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LOVE this Article!!! FOOD GARDENS EVERYWHERE!!!
“National Security” is in the “…plants yeilding seed after their kind…” –Genesis 1:12

Human Sacrifice on the altars of the military-industrial complex “gods-of-war”, or on the altar of the gmo “gods-of-prosperity” does not contribute to “National Security.” It’s time to transform our world, beginning with heirloom seeds in our own homes.

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There’s an Ancient Instruction:
“Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce.” –Jeremiah 29:5
“…you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan, and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns and be satisified. You shall say before YHWH your God, “I have removed the sacred portion from my house, and also have given it to the Levite and the alien, the orphan and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me: I have not transgressed or forgotten any of Your commandments.” –Deuteronomy 26:12-13
“He has told you, O earth-being*, what is good: and what does YHWH require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” –Micah 6:8

The word “earth-being” is often translated “man”, but is better-translated “earthen being,” in reference to the Genesis account of the human being made “from the dust of the ground,” and being called “Adam.” The word “adam” is related to the word “adamah,” meaning “ground” or “earth.”

Here’s the Ancient Hebrew Pictograph:

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When we find the humility to embrace the fact  that we are built from the earth, and will one day return to it, we can find beautiful “grounding” in our original occupation as gardeners. The freedom to be the “earth-beings” we were designed to be is the most basic of human rights.

May we be blessed to build a world where that right is honored and exercised in profusion!

Everybody’s running around with two fingers up– if they aren’t busy lifting just one finger at the driver that just cut ’em off. Even so, that driver really just wants peace. We want to know that we’re going to get to work on time, that rent will be paid, that our electricity won’t be shut off, and that we’ll be able to put gas in that car so we can do it again tomorrow. (I use “we” loosely, here– different folks have different struggles) At the core of our beings, we want to feel “secure,” knowing that we’re protected from hunger, cold, and loneliness.  We want peace.
What’s funny is that our language doesn’t tell us what peace is just by looking at the word. It’s kind of a nebulous “good thing” out there somewhere that nobody seems to have (unless they happen to smell like weed, and even then, it’s only for as long as the high lasts).

Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Shalom!

A few thousand years ago, and still today in some places, the word for peace was a real, concrete picture of that nebulous thing we all want. Originally, the Scriptural, Hebrew word was “Shalom,” spelled “Shin-Lamed-Vav-Mem.” (second word in the pic)

The Shin is the picture of the two front Teeth. Lamed is a picture of the Shepherd’s Staff. Vav is the Tent Peg, and Mem is Water. The Teeth is an image of protection and defense. The Shepherd’s Staff provides guidance and direction, pointing the way out for the sheep to find everything they need. The Tent Peg is the picture of securing or “nailing down.” Water is our source of life. Shalom is defined in Jeff Benner’s Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible , word #2845, “Complete: Made whole or complete by adding or subtracting. ‘To be in a state of wholeness. Also to restore or make right through payment or restitution. ‘A state of being whole, complete, or full. Also an offering of restitution or payment. ‘A greeting as a desire for completeness to another.”
Shalom is “The protection of the Shepherd, nailing down the water.” We are at peace when we are protected and provided for by our Creator, and when we are made “complete.” In order to be “complete,” we need air, water, food, and shelter. Without land to grow food on, we are incomplete, and the land is incomplete without the humble people who care for it, watching over it with sensitivity to see that seeds sprout in it. Finding those humble people gives the rest of that picture of completeness– we’re no longer lonely 🙂

*Originally posted January 28, 2010 on my old blogsite

Life is rich with natural, functional, healthy systems that really do work. Chemicals, Smog and sundry other nuisances obscure our view of the beauty around and within us that works well. That beauty exudes its richness through “Faith.”
The original word for “faith” in Scripture was “emunah”, and it had a lot more to it than the nebulous “belief” I was once taught.

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Aleph-Mem-Vav-Nun-Hey: (read the opposite direction in Hebrew)
-Bull’s Head (Strength, First, Authority)
-Moving Water / Blood
-Tent Peg (Nail Down, Secure)
-Sprouting Seed (Offspring, Continuing)
-Man Standing in Awe (Wow, LOOK!)

Faith without works really is dead. The picture of Emunah (Original Faith) is Strength Watering and Securing the Sprouting Seed and Standing in Awe, Looking at the results.
Real Faith is real work, implementing the Natural Laws given in Torah, and seeing the results of working within those tangible, functional, “Good” Rules.  Emunah is really better-translated “Faithfulness.” When we are faithful to YHWH’s Teaching and Instruction, we experience the results of real, active, living faith.
If faith produces the Tov (Functionality / Goodness) described in Torah, it’s real faith, and you can hang your hat on it. Just like we invest strength in following the Natural Laws, planting a seed and watering it and watching it sprout and grow into food, there are a multitude of rich laws that can feed, heal, teach, and guide us if we’ll implement them. Faith that implements the Teaching and Instruction of YHWH is recognizable in the Tov it produces.

(Originally published March 3, 2010 here)

I grew up trying to be perfect & do things perfectly.  I wonder how many other people  did. Eventually I gave up. It’s like getting into a spaceship and starting out for a planet located an infinite distance away. No matter how far you travel, you never get any closer. It’s not about becoming perfect. It’s about the journey.
2 original words / Ancient Hebrew pictographs for you:

Break or Keep: Trample or Guard

Break or Keep:
Trample or Guard

1. Break– “to open the head” (as in a head of grain). It’s the picture of throwing the Teaching and Instruction down on the threshing floor and trampling it.
2. Keep– “to guard and protect” It’s the picture of the shepherd building a corral out in the wilderness where there aren’t any 2×4’s. He makes a short wall of rocks and then surrounds the top with thorn bushes, and then stays there, protecting his sheep from the wild animals.

The word “Break”  (in red) is taken from Psalm 119:126, as an example. It corresponds to Strong’s # 6565, and to the Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible’s # 1388-B. There it is translated, “To open the head” and “To throw something on the ground and break by trampling”. You can see the open mouth (the letter Peh) with the two guys’ heads (the letter Resh).
The word “Keep” (in blue) is taken from a few verses later as an opposite: verses 134 and 136. They correspond to Strong’s # 8104, and to the AHLB’s # 2853 (V). The AHLB translates it, “To guard” and “To watch over or guard in the sense of preserving or protecting.” You can see the two front teeth (symbolizing protection, biting, or tearing) protecting the water (sustenance for life) and the head.  Another meaning for the Mem (water symbol) is blood (life source), so it could be “the teeth protecting the blood and the head.” This picture used in correlation with “keeping the Teaching and Instruction” or mistranslated, “keeping the law” is a vivid one, demonstrating the life-guarding properties of Scripture.
“Keeping or Breaking the Law” isn’t the terror we were taught. It’s a real, do-able, rich lifestyle. Rather than “Obey perfectly”, we “walk in it”, so as not to “trample it.”
There’s space for things not being perfect. YHWH isn’t that naive 🙂 The Creator just wants us to love living, and gave us Instructions on how to make that happen.  “Peace be the journey.”

As always, I’m not the expert: for more info, see the American Center for Ancient Hebrew Research:

http://ancient-hebrew.org/

or their youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ancienthebreworg

A friend asked me to share what economic, practical thoughts I have on how we make it as a single-income family. First off, I have to acknowledge: we’re well-blessed, and I “get it” that not everyone has all the tools in their basket that we do. That said, other people do have tools in their baskets that we don’t. In a nutshell, we have to find thankfulness for what already exists, rather expending time, energy, money, and frustration on pining after what isn’t. In a world where instant gratification and marketing and sales and “shoulds” and “obligations” are often hailed as gods above real needs, real relationships, and multi-generational investments, finding thankfulness for what already exists is not always the easiest path. We don’t walk it perfectly, but we do walk it, learning along the way.

In no particular order, some things that make our world function on one income:

1. Home Hair Cuts: I do all of them, including my own, and I get compliments on them! If you’re not brave enough to try it right off, practice on a doll, and barter with someone who’s done it before ’till you’re feelin’ ‘yer oats 😉

2. Drying Line: Cuts down on the power bill. Wood heat in the winter helps w/ this, as it serves dual purpose: re-humidifies the air a bit, and you’re not paying for the heat twice.

3. Bicycles: We have an update post here on the “family car.” Between insurance and gas and overall health improvements, it’s been an awesome gift in our world. Not an easy one to initially imagine, considering I was pretty arthritic when we first gave up the car, but no regrets 🙂

4. Giving: Ancient Hebrew Pictograph of the word give here. What goes around comes around. Find someone in worse shape than you are (it’s usually not as difficult as it sounds), and do something about it that you *can do.

5. Become Debt-Free: Ancient Proverb says, “The borrower becomes the lender’s slave.” Find a way out of your slavery.

6. Family Relationships: It’s a team effort. We all have to understand that we’re working toward something bigger and more important than money. We have to find the place where we want to build each other and our home into a healthy, peaceful place more than we want the next trinket.

7. Grow Something To Eat: The closer we get to dirt, the more “grounded” we can be, not only emotionally and physically, but also financially. Our health is one of the most expensive things to lose, and one of the fastest ways to improve it is through organic gardening. Chickens are good, too. Check with local restrictions, though. Some cities will allow hens but not roosters, and there may be a restriction per square foot of land area.

8. Tiny House: More land; Less House; Less Stuff. Find the minimum quantity of “stuff” you need to be happy, and do the house size that just barely fits. Land gives food. House & stuff just drain the budget. Shelving, bunk beds, and Straw-stuffed (make sure it’s clean & dry) mattresses have been a great help for us in making a small house work.

9. Natural / Alternative Medicine: There’s a learning curve to it, and the first few years, we did use modern medicine for a bit. It didn’t work for us, so I studied on my own, and listened to the health-nutty guru’s that had conquered this, that, and the other thing. At this point, our world doesn’t revolve around gas money to get to the doctor’s office. The doctor can’t research as quickly or as effectively or as intimately as I can, here, from home, on my computer. Outside of dismemberment, I haven’t found any use for modern medicine: I can do better for my own family. They’re just people with fancy papers who have been through a system that’s run by money. I’m not. I’m just as smart as they are, but less brainwashed, and better-motivated. All of that said, check out the disclaimer below 😉

10. Growing Herbs: Seasonings and Medicines and a lot of herbs that double as both. A gold mine!

11. Convection Oven: In the absence of a very efficient wood stove (will post on Hubby’s invention / modification later) that runs on twigs, rather than logs, a convection oven uses a lot less energy (money) than the regular sort. Our counter-top version was a second-hand purchase, and has been great!

12. Craigslist: That second-hand thing. The world gets a lot less trashed with re-using what someone else figured out they didn’t need. Meanwhile, I pay less than half what everyone else did for theirs, originally.

13. Build Something: Hubby’s built a business that will, hopefully, sell for enough to pay for the materials for us to build a place where we won’t have to pay rent anymore! Meanwhile, he’s built a sauna for me (LOVING MY MAN!!!), and a shed to sell or maybe trade for the vehicle to move us to our new place to build 😀

14. DIY: Look up whatever it is you find you need, and build it, make it, cook it, brew it, medicate it, repair it. Whatever it is, chances are, it’s just not that complicated… unless it’s a computer… and you’re like me about computers. Still working on conquering that “giant” in my world. LOL!

15. Writing? I’m writing a book… hoping it sells a billion or two copies, and we can retire, fat-and-happy! LOL!

Love to all of you, who are working to do the single-income thing! It’s been well-worth-it for us: our babies know who we are, and we know them. We’re building our home together, one life lesson at a time.

Standard Disclaimer:

I’m  no doc, and don’t pretend to be one. I am therefore not legally licensed to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, or otherwise mitigate any disease, and neither is the stuff I generally choose for healing… but then, I’ve not been educated / indoctrinated by boards with big pharma reps on them, either ;-)  so do your own research and find what works for you :-)

I read an article or two the other day, and decided that I just had to write a bit about underwear. 🙂

OK, so undies aren’t usually within the fields of the health-nutty thing, or the Ancient Hebrew Pictographs thing, or connections between the two.  I guess, maybe it has more to do with the self-sustaining / sustainable thing, though… which does relate back to those in a round-about way…

I was scooting around online, checking my mail in between loads of laundry, dishes, diapers, and schoolwork, and my attention was caught by a video claiming to connect the status of the economy with mens’ underwear sales. Methinks, “YUP– been there! When we’re broke, and it’s a choice between buying food and…” OK, we’ll not go there. Then, I got off on a tangent, looking into the manufacture of those undies, and the outsourcing that “affordable” undies have done… I was sickened by not only the twistedness of the “money gods” who wouldn’t provide functional conditions or compensation to these people, but who further bought off congress to oppress an entire country, disallowing their government to raise their own minimum wage (and we wonder why we can’t compete with outsourcing and why we’re losing our jobs here???!!!) and the death threats???!!!

OK, so… breathing a bit… I’m not one to have very many dollars in “voting power,” but one thing we do buy new is undies. We’ve long since quit buying anything made by slave children in China. The kiddos check the labels carefully now. There are things that just don’t get replaced very often, but it makes for taking better care of what we have, anyhow.  Beyond that, it’s built a confidence that we can make things for ourselves a lot of the time, or function without some the “necesseties” that we “had to have” for survival. Now we’re independent of some of those things, and it’s empowering. Fruit of the Loom will not be getting any more blood from this one little turnip, even if I have to sew our family’s undies myself!

He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself
Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

–Proverbs 22:16

YHWH, in the original sense of the word, please, Judge!

Hmmm… now this makes some sense. In an Ancient Hebrew wedding ceremony, the prospective groom is required to delineate what he is willing to give for and to his prospective bride in a Ketubah  (written marriage agreement). Four things were required: Food, Clothing, Shelter, and Marital Rights, plus it might include other, optional things, along with a bride price, paid to her father, all of which she had to approve before agreeing to marry him. Makes sense. He works for her (someone he values enough to work for), she owns his house. Security, in exchange for working for him and bearing his children. In that culture, at that time, a woman had more security than many women do now, in some ways. At least then, in that culture, he had to be willing to acknowledge that she was worth something, and give her a place to live, sustenance, and pleasure. Too many women don’t even get a ring now-a-days …and call it “liberated.”

Can you picture a girl now-a-days saying, “Um, yeah, I like you and all, but I need a house, and if you don’t feed me, clothe me, and offer yourself to me on a regular basis, I’ll have grounds for divorce, and I want it all in writing, and witnessed by my father before I’ll marry you.” Somewhere along the line, women got gypped! …oh, wait a minute… that would be in reference to gypsies, wouldn’t it… which might be closer to the ancient culture than to the modern (dunno– haven’t studied gypsy culture intensively). ‘Gotta watch my language LOL!

Got to thinking today, about the Ancient Hebrew Pictograph for the word Mother.  Sometimes a mamma needs a bit of extra support to keep her “gluing” strength at full capacity. Maybe there’s something about the Teaching and Instruction in that pictograph that could tell us where to get more of that fortitude we need daily? Here’s where that works for me: The pictograph is “Strong water”, or “glue”, made in much the same way as Beef Gelatin is still made. Danged if it ain’t medicinal for me!

So I have a few friends who are all over trying out beef gelatin for everything from hair & nail growth to healing teeth and bones. They’ve asked what I do with it. A lot of times, I’ll just dissolve some (maybe 1/2 cup per gallon of soup or stew) into a little (3/4 cup?) hot water, and stir that mixture into the stew. If it doesn’t all dissolve on the first shot, a little more hot water should do it. My favorite method for gettin’ it down, though, is dessert 😀

Here’s Chocolate Pudding:

1/2 cup Beef Gelatin

1 cup Cocoa Powder

3 cans Coconut Milk (or real milk if you’re not allergic to dairy)

3/4 cup Hot Water to dissolve gelatin (maybe a bit more to get the last bit dissolved, after you pour it out the first time)

1 Tbsp Real Salt

1/4 tsp Peppermint Extract (or Orange Extract if I’m in the mood… I choose one or the other– not both)

1 1/2 cups Honey

Dissolve gelatin into the hot water.

Heat coconut milk in a large pan.

Stir in Dissolved gelatin and Cocoa Powder.

Add Real Salt, simmer a few minutes

Remove from heat, and stir in honey.

Chill in refer if you’re patient. In freezer if you’re like me… or have kids to blame it on 😉

Sources for Beef Gelatin here:

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=FSa&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=beef+gelatin+now&gs_upl=94306l96445l0l96840l4l3l0l0l0l0l290l731l2-3l3l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1024&bih=605&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=9496090215603229196&sa=X&ei=WX4fT42dJKO-2gWN9v2nDw&ved=0CH0Q8wIwAw

and here:

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=beef+gelatin+kosher&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=10368982407147358228&sa=X&ei=930fT_aJM6GQ2QXQ24WxDw&ved=0CFYQ8wIwAg

Enjoy!!!

Standard Disclaimer:

I’m  no doc, and don’t pretend to be one. I am therefore not legally licensed to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, or otherwise mitigate any disease, and neither is the stuff I generally choose for healing… but then, I’ve not been educated indoctrinated by boards with big pharma reps on them, either ;-)  so do your own research and find what works for you :-)

What if words weren’t just abstract combinations of symbols that make sounds? What if there were concrete pictures in each word we used, that, when we thought of that word, brought up that particular combination of pictures, with real, concrete meanings behind them? What if those pictures gave us not only concrete understandings of the concepts behind them, but also gave us mental, emotional, and physical healing paths to pursue? What if all of that were connected to finances, food, shelter, relationships, and every other major area of “discussion” in our lives?

Here’s to a Living Language– one that’s coming back from the dead “L’Chaim!” 🙂

You’ve all heard the song L’Chaim from Fiddler On The Roof, right? Means “To Life,” right? Well… yes, but that’s an abstract picture– what is “Life”? Can we draw a picture of it? The Ancient Hebrews did 🙂

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Chet- Tent Wall: Separation, Inside / Outside

Yud- Arm: Administration, Authority

The “Stomach” or “Life” is our “Inner Administrator”, or “Gut Instinct”, separated from the
Whole Breath of Life (Gen. 2:7) in this “Life”… but that’s another post… should expound on that some more, sometime…
OK… so what does “Life” have to do with “Stomach”? It’s the same word in the Ancient Hebrew Pictographs… Why???

From the AHLB # 1171:

“When the stomach is empty, one is famished and weak, and when it is filled, one is revived. This organ is seen as the life, as an empty stomach is like death, but a revived stomach is life.”

When you’re a nomadic shepherd in the wilderness, your entire life revolves around finding food for your sheep, and for yourself. But we’re modern folk, and we’ve moved beyond those “base” needs… right? …maybe …maybe not.

How many people out there are making choices between healthy foods and medical bills? …or between healthy foods and medical insurance? …or between healthy foods and drugs to deal with the diseases that have arisen from our modern, “convenient” diet? Maybe money could solve that problem for some folks, but it takes more than money to fill a stomach with life. I could take a mint and go buy dinner out every night, but it wouldn’t solve my health problems, or reduce my need for medical insurance or drugs. There’s more to it than money. Money is a tool– a means to an end, but it doesn’t solve problems on its own. Knowledge of how to use that money… or other tools can bring Life on a gut-level– both physically and emotionally/ mentally.

So where do we go to find that Knowledge? Two places work for me: Torah (Teaching and Instruction, originally written in those Ancient Hebrew Pictographs), and other Breaths of Life– particularly those who have studied  Ancient cultures, who knew bits of Truth that have been shoved aside, and driven out of mainstream culture by the money gods 😉

So if I’m lookin’ there for my Teaching and Instruction about how to keep my “Life” / “Stomach” functioning properly, what do I find? First off, I find that before anything else happens, there’a a set of Teachings that apply to all of Noah’s children– everybody.  They’re pretty basic. It’s re-stated pretty concisely later on in one of the Prophets:

“He has shown thee, O man, what is good, and what YHWH requires of thee: but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” –Micah 6:8

Pretty basic, right? So what does that have to do with my guts??? Let’s go back to those original Teachings that were for everybody… (click on the link, check out #3, specifically, and come back to me 🙂 How many ways does our modern society impose cruel conditions, cruel feeding, housing, and modifications on the animals that we consume as food? Our “sanitized” world, where we don’t have to see the animals, either the way they live, or the way they die to become our dinners is pretty bad / dysfunctional, honestly. The results are in our guts. We have astronomically high incidences of intestinal disorders, and food allergies, oftentimes produced by compromised gut lining. The genetically modified corn that we use to feed livestock in their unnaturally cramped quarters isn’t the same fare they’d be getting if they were free to graze– it’s a synthesized freak-of-nature that produces infertility in man and beast.     When we’re cruel to animals, we reduce our own “Life.” Our Chai (maybe related to “Chi” for those who are familiar with Chinese medicine?) is negatively affected and diminished by our choices to trample these Natural Laws. According to Chinese medicine (one of those “breaths of life” that have found Ancient Truths that we’ve swept under the rug in our modern “sanitized” culture), all health begins in the gut. Therefore, if we have illness (mental, physical, or emotional) in our “Life”, we must look to what could be dysfunctional in our gut (bm’s too fast or too slow, anyone? LOL!), and heal the “Stomach.” If our “gut instincts” are off in relationships, and get us into trouble, we must look to where our “Gut” / “Stomach” needs healing.

Like it or not, we are still living in animal bodies– no matter how many layers of paint & nonsense we use to pretend otherwise (just keepin’ it real, here LOL!) We are no better than our ancestors, and we would do well to hear their wisdom.

No, I don’t expect you to get from here to “Idealsville” overnight… maybe not even ever. A wise friend once told me that it’s like getting into a spaceship, and heading for a planet an infinite distance away– you’ll never arrive, because it’s an infinite distance away. That’s not the point. The point is to be pointed in that direction. Each step we take in the right direction is a footprint that the generations behind us can trace to find the Way again, making the path more clear for others after them.

For more info on the pictographs, see http://ancient-hebrew.org/

or http://www.youtube.com/user/ancienthebreworg