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Lotteries and the Inner Vision

Posted on February 1, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Music, Musings, Science, Spirituality |

If I ruled the world won the lottery, I would be lucky in more ways than one, as I’d already have this plan recorded, and could start right away. This post is inspired by similar recent posts (and challenges) by my blog buddies cjwriter and dovelove. Their lists are admirable, and I said to both of them in my comments that I wanted to do a list, too.

1. (suggested by a relative:) Hire security & support for myself and my family, including someone to take phone calls, requests, and deal with other attention this might generate.

2. Pay off my mortgage. I’m so pleased that my first thought would not be to find another house or place to live. I have a small house with a big mortgage, but I love the area, the views, and the peace I find here. I would only make some small improvements, such as new flooring, maybe a couple of new appliances, and paint. I would hire a once-or-twice-a-week cleaner, a landscaper, and a maintenance gardener. I’d work with the landscaper to design a beautiful lush garden, which would include losing that danged desert spoon!

3. Set up trust funds for a certain few relatives.

4. Consider business proposals from friends and other worthies, and perhaps provide seed money as I feel moved.

5-10. This is such a major project that it would take up the rest of my list. I’d found a retreat/learning center on acres of beautiful land. It must have rolling hills, and access to a lake or stream. There, people could come and experience a sense of renewal and regeneration. {note, I’m now switching to present tense, in order to connect more fully with the joy of this!}

There is no one predominant philosophy at the center, all are equally welcome. I’m not saying that I don’t have a philosophy–I do indeed have strong opinions. But, I also feel strongly that many points of view must be valued and respected. Therefore classes and workshops including yoga, meditation, mysticism of many religions, and other spiritual practices are all welcome.

There is a dance barn where transformative and social dance can happen. There is a beautiful art studio right by the creek, which includes areas for painting in several media, sculpture, crafts, metal working–any kind of art that can be facilitated.

There is a music studio and lab as well. State of the art electronic sound equipment lives effortlessly with an acoustically “live” space where my special interest in indigenous instruments can be explored. Can you imagine a concert including didgeridoo, oud, and tabla? Well, I can! Any kind of uplifting musical genre is welcome, encouraged, and taught here.

Did I mention the science lab? I feel that too much “woo-woo” can make me, at least, a bit light headed, so I and others enjoy the lab where we can design and carry out experiments on the effect of conscious processes upon matter and world issues. Can we help clean up our water supply, lessen or stop violence, or rehabilitate formerly fertile fields? Can we use both conscious intent and the scientific method? Let’s find out.

It’s important to me that there are many media of exchange for participation in any of the programs. There are work/study programs, including opportunities to work in the vegetable garden or the kitchen. People who wish to present a program can offer that as part of their “tuition” as well. While there are always opportunities for people to come and participate without paying any “money”, in no case are they looked upon as “scholarship” participants or “charity” cases. Money is just one of the creative media of exchange; no more or less valuable than any other.

And, remember to visit the cafe/bookstore, where presenters’ books are available, along with a great selection of CDs, DVDs, instruments and art supplies! There’s an open mike night, and poetry readings and musical performances are welcome.

The kitchen, of course, provides world-class, healthy, fresh, and delicious food. It’s important that many dietary desires are accommodated, but we do not “preach” about what constitutes a proper diet.

It is my hope that many kinds of people can come. I envision the center as including those who are recovering from injury, accident or illness, therefore all the beautiful garden paths, and all buildings are fully accessible. There are programs of various length, from weekend, to week-long, perhaps even ongoing classes and events. Come for an art weekend, or to explore your inner music.

The basis of all this is Joy, as it is my belief that if we come from there, we are of most benefit to each other. I love to participate in all the activities I’ve listed here, including those I haven’t thought of yet, and it is my great joy to support others in finding their own bliss. I’m always in the volunteer rotation, so you’ll experience my cooking, my gardening, and my cleaning–I hope you’ll come, anyway!

I was cheeky enough, in my comments on cjwriter’s wonderful post, to suggest that he hire a cruise ship and have his blog friends visit. It’s time to put my money (or creative energy) where my mouth (or mouse) is, and invite you to participate in my vision. When the center is up and running, I’ll send you a first-class ticket for the transportation method of your choice, and a pass to any program or class you wish! Just leave me a comment! I archive all these posts, so I’ll be able to go back and find your name. 😉

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