“The true task of radical emancipatory movements is not just to shake things out of their commonplace inertia, but to change the very coordinates of social reality.” ~ Zlavoj Zizek
Governing the precept that we all wish to leave a healthier more peaceful world to our children, it stands to reason that our actions be both healthy and peaceful. Violence is both unhealthy and not peaceful, except when it is being used in self-defense to uphold the health and peace of the individual or community. It is for this reason that a position of nonviolence is the healthiest position to uphold. But, peace does not imply pacifism, and so that’s where the covert, proactive, amoral agent that is the Meta-ninja comes into dynamic play.
One of the core tenets of Buddhist thought is ahimsa, or nonviolence toward all living beings. This was the root of the nonviolent movement promoted by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Through ahimsa one sees how everything is connected. And if one sees how everything is interconnected in a single dynamic universal construct, then one sees how we’re all connected interdependently, despite our individuality. As Rumi said, “Everything you see has its roots in the unseen.” A kind of self-as-world, world-as-self dynamic emerges that changes the finite game into an infinite game.
This interconnectedness reveals itself as an interdependent “feeling” that we experience when we’re in the throes of deep meditation, when we’re dancing, sparring, writing, playing music, even when we’re viewing an amazing sunset or a starlit sky (eco-melting). Some call it “the flow state,” or “being in the zone.” Modern day ninjas call it “going Meta.”
Going Meta is seeing the big picture. It’s connecting the dots that most people aren’t even aware are there. It is third-eye illumination and visionary insight. As Robert Greene said in The 48 Laws of Power, “In the land of the two-eyed, the third eye gives you the omniscience of a god. You see further than others, and you see deeper.”
Going Meta is going full-frontal Boss-mode on your thousand and one inner voices. It’s texturing fear with courage and anger with humor. As L. Michael Hall, PhD explains in this article on the subject: “Going Meta is texturing the primary state with the thoughts and feelings of another state. When we do this, we thereby layer in a new quality of richness to the experience. This is why “respectful and considerate anger” represent so much richer an experience than just plain anger at someone or something. And when we texture in calmness, rationality, self-control, etc. to anger, this texturing makes the primary experience of anger a very different experience. It changes the feeling tone of the primary state.” That’s going Meta.
As for the concept of the ninja, or shinobi (one who steals away), it goes beyond mere ninjutsu. Historically, a ninja was a covert agent or mercenary skilled in the martial arts. The basic functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare. Modern ninjas are secret warriors who have updated these traits, adapting them practically, nonviolently, and strategically to mesh with the new world.
Modern ninja warriors are street-smart, mind-body-soul hackers. For the body, think: stealth, speed, diversion, parkour, rock climbing, cross training, martial arts, and American Ninja Warrior. For the mind, think: psychosocial detournement/recuperation, culture jamming, Psychogeography, legerdemind (sleight of mind), cognitive guillotines, and reverse psychology. For the soul, think: entheogenic tools, hacking God, individuation of the ego, self-actualization, Zen, and mindfulness meditation.
Meta-ninjas are body-hacking, mind-hacking, soul-hacking ninjaneers par excellence. They are re-programing outdated programs, rewiring faulty wiring, un-matrixing the Matrix through red-pill proactivity, and reconditioning obsolete cultural conditioning through covert means. But here’s the catch: they’ve gone Meta, which means they have managed to square the circle of violence begetting violence by hacking the cultural code. In short, they strategically practice the art of fighting without fighting. They have taken Sun Tzu’s sage advice, “Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting” and ran with it.
They have gone “next-level” regarding the violent world that surrounds them. They have truly implemented the secret power hidden deep within the philosophy of every single martial art ever written: martial arts should only ever be used for self-defense and self-discipline, never for violence, fame, or greed. As such, they are light and fluid, having shed the heavy skin of self-importance. Hooked to infinity, they have chosen to let go rather than be dragged by circumstance. Because of this, violence has become a petty superfluity, an obstacle easily adapted to and rerouted, like the energy of a punch is rerouted in Aikido.
Through existential wit and psychological flexibility, Meta-ninjas have learned how not to linger with the pettiness of the offense but to transcend the offense through a humor of the most high. Through trickster-goddery and transcendent fuckery, they have learned how to reorganize violent energy into vigorous serenity. They do this “on the fly” with in-the-moment emotional alchemy that transforms the would-be violent scene into a counting of coup, realizing that the cultural leveling mechanism inherent in the art of counting coup (shame) is far superior to lowering oneself to base anger and ignorant violence in order to make a point or teach a lesson. Plus, there’s the added bonus of a clear conscience afterward.
Apropos, Meta-ninjas have transcended law and order. They intelligently and strategically use the tool of civil disobedience to reveal the weak and outdated links in the chain of obedience that have strangled freedom and liberty for far too long. They have gone beyond the rightness and wrongness of things and into a field ripe with sense and nonsense pointing the way toward the Cosmic Law of healthy and unhealthy. As Friedrich Nietzsche profoundly surmised, “Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions. Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.”
At the end of the day, Meta-ninjas are compassionate rebels and radical leaders. They are hidden in plain sight, covertly transforming order into disorder into reordered order, like a boss. They take neither no nor yes for an answer. They dig deeper, discovering the no within the Yes and the yes within the No, through yin-yang crushing tomfoolery and Meta-elegance. They are smashing courage into your complacence, daring you to rise up like a lion or be slaughtered like a lamb. They are drawing a line in the sand of the human condition: it’s time to get busy progressively evolving into a healthy, sustainable, nonviolent future for our species or get busy regressively devolving into an unhealthy, unsustainable, violent future for our species.
The Meta-ninja is the one unselfishly convincing you to believe in the former before constructs of entrenched power have a chance to selfishly brainwash you into succumbing to the latter.
(Images: Pixabay Matrix Ninja)
These Old Grain Silos Were Converted into A Unique Farmhouse
(TMU) – After 30 years, John and Judi Stuart decided to put the fast pace and bright lights of Las Vegas behind them. Searching for a change in pace, they bought 82 acres of farmland in Yamhill County, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Complete with a ranch house and three storage silos, the Stuarts had several ideas of what to do with the charming property and finally settled on one idea, turning Abbey Road Farm into a bed and breakfast – and that’s exactly what they did.
Instead of starting from scratch, they used what was already on the farm, in this case it was three grain silos, and transformed them into several guest bedrooms and an event center, with amazing results!
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John spent his childhood in the countryside of England and other parts of Europe, and life was simple. When the couple visited Oregon, John realized that was where he wanted to live for the rest of his life.
Abbey Road Farm felt right to the Stuarts, as if it was waiting for them, and they sealed the deal on the property in March 2003. That was the easy part, the next step was to get the business licenses and necessary permits in place.
The farm already had viable land for crops, and had two acres of orchids and Queen-Ann cherries and there was already a charming ranch house, with three round grain-storage silos behind the house.
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First, they started renovating and overhauling the ranch house, now, it’s part of the Bed & Breakfast and doubles as an events center, with the renovation of the silos next.
Turns out Yamhill County, where they live, did not allow silo conversions into living spaces, but John was not about to give up on their plan and worked tirelessly with the planning committee to seeking solutions on what was possible to do, which ultimately led to him securing approval for the silo conversions.
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Although the silos kept their outer metallic covering, the interiors are furnished with a modern Victorian style and offer every modern convenience a traditional B&B has. The central silo has a living room downstairs and a guest room upstairs while the two outer silos each have a guest bedroom on each floor.
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The outer space of the ranch house and the lower floor has been converted into a luxurious events center, with more guest rooms added upstairs, and finally, the water treatment building was converted to a shed for their farmyard materials and equipment.
The Abbey Road Farm bed and breakfast immediately became a landmark in Yamhill County and opened tourism opportunities in the community. Guest typically spend a week or more at the B&B enjoying the fresh air, long walks, beautiful views and the Oregon wines.
The Stuarts has also cultivated fescue grass seed on 60 acres of the farmland. Willamette Valley is globally popular for the production of grass seed and they also produce their own goat milk, cheese and other products from a small herd of goats on the farm.
Good news: The Abbey Road Farm tasting room was opened on the 15th of May under strict COVID-19 protocols. Please click the link to check dates, times and current regulations before visiting!
Dad’s Honest Review of His Daughter’s ‘Restaurant’ Goes Viral
(TMU) – Supporting the businesses in your community is the right thing to do, which is exactly what dad Chris Kyle recently did. Chris decided to have lunch at a new establishment, very new and very nearby. Right in his own home in fact, at Ava’s Kitchen!
Chris’ daughter Ava, owner and cook, was delighted to welcome a customer and showed him to the best table in the house, decorated with balloons and with a full view of the kitchen, from where he could watch his meal being prepared by Ava.
After finishing his lunch, Chris wrote an honest and objective review for Ava’s Kitchen on his Instagram account. Not only did he thank Ava for the lovely meal, he also mentioned the cleanliness of the establishment but was disappointed that he had to wait much longer than expected for his lunch but, on the positive side, felt sure the service would improve with experience. People loved this dad’s amusing tale recounting lunch at Ava’s and the awesome relationship between the two. Not surprisingly, the post went viral quickly.
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So I tried to support another Black Owned Business for lunch today. It’s called Ava’s Kitchen, just opened end of April. It’s a very clean establishment, but whewww let me tell you about this owner. First off, I asked why there are balloons on my chair, and it’s not my birthday? She talm’bout, mind yah business; those are Mommy’s. I been waiting on my order to get done for 45 minutes, and I’m the only customer here. She was making good progress at first, then she stopped for 20 minutes to go watch Paw Patrol. Overall the customer service could be better, but the cook is a cutie; so I’ll give her another chance. Let’s not give up on Black businesses so fast after one mistake. 💕
Chris’s captured his daughter’s personality perfectly. “Ava’s personality is absolutely amazing,” he told social media. “She is such a silly girl. From the moment she wakes up, she’s laughing, smiling, and playing the entire day.”
The duo spend usually spend their days together from sunrise to sunset. Chris explained: “As a full-time entrepreneur, I work from home which allows me to be hands-on with my baby girl daily.”
According to Chris, he was not that keen on getting the play kitchen for Ava at first, admitting that, “When my wife made the purchase, I was hesitant about spending a few hundred dollars on it.” Of course he changed his mind once he saw just how much Ava enjoyed playing with her kitchen. “It has been worth every penny. Ava is the star of her own little world when she is ready to play.”
Chris has been overwhelmed by the loving and encouraging response to their now viral post. “During these tough times, I’m glad to see our post shine bright in the lives of people around the world.”
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The Bizarre Story of the Blue-Skinned Family From Kentucky
(TMU) – The Fugates, a blue-skinned family from the hills of Kentucky has attracted and baffled scientists for generations, although their condition has now been explained as being caused by the disease Methemoglobinemia, which can make a person’s skin blue.
Members of the family are descendants of Martin Fugate and Elizabeth Smith who lived in Hazard, Kentucky around 1800. Both of them were carriers of the recessive methemoglobinemia (met-H) gene, and coincidentally, so was a nearby clan who had members that married and had children with Fugate descendants. Many of the children who have been born in this bloodline were born with met-H and had a blue skin color.
The Fugates and their condition was not known to researchers until the mid 20th century when a nurse named Ruth Pendergrass, along with the hematologist Madison Cawein III, made a detailed study of their ancestry. At the time, the family was living around the area of Troublesome Creek and Ball Creek in Kentucky.
Cawein treated the family with a substance called methylene blue, which he said eased their symptoms and reduced the blue coloring of their skin. He later published his research on the family and their ancestry in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 1964.
The last known descendant of the Fugate bloodline to be born with blue skin is Benjamin Stacy, who was born in 1975. It is said that his blue skin tone faded as he grew older, but he retained that complexion for most of his life.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Fugates dispersed from their home region, and as a result the family gene pool became much more diverse, thus decreasing the chances that this recessive gene will return.
Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist from Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, says that this is an incredibly rare condition that is not usually seen in real life.
“You almost never see a patient with it. It’s a disease that one learns about in medical school and it’s infrequent enough to be on every exam in hematology,” Tefferi told ABC News.
Inherited methemoglobinemia is a rare condition, but there are a few other people who have been diagnosed with the condition. It is believed that some of these patients could have been Fugate ancestors, but searches for direct links have proven inconclusive thus far.
In addition to blue skin, Methemoglobinemia can also cause a variety of other symptoms including headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, poor muscle coordination. Complications from the condition may include seizures and heart arrhythmias.
This condition is not always inherited either, and can sometimes be caused by environmental factors, including medications, chemicals, or food. In fact, most cases of this condition are acquired and not inherited.
In 2008, a blue-skinned man who came to be known as “papa smurf“ made headlines after his skin color changed as a result of consuming too much home-made colloidal silver.
Methemoglobinemia can also arise in patients with pyruvate kinase deficiency due to impaired production of NADH, the essential co-factor for Diaphorase I. Similarly, patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency may have impaired production of another co-factor, NADPH, according to Wikipedia.