You are invited on a journey through the Alam Al Mithal (the imagination of the world) - a matrix of dream and myth where the elements are the hormones of the imagination. In the ways that the Socratic philosopher and hierophant Empedocles prescribes in the hermetic science of alchemy we will burn off and blow away what no longer serves our greatest good and breathe, eat and drink in our best wishes for a new year. Celebrate with our guide Gaia, who promises a reunion with our very home - the earth -leaving all aware that as surely as we inhabit nature, nature inhabits us.
As we slide deeper into what is being called the 'greater depression' I suggest we consider that this collapse is the renaissance in disguise. Temptations to savor what was: scarcity, materialism, separation, will only detain our escape from a lifeless world. Our task is transcendence as each of the areas of decay (economy, war, materialism, environmental destruction) contain beautiful qualities waiting to emerge in better form. As the default world falls away we are offered paradise, abundance and the rediscovery of our humanity, if we are able to escape the pitfalls that captured us when we made the world that’s now slipping away.
It is tempting to ask ourselves “what can I do to fix this mess?” And the question has merit. Each of us, as a differentiated part of the unified whole, has something to offer, something no other can. But the statement also reflects a mode of thinking that outlived its usefulness, one that begs for new understanding. It suggests that humanity is at the top of the totem pole. Our collective ego is responsible for the creation of Dunya (an arabic word for the world made by man and placed on top of the world as it is). To live in ‘multiplicity in unity’ one must detach from the notion than any species controls the totality or that man is the all knowing in the domain of life. It is a time for listening not just to one another but also to all the forms of life as they reveal their contributions and gifts and invite us into new healthier and more vibrant relationships. Without this fundamental shift in thinking we might be likely to set in a slightly better world than the one that’s dying now.
The need for transcendence: War is an act of fear that stems from our feeling separate from the whole. We cannot love what we do not know. The true nature of the universe is unified and interconnected – loving of all it's parts. Our debt- based economy evidences our feeling of lack and scarcity, yet the universe is actually abundant. Materialism and consumerism demonstrate our stagnancy yet the universe is emergent and creative. Environmental destruction is a symptom of our isolation from the rest of life on earth. The totality is unified and interdependent.
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1. Collect dead batteries from friends and neighbors.
2. Go to your local autoshop and ask if you can swap them their dead cores for your dead cores.
3. Use a multimeter to test the batteries at the autoshop. Anything with a 12.4V or higher is worth taking as is. A lower voltage means you need to crack open cells to measure specific gravity and individual cell voltage.
- framing saws
- angle grinder
- hog ring gun
1. AVR microcontroller instead of a 555 timer for PWM
2. Built in thermistors to prevent the board from overheating
3. TTL serial out for ZigBee transceiver
4. BCD LED display for battery voltage (0-79V)
What I hope to achieve with this circuit is a way to remotely monitor battery arrays as they are desulfating. This could greatly reduce the amount of labor required to recondition flooded lead acid batteries.
Wendy and I have been listening to a great deal of podcasts as we work outside each day. It inspired us to resume our Holy Scrap podcast recordings. We have recently put together a 30 minute episode about our experience with "Chance" which is our 1984 Mercedes 300TD that has been converted to run on Waste Veggie Oil. The podcast also includes a 15 minute interview with Andy Reitz who is one of the founders of GreenVans which rents out grease out vehicles to bands who are touring the country.