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Prayers to the Devas of Radioactive Elements
Within the next two weeks the workers at the Fukushima plant are going to try to remove spent fuel rods that are suspended on damaged racks. They weigh about 400 tons all together and contain radiation equivalent to 14,0000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb. This is very dangerous work, not just for the workers, or Japan, but for the entire world. There's a media blackout about the gravity of the situation (and has been for two years) but right now I believe that prayers are needed more than ever.
The seriousness of it extends far beyond the removal of the airborne fuel rods, but this one act of removal is extremely dangerous and could impact all of us within a rather short amount of time. I believe it needs out utmost attention and prayers. I would like to ask that we join together in daily prayers* for the next month focusing on stabilization of the plant, of the fuel rods, of the workers safety and fair working conditions, and for their utmost competence in facing this daunting global responsibility. A request that p prayers focus on the world community coming together, encouraging the best nuclear specialists and global engineers to step forward in a unified manner, bringing their expertise and best plans in stabilizing and containing leaks and damage to the plant.
Lastly, may we pray for stabilization for the entire nuclear plant, including the end of radioactive leaking and contamination of the Waters, and for the renewed health of our Pacific Ocean, and all marine life there. All thoughts on how to add or build onto this multi-faceted prayer for stabilization, safety, and protection - of the plant, workers, families, waters, marine life, and global community. *Perhaps the prayers could begin everyday at 10:00 am Pacific time, 11:00 Colorado, 12:00 noon Chicago, 1:00 East Coast time. Other suggestions?
Amaji has asked us to pray for a successful conclusion of the removal of the fuel rods at Fukushima’s crippled reactor pools.
Here is one such prayer, which you can add to as you see fit.
Prayer to the Devas of Radioactive Elements
“I pray to the great devas of the radioactive elements, uranium, plutonium and others that they will closely oversee the removal of the Fukushima fuel rods without great release of radioactivity. Furthermore, I pray that they will closely oversee Fukushima and all the other nuclear power plants until they can be closed and safely dismantled. I include here all the nuclear weapons on the planet as well. I appreciate the natural role that the radioactive elements play on the Earth. It is humans that have concentrated the radioactive elements for their own ends. May you assume your natural roles and not be allowed to be used for evil purposes or to greatly harm the human race and other species.
I ask my guides to carry this prayer up to the highest levels they can reach and so on until this prayer reaches the ears of the highest devas of the radioactive elements and to the ears of the great deva which overlights all of humanity. I send this prayer also to the ears of the great Overlighting Logos of the planet Earth. Sanat Kumara, Gaia or whatever other names may be used for this great Being that ensouls our planet.
Thank you for hearing our prayers. So be it.”
Of course we should also be praying to all of the spiritual allies of the human race.
From: Shoshana Avree
Thanks to everyone who came to the Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence. See you again in 2014.
SEPT. 10 UPDATE
The INPC is a unique opportunity for all of us who dream of a more sustainable and resilient future to come together from diverse backgrounds and habitats to share, explore and practice strategies to build the capacity and interconnection of our initiatives and to further empower our common visions becoming a reality.
One participant coming to INPC wrote this about why he was coming:
“This many stellar people passionate about these lifeways generates a critical mass that forges connections critical to society's reprogramming. I want to be there to take part, and nurture still young friendships. Will be great to hear what other permaculture things are happening in our biosphere!”
Bring musical instruments. Localization of entertainment.
The field trip visits we were working on in the Couer d’Alene area didn’t work out. Sorry, no field trips this year.
Latest Presenter information
Workshop: Permaculture and the Kingdom. How to present to Christian organizations and to create heaven on Earth and assist missions. Crossroads Christian Fellowship permaculture food forest project installation in Bigfork, Montana, year one, and its Rwandan significance.
Bio: Urban permaculture systems in Polson Mt, 12 yrs old, Blue roof ranch system year 3, and Crossroads 2013, a ministry in progress. Permaculture Montana on Facebook and working to educate farmers internationally with permaculture with United Needs, a transparent and security-backed economic facilitator. Fluent in Spanish, Kelly seeks to educate in South America, and get out of cloudy Flathead Valley winters.
See you soon. Make your lists of what to bring and check your list before leaving. Don’t forget swim suit, food for kitchen, bedding etc.
The INPC Team
Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence - Why bother?
In 1974 I helped organize the first Sustainable Agriculture Conference in the Pacific Northwest. 40 years later it is still bearing fruit through the various Tilth organizations and in many other ways. The organic food movement and the local food movement have grown immensely in the last 40 years. We haven’t won the food war but we are building an alternative amidst the old agricultural paradigm. Permaculture in the Inland Northwest today is in a similar position to the organic movement in 1974. Permaculture is still in its infancy in the Inland Northwest. This is only the 3rd INPC. Practitioners are far and few between but there is a growing interest. 40 years from now we hope that permaculture will have helped changed the world. As far as I can tell there isn’t anything out there better when it comes to designing a sustainable society.
The crises we face are staggering at the global level. I recently got an email comment that “Seems like the whole damn country is sleepwalking right now.” Permaculture offers a lot of solutions. Every community can benefit. Most of the solutions happen at the local level and involve localization, local food, self reliance and community. As Bill Mollison said after inventing permaculture. ”I didn’t want to watch the bastards roll over everything. I’d come back and fight, but I wouldn’t fight with conventional weapons. I’d fight with positivism”.
This event is for anyone working for a world based on care of people and care of Earth. In every walk of life there are people working on alternatives. Some use the word permaculture, most don’t. INPC is for experienced permaculturists as well as interested people. Join us at INPC to compare notes and share information.
A CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Exciting update! Children's programs now offered during Saturday's workshops/roundtables at INWPCC!
We are proud to announce that Twin Eagles Wilderness School will be offering nature connection programs for youth ages 6 - 13* during the three workshops/roundtable sessions on Saturday. Twin Eagles specializes in providing deep nature connection mentoring for both youth and adults. The unique and innovative approaches they use blend native models of education used by our ancestors with contemporary learning styles backed by modern day brain research
Parents may drop off their children before the scheduled learning sessions. Children's programs are offered only during the workshops; parents must provide care during the lunch hour & outside of those times.Space is limited. Please e-mail Janet Dowell, firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve a spot(s). Visit www.TwinEagles.org to learn more about Twin Eagles Wilderness School. Donations for the children's programs will be appreciated.
*Note: older, more independent 5-year-olds may be added on a case-by-case basis
Please help spread the word! INWPCC has never offered professional children's programming before, and we'd love to have this be successful!
New! Student Rate
College and university students can attend for a reduced fee of $60/weekend or $30/day. This includes meals. Students staying on site have to pay the regular tenting/RV or room fees. Contact us by email to register: email@example.com
Michael Billington will report on the development of Sepp Holzer’s May 2012 installation at the Place of Gathering in Dayton, Montana.
Glenn Josund will talk about the "Hopi Prophecies" perspectives from John Kimmey and Grandfather David Monongye. The prophecies are only a small part of a larger oral tradition. The Hopi Life Plan message parallels the Creative Descent notion championed by David Holmgren and others. It is yet another way to help people realize that we humans have a small window of collective opportunity to get ourselves back (forward) to right-relation with the rest of the universe, largely through conscious relations with the soil and plant kingdom.
Mike Oehler will be sharing information from his decades of experience with underground houses and earth-sheltered greenhouses.
Lightning Keynotes: Lightning keynote talks are short: 5 minutes to 15 minutes long. You can fit multiple keynote speakers into one hour, instead of just one. We will have some in the latter part of the opening plenary on Friday 8:00 to 8:45 pm, plus some within other plenary periods. We are taking nominations for lightning keynotes and regional reports.
Open space scheduling: This year, in addition to our usual scheduling of workshops and presenters, we will do some Open space scheduling. Anyone can schedule a presentation or round table discussion. The participants dynamically create the content based on their knowledge, interests, and interactions with each other. This will allow for spontaneity and discussion of the burning issues. Come learn with us and join the fun!
Some roundtable discussions:
* Permaculture and children.
* Teaching permaculture.
* Permaculture on the internet.
* Buying land in the Inland NW. People looking and people selling. Possible collaboration.
* Native plants for permaculture.
* Permaculture consulting.
* Internships: Who needs interns? Who wants to do it? How to make the connections?
* Water efficient permaculture.
* Fruits and berries for the Inland Northwest.
* Exchanging gardening knowledge with indigenous people. Learning from home gardens in Guatemala. Proposed by someone who has been working in Guatemala for years with the result that garden production has doubled in the families involved.
WORKTRADE AVAILABLE: If money is an issue we are taking full and half worktrades. A full worktrade is 6 hours of help and a half worktrade is 3 hours of work. Work traders have to pay accomodation fees.
SCHOLARSHIPS: We would like to award two or three paid scholarships this year. Accomodation costs still need to be paid. Scholarship applicants should send an email explaining why they need financial assistance and what they will do with the permaculture knowledge gained.
The 2nd Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference (INPC2) in Missoula, Montana, has come and gone. It's hard to believe. It was a great success with nearly 50 presenters, oodles of workshops, field trips, panel discussions, shared meals, a conta dance and friendships renewed and initiated.
Many thanks to our conference organizing team for the countless hours put in, and to our conference sponsors, our work trade crew, our slate of presenters, our trade show tablers, the University of Montana, the University Center Kitchen Crew, the Celtic Knots string band and anyone else who helped make it all happen.
You can see the presenters and their workshops, plus other information from both the 2011 and the 2012 conferences under the "Past Conferences" tab in the menu bar.
There are also some conference photos in the galleries. You can add you own photos of the conference, photos of your Permaculture projects and the like. Click "Share Photos" under the Galleries tab.