About 3 years and 3 months ago, I had a dream that changed my perspective on life.
My first 3 years in Cambodia were the hardest years of my life. The first year was marked by emotional turmoil as it dawned on me just how serious a commitment I had made. As the second year drew to a close, all my carefully laid plans for financial security unravelled to the point where we had to sell our car just to eat. By year 3, I had managed to cobble together a survival income through freelance writing. Just when I felt I was able to breathe again, Sopheak decided she wanted to have another child. I couldn’t say no, but inwardly I was freaking out.
Kelly’s 1st birthday party
When Kelly was born, he had serious breathing problems. Seeing that fragile little body struggling for every breath cemented my bond with him, but beneath the surface, I was still quaking with fear. How was an old fart like me going to be able to take care of this beautiful child? Part of me wanted to escape. That’s when I had the dream.
One of my favourite neighbours is a guy just up the road who’s about my age. He used to have a fishing boat and boasted to me through translators that he used to sail his little boat all the way to the east coast of Vietnam. He doesn’t have much, but he usually seems very jovial. Then he goes on benders and blows it with drunken rages.
This is the kind of boat we were in. Take away the land and this is the setting, too.
I dreamt that my neighbour took me out in his fishing boat. He was sitting cross-legged on the bow, teaching me to steer. I can still see the backdrop of blue, blue sea and sky in contrast to his long, wispy white beard. He looked exactly like this Cambodian sage you see statues of here and there. I’m not sure who the sage is or if he’s even Buddhist, but the statues really do resemble my neighbour, especially when they have cigarettes hanging out of their mouths. I know he is believed to live in the jungle and appears before people when they are in need of help, but that’s all I know.
Feeling the weight of responsibility, I sighed and said, “I wish I could disappear.” My neighbour looked at me quizzically, said, “Disappearing is easy” and proceeded to dissolve before my eyes.
I briefly thought he must possess some magic power. Then I thought, “Hang on. If he can do it, so can I” and the next thing I knew, I was a formless consciousness floating through empty space. I had disappeared.
Time didn’t exist, so it’s pointless to speculate about how much time I spent just existing in the void. All I know is that the sound of a baby crying made me return to this phenomenal world. I woke up immediately, relieved to find Kelly sleeping peacefully between Sopheak and I.
Life has gotten more comfortable since then, but there’s still no security blanket. I make enough money to feed our big family, but if I lose a client, I don’t have anything to fall back on. I’m not going to pretend I no longer worry, but what’s changed is that I no longer worry so much about myself.
Sometimes worry gathers pace and doesn’t serve the purpose for which it’s intended – to anticipate and take steps to prevent genuine threats. When that happens, I just disappear until a measure of clarity returns.
Disappearing is dead easy. I knew how to do it before my neighbour taught me, but I learned how from gurus who made it sound hard or only available to the select few. Consequently, I rarely appreciated those little moments of clarity that come so easily when you just detach yourself from the storms of thoughts and emotions in a moment between breaths.
It was my dream, so I suppose it was meant for me, but I’ve been wanting to share it ever since I had it. “I had a dream” was the title then, so it’s the title now. What’s the moral? Well, for me, the dream revealed the meaning of life as I see it now. We’re not here for any selfish purpose, whether it be wealth, power or the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. We’re here to give and the better we get at that, the better we’re living our lives. There’s plenty of time to disappear when we’re dead.
I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but I knew little about John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, until a few days ago. Yes, I’d picked up his book in bookshops over the years and read random chapters, but had never gone beyond that. It all changed after I watched Abby Martin’s interview with him on Breaking the Set. I’ve embedded the interview below, so please watch it. What you see here is just a screenshot, so don’t try to watch it!
Our bookshops here in Sihanoukville aren’t as well-stocked as I’d like, but one of them had a copy of his 2007 book, The Secret History of the American Empire, so I bought it today. To say it’s a riveting read is an understatement. I’d read it even if it was fiction. He has a simple style and a real eye for the details that matter. The first chapter is about his first assignment to Indonesia. The goal was to secure Indonesia’s oil resources for America.
I’m tempted to transcribe the whole chapter — it’s that good — but I’ll limit it to this fascinating story about the origin of the term “bogeyman”:
Sulawesi was also the home of the infamous Bugi tribe. European spice traders centuries ago feared them as the fiercest, most bloodthirsty pirates in the world. When they returned home, the Europeans threatened disobedient children with the warning that if they did not change their ways, ‘the Bugimen will get you’.
Interesting as that was, what followed was even more poignant. Perkins later became friendly with a boat builder who was a descendant of the Bugi tribe. He told him that his people never saw themselves as pirates, but as defenders of their homeland against foreign intruders. “Now we’re at a loss,” he continued. “How can a handful of people in wooden sailing ships fight off America’s submarines, airplanes, bombs, and missiles?”
“Questions like that got to me”, Perkins concluded. “Eventually they convinced me to change my ways.”
Shapeshifting with John Perkins
After finishing that chapter, I decided to put the book aside for awhile and learn more about John Perkins. His official website, johnperkins.org told me all I needed to know. First I checked out his books and discovered that along with his “economic hitman” revelations, he’s written books about his experiences with shamans in Asia, Africa and South America. For synopses and links to ordering pages, click here.
Alas, I don’t yet own an Ereader and doubt I’ll find any of the books in our local Sihanoukville bookshops, so I had to content myself with an article I found in his archives. Why I am Hopeful: Shapeshifting the World was more of an advertorial than an article, because it was announcing a workshop he was going to hold at the Omega Institute. That’s okay, though, because Perkins is a perfect example of someone who has “shapeshifted” himself into a better person, so if that’s what he’s selling now, more power to him.
According to his definition:
Shapeshifting is about energy. We ourselves are made of energy and all of our emotions are energy. The practices that collectively are known as “shapeshifting” empower us to use that energy to change ourselves and the institutions that impact our lives. We can transform our “negative” thoughts and emotions into positive energy that we can then channel into appropriate actions. Throughout history humans have found shapeshifting to be one of the most effective means of transforming ourselves, organizations, and communities.
I’ve been doing a little shapeshifting of my own recently. I got sick and tired of writing about trivial stuff on my writing blog, so I changed the name of it to A Writer’s Blog: random ramblings of a freelance writer and although it’s not going to help my writing career, it’s been a joy to start writing about things that matter. I’ve also started writing about things that matter on my Sihanoukville Journal and am taking an interest in this site again, too. Between the three of them, I still only get 3-5,000 visitors a month, so I don’t harbour any illusions that I’ll single-handedly change the world, but I get a great deal of satisfaction out of feeling like I’m finally making my contribution, small as it may be.
Remember the End of the Mayan Calendar, December 21, 2012?
Remember December 21, 2012?
December 21, 2012 came and went without the world ending or any discernible shift in human consciousness, but Perkins and some of his colleagues, both Mayan and Western, apparently still recognise the significance of that date. As he wrote in another article:
December 21, 2012 was identified by Mayan astrologers more than a millennium ago as the Great Turning – a time of opportunity to “shapeshift” human societies away from exploitation, brutality, and materialism into cooperation, compassion, and spirituality.
You’ve got to admit, with the revelations of people like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and the popularity of sites like RT, a global awakening does seem to be occurring. When Obama and company wanted to invade Syria recently, it was largely us “little guys” and the lowly alternative media that forced them to retreat — with a little help from Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. There’s still a long way to go and it might take some catastrophic events to turn the tide, but at least we’re not just behaving like mindless zombies any more.
I’ll stop jabbering soon, but I do want add that amongst those who recommended The Secret History of the United States were names you wouldn’t usually associate with a book about American imperialism. Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, wrote: “It’s difficult to accept that U.S. and corporate policies can be so brutal and greedy, but, knowing John Perkins personally, I have come to understand the importance of disclosing this uncomfortable truth.”
Okay, enough jabbering. Here’s the promised video.
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Some natural medicines. Click image for source article.
A couple of years ago, I was given a paid assignment to write about THC as a potential treatment for cancer. In the course of my research, I ran across a Spanish study that convinced me there was scientific evidence that THC was a potential treatment for cancer. That, combined with a wealth of anecdotal evidence, prompted me to download the PDF and offer it to readers here. Unbeknownst to me, my method of linking the PDF didn’t work, so anyone who tried to access it failed. Now I’ve found another way and you should be able to download it easily. Just go to the original article, Cannabinoids: Potential Anticancer Agents, by Manuel Guzman and follow the link.
The same thing happened with The Cancer Files, which is a series of lectures given by a number of alternative cancer treatment providers. It was a fascinating series that shed light on how natural treatments for cancer work, why they sometimes don’t work and why it’s a subject that shouldn’t be dismissed as “quack science.” I’ve just updated that article as well, so if you want to read the PDF transcripts, you can now. Just visit The Cancer Files article and click the links one at a time. They’re pretty long, so be prepared for some serious reading.
I’m no expert, so don’t take my word for anything. I’m offering this information because I personally believe natural medicine works and should be explored as seriously as what we now call “conventional medicine” is. I put conventional medicine in quotes because, in fact, the kind of medicine practised today has only been conventional for about a century.
Before you go, you might want to read this article I wrote as part of the series I was commissioned to write. It tells the story of how plant based medicine was replaced by pharmaceutical medicine.
Witch Hunt: The Medical Establishment’s Suppression of Alternative Medicine
We all like to believe that the Medical Establishment is on our side. On the micro-level, in our day-to-day dealings with our personal physician or specialist, this is usually the case. But on a larger scale, we are the victims of a fraud of colossal proportions. If this sounds like the ravings of a paranoid conspiracy theorist, a look at the facts will reveal that it is simply true.
First we need to define what alternative medicine is. The broadest definition, according to Princeton University, is that it is to practice medicine without using drugs. There is no qualifier for that. If prescription drugs are involved, it is considered to be “medicine.” If plant materials are involved, it is “alternative medicine” and comes with all the connotations of inferiority and quackery that have been associated with the term.
How did this come to be? Back in 1908, the Carnegie Foundation commissioned Abraham Flexner, a professional educator with no medical training, to draft a study of the state of medical education in the United States and recommend changes to admission standards and curriculum in U.S. medical schools. The book-length document Flexner wrote recommended strict adherence to the methods and protocols of the emerging field of biomedicine (theoretical medicine) within the university system.
The Flexner Report showed a clear bias towards upper income, white males and denigrated “folk medicine,” female physicians and African American physicians. Half the medical schools in America closed as a direct result of the report, including the oldest four year medical school in the country, the Leonard Medical Center. They shut this university down simply because it was an African-American university.
Biomedicine is the province of the big pharmaceutical companies. Another consequence of the Flexner Report was that the entire medical profession began to be trained to practice medicine using only laboratory manufactured drugs and it became illegal for doctors to prescribe any plant based remedies to their patients, even if they believed them to be effective.
The witch hunt was on and continues to this day. One noteable example of an M.D. who was persecuted for advocating the use of drug-free treatments is Dr. Serafina Corsello. A passionate advocate of alternative medicine, she was an adviser to the National Institute o Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine beginning in 1992. Charges were brought against her for the use of vitamin and Chelation therapies and for diagnosing lead toxicity. Her medical license was finally revoked after her lawyer failed to file a reply to the charges in the specified time. Her failure to file was deemed tantamount to an admission of guilt. Dr. Corsello passed away in February, 2009. Until the day of her death, she remained a passionate advocate of alternative medicine.
The definition of medicine is, “the science of diagnosing, treating, or preventing disease and other damage to the body or mind.” The medical establishment has managed to legally redefine it as something more akin to “the science of selling and administering pharmaceutical drugs that may or may not be effective in treating or preventing disease to the body or mind.” All other treatments are either illegal or suppressed, whether they are effective or not.
I usually cringe when I hear someone say, “We are energy” and then go on a cosmic tangent based on a college acid trip or pure New Age fantasy. It’s not that I don’t agree with them about the first statement. I do. I just take exception to the flights of fancy and the conclusions drawn from them.
I was dubious when I saw the headline, Scientist Photographs the Soul Leaving the Body, but by the time I’d finished watching the 50 minute interview with Russian scientist Konstantin Korotkov, I felt renewed hope for mankind. I didn’t see any actual photographs of the soul leaving the body, but I learned about energy fields from a scientist’s point of view. Much of what he said validates what many of us believe about the energy fields around us, both positive and negative, but Korotov made it so much more accessible to those who may have been made sceptical by the self-serving claims of New Age gurus or the arguments of reductionist scientists.
In the second video below, an RT reporter interviews Korotkov. In it, he says if we can create the ability within ourselves to create love and positive emotions, these emotions can be transferred to others energetically. This ties in nicely with something he said in the longer video about the group mind (my term, not his), which is able to create enormous energy that can be used for good or for evil.
Korotov finds the proof for his theories in bio-electric photography, which I think is an extension of Kirlian photography. Check out the photograph of the leaf here. It looks pretty normal until you discover that the top of the leaf is missing on the “real” leaf, but its energy field appears on its Kirlian photograph.
Okay. We are energy. Duh. Now, what do we do about it? Well, spreading those love vibes (intention) is a start, but as I discovered when I learned an energy healing technique, before healing can effectively take place, the source of the illness has to be identified first. This isn’t always easy. Whether you’re focusing on an individual’s physical or emotional illness or an “illness” that threatens humanity as a whole, you have to become as objective as possible and explore beneath your personal or collective assumptions and prejudices. I discovered this when I was trying to uncover the source of a woman’s persistent rash. She was sure it stemmed from her divorce. Upon further investigation, it appeared to have stemmed from a problem she had with her eldest son she had not yet resolved because her love for him didn’t permit her to admit to herself that she harboured a resentment against him. When we uncovered that and went through a forgiveness process, her rash, which had resisted both conventional and alternative treatments for years, vanished overnight.
On a global scale, there are still millions of Americans who can’t face the fact that they are being lied to on a daily basis by their government. It’s been going on for decades and arguably since 1776, but, in my opinion, we’re in an end game scenario today and unless everyone wakes up fast, the cancer of greed, lust for power and corruption will spread so far and so fast, it will have devastating consequences for all humanity.
Another way to look at using energy positively is to substitute the word “truth” for love and “lies” for negative emotions like greed. It’s not hard to do. When you seek the truth, you are seeking the light. When you lie, you are attempting to either hide in darkness or manipulate others for selfish gain. Either way, a lie is a negative energy and hence an illness.
When I was learning energy healing, we learned to distinguish between truth and falsehood in the body using kinesiology. A false statement would weaken the arm while a true statement would strengthen it. The technique worked amazingly well on a one-on-one basis, but failed miserably when self-diagnosis or an attempt to uncover truths or falsehoods outside the immediate energetic fields of the practitioner and client was attempted.
We already have a great tool for uncovering the lies that are told to us by the media. It’s called reason. What we have to do is set aside our cultural conditioning and look for evidence that either confirms or denies what we’re being told. Then, when we uncover the truth, we need to share it. Sharing the truth strengthens the collective energy field and can lead to positive change. On the other hand, if we keep our knowledge to ourself and just pray or meditate for peace, our positive energy isn’t going to travel very far.
We are energy. What we do with our individual energy fields is up to us, but if there’s any meaning to life at all, it must be to reflect the love that’s the ultimate source of all our energy and resist the lies whose purpose is to rob us of our life force in order to nourish those who have turned their backs on the light and have no other source of nourishment. That’s how I see it, anyway, and that’s why I’ve written these words.
“I refuse to believe that 9/11 was an inside job.”
“Uh. That’s not what I wrote. I wrote that it was physically impossible for those buildings to pancake like they did.” ______________________________________________________________
“Oh! You’re one of those conspiracy nuts, aren’t you?” ______________________________________________________________
Those are just a couple of the kinder comments I’ve received over the years when I’ve written about 9/11. Anyone in America who spoke out about their doubts about 9/11 in the first several years after the event was immediately branded a conspiracy theorist and ridiculed or worse. Things are easing off a little now, but the most efficient way to debunk a person who questions 9/11 is still to call them a “conspiracy theorist.” There’s no need to re-examine the facts — they’re just crazy or, if you listen to the FBI and other government agencies, suspected terrorists. Some psychologists have even suggested that doubting the official line is some sort of mental disorder.
Several studies have been released that suggest that it’s the debunkers of conspiracy theorists who are the ones with mental disorders. According to a University of Kent study, What about Building 7? A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories, those “people who favoured the official account of 9/11 were generally more hostile when trying to persuade their rivals.” Moreover, the anti-conspiracy contingent was more fanatical in clinging to their conspiracy theory that 19 Arab hijackers pulled off the job than the conspiracy theorists they were so aggressively debunking.
University of Guelph psychologist Laurie Manwell interprets this irrational stance by conspiracy theory debunkers as being based on an inability to entertain a notion that conflicts with their pre-existing belief system. “Cognitive dissonance” is the technical term for this phenomenon.
“Conspiracy theory” should simply mean a theory about a possible conspiracy. How did the term come to be associated with irrationality, insanity and even terrorist tendencies? It looks like we have the CIA to thank for that.
According to Lance deHaven-Smith as quoted in an article by Dr. Kevin Barrett in PressTV, the “CIA’s campaign to popularise the term ‘conspiracy theory’ and make conspiracy belief a target of ridicule and hostility must be credited, unfortunately, with being one of the most successful propaganda initiatives of all time.” The term was coined and circulated by the CIA following the JFK assassination. It worked brilliantly then, but times are changing. The popular media today is the internet, not the newspaper and TV and conspiracy theorists have a voice.
The word “debunk” means to expose or ridicule a false or exaggerated story. When conspiracy theorists are debunked, the implication is that a more rational and independent authority is putting the story to rest and that any attempt at a rebuttal is futile and will only lead to more ridicule. That gives the phrase “debunking conspiracy theories” a double whammy – debunkers are the final authority and conspiracy theorists are crazy. Case closed.
I ran across a website the other day called Debunking 9/11. It’s hard to miss because it’s at the top of the list when you google “Building 7 free fall.” I gave a stab at reading the article, but, like others like it, it was painfully flawed.
In typical debunker style, the article chose an easy target as their example of a “truther” (another loaded word) — Alex Jones, whose emotions can get the best of him and who does sometimes take flights of imaginative fantasy. I didn’t see a reference to Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth anywhere in the article. I can’t imagine why.
In attempting to explain Silverstein’s infamous “Pull it” remark, the author quotes numerous fire fighters and others on the scene who said “pull” the fire fighting team out of the building or used the word in some other context. Way down towards the bottom of the article in an update, the writer says:
Conspiracy Theorists have once again hung their hopes on a word. Now the word is “it”. Because I did not include the word “it” – as in Pull “it” – I am purposelly (sic) changing the phrasing of his statement which implies complicity. I will include his argument and insert the word to show how silly his argument is.
Conspiracy theorists don’t hang their hopes on a word. Many of them come to their conclusions only after long and arduous research — research that takes them places they don’t want to go. In the case of academics and professionals, revealing what they know often spells the end of their careers. That takes courage, and last time I looked, courage wasn’t on the list of mental disorders; it was something to be admired.
Imagination is more important than knowledge – Albert Einstein
The twin towers of my mind started to collapse more or less on the same day the towers collapsed in New York. They had been showing signs of stress for decades, but that event triggered the controlled demolition that caused them to fall.
Before that day, I still clung tenuously to the idea that there were limits to what the powers that be in the United States would do. Vietnam had shaken my faith in the system and the collective greed that came to a head in the America of the 80s shook my faith in the people, but I still believed that, all things considered, the United States still stood for things like freedom and democracy. In other words, I still believed in the American myth.
After 9/11, nothing made sense to me anymore. I simply could not bring myself to believe those towers miraculously fell on their footprints. I couldn’t believe how quickly the perpetrators were uncovered and the finger pointed at Osama bin Laden. Abandoned by reason, I tried to imagine an alternative explanation. The one that came to me was too absurd to be true: that George W. Bush and company were responsible for the attacks, were complicit in them, or at the very least cynically used them to their advantage for some nefarious purpose.
Finding nothing on the nightly news that could help me, I started looking online. Little by little, I discovered others were having the same dark thoughts. Little by little, pieces started falling into place, but questions remained. I was uncovering facts and plausible hypotheses, but the tower of my imagination was being reconstructed faster than reason could keep up with it. I was becoming a conspiracy theorist.
“We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama Bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead.” – Donald Rumsfeld
Hot on the heels of 9/11 came the invasion of Afghanistan. That didn’t make sense to me, either. Yes, I could sort of sympathize when they said they were going in to flush out bin Laden, but why hang around? Oh! It’s Al Qaeda and the Taliban they’re after, Donald Rumsfeld informed me. The invasion is both part of the brand new War on Terror and “to provide humanitarian relief to Afghans suffering truly oppressive living conditions under the Taliban regime.”*
No sooner had the U.S. settled in in Afghanistan than it started gunning for Iraq. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) were the reason here. By now, I and millions of others were beginning to smell a rat and speak out about it. I joined a rag-tag anti-war group in my corner of Australia and was relieved to discover I was not alone.
I was also relieved to learn that people who were better educated in physics than I also couldn’t fathom how the twin towers could have pancaked like they did. Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth wasn’t founded until 2006, but many experts in the field were already speaking out. Derided as crackpot conspiracy theorists by the mainstream media and shell shocked Americans, their theories made more sense to those of us who were living outside the thought bubble of the American myth.
I felt sure there was a master plan, but what was it? Then I stumbled across a reference to a document called the Project for a New American Century that spelled out the neocons’ plan for world domination in the 21st century. The document had been written in the 1990s and signed by many of those who came to power in the United States with Bush in 2000. The version I read called for a false flag event to trigger the wars that would lead to this domination. The official website is still online and proudly states that “American leadership is good both for America and for the world; and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle.”
My tower of reason was growing, but it still wasn’t keeping pace with my tower of imagination. How far were they going to go with this? Would it end at the end of Bush’s tenure in office?
My friends in the United States passionately supported Barack Obama when he ran for office, but I wasn’t so sure. The words sounded good, but something about his measured speech and the way his eyes moved as he spoke didn’t sit right with me. No sooner did he take office than I began to feel my suspicions vindicated. Revolving door? He appointed Monsanto’s Michael Taylor to his cabinet in a blink of an eye. Close Guantanamo? He blamed the Republicans, but that didn’t smell right, either.
Then came Libya. Same scenario as Iraq and Afghanistan. A construction of lies and then an invasion.
Now that Libya’s out of the way, Obama and company are moving on to Syria. Yes, I know Obama and Kerry talk a good line about sarin gas, but they leave out the proof and the evidence that “rebels” used it. They also sidestep the thorny issue of how great a replacement those rebels would be for Assad. “Oh, we only back the moderates,” they say, but that’s a hard pill to swallow, given the fact that many of those moderates openly declare themselves to be sympathetic to Al Qaeda and do charming things like biting into the heart of a dead enemy.
By now, my tower of reason is well on its way towards reconstruction. The whole charade matches the game plan outlined in the PNAC. My tower of imagination, though, is still way ahead of it. If the PNAC was a neocon plan, then why is Obama so obediently following the game plan? Are the conspiracy theorists who say the Rothchild’s are behind it right? Is the world being controlled by a Satanic group of Illuminati, as some contend? Or are we being manipulated by shape shifting reptilians from outer space?
Before you laugh, consider this: David Icke, the person most responsible for disseminating these conspiracy theories, predicted everything that has happened in this century back in the early nineties, when we all thought everything was rosy in the world. Like you and I, he started off normal enough, but had an experience that changed his life. A popular public figure in England, he became the laughing stock of the country when he started down this path, but he stuck with his convictions.
Pulitzer prize winning author Alice Walker recently came out in support of David Icke, saying:
What I admire most about David Icke is the freedom of his mind. It will go anywhere and often does in bringing together bits and pieces (sometimes whole chunks) of our mysterious human (and other) reality on this planet. Do I believe everything? I don’t think it matters. And so I wish to begin the New Year, 2013, honoring his courage, humility (it may look like arrogance but that is only because he is free of caring what others think), persistence, and freedom of thought.
I particularly like the first sentence: “What I admire most about David Icke is the freedom of his mind.” Maybe that’s why he’s been so prescient. While most of us are burdened by “knowledge” handed down to us by our cultural myth-makers, David Icke broke free into the world of the imagination and assembled a reasonable mythology that actually reflects today’s reality. Then again, maybe the alien shapeshifters are real in the “reasonable” sense of the word. If so, my tower of reason still has some catching up to do.
A third tower fell shortly after the twin towers collapsed — Building 7. Similarly, a third tower fell in my consciousness shortly after reason and imagination came tumbling down. That structure was knowledge. Just as David Icke points out in the video below, while it might make sense that the earth has to be flat in one era, when more information becomes available, we have to let go of previous “knowledge” and find another explanation.
The current architecture of my tower of knowledge looks similar to David Icke’s, but is not adorned with images of reptilians. That’s his vision and while I respect it, the words of an earlier English visionary, William Blake, still ring true to me: “I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.” I’ll let you know when lightning strikes.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
That’s the first stanza of W.B. Yeats’ The Second Coming (Slouching Towards Bethlehem). Have more prophetic words ever been written? It started on 9/11. Whatever your opinion may be about the truth behind that terrible event, you have to agree it was the springboard for all that has come to pass since.
Tip toeing through the opium poppies in Afghanistan
First there was the invasion of Afghanistan. Justified as a limited invasion to capture Osama bin Laden, within days of the invasion, the stated goal became to oust the Taliban. Over a decade later, U.S. troops are still there, the Taliban is arguably stronger than ever and the only industry that thrives in Afghanistan is the opium industry.
Then came the invasion of Iraq. Weapons of Mass Destruction were the excuse there. Never mind the fact that no WMDs were found, America’s leaders still defend the invasion. Saddam Hussein was murdered and that was enough for them. Leaving the country in shambles was just collateral damage.
Hillary Clinton in Libya
Next came Libya. For some inexplicable reason, getting rid of Gaddafi became of paramount importance, even though he posed no threat to the United States or its NATO puppets allies. “We came, we saw, he died” laughed Hilary Clinton diabolically gleefully when she heard the news of Gaddafi’s murder. Like Iraq, Libya was left in shambles.
Now it’s Syria’s turn to suffer at the hands of the United States. This time chemical weapons are the excuse. Mystery of mysteries: U.N. inspectors and others have stated that it was most likely the so-called rebels who used them, but our leaders insist they have classified information that proves it’s all Assad’s fault. We have to trust them on this. I guess we’re also supposed to pretend the video evidence that points to the rebels doesn’t exist or was faked.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
Barack Obama was as good as the Second Coming to millions of Americans. He was black! He promised to close Guantanamo Bay! He was going to get America out of Iraq! He was going to fix the economy! He was going to close the revolving door between big business and government! No sooner was he elected than his hypocrisy began to be revealed. Guantanamo Bay wasn’t closed, but, Oh! that was the Republican’s fault. He did pull the troops out of Iraq, but immediately set his eyes on another target. He fixed the economy by bailing out the very institutions that ruined it in the first place and in any real sense of the word, the economy remains unfixed. What about the revolving door? There are many others, but the appointment that is the most painful to remember is the appointment of Monsanto attorney Michael Taylor to the Obama cabinet. Now Taylor is, obscenely enough, Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the FDA. The list goes on, but why belabour the point?
The faithful got Obama into office a second time and for a second time, they are being betrayed. This time it’s on a colossal scale. This planned “limited” incursion into Syria promises to be the most catastrophic invasion in history. Does anyone seriously believe that any good will come of it? The rhetoric is that a few missiles will be launched to show Assad he won’t get away with using chemical weapons. The fact is that the U.S. wants to destroy destabilise Syria as it destroyed destabilised Iraq and Libya. Total domination of the Middle East (and the world) is the real goal. That’s transparently obvious.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Does America have the moral authority to rule the world? Let’s see. First there were the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Were they not Weapons of Mass Destruction? Then came Vietnam and that charming WMD called napalm. In Iraq, phosphorous was a WMD of choice. Worse, if that’s possible, on the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, it was revealed that “birth defects for the city of Fallujah has surpassed those of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the nuclear attacks at the end of World War II” (source: Huffington Post).
What “rough beast, its hour come round at last,/Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?” The finger can’t be pointed at America alone. The beast includes the “rebel forces” who eat human hearts and commit genocide against the Kurds in Syria. It includes Saudi Arabian, Israeli and a rag-tag assortment of other morally bankrupt persons in power. The government of the United States may be the puppet master, but the beast itself is a collective one. Is this the Second Coming Christians have been praying for the past “twenty centuries”? Lest there’s any doubt still in your mind, ponder these words from the King James version of the Bible:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
If you still have sympathy for Obama and company, you have Sympathy for the Devil. It’s as simple as that.
Most of the brainwave entrainment products out there focus on meditation and deeper states of consciousness. That’s fine. In fact, that’s great. We Westerners tend to operate on fast forward too much of the time. It’s nice to take a break from our normal beta wave waking consciousness once in awhile and explore the deeper realms of consciousness. However, there are times when it’s valuable to ramp up the brain waves. That’s where getting into gamma brain waves comes in handy.
I’m writing this because I had a remarkable experience with a Transparent Corp session the other day. I’ve been trying to devote at least 10 minutes a day to writing a book, but with all my other writing work to do, it’s not easy. I sat down at about 6pm to write and was so tired, I could hardly think. After writing a paragraph, I decided to see what the Brainwave a Day was that day. It turned out to be a 20 minute gamma session. I downloaded it, started listening and went back to work. 10 minutes or so into the session, I went back to that opening paragraph and started rewriting.
What had been a single paragraph describing the little house I stayed in while building our home in Cambodia turned into a far more descriptive series of paragraphs that brought that important phase of my first year here into sharper focus. It was in that tiny house that I was introduced to the resident ghost and had my life threatened by a possessed girl. It was also there that the spirit of her deceased sister was made to leave her body. Of course I was going to write about those occurrences, but in rushing to get to them, I failed to fill in the bigger picture. Without that, the rest makes little sense and sounds too unbelievable.
Anyway, what started out as a listless attempt to write ended up lasting for a very gratifying 2 hours. Then hunger overcame me, so I stopped and went out for dinner.
The gamma session on Brainwave a Day was random, but if you’re interested, you can download NeuroProgrammer 3 for free and try it for 2 weeks. I recommend trying a range of sessions and if one doesn’t seem to work for you, try the meditative sessions designed for restless individuals who have a hard time entering into trance states.
If you really get into it and want to learn all about brainwave entrainment from the experts, there’s a live webinar coming up from September 23-26, 2013. You can find the details here.
Rather than explain gamma brain waves here, I’ll let this infographic from Transparent Corp explain it to you or you can go directly to the Transparent Corp blog where it originally appeared.
By the way, if you do purchase NP3 or another Transparent product, I’ll get a commission. Thanks in advance.
I’ve just removed a new column on this site. Called Not the Mainstream News, it was a compilation of some of the most disturbing news I read, watch or listen to each month. I removed it because in a moment of frontal lobes brain activity, I realized it was infused with a spirit of anger.
I grew up in the United States, blissfully ignorant of the depths of evil the Powers That Be in that country are capable of descending to. It wasn’t until I left the States and got away from the mainstream news that I started learning the facts. Since (and including) 9/11, things have gotten so much worse there, it’s hard for me to find any redeeming qualities in the American government, its financial institutions or corporations. If I watch CNN, I hear the excuses, but when I scratch beneath the surface, I discover most of the news is really just “spin” – cleverly crafted lies and half-truths designed to keep us in the dark about what the real agenda is.
Frankly, I don’t know what the real agenda is, but I can surmise:
Monsanto wants to dominate the world’s food supply.
The Big 6 oil companies want to dominate the world’s oil resources.
The U.S. government wants to dominate the world and doesn’t care who dies in the process.
Banks and the government are desperately trying to stave off economic collapse, in the process making ordinary citizens foot the bill.
Corruption is institutionalized in the United States. I live in Cambodia and it seems less corrupt here than there.
Fracking is an attempt to make untold amounts of money without giving a thought to the human or environmental consequences of the process.
That’s just a brief rundown on some of the issues that have been bothering me.
Abby Martin on the set of Breaking the Set
Issues aside, I’ve been struggling to find ways to express my concerns in the most positive ways possible. Some media outlets are very good at exposing the lies. I particularly like Abby Martin’s approach on her RT program, Breaking the Set. She manages to expose the lies and pablum offered by mainstream TV without sounding like a militant or terrorist. If you’ve never watched her show, check out the embedded video below or click the link above.
Abby’s onscreen persona differs from her real personality in many ways. She’s a Bay Area artist turned Washington DC based TV host. Check out her website, Abby Martin to see the other side of Abby Martin.
There are several things I admire about Abby Martin:
She has found a way to apply her creativity to herself, creating an onscreen personality that can reach a wide audience.
She remains positive and confident even while expressing indignation.
She supports her arguments with facts.
She has great guests and always gives them the limelight.
She doesn’t stray from the facts into the murkier waters of speculation beyond what the facts provide.
Compare the two photos of Abby Martin in this blog to see what I mean by recreating herself.
Abby Martin off the set
She may be able to remain positive and confident in the face of uncomfortable truths because of her growing popularity, but I think there’s more to it than that. I think she sees more clearly than most of us that the truth, if revealed, will win in the end.
I’ll be lucky if 100 people read this blog or the blog I wrote recently on my other site called Was NSA Director Lying at Black Hat 2013? I’m not going to pretend that I wouldn’t like to have more readers, but these attempts to reveal the facts without resorting to anger make me feel better than my recently deleted “Fracking is Fucked” article did. I think it’s because I’ve finally learned how to stay positive without hiding from the facts and communicate in a more positive way. I also think that whether we have a million followers or just a handful, it’s important that we try to communicate as honestly as possible, with the welfare of everyone at heart.
Anyway, I’m beginning to ramble. I mostly wrote this blog as an excuse to introduce Abby Martin to others. Here’s an episode of her show, Breaking the Set. I’m lucky to be able to watch it on TV every day, but all her episodes can be found on YouTube or, if you are in the United States, Hulu.