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  1. Hi Amy,
    Angelika’s podcast led me here and I enjoyed reading about your journey. We moved to the Nashville area last year as my husband had been commuting here from FL for the past five years. When we moved here, it was still a relatively small town and the TN people were so welcoming and friendly. It has been inundated with Californians (our entire neighborhood of new houses is almost entirely people from CA). The traffic has become ridiculous and this once happy town has experienced such growing pains in two short years it has changed dramatically – and sadly not for the better. I doubt we will stay for the long haul. But – our house value has doubled in one year which means moving will be impossible (no where to go or afford). Our neighbor, who works one town over, has been trying to move because it takes him an hour and a half to go 15 miles. He put in 3 offers $200k over asking and lost all three times.
    Anyhow, I hope you find what you are looking for! I might be regretting leaving FL a tiny bit. We left a red state for a red state. But sad to say we are already seeing the purple bringing discord and disharmony.

  2. Thanks for your insight. Red states offer freedom and liberty and the opportunity to live your life without the perpetual “nanny oversight.” Compare and contrast CA with TX, SD, IN or any other red state and it quite apparent and obvious. I see no attraction to what the Democratic Party (blue states) offers in policy. Just look at the state of affairs right now. Much of their thinking is irrational and illogical. I am a firm believer in “leave people alone” and stop interfering in peoples lives. I trust people to guide their own lives and decide what is best for them and their family. Coercion and tyranny are consistent with freedom and liberty.

  3. Thanks for sharing your journey Amy and Steve! I so hope you will find the place that is truly home for you. Thank you for being unabashedly authentically yourselves – always refreshing!

  4. As the country noticed, Virginia (where I live) voted in a right-wing governor recently. Never would I have dreamed I would be pleased that such a guy would be in leadership, yet my daughter and I breathed a deep sigh of relief, as he has a relaxed and open attitude about vaccination and masking. I believe he is vaccinated, and recommends it, but is not pushing new laws to be enacted based on a reign of terror.
    Like you, I have been most shocked by the rage and hatred fellow Democrats express toward the unvaxxed, including my friends. They have felt comfortable wishing that all the unvaxxed “hurry up and die” etc…I have been given leeway by my dearest friends because I have some autoimmune conditions and explained I might have terrible flareups if I were to get vaccinated. They seem to forgive me but always say, “I am so worried about you. I don’t want you to die.” They are completely convinced, even now, with omicron, that covid is a death sentence. Between homeopathy and supplements, I feel fairly well protected agains serious illness. My immune system has mostly worked pretty well for 74 years now, and I trust it more than Big Pharma.
    The extreme piety, the constant virtue-signaling and the hatred all remind me of the Puritan forefathers and mothers of this country, and I suspect that is where the roots of some of these attitudes lie. I am only a first-generation American, and grew up as a teenager in Morocco during a very open-minded period in that country’s long history. I am grateful that I don’t have generations of Puritan ancestors speaking through me. I think most of New England falls into this camp, and exert a powerful influence in the Eastern seaboard. I cannot visit NYC and go in anywhere, as far as I can tell.
    I plan to forward your article to some of my unvaxxed friends who will thoroughly enjoy it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts so eloquently and vulnerabiy.

  5. Hi Amy and Steve and family!
    I read all of this, and loved it….When you really listen to your inner self, or your ‘gut’ instincts…I personally find that everything works out well for me….and when I do not ‘listen’ well, it does NOT go so smoothly! Here in Oz it has been very much Medical Tyranny and I have not bought into it at all. I laugh every day, and post things on FBook like ‘Your giggle for today!’, just to help others keep themselves raised up. I applaud your moving, and I know you’re not sure because of your age, but I remember watching a movie once, and the older people there moved to a new country! She was not sure, and he said, ‘Let’s pretend we’re starting out…instead of ending up.’..and I remember thinking that this was great advice. I wish you well in all you do! Many hugs, and blessings, Barbara from South of Sydney in Oz xoxoxo (A Homeopath for over 35 years, and avid learner!)

  6. We are truly living in ‘interesting times.’ I’m still living in California, and experiencing the joys of recovering from longhaul covid caught in late January 2020, here in the SF bay area. I’ve found most people don’t relate to longcovid unless they had it–and as I’m sure you can appreciate, I’ve found recuperation to respond best to natural healing protocols. I’m now relapse free, and working on slowly reconditioning. I know many people who moved either just before or during the current situation, mostly due to feeling fearful. It’s interesting to see your thoughts and feelings with regard to your travel experiences–and I hope we can return to living more courageously here in California. Interesting to see your thoughts on Transhumanism; I wrote an article on it’s alternative, which I call Revhumanism:

    Choosing Revhumanism in Apocalyptic Times:
    https://bit.ly/3tlXyaI

  7. Thank you Amy. I wondered how your journey was. I so relate to so much of what you say. I know there are beautiful kind open souls out there all over our country. The challenging part for me are those in the “red states” for whom the only thing we have in common are the issues with the mandates and government control over our decisions. Problem is, it seems those in the more unvaxx friendly acceptance do not share that attitude when it comes to their religious beliefs (I am gay and Jewish and like yourself a left of the Dems who no longer feel at home in a party that has drunk some sort of authoritarian elixir of a different kind). It is a strange world I find myself in not feeling comfortable with those people I have spent my whole life with but also not comfortable with those who see the world from the same extreme on the other side. I heard Dr Mukary refer to himself as the Alt Middle. I think that moniker felt accurate for me. I will never ascribe to the beliefs of the angry hate filled right or left. It is in that Alternative Middle that I feel most comfortable. I don’t think those communities yet exist in the way we would like them to. The ideas of Charles and Zach Bush are not yet a reality that I know of and so I find myself trying to create more love in the community as I find myself in at the moment. I feel the anger subsiding her in California. With a war happening as I write it seems the anti vaxx haters are distracted. There will be those who have turned to fear as their comfort zone, but it feels like the world itself is changing and I’m not sure going somewhere else will make my life any richer. I still need to work for a few more years before retirement, but I am trying to bring more creativity and joy to my life in the meantime. It would be so nice for our “tribe” to increase to critical mass, but until then I hold the vision of the more beautiful world as a touchstone to live it in my own life. Peace and blessings

  8. Hi again,

    I am reading “The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible” and I am curious about the online community related to Charles Eisenstein books. Could you tell me where to find them?

    Thanks again and blessings,

    Marina

  9. Hi Amy,

    Thanks for this enlightening and encouraging article. I am amazed by your coherent nature. Congratulations!

    We live in California but North of the Bay Area where locally is not as harsh as in other areas. But some times we talk about leaving to a different state. Because of covid regulations but also of vaccine regulations in general.

    I am curious about your findings and the places that you are going to explore further to get started on a new life. I understand that this is a very personal choice but if you were willing to share about it, I would be willing and grateful to listen.

    In any case, thank you and the best for your journey ahead,

    Marina

  10. This is just beautiful and exactly what I have been feeling and thinking. And the higher power spiritual part – you are spot on. Traveling the country as well we have the same experience and are going to leave the Bay Area. fear is no way to live. I almost cried reading this – to actually find another NorCal resident with the same thoughts and experiences is refreshing.

  11. Hi Amy,

    What a great thoughtful post – I felt an immediate bond to your journey and experiences here and when traveling. I have traveled several times during the past two years to Tennessee and Texas to visit family and help my first born settle into her freshman year in San Antonio – now I am primarily motivated to get a reprieve from the bay area and look into properties to buy. I have always lived in CA and thought that the only place I would leave it for would be Hawaii – it’s crazy to now seriously see myself in Texas or Tennessee….but like you – the open arms and warm welcome and freedoms offered are becoming too compelling. I do hope we can meet while you are still here in the area – I am in Palo Alto -a couple of miles from you. Blessings to you and your husband Steve!

  12. Hello, Amy
    Your post reminded me of the book “Driving Miss Norma,” about another road trip involving an elderly woman, dying of cancer, who was able to experience adventure (and joy) for perhaps the first time in her life. Strangers were welcoming and compassionate, as I believe most people are, given the opportunity.
    My husband and I, who are 10 years senior to you, live on a farm in rural western Massachusetts, a very Blue area but not into paranoia. We were able to continue working out throughout the pandemic, something that I think saved our sanity. Our trainer’s other clients were too scared to show up, so we had the gym and the trainer to ourselves.
    I’m also a homeopath and unvaccinated, being well aware of the general problems with vaccination and particularly spooked by our inability to develop a safe vaccine for other corona virus infections, notably SARS and MERS. I treated (and still treat) Covid cases remotely but resumed seeing clients in person in the summer of 2020 — just needed that human contact — and have been doing so since.
    My husband and I both had the Omicron variant a couple of months ago. Homeopathy made short work of it. It’s easy not to live in fear if you have confidence in your body’s ability to rebalance itself. And take a few precautions. We do wear masks in public here, but it doesn’t feel onerous (at least not to us) if you view it as a courtesy to others.
    I’m sorry — but not surprised — that Bay Area culture has become so bizarre. California, my birth state, has been unrecognizable to me for many years. For almost that long I’ve been urging my son and his family to move out; but that has more to do with the precariousness of living in the western Sierras than with the alien nature of the culture. I think you’re right about the spiritual element (or lack of it): in California trendiness has substituted for belief systems.

  13. What a fascinating road trip you had, and it echoes some of our observations when we have travelled. How lucky we are to have you, as always, to express the same feelings so many of us face! I have lived near Austin Texas for decades and can verify there is less fear in our area. My husband thinks the fear factor is directly connected to how much TV people watch..(when our daughter went to Waldorf 1st grade in 1989 we got rid of television and I am certain it has contributed to our good mental health, lol.) I am also faced with disappointment in the liberal democrat mindset that I held dear for decades. I never ever thought I would have to watch Tucker Carlson (online) to hear Robert Malone be interviewed. Texas is still full of fiercely independent thinkers and mandates will not pass here without tremendous resistance. I will wait to hear where you settle and if you come to Texas will be one of the huggers to greet you! I feel certain you will find happiness in your new choice of home.

  14. Dear Amy,
    Thank you for your warm and wonderful article. Dear friends and homeopath Myra Nissen sent it to me and had mentioned you in the past! Learrned in SA from local homeopaths that anti vax was a better path! Moved with 1st husband to CA in 1989. I have been antivax since I can remember and felt strongly mainly because I was born on July 4th, that I was destined to come and help here with my children [adults now]. The Covid didn;t touch me,even though I was often maskless.
    I became a deeply invested Flower Essence therapist and teacher, as well as being an artist, as are my children and grandchildren. I had a pretty effective Art Critique group from 1995 until the pandemic shut me down.

    With Covid onset here I reluctantly followed the rules, but decided no vax for anyone I could persuade otherwise…My first husband and his wife were vaxxed. My 2nd husband, a psychiatrist [medical]I could not persuaded and he took both Pfizer shots and boosters – and I stopped speaking about not being vaxxed, 1

    18 women from my Art discussion group [a couple of them clients of mine, rushed off to all get Vaxxed and I was told I needed to be also, if I wanted to continue showing my artwork with the group!! Have not seen them since then!

    Also most friends realized I was proTrump as my daughter opened me up to that direction, and I have lost the loving friendships I had made and enjoyed for about 30 years.

    My essence practice closed down – only connected with a couple of old friends – even a best friend in South Africa said I had become taken in by “fake controversy theories” and I could feel the chill in her attitude towards me even after I lost a my dear brother in January. Husband’s family was [all vaxxed],stay away, I am learning more about my other physical issues and working with a Sangoma in Cape Town – who was suggested by a homeopath I know there.

    I am now 80, and my health is improving. I am stronger, but tire easily. I am still hoping to update my web site and continue with my essence healing, as well as my artwork. My artwork is on my website too! Thanks for reading all this! God Bless you and your husband!

  15. Dear Amy, I enjoyed the story of your travels and your reflections in the time of this strange covid narrative. I live in a rural part of Northern California and while it’s not as restrictive as the Bay Area, I too have been shocked by the shunning of friends, book clubs, and favorite theaters and even an outdoor hiking group. However, I have come to love the growing community of unvaccinated people who are caring, thoughtful and connective. We meet regularly for potlucks and ceremonial speaking (listening) circles and find tremendous strength and courage together. I used to live in Berkeley and was able to study many holistic health modalities. I most likely will stay where I am and continue to offer natural healing in my community. It seems like it’s needed now more than ever. There is also a sense that we were made for these times, to have gathered skills and wisdom to help each other during what feels like a strange kind of wartime.

    • Anasuya, I think that if we had left the Bay Area before this point, we might not have been as inclined to leave. However, it is also true that almost anywhere else we might have moved to is in even more danger of the ever increasing fires. Plus, there are the ever-increasing number of new laws that are being proposed for all Californians, just in 2022. Hopefully they will not be passed, but unfortunately, it seems that much more control is coming down the pike. I hope not! All the best.

  16. Amy this resonated so strongly with me. I am originally from Midwest and moved to CA fresh out of college 35 years ago. I had wanted to live here my entire life and I fell in love with it. First in SoCal living on the beach, taking off to Mexico for beach camping, day trips to Catalina, hiking at Joshua Tree, too many to name. And now 25 years living here in Bay Area (I’m close to you, in Mountain View) enjoying our hiking, camping and quick access to both beaches/surfing and mountain/skiing. CA native friends tell me i appreciate and experience more than they have their entire lives here! I have also loved the diversity of our communities and one of the reasons I always thought I’d never return to Midwest as Id very much miss that part.

    Covid came and I was astonished at the reaction by my social circle. I understood the concerns and fears (I had them too until I actually got a Covid Nov2020 and it was basically a mild flu for me) but the overreaction was shocking. People were sheltering, no one would get together even outside, my teenagers (had my kids late!) friends wouldn’t hang out. So I took to the road, from April 2020 thru Aug 2021 I drove with my kids to family in Midwest 3 times….Oklahoma, Missouri and Colorado every trip. Most recent trip last summer we did 6000 miles, 14 states (college hunting for daughter). It was AMAZING, like going to an entirely different country! My 80-yr old parents always welcomed us (we’re all unvaxxed) as did thankfully all our family.

    EACH and EVERY trip the moment we crossed state line was liberating and refreshing, like a load off my shoulders. And each and every trip back the minute we crossed back in to CA was like a cloud coming over me. It was impalpable yet heavy.

    My daughter is a Senior and we are making sure she attends a college out of state and in a “free” land with no vax or mask mandates. My son will start HS and we will be moving him out too if they require vax/mask. I will not let his life be so restricted ever again. He lost his DC trip, Shakespeare festival in OR, countless sports, school events and social activities. I need to get him somewhere normal. And it’s definitely out here, it’s just not in CA. Can you believe that? This progressive state that was always a leader, what truly has happened here, it’s insane!

    Now, all the travel I’ve done and places I’ve lived, the difficulty still is where to land!

    I’m going back thru your posts and very much enjoying your writings. Thank you for sharing with such grace and humility, it’s refreshing!

  17. H Amy,

    Thanks for these words.

    I was living in Palo Alto at the start of COVID but moved to the Treasure Valley in ID in the beginning of 2021. My family first drove from the Bay Area to ID in Dec 2020 to look at houses. Our first stop outside CA was in Sparks NV at a park on a lake. My two little boys ran to play with the birds on the lake beach and another boy came up to play with them. The other mom smiled at me and it was the first time in months that other humans approached us normally with smiles and happiness to interact. I almost started to cry and realized life was still going on as I remembered it had been pre-plandemic.

    I grew up in Palo Alto. The smell of the trees there and the way the sun feels reminds me of my childhood. My family and friends are there and beginning to raise my own family there felt so special and reassuring. However, I think about the history of civilization and there are time and time again, places you do not want to be. And my life unfolded that the special place in heart is not a good place to be at this time.

  18. Thank you, Amy, for such an insightful article. I feel exactly as you do. I am currently readying my house in the Bay Area for sale. I am moving to Texas for exactly the same reasons you mention in this article. My fear and the fear of everyone living in red states is that the Californians moving in will continue to vote Democrat because they are so violently opposed to Republicans. Red states don’t want to be turned purple or blue. If you want to change a red state, you should stay in California.

  19. Thank you Amy,
    A friend forwarded this to me. I live in Santa Cruz and need to continually find balance in all this insanity by immersing myself in nature.
    I have tears of gratitude welling up from my heart as I stretch open into the truth of where my freedom and security live. This is in the being of human being, this presence within my self and others. Reading your words of your journey of discovery brings me hope and connection. Naming the fear brings me clarity to choose. I am curious
    to hear more of your discoveries.
    In admiration,
    Avanna

  20. Great article Amy
    Your such an amazing writer
    I love that we stayed in contact via emails throughout the years
    Both you and your husband have brilliant minds
    Thank you for sharing your story
    GT

  21. Thank you so much for the post Amy. I had similar experience and eventually our family moved to Florida in December.
    The difference between Bay Area, CA and the rest of CA and US is quite astonishing! If at least there would be results to speak for it would be at least somewhat logical, but in terms of health it is really not significant and in terms of mental health, no one talks but in my close environment I can tell that it has been devastating.
    I visited Reno, NV in June 2020 and was happy to be in freedom, every time I left the Bay Area during these 2 years I started to feel alive and every time I went back something in me died. I was feeling opressed.
    Seems like life is changing and we need to listen to our hearts.
    If you are looking into Florida please do contact me.

  22. Beautifully written and right on.
    We have also questioned staying in California. We are coming to the conclusion that it might be better to stay. I am corroborating with other homeopaths to get an acute study guide written, so families can take back some of their health choices, in a safe and effective way. My husband, who has worked most of his life to come up with solutions to climate change, is now working with farmers to regenerate the soil which will help with climate change. We are in our seventies and feel a real call to stay here, muster up all the courage we can find, and help to turn this disconnectedness around. We need brave Souls right now.
    It is sooooo difficult. We too have been shunned, branded as nuts, accused of being far right-wingers, and lost life long friends and some family. But, we are slowly banding together with like minded people who are standing strong and supporting each other’s strong spirits.
    Wherever you go, please keep writing and sharing, as you have. You are a blessing and valued Spirit in our community. Wherever you decide to go, that community will be blessed by your presence. Best to you.

  23. Amy, so grateful for the post and the perspectives you share. I find this extremely helpful as I try to discern my own next chapter (I also live in the Bay Area). Thank you.

  24. Amy,

    Thank you so much for your article… My husband and I moved to Tinos, a Cycladic island in Greece before Covid, for many of the values that you wrote about… close to the land, people who share a deep spiritual connection to something bigger than themselves…

    Greece is like California in its propaganda and rules… but somehow on the island there is flexibility… we’ve only had to wear the mask (sort of hanging from our chins lol) in the grocery store… restaurants have been open even though they are not suppose to be… same with shop keepers… but the best part has been the tiny community that will not get V and seems to understand a deeper truth about freedom and how instituting V passports is a totalitarian governmental move.

    I hope you find your new home…

    If you ever want to visit Tinos, let me know:)

    xxoo

    • Melissa, so nice to hear from you! Yes, I’m sure I will write a new article once we have completed our search and move. This year is bringing great change for us and so many others, if we are listening to our souls. -Amy

      • Dear Amy
        Just today I found your blog & your writing about your travels & thoughts about the America tell me that you are very soulful person.
        I am also Jewish, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, came to US 31 y ago, live on the East coast. Would love to share with you journey & spiritual awakening. I have 2 college degrees, 61 y.o , had to retire early due to health conditions.
        I always has been sceptical about mainstream medicine so Natural medicine is my preference & no V!
        As you know, we all carry past generations baggage. It’s tough but also supposed to make us wiser. The stories of my 2 heroic grandmothers survivals during the Holocaust keep be hanging on the surface of this dark ” water” world…
        What state did you move to?
        Are you a Homeopath?
        Blessings.
        Golda Inna

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