As many of you know, Jim is from New Mexico. He grew up on an apple orchard in the mountains near Tularosa. Many of you may remember the story about when Jim first met Lyn Buchanan.
Lyn was telling a group of new students how he had been taking his students up to a hill out in the country, where the local Apache spoke of lights in the trees at night. As Lyn described the area, Jim quietly responded, "That's my land." Turns out Lyn had been taking his students to Jim's hill, 13-acres of piñon and cedar just outside the Apache reservation.
We've shared many exciting and mysterious evenings on that hill since that night, and have seen the lights in the trees many times. New Mexico holds a mystique that few can deny.
Last June, when passing by Taos on our way home from a short vacation in Colorado, we discovered Earthships. (www.Earthship.com) I've written about them in previous newsletters, so I won't elaborate on them here.
Suffice it to say that we became impassioned with the idea of living a simpler lifestyle, one that would tread more lightly on the Earth, and lend itself to time in nature, more meditation, and a place of retreat.
Jim has long told me that I have amazing powers of manifestation. One evening, we talked with one of our daughters and her husband about moving to New Mexico. I commented how wonderful it would be to find a piece of land with several Earthships on it. That very evening, I found an ad online with exactly what I had described.
Over the next few months, we traveled to New Mexico and stayed on that piece of land several times, finally purchasing it in January. We have spent the last several months finishing up the renovation on our large training center in Amarillo -- and now we are selling it.
Change can be difficult, especially as we age. But continually adapting, letting go of that which holds us back and moving in to new situations is what keeps us young and vital. We feel called to this place, and hope that it will serve as a sanctuary -- a place of restoration and peace -- for many of our dear friends, loved ones, and of course, our students.
I will continue to teach CRV, ARV, ERV, and related courses from our mountain home. While I resisted teaching online for many years, now most of my students study with me online, and they love it. I learned that contrary to my expectations, the online students are doing as well as those who have studied with me face-to-face.
Our students enjoy a great deal of personalized attention, with excellent follow up after the course through the Online Mentoring Club meetings and classes we provide -- including two free 2-hour after-class mentoring sessions.
We wanted to let you, those who know us and follow us through our newsletters and posts, know about this upcoming change and to reassure you that I will now have time to do more than ever for you -- creating new content, finishing up my new CRV How-To book that will be coming out later this year, and offering some very exciting opportunities for learning in the coming months.
Thank you for your dedication to the exploration of consciousness and to your own growth and development! We look forward to serving you in the months and years to come!