Part of The Great Galaxy  by Michael Grindstaff   Horseshoe Canyonn, Utah

“Protest, conflict and anger will do nothing. That is not the way of the Creator. We will not move forward if we are angry and bitter. We must move forward with love and kindness. Even toward those who have perpetrated injustice toward us. We must love them and be kind to them. That is the spirituality of our people – to be kind to each other and to the land. That is how they will learn and how we will heal.”
~Turtle Lodge Elder, Dave Courchene


I haven’t felt like writing anything lately–I’ve felt tired, angry, disgusted with the world– not the Earth but with its people especially those who ‘run’ the world governments [with a very few exceptions].

Sometimes at night I sit by the big window in my sun room and wait for the ship that will come and pick me up and get me out of here! I have heard several times that Earth is the most primitive of all the planets..the most difficult to live on….and the White Race, the baby of the 4 original races.-you-are-here-galaxy-space-science-poster-print

Waiting for the ship…..turtlelodge_skylight may seem to be a is and it isn’t. I cannot relate to the ugliness in this world anymore.

So looking for some hope, inspiration, some light in this darkness, I think of the time I spent with the First Nations People of Canada, turtlelodgepic copyin particular at the TURTLE LODGE in Manitoba.

My son and I made two documentary films thereturtle lodge-jacko Below are some photos from these films: The 8th Fire and Manitou Api~Where the Sun Rises…also a film clip and the trailers from both.

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These documentaries are SO relevant now, not because we made them but because they bring forth the wisdom of the Elders–they can help if people will only take time to watch and listen. But it’s difficult to get anyone’s attention in these times, in the age of selfies and Facebook.

“Nero fiddled while Rome burned” ‘ROME’ IS BURNING NOW:….this world teeters on the brink: North Korea fired off another missile today, the government of the US has dissolved into complete and total insanity, Hawaii is preparing for a nuclear attack…..

But there’s still a little time..a very little time to wake up…a little time to make some changesthunderbird-dustin

The 8th Fire and Manitou Api~Where the Sun Rises are available here

8th Fire – Njacko Backo clip from Andy Pickard on Vimeo.

Manitou Api ~ Where The Sun Rises from Andy Pickard on Vimeo.


Pay what you want is a pricing strategy where buyers pay their desired amount for a given commodity, sometimes including zero. In some cases, a minimum  price may be set, and/or a suggested price may be indicated as guidance for the buyer. Pay what you want has long existed on the margins of the economy, such as for tips and street performers, as well as charities, and has been gaining breadth of interest.

pay want you want betterFor a year now, I’ve been selling our stuff–handmade home altars, crosses, tire flower pots, Native American designed t-shirts and hoodies, wood carvings etc in 2 online stores: — Big Cartel and one on Etsy.neo:la casa I know how to make everything look beautiful as far as design and presentation–I love doing this and I spend a lot of time on it. But I don’t like marketing. Truthfully I detest it and as much as I’ve tried to enjoy it, for me it’s like being back in math class where I was miserable and participated in with fear and loathing.  Even with a tutor, I failed math.

But a few days ago, I happened to read an article about PAY WHAT YOU WANT.  “Pay what you want is a pricing strategy where buyers pay their desired amount for a given commodity, sometimes including zero. In some cases, a minimum  price may be set, and/or a suggested price may be indicated as guidance for the buyer

Apparently the concept has been around for a while, used by musicians, artists, writers etc. and it fits with the way I think. So I’m going to try it out. I will set a minimum price on whatever we’re selling on a particular day



and then you can pay whatever you want above the minimum.

A few days ago, I tried  this it out with a man who was interested in one of our handmade home altars.PURPLE:90+ ROSES ALTARS His wife had died a few weeks before, after a long and painful illness, and he wrote  “I think it will be very healing to have the altar in my home” The altars normally sell for $150 and we have sold several at that price but I gave him a minimum price of $70.00 which would cover shipping and materials.

Surprisingly he chose to pay the full price of $150.00 and I sent the altar to him.. He wrote: Everything was received safely. The altsr is so beautiful and exactly how I hoped it would look and feel in my sun room where I meditate.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s $12 Tickets

Years ago I used to help organize lectures for Dr. Elisabeth Kubler -Ross. At that time, Elisabeth was at the height of her popularity-she was lecturing to huge audiences all over the worldekr_mike

and she could have easily charged a lot for the tickets–people would have paid almost any price to be able to hear her– but she wanted everyone who needed to come to be able to. So the price for a ticket was $12.00 and as a result of her generosity and goodwill, her lectures were always filled to standing room only.

No one was left was just a really good feeling……there was always a lot of spiritual energy, joy and a feeling of belonging.

Everything we create is meant to bring feelings like this— a connection to something greater, a message of hope and transcendence. These truly are the times of transcendence and transformation.


I’m not sure exactly how to begin but I think every few days [I hope] I’ll post something-an altar, a hoodie or t-shirt, a woodcarving etc that is available for ‘Pay What You Want’. I’ll set a minimum price to cover shipping and materials on whatever it is and then you can pay what you want above the minimum.

*If you want to purchase something, email me at let me know the size if applicable & your shipping address and I’ll tell you how to pay. I should be able to ship things within a few days after I receive a payment.

And so I’ll begin with our 7 Sacred Teachings, Native American designed hoodies. Today it’s the Eagle Hoodie, the Eagle representing LOVE in the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishnabe People:’

The Seven Teachings

Our belief system has evolved over thousands of years, now to be shared with the rest of the world. In a most humble way, in a most loving way, in a most respectful way, in a most honest way, we have come to share these teachings with the world because in our hearts we believe that if we do not share this then we stand to lose all that has been created for us.

-Anishnabe Elder, Dave Courchene, Eagle Clan, Anishnabe Nation


These hoodies have a message on the back. They were designed this way so the message can be passed on to others..anyone standing behind you in a store will likely read it and who knows how they may be affected..or inspired. “The Eagle brings a vision of LOVE that helps us see how we should walk in love and sacredness on Mother Earth. ALWAYS ACT IN LOVE”eagle_back_ceneagle-hoodie-back-cabin


*If you want to purchase something, email me at let me know the size if applicable & your shipping address and I’ll tell you how to pay. I should be able to ship things within a few days after I receive your payment.

For us-Jody Armijo and myself, our art is our contribution in this lifetime….for Jody it’s the altars, hearts and crosses he createshobbit private [lately he’s started making signs.] For me it’s the documentary films my son and I have producedstar cover38..and this blog which I hope brings inspiration and helpful information. Our art is our life: it’s the way we communicate and it’s the way we support ourselves, our home and our animals. We hope that as we share our art, it not only benefits us but those who purchase it, that it brings the sense of happiness that we feel as we create a rainbow.!



“The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in an unspecified future time, in the dystopian, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, located in North America. The country consists of a wealthy Capitol city, located in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by twelve (originally thirteen) poorer districts ruled by the Capitol. The Capitol is lavishly rich and technologically advanced, but the districts are in varying states of poverty…”

“Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain. Please understand. They are safe as long as they are not discovered. That is their primary method of survival. Keep us asleep, keep us selfish, keep us sedated.”

~from the film, THEY LIVE [1988]

While Melania has been seen with a Birkin bag in hand before, this Hermès bag is made of rare crocodile skin and known to be the most expensive (and PETA-angering) made.

~Yahoo News July 5, 2017

mary:mother's day:grottoA few nights ago when I couldn’t sleep, I thought I might write a post about humility: ‘What is it and Where’. I had a photo I wanted to use that to me represented humility, openness, surrender…qualities that the spiritual teachers have always talked about….and qualities that are so obviously missing in the world today……arrogance      But Humility has been replaced by Arrogance.

So often though, when I plan to write something, something else that seems more relevant presents itself.

Many times I have written about my childhood and teenage years…..about the way I grew up in a fairly wealthy, upper middle class family. About how everyone was one color-White [except for the servants who were mainly Black] and how I went to private schools and how I didn’t really know anyone outside of my small circle.

I was at HOLLINS COLLEGE [now Hollins University] when the Vietnam War was happening but I was oblivious to the war or suffering of any kind as probably most of my friends and classmates were…..just busy looking for Mr Right and preparing  to continue the life I had always lived ^Hollins did offer an excellent education and I appreciate that but it was, at least at that time, a continuation of. the status quo….it’s not possible to see the world clearly when the students and professors are all a part of the same cultural/economic group.

My plans didn’t turn out the way I had thought however. A few weeks before I was ready to return for my sophomore year at Hollins, my 16 year old brother killed himself and in doing so, changed my life completely. [Thank God my path was changed, painful as it was at the time…. because otherwise, I would have long since died of alcoholism and emptiness…]

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hollins-university-wallpapersI had only known one way of living, one class of people, one way of looking at things…. and then very slowly I began to see…..

johnnyjoe:amputeeWorking for hospice…. for the first time, I was helping patients and their families, people from different cultures and walks of life. Grace-Church-080212-2012-08-02-410Sometimes I had to go over to the projects in East Austin to hire caregivers for the AIDS patients we were providing care for….. and these patients and their caregivers I will remember always as some of my greatest teachers.

Dr Len Horowitz and the Origination of AIDS

A few years after I began working for hospice, I went to a life-changing conference given jointly by near death survivor and New York Times best selling author, Dannion Brinkley and Harvard educated dentist and public health educator, Dr. Len Horowitz.

^Dr Len Horowitz is the Harvard educated dentist who was sent to investigate the Florida dentist who had knowingly and purposely infected one of his patients with the AIDS virus. During the course of the investigation, Dr. Horowitz discovered by accident the truth about where AIDS had actually originated.

BOSTON — Shocking government documents, reprinted in a new book by a leading public health authority, reveal that the AIDS and Ebola viruses did not likely originate from African monkeys left alone in the wild. Instead, Dr. Leonard Horowitz, a Harvard graduate, and independent investigator, concludes that the viruses, that now threaten humanity’s survival, most likely evolved from early cancer virus experiments in which top military-pharmaceutical scientists infected monkeys with viral genes from other animals. Such contaminated monkeys were then used to develop viral vaccines tested on humans simultaneously in New York City and Central Africa. The first researcher to meticulously document this “man-made theory” on AIDS’s origin, Dr. Horowitz stunned a large audience at the XI International Conference on AIDS in July, when he presented a scientific summary report of his in



As part of his presentation, Dr Horowitz talked about the use of essential oils for healing and since that time, I have used them for everything from colds, fevers, insect bites, stomach viruses etc and up to this very moment, I have not seen a doctor for anything for probably 25+ years. I even used them once when I tripped on a rusty piece of barbed wire and the wire went far into my leg. My son begged me to go to the ER but I used the oils instead…..I fear doctors more than death and just for the record I was married to a doctor for several years so I have experienced both sides of medicine-traditional and alternative. I remember that Dr.Horowitz talked about how he chose to put his money into the oils and other natural healing alternatives rather than insurance and I have done the same.

I remember too that he said “If you believe everything you read in the paper, you’re probably in the wrong room”and when he asked how many people in the audience had a friend or family member who was sick with cancer, AIDS or an auto immune disease, nearly everyone raised their hands.

“Today’s hospitals and medical offices are like the concentration camps of yesteryear, and vaccines are much like the gas. Remember, what were the holocaust victims told they were going into the ‘showers’ for? Public health and disinfection. Why are we told to get vaccinated today in these facilities? For public health and infection prevention. Pretty scary isn’t it? Especially when you realize the families that control today’s petrochemical–pharmaceutical cartel gave Hilter his eugenics program and marching orders.”~Dr. Len Horowitz, November 22, 2000, Emerging Viruses and Vaccines Presentation


The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are non-existent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices.

~ from ‘the film ‘THEY LIVE’ [1988]

Several years later I went to a workshop in Brazil. GROUP-BRAZILIt was a shamanic, ayahuasca workshop made up of about 25 people from the US, Canada and Europe. I remember among others, an elderly businessman from the UK, a Russian physicist who was teaching at a university in California, a woman who worked at the casinos in Vegas and a trapeze artist from the UK.

Along with taking ayahuasca and learning about the ways it should be used, we went on eco adventuresREGGAE BOY-WKSHP and sometimes we watched movies.  The movie I remember most was ‘THEY LIVE‘, a so called science fiction film released in 1988. It’s no longer science fiction however. Though somewhat exaggerated, it’s about theses very times in which we’re living….. so obvious and more and more each day….you don’t need to wear the glasses to see them now

In this life I’m now living, I’m always trying for a balance and it’s getting more and more difficult especially with the threat of nuclear war looming. But I try to bring together what I’ve learned from working with the First Nations People, from the spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle and from the so called conspiracy theorist, David Icke. These are the people I have the most respect for, the people I personally trust the most. These are the truth tellers.

I know that we are living in a very critical time on Earth and I know that there’s no guarantee that life will continue on as it has. I called this post ‘The Hunger Games Society’ because I had watched a video clip of David Icke talking about it- the hunger games society which is where we are headed…..if people don’t WAKE UP. I know that’s where we are headed–it’s so obvious if you just look around.

But a New Earth is still has been predicted after all: “I saw a new heaven and a New Earth”

Below are 3 video clips one from each of the teachers I mentioned above..different perspectives, same truth and they are all very worth watching.

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