Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Craig Stehr coming to EF! Journal office soon...

To the EF Journal Collective
My warmest spiritual greetings to all, As you know, in conversation with Rabbit and other journalistas at the EF! rondy in Vermont, I was invited to be at the house in Florida, and explore with you a relationship insofar as to what I might offer as a participant.

     Since then, I've been in Maine, and am presently staying as a houseguest with Ron Huber (EF! icon and saltwater specialist, and director of Friends of Penobscot Bay).  I wish to fly to where you are, and come to the house soon.  First off, where are you in Gainesville?  Secondly, my friends in Berkeley, CA own a hostel in Gainesville, where I could be if this develops into a longer term situation; and, I have sufficient money to maintain myself.

     I've asked Ron to telephone you to discuss possible articles of analysis re: Maine's Penobscot Bay and river.               

I will get a travel agent to obtain for me an inexpensive airplane ticket and ask my friends in Berkeley what the name of their hostel in Gainesville is called.

     For now, I ask you to respond to this, and I will show up at some point, relatively soon.  Be well, Craig

Craig Louis Stehr

Post Earth First! RRR Message

Warmest spiritual greetings, Please know that the Earth First! Round River Rondezvous held in Vermont's Green Mountains (on Romance Mountain, next to a blueberry management area), was an intense eight days from July 1-8.  

Arriving in the rain with my neo-pagan friends the Novack family farmers from Massachusetts, we set up tents in the woods above the main fire circle and tarped workshop areas.  I volunteered with the Seeds of Peace/Eastern Kitchen and bottom-lined the pots 'n pans/dishes washing pit, when not chopping vegetables for the three daily meals serving a peak of 300 Earth First!ers, assorted generic anarchists, and the general public who attended.  

The week was characterized by intense soul searching in regard to racial issues, native American colonization issues, transexual/gay lifestyles, and to what extent Earth First! has succeeded or failed in realizing a necessary diverse movement identity over the past four decades.  [Regardless of the heated debates, the February 2016 Earth First! Organizers Conference will NOT be held in Oakland!]  

The week was educational for all, mostly intelligent and respectful, not fully satisfying for everyone, and yet the EF! Green Mountain Vermont host group was gracious, in spite of receiving a disproportionate amount of the criticism for the gathering's not appearing more like a world social forum.

     The after rondy direct action took place at three locations, and to see the photos, please go to the Earth First! newswire  on the internet.

     Nota bene: I was presented with the "hero of action camp" award, a wooden handled vintage monkey wrench, given to me by the Seeds of Peace radical catering collective, for having gone beyond the third dimension to ensure that there were no cases of illness food related.

     Subsequent to the post rondy direct actions, I was driven to Bucksport, Maine for three days of rebalancing.  The EF! icon and saltwater specialist Ron Huber is picking me up tomorrow morning to visit with him in Rockland, Maine where he is director of Penobscot Bay Watch.  

I am  advocating the possible development of a saltwater issues insert for the Earth First! Journal, which may contain a CD or two; and it will not affect the price of the publication.  If you have any suggestions for this, please email Penobscot Bay Watch at coastwatch@gmail.com.

     I love all of you eco-warriors madly, Craig Louis Stehr

Craig Louis Stehr
July 9, 2015
Bucksport, Maine

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Outta Reach

Sages say that the object of one's

Chosen meditation needs to be the
Last point that your mind is able
To reach, thus guaranteeing that
By going beyond that point, one may
Experience the full realization of the
Inherent emptiness of all phenomena.

Craig Louis Stehr
Boston, Massachusetts
10:28 P.M. Eastern Time

Friday, April 17, 2015

Congratulations on receiving 34 votes

most people 
don't have ten 
in their entire 

When, when and when?

Good evening, Please appreciate the fact that I am in my last week at Berkeley's Piedmont House hostel.  

I am ready to hit the road and get creative with others in post-postmodern America!  I do have sufficient money to maintain myself.  I am contacting you, because I am looking for a suitable opportunity, understanding that social and environmental conditions on the earth plane are deteriorating.  What would you like to do about this?  I wish to be contacted, certainly sooner is better.  ;-)

Craig Louis Stehr
Email: CraigStehr@inbox.com
Snail mail: P.O. Box 809, Berkeley, CA 94701-0809
Blog: http://craiglstehr.blogspot.com

Friday, February 20, 2015

Postmodern Epiphany in B Flat

Postmodern Epiphany in B Flat

Only be identified with that which is
Prior to consciousness, knowing that the
Ether, (which is itself consciousness),
Guarantees the interconnectivity of all,
And therefore fear, which is just another
Dualistic trap anyway, has no basis.  It's
Drama, and the audience left weeks ago.
Neurosis has no friends, and its sister
Little Miss Insanity really is broke, so

She panhandles outside of the night clubs
After midnight in  downtown Oakland, while
A cool moon winks and the people that you
Really want to send off somewhere bug you
For spare dollars and cigarettes.  At that
Moment, in nearby Berkeley, the doors are
Opening to allow the bhaktas to dance with
Lord Sri Krishna and Srimati Radharani, at
The same instant that everything else is
Going down worldwide; all over the planet
Earth, or as the poet John Curl once said
To me: "Everything that can happen is
Occurring somewhere all the time!"  So let
Us send postmodernism off with a shrug, a
Footnote in the history of existentialism.
And let us all identify with that which is
Prior to consciousness, free and ecstatic.

Craig Louis Stehr
Berkeley, California

Effective Activism for World Peace, Justice, and Environmental Stability

Rain from the Pineapple Express storm has subsided, and the afternoon sunlight brightens the writer's desk in my room at Berkeley's Piedmont House travelers hostel.  Swami Sivananda's book entitled "Concentration and Meditation" is open.  Practically, it comes down to having a yogic
"double vision", wherein an aspect of the individual is always objectively witnessing, while one performs one's social role well.  This, as opposed to unconsciously acting in a world defined by continuously changing phenomena.

     Cultivating an ongoing meditative awareness, is the critical direction to go, because anything else leaves one unconsciously entangled in samsara, disoriented, and vainly searching for an elixir to remedy the situation.  As the ancient Indian rishis pointed out, there is no elixir!

     Regardless of any other factor, moment to moment to moment, the key is to cultivate an ongoing meditative awareness.  Sages in every tradition have testified that identifying with the superconscious state is liberation from the suffering that results from identification with the body and mind.  As Nisargadatta Maharaj, the cigarette salesman and jnana yoga master from Mumbai, India said: "Stop identifying with the body and mind, and your problem is solved."

     People the world over are concerned about peace and justice, and the condition of the planet earth's environment.  Lately, there is concern about global climate destabilization.  However, without a primary focus on realizing the superconscious state, called "sahaja samadhi avastha", the confusion which characterizes the postmodern global social situation has no possibility of significantly changing.  Unless the individual consciously evolves, this civilization cannot possibly move in a spiritualized direction.

     Therefore, the most profoundly crucial activism is the conscious cultivation of unending meditative awareness.  From that, world peace, justice, and environmental stability may manifest. OM Shanthi

Craig Louis Stehr
February 8th, 2015 A.D.
Blog: http://craiglstehr.blogspot.com
Email: CraigStehr@inbox.com
Snail mail: P.O. Box 809, Berkeley, CA 94701-0809