Self-sufficiency

To build a life as self-sufficient and then I really mean to be self-sufficient in everything does not really require so much knowledge many people believe. Of course, you learn a lot from reading how to do and it is incredibly cool when you see it on books, but you have to make it work in practice as well. For me living in Sweden, where winter is long and cold, spring unstable, summers vary in heat and rain and autumn windy and gray it takes to learn how to read nature and how it works. This is something our ancestors did to survive in the past.

Here, too, my journey with different Native American tribes has helped me tremendously. Their knowledge of how nature works and the immense ability to read nature is fascinating.
I gained a lot of knowledge about living a self-sufficient life and how to take advantage of what nature has to offer it while not overcompensating nature on anything and living a life according to the laws of nature. This is one of the 7 Lakota, Sioux laws and it’s called humility. Yet another value that everyone in the world can take advantage of, learn and live up to in the best way to take care of our planet called Earth for thanks to our nature and its functions we humans have the opportunity to live.

Well back to life as self-sufficient. The first thing I did to succeed in a life in which I depended on nature’s assets was to venture out into Sweden’s nature and forest to find out what it is that grows naturally in the forests. What animals live here and what they eat, what herbs, vegetables and fruits belong in the forests here. Which of the assets in these forests I already knew and which ones I need to learn. Once I had collected everything I needed, I began to find out how the ancestors lived here and how they cured themselves. Here, the indigenous population still lives, they are Sami extends over large parts of the Nordic region, Sweden, Finland and Norway and are called the Native Indians of the north. Much of their way of life is very similar to the indigenous of America. I have also traveled around Lapland and what a trip! During my life in Sweden I have met some Sami living as before but also those who moved to civilization.
Over time, I began to test myself, make my own infusion of the herbs I could naturally pick in the wild but also of the herbs I learned from Native Americans myself, I started making my own spices, picked the well-known berries that grow naturally to make jam, juice but also they dry and use it to flavor the food. All berries contain substances and vitamins that are important for health. I tried to buy the meat and vegetables from the farmers around to avoid the meat sold in the big grocery stores, then I was sure that the animal I ate had a free and healthy life and did not contain any artificial substances whatsoever. While living in an apartment, I tried to live as healthy a life as possible and at the same time learn everything I could to start a life out in nature and be prepared to live a life of self-sufficiency in today’s society.

Now we live in the forest and have for 3 years built up my knowledge from scratch together with my husband and my sons. We only eat our own cultivated, bake our own bread, pick our own fruits, berries and herbs but the meat is still not our own. We get it from my mother-in-law and her husband who has their own sheep and lambs.
In sempterber, we took the next one in our lives that provided for ourselves, our 6 chickens and a rooster moved to us and sometime between Christmas and New Year we become self-sufficient with our own eggs. This spring, it is intended that we get our goats for milk and cheese production at the same time we will increase the number of chickens with the help of our chickens that we have now.

To succeed in a self-sufficient life without a startup capital requires a lot of work, but above all it is important to believe that it is possible, to have the ambition and the vision of what you want. It also requires an understanding of everything that grows, how to cook it, have patience, and most importantly, the belief in your own ability to make it.

To succeed in living a simple, self-sufficient life, you need nothing more than to honor and respect our nature, see her exactly as she is, beautiful and harmonious and believe in the character of strength and all of these require great humility.

The first time I met a Native American….

I was 4 years old the first time I saw a Native American and still today I remember that meeting as if it were yesterday. It was a hot summer evening, my family and I were sitting in a restaurant where we were having dinner. The air was warm and very comfortable. There were a lot of people, families with children and it was quite loud. almost all the tables were occupied, but at the bar there was only one man. I remember being fascinated by his long hair as he sat with his back to us. I had no idea that he was a Native American, he was dressed just like everyone else and for a four year old who had seen Native Americans on books and television wearing headdresses, the clothes he wore didn’t match the image I had.
We sat for a long time and ate and the evening became darker. From one second to another, the man sitting at the bar was gone, I didn’t think about it anymore and kept eating. Suddenly, the entire restaurant shut down and a big fire appeared on the beach and a few minutes later the magical melody followed by flutes. The music that was played I recognized, so I ran out and there he was …. the man sitting at the bar, with his traditional clothes and the big headdress full of feathers. What happened inside me was something so strong that only now when I write about it do I get it back and my eyes are filled with tears. Can you understand that I was only 4 years old but remember it so well?
With tears running down my cheeks and a sense of peace, freedom and admiration, I sat down by the fire for the rest of the evening to enjoy what I both heard and saw.
The magic aura that shone around him is something I still can’t explain today, but what I can attest to was that I was suddenly in another world.
After a long while, it was time for me to head home, and this is where I acquired my first knowledge from a Native American. My parents came out to give me some money that I would put in some kind of bowl he had in front of him, but when I stepped forward to put the money in the bowl he took my hand and closed it while looking at me and said .. .. ”Never forget that the most important thing in life is not what you get, it’s what you give.”
This knowledge came to help me through my life and today I understand what the wise Indian meant with the wise words. He gave me something that cannot be bought with money, he taught me the most important key to live a life of peace and that is to meet everthing that surrounds me whether it is a human or a leaf with kindness, compassion, humility and respect.