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The Law Of Attraction IN ACTION. A Candid Chat With Conscious Activist, KENNY PALURINTANO.

This article was written by a beautiful soul I met at Anarchapulco this year, Erika Harris. To see the original, go here. Be sure to follow her on Steemit & Youtube

 


 

A Quick Look At The Gift Economy
According to Wikipedia: “A gift economy, gift culture, or gift exchange is a mode of exchange where valuables are not traded or sold, but rather given without an explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards. This contrasts with a barter economy or a market economy, where goods and services are primarily exchanged for value received.”

Eight or nine years, ago I was introduced to the prolific work of Charles Eisenstein. He’s Yale-educated in philosophy and mathematics, but seems to value much more, his direct and personal learning experiences. Charles is a genuinely brilliant person of original thought. He wrote, and freely gives away:

These lofty ideals floated in my head, and sometimes I tried them out in my life and small business. But not until I met Kenny did I see AN ENTIRE LIFE FLOW FROM these principles.

Our conversation below is about an hour. We were outside in the backyard of La Casa Creativa (one of Kenny’s many manifestations), so please pardon music, airplanes and other background sounds during the chat.

You’ll hear how Kenny journeyed from a life he wasn’t all that excited to live, to a near-magical mindset that seems to confidently manifest whatever he needs, and very often wants.

I wonder how the practice of a gift economy, and applying the Law of Attraction, will be received by those who celebrate free markets, capitalism, reason and logic?

Living Outside The Money Matrix
In fact, I was so intrigued that Kenny lives predominantly outside the money matrix, that single question was the basis of our recorded talk, but he shared much more than impersonal theory. He talks about:

  • how he shifted from selling drugs, to full-time activism
  • how he shifted from hard core atheism, to practicing the Law of Attraction
  • his greatest influences: Marshall Sylver and Abraham-Hicks
  • how The Rainbow Family/Gathering is cashless anarchy in practice. HERE is Kenny’s excellent 5-part series on it.
  • how he TRAVELS FOR FREE
  • how he cleansed his body for a year, then his mind, then his life
  • how he wants “to be the kind of person that I want to see raising kids to change the world.”
  • how he stopped fearing the unknown, and also death
  • how he arranged for Alais Clay to perform at Anarchapulco
  • “If you live in fear, you’re going to experience the things you fear. I just trust that everything is going to be taken care of, and it always is.”
  • how an intense mushroom trip dissolved his identity, and exposed his false masks
  • how he worked as a distributor for GT’s Kombucha
  • how he re-programmed his brain, from negative to positively manifesting
  • “I won’t do anything for money, that I wouldn’t do for free.”
  • how he made a cannabis-infused BBQ sauce, that got him his first catering gig, which opened him to the joy of cooking for others!
  • how Kenny’s Conscious Kitchen has evolved… to just Kenny
  • how logic and the brain alone, is not enough to lead to happiness
  • how the #1 thing we can do to change the world, is to HEAL OURSELVES

Our Chat

Act as if…
See that smooth white rock? It’s a rare possession Kenny holds on to (as he seems to liquidate/give away as much as possible between his frequent travels). At one time, he carried this stone in his pocket, and ran his fingers over the colored words often enough, that they completely faded. It used to say: “Act as if you already are the person you want to be.”

Everyone loves and respects Kenny a great deal. I think it’s because his integrity is so high. What he SAYS, and how you see him LIVE, are aligned. You see principles in action, and I know I’ve been inspired and positively challenged to up my game on all levels since having met him a few months ago.


Two examples of agorism in action:
#1: La Casa Creativa
With the bankrolling help of Nathan and Lisa Freeman (who just gave birth to Spring Equinox baby Ira Belle yesterday!), Kenny organized special housing during Anarchapulco. It was special because of the vision it sprang from. It was special because of the unique blend of folks who stayed together under one beautiful roof, including: Sterlin Luxan, Alais Clay, Truniversal, Derrick Broze, Kurt David Robinson, Benny Wills, Starr O’Hara, an awesome traveler named Stxs, me and others… including That Guy T for one night! It was special because we each were entrusted to set our own price/offering, based on our ability and circumstance. It was special because it was voluntary, agorist and alchemical. [Note from Nathan Freeman: “Kenny paid back the money for the house in full. I’d like people to know that.”]

#2: Kombucha Workshop
In the picture above, the black crate in the right corner had more than a dozen SCOBYs (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) that Kenny gave each person who attended his FREE kombucha workshop this past Sunday at Verde Vegan. He taught us how to start brewing, gave us what we needed to start, and did not charge for the information or the SCOBY. Instead, he trusted us to each offer what we could, or thought appropriate. In his own words in a PM: “I’m doing this, as everything, on the gift economy, so there is no expectation or attachment to anything coming back, and anything that does is great.

I offered to do this post, and give him all the earnings from it. But it wasn’t just to pay for the kombucha workshop…

It is mostly to thank Kenny for refreshing my heart and spirit with his insistence to do so much good in the world. It is mostly to honor the brave social choices he makes, that help him maintain such a high and positive vibration in a world that seems to prefer complaints over solutions, and grumbling over gratitude. Talking with an adult who is free of cynicism and pessimism: (1) is a rare occurrence; and (2) hydrates your soul.

In that way, Kenny Palurintano is a cool drink of coconut water. If you’re inspired to, please help him reach his goal. He is happily open to Bitcoin gifts: 15bNwnDeT8TfgCMWjvHm4tAjaCArSyNAoN


Fancy a chat… or prefer to be listened to, lavishly? I’m available by appointment HERE.

Verde Vegan: The Only Vegan Restaurant In Acapulco Also Accepts Bitcoin

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There aren’t many places in Mexico where you can get fresh-squeezed juices, vegan ice cream, superfood smoothies, and a full menu of vegan takes on popular dishes from around the world… all with Bitcoin! Enter Verde Vegan, a delightful little restaurant & juice bar, located a few minutes away from the traffic, and operated by conscious, freedom-minded, Bitcoin-loving locals 🙂

Juice Board

The Food

The restaurant offers quite a wide variety of vegan delights, and I could talk about them all day, so I’m just going to run through the menu categories and give a little bit of information about each one.

  • Drinks: The beverage menu includes 5 juice blends (though you can always get a specific juice made as well), and 20 smoothies, starting at just 40 pesos ($2). They also offer a variety of organic teas, coffee, and house-made nut-milks. My favorite: The Maniac (Peanut butter [made in-house], cacao powder, banana, cacao nibs, cinnamon, vegan milk)
  • Breakfast (Served all day): From Mexican classics like chilaquiles & enfrijoladas to the ubiquitous french toast & crepes, the breakfast menu has a little bit of everything. With the most expensive item coming in under $6, they’re all an amazing deal as well. My favorite: Quinoa Pancakes (soon to be buckwheat! Try them with strawberry marmalade & banana ice cream)
  • Tacos: Right now there are 6 types of tacos, and the new version of the menu will include even more. Chorizo, al pastor, portabello, mixed veggies, the variety of flavor available is astounding, and with homemade tortillas, you really can’t go wrong. My favorite: Hummus in Lettuce (lebanese style tacos with cucumber, tomato, radish, pickles, and hummus served on crisp romaine lettuce)
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  • Mexican Favorites: This is a relatively new section of the menu, to the point that it isn’t even listed on the paper menus right now. It includes tostadas, enchiladas rojas & suizas, sopes, and huaraches, with more items to appear on the new version of the menu. My favorite: Enchiladas Suizas (4 corn tortillas filled with black beans, with the most divine salsa verde, a creamy potato cheese, and sprinkled with a crumbly almond cheese [pictured above with a Maniac smoothie])
  • Salads: This is the first category that is getting a major overhaul with the new menu, these all come in a small ($4-5) or large ($5-6) option, and they are all amazingly filling. From super greens to that fusion, from mediterranean to pears & walnuts, these salads have it all! My favorite: Pitagoras (Lettuce, parsley, mint, cucumber, tomato, black olives, quinoa, and tahini dressing)
  • Sandwiches: This category is being almost completely switched around for the new menu, where an Italian (including “mozzarella” and a reuben will be joining the lineup, along with a possible un-tuna sandwich as well. Each sandwich comes on your choice of Ezekiel Bread, or house-made gluten free bread (tomato or olive & onion), and comes with a small salad. My favorite: The Vital (Shredded carrot & beet, hummus, chard, avocado, and tomato [on the olive & onion bread])
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  • Burgers: The only burger carrying over from the old menu is the portobello, and a variety are being added, including a sweet potato based patty, a quinoa based patty, and the black bean & veggie patty. My favorite: The black bean & veggie (it doesn’t have a name yet, and I’m biased since I created it, but damn is it tasty! Served with sauerkraut, sprouts, tomato, onion, lettuce, avocado, and my own take on 1000 island dressing, it’s a flavorstravaganza [pictured above])
  • Raw Food: This section will be growing with the new menu, but already has some delicious options including nori rolls (becoming spring rolls), chard burritos, raw pasta (with tomato sauce & “cheese” or alfredo sauce), and the Carpacciote (green apples, tomatillos, cucumber, and avocado with parsley, sesame seeds, and spirulina dressing). My favorite: Chard Burritos (Alfalfa sprouts, spinach, radish, tomato, onion, cilantro, avocado mayonnaise, chipotle salsa, and creamy cashew “cheese”)

The Store

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Did I mention that the restaurant also has a organic grocery store with a pass-through door? Verde Pistache is the only place in Acapulco with much of an organic selection, including spices, superfood powders, grains & cereals, meat alternatives, body care products, cleaning supplies, and much more. Pistache is the only place around to find things like (real) pickles, fennugreek, organic soap & toothpaste, etc.

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The store features a variety of local products like dehydrated beet chips & mole sauce, as well as imports like Ezekiel Bread, organic laundry soap, nutritional yeast, and super-food powders that are not available (or much more expensive) anywhere else in town. They are always expanding and bringing in more wonderful things, like the organic ketchup that appeared between my leaving on Friday and writing this article on Sunday.

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Verde Vegan & Anarchapulco

Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I’ve been coming down to Acapulco for the last three years to attend Anarchapulco. The conference has changed my life in many ways, and I’ve connected with many amazing humans, both living in Acapulco and in town for the event as well. The first year of the conference, I was staying at La Copacabana, the venue for the conference, since it was all-inclusive and my budget was rather limited. The only real downside to doing that way was that I only ate anywhere but the hotel 1 time during my visit. The second year of the conference, I spent almost a month in Acapulco and discovered Verde Vegan, and it immediately became my regular hangout. Over the week of the conference last year, Verde Vegan was ALWAYS packed with anarchists, and the community has built a strong relationship with the owners & employees of this wonderful little hidden gem.

In 2017, the collaboration between VV & Anarchapulco is stepping up to another level entirely. For its third year, the conference has moved to its third venue, El Mundo Imperial, the largest & most bad-ass hotel & resort in town. The Imperial is in the Diamante region of Acapulco, near the airport & far away from the busy-ness of the Costera (think of “the Strip” in Las Vegas), which is an all-around great thing… except that it’s a 30-minute drive from Verde Vegan. This sounds like an issue right? It would be, except that the organizers of Anarchapulco & the owners of Verde Vegan have reached out to the Imperial, and have locked in a satellite location for the restaurant, on-site at the venue itself, just downstairs from the speakers will be.

For the conference, there will be a limited version of the menu, with slightly higher prices (due to additional overhead… still cheaper than the US or the other restaurants at the venue), and they will not have access to an oven at the satellite location. There will be an increased focus on quick service, while maintaining the same high standards for taste & ingredient quality. If you’re used to eating at vegan & organic restaurants in the US, Canada, or Europe, prepare to have your mind blown when you get the same quality of food for a fraction of the price. The largest, most expensive smoothie, still comes in under $6 US.

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the first run of the new ‘Italian’ sandwich

Kenny’s Conscious Kitchen & Verde Vegan

I’ve been in Acapulco for almost three weeks now, and I’ve been down here every other day or so, enjoying the vibe, the food, and using the wi-fi to get plenty of work done 🙂 After talking about it quite a bit last year, I’m finally getting to plug in with them as well; this past week I started volunteering in the kitchen 3 days a week, helping them create new menu items, and learning their recipes for the conference (where I will be helping run the satellite location). This is really exciting for me because Amparo, their head chef & nutritionist, cooks in a very similar way to myself, and I’m finally getting some full immersion in spanish (the one downside to spending your time in Mexico with anarchists from the US & Canada).

I’m also helping them build their online presence, getting them listed on all of bitcoin, vegan, and general restaurant finders. Verde Vegan and it’s suppliers represent the whole of the health-food movement in this part of Mexico, and I want to do everything I can to help that reach more locals, and ensure that travelers can easily find this hidden gem. Please like/follow them on Facebook & Twitter, and if you’ve eaten here before (yes I’m typing this article in the restaurant right now), please leave a review on HappyCowTripAdvisor, or Yelp

Booch

When it comes time for Anarchapulco, you know where to find me, and we’ll be offering my home-brewed kombucha as well. I brought a culture all the way from Oregon, after experiencing the painful lack of fermented foods in Acapulco last year, and it’s quickly growing. I’ve got 3 SCOBYs so far, but that’s a story for another post 🙂

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a new artichoke dish we created on Friday

Thanks for reading, and remember to follow me on Steemit to catch all of my articles about traveling the world, delicious vegan food, philosophy, and much more 🙂

KCK
 

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Anarchapulco 2016 Re-Cap

2 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Anarchapulco conference. Last year’s conference changed my life; I met some people who are now great friends, I heard Dayna Martin speak for the first time, which was no small part in my decision to have children in the near future, and when I got back to Portland from the conference, I knew I couldn’t continue working a job & paying rent.

This year, I knew I wanted to get even more out of the experience, spend more time with the community, and do whatever I could to make it life-changing for everyone else attending. To start my journey to Acapulco, 3 friends and I traveled to Guatemala, attended the Rainbow Gathering there, and spent some time visiting Lake Atitlan. At the beginning of February, I made my journey north, finding a ride with some friends on their way back to Colorado. Over the course of our 2 day drive from the lake to Acapulco, we managed to get to the Guatemala-Mexico border right as it closed for the night, and we were stopped about 2 dozen times at Policia Federales checkpoints. The first time we were stopped, all three of us were asked to step out of the car. I had been in the back of the van full of gear, wearing just a pair of shorts as it was ~90 degrees out, and when I got out, the female officer pointed at my chest hair and looked at her compatriots a few times before running her hands through it and making a purring sound. Getting sexually harassed by the police less than an hour into a country has got to be some sort of record.

Acapulco View

Upon arriving in Acapulco, I met up with Juan Galt, one of the local anarchists, who had been helping me find a place to rent, and offered to let me stay with him while checking a few out. Juan and his roommate Ryan are awesome guys, and starting that very night, we had many hours of wonderful conversation. Juan is working on a documentary series about Acapulco and its anarchist community, and Ryan is creating a wi-fi network to span the city. Since the guys had a blender in their apartment, I started making us all smoothies every morning, one of my favorite ways to start the day. After talking to Ryan about my plans for my website, he helped me set everything up and get started, and with the laptop that Juan let me borrow, I got to working. After a couple of days staying with them, I ended up renting the apartment downstairs for the rest of the month, so I would have a place for my friends to stay when they started arriving in town. As it turned out, the apartment across the hall from me was also being rented by Kurt, another anarchist in town for the conference, so we started getting to know each other as well. As people started arriving to stay with Kurt or myself, I kept making smoothies for everyone, a slightly bigger batch each day it seemed like. Just about every day there was some kind of meet-up, party, or adventure to go on with the community in town, and I took every opportunity I could to connect with these amazing people. As more and more people started arriving in town, I began making large meals and offering them to anyone who wanted to try my vegan cooking. Many of these folks gave me pesos when they would come and eat, and this allowed me to keep making more food for myself, my neighbors, and anyone else who was hungry. After my first two weeks in Acapulco, I mentioned to a friend that I already felt like I had gotten more out of my trip than last year, without the conference even having started yet.

As the conference drew close, I focused on getting my website to the point where I felt comfortable handing out business cards with a link on them. On Wednesday the 17th, the first day of workshops for the event, I reached out to my friend Alais, who was on her way down to headline the concert, and discovered she had missed her flight. After many hours of scrambling, we lined her up an alternative, which was more complicated, but would still get her to town a few hours before the concert was scheduled to start Friday evening. I spent much of Thursday cooking a huge dish of curry and putting it into containers to share with people. Friday I headed to the conference room and listened to Jeff’s opening speech, as well as the one after him (the only speeches I actually heard all weekend), before heading back to my place to pick up some meals to deliver, then catching a taxi to the airport to pick Alais up. The rest of the day was just a blur of talking to amazing people, giving out business cards, and re-connecting with friends I hadn’t seen since the 2015 conference. When the conference ended for the day, we brought the sound equipment out to the pool area and started setting up for the evening’s concert. Once it was obvious that the set-up was going smoothly, I went to wake Alais up from a nap, get a smoothie from Verde Vegan, and head to the concert. Things didn’t get rolling until a couple of hours after they were scheduled to, but when they did! Nadia D opened it up, and her voice was absolutely beautiful. She was followed by Jeff Berwick himself, performing a song from his past life as the #2 white rapper in 90’s Canada. Next up was my good friend Kurt, performing a few songs, including fan favorite “To Acapulco“. L-Dixon came on next, and While I had never heard of him before, I’m definitely a fan now. Finally, Alais came on stage and absolutely BLEW EVERYONE AWAY! You would not believe the amount of praise she got from the audience (and I did for getting her down there).

For the next part of my experience to make sense, I need to mention part of last year’s conference. Both years now, Dayna Martin has offered a full-day workshop on peaceful parenting & unschooling. Last year, since I had no intentions of having children, I skipped her workshop. I did, however, catch her 30 minute presentation during the conference proper, and besides bringing just about everyone in the room to tears, her talk was one of the major factors in my recent decision to get myself to the point that I am the kind of person I want to see raising kids. Getting ready for this year’s conference, I decided that I most definitely would be attending her workshop this time around. About a week before the conference, I sent out my most recent email update, and at the end of the email I mentioned that I wanted to attend this workshop (a $150 cost), and asked for assistance coming up with these funds. About a day later, I received a message that Dayna was hoping to have some vegan treats handed out at the end of her presentation during the conference, and if I would be interested in making & distributing these, I could attend the workshop. Of course I jumped at the opportunity, excited not only to attend the workshop, but also to be able to share some food medicine with all the attendees of the conference. I decided on making a no-bake cookie / bliss-ball mashup (recipe to be posted soon), adding a good bit of ginger and turmeric for immune system support as many at the conference had been coming down with various bugs. First thing Saturday morning, I headed up to the Freeman house, where Dayna & her family were staying, to prepare the treats. I was at the house until about 3 in the afternoon, getting to know Dayna & her husband Joe, and getting to observe their interactions with their kids. The cookies were extremely gooey at this point, as I had never made gallons of bliss balls before, and the amount of moisture was way off. We all talked about the possibilities, and let go of any attachment to the desserts being given out at 5:30 during her speech. When we left the house and their family all went to Verde Vegan to grab lunch before heading to the conference, I bought some coconut flour and headed to my apartment to see what I could do. I managed to get the moisture level a little more normalized, and my friends helped me roll up almost 300 balls just in time to get over about halfway through Dayna’s talk.

No Bake Anarchookies

Sunday morning, I headed out early to start preparing food for a post-conference party on Monday night that I was helping cater. We started the day with a trip to the grocery store, where we filled 2 entire carts (to the point of overflowing) with food, then got all that food, as well as the 4 of us, into a Volkswagen Beetle. From there we headed back to the villa, and I spent the next hours making huge amounts of hummus, guacamole, superfood pudding, chocolate dip for the fruit tray, and sunflower seed pate veggie bites. I caught a ride back to the conference and spent some time mingling & networking before calling it another early night. Monday I started the day with smoothies for the gang once again, then headed off to Dayna’s workshop (although I already felt like I had gotten more than I hoped for just from hanging out with her and her family). While waiting for things to get started, I realized it would be awesome if Alais could perform for everyone at the party, so I started reaching out to everyone who had some say in the use of the sound equipment. The workshop was great, offering quite a bit of insight and many stories of how the Martin family handles their lifestyle. I won’t go into too much detail here, as I’m planning to do a write-up about my take away once I finish reading Dayna’s book, “Radical Unschooling”. After the workshop was over, I went back to my apartment to freshen up, then back to the hotel to round up the sound equipment and head up to the villa. When I got there, Alais & Ryan took over setting up the equipment while I made ingredients lists for my dishes, leaving one of my business cards next to each one as well. Alais got a chance to perform about 3.5 songs before we started having some technical difficulties.

I spent the next week at a VERY low energy level, mostly just sleeping, listening to music, and smoking surprisingly stony Mexican weed. At the beginning of March, after spending my last evening in town with the Freemans, I caught a bus to Mexico City, then 2 flights to get my to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I am writing this.

Although I missed much of the “conference” in terms of the speeches, I can certainly say that my experience was even better than last year, the variety of topics being spoken about was much more widespread, and I met many more people I resonated with than the previous year. You can be sure I’ll be attending Anarchapulco again next year, and I know it will be even better than this year.

I want to give a huge thanks to:
-Nathan & Lisa, for all the opportunities & support you offered me. Nathan, I would especially like to thank you for all of your hard work putting together this year’s conference.
-Juan, for letting me stay with you, loaning me your laptop for a few weeks, translating, and helping me find an apartment.
-Ryan, for letting me stay with you, and helping me set up my website.
-Dayna & Joe, for working out a direct energy exchange for me to attend your workshop, and for being such an amazing example of what parents can look like.
-Alais, for letting me drag you thousands of miles to perform for 45 minutes.
-Michael & Candice, for letting me prepare food for your party.
-My parents, for supporting me in everything that I do!
-And everyone else who bought my food, welcomed me into their life, offered their support, and helped make February such an amazing month for me: Steve & Achara, Pontus & Ulrika, Linus, Steven, David, Kurt, Haji, Jennifer, Victor, Lil, Aaron, Leo, Pal, Gustavo, Adam, and many more…