MARTIN GRIESSMÜLLER | Escapist

A Choice of Freedom

 

I live in the woods of Washington State surrounded by miles of forest. It’s a life I chose over one lived out in the big city. Much like the one I had in Berlin, Germany where my home was several years ago. It was a hip lifestyle working as a video producer and art director until the desire grew bigger and bigger to get away from a melting pot of impressions, emotions, sexuality, belief systems and the energy of power, politics and money. I was searching for freedom in the humbleness of being – being I AM. So I sold everything I built up in Berlin and ventured out to find land of my own and to be sovereign, independent and free. It needed to be a place where freedom and respect for nature and life came first, everything else would come after. As I searched online for property I found a large piece of forest in the state of Washington, which I could buy with the money from my 100 sqm apartment in Berlin.

 

This trade was a great deal. Four rooms in Berlin, Kreuzberg for 42 acres of forest in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, directly between the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic mountains, just as I wanted it. After I bought the land I started right away in building a wood cabin, drilled for water, and set up a solar system to supply power. I wanted to make sure I did not have to pay money to a corrupt energy, power, water or mortgage company. I choose to use the word corrupt on purpose. The interests of a greedy few CEOs, which seem to negate basic human respect, support of the greater community, or any general understanding of ehtical business practices is a behavior I could no longer tolerate.

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Water, food, gas, power, phone, Internet are over priced, as we know, and is run in such a way as to harvest people’s energy in the form of cash. I wanted to be free and outside of this game. And a forest of my own was the right choice for me. The way to stay away and outside this system means that you need to do it all by yourself, so this is what I chose. I had to learn carpentry in order to build my house, so I read many books from the local library. Lucky me, a friend helped in the beginning, guiding me until I had enough experience to do everything alone. To solve my need for energy I bought two solar panels, wired them into a charge controller, which in turn was connected to two golf cart batteries, and this lent to setting up lights inside the house. The system was small and had a value of only $600, but I had LED lights all around the house, power for my music studio and computer, and that is all I needed to power up. My water comes from a well that runs 300 feet deep and gets pumped into a 1,000 gallon water tank. I run an electric pump with a small generator for three hours, which equates to $4 in gas once a month. These three hours of pumping supplies water for one month in the summer, and more than two months in the winter because I’m not watering garden beds and flowers. For a toilet I use a composting system where everything is collected in a barrel. When it gets full I replace the barrel with an empty one.

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I then place the full one outside in the sun, tie a mosquito net over it and let it dry out until it is soil. In my daily use of the toilet I add sawdust after every visit, helping in the composting process, keeping the moisture and smell low. Everything is recycled and used, nothing is wasted. Currently on my property I am pulling logs out of the forest, which I cut down for firewood. I do not cut trees down which are still alive, and only use trees
which storms have taken down. The firewood keeps the house warm in the winter and heats up the water for the shower. In the summer I use a solar shower, which works until fall. Soon I will need to heat up water when I want to shower, which I do outside. Following a path of sovereignty causes you to cross paths with people and groups with the same goals and vision of life. I connected with the group New Earth Nation Project, where I learned international rules of Land Ownership. This enabled me to declare myself as the pure, private trustee of my own land. I followed legal regulations to declare my land as Sovereign Territory and canceled my registration with the State of Washington, disabling my land from being used for bonds or taxing. From there I decided to become a founding advocate of the International Tribunal of Natural Justice in order to bring forth the knowledge of sovereignty, which is suppressed by government officials and judges. By living and working with my land in the woods I’ve learned that nothing is more valuable than free will and the freedom to own your own land without taxation, fees, or any payments to a third party. If everyone simply had the freedom to live on a single piece of land, as it is meant to be, peace, love and respect would not just be an idea… it would be a reality. When I look at my life now, I can say I have never felt more alive.

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Now I can truly experience all seasons fully, and in all of its beauty. I can smell the land after the rain, hear the wind when he dances with the trees and welcomes all animals passing by my house. I see and respect the value of water, fire, earth and the sun. With this comes a form of freedom; a freedom to not work five days a week in an office, but only when I want to work, and how I want to work. Because I do not have to pay for water, power and a warm home, I have time to surf the ocean, hike, or ski the mountains. I choose how my future unfolds day by day, because I am the guardian and steward of my own land, and only I decide what this day will bring for me! My wish is for more people around the world to have the same experience and freedom!