Sneak Peak of Sovereign Living Episode 4 on Alternative Currencies

Sovereign Living is a reality based educational program about the Blush Family (John Bush and Cat Bleish) and their quest to become self-sufficient and lead a voluntary and natural life.

When complete, the first season will include twelve episodes, each of which covering a different aspect of Sovereign Living. From gardening and community defense to natural health and alternative currencies, Sovereign Living aims to educate, entertain, and inspire people to take responsibility for their lives.

Episode Four of Season One takes place at PorcFeat 2013 and is all about alternative currencies, paying special attention to Bitcoin.  At Porcfest, I link up with Erik Voorheess who explains the basics of bitcoin and sets me up with a Bitcoin wallet.  I then use the Bitcoin ATM, talk to people about BTC, inflation, and subjective value, and use BTC at vendor booths.

Here is a sneak peek of a clip we shot for Episode 4:

See Episode One here: http://youtu.be/TZjmcBGsrAs

See our Indigogo Campaign here: http://igg.me/at/sovereignliving/x/4953071

We currently have three episodes produced and are raising funds to produce the next three.  Check out the IndieGogo campaign to help make this vision a reality, pun intended.  BTC donations welcome.

Donate Bitcoin to Sovereign Living: 1Q6UNy7vFNS35sGgGUFJatm51cSa2wFcUn

Peace and Freedom,

John Bush

Co-Star and Executive Producer
John Bush

Thanks to Erik Voorhees for his support of Sovereign Living!
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My Wedding Vows to Catherine Inspired by the Eightfold Path of Buddhism

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My vows are inspired by the eightfold path, a Buddhist teaching described as the path that leads to the cessation of suffering and the achievement of self awakening. For my vows I am drawing draw insights from these eight areas of guidance in order to create a lasting marriage full of happiness and free of suffering.

I. Wisdom

1. Right understanding

Four noble truths of a happy marriage:

1. Happy marriages exist
2. There are causal factors that lead to an unhappy relationship
3. There are ways to avoid those factors, and have a happy marriage
4. This is the path to a happy marriage

2. Right intention – I vow to live my life from a place of love and compassion with an informed heart and feeling mind, enabling me to practice letting go of that which causes me suffering.

II. Ethics

3. Right speech – I vow to be truthful and forthright. I vow to be kind and loving in all the words i share with you. When communicating my grievances, i will use Curiosity and compassion, rather than complaining and condemnation.

4. Right action – I vow to always act in a manner that will bring about the most happiness for us as a couple and we as a family. I will always strive to ensure you are never left with an undue burden and you always have help, and help with a smile.

5. Right livelihood – i vow to be a good financial steward for our family, producing enough wealth for us to fulfill our needs and pursue happiness as we see fit, while saving enough to plan for our future and deal with emergencies.

III. Awakening

6. Right effort – I vow to consciously rid my self of those actions and thoughts which take away from our pursuit of a happy marriage and act only in a way that furthers happiness for both of us and our family. I commit myself to fulfilling this path.

7. Right mindfulness – When one is constantly living in the future or the past, they are missing out on the present. I vow to be wholly present during every moment we spend together, what better place to be than enjoying life with my favorite person in the world.

8. Right concentration – Is the goal of the eight fold path. In the individual spiritual sense, right concentration means that through meditation or concentration, one can bring about the cessation of all suffering and ill will and continuously exist in a state of inner tranquility.

The original Sanskrit word for this part of the path is Samma-Samadhi. Samma means right, prefect, or thorough. And samadhi literally means absorption.

Catherine, I vow to give myself to you, to let go of anything and everything that takes away from our tranquility and peace. In fulfilling this path, i will literally cease to be me, and become fully absorbed as part of you, and as you a part of me.

I love you cat. I am grateful the universe has brought us together and we have shared in our love for one another by creating this wonderful family. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you.

Groceries off the Grid

A week ago when Bitcoin was hovering around $1,200 I decided to liquidate some of my Bitcoin funds, not into paper…because let’s face it, the Bitcoin economy is growing and I can do just about everything BUT pay my rent and utilities with Bitcoin – and in some places that may even be an option! One of the biggest moments happened right then and there. I logged in to Gyft.com to purchase a giftcard and move my funds around…I saw it, staring me in the eye, the key to survival, Target and Whole Foods gift cards!

It’s no surprise that Whole Foods joined Gyft.com, John Mackey the CEO is very inclined to liberty and has been promoting the cause for years. I think, sometimes a lot of people forget about Target’s grocery section (or maybe it’s only really available at Super Targets), but either way they have a great selection of produce and organic, healthy foods. Did I mention I’m OBSESSED with grocery shopping? So now I get to combine two of my favorite things in the world AND the co-stars of Sovereign Living have a way in to a great grocery store and they don’t even have to earn/use FRN’s to do so.

What does this mean for the future?

As I said, I believe at this point everything can be provided for your basic living needs with Bitcoin earnings, except your rent (although some properties are now being sold for Bitcoin) and utilities. Good thing the stars of Sovereign Living are working their way to energy efficiency…they won’t need to worry about those pesky electric companies that have monopolized markets across the country. If you keep watching the show you’ll find out exactly how they plan to get off the energy grid.

Buying your orange juice and butter with Bitcoin is something I would have never dreamed to happen when I first entered into the “Bitcoin game”, but now I understand that Bitcoin is NOT just a currency it’s a lifestyle choice…a lifestyle choice that transcends the state. What more can you ask for?

Indie Gogo Update #7 in front of the church we got married in!

Behind us stands the historical Texana Church where we exchanged vows this past weekend. We enjoyed a stateless wedding with family and friends. It was perfect! Now it’s time to move and shake on our last 9 days of our Indie Gogo Campaign! Help us raise funds for the next batch of Sovereign Living episodes! We need you…donate on our Indie Gogo page or send us a Bitcoin donation.

Special note: today for every $20 donated, Indie Gogo will donate a dollar! #givingTuesday

The Homestretch Begins!

Our Indie Gogo Campaign has successfully raised over $6,000 in support for the show. We haven’t even factored in our Bitcoin donations yet…still catching up from the wedding, but that number will be available soon! Today I’d like to thank everyone for their contributions, large and small. This project is the first of its kind and will hopefully be a stepping stone to more education on peaceful resistance. With the holiday season approaching, we get it…funds are low and allocated for gifts to your family and friends. If this isn’t the case for you, we encourage you to give toward the project through Bitcoin donations or USD donations on our Indie Gogo page. If you can’t swing it, it’s ok, sharing our project on your Facebook page and/or Twitter is just as valuable to us.

We’ll have some pictures from the wedding up soon. It was beautiful and filled with love from our family and friends. Aliana looked like a princess and little Bill enjoyed himself, of course!

Thanks for staying with us during the holidays and giving us your support. Your motivation and encouragement through Facebook messages and via email are fuel to our self-sufficient fire! 🙂

Still to come this week…Tip of the Week #11, surprise perks for our last week of our Indie Gogo campaign, and more!