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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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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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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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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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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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 

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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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

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 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

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

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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

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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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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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?

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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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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.

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Letter to Barrack and Michelle Obama

August 5, 2008

Dear Barack and Michelle,

My wife and I believe in your ideals and want to do something to reflect the real issues people are concerned about in this presidential campaign and at this moment in human history. The enclosed brochure contains twenty two hard hitting ideas on t-shirts, buttons, hats and signs. Many reflect the consequences of continuing to have republican conservatism in the White House. The cynicism, greed and contempt for the public shown by big business and the Bush Administration is unacceptable and people who continue to reelect them need to see, clearly, what they are voting for.

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What would the world be like if, instead of competing for money, power and privilege, we cared more about becoming better people? To paraphrase Apollo 11 astronaut, Neil Armstrong, as he set foot on the moon, July 20, 1969, That would be one small step for a man and one giant leap for mankind.

What would life be like if we cared more about how we treat ourselves and one another than how much money, power and privilege we amass? Instead of a Lower, Middle and Upper Class with an “external” value system, we would have something like a Lower, Middle and Upper Way with an “internal” value system. If we made the jump from one value system to the other today, many in the Upper Class would fall to the Lower Way because of the way they treat themselves and others and many from the Lower Class would rise to the Upper Way because of the way they treat themselves and others.

This is not to say there’s anything wrong with money, power and privilege; like every form of energy, it’s how we use it that matters. We can use energy in constructive ways or destructive ways. Think what would happen to the crime rate if our cultural focus shifted from competing for money, power and privilege to becoming better people. The crime rate would drop dramatically because learning how to treat ourselves and one another better is something we can all do. We all want to be loved and valued. Think what would happen in education if our primary goal became learning how to be who we loved to be and do what we loved to do instead of being who we’re told to be and doing what we’re told to do. Think of the natural passion, love and appreciation that change would unleash and what it would do for us as individuals and the world.

Changing Ourselves

When creating good jobs and safe products for a healthy economy issues from our desire to change ourselves and the world for the better, our universe becomes a safer place. When jobs and goods are created to make us rich and powerful in a competitive world where life is seen as a matter of survival of the fittest, we feel unsafe and insist on strong regulation to protect ourselves from divisiveness, blind ambition and outright lies. Great business leaders, great philosophers and great political and spiritual leaders like you would still arise, given the need, but for different reasons. We would aspire to greatness out of love of self and public service, not fear, egotism and a drive for self-survival in a hostile world. We CAN change ourselves and the world for the better if we replace the acquisition of money, power and privilege as our primary goal with the goal of learning how to treat ourselves and one another better.

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 inevitably leads to conflict and the need for strong external controls.

To achieve balance and SELF-control, we must first ask ourselves, what’s going to work best for ALL of us? This becomes a moral imperative, like “survival of the fittest” only, instead of a command that produces mindless and often destructive behavior; it asks a question that engages our minds in creative soul-searching, which leads to self-discovery and personal growth. We can further ask, what’s going to work best for ALL of us in personal terms, and in terms of business, education, the environment and peace? All are questions to engage the creative side of man for we are both the product of creation and the process of creation, itself.

To success for us all, my friends!

Regards,

Pete and Sandy

Peace!

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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THINK Outside the Box!

Think!

We are both the products of creation and creation itself. We are both one AND separate. We are both physical AND nonphysical (we dream and imagine, and “physical” reality only exists in the moment, as we know it). Each one of us is creating our own unique version of the universe from moment to moment, some of it shared and some not. There is no right or wrong, good or bad; there just IS. We have free will and there is nothing we HAVE to do, only what we want to do. Which self, which world do we want to create?

Why limit ourselves to small pictures of who we are and what reality is, and argue over justification for what often amounts to short-sighted, self-serving behavior that threatens our long term chances for survival? Let’s THINK outside the box and DO what works best for ALL of us because, ultimately, we all depend on each other to at least give us room to be, if not embrace us with love and appreciation.

Pete, http://diaryofamystic.com

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Why Do We Do What We Do?

To experience ourselves as physical beings in a physical world, SURVIVAL must be our most basic desire. When we decide life is a matter of SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, we inject unnatural and unnecessary elements of fear, competition and discrimination into the mix. Instead of developing ideas and strategies for everyone’s survival, we compete to become one of the few who is “worthy” of survival.

When we frame life in such hostile terms, love, wisdom and cooperation as a means to survival get thrown out the window to be replaced by secrecy, contempt and ruthless deceit. Why do we do this to ourselves? Are we bored? Is life so dull we need to spice it up with lies, exploitation and violence? Or, do we think we’re so bad we need to be punished?

What kind of world do we want to create and live in? What kind of people do we want to be and what kind of life do we want to live? What kind of world do we want our children and their children to create and live in? How do we want them to be treated and how do we want them to treat others? Asking myself these questions brought me back to The Golden Rule:

Do Unto Others

The Golden Rule says, Do unto others AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM do unto you. It doesn’t say, Do unto others BEFORE  they do unto you, although this is the way some people like to interpret it. The first statement is creative and the other is reactive. Let’s stop reacting to life and get busy creating it. Treating each other the way we’d like to be treated, instead of treating each other the way we’re being treated, gives us a better chance of creating a safer and saner world. what do you think?

Pete, http://diaryofamystic.com 

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

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Be a shaper of reality, not a victim of it.

The Healing Power of Forgiveness

After reliving this amazing bit of personal history in meditation, I began to see my parents in a new light. Instead of thinking about what they didn’t do, I began to think about what they did do!

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Outer Senses and Inner Senses

Our intellectual abilities, in partnership with our physical senses, enable us to see the differences between things, to categorize and label them, and to manipulate data and information. They allow us to objectify our experience, see it from the outside in. Our intuitive abilities and inner senses, on the other hand, allow us to subjectify our experience or see it from the inside out.

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Changing Ourselves and the World for the Better

Life is a creative journey from beginning to end. We can choose to sit behind the steering wheel and consciously direct our own journey or sit in the passenger seat, leaving fate in control.

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Turning Hysteria into Sanity

A Nation of Hysterics

by Paul Campos

Lenore Skenazy, a columnist for The New York Sun, caused quite a stir earlier this month when she wrote about letting her 9-year-old son take a subway and bus by himself across Manhattan. The boy had been begging her to allow him to test his big city commuting skills on his own, and she finally agreed, handing him a map, a subway token, some quarters, and a $20 bill.

She didn’t give him her cell phone, nor did she secretly tail him as he sallied forth across Gotham alone.

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(Response to the tone of comments  on the Huffington Post, and in general, on other Blogs)

I once programmed myself to have a particular dream. I wanted know what it was like to be a snake and a shark, two beings that symbolize death to me. As a snake, in the first part of my dream, I felt profoundly vulnerable because I had no arms or legs. All I could do was crawl on my belly and use my mouth to defend myself. In the background of my mind was a memory of a time when the snake did have legs and lost them as a form of punishment for some past indiscretion. I couldn’t tell whether the vision was a projection of my mind or the snake’s and whether it was real or imagined. All I know is I felt uncomfortable and wanted to leave the mind of the snake.

I next found myself embedded in the consciousness of a shark. We were slowly approaching the side of a small boat with a large piece of fish hung over the side. A fisherman stood next to the bait holding a gaff in his hands, ready to hook the shark as it rose for the bait. I tried to reason with the shark but the idea of food filled its mind beyond reason. It was going to get that piece of fish or die in the process. Just before it lunged for the bait, I left its mind and woke myself up.

From some of the posts in response to this article, I get the same feeling I had inside the mind of my shark host – that reason has flown out the window for many of us. The shark in my dream let his hunger control his behavior while many of us today let fear control their behavior.

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