We are living through extraordinary times as we navigate our way through the beginning of the 21st century here on Planet Earth.
We are neither in the middle of these times nor at the end, but steadily realising that our lives are now and always have been a journey with Mother Earth.
How we regard one another, us and Her, will define the choices we make in all aspects of our lives.
Our inherent need to dominate, building empires founded on acquisition and extraction, is proving difficult to live with.
We are steadily being faced with the ultimate choice…to live on Her or with Her.
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July 2021: I totally agree with your sharing and reminding people to be resilient. It’s knowledge and know-how that all humans should have. It’s a knowledge and love rooted in reality (the real world–the natural world–and not any system) and placing our trust in and loyalty to the natural world. I wish there would be more local community building as well. People are so separated. The pandemic showed how much of a failure the system is in an emergency. The corporation’s economic model discourages keeping inventory on hand and they’re producing commodities thousands of miles away. That’s not very wise. i don’t think they are changing from that, or have learned anything from the pandemic they want to change. I wrote to my senators, reps in support of localizing food production and local distribution. I have a kelly kettle, and have stored a bit of wood for that purpose. I like being aware of the natural world, listening to her, responding to her and being appreciative. People have gotten so caught up in the illusion humans created for themselves, living life in that world of abstractions, be it through technology or human ego, that they have forgotten that we are all relatives to the animals and plants, that we are derivative of the earth, not rulers of the earth. We also need the basic things to live on the most basic level as our animal and plant relatives do. Clean Water, food, shelter. You have inspired me so much–showing people that there is another way to be that is in alignment with Mother Earth and all beings. Keep on doing what you do.
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I am throughly enjoying you podcasts while crocheting in the evenings.
Been watching your videos and enjoying them very much,,to me your voice sounds like merle streep.has anyone else told you that.anyway im amazed at all youve done,in and out of the cottage.it is like my dream place..very beautiful.at night i leave youtube on,because your comforting voice lulls me to sleep…well thankyou for what you do.my daughter 8s moving to ireland by the fall of this year,and has said she will send me a ticket to visit .i would love to visit your cottage.ilive in a small city,yes city mayor and all.population 12.lol people dont believe it till they google it
.well anyway thankyou for alot of enjoyment..Blessings.
It’s lovely to hear from you, Vicky! Welcome to Bealtaine Cottage!
Your podcast on Building Resilience affected me profoundly, like no other I have listened to of yours, thank you Colette. I have believed this so strongly for most of my 66 years, not to rely on anything but yourself, be prepared always for any eventuality however remote it seems. Some will listen but most will not but I have always maintained I was misplaced in time. Blessings to you dear lady for taking the time to do these
It’s evident that many, if not most, people prefer to go with the crowd, as far as taking individual decisions about their own sacred journey is concerned. It is always the default position, being the most comfortable. Such is life!
Such wise words Colette. I live in the countryside in Cumbria and over the last 15+ years have seen a number of floods and extreme weather conditions. I’m very fortunate in that I have a multi fuel stove in my living room so no matter the weather we can have heat. I live in a housing association house and a few years ago they offered us all new electric central heating. There are 12 houses where I live and 10 of them took the electric. Myself and one other neighbour declined, much to the amusement of our neighbours. In the recent cold weather we had power cuts. They weren’t so amused then. I’ve always had candles around, I prefer them tbh. I sleep in the smallest room and having a few tea lights going can make a huge difference. I dont have a Kelly kettle, I must invest in one of those, but I do have camping stoves, 2 of, and always have a good supply of the gas for them. Many times I have been grateful. When my children were young and the floods were bad and we were without power for days we camped in the living room, had toast made on the fire and had warm food and drinks to nourish us. It’s so easy to forget these lessons with all the new fangled Alexa systems that run the whole house now but if the power goes off then you’re a bit stuck aren’t you. My partner grew up on an agricultural farm so knows all about making do and being prepared for the cold weather. Going to the toilet in his home meant putting on coat, scarf and a hat! We had an outside toilet as a child too, my father was against inside plumbing, saying you don’t want to be s**tting next to where you’re eating or sleeping. I believe that was the attitude for many older people….
We have all become soft, dont expect to work hard to keep warm or prepare food. Everything now is expected to be instant, flick a switch or press a button and away it goes for you. I remember getting an old twin tub when I had my second child, in 1987, and thinking I was a queen as I was able to wash the nappies in there instead of by hand! Can you imagine today? Hahaha!
I always have pasta, tinned beans, pulses, rice etc in. It may not be exciting food or our favourite but we could be in our house and not leave for months and be able to feed ourselves perfectly adequately. A lesson for the young people of today. I do feel sorry for them as if things are going to continue in this way then they are in for some hard life lessons.
When I was younger and older folk used to talk about when they were young I imagine I rolled my eyes and didn’t pay as much attention as I ought to have. Now here i am, 53 and talking about life lessons and being prepared. So the wheel turns in it’s cycle and we become that which went before us. Blessings to you my dear friend, and our lovely Jack xXx
I laughed out loud at the end of the first paragraph…an heartily agree with your father! In fact I may reallocate certain facilities! Your reference to, “A lesson for the young people of today. I do feel sorry for them as if things are going to continue in this way then they are in for some hard life lessons.” leads me to think of how so much chaos is emerging in the world and the urgency to be prepared! Thank you for the nice read here as it allowed me space to ponder! Blessings XXX
So true and beautifully expressed. Thank you.
Thank you for such an excellent podcast. Resilience and flexibility are a part of my families vocabulary. There are always new things to learn and share. I do so appreciate being a part of your virtual family.
Faye Scott Tackett
Thank you for being a beacon of light and hope.
You remind me that humanity isn’t a lost cause, that there are still good people doing good things here on Earth.
I am inspired by you daily, and you have helped me reconnect to our Mother in the simplest but most profound ways.
Blessings to you and dear Master Jack xx
Thank you Paula for reminding me of why I post across social media. Blessings my friend XXX
Oh…and apologies for hijacking your podcast and being negative there, re India! That’s not what your words were about. They were about positivity in resilience! I got carried away and went off at a tangent, as I had been thinking about it earlier! :-/
Thanks again. Looking forward to some indoor camping!
I am a long time supporter of Dr Vandana Shiva…she is my number one hero! I am following the plight of the Indian farmers and the way in which the criminal government are treating them! I support their cause 100%
Three words about Texas…unregulated preditory capitalism. Also called gotcha capitalism.
The last time my electricity went out in the winter. My mom and I headed to the local tribal casino where they’re back up generators keep the slots running 24-7. We had nice free hot coffee, warmth and even came out ahead. Now there is some modern resourcefulness!
Thank you for this, Colette. My 80 yr old father has been stocking up a bit and we plan to grow some food in his garden.
I feel your words about the privatisation of the Texas grid echoes what I’ve been hearing about the poor Indian farmers, most of whom I believe are smallholders. The work of a Ms Vandana Shiva highlights that the Indian Government has, with persuasion from Big Tech in the ‘west’ passed laws which pave the way for ‘materialism over natural law’. Monsanto will likely be involved.
This centralisation of power is, in my opinion, something that will make humans rue the day!
It’s more complex than face value but I know a basic truth and that is…it is NOT good to spray crops with toxic chemicals.
Im increasingly thinking how important is to spread the word that you are spreading.
In the thick of any disaster, it will be the resilience in local communities that will see us through. This is why I get my books printed in my local town rather than Amazon, post in my local village and save in my local Credit Union…it’s all about building resilence into one’s lives.
I was wondering if you were able to sort out the issue with Patreon or if you have had to create a new one. Thanks
Sadly and annoyingly I have not been able to sort out the issue. I was hoping to get some help with it, but the lockdown here is on course for another nine weeks.
Nice to listen after hard work in my balcony. Really enjoying your podcasts. Great tips you gave in this one. I also stock water in my basement, it is something extremely important!
Absolutely Helena…the most important of all life-savers!
Such good advice Colette. I’m really enjoying your podcasts. Blessings to you xx
Thanks Julie and blessings to you XXX
Thank you Collette for sharing your wisdom with the world!
Blessings to you dear Gail XXX