Pipeline Resistance

Featured Image photo credit, Climate Direct Action: The Valve Turners
From left, Emily Johnston, Annette Klapstein, Leonard Higgins, Ken Ward, Michael Foster.

Below is a video by producer/director Steve Liptay that explains who the Valve Turners are, what they did, and why.

Use the player below to listen to Sequitur: Pipeline Resistance (run time:  <70 minutes) featuring an interview with Annette Klapstein and Emily Johnston, the two Valve Turners who are facing trial in Minnesota on felony charges that could result in more than 20 years in prison – or not, if Judge Robert Tiffany’s ruling on the admissibility of the “necessity defense” survives the prosecution’s appeal.

The following are useful references:

Her Animals by Emily Johnston
Climate Disobedience Center article on “necessity defense”
Shut It Down Today website

Also featured on Sequitur: Pipeline Resistance is Choosing for Yourself, another Sunset Windows practice by Associate Producer Elizabeth West, described below. Musical guests are Betsy Rose and Frances Aubrey with Lullaby for the Earth and Erika Lundahl with Act of Love; lyrics are below the Choosing for Yourself image. Benjamin the Donkey is on hand with more doomer humor, and theme music is by Zympht.

Choosing for Yourself  by Elizabeth West
  1. Compose for yourself one prayer/wish/entreaty – something short; no more than two sentences – that encapsulates your wish for yourself for the day (just you – don’t add humanity or your loved ones or the Earth or other beings of any sort just yet, please) and write it down.
  2. Think about who you want to entreat or address this to – God, the Universe, Great Spirit, Nature, your own Higher Self, etc.
  3. Read it (aloud if possible) and repeat for a total of three times, with attention and intention, each morning, intending that it stay with you throughout the day.
  4. Put it beside your bed or by your coffee maker: somewhere you will see it upon arising.
  5. Take about two minutes to review the color and quality of your day each night when you get ready to sleep. Notice when your prayer/entreaty was answered and give thanks or touch into gratitude if you can for any answers, even if it was a lot less than you had hoped for.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 daily.

07Choosing for Yourself

Lullaby for the Earth by Betsy Rose and Frances Aubrey

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
But if that mockingbird’s extinct,
How can a mama sleep a wink?

Before those mockingbirds are gone,
Mama’s gonna sing out a mournful song
‘Bout what we’re putting in the air.
It’s changing weather everywhere!

The Earth’s getting hot, the fields are dry.
We can’t grow food with a lullaby!
Ocean’s rising, storm winds roar,
Tornado’s howling at our door.

Oh, little darlin’! Mama fears
Hard time’s comin’ for her baby dear.
But mama is strong, and mama is wise.
She’ll find other mamas who’ll open their eyes.

We brought you life, we gave you birth.
Together we mamas can save your Earth.
So hush little baby, don’t say a word.
Mama’s gonna save you the mockingbird.

Mama’s gonna save you the maple trees,
The waves of grain and the shining seas.
And when we’ve cooled this climate down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Act of Love by Erika Lundahl

This is my act of love
This is my hand uncovered
For you and me, and everyone we see.

This is my gift
Of vulnerability
This is my body
I turn the valve, I turn the key.

Reveal the sorcery
The systems as they be
The systems as they be.

This is fragility
What we’ve built our gospel on
God is not a paragon,
A pentagon, a president, an oil baron.

God is you and me
God is everything you see
I am grateful for, grateful for your actions
To keep this place, to keep this place
Breathing, breathing, breathing.

Breathe out, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in,
Breathe out, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in,
The work we’re in, the ancient hymn, breathe in.

This is my act of love,
This is my hand uncovered
For you and me and everyone we see.

This is my gift
Of vulnerability
This is my one body.

Presence

Strobus returns to Sequitur  with the medicine we need to protect ourselves from the intentional attentional hijacking of social media: Personal AI developed by Presence. Elizabeth West is back with a Sunset Windows segment titled Kindness, a decidedly non-tech approach to cultivating presence. The cultural enhancement is a seasonal song by Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Benjamin the Donkey is on hand with more Limericks of Doom. Sequitur theme music is by Zympht. Run time: <65 minutes.

Reference websites:

Presence: http://www.presencetools.com/

B-Corporations: http://benefitcorp.net/

UK Guardian, “Our Minds Can Be Hijacked”  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia

Time Well Spent: http://www.timewellspent.io/

Kindness
Elizabeth West

  1. When you get up in the morning, choose one small act of kindness you would like to offer today. It can be to another human being, an animal, the planet, your community, the Divine…. The choices are endless. You might want to make a commitment to greeting someone who doesn’t often get notice, call or write an appreciation to someone who isn’t expecting it, clean up trash in your neighborhood for five minutes, take your dog somewhere she loves to go, feed the squirrels, make a donation of time or money that you have put off, put an offering of food in a foodbank bin at the grocery store, place the most perfect peach on your altar. Let your heart direct you, and try not to pick something that sounds right, but rather choose an act that makes you feel happy, makes your heart sing, when you contemplate it.
  2. Do it.
  3. Before you go out and undertake your day, set an intention to notice any small acts of kindness that you encounter. They may be offered to you, or to the Earth, or to another. They may even be offered BY the Earth or by an animal or a body of water or the sun….. Just decide to keep your heart open to seeing the acts of kindness that are around you during the day.
  4. Before you go to sleep at night, do a quick review. What did YOU do? How did it feel? What did you see others doing in the way of kindnesses? How did it feel to see them? If you forgot all about it, don’t fret. Just wake up tomorrow and start again. It is never too late to be kind, to receive the kindnesses that are daily showered upon you.

06Kindness

Soul-Cake

A-Soulin’
Peter, Paul, and Mary

Hey ho, nobody home. Meat nor drink nor money have I none.
Yet shall we be merry! Hey ho, nobody home.
Hey ho, nobody home. Meat nor drink nor money have I none.
Yet shall we be merry! Hey ho, nobody home.
Hey Ho, nobody home.

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

God bless the master of this house, and the mistress also,
And all the little children that ’round your table grow.
The cattle in your stable, the dog by your front door,
And all that dwell within your gates we wish you ten times more!

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

Go down into the cellar and see what you can find.
If the barrels are not empty, we hope you will be kind.
We hope you will be kind with your apple and strawber’,
For we’ll come no more a-soulin’ till this time next year!

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

The streets are very dirty; my shoes are very thin.
I have a little pocket to put a penny in.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’ penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’ penny, then God bless you!

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

Now to the Lord sing praises, all you within this place.
And with true love and brotherhood each other now embrace..
This holy tide of Christmas, of beauty and of grace –
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!

Creative Process

Listeners have met all four of these creative people in previous shows. Benjamin the Donkey is, of course, our most faithful contributor and was actually the one who suggested the core concept for this show. David Wolinsky returns after his debut in early May on Sequitur: Only Love when his work was read by Debba Kale Earnshaw; this time, we’ll hear the rest of his interview from Sequitur: Exit Strategy and one of his published poems. Stephanie Urbina Jones is back with another song from her Shaman Heart CD and tour, but this time, she gives us a makings-of interview which we didn’t have in Sequitur: Sacred Reciprocity. And the artist formerly known as Zympht, creator of the Sequitur theme song, speaks to us from his unique perspective of a shaman’s soul, a scientist’s mind, and a business career, and shows us his creative process in action.

Run time: 66 minutes

The featured image of Eastern White Pine dressed in the first snow of the season was created this morning.

Chiselin’ Out My Soul

by Stephanie Urbina Jones

I once knew a wise old man, Maximillian was his name.
He was an artist of life, a sculptor by trade.
I used to sit and watch him work –
Ask him questions, try to learn
About the magic that he made. But he just smiled and said,

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out my soul.”

Well, I used to go and visit him maybe once or twice a week.
I drank in every moment; I was thirsty for his kind of peace.
He said, “Let love be your discipline
Girl; carve out your experience.
Be authentic and be real. That’s how my peace was revealed.

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out my soul.

[bridge] “Like a precious piece of treasured art, I’m not for sale; I’ve worked too hard.
To find out who I am. And at my age, I don’t give a damn!

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out my soul.”

[guitar solo]

My friend Max died a few years back, but I think about him every day.
You see, his words of wisdom guide my heart when I’ve got a tough choice to make.
He said, “Everyone’s got an artist’s eye,
Painting pictures with their lives.
Everything you say and do is a framed canvas of your own truth.

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out…

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out…

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’, chiselin’, chiselin’ out my soul.”

Tourists look at David by Michelangelo on November 10,2010 in Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. Italy.
Tourists look at David by Michelangelo on November 10,2010 in Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. Italy.

 

Exit Strategy

Our featured interview with Tomorrow Never Knows. Producer/Director Adam Sekuler and Buddhist Chaplain Darci Meyers boldly treats controversial topics such as conscious death, assisted dying, euthanasia, and suicide. Also included is music from the movie: Carole King’s song Goin’ Back sung by Dusty Springfield; lyrics are below. Sensing Joy is a Sunset Windows segment with Elizabeth West. Written instructions are included below. Benjamin the Donkey offers his two cents’ worth, and theme music is by Zympht. Run time: 80 minutes.

The featured image on this page is one of many portraits of young girls by impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A good reproduction of it hangs on my wall; I inherited it from my father. This is the image that was evoked for me upon reading David Wolinsky’s poem Ghost Story, and I invite the listener to gaze at it while listening to David’s segment.

Sensing Joy by Elizabeth West

05Sensing Joy
Since this practice does not always lend itself to being done first thing in the morning, you might want to create a reminder for yourself to actually do it during the course of the day. You know yourself, and what works best for you.

  1. Sit with a rose or a fall of honeysuckle or a lilac and bury your nose in it and allow the scent to fill you. Allow yourself to feel blessed by such beauty. And stay there as long as you like, just taking it in. Or find some other joy offered by nature and accessed through one sense primarily and give yourself over to it altogether for at least three minutes. It could be the wind, or the sun, or birdsong, or the sound of leaves moving in the breeze or the hum of insects…. Use what is available to you. So often, we want to stop and really feel, taste, smell, devour, listen, gaze, but we settle for a passing whiff, a quick glance. This week, indulge! If you need something for your mind to ‘do’ during this relatively sustained period of attention, try to notice the layers, the subtleties of scent, color flavor, timbre.
  2. Do your best not to analyze or categorize – just enjoy! Notice how your body feels, how your heart feels, how it is to live on this planet.
  3. Make an intention to carry that feeling forward through the rest of your day, giving yourself permission to touch back into it again and again. If you want to make a note of what you experienced, that might help, but it isn’t necessary.
  4. At the end of the day, before you sleep, take a minute or two to revisit your experience and to notice how it changed the day for you. Give thanks to the world of form which offers up such wonders, and to your body which was created to receive them.
Goin’ Back
written by Carole King
sung by Dusty Springfield

I think I’m goin’ back
To the things I learned so well in my youth
I think I’m returning to
Those days when I was young enough to know the truth

Now there are no games to only pass the time
No more colouring books, no christmas bells to chime
But thinking young and growing older is no sin
And I can play the game of life to win

I can recall the time
When I wasn’t ashamed to reach out to a friend
And now I think I’ve got
A lot more than a skipping rope to lend

Now there’s more to do than watch my sailboat glide
And everyday can be my magic carpet ride
And I can play hide and seek with my fears
And live my days instead of counting my years

Let everyone debate the true reality
I’d rather see the world the way it used to be
A little bit of freedom’s all we lack
So catch me if you can – I’m goin back

Terminal Diagnosis

“How does one live with a terminal diagnosis? We’ve all been given one – at birth.” In this 90-minute show comprised of audio from Guy McPherson’s recent Canadian tour and a personal Zoom interview the following week, Guy will offer some answers to that question.  Included are probing analyses of benchmark research reports and a discussion of conscious death. Benjamin the Donkey is also present with his sometimes irreverent but always enlightened commentary. Photo credit: Newshub.nz.

 

 

 

 

 

All Souls

elephant

It’s Samhain season, the Pagan New Year, aka Dia de los Muertos, so we’ll have a Reading of the Names with topical music, Died on the Vine, by the late C.W. Konrad; scroll down for lyrics. The show features conversations with three of our favorite authors, Elizabeth West (Love Is the Way), Susan-Alia Terry (Coming Darkness), and Benjamin the Donkey (Limericks of Doom II), about their recent experience with DIY publishing. Also included is Drawing Joy, a Sunset Windows practice by Elizabeth West, a reading of the 19th-century poem The Blind Men and the Elephant along with a parody of same by Benjamin the Donkey, and lots more of Benji’s topical limericks. Sequitur theme music is by Zympht. Run time: 72 minutes.

Drawing Joy by Elizabeth West

  1. Have on hand white paper and some drawing instruments. Colored crayons or pencils or markers are ideal. If you only have a pen or pencil you can still do this exercise. You will be making a picture and will also need a means for affixing it to a mirror, a refrigerator – somewhere you’ll see it throughout the day. Tape or pushpins would be helpful.
  2. Begin by sitting quietly first thing in the morning and envision the energy you would like to carry throughout your day. Try to see just shape, color and movement. Do not censor yourself at all, but stay simple. With your eyes closed, look for what first appears in your mind’s eye or in your heart. It might be a geometric shape like a circle or a diamond, a bird on the wing, a fountain, a tree, a great heart, an opening flower. Without getting fussy, notice colors and movement in your shape. Notice what makes you feel good and right. Your heart will tell you when you have it.
  3. Now take that simple shape and translate it onto your paper. This should take no more than five minutes. It is not about creating a piece of artwork, but about concretizing the energetic impulse you choose for your day. You don’t have to be ‘good’ at drawing, nor do you have to have expensive supplies. Just bring that picture of the energy you wish to hold today into this dimension. Try not to think as you draw and shade, but rather to feel the energies you are deliberately putting on paper, feel the field you are drawing for yourself.
  4. Intend that you carry this energy foremost today, and put the drawing on your refrigerator, your bathroom mirror, your computer – somewhere that you will see it during the day and agree to allow this representation of your intention to hold you.
  5. At the end of the day, before you sleep, take a minute or two to consider the relationship between the energy you drew and your day, your interactions, your experience of yourself and the world. Writing a sentence or two would be a good idea. You can even write it on the back of the drawing.

Drawing Joy

Died on the Vine
C.W. Konrad

There are times when I stood all alone in the rain
Times when I thought that I would die from the pain
I’ve seen that the past is just yesterday’s dream
And found that the truth is not what it seems

[Chorus] All of the things that have died on the vine
All of the hope I couldn’t find
All of the love that just wouldn’t stay
Waiting for things I couldn’t say

In the night of our silence, waiting for day
The sound of the wind, the cries you won’t stay
You walk toward the sunlight, and you forget me today
Letting my hope and our love slip away

[Chorus]

Life is so short, and death is so long
Smiles are so swift like the words of this song
Though they’re fogotten, they’ve been sung to the wind
That travels around us and comes back again

[Chorus]

Sacred Reciprocity

Don Oscar Miro-Quesada shares his experience of the recent total Solar eclipse on Shoshone land in Wyoming and offers Universal Shamanism practices and prayers in Quechua. Also included is an eclipse debriefing with author Susan-Alia Terry from Charleston, SC; Seeing the Wonders, a Sunset Windows practice by Elizabeth West; a State of Humanity update from Guy McPherson based on a recent Only Love Remains clip; and two contemporary topical songs in addition to Sequitur theme music by Zympht: Seven Directions by the Sami Brothers (recorded live on retreat with don Oscar) and Born to Love by Stephanie Urbina Jones.
Run time: 90 minutes.

Photo credits: above, don Oscar (center) with the Sami Brothers; below, Seeing the Wonders by Elizabeth West

03Seeing the Wonders

Seeing the Wonders
Elizabeth West

  1. If you are able, plan to take a short walk, preferably in a place that is near home or work, somewhere you can visit daily for a week or so. The walk need be no longer than three or four minutes, but it is important that you be able to give it your full attention during those minutes. It is best done on your own, without companions. And it is important not to alter your route much. If you cannot walk, you can do this in a car, or if you can manage a good vista from a window it will still work.
  2. Before you set out, pick a color you want to notice that day. It is good to choose one that is in relative abundance at the moment. Green works well in the springtime. Brown is marvelous in the autumn. Greys and blues are good to start with if you are near the water. You can pick a new color each day, or stick with the same one, if you prefer. Go out and take your walk with full consciousness, tuned into that color in the nature you encounter.
  3. Scan your environment, looking for your color in all its variants of hue, tone, texture. See the way that the light reflects or is absorbed, the gloss, the feather, the wet, the dry, the way one color shades into the next. No need for analysis – just allow yourself to be absolutely filled with all the many manifestations of that particular color which flourish before you. By the fifth or sixth day, if you have been looking at different colors, you will have covered most of them and can take your walk with eyes wide open to the profusion of all the colors, shades and textures. You will be able to see them all, having isolated each color on previous days, and at the same time, you may be able to feel the wholeness, the oneness of the landscape through which you are walking.

Seven Directions
Sami Brothers

To the Above, may you inspire us.
To the Below, may you sustain us.
To the Behind, may you protect us.
To the Before, may you guide us.
To the Left, may you purify us.
To the Right, may you strengthen us.
To the Within, may you re-member us.

Oh, Saywa Qori K’anchay
Oh, Saywa Khuyay

The Quechua verse seems to be an invocation of Saywa, the shaft of energy that connects the Heavenly and Earthly realms, into our ceremonial space. K’anchay and Khuyay can be nouns or verbs meaning light and caring, respectively.

Born to Love
Stephanie Urbina Jones

(I believe we were born to love.)

Have you ever wondered what you are doing here?
Well, the truth is, there’s a simple explanation.
It’s written in the starry skies above.
Take a look at all of god’s creation.
We were born to love.

[Chorus:]
Like a man loves a woman, like a woman loves a man.
Like a flower loves the rain, a farmer loves his land.
Like a cowboy loves his freedom, a dreamer loves to dream.
Like a mama loves her child, a choir loves to sing.
Oh, I believe we were born to love. (I believe we were born to love.)
I believe we were born to love.

From the bible to the Beatles to the old man walking down the street.
The scriptures, the singers, and the sages,
The children’s laughter keeps reminding us.
Seems like all the voices through the ages.
Are saying we were born to love.

[repeat Chorus]

[Bridge]

The angels are dancing up above,
Shouting halleluja, we were born to love.

[repeat Chorus]