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Greetings and God bless all in the name of Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for traveling, participating in the CS community and reading my profile!
My name Andrejka, sounds like ANNE - dray- kah.
I love to meet healthy, conscious, open-hearted, honorable souls that care about meaning and value in life.
One of my favorite quotes from distant history relevant to now:
"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past….
Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us…. it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come…
Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!…
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" -Patrick Henry
I have been studying wellness for nearly 30 years and I know it to be a result of healthy lifestyle which is a combination of
reasonable regular exposure to nature
prayer to Almighty God
quality time with loved ones
a sense of purpose
safe sidewalks / roads
rather than: suffocation, oxygen deprivation, isolation, GMO injections, blaming and shaming others for not doing as someone lacking impulse control "requires." The past thousands of years across all cultures backs me up. Choose what side of history you want to be on. About Double-speak William Lutz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fub8PsNxBqI&list=WL&index=55&ab_channel=KeithB
Along the same lines the Eurythmics sound track to Earth 2022 "Doubleplusgood"
Another quote from history that I feel applies to current events and looming totalitarianism:
.. love wealth better than liberty? ... servitude better than the animating contest of freedom? Go ... from us in peace .... Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams
Professionally I am focusing right now on learning about decluttering and its difference from organizing. I always am learning about healing from chronic Lyme disease and co-infections.
For fun I am learning about Tartaria/Mudflood/Antiqutech, Mudfossils, God, the cryptocracy, ancient history, forbidden hidden history and how it ties into most things not being as it seems! It is fascinating that out of all "gods" and religions that I research, Lord Jesus Christ gets the most hate; and that satan and demons believe in Lord Jesus Christ and know the bible better than some Christians is statistically significant...
One of the most scenic places I have lived is Missoula Montana. Mountains, a river running through a historic lively city.
Second best was Heartwood Institute in Humboldt County near Arcata, CA. The land itself was so very alive, full of birds and insects.
Travel and being open trying new things (while being aware of and maintaining healthy boundaries) are a great technique for self discovery and growth.
Note to Surfers when I am hosting you:
If you contact me to host you, right now, text me your cell phone number and email address! I prefer exchanging details of dates/times/locations as much as possible on email beforehand; know there might be need for flexibility and changing a tentative day of arrival.
To cultivate and experience being-ness, trust, gratitude, celebration, connection with God. Learning, as a former New Age meditator, about people's experience with Lord Jesus Christ, if any. Sharing what I have learned.
If I am hosting at the time:
There might be different temperatures, outside noise, and other factors beyond my control or things I need for my comfort. I will do my best to accommodate yet this is not a hotel room so flexibility and adaptability on your part is required. I never learned how to drive so if you are arriving from a distance you will need to find transportation to my place as I don't know how to drive and I have no automobile.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Couch surfing is a great way to get better acquainted with friends and meet great, really great, new people.
I love personal growth workshops and groups. Libraries: I have been almost on first name terms with staff at my local library. Walking around the Clark Fork river when I lived in Missoula was scenic especially with changes of seasons. I enjoyed the local Farmers Market, events and festivals at Caras Park, historic buildings, UofM events, authors readings, seeing wildlife, stars at night and the scenery during the day.
Music, Movies, and Books
Books that people are extremely shocked that I value:
King James Authorized Version of the Holy Bible https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/
Check out this verse by verse KJV read along on Youtube
The united states Constitution https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript
Now most people are more comfortable hearing I enjoy these:
Vagabonding in the USA Ed Buryn https://archive.org/details/vagabondinginusa00buryrich/mode/2up?view=theater
Healthy Healing with Nutrition by Linda Rector Page
Sunlight: Medicine of the Future by Jacob Leiberman
The Secret Life of Plants
Relearning to See by Thomas Quakenbush (one of my teachers!)
Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford (I audited one of his nutrition classes)
and many more, particularly audiobooks.
My favorite comedy skits:
The Holderness Family: this is their Men At Work rendition:
Comedian Tiffany Jenkins Juggling the Jenkins "IF MY BRAIN HELD A MORNING MEETING PART 2" https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/Juggling++Jenkins/FMfcgxwHMZGdcfNCqzJxntwKHTZzPcQd?projector=1
This is a fun skit by David Lopez: Health Conscious Cholos
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Doing the kitchen laundry at Heartwood Institute with a million dollar view. One time a friendly young (?) raccoon ran towards me. Being a former New Yorker - though I love nature- it was unnerving. I stood up and it ran under the laundry house.
Another time at Heartwood, there was a lunar moth only a little smaller than my hand. It sat and let us look close up. The guy telling me about it said they would let us pet its wing, and it did!
I worked as a tour guide naturalist on a marine vessel. We were visited by orcas and humpback whales. The sea and sky was a scenic work environment. Orcas and whales rushed toward the boat a few times. The captain worried we would be hit and the not-that-sea-worthy vessel we were on might sink.
When I worked at Mount Madonna cleaning the campsite (and outhouses) in a grove of young redwood trees, I remember the sun setting and everything bathed in a magical golden glow.
Teach, Learn, Share
If there is one thing I would impart is venture to your local library and relish the wonderful material there.
If you can't bear to go to a library they now have streaming audiobooks or ebooks to stream or download.
Listen for Almighty God.
To elaborate on breathing, exhale as what part of your lungs you fail to use get stagnant. The animals that breathe the deepest and with least frequency live longest. Your respiration expels 70% of toxins so learn and practice conscious breathing! Avoid distressing yourself or hyperventilation, especially while driving or operating machinery.
The quieter more focused your mind gets, and the more content you feel.
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/he-lives-in-a-tree-doesnt-wear-shoes-and-brushes-his his teeth with a pinecone Meet the fame-shunning man behind National Geographic's 'The Legend of Mick Dodge. By Gerri MillerMon, Jan 06, 2014 at 1:30 PM (scrubbed by the net in 2021) Talk about living off the grid. About 25 years ago, Mick Dodge shed his shoes, grew his beard, and left modern civilization (and a family) to live alone in the Pacific Northwest’s Hoh rain forest. But he’s not a total isolationist; he’s dialed into a community of mountain dwellers and agreed (although it took convincing) to be the subject of National Geographic Channel’s series “The Legend of Mick Dodge,”
In the first story, Dodge’s mission is to scatter his late father’s ashes up in the mountains — if he can recall where he stashed them. “My family has perfected the art of dodging civilizations for hundreds of years. All I have to do is follow my feet,” says the backwoods philosopher. He’s a memorably quirky character with a unique take on life, as this interview illuminates.
MNN: What was your life like before you moved to the woods? Did you have a job? Did you get an education?
Mick Dodge: Yes, as a heavy equipment mechanic. I have also dug ditches, chopped wood, washed dishes, and taught the Earth Gym practices. I graduated Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan. Never been to college, but like to read books. If the book makes sense and has value for the earth, I plant a tree and share the book. If the book does not make sense, I plant a tree for it and use it as [toilet] paper or fire starter. My life was about the same as it is now, learning the ways to walk and explore physical exercise and how to create a physical practice that finds the middle ground between the wild and tame, between the gated wild and the walls of modern domestication. However, I must add that I have no feet pain, back pain and my heart is strong [since] I became a barefoot nomad.
What prompted you to go to the forest in the first place?
My feet hurt. I had hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, deformed feet. They hurt so bad that I could barely walk and I had always used my walk and run to handle the stress of modern living, make sense of the modern world story that I was living in, and the Hoh is home for me. So I went home to heal my feet.
In following my feet I found myself stepping out of the insulation of the modern world and landing in the earth. The results came quickly. Not only were my feet healing, but my back pain, neck pain and most of all my heart pain disappeared, and in no time at all I was back into a dead run, stepping out of the sedentary, stressed, sedated and secured living of the modern world. I was muscling my mind into the heart of the matter. I was dancing as the fire, running as the wind, strengthening as the stone and flowing as the water within, by the simple act of touching with my bare soles and allowing the Earth to teach. It is a simple matter to follow your feet, but is does not come easy. The Earth will eat you if you are not paying attention.
Is there anything you miss about modern civilization?
I don’t miss it. There is no way to get away from it. So I developed a physical fitness practice in how to step in and out of it, stepping out of the walls, machines, electronics, social babble for awhile, ground back into the natural flow of the land, and then go back in.
Going barefoot, did you ever injure your feet?
On one of my long running quests in my bare soles into the highlands of the Olympics, I was taught a lesson by the mountain. It was early winter. The snows came and I almost lost my toes. I had no footwear with me. It was a 30-mile walk out. So I cut up my moose hide jacket and had to make a set of mukluks to protect my feet. It was then that I realized that … I better shift my attitude and vow about bare footing. It was a powerful teaching. I learned the meaning and wisdom of the old saying of my elders. "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."
How difficult are the winters for you, with diminished resources?
It is not difficult at all. It is an adventure and I have never had to deal with diminished food sources. I just follow my feet. There is not much that I do not eat. I am an omnivore, able to eat a wide variety of food, which also means that I learned how to become a scavenger and allowed the hunger in my belly to guide me into discovering all kinds of food. For example, I would come upon an elk killed by a cougar. When a cougar kills an elk, the entire forest moves in to eat. So I do the same. I often come upon road kill. Many people are scared of such food and yet they eat jerky … and jerky is nothing more than sun-dried meat. So what I eat during a normal week changes depending upon which one of the three terrains that I am footing my way through. But there is one highly spiritual food that I try to maintain in my stashes and storage places and that is chocolate-chip cookies. My grandmothers got me hooked on them.
Have you had any close call animal encounters?
I was footing my way along the road headed for my home camp, when some idiot talking on a cellphone, doing at least 80 miles per hour, almost hit a deer and then me. The most dangerous encounters that I have ever had in the gated wild, walls of the city and in the open fenced lands are with two footed creatures.
What do you do if you get sick? Have you ever had an emergency situation?
Fire is one of the elements of the forest that I have learned to develop a relationship to use in healing. Another key element in healing is water. After all, we are all walking sacks of water. I found during those times when I had been around people from the city, I would catch some kind of cold or flu. I would enter back into the Hoh and drink the water and soak my entire body in the glacial water. My grandfather called it “kissing the foot of the glacier.” There are all kinds of mushrooms, herbs, etc. to be used for healing, and I keep a close relationship with those in the Earth communities that master the healing and herbal arts, such as my friend Doc Gare, who is introduced in the series.
Does this lifestyle give you a heightened appreciation of Mother Nature?
Appreciation is such a weak word to express what I feel for the Earth and the transitions that I have gone through and am still going through. Hell, I am just getting started. One of the ways that was taught to me on one of my long gated wild quests was to break free of the polarization of the modern world. People always trying to put you in box. By getting some distance from the comforts, habits, physical structures like shoes, machines, walls, electronics, I find myself seeking out what makes sense, what fits, and integration of the wild and tame make sense. So l learned to hunt and track the middle path, the middle way. It is not easy at times figuring out the middle way between the modern world and the Earth. But it is fun and adventure.
What's the best and worst part of this lifestyle?
Wherever there is good there is bad. That is the game of life. My passion in life is to explore, engage, challenge and balance whatever comes in the three terrains that I run through.
I don't imagine there are many mountain women out there. Do you get lonely?
On my journey, I have formed so many wonderful connections with women, formed strong brother-and-sister relationships with them. I may not be able to figure out what they are always talking about. But if their soles are touching the Earth, I am more able to figure it out. A few years ago my path wandered into the Cedar Woman. We share a common vision of these Olympic Mountains and a deep musing of the lands, and in order for a vision to manifest from the Earth it takes a mission — a mission brings it to a physical reality. Cedar, along with others, created the Olympic Mountain Earth Wisdom Circle. Our lives are guided by the musings that come from living in a deep connection with the Earth, and Cedar holds the feminine wisdom fire of our hearth, which I keep coming back to, what I call the base camp.
Why did you agree to do a TV series?
I have three passions in life: the first one is my teacher, the Hoh river in these lands of the Olympic Mountains, and I wanted show what the Hoh has taught me about training and living. My second love and passion is my community, my clan that is spread out all through the three terrains. And my third passion is a calling and vision that I have been pursuing and running as long as I can remember, and that is to train and share a physical practice in the Earth Gym.
I’m guessing you don’t have a television. But how do you feel about being famous and people possibly coming to look for you, invading your privacy and solitude?
The last time I watched television, I was very young and it bored me. I have looked at some clips of what the crew shot. I love the scenery. I love seeing my brothers. But I will not watch them, mainly because I cannot stand to see myself on television or hear my voice, and I am not a legend. The land is the legend. Fame is a snare used by the modern to trap and confine the spirit. Fame is one of those ways of the modern world that always comes with blame and shame. I will run from it, dodge it. After all, I am a Dodge. If any one comes looking for me, I will be out to steal their shoes, hand them a stick and rope, show them the stones and how to sack a practice in the Earth Gym.
What do you think people will make of the show? Will they think you're crazy or be secretly envious?
I have no idea and don’t give a s**t. You will have to ask them. When I began bare-footing, I discovered a wonderful way to explore our common cultural story. I would foot my way into the city, enter into a store barefoot. I found some liked it and would begin to reflect upon times when they walked barefoot. Others hated it, mocked it and even became angry. What was interesting to me is that they were even looking at my feet. I mean, all of us are two-footed animals. It is what has made our species. I don’t have the time or desire to figure out what people think. It was once said that this is the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” It is becoming more like the “land of the free and the home of the caged.” I don’t know what people think. But I wish they would just think about not screwing up the land that we walk in.
What else would you like audiences to know?
Just stand up, step out of your shoebox and walk around through your habitat, your local area. When you do perhaps you will begin to notice some simple things. What will happen when you begin to follow your feet? I have no idea, no one does. I only know my own story. But I also know this: all of us are storytellers, so I hope people step out long enough to feel into the remembering, develop a practice of recovery and begin restoring their footing with the earth."
Search the Wayback machine for http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/he-lives-in-a-tree-doesnt-wear-shoes-and-brushes-his .. select year 2014 - I have his picture uploaded in the gallery
What I Can Share with Hosts
High Five Etiquette
Bhangra Dance at Friend's Wedding?
Ever see the movie Sheffy about old tyme church revivals in early America?
22 Things Happy People Do Differently
Quote from The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
“‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily or heave sharp edges or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real, you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand."
How to boost Auto Immune Wellness?
Eliminate all potential irritants such as GMO foods, Dairy, grains/legumes/nightshades and any nuts/seeds/dairy you notice that gives you any problems. Make sure to hydrate properly with celtic sea salt in your water. Avoid conventional soaps for housekeeping, bathing and laundry. Make sure mold/dust/other environmental irritants (sound/sight/people/etc) are removed or reduced. At night turn off your router and keep your laptop and cell phone and electronics/electrical outlets at least 8 feet away from your bed especially when ill. Implement the Lights Out protocol by TS Whiley. Learn to relax deeply and rejuvenate. Learn proper relaxed breathing that turns on the relaxation response (parasympathetic system).
Practice listening to what God is saying, guiding you towards. I learned this in 1993 when hitchhiked cross country for five weeks.
Countries I’ve Visited
Croatia, France, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In