Living full time off-grid is an entirely different situation than visiting for weekends and holidays. I’ve had to learn a different set of organizational skills and shopping trips based on distance, efficiency and logistics not too mention assistance from others when needed. Everyone thinks it’s so cool and sexy, this off-grid living, but there are challenges that arise from time to time that can be tricky. Yet, even as I write I can honestly say, I love it.
I have three cranes sitting on a log in front of the cabin, speaking with each other checking the wind and fish. Their song captured my attention. This is normal. I hear eagles often, their voices carry across the lake, have otters swim playfully in the swim area, buzzards who fly with me while I hike. Jonathan is their lead guy; I named him a year ago. I’ve captured chipmunks my cat has brought in and released them back in the forest. I have a graveyard of mouse bones in front of the cabin from the carnage my cat brings me. I’ve even, lucky me, cleaned up a drawer of maggots left behind from a mouse family that died. (Was really wishing I had a man right then to be my knight! I stomped my feet, took a deep breath and put on my big girl pants to deal with the writhing slimy gross disgusting creatures tucked in the multiple dead bodies.) I had a chipmunk run right up to me, sit patiently till I noticed his four wounds, probably from an owl or hawk, in need of healing. I felt honored. And Mr Snake lives under my dock, a three and a half foot fish-eating reptile that scares the bejezzus out of swimmers.
When I was a child there was a Disney film that captured my heart and attention; Tomasina, a tale about a cat, who found refuge with a healer woman living in the woods. She spoke the language of the animals she healed. I feel I’m living that story. It is so quiet here, there is no outside noise, no light pollution other than a few solar lights from other cabins. And now there are few people. The peace is enveloping. However this is not for everyone.
*I rely on solar. If there’s no sun, the noisy generator kicks in. I don’t enjoy this aspect. With fall gently upon us, my quiet refuge changes as I have to rely more on the generator than on my panels. All the smoke from fires eliminated solar power too. *Wind power is nominal and doesn’t generate enough power to matter or be consistent. *Wifi is a satellite provided service which is spare and inconsistent and expensive. Trying to accomplish things online becomes a challenge. *Cell coverage is hit and miss. *Appliances are propane. The refrigerator needs defrosting often. If the tank runs dry, it’s over. *Being mindful of lights is a daily practice. Visitors are usually clueless until the generator kicks in and runs for three hours to recharge the batteries after lights are left on or hairdryers used. (Seriously? Hairdryers?) *Laundry is a weekly job in town an hour thirty away.
*The sky is an absolute blanket of diamonds set on velvet. *The sunrises are a daily awakening event~ literally. *The sunsets are a drug I don’t want to give up. *The connection with the natural world’s rhythms becomes a deepening practice as animals appear daily and share their adventures while awareness of nature becomes the calendar I set my day on. *Intuition becomes heightened on every level as my mind becomes clear, away from the constant chaos and clutter of the city. *The buzz in the back of my brain dissipated and eventually disappeared. *And Charlie my wonder dog and Tao my magical carnivorous cat, love the freedom being here gives them, gives us.
I realize this wouldn’t be everyone’s sense of Eden, however I would highly, ~ no~ emphatically recommend, suggest strongly, everyone spend quiet reflective time in the natural world away from the asphalt cacophony and high tech world that sucks our brains and humanity from us. Too many rats in the box theory. (Did you know that 22yr olds and younger now have fewer deductive reasoning skills to figure out how to do things on their own? I’ve cautioned about this for decades. Now it’s the real meal deal. This is scary. Reflects the dumbing down of America.) It deepens our natural intuitive abilities and opens the heart chakra to the beauty we have available. This equals Love. ❤️ The green heart chakra mirrors the multifaceted green foliage and forests.
I will have to shut it down here in the next month as the cold weather blows in and changes the scenery. Even me, the mountain girl personified, will need a good neighbor and fun interactive things to fill my time as the solitude settles in like a blanket of snow, till next spring when I can move back to where my heart resides.
Big invite: get your sweet ass to the closest park, forest, mountain, river, lake, ocean and be still. Listen. Quiet the mechanism. Open up to the real world. You’ll find new sparkles in the way you see the world and your place in it. It really is a magical place.
Cosmic sunshine to you.
Candia Sanders is an International Medical Intuitive, High Frequency Healer, Author and Speaker -an Eternal Optimist- who has helped countless thousands of people ease their medical issues, navigate important relationships and find their soul’s purpose and life direction. Candia is also the author of the transcendent new book, “Soul Rays: Discover the Vibratory Frequency of Your Soul“. She has also written a lively magical and spiritual children’s adventure called “The Adventures of Jack Starr, In Hawaii.”