Posts Tagged ‘green’

Whether its white male or black male, tall person, strong person or spiritual – most of us can find our own external experience of entitlement.  But it’s also the thing “we” “found” by our twenties in order to survive in the patriarchal, top down world of dominance and control.  Those of us who found our own keys to success mostly found the part of us that could dominate in some way because that’s what works in our outer world.

Early on I choose my ability to DO it as my entitlement, it was easier to just do things myself rather than collaborate. The family around me really hated that! Then later I perfected my mind through a metaphysical spiritual keyhole that few could follow me through.  That gave me the edge, something I could sell, that set me apart and gave me my own brand of entitlement! A spiritual entitlement that I taught to students so they could claim their own abilities, unlike in another era where we played it out as sorcery, using our mastery to take up the tools and abilities of others for our own advantage. Check it out, you probably took up a cultural entitlement unconsciously or made up one that suited your own default to mastery mechanisms to a tee.  Those default mechanisms mostly come from our past lives where we spent whole lifetimes perfecting some thread of reality that paid off with success in the local culture.

Each personal default to mastery zone must be remembered, reclaimed, and reconstituted for current collaborative co-creation.

Another mechanism of entitlement gets played out as some form of dominance on the playground in elementary school.  This one is the most dangerous to us culturally now – the one where the biggest, richest, prettiest, nastiest is still stuck in the schoolyard of reality.  The ones of us or the part of us that still lives here missed the primal scream of the sixties, the self help groups of the seventies, the flight from the dysfunctional codependency of the eighties, and even the backlash to all consciousness movements of the nineties.  So here we are in the new millennium’s second decade with our entitlement cathedral showing cracks in the glass slides.  This time we all have to dismantle the entitlement, even the ones born unquestionably into it.

The planet, the people, and the astrology, all require that we DROP IT AND GO.

Take up the collaborations willingly, gracefully and enthusiastically, because we can’t save ourselves individually anymore.  We can’t continue to work alone and get by because getting by isn’t enough.  In collaborations of creativity we can find grand resolutions instead of band-aid solutions.  In collaborations of co-creation we can become a new reality that includes and thrives on everyone’s participation and wellbeing, which in turn creates more collaborations of co-creation.  It’s a snowball rolling downhill benefiting everyone along the way.

“Glass slides?” you say.

It’s a brilliant system for monitoring the outer external effects of change.

Once when I toured the cathedral in York, England I saw these little glass microscope slides glued on the tower’s stonework a hundred feet off the ground in its tower.  It turns out that is the practical method of monitoring the majestic tower for potential settling and dangerous although infinitesimally small movements of change.  The glass slide is glued on either side of any tiny cracks so that even the tiniest change will break the glass slide.    The cracks were so small that I didn’t even register that they were under there when I saw the slides.

The irony of that tiny change threatening the strength and longevity of the colossal monument to a spiritual tradition of entitlement that claimed the resources from the people who both willingly and unwillingly contributed the resources of their reality to build it.

The thing about entitlement that doesn’t work is when it unconsciously precludes others from their rightful place in the mix.  The pattern, of course, that is really boring us today is the one from the genderly/racially unconscious masculine still stuck, no matter how subtle or needy, in dominance and control.  All of us can have our Masculine playing out the old tired patterns. They can be in white men, black men, brown men, yellow men, gay women, straight women, children and dogs!  Yes, I said dogs.  They resonate and respond to the masculine non-physically in the energy field and physically in their behavior.  If you have a dog, you know what it takes to be alpha and the bigger or more alpha the dog the more alpha you have to behave to stay in control and dominance.

This is why the Haitians will not play out some weird violence in their grief.  They aren’t stuck in our western, American, cultural entitlement of dominance or control.

When nature says its time to collaborate, the wise begin the co-creation.

It is my feeling that compassion and truth are activated by the profundity of humanity in need as in the experience of a major earthquake.  People of the truth respond with compassion and appropriate behavior unlike the old dominance and control, which would either be unable to respond or would behave in an opportunistic way.  The last entitlement hold-outs are still working the media for advantage since it might be the only thing they’ve got left to play.  Likely the Haitians are not getting the television messages from us.  They’ll do their own right thing.  And like Katrina the world’s wise and compassionate ones are already on their way to Haiti to help in any way they can with what they’ve got right now.  They know who they are and I bless them and send them my love as they begin a magnificent collaborative co-creation of life emerging from the ruble of mother nature’s demand for presence.

In case you need more information about how to be aware and demanding in the dissolution of the patterns of entitlement in your own life here is a little help.

A Profile of Entitlement:

– Verbal monologue-ing that is not interesting to the listener – and only mildly to the cultural anthropologist. Verbosity on the topic that defines the particular self appointed field of mastery in reference to the world of duality and polarization that puts the entitled on top.

– Repeatedly and often soliciting rave reviews and active recognition of this mastery and prowess.  Did you see that?  Did you like that?  I did that, That was me, It’s all about me, me, me, me, me.  Designed to reinforce the entitled’s position at the top of at least the listener’s field of reference.

– Diminishing the options of the perceived underlings in order to maintain the illusion that the entitled is still supreme in some regard.  Classic to this tenet is the abused wife cut off from family, friend’s and culture by having no car, violence if leaving the house or talking to others who threaten the dominance of the entitled person.

–  Needing to experience the world through one’s sexuality or verbalizations as the primary domination.  Loves football, dogs, and anything else that can be verbally controlled or physically won.  Ok I’d love to have this one not be true, my sister is a football maniac and she assures me that she is not entitled in any way but the truth is that these items do make up a large part of the pattern structure so it magnetizes the entitled ones into its field of play.

On this idea, the pattern of entitlement reaches is cliché.  It’s a good place for me to get back to the subtlety of it because we all have to personally unravel by UN CHOOSING our own entitlement behaviors.  For most women and some men, it is now time to create our own authentic field of respect and EXPECT-ation.

It’s time for us to expect to be treated with respect, expect reverence for the feminine, expect protection for the earth and her natural creatures, expect to be abundant, expect to be included in the flow of life, expect to have our creativity recognized, and expect to collaborate wildly and successfully as we co-create a grand resolution for ourselves, our communities, our families of choice, and our meaningful relationships.

Happy eclipse season and may all your created entitlements dissolve into authentic birthrights.

Collaborative Co-Creation is our next step into abundant health, wealth, happiness, and wisdom.

Whether you are back stage, on stage, in the audience, or at your computer, I honor your part in our collaboration to co-create a new reality.

Casey Wood, 310-430-9283



Read Full Post »

The eclipse season is on coast and now its just time to DO what we know. The last eclipse in Aquarius gave us a kick in the butt to do it now but it was at 13 degrees so we’re not really confident in what we’re doing. Maybe that’s a good thing, so we learn to follow guidance and collaborate. I feel that the pisces full moon also in the middle of the sign is also asking us to be aware of the “energy patterns” that we are allowing, seeking, and desiring. Get it right and the ignition is powerful. Everyone I know has a great project that is seeking funding, even the funders are seeking funding to generate funding. The 9-9-09 emails ask us to focus on transforming the money and currency energetic to be more pro earth and love. I’m all for it – and by the way, each of us can “turn on the faucet” for someone who has just a little less that we do. So cultivate being a philanthropist, no matter what rung of the economic ladder you usually dwell on. Stop dwelling and start giving a leg up to anyone who wants to go up the ladder with you. Don’t overlook the fact that we are all in this together. Numbers are significant now and every chironbaby tends to want to do it alone for simplicity or clarity. We all have to start trusting that the other person has also done their homework and its time to collaborate unabashedly. Go, Go, Go.

Read Full Post »

Palm Greens, A feature film
Casey Wood 310-430-9283 or PalmSpringsGreen@yahoo.com

A Proposal for purchasing and very quickly “greening” a small hotel in Palm Springs while creating a feature film to make it successful thereby, creating a more visible and viable GREEN Movement of Palm Springs.
Support Palm Greens Cafe! Enjoy local healthy food and network in your conscious community.

Our feature film is about a small hotel being “saved” by quickly transforming it into the city’s poster child for sustainability and green business. We plan to actually carry out the purchase, the transformation of the hotel, and becoming the Palm Springs poster child for Sustainability for real as we shoot the film. The finished feature film will be entered into film festivals worldwide for publicity and promotion of our hotel accommodations, green concepts, sustainability methods and of course, Palm Springs itself. The film includes a variety of Palm Springs locations, people, local celebrities and will be a tremendous advocate for the local culture and a draw for a new type of tourism. We hope to create a new side of Palm Springs to entice a wider variety of visitors to the city.

Think Sideways – only right side up! Using the film Sideways as a model we will allow the film to be a blatant showcase of the new green Palm Springs. Much of the film’s action occurs in the restaurant Palm Greens and other green or sustainable conscious businesses around town. I am open to including anyone who can prove to me they are in a new paradigm that is earth-friendly and supporting humanity’s wellbeing. Primarily I am interested in those who are willing to go all the way with me, fearlessly creating a new model of hope and prosperity that is based on strong values and valuing. Call me if you want to discuss this or have ideas worth including.

We have an excellent script and a crew with high-level Hollywood credits. The core of our business model is spiritually and practically sound, radiating out into the community with appropriate values and community enhancement. We expect this project to be more than a win/win for all involved, we expect it to be magic!

Our preference is to purchase The El Rancho Lodge, which was built in 1951 by Ed Castle, character actor in dozens of Hollywood movies of the era. He brought many a star to Castle’s Red Barn for vacation and movie screenings in his sunken living room. Guests have been coming through 5 or more changes in ownership. Currently most of the guests are retirees from Canada, US, and abroad as well as a few younger folks with children. Without exception guests who come for the first time fall in love with the ambiance and make reservations for the future, encouraging their friends to come as well. By greening the hotel we expect to maintain current guests, add a younger and green clientele plus cut monthly expenses by at least 10% and possibly up to 60%. The rapid success of the (green) Ace Hotel across the street is very exciting and promises to help create a “green” area of town.

The feature film Palm Greens, will serve as a how-to lesson on turning fortunes around for business owners stressed by current economic trends, a marketing device for the City of Palm Springs, a rallying point for an emerging local green movement, and potentially a draw for new businesses. I expect to attract individuals, groups, and families who are interested in earth restoration and heart focused experiences. The film models human behavior that is advantageous to a healthy, happy life, including nutritional, emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental techniques for restoring wellbeing. I expect this to be a draw for retirees and other health conscious folks moving to Palm Springs. Locals in these fields will be included in the film as well.

Palm Greens can be marketed to cities, businesses, online networking, or through a distributor. I think underground marketing through social networks online will be very successful. There are new methods of film distribution that are emerging so we will be open to following the latest successes and also developing our own online distribution methods following the threads of our demographic’s interests.

The premise of Palm Greens is that “greening and economic sustainability” are not expensive unattainable goals – rather that doing the “right” thing is more fun, simpler, cheaper, and faster. Plus eccentricity makes publicity! Palm Greens models a new relationship with native/indigenous people, that allows historical and spiritual wisdom to lead in the restoration of earth systems while replacing old wounds with fresh possibilities for interaction. We also show that the new green “earth conscious” reality already exists by featuring the businesses and individuals that are already living this way. The new sustainable model will work better and be more economically viable when more of us are doing it. The numbers will be the success and the attraction.

Our first steps happen very quickly and relatively simply:
• Provide a bicycle blender with organic fresh fruit for guests to make their own smoothies. Each hotel room will have its own container with the mechanism available to all.
• Used bicycles stored on an Art Bike Rack available for guests to use, helmets and other needs supplied.
• Solar ovens available for guests to use in the back courtyard with the barbeque.
• Hydroponic gardens in the back courtyard and along length of property.
• Pool and Room Hot Water Heaters using solar.
• Water Filtration system for drinking and cooking water.
• Begin using back of hotel as production studio/workshop for Independent Films

The second phase involves more elaborate and technical systems:
• New windows rated for efficiency and practicality for desert
• New roof with sustainable and green properties
• Enhanced insulation of walls and ceilings
• Room cooling and heating using alternative energy
• Generating our own electricity with wind and solar
• Clean air with ozone and ionization features

The third stage of the greening focuses on educational presentation for guests and public:
• 2 health support rooms for bodywork, counseling, private meditation
• Classroom for sustainable and green educational opportunities for public and guests
• Screening Room for showing green and health films as well as “indies” and classics
• Shared community kitchen for learning raw, slow, and vegetarian cooking
• Green appliances for cooking, laundry, personal hygiene, and other uses
• Green libraries for DVD, Books, and Appliances to be checked out by guests

The final cog in our green wheel is a fantastic website with extensive information and networking of the project and its features, challenging and reporting on others who are going green and sustainable. We plan to use this website to network all local businesses who are participating in the film and together create sales of merchandise, technology, and services.

At every step and for every component in the film we expect to be in partnership with the companies and individuals who are perfecting and living in new green and sustainable ways. These partners will be featured on the website and given high visibility at any public screening as well as film credits for their participation. Our goal is to make this process attractive to the masses, affordable, and easy – creating business for all who work with us to create Viva Verde from the old El Rancho Lodge – modeling a new kind of abundance that comes from a sharing community.

Let’s reinvent Palm Springs, as a leader in the movement to be earth restorative and sustainable.
Here’s to Palm Greens. Viva Verde!

Call Casey Wood, 310-430-9283 if you:
would like to finance this film
have a business to include
have ideas to consider
have contacts to share
would like to be involved as crew or talent
Please call me if you are interested in being my partner in greening properties in Palm Springs.

Toward creating the Local Green Network and Movement
On a larger scale I am inviting investors who will be courageous enough to play! There are over 90 empty business locations on Palm Canyon Drive! Let’s transform all the old dead small hotels in Palm Springs to “green” and find houses with green-able potentials to do the sustainable green turn around. We plan to create a TV series to show how it can be done and explore the possibilities in detail, thrift or extravagance. Imagine Palm Springs Mall as one really Great retail location for a seed community of green businesses including appliances, beds, bedding, a water store, clothing, a used bicycle center, and information center to name a few.

Read Full Post »