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A Metaphysical Masterpiece

The Matrix with David - A Best Spiritual Awakening Signs Movie

"I have used the movie 'The Matrix' as a metaphor in many gatherings because it reflects all of the essential elements and symbols of waking from the dream of the world."

David Hoffmeister
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NewsYou are the one! Free your mind from a world of control based on limitations and fear. The matrix is everywhere, for the matrix encompasses all appearances and images you seem to perceive. What if you were unaware that you were dreaming? What if you could not tell the difference between the dream and the real world? The matrix is your seeming digital "self," a projected image of a mental construct called ego. The matrix is a construct that can seem loaded with all sorts of erroneous ideas of attack and defense. No one can tell you what the matrix is; you have to find out for yourself, and be led inward to the experience of your true Christ Self. You are the savior of the world as you let your mind be free of the ego belief system and its limits. There is nothing to fear. Your destiny is certain. You are the one. No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.
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The Office Chase Scene: Listen and Follow
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Enlightenment NewsA classic scene in The Matrix is, "I can guide you but you must do exactly as I say." God's guidance is always there to hear, but it can get pushed out of awareness. You have to want to listen. Your trust will strengthen each time you follow the guidance.

In the Simulation Program: Love or Fear
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Enlightenment NewsIn this scene, Morpheus tells Neo, "If you're not one of us, you're one of them." What does that mean? You are either going to draw forth witnesses of love or witnesses of fear. Your mind is that powerful.

Visiting the Oracle: False Cause and Effect
The Matrix False Cause and Effect Clip - Movie Watcher's Guide to
Enlightenment NewsWhen Neo visits the Oracle, she tells him, "Don't worry about the vase," before he "accidentally" breaks it. The Oracle is playing with cause and effect. Nothing in this world has a cause because God didn't create illusions. You would never react to the world if you saw it wasn't real. 

Meeting the Architect: The Problem is Choice
The Matrix Choice is Problem Clip - Movie Watcher's Guide to
Enlightenment NewsNeo reaches the conclusion, "The problem is choice." In this world people say, "The more choices you have, the better." That's why people earn more money, to have more choices. We've been tricked. Choices aren't the answer, choices are the problem. There is no choice in oneness. Heaven is choiceless awareness.
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The Oracle tells Trinity that she will fall in love with the One. The secret Trinity kept was a secret of love. That’s what the world is about, it’s about not acknowledging the love underneath everything. There’s even a part in the Course where Jesus says, It’s easier to say I hate you than I love you. That’s an amazing line from Jesus. There’s so much ego fear associated with love. When someone in the world says, “I love you,” there’s a lot of anxiety with that because the ego is back there saying, “What does that mean?” The Holy Spirit's use of relationships is to show you where you still believe in separation, attack thoughts and judgments. That’s why relationships are the fast track to awakening.
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The Essential Matrix: Questioning Reality

Philosophy and the Matrix - Movie Watcher's Guide to
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The documentary Philosophy and The Matrix - Return to the Source is an examination of the profound impact of the Matrix Trilogy in bringing forth the perennial wisdom of the ages on the big screen. Philosophers such as Socrates introduced ideas very similar to the ideas in the workbook of A Course in Miracles. Socrates said that the only certainty you can say about the world is that it is uncertain. Join the great philosophers in uncovering the deep teachings of the trilogy, and then let David's metaphysical commentary take you even deeper.

A Meditation on Waking Up From the Matrix

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Themes: Self Concept, Forgiveness, Letting Go, Dare to Take Step, Fear of Sacrifice, False Perception
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MWGE Uses the Symbols in Movies to Teach That the World Isn't Real

In The Matrix, Morpheus shows Neo that the world is just a construct, it’s symbols. In much the same way, the Movie Watcher’s Guide to Enlightenment uses the symbols in movies to teach that this world isn't real. When you start to see that there isn’t an external world and that everything is just a symbolic representation of what is in your mind, then you can start paying closer attention to your thoughts and observing the symbols. “I just got this nasty phone call, what was I trying to tell myself?” By watching your thoughts, you are able to get in touch with what you believe in. None of us were trained to pay close attention to our thoughts and to look deeply at our beliefs, so this is something we have to learn.
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A movie to show you how to be of true support!
Have you been following the latest world events: the war in Syria, the US presidential campaign, Hurricane Matthew, etc., wondering what it was all for and if you could be of help?

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Watch this free metaphysical movie with commentary by David Hoffmeister. It gives a practical answer, showing you how to be of true support in the swirl of these events.
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How to build a Rain Catchment Systems

DIY 275 Gallon Rainwater Collection
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I recently helped my father install a 275 gallon rainwater collection system.

The system is based on an industrial 275 gallon container, known as an IBC. You can buy them used, or if you really look around, you can even find them for free. One problem with typical rain-barrels is that they can only collect 55 gallons. This rain storage container collects FIVE times that volume, while not taking up all that much more space than a single rain-barrel.

In my area, you can buy used IBCs through Craigslist for about $85 each. Those come with a metal cage around them that allows them to be stacked.

Instead of buying them, I found a local bottler who throws them out, because they are plastic containers WITHOUT the metal cages. These containers come to the bottler full of 275 gallons of high-fructose corn syrup. I got several containers from them for free, for just the elbow grease of going to pick them up. Some were wrapped in heavy cardboard. I recycled the cardboard into a clubhouse for my little girl.

After washing the container out well, it is ready to be repurposed for rainwater collection. I really like the irony of using GMO corn syrup containers to recycle into a conservation project!

Besides the water container, this project requires other materials, including:
  • Misc wood to build a simple pallet or platform
  • Garden hose spigot and hardware
  • Gutter screen and fiberglass bug screen
  • Gutters, downspouts, and elbows
  • Silicon or other appropriate caulk or sealant
In our case, nearly all the materials were already on-hand, reusing old components, and recycling and repurposing materials. Total out of pocket expenses were under $20.

Beyond the typical DIY and handyman tools, you will need:
Tin snips, utility knife, pop-rivetter and rivets, sheet metal screws, and related aluminum metal-working tools and skills.

Lets get started.

EDIT: July 2013, we updated this to TRIPLE the capacity, raised the containers, and made them look really nice. See the update at: http://ecoprojecteer.net/2013/07/rainwater-collection-gets-bigger-part-2/

Step 1: Locating the Storage Tank

Locating the Storage Tank
The first thing you need to do is decide where you want the container to go.

It needs to be located near the building you want to collect rainwater from, and it also needed to be elevated if you want it to work on gravity flow.

In this case, the building is a 100 year-old barn that was remodeled into a home office. The roof is a fair amount of collection area, and the building is on the top of a hillside - it's basically the highest point on the property. Because of that, the container was NOT put on any kind of a stand.

There was a small rock garden right outside the barn that was slightly elevated. We leveled off a 4'x4' area there for the tank.

That corner of the barn is also right where the downspout from one side of the roof is. That will make it a short distance to route the downspout to the tank.

Next, we built a pallet out of scrap pressure-treated wood for the container to go on. This gives the container a solid base and gets it up just a little higher, making it easier to access the garden hose spigot we will add.

The front of the pallet has a notch around the drain port, which will make it easier to access the garden hose spigot later.



Embracing the tiny-house movement, Justin and Ashton Luter of Ozark MO

Since buying a trailer in May, Justin and Ashton Luter, along with Justin’s father, Harold, have worked hard to build a mobile abode that’s large enough for Justin and Ashton to live comfortably, but small enough for cross-country adventures. The Luters plan to start those adventures soon, including regional trips for the next few months and hopefully an expedition to the West Coast early next year. They plan to chronicle their travels with aroadofourown.com, their newly launched blog. 

Small But Mighty

Embracing the tiny-house movement, Justin and Ashton Luter built a mobile, micro-sized space perfect for new adventures.

For years, 417-landers Justin and Ashton Luter dreamed of exploring the country. “We had talked about moving somewhere new, somewhere fun,” Justin says, ultimately realizing what they desired was mobility. “We figured out that what we really wanted to do was travel and see a bunch of things.”
They researched their options and were drawn to the tiny houses popularized by shows like Tiny House Nation for their practicality and customizability. Their wanderlust was also fueled by blogs and social media about others traveling the country with their tiny houses. “That’s when we started thinking, ‘We can do this; if they can do it, we can do it,’” Ashton says.
They scoured Pinterest and blogs for ideas for their pocket-sized abode, which they kept as small as possible to minimize construction costs—about $10,000—and future travel expenses. “I thought maybe we could build a tiny house on a small enough scale that it wouldn’t cost us an insane amount of money to drag all over the country but at the same time a big enough one that we could live comfortably and have all of the necessities we need,” Justin says.
The first step was selecting a trailer, so they headed to Stag Trailers (stagtrailers.com), which made a custom single-axle trailer. Then they began constructing the house’s cedar frame, quickly realizing how lucky they were to have the help of Justin’s father, Harold, a former contractor. With his expertise, they found cost-effective solutions to challenges that popped up, like finding a narrow enough door. In that and many other instances, they built their own fixes rather than buying or having them made. “It just took labor and elbow grease on that,” Harold says. “We saved a bunch by making the door ourselves. That’s what we tried to do on a lot of the stuff.”
Given the space’s diminutive size—merely 60 square feet—maximizing space was essential. They did so by downsizing significantly and crafting efficient features like a four-foot-wide futon bed that can slide up and out of the way. “I am about 6-foot-1, so as long as I can sleep comfortably I think we will be fine,” Justin says of the bed’s snug dimensions.
As for style, they used rustic materials like cedar siding and corrugated metal to create a woodsy, cabin-like feel, a natural fit given their plans to visit numerous national parks and campgrounds over the next year or so. 
On the precipice of that cross-country adventure, the Luters are excited to move into their cozy home and head out on the road. “Getting to realize a dream that we have, [it’s] something that lots of people enjoy talking about but never do,” Justin says. “It’s one of those things like, ‘Oh yeah, that would be fun. That would be cool.’ But for us to actually do it, that’s been really cool.”

Catch Some Rays  The Luters installed solar panels from Seymour’s Missouri Wind and Solar on the structure’s ONDURA roof. “I feel like I have taken a college course in solar just from all of the information that we’ve had to look up and study,” Justin says. The panels have hinges on the edge facing the peak of the roof, allowing them to be adjusted to the appropriate angle to absorb the most sunlight.  

1. It takes four hours of full sun for the home’s battery bank to be fully charged and run appliances. The inverter converts the power from the solar panels. They can also use an extension cord to charge the batteries with an external power source. 

2. With the small size, finding proportional features was tough. But the Luters took matters into their own hands and built solutions like the roughly 6-by-3-and-a-half-foot front door made from two glued-together sheets of plywood. 

3. In keeping with the home’s cabin feel, the windows are adorned with rustic handmade cedar shutters, giving the exterior a woodsy touch. The Luters applied boat lacquer to many parts of the home to protect it from the elements.   

Cool Counters It wasn’t easy to find the right counter top material. The Luters selected lightweight Formica Laminate, which they custom ordered from Lowe’s and installed themselves. It also needed to be custom sized to the right depth to fit the kitchen area’s tight dimensions.  

Bare Necessities One of the challenges of designing and building the house was determining how to allocate space for necessities and storage in a way that was functional but still attractive. For example, they will install a bed that will slide up out of the way to free up a significant area of the house during the day. 

Comfy Cabin The Luters chose laminate flooring for its lightweight, durability and cost-effectiveness. They chose a laminate resembling wood to complement the cedar used throughout the structure. Another rustic touch is the thin metal flashing affixed to the front of the cabinet doors, with which they plan to make cute, homey designs. 

Pumped up Another space-efficient idea was tucking the 12-volt water pump into the floor beneath a removable panel. “We were trying to figure out the best ways to have as much storage inside and all the functional stuff be in places that it wasn’t going to hinder us,” Justin says. 

In Hot Water Located in a box attached to the back of the structure, the water heater was a challenge. “It has to be vented when it’s running, so we can’t leave it inside that box, but we knew we wanted it somewhere permanent so that we wouldn’t have to dig it out of somewhere, lug it around and connect all the hoses and everything,” Justin says. The solution? Fastening the heater to drawer slides so it can glide in and out. 

READ MORE HERE:http://www.417homemag.com/417-Home/Fall-2016/Small-But-Mighty/