Musings on The Game of *Kind*

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If we go with the premise that we live in a holographic universe, and that we are projections from our higher self, then that means that we are, in fact, avatars in a game being played by our higher selves.  What I need to find out to succeed in life then, is where are the cheats?  What rock is the magic wand hidden behind?  Where is the hidden entrance to the secret passageway?   What do I have to smash to find the extra coins?  How do I level up?  I am playing the game called “me” and I have a need to level up.  This level isn’t working for me.  I want more.  More exciting adventures,  better garments, better magic, more coins.
To take this even further:  If our thoughts and emotions, our intentions, are the controller,  then what am I creating within the game when I focus on negative outcomes?  What epic monster battles am I creating with my thoughts?  What am I doing to my holographic world with my thought-less actions?  Or even worse, what if I am playing the game with no intent at all, and the game is just playing me while I am oblivious to why things are happening *to me* and to my *world*?   What if I am continually walking past the hidden door to the “more” I am searching for, and my Higher Self keeps smacking it’s forehead because I am not living up to my Avatar potential and I keep missing the clues?
More and more scientific evidence is being disclosed and discussed verifying that this is not a far fetched idea. Click the following link to watch “The Matrix is Real”, a 6 minute overview of what one of the top minds in the field thinks about this subject. And this “Evidence We are in a Simulation“.   And then think about what this means to us individually and collectively.  Our thoughts, emotions, intentions and actions impact our environment in significant ways.  We are creating this game in a very real way.  Everything is energy.  Energy creates.  We control the creative energy, the game, with our thoughts, emotions, intentions.  This is not a New Age *woo woo* concept.  This is scientific fact.
If we play the game with the energy of *kind*, and consider all of the other players, all animal life, all plant life, all of humankind, all of the beings in the subtle realms that we share this space with, and Mother Gaia herself, then we can begin to see the real power of the game.  We begin to see the far reaching effects that we need to consider in our daily lives, our daily game playing, and how we create in the game.  What if playing the game without the energy of “kind” is what is keeping us from leveling up?  What if we start seeing the potential creative power that we hold within?  What if we start to consciously play the game of “us” with the energy of “kind”?  How will the game change?  How will our avatars change?  How will the world look when we get our shit together and finally  level up?

Plastic People

“Plastic people with their plastic lives
Plastic lips tell plastic lies
Plastic drivers in plastic cars
Plastic food from plastic jars”
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When I started this blog, it was never my intention to have it be just a food blog about plant based eating and vegan lifestyle.  It is equally important, equally critical, that we do everything in our power to heal our home planet, or at the very least not cause further harm.  But you can not talk about living in harmony with nature, respecting the animals and the planet, without addressing the huge shitshow that factory farming is, and the devastating impact that the carnivore diet has on the planet.
Thank you to @vegan_in_numbers on Instagram for the following info (please visit their Instagram page for info sources):
Shockingly, every hour in the United Sates 500,000 animals are killed for their meat.
An Oxford University study found that a vegan world could prevent 8 million deaths per year and could save trillions per year on health-care costs.
Every second an area the size of a football field is cleared in the amazon to produce 250 beef burgers.
Over 15,000 scientists from 184 countries say that going vegan will help save the planet.
Switching to a vegan diet reduces carbon emissions by 50%.
60% of the world’s biodiversity loss is due to meat consumption.
To that end, a lot of my content is food related.  There are so many great vegan bloggers out there and I follow several of them.  But I don’t think enough is being said, encouraged, about how easy whole food plant based eating can be.  You can get as fancy as you want with your vegan, WFPB cooking.  And sometimes I do.  But there is nothing wrong with a simple pasta (gluten free for me) and a nice marinara sauce along with a big salad.  Tacos with refried beans, loads of veggies and a simple spiced cashew cream, maybe a little vegan cheese if you want it.  Or a nice whole food veggie burger (I love Hilary’s Eat Well burgers)  with or without a bun, and some roasted veggies.  My point is, when we over complicate our meals it becomes overwhelming.  I am a big advocate of simplified meals.  Whatever it takes to eat less and less animal products, and have a positive impact on both our health, and the health of our planet.
So, although diet is a HUGE part of caring for ourselves and for the planet, I intend to dive into every day practical matters concerning living the Fae Life.  Living with care and compassion for our home planet, each other, the plant life, the animal life through everyday actions.
This includes being a responsible consumer.  I am not great at this. Eliminating plastic and over-packaging from my personal consumerism is my biggest 2018 goal.   I am getting better, but I could definitely do more.
I try to use parchment paper rather than foil.  But I still use foil a lot more than I should.
I try to buy in bulk and avoid over packaged products.  But I still buy to-go sizes of stuff for lunch when I am shopping before work.
I try to use glass rather than plastic, but I still use plastic zip bags sometimes.
I have switched to recyclable straws!
I use hemp, sugar cane fiber, and bamboo products whenever possible.  All renewable resources.  I have my green bags in my car!  I am trying.
Plastic has become such a huge part of our culture.  Plastic is so easy.  But it is so devastating.  As I write this I am drinking water out of a plastic bottle. Why?  Because I don’t want to ingest all the chemical additives, especially fluoride, that are added to my tap water.  I need to find a better solution.  I suck.  But I am conscious of that fact now, and I am making a plan to reduce my household consumption of plastic.  It’s a process.  And it is largely alien terrain in the US, in my hometown, in my family, in my household.  Plastic became synonymous with progress.  But the cost has been so high!  Most municipalities have a recycling program in place, but that is not enough.  And these programs are really not as effective as we would like to think.  We need to address the very real need to eliminate, or at the very lease reduce, the production of plastic by consuming less of it on a daily, personal basis.
In an  article published on Environmental Health News, “The Environmental Toll of Plastics” is this quote:
“One of the most ubiquitous and long-lasting recent changes to the surface of our planet is the accumulation and fragmentation of plastics,” wrote David Barnes, a lead author and researcher for the British Antarctic Survey. 
And:
Since its mass production began in the 1940s, plastic’s wide range of unique properties has propelled it to an essential status in society. Next year, more than 300 million tons will be produced worldwide.
People, this shit does not go away!  It is a *forever* product.  It is poisonous to our bodies, our land and our oceans.  It is not biodegradable. I urge you to read the whole article.  It goes on to say how plastics have negatively impacted our health and environment in an enormous way.  It is imperative that we realize how we are dooming our planet and destroying our health just because plastic makes our life easy.
And I urge you to take just one step this week toward eliminating plastic in your own home.  One small step.  Because that will lead to another, and another.  Together we can re-educate ourselves about the difference between what is easy, and what is right for us and our environment.