Pamela Shakespeare is one of those people whom you are immediately drawn to. She shines with compassion, openness and a deep sense of wisdom and a knowing that is so rare to discover. She is a jewel in the ruff, a mother, student and enlightened being whom is working for a better world and life for you, for me and most importantly, for her beautiful son Kelton. Currently she is completing a BA at the Vancouver Island University majoring in Global Studies, with plans to continue for a Masters in sustainable development. Pamela’s passions lie in nature, especially the ocean, and her love for traveling, adventure, and freedom! Someday she hopes to create a non-profit society that grows hemp and reintroduces it as a staple crop for the betterment of humanity and the Earth.
Describe yourself… As if you were your very best friend / lover / secret admirer.
I am a positive, kind hearted, passionate, and always up for adventure kind of a person. People come to me if they want to have deep conversations, get philosophical, and go on nature journeys. I usually have a million projects on the go and have a satiation for knowledge that whirls me in all directions, but tends to keep things interesting. I am always trying to reinvent the best version of myself while allowing life to take me where it may, a dreamer and a drifter. I think a lover would describe me this way but include affectionate and caring, and as for a secret admirer I have yet to receive a letter, haha.
If you parents / teacher / god / whoever holds your sense of personal propriety in check was GONE (poof!) and there was no one to upset, offend or disappoint…..who would you become?
While being a self-reliant beach dwelling surfer, I would become an advocate for institutional reform, social wellbeing, and environmental sustainability. Nature is my inspiration and I feel a strong urge to protect it. Without concern for disappointment, judgement, and especially causing upset, I would become more outspoken, ask more personal questions and challenge the status quo that shape who we become.
Describe what you do to earn money.
Right now I don’t earn money, I borrow it. Yup, that massive student loan is piling up.
What is the best business and/or life advice you have ever learnt?
Be your own boss, and do something you love.
What’s your biggest fear? How do you overcome it?
Fear is an interesting subject. My relationship with it has changed over time, and I still have a lot of exploring to do with this one. I grew up fearing death, as I was raised to believe that when you die, that is it. This created many moments of intense anxiety when thoughts of death would arise, but I am happy to say that I have alleviated that fear from my life. By adopting a belief that embraces death as a sacred rite of passage as part of a greater process, I have come to peacefully accept this fate. I believe that while fear is an integral part of experience, harboring it is detrimental to your well-being. Like every emotion, it is energy in motion; a message from the universe. Approach it with gratitude.
Relaxation is a beach, a wave and a good book. There is nothing I enjoy more than being engulfed in a wave, and having a warm beach to sprawl on.
What are you freakishly good at?
I can’t say I am freakishly good at anything. I am always trying new things and have many skills per se, but have never found something that comes so naturally to me that makes me just good at it. Perhaps my freakishly good skill is still trying to find me…
What do you geek out about?
Quantum mechanics, the universe, and sacred geometry.
Creativity in your life is….
That feeling of inspiration which can express itself in many different ways.
What do you want to be known for?
Most basically I would just like to be known as a good person who is kind to others, and respects nature. One of my life quests is to help reintroduce hemp as a staple crop for humanity and promote what I have coined ‘the pull out method’ (pulling out from reliance on a debt based money system, global food system, and national or corporate energy system), so I hope to be known for that someday.
What do you value in your partner?
I don’t have a partner at the moment but the things I value most in a partnership are honesty, communication, and freedom.
Tell me something that will shock me…
There are islands of garbage in all 5 of the oceans gyres. The global state of environmental concerns is shocking, and should be shocking everyone into a state of concerned action if there is even a hope at changing things before it is too late.
Describe your relationship with money…
Hmm this is a tough one. Money has always been a point of ultimate confusion in my life. Ever since I was young I questioned the principles of monetary exchange, why not just swap goods? As I got older and realized money was how your position in society was perceived, how it granted you access to your subsistence, how it affords you material luxuries, and can buy you plane tickets, I worked a lot. Then I realized I was working two jobs just to be able to afford my house, car, food, and what not, working in a job that didn’t serve my happiness, and I wondered if this is what life is really all about. There are so many other things I would rather be doing than working, and this is my life, why can’t I enjoy it to the fullest? Riiight, because you need money. There’s that saying, time is money. Time is one of the most precious gifts we have in life and the amount of it we are spending working perplexed me, so I started researching how money came about and why things are the way they are. What I found is quite disturbing. The history of reserve lending was the start of what we see now as a debt based economy. (It’s a long story and I have included some videos about this for you instead of writing a three page essay.) To sum it up the banking system has created a type of enslavement of the people and nations through money and because of the increasing amount of debt the system is unsustainable. Debt aside, if you consider having zero dollars bankruptcy, then the world is bankrupt. Also, in our economic system what you take from the Earth is essentially free (think fishing, logging, oil, coal etc), products aren’t included in a countries GNP until it has a value added service applied, a monetary exchange, which perpetuates exploitation of the Earth’s resources and strips it of its inherent value, beauty, and wonderment. Anyhow, from all of this I hope to first free myself from reliance on monetary exchange for my sustenance (pull out method), then work on the rest of the world.
If you had a year to yourself with a ridiculous amount of money, how would you spend it? The time? And the money?
First I would build myself a little house on a surf beach, probably in Central or South America, to come back to when the year was up. Then I would mix travel with activism and use whatever power I could gain from having money, moving up the status ladder, to try and address some of the problems we are facing today. I would have to put a little more thought into exactly how I would go about this but switching to clean energy would be a focus point. I would also visit Eco villages along the way to learn more about them, and how they are doing things. Damanhur in Italy would be a stop for sure. (link below)
Describe the last time you remember feeling happy…
Last time I caught a wave.
What is your BIG DREAM? (Don’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling!)
My biggest dream is to build an Eco village/hostel with hemp as the foundation, on a surf beach. Grow beautiful gardens of healthy food, and to raise my son in a world (even if it’s a microcosm world) that values love, kindness, sharing, spiritual growth, and nature.
What is your greatest regret?
Take the blue pill instead of the red? No, I live without regrets. But, knowing what I know now would I do some things differently? Absolutely!
What’s the one thing you’d change about the world?
It’s hard to pick just one. I think the one most important thing I would change right now is our use of fossil fuels. This industry alone causes most of the pollution that is degrading our environment, and is not necessary. An end to corporate and political tyranny, greed, and inequality would be nice too.
Here is a list of references if you’re interested in browsing through..Some of it is not exactly uplifting, but some may blow your mind!
One of the best documentaries I have seen yet about the banking industry, global control, and suppression of information. All of this has been the core of my university education (minus the alien guy, buut that is up for another discussion!)
Just another reiteration of the banking industry and how they came to dominate the world.
A brilliant series about consciousness, the flower of life, and the power that lies within humanity:
Scientific research on the power of the heart.
Damanhur, an Eco village.
Peter Joseph and culture in decline:
A quick intro to fractals which I believe is the nature of the universe and holds the key to sustainable life systems on this planet. I love the universe!
An amazing way to look at what nature can teach us!
Ancient Knowledge series.
And finally a FREE school everyone should know about!!