Good Old Hippie Hill

08-03-17  “Good old Hippie Hill. How often in life do any of us just stop to chill out, lie on the grass, contemplate the clouds, smoke a joint, perhaps join a drum circle, and commune with friendly revelers? The hippie movement was about collectively exploring freedom, going beyond the limited aspects of the mind, and connecting with higher aspects of life. Cannabis played a large role in facilitating this by giving us access to an inherent connection to our inner selves and the world around us. In fact, we were all born with cannabinoid receptors in our body, proving that the plant is helping us evolve to live in better harmony with mother nature. The awakening that started then is being more fully realized now as barriers and stigmas are being broken down and legalization is spreading. Once we start growing cannabis on a wide spread basis, it will be a game changer on so many levels. Think of the forests we’ll save by cultivating this abundantly useful and rapidly replenishing resource for our paper, rope and building material. The list of uses for this sacred plant go on and on; medicine, pleasure, our homes, the clothes we wear, our cars, and the fuel to power them. This miracle plant does it all! From the industrial and environmental to the medicinal and spiritually healing. These were known facts for everyone from George Washington to Henry Ford, and now even Sanjay Gupta is on board. In fact, let’s hear it from a guy who was a master of the cosmos.” From our Invitation to Action short film, coming soon.

According to Carl Sagan, “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to the full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, the sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in our increasingly mad and dangerous world.”

Pack up a bong hit, roll a joint, eat an edible – if you feel so inclined – as this episode of Now Share LOVE Radio is all about the miracle plant known as Cannabis, marijuana, hemp. Kip and Evan are passionate Cannabis advocates for all the reasons outlined in the above copy from their soon to be released short film “Invitation to Action”. And as crazy as it may sound to some of you, this one, much maligned and demonized plant may hold the key to the future of humanity, just as it has been an essential part of our evolution for the past fifty thousand years. Even for those of you in Cannabis know there maybe information shared about the plant that you were not previously aware of and for those of you who are not, prepare to have your existing beliefs about marijuana expanded exponentially. So sit back, relax, and open your hearts and minds, as Kip and Evan share their personal experiences and understandings with and of the wonder weed. Ready yourself for a shift in consciousness, the embracing of a new story…

Links:
Who Do You Trust video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21bn5R8UG10
NORML: http://norml.org
Cannabis Vs. Climate Change: http://cannabisvsclimate.blogspot.com
Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance: http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/196482/sub069-agriculture.pdf
Hempstead Project Heart: https://www.hempsteadprojectheart.org
Soil Not Oil: http://soilnotoilcoalition.org
Nutiva: http://nutiva.com
Jack Here: http://jackherer.com
Harry J. Anslinger: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_J._Anslinger

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Music~ Let’s be a Choir of Love

06-25-17  Music~ Let’s be a Choir of Love

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Music~ Let’s be a Choir of Love

“Let’s face it, although musical styles evolve with each generation, it is that basic rhythmic vibration we feel in our soul that unites us through its Universal language. It’s buried deeply in our DNA to celebrate life through music and movement. Ever dance at a Dead show or rave? Slam at a punk or metal show? Bump and grind in a club of any kind? Slow dance through a crowded ballroom or high school gymnasium perhaps? Bop your head to any music anywhere ever? Tap a toe even? Though we may dance to the beat of our own drummer, if we find the frequency of Love and sing in harmony, we can heal the dissonance and discord in the world.  Let’s be a choir of Love, and not a cacophony of chaos.  I’m down with that. Message of Love? Count me in. Let’s play.” ~ From our An Invitation to Action short film, coming soon…

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

In this, the beginning of Summer installment of Now Share LOVE Radio, Kip and Evan could think of no better topic to delve into than music: after all summer is the season of outdoor concerts. For both Kip and Evan music has been a lifelong passion, source of inspiration, and a constant and comforting companion. Kip and Evan will share their illustrious odysseys through the universe of music, which has seen them play the roles of fan, musician, composer, dj, journalist and artist manager. But beyond their personal histories and experiences, they hope to inspire you to look at the importance of music in your own life’s journey. Music can be such an influence on our socialization, philosophy, style and even health. So tune in, and let the healing vibrations coddle you into a state of innocent bliss.

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The Elderly

05-28-17   The Elderly

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“It’s great irony how the elders were vilified back in the 60’s, and now it is these very same people – who are now our elders – who provided the groundwork that paved the way for what the movement is today. So we include them whole-heartedly with gratitude as our sages and guides. This basic recognition of the “wisdom of the ages” has existed for indigenous people the world over for countless generations. These enlightened souls give us insight into what works and what doesn’t in a way that only the experience of years can provide. And if we are really lucky, one day we may be elders ourselves. In fact, have we called Grandma or Grampa lately?” ~ From our An Invitation to Action short film, coming soon…

“White people don’t seem to have many Elders. They do have a lot of oldsters.” ~ John Trudell

In this episode of Now Share LOVE Radio, Kip and Evan discuss a topic that is near and dear to both their hearts (and they feel many would be wise to embrace as well): Our Elders. In the everything-must-be-young-to-be-beautiful culture of the west – especially in the United States – it seems that the seniors of our society are among the more marginalized. This, both Kip and Evan feel, was one of the major miscues of the 60s social movements, who often professed a philosophy of “never trust anyone over 40”, thereby alienating and disregarding them. We can only imagine what would have happened had the youths – who were the driving force behind the cultural revolution of the decade – embraced and included their parents and grandparents, rather than shunning and demonizing the previous generations. 60s icon, Peter Coyote in a recent lecture at BAMPFA (BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE) stated that, “We lost all the political battles, but won all the cultural ones.” Had the youth of that transformational period included their elders in the conversation, adding to the movement their knowledge gained through the best teacher of them all “experience”, there is good chance that the outcomes could have been quite different, and still resonating today. Kip and Evan have made it an important part of Now Share LOVE’S mission to bring our elders into the paradigm shift that is underway, not only because they – like we all will be someday, “If we are really lucky…” – need our LOVE and care, but because we need theirs, as well as the invaluable wisdom gained, only through years on the planet lived.

Kip and Evan devote the final segment of this show as a tribute to one of the most brilliant men of our time, the legendary Jacque Fresco, co-founder of the Venus Project. Jacque, a man who could be described as this century’s Leonardo, passed away peacefully at home on May 18th at the age of one hundred and one – an elder by any definition. The Now Share LOVE team were blessed to spend three days in Venus, Florida a couple of months ago with this amazing human being, doing as we felt would be the wise thing to do: sitting with this profound sage and learning some of the knowledge gathered on such a long and fruitful journey through this lifetime. After that moving experience, we wish to say, “We LOVE you Jacque!” The absence of your beautiful mind and glistening spirit is truly a loss to our species. However, the legacy you’ve left us is vast, and we will endeavor to spread your work far and wide. Thank you, thank you, thank you…

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Culture

04-23-17  Culture

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“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” ~ Alan W. Watts

So many cultures, so many religions, so many faiths, so many personal preferences, so many versions of the story of life, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we are all related and that there is no “other”. Sure we all have our own individual truths, but do we allow the fact that we have unique perspectives to continue to separate us? If we want to move forward unified in this new Love Paradigm, it stands to reason that our acknowledgement, respect and acceptance of all people’s stories is a good place to start; that all versions of our collective reality are worthy and in need of our Love as we are of theirs. Can we embrace, as valid, rather than demonize, the other’s story? Because to them they are as much the truth as ours are to us. Where is that coexist bumper sticker?… …And as I like to say either you’re with us, or you still believe there’s a “them”. ~ Now Share Love/S.O.U.L. “Invitation to Action” short film

In this Now Share LOVE Radio chat, Kip and Evan explore what culture is, and that no matter how different our cultural choices may seem to be, in truth, most share far more in common than in difference. To help them better understand how we can use culture to connect with one another rather than divide, they invited Now Share LOVE friend and expert in all things culture Brian J. Kenny

Brian J. Kenny is currently Director of Collections & Archives and Technology Manager for Hearst Western Properties. He holds a BA in Classical Civilization from the University of California, Berkeley, and he pursued post-undergraduate studies at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and San Francisco State University.

He worked extensively with the Greek and Roman Collections at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum at the University of California, Berkeley and with the Sutro Egyptian Collection at San Francisco a State University.

Since the conclusion of his academic career, he has had distinguished careers as a technologist, an Agriculturist, and a writer. He ran the Hearst Ranch Beef Division for Hearst Corporation from 2006 to 2014. He is also a baseball coach and an accomplished songwriter, bandleader, and musician.

Kip and Evan hope this episode will illustrate that coming together on a global scale doesn’t have to mean the loss of one’s cultural identity, but rather through the embracing and sharing in one another’s unique – although similar – perspectives of being, will help guide us back to the understanding that we are innately connected to all, and that it is really only our egos that are standing in the way of us remembering…

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