50 Ways to Leave Crude Oil (with apologies to Paul Simon)

Lynne McTaggart

So many of you have written in with brilliant comments to my blog last week about the Gulf oil spill that I thought I’d carry on the conversation this week.
As I wrote, it’s no good all of us demonizing BP. The bloodjet of oil pouring out of the earth now symbolizes something far deeper.  BP and all of Big Oil are engaging in deep drilling in response to overwhelming consumer demand for petroleum (manufactured or otherwise).  All of our modern-day lives are utterly intertwined with petroleum use. Petroleum is in virtually every manufactured product; it makes up the warf and woof of modern life. In order to keep up with the demand, Big Oil is drilling deeper and more dangerously.
We need to send positive intention to BP. With BP and its engineers, who are working to invent a cure, lays any potential solution. I’ve made this a Daily Intention for us – see our Intention of the Day on our website home page:  www.theintentionexperiment.com.
But there is a challenge for us far larger than simply ending Deepwater Horizon’s spill. To avoid another similar ecological disaster, we all have to begin the painful process of weaning ourselves off of mindless use of petroleum. Petroleum does not simply power our cars.  The use of petroleum in manufacturing has created modern industry, including plastic, synthetics, processing, and pretty much everything artificial in our lives.
On that note, I’ve written a little ditty about how to cut down on petroleum use, borrowing the tune from Paul Simon’s 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.  And below that, I’ve got a serious list about cutting down your consumption of crude and another list after that about living a crude-free life.  Please feel free to add to either list.
 And thanks, Paul, for the tune. 
50 Ways to Leave Crude Oil
(with apologies to Paul Simon)
The problem is all inside your head, she said to me
The answer is easy if you take it logically
I'd like to help you in your struggle to be free
There must be fifty ways to leave crude oil
Just take the train back, Jack
Get rid of the van, Stan
You don't need a new toy, Roy
Or an SUV
Hop on the bus, Gus
Or ride your bike like the Dutch
Just turn off the key, Lee
And set us all free
She said it's really not my habit to intrude
But isn’t everything in your life made out of crude
So I'll repeat myself, at the risk of being rude
There must be fifty ways to leave crude oil
Fifty ways to leave crude oil
Take the carpool back, Jack
Get rid of the van, Stan
You don't need a new toy, Roy
Or an SUV
Hop on the bus, Gus
Or ride your bike like the Dutch
Just turn off the key, Lee
And set us all free
She said it grieves me to see the Gulf in such pain
I wish there was something I could to make the ocean smile again
I said I think there is and would you please explain
About the fifty ways
Just take the train back, Jack
Get rid of the van, Stan
You don't need a new toy, Roy
Or an SUV
Hop on the bus, Gus
Or ride your bike like the Dutch
Just turn off the key, Lee
And set us all free
She said, why all that plastic makes a pretty ugly sight
Why don't you think about the earth right now and understand its plight
And I believe in the morning you'll begin to see the light
There must be fifty ways to leave crude oil
Fifty ways to leave crude oil
Take the carpool back, Jack
Get rid of the van, Stan
You don't need a new toy, Roy
Or an SUV
Hop on the bus, Gus
Or ride your bike like the Dutch
Just turn off the key, Lee
And set us all free
And the following are the real 50 ways to cut down on your petroleum. All of the products listed below use it. This list includes only a fraction of the items containing petroleum.  As a rule of thumb, if it is heavily processed, it has petroleum in it.
I’ve deliberately avoided listing products where there aren’t obvious alternatives (such as the dashboards of cars, credit cards, hearing aids or toothbrushes). Also, although white dental fillings are made of bonded plastic, I would opt for these, rather than metal fillings, on grounds of safety.
50 Real Ways to Cut Down on Petroleum Use
Avoid or cut down your use of:
1. Gasoline or kerosene for any reason
2. Bottled water in plastic
3. Prescription and non-prescription drugs
4. Ordinary cosmetics
5. Baby oil or petroleum jelly
6. Synthetic rubber or latex pillows
7. Most paint brushes and rollers
8. Many kinds of mops and cleaning utensils
9. Ordinary paint
10. Processed food with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives
11. Any fruits and vegetables wrapped in plastic (complain to your supermarket)
12. Candles made of paraffin wax
13. Garden and personal insecticides and herbicides and insect repellents
14. Vinyl or other synthetic flooring
15. Ordinary cleaners for carpets and floors, including wax
16. Toiletries that don’t have natural ingredients, particularly hand and body lotions
17. Disposable diapers and all other ‘disposables’
18. Disposable contact lenses
19. Man-made fibers (lycra, polyester, nylon, rayon, spandex)
20. Acrylic paint
21. Asphalt
22. Plexiglas, fibreglass and latex
23. Teflon
24. Many types of carpets
25. Fabric softeners
26. Air fresheners
27. Cleaning agents that are not eco-friendly, including oven and toilet bowl cleaners
28. Plastic shower curtains
29. Plastic glasses
30. Perfumes and colognes with artificial fragrance
31. Ordinary nail polish
32. Plastic toys
33. Silver polish
34. Dishwasher detergent
35. Ordinary toothpaste
36. Artificial sweetener containing saccharin
37. Synthetic sponges
38. Many types of soaps
39. Chewing gum
40.  The insides of food cans, paper wrappers, paper cups and often boxes and cartons, and lids of jars
41. Picnic plates and cutlery
42. Many dyes, including hair dye
43. Plastic bags
44. Crayons
45. Vitamins contained in capsules
46. Rubbing alcohol
47. Latex bandages
48. Vaporizers
49. Any cooking utensil not made of wood or metal
50. Hairspray
And here are 20 things to do instead:
20 Non-petroleum Ways to Live
1. Use natural remedies instead of prescription or non-prescription drugs
2. Use eco cosmetics and fragrances, including natural nail polishes
3. Eat organic and local
4. Use eco-toiletries and re-use the containers
5. Use things that are bottled in glass, and fill your life with things made of wood, stone, paper, metal,  glass or ceramic
6. Always carry a reusable cloth bag with you for shopping
7. Consider natural family planning, which does not require a product made from plastic, such as condoms and diaphragms
8. Cook with metal and glass
9. Cook from scratch when possible
10. Use eco-paints and painting fluids
11. Sleep on natural pillows, if possible
12. Use organic and non-toxic forms of insecticides and herbicides in your backyard or garden
13. Wear cotton, silk, linen or wool
14. Whenever you go to use your car, think first:  do I really need to drive?
15. Think twice before upgrading your computer, phone, game consoles and other toys
16. Give your children toys made of natural materials
17. Use natural flooring
18. Breastfeed, rather than using plastic bottles
19. Use cooking and cleaning utensils made of natural materials
20. Take tablets, not capsules

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Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and the author of seven books, including the worldwide international bestsellers The Power of Eight, The Field, The Intention Experiment and The Bond, all considered seminal books of the New Science and now translated into some 30 languages.

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45 comments on “50 Ways to Leave Crude Oil (with apologies to Paul Simon)”

  1. Thank you Lynne...I have shared this on Facebook. As usual...very useful information! Much appreciate all you work!

  2. Hurray!!! Great list and lovely song - when's the vid coming out of you singing it Lynne?
    I've often shared on these blogs about climate change and the need to move away from oil for that reason along with many others. The Gulf spill has opened many Western eyes but in Nigeria and other poorer corners of the world far worse spills have already blighted land and lives and when local people have protested they have been attacked they have received no real compensation. Similarly, indigenous people are being disregarded in Tar Sands operations in Canada (if you don't know about these PLEASE google and check them out).
    I am afraid I cannot intend anything for BP or Shell or any other oil company just as I wouldn't for Glaxo Cline or other big pharmaceuticals since big and profit are cause and consequence. I can only intend their replacement by ethical renewable energy co-ops, socially enterprises and such whose aim is to earn a reasonable living without compromising others or the planet.
    As Lynne points out, fossil fuels that have taken 300 million years to form are being exhausted in a fraction of that time. 'Peak Oil' (please google that too if you don't know the term) is upon and that is why oil companies are risking deep ocean drilling and ripping up the beautiful terrain of Canada because all the easy to get at oil has been got.
    Love that this is a focus on solutions. I ride a bike and walk, only drive when there's no alternative, don't fly, catch the train on hols, don't buy consumer goods (because I've no £s after paying for the train!) unless I have too, avoid food miles, grow what food I can, clean with a cloth and no chemical, hardly wear any make up, make the same clothes last and last - - - and this isn't a depressing story because I'm really really happy. Happiness as we know, if you've got the basics, is an inside job, so we've nothing to loose and a planet and all the precious life on it to gain!!! xxx

  3. Bit of tar sands info and reasons why I can't intend anything for BP other than their replacement....
    The Canadian government has a long history of promoting Canada in London as a green nation with a commitment to diversity and human rights. However, the world’s largest and most destructive industrial project is currently taking place in the pristine Boreal Forest of Western Canada on the traditional territories of First Nations communities. The Tar Sands Giga project is creating a sprawling network of toxic lakes and contaminating drinking water and traditional food sources of Indigneous Peoples.
    “This Canada Day we want to celebrate the incredible biodiversity and communities that make up Canada. However, we wanted to send a clear message to the Canadian government that the rest of the world is aware of the vast environmental destruction that is involved in the Tar Sands Mining project.” said Iman Kaur of the UK Tar Sands Network
    The network of pipelines and refineries is planned to stretch across Canada and the US, shipping tar sands oil as far as Russia and China. Tar Sands are is quickly becoming the main source of oil for the US while threatening Canadian communities with genocide and causing irreaparable damage to massive areas of the Canadian landscape. The Canadian government has failed to address the outcry from communities and environmental organizations for a moratorium on new projects until there is a full assessment of the health and environmental impacts of Tar Sands.

  4. Love it! Shared it! Lynne...we are heart to heart! I am doing all I can to share your work and to share the message of intention and consciousness evolution.
    Be well,

  5. Thank you Lynne and Pauline. You may want to check out "abiotic oil"...being the theory that oil is NOT a fossil fuel as we have been lied to, but rather a mineral blood of the earth made when it was formed and likely still gets made under the right conditions. Factories that utilize waste, such as from a turkey processing plant, can actually produce oil, gas, water and energy.
    Look into "Alcohol Can Be A Gas" by David Bloome. Remember the first Ford was a hemp car and Henry lost out to Rockefeller's cheap oil in a nasty fight. Energy is all around us for us esp. if we want to be free. Lose the crude and take back your power.

  6. Great song!
    A few items on your petroleum derived list may not belong there:
    latex rubber comes from the rubber tree; it is not petroleum based.
    rayon is a simi-natural fiber made from wood fibers.
    vitamin capsules are gelatin (made form bones, it's not petroleum). (vegans beware)
    latex condoms: latex is natural rubber.

  7. Great list! And I would suggest that to really *scale up* this solution we must clear the way to allow viable alternative energies to come to market.
    How do we do that? In the USA, By re-directing our congress's attention away from the oil lobby -who has worked very hard to help us need all these petroleum based products- and an back to the people they are supposed to be serving. That's the "US" in USA.

  8. I am a fan of yours, Lynne, as well as a participant in intentional visioning. However, I heard via Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, that a huge, over 50%, of BP's oil (and resulting profits) goes to the U.S. military. It takes a lot of oil to fly jet airplanes and run all those ships, tanks, etc.
    And moreover, BP's shameful record (putting it mildly) on money invested in clean-up technology - zero - in the last decade, and its obfuscation of how much oil really HAD been flowing out of the explosion pipe, it's cheery ads that 'we will restore the area to how it was before' (not possible in my lifetime, anyway), its other efforts towards cover-up, including not allowing U.S. citizens or journalists to adequately cover the area and what it really looks like, makes me unsympathetic, and not willing to send supportive energy to them so they can use that energy for their own greedy, environment-destroying ways.
    I WILL and AM sending my positive, healing intentions towards planet earth, and all the wildlife and people affected by this continuing nightmare of a situation.
    If this incident is the 'wake-up' call, the rise in consciousness, however, regarding how to move forward, not just individually, but nationally, culturally, world-wide even, towards new ecological ways of living on the earth, there will be one redeeming aspect to this otherwise tragic environmental incident.

  9. Dearest Lynn
    there are more facts concerning what BP is and is not doing to stop this spill and to clean up as it is polluting.
    Several countries have offered to send skimmers and special ships / forces (hundreds of them) to help sop up the existing oil; BP REFUSED their generous offer. BP is not concerned to clean up; the chemicals they currently use sinks the oil to the sea bed floor - killing more species and food for other fish and sea mammals that need it. BP and other oil industries supported by the likes of Bush administration would do well to cultivate other energies i.e. solar; wind; water ----- instead their greed and lack of insight and caring for future generations compels them to KEEP AMERICA DEPENDENT UPON OIL. Educating the public to what they consume and how it affects our planet is the key to healthy choices and power to the people.
    You suggest wearing "cotton; silk; linen; or wool" - perhaps you do not realize the majority of wool is producing by musling and creating great suffering for sheep and lambs. Are you aware of hemp? bamboo? and other natural products that grow and are produced quickly and without pesticides? One acre of hemp produces substance for more than 25K products in less than a year; the same acre of trees takes 20 years to produce the same amount of product. Also paper made from hemp is non polluting; whereas paper made from trees requires toxic chemicals to produce. The oil industry has lobbied long and hard since the late 30's early 40's to keep hemp illogical instead of taking positive advantage of the non polluting plant to market products from it responsibly and effectively; inluding ethanol; a viable nonpolluting alternative fuel.

  10. FYI Lynne: You site contact email is down. Has been for day s now. Just an FYI.
    In reflecting on the recent posts by Donna and Barbara, who make good points....
    I would like to further suggest that while choosing not to send intentions specifically to support BP is of course a personal choice that cannot be criticized... yet I would also point out that we are very very much "in bed" with BP, not only for a steady supply of petroleum products -which we *do* need at present- but in far reaching ways many of us may not be aware of.
    As an investor I was reading a credible, eye opening article just yesterday about how a fall of BP could trigger another financial calamity exceeding the effect of the Lehman Brothers collapse. BP is deeply wired into the financial system. Deeply.
    We cannot afford to see BP go down right now. We do need to support their work to stop the leak. Afterwards we need to really go to work on re-architecting the conditions which led to the spill. It WAS preventable. That is becoming clear. So many of these problems we are now facing (like the economy) always come back to Greed and Corruption. A few are bleeding the many. And we can stop that to if we intend so.

  11. In follow on to that, I would respectfully suggest that for you who have friends and family that are not yet tuned in to the need to get active in mitigating these looming crisis's, that you share the essay on the oil spill crisis you can access by clicking on my name. :>

  12. BY the way a wondeful plastic substitute can be made from plant cellulose - ZeoForm have pioneered this in Australia - it could make dashboards in cars and most anything moulded you can think of - and no oil chemicals needed...

  13. Also be grateful for BP exposing another face of the corporate greed and rape of our ( note I said Our, not their) planet....this is how we all start to wake up.

  14. Pauline. Thank you for educating me about the Tar Sands in Canada. I will study up on this and spread the word.
    Thank you Lynne for the song!

  15. Not all capsules are made from gelatin; you can get vegan capsules. At any rate, they're certainly not petroleum products.
    I thought condoms and diaphragms were typically made from latex.
    Unfortunately, using only plant fibers for clothing won't solve the problem, unless all the agricultural practices used to grow them are organic and done without petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides.

  16. I believe that the positive energy and intention we send to BP could not be used to perpetuate greed but rather could help the people who make up BP to awaken and shift in a positive direction towards becoming more responsible corporate citizens and creative problem-solvers for the welfare of the planet. If we believe they are our enemy, then who better to send our blessing to in order to foster positive changes? Thanks for the info, Lynne.

  17. Thank you Lynne! I have shared this on facebook and twitter! We Can Make A Difference! Community is a powerful force, thank you for forming this one!
    Namaste! Lou

  18. Hello again Lynne. Please pardon my tone but you are doing an excellent PR job for BP and the like. For your information Goldman Sachs sold 40% of his shares in BP a few months before the Deepwater Horizon Disater. The encumbent CEO sold 30%. Oh yeah! and he bought a company to clean up the mess. Very enterprising!!! The sooner these idiots are out of the picture the better.

  19. Thank you lynne for this guidance , really nead it eventhough not easy to practice because of lack of means in developing countries but promise that we can use some of them as far as we have..thank you again

  20. I would like to say 'thank you' to Lynne. Two weeks ago, oil meant fuel, in particular, petrol. Now, as I go about my daily life, I find oil staring back at me from everything I see. I type on oil, I look at an oil-based screen. Nor is it any better if I write by hand, my pen is an oil-product.
    As I prepared my lunch, I reflected that it was stored in an oil-based fridge and kept in oil-based containers. I, who thought of myself as relatively 'green', am, I am ashamed to discover, a positive guzzler of oil.
    And there is no going back. Once your eyes are opened you can't plead blindness.
    Thank you.

  21. Gulf Coast Oil Spill Sioux Prayer Request
    A letter from Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
    "My Relatives, Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bott of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.
    We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened, those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations, eventually will all be affected from the oil disaster in the Gulf.
    The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.
    I ask, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies.
    I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth. As we honor the cycle ofLife,let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc'I Maka).
    We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.
    As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.
    So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children's future and wellbeing, and the generations to come."
    (taken from The Bede Griffiths Sangha newsletter, Summer 2010 Volume 11, issue 2)

  22. My appologiy in yesterday's comment...it is Richard Hoagland of course, not Jim.

  23. Excellent Lynne 🙂 I'm sure Paul Simon was thrilled that you used his song! Recycling at its finest!
    One option for anger, blame or fear might be to view this as an opportunity to be more creative as consumers because it could fuel discoveries and positive changes of all kinds internal and external.

  24. Hi Lynne,
    Like the list of what to avoid in general terms, but would like a little more information to be shared.
    e.g. Fuel - some people do not equate fuel with flying for instance, so lets be specific and ask people to cut down on travel, by car and plane.
    Also to buy local produce, so it is not shipped halfway across the world.
    Also I would like to see somes sort of priorities: for instance avoiding specific types of toothpaste will have minimal impact compared with cutting down on airtravel. I am guessing that avoiding one flight in a lifetime would have infintely more effect than a lifetime of cleaning one's teeth with a twig!
    To put everything in a list without any weighting is likely to mislead or lead to complacency.

  25. Maybe I'm missing something, but when I click on the link in your blog to your home page and look for the "Intention of the Day" I can't find it.
    I see an "Intention of the Week", but not of the day. Perhaps an oversight?

  26. Thanks for another great post! Love the lyrics!
    I agree that we need to pursue the "process of weaning ourselves off of mindless use of petroleum," but I wouldn't characterize it as "painful."
    I interviewed many car-free people when writing the book "Divorce Your Car!" and most loved the quality of life benefits they gained from driving less or not at all. I also find that the non-petroleum alternatives to everyday petroleum-based consumer products are much better, especially for health -- not painful at all to make many of those changes.
    In response to the Gulf disaster, I’m now writing 30 blog posts in 30 days at http://divorceyourcar.blogspot.com — and hope these posts will help us visualize how we can live better with less petroleum. My intention is to support healing in the Gulf and around the world by spreading ideas about how to use less oil. I hope to expand on some of your excellent points above in a future blog post in my series, and will link back to this site.
    Thanks again for all you do!

  27. Dear Lynne,
    I wanted to pass on an email to George Noory @Coast to Coast pertaining to an experiment on the Gulf oil leak, methane bulge and fractures. I thought of no other more appropriate blog to share this with than yours. If this resonates with anyone, including you Lynn, please write to George and ask the producers to do this and please pass this on to as many people as possible.
    Thank you for all you do!
    Dear George,
    My name is Patricia and I have a major request to ask of you on behalf of our beautiful planet and humanity's future relating to the ongoing devastation in the Gulf.
    George, you are fully aware of the power of intent and prayer, you have done many experiments on your show to prove it.
    This time instead of doing the experiment with storms, above all else that you do on your show...........humanity needs to come to the aid of this horrendous situation instead of relying on the powers that be, because we all know too well where that will lead us.
    I truly do believe with every fiber of my Being this is a test for humanity to come together and reclaim our empowerment and sovereignty as the family of humanity we are intended to be........we need to take matters in our own hands!
    Are we going to continue in our lives to sit back and allow fear tactics from the authoritative figures to refrain humanity of taking any private action in this matter?
    Or are we going to stand up and take action ourselves? And in so many ways, isn't this what your show is all about??
    If we don't George............we have no one to blame but ourselves!
    What will we say in our future and our children's and grandchildren's future? Well kids............the government said bla bla bla........so we couldn't do anything????
    Is this how your generation and mine will be remembered George?
    My idea is this.................Please speak with your producers and discuss how your show and platform that reaches millions of people daily can help with this.
    Please discuss configuring in for 7 days, 10 minutes or more in the beginning of your show a mass prayer to seal the fractures and hole and reduce the methane bulge. I'm sure your first guests will not mind losing ten minutes of their interview for this cause!!
    Oppenheimer's microbes can assist in cleaning up the oil..........but the fractures and hole need to be sealed and humanity can most certainly accomplish this!!
    Please George..............speak with your producers and take two weeks to promote this experiment..........Once there is a green light this can be spread across the net......the more quantity of humanity is on board the quicker and more powerful our intent will be as you know!!!
    George if this works do you realize how important this one act of Coast to Coast will be???? This George............this is the true reason your show exists!!
    Who can lead this??? The 13 Grandmothers can be asked and anyone else you can get on the phones!!
    The initial prayer can be used for the seven days unless it needs to be altered as the 7 days goes on.
    Ask your producers if 10 minutes a night for 7 days is worth it.............10 minutes for one week out of years of Coast to Coast running........

  28. Hi Lynne,
    This is a great effort you are doing! I would also like to let you know about an event I've organized to send positive healing energy to the Gulf Coast.
    It is a healing energy meditation scheduled for Sat, July 10 at 5:45 AM (CST) to be held on Sunny Beach, Galveston Island, TX USA. I created a flyer and have been distributing it to as many people/organizations as possible.
    As the flyer states, it is very important to create, nurture and maintain a positive attitude so that our environment is one of love and prosperity. Doing this helps send loving healing energy to the universe which in turn creates and sends back more loving healing energy.
    Therefore, I came up with this idea to gather as many positive people as possible from different backgrounds, faiths, cultures, etc to send healing loving thoughts to the people, animals and waters of the Gulf Coast in response to the oil spill disaster and to counteract all the negative reaction being "spilled" on the Gulf Coast which only creates more negativity.
    Thus, I am sending out an invitation for everyone to join us on Galveston Island this Saturday at 5:45 AM (approximately), CST, to send and release this monumental surge of positive healing energy. I know the time is early, but it is a beautiful time of day, especially on the beach, and it seems even more joyous to participate in this event standing on the beach holding hands, sending this wonderful energy as the sun is rising over the ocean waters of the Gulf.
    However, even if you can't be here in person, please take that time to pariticpate from wherever you happen to be. If you're just waking up or if you've already started your day, take about 10 minutes to be in silence sending love and healing. I strongly believe the Universe will feel it, receive it and respond to you in kind.
    Thank you for the great work you are doing and for allowing me to share details about my event.

  29. Dangerously nice ideals Lynne but I commend you for your effort. To infer that BP is just trying to keep up with the consumer-driven demand (as if we are all to blame) is in error because the demand is really being driven from top down and not bottom up.

  30. I hold the intention that the person who has the know how step forward and remedy the gulf. I do have judgements about big corperation...especially comming from Canada and seeing my forests and water runed....Yeat to live in judgement and fear is zapping my energy and voicing it is falling on deaf ears.....so back to the core of the intention experiment.... Focus and comitment to the intention of the shift happening that will re route our stay here in this beautiful planet. Finding the peace and wellness in myself and vibrating it outwards until it becomes contagious. I will be a healthy cell on the planet. The macrophage that transmutes the dis order int calmness!

  31. Dear Lynne,
    I tried to email you using the contact address on this site, but it is not working properly. This comment is about formulating intentions, specifically the one you sent out about the oil spill.
    I LOVE and appreciate your work so much, but there is something I do not understand. Why do you choose to put limits on the group intentions? For instance this one about the oil spill:
    'My intention is for BP's engineers to immediately and successfully divert the Deepwater Horizon oil leak with no long-term damage to the environment.'
    This intention is limiting in that it insists that the solution come from BP's engineers, and that it 'divert' the leak, when something else might work better. As for the environment, there is already long-term damage, but that part of the statement itself is focused on what is NOT wanted. I know that you know this is a universe of inclusion. What do you think of when you read that part of the intention? Even with the 'no' in front, it brings to (our creative) mind what is not wanted.
    Instead, we could say something like:
    "My intention is for a fast and inspired resolution to the oil leak in the Gulf, in ways that most positively impact everything and everyone involved."
    Albert Einstein said that we cannot solve a proble from the same level of thinking that created it. This is an open intention that allows for as yet unknown ideas and inspirations to flow forth from the universe (or your preferrred word for 'all that is').
    Please do a post that explains why we should limit them in this way (us deciding the 'how' of it), and how emphasizing the unwanted within the intention, is deemed useful.
    With appreciation,
    Tracy A.

  32. Time to go talk to your grandmother or great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother. At 66, I barely remember our childhood, when very, very few things were made of any kind of plastic. Everything we used was metal, wood, glass, pottery, and natural fibers. Hardest for us to give up or replace, I think, will be medical supplies/equipment and our electronics.

  33. What do you think? Can we get up the infrastructure needed for a society powered by electric cars, renewable energy and serious energy efficiency in time

  34. As an addendum to my previous comment which alludes the nature of the BP corporation, I would like to post the following link to an article by Victor Thorn at American Free Press. For convinience I have added the salient points in regards to your blog Lynne.
    BP Whistleblowers Paying High Price for Confessions
    By Victor Thorn
    Oil industry critic Charles Hamel ...those who expose the Gulf of Mexico cover-up. “...They’ll stop at nothing to stop you,” he has said.
    A host of casualties prove his point.
    ...Mike Mason, who worked for BP subcontractor ...fired following disclosures in 2005 that BP regularly falsified blowout preventer (BOP) tests at Alaskan facilities.
    ...Mason reported to Hamel’s Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that BP’s safety procedure is to “look the other way when it’s convenient for them.”
    Hamel had been chronicling BP abuses since the 1980s, costing them millions in repairs...
    As retaliation, journalist Marcus Baram reported on May 12 that a BP subsidiary in Alaska “hired a private security firm, Wackenhut, to conduct surveillance on Hamel.” ...tactics included wiretaps ...forced entries into his home ...watched his house and his family ...even hired attractive women to try to persuade him to divulge his secret sources.
    ...former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), who died in an airplane crash on Aug. 9, 2010.
    ...Stevens had been a longtime BP crony on Capitol Hill. Further, after Stevens announced that his diaries and personal papers would be given to the University of Alaska, BP promptly offered $1 million to “catalog” these items.
    Of particular interest ...is Hamel, who presented allegations of BP’s dangerous cost-cutting methods to Stevens. These reports included Mason’s accounts of BP blatantly falsifying BOP tests that eventually led to the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe.
    Stevens most certainly knew of BP’s underhanded practices, and that BP was also making dramatic cuts in safety and security procedures in its role as 47 percent owner of the Alaskan pipeline.
    ...Stevens loved his state, and the potentially explosive data contained within these files could easily lead to another embarrassing BP scandal.
    Another suspicious death ...involved Council on Foreign Relations member and past energy advisor to former President George W. Bush Matthew Simmons. ...Simmons pushed the peak oil theory, which led to skyrocketing prices during the Bush-Cheney era.
    ...during interviews with AFP ...Simmons made a startling charge in July. Specifically, he claimed that BP switched their live undersea camera feed from the gushing well, to one that had already been capped.
    Simmons also stressed that BP’s use of the chemical Corexit as an oil dispersant would produce wide-ranging health hazards in the Gulf of Mexico, and that government officials were downplaying the magnitude of this ecological calamity. Further, Simmons questioned BP’s flow-rate under estimations, saying that there were other oil leaks in the seabed.
    On Aug. 9, 2010—the very day that Stevens perished in a plane crash—Simmons was discovered dead in a hot tub at his home in Maine. Initial reports stated that he “drowned.”
    ...“The timing of Matthew Simmons’s unfortunate demise could not be more opportune for BP, the U.S. government and the oil industry at large.”
    ...BP’s former CEO John Browne did not escape unscathed. He initially negotiated for the release of Pan Am Flight 103 “terrorist” Abdelbaset Al Megrahi to ensure BP’s oil deal with Libya. Crane speculates that this move, along with Browne’s ruthless business tactics, so enraged his Bilderberg counterparts that they sabotaged him by unveiling the details of a sordid homosexual prostitution scandal.
    Browne ...forced to resign, replaced by lackey Tony Hayward, who infuriated gulf residents with his callous disregard for life in that region.

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