needs fuel and liquid and that as long you have solid and liquid fuel with the right amount of nutrients, minerals and chemical compounds you are getting what you need. We regard our food as a lifeless, personality-less, mass of fuel. However, if we look at the world’s ancient cultures we see that our ancestors understood that the plants and animals that become our food are imbued with life, personality, and spirit and that by eating with respectfulness we are absorbing their energies for our continuance.
Chinese character for chi
Everything in existence emits electromagnetism and carries a subtle electrical current within it. In 1939 Semyon Kirlian developed a method of photography whereby he could photograph the electricity or bio photons that living cells utilize for regulation of biological functions. The ancient Chinese understood this energy to be the chi or life force that animated creation. Indeed we are electrical beings. According to the heart math scientists at Stanford university, our hearts are electromagnetic dynamos that pump out subtle electrical fields far beyond our physical bodies. The heart also relies on electricity to beat. Our brains are highly electrical organs. Cells utilize electricity to communicate with one another, for cell growth and more.
Raw organic plant foods, and especially raw wild foods, being essentially encapsulated solar energy are high in this electricity. They are also high in water, nutrients, minerals, and enzymes. This is made starkly evident when comparing kirlian photographs of raw foods to cooked foods. The raw foods are buzzing with electricity and the energy in the cooked foods is obviously diminished.
The Chinese believed that this chi imparted brightness and clarity of thought. I believe this to be true because eating raw food has greatly helped me in this regard. I believe all people can use raw plant diets as a tool to recover from both physical and mental dis- ease as well as to achieve a state of health, longevity, and happiness. This simple act of self-love can help us have the creative energy we will need to better ourselves and thereby transform our world.
By Jesse Boudreau
In this day in age, people regard water as simply a chemical amalgamation necessary for life. It is thought that chemically treated or “purified” water is all that is needed to insure the quality of water. However, scientists are learning more and more about the quasi magical properties of water and its relationship to our health.
Water is the only element that can exist in three states; solid, liquid and gas. Water is also the most powerful solvent on the earth. Water has crystalline properties that computer scientists are researching to replace the silicon crystals because water has a greater capacity to store information. It’s a lot like a magnetic recording device.
Dr. Masaru Emoto studied the effects of words, sounds, and intentions on water. In his studies he would freeze water with specific intentions in the form of words, thoughts, and music. He found that there was a direct relationship between the quality of the intention and the formation of crystals. Positive intentions created beautiful crystal formations, and negative intentions created amorphous irregular crystal formations. Now take into account the fact that we ourselves are made of mostly water. The Human body is made of 50%- 80% water. It is no wonder people are baptized in “holy water”. Water is after all, the source from which all life springs. The work of Dr. Emoto would give us good reason to be careful what we say and project on to others and to ourselves.
We are composed of mostly water and the water we drink becomes our blood in a manner of seconds. Considering that water is a powerful solvent, one could see that recycling our waste water (chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cleansers, and everything flushed down the toilet) through harsh mechanical and chemical treatment might not get the trace elements and chemical byproducts out of the water. Furthermore, it destructures and denatures the water we are composed of. Fluoride and chlorine, two toxic and calcifying substances, are added to the public water systems under the auspices of hygiene and dental supplementation. However, these substances only further denature and pollute our water and our bodies. Reverse osmosis water is so pure that it actually leaches minerals and trace elements out of the body. Even the world health organization has recognized the dangers of drinking reverse osmosis water.
One brilliant scientist, Victor Schauberger understood the mysterious power of water. He watched water and observed that water cleans itself though vortices. In a vortex water molecules are spun and restructured. Trace elements are spun off and the water is re-enlivened. He noticed through his observation of water that all life exists through reciprocal systems and that vortices were the structure of such systems. Be it; water in a steam, a tornado or hurricane, or the electromagnetic toroidal field of the earth.
So, what does one do? Tap water is laced with chemical compounds and reverse osmosis water is bad for you. If using tap water use a Berkey filter or other passive filtration to pull some of the unwanted stuff out of the water while retaining the beneficial properties. Then, spin the water into a vortex and say a word of appreciation. Lemon juice also helps to alkalize and balance our water. If using reverse osmosis water, similarly spin the water and give thanks to it but also add a small amount of “sole” made with Himalayan salt for mineralization. Always keep water in glass or ceramic containers so as not to leach plastics and petrochemicals in to it. The water can also be placed in the sun to structure it further. In Europe water is cleaned with ozone which has no toxic effects. There are many solutions but ultimately spring water and well water are the most natural, structured, probiotic and mineralized sources of water. Visit findaspring.com to locate a spring in your area.
by Jesse Boudreau
Over the course of history the human species has been undergoing a steady physical and spiritual degeneration as we have grown farther and farther away from our natural state and our connection to our natural environment. Anthropologists have noted this and call it the gracilization of the species. Our ancestors 20,000 years ago had larger brains and more robust skulls and skeletons than we do today.
Ancient people surely drank clean, structured, untreated, pure spring and stream water and ate a large quantity of raw wild foods. In contrast, today’s human drinks recycled sewer water that has been treated with chlorine and fluoride and, through mechanical and chemical processes, is denuded of its inherent crystalline purity. The foods we eat are similarly processed with high heat, mechanical processes, and chemical pesticides, preservatives and additives. Dr. Weston Price observed this first hand when he studied indigenous cultures who had adopted refined and processed foods. He found that their teeth began to rot and their health deteriorated from this change in diet. The lifestyle we have adopted as modern humans has had the effect of domestication and degeneration of ourselves.
Through calcification, chlorination, fluoridation, mercury fillings, and the host of toxic chemicals in the environment, a physical change in the human species is occurring. One thing these constituents bring about is the calcification of the pineal gland in the human brain. The pineal gland is a gland in the center of our brain that is responsible for attuning to the cyclical, circadian rhythms of nature. It reacts to light and color and in some reptiles has a cornea and a lens. Rene Descartes believed it to be the seat of the soul and religious traditions the world over regarded it as the third eye of spiritual awakening. Between 1990 and 1996 Dr Rick Strassman completed a study of the naturally occurring and ever-present chemical compound call DMT or N,N-dimethyltryptamine. He posited that endogenous DMT, released from the pineal gland was responsible for spontaneous visions, mystical states, dreams, and near death experiences. Currently cell phone manufacturing companies are studying the micro crystalline structures of the pineal gland in their research on wireless communication as it is believed that the pineal gland acts as a sort of electromagnetic transmitter/receiver.
It seems clear that our modern lifestyle inhibits the function of this important little gland. Luckily there are many ways to break up the calcification of the pineal gland. The method is in the wisdom of our grandmothers. Fresh air, sunlight, clean water, healthful foods, and exercise are some of the best ways to break up this calcification. Oxygenation increases blood flow and metabolism and enlivens the cells enabling spinal fluid, lymph and other bodily juices to flow. One great way to oxygenate the body is meditation or yoga. Also, there are places on the earth that have exceptionally good oxygen. Good clean oxygen is high in negative ions. Negative ions grab dust and junk out of the air with static electricity. Mountain tops, beaches, and places where water is in dynamic movement are all places where one can get readily available ionized oxygen. Another way to oxygenate the blood is through exercise. Pick your favorite sport and play!
Sunlight is another great way to break up calcification of the pineal gland. Since the pineal gland is sensitive to light, full spectrum light or sunlight can stimulate it. One way to get great sunlight is to sungaze at sunrise or at sunset. Our ancestors would observe sunrise and sunset with reverence for the day. In the first or last hour of daylight the suns rays are attenuated by the oblique angle at which the sunlight is hitting the earth. This makes the sunlight safe to gaze at if done properly. Begin with 10 seconds and everyday increase your gazing by 10 more seconds until you reach 5 minutes. Some suggest gazing up to 45 minutes. For more information on the subject google H.R.M. He is an engineer and spiritual seeker from India. He posits that the body can utilize solar energy as food. According to his philosophy solar energy is a primary source of energy and raw plant foods are secondary solar energy. Plants convert solar energy into food and enable the plant to grow. Animals then are a third stage of solar energy as they eat plants and other animals to sustain their energy. Therefore eating raw plant foods is a way to obtain this energy in a more direct way.
Raw foods and tonic herbs can play a role in decalcification as well. They contain chemical compounds and a high water content which can neutralize and excrete toxins and calcification. Raw foods are also high in living water which leads us to another and perhaps the greatest decalcifier: fresh living water in foods and living spring water. Fresh spring water from forests is ultra purified crystalline water that has incubated in an aquifer for hundreds or thousands of years. Water is an incredibly hungry solvent and can clean your body free of unwanted bad calcium build ups such as the calcification of the pineal gland as well as bone spurs, arthritis, and other calcification related issues. Be sure to check that the spring has a low TDS count. TDS stands for “Total dissolved Solids” and indicates how calcified or mineralized the water is. For more information go to findaspring.com where you can search for springs in your area or google Daniel Vitalis and spring water to learn more. These tools or technologies are free or cheap to implement and lead to greater health and vitality as well as attuning your spirit to a higher potential. But don’t just believe me… Please research and try these methods for yourself and experience the transformation first hand. Take charge of your health!