The Holy Spirit – to whom I am deeply indebted – is always the smartest person in the room.
When I went up after the session to talk to the facilitator, she enthused:
You project a great deal of healing energy.
I told her that I brought that forward from a past life, and that it came with connections to many others that I was sorting through.
When I was a post-doc in Livermore, Robert Silverberg wrote a series of science fiction novels. On the cover of one, a young man wore a helmet that in the story allowed him to directly relate to all of the information stored in the great library. He experienced the lives of all the great personalities, seeing through them the experiences of the lesser.
When my girlfriend asked me how I looked without a beard, I spontaneously took her into my den, pulled the book off the shelf, and testified “Like this.” I don’t know from where the artist drew inspiration, but it looked exactly like me.
Many years later, when I put up my first web site at http://www.everdeepening.org, I had a dream in which an opponent to my efforts indicated that I was plugging the internet into my mind. It’s why I don’t mind that my readership is so low. It was true also of the time I spent playing Runescape. I was connecting psychically to the community of online gamers, just as here I make a connection to the community of online intellectuals.
All of my writing – my books, my web-site, and my three blogs – have been an effort to explain how I organize my personality to serve as a locus for healing energy. It’s not something that I project; rather, I am transparent to it. I offer it without conditions to those that need it.
More than that, the interaction is an introduction that allows them to pursue an independent journey with the source of the energy.
Early in my experience of LA Ecstatic Dance, Ataseia would invite the participants (usually less than thirty) to articulate an intention for the dance. Most people had specific needs, but a number of one-time participants came in looking for “meaning” or “hope.” I felt myself drawn to that need, and felt the door opening in me. In turn, during closing circle, they would incline toward me to testify with some version of “I received what I was seeking.”
The problem with social media is the one identified by Barack Obama in his turn on Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.” Social media environments such as Facebook and Google seek to provide you more of what you like, rather than forcing you to confront alternative views of the world. This has allowed propagandists to create cesspools of fear that trap audiences in dependency.
Fear is a powerful motivator – it harnesses our most primitive survival instincts. Worse, it is the default mode of the infant brain, a mode prevents development of social skills in those that do not receive consistent, loving reassurance.
My writing here has been a bipolar oscillation between posts that explain the reasons we should hope and posts that attempt to undermine the logic of fear-mongers. Both messages require time to process that few possess, and once presented rapidly become “dated.” People looking for answers want variety: they want to read what’s new, not immerse themselves in what is eternal. It is only in the wordless experience of dance that I have been able to confront them with the presence of the eternal.
I have offered several times here that the Holy Spirit was the original world-wide web, and a far better version because it only propagates ideas that serve the purposes of love. I have written and written in the hope that the internet would serve a similar purpose. Now I realize that it cannot. What it does is encyst the poisons that once percolated in the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 12 and 13 explain that Jesus’s incarnation was accompanied with an effort by the angels to cast selfishness out of heaven, where it now rages through humanity on earth. Revelation 20 describes the return of Jesus to cast that spirit out of humanity. It is described as a war, but it is a spiritual war, not a war of physical destruction. Using the strength of his will, Christ simply forces evil out of human nature.
If I have served Christ in any way during this life, it has been as a tool for evolving the methods to accomplish that aim. Manipulators have had less and less purchase on me, and over the last year, I have stopped reasoning with them and simply started projecting:
You don’t belong here any more.
The spiritual and intellectual shields that allow me to enforce that judgment are all in the public domain. They are written here for those that wish to experience them. It is not my job to promote them against the resistance of those that would corrupt them. That leads to death.
That’s been done already.
No, my job right now is to project strength into the final resource for the oppressed, the only resource to those abandoned by a system that finds no profit in their survival. I must focus on psychic projection of the truths held in the Holy Spirit, and thereby expand the domain of its influence.
Blessings on you all. May God send angels to walk at your shoulder, to take you by the elbow when you face difficult decisions, and to fill with hope the holes in your soul made by the messages of fear that steal joy from you.
I’m going to find a way to spend every day offering healing to people that to this point has only been accepted on the dance floor.
The wave was presaged for me in my college years. Meeting with friends, I had to ask what this t-shirt slogan meant:
A woman needs a man, like a fish needs a bicycle.
Growing up, I noticed at church gatherings that while all the men stood up to strut, the women went around quietly in the background and actually got things done. This was what they were allowed. Then in the seventies something snapped. That t-shirt was preceded by bra burnings.
The era of gender turmoil could be abusive. My college dormie warned me that if I didn’t hold the door open for his mother, she would call me rude, and if I did she’d call me condescending.
In Genesis, it is said that a man will go live with his woman because they “become one flesh.” When I came into my spirituality in my 40s, I began to realize how much of what goes on in the business world has to do with the woman at home. They build their men up in spiritual armor and send him out in the world to rape and pillage. They don’t see it that way – they see it as protecting their man. But when their man needs protection because he rapes and pillages, that distinction is moot.
Among the counsel that I received when I was going through my divorce, two things stood out. The first was to be warned that ethically I was way outside of the norm, and the court system would have no clue how to respond to me. The second was that I had married somebody from a culture that was far less sophisticated than ours, and that I should be more selective in the future.
Unfortunately, that was followed by a dream in which an elder showed up to announce that I was a “nation of one.”
Understanding that the cabal of homemakers wants a peer to negotiate with, I’ve spent most of the last twenty years studying feminine virtue, trying to figure out how to call it out of hiding. In his song “Winterwood,” Don McLean gave voice to my inspiration:
No time can pass your sight unseen,
No moment steals away unfound.
A lifetime lived in such a dream,
Floats like a feather to the ground.
A woman has the power to guide her man around conflict, not push him into it.
And of course the feminist would complain that women have their own gifts to express. That’s true, and I become frustrated when the dynamic among people is dominated by sex. Talent doesn’t reveal itself in those circumstances.
If this has been confusing, well, that’s how gender politics has been in America for the last forty years. Everybody has to figure out their own path.
I have been as frustrated as anyone else. A friend at work yesterday counseled me to look at Japanese or French women – ladies that “grant their men their space.” I affirmed that capacity, but observed that it was an outgrowth of their need to submit to male-dominated societies. When I was in my teens, my mother told me that I should find a Geisha to marry. There is an attraction there.
The other path is the Muslim or Orthodox path, where women veil themselves and lead a separate existence. I’ve seen amazing beauty in such woman, but they are often brittle.
The American experiment is chaotic and often ugly, but it’s worth supporting. If I’m ever going to be in a relationship again, it will be with a woman that has chosen to exit the game, allowed men to celebrate her without possessing her, and come back looking to figure out how to join her virtues to a man’s.
In my last post, I took a long view of the process through which we as a nation have struggled against the forces of Mammon – the tendency to reduce all human relations to currency.
There are two positive paths forward from the crisis we are now in. The first is to trust in historical trends and human steadfastness. The second is to mature in our relationship with God.
History is on the Side of Justice
Hope is found in this simple historical fact: this pattern of oppression has been experienced again and again through human history. When wealth and production become decoupled (as we see with outsourcing from America since 1970), financiers eventually control politics because debtors must continue to pay interest on their obligations in order to maintain access to additional financing.
This is a fun game for the financiers until tangible goods begin to decay. This was first evident in the Rust Belt, but is now visible in America’s degraded infrastructure. Initially the cost of living rises as the population attempts to preserve its lifestyle, but in Detroit and Flint we see the end point: a dramatic decrease in the standard of living that drives down the value of property.
When there isn’t anything worth buying any more, what’s the value of money?
Ultimately this leads to the collapse of currency and the dissolution of nation states (such as during the American Revolution, driven primarily by taxation issues, and in current events as California and New York actively rebel against federal myopia on climate change, trade, human rights and taxation). In that liquidation, regulations are established to prevent recurrence.
Those regulations must cover the reach of the financial system, and so we see that government always expands in the aftermath of collapse. This happened not long after the Revolution of 1776 when the original Confederation of States was reorganized as a Federal system under the US Constitution. It occurred again after the Great Depression, when the bureaucracy was expanded to regulate interstate corporations. After World War II, the shell of global financial regulatory systems was set up in the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Union.
We should be encourage now that we are faced with the final stage of harmonization of financial regulation. Commerce is now global, and English is established as the language of business. All we have to do is organize the political will to establish that framework.
And, despite resistance, the financiers have always been unable to prevent that step – largely because they eventually discover that there’s nothing left to cheat out of the impoverished masses, and turn on each other. The financial game is no longer worth playing, and those that want to make money return to the problem of trying to create value.
Maturation in God
When asked about the age that we are in now, Jesus made vague remarks about “wars, and rumors of wars,” foul weather and disease. When I first read that material, I thought “Well, when has this ever NOT been true.”
But there was a reason, for Jesus had already told them the answer. The age ends when we learn to love God and our neighbor.
When I make this point to people, I follow it up with the observation that “there’s a conspicuous omission there.” Most of them recognize that it’s “myself.”
Loving unconditionally, as God loves us, has the problem that the beloved can abuse our trust. We see this arising again and again in the Old Testament. The Fall, the Flood, the silence in Egypt, the punishments for the Golden Calf, the rules regarding access to the Holy of Holies, and the Fall of Jerusalem are all motivated by the pain suffered by the Most High due to the infidelity of the Chosen People.
So love is metered out to us in the measure that we are trusted to use it. If we don’t respect God, we lose his love.
That shouldn’t surprise us.
In recasting faith as a process for regulating the flow of power from the Most High to our neighbors, Jesus was offering this wisdom: we are the instruments that God has placed on this earth to regulate the flow of power to others. God seeks to empower us, and when we empower others, their witness is a testament to our worthiness to receive power.
On the road to Jerusalem, the Apostles argued over the rights of each in the realm to come. Jesus rebuked them with the parable of the talents. Two beneficial paths are identified: if you have skills that will allow you to help others, God will give you power when you exercise them. If you do not have skills but invest your strength in support of those that do, God will give you power to facilitate that work.
But if you hide your power because you fear to lose it, you will be lost, because to enter the kingdom of heaven requires far more power than you can hold in your self. You can only enter in relationship with others that hold you in loving regard, preserving your spirit from the enormous forces that swirl around the Most High as he seeks to fulfill his compact with us.
How does this work against criminality in business? Because when we hold someone in our loving regard, we know when they are endangered. We can feel it even from a distance, and that knowledge forms a cyst around those that would do ill to us and others.
Of course, in that knowledge, we have two choices: we can choose to do unto the criminal as they did to us, or we can ignore them and focus on constructing functional relationships. When we get wrapped around the axle by management wrangling at work, this is what I tell my peers: “Forget them. We are here for each other, and every day that I am here I will do my best to help you succeed.”
This is what Jesus meant we he said “pick up your cross and carry it.” When we devote ourselves to that task, there is no weakness to exploit in the bonds of good will.
Conversely, we do create a culture that justifies financial fraud in that passive investments are merely an attempt to profit from the labor of others. If we are seeking to get more than we deserve, why shouldn’t our financial advisers do the same?
So this is the bottom line: stop worrying about yourself, and focus on caring for others. And as you do, remember this: there is a billion times as much energy leaving the sun than warms the earth. That’s enough energy for every eight people to have a planet of their own. There is nothing that we can’t do once we have earned the right to it, and nothing that we need fear from those that have.
Because we will rest secure in the knowledge that, as God, they exist only to love us.
America’s first Civil War was formally declared and fought using traditional means. It was the deadliest war in our history, a fact that resonates with the fierceness of the passions it aroused. It’s deadliness had a more prosaic cause, however: the invention of smokeless gunpowder allowed defenders to mow down the massed assault formations that were effective in prior wars. Confronted with that deadliness, the North (principally under Sherman) recognized that to win it had to destroy the productive capacity of the South. So the first Civil War was our first exercise in industrialized warfare.
But the victors struggled for a cause that we could recognize as noble: preservation of democracy against the forces of division, and liberation of an enslaved population.
The second Civil War was not formally declared, but it ran through the first half of the twentieth century. Though the issues in the conflict were the cause of many revolutions throughout history, in the American case the war was fought principally in political circles. The conflict centered around the rights of inherited wealth, which tempts its holders to impoverish the public so that it can acquire tangible property.
The first stages of this war were violent: coal mine and port operators responded to strikes by sending in security forces to gun down striking workers. It was this violence that pushed the early labor unions into the arms of organized crime. Public revulsion led to legalization of trade unionism with declared rights for workers and procedures for management of workplace grievances.
That effort was only a pre-amble, however. The real action came during the Great Depression. The owner class sat on its hands in the aftermath of the financial collapse, refusing to invest in production because there were no buyers. Those that did have money were able to buy at cut-rate prices. The deflationary pressure caused the real value of their dollar deposits to increase with every factory closure. They had no interest in priming the pump to restart the economy.
There were two courses forward for the public: the first was international communism, the second was to set up the federal government as the employer and purchaser of last resort. It was fear of violent Communist rebellion that stimulated Roosevelt to accept Keynes’ theory of deficit spending and establish a federal bureaucracy that could secure the well-being of the middle class against the rapacious profit-seekers that had destroyed the financial system.
The third America Civil War has been running since 1980. It has united the racism of the defeated South to the greed of the financial class. It has been funded and organized by large multi-national businesses that are no longer checked by federal power.
The primary methods of the assault on middle-class security have been these:
Deregulation of industries that protect the middle-class
This began under Reagan with deregulation of the Savings and Loan industry, an action continued under Alan Greenspan at the Federal Reserve, who refused to step in to control predatory real estate lenders in the first decade of this century. The first disaster cost America $500 billion dollars. While the second disaster is normally described as having a similar cost, in fact it is far larger: to cover for its incompetence the Federal Reserve has accumulated $3,000 billion dollars in assets, a position that was acquired by issuing debt to itself.
(In effect, through the Federal Resrve the federal government is no longer the employer of last resort. It is the purchaser of last resort, thereby guaranteeing asset prices for the rich at the expense of the rest of the public.)
But it didn’t stop with the financial system. Environmental Protection, Food and Drug Administration, Occupational Safety and Health, and the Internal Revenue Service have all been systematically assaulted by conservative politicians that are beholden to the rich.
These attacks have been rationalized by the huge federal debt, a debt generated by Republican resistance to revenue increases. The latest tax bill is a perfect case in point: after accounting for price increases in essential services such as health care, the bill will benefit only the most wealthy of all Americans. It is a con, pure and simple.
Federal indebtedness is now going to be used to justify elimination of Social Security and Medicare, two programs financed by the middle class through wage garnishing and taxation. According to policy declared by Paul Ryan, those programs are going to be handed over to private investment firms, where (if the precedent established with the Savings and Loan industry holds) they will be gutted.
When he came into office, Barack Obama reached out to American business leaders for ideas on how to get the economy rolling again. What he found was that the prescriptions offered were not linked to concrete industrial commitments. Rather, the prescriptions reflected a culture of blame-avoidance whereby which industrialists shifted responsibility for their ineffectuality to the federal government.
These attitudes reflect the decoupling of executive compensation from value generation. Direct compensation for executives is already in the tens of millions of dollars a year, but it is supplemented by stock bonuses that can run into hundreds of millions of dollars. Bonuses are direct transfers of wealth from shareholders to executives. There is no way to justify these kinds of compensation levels, because what makes a company successful are the motivation and creative capacity of its workers. Executive compensation practices outrages and demoralizes those workers.
Paradoxically, when a company is in trouble, executive compensation negotiations become more and more unbalanced. A new executive with a fat compensation package rolls in, promising great change, and confronts a workforce hostile to their presence.
What is true is that when the company fails, the executives are left with huge pots of money that they can use to paper over their failure, and that money has been invested in think-tanks and politicians that blame governmental regulation for the failures of American business.
In fact, the forces that hobble American business are overwhelming global economic trends. Executives need to be honest and humble regarding their failures and worth.
Disenfranchisement of the Politically Sophisticated
To cement their privileges, the monied classes have financed the political polarization of the American Heartland. The federal legislature and electoral college are both tilted to small states, where each voter has three times as much weight as voters in large states. Small states have urban centers with politically sophisticated populations, but even there gerrymandering of districts has given weight to rural populations that survive principally through exploitation of natural resources.
The rhetoric of this polarization is astonishing. ObamaCare was “health care for black people.” The National Rifle Association protects the public by ensuring that we have the firepower to fight back against a tyrannical government. Illegal immigrants are not an exploited industrial sub-class, but stealers of blue-collar jobs.
The purveyors of these positions do not feel the need to provide factual substantiation. They simply lie. They are catering to a sub-population that has been conditioned by fear to seek powerful protectors, and so are susceptible to promises offered by the wealthy.
The end-game is visible in Kansas and Oklahoma and other states that followed the “less is more” rhetoric of government. Essential public services are collapsing. Opioid addiction is driving down life expectancy nationally. It is the Hunger Games brought to life.
Transfer of Executive Power to the Speaker of the House
When Franklin Roosevelt, architecture of the federal system that protects middle-class rights, died during his fourth term, the Constitution was amended to limit presidents to two terms in office.
While this is sound public policy, it has not addressed the dangers of life-time office holders in Congress. This has allowed Paul Ryan, occupant of a safe seat in Minnesota, to build a political empire that has given him control of the federal government. That control is effectuated behind the scenes, out of the public limelight. With control of the judiciary, taxation and budgeting, Caucus leaders such as Ryan and McConnell now have the ability to act unilaterally and arbitrarily to remake the federal government.
It is clear that their prescription is to return as much of the country’s wealth to the upper class as they can. That class includes the class of lifetime holders of political office such as themselves.
Next: Prognosis for the Future…
The breadth of the GOP conspiracy in the 2016 election was illustrated yesterday when, in response to a demand from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that the FBI produce all documents related to the Steele dossier, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray scheduled a surprise visit with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
Nunes, a member of the Trump transition team, is obviously a conflicted choice for chair of a committee so essential to unraveling the Russian investment in Donald Trump. The free press has been steadily amassing evidence that Trump is a Manchurian candidate whose political ambitions were stimulated and financed by Russia, and whose fragility and incompetence alone make it inevitable that American will be humiliated by the two criminal super-powers, Russia and China.
My guess is that Rosenstein and Wray presented evidence that Nunes has been interfering actively in the Russian investigation, probably by funneling information through to the Trump Administration, thereby confronting Ryan with criminal complicity if he did not act to protect the investigation.
But the American public should be tired of this charade. In hearing after hearing, Republican lawmakers have strutted and huffed and humiliated the most dedicated members of American law enforcement. Those individuals have been unable to defend themselves against slurs and innuendo because it would compromise the active criminal investigation led by Mueller.
So I hope that part of what Rosenstein and Wray conveyed to Ryan is:
Go ahead, punk: make our day.
If the investigation is shut down, all these figures will quit, and in defense of our democracy will air publicly everything that they know, exposing GOP criminality to domestic and international condemnation.
The only question left in the balance is whether the Republican base is sufficiently indoctrinated that they will swallow whatever Fox News broadcasts regarding the “Deep State.” Fox News claims that in order to protect the federal civil service jobs targeted by budget cutters in Congress, the right-wing leadership of the FBI is manufacturing evidence that the GOP is a criminal enterprise. That claim is ludicrous on its face, but if the base remains firm, the GOP may indeed be able to hang on to power in the mid-term elections, largely because they have gerrymandered the electoral map to disenfranchise Democratic voters.
But given recent special election results, the odds are long against it.
A Republican friend at work, in the immediate aftermath of the Trump victory, mournfully predicted the death of his party.
I fear that the other alternative is destruction of our democracy as it is transformed according to the Iranian, Chinese and Russian model: pro-forma elections among candidates hand-picked by kleptocrats dedicated to ensuring that the federal bureaucracy no longer intervenes in their rape of the middle class.