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Three Core Beliefs That Will Change The World For The Better – Seth

1. You create your own reality according to the nature of your beliefs.

2. All existence is blessed.

3. Evil does not exist in reality.

What do you think about these statements? Do you agree with them or disagree with them? How is Seth looking at reality? Where is he coming from and what is he saying about the nature and purpose of being? Let’s discuss it!

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

What do you think? Are we human beings only? Is our human experience all there is, or are we spiritual beings having a human experience? How does your belief affect the way you treat yourself? How does it affect the way you treat others? Share your thoughts! How we define ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which in turn, forms our reality.

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“Ryancare” Dead on Arrival: Can We Please Now Try Single Payer?

Let’s make a deal with each other. To make single-payer health care available to everyone, let’s all agree to accept greater personal responsibility for our own health. How we treat each other and ourselves matters when it comes to health and well-being.

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The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. . . . We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.  

— Donald Trump, The America We Deserve (2000)

The new American Health Care Act has been unveiled, and critics are calling it more flawed even than the Obamacare it was meant to replace. Dubbed “Ryancare” or “Trumpcare” (over the objection of White House staff), the Republican health care bill is under attack from left and right, with even conservative leaders calling it “Obamacare Lite”, “bad policy”, a “warmed-over substitute,” and “dead on arrival.”

The problem for both administrations is that they have been trying to fund a bloated, inefficient, and overpriced medical system with scarce taxpayer funds, without capping its costs. US healthcare costs in 2016 averaged $10,345 per person, for a total of $3.35 trillion dollars, a…

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The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless

Like blood in the body, money must circulate freely for society to survive and thrive.

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Exposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the “limited hangout” of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends, dovetailing with the War on Cash and the imminent threat of massive bail-ins of depositor funds.

The bombshell publication of the “Panama Papers,” leaked from a Panama law firm specializing in shell companies, has triggered both outrage and skepticism. In an April 3 article titled “Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak,” UK blogger Craig Murray writes that the whistleblower no doubt had good intentions; but he made the mistake of leaking his 11.5 million documents to the corporate-controlled Western media, which released only those few documents incriminating opponents of Western financial interests.

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Universal Health Care

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Universal Health Care

Do you support universal health care? Some people in America don’t. These folks say that “only those who can afford it should get it”, even though these same people are eliminating jobs in America and the cost of health care insurance is rising so fast fewer  business owners and working people can afford it. Ironically, some people against universal health care have publicly funded health care plans themselves. They might even represent you in Congress! What do these people think?  That the uninsured should stop complaining, lie down and suffer or die if they get sick? You hear them talk about life being a matter of survival of the fittest; it’s “eat or be eaten, kill or be killed”, they say. Is this the America we want to live in? Is it the America we want to create? If you say “No!”, the question is, what are you willing to do about it?

As members of society we need to make our voices heard by the people we elect to represent us in Congress. We can call, write, email or fax our representatives to push for Universal Health Care. We can also wear Universal Health Care products to show support in our communities (T-shirts, yard signs, buttons, magnets and more).

As owners of The LifeSong Store (http://www.thelifesongstore.com), my wife and I have decided to remove the profit margin from our Universal Health Care line of products. The price you pay is what Cafe Press (a non-union company) charges us to print and ship these items.

Stand up America! Our strong sense of community tells us to care for everyone and common sense tells us to pool our resources to moderate and control the runaway cost of health care. Do what works best for ALL of us!

Roger (Pete) and Sandra Peterson – send this article around the web!

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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What Kind of Energy Do We Want to Send Out Into the World?

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Suppose, for a moment, you could let go of all old memories of past mistakes, failures, losses, judgments and reaction patterns that have shaped your life up to now? If, for one moment, you could be free of all fear, anger, hurt, hate, doubt and suspicion, what kind of energy would you want to send out into the world? When I ask myself this question the answer always comes back, love.

One early morning in late 1985, while driving an empty mini-bus over Mt. St. Helena in Calistoga, California, I had a life-changing experience (Encounter With the Energy of Unconditional Love) that showed me what it feels like and what it means to be loved unconditionally. It was an emotional ride like no other. Following are several excerpts from that lengthy experience:

This is the energy of unconditional love,” says a deep, soothing male voice that seems to come from every point within the energy field at once.

Wow, I sob even harder now, because I know it’s true! That’s why I keep bursting into tears every time I touch this Energy. Intuitively, I must have known all along what it was but, intellectually, I didn’t have a clue until now. What I do next completely astounds me but seems only natural under the circumstances – I open up. I utterly and spontaneously open my life and being to this loving Energy. And just as quickly as I open up, I begin to shut down because it suddenly occurs to me that every thought, feeling, and act I’ve ever committed in life is now completely exposed to view, the bad ones as well as the good ones. Feelings of vulnerability and shame begin to fill my mind.

Sensing my growing anxiety, the all-present Voice calmly reassures me by saying: “Nothing you can ever say or do can keep you from being loved unconditionally.”

At once stunned and relieved by the unconditional acceptance behind these words, I cry even harder. I’ve never experienced this kind of love before, at least not in human terms! As I experience it now, I know there’s nothing I have to do to earn it. Just being is enough. Here, unlike the human world, there are no demands, no expectations, and no pre-conditions to satisfy before I receive love. It’s simply here to experience, remind and enjoy.

Literally bathing in this loving energy, I wonder if the anger, misperceptions, and imagined sins of my past will wash away forever. I use this moment to imagine they will, if not forever, at least for now. Even if it’s just the beginning of the end for these negative thoughts and feelings, that’s good enough for me.

As my own love begins to flow, I find myself joyfully wanting to perform miracles for this Loving Energy, to honor it for the loving regard in which it holds me. A superman in this alternate reality, I perform feats of magic and strength that are impossible to perform in the physical world. Then I stop to think about how important it is for me to fulfill my own unique potential as a human being here on earth. Suddenly, I know that the Energy of Unconditional Love is home, my real home! It is my place of birth or point of origin as a living soul. As I remember this, I also remember that the Energy of Unconditional Love is more than just a “place” – it is a state of mind and being I can create and experience wherever I am, no matter what I am doing!

When I can love enough to forgive and forget past mistakes and transgressions committed by me and against me, when I can see the world through other people’s eyes and realize that life is just as challenging for them as it is for me, my heart softens and love begins to flow. In that moment, I’m able to forgive us all for our trespasses and remember that what we do now and in the future is far more important than worrying about what we have done in the past.

Yes, forgiveness is the Big Kahuna I want to master! When I allow myself to forgive myself and others, I feel my spirit move. It’s a rare feeling, which tells me how much I’ve bought into the Old Testament, vengeance is mine philosophy of right and wrong, good and bad, guilt and punishment. Old Testament thinking is huge in our world and it is so self-destructive. Other than aging, it is the primary source of suffering, illness, injury and death in the world.

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Forgiveness and Appreciation – Until we learn how to forgive, we cannot let go and move on. Until we stop treating ourselves like children, we cannot grow past childhood’s end. Until we can see how amazing life is, we cannot appreciate it for the magic and wonder that it is. Until we can do these things, we’ll be stuck in a time warp, doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again with little more than cosmetic change. Even though we are clever enough to build cars, airplanes and computers, we are still barbarians at heart until we learn how to forgive and move on. Isn’t it time we stop being the hapless victims of reality and become the conscious creators of it?

Is it hard to forget our old ways? Is it hard to forgive ourselves for past transgressions? Is it hard to take full responsibility for our lives and begin to think for ourselves? Yes, there is nothing harder! But, is it worth it? Yes! The more we practice forgiveness, the more we let it permeate us mind, body and soul, the more love will emerge to fill our lives. Forgiveness is the key to salvation and redemption. And once we actually forgive ourselves, we realize there was nothing to forgive in the first place. When we’re doing the best we can, what more can we ask of ourselves?  But there’s always more to know isn’t there? And once we know more, there is no excuse not to change.

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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Pixie Dust Economy

Tue, 07/01/2008 – 10:16

James Howard Kunstler | June 30, 2008
This isn’t so funny anymore. Intimations of a July banking collapse rumbled though the Internet this weekend while mainstream news orgs like The New York Times and CNN pulled their puds over swift boats and Amy Winehouse’s performance technique. Something is happening, and you don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Jones…? to quote the master.

What’s happening is that American society is sliding into a greater depression than the one Grandma lived through. On the technical side, there has been unending controversy as to whether we’re gripped by inflation or deflation. It’s certainly deceptive. Food and gasoline prices are rising faster than the rivers of Iowa. But the prices of assets, like houses, stocks, jet-skis, GMC Yukons and pre-owned Hummel figurines are cratering as America turns into Yard Sale Nation.

We’re a very different country than we were in 1932. In that earlier crisis of capital, few people had any money but our society still possessed fantastic resources. We had plenty of everything that our land could provide: a treasure trove of mineral ores and the equipment to refine it all, a wealth of oil and gas still in the ground, and all the rigs needed to get at it, manpower galore (and of a highly disciplined, regimented kind), with fine-tuned factories waiting for orders. We had a railroad system that was the envy of the world and millions of family farms (even despite the dust bowl) owned by people who retained age-old skills not yet degraded by agribusiness. We had fully-functional cities with operating waterfronts and ten thousand small towns with local economies, local newspapers, and local culture.

We had a crisis of capital in the 1930s for reasons that are still debated today. My own guess is a combination of a bad debt workout that sucked “money” into a black hole (since money is loaned into existence, but vanishes if the loans are not systematically paid back) plus a gross saturation of markets, meaning that every American who had wanted to buy a car or an electric toaster had done so and there was no one left to sell to. (The first round of globalism — 1870 – 1914 — had shut down after the fiasco of World War One.)

Our debt problems today are of a magnitude so extreme that astronomers would be hard pressed to calculate them. By any rational measure our society is comprehensively bankrupt. From the federal treasury down to the suburban cul-de-sacs so much loaned money is either not being paid back, or is at risk of never being paid back, that the suckage of presumed wealth has passed through an event horizon out of the known universe into some other realm of space-time, never to be seen again in this realm. This would seem to be the very essence of monetary deflation — money defaulted out-of-existence.

This condition is partly disguised by both the loss of credibility of US currency and real-world scarcities of oil and food, but the upshot will be something at least twice as bad as the Great Depression of the 1930s: people with no money in a land with no resources (with manpower that has no discipline), hardly any family farms left, cities that are basket-cases of bottomless need, comatose small towns stripped of their assets and social capital, an aviation industry on the verge of death, and a railroad system that is the laughingstock of the world. Not to mention the mind-boggling liabilities of suburbia and the motoring infrastructure that services it.

The banks have been doing their death dance for an entire year now, pretending that their problems are those of mere “liquidity” (i.e. cash-on-hand) rather than insolvency (no cash either on hand or in the vault and nothing else to sell to raise cash except worthless “creative” securities that nobody would ever buy). But the destruction of money (resulting from loans not paid back) is now so intense that the game of pretend has reached its terminal point. The question for the moment is exactly who and what will be crushed as these institutions roll over and die.

Complicating matters is a global oil predicament that is really not hard to understand, but which the organs of news and opinion have obdurately failed to explicate for an anxious public. Call it Peak Oil. There are only a few elements of it you need to know. 1.) that demand has now permanently outstripped supply; 2.) that new discoveries are too meager to offset consumption; 3.) That under under the circumstances, the systems we rely on for daily life are crumbling. I’ve called this situation The Long Emergency.

Our chances of mitigating this, and of continuing our current way-of-life is about zero. I’ve tried to promote the idea that rather than waste remaining resources in the futile attempt to sustain the unsustainable (i.e. come up with “solutions” to keep suburbia running), that we should begin immediately making other arrangements for daily life — mainly by downscaling and re-scaling everything from farming to commerce to the way we inhabit the landscape — but my suggestions have proven unpopular even among the “environmental” elites, who are too busy being entranced by new-and-groovy ways to keep all the cars running.

So where we are at now is the equivalent of standing in the slop by the ocean shore under a gathering hundred-foot-high wave that is about to come crashing down on our heads. Since I sure don’t know everything, I can’t say how this will all play out in the months ahead, especially with the presidential election coming at the exact moment that voters will be turning on their furnaces for the cold and dark winter beyond. I would venture to say that so far our society as a whole has done a piss-poor job of comprehending the situation. But there is still the possibility, with four months of politicking left, that the nature of our predicament can be articulated in a way that few can fail to understand, the way Mr, Lincoln articulated the terms of the Civil War on the eve of its fateful outbreak.
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James Kunstler has worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis.

His latest nonfiction book, The Long Emergency describes the changes that American society faces in the 21st century. Discerning an imminent future of protracted socioeconomic crisis, Kunstler foresees the progressive dilapidation of subdivisions and strip malls, the depopulation of the American Southwest, and, amid a world at war over oil, military invasions of the West Coast; when the convulsion subsides, Americans will live in smaller places and eat locally grown food.

His latest book is a work of fiction titled, World Made by Hand, which is set in the world after the Long Emergency.
Visit Jim at his website www.kunstler.com

Sexual Behavior Discussion Regarding MySpace and Facebook

From: Robert Warden

To: Pete

Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2009 8:03 PM

Subject: Re: Seth on the Christ Personality

P.S. I have tried both MySpace and Facebook, and in my humble opinion, both of them really suck. Facebook is not offensive, but you have to already know people in order to contact them on Facebook, so what is the point? (Actually, I put my wife’s profile on it, and she didn’t know anyone there, so it seems a waste.) I find MySpace offensive, and really makes me worry about the future of the Internet and our youth. (I saw an episode of the People’s Court yesterday, where predictably, the former couple or whatever they were had met on MySpace.) You can meet people there, but in order to get much attention, one needs to be a potty-mouthed jerk, basically, or a celebrity. At least it seems that way to me. I am still on MySpace, though. I keep thinking that things will get better there. Meanwhile, MySpace assaults me with all sorts of sexually oriented material while my beautiful wife sits about 5 feet away as she is now. MySpace basically seems like a human “meat market” and training ground for juvenile delinquents. In fact, one of my nephews got into a dispute with someone on MySpace, assaulted him with a stick, got arrested and put in jail for awhile. That was about a year ago. Fortunately, he is out of jail now. When I first put my profile on MySpace, I thought I would try to contact him and offer him some guidance. Apparently, he was not supposed to be on MySpace anymore, so a couple days later, his profile was no longer there. I guess that is for the better. I had some posts on my blog about the problems I see with the way the Internet is being used by many people and the lack of oversight of the Internet, which I also put on MySpace, making me even less popular there than before. But darn it, I have this honesty thing, and this bizarre belief that self-examination and honest critique is needed sometimes to correct our shortcomings. Otherwise, we would be going along assuming everything is fine, just like the Bush Administration, until things go boom boom and it all collapses.

I am looking forward to seeing your Real World site, and relating more to people such as yourself who I think know what I am talking about. Your friend, Robert

Sunday, January 18, 2009 10:59 AM

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Hi Robert,

I get concerned too when I see a video advertisement of a young girl performing a sexual come-on for everyone to see and react to. She opens herself up to every sort of sexual advance, which can result in serious consequences to her. I suspect communicating without having to look into another persons eyes, as the Internet affords, emboldens us to open up with others in ways we haven’t felt comfortable with before. Any force as powerful and consequential as our sex drive needs to be confronted and openly discussed, not pushed underground to build up energy and pop out as it may. Sexual play is fun but, like everything else we do or are capable of doing, we need to manage its expression, not let it manage us, except under conditions of our own choosing. Otherwise our lives and relationships can suffer serious disruption.

Most of us are afraid to discuss sex openly because of the arousal factor and where it might take us. It’s such a powerful energy, we want to discuss it about as much as we want to hold a hot potato in our hand. In spite of how much it scares us, we need to discuss sex openly with our children and one another. It’s a part of who we are and nothing to be ashamed of. Our silence on the matter only adds to the belief that sex is something to be ashamed of. There are many practical reasons to manage the expression of our sexual energy and, somehow, we need to engage our kids in this discussion, without guilt or fear.

I remember as a young boy dreaming/wishing for adults in the world who were totally uninhibited and natural about sex. These imaginary teachers not only talked to me about sex but demonstrated it for me. They also shared the role sex plays in our lives. They told me it’s primary function is for reproduction and the continued existence of man. But beyond that, it is meant as a way to bond with one another, to celebrate and remind ourselves of our oneness through the giving and sharing of mutual pleasure. 

Our sexuality will be one of the discussion topics on Real Talk World once it’s finished. It’s time to embrace ALL that we are, including the idea that we are basically good, not bad. Only by embracing the things we’re afraid of can we move through them and gain control over them. It’s the only way to inject common sense and wisdom into what we think and how we act. 

In the absence of openness, honesty and wisdom, what’s left for us to do but experiment and learn on our own?

Live in Love, Truth, and Joy!

Pete

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Jane and Seth on A Safe Universe

“As long as you believe that you dwell in a universe that is a threat, you must defend yourself against it. As long as you believe that the self is flawed and that the race is doomed and evil, you must defend yourself against yourself. And how can you then trust the voice of the psyche? When I say to you, ‘be spontaneous’, how dare you take that step? To be spontaneous would obviously give rise to all the lust, passion, murder, and hatred that to you is inherent in the human heart.”

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The Seth Material in a Nutshell

 

“You cannot escape your own attitudes, for they will form the nature of what you see. Quite literally you see what you want to see; and you see your own thoughts and emotional attitudes materialized in physical form. If changes are to occur, they must be mental and psychic changes. These will be reflected in your environment. Negative, distrustful, fearful, or degrading attitudes toward anyone work against the self.” – Seth

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Seth on the Christ Personality

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The third personality of Christ will indeed be known as a great psychic, for it is he who will teach humanity to use those inner senses that alone make true spirituality possible. Slayers and victims will change roles as reincarnational memories rise to the surface of consciousness. Through the development of these abilities, the sacredness of life will be intimately recognized and appreciated.

Now there will be several born before that time who in various ways will re-arouse man’s expectations. One such man has already been born in India, in a small province near Calcutta, but his ministry will seem to remain comparatively local for his lifetime.

Another will be born in Africa, a black man whose main work will be done in Indonesia. The expectations were set long ago in your terms, and will be fed by new prophets until the third personality of Christ does indeed emerge.

He will lead man behind the symbolism upon which religion has relied for so many centuries. He will emphasize individual spiritual experience, the expansiveness of soul, and teach man to recognize the multitudinous aspects of his own reality.

– Seth Speaks, pg. 328-329

After reading Seth’s comments on the Christ personality in Seth Speaks, some people are wondering if Barack Obama, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 4, 1961 (some argue he was actually born in Kenya), represents the black prophet born in Africa (birth father from Kenya) whose main work (personal growth?) was accomplished in Indonesia. Barack lived in and attended schools in Indonesia for four years from the age of six to ten after his mother, Ann Dunham, married a foreign student from Indonesia who was attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Shortly after the marriage, the family moved to Indonesia after General Suharto rose to power (1967) and recalled all students studying abroad.

It’s not a perfect match but it’s close, considering the influence of random events on the outcome of any prediction. – Pete

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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The LifeSong Store Newsletter – January 2009

 

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Live in Love, Truth, and Joy! Why? Because love is the opposite of fear. Truth is the opposite of lying. Joy is the opposite of sadness. In other words, when we choose to live in love, truth and joy, we make ourselves and the people around us happy, even if they don’t know why they’re happy.

Living in Love, Truth and Joy is the highest form of energy when it is genuine, when it is sincere. Love produces calm, openness, acceptance and sharing while fear produces anxiety, defensiveness, separation and judgment. Truth produces trust, excellence, confidence and safety while lies produce uncertainty, unfairness, weakness and risk. Joy produces laughter, creativity, and spontaneity while depression produces withdrawal, contempt and inertia.

When we choose to live in Love, Truth, and Joy, we choose to exchange negative expectations for positive expectations, cynicism and judgment for optimism and acceptance. We change from being the passive victims of our reality to being the conscious creators of it. Instead of leaving angry, unhappy faces in our wake as we move about the world, we leave happy, satisfied ones in our wake. As Gandhi says: We must be the change we wish to see in the world.

Share this message with others around you and live in Love, Truth, and Joy!

Pete – http://diaryofamystic.com

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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How We Can Counteract the Corrupting Influence of Power

Barack Obama seems to have both his feet on the ground but what about the rest of us? Because our cultures and their institutions have a disturbing tendency to define us and life in negative, often frightening terms, terms like “consumer, citizen, employee, lower class, middle class, upper class, worker, God’s children, basically bad, can’t trust ourselves, survival of the fittest, accident of nature, dog eat dog, devil take the hindmost, kill or be killed, eat or be eaten; sit down, shut up and do as I tell you because I know what’s best for you”, we have a tendency to worship authority, to depend on it to think for us instead of thinking for ourselves. This environment of fear and oppression produces many among us who love to foster dependence because it makes them feel like someone special and promises them a steady stream of customers, clients, constituents, fans and gun fodder for military operations.

By accepting the disempowering influence of a negative belief system, we set ourselves up for hero worship and dependency on dynamic leaders. Hitler’s Germany had its Brown Shirts; Maoist China, its Red Guard; and the Middle East, its Al-Queda and Taliban. And when great power is concentrated in one person or group, there is danger it will unbalance them and lead to abuse. Quote from Lord Acton in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Just as we have business, military, religious and political leaders who become drunk from the influence of money, power and privilege (money, power and privilege junkies), the public can become blinded and corrupted by mental laziness and hero worship. The corrupting influence of money, power and privilege affects us all and the only way to disarm it is to be aware of its corrupting influence, and develop ways to counteract it. Under the bright light of adoration it’s hard for anyone to think clearly, even someone as clear, balanced and loving as Barack Obama. We need to be aware of this and refrain from pressuring him for personal gain.

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We can start by asking ourselves what’s going to work best for ALL of us, instead of what’s going to work best for ME. We can refrain from trying to corrupt one another with the promise of money, power and privilege. That makes us no better than the drug dealer hanging around the school grounds handing out free bags of cocaine, knowing how addictive it is. Once hooked, addicts will do almost anything for a fix and drug dealers know it. Wealthy and famous individuals, businesses and organizations know this as well, only their drug of influence is the promise of money, power and privilege.

Few of us have the clarity of mind, strength, wisdom or power to resist temptation when it’s closely associated with feelings of pleasure and survival, especially if we’re overly busy or buy into the belief that we’re basically bad and can’t trust ourselves. Ideas like these, if we choose to believe them, effectively disarm us. It’s time to understand we create our reality from the ideas we choose to believe. We are not bad, it is our ideas about who we are, what reality is and what the purpose of life is that can make us do bad things. It’s time to question the ideas we base our actions on because, how we define ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which in turn, forms our reality.

Barack Obama  promises to be a great leader but he needs us to take responsibility for our part in changing the world for the better. Part of that responsibility is to give him room to be himself, while we focus on becoming the next best version of who we can be. Change for the better? Yes, we can!

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Pete – http://diaryofamystic.com

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World Community Grid Proposal

(The World Community Grid is an organization formed to explore alternative energy ideas. Harvard and UC Berkeley are two universities involved in the project. Using IBM software, they want people to volunteer use of their computers in crunching data for the project.)

You’re currently using computer systems and technical skill to explore alternative energy possibilities but, how are you using your intuitive skills and abilities? For years I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a workshop that used intuitive skills to achieve breakthroughs in technology and human understanding. As you know many scientific breakthroughs are achieved indirectly, through dreams and distracted moments on the hopper or in the shower.

I’ve used intuitive skills to gain new understanding about who we are, what reality is and what the purpose of life is. I call the format I use, Ask Value Questions and Listen for Intuitive Answers. You can view this process at:  https://diaryofamystic.com/2007/09/25/ask-value-questions/. Russell Targ developed a similar style of asking questions that accomplished the same thing for Remote Viewing.

I propose assembling a team of technical experts, going through a discussion process to remove intellectual bias, formulating questions to focus our attention on the results we want and then, letting our imaginations do the rest. For example, clearly picture Oprah Winfrey in your mind. With your full attention, ask her, What does the world looks like through your eyes? With practice, your imagination will actually put you in a creative simulation of her body and her life. You will know what it feels like to be her. You will imaginatively experience her reality and be able to think like her.

See: https://diaryofamystic.com/2007/09/28/inside-ivy-2/. In this experience, I made direct contact with the consciousness of a house plant. I entered its field of awareness and experienced reality from its viewpoint. As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin writes, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” When you take this idea seriously, life takes on a whole new meaning!

Built in to who we are are capabilities that far exceed any machine we’ve ever built. If any of the folks in your project want to pursue this avenue of exploration, let me know. I’ll be happy to participate.

Roger “Pete” Peterson 

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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Post on Education, Obama’s Change.Gov.Com

If we want to improve education, effectively deal with environmental issues, create meaningful jobs, improve health care and bring peace to the world, we can stop asking ourselves, what’s going to work best for ME exclusively and start asking ourselves what’s going to work best for ALL of us?

  • What’s going to work best for ALL of us in personal terms?
  • What’s going to work best for ALL of us in terms of business?
  • What’s going to work best for ALL of us in terms of education?
  • What’s going to work best for ALL of us in terms of the environment? And what’s going to work best for ALL of us in terms of peace?

Too often selfishness is disguised as altruism in a ME first environment.

When we ask ourselves life-enhancing questions like these we become consciously engaged in creating our own reality. From the time we start school, we’re told to “Sit down, shut up and do as you’re told because I’m the teacher and I know what’s best for you!” This message is conveyed to us in both words and actions. In Catholic school, we’re told, in both words and actions, “You’re basically bad because Adam and Eve ate an apple from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil against God’s express wish.” In catechism, we were also told “You can’t trust the flesh (your body) because it will always betray you.”

Wow, can you think of anything more damaging or mind-deadening than being given messages like these when you’re young? It’s especially damaging when these “commands” are delivered with great conviction from trusted “authorities”. If we believe we’re bad and can’t trust ourselves, how are we going to be inspired to learn and how can we become anything but self-conscious, inhibited and closed? As a former public transit driver, I can tell you that many students in public education are suspicious and distrustful of people in authority, even bus drivers. On the other hand, Montessori students and home schooled kids were the most open, curious and friendly. To them, I was just another person, another source of information for a curious and open mind.

Every idea is a suggestion and if we tell ourselves we’re bad, we’ll act bad. If we think we can’t trust ourselves, we’ll dis-trust ourselves and support institutions that oppress us. The way out of this morass is to question our basic assumptions and start asking ourselves good questions. This way, we become imaginatively engaged in learning and “growing” ourselves. It might even help to redefine success. Currently, success is defined by how much money, power and privilege we posses. What if we defined success by how close we are to being who we love to be, doing what we love to do? When all we ask is, what’s going to work best for me, we psychologically disconnect from others and life becomes competitive, a matter of survival of the fittest. A belief in separation and competition attracts associated ideas like kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, predatory concepts we see dramatized in life, work and art every day.

How we define ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which in turn, forms our reality. Until we start asking questions and stop assuming we know the answers, we will continue to recycle tired old ideas like, “build new schools” or “pay teachers more money” and children will learn, not that we shouldn’t do these things. But, why not take advantage of natural passion in education? If we truly want to support our children and help them create a more pleasing reality than ours, let’s make learning fun by teaching them how to ask questions and listen/look for answers. When we  ask ourselves, who do I love to be and what do I love to do, we throw open our minds to every possibility and that, in and of itself, is exciting. And when we begin to figure out who it is we love to be and what we love to do, we have natural passion and spontaneity on our side, inspiring us to new heights of creativity and achievement . The desire to learn is built in to who we are. All we have to do as children, adults, parents and teachers is follow our bliss, be who we love to be and do what we love to do!

Pete – http://diaryofamystic.com

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Evolution

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (French Monk and Philosopher)

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Response to Bill Joy on TED

How we define ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which in turn, forms our reality. Generally speaking, if we define ourselves as human, we’ll act human; if we define ourselves as men, we’ll act like men; if we define ourselves as women, we’ll act like women. However, if we define ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience, our options change. The world becomes different. We become different and our options expand exponentially.

Currently, our dominant world view is rooted in beliefs of separation and scarcity, which puts us in competition with each other (a process similar to separating wheat from chaff). Instead of asking what’s going to work best for me, wouldn’t it be better to ask ourselves, what’s going to work best for ALL of us? This way we acknowledge both our oneness and separation, which takes us out of competition and puts us in partnership with each other.

The full question would be: What’s going to work best for ALL of us – in personal terms, and in terms of business, education, the environment and peace. Rewriting our basic script is a lot cheaper and more effective than wringing our hands and spending massive amounts of time and money trying to make a system work that’s designed to fail. It’s like trying to put a square peg into a round hole.

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Pete, http://diaryofamystic.com

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Letter to Traci Fenton, CEO of WorldBlu.Inc.

10/30/08

Hi Traci,

I’ve added a link to your website from my blog. I find your world view exciting and compatible with my own.

Instead of asking ourselves, what’s going to work best for me, the Law of the Jungle – based on a belief in separation, scarcity and competition; we need to ask ourselves, what’s going to work best for ALL of us, in personal terms, and in terms of business, education, the environment and peace? This question is based  on the Law of the Body or a belief in oneness, cooperation and sharing. By highlighting businesses that operate democratically, WorldBlu is showing us the light and the way.

How we define ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which in turn, forms our reality. There are many models (ideals) in the world, and beyond,  to pattern our behavior after. In an enlightened world, there is no right or wrong, good or bad, there just IS. There’s what works for us and what works against us. Once we move away from the Law of the Jungle as the primary model for business behavior and life in general, our definition of success will change. Instead of measuring success by the amount of money, power and privilege we possess (an objectified, material-based definition), success will be measured by how close we are to being who we love to be, doing what we love to do (a subjective or personal, emotion-based definition).

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This definition takes advantage of natural passion. When we strive to be who we love to be and do what we love to do, we empower ourselves. We become self-directing, self-motivating, creative, loving AND cooperative. We acknowledge both our oneness AND individuality. What can be more exciting, or worth doing, than changing ourselves and the world for the better?

You’re welcome to submit an article that describes the mission of WorldBlu. It will be published under Business. When my main website, http://www.realtalkworld.com is finished, people will be able to upload their own material in a “MySpace” like environment. The theme for Real Talk World is: Changing Ourselves and the World for the Better with Real talk!

Happy Trails,

Pete

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Email to Robert

10/29/2008

Hi Robert,

I wasn’t aware we had an earthquake locally. Didn’t feel it and don’t pay much attention to the news.

Subscribing to an external value system of right and wrong, good and bad, guilt and punishment sets us up for debate. So does a belief in separation and competition because, instead of asking ourselves, what’s going to work best for ALL of us, we ask, what’s going to work best for me. Since government, business and educational institutions are based on these beliefs, we become conditioned to compete for approval. To “win” approval we need to prove that we’re smarter, richer, stronger, prettier, better or more correct than the other guy.

Until we acknowledge both our oneness and separation, we’ll continue to compete for outside approval because that’s what we’re used to. When we can ask, what’s going to work best for ALL of us first, then we’ll be in a position to discuss issues in search of best solutions for ALL of us, not just for personal ego gratification. The attention will move off us as individuals and onto results that affect us all. In the fear-based world we create now we tend to armor ourselves and become egobound. We need to create a safe universe where the ego can open up and become the eyes and ears of the soul, the way it is meant to be. With one foot in inner reality and one foot in outer reality, we’ll gain access to larger fields of information and be able to make more and better informed decisions. (See: Ask Value Questions and Listen for Intuitive Answers)

Happy Trails,

Pete, http://diaryofamystic.com

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No Responsibility, No Freedom.

We all want to be free to be ourselves and do what we want in life, don’t we? We want to be free of judgment and fear, criticism and condemnation. The question is, how can we be free to be and do what we want when we consistently act in ways that hurt ourselves and others? Why do we not trust ourselves and one another? The answer is simple and we know what it is; it’s our survival of the fittest, Law of the Jungle mentality. When we think we’re all separate and life is a matter of survival of the fittest, we become predators and each one of us becomes fair game for the other. It’s eat or be eaten, kill or be killed in the minds of many. By choice or out of ignorance, we create the need for oppressive government, religion and laws, external regulation and control, to protect us from ourselves. As Pogo profoundly observes: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

The problem is not outside us, it’s inside us, in the form of beliefs. If we choose to believe we’re separate and there’s not enough to go around, we’ll see the need to “fight” for survival, and enough will never be enough. When we see ourselves as one, interdependent and separate, we’ll work together for survival. It’s all a matter of perspective! When we treat ideas about who we are and what reality is like sacred recipes in a cookbook, never questioning or challenging them, they control our behavior, not us. When we mindlessly stick to old beliefs, like old recipes, we create our reality by default, not conscious design or intention. We need to actively challenge both our personal and cultural beliefs if we’re not happy with the reality we’re experiencing.

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Seat of Power

 We are not bad, it is our ideas about who we are and what reality is that are bad.

“Trust us!” say some business and political leaders. “Greed is good, and markets free of regulation will correct themselves.” We all want freedom but freedom to do what – rape, pillage and steal? In a speech given March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry convinced the Virginia House of Burgesses to commit troops to the Revolutionary War in America’s fight for independence from England and the colonies it controlled in America. The final and most memorable phrase of Henry’s speech was, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” New Hampshire’s state motto, currently, is “Live Free or Die”. Just before my discharge from the Air Force in 1964, I had an epiphany. I realized all I wanted to do was be me! Isn’t that what we all want? Don’t we all just want to be ourselves? But, how can we be free to be ourselves and do what we want if we don’t include that same freedom for everyone?

“Okay”, you say, “but how can I give freedom to you if all you want is to steal or destroy everything I value to enrich yourself? That won’t work!”

No, it won’t, if my world view is limited and all I ask myself is, What’s going to work best for me? 

Before we ask the question, What’s going to work best for me, we need to ask, What’s going to work best for ALL of us? By including everyone and all of nature in our calculation, not only do we acknowledge our oneness with (and separation from) everything, we cover all the bases. When we ask ourselves questions like What’s going to work best for ALL of us, in personal terms, and in terms of business, education, the environment and peace?, we are giving ourselves credit for being able to find good answers to these questions, whether they originate with us or not. When we ask questions like Who do I love to be? and What do I love to do?, we become conscious shapers of both ourselves and our reality, not mindless followers of established cultural and family patterns. Nor are we simply “reacting” to life.

WE CREATE OUR OWN REALITY

During the course of everyday events we often forget the role of thoughts in the forging of our material reality. We get lost in the visible symbols, the material by-products of our imaginations, forgetting the invisible blueprints from which they, and we, emerge.

Pure energy, like money, its material equivalent, is shaped into matter and experience by thought. It can be used to lift up or smash down, to build character or destroy character, to express love or express hate, to beautify or make ugly.

The purpose, or challenge, of life is to learn how to use thought in its various forms to shape energy into a pleasing reality. The prize is a sense of satisfaction, a feeling of a job well done. And, like learning to walk or talk, it is a personal, subjective endeavor that requires creative aggression. It is a great balancing act, where one must accept falling down in the course of learning how to stand up.

Remember:

Thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own and you, an artist. With thoughts in the forms of belief, attitude, value and expectation you paint the landscape of your life. CREATE A GREAT DAY!

“Reality” starts with the interaction of consciousness and energy, thoughts and emotions. What we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, touch with our skin, taste with our tongue and smell with our nose is the energy of our thoughts and emotions after they have condensed into matter or experience. What our bodies call the “present” is the past for consciousness and energy because new thoughts and emotions are already hard at work forming the next moment of our material experience. Just as a glass mirror reflects the image of our physical body, reality reflects the nature of our beliefs. If we see something in our lives we don’t like, we’re meant to change it. Obviously, some things we can’t change. For example, once we lose a limb, unlike some species, we can’t grow it back. When we see that our policies (beliefs and behavior) cause us and others, more pain than pleasure, more harm than good, we can and should change them.

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Changing ourselves and the world for the better

“God”, or the consciousness and energy of All That Is, lives within us. Therefore, the best, least traumatic and most efficient way for us to change the world for the better is for each of us to change ourselves for the better. Otherwise, as our rich history informs us, others will take it upon themselves to do it for us and who knows what or how they’ll choose to do? Here are several ways we can change ourselves for the better:

  1.  We create our reality from what we choose to believe. For example, if we believe that all men are separate and life is a matter of survival of the fittest, we’ll create a world of fear, competition, violence and pain. If we believe that all things are both one and separate and that all life is interdependent, we’ll create a world of love, partnership, peace and pleasure. If we hate ourselves, we’ll treat ourselves and others badly. If we love ourselves, we’ll treat ourselves and others well. What we’ve done in the past is not important. What we do now and in the future is what’s important.
  2. We need to take full responsibility for creating our reality. In other words, don’t waste time blaming ourselves, our parents or society for the things we don’t like about ourselves or the world. The only reason we blame ourselves and others is because we’re not yet taking full responsibility for what we believe, for the ideas in our belief system that create our reality.
  3. We need to get clear on what works for us and what works against us. Each one of us is a unique, individualized expression of All That Is. There is no right or wrong, good or bad, there just Is. There is what works for us and what works against us, what brings us pleasure and what brings us pain.
  4. We need to take action every day! We need to ask questions, look for answers and keep a journal.  The more time we spend bemoaning the present, the less time we have to change our future. We need to take a survey of how we spend our time and energy. For example, how much time do we spend debating issues with other people to see who’s right or wrong, good or bad, smart or stupid, instead of looking for solutions that work best for all of us? How much time do we spend listening to news about the state of the world instead of doing something to change it? How much time do we spend complaining about life and making excuses for ourselves, instead of doing something constructive about the circumstances we find ourselves in? (We shouldn’t feel embarrassed about this either because cultural beliefs like “you’re basically bad, you can’t trust yourself, you’re the result of a cosmic accident”, and “genes control your looks, sex, sexual orientation, intelligence and behavior” program us to accept our fate and not question it. Ideas like these tell us we can’t change so why bother?)
  5. To start, ask questions like: Who are we? What’s reality? What’s the purpose of life? Who do I love  to be? What do I love to do? What’s going to work best for ALL of us, in personal terms, and in terms of business, education, the environment and peace? To get answers, use these questions as the title of a paper for school or for yourself. Hold these questions in your mind before falling asleep and write down any information you wake up with in the morning. Meditate on these and other questions you want answers to. Use the creative nature of All That Is to find answers and then challenge them until you feel certain the answer works for you and everyone. (See: Ask Value Questions and Listen for Intuitive Answers)
  6. Make the jump from a Value Judgment World (external value system) to a Value Fulfillment World (internal value system). The ideas we hold as beliefs serve as the building blocks for the creation of our reality. To the extent we fail to question or take responsibility for our own beliefs, we create the need for an external value system (which, in and of itself, can lead to abuse) to control our behavior for our own safety and the safety of others. In effect, we define ourselves as children who need “Big Brother” controls. To the extent we understand and apply the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you., we eliminate the need for external control.
  7. Say, “I love myself” to yourself until you actually feel it. By going through the process of repeatedly saying to yourself, “I love myself.”, you begin to see how good you are, how much you do, and how well you do it. This process serves as an antidote to cultural messages that seek to control who you are and what you do. The more we can love ourselves, the more we can love others. The more we can appreciate ourselves, the more we can appreciate others. Let’s stop being Master Fault Finders and start becoming Masters of Appreciation!

Without taking full responsibility for creating our reality, how can we grow and how can we expect to be free?

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Evolution, not Revolution

The 21st Century serves as a natural timeframe for building a dream, a vehicle for life in the New Millennium that will help transport mankind through the next 1,000 years in peace and safety.

Roger Peterson – http://diaryofamystic.com

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Behind the Scenes in the First Presidential Debate of 2008

Each one of us will support the candidate we think best represents our values, who best reflects our world view and the promise of survival. Sadly, this includes our views on such non life-threatening issues as race, religion and sex.

Those of us who believe more in separation and competition (every man is an island, life is a contest to determine who wins and who loses) will support John McCain.

Those of us who believe more in oneness, separation and cooperation will support Barack Obama.

I added the word “more” in each statement because it brings each statement closer to reality. Our belief systems are dynamic and changing all the time. There are reasons for everything we do and when those reasons change, so do our belief systems.

Last night, September 26, 2008 on CNN, Barack Obama was considered the clear winner by every measure during and immediately after the debate. In the Political Analyst poll, he won by a score of 2 to 1 (44 to 22, after subtracting the negatives from the positives). In phone polls immediately after the debate, Obama came out on top. Today, the main stream media is beginning to spin the truth and say that McCain won because he sounded “stronger”. (Slate said, “Tie goes to Obama” and Newsweek said, “Win to McCain”.)

Closed is more like it. As McCain criticized Obama for his willingness to talk with opposition leaders, I couldn’t help but tie it to family life and relations. Giving people the silent treatment works, alright but it works against you, not for you! I know, I used it early in my marriage, and even with my young children. As far as I was concerned, it was my way or the highway. I was unwilling to consider anyone else’s needs or compromise. I wouldn’t say I was simply a spoiled child; just that I didn’t know any better. Does this sound familiar?

Another thing that bugged me last night was the way Republican and Democratic advisors tried to spin the results immediately after the debate, in an attempt to shift public opinion. An advisor to John McCain, Nicole Wallace, (still on CNN) tried to make it seem like McCain ran away with the debate. As I watched her spin a tale far from the reality of public opinion, I was dumbfounded. She reminded me of a talking doll with a string in back. Pull the string and you get a predetermined message that never changes, no matter what the circumstances. Like some hollow man, her response seemed devoid of all reason. To a lesser extent, you could say the same of Democratic advisor, Paul Begala, and Republican advisor, Bill Bennett, although they were more obvious about it, like they knew it was a joke and you were in on it.

I don’t know how people can do this! Many years ago I was chairman of the Parent- Teacher Committee at my children’s elementary school in San Francisco. One of our responsibilities was to select an architectural firm to build a replacement school. In the process of interviewing various firms, the liaison from the Redevelopment Agency and I became friends. We’d go out to lunch together and once he even asked me to attend a community meeting with him in another part of the city. The next time we had lunch, he asked me if I wanted a job with the Redevelopment Agency. He knew I had a college degree but was currently staying home to take care of the kids while my wife worked.

As we sat in his car after lunch, he told me I had paid my dues and it was time to get my reward. He then offered me an Executive Assistant job at the Redevelopment Agency that sounded interesting, although I did wonder if I was qualified and could be effective at it. In exchange, he went on, “All you have to do is support my agenda.” As this statement sank in, I felt a gigantic invisible snail crawl over me, depositing slime in every crack and crevice of my body. What?, I quickly responded, You’ve got to be kidding; I can’t ignore my own conscience! If I can’t be my own person, I don’t want the job! I then shared my snail story with him. I don’t know if he was embarrassed or angry but he started the car and took me home in silence, and that was the last time I ever saw him.

The point is, can we trust ourselves and one another if we divorce ourselves from our feelings? I look at feelings as part of a democratic process. For me, they represent the collective reaction of my entire body and everything beyond it. If we don’t listen to them, we do so at our own peril. Some people think a disconnection between thought and feeling as sociopathic. Can we afford to let sociopaths make decisions that affect all of us?

Likewise, can we trust people who believe in separation and competition to make sound judgments regarding issues that affect all of us? If you strongly believed that we’re all separate and life is a matter of survival of the fittest, would you go into public service or become a corporate executive to do what’s best for mankind or just yourself? I think the answer is clear. You’d go into public service and climb the corporate ladder to secure your own future, not that of the public. When we believe in separation and competition as a function of survival, we’re going to look out for our own best interest, not that of other people beyond what it takes to keep our job.

The danger of this negative or limited world view lies, not only in the divorce of thought from feeling, but in the addictive power of money, power and privilege. When all we ask ourselves is, “What’s going to work best for me?”, we set ourselves off on a path of conflict and, ultimately, self-destruction. Like electrons in a poor conductor, when we all move in different directions, we inevitably crash into each, canceling out each other’s momentum. Consequently, there is no net gain or work. Fortunately, many of us believe in oneness, separation and cooperation; otherwise, chaos would rule and coherent, or intelligent, life could not exist. Unfortunately, many of us do strongly believe in separation and competition and, as a result, we have a large number of money, power and privilege junkies running business and government who make decisions that affect everyone’s lives.

Driven by fear and greed, we become overachievers who stop at nothing to accomplish our goals and prove to the world, we’re somebody. We don’t recognize we’re someone already and that there’s nothing we have to do to prove it. If we could regularly quiet in our minds and let our feelings flow naturally, we’d see how amazing we are and how our thoughts, feelings and expectations form our reality.

(Competition works best when it’s kept internal. In other words, when we only compete against ourselves and try to do better today than we did yesterday? When we place our value system outside and start comparing ourselves to one another, cooperation begins to break down. The result is hurt feelings, conflict and exploitation.)

After the debate, we watched the Bill Maher show. Besides Ralph Nader and actor, Tim Daly, he had Political  Commentator and Republican, Lisa Schiffren, on his panel of guests. She  talked about how smart the Secretary of the Treasury, and former CEO of Goldman Sachs, Henry Paulson, is and how we should trust him to know what’s best for us in solving the current financial bailout of Wall Street. Hogwash, there’s a huge difference between cleverness and wisdom! It’s one thing to excel in math or English, limited fields of experience, and it’s another thing to see how ALL things are connected and interdependent. Make a change here and a change happens over there. We need to be good at seeing the big picture as well as the small ones to maximize our survivability as individuals and a country. Most of us don’t know what Henry Paulson’s personal philosophy is, therefore, it behooves us to pay attention and exercise control over this bailout process, up to and including, nationalization of the Federal Reserve. We can’t let people with self-centered and self-serving intentions shape the future for all of us. Wake up, America! Wake up, World!

Final Note

What would the world be like if, instead or competing for money, power and privilege, we cared more about becoming better people and creating a better world? What would the world be like if, instead of asking, “What’s going to work best for me?”, we asked, What’s going to work best for ALL of us, in personal terms, and in terms of business, education, the environment and peace? We need to value both our oneness and individuality, both our inner selves and outer selves to have the balance and wisdom we need to survive. By working together in cooperation, instead of competition, there are no limits to what we can create.

What do you think?

Pete  http://diaryofamystic.com

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Why We Need Barack Obama

America has lost its balance, but we have an amazing, unique opportunity to restore that balance on November 4, 2008.

 If you want your children and grandchildren to inherit a world of war, elect John McCain.

 If you want to watch this planet lose its environmental and ecological balance through global warming, disruption of ecosystems, disregard for endangered species (and the list goes on), vote for John McCain.

 If you want to see a continuation of a dishonest, self-serving and criminal government, vote for John McCain.

 If you want to continue the global fight for oil, instead of embracing new and greener types of energy, vote for John McCain.

 If you want to pay for war and corporate greed with your hard-earned money, vote for John McCain.

 If you want to see more unemployment, poverty, homelessness and loss of personal freedoms, vote for John McCain.

 If, on the other hand, you want to change the above, vote for Barack Obama!

 If you think Obama’s head is in the clouds, look again; he also has two feet on the ground.

Sandra Peterson

Open Letter of Concern to T. Boone Pickens

(Knowing that T. Boone Pickens is the Texas oil billionaire who funded the Swift Boaters against John Kerry in 2004, I find myself questioning his motives in settling on wind, sun and natural gas as the only alternative energy sources to oil. Wind and solar power are renewable energy sources but natural gas is not. I’m not an expert in any of these areas but it does concern me that Mr. Pickens’ plan depends on private and government land leases and tax subsidies for the development of his energy plan. He will need land use rights and new transmission lines to install wind power generators from the Dakotas to the Texas Panhandle and solar power sites from Texas to California, all of which will be owned by whom? T. Boone Pickens?

There are a number of alternative energy forms being developed. To get some idea, take a look at a list of the top 100 technologies now in development: http://peswiki.com/energy/Congress:Top_100_Technologies_–_RD. – Pete)

Dear Mr. Pickens,

What’s going to work best for ALL of us? You say your plan will reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and most Americans agree that will be a good thing. You say yourself, “Building wind facilities in the corridor that stretches from the Texas panhandle to North Dakota could produce 20% of the electricity for the United States at a cost of $1 trillion. It would take another $200 billion to build the capacity to transmit that energy to cities and towns.” Who would pay for it?

In your plan at, http://www.pickensplan.com/theplan/, you don’t mention anything about the cost of building solar energy plants from the Texas Panhandle to California and the transmission lines to distribute that energy to businesses and homes in America.  If we’re all going to participate in the creation and deployment of this new energy infrastructure, who’s going to own it, price it and control it, you? How does that serve America’s best interest? You have a good idea but we must all be included in the discussion to determine what’s going to work best for ALL of us. Until we include ‘ALL’ of us in our calculations, we’ll continue to go in different directions, canceling each other’s energy (no pun intended) out, with rare exception.

Keep an open mind:

Also, there are many new and promising technologies in the process of development. Too often, the money, power and privilege junkies among us, slam the door on anything that doesn’t profit them directly. I pray you are beyond this short-sighted mindset and encourage the people around you to keep an open mind as we seek to save ourselves from ourselves. After all, what better legacy can we leave behind than a positive and loving memory of the lessons we learned and the person we became in life.

Pete

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Pogo

What would the world be like if, instead of competing for money, power and privilege, we cared more about becoming better people and changing the world for the better?

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Letter to Health and Human Services (HHS)

Is the Bush “Administration” (now there’s a kind term for you) attempting to redefine abortion to include birth control? It seems so. When MoveOn.org reported this matter I just couldn’t help myself and let fly. Too bad the HHS only allows 150 words per comment because I could only include the first two paragraphs from the letter below. However, you get to see it all.

August 28, 2008

Subject: New Abortion Rules

Birth control pills (pregnancy prevention) are abortion? You’ve got to be kidding! Does this apply to guys who wear condoms too? Why not shove “abstinence” down everyone’s throat and take away individual rights at the same time?

The level of hypocrisy and stupidity in this administration is beyond belief! What’s the next step, arrest women for ovulating and guys for masturbating and “wasting” their seed? Babies are innocent and need protection but so are the grown babies we call adults. Young men and women in their late teens are perfectly fine to use as gun fodder by ideologues and profiteers but zygotes (a woman’s egg immediately after fertilization) in the womb are to be protected at all costs and under any circumstances. Have I got that right? Isn’t it time for “God’s children” to grow up?

Before retiring from bus driving, when I drove through Oakmont, a large retirement community in northern California, I used to watch how quail families reacted to the approach of my bus. The babies would quickly run at a right angle away from the bus while the parents would run around in circles in front of it, until the last possible moment. Does this sort of confusion and dumbing down happen to adult humans too? I don’t like to be sarcastic but, boy, some folks sure make it easy.

Pete

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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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The Intent of the Soul, A Message From Veronica

 “The energy that is you seeks the purpose of every linear life that it creates. We often are asked the purpose behind the creation of one’s physical self. The intent of existence [is] often lost amongst the multiple confusing dramas created by the ego of the physical.

The muddled energy behind all these dramas sends mixed messages to the conscious self creating confusion for the individual who is truly engaged in finding the reason for their current existence.

‘What is my purpose?’

The soul knows its intent but the ego attached to the physical manifestation becomes enraptured with the experience and loses all focus upon its original intent.

Those who wish to engage their soul should perhaps stop focusing upon their physical dramas and beckon a silent moment void of talk, movement or sound: The silence of all moments that shout different perspectives & expectations of a linear self that no longer adheres to the wishes of the soul.

This separation is the seed of all discontent with the physical. Unfortunately all who seek guidance with their purpose are often at the precipice of revelation. The ego, however, desperate to maintain its dominance will participate in any way it can to save its hold upon the individual.

‘What do I do? The ever present question of those seeking evolvement.

What to do indeed…

The best prescription is silence. Silence of all those ego based moments that resound in your heart & mind leaving you confused & desperate.

The soul was caste from a symphony of silence while all those in attendance joined in chorus, but it is the silence of ego that propels it to manifestation.

All the voices of your physical self taking a moment of silence while engaging the vocals of your soul will lead you to an understanding of your purpose.

It is not as you imagined it. It is not an event but an intricately woven tapestry of many lives that may or may not crescendo in your current life. Understand that in the end it is your soul intent that will prevail.  Silence your ego and the path will become more available but not necessarily final.

Realize that physical life is a stairway to your enlightenment on a soul level. Each step important but it takes many steps to reach the next level. To judge your footsteps only impedes your process. Focus upon the stepping towards the goal, which is the reuniting with your intent & soul.

Progress occurs every moment, it just may not seem so from your current perspective.”

-VERONICA, http://www.aprilcrawford.com/

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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What’s Going to Work Best for ALL of Us?

If we want to survive as a species, we must realize what we’ve done is not nearly as important as what we do now and in the future. Too often we waste time finding fault with ourselves and the world, instead of using our time to create a better self and a better world.

We are both one AND separate but many of us forget this fact and think of ourselves as separate only. As a result, we ask, what’s going to work best for me? This sets us off in different directions, which leads to conflict and the need for strong external controls.

To restore balance and self-control, we must ask ourselves, what’s going to work best for ALL of us – in personal terms, and in terms of business, education the environment and peace?

Pete, http://diaryofamystic.com

As We Think

For a more complete version of this article, read, Changing Ourselves and the World for the Better.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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