A Manual for a New Existence (download in PDF format)
by Lanthorn (see end for copyright info)
This paper was written for everyone's benefit. It is version 1.0 of a guide to surviving the collapse of humanity's corrupt societies, which have been based on fear, dis-empowerment, and slavery. It is designed for those of you who feel stuck, or just don't know quite where to start, and offers something a bit different than what you might be used to - an alternative path to freedom and prosperity that departs from war and selfishness. It shows what you can do, and how to be successful from the top down, not the bottom up.
What is written here is direct and to the point. You don't need a giant volume to understand these concepts – they are carefully crafted to describe the essence of the matter, so that you can use them to create giant volumes of your own, through direct experience. Taking action and gaining experience is the foundation of true learning.
People say that "knowledge is power' - however this somewhat of a fallacy, because more often than not what people are really saying is that "information is power", and that is not actually true. Information is not the same as knowledge, and it cannot be powerful when it is useless. 99% of the information people have crammed into their heads, into books, or downloaded onto their computers, is useless. By useless I mean that even though they 'have' this information:
They will never fully UNDERSTAND it because it does not apply to them - its not appropriate to their life, its just 'interesting'.
Because they never apply it to anything in their real life, the potential for knowledge will never be REALIZED, and thus, the information will never lead to any kind of change or growth that benefits them.
Because of a lack any growth in understanding, or failure to take action (experience), having information without real knowledge fails to EMPOWER people in any way.
On top of this, people will spend a great deal of time seeking out useless information, absorbing or assimilating it, thinking about it, talking about it, sometimes even obsessing about it, and in the end, it takes away their time and energy, and ultimately they are left with nothing. Waste, as regrettable as it is, is only the least harmful result of the common pursuit and possession of useless information.
You can have have all the information in the world and still be ignorant; the best purpose information can serve is to prepare the way for experience and realization that leads you to real knowledge. Think about this carefully as we move on.
What is the New Existence?
Here is the overview. We are witnessing the collapse of the current civilization, its happening in virtually all countries, not just America. We cannot run away from this dreadful beast and its ruling regime, nor should it be attacked. The only way to ensure its demise is to replace it with a different reality that works, and for everyone with Free Will to start embracing it. A better way of life will only be achieved by people who can see things clearly (capable of critical thinking) and who have enough self-control and/or conviction to permanently reject the supremacy of greed, fear, and control.
What I'm going to propose in this manual is the foundation of a new kind of human society that will resemble a sort of modern tribalism. The tribe is a small mobile society; it contains everything that a large civilization does, just smaller. As the genesis for large scale change, we must start by accomplishing a small change. If you can make a successful tribe that works better than institutionalized society, then you will know that it can work on any scale.
Modern tribalism is a culture consisting of planned communities of people who's collective knowledge and experience are sufficient to support the whole. These communities begin with a nomadic lifestyle so that they do not have to be rooted in the domestic program of the current slavery model, which requires the fruits of all their labors in exchange for a dismal (borrowed) material existence, false promises, and endless debt.
However, these factors alone do not comprise the core essence of the new existence, tribalism is mainly a (temporary) method for creating a free and mobile society. The success of this effort completely depends on the world-view of the people doing it. For long-term success to be possible, we must have a world view that will support it. Regardless of its character and background, such a society must embrace these 5 convictions (at minimum) in order to lead themselves back toward a balanced human existence:
Appreciate life, and respect it instead of objectifying it.
Love our fellow human beings, and share instead of compete for resources.
Cultivate trust by always striving to be worthy of it.
Be responsible for ourselves, and be involved in our personal and collective evolution.
Be respectful stewards of Nature and assist it instead of exploiting it.
These are the kinds of things people used to learn in kindergarten, before the Imperial Conditioning replaced even these simple concepts with nonsense. Even though they may seem simple, they are the key to our destiny as a species, and to the prosperity of our habitat.
These convictions are based on Philosophic principles and are absolutely vital to success because effective change must start from the top down –
The world-view and beliefs we hold set the range of our available life experience.
The range of available life experience conditions the nature of our thoughts and feelings.
The nature of our thoughts and feelings produce the prevailing behavior.
Behavior essentially dictates the entire quality of life because it affects all activity in the human world, up to and including its ultimate success or failure.
By philosophic principles, I don't mean religion or spirituality, the word 'philosophic' speaks for itself: it means “Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.” Without wisdom, we will inevitably repeat the mistakes of the past.
The first step in recovery is to remove what is toxic and poisonous and supply only what is actually needed for health. What human culture needs most right now is wisdom.
Basically, we are talking about starting over while the old is still here. But how do you get out? Very few people have been able to afford a retreat into an off-the-grid home at this time, and even these habitations will fall apart quickly if supply lines and access to services were to come to a halt. In such a scenario, they would be in a similar dilemma as their grid-bound cousins. Rather than be bound to debt-housing, a modern tribe will need to learn how to use alternate forms of shelter and habitation, both in and outside of urban regions.
The growth of this lifestyle is a learning process; while the internet exists, tribes can communicate over distance using public access. While industry continues, people can recycle raw materials and use ingenuity to devise new ways of doing things that don't rely on the grid. As experience accumulates and more discoveries are made, regional knowledge and resources will become the heritage of tribes, which they can share with other tribes as they migrate.
This summarizes the intent and plan for a new existence described in this manual: a network of tribal cultures who have made a paradigm shift and created a new reality in which all aspects of human living have departed from the slave model. Life is conducted based on higher principles which will build a positive, responsible, and constructive culture which will eventually replace the old destructive one.
When communities have solidified and self-sufficiency is within their power, a tribe would logically want to select an appropriate homeland / territory in which to build out their civilization. From this place they can teach and rehabilitate the indigenous population (who will have the opportunity to see a healthy model that works with their own eyes). This becomes the genesis for a new kind of nation.
Even if short term success is made, a future in which we do not repeat this cycle of corruption will be unavoidable unless human beings can learn to live unselfishly enough for their habitat to produce enough resources for everyone without being destroyed in the process.
Enough is as good as a feast; one person does not need the resources of 10,000 people. This sort of thinking is not a political platform, it is necessary for long term survival.
Greed and materialism are the agency of the corruption that has brought about the collapse we are witnessing; they are fueled by ignorance and fear. Fear itself is caused by ignorance, and the cure for ignorance is knowledge. The kind of knowledge we are talking about here is only attained and passed on to others when understanding has followed action, in a fully aware, trained, and disciplined way. Remember this.
In order to survive the transition out of the slave existence we have endured for so long, it is going to be necessary to take control of your attention and your mind. The corporate rulers and elite wealth that control your life and the parameters of your existence are powerful enough to do so only because they have won the battle for your mind, and have complete control of your attention.
As it is today, you have surrendered your power and freedom, and devote all of your creative energy to sustaining and supporting the masters and their order of slavery that binds you. The shackles that modern slaves wear in this civilization are: imposed taxes, imposed living costs, and the drudgery of the 40+ hour work week.
What are taxes? Taxes are the price you pay to 'be allowed to exist'. It is a toll of at least 1/3 of all your energy, which goes directly to the basic support and maintenance of the very ruling regime that has put itself into a position to judge whether or not you are worthy to live.
What are living costs? The very idea that it should 'cost to live' is a crime against humanity, but what it boils down to is an agreement that you, as a sovereign being, do not possess a right to life and the means of survival, and have to sacrifice in order to live. This plays out as a negative struggle between those who 'owe' and those who 'own'.(we will return to this dilemma shortly)
What is the 40 hour work week? This is the harvest of your soul. It is your entire life's work, consisting of all the time and energy you possess to create anything during the course of your life, interspersed by brief periods of rest and repair (evenings and weekends). For most people, almost all of this creative power goes directly to meet 'living costs', and there is nothing left over to provide for vacation, old age, or death.
What this amounts to in brief is a scenario where you have given up your sovereign right to exist, handed complete control of your life to someone else, and paid them to do it with your soul. Is this really what you want for an existence?
This is precisely the imposed model that holds the vast majority of western civilization in bondage. The chains that connect the slaves to the masters in this scheme is money, which is a symbol of the creative energy you generate through your '40 hour work week'. The masters control the chains (credit) while the slaves labor in their bondage (debt). This model of existence has plagued humanity for at least 2000 years, and it has taken a terrible toll upon us.
When you can see things in these terms, everything you knew or thought you knew about society and the meaning of life takes on a very different flavor, because the truth is that you have never had an honest choice in what your life should be; all you have done is decide between what chains to wear. This trap is what they call 'framing' in hypnosis – it is a type of psychological control wherein a person is given a command in the form of a free choice. When you are asked the question “Would you like to sit in this chair, or that chair?” it may seem like freedom of choice, but in the end, you sit in a chair whether you wanted to or not, and you never even question it.
With this in mind, if you were to compare framing to the American democratic process, is there any doubt as to what is actually going on?
Framing is reinforced by another manipulation tool: when things become intolerable or your rights are trampled, you are brought back into abeyance through a process called 'reframing'. Most television programming is dedicated to sustaining this manipulation. Reframing is a psychological programming technique that encourages you to change your perspective to one in which the subject takes on a completely different meaning (as chosen by the controller). This is usually done in a situation where a legitimate grievance is converted into the illusion of opportunity (look on the bright side), thankfulness (count your blessings), or to convert a legitimate reaction like anger into a harmless one like humor.
Framing and Reframing are not inherently evil tools; they can be used constructively by individuals to stay focused, achieve goals, or avoid depression. But in this society they are far more commonly used (I would go so far as to say almost exclusively used) to manipulate people.
What we have just done in this section called 'Perspective' is engage in some critical thinking. This is the ability to see the truth – to determine why certain things are happening, and their actual significance as they pertain to your existence. It is crucial to start making this shift in perspective and look at things in terms of how they affect the state and quality of your existence. In order to build a new existence, you will need to do this frequently, and let go of the social programming that has kept you in bondage for your whole life.
Stage 1 - Clearing your personal space
This section describes the first steps in creating a new way of living that will move you out of the realm of distraction, adversity, and trauma, and into a position where you will have the freedom to think critically, and start making your own decisions. These engagements are not the only options, but they come first because they will have the most immediate and essential outcomes.
Kill your television. This is the gateway between your mind and the programming. By exposure to this device, your mind is relentlessly attacked at a unconscious level by word frequency, memes (repetitive idea transmissions), desire manipulation, social pressure, guilt, and above all, FEAR. Broadcasting is filled with all of these tools which are designed to distract you, consume what little time remains of your '40 hour work week'.
While you watch a television, your mind is put into a trance state. This enables the programming to completely bypass your rational filters and train and modify your behavior at a deep psychological level. The unconscious mind cannot refuse these suggestions - there is simply no defense against this programming except to avoid exposure.
Evaluate all your relationships. I'm not a cult telling you to abandon your family, I am an awakened being encouraging you to take responsibility for the only thing you have control over: your own life. If you are considering the idea of building a new existence, then you are going to find that a good portion of your family members, friends, and associates likely will not. You will, sooner or later, have to decide whether their desires and expectations of you are more important than those you have for yourself, and your future.
If you do not accept the possibility right up front that you may have to part ways with these people, and make arrangements for those possibilities, you will find yourself up against not only your own programming, but all of theirs, collectively. Without thinking these things through and exercising a healthy amount of discretion, chances are you will lose. People are afraid of change and anything they are unfamiliar with. If you worry them enough, they will summon authorities who will come and neutralize you, whether your doing anything wrong or not.
On the other hand, you may also find that you have more good people in your life than you realized, and they could become your strongest allies if only you talked to them. When you evaluate the people in your life, it will be worth your while to give them the chance to speak for themselves, and show you some things that perhaps you never expected (because you never asked).
Self-assessment. Take some time to figure out how much you know or don't know about looking after yourself. At the beginning of any kind of new life, the first challenges have to do with independence, so it is important to establish where your starting point is in the process. Write down the answer to questions like: if you were unplugged from the current civilization, would you be able to create or obtain proper shelter, warmth, food, and basic necessities of life? Do you have enough basic life experience to teach a child what they would need to know to become an intelligent and capable adult? Do you have any specialized skills, knowledge, character, or abilities that would be of definite value in a new culture? Do you have time or other resources with which to learn things or support others?
When you have your answers, you will know what kind of work is ahead of you. Don't worry about your scores, this exercise is simply for you to find out exactly what you need to learn, and what you will be able to teach or share with others.
Start building an intentional community. If you have evaluated your relationships effectively, then this will be a lot easier and safer to do. Making a major transition from an unhealthy existence to a healthy state of being is not something most people can do alone. Many hands make light work, and two heads are (usually) better than one when it comes to recovery, reform, and building something new. As you network with like-minded individuals, you will be able to assess each other and, in terms of a society, see where your combined strengths begin to build a more complete whole, and how you can learn and benefit from each other.
Disengage from harmful pursuits. This means anything that has you rooted to the current regime, such as gambling, drugs, consumerism, technophilia, and demanding social scenes. “Being cool” is just another form of slavery, where people become slaves to their lower egos, and work to satisfy the conditions for esteem or acceptance among the members of that particular scene. These dependencies will work directly against any kind of existence that will be able to replace the old corrupt one, and establish a prosperous future.
If I were to tell you that by doing these things you are not giving up your life, I might be misusing the technique of reframing. All I will say is that if you follow those steps, you will acquire the ability to reject the programming (careers, falsehoods, debts, traps, burdens, etc) that were available to you before you knew much of anything about life. Any major change to your programming is going to seem like a threat to what you understand to be your life. But unless you unplug and take a look for yourself, you will never know the possibilities that have been censored out of your world.
There really is no other way to step out of the chains of slavery until you allow your self the time and personal space to begin creating a better life in a deliberate way (not just out of blind reaction). There are no career options or educational degrees that offer an escape. There are no government grants or communes that can give it to you either. That is because this form of life is not allowed. Freedom is taboo, because the corporate slave masters don't want to lose their human resources any more than a farmer wants to let their cattle run free.
Of course this is a scary prospect, its ok to admit, but keep in mind that at this time we are out of options and just about out of time. Many people (out of fear) seem to think that counter-attack or revolution is the only logical next step. Violence only justifies more government and escalates to more violence, and it is not a valid solution because it doesn't actually solve the root issues. Again, the problems going on here are happening in every country on the planet right now. We are thousands of years deep into a psychotic episode that each and every one of us has to work our way out of. If you think that making personal adjustments are too hard or too much work, then please pass this paper on to someone else who might be able to make use of it.
The good news is that once a better model of existence is up and running, the generations that follow us will never have to go through this nightmare. They will inherit what we wish we could have had, but it will take courage and an initial effort to make this happen. It is possible to change the world you live in; even material science has proven that reality conforms to the observer's expectations. This means that individually and collectively, we control our reality based on consent and expectation. That is a tremendous power, and we all possess it. If you would like to use it responsibly, keep reading.
Unplug yourself from the Matrix. As we've said, the first stage of healing is to remove the source of toxic input, and start supplying only healthy components. By detaching from the sources of mental and social conditioning and laying down your own foundations, it becomes possible to see what your doing, start thinking for yourself, and make a plan. You won't be going with the flow anymore, so from this point onward, expect some resistance to pile up.
Stage 2 – Getting out of the Box
Once your able to think clearly and critically, and have some control over your attention, time, and energy, a new set of obstacles will become evident. The first one deals specifically with boundaries; the first instinct for the self-aware slave who has just figured out that they can wriggle out of their chains is 'where to run'. The apparent problem is, as a slave, you believe you don't own anything, only the masters (government and the elite) own things, so it may seem like nowhere is safe.
This includes everything from the streets to the national forests. Its all 'patrolled and protected' (for your convenience). You, as the slave, owe them your work energy in order to have the privilege of visiting the various parts of this infrastructure of theirs for brief periods of time, as long as you are in accordance with their law, and have paid the admission fees.
This is the dilemma created by the fake ownership model. The first truth to recognize here is that no one 'owns' anything on this earth. The view of the elite is that they can own things (including you) as long as they can scare you into believing it by making an example of someone. This gives one brutal individual total control over everyone's mind through the power of fear. The second truth to recognize is that the slaves outnumber the bullies (even the ranks of enforcers) by 5000 to 1. If the people were able to reclaim their minds and were no longer in the grip of fear, this tiny less-than-1% leadership would lose all of its power. They are deeply afraid that you will realize this, and that is why the devote such enormous amounts of energy to keeping everyone distracted.
So the main order of business here is to avoid thinking in terms of their model – they cannot be overcome from within their own game and its artificial boundaries. We must change the rules of the game and reclaim our power. Not to have the power to do what they do (destroy) but to have the power to build a world in which greed and control has no place, and in which we are indivisible because their boundaries are meaningless.
In essence, stage 2 is learning how to lose your respect for false man-made laws (the true weaponry of the elite) and learn to recognize and respect natural laws instead. This does not mean to become an anarchist – it means to rethink everything you do in terms of:
The 5 principles - if that thing is preventative or problematic to the founding principles, then it will be of no use to the future.
Your ability to function as a sustainable community, both tribally and as a civilization.
Since this is a peaceful method, the strategy of subtlety and passive resistance will be of the greatest use while these fake laws still exist. This becomes possible when we solve Supply Dependency. In order to exist as an autonomous tribe within this country, the tribe must reduce and eliminate their reliance upon the country's most formidable anchoring mechanisms. These mechanisms are:
Resources (energy, food, fuel)
Housing (titles, deeds, and leases)
For all practical purposes then, in order to surmount the forces that inhibit our physical freedom, we must remove ourselves from their influence and their dependency. We must 'get off the grid'. The Appendix section covers the many details of exactly how this can be accomplished, and some of those methods will expand and become customized to the regions where this manual is put into practice. Once a tribe is capable of looking after its own needs, it is capable of migration.
Stage 3 – Domestic concerns
We are at the step in this manual where we will assume that you have unplugged from the mind control machine known as modern society, have made some personal decisions. Having the basics of a workable philosophy that won't reproduce the same old problems, and you have begun to build our planned community, the next immediate question arises: how do you become physically independent?
This is the crucial question because at present, almost nobody knows how to live outside the artificial conditions they have been born and raised with. The first thought in people's minds is that any alternative is going to mean a return to the stone age. The fear comes from not knowing how one would cope without electricity, running water, and gasoline. This mental reflex removes all options before any creative thought has occurred; by thinking in these terms one is negatively framing themselves. It is self-sabotage to think that resources are simply not available outside of institutionalized (national, federal, commercial) distribution. This is what the slave masters want you to believe.
If we consider what is necessary for life and add those things into the picture, and then work on creative ways of attaining them, we don't have to start with a defeatist scenario. We aren't dealing with a sudden exile into a barren landscape - let's take some time to develop a sound structure that we will transition into. We don't want to set ourselves up for failure and an inevitable rebound.
The main resources we should concern ourselves with for the short term are water, food, and shelter. The main resource we should concern ourselves with for the long term is energy. This means that we will need to initiate our long term plans first, giving them the time to be developed and tested so that they will be reliable when needed most. So, lets discuss energy.
The problem with energy resources isn't that they are truly scarce, the problem is that an entropy model has been put in place that requires consumption of a (contrived) limited supply. Without this model, there could be no rare, limited quantity to control and thus, no true 'value' could be placed on resources. Why do oil companies forcefully buy up or destroy all inventions that would solve the energy crisis? Because if it became widely known that you could get energy from something like water, or even from the air, they would never be able to control it and make billions of dollars. There is no shortage of alternatives for abundant energy and renewable resources; the only barrier is their brutal suppression by the Powers That Be (your slave masters).
It will be of pivotal importance to any tribe that seeks to become truly free and independent to become familiar with some of these alternatives, learn how to build and manage them, and move toward a situation where they become the principal means for energy. Without a source of clean, free energy, a tribal culture will remain relatively primitive, and not have the ability to rebuild a civilization in a short amount of time. We don't want to have to reinvent the wheel, the goal here is to be able to retain some truly valuable knowledge from the past - but this time, do things the right way.
The Appendix covers more details on this subject, which someone with aptitude in your community should take point on, and begin study and development. I will mention a few methods here for reference;
Solar Power - this one is fairly obvious, but it does require specialized components and resources that are not very easily available. However its value as a short term solution is great, because one can purchase or salvage the components in a pre-developed and pre-made condition and start using them right away. The down side is that if panels are lost, there is very little chance that they could be manufactured until a lot more development has taken place. This becomes a single point of failure for the civilization.
Wind Power - this method runs parallel to solar power in that it relies on fairly complicated structures - this this case, larger and not very mobile structures which would be very difficult to operate discreetly. Its pros are also worthy of consideration, as this is an already developed and available technology, and is actually not as difficult to reproduce as chemical solar cells.
Earth Batteries - far and away the simplest and most reliable form of power for permanent and mobile implementation. A series of earth 10 batteries are simple to build and install, and could easily supply the energy needs of a small community. They require almost no maintenance, are clean, sustainable and renewable, and easy to manufacture.
There are certainly more options available than these three, but most require a much more advanced background in science and technology, solid experience and field testing, and some working models. These are not recommended for starting out, but acquiring knowledge of their principles is highly recommended. From relatively simple magnet generators to zero-point energy devices, alternative energy research abounds, and should be studied while the information is available.
You will not get far without clean water. Once your long term developments are underway, you will want to invest in a good portable water filter. There will be a good length of time in our near future where you will find yourself in situations where clean water will be very difficult if not impossible to obtain. Until you are settled near some clean water (river, springs, wells, etc) that you can adequately purify, your water filter will be of vital importance. Don't rely on chemical purification (bleach, etc). If at all possible, get yourself a good multi-stage filter that takes out chemical and microbial contamination. If there can be anything you could call a 'startup cost' for your new existence, it will be a water filter.
If you cannot afford a filter, there are some simple ways of making effective water filters using commonly available materials - see the Appendix section for details on how to make these.
Food will be your next most immediate concern, and it is only coming in at 3rd place because it is not quite as immediate of a necessity as water. Planning for food independence will require about as much study and planning as energy production, but it is not quite as difficult a subject to learn and develop - but it ranks very close.
There will be two stages to your food independence; an initial stage where your tribe is consuming some percentage of commercially available food on a daily basis. This will likely occur during your transition phases, unless someone in your community is already involved with independent farming. The second stage begins when you have fully transitioned away from all commercially available foods and are existing only on that which you have produced yourself.
This can go a number of different ways; your tribe may decide to be primarily agricultural, in which case you will have designated planting and harvesting areas which you actively maintain and protect, or you may (by choice or necessity) subsist primarily on hunting and gathering. This will be dependent on your habitat and the availability of resources, but because it is a finite model that can be easily upset, depleted, or destroyed by neighbors or competitors, it is not recommended. The civilizations which advanced the farthest and lived the longest were based on agriculture, and if done properly and governed wisely, it is indefinitely sustainable.
The most likely scenario in the beginning will be an opportunistic tribe which produces food mainly through agriculture, but supplements with limited hunting and gathering. Over 65% of the United States is undeveloped federally-owned land. This territory is just as well suited for such endeavors as any other land, and has the benefit of being away from dense population centers, making you very difficult to detect.
A number of alternative methods for food production, from growing to gathering, in urban and rural environments is supplied in the Appendix. Don't choose solutions that are unrealistic for the habitat you have targeted - growing blue-green algae will be more reliable in a controlled indoor environment than a forest, whereas rural dwellers should not attempt to travel back and forth to towns for the sake of soup kitchens.
The kind of shelter you will require for healthy living will greatly depend on your local climate. Suffice to say that in order to become independent in this regard, you will need to abandon the concept of property ownership, borders, and territories. While in a transitional state, privately-held property will likely be the best place from which to base your community, but if it is not available, then other measures will be required.
Privately-Held Property - in this scenario, you will need to determine how soon you will have to leave the property. When you go off the grid, you won't have a steady income to make mortgage payments, pay land taxes and other new taxes that crop up, and the Elite will have you removed sooner or later. (although even if you have completely defaulted or gone bankrupt, it could be a very long time before anything is actually done about it from their end).
While you have the property, use it to develop your community, make your plans, and prepare for independence.
Federal Land - camping is not the ideal habitat, but in some climates it can be quite sufficient and comfortable. Many nomadic societies lived in tents, and it is a very efficient mode of operation for a community in a transitional state. Citizens are free to travel through and camp on federal land and wilderness as long as they move every two weeks. This is the basic guideline, and as long as your being responsible and discreet, you are well within your rights to be there.
Although the Elite would like you to think that you do not own this land, the fact is that all federal land is owned *in trust* by all citizens of the country. If you are a citizen and have paid taxes at some point in the past, then you are as much an "owner" of that land as anyone else. We do not intend to fight any battles over so-called territory from within the system and its laws, but for what it's worth, knowing this may help you get over the idea that you are a criminal for living there. Rest assured, that the actual criminals of our time are the leadership that has robbed and subjugated its own people.
Public Land - living as a nomad in cities, on the highways, and in public areas is difficult because authorities have stereotyped such people as derelict and criminal, and being harassed, arrested, detained, or worse will be eventualities for you if you remain this mode for very long.
The value of this scenario is realized only if your community is already very self-sufficient and physically adept, and is willing to live on the edge and knows how to stay outside the reach of the authorities. Public and wild gardening are possible, as is foraging - as of this writing, a great deal of clean and edible food is disposed of daily from grocery stores and restaurants, and this should not be ignored as an urban (temporary) dietary resource.
Generally speaking, your only true shelter requirements are protection from the elements and privacy. If you have warm bedding, warm clothes, and something over your head to keep you dry, you will be ok. The basics of shelter, warmth, and sanitation for each of the above scenarios is detailed in the Appendix, but it should be kept in mind that as you break free as a society and develop your independence, you will need to be very adaptable and mobile until you find a region that is suitable for longer term dwelling.
This section has covered the basic considerations you will need to factor into your initial plans. They deal with your short and long term resource needs, and the better you prepare for this in terms of knowledge and practice, the better off you will be. If you are fortunate to have a good size community with a variety of skills and education, you may have an easier time scaling your transitions from the interim stages to independence, and finally, to long term establishment.
Stage 4 - Social concerns
At this point, let us assume that you have a solid community and have rolled off the grid - you have established some working methods for food production, and you are in a location that is conducive to your lifestyle. Basically, you have enough to eat & drink, can clean yourselves and sleep safely, and perhaps you've got some free energy for lighting at night, and operating some tools or devices you have brought with you. With the right kind of knowledge and experience in your tribe, this situation is not that hard to attain.
However, there are some other factors we have not mentioned until now because they are less universal, and depend upon the character of your society and the conditions you may or may not be facing which are peculiar to your region and your status with respect to the slave world.
Firstly, what commonly occurs the moment success is reached in a social group like this is interpersonal conflicts of one kind or another. They generally stem from 3 types of things:
Power struggles - a power struggle can come about as a result of anything from personal involvements (love triangles, etc) to simple clashes over direction or ideology. These must be resolved immediately and effectively, or everything you have all worked for could fall apart overnight. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you start your community with something more than the 5 Principles. There are no political or philosophical frameworks that you could adopt which will guarantee a society's survival, but what is suggested will be to avoid those that have demonstrably high failure rates and those that are based on a principles of consumption and destruction.
What has been observed in the most long-lived societies was a structure where the population are guided by those who possess the highest degree of wisdom. This is usually the most educated and/or elder members of the society. This kind of education was the equivalent to that of a highly experienced psychologist, with the skills of a counselor and healer. These kinds of people are hard to find in today's world, but in the past, they filled the vital roles that kept society healthy by guiding it through its most troubled times.
What can be proven beyond doubt is that all the major religions and political ideologies that have influenced civilization for the last 1500 years will be poisonous to long-term success. They have demonstrated repeatedly that they contain the viruses by which all civilized efforts are brought down to the state we are observing in the slavery model of these times.
This will be a major decision point for most of you, because the major religions and the love of systems like capitalism, socialism, etc. are very widespread, and their adherents would often rather die than change or abandon these beliefs and practices. All that can be said at this point is - refusal to change these ways will result in the inevitable collapse of your new society. Disregard this warning at your own risk.
Ulterior Motives/Hidden Agendas - this is probably the most common cause of difficulty in a social group, because people who plot and scheme act selfishly and secretly. The rest of the group only becomes aware of the scheme until its already well underway or has achieved enough of its aims to have done serious damage. This kind of behavior undermines the work if individuals and the development of the collective. It is literally the needs and will of the one outweighing the needs and will of the many.
The chances of this kind of thing becoming a serious problem is minimized by adherence to the 3rd Principle, but the possibility exists that such things were brought in before the community was fully formed. The solution to these issues are the same as they are for power struggles - the entire tribe must come together and agree on a resolution to the issue quickly and effectively. The way you handle things in your society is up to you, but I will suggest you read the 5th Principle before you act. Behavior includes how you treat other people - forgiveness is just as important as justice, and it can sometimes go a lot farther in the case where a person comprehends the full impact of their actions.
Boredom & Confusion - these issues may seem harmless, but they are in fact very serious, and can unravel a society as effectively as any other crisis. People in your society are bringing with them their hopes for a better existence - that doesn't just mean more noble, productive, or efficient, it also needs to promote an enjoyable life! Without fulfilling pursuits and pastimes, there will be many boring and dreary nights that will literally drive you nuts. In the past you had every conceivable sort of pleasurable diversion at your disposal, but out in your own world, you will want to promote and encourage people engage in arts, games, and traditions such as music, dance, drama and storytelling. Inspiration and joy cannot be underrated.
The other side to this issue is confusion. Confusion sets into a group when they do not sense any kind of structure (social order) or group identity (shared destiny/vision). The way to avoid this species of social decay is to structure your society from the beginning, and make sure that it has goals which it is moving toward, and that these are clearly known and recorded. Social order is very necessary, it gives members of the tribe a role to fill which they can not only fulfill, but also govern.
The easiest way to do this is by putting responsibilities into buckets and assigning them to the people who have the best skill and affinity for them. (don't put too much power or influence in one bucket). For example - several people who have worked out the food problems might direct agriculture, those with medical skills might comprise your hospital, perhaps you have one or more engineers, and so one. In this way, everyone has a valuable role, and everything gets done.
If you can survive conflicts like these when they arise (not if, when) and develop some re-usable methods for solving them, you will be past a major trial, and your future will be much more assured. The identity and fiber of your society is strengthened by things like this. The 5 Principles will give you the tools you need to sort through difficulties, so refer to them frequently.
Secondly, there eventually comes a time for every society when a rival group of hostile force threatens your survival directly. This is a serious issue, and even the most peaceful societies must establish how they will cope with this kind of threat. History has shown that when passive civilizations are faced with violent ones, they do not survive. Their fate (at best) becomes that of the occupants of the most harsh and inhospitable lands, because they have fled to a place where their aggressors do not care to go. The other fate is as a slave or victim, but having already been there, this is not an option for us.
There is nothing wrong with defending your life, it is a requirement of the entirety of nature, and at this time, while so much of humanity is infected with corruption, it is still required of us. Among your tribe should be some knowledge of how to respond and direct your group in an emergency - in order to know how to do things like evacuate, maneuver, take a position, or defend yourselves, everyone will be required to learn their roles and what to do. This is a group activity, and if your going to do this at all, then everybody needs to practice it without exception.
Chances are, there will be no shortage of people with some amount of military knowledge and experience, and your society should benefit from them, but it will be important to adapt this knowledge to your unique lifestyle and habitat. Defensive measures as a native population are very different than invasive military training which is based on war and the presence of powerful weapons. Some suggested resources on this subject can be found in the Appendix.
Stage 4 has been devoted to challenges you face once you are up and running. The next several years will be a time of severe economic collapse, and a number of other disasters are expected to occur. Most of these are contrived by government efforts to destabilize the population and kill many of them off through hunger, disease, and strife. It is almost guaranteed that you will experience some or all of the dangers described above, and how well you fare them will depend on how your society is structured, and how well you have prepared.
It is important to remember that anybody who is not working for the slave masters could be a potential ally, at least in terms of peaceful relations. If they are open to an alternative life, their diaspora could mean growth for your tribe, and a strengthening of your society, as you are given the chance to teach them everything you know. This should be seen as a great opportunity, to strengthen your knowledge because teachers learn by greater strides than students.
Stage 5 – Continuity
Success is something that should not be an end-state. Let us assume that over a period of years, your new society has not only become independent and established renewable, sustainable resources and clean, free energy, but it has surmounted the adversity of troubled times (disasters, wars, etc.) and established itself as a free nation, and forged relations with several other similar societies. At this point, while the last of the slave governments collapse and fall apart, what would the next step be for your new existence?
You now enjoy a free and healthy life, a rich and growing unique culture, and love and fellowship among your people. There should be great confidence that your civilization will fare better than its predecessors. While you may live well, your infrastructure is made up of the remnants of a bygone era and will not last long. You may have yet to solve the issues of travel and trade with distant communities, or founded the establishments which will educate and train future generations.
Before this situation arises, you may want decide what direction you should go as a people. Generally cultures will either persist in some type of development (inwardly or outwardly) or they will stop developing and simply persist at a comfortable level. Although the world could benefit from continued development and rediscovery of the arts, sciences, and spirituality, your role in that process will be up to you.
It is not necessary at this point to make a decision like this, but it is a good idea to keep it in your mind as a future concern. The hardest-won success can still fall to stagnation and a lack of motivation. On the other hand, if your society has vitality, remains in accord with the 5 Principles, and its people are benevolent and free to pursue their human potential, then it is a worthy home for the human spirit, and nothing more can be asked of it.
This section is a reminder that, if we are fortunate to have had success in building a new existence, to appreciate and respect it by making something of it, and give it everything it needs to enrich the world and perhaps grow into something even greater than you imagined.
When the day comes that we all walk away from this over-complicated and corrupt civilization (its no longer a question of IF), we may have a choice between a devolution back to primitive life, or a reform effort in which civilization is rebuilt by people who remember how things went wrong, and can learn from the past. This Manual was created to help create the latter option.
Thus far, the only thing people have learned from history is that no one seems to be capable of learning from history. We can change this trend.
Getting off the grid
Today there are many ideas about what 'getting off the grid' entails. Lets be clear – the grid is the network of services and infrastructure that support modern living. This includes prefabricated houses and apartments, electricity, oil and natural gas, city plumbing (septic and running water), garbage and recycling services, gasoline, phone service (land and cell), cable TV and internet, and any other subscription product or service you can have. All these consumable resources and utilities are woven together to form THE GRID.
The Grid is, collectively, the same as the barred cells and shackles of a prison. You cannot live in the civilized zone without having most of the items in the list above. Look at how cleverly they literally weave together:
Every necessity requires money, and earning money demands a job.
You cannot get a job without both an address and a phone number.
You cannot have an address without a house or apartment.
You cannot have a house or apartment without plumbing and electric or gas/oil heating.
Media services are not requirements for the majority of jobs (yet) but chances are if you have a job you will rely on TV and/or the Internet to distract yourself from thoughts of suicide.
Based on how the Grid is set up, once you take the “earning money” part out of the equation, every item in the list ceases to be an actual hard requirement, and they don't force you into further dependencies. Therefore, because you can't provide for yourself through any other means than a job, the only way to truly get 'off the Grid' is to both leave the job market AND move outside of society.
This is quite a shift, and people will tend to panic if its done all at once. The most stable 'slow transition' will be to remove the Grid items from the bottom up, in order of importance. Some of the things that will make getting off the Grid happen easier and faster include:
Use and development of home gardening, hand crafts, home schooling. By supplementing your food supply, you reduce costs and learn the many nuances of how to grow food properly. By learning how to craft and repair your own goods, you gain the ability to modify and customize your world, and make good use out of raw materials. Home schooling is essential not only for teaching young people, but to start improving the education process itself – learning the difference between the true and the false, and what is useful and not useful to learn. Eventually you will acquire a curriculum that will provide a healthy replacement for the Imperial Conditioning that passes for state education today.
Implement a barter system for goods & services among your planned community. When you have a network of people working together and sharing their skills and resources, life becomes much easier for everyone. This will be the model in use on a large scale for your civilization, because it is the only well known model that de-centralizes wealth, and tends to steer clear of the inherent problems of currency (greed, corruption).
Start using energy solutions early on to reduce energy costs. If you could replace the need for Grid energy and fuel, you could completely eliminate another dependency and cost. This would also provide the opportunity to learn and develop your alternative technology.
Dropping all non-essential services and/or switch to free ones
Internet - Probably the only Grid service worth retaining (while it is still free) is the Internet. Free internet access is available at public libraries across the country, and free wifi signals can be used in many urban areas. The Internet offers many free tools for communication and collaboration between tribes (like the website that hosts this paper). Use it if you can, it can be a very powerful tool.
Water - Most people have access to natural sources of water – rain gutters, local creeks and rivers, etc. If this is the case in your region, you will be able to gather free water for washing and drinking. You will need barrels that can be covered to gather water and prevent debris and pollution, but once you have it, filter your wash water with a basic home made filter, and invest in good quality home or portable filtration device and keep your purified drinking water separate. (see: Water)
Sewage – Most people have access to free sources of water – rain gutters, gardening valves, local creeks and rivers, etc. If you do, and are willing to fill and rotate 4 gallon barrels, you can flush any toilet in the modern world by pouring a few gallons into the bowl. This is a free way to use sanitation without signing up for it.
Disposal – if you live efficiently, you won't have much to throw away. However, you will generate some waste materials, and there are a few ways to dispose of them. Organic waste should always be composted – any (non public) wild growth area is suitable for this, and if you have local gardens or farms, they may just take it off your hands. Inorganic waste can be put in public trash bins in small quantities, so as long as you are respectful, you should be able to distribute it regularly with little to no impact.
Liquidating all assets and ties that bind you to the system:
Property – unless you flat-out own your land/house, and its outside of a high density population area, you will need to free yourself from it. Sell it if possible, or if renting it will provide enough money to balance it's cost, let it float along until it does sell.
If you do not own your land/house, sell it immediately.
The federal government and corrupt banking institutions have conspired to bankrupt the citizenry of this country, and entrap them in massive debt obligations that they cannot pay from within the (artificially collapsed) economy. This debt will translate into bonding that will be used to coerce you into the new global economy which they will absolutely control, and through which you will be controlled.
This is a very serious major trap, and it is best to escape it while you can. What is going to follow the transition to 'global governing' is the elimination of private ownership. Even if you were able to keep paying your property costs, you will still lose your ownership, but you will not lose your ties to the system, and that is what we are trying to do by getting off the Grid.
Investments – stocks, bonds, retirement funds, and even gold are direct attachments to the greed and monetary system that is the antithesis of a prosperous future. We simply cannot afford (as a race of intelligent beings) to continue to play these barbaric games of greedy resource control and hoarding. In every case, they lead to the same terrible divisions between people, class systems, and inevitable tyranny.
Sell off these specters of corruption, and solidify those assets into things that will help you build your new existence. Getting out will free you to live the way you must live – if you think you can 'manage your money' at the same time as you build the kind of new existence described in this manual, you will be harboring a hidden agenda that will be destructive to the rest of your group.
If you have liquidate assets from the slave system, you won't have any use for cash in a life without currency. There will likely be a number of things you could use money for, which would make your transition safer and smoother.
Some examples would be paying off debts that are binding other members of your tribe to the system, so that everyone can be freed. Your group might find the need for a temporary means of transportation such as a truck or boat. Another could be rural land for temporary use as a staging/transition area for new people joining your tribe. And of course, the most immediate things that would help you build your new existence are start up supplies for your water, agricultural, and alternative energy solutions. (See: Energy)
When you have done most of these things and have enough of the elements of your tribe up and running, drop out of the workforce last, and go for it. This is the point at which you will truly begin providing for yourself, breathing life into your tribe, and living freely.
Although it is possible to live life without electricity, the fact is that almost everywhere you go, you will find surplus raw materials, machinery, and technology. It is entirely possible to create free energy from literally scrap and junk. The most simple arrangement is the earth battery. I won't go into detail about how and why this works, or the virtually esoteric potentials of this technology; the best place to start is the most simple and basic principles that will supply you with free energy on the fly.
Earth batteries were used extensively around the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century to power telegraph lines. They were buried in convenient locations along the power lines and supplied free current for that infrastructure. The technology was discarded and replaced with hydroelectric because hydro was a measurable, finite resource that industry could use to make money. Much like oil.
The earth battery bears a resemblance to the common chemical/acid battery you may be familiar with, if you've ever torn apart a battery or done science experiments. Basically, the battery consists of two metal sheets or rods: one copper or carbon, and the other zinc or aluminum (galvanized steel is a zinc surface), each with wires running from them. These are negative – the positive + terminals of the battery. Once these metals are buried in soil (at a distance of 1-10 feet), you will have measurable current between your terminals.
Single earth battery:
Earth batteries in series:
The average single earth battery produces about .8 volts. Some say that to obtain the best current, the rods/sheets should be positioned in a North (copper) to South (zinc) alignment, but it actually doesn't matter. There are a few ways to increase your available current with an earth battery setup:
Size and number – this is basically the 'more is better' principle – you vary the size of your rods/sheets, and how many of them you decide to bury in series. Using a larger surface of metal, and planting several of them in series, will deliver more telluric current.
Efficiency – passing your current through a circuit and capacitor can improve the output and reliability of your voltage. A great example that is easy to set up is called the 'joule thief'. This takes your direct current and oscillates it so that it actually delivers more usable energy than is actually available in the form of a direct stream.
Magnification – Current can be amplified by a number of salvaged devices and standalone equipment such as the common 12v-110v inverters used with car batteries and solar panels.
With some basic ingenuity, you should be able to pull together a portable kit that you can plant in any soil, and which can supply you with free energy for lighting, small devices, or perhaps a recharge station. If you developed this technology, you could very easily power a small community for free with a very small investment in simple resources (metals, wire, etc). There are people powering entire buildings using earth batteries in the same way that solar panels are used. The difference is, they keep their mouths shut. The Powers That Be don't like this technology, because they can't make enough money from it.
This is just one energy solution. There are others, and they will be added to this manual based on time and availability. The key requirements should be ease of construction, ease of use, and sustainability. Its possible to engineer a free energy magnetic generator using a rare earth magnet turbine, but not many people could engineer this device in a tough situation. The same goes for solar panels – those cells require uncommon chemicals, materials, and delicate processing to manufacture.
The Joule Thief is a very simple low voltage amplifier that is most commonly used to power LEDs by rendering very low energy resources into a higher usable output; with a joule thief, you can power on a bright white 3 volt LED with around .8 to as low as .4 volts of input. A good energy source to test your joule thief is to use a dead AA battery; a fresh battery normally puts out 1.5 volts, but even when 'dead' they are still providing about a .8 or .9 volt potential.
With an efficient reflector and diffusion, even one 3 volt LED can provide usable light. The circuit can be modified for higher current, and capacitors can be added which greatly improve performance, such as the 2.7v 10f supercap. With a few small components, you can experiment and produce very low voltage lighting units that can be used with earth batteries, or simple chemical cells like a home made lemon or saltwater cell. I've seen a single earth battery (carbon/copper terminals) attached to a joule thief and a super cap running several bright LEDs at the same time.
Note: If you use a 2N4401 or BC337 transistor, your LED will be brighter because they can handle more amps.
Instructables: How to make a Joule Thief
Common sources for ferrite cores
Compact fluorescent lamp bulbs, old electronic equipment such as CD and cassette players, phones, and even toys. A suitable size for small voltage is anything from the size of a pea to about 1/2" diameter. If you can't get ahold of ferrite, you can get similar results using powdered iron (formed into a donut shape with tubing or hard resin).
Power inverters and converters are devices that change one type of electrical current into another. Power converters change alternating current (AC) into direct current (DC). The box on the cable of a laptop is a converter that switches the power from your 110v AC wall socket down to a low direct current, usually something in the range of 3-12v DC, which is what the laptop needs to function properly.
Inverters change direct current into alternating current; a common type is the camping inverter, which takes 12v DC from a car battery and change it to 110v AC, so that you can plug in household appliances, tools, and other devices. What this means is that if you can generate 12 volts anywhere, then you can have the convenience of a wall socket anywhere. This is commonly done with portable solar panels that generate 12v DC.
Although inverters can be created manually, they are much more complicated than things like the joule thief, and it is more effective to start out by obtaining a ready-made one. They can be found anywhere from hardware and drug stores to ebay.
How to choose an inverter
Where to find components (Mouser Electronics)
For sheer variety of components, I've found no better source for my electronic needs than Mouser Electronics. In this age of rapidly diminishing small businesses, there are very few electronics surplus stores to be found anymore. Radio Shack can be a convenient source for some things, and in fact you could find everything for a joule thief there, they are very expensive.
Not enough can be said about the importance of water. Being able to obtain and produce clean water is the first step in physical independence. In an ideal situation, you have access to free, natural sources of fresh water that require very little cleaning if any, such as glacial streams. This is not going to be likely for most people, so you will have to be able to clean your water. As a transition step, you should get your hands on a 2 stage water filter with as many replacement filters as you can afford. The kind of filters I'm talking about include a ceramic and carbon stage, such as the ones produced by Doulton or Katadyn.
Portable Doulton Filter (gravity) Portable Katadyn Filter (pump)
In the long term, your goal should be to find and frequent locations that have natural sources of uncontaminated water which you can render safe with a basic filter you can make yourself, like the one I am about to describe.
This basic earth filter will clean out microbes and viruses so that you can drink safely. You will need the following materials:
Two 4-5 gallon pails or containers with lids, such as a clean plastic paint drums you can get at the hardware store.
You will also need some plastic screen mesh (like for screen doors) or non-toxic loose knit fabric such as natural linen or monks cloth
Some silicone or other non-toxic caulking
A supply of loose pumice (lava rock)
Clean sand (beach sand)
Long green grass (the kind you used to run through or pluck and chew on as a kid). If you can't find long grass, a substitute might be natural (non toxic) hemp rope.
Finally, you will need some black charcoal from burned wood (if there's still some unburned wood in there, that's ok). Don't use barbeque charcoal or any other burning charcoal that has been treated with anything, or you will be poisoning yourself. If you've done any practicing, you will have learned how to camp and build fires by now, so you should have access to all the burnt wood charcoal you need.
Near very the bottom of the barrel, make a small hole that you can plug up with a cork or valve (if you have one with a good tight seal)
Fill 1/3 of the drum with lava rock.
Cover this with a layer of plastic screen.
Fill the next 1/3 of the drum with clean sand.
Cover this layer with another layer of screen.
The final 1/3 should consist of a layer of the long grass, a substantial layer of the charcoal, and then a final layer of long grass on top of that. Twist and coil bunches of the grass to arrange even layers, and make sure your charcoal is well distributed and solid – its very important that there are no gaps or holes in this layer.
Add a layer of the screen on top of the grass/charcoal layers.
Don't attach your lid yet - perforate it with 6-8 evenly spaced holes, and use it in the next stage.
Bottom Barrel Top Barrel
Perforate the bottom of the 2nd barrel with 6-8 evenly spaced holes.
Run a thick line of silicone/caulking around the inside edge of the bottom of the barrel, and center this onto the lid of the 1st barrel (the holes don't have to line up, in fact its better if they don't)
Put something heavy inside the barrel so there is even pressure bearing down on the lid, and apply another line of silicone/caulking around the outside edge of the bottom of the barrel, where it meets the lid. Now you should have a well-sealed connection. Let these dry thoroughly.
When dry and firm, attach the upper section/lid onto the top of your 1st barrel, and take it somewhere where you can run some water through it to clear out the initial debris.
Pour 4-10 gallons through this filter (slowly) and let run out the drain at the bottom. The initial volume of water will carry out much of the loose particles and dust from your sand and pumice. For a while after this initial cleaning, some of these particles may continue to appear at the bottom of your glass to some degree, but they are not harmful.
Water is poured into the top bucket (the reservoir) and slowly trickles through the holes and into the filter bucket. Although it is portable, be careful not to carry it by the top bucket, as you could tear the silicone seal.
Although this is not a top of the line water filter, it is inexpensive to make and easy to put together. It will last for years, and provide clean water for drinking, cooking, and washing. The key operating element here is the charcoal, so bear in mind that you may not catch chemicals and heavy metals with this. Its main value is keeping out parasites and diseases.
Foraging is the most immediate option available until you have time to plant and harvest any sort of vegetable crop. Unless you are already trained or intimately familiar with your home region, your best resource will be a local field guide for edible plants and herbs. General guides as well as state or region-specific guidebooks can be found in bookstores and on the internet. If you obtain any start-up resources, one of these will be essential. If you have no budget, go to your local library and check out these books and copy it down by hand. This is not the kind of knowledge that modern people have been taught, so you will need information on as wide of a selection of edible plants as you can possibly gather.
Examples of reference:
Edible Wild Plants (Amazon)
Make sure each plant is documented with good diagrams or pictures, accurate descriptions, where exactly you look for them, how to detect them, their growing times, harvest season, and nutritional and/or medicinal properties. If you can also learn how they reproduce, it may be possible to spread or transplant some species to increase your available resources in later seasons.
Most importantly, STUDY this manual. Nearly every book on edible plants includes a section on how to identify and avoid dangerous and poisonous plants, some of which may closely resemble the edible kind, as in the case of hemlock. I emphatically stress again, read, study, and test yourself on this knowledge. Go on herb walks and practice. If your uncertain, bring specimens back with you and consult an herbalist or someone at a plant nursery. Foraging successfully for yourself and others is a learned skill; the better you are at it, the less hungry you will be. Even then, availability of wild edible plants is not guaranteed – disasters and man-made waste can render many areas unsafe or barren.
At some point, depending on the population of your tribe and your plans, you will probably want to raise crops and store food. This is the art of agriculture, and it too requires study, and experience. The place to start, assuming you don't have any experience farming or gardening, is with books. Follow the same steps for learning how to forage for edible wild plants as described above, but learn how to till soil, plant vegetables and grains, grow and feed them, harvest, and preserve seeds. It is also essential to know how to dry, can, store, and cook vegetables and grains – without this knowledge, raising crops will result in a great deal of waste.
If you plant in one private location, or a number of secret areas in occupied land, your crops will face different kinds of threats. Animals and rodents are the main risk to any basic agricultural endeavor, but in the case of urban farming, your threats will include humans. If discovered, 'invasive' crops are often weeded out or simply eaten, assuming the discoverer is able to identify them. Ignorance counts in your favor in this regard, and can be quite surprising how much food can be grown in plain sight without anyone touching it. In times of widespread hunger, this will not be feasible for long.
Spirulina is a tiny blue-green algae in the shape of a perfect spiral coil. It is a single celled organism capable of photosynthesis, or converting sunlight into life energy. Spirulina thrives naturally in mineral-rich alkaline lakes all over the world. It is very adaptable and flourishes in different environments, ranging from fresh water, tropical springs, saltwater and brackish water.
More people are now cultivating Spirulina because of its health benefits. Spirulina is being called a “superfood”. It has been proven by scientists to be a complete food that contains vitamins, many minerals, essential amino acids, carbohydrates and enzymes. It is easily digested because it contains at least 60% vegetable protein, which is predigested by the algae. Spirulina is now sold in the market as a health supplement in powder, tablet and capsule form, or as a food additive.
Because high protein foods have been found to increase altertness – and it is the richest whole food source of protein –it is best to take spirulina at least three hours before going to bed. In order to assimilate and use spirulina, the body requires 2 glasses of water per tablespoon of the powdered algae. In terms of nutrition, two tablespoons of the powder is considered a meal replacement.
Spirulina is cultivated in open-channel shallow artificial ponds called raceway ponds. The pond is divided into rectangular grids, with each rectangle containing one oblong-shaped channel. A paddle wheel in each channel makes the water flow continuously around it.
Providing plenty of sunlight and maintaining the proper temperature and oxygen levels in the water are important for growing Spirulina. It is grown organically because chemicals in pesticides and herbicides will kill it along with other tiny life forms in the pond.
Spirulina enthusiasts are experimenting with ways of growing the algae at home. They say that it can be grown indoors or outdoors, in closed or open systems. An outdoor system can be a shallow pond with a paddle-wheel that stirs and aerates the water.
Closed systems utilize transparent tubing. These allow for greater exposure of algae to the light. These also provide better protection against dirt, harmful bacteria and other contaminants.
Methods of growing Spirulina at home continue to be developed. It is a potential answer to problems of hunger and malnutrition in the world.
*If you are in a varying or cold temperature, or you want to grow spirulina indoors, you will need the following data:
Water must be pure and free of pollution.
Spirulina growth will require a full spectrum lightbulb (sunlight) to grow.
Culture temperature must be in the range of 25-37 degrees celcius (75-98 Farenheit), which is in the range of an egg incubator.
Spirulina growth cycles run about 7 days, and can be harvested regularly.
Culture incubators should be cleaned and re-seeded once a month to prevent bacteria.
If safely attached, a full spectrum bulb could be secured inside the same incubator the spirulina is growing in, and provided much of the temperature required for growth. Use ingenuity and experimentation to create your own spirulina farm. If you have developed an earth battery power source, you could become food independent with methods like this.
**Note: make sure you obtain real spirulina when starting your culture - there are many kinds of blue-green algae, and some of them are toxic. Don't just harvest algae where you see it growing unless you can accurately test it or have it tested for nutritional safety.
Grow Your Own Spirulina
Monster Guide: How to grow spirulina
Sources for spirulina on the web
Farming is one of the foundations of civilized life. But in today's hijacked world, genetically modified organisms have taken over the market, and don't give you what nature intended. Many seeds on the market are 'terminators' - that means they will only grow once, and seeds harvested from them will be sterile. Yes, this means you can't grow without buying. So the best way around this is to obtain heirloom seeds from sellers who still have them.
Traditionally, in the northern hemisphere planting began on the vernal (spring) equinox, March 20th. You would see faster or longer times before harvest depending on the growth cycle of the crops you planted, but generally speaking, if you wait longer than spring equinox, things could easily become difficult, and your crops would fail. For this reason, time-keeping was absolutely essential for ancient societies, which is why they mapped the stars, built observatories, created calendars, and often kept meticulous records. One modern example of this is the Farmer's Almanac, which is basically the collected statistical observation of weather and agricultural conditions over time in America.
While an almanac can be a valuable guide, disasters, weather anomalies, and magnetic or planetary pole shifts can greatly affect conditions, temporarily or permanently. Developing the ability to tell time using the astronomy is considered an essential skill for any independent (long term) agricultural tribe.
**NOTE: Heirloom seeds are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain in the US, as the government has begun criminalizing the sale and possession of them. The US Dept of Agriculture has its own agency now to combat the threat of self sufficiency, known as SITC, which stands for "Safeguarding, Intervention, and Trade Compliance". The objective of this group is to both protect & advance corporate interest, and control the population by removing their ability to look after themselves by criminalizing independent gardening and farming (sound familiar?).
While civilization as we know it continues, there will be needless waste. Food producers regularly throw away large volumes of relatively fresh food on the basis that their sale value depends on 'freshness'. Many bakeries (for example) will discard food at regular times, and in many cities, people line up to take this food off their hands. Some restaurants and grocery stores will do similar things, but it will be necessary for you to examine the condition of the food before you ask for it or retrieve it once its been discarded.
Another urban food source are berries and fruits which grow on bushes and trees in neighborhoods, fields, and roadsides. In many towns, the summer time produces enough berries alone to eat well and jar enough to last an entire winter. Modern people conditioned to TV land have no idea this is reality, and will never touch this food that the world is offering freely.
This type of urban food gathering has recently become popular, so if you plan to use it, you may want to move quickly. Some producers actually limit the number of people who they will give their surplus or 'expired' foods to, and in some cases you need to be on their list, and arrive at the appointed times regularly. Get yourself hooked up!
Natural shelter such as caves, forests, and canyons offer some of the best situations we could ask for, but in the course of building your tribal life, you will probably want to have portable shelter. Many options exist to fill this need, but considering that you can't rely of cars and trucks if your off the grid, simple (and minimal) is usually best.
The most underrated and overlooked portable shelter is the historical hooded cloak. The cloak is a deceptively simple but incredibly versatile garment. It operates as a coat, increasing general warmth (dramatically so depending on what its made of). It is a windbreaker and raincoat, as it falls like a cone over the body and sheds moisture like an umbrella. When hung over a walking stick (stuck into the earth) and pulled out to its full volume with pegs, it forms an effective tent.
It can be used as a sack to carry goods, and a towel to dry off with. It keeps the heat of the sun off the body, regulates temperature like a desert robe, and the hood protects the eyes from glaring light. It offers protection from mosquitoes and flies, sand and debris, and depending on its color, can offer excellent camouflage in certain environments or at night. The list could go on, but suffice to say – as a multipurpose item, the hooded cloak serves as the lightest, simplest, and most portable and useful shelter you can ask for.
The basic dimensions of a cloak is an oval with an opening for the head, split down the front.
A) Desired length from neck to ankle
B) Length from shoulder to ankle
C) Diameter of neck
A hood is usually attached at the neck, and follows the same shape still used today on jackets and sweaters.
An extremely simple garment, it can be made from 3-6 yards of fabric, depending on your pattern and ingenuity.
Next in line for mobility and ease of use would be a small portable nylon tent. These things are nice to have, but are dead weight when not in use, and if a part breaks or tears, they can be difficult if not impossible to repair. Camping tents should be considered a temporary comfort at best, unless you live in a very cold region where a sealed pocket of air makes the difference between life and death.
In time, you should also learn how to make a temporary shelter. The most basic structure is the simple lean-to. This consists of a partial frame made of wood lashed together, and covered with tarp or available brush or evergreen foliage.
The knowledge of how to build these will naturally lead you to various techniques for building log structures. As you practice these skills, do not fell live trees for wood. Any live forest will supply all the dead-fall you will need to fashion usable beams. Foraging for the wood needed for a decent size shelter is rarely ever a lengthy chore.
In an urban environment, you don't have as much control over your surroundings, so the first choice will be abandoned buildings (squatting) as the most comfortable arrangement, if available. After this, you are literally at the mercy of the authorities, and if they will suffer your presence in public places. Some people can live quite comfortably living by night and sleeping by day when its not so suspicious, and taking naps in the park or even library.
To keep warm when you can't make fire or set up a portable shelter, the proven method for city dwellers has been simply to layer your clothes, wear a blanket (an imitation of the cloak), and sleep in a sleeping bag on top of several layers of cardboard, which serves as an insulated pad. Those who own vehicles can live indefinitely in a car or bus, and caravans of urban gypsies have and still do exist to the present day. The only issue with that scenario is driver's insurance and gas, both of which require an income.
As long term concerns come into view, your tribe will wish that someone had learned how to build with stone. In the ancient past, when a building was raised it stood for centuries, and provided vital functions (not to mention inspiration) for the societies that used them. When you begin to rebuild, we must not assume that there will be hardware stores and lumber yards. If they are around, chances are we still have a long way to go.
Stone masonry can be learned individually but it is hard work, and you can be sure that you will quickly be applying every bit of mathematics and physics you can to make the job easier.
Building Stone Walls (Amazon) (Read free on Google Books)
Stonework: Techniques and Projects (Amazon)
Art of the Stonemason (Amazon)
There are a number of alternatives to stone for building custom dwellings, but . Among the more popular methods are Cob, Strawbale, and Earthships to name a few. Each of these uses natural or recycled materials for basic construction, and don't require fabricators or carpentry crew – they are built following natural principles and simple shapes.
Each method has its benefits, but earth and cob houses offer a simple and fast alternative to stone which can provide permanent and semi permanent structures that are comfortable to live in. With some creativity, these methods can produce beautiful and elegant structures that last.
Earth building (Scribd)
How to Build with Cob (Scribd)
Handbook for Building Homes of Earth (Scribd)
No shelter is complete without warmth. Although many methods exist for keeping a dwelling warm, the most basic is fire. While it is nice to have lighters and fuel, everyone should know how to make fire from the most basic tools. Best not to assume that its easy – like most things, knowledge only comes with practice, and there is a knack to making fire. The last thing you want is to be stuck in the cold and not know how to get warm.
The best method by far is the fire drill method. This requires any reasonably strong cord or string you can use to make a simple bow. It doesn't have to shoot arrows, what you want is a simple curved stick with the cord attached at both ends and loose enough to wrap around a dowel or spindle. Aside from this, you will use two flat pieces of wood (boards) with indentations to hold the spindle. The technique is as follows:
The drill is placed against the cord and twisted once, so it is in the 'loop'
The spindle is placed into a depression in the bottom board, and held vertical with board on top, which acts as a 'socket' to keep it steady.
As the bow is moved back and forth the dowel spins, and creates enough friction on the bottom board to create red hot coals.
Surround these small coals with dry fibrous material (tinder) and blow to air to ignite a flame.
When the tinder catches flame, add small sticks and twigs and build the fire up from there.
As mentioned earlier, someone in your tribe will have to undertake the study of wellness and medicine (if there is no one educated in this area to begin with). Anyone can develop this knowledge if they are committed to the practice. Supplied here are some resources that can be used to embark along this course.
Before medicine is ever needed, everyone should be intimately familiar with all the common preventative measures in the realm of – diet, cleanliness, and safety.
Physical health maintenance requires you to obtain clean and natural sources of food and water. It is to remove from your diet all the things that your body does not need or that contaminate it, and to supply it with what it does need to function, grow, and maintain itself. Good hydration (2 liters of water per day), and a diet of fresh food (fruits, vegetables, nuts).
Disease prevention starts with cleanliness of body, environment, and input. History shows that cultures that bathed regularly enjoyed better health over time. An effective method and schedule for cleaning and grooming of body, teeth, and clothes, should be instituted in every tribe. Sanitation is also very important as self-contamination and become deadly, so a means for dealing with waste must also be implemented. Finally, water and food must be kept clean and free of contamination and spoilage. All these measures are necessary in preventing dysentery, disease, and infection.
Safety is something that should not be learned the hard way every time. All members of a tribe should know how to safely exercise, labor, use tools, and handle dangerous objects and substances. This should be integrated in your social and formal education, so that the knowledge is passed down systematically. Conscious care is necessary to ensure longer and more prosperous life.
Survival and Austere Medicine (Scribd)
A Barefoot Doctor's Manual (Read free at Google Books)
US Army Survival Field Manual
Making Homemade Soaps & Candles (Scribd)
Anyone, individually or as a group, who live off the grid, cannot expect police protection. In fact, even people living on the grid and paying taxes don't get police protection anymore, but their paid housing offers a deterrent to predators. As at tribe, you will unfortunately have to consider the possibility of this type of danger. If you are truly peaceful and benevolent and don't have money, the chances of you making an enemy or becoming a target is very slim. This is where your attitude makes all the difference – you must stand as a representative of proper human living. Just like in the wild, predators instinctively choose prey that are weak, sick, or otherwise unnatural. The strong and healthy are left alone. If you project the healthy existence you are building, and are living by the 5 Principles, you won't resemble prey for the kinds of people we are talking about.
Nevertheless, if the Powers That Be come to notice your success, and especially, if your success is affecting the thinking of other people on the grid, they will see you and your tribe as a threat, and this is probably the only reason to even consider the prospect of self defense. The forces that control the slave society are very sick and use force to accomplish everything. For this reason, if you are completely incapable of defending yourselves, and they take an interest in you, they will be able to completely neutralize you and your tribe, and you will make you disappear forever.
This does not mean anybody has to fight a war. Doing so is to throw away all the power we have to build a new reality that does not include fascism, and this is precisely why the Powers That Be are encouraging armed revolution; they would like their slaves to give them every reason to be more violent, justify more control, and deprive them of all remaining liberties. If the people overthrow their own country their task will become infinitely harder, because what is waiting for the opportunity to replace this nation is a global regime that will be infinitely more difficult to change.
Everyone in America has the right to bear arms and defend their personal safety when necessary. That is as far as armament should ever go – if we become like them, we lose. Any healthy person should have the self-respect to protect their life, but fighting force is not power. Collective will is power. If you want this nightmare to end, you have to prove to your fellow people that there is a better way, its simple, it works, and it offers real happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
Traditional Bowyer's Bible (Read at Google Books)
The Construction of Crossbows and other Weapons (Scribd)
In case you are wondering, almost everything in this manual is something that I do, have learned to do, or have experienced. I would not encourage people to make changes or go and do things I don't know about or could not learn myself (an average person). Granted, I have not specialized in surgery, dentistry, or construction, but I do have some experience in the health industry, and have pushed myself to learn more than one person should be expected to know in 40 years. Learning and growing is far more fulfilling and exciting than living an online life and consuming one thing after another - if your not experienced, I assure you, its more wonderful than you suspect and nothing to be afraid of :)
What is provided here is a treasure map and some instructions. Unlike the old days, it works in the reverse now – you need to use your treasure so that you will be able to sail freely. While we still have the capabilities and the access, educate yourselves now. If you need books get them, and start a homeschooling course of your own. You don't need a fraternal corporation to hold your hand, every person learns and masters the arts and sciences because that is their desire. You have the power to outdo the Establishment. Besides, they've failed so badly that its not a tough thing to achieve anymore.
This Manual will be updated as time allows with useful resources, and hopefully an online forum. Although I dislike the idea of an 'online life' and carrying on endlessly in cyberspace, it is a valuable communication tool if used wisely. The next phase of the New Existence effort is for tribes to network with each other if possible.
While the internet is still going, use it to correspond and share ideas, and inspire each other. It really shouldn't be any more than that, because if it becomes relied-upon, the Powers That Be disrupt it, push it offline, or try to lead it. This is the popular strategy now, is to create or assume leadership of rights groups and efforts to expose truth, and carry on with them as if they are legitimate. This way, they are assured to stop short of any meaningful action. Its as Lenin once said “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it.”
This is the main reason I decided to use an alias and remain invisible. Anyone who uses this Manual to create a tribe is a founder. If everyone is doing their share to lead their existence and be responsible, there will never be a single 'off switch' that can stop it. When have the greatest transformations of the past occurred? When people acted AS ONE. The Imperial Conditioning has everyone at each others throats because this, our power, is what they fear most.
If you apply the 5 Principles you take that power back, and dissolve the forces keeping everyone apart, afraid, and in bondage. You don't have to fight a bloody war or revolution, you just have to stop participating and do something better. There will be people who do that anyway, but what you can be certain they won't do is think about what to do AFTER their dark overlord is cast down. That short sightedness is what guarantees a survival and repeat of the past, and that is where you and your tribe can change that verdict.
I realize that in this culture of distrust, schemes, ripoffs, and mental manipulation, everything is suspect, including this pamphlet. Your skepticism is healthy, and I won't ask that this manual be above scrutiny. But to speak for myself, I am just a knowledgeable person out there somewhere, and this paper has no purpose but to help. I want to live in a world where thought and life is free; A Manual for A New Existence is my way of helping us get there. If you can find a reason why this Manual is useless, then thank you for reading this far, and good luck to you.
This is the end of Version 1.0.
Copyrights: Permission is granted to freely distribute this document as long as no money is charged, and the contents not changed in any way, shape, or form. The intent of this permission is to proliferate this document over digital and paper media; the more people who get this, the better our chances will be.
~Lanthorn Aug, 2009