Wednesday, January 4, 2017

If Money Was No Issue

I have visionary tendencies and have wayyyy too many thoughts in my head that would likely reach fruition if money (and other limitations) weren’t a factor.

I actually thought of a new one the other night and that’s pretty much when I decided I needed to take this growing, scattered list that’s been accumulating over the years and just write it out for the sake of my own sanity.

#1 Holistic Non-profit for taking Countries out of Poverty

I first envisioned this when I was 24 (so about 4 years ago). I initially just imagined myself going to Brazil and South America because for spiritual reasons I feel pretty drawn to those places and feel meant to be there at some point in the future. But when I envision going there the issues of poverty and favelas are pretty extensive. So I pretty swiftly envisioned this organization arising therefrom.

Why start with Brazil? Several reasons.

First, it’s in poverty, but its poverty isn’t as extensive and deeply embedded as in some other places. In some places, even if you gave people money they’re environment and governmental systems are so oppressive it almost wouldn’t make much difference.
Secondly, South America in general is affiliated with spirituality and religion to a good extent, so they would more or less be what I would call “spiritually receptive” to working towards these changes.

Lastly, I’m tired of South America, Central America, and Mexico being looked down upon by the United States. If these countries were given a leg up and leveraged each other’s strengths they could give the U.S. a run for its money and would increase affluence in the world. U.S. needs to be humbled.

The non-profit (as I think I’ve explained in previous blogs) would focus on 5 main areas of every country, starting with Brazil: Infrastructure, Residential Housing, Medical Services, Job Creation + Personal Development, and the Environment.

Infrastructure would work on improving the quality and safety of roads, buildings, schools, and other things influenced or operated by the government.

“Residential Housing” would focus on home repairs and making sure every person in that country had a good home to live in.

Medical Services would ensure that everyone had access to healthcare –regardless of financial means.

Job Creation + Personal Development would ensure the adult education, work skills, and new potential job ventures being supported.

Environment would deal with ensuring that as all these other objectives are being achieved –especially infrastructure and housing –that environmental sustainability, preserving natural resources, and not destroying the living system within the country was maintained.

If there was a last category added to the list it would be the support of 

Art/Culture/Spirituality within a country.

This non-profit would start with one country, holistically, and then after 2-3 years move onto the next and then the next and then the next. It would simultaneously encourage all countries to come together and support one another during the process.

#2 Spiritual Sanctuaries

Thought of this one last night because I reallllllyyyyy wish there was an open, spiritual community center where people could come and immerse themselves in a receptive, divine location.

These spaces would be “blessed” in every sense of the word and be a respite for those seeking solace, healing, and/or guidance.

There would be a library in one room full of various spiritual/religious books and books on wisdom.

There would be spiritual healers offering their services for free and training others on how to heal spiritually for free. These gifts are given freely by God and should NEVER be charged for.

There would be intuitives/guides offering advice and counseling to those lost or in pain.

There would be various kinds of artistic groups, music groups, writing groups…

Lastly there would be meditation rooms where you could go and connect.
The spaces would be encouraged to locate somewhere out in nature. Each room would be painted/decorated differently in a divine, artistic way. Spiritual symbols and gemstones would abound.

#3 Emergency Spiritual Centers

Building off of the last vision (and having previously blogged about this one already –I think I called it ERS or something…) there would be emergency centers for the spiritually afflicted. Members of various religions and spiritual beliefs would be there to take anyone in and see to it that they had –for free –access to whatever they needed.
There would be books, spiritual objects, gemstones, incense, and other items given freely to any in need as well as services such as counseling, guidance, and professionals that know how to contend with negative entities.

#4 Non-profit that helps homeless individually and holistically

This one I envisioned a couple years ago as well, but actually goes hand in hand with spiritual sanctuaries. At some point someone would come in homeless off the street and be in need of more practical things than spiritual guidance alone. So this non-profit would take each individual homeless person, find out who they are and what their deeper underlying struggles are, and swiftly provide support.

Within the first couple days the person would receive a week’s worth of clothes –both casual and professional attire. They would be cleaned and provided a haircut or any other services. Their health issues would be addressed and tended to. The mental health issues and counseling would be provided. Then they would focus more in depth on developing workplace skills and helping the individual find a job.

Address the person first as a PERSON and a HUMAN then help them find work –not treating them like a vending machine whose only purpose in life is to procure cash.

#5 Healing/Counseling centers to help those who are victims of violence, abuse, and trafficking

Physical –and in particular sexual abuse – haunt a soul for years. It’s debilitating and how people can just expect someone to “get over” something like that I don’t know. I would see victims of violence, abuse, and trafficking healed in SOUL and liberated from the pains of their past.

This non-profit would leverage the services of others already around –though usually few in number –and would centrally focus on these kinds of pains in particular.
They would also offer spiritual services -overlapping with places like the spiritual community center –to address chakra complications and other aspects of the soul that may also be in need of healing –not just Body, Mind, and Emotions alone.

#6 Give money to those in poverty until system is corrected

The economic system –whatever country you’re in –perpetuates poverty. If everyone in poverty was given $500,000 magically tomorrow there would inevitably come a time where people either returned to poverty or more people gave way to poverty. The SYSTEM is part of the problem.

And right now you have situations where this glaring reality of “money amounting to more than human life” becomes more than evident. You have more homes sitting vacant and empty than homeless people in this country. Think about that.
But until such a time when society finally recognizes this issue and decides it’s willing to change and re-arrange the way we live, we have to find easier, more direct solutions.
This is why I would opt to give directly to people in poverty. As much as I love non-profits that help people in poverty, giving money directly to the people and cutting out “middle men” might help.

Most people would be against this practice because they say the money would be spent on drugs or gambled away. I do not take ownership of what someone would decide to do with the money –that’s there life and their choice. I would give people the option of spending on necessities and more important things than prejudge a person and deny them what they NEED.

As with most things, the majority of people would spend the money where it was needed rather than on a sports car or something stupid.

Waiting around and trying to get people to “earn” money being offered seems pretty cruel when you take everything into account. I’d rather roll the dice and take a chance on someone’s own autonomy and free will being used to rise above circumstances with the money given. Both arguments defer to the individual themselves playing a part in moving out of poverty –it’s just mine puts MORE faith in that person and doesn’t mandate that they first need to try really, really hard to make it on their own…

#7 Interior Design

I’m tired of watching HGTV and thinking, “Well it’s nice but it’s still kind of generic and doesn’t apply as much artistry as could be done…” I would take my artistic skills and my style and create interior home designs that were unique, different, spiritual, and elegant. It’s something I would and probably will end up doing in Heaven at some point. Creation for the sake of creation in and of its self is a passion and something to be pursued.

#8 Buy a House and Write Books

I’ve described my house several times and even written out the mains themes of my 7 volume book set. Just haven’t written anything or discovered the home itself.

The house will be out in the woods and there will be a pond and deer that visit. I would plant fruit trees and have a greenhouse to raise vegetables. I’ll also have a menagerie of animals and a small cabin with a fairly small interior to encourage me to spend more time outside.

The books will be written when I’m old and have had the most time to reflect on things so I don’t affirm beliefs that are still variable and may change with time. I would only write of things I was certain of and only theorize about a little. The books would seek to bring spiritual insight and clarity to people.

I would also try carpentry. I would create mostly tables and blend different kinds of wood to create images and then I would embed jewels into the designs.

#9 The Grove

This is already happening, but not the extent I would like. I would buy empty plots of land and grow fruit trees and other plants throughout. I would then have a sort of park with great statues and artworks depicting divine beings and symbols. These parks would be free to all and would also serve as a sanctuary to animals. Ultimately the goal would acclimate people into being in nature in more of an overtly spiritual place.

#10 Funding Musicians and Artists

This would be kind of like venture capitalists that look to invest in new businesses… only you would be investing in and acting as a patron for creatives. You would head and then fund various individuals you came upon on the internet to orchestrate different songs for an album or different artists for different pieces. As it was in the Renaissance you would commission artists based on their particular talents.

Hopefully that would create a movement for people to follow so more artistic/creative people could get work.

#11 Clothing Line?

I would either like to design clothes or -more likely –work with someone who already knows what they’re doing and has a style similar to what I’m seeking.

I feel like I’m starting to sound like Kanye with a million ideas –including some that stretch beyond my realm of expertise –but at the same time he has money to burn and this is sort of what I’d do if money was no issue; so letting ideas flow without barrier is kind of the result.

I wouldn’t seek to sell my clothing line for the most part, I’d just want it for me and would probably give it for free to anyone else that was interested so long as the designer I’m partnering with agrees.

#12 Travel

ALL of this would consist of travel. Particularly to Central/South America, Europe, and at some point India. And maybe the Philippines.

If violence and crime are affiliated with poverty and poverty contributes to a lot of other issues like drug abuse then giving people the necessities they need and improving external circumstances will help immensely with those problems and spirituality and creativity will help to address the rest.

#13 Website

I would create a website that would sort of work like PostSecrets where things could be posted either anonymously or with name. Tabs at the top would consist of different countries and subtabs would include various problems people have to contend with like Racism, Ant-LGBT, Xenophobia, Sexism… and people could then post their experiences and vocalize their thoughts freely. There would also be a section called “Solutions” where people could post about non-profits or groups seeking to alleviate these problems.

#14 Animal Connections

This non-profit would focus on healing abused animals –including spiritually, as well as working on divine connection with animals (kind of like psychic communication) to see what’s capable of being achieved.

#15 Prayer Circles

This wouldn’t really be a non-profit, more like a series of groups initially starting in the USA. These groups of 20+ people would go to spots where violent crimes, wars, slavery, or other pains were inflicted and repeatedly pray over them that the lands would be blessed and healed. I feel like large groups of people coming together –in some instances –is the only thing that would make a difference in some of the darker territories on the globe.

#16 Murals

Denver got the memo that artistic wall murals on buildings is awesome. It’s like a tattoo for the street. I would like to expand upon this –especially in areas that aren’t very visually appealing –and paint the town red, purple, orange, blue and any other color I feel like.

#17 Entrepreneur Website

This website would serve as a directory based on location and would have categories showing local entrepreneurs, star-ups, and mom and pop shops (with ratings like Yelp).
There are so many amazing services and products being offered up by networking marketing and even MLM businesses and yet no line of site on who’s selling what.

#18 Meetup Group?

I’ve been to several meetups before. Spiritual meetups, entrepreneur meetups, hiking meetups, coloring book meetups… they kind of suck. There’s always something missing and most of the time it’s Connection. People get so caught up in DOING things they forget to actually forge connections. Without connections there isn’t much bringing you back to the group. So I want a meetup where people can just meetup and be human with no agenda, and preferably no drinking. No “singles” meeting up, no women-only, no “we’re all meeting up because we all have something random in common like being vegetarian”… Just humans meeting humans to form friendships.

#19 Theming

I want to create a website where a prompt or theme or subject is posted and then people create images, paintings, writing, and music all pertaining to that one thing. Hit Record by Joseph Gordon Levitt does something similar and they then compile it all and create books and videos, but I kind of like it all being separate. And his themes mostly revolve around world issues. I want other kinds of themes that are more relatable and reflective of life –something deeper. Like “Self-Discovery” or “Inspired to Action”. Most of the themes would probably be positively-oriented. 

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