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Foodies! Gluten-Free StoveTop FlatBreads

So if you’re going gluten-free like I am (or mostly, anyway), then you may like this.

I found a base for stove-top flatbreads and pancakes that I’m now making almost daily.  They whip up in 5 min each side. They also help support metabolic stability by including proper nutrient-dense fat-fiber-salt-protein balance and resistant starches.  I Love that finally I have a GF bread-pancake-cookie base that keeps my blood sugar steady.

Hope you find this useful!

Sharing my joy and love ❤

M

Gluten-Free Flat Bread Combos

Base – 50-50% dry to wet batter
Wet = full-cream coconut milk (canned, not the liquidy boxed stuff – BPA-free cans)
Dry = flour of choice (see options I’ve tested and love, below)

These can be made savory or sweet. For savory, add spices or garlic with salt. For sweet, add vanilla extract and cinnamon and maple syrup or raw honey or eurithritol. They can also be made more spongey by adding binder (ex: egg or xanthan gum or flax-seed-hot-water binder).

Just maintain the 50-50 ratio. Ex: If you add in an egg or maple syrup, be sure to add in the same amount of whatever dry ingredient you used.

DIRECTIONS: Mix batter (see options below). Pour a thin pancake into a hot ghee-buttered ceramic/nonstick pan, cook approx 5min each side on medium to medium-high heat on the stovetop (cook until both sides are dry and center is almost or fully cooked through).

BATTER OPTIONS:

TEFF Flat Bread 50/50
1 part Teff flour (available at Ethiopian places or online)
1 part coconut milk
salt

ARROWROOT Flat Bread 50/50

1 part arrowroot
1/2 part hemp seeds
1/4 part chia seeds
1/4 part coconut flour
2 parts full fat coconut milk
salt

BUCKWHEAT Flat Bread 50/50

1 part ground whole buckwheat grouts
1 part full fat coconut milk
salt

KUDZU MAKA Flat Brad 50/50

1 part ground whole Buckwheat grouts
1 part ground flax seeds
1/2 part ground kudzu root
1/2 part ground black rice
1/4 part maca root flour
1/4 part coconut flour
3 1/2 parts full fat coconut milk
salt

 

True Definition of Compersion – A Rant

In 2005 I was invited to speak at a polyamory conference.  I was new to the whole concept of ethical non-monogamy, and at that conference I learned and experienced this definition for this word:

Compersion – the joy one feels from witnessing another’s joy.

This moved me so deeply.  We see compersion on children when one kid smiles radiantly while witnessing another kid’s joyful play and fun.  I enjoyed compersion routinely as a coach, when I saw clients go from a place of struggle to a place of freedom – I felt profound joy when I saw them experiencing the joy of their newly discovered freedom.

I thought, “Ohhhhhh…Thank Goodness…the world is learning to tap into a more abundant source of our shared joy and delight…”  I had hope that this word would influence the mainstream and help awaken all of humanity to more of our Divine Hearts, our Christ Consciousness, our Spiritual Essences having a Human Awakening.

But somehow, in the last 10 years, the definition of Compersion on the Internet has become sexualized, twisted, and impacted by flagrant reductionism.

Now when I search for “define compersion” – I get these kinds of definitions:

– The joy a lover feels when his lover is having sex with another.

– A feeling of joy when a loved one invests in and takes pleasure from another romantic or sexual relationship.

– The feeling of joy associated with seeing a loved one love another; contrasted with jealousy.

Wikipedia, For Cripe Sake, in its most brilliant coup of massive irresponsibility that I’ve seen yet, redirects “compersion” to “polyamory”, as if one was synonymous with the other!  JEEZ.

Compersion, people, has Nothing To Do with Sex.  It also has Nothing to do with Polyamory, Jealousy or Relationships.  The term “compersion” came alive in common use in poly circles because people who Love Joy – Feel Compersion – Often.  But that doesn’t make Compersion any more about polyamory than using the word “computer”, which poly folk also use often.

Compersion is about face of Appreciation – anyone who has the capacity to open their heart to appreciate the joy of another human being is capable of experiencing compersion.

One might be standing on a corner, see a total stranger across the street dancing in great joy (see also, Ellen Dance Dares) – and feel compersion – the joy of witnessing the other person’s joy.

One might be babysitting a toddler, see the toddler squeal in happiness over a toy, and feel compersion – the joy of witnessing the toddler’s joy.

One might be with a sibling, talking about his or her passion for photography, and feel compersion – experiencing joy for the sibling’s joy.

“I’m so moved and happy that you’re so happy.”  When this statement is true, it’s a reflection of Compersion.

Yes, it’s true that folks who are living responsible committed plural relationships experience compersion about their Beloveds’ joys – but any monogamous person with emotional maturity will also Experience Joy when their Loved Ones Have Joy.

Compersion can happen in sexual and plural-relationship environments, but Not Only in sexual and plural relationship environments.

So please, folks, let’s stop reducing life and joy to The Sexing and let’s remember the full breadth of our Divine Nature to Appreciate and Love, please?

Compersion – The feeling of profound Joy one experiences while experiencing another human being in Joy.

I hope for all of us to experience more Compersion, Every Day.

Signed,

The Indignant Face of Love

 

 

Alternative to “Bad Shadow Government Illuminati” Narrative

I have lots of friends campaigning against “shadow government” or against “the Illuminati” or against “the reptilians” or “the bankers” or “the powers that be”.

I am very educated to these narratives. I get it. And –

I would like to propose a more generative perspective.

After human beings were created, a point came where we were provided the space to be “self-governing” (self, meaning, “the local human population governing itself”).

Of course, at that time not all individuals were prepared – or psychologically equipped – for this task. Some people have longer cognitive lines than others. Some people have more agentic inclinations than others. So, necessarily, a small number of the “locals” took control, and started a not-so-complex chess game of politics, governing behind the scenes, currency and currency manipulations, etc… The masses, for centuries, have been the pieces on this chess board, moved by debt obligations, moved by fear and threats, moved by political maneuvering and moved by spin.

However, necessarily, we are now reaching a time in human history and human development where more and more of the chess pieces (the humans on the planet) are waking up, seeing the larger context of the chess board, and saying, “Wait a minute Chess Players – You’re not the boss of me!” More and more of us are growing up and emotionally maturing enough to learn that we (the masses) can govern ourselves.

As a human race, true “self governance” is not about a small group controlling the rest. True “self governance” is about each one of us, each individual, waking up to be able to govern ourselves.

Part of that is learning how to do “power with” instead of “power over”. The chess players did “power over” the rest. The people collaborating in open-source projects, collaborating on the Internet, and collaborating on crowd-sourcing, community resiliency, restorative justice and permaculture are all people embodying their learning how to do “power with”.

People doing “power with” realize that we are interconnected, and only going to thrive when we work together with each other and with the system as a whole. People who do “power over” think of themselves as separate, and everyone else and everything else as Enemy to be conquered and controlled.

History is teaching us that Power Over is a tragic strategy that falls apart in the long run. Power With allows us to adaptively generate solution on-the-fly – dynamic steering.

While we embody “us/them” villanization – when we push against a government figure, or a batch of “Illuminati”, or against a batch of “reptilians”, we continue to perpetuate the pawn mentality by playing into the victim triangle. The oppressed rise to become the new oppressors.

Only when we stand in our own sovereignty – and educate ourselves – can we evolve to our fullest capacity and our birth right – fully actualizing our capacities.

Standing in our sovereignty, for me, isn’t about pushing against the old structures. For me, the sovereign is visibile in us when we come together to create new systems that render the old systems obsolete – effortlessly and naturally.

So while I appreciate the attempt to “educate” that innocently moves people to villanize our government or our history or our shadow government or our ancient ancestors, I don’t subscribe to the villanizing, us/them behaviors.

I want to live more emotionally mature, more grown-up, and more productive than that.

Rather, I recognize that we are capable of waking each other up to our true capacities by moving forward into new structures.

That is who I am. I am a culture creator. I am a stand for the new structures. I am a creative being interested in contributing to the new systems (which will naturally and effortlessly obsolete the old).

So I propose that we put our energies into the Now and the Future and create the self-governing, system-awake, wholistic structures and environments that we want. This is a far, far more productive use of our energies than rehearsing the hatred of the old systems we are pushing against.

In hopes of inspiring your generative action to create forward,
Maya

 

Radical Abundance – A Draft Proposal For You

While I could re-write this to make the sentences simpler, I want to post this draft anyway for those who would enjoy reading it as it is.

Blessings,
Maya

I just watched this video, proposing a kind of Radical Abudance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHMvknT_uk4

Basically, in light of the internet culture of peer-to-peer sharing, the speaker criticizes currency-monopolies. It’s not just the FIAT system he criticizes; it’s not the only currency monopoly out there. He also criticizes (for example) Google indexing, which monopolizes page listings and public site visibility. He also criticizes abuses of the “free” distribution approach (the reaction to monopoly), because in some cases individual labor is not respected, acknowledged or rewarded.

He proposes instead that we learn to respect and value labor, and learn to exchange value for value.

Now I find value-exchange an interesting line of inquiry because it helps to –

1.) free us from monopoly controlled interests (ex: money loaned at interest)
2.) allow us the community-building and relationship-building (community strengthening) opportunity of peer-to-peer sharing
3.) triple the bottom line while it helps everyone to grow more abundant – fluid resources and fluid relationships not only meet needs, but also result in overall sense of well-being, safety, cooperation, resiliency and interconnectedness for all involved, instead of the current climate of self-defensive agendas, hoarding, career fear and corporate distrust.

In short, the speaker proposes value-exchange, respect for labor and local currencies over monopoly-owned currencies.

However, learning to exchange value for value also comes with its challenges. Specifically, this paradigm challenges us to come up with reliable ways of determining value. Barter is notorious for abuse. How do I determine how many eggs equal a goat in value? What happens when Chris gives Sam a pound of food for one egg, but last week only gave me 1/2 a pound of food for one egg? Time banking is no better. What do I do when I gave an hour of good lawn-mowing to a neighbor, who in exchange gave me an hour of shoddy house painting that I had to re-do? Exchange paradigms continually suffer the “fairness” issue. One benefit of symbolic currency is that it gives the illusion of fairness. Prices are set externally, and we agree to the value or not through our purchasing. How might we stabilize value-exchange without resorting to a symbolic currency?

Finally, any form of exchange lends itself to scarcity and manipulation problems. What happens when demand overrides supply, as in the case of a drought year where crop production is low? What happens when a negotiator lies or otherwise manipulates a negotiation to inflate – or deflate – the value of a good or service? Given the subjective, emotional nature of value perception, how do we reject emotional manipulation and real or false scarcity-propaganda so that we maintain a pure system rooted in a consciousness of abundance?

Personally, the only system I’ve ever seen that transcends the negative issues inherent with the “exchange” paradigm is the system of pure gift economy.

In gift economy, people give for the sake of giving, in a culture rich with abundant giving. Some systems create the culture by crediting givers with points that make their generosity transparent, which results in social capital; individuals are seen in terms of their generosity. (For more info about gift economy here’s a Gift Economy FAQ, which I wrote while attempting to launch a gift economy cooperative.)

Gift economy breeds generosity of spirit, fluid resources, relationship development, and better yet – it frees us from the whole argument inherent with “exchange” and “fairness”. I give out of my joy, not because it is a fair exchange. When enough people give, what goes around comes around and there’s plenty for everyone – fluidly and with ease. The focus shifts from fairness to generosity. Takers are made transparent and if needed rejected from communities for not playing in the spirit of the community (the spirit of gift economy is to Gift, and every gift and every gifter is valued).

Gift economy, therefore, also entirely avoids the complicated abuses and manipulations rooted in scarcity stories. Individuals can respond to requests, therefore each new request creates an opportunity for a newly abundant offer, product or service.

There are numerous other benefits to gift economy. When asked to gift, some people are met with the self-limiting, self-belittling blindness that says, “I have nothing to give.” This response reveals a crisis of imagination and self-acknowledgement rather than a lack of resources. Everyone has things to give. Hugs. Time to give someone companionship they need. Care. Creative projects. Love. What do you love to do but tell yourself you don’t have time or energy to do? When we live from our loves, we find a tremendous abundance of energy.

When the illusion of personal lack is addressed, the person is liberated into resourcefulness and into the truth that, “I am an abundant being with lots to give.” For us to move into a culture of abundance, we each need to realize our personal abundance.

Personal abundance is a gift that keeps giving. When we discover the abundance we each have to give, we each discover the truthful experience that, “I am of value to my community.” This is a radical departure from the corporate-propagated fear-inducing slogan, “You are replaceable. Do what you’re told or we will find someone who will.” Realizing personal abundance is empowering and liberating.

Gift economy also strengthens personal responsibility. For gift economy to meet needs, individuals are tasked to make clear requests around their needs and to learn that 10,000 strategies can feed any given need. These realizations, in turn, define and facilitate the consciousness of abundance.

With all of the value a gift economy delivers, especially in the age of open-sourcing and internet peer-to-peer sharing, the movement to gift economy is a natural next step. We just need to emotionally support the late adopters who fearfully depend on the status quo and feel threatened by change. Through the heart-opening impact of this support, they too will feel moved to gift others.

In short, gift economy is the gift that keeps giving.

So how might we, in our daily lives and business practices, integrate actions that foster a consciousness of giving, and evolve away from the fear of scarcity that leads to the “have to get for me and mine” mentality?

If half the people in our country took 1 action each week in gifting, it would transform our planet.

What could you do to discover in yourself and give in order to foster radical abundance?

Mini Rocket Stove

My first time, my first try…but here it is, the photos from my experiment to make a Mini Rocket Stove. 🙂


Respectful Mastery with Nature

I absolutely love this video – a TED Talk where he shows how a man in Spain works with nature – and gets more and better out – because of his choices:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvrgD0mAFoU

Enjoy!

Easy Change

“There’s nothing in a caterpillar that tells you that it’s going to be a butterfly.” “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
― Richard Buckminster Fuller

Also posted on my Facebook Page, here:
http://www.facebook.com/mayagayam


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