Pondering the Social Media Trump Assault and an Alternative Part One

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How It Is

Trump and the Trumpublicans (Trumpublicans are Republicans who have sworn their allegiance to Trump, surrendered critical thinking or are too fearful of criticism from Trump to oppose his Me-Only agenda whims) are engaged in a Libertarian Anarchistic Assault on:

  • Public health (Let’s go back to the way it was before the Affordable Care Act)
  • Sacred Earth / Environment (let’s roll back all EPA standards to promote Oil and Coal at the expense of the environment and public health concerns)
  • A Foreign Policy (there is no policy)
  • Congress (acting dictatorial without advice and consent from Congress)
  • Allegedly conspiring with Russia to disrupt/win elections (obstruction of justice; see Mueller Report)
  • Appoint Cabinet Members from “the swamp” of the corporate world creating conflicts of interest and fomenting greed etc., etc.
  • Emoluments (making money mandated by the office of the President) (an impeachable offence by the way)
  • Justice regarding Neo-Nazi, Immigrants, and LBGQ population (Trump is a White National Heterosexual Racist / Bigot)

And the list goes on. Trump reports that his policies are based on his “gut” intuition, giving him license to do whatever he pleases and change his mind often – clearly the actions of a dictator. My Facebook page is saturated with posts of our outrage against the Dictator aka Trump.

This is emotionally overwhelming mainly due to the injustice of it all.

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Enter the many Democratic Challengers. Here are the top candidates:

  • Elizabeth Warren has a clear and pragmatic agenda with specific bills to address a progressive agenda. (Not much on foreign policy – but maybe I’m not well informed.)
  • Bernie Sanders has a clear progressive agenda. (Not much on foreign policy – but maybe I’m not well informed.)
  • Joe Biden – a centrist with an agenda to defeat Trump and a bumpy national agenda with moderate goals
  • Pete Buttigieg – an appealing intellectual centrist with an evolving agenda

As you may have guessed I favor a progressive agenda.

 

An Alternative: A Progressive Agenda

Intro

I was twelve when President Kennedy was assassinated and LJB became president. I never appreciated President Johnson’s work on Civil Rights, Voting Rights Act, Immigration reform, Federal funding for education, healthcare reform, in short, The Great Society which also included Gun Control, a clean environment, urban renewal, lowering poverty and so on… I never appreciated Johnson’s domestic agenda in-part due to my father’s conservative Republican harangue and Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War.

When Nixon was elected I became a peaceful anti-war activist.

When it became clear that Nixon broke the law and resigned from office I like a great number of others became disillusioned with the United States Government especially under Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama.

 

The Progressive Part

Looking back to President Kennedy and President Johnson’s domestic agendas they did much to start and continue the social programs of FDR helping to shape an emerging capitalistic economy for a rising middle-class, programs to assist with reducing racism – addressing poverty and with addressing environmental concerns.

It was a beginning that was stalled under Nixon and reversed under Reagan. Through Reagan’s deregulation agenda – the News Media was freed from being a public service to pursue profitable news – one reason why Conservative / Right leaning opinion is sold as News under Fox. Reagan’s tax cuts helped create a millionaire class while the middle-class began languishing further.

The ideas of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are middle-class people-oriented values and needs of the American public. Ever since Clinton abandoned many of the Democrat values by selling-out to Big-Money in his second term the Centrists took control of the party that no longer represents the people.

What’s needed is a vision of what Progressive America will look like once it gets going. How will it feel, what values will it return – how will it unite all Americans and not just the elite or the Big Moneyed interests.

This is a preface to the Progress vision coming in part two.

 

July 20, 1969 – I remember…

I was with my father in front of a TV at my aunt and uncle’s house in Guilford, Connecticut. It was the afternoon of Sunday, July 20, 1969 – a little less that a month and a half from my 18th birthday. And a month or so from my High School Graduation. Together we watched the Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong step onto the Moon.

Hearing the words of JFK calling us

“my fellow citizens”

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July 20, 1969 – Apollo Moon Landing, American Men on the Moon

I watched the documentary Apollo 11 and the feelings that struck me were the unity of us as American People. We achieved something as a nation through Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins along with all of NASA that allowed us a feat in modern exploration. The shots of the people that watched the launch, hearing Walter Cronkite, anchor of CBS News brought back a feeling of solidarity.

It was the solidarity that ended the war in Vietnam, the solidarity that ignited the Civil Rights Movement, that supported Unions and hope and made us all feel that anything was possible.

Hearing the words of JFK calling us “my fellow citizens” in his 1962 speech about putting men on the moon and returning them safely reminded me that we are not cogs in a predatory capitalist machine but a part of a greater community striving for democracy. The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists citizen as:  “an inhabitant of a city or town; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman” I would add “free person” to include everybody beyond just men.

Seeing the films of the ticker-tape parades for Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins and the pride and love of the people for the astronauts and how we supported them as a people and a nation. I felt once again that we were the United States of America.

Let’s begin to engender those feelings of unity again.

This is my vision.

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Spaceship Earth – Home – Stop Climate Change

This is my wish.

 

Free Will Does Not Exist

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There is no free will.

 

But we live under the illusion

that we have free will.

 

However, there is a possibility of exercising free will. Many readers will balk at these pronouncements because they have never questioned the assumptions that proclaim that will is free.

 

The purpose of this article is three-fold:

  1. How is it that there is no free will?
  2. How do we come to believe that we have free will?
  3. A possible way out of entrapped will.

 

The Current Understanding of Free Will

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines free will:

: freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention

The definition above seems true and it leaves out basic and invisible assumptions we all make about ourselves. These assumptions mask universal truths about human nature and create illusions that we are acting from a place of free will. Once we begin to understand that free will is bound by illusions we can work to move beyond these fantasies to a place where acts of free will can be created. It’s not easy to embark on a path to create an act of will, free of the past.

 

The Blocks that Prevent the Exercise of Free Will

There are two invisible illusions that are pernicious examples that block the exercise of free will, one is historical and the second is habitual. These responses stem from non-original thought for the most part.

I rebelled against their belief

Historical

Our familial heritage in which beliefs are formed over generations is a major block to free will. Belief belongs to a set of assumptions based on mental representations where likelihoods are perceived to be true. Our parents teach us their beliefs. They teach in conscious and unconscious ways.  Embedded within parental or familial beliefs are behaviors of a parent in arrays of pre-determined thought and action. Even when we notice a rebellious behavior father against his father’s belief – that rebelliousness is a kind of slavery. Taking up an opposite belief (as a rebellion) is a reaction to a belief and is not free. Our for-bearers learned beliefs and behaviors under the wing of their parents and their grandparents to the beginnings of civilization.

Habits of mind are only one kind of habit.

There are other kinds of beliefs that may blend with mentally formed beliefs. It may be that all beliefs are imbued with emotion fixing each belief. In-turn mental-emotional beliefs are held in our bodies or brains and as such become part of the physical of somatic systems of our being. It is this complex configuration of belief that is transmitted generationally.

Other adopted beliefs may come from peers who in-turn have learned conscious and unconscious beliefs from their parents and so on…

Habitual

Even more insidious than the heritage of belief are habits. A habit – Merriam-Webster dictionary defines – “an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary”. Habits become increasing useful as a shorthand to operating in complex modern, social and technological environments. It could be quite easily argued that the learned habit of driving a car with a manual transmission (gearbox) would be cumbersome and unsafe if we had to think of each step to execute the behaviors. A habit of blurting-out an opinion besides being impulsive could be evidence of falling victim to a kind of slavery thus eradicating free will. Habits of mind are only one kind of habit. Somatic memory where all habits are recorded at least partially whether they are deemed good or bad is a repository for habits created in the mind, by emotions and/or in bodily actions.

Beliefs are both consciousness and unconscious.

The phrase “being on automatic” relates to following a particular habit automatically. Simple examples of this is missing an exit on the freeway due to distracted thinking and/or spacing out (mild dissociative thinking).

When beliefs and habits interact then a few processes may be occurring simultaneously. Responding by rote may be occurring or in the modern vernacular – reacting from a place of “sleep”. When rote or “sleep” responses occur, there is rarely any reflection on our behaviors. We may become locked into a personal dogma or orthodoxy that is specific to our habitual response derived from belief.

Beliefs are both consciousness and unconscious. Unconscious beliefs may run through a variety of filters that may include and are not necessarily limited to: bias, prejudice, bigotry, racism, sexism; and while not a complete list, these may also be unconscious. When conscious and unconscious beliefs meet habitual responses especially if little or no reflection or contemplation is involved then free choice gets buried under more prior causes.

In our current stage of evolution there is no original thought

Prior causes of beliefs and habits learned and adopted make it easier to dismiss them while focusing on smaller contexts of our lives. We don’t see the prior causes of beliefs and habits because we choose to believe we have free choice and free will without any self-examination.

 

Patterns of Thought

All human thought is associative in its pattern. A thought is associated with another in a string of binary thoughts. The more complex ordering of thought such as deductive and inductive logic arise from binary associative thought. Binary associative thinking can be parsed into many subsets of complex patterned thought. Thought like written language is also linear following a logic of beginning, middle and end.

it’s very easy get distracted by the flow of tangential and or distracting thoughts

In our current stage of evolution there is no original thought for the most part. This is not to say that the recycled patterns of thought are not creative. They are creative but within the constrictive patterns of non-original thought in an associative binary stream in a linear space-time reality. According to the ancient Bhagavad Gita 200 BCE in the cyclical history of epochs or Yugas current human thought is mostly recycled thinking.

Ideas such as Jung’s Collective Unconscious as well as an electromagnetic depository of all recycled thinking (Collective Consciousness) is often easily accessible by artists, writers and the like. Binary associative thought within the collective consciousness of non-original thought is always available to us from our stream of consciousness. In the stream of consciousness thought may be verbal, pictorial or emotional with combinations thereof. We tap into our own stream which may be running continuously. However, when we tap into the stream it’s very easy get distracted by the flow of tangential and or distracting thoughts. Many people get caught in their stream of consciousness when we close our eyes at night and our attention may be diverted into the stream and this may keep us awake.

At the very core of our existence, inside each of us is what Buddhist philosophy and other spiritual traditions describe as the true self or essence.

Within our essence is our true self, happiness and enlightenment. Quieting the mind and working on detaching from the constant stream of consciousness produced by a fragmented ego allows original thought to emerge. Quieting the mind also allows us to detach from both our own stream and the collective stream of consciousness.

Modern peoples have forgotten or ignored the inner world of happiness in favor of the pull of the external world. Ego, society and the tech of language paints the illusory world of linear time of past present and future and the erroneous belief that happiness is out there.

 

Living under the Illusion of Free Will

This simple answer to the question of why we believe we have free will – because we have been told. We have been schooled that free will exists. The cultural meta-rules continually imply that we have free will and that it is a right.  Free Will is therefore an assumption that is rarely questioned and so it stands.

Could be argued that if free will does not exist then “is everything pre-determined?” I don’t ascribe to an either /or oppositional philosophy of will or choice. The lack of free will does not necessarily mean a pervasive predetermination exists. There are other possibilities. Language and thought loves to project meaning onto everything – a desire for order and safety? perhaps. There are other possibilities about the nature of the world without the existence of free will.

It’s much more likely that human culture bumbles along in a mechanistic manner in a world of hazard and accident. As frightening as this might be the illusion that we have free will protects us from this possibility.

Individuals that have attained a modicum of Mastery could access free will for a creative act based on nothing (no previous influences). Masters or realized elders may have prevented human civilization from destroying itself. This can be supposed and requires a leap beyond current recycled thought in modern science.

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A way out or Moving towards Mastery and Free Will

The path towards creating an act of will free from all past influences is impossible for most everyone due to fragmented egos. Everyone has a fragmented ego in part having to do with contradictory actions and beliefs that we hide from ourselves. Ego is a manager of daily events and yet assumes control over everything – this is illusion. Moving out of the illusions of ego (without destroying ego) towards Mastery is a challenging aim. This is an extremely difficult path which requires constant work. Ninety-nine percent of the human population are incapable of this kind of rigorous work despite a temporary desire to pursue such work.

The traditional path of this work is seeking a teacher. In the 20th century seeking a teacher may have faded from favor and have been replaced by schools or “mystery schools” that may have a cultish quality. Some now have mistakenly perceived that “a book spoke to me” and believe is enough to begin the work towards mastery (this is the hanky-panky of ego at play).

 

Conclusions

In the Bhagavad Gita the Yugas are explored. While there is some disagreement about the mathematical calculations of the length of each Yuga it’s clear that humans at this stage of evolutionary development are not on a path of mastery.

The largest body of “evidence” is both the lack of original thought and humans’ irresponsible actions regarding thought itself.

First, thought and emotion cannot be separated. Most human thought is recycled from a collective consciousness that is streamed collectively and individually. When a human in a higher vibrational environment (such as a less violent nation) recycles a negative thought where fear / anger and acting out ideas associated with these negative thoughts – that are not acted upon – these thoughts go to a chaotic environment where they are acted upon.

For example: a man driving in traffic is thoughtlessly cut off by another man in traffic. A fearful / angry response – reaction occurs. Swearing may ensue. Then the emotion / desire for revenge / justice fades. Under the rubric of collective consciousness that thought is recycled somewhere in the world where a chaotic lower vibrational realm flourishes – such as a “war zone”. A person in is lower vibrational world acts out this recycled thought.

Since humans in the particular Yuga we find ourselves in are not even aware that they are participating in collective recycled thinking. In effect we as humans are not-responsible for something in which we are unaware. In short, we are not evolved enough to realize that we participate in recycled thinking. This is part of the illusion of free will.

The proliferation of internet platforms such as social media have accelerated the effects of recycled thought to action. Fear of change has become exacerbated world-wide by the Internet’s viral messages and videos spreading through panic, terrors and rage. Hate is spread and is fomented into violence as in the recent murders / terrorism in New Zealand (March 2019).

By practicing care in our thought-patterns we can begin to rise out of recycled though towards a path of free will. One way of practicing care in our though patterns is noticing our angry / rage as it arises in us. We can then tell ourselves that we are angry because we have been afraid. We can soothe the fear / anger in ourselves perhaps changing the loose-end of thought – thus preventing it and our accompanying emotion from manifesting in a lower vibration environment such as a war zone.

 

 

 

 

 

The Light, the Dark and Earth “Below”

Happy Solstice

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A possible way of looking at Solstices and Equinoxes as the function of a patriarchal separation of people from planet earth to a reorientation based on the sun and light.

life was under stewardship

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In the matriarchal times the beginning of the Zodiac was Taurus, the sign denoting the womb with the Fallopian tubes on top and not the bull. At the equatorial zones and in the northern latitudes the seasons of planting began after the frost towards the end of April -the beginning of spring for earth. Worship of earth as womb and creator of life was honored and built into an agrarian based culture / civilization. Though women nurtured life and men were thought to be vessels of the Goddess of an earth based deity the culture was communally oriented, nothing was owned. All was shared with the group and life was under stewardship.

honoring the Goddess

It could also have been that the Southern Hemispheres were grounded in a culture where the beginning of the zodiac was Virgo, based on spring there. Jeffrey Wolf Green, astrologer suggests that when men began realizing they contributed sperm and were not just vessels used by the Goddess they rebelled and the patriarchy was born – in reaction. Men owned property, women and children. Male children passed on the ownership and legacy of men etc.

a hierarchy took root

The focus moved away from nurturing earth, honoring the Goddess into worship of a God in the heavens thus the solstices and equinoxes, seasons divided into four quarters by amounts of light. Agriculture continued under the increasingly greater control of men and eventually science (an extension of men) but the focus was shifted from Earth to Sky and a hierarchy took root.

a sky God that meshed with the patriarchal structure of leadership

Goddess as Earth was a bountiful civilization with a nurturing structure of stewardship that maintained a mostly horizontal structure with the exception of the dimishment of the importance of the male. In the European and Tigris-Euphrates Rivers of Turkey, Syria and Iraq the overthrow of the matriarchy though violence was easy, as Attila the Hun swept across Asia – conquering. The matriarchy wasn’t prepared for the sudden change. In the Americas the changes in the indigenous population was more gradual from matriarchy to patriarchy. The patriarchal tribes retained many of the matriarchal transitions before they were albeit destroyed by the Europeans.

pure Goddess / Matriarchy roots

 The patriarchal God was a reactionary and vengeful God that came from above – a sky God that meshed with the patriarchal structure of leadership. This seemed to be a rageful reaction to the oppression by the matriarchy and the systemic misogyny based in the newer system. It wasn’t until the patriarchal God sent male saviors that retribution was supplanted by other forms of leadership though that appears to have been largely unsuccessful.

Wicca and Pagan celebrations though influenced by the patriarchy were still rooted in the matriarchy and may have tried to combine Solstice and Equinox traditions with pure Goddess / Matriarchy roots. The patriarchy sought to demonize them on many occasions, early Christians hid their celebrations by blending them with Pagan and Wicca celebrations and later demonized them via the Roman Catholic Church, for example.

Nevertheless, below in figures 1 through 4 are 3 representations of the upcoming Winter Solstice and one of the Summer Solstice:

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The gap between the patriarchy and the next epoch of which we are on the cusp is about a balancing and/or healing of the patriarchy with the matriarchy to help co-create an age of cooperative partnership.

Solstice3-4

Interpretations of each solstice chart will be coming very soon.

 

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Empathic Process and Beyond

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On this precipice of transformation the world seems entrenched in romanticizations of the past, which is producing unnecessary injustices pain and suffering beyond the pale of the ordinary.

as an empath I feel their pain

 Survival is an interesting balancing act between feeling deep anguish,pain and suffering and a retreat into rationalizations and /or other protections of the mind. The danger of a continuous retreat into the mind is a numbing of emotion. Too much emotional distress that is left unprocessed leads to overwhelm and shock, suppression recycling unconscious processes that have alternating anxiety, fear, anger and /or depressive moods to name a few a part of the emotional strategies of coping albeit unbalanced.

something happens that seems like divine intervention

When I work with people who are in pain I acknowledge their pain, its truth and being and as an empath I feel their pain. It pushes up against the pain I have felt in my life and allows me to identify and bear witness to their pain and mine. Merely by bearing witness with an open heart, suspending judgment sometime something happens that seems like divine intervention. Their pain is slowly allowed to release a little in the moment. It doesn’t mean that the pain won’t return it just means that if I hold a respectful loving and compassionate space for someone without expecting any result the pain sometimes leaves. This is miraculous. It seems divine because it has to do with a force that is invisible in our lives – the neutral space, the place of the witness.From the witness the higher vibrations of love and compassion flows through me and amazes me because – although it seems a part of me it belongs to a greater oneness that is part of the essence, core or divine self. From many years of healing work it has become easier to release judgment and accept another person’s reality completely. This has been a gift (from the mystery of the Divine).

The Divine enters and is both me and not me

Surrendering ego is the push that keeps a boundary in place that may as well be a wall and that is extraordinarily difficult to release until it isn’t. In that moment when the “I” is released all compassion, love and/or the divine that is all round as it has always been. I have kept it out, me the ego. The release of ego is so simple in the act. Getting to the place of release, of surrender, of sacrifice is gut-wrenchingly arduous. The release is sweetness and freeing.

the light of relief is experienced in all its innocence

In that momentary place of release and holding space the healing empathic forces come into play. They come through me when I step out of the way in the moment.

The Divine enters and is both me and not me, is a child of mirth and wild play; and that which is greater acting through me. Still the ego in me would like to lift the suffering from the one who is with me. I, the ego, realizes this is a disservice to the person in front of me who is suffering. I have come to see that by holding sacred space and allowing the person’s pain and suffering to run its course that they are learning a new grace and wisdom of unwinding karma and releasing their pain. I feel privileged that I can witness a birth within another as suffering and pain go and the light of relief is experienced in all its innocence.

This is one gift of the empath.

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An Odyssey of Loss and Rebirth (May 2017 to May 2018)

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Fires of October 2017

 

I had dreams of the death of my friend Wendy former lover and good friend in early May and she had given me hints of her upcoming death over the phone but I missed them. Denial is so self-protecting at least initially.

the October fires of Northern California began

News came of Tom Petty’s death…

I got a voice mail from a good friend’s daughter on 9/28/17 about his impending death. I had known it was coming but it took me my surprise. The next day he passed out of his cancer-ridden physical body into the next life.

Wendy had died of cancer in May.

A week later the October fires of Northern California began. I evacuated, as did my neighbors – only to find that it wasn’t a mandatory evacuation as I was lead to believe by authorities on the scene. (I later learned they had moving heavy equipment – massive bulldozers into the mountains at the end of the road.). My cat and I stayed with a good friend in Windsor. I returned one day in the midst of smoke as thick as fog that not even air conditioning in my car, a mask or the interior of my house would eliminate to retrieve a few items and found a message on my answering machine to call the niece of Wendy in Canada.

The losses from the fires were and continue to be heartbreaking and devastating.

I waited until I arrived back in Windsor to call Wendy’s niece. She had gotten my letter (Wendy’s phone had been disconnected). Wendy had died of cancer in May.

My old boss was shot

The losses from the fires were and continue to be heartbreaking and devastating. Thankfully my place and my neighborhood were spared. Many homes that were completely destroyed are just now starting the re-building process. Loss and the anniversary of that loss have had us holding our breaths a bit. I felt us all sigh relief, exhaling as the rains came October first and second.

He was taken off hospice in May 2018

In December another friend passed from cancer.

My old boss was shot during the time my boss asked a question and was in critical condition for a time and then started his recovery.

A friend was put on hospice in February. I could see he wasn’t going to die that soon. He was taken off hospice in May 2018

Consciousness, Memories, Multiple Realities and “Past Lives”

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Arising Questions and Background

In the previous piece I posited that Past Lives could be just memories of past lives instead of having lived a past life or lives.

  • Is it One or the Other?
  • But why can’t it be both?
  • Does it have to be limited to two possibilities?
  • Or is it none?

Before I discuss the possible answers to these questions here there are some experiences I’ve gathered during my service as a shaman:

I was asked to “look in on” a recently passed mother. I saw her in a rocking chair looking out a bay window at a field of clouds with angels playing harps. She was in a two story white house flanked by a very large oak tree on a mound surround by “fields of clouds”. Her son told me that she had a favorite rocking chair and the house I described was her family home in Kansas surrounded by wheat fields. A man was on a four-masted schooner at the wheel clad in beige foul-weather garb from head to toe in a raging storm having the time of his life after his death. I was told he loved sailing. I entered a dream of a man taking field trips to the other side riding around in an Indian Motorcycle with a side-car in Ohio and Illinois of the 1940s. He woke from his dream and said tell him (meaning me) I’m not ready to go yet. His relative said he told her this as he woke up and used my name. A friend who passed a number of years ago told me “There is so much love here.”

A man went to a local hospital for routine surgery and died on the operating table. His ghost walked home to his home in the mountains. For a few years he didn’t know he was dead. When he realized it I opened a space so he could “pass” to the “next world”.

I worked with a woman in her family home and a ghost that had haunted the place. She found out the story after she moved in. The story was a teenage boy lived with his father who was a retired military officer – his mother had passed years ago. He killed himself by firing a shotgun in his mouth. She had had psychics from a local “psychic institute” come to exorcise the ghost. When the ghost threw things at them they ran away. The young man didn’t know he was dead. He thought of the woman’s teen daughter as his girlfriend and didn’t want to leave. She didn’t want him to leave either. And there was some service he was to do for his “girlfriend”. A number of years later just after the young woman got her automobile license she was driving through her town and hit a tree. He pulled her down and the steering wheel went through where she had been. I gave her instructions on how to release him and she did and he “went to the next world”. She went to college.

My Guides came to me four days before my father passed and told me that he didn’t have enough light to get to the other side. (The energies of light and love are of equal vibration when love has no object. The killer of love is fear that is often expressed through acting-out anger. Acting out anger is addictive because it creates the illusion of power and is accepted in our hierarchical patriarchal epoch as the norm. My father’s light was eaten by his anger and fear). My Guides asked me if I would give some of my light to my Father to assist him to pass to the world of Higher Love. I said yes. On the day of his death – the 55th anniversary of my birthdate I watched the process of his death, which was a learning experience set-up my Guides.

Inside each of us is our essence – a core of light that “resides” within us beginning at the crown chakra at the top of our heads – a light that follows the spine to the root chakra near the end of our spines. This light frequency is held in place by the variety of frequencies in our physical bodies. Outside of our bodies are layers of our EM (electromagnetic fields) sometimes referred to as an aura. The aura is our light body. Excessive anger / fear and other chronic negative emotions may eat away the light body.

When life ceases and the brain goes dead, approximately twenty minutes later the light of the essence combines with the light of the body to create the tunnel of light reported in near-death experiences. This is what I saw during my father’s passing. His presence in image form appeared to me twice and he spoke once immediately after his passing.

Granted, these are experiences after this life ceases and it does lend credence to the continuation of life – as in reincarnation.

  • Is it One or the Other?
  • But why can’t it be both?

It’s at least both: meaning reincarnation (past lives) really happens and /or we can access memories of past lives.

  • Does it have to be limited to two possibilities?

No it can be more than two possibilities and I don’t think I have the mental capacity to hold more than these two possibilities at this time that could be plausible.

 

 

Deconstructing the Present

 Taking suggestions from the line of thinking that emerges from this piece and the previous one we could construct a linear past and a method to “travel” there at least theoretically.

memories created “one or two seconds ago” are mediated experiences of reality and is not reality itself.

The simplest answer is: by folding space we can “travel” to a past that we co-create based on our projected memories and ideas from consensual public history. Before we get “there” in the “past” it may be important to deconstruct how we live in the “present”.

First: Our most sophisticated ideas are mediated and shaped by a symbolic technological system called language. So any reality we may experience even the most ineffable and spiritual experiences are changed when we think (verbal or visual thinking), talk or write about the experience.

filters constricts/allows/defines how we receive information from our environment and is shaped by how we interact with it through biological, genetic, societal, familiar and individual both cultivated in the present and based on historical beliefs

Second: If memories are parts of our personalities instead of stand-alone objective observations of history this raises profound questions about our personal memories of our own past. Even collective memories such as The American Revolutionary War and the beginnings of the USA nation in 1776 are based on information organized around agreed-upon facts and woven into narratives created by individuals. All shared memories appear to be mediated experiences even through reflection we are sharing memories with ourselves. As such memories created “one or two seconds ago” are mediated experiences of reality and is not reality itself.

Without memory we would have no identity.

Third: What is reality? Reality as we experience it is filtered through a variety of perceptual faculties including: sight, sound, olfaction, auditory, tactile, sense of direction, sense of balance, sense of orientation in space and time and language, thought and emotional / intuitive experiences, memory and its constant reference to other thoughts in an associative fashion and more… Each of these filters constricts/allows/defines how we receive information from our environment and is shaped by how we interact with it through biological, genetic, societal, familiar and individual both cultivated in the present and based on historical beliefs. Quantum physics has proven that observation of quanta phenomenon changes when an observer experiences / participates with it. In other words our participation of what’s “out there” is created through perceptual filters, mediated by thought and communication and is essentially created by us and projected out into the world. This is a cool idea but when we begin to examine it more closely it means that the reality that humans experience is an agreed upon lie or an illusion. Perhaps it is only a lie or illusion because as a species we don’t or can’t yet take responsibility for the reality we create both individually and collectively. Inside the human experience – that excludes the quanta world it is not a lie or an illusion. It seems real. The laws of Newtonian Physics are only true when quantum physics are not considered.

Fourth: Space and Time. Time cannot exist without space in a Newtonian world. Present time is fleeting. It quickly becomes memory. We don’t ordinarily think of memory as a perceptual facility, but it is. Without memory we would have no identity. The tragic advance of Alzheimer’s shatters identity by destroying long and short-term memory. Both Dementia and Alzheimer’s are diseases that are considered terminal. When long-term memory is destroyed the personality disappears and disorientation abounds. Short and long term memory are parts of the personality that is a sense like sight or olfactory sensations. The memory is a sensation that displays some evidence of the passage of time. The passage of time is also evident in thinking and recording past events as we remember them and they are always associated with space. Observations recorded in the present moment based on the number of rings in a tree, for example are built on previous observations which in-turn are based on personal and /or collective memories.

Being or Eternal time is rarely experienced because it exists outside language and outside biological time

Fifth: Language, Memories and Consciousness in linear time and space assist in co-creating reality. In NDE (Near Death Experiences) sometimes people report meeting relatives that have passed on. When my father passed through the tunnel of light it was his auric field in spin. Meeting his passed-on relatives was at the end of his dispersing auric field. At first he met his relatives as he remembered them and they were just his memories. A little while after connecting with his memories of them their essences or spirits merged with his memories of them to create interactions. A similar principle is at work when we reunite with friends and relatives in our current life – memory and other perceptual filters interact with the person or persons we are meeting to create a space for communication and sharing. It isn’t just memory based on recognition of the person we are meeting it is the richness of experiences or a personal history contained within our memories as encoded in our neural net. From the time we mastered language and communication our brains have been re-wired to filter all other perceptual filters through language. Verbal and written languages are the passports to link with community, society and civilization; and help define our place in that culture.

Sixth: Beyond Linear Time. Being or Eternal time is rarely experienced because it exists outside language and outside biological time. Being time can be experienced in rare moments of expanded consciousness that seem to happen by accident or they can occur through the meditative experience. Being time is impossible to be adequately described in words because it exists outside linear time. However once we begin to describe it, it automatically loses value because our ego gets attached to it and says: “Hey look at me, I’m special I have gone outside of time.” Being time transcends a linear time experience of the present and can include past, present and future as one large present moment. In trying to explain or describe it, it loses its meaning. Being time is consciousness transcending linear time to live in a larger place.

Seventh: I am reminded of sharing a stupid game I used to engage in while at church to occupy my time while the priest mumbled words in Latin. I used to call it: “If there wasn’t a me, what would there be” game. I’d think back to being a small child, imagine being a baby, imagine being in the womb and before birth and driving myself a little crazy – going to the brink as it were. “Okay, its time to come back now,” I’d coax myself and soothe myself to “returning” to life as a pre-teen. Later in Senior Literature class we discussed unusual experiences. I shared the experience and one of my classmates told me that I was trying to conceive of nothingness. Because it had been given a name I could no longer summon the experience. Shamans often go to the void. The void is the place of nothingness. When I “go there” there is no “I” that experiences the nothingness. I only know that I’ve been there by the results – all that is superfluous is stripped away. Others people have claimed they have experienced “nothingness” and found God or have mistaken insignificance and being infinitesimal for nothingness. Some shamans having “returned” from the void are catatonic for days and even weeks due to the residuals of nothingness.

Eighth: The world as we know it is built on quantum dimensions we would consider to be counterintuitive. Yet when we interact with quantum phenomena the experiences are defined by our participation strongly suggesting that the reality we experience is an internal experience projected “outside”. Quantum physicists suggest that as many as nine dimensions help support the world that we co-create with our surrounding immediate Newtonian world.

Humans seem to have the ability to reflect on their actions or thoughts.

Ninth: Every human experience is filtered through a perceptual faculty. The obvious senses: visual, olfactory, tactile, auditory, kinetic, and so on are the obvious perceptual faculties. The less obvious fall into the realms of biology, time, language and consciousness. Biology consists of systems such as endocrine cycles through hormone baths in the body are ways to gauge time outside language. The survival of a species depends on memories of events which threaten the life of the species and this is recorded in the patterns of genes and chromosomes, hormonal cycling, neuron firing patterns – these are some of the biological features of survival that also includes procreation of said species. Denial of climate change is a kind of sensory blocking that threatens species survival and reinforces specific artificial environments that are divorced from biological cues for a species survival for example.

Tenth: Humans seem to have the ability to reflect on their actions or thoughts. Consciousness may also be a perceptual faculty. Wikipedia defines Consciousness as –

Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself.[1][2] It has been defined variously in terms of sentience, awareness, qualia, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood or soul, the fact that there is something “that it is like” to “have” or “be” it, and the executive control system of the mind.[3] In contemporary philosophy its definition is often hinted at via the logical possibility of its absence, the philosophical zombie, which is defined as a being whose behavior and function are identical to one’s own yet there is “no-one in there” experiencing it.

It may be that consciousness is the only state that can survive the death of the physical body. From a being perspective consciousness can experience a lifetime as one present moment. As modern peoples we are so identified or attached to the stuff of life and ego this is “me” and this is “not me” that being – that which is not attached to anything or person or to the self can experience a lifetime of being – an ineffable quality that transcends to mundane. It’s also impossible to describe or define it without diminishing or making the experience profane.

 

Some thoughts about time travel

 Theoretically time travel could be generated through enormous amounts of electromagnetic energy to fold space and “travel” back in time. There may be a interaction between my memory and the denizens to re-create time with the memories of those in that time space continuum. Part of the problem with “the past” as language teaches us to conceive of it as a “place” when it is just a memory of place. If we were to literally pin-point a “place and time” in the past would we not recreate that past as we remember it. It wouldn’t be the past as we experienced it when it first happened but as we remember it now. So-called paradoxes of meeting yourself in the past wouldn’t be you, but they would be you as you remember them now with a different perspective etc. so they might resemble you in some fashion but there would be differences.

set off a series of 100-megaton nuclear bombs

Early time travel science-fiction stories reported minor changes in the time-line that significantly changed the present time line when the travelers returned to it. I think major changes – such as stopping or instigating a cataclysmic event could be the only way to alter the time line. Would there be an alternate reality? Probably not. The alternate reality might exist in a potential state but not in a corporal state. One altered reality might be formed in the past, but participants in that reality would not return to the original reality that they had left and would not know the difference because their memories would be altered too fit the new time-line.

“Traveling” or expanding through consciousness may be the only entree into “the past”.

Time Travelers Z, D and M travel to a specific date in the past and set off a series of 100-megaton nuclear bombs. The new reality going forward is supported by 8 to 9 quantum realities some of which may temporarily manifest as corporeal, but eventually fade to support one corporeal world. When Z, D and M return to their starting point they forget the world they started from by the nature of the changes they made in the past. Memories are recreated the present based on the new present they created in the past.

Or if time traveler P went “back” in time ten years to save her husband from a drowning accident and then traveled forward to the time she left then:

  • Her husband may have died in another or similar accident in the interim
  • Her return to present time she may find a different woman, similar to herself and married to the husband she saved.
  • She may return to find no husband and no record of her ever having existed.
  • She returns to find that her husband has survived and is married to another woman because she died.
  • She travels to the past and is absorbed into the person she was then thus merging with her old self and her husband drowns
  • She travels to the past saves her husband and is absorbed into the person she was then thus merging with her old self and lives on.

If we operate along the merging of memories when we meet someone we know creating reality as we go then we may cease to exist when we meet ourselves in the past or may not recognize ourselves because of the different memories especially if memory is one of the chief perceptions that create reality.

 

Lots of theories, lots of ifs…

 

“Traveling” or expanding through consciousness may be the only entree into “the past”.

 

 

NOTES:

https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/transcend-space-time-be-in-the-light/

 

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/coming-to-grips-with-the-implications-of-quantum-mechanics/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness?wprov=sfii1

 

Past Lives – The Other Explanation

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or Explorations into Memories and Consciousness

Beginning in the 1960s many people in the Western World became fascinated with “past lives” due to emerging contacts with eastern religions. The fascination with past lives continues to persist today for many people.

memory is of another life that we lived previous to this one

How can many people claim to have had a past life of a famous person? How can this be true? How many thousands claim to be the King of Prussia or Cleopatra? How could it be possible that many people claim to be famous persons? Is this not impossible?

From a linear perspective if could be true if we could hold composite beings within us – 2 or 3 personalities in us simultaneously not just with regard to famous people but anyone. Or from multi-dimensions many people could have been a famous person from the past.

All of “the past” is built on memory

If we begin to look at past life memories from a quanta perspective then past life memories take on a different mindset. Quantum physics experiments that have been replicated report that our inner experience is projected on the “outer” world and that is our reality.

The past is a made-up fiction.

When someone mentions “past lives” our automatic association lead us to think that the memory is of another life that we lived previous to this one, as in reincarnation and the working out of karma. When talking about past lives the only access we have to them is through memory.

Memories are part of our personalities

Therein lies the rub. All of “the past” is built on memory whether it is personal memories or agreed-upon collective memories often recorded in books; written or re-written by the victors in war.

The past is a made-up fiction. The past doesn’t exist in the past along a time line of past, present and future – that’s a structure we use to organize memories. The “past” exists in the present as memories. The “past” doesn’t exist as an event that happened “back there”. Memories are part of our personalities and exist in part based on artificial constructs of the tech of language and a creation we invented called: linear time. The technology of language as a base allows us quite organically to create time and the precise measurements of time. The structures of language both oral and written have encoded our neuronal pathways with associations that are part of memories. Other parts of memories may include visual stimuli – photographs, cinema, and nuances in our immediate environment, olfactory triggers and so on. Our personal histories are composed of memories which define who we are as humans in the present. All of our memories, conscious and unconscious exist in the brain in present time.

Maybe our thinking is backwards

Dipping into “past life memories” could be as likely as having lived those lives. Past life memories could be accessed in the present from any life needed to help complete our story. In other words – we weren’t Napoleon, Saint Francis of Assisi, and Thomas Jefferson / Mother Theresa, Isis, and Margaret Sanger, we just dipped into the memories of one life or other and were wowed by the feeling or reality, the details we couldn’t have known (but someone did – not public knowledge).

As humans we think of ourselves as separate from others

Just as Jung wrote about the Collective Unconscious, these are collective memories. Where are collective memories stored? How do we access them? Maybe our thinking is backwards regarding the Collective Unconscious, collective memories and collective consciousness. The neuronal structures of the brain are transmitters for the collective consciousness and other collectives such as the unconscious and memories. The brain housed within a human body is not as separate from one another as we might think. If we originate from a larger collective consciousness and are expressed as an individual person we no longer have the capacity to think or remember the larger consciousness in the same way the collective consciousness acts through a planet Earth human.

have accessed the memory from collective consciousness

As humans we think of ourselves as separate from others and this is reinforced through the tech of language. Through the perception of sight I see objects in space. I see these objects in space because the space appears invisible. This assures me that I am separate and separated from another person. Invisible space is filled with a variety of energies including electromagnetic (EM) energy as generated by my physical body. The EM field surrounds and interacts with others in my vicinity and may be augmented by other artificial fields generated by cell phones, WiFi and infrared signals. Biological and non-biological forms emit EM energy. The EM energy could either hold collective consciousness or be a lens for parts of collective consciousness or collective memories to become available to an individual.

So when someone claims to have lived a life in the past an alternative explanation could be that they have accessed the memory from collective consciousness. Examples of collective consciousness could be displayed in a number of ways. When I was about 14 years old I wrote a short about a submarine shrunk down and injected into the body of a human to destroy a clot in the heart. Many months later Isaac Asimov published his book “Fantastic Voyage”. My first thought was he had stolen it from me. But logically that wasn’t true – it would have been more likely that I had stolen it from him – which I knew wasn’t true either. I decided it came from a kind of collective consciousness. There have been times in the Los Angeles area that movies with similar themes have been made without the writers knowing about they other writers…

Triggers – a personal story

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I’m no expert. I have lived with triggers all my life but didn’t know they were triggers until I was in my late 30s.

It was a body memory evoking trigger [that lasted] ten years

What is a trigger in terms of a psychological phenomena? Wikipedia describes:

trauma trigger is the subjective attribution that a psychologic stimulus caused someone to recall the memory of a previous psychological trauma, although the stimulus itself need not be frightening or traumatic and can be indirectly or superficially reminiscent of an earlier traumatic incident. Trauma triggers are related to posttraumatic stress disorder(PTSD), a condition in which people often cannot control the recurrence of emotional or physical symptoms,[1] or of repressed memory.[2][3][4] Triggers can be subtle and difficult to anticipate,[1][5] and can sometimes exacerbate PTSD. A trauma trigger may also be referred to as a trauma stimulus or a trauma stressor.[6]

Remembering times in my past where I had been mildly dissociated. I surmised that I may have been triggered and didn’t know it. Then there were the blackouts with substances and then without substances where triggers were most definitely involved, but impossible to identify.

I told myself that my body felt safe

One of the first pervasive triggers that I experienced lasted during all my waking hours for ten years. It was was a body memory that evoked triggers but in the beginning had no emotion attached to it and then there were fleeting feelings of sadness, grief and moments of profound depression. After those feelings passed the one that remained was rage. It was always there in the background.

The body memory was related to sexual trauma and PTSD symptoms. The specific body memory was a sensation in my jaw that someone was trying to open my mouth and I was resisting with all my might.

One of the difficulties with triggers are identifying that I have been triggered.

I told myself that my body felt safe enough to remember the trigger. Each time I noticed the body memory trigger its physical sensations and accompanying emotions I told myself that my body was releasing the memories.

One day after ten years I woke up and thought: “Something is different.” When I first acknowledged that the body memory had ceased it came back immediately. Within a few days it disappeared. It returns occasionally but is no longer a fixture in my life.

One of the difficulties with triggers are identifying that I have been triggered. Sometimes it has taken me days to realize I have been triggered especially if I feel angry or rageful with a seemingly rational reason.

The nature of being triggered flips me into being isolated because perpetrators isolated me to abuse me.

There have only been three times where I have been able to identify the source of the trigger. One was the body memory of sexual abuse, already mentioned above. I was with a client in his home. He pursed his lips a certain way and I had a visceral response of wanting to punch him and beat him up. I had to bite my tongue to calm down and restraint myself from beating him up. Why the trigger occurred was not in doubt, what it was – was uncertain.

In October of 1995 when I was driving back from having had therapy in Pt. Reyes Station I was driving under a plume of smoke from the Mt Vision fires that destroyed over 40,000 acres. The smoke made the sun red as it set. When I returned home I was inconsolably in tears. I called my therapist – why was I so upset? I had asked. “The fire is big and out-of-control just as your perpetrators were when you were young.” She suggested I use a coping tool to calm down and manage the trigger. I did.

The problems with most triggers are:

  • An environmental cue activates trauma from our past.
  • Once triggered we often enter a regressed or frozen state when we had been traumatized – and may not realize we have been triggered (a call for help to a support person or persons may be useful).
  • We may act out as a result of having been triggered. (This can be mild to major and perhaps life-threatening).
  • We may appear non-rational to others where they may shun us or they may also get triggered.
  • The desire to identify and control future triggers may consume us. Realizing this is an impossible venture is a good first step to work on defusing and working with future triggers.

The nature of being triggered flips me into being isolated because perpetrators isolated me to abuse me. So when I get triggered, especially when I don’t realize I am triggered I isolate. It was a strategy I used as a child to survive. It may or may not have worked very well but when I am triggered and don’t know I am triggered it remains my “go-to” strategy.

Thinking about what “just happened” and analyzing it with the thought that “If I can figure it out I can – know what happened to me; – I can prevent it from happening again.

Thinking was what I used as a child from inside the trauma to survive is a habit. But it doesn’t necessarily work very well to solve the emotional trigger of the trauma. Its one of the ways I perpetuate remaining isolated and lost in a regressive or frozen state of trauma from the past.

Its good to have a preemptive plan to deal with triggers in advance so we can get the help we need until we reach a place where we can deal with triggers more effectively.

This is where a therapist can assist or a self-help guide.

I have found that when I know that I’m triggered that I tell myself I am ready to handle it because I’m aware that I’ve been triggered. However if I’m triggered but am not yet aware of it, I know that I feel stuck, agitated, and/or distressed emotionally I try one of the following options:

  • I reach out for support
  • I ask for feedback
  • I ask for help
  • I sit with my feelings and try to identify what they are before taking any action.

This is just a sample and in no way is what I recommend.

What I do recommend is for you to come up with your own safety plan for dealing with emotional upsets, stuck places and triggers.

[NOTE: I was triggered by my partner when we were hiking Mount Tamalpais (in Marin County California). I told her. She wanted to take responsibility by wanting to know what she had done to trigger me. I told her I didn’t know and that it wasn’t her fault. I told her that I just wanted her to know in case she felt me pulling away from her during my process of the trigger and using my safety measures. I’m not sure she understood and decided not to tell her again if I had been triggered due to her response.

Often in dysfunctional relationships we put responsibility on others for our emotions. This is a reaction that does not make another responsible for our response. We have feelings. In relationships – couple therapy is a good idea to help resolve interpersonal communications and dysfunctional dynamics. Individual therapy can be useful too.

When a trigger brings up a feeling in one person and that one person blames another for their trigger – this is an incorrect understanding of a trigger. Conversely of a non-triggered person enters into an interaction with a triggered partner for example especially if the triggered person is unaware they have been triggered then a mess ensues. If the triggered person becomes aware they have been triggered and the non-triggered partner attempts to intervene – to fix the situation then what occurs still could result in a mess.

One possible way to prevent a trigger from creating a mess would to speak with your partner about your triggers. Explain to them they are in no way responsible for the emotional reactions they – the triggered person, may have and that they may need:

  • space
  • try to be patient – wait
  • for the non-triggered person not to make assumptions
  • know they are in no way responsible for having been triggered.

Some Flaws of Capitalism or…

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Or Some Flaws of Capitalism in its Current Incarnation

 

These ideas are not a new idea or proposition set forward below:

Sixty years ago my family bought a GE toaster that I have and I use regularly. It makes good toast. I have had other toasters and a few toaster ovens that have broken and were eventually too expensive to repair.

a rubric of infinite resources, income and growth in a finite world

Capitalism after WWII was steeped in growth, craftsmanship and materialism. It was a time a massive rebuilding, re-population and expansion. Though mass production reigned, craftsmanship and materialism were the building blocks of capitalism. Labor unions, industry and government were partners in reconstruction after the war and there was a resplendent growth of the middle class and income.

Capitalism in its continual reinvention of itself relies on some major flaws. One of the most obvious flaws are the finite limits of growth. It operates under a rubric of infinite resources, income and growth in a finite world.

The vestiges of citizenship were degraded into “the consumer”

In the 1980s capitalism threw off the last vestiges of materialism in favor of mass consumerism through planned obsolescence. The shift from materialism to accelerated consumer based capitalism accentuated the flaws of the system and produced lemmings running to the sea. Capitalism became the religion of the land and democracy grew more entrenched as a slave to consumer-capitalism.

Corporations have become the new citizens who have delegated individuals as the consumers of goods and services.

The vestiges of citizenship were degraded into “the consumer” as political action committees (PACs) usurped individual citizens’ participation in government and re-election of so-called “representatives”. Congresspersons and Senators have become the servants of corporations in order to streamline government for accelerated capitalism. As citizens have become superfluous they have in-turn been plugged into being consumers of products and services of demagogue type of capitalism.

Corporations have become the new citizens who have delegated individuals as the consumers of goods and services. Products have been redefined into smaller parts designed to wear out swiftly and /or be replaced by newer “improved” models. Services are also degraded by dividing services into smaller portions, employing less qualified people and by outsourcing – language barrier problems (outsourcing is double-speak for layoffs).

The finite world is ignored for immediate quarterly profits

Another PAC strategy for corporate agendas is making “representatives” into divisive enemies so that either nothing is accomplished for individuals. One PAC strategy are “a no-holds barred” attacks against the enemy such as Republicans versus Democrats; Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice, etc. Democracy has been lost in the process and applies more to corporations than individuals. Giant powerful PACs are increasingly controlled by the top tenth of the one percent wealthiest individuals who ascribe to making more money and a consolidation of power.

The finite world is ignored for immediate quarterly profits. The focus of corporate/business and financial leadership is profitability in the next three months that can be extrapolated into a yearly goal. Looking into a future of the limits of growth based on finite resources is not built into consumer-capitalism. As a result the current reiteration of capitalism is systemically handicapped to deny finite resources through faulty cognitive re-framing. Some of this is the momentum of the capitalistic system fueled by greed and a lust for power and some must have a conscious design. At the base of this consolidation of power is an addiction of greed fueled by fear.

(Conservative/GOP) group views consumers below a certain income level and all liberals as potential servants, serfs and those needing manipulation

While consumer-capitalism within a broken patriarchal system has its own momentum that may carry many leaders of this movement along in a short-term gain (that looks long-term in the context in which they flourish) there is another conscious force at work. Some of the top tenth of the one percent of wealth in the world fights for increasing consolidation of power and wealth (call them A) while others fight for a more equitable distribution of wealth (call them Z).

A’s use their money, power and influence to create obstacles in government to further or block the agenda of the other side. When Newt Gingrich came into power he begun to characterize the opposition – the Democrats as “enemies” of the people. Before that time Democrats and Republicans may have vehemently disagreed with one another and their goal was to govern so they compromised to move their agenda forward. The current climate between Liberals and Conservatives is combat. There seems to be less compromise. Conservatives work at blocking Liberals at every turn. The result is no new legislation is adopted. Even in the current Republican block to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has only left the ACA in shambles and disrepair. Its as if the GOP’s secret wish was (is) to replace the ACA with nothing. The A group is moving towards satisfaction with the ACA being replaced by nothing because they wish to see a world that existed before the implementation of the Income Tax – 1912. When US Congress is deadlocked and new legislation is passed the A Group is generally satisfied. The only times that the A group may be dissatisfied is when legislation that favors their position is not voted into law.

Since 1776 to 2015 the US has been involved in wars 93% of the time

The A Group views consumers below a certain income level and all liberals as potential servants, serfs and those needing manipulation to motivate them towards they’re agenda.

The A Group does not want:

  • Income equality
  • Advancements in public education – (or consumers to think for themselves for then they may become citizens)
  • Racial equality
  • LGBT equality
  • Women to have equal rights, equal pay, the right to have control over their bodies (pro-choice), equal protection under the law
  • Consumers to live in a world without fear
  • To acknowledge that Climate Change caused by and /or contributed to by humans is real.
  • Considers the ACA a hand-out and doesn’t want government to support public health for all
  • All government programs devoted to public welfare as entitlements to be (Social Security, Medicare etc.)
  • To have peace in the world unless monitored by a strong US military presence in order to have a foothold on remaining limited resources

The Koch brothers (see end note) could be considered the most identifiable humans belonging to the A Group while Libertarians, Conservatives and some Republicans are also A Group members. A notable Z-Group member is George Soros and his organization (see end notes).

FDR President Roosevelt created social nets to assist the US to move out of the Great Depression, but the final impetus that extricated the US from the depression and accelerated growth was the entrée into and winning WWII. Prior to the mid to late 1980s the premise of wars were to stop the spread of Communism as represented by the now former Soviet Union and China while expand US interests. Now wars seem to be oriented towards oil resources.

Earth’s nutrients are the raw materials for corporate products. Some of Earth’s nutrients are renewable – as in agricultural fruits and vegetables, farm animals etc. Some farming techniques although provide greater crop yield may deplete the soil in such a way to make it non-sustainable over the longer term. Other of earth’s resources such as elements – metals and oil are non-renewable and finite.

Capitalism especially in its latest consumeristic reshaping does not consider the resources from the Earth in its cost effect analysis in part to the patriarchal mind-set and in-part to shortsightedness – quarterly profits.

The consumeristic-capitalism has been marked by US Political struggles of almost a constant state of war. Since 1776 to 2015 the US has been involved in wars 93% of the time (see end note). The only period the US was not involved in a war was 1935 to 1940 during an isolationist period during the Great Depression.

The current Trump administration is a characterization of all that elitists members of the GOP and conservatives represent as well as a longing for the good old days before the income tax and in support of isolationist ideals. It represents patriarchal self-interest that contributes to increasing isolationism, mergers, and maximizing profits for the wealthy elite, disregarding any community-based profits based on sustainability, protecting natural resources – environmental protections while marginalizing, discounting and enslaving those that have less by:

  • keeping their wages fixed and/or lowered
  • keeping them out of labor unions and making “labor unions” a dirty word
  • dividing them into factions that war against each other
  • gutting public education and dumbing down citizen’s ability to reason
  • providing entertainment that discourages reasoning
  • providing entertainment that displays the hopeless world that they live and will live in the future (only much worse) and that one common person can be the hero or savior
  • promotes the “myth of the American Dream”
  • encourages disempowered citizens to fear so that a limited number of avenues are open to them:
  • The American Dream
  • Fundamentalist Religion
  • Blaming or scapegoating a group of people based on race or ideology
  • Providing simple solutions to complex problems often based on “the American Dream mythology”

 

NOTES:

  1. Koch Family https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koch_family#Family_members
  2. George Soros https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros
  3. US Wars https://www.globalresearch.ca/america-has-been-at-war-93-of-the-time-222-out-of-239-years-since-1776/5565946