We are all on a journey. We are born and from our first breath we start that incredible journey that is life. We are launched into a world of connectivity where there are so many stereotypes and regimes to conform to, each bringing its own pressure. Some are important as they help civilisation to survive, some are personally damaging but necessary for some.
From the nursery to the grave we are evaluated by others and there are boxes to tick to make sure that we are "alright". How we are supposed to look and feel is dictated to us and for some this is a template which will allow them to thrive, for others it is a millstone that will lead to self-questioning.
We are created, we exist and we are who we are supposed to be in all its glorious technicolour. We have skills, loves, wants and hates. That is who we are. The greatest achievement is being who you are in a world of stereotypes where we are supposed to pick one and be that.
It is at the point of personal empowerment that you realise that you are "YOU" and that is perfect. You can strive to be better at something because YOU want to. Personal development is wonderful and life would be pretty boring without learning new things and having new experiences.
You "can" strive to do well at work because that will bring you a reward and make your life better, not because they want you to. You can set yourself personal goals because at the end of the day when you shut your door you are the only one you truly have to answer to. You will know if the job is important for your self esteem or if the salary is funding what you are good at and enjoy so the "job" is the battery that provides the power for what you really want to be and do.
Ours is not to do or die, ours is just to pacify. Sometimes in life you have to do boring things to achieve an end. Every cog in the wheel is important as without the tiniest cog the whole process doesn't work. We all have a place. Some make work the "be all and end all" so it is important for them to achieve and "be" there. For others their life and world doesn't revolve around work so doing something that they may deem "menial" in order to achieve their end i.e. payment is their path. Without everyone there would be nothing. What you do is what you do. If you take pride in it and it is special to you then that is part of who you are.
The uncertain world that we live in can be a constant challenge to our happiness. That is how it is, it is how we deal with it that is important. It is very easy to apportion blame for not doing what you want to do. If you want to do it, do it! As long as it harms none as that quiet voice of reason should always be listened to.
Anxiety, the creator of conflict is affecting more and more people. It is a debilitating monster and even in my writing I describe it as a creation of the wicked Goblians. Those nasty creatures who snivel about, created by the ill will of others, and attempt to make you feel "bad" so they can feed on it. I intended it to be an explanation for children as to why they feel bad sometimes and as a warning against bringing bad thoughts into the world...
It was almost symbolic when I moved here that I found a set of paddles. Perhaps that is a lot of what I've been all about for years, helping people to find their personal paddles so they are never up a creek without one.
When chaos attacks in any form the power of reason is your greatest weapon. If you feel "something" and it doesn't fit your situation then where the heck has that come from to spoil your day!
Don't be afraid to be happy. It is an odd comment I know but I think an important one. Sometimes it is "safer" to be moaning and to have things going wrong as people are sympathetic and kinder to you. Well that is never going to make you truly happy and the negativity that you are feeding and wishing into your life isn't going to make you happy. Perhaps better to change your friends! A good friend will want the best for you and be happy because YOU are happy and similarly the other way around. In a world where everyone wanted everyone else to be happy there would be no need for fear, anxiety or hatred.
In a world where competition is not a positive encouragement to be better but a need to "beat" the opposition we will always have a problem. When you take your first breath you are exactly the same as everyone else. You may have better chances in life but time and again it has been shown that where you start is no hamper to where you are going to end up. Indeed, sometimes it is the driving force to be the best you can.
You are responsible for your own environment. That is the area around you and the world in general. Your little bit matters as everyone's little bit makes a big bit. You have a living space, what you do with it is your responsibility. If it is a rented flat then it is up to you if you litter it with rubbish or take things that are available and crate somewhere beautiful to live. Time and again I see people complaining that their flat is awful. When they show the photos it is usually showing a complete mess. Well who made that mess? Not the landlord. The landlord has a responsibility to provide a box with working heating etc that is not damp. The environment you create beyond that is a reflection of you.
What is Serenity? It is an inner calm which brings a stability from which you can deal with anything. Things happen, you react, you solve it, you move on. Or you panic and let the darkness win, perpetuate the problem but it will give you a lot to moan about if that is your pleasure.
All problems have solutions. Sometimes you just have to step aside and look at the situation as if you are looking in, work out what caused it and put it right.
Being well. Health is a balance of the lack of physical illness, injury and mental problems caused by whatever source has started them off and is perpetuating them.
What is the Eden Dream?
The dream of a "new Eden"... perhaps. Mostly it came from a poem written by friends many years ago.
It is a physical place which you can actually visit where you can have your dream without giving up your life. If you would like to then you can visit and be a part of "it". You can help to grow things and have things that are grown if you visit at the right time of the year. You can come and "be" here, be yourself, dress as you want, be as you want (as long as it is peaceful and doesn't offend or harm others).
If this interests you then please take a look in "What you can experience"
The dream of the return to living with the land without the problems that knowledge caused.
Eden Dream is about being normal. It is about having a job or not, about having a home, having a family and living a normal life. It is about having everything that you would expect or want BUT having it in a gentle way that doesn't harm the planet. It is about living in a normal house in a normal way but looking for alternatives. It is about those little adaptations that make the difference.
You don't have to run around with a placard being a voice for the planet to be a voice for the planet. Just be you and do what YOU feel is right.
I came here nearly three years ago and I didn't imagine that I'd still be here without "the crew". It is far too big a place to manage without help and it was never intended to be a playground for me. It was intended to be a sanctuary and salvation so that others could escape, as I used to. I used to go to Wroxton, Horley Scout Camp, spend time with friends and enjoy creating things there and being away from the city and work and worries... I wanted to offer that freedom and answer to others.
So, why am I sitting here with the weeds getting ever higher with no veg patch planted and no happy people enjoying life and love and happiness...
Come and help to drive the weeds to their own patch for the butterflies and the darkness away...
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Why do people have to be as they are?
We live in a wonderful world which could be like Eden, everyone having what they need... Greed and a seeking for more than is needed I suppose and a fear of letting go. The need to be "seen" to be successful when in truth the only successful person is the one content with exactly what they have living in a world they are not destroying.
I started Eden Dream in the late 1990s. The name was inspired by friends of mine who wrote a poem which was a perfect vision for me of a world which provided what we needed without us destroying it or each other. I've now written up the story they were all a part of at the time, created by them, written by me. The Eden Dream
Since then of course the world has given me a "right good kicking" for those beliefs and having trust in some people and I have been disappointed. But, there is also something far greater than us, and there is a vision which is far greater than the need for the next fast car or a big and expensive home (things I've been offered on a number of occasions). There is a vision of hope and happiness which sounds pretty "wet" in this day and age where everything revolves around status and how people "view you".
Believe me, I've done the private education (don't knock it, I was taught to be an individual as Bancrofts School in my mind stands out for encouraging all ideas and ideals), working in the City and having the "nice" house and all the trappings... They can bring you happiness, I was happy but I knew there was much more which has guided me for a very long time.
There was a time I nearly gave up. I'd just had my hip replaced after an awful time, the dream seemed to be in tatters. I was sitting in a chair wondering whether to give up... Glastonbury was on the TV and U2 came on with Bono singing Jerusalem and Where the Streets Have No Name and as I thought, yes I will stand up, walk again and get on with things...
This is a difficult time and a time of change. It is perhaps a time to turn back to the land (even your back garden or window box) as a way to sustain yourself and a way to take back "personal power" of being able to feed yourself (even a little bit). Recently I've been looking into Herbal Medicine and there could be something to it... Well there always was!
The earth will provide and back "in the day" we were all able to eat from the land.
If... big word! If this world was perfect. It will only move that way if we want it to and we have to be practical. Someone has to be in charge as there are so many things that need to be organised so that today's society can function. That needs a structure of Civil Servants (the word is "Servant", it is quite apt). There needs to be a structure in which the basics can be provided and provided for but it is our responsibility to provide those "Servants" with the funds to be able to provide better services. So when you work and pay your taxes, feel proud that there is a street under your feet etc.
Having a "job" or "something you do" brings a sense of purpose and when that is lost that is when the darker emotions can take over. Then again all too often people are judged by their "job". Every job makes a world and every job is important. There is a song about the person who makes the "thingemebob" but without the "thingemebobs" there would be no machine and no society with the things that we all enjoy.
Eden Dream is not about sitting in a tent in a field living on lentils and cabbage and "not harming the world" man... It is about having all the things that you need WITHOUT harming the world around you. It is about looking at the alternatives which can in fact allow you more...
In my novel "Nemesis" which became "Thunder in the Mountains
" I explored the idea of an AI who looked at the world and shut down technology so that the world could rebuild. Although that would be some people's dream I hope that the anarchy that I tried to convey in that novel is something that they would consider before thinking that is a "good option". A return to basics would be perfect for a world where people get on...
There is nothing wrong with this world...
You are not saving the world, it has been there before you and it will be there afterwards...
You are saving yourself.
You are learning to live and be happy with what you have
A fair day's pay for a fair day's work
Dare I quote it but I do like it... be yourself and harm none.
What does it matter what you look like?
Though if you enjoy your look and want to look good that is up to you
What does it matter what you wear?
I remember a time of New Romantics, Punks and colourful creative clothing which although making people "tribal" did at least put colour and creativity into everyday life. If you look around now, it is all a bit bland...
If you want to wear a dress, wear a dress (if practical)
If you want to wear a suit, wear a suit
Be who YOU want to be, not what people expect you to be...
Unless you are doing a job of work and a certain dress code is needed.
Mankind has various cries for help where enforced image takes over. We have all heard of anorexia, bulimia, OCD and a whole list of reactions to a world where we are not able to express ourselves and where we are all pushed into an image created by others.
If you are thin, be thin.
If you aspire to be thin, be thin if YOU want to be.
If you are have an ample figure, revel in it if you are healthy
If you are fat because of stress and comfort eating, cry for help
If you are thin because you have taken image to far, cry for help
Or deal with it yourself.
You are a beautiful wonderful creation who can do so much
If the world is holding you back, don't let it.
You have the ability to change the world
Many small lights make a big light
Many drops make an ocean
Wanting, believing and "walking your walk" will lead others.
We can't all live in the country or there would be no country
We can't all live in the woods or there would be no woods
If you love the country, live in the city and go and see it
WE NEED OUR FARMLAND...
WE NEED OUR WOODLANDS...
WILD should be WILD.
WILD ANIMALS ARE DANGEROUS. Leave them to their world and keep to yours. You don't need to go there, they live there.
Everyone's view of a perfect world is different.
I'm old now. A crone if you want to put it in pagan terms... Not quite venerable yet but I've lived long enough to see a lot of things.
We all have a responsibility to this world
If you stand on a fragile football, don't kick it