Stars, Bricks and Hermit Crabs
I hope this fall has been wondrous for you all! It surely has been for us. I feel that things in both my personal and business life have been going through rapid evolution. When I think back to where I was physically, mentally, and spiritually this time last year and superimpose it on the present day I feel truly blessed. This past year through a lot of hard work I am seeing my vision come into sharp focus, yet never forgetting how important the path is. As Grandfather says, “The Vision is the journey”. A year ago I was straying away from my vision. Today, I am running toward in full force.
A few weeks back, Bill Kaczor of Ancestral Knowledge (www.ancestralknowledge.org) and I taught a class in the beautiful fall West Virginia wilderness. Bill is an amazing teacher and dear friend and the class we held on wilderness survival was a huge success. I love watching people get their first taste of the primitive art forms our ancestors used for so many generations, watching that spark light within them that connects them to their heritage and more importantly, the earth and nature. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, “The path to salvation for our species lies in reconnection to nature”. Only when we as a global society realize how important this third rock from the sun is will we start to change our ways and work towards a better future for our children and grandchildren. Only when we reassume our roles as caretakers can we truly add to the great change that is happening to propel us into a bright future.
Two days ago Lisa and I returned from a four day camping trip to Dry Tortugas. For those who are not familiar, it is an island that lies about 70 miles west of Key West, Florida and is only accessible by boat or plane. It is in the middle of one of the largest marine preserves and home to protected coral reefs. In the late 1800’s it served as a Union controlled fort and military prison and is one of the largest brick structures of it’s era in the US. There is no fresh water source on the island, hence the name. The place is rich with history and I definitely encourage you to do some research if you’re curious.
What really make the place spectacular for me was the remoteness. The sea is a shade of emerald that is so amazing words cannot do it justice. The many species of coral, fish and other brothers and sisters of the sea come in all shapes and sizes and all colors of the rainbow. It is so far from any light pollution that at night the stars are so numerous and bright it brought tears to my eyes. In my travels I have been many remote places, but never have I gazed upon our galaxy like it is there. I think what affected us most on the trip other than the stunning beauty was the quiet that overcame us. Away from the noise, away from cell phone signals, wifi, electricity. Away from the constant hum that is omnipresent in our modern lives. We both felt truly grounded and connected to our surroundings. At night we could feel the energy of all the abundant life force around us without all the man-made clutter both visible and invisible. We swam. We played. We tracked, we observed. I have to say that out of all the life forms out there the ones I found most intriguing were the hermit crabs. They were everywhere. It was also a huge lesson for us in “collective consciousness”. If we spilled any fresh water on the ground or dropped food, the closest ones would notice and shuffle their way over slowly and start drinking or eating. Mere moments later dozens would start to converge on the area from far away places. We didn’t think they could have heard or smelled the food or water but once a few made it to the area the migration would start. It would happen even in the blackness of night with high wind noise in the trees. They would creep toward the area from 360 degrees, a denizen of single-occupancy shelled crustaceans no bigger than the damp leaf clutter they occupied. After lots of observation, our conclusion was simply the whole colony was connected via collective consciousness. I have yet to look up scientific research on the subject.
I think the biggest lesson we learned on our short trip was how good it felt to be unplugged from our modern world and reconnected to the energy that naturally surrounds and binds us all. On the island we went to bed shortly after dark and awoke with the sun each morning. We were back on the cycle we belonged to, not the one that has been made for us in our fast paced modern world.
Heres a link to the Video from our trip!
Things with Earth Village Eduction are moving forward at light speed. This winter our team is permanently moving to Overlook Farm in Virginia. There we will continue to build a self-sustaining educational community that will offer classes in all areas of self reliance skills. Primitive skills? Check. Permaculture and organic agriculture? Check. We will be hosting classes on everything from primitive fire making to sewing your own clothes. We hope to make the place into a premier institute on how to live a self sustaining lifestyle. As I said in previous posts the farm itself is solar and geothermal powered. We will grow and hunt the food not only for ourselves but also for our students. All within an hour and a half of our nation’s Capitol! We will be posting our schedule on our website. www.earthvillageeducation.org. Our website is currently down for maintenance and a makeover. It will be up and running again shortly! Big things are happening and we want you all to be a part of it. We will be looking for educators and speakers to come out and teach classes and each of us who lives on the property full time will be running classes in our particular area of expertise. It’s time to rebuild community and cut ties with a system that serves to keep us isolated, afraid and unable to provide for ourselves. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us through Primitive Arts Collective or Earth Village Education’s websites! I hope to see you all down the road. Remember alone we are weak, together we are strong!
Always giving thanks,
Tom Brown III