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Learning Too Much

Seven categories grabbed my attention when I started this website. They were

  • Spirituality
  • Future
  • Finance
  • United States
  • World
  • Leisure
  • Opinion

I had a certain perspective about each category and I had questions too. Over the past two years, I have thought about, researched, and written about each of these categories. As a final ceremony to closing this chapter of my writing, I am looking at each of these seven categories and reflecting upon what I learned during these two years.


Opinion

After two years of writing every day, my exercise of covering news has ended.

This exercise started when my personal life required me to look at news topics in a way I had never viewed them before. (At some point in the future, I may choose to tell more of that story. For today, I’ll leave that explanation void.)

This exercise became an obsession for me.

I got up early, scheduled posts in advance when I knew I couldn’t write on certain days, and made sure something posted at least every day for two years.

I learned a lot.

I learned that with news, as with life, my response is more important than the actual events.

I learned that every conspiracy theory is true at some level. Some are true at all levels.

I learned that our financial system is rigged and that isn’t as bad as it sounds.

I learned that individual freedom in the United States is eroding at an alarming rate and individuals need to adjust to that erosion.

I learned that Mainstream Media (MSM) has agendas that they incorporate into their news.

I learned that Alternative Media (AM) has its own set of agendas and a lower standard of reporting than MSM.

I learned that those agendas have little to do with my day-to-day life.

I learned about transhumanism, the next phase of humanity’s evolution that is already revolutionizing our lives through radical technological and biological accomplishments. The most recent invention allows diabetics to avoid shots by using an innovative nanoparticle treatment.

I learned that the nefarious possibilities of transhumanism scare many people.

I learned that those possibilities do not concern me. The technology that we take for granted today came with ominous warnings too.

I learned that, as we cross the digital threshold with medical treatments, lifespans of 150, 200, and even 500 years might become possible.

I learned that the efficiency we gain from these advances gives each person more opportunity. After hundreds of years of creating an increasingly laborious work environment, we have reached a place where, with the proper uses of technology, we may accomplish much more with much less.

Then, I learned too much.

No, I didn’t learn too much information.

I learned about the too much experience – the authentic God experience that happens when an individual experiences genuine emotional love.

I learned that all of the other events in our lives are just illusions. They are, as Einstein says, persistent illusions. However, they pale in comparison to the experience of being fulfilled through full-bore, no-holds-barred love.

I learned that the too much experience isn’t a brief moment of infatuation that lasts a short time and then dissipates. I learned it is the spark of infatuation fanned to extreme levels because those in the relationship consciously decided to be transparent enough, naked enough, and intimate enough to do so.

I learned that, initially, this spark comes from one’s intuition, the same intuition that I wrote about two years ago when I said, “Intuition is a fancy word for hearing from Divine Source. (You may call this God, Goddess, Spirit, the Universe, or any other word you choose to use.)”

I learned that, indeed, this spark of intuition in a relationship initially feels like nothing more than infatuation. Then, when we begin trust it, we demonstrate the courage to explore that spark of Divinity and flame it into what Marianne Williams calls Enchanted Love, the type of love that contains mystical power and is only possible from intimate relationships.

I learned that fanning this spark in an intimate relationship allows individuals to develop the skills necessary to respond peacefully in the midst of passionate discussions and behaviors while providing a safe space for each to heal and grow.

pursuing loveI learned this is my path to peaceful response.

I learned I must pursue it without distraction.

Therefore, I have chosen to pursue this path wholeheartedly.

For that reason, I no longer need to be obsessed with the news or anything related to it.

Because, in the end, only love remains.

One-World League

Seven categories grabbed my attention when I started this website. They were

  • Spirituality
  • Future
  • Finance
  • United States
  • World
  • Leisure
  • Opinion

I had a certain perspective about each category and I had questions too. Over the past two years, I have thought about, researched, and written about each of these categories. As a final ceremony to closing this chapter of my writing, I am looking at each of these seven categories and reflecting upon what I learned during these two years.


Leisure

Leisure activities, in the form of sports leagues, give us a clear object lesson of how a one-world system is profitable when those in control fund and profit from both sides of a competition.

NFL logosLet use the National Football League (NFL) as our example. It has thirty-two teams that compete each year to go to the Super Bowl and play for the right to be called World Champions.

The competition is fierce. Many teams have hated rivals. Players sacrifice their bodies. Fans spend billions of dollars each year in support of favorite teams.

Each team fights against the other in extreme polarization that splits thirty-two ways.

However, at the end of the day, the NFL is a one-world system. Even though individual teams have revenue streams through ticket sales and concessions, the majority of their income comes from the league’s television contract. This contract is negotiated by the NFL on behalf of its teams in a one-world type system.

The income is huge.

Despite the fact that only seven percent of the fanbase has ever visited a stadium for a live game, the NFL’s revenues surpass all the other major sporting leagues. Moreover, it creates this revenue while playing far fewer games each season. (An NFL team has 16 regular-season games. A baseball teams plays 162, and basketball and hockey teams each play 82.)

The revenues are so large that the declining health of ex and current football players has been overlooked for decades. Even today, as these health issues garner attention and the NFL loses lawsuits, the league has enough money to pay the settlements without missing a beat.

It is an extremely profitable one-world system built on polarization.

However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences to these actions.

I wrote over a year ago that I believe the game has reached its apex because the violence is being taken out of the game. This produces an inferior product that relies more upon gambling and fantasy leagues for its popularity than the overall attraction of the games.

We see a similar situation regarding the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) and its work within the conspiracy theories I wrote about in my last article. The MIC’s attempts to remain relevant are less about spreading democracy and more about the jobs it provides.

Within the comparison of the NFL and the MIC, we see an example of how our leisure time activities coincide with what is going on in the non-leisure world.

That was the primary reason I included leisure time activities when I started this website. At that time, I said,

..in today’s quest for spiritual enlightenment, those of us who see the need for change often shudder at the task in front of us. We know that if we proclaim the truth too loudly, there may be painful consequences because the truth is so different from society’s current position.

Therefore, instead of facing the struggle directly, we approach it through art. Musicians, painters, sculptures, writers, and performers proclaim the truth in abstract ways, providing clues that resonate with those who hold a common belief and amuse those who don’t.

In the past two years, I have noticed a change.

Those of us who see the need for change no longer shudder at the task ahead of us. We gently ask questions, stand up for our rights, and watch as other people begin to see the wisdom of our ideas.

In addition, the scandals that once grabbed the headlines, and may have derailed proposed changes, no longer seem to have an impact. Scandals only remain a relevant tool in politics. However, this is only because politics have become less and less relevant to those of us choosing to live outside their world of illusion. We know that a scandal resides below the surface for everyone. Therefore, the only drama that remains for most scandals is watching how someone turns the tables on the accusers.

All of this speaks to a general freedom that individuals are finding within themselves.

It says that the one-world league/system, the criticism, and the scandals no longer matter.

In fact, at the end, only love remains.

And I’ll write about that in my next article as I conclude my work on this website.

One World

Seven categories grabbed my attention when I started this website. They were

  • Spirituality
  • Future
  • Finance
  • United States
  • World
  • Leisure
  • Opinion

I had a certain perspective about each category and I had questions too. Over the past two years, I have thought about, researched, and written about each of these categories. As a final ceremony to closing this chapter of my writing, I am looking at each of these seven categories and reflecting upon what I learned during these two years.


World

As I wrote about the United States during the past two years, a recurring theme continued to come to the surface. This theme applies to the United States and the entire world.

One World FlagThere appears to be an organized plan, what some would call a conspiracy, to take the world in a direction of a one-world government and economy.

Advocates of this conspiracy claim that the technology available at the beginning of the 21st Century now makes a one-world system possible. In fact, this technology, unleashed on almost seven billion people, demands an infrastructure tailored for unity. Lines of nationalism, patriotism, race, and religion become blurry as our society recognizes we are all part of a greater whole.

Those who purport the one-world theory claim that this technology gives institutions the power to maintain religious, judicial, and political control. They say that politicians and religious officials do this when they pass laws that give them the power to control those who disagree with them. Judges do this when they make rulings that strip away what many would call “God-given individual freedoms and rights.” Law enforcement and military do this when they enforce their will with complete disregard for the basic rights of others.

Moreover, with the information revealed by Edward Snowden and company that the American government is spying on individuals at home and abroad, we see that those who wish to remain in control are indeed using technology to do so.

As I encountered these conspiracy theories, I heard the groups attempting to create the one-world systems were The Fed, The Illuminati, The Catholic Church, The New World Order, and another dozen or so organizations of a similar type. The theories blamed these groups and their cronies for every war, disaster, and financial collapse for the past several hundred years.

Some of the conspiracies went back as far as King Solomon of Israel.

During my research, I discovered that these groups exist and they certainly wielded their power and influence throughout history.

In addition, they continue to wield their power and influence today.

However, because there are multiple groups with different agendas, things don’t move forward in a linear fashion towards a one-world system.

Moreover, a one-world system isn’t their goal.

Bankers need multiple currencies to manipulate the economy.

Defense contractors need multiple countries to continue the profitable business of war.

Governments need multiple political parties to justify fundraising.

Therefore, these groups continue to fund the polarization of our world because it is good for business. They create two-sided dramas so they can fund and profit from both of them.

From their perspective, a one-world system doesn’t have to be their goal because they already have a one-world system that consists of at least two opposing forces.

This raises the question, how can opposing forces contribute to a one-world system? I’ll answer that question in my next article when I’ll review the Leisure category.

Redefining Democracy

Seven categories grabbed my attention when I started this website. They were

  • Spirituality
  • Future
  • Finance
  • United States
  • World
  • Leisure
  • Opinion

I had a certain perspective about each category and I had questions too. Over the past two years, I have thought about, researched, and written about each of these categories. As a final ceremony to closing this chapter of my writing, I am looking at each of these seven categories and reflecting upon what I learned during these two years.


United States

In my review of the Finance category, I concluded by saying that the void is a landing pad for abundance. In addition, I said that we often don’t recognize this truth because there is another financial paradigm that dominates our world’s landscape.

democracy flagThis paradigm is the dominating belief system of those who live in the United States and, because the U.S. has been the world’s financial superpower for most of the past one hundred years, this paradigm exists throughout the world.

It goes by the term “democracy.”

It implies individual freedom.

A closer look reveals that today’s democracy only masquerades as individual freedom while fulfilling other purposes. It teaches us to acquire others’ resources while conquering their countries.

It provides a curtain for U.S. to go into a country, disrupt the current government and economic structures, and replace them with systems that benefit American interests through grabbing and controlling that country’s resources.

While writing for this website, I encountered John Perkins’ confessional record of the role he played in spreading “democracy.” Perkins’ job was to negotiate with third-world leaders regarding their countries’ natural resources.

When the negotiations were finished, American contractors would come do the work, American banks would fund the work, and American military would make sure locals didn’t hinder the work.

When the countries couldn’t repay the loans, the military would seize the operations, often through overthrowing the country’s government, and American banks and other powerbrokers would institute their own “democratic” government.

This practice is not limited to overseas.

In the United States, similar “democratic” ideas work their magic against the American people.

This practice works well because control of the country’s currency resides with the Federal Reserve (The Fed), an independent bank run by powerful European bankers with the support of their American friends.

The Fed’s ability to control the flow of dollars into the economy through the acquiring of debt instruments, including United States Treasury Bonds, gives it unilateral power that resides outside of the checks and balances built into American government.

In general, this banking power actually has only a minor effect on Americans’ everyday lives.

However, it wields significant power upon America’s, and the world’s, thinking through the messages it sends about financial management, medical care, and education.

These carefully crafted messages convince us to make decisions that are in the best interest of the bankers and the businesses they do business with, including large defense contractors and medical companies.

They teach us to acquire, save, and conquer.

This encourages the general public to support numerous government efforts, such as the war on drugs, protecting the country’s borders, and, more recently, the Affordable Healthcare Act known as Obamacare.

Conspiracy theorists see this form of democracy in a nefarious light.

In fact, as I wrote for this website, I encountered numerous conspiracy theories. Some were realistic. Some were not.

I’ll review those theories in my next article.

Creating a Void

Seven categories grabbed my attention when I started this website. They were

  • Spirituality
  • Future
  • Finance
  • United States
  • World
  • Leisure
  • Opinion

I had a certain perspective about each category and I had questions too. Over the past two years, I have thought about, researched, and written about each of these categories. As a final ceremony to closing this chapter of my writing, I am looking at each of these seven categories and reflecting upon what I learned during these two years.


Finance – Part Three

I ended my last article by saying that serving other people, as opposed to saving resources, is a more efficient way of preparing for the future.

Service keeps our minds sharp and our spirit open to the flexibility of change. Service allows us to practice the synergistic energy exchange of love with people in our environment. Service provides opportunity to give out of our abundance and create a void into which we can receive.

This practice is the heart of an idea introduced to me through the writings of Charles Eisenstein. I call it Living Within the Gift.

The outline of this idea is as follows:

  • Each person has many gifts.
  • Gifts only benefit other people when they are given
  • We would give our gifts even if we didn’t receive payment for them.
  • Gifts come from inspiration. This literally means they are from God’s Spirit.
  • We deserve to be paid for giving them.
  • No amount of payment is sufficient for the gift.

When I wrote about this idea in January and February of 2012, I explained practical ways of practicing this idea and I gave examples of how other people are Living Within the Gift by establishing innovative pricing structures and Paying it Forward

Since then, I have identified another key part of this process.

It is giving out of our abundance so that we create a void into which we can receive.

I have noticed that when people crave change they look for the new to arrive without making space for it by releasing the old.

The old may be a relationship, possessions, a job, or any other thing that no longer serves a person beyond providing a façade of security. Within this clinging, an individual often experiences two consequences.

First, he becomes stuck in the rut that accompanies that old thing.

Second, she makes it impossible to experience the new thing she desires.

A person experiencing these consequences stagnates. He becomes stuck in a story loop without resolution.

She doesn’t grow.

In this place of scarcity, he shrivels, withdraws, and saves for the future.

This inability to become empty makes it impossible for her to receive. Moreover, her fearful constriction reduces her capacity to receive.

When one lives within the gift, he changes the perspective of what he has.

Whether she has a little or a lot, she considers that she has an abundance out of which she can give.

And, he gives.

This giving changes the focus from herself to another person, another part of herself.

As he empties himself, he creates a void.

Initially, this is a frightening feeling. It is the feeling of emptiness.

abundance landing padThen, because nature abhors a vacuum, because life functions in cycles, because last-minute provision is the natural course of life, the new comes rushing into the void because the void is a landing pad for abundance.

We often ignore this natural order of things because there is another financial paradigm that dominates our world’s landscape.

We find it when we look at the country I call home: the United States. I’ll write about it in my next article.

Daily Courage

Seven categories grabbed my attention when I started this website. They were

  • Spirituality
  • Future
  • Finance
  • United States
  • World
  • Leisure
  • Opinion

I had a certain perspective about each category and I had questions too. Over the past two years, I have thought about, researched, and written about each of these categories. As a final ceremony to closing this chapter of my writing, I am looking at each of these seven categories and reflecting upon what I learned during these two years.


Finance – Part Two

I wrote in my last article that the primary reason humans attempt to save for the future is fear. We fear an economic collapse or another catastrophe so we store food, water, and additional necessities. We fear not being able to make money in our old age so we save money through questionable retirement programs.

Within these fears, we jump out of the moment and into an attempt to protect ourselves from some future inadequacy.

We do this in spite of the fact that all religious and spiritual disciplines tell of the consequences of depending upon riches and wealth. The lesson isn’t that riches and wealth are bad. The lesson is that dependency upon any kind of a storehouse has consequences.

When something is stored, it loses its freshness. It becomes inefficient.

Moreover, when something is stored, it isn’t available for the present moment and, more often than not, this creates a lack.

Saving for the future is an attempt to create future stability. However, in an ever-changing world, stability is a cruel illusion that shatters lives and crushes dreams. The things that we think are important to today may not even have a use tomorrow.

With this understanding, I am reminded of other religious and spiritual lessons regarding daily provision.

I am reminded of the daily provision of manna for the Children of Israel as they left Egypt and went to the Promised Land. They gathered it every day and, when they tried to store it for the future, it spoiled.

I am reminded of the Lord’s Prayer where Jesus taught his followers to pray for their “daily bread.”

These two examples are more than spiritual piety.

courage duck alligatorThey are practical pieces of advice for a world that that requires daily courage because of the increasing number of changes.

We find evidence of these changes in our books, CDs, videos, camera, calendars, video cameras, game consoles, video players, radios, flashlights, and televisions that now fit into our cell phones and tablets. The increasing efficiency of our world makes the idea of savings virtually obsolete.

Instead, another belief system works better for us.

It says that our ability to serve one another, day in and day out, is the way to move into the future.

Within these abilities, we find our own self-worth and we discover our value to other people so that we can live, survive, and thrive.

This belief system empowers each individual to live a fulfilled life.

It removes the excuse to live as a victim.

It allows us to see that the greatest resources we have are the skills we acquire and the relationships we build.

It allows us to use the technology of today with the understanding that it will be different tomorrow.

And, should disaster strike and technology no longer function as it does today, it keeps our minds sharp and our spirit open to the flexibility of change by practicing the synergistic energy exchange of love with the people in our environment. Through this, we develop the ability to give out of our abundance and create a void into which we can receive.

As I developed this perspective through my two years of writing this website, I encountered an idea that is essential in this process.

I’ll remind you of that idea in my next article.

Fearful Savings

Seven categories grabbed my attention when I started this website. They were

  • Spirituality
  • Future
  • Finance
  • United States
  • World
  • Leisure
  • Opinion

I had a certain perspective about each category and I had questions too. Over the past two years, I have thought about, researched, and written about each of these categories. As a final ceremony to closing this chapter of my writing, I am looking at each of these seven categories and reflecting upon what I learned during these two years.


Finance – Part One

Once I understood that determining my future didn’t require societal large-scale predictions and, instead, was an inside job, this provided clarity for financial strategy.

This is not unusual.

In fact, in my more than thirty years of experience in preparing taxes, performing accounting services, and providing financial advice, I have found that a person’s perspective of life, including his or her opinion of the future, is the primary determining factor for how that person financially plans.

financial fearThis personal perspective – one’s belief system – often grounded in fear, usually overrides common sense.

If a person believes the world’s economic structure will collapse, she is afraid there won’t be enough food and water to live through that crisis and she is more likely to accumulate and store necessities.

If a person believes he will live a long time, he is afraid he won’t have enough resources for old age, and he is more likely to plan for retirement.

These attempts, built upon the idea that we can save for the future, have an innate flaw. They attempt to take the energy of this present moment and somehow preserve it for another time.

And, while this is possible, it is extremely inefficient.

Food with an extended shelf life is, by necessity, dead so that it can’t spoil. It may provide life-sustaining calories. However, its nutritional value is questionable.

Retirement plans provide a vehicle to save for one’s latter years. However, inflation and the unreliability of the markets mean there is no guarantee the funds will be there and, even if they are, that they will be enough to sustain a person so that he or she doesn’t have to work.

When I started this website, I said, “Traditional retirement accounts, including Social Security, are the worst place to put your money if you want to retire comfortably.”

Events during the past two years have confirmed this statement.

MF Global stole a couple billion dollars in client funds.

Banks in Cyprus stole their depositors’ funds.

Then, in both situations, legal authorities justified those thefts, providing precedents that allow other financial institutions to do the same thing if they need to do so.

Furthermore, I have watched as the retirement age to receive full Social Security benefits has inched upward from 62 to 65 to 70.

In spite of these systems’ drawbacks, financial planners market this retirement system to Americans as a necessity while the U.S. Government provides tax breaks to those who put money into it and all employees and employers must contribute into Social Security.

The reason is simple.

Social Security and retirement plan contributions provide a consistent generous influx of capital for government coffers and Wall Street bankers.

In other words, individual savings is less important for the individual and more important for government and large corporations.

And, while it is possible to have a truly self-directed retirement plan that doesn’t feed Wall Street, the dire warnings associated with such accounts scare most people away from using them.

This fear-based focus on saving necessities, and especially upon saving money, distracts humanity from a successful financial belief system taught through all religious and spiritual traditions.

This idea will be increasingly vital should we experience a financial crisis or need resources in our latter years.

I’ll explain that idea in my next article.