What are We Thankful For?


This video was take on November 28, 2014 on Thanksgiving Day.  I meditated on this video this morning as I reread this writing I wrote in 2009 about my life being dedicated to helping people with Spirit.  Writing this passage was a statement that I did not care about anything else in life but helping heal the spirit of people.  Not jobs, not money, my life was dedicated to healing the wounds of the spirit.  At the time,  I took the position of an ardent materialist and reasoned that the best way to help people like my sister was to study neurobiology.  Being the hardcore scientist I was, I reason that the answer to suffering from spiritual conditions was to look to modern science.  I embarked upon this path very naively, eventually stepping into the Whitehead Institute of MIT to work with a world famous scientist on the problem of neurodegeneration.  It was there that my spirit walk started.  I have written about this turn throughout my blog, but never directly addressed how Spirit moved in the encounter at MIT to give my family life and healing.  The search that I made was for life in the face of darkness.  Traveling around the country for several years, I tried to find the meaning of life in science, in religion, and in civil service.  Eventually returning home to Atlanta to live with family, my mother and sister, I realized what the meaning of life is.  It is exactly what I had written, dedicating ones life to Spirit.  I took this video this past thanksgiving, and it represents the answer to a prayer.  My sister has been sober for one and a half years.  This is a miracle from Spirit.  Everything I worked for and prayed for in this came true.  Yes, the road was rocky.  Yes, I gave up several careers on this path and both my mother and I are in substantial debt because of it, but we are a family and healed.  Together living in Atlanta, this is the first year where things are right with my family.  Thank Spirit for this miracle!

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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