A common space for harmonic peacemakers
I am realizing when people — like us being with each other — is like at a soul level — the peace & warm love feeling seems to be common meeting place for souls — which is eternal — i see that it is possible here in our human lives to experience this.
I once had a dream where i looked thru many eyes — since this dream long ago — i practice this looking and it has stayed with me — it helps me understand compassion too.
In this dream i would float into someone’s head — look thru their eyes — feel the dramas of life then float away — back out into the deep quiet lovely space where the essence of our consciousnesses are in peaceful state of love & grace — to experience this so deeply . . . back & forth i go . . .
I now feel that we can be in communion with souls who have left earth — departed loved ones especially — if we are open, relaxed, quiet and have love in our hearts. We can then have access to their great wisdoms.
so here is my life’s experience — with a compilation of many minds addressing the connection of spirituality and politics - this is offered to you now . . .
(my ancestors fled from Eastern Europe - when communism/socialism/fascism was causing so much turmoil - so they were very aware that one needs to be alert to politcal climates for ones survival.)
My experience over the years has been that people have no idea the
pervasiveness of socialism (including fascism and corporate socialism) in this country (U.S.A) .
I would not have known this either, however, starting about 1969, I read
all I could of what was available at the time of the many socialist,
Marxist, communist, and fascist newspapers. I was then able to see how
each paper would perceive the same news event — very interesting to
compare these ideas to that of the mainstream press.
After a couple of years, it became clear to me that the mainstream
versions of current events are just watered down versions of the
socialist views. I would tell people about my discovery but they had no
reference, all they knew was the mainstream media. I then realized over
the next thirty years that mostly all people know is the mainstream
press — which is diluted state socialism.
So when I would engage people to see if they would consider other views,
I saw minds close down, and get extremely attached to “their”
political/religious ideas. People protect their attachment to whatever
ideas they have internalized, and then unashamedly inflict “their” ideas
through the force of government on others. It matters not, how
thoughtfully they arrived at whatever they espouse, or what the
consequences of their actions might bring.
The masses have never thirsted after truth. Whoever can supply them with
illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their
illusions is always their victim. ~ Gustave Le Bon
We make ourselves real by telling the truth. Man can hardly forget that he needs to know the truth, for the instinct to know is too strong in us to be destroyed. But he can forget how badly he also needs to tell the truth. We cannot know truth unless we ourselves are conformed to it. We must be true inside, true to ourselves, before we can know a truth that is outside us. But we make ourselves true by manifesting the truth as we see it.
— Thomas Merton, From No Man Is an Island [1955
I have tried to be true to myself — to feel deeply . . . a few lessons I have learned along the way . . .
One is better off to be poor in a rich country than be poor in a poor country — living off the discards are of much better quality.
Is easier to be a concentration camp guard than to be an inmate -but this is the coward’s path and you trade your soul to the devil in exchange — so you loose your soul (as our myths tell us) — and hopefully will learn this lesson. Those in government positions take heed of this — you can be the concentration camp guard or the manager of the prison camps that puts citizens into these camps — your acts will be judged by yourself after you die by you returning to your soul . The grief you have inflicted on others will have to be repaid by you in a future life — you will have to suffer horribly perhaps to learn your lessons.
The lesson I most appreciate is . . . it is worth facing life — knowing the truth — your fears — feeling deeply — opening to life always . . . the expanding self exploring — feeling — opening to the divine possibilities — are awesome treasures to be blessed with — and ones courage grows as ones understanding of love and life grows.
“It is misleading to say that someone chose a dysfunctional
relationship, or any other negative situation in his or her life. Choice
implies consciousness — a high degree of consciousness — without it —
you have no choice. Choice begins the moment you dis-identify from the
mind and its conditioned patterns — the moment you become present. Until
you reach that point — you are unconscious — spiritually speaking.”
from Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now
“. . . thinking without awareness is the main dilemma of human
existence.” — Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth
Thomas Hobbes realized that we are driven by fear to seek even more
power, which frightens others into seeking power for their own
self-defense. The inability to attain total security arises from this
vicious cycle of fear-defense-fear, not from any innate human
aggressiveness or avariciousness. Constant fear of death thus motivates
our chronic state of insecurity and anxiety. So the effect of the
current terrorism increases people’s fears which then increases demands
on government to be more powerful which just causes people to be more
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudice and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. — Marianne Williamson
“It is a man’s world and he built it on sexual aggression. Male domination began in sex and in sex it continues unabated. Woman cannot alter this position by marching with banners or withdrawing from sex. She has tried all the means at her disposal down thru the centuries — non has worked and non will. The solution is now beyond the scope of any personal or social action — only consciousness beyond the person — or divine action can help . . . To find love you have to abandon all your preconceptions — the only way to love is to be available to the new now.” — Barry Long — Making Love
“Much as I had done when frightened or upset as a child, I found that
asking questions, tracking down answers as best I could, and then asking
yet more questions was the best way to provide a distance from anxiety
and a framework for understanding.” — An Unquiet Mind — by Kay Redfield
. . . “if we don’t face the fear and anger in ourselves, then we risk
projecting it onto a global sphere. This creates war and massive
suffering in our human family. We must find inner peace before we can
have outer peace.” Dr. Judith Orloff, M.D. - Living Naturally April 09 p.16
“It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” — by Sally Kempton
It’s ideas that hijack our brains. (heard this from a TED talk somewhere)
Yes — but with perseverence, courage, acceptance, understanding, quiet introspection . . . it is possible to bring inner harmony into being — to make peace — even love happens in your head.
“A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.”
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
from a “Return to Love”
Compassion and empathy and its passion and vulnerability and its openess and its intensity and its association and its relationship and its intuitive.
Compassion informs wisdom and that vulnerbility is our greatest strength and emotions have an inherent logic which leads to radical appropriate saving action . . . Denying all this has lead to where we are now . . .
Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl
Franklin P. Jones says: “Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly
from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.” I’d add that
it is especially hard to take from yourself. Francis Bacon warns us that
we are creatures of pride and arrogance and tend to worship the idols of
our minds. We must for our own interests and of human well-being be
cautious and suspicious of our own errors.
So as this famous bumper
sticker reminds us, “Don’t believe everything you think”
Lew Paz says:
“Everyone builds a barrier of defensiveness around their bubble of
belief, whether spiritual, philosophical, or political. They want just
enough truth involved to give them confidence in their belief, yet
refuse to consider anything which demands that they expand their system
of belief to coincide with more extensive validation of what existence
is all about.”
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
From Access Consciousness (www.accessconsciousness.com/about.asp)
The target of Access is “clearing” of fixed ideas held in place by energetic
patterns locked in the body and being; usually experienced as “positive
or negative emotional charge” (what we really love or really hate) in
different areas of life acquired from incidents earlier in this life
and/or past lives. If a person is willing to let go of or erase their
fixed point of view that is holding the limitation in place, then
something else can show up.
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
We become a slave to the thoughts running our minds. We become prisoners captured by these thoughts that control us. It takes the will of focus of intention & understanding of this to be free — to free our minds — to be able to open our minds to what is beyond the thought cage that bound & confined who you thought you were — who you believed you were . . . . Through the thoughts that conditioned your mind . . . It takes great strength of an essential inner will to begin the process to enjoy a free mind.
“You weren’t created to fit in — we are conditioned to fit in and conditioned to conform — but we are actually created to reform and re-define what it is to be human. We do that by being ourselves — to abide in the truth of who we are.” — Panache Desai
“Language is a collective human creation reflecting human nature, how we conceptualize reality and how we relate to one another.” — Steven Pinker — on language & thought
“Language is a piece of social technology for enhancing the benefits of cooperation.” —
Mark Pagel — How Language Transformed Humanityhttp://www.ted.com/talks/mark_pagel_how_language_transformed_humanity.html
It may be that children —thru cooperation —created language for us —
language evolves spontaneously — cooperatively — in nomosian or anarchical ways
(nomos - conduct that spontaneously arises in the course of voluntary interactions)
But there is that in us which doesn’t want to be free; which prefers discipline and acceptance and patriotic local tunes to the wild loose-haired love-music of the world. There is that in us which wishes simply to go along with the crowd, and to blame all naysayers and pelvis-wigglers for rocking our comfortable boat. “Don’t follow leaders,” Bob Dylan warned in “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “Watch the parking meters.” Yet we continue to want to be led, to follow petty warlords and murderous ayatollahs and nationalist brutes, or to suck our thumbs and listen quiescently to nanny states that insist they know what’s best for us. So tyrants abound from Bombay to Mumbai, and even those of us who are notionally free peoples are no longer, for the most part, very rock ‘n’ roll.
from “Step Across This Line” by Salmon Rushdie p. 271
“Fear does not come from the unknown. Fear comes from letting go of the known.”
J. Krishnamurti - from “The Impossible Question”
As Gary Douglas says:
An answer dis-empowers because nothing that doesn’t match your answer can show up in your life, and you literally
stop the flow of anything coming into your life.
Whereas a question invites the infinite possibilities of the universe for something different or greater to show up.
“The greatest power is the ability to change, transform and choose.”
Gary Douglas (founder of Access Energy Transformation)
On Being Wrong — by Kathryn Schulz
“Trusting too much in the feeling of being on the correct side of anything can be very dangerous. This internal sense of rightness that we all experience so often, is not a reliable guide to what is actually going on in the external world and when we act like it is, and stop entertaining the possiblity that we could be wrong — we can make huge problems.”
“Confidence without clarity is a deadly mix . .. You don’t need any confidence in your life . .. what you need is clarity.”
Living Life to the Fullest. Sadhguru http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmtxJfK2wfk
Zhu Xi (1130-1200 AD) interpreted The Great Learning for cultivating
oneself. One first needs to get one’s consciousness clear, which
requires extending knowledge (consciousness), which requires investigating.
Swami Chandrasekharanand Saraswati asks: “What is spirituality?”
The answer he finds is; “Spirituality is self-awareness, self-responsibilities.
You are responsible for yourself.
You must maintain constant, eternal awareness.”
In the Gospel of St. Thomas, Jesus says: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
from: Repeatlessness - A Life of Living Each Moment as New - An Owner’s Manual for the Human Mind by Joe Marshalla
Self talk - sub vocalizations - the human mind has about 50,000 of these per day in 24 hours - science has shown that typically 80% of these are negative or limiting in some way - so 40,000 of these per day . . . out of these we only interact with 5% of them - the rest we miss - so we are only aware of 2,500 of the 50,000 . . . of those 2,500 - 80% are negative or limiting in some way - typically - so this means 2,000 negative thoughts to 500 positive ones . . .
So we limit ourselves - we teach ourselves the “Learned Helplessness Phenomenon” - we limit our day dreams - it can destroy us - unless we take control of our thoughts - there are many techniques for doing so - being conscious over time - realizing - inner awareness - meditations - focus techniques -
Like Jesus said - also reflected in Swami Vivikananda - “Once we begin to know a thing, we may then have power over it.”
The reality for most of us is that we are in a tug of war with our minds & our minds are usually winning - the winning side is not helping us to be free of our shackles of negative thought - it appears only about 2% of us seem to reverse this & gain positive control over our minds.
We can learn to think in a way that will allow us to accomplish our goals.
Zhu Xi encourages individual moral responsibility, corresponding to the
emergence of a more market oriented economic system. A system in which
individuals participate in exchanges—a market place of ideas—not one
that seeks to impose from political control. To make our own choices
requires that we be politically free.
I think it was Nietzsche who said that the truth emerges only when we
get as many perspectives as possible.
Professor David Zarefsky emphasizes in Argumentation: The Study of
Effective Reasoning, that arguing about values is difficult, because
they can be highly intense, basic to our world view. But not being able
to argue about values is also dangerous because it leaves us no way to
resolve value conflicts, except by who has the greater force.
Free societies are societies in motion, and with motion comes friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom’s existence. Totalitarian societies seek to replace the many truths of freedom by the one truth of power, be it secular or religious; to halt the motion of society, to snuff out its spark. Unfreedom’s primary purpose is invariably to shackle the mind.
from “Step Across This Line” by Salmon Rushdie p. 215
“There is no vantage point from where real reality can be seen. We are
all looking from the point of view of our own reality tunnels . . .
every reality tunnel might tell us something interesting about our world
- if we are willing to listen.” Robert Anton Wilson explains Quantum
“My starting point is that our understanding of the world in which we
live is inherently imperfect because we are part of the world we seek to
understand. There may be other factors that interfere with our ability
to acquire knowledge of the natural world, but the fact that we are part
of the world poses a formidable obstacle to the understanding of human
affairs.” The New Paradigm for Financial Markets by George Soros
One way to help seek a broader perspective is thru meditation — dying
into — surrendering the ego — so as to become the infinite quantum spirit space
of cosmic nature.
Evaluating is a creative activity of humanity and we become responsible
for our choices.
Creativity needs passion, aliveness, energy. Creativity needs that you should remain a flow, an intense, passionate flow. – from Osho Book “The Search”
Liberals and conservatives who are so firmly entrenched - both need to step back, meditate, relax and slowly begin to face their own fears so that we can begin to repair the damages of the political struggle for power over others.
Our own internal fears and self-induced repressions mirror the repressions governments inflict on us.
By not using force to achieve political or social goals, these arrogances are avoided — so that we may evolve more peaceably.
Charles Johnson calls for “epistemological humility” and an egoless
listening to all that is around us”.
“The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things,
people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality
becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality - the miracle of
life that continuously unfolds within and around you . . .” — Eckhart
Tolle - A New Earth
We have inherited words that are very ambiguous, hopefully the following
will provide some definition and clarification of terms:
Quoting David Boaz
“The word liberal, for the defenders of liberty and the rule of law,
spread rapidly. The Whig Party in England came to be called the Liberal
Party. We knew the philosophy of John Locke, Adam Smith, Thomas
Jefferson, and John Stuart Mill as liberalism.
But around 1900 the term liberal underwent a change. People who
supported big government and wanted to limit and control the free market
started calling themselves liberals. The economist Joseph Schumpeter
noted, “As a supreme, if unintended, compliment, the enemies of private
enterprise have thought it wise to appropriate its label.” Thus we now
refer to the philosophy of individual rights, free markets, and limited
government-the philosophy of Locke, Smith, and Jefferson as classical
But classical liberalism is not much of a name for a modern political
philosophy. Some advocates of limited government began using the name of
their old adversaries, “conservative.” But conservatism properly
understood signifies, if not a defense of absolute monarchy and the old
order, at least an unwillingness to change and a desire to preserve the
status quo. It would be odd to refer to free-market capitalism—the most
progressive, dynamic, and ever-changing system the world has ever
known—as conservative. Edward H. Crane has proposed that today’s heirs
of Locke and Smith call themselves “market liberals,” retaining the word
liberal, with its etymological connection with liberty, but reaffirming
the liberal commitment to markets. That term has been well received by
market-liberal intellectuals, but it seems unlikely to catch on with
journalists and the public.
“The 20th century was really the liberal century,” says Kesler, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, and the editor of the Claremont Review of Books. “Conservatives came on the scene very late--remember, there was no organized conservative movement until William F. Buckley Jr. in the ‘50s--but the liberal effort to expand the state dates back 100 years. What Barack Obama is trying to do is complete an old project.”
Liberalism, Kesler argues, established itself in three distinct stages. The first wave, which Kesler calls “political liberalism,” rolled in just after the turn of the last century.
The liberals in this first wave, also known as progressives, “regarded the Constitution and the old forms of American politics as outmoded,” Kesler says. Whereas the old order valued “tranquility,” a word that appears in the preamble to the Constitution, progressives valued movement, dynamism, change. They wanted “to take the American people in hand, showing them the New Jerusalem.”
President Woodrow Wilson, a leading progressive, spoke often of his “vision,” introducing a term that has now become central to our understanding of presidential politics. Wilson believed, as Kesler puts it, “that to become a leader you have to have a vision of the future and communicate that vision to the unanointed, mass public. You have to make them believe in your prophetic ability.”
The second wave of liberalism, which Kesler calls “economic liberalism,” crashed over the country during the Great Depression, informing Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.
Economic liberals quickly came to consider the original Bill of Rights insufficient. Americans, they believed, needed a second set of rights--economic rights. “A right to a job, a right to health care, a right to a home, a right to an education. All these things,” says Kesler, “became as fundamental to liberals as the rights to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ that we find in the Declaration of Independence.”
Kesler calls the third wave of liberalism “cultural liberalism.” It roared in during the ‘60s, right along with the birth control pill, psychedelic drugs, no-fault divorce, free love and hippie festivals like Woodstock. Liberals, Kesler argues, now came to believe that “the purpose of government is to take charge of your necessities so you can live in a new kind of freedom, the freedom of liberation, which is really freedom from responsibilities.”
The right term for the advocates of civil society and free markets is
arguably socialist. Thomas Paine distinguished between society and
government, and the libertarian writer Albert Jay Nock summed up all the
things that people do voluntarily—for love or charity or profit—as
“social power,” which is always being threatened by the encroachment of
state power. So we might say that those who advocate social power are
socialists, while those who support state power are statists. — Quoting David Boaz
(Jeff Hawkins, author of On Intelligence describes that the evidence of
human history shows that we are basically cooperative in our nature. I
think that this human cooperative root has been subverted by the
historical political institutions of power. We don’t need a strong
government to keep us from killing each other, rather it is the strong
governments that keeps the wars going.)
The “tuning fork” phenomenon, as described by Marc Ian Barasch in an article called A Quest for Kindness (Barbara Stahura), Science of Mind magazine, May 2005.
“When people help each other, they vibrate with a feeling known as “helper’s high,” that pleasure we get in being good to each other. A researcher named John Haidt has shown there is an automatic, involutary physiological response when we see someone being noble or selfless or showing extraordinary or even ordinary helping behaviors toward another. The Vagus nerve connecting the brain to cardiac tissue seems to become activated, and we get that sensation of our hearts soaring, of being choked up with tenderness. We’re designed, as creatures, to rejoice in each other’s caring.
from Steven Pinker
on the myth of violence
Evolution bequeathed us with a sense of empathy. By default, we apply it only to our friends and family. Over history, the circle has expanded. village > clan > tribe > nation > other races > both sexes > other species
So, it seems people’s natural caring tendencies is taken & used against us - subverted - used by those who only want power over others - then we are no longer free to nurture each other because our scarce resources are taken by those in power to create armies to frighten and control us.
But alas, the word socialist, like the word liberal, has been claimed by
those who advocate neither civil society nor liberty.”
“What we depsperately need, beyond - or along with better rules, and resonably smart incentives is we need VIRTUE, we need CHARACTER, we need people who want to do the right thing . . . and in particular - the virtue that we need most of all is the virtue that Aristotle called “practical wisdom”. Practical wisdom is the moral will to do the right thing and the moral skill to figure out what the right thing is.
Aristotle was very interested in watching how the craftsman around him worked, and he was impressed by how they would improvise novel solutions to novel problems - problems that they hadn’t anticipated.
Practical wisdom gives us the will and skill to do right by others and our selves.
Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom
“There can be no truly moral choice unless that choice is made in freedom; similarly, there can be no really firmly grounded and consistent defense of freedom unless that defense is rooted in moral principle.” —Murray N. Rothbard
“In order for you to play jazz -- you got to listen to the other players. The music forces you at all times to address what other players are thinking. You interact with them with empathy and deal with the process of working things out. That is how our music can really teach what the meaning of American democracy is.” — Branford Marsalis — from: A Masterpiece by Midnight by Ken Burns
Responsibility, not to a superior, but to one’s conscience, the awareness of a duty not exacted by compulsion, the necessity to decide which of the things one values are to be sacrificed to others, and to bear the consequences of one’s own decision, are the very essence of any morals which deserve the name.
— Friedrich A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom 
If there is a sin superior to every other it is that of willful and offensive war. Most other sins are circumscribed within narrow limits, that is, the power of one man cannot give them a very general extension, and many kind of sins have only a mental existence from which no infection arises; but he who is the author of a war, lets loose the whole contagion of Hell, and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
— Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis V” [March 21, 1778]
The 2012 Enigma by David Wilcock Pt. 07
(4:10 minutes) - “The Rothchilds financed Stalin and the take over of Russia - the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. They (Rothchilds) have financed the French Revolution, World War 2, Hitler, and they were financing the U.S. . They believe in order out of chaos. You fund both sides of a war and which ever side wins - you got their vote because you are their paymaster. Because you have given them their money, you control their financial supply, which means you can control the governent, and you profit no matter what. And also what happens is the war stimulates the economy so you get much more infrastructure and much more building coming out of it.
As government grows — and the regulatory and tax states expand — and as the prohibitions on behaviors, services and goods grow and grow, society becomes ever less economically mobile and dynamic. The class system that is part of every society becomes a caste system of entrenched position. It becomes a society of the put-upons versus the privileged.
. . . so much of the cost of statism is invisible to us and not discernible at this time. It consists of the opportunities missed, the jobs not created, the social advancement that does not take place, the wealth creation that does not happen.” — Jeffrey Tucker,
for The Daily Reckoning article — Should We Worry about the Class Divide? April 2012
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
— William Somerset Maugham, Strictly Personal [1941
From “Zeitgeist Addendum”
“It is no measure of health to be adjusted to a profoundly sick society”
The Money Masters - How International Bankers Gained Control of America
The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned “central” bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation, including America, has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers.
It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense.... They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs.
— Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations 
“We are free! They don’t own my soul - not the intelligence community - not the military - not the oil cartels - not the money whores . . . We are free and that gives us enormous power that we don’t acknowledge And we have to acknowledge our power and use it.” Dr. Steven Greer presents “Contact & Disclosure: The Final Sequence” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0oLJNfs_rM&feature=email
from “The Reign of Terror - Re-Thinking the 9/11 Conspiracy” by Kieran Banda Wanduragala (at 16%in to book)
. . . the 1996 report The Future of US Intelligence by Schmitt and Shulsky, they explained their motive “truth is not the goal” of intelligence, “but only the means toward victory”
(Victory appears to mean for the MilitaryIndustrialComplex which corrupts the civility of world politics)
Our country has stumbled into socialism during the past half century; by now -- 1958 -- we have adopted nearly all the things socialists stand for. Those of us who are aware of socialism’s built-in destructiveness have watched this process with apprehension and are forever predicting, or warning against, the impending catastrophe which we think we see hanging over our society. Under socialism, some men are put at the disposal of other men, deliberately, legally, and on principle. Socialism, in other words, is premised in an immoral extension of political power.
— Leonard E. Read, Anything That’s Peaceful 
The spiritual decline of the earth is so far advanced that the nations
are in danger of losing the last bit of spiritual energy that makes it
possible to see the decline (taken in relation to the history of
“being”), and to appraise it as such. This simple observation has
nothing to do with Kulturpessimismus, and of course it has nothing to do
with any sort of optimism either; for the darkening of the world, the
flight of the gods, the destruction of the earth, the transformation of
men into a mass, the hatred and suspicion of everything free and
creative, have assumed such proportions throughout the earth that such
childish categories as pessimism and optimism’have long since become
—(from: An Introduction to Metaphysics by Martin Heidegger first
published in 1953)
It is certainly true that our age is full of conflicts which generate
war. However, these conflicts do not spring from the operation of the
unhampered market society. It may be permissible to call them economic
conflicts because they concern that sphere of human life which is, in
common speech, known as the sphere of economic activities. But it is a
serious blunder to infer from this appellation that the source of these
conflicts are conditions which develop within the frame of a market
society. It is not capitalism that produces them, but precisely the
anticapitalistic policies designed to check the functioning of
capitalism. They are an outgrowth of the various governments’
interference with business, of trade and migration barriers and
discrimination against foreign labor, foreign products, and foreign capital.
— Ludwig von Mises, Human Action 
“To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.” — Ludwig von Mises, Human Action 
To the extent that a society limits its government to policing functions which curb the individuals who engage in aggressive and criminal actions, and conducts its economic affairs on the basis of free and willing exchange, to that extent domestic peace prevails. When a society departs from this norm, its governing class begins, in effect, to make war upon the rest of the nation. A situation is created in which everyone is victimized by everyone else under the fiction of each living at the expense of all.
— Edmund A. Opitz
intransitive verb: to gain by turning something to advantage
profit: 1 : a valuable return : gain: 1 : resources or advantage acquired or increased.
so we seek to capitalize on actively living . . .
Poetry is you . . . capitalizing on your beautiful spirit thru words.
Poets may be the technicians of the sacred — David Whyte: Preservation of the Soul —http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO0OjtThqyI&feature=related
Words are sacred capital.
We capitalize on the sacred silence that words exist in.
God capitalizes on nothing to make something.
(from Permanent Peace - How to Stop Terrorism and War— Now and Forever by Robert M. Oates p. 143
After a detailed review of the discoveries from quantum mechanics, for instance, E.C.G. Sudarshan said that if physics were to continue in the direction it now takes, “physical theory would become a theory of consciousness. We are approaching this situation as a limit: consciousness creates everything out of nothing.”)
Life is spirit Capitalizing on energy.
Peace is realized by us capitalizing on our inherently peaceful natures - to appreciate the value of consciously being - peace.
Free market capitalism begins with the farmer who is rich enough to save some seed (capital) to plant next season and have enough left over to trade with neighbors. The seeds, when planted, make use of (capitalize) on the nutrients in the ecology of the living soil. This is being “rich”.
Freely trading with your neighbor is a cooperative exchange where both benefit.
To make use of - to capitalize on our intelligence - so that we may learn how to nurture this planet earth - that feeds us - in a sustainable way - so that future generations of children shall live in harmony with this earth.
It is through cooperation (capitalizing on sexual unions) . . . nurturing . . . love . . . that your genes reproduce creatively into the future.
Capitalize on every breath.
. . present moment -
to capitalize on emerging ecstasies
and the growth stock of bliss
overflowing in one’s heart :-)
Why not capitalize on your imagination, curiousity, creativity, and intuitions ?
“I really do think that in a sense at least that capitalism has been a constructive force — and more fundamentally — its non-zero sumness that has been a constructive force in expanding people’s realm of moral awareness.” —
Robert Wright — (TED talk on optimism)
#3 non-zero sum games - in certain circumstances - cooperation benefits both parties in an interaction, examples:
- gains in trade
- splitting the “peace dividend”
Technology increases the number of positive sum games by allowing trade of goods, services, ideas - over longer distances - among larger groups of people . . . other people become more valuable alive than dead
“The habit of exchanging one thing for another is a unique human feature . . . trade is ten times as old as farming . . . exchange between groups has been going on for a 100,000 years . . . that would have lead to specialization . . . the gains from trade only grow . . . this is one of the beauties of exchange - is that it actually creates the momentum for more specialization which creates the momentum for more exchange and so on . . .
Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex
So . . . This is the basis of capitalism ! ! ! We people - as a species - benefiting from the economic gains from the benefits of the exchanges we make from our specializations . . . saving more & more time - the longer we make these exchanges with each other . . . the more we accomplish - more quickly - we and the universe growing in complexity together - as we evolve - becoming richer in the wealth of complexity.
“There is “abundant evidence” that “competitive markets work quite well, usually much better than government alternatives.” Criticism of capitalism may be in vogue, but when we compare the performance of markets and government, “markets usually come out looking pretty darn good.” — Gary S. Becker - The Wall Street Journal — The Week September 16, 2011
“Freedom is the right to choose: . . .” — Archibald Macleish Quote
“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated
simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” — Quote by: Charles Mingus
Power struggles occur because the participants feel powerless and they
choose to pursue external power. Power struggles can only occur between
individuals who are pursuing external power. They seek to control each
other. They are in pain. That pain is the pain of powerlessness. Instead
of experiencing that pain, they reach outward in an attempt to rearrange
the world. (p.253 “The Heart of the Soul” by Gary Zukav)
Looking inward rather than outward, finding the source of pain and
changing it into a source of gratitude is the pursuit of authentic
power. Authentic power is the alignment of the personality with the
soul. Creating authentic power is using your will to change your life,
not the lives of others. (p.255 “The Heart of the Soul” by Gary Zukav)
by Butler Shaffer
People with varied interests quickly discover the advantages of
organizing themselves into groups to lobby the state for these apparent
benefits. Ego-boundary identities have proven themselves an effective
means of promoting collective ends. Race, religion, ideology, economic
interests, ethnicity, lifestyle, age, nationality, provide just a
handful of grounds upon which to organize mass movements. Those to be
organized into such groupings, as well as those who control the
machinery of the state, develop a symbiotic relationship in the
perpetuation of the political process.
Of course, in order to maintain the seeming effectiveness of such
practices, it is essential that group identities be reinforced. The
boundary lines that separate one group from another (e.g., “employees”
and “employers,” “straights” and “gays,” “Hindus” and “Muslims,” and
other “us” versus “them” categories), must be clearly delineated and
rigorously defended. . . . . Political systems thrive on “crises,” for
they are used to generate the fear that causes men and women to huddle
at the feet of state authorities who – like the “big daddies” of our
childhood – promise to protect us from perceived threats. Any crisis
will do, particularly those that can be seen by some groups as threats
arising from others . . . from Butler Shaffer:
These groups also aimed their persuasion at the worker by promoting their envy of the bourgeoisie, thus playing one class of against the other. It was then possible to use the ensuing conflict to justify their forced egalitarian redistribution of the wealth/poverty and their tyrannical central planning.
In the history of Western political thought, Marxism stands out as perhaps the single most elaborate defense of equality.
“Equality as the groundwork of communism is its political justification,” said Marx.
Unfortunately these attempts at equality produce more misery than equality and it is not even equal misery — those who deal out the equality — those in power — easily keep more of the equality for themselves — more of the wealth and privilege — look at how grandly Mao lived while preaching equality — while making millions of people miserable.
Victor Gollancz, the Socialist publisher, said on many occasions that
Socialism is necessary for world domination: “Socialism centralizes
power and makes individuals completely subject to those who control that
power,” the publisher said.
“Intelligence in the service of madness” — Eckhart Tolle A New Earth
“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”
I discovered that there is very little difference between fascism and
From: European Thought and Culture in the 20th Century by Professor
the 20th century “State” was an administrative structure
increasingly dominated by a bureaucracy which was empowered to regulate
and integrate the economy and provide social welfare service. Theorists
of the Frankfurt School called this new structure of the state, “State
Monopoly Capitalism” and its cause was championed in the U.S. by Social
Democrats, Progressives, New Dealers, and by European Socialists.
To me the roots of these kinds of socialisms - state socialisms - is in the being forced to share. There is no heart in forced sharing. Sharing must freely be done - freely sharing has heart in it - has value - feels so very good to connect and share this way. This is where love is - in the sharing.
“Governments oppress mankind in two ways, either directly, by brute force, that is physical violence, or indirectly, by depriving them of the means of subsistence and thus reducing them to helplessness. Political power originated in the first method; economic privilege arose from the second. Governments can also oppress man by acting on his emotional nature, and in this way constitute religious authority. There is no reason for the propagation of religious superstitions but that they defend and consolidate political and economic privileges.”
By Errico Malatesta
If the bureaucracy is not checked, it will tend to build, in the name of peace, a defense against every conceivable contingency - so much ‘security’ that ‘the secured’ are without resources - helpless and hopeless.
— Leonard E. Read, Anything That’s Peaceful [1964
“A very clear conclusion that you reach after a while is that it really is impossible for one person to make a difference and thus the more clearly, absolutely, irrevocably, unchangebly clear this is — that it is impossible for you to make the world better — the more you must try.” — Robert Sapolsky — The Uniqueness of Humans
from Marcia Wieder — http://www.DreamUniversity.com/
Living with Integrity
1. Keep agreements with your self
2. Keep agreements with your others
3. Keep agreements with god
Living your destiny
Are you more connected to your dream or to your doubt or fear ?
You can tell by the actions you are taking or not taking.
Show that you are committed to your dream by taking action.
Go into your heart & discover what is important to you.
There is the dream that you have for your life and there is the dream that your life has for you and when they meet . . . it is a magical moment. . . to live with integrity with your soul.
3 tips on how to deal with negative people:
Tip #1: Don’t take it personally
Tip #2: You are in control of your own life
Tip #3: Praise them!
If someone is negative or mean to others, chances are they’re even harder on themselves.
Imagine how unhappy they must feel all the time. So try giving them a compliment.
Natalie ~ Mind Movies
I am Spirit
I am Truth
I am Love Divine
This Body Mind
A Dream of Mine
—Hamsa Yoga Chant http://hamsa-yoga.org/
from: Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom
We think that there are real sources of hope. We identify one set of people as “canny outlaws”. These are people who are being forced to operate in a system that demands rule following and creates incentives. (These “canny outlaws”) find ways around the rules - to find a way to subvert the rules. These are incredibly admirable heroes, but there is no way that they can sustain this kind of activity in the face of a system that either roots them out or grinds them down.
More hopeful are those we call “system changers”. These are people who are looking - not only to dodge the system rules and regulations - but to transform the system. People want to be allowed to be virtuous. They want to have permission to do the right thing.
A society based on love would be beautiful. I love Freedom & I love Life. This is a selfish self interest - since I can only speak for myself - I don’t really know what others love - unless they tell me - & is up to each to make their own choices - hopefully freely made - not coerced.
“You will not have any doubt that psychological time is a mental disease
if you look at its collective manifestations. They occur, for example,
in the form of ideologies such as communism, national socialism or any
nationalism, or rigid religious belief systems which operate under the
implicit assumption that the highest good lies in the future and that
therefore the end justifies the means.
The end is an idea, a point in the mind projected future when salvation
in whatever form; happiness, fulfillment, equality, liberation, and so
on will be attained. Not infrequently, the means of getting there are
the enslavement, torture and murder of people in the present.
For example it is estimated that as many as fifty million people where
murdered to further the cause of communism — to bring about a better
world in Russia, China, and other countries. This is a chilling example
of how belief in a future heaven creates a present hell. Can there be
any doubt that psychological time is a serious and dangerous mental
illness ? How does this mind pattern operate in your life ?” . . . .
. . . The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an
inner psychic pollution —millions of unconscious individuals not taking
responsibility for their inner space . . .
“In the normal mind identified, or unenlightened state of consciousness,
the power and infinite creative potential that lie concealed in the now
are completely obscured by psychological time. Your life then looses its
vibrancy, its freshness, its sense of wonder” . . .
from Eckhart Tolle in - The Power of Now
In our dynamic cooperative cumulative endeavors; our knowledge,
creativity, strength of character, human goodness, integrities need to
be drawn upon so that we can live in productive, nurturing
peace—together—now. So please for your own well being and for all of us,
do your own crucial political work by learning from history, cultivating
oneself—learning to be — now, meditating—now . . . facing your own fears—
now, caring for yourself — without doing harm to others. Body work such
as massages, exercises, Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong are very helpful—even
necessary. ( I personally recommend Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong)
“Real transformation is rare and depends upon whether you can become
present enough to dissolve the past by accessing the power of the now” .
. .from Eckhart Tolle in -The Power of Now
Learning to be responsible and do your own intellectual work also to do
no harm (ahimsa), intentionally or otherwise, to others while avoiding
being harmed yourself — a great challenge in these very harmful times
since, for example, the taxes citizens all around the world are forced
to pay include many harmful, corrupt aspects.
An ethical response to all the political corruption; in the tradition of
Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Dalai Lama is the Libertarian Pledge:
I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I DO NOT BELIEVE IN OR ADVOCATE THE INITIATION OF
FORCE AS A MEANS OF ACHIEVING POLITICAL OR SOCIAL GOALS.
Government is the use of force. To govern means to control. The use of force is implicit in the definition of control. Otherwise, it would be “influence” rather than control. Even the good things that governments do involve the use of force somewhere, somehow. Sometimes government uses force directly to control behavior. Other times, government uses money taken by force to fund activities which would otherwise not involve the use of force.
Understanding that government is the use of force, the question then becomes:
What is the proper use of force in a free society?
To answer this question, we look at three types of force:
Initial Force. In any group of people, from 2 to 20 billion, there is no use of force until someone uses it first.
Initial force is aggression or coercion.
Defensive Force. Defensive force is the use of force to defend your safety, rights, or property. You have the right to defend yourself, and the right to authorize others, such as those in government, to use defensive force in your behalf.
Defensive force is survival.
Retaliatory Force. Retaliatory force is punishment of someone who has initiated force. If someone assaults you, you have the right to authorize government to punish those responsible in your behalf.
Retaliatory force is justice.
Where government exists in a free society, its role should be limited to defending and/or retaliating against those who initiate force.
Government in a free society should not be the initiator of force. Some laws, such as those prohibiting murder, rape, robbery and fraud, are laws against the initiation of force. Enforcement of such laws is the application of defensive and/or retaliatory force, and is appropriate for government in a free society.
Other laws constitute an initiation of force. Government should not initiate force to seize the property of individuals. Government should not initiate force to compel service to the state. Government should not initiate force to impose lifestyles or moral codes.
With freedom comes responsibility. If you initiate force, you should be held fully accountable.
Government is the use of force.
So we are dominated by violent governments and since most people accept this - peace does not prevail.
“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” — Albert Einstein
“Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.” — Albert Einstein
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” — Albert Einstein
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius --
and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.” — Albert Einstein
with the use of force by governments:
There is no heart in forced sharing - it must freely be done - freely sharing has heart in it - feels so very good to connect and freely share this way. This is where love is - in the sharing. A society based on love would be beautiful.
Love is healing - is the basis of healing our bodies, souls & minds
love seems to be the answer to everything- then there are no more questions - who needs to question when one is feeling love - which is a degree of enlightenment - i feel
when you expand your lungs & fill them with air - which is love - - your lung wraps around your heart & hugs it - it reassures the heart with a lung hug - the heart responds by sending out love to your body - - with every heart beat
so the lungs breath in air love - which is sent to the heart which sends the love - air - blood throughout the body
the love is always within you & comes in thru the air you breath
we also have water in our bodies - & when we feel love & peace - this helps to heal us & heal the water around us - is to me very magical
Thomas Jefferson summed this up:
“The state of peace is that which most improves the manners and morals, the prosperity and happiness of mankind.”
Sanctions and war do exactly the opposite.
We are foolish to depend on government or religeous representatives to
do our own work in this regard, since historically they have been the
main agents of the long history of war. There is no peace with strong
governments and weak people. There is no power vacuum if we each realize
our own power and responsibilities—perhaps re-inventing something like
the Chinese Self-Strengthening Movement of the late 1800’s at the
individual self level of society. (The Chinese people would do well to
instill in their leaders the compassion displayed by the Dalai Lama.)
from: Words of Truth A Prayer Composed by: His Holines Tenzin Gyatso The
Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet
“... Those unrelentingly cruel ones, objects of compassion,
Maddened by delusion’s evils,
wantonly destroy themselves and others;
May they achieve the eye of wisdom,
knowing what must be done and undone,
And abide in the glory of friendship and love.”
As Gandhi said “ Non-violence in its dynamic condition does not mean
meek submission to the will of an evil-doer, but it means the putting of
one’s soul against the will of the tyrant”.
“Even the most powerful cannot rule without the cooperation of the ruled.”
Satyagraha, loosely translated as “insistence on truth”- satya (truth); agraha (insistence) “soul force” or “truth force” is a particular philosophy and practice within the broader overall category generally known as nonviolent resistance or civil resistance.
The term “satyagraha” was coined and developed by Mahatma Gandhi.
He deployed satyagraha in the Indian independence movement and also during his earlier struggles in South Africa for Indian rights. Satyagraha theory influenced Nelson Mandela’s struggle in South Africa under apartheid, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaigns during the civil rights movement in the United States, and many other social justice and similar movements.
Someone who practices satyagraha is a satyagrahi.
Richard Greeg wrote in The Power of Nonviolence “ Nonviolent resistance
does not break the opponents’ will but alters it; does not destroy his
confidence, enthusiasm and hope, but transfers them to a finer purpose.”
“The change now required must come from within ourselves, within our
thinking — a shift in our attitude toward information itself. The
information we choose is the information we serve. Like electricity,
information is polarized; it is either creative or destructive.
Destructive information is not evil; it is simply programmed to destroy
... ”The human mind ... is designed to operate on the creative,
energy-rich currents of living information. Destructive informational
currents distort and eventually block its perception . . . . “We are
embodiments of the universe’s truth, products of its creativity,
interpretive mechanisms it has placed here to experience and enjoy
Our human biocircuitry is designed to create, but
until we clearly understand the vital distinction between forms of truth
and truth’s living reality, our bodies’ higher creative functions cannot
be activated.” Ken Carey, “Where Do We Draw the Line?,” from Solstice
Shift, edited by John Nelson (Hampton Roads, 1997)
. . . keeping your eyes to that which unfolds within you — now . . .
Humanity — ones only religion. Breath — ones only prayer, and
consciousness — ones only god . . . consciousness am I . . . remain the
same forever . . . your essential self . . . it is towards this end you
Meditation and Yoga ancient origins — Yogiraj Siddhanath
Let’s get to work, we’ll all feel much better—then we can more truly
enjoy being human while singing and dancing together and caring for
widening circles of loved ones . . .
This earth now . . . can be our temple of joy, song, dance, music, creativity, of love and life . . . a celebration of life . . .
Robert Heinlein wrote in Time Enough for Love, “The more you love, the
more you can love — and the more intensely you love. Nor it there any
limit on how many you can love.
“To find love you have to abandon all your preconceptions. The only way
to love is to be available to the new now.” from Making Love by Barry Long
“Transform your life with self-love. From now on, let every action, every reaction, every thought, and every emotion be based on love. Increase your self-love until the entire dream of your life is transformed from fear and drama to love and joy.”
— don Miguel Ruiz
I think the failure of the existing financial system is natural due to
its corrupt basis in the international fiat money system and is only
fearful to those who cling to the past. I am hopeful that real values
can now be established to trade upon to build secure, peacefully
my vision . . . i view people being able to freely & spontaneously share
& exchange ideas, talents, in all sorts of overlapping, creative
endeavors, feeling the wondrous deep joys of community & belonging.
Knowing the security of family & friends in the real love connections
that true trust in oneself & others — which is possible — now if we
live with & nurture our courageous integrities — open to our ethical,
spiritual individual ahimsa striving consciousnesses - with true respect
for the lovely beingness of each of us — now in our precious individual
lives . . .
The specific manifestations are not possible for me to imagine now
because when these kinds of creative energies are free — the outcomes i
expect to be beyond what i can envision. I can just expect to be
surprised, thrilled, delighted and awed . . . :-))
“Are you more connected to your dream or to your doubt — fear — or reality. You can tell by the actions you are taking — or not taking. Go into your heart and discover what is important to you.” — Marcia Wieder — DreamUniversity.com
“Can you hear the babies calling . . . the children . . . 20,000 generations waiting to come behind us here. So it is our sacred obligation to establish a firm direction for this planet in peace, sustainability - protecting gaia, and the biosphere and creating the world of our vision - and this is why we are on this planet today.”
Dr. Steven Greer presents “Contact & Disclosure: The Final Sequence” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0oLJNfs_rM&feature=email
“The great theme of true individualism is that in the spontaneous collaboration of many free minds there is a mysterious creative power far greater than the power in any individual mind.”
— Garet Garrett, American Affairs 
from Dr. Thomas Campbell - My Big TOE
What this is really about is your big TOE (Theory of Everything)
find out - you have to be skeptical. . . find out — discover the big truth for yourself. That is how you grow.
Growth is your purpose, mission . . . it is your responsibility.
Let my big TOE be the catalyst for your big TOE
The fundamental reality is consciousness . . . go and explore . . .
Don’t let fear block your process . . . you have to be fearless !
You will find and create your own fears. What you think is what you create and if you are carrying fear around with you — that will manifest itself into something you will have to deal with. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you are in danger. Take whatever comes . . . however it is. . . If I never come back . . . I’ll accept that — if you can’t accept that and worry about that — then you won’t go very far.
So you have to have a warriors attitude.
You have to be able to accept whatever comes and deal with it as it comes . . . or your fear will inhibit it.
Fear is the opposite of love. Fear is high entropy . . . love is low entropy.