This book is a story about Janice and John or at least a series of essays written by us. We have decided to restore a beautiful monastery complex deep in Umbria, Italy and open a special retreat serving special food and running special workshops. Part of this endeavour is this book and we have decided to call it all Metamorefosi, which is the best Anglo/Italian word we could conjure up for healthy change.
So far we have spent our lives learning, living, working and teaching in many different countries. At the same time raised six kids, worked for corporations and built up and run our own businesses. All in all quite an exposure, and an enthusiastic throwing of the self into, relationships, cultures, corporations, politics and belief systems. Quite a taste for food and art. The priority was the pursuit of wisdom and truth and love.
The essays will comprise the knowledge and wisdom we have accumulated and we believe you will find them stimulating, controversial and truthful. We keep on learning, changing and because of this many of the things we do and write about do not conform to the status quo.Hence below our symbol of the unsaddled horse we say we are not the main road.
Janice and John March 2012
Food and Health
Essential for us all. Food comes before health and with the right nourishment health follows naturally. Fortunately too, but not quickly enough, the way in which our food is raised, treated and brought to our mouths is coming to light rather than hidden in those windowless concentration camps. Also the driving forces behind allopathic medicine are often about financial gain and the control of the common man in order to facilitate that aim. It’s not about healing nor health it’s about illness management. And psycho-babble that achieves little beyond dependency.
Corporations, Government, Politics
Many of us are starting to understand we are continuously being swept along by the wishes and demands of large institutions. It’s only when we have a problem or disagree that we find out that the rights of the common man have been stolen by laws we didn’t know about, nor serve us and decision making in the courts where unelected officials are setting health and moral policies that mar, destroy or otherwise cause to disappear, the rights of free citizens.
Freedom of Choice
Unless we’re buying stuff, we discover we are allowed few choices on many things. Insidiously this lack of choice has inserted itself into education (of our kids), type of medical care, an orchestrated lack of nutrients in our food and supporting armies with our children and money whose frequent aim is to expand the foreign markets of the corporations.
It comes as a wakeup call to realize how much we do and what we think is habit because its always been like it is or because some expert on tv says it must and should be. When we start making changes we begin to see who we actually are and this brings the understanding that we are really only limited by our own choices and not by a culture that brokers dependent mediocrity.
For reasons, unknown often for a long time, many of us may receive very little love from our parents, children or spouse. In fact it appears we don’t really know what love is, what it looks and sounds like, how it behaves, works and feels. But you can and must know what true love is.
Nature, Earth, Universe
All that we think, do and say has its affects on everything and everyone else. How fabulous is that?! How far does our influence spread and how do our choices affect that power to effect tremendous, healing change?