Wednesday, June 12, 2019

I Am Seeking Spiritually Conscious Others for Solidarity to Perform More Frontline Actions

Hi, I want to be given solidarity in the New York City-Washington, D.C. region so that I may
permanently return there to be active in frontline peace & justice and radical environmental
direct actions.  I am ready to leave California, and return to the east coast for the 16th time. 
Please contact me immediately.

Craig Louis Stehr
June 9, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Man Centers Mind in Heart Chakra...Experiences Spiritual Unity...A Sober Friday Night...

       I am sending this out because I wish to inform everybody that the past two hours were spent on a porch in Redwood Valley, California managing the mind with understanding and love.  The usual barrage of disturbing thoughts were witnessed, particularly the ones about social alienation in postmodernism, the dangerous political global situation, the impossibility to realize a spiritual community for myself and moreso housing in Washington, D.C. so I could continue with peace & justice activism, the ecological problems worldwide, and the general psychological anxiety and discomfort which is common nowadays.  
       Sitting quietly on the porch sipping a cup of Tulsi tea, watching the 
thoughts and gently bringing the mind to its center in the heart chakra; two hours of doing this, while affirming that drinking alcoholic beverages is not the solution, has resulted in a deeper sense of spiritual unity.  Ultimately, the goal is permanent unity with the Holy Spirit, and the body-mind complex is the instrument for a higher will.  
       Of course I would love to be in Washington, D.C. with a supportive group permanently, and be a presence at the United Nations also, but it has not happened and I've no further idea what to do about this.  23 years volunteering with Catholic Worker did not result in a permanent situation for me in America.  Maybe Jesus Christ can explain.  
        In any case, tonight is being spent on a porch in Redwood Valley, California gently bringing the mind to the heart chakra.   My offer is always good to participate in peace & justice activities, but please, please, don't expect me to live in shelters, tents, and squats.  This body-mind complex is 69 and Jesus Christ doesn't want me to live on the edge anymore.  Besides, it just drives me to drink, and I quit yesterday

Message from Craig Stehr in Redwood Valley, CA

      Warmest spiritual greetings, At this time I am living at a friend's place in northern California.  With basically nothing critical that I have to do, I've been spending all of my time practicing mindfulness, and when the natural boredom of the situation becomes overwhelming, I go out to a local establishment and drink beer, usually to excess, with a resultant miserable hangover.  And then I pray for everyone, and for this conflicted world.  
  My only goal is to be
one with God.  And at the proper time, ascend upwards to heaven.  Meanwhile, I send out networking messages to find anything worthwhile to do on earth, which receive no substantial responses.  Of course I could show up with enough money to fully support myself, and go wherever I like...which I have been doing the past five years.  It's been good, particularly in being able to be on the frontlines of peace & justice in Washington, D.C.  I have a few thousand dollars left in my checking account, the health is good, and I am still positive enough to be sending out email messages like this one.
        I ask you to understand that something needs to change.  I have no more ideas about what to do, other than to continue praying, and not indulging any further in the consumption of alcoholic beverages.  There being no other alternative, I am placing the entire matter in the hands of God.  

Craig Louis Stehr
June 7, 2019

Awaiting Divine Intervention...Relaxed in California...Hello Everybody

It's a pleasantly cool summer evening in Redwood Valley, California.  Am just sitting here with nothing to do particularly, having purchased lottery tickets for tonight and tomorrow's drawings.  Am nourished from a dinner of a bowl of miso lentil soup with a cheese sandwich.  Right this moment I am watching a fly walking across the psychedelically patterned mouse pad; a Grateful Dead creation.  

         I have stopped sending out "networking messages" asking others what they would do in this world if they knew that they could not fail.  I've also stopped networking for more frontline direct action oriented situations, because I do not receive any rational responses (such as offering me housing, for example).  It appears that postmodern America is so seriously confused and basically lost, that nothing anybody might do will be sufficient.  Therefore, I sit here at The Magic Ranch in Mendocino county, participating insofar as upkeep etc. as required, take long walks on the country roads, which is followed by a cold pint or two of beer at Vick's bar at the intersection which serves as downtown Redwood Valley, and then hitchhike to the Coyote Valley Casino to enjoy the Mexican food, and free coffee, before usually winning money at the slot machines.  

        Whereas I have nothing to do now, I am not even bothering to perform spiritual practices, because there's no reason to be doing them.  Knowing what I am, just witnessing every day on planet earth dispassionately, this is so completely detached that there is no motivation to do anything to change my circumstances.  Indeed, what would I do?

         As we pleasantly await the needed Divine Intervention on the earth plane, to intervene in this hopelessly conflicted civilization, and now with ecological collapse increasing as well, feel free to remain in touch with me.  Perhaps a miracle will happen and we will collectively do something amazing.  Why not?  It couldn't possibly be worse than dwelling in Nirvana!  

Spiritually Based Affinity Group

        Warmest spiritual greetings at the end of May, I am looking to leave Redwood Valley, California where I've been staying with friends since the Spring Equinox (except for two weeks with Earth First!ers in Garberville).

       The original intention to form a spiritually based affinity group is unchanged.  However, this is not happening with anyone whom I know on the north coast at this time.  Therefore, I am interested in going to the San Francisco Bay area, and am seeking a place to stay.

        If you agree with me that we must use our own power collectively to intervene in history, then I ask you to make contact.  We are not limited to what we can do and where we can go.  If you agree with my spiritual assessment of the situation in these challenging times on earth, I invite you to join with me.

Craig Louis Stehr
May 30, 2019

Everything Is Brahman

In response to the many emails received in the past two days to my "Going Upward" message, a clear philosophical statement is here offered.  It is a fact that the Divine Absolute, or God, or Brahman is everything!  That said, the relative appearance of all mental and material objects comes from the one Source.  Otherwise, they could not relatively exist.

        The only problem for the individual is to mistakenly identify with objects.  The primary spiritual advice based on experience, in the Indian vedas and the explanatory upanishads, has been echoed through time by all of the sages and saints of every spiritual/religious tradition on the earth plane.  It is simple: "Know Thyself!" The contemporary Indian jnana yoga master Nisargadatta Maharaj put it succintly: "Stop identifying with the body and the mind, and your problem is solved."  And he added: "Remember the instruction: whatever you come across, go beyond."

         It doesn't ultimately make any difference at all what spiritual/religious path or paths one embraces, because the paths are many and the truth is one.  The problem is not identifying with one's true nature, and instead, misidentifying with mind and matter.  All of the contemporary peace & justice and ecological problems on the planet earth are because of this basic confusion.  If you are serious about doing something about the abominable situation of postmodernism, the insanity of greed, hatred and delusion based war, and the ecological destruction of the earth, then get Self-realized first.  After that, you will go where you need to go and do what you need to do.

Craig Louis Stehr
May 22, 2019

I'm Looking for Something Radically Spiritual to do in America

Hello postmodern America, I am available for action in regard to peace & justice and radical environmentalism on planet earth. I am presently staying with friends in Redwood Valley, California, which has been fun and relaxing. 
I would like to leave here and be active in peace & justice and radical environmental activity, as I have done for the past 40 years. I am bored to near death with the stupidity of American politics. I am willing to vote for Bernie Sanders. 

 I have no interest otherwise, and cannot think of anything more insanely idiotic than being focused for the next year and a half on the American presidential election.

I am spending today sitting in a chair on a porch with the fullest comprehension that I am Spiritual in essence. We can do lots of things: rituals, prayers, chanting, being Self Realized, being God conscious, anything that destroys the demonic and returns the world to righteousness.

Craig Louis Stehr
May 9, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bliss Divine

at an outside
Table in perfect sunny
Lightly cool weather,
Microsoft laptop on,
The German shepherd
Is napping on the porch,
The duck and chicken are
Elsewhere, and the large
Bunny rabbit is up at the top
Of the driveway guarding the
Magic Ranch in Redwood Valley. 
Birds are chirping.
I am happy.
Craig Louis Stehr
May 7, 2019
Redwood Valley, California

Monday, April 8, 2019


Warmest spiritual greetings, Please know that I am happily staying as a houseguest in Redwood Valley, CA, glad to have left the depressing confusion of Washington, D.C. on the Spring Equinox March 20th.  Am north of Ukiah, CA in Mendocino county, doing some spring cleaning and fruit tree planting and enjoying the magical environment hereabout...the large turtles in the pond, "Karma" the white rabbit which hops past, a duck, a chicken, and "Chomsky" the German shepherd who is an excellent watchdog, and crows cawing in the redwood trees.

        When not cooking, or making a trip to town for necessaries (which does include the west coast microbrew beer), am identified with the Eternal Witness of the three states of consciousness, not attaching to the body nor the mind.  Sitting on a bench and watching the turtles sunning on a log, fingering the black onyx beads, mind absorbed in the Absolute, no place to go!

         There are  two others in residence here and an assortment of guests come by, plus children visit and use the backyard trampoline, play badminton in the front area, and generally have a good old fashioned time.  And then there are the movies projected on a large living room wall, with a superb sound system.  It's a simple ranch situation, but we get by.  The owner has been here for ten years and has troubleshot just about everything.  A woman who is renting, from Chile, has a turtle tattoo on her inner forearm.  She sings a lot and we call her "The Girl with the Turtle Tattoo".  Between the three of us the place is looking good.  Everything is clean and in order.  Even the laundry room has been reorganized.  

            I am available in this world for whatever is next.  I don't even care anymore what it is, because after 69 years on the planet earth, what could I possibly fear?  I keep sending out the question far and wide about what would we do if we knew that we could not fail, but I get no answers.  So I sit on a bench down by the turtle pond no longer interested in even "being mindful" anymore, because the entire subject of the mind is boring beyond measure.  Maybe the duck is practicing zen.  It looks like it is agitated most of the time.  

              If anybody has a spiritually enlightened offer to make, go ahead and email me at:  Hey, I'm just keeping a ranch full of magical beings company at this time.  What might we do in this world if we knew that we could not fail?  😁

Craig Louis Stehr
April 7, 2019
Redwood Valley, CA

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

First Day of Spring!

First day of spring, the last bit o' nip still in the air.  Ducks on the stream float past.  The crow caws.  Buds on the trees are peeking out.  It's green all around here in Redwood Valley, California.  The air is clear.  A white rabbit hops by, needing nothing, content, and going somewhere.  Sunny, with a light blue sky filled with fluffy clouds.  It's quiet here.

         Arrived last night from the other side of the continent, having been a part of the Peace Vigil in front of the White House for the 15th time.  And every time it becomes more difficult to really understand what exactly it is that we are protesting.  The object of our collective dissent is ever more difficult to define ongoing.  The current political landscape in Washington, D.C. is characterized by an irrationality that is vast.  The Peace Vigil, begun in 1981, continues decade after decade around the clock, as a witness to a national capital whose soul has left, and only the outer shell remains.  

          And so, the first day of spring is being celebrated in a sunny back yard, three thousand miles away from Capitol Hill, with music and tea and a big white rabbit.  And good it is! 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Flying in the Face of Evil Insanity

I understand that  I said to the DC IMC that I would not use the website for personal messaging.  

And the DC IMC understands that I am in D.C. for the 15th time, since volunteering at Olive Branch Catholic Worker House in June of 1991, and that I cannot simply do nothing while waiting for God Almighty to provide me with basic living circumstances, in order to be active on the peace & justice and radical environmental frontlines. ''

Therefore, I have been posting brief messages on the D.C. IMC.  I am booked into a D.C. travel hostel until the Spring Equinox, and a longtime eco-anarchist friend is checking around the group housing scene for a possible place for me to go to.  

Tell Catholic Worker that they may assist in my getting a longer term situation.  After all, they owe me for bottomlining at Zacchaeus Kitchen while living in what was essentially a crack house on 11th Street in Shaw.  

I'll also take cooperation from anybody previously associated with Occupy in D.C.  Having bottomlined the pots 'n pans washing station for months, I have a sane right to request cooperation from everybody.  Unfortunately, many of us were NOT welcome at the places Occupiers went after the forced removal at McPherson Square, and the permit ran out and it started snowing on Freedom Plaza.  

Apparently I was not pro-Palestinian enough for Code Pink, which is bullshit, since I was the only one publicly supporting Hamas.  Lastly, my apologies to Eddie Becker for inconveniencing you in my continuing to place "personal messages" on the DC IMC website. 

On the other hand, dualistically speaking, if God Almighty gets off of her ass and provides me with the necessary situation for the remainder of this human incarnation, then much that is incredible and positive will be received as a result from me.  

Thank you for your appreciation, and continued solidarity in the face of the evil insanity in this world.  

Yours sincerely, Craig Louis Stehr