A Welcome Distraction

So, we are still talking about a Journey because that is what life is, but I think it’s time that it becomes an implied headline. It seems silly to have it remain a prefix to every other thing I write, so sooner or later I knew it was going away. It just happened…

My posts have gotten farther apart but that’s not because there is nothing happening. I’m still trying to re-balance my life now that I’m working, and last week pas particularly nuts because River Road West was in town. I spent some key years with this band as the singer and even now long after we stopped playing together and even seeing each other we have somehow started doing a yearly re-union show. It feels really good to have been a part of something that lasts like that. The same six men that were the band in 1994 when re released the last album are getting together to celebrate that time and music every year. It is a maddening as it is fun and as my title implies, a welcome distraction.

It also represented the last time I needed my studio as a sound proof room for live rehearsals. The next day a friend and I took down the wall I had erected nine years ago in front of the garage door. I provided an extra barrier to sound, and may have been blocking the sale of the house. I had some notes on a whiteboard about the insulation and the electrical sub-panel and included an offer to take the wall down if the prospective buyer wanted but I think the uncertainty was too much. The wall is gone and the studio is a garage again. Now an exceptionally nice garage, rather than a borderline room. I hope it helps.

On other fronts the job is going pretty well, but the hunt for a spiritual center has hit a snag. The cabin rental place is not going to work. If I could find funding I think it would, but the people who were potential investors in it were unconvinced. The cabins are very rustic, and I like that. The problem is that people want them rustic on the outside and luxurious on the inside, and these are not. The reaction was the same as my wife’s was three years ago so I guess the best way to describe it is that the fisherman would be happy but his wife would not.

I met a couple who are selling another cabin place as well as an 11 room B&B but Liz and I could not make it back into the mountains to see it. That will be the next trip. Until then I have my fingers crossed about finding a buyer for the house and I’m feeling optimistic about it happening soon. Change brings change. Once in a while you have to stir up the milk to get the chocolate all up in there again… The universe is an interactive being. When you change something other things will change. Its the butterfly effect. The universe has no choice but to respond to the energy we direct, and that is always what we are doing. We think, feel, speak and move but those in them selves are effects and not causes. All is energy.

So this year’s show is done and I am always happy and sad when its over, but that is another thing that I don’t have to put my energy into right now. I am powering up for the changes and I will need every ounce of energy I can get. I can feel the tension building and there is a flood of activity coming.

The Journey – The Next Steps

I am very fortunate in the people I have in my life. A dear friend told me that she hopes I do transform my life and don’t fall into complacency because I have found work in my old field. It has been over a week now since I wrote but I am not becoming complacent. I am glad I have an income and that aspect of the urgency of my situation is gone, but this has never been just about getting a job. That was just the first step. I have stopped the bleeding, to an extent, but the universe has not given me so much that I can stop striving because I still need to sell my house to make it on my new income.

There is more. I spoke to my wife yesterday and she was different. She was a bit guarded and protective of herself. I felt for the first time that I was “outside the wire” in her mind and heart. She has had that place for me for some time now and I have felt like I had to manage our relationship from a different perspective. We are breaking up and it becomes more real with every passing day. I think its good that she is thinking and feeling that way but it did hit home. We were so close and shared so much and that part of our lives is over now. It is not easy, but I had to remind myself of the freedom into which we are both moving. It is good.

My friend Liz is headed this way this afternoon from Florida. We are going to take a look at a property in the mountains that is for sale. It is a Cabin rental place that I would like to use for spiritual retreats. That is what we were working on in Crestone as well at a place called the Temple of Consciousness, but that idea was not workable. This one is self sustaining and profitable as it is. I would like to add services and offer it to groups to come into the mountains to learn all forms of Yoga and Meditation. We can add musical events and I’m thinking about the possibilities of turning one of the cabins into a meeting place. This is a dream I have had for a really long time and I looked at this particular place a few years ago. It did not sell and now it is back on the market. I have some money but not enough and Liz an I are hoping to pull together a coalition to buy the place and I will move out there to run it. My wife was against this, but she, and the obstacle she represented in so many areas of my life are no longer relevant, at least in that regard. I will miss her in so  many ways, but that is not one of them.

I don’t know how I will pull this off, but weirder things have happened. I think it was Bob Proctor who said if you can articulate the hows at the same time you are formulating a goal, the goal is too small. This goal must be the right size because I have no idea how I am going to make it happen. I am staying in possibility mode. The house will sell. I will have enough money to be a serious participant with “skin in the game” so to speak. I am looking at this as a way to serve and I will do whatever it takes to make this happen, either here and now or some time in the future. Those are the ingredients of success.  If you study the most successful people in the world you will find that they have some things in common. Among them are a clear vision of what they wanted (needed) to accomplish, the courage to take the necessary steps and risks, and they would not be deterred. I am not going to be a sales engineer for the rest of my life. I am taking the necessary steps in order to ensure that as an outcome without being attached to any specific route or result. That is being open to possibilities and the guidance of my higher self.


The Journey – An Act of Will

I have my iPod running a compilation of writings from Alice A. Bailey called “Ponder on This” in my car. It is a phrase used in the books quite often. If you are not familiar, Ms. Bailey wrote 24 books between 1919 and 1949 with a Tibetan Master named Djwahl Kuhl. She only claims authosrship of four of the books and just as Madam Blavatsky said about the Secret Doctrine, she just recorded what she was told in the case of the other 20. I have been studying with the Arcane School she started for about nine years now, and the teachings contained in that enourmous body of work (I have read them all) has become my life. When I am experienceing something like the upheaval in my life I have been discussing with all of you, it is always a reflection or even an embodyment of what I am being taight.

In this last year or so the teaching has been to move from aspiration and Soul infusion, which is supposed to be in process and at least partially accomplished by this stage, to the expression of Spiritual Will. Yesterday as I was driving and listening to “Ponder on This,” there was a line that reminded the reader (listener) that the first act of the Will is always one of destruction. The sculptor destroys the stone and only when he has been working for some time is the beauty of his vision and creation apparrant to anyone but himself. Even his physical apparatus cannot detect the indwelling image in the stone. Only in his mind does it exist. Luckily, energy follows thought.

The act of conscious creation requires a vivid thought form, and the desire of the creator to see it manifest. The desire is what transforms into the Will to act and then the creation is manifested on the physical plane. The problem you might see is that I was very reluctant to have any of this happening… on a personality level. The me that is driving is not the guy who you all know as Rev. Doug. It is the Soul that is at the very center of the life of Rev. Doug. It is my Soul who is sculpting my life, and I only get glimpses of what is to come in moments of intuition.

The Soul assumes more and more control of the happenings in the life of someone who aspires and takes his evolution consciously into his own hands. I’m not being arrogant, although saying that might seem disingenuous. I have been working on myself very consciously in a disciplined manner for over a decade now. It too is an act of Will. What the teachings tell you is that this will bring about tests and change because the personality has opened the door to Soul intent through aspiration. What I can tell you is that it is doubtful that the personality just happened to be cruising along toward exactly what the Soul intends. A course correction is necessary, and the personality (Rev. Doug in this case) is swept up in the tide of change.

It is interesting to me that an act of Will on the part of the personality to aspire to something higher will destroy all that it has built with that same developing Will. Its like you knowingly pull the plug out and the water starts to drain out of the tub. In a panic you do everything you can to stop the water until you realize how free you are and how much there is outside of the tub that you couldn’t experience until you get out of the warm comfy water.

If you don’t want your life to change, don’t read my upcoming book. It has changed mine and its not even published yet.

The Journey – Getting Back to Work

I am writing this post for the second time, which is kind of frustrating. Creativity flows in certain ways at certain times and that flow means this post will not be the same as it was the first time I wrote it and subsequently lost it in cyberspace, despite multiple saves of the draft. If you don’t like this, I’ll have to hide behind the idea that it was better the first time I wrote it.

Anyway, I was finally offered, and did accept a job on Thursday and I will start Monday morning. This is a relief on certain levels and a disappointment on some others. It is in the line of work I was in prior to my last job, which I really loved and hoped to continue. I will be an engineer in a security systems integration company. It is the large company which interviewed me for the first time over 2-1/2 months ago. It happened in a very interesting way.

The universe has a way of letting you know when the time is right for a change. I have been looking for months and have not had a single offer despite a career in the field spanning more than 3 decades. I was still up for two positions here in the Denver area and didn’t know what was going to happen if I didn’t get either of these jobs. The big company wanted to see me one more time, and I figured it was just a formality and I would get an offer. The small company promised me an offer letter by Friday. So, I am ready for my meeting and waiting for them in the conference room and my rock climbing buddy Jason texts me. I gave him a quick answer and the gentleman who were to interview me walked in the room.

We had our conversation and there were a couple of minor concerns. I answered their questions sufficiently and  he pulled out a packet of information including an offer letter and some disclosure forms. I had the job. Somewhere right around then my phone had beeped from a message or email coming in. We were talking casually while he handed me paperwork we were going to go through and he asked me how many of Colorado’s 14ers (14,000′ peaks) I had climbed, it was something in “other interests” that was on my resume. I explained that I had done 23 of them but hadn’t done an ascent in a year or two and that I had been doing some rock climbing. I noted that the phone beeping a moment earlier was probably my rock climbing partner. It wasn’t.

We went over the paperwork and I walked out with a job. I was to head straight for my drug test around the corner and report for work Monday morning. I checked my phone and saw that the beep was from an email, not Jason texting me. It was the offer letter from the other company. Are you getting the significance of that? After more than 3 months of looking without a single offer, I get two simultaneously. I am literally in the meeting being offered a job when the other is offered at the same moment via email. I guess it’s time to get back to work… but not just on the JOB.

I have been given a break and some breathing room, but not a dream job. Working at the last dealer I mentioned in a post a week or so ago was crushing. I stopped teaching, the newsletter from Higher-Ground.com was abandoned, and I kind of receded from the world. It took away all of my energy like a psychic vampire. Getting the dream job took away that soul crushing influence, but it did not get me back to work. I did finish the book during that time, and that is an accomplishment, but hose final edits should not have taken me that long and I literally finished it as the job ended.

I am in a position now where rather than forwarding my career as the primary concern, I have a simple job I can do while I’m sleeping and I can once again turn my efforts to my writing and teaching, as well as music. The book is done and I have a graphic artist working on a cover, but that is really the beginning of the work. Getting that book into the hands of people who it can help is the real job, and its time to get back to work. The message is clear. This has never been a simple quest for a new job to replace the old one. I am re-inventing myself on many levels and this was a necessary first step.

My Soul guides my life and it has brought me to this point. What is guiding you?

The Journey – Baby Steps and Emotional Peace

On the job front, I still haven’t had an offer. Somehow, even though every day that passes makes the situation just a little more urgent, I have come to a place of peace inside the madness. I am still in the running for the two positions I thought I would have offers for as I type this so, nothing has changed. I had a second meeting with one, and the other company which I have been in communication with for over two months wants to meet with me one more time. Like in any other situation the quantum leap is often preceded by countless baby steps toward the goal.

I saw a Facebook post the other day attributed to J. Krishnamurti. It said something like “my secret, I am not bothered by what happens.” I don’t know if he said it or not but I have read a couple of his books and seen him speak, and it sounds like him. It also sounds like a good way to live. Eckard Tolle came up in the interview I had yesterday; yes it is odd, but it happened. One of his points is similar in tone. He said “Don’t confuse your life with your life circumstances.” The circumstances of my life could be seen as troubling but my life is not. I am healthy, strong, pretty well centered, and given the circumstances, pretty happy most of the time.

There is another old saying which I’d like to refute. “If you are not upset you don’t understand whats really going on.” Its funny, but the opposite is true. If you are upset, you don;t really know what is going on. Allowing circumstances which life presents as beyond your control (note those words) to dictate your emotional state, will diminish your ability to deal with those circumstances. I cannot control the happenings in the world, because I am not the only creative intelligent sentient being in the equation. What I do have the ultimate power to control is my own response because I can control the response mechanism, my personality. This consists of my physical, emotional and mental apparatus. The me that most people believe is “self.” The fact that I can control it, and the reason I can control it is because it is not the “self” but merely a tool (or combination of tools) of the self. The me that makes me, me, is my true self expressing through another mechanism which religious teachings call the Soul.

Once you are truly on the path to self realization (again, note those words), the Soul is the driving force in your unfoldment. You have taken your conscious evolution in to your own hands, so to speak, and while you may not always understand the “why” of it all, what is going on around you has a purpose. That purpose is in fact, your conscious evolution. Sometimes it hurts, as all healing does. If your emotional nature was driving your life then that would be the only thing that mattered. In my case it is not. That does not mean I don’t feel, or that I recommend that you become an un-feeling mental robot. Quite the opposite. You can feel fear and move forward into a situation anyway. We call that courage. You can feel hurt and do what is necessary. That can bee seen as anything from grace under pressure to nobility, and requires courage as well. The fearless leader is a fool. The one who knows the perils but does what needs to be done with conscious intent is a real leader.

I am not afraid in this situation because what is “me” is not in danger. The circumstances of my life are changing and I am hurting because of the loss of things to which I still have a tendency to cling. That is in line with another of Krishnamurti’s pronouncements, “all pain is due to clinging.” The Buddha gave similar advice. Letting go is hard and it hurts but there will be peace when the process hits a certain point. I am learning every day through this painful process but I have not let the pain overtake me. I have more than 14 years sober and have not turned back to that crutch. I am still in very good control of the anger that used to drive my life. I have allowed that to surface in moments of weakness, but just those moments. This too shall pass and on the other side of this deluge I will emerge and be a better man for having endured it. “That which does not destroy me only makes me stronger.” Nietzsche

I am going to be one strong son of a bitch when this does pass….


The Journey – Letting Go

I talked briefly about the fact that sometimes it is necessary to take interim measures in the growth process, which in my case represents accepting a job which doesn’t feel like a step forward. Its important that you don’t lose sight of the vision when you take such a step. It is strategic and tactical simultaneously as long as the future goal is kept in mind. What I found was that I needed to let go of the attachment to what I considered to be forward movement into a “better” job. I am inherently a very loyal person and don’t like the idea of taking a job that I don;t want and leaving it quickly. The fact is that there is no loyalty on the other side of the equation and to any employer who might wonder if a new hire would be prone to leave for more money has to realize that if it is in his best interest as a business he would just as quickly let the new hire go.From my point of view I don’t know whether they think I am long term or not and that can change the moment a big account goes away, as it did on my last job.

In the bigger picture, the immediacy of the need for an income falls away when I consider the rest of what is going on in my life. There is no doubt that I already miss my wife, and putting the house up for sale has brought a tangible reality to the ending of an era in my life. We were together nearly twenty years. We lived in that house for more than nine. I built my studio in there and we went through good and bad times. Now everything is changing at once and if I don’t have the ability to let go I will drive myself insane.

Detachment is an art, because at first thought it seems cold and un-feeling. Detaching emotionally does not mean ceasing to feel. It means doing what needs to be done as perceived on a mental level in spite of the emotional attachment to what is lost in the process. It is going away anyway. Allowing the pain to drive you back over and over into a situation that is not sustainable just causes more pain. Some people feel like pain or emotion is the only thing that is real but it is not. Feeling is not the only thing that makes me alive. Thinking through to a better situation will make me feel better. my father called the emotional nature an effective servant and a dangerous master. You can feel and use that side of your self to get in touch with some very important aspects of living. It is a beautiful part of living and fostering relationships on many levels, but if it is the driving force in your life you will suffer because that attachment will continue in spite of what is good for you in an overall sense.

I still love my wife, but our relationship is no longer a healthy one. It does not foster growth and expansion. Staying there really doesn’t solve even the problem of feeling loss. We have already lost the beauty of what was. Clinging to that loss just means living in it for a longer period of time, and feeling more pain. Moving on is a tough decision and feels cold but it will lead to the opportunity to love again, for both of us. Ending a job because it is a dead end and moving to a better opportunity is a similar move but doesn’t feel as evil as leaving your wife. I have had to contend with internal conflict of making sure this is not just dumping someone who is inconveniently going through something I don’t want to deal with. That would have been the case a couple of years ago and I did stay. Now, it has become evident that being together isn’t good for either of us. Its time to let go.

I believe in a way that this is why everything else has blown up in my face. The Soul has a way of guiding us gently, until we fail to take the gentle clues. Then things become tough. If we don’t do what needs to be done they become impossible. If this all didn’t go away at the same time I might have been unable to release the parts that were unhealthy, and I will tell you now that is precisely what was happening.

The Journey – Interim Measures

I had another experience in the hot springs that I haven’t told you about yet. It was morning and I had forgotten my sunglasses in my room so as the sun was coming up, still low on the horizon, I had my back to it and I was meditating alone in the tub. When I opened my eyes the shadow of my head and shoulders on the bottom of the tub were surrounded by the apparent waves of light caused by the refraction of the sunlight by the movements of the water. When I moved the waves caused interference patterns and the little whirlpools that the movements made cast shadows on the bottom of the tub like little black holes. When I was still enough for long enough I could actually see the effects of my breathing on the patterns of light surrounding my silhouette.

We are all surrounded in and engulfed by a sort of clear jello that responds to our movements on varying planes of manifestation. The water is just a thicker medium which impedes our movements to a greater degree and slows the response enough for us to notice it. The air vibrates in response to our speech and flows around us responding to our movements. Our emotional states radiate out from us in a similar manner. We can only sense these if we are tuning in to them consciously or if they are very violent. Not violent as in physical violence, but tumultuous. When we are still we can sense the more subtle ones, but how often are you still?. Even thoughts radiate from us and can be sensed by others who are “on our wavelength.”

I have been talking about my job search because that is the most apparent aspect of this process of re-inventing myself and it is the most (apparent) immediate need. We need money to live, but I will not likely get to live the way I envision my life moving forward without taking an interim step. I don’t want to work in the security industry any more, and especially for an installing dealer. What came out of the walkabout/ break I took was that even if I do have to take a job which feels like a step backward, it is a temporary step. Many of us in similar positions will have to take those steps. If you look back a couple of posts you’ll find the story of the financial services guy shining shoes. It doesn’t have to feel like all of my progress is gone. If I believe that it does than that is what I am creating and making real within my own consciousness. I will be radiating that into my world on mental and emotional, and even physical planes because it will effect my demeanor, and even my health. What are you radiating out into your world? It will be reflected back at you so all you need to do is look at your current circumstances and you will know. I feel more positive about the future because I let go of the negative side of getting a job that is not my ideal. That will come but it may not come immediately. I just have to keep working on it, and so do you.

It is not easy to keep your chin up when it feels like you are being punched in the face, but it is worth it.

The Journey – Horizontal Drift

So, I am back in Denver and had a great trip with some revelations, good and bad. Sometimes its necessary to take a break and do a self check to see if your going nutso or if you are on the right track. In my case I think both are true. I did go a little nutso, evidenced by my telling you all of this out loud and on-line. Scary stuff, but I’m not going to stop. I met an interesting guy this morning at a hot springs place I stayed last night. I needed a bed and this place has great water apparently with lots of lithium in it as well as other trace minerals. Its called Joyful Journeys. Anyway he had worked in politics and was a type “A” high achiever and had walked away from it. He does some state level stuff now but not the high pressure stuff that was eating him alive.

At one point he brought up a concept that uses a surfing term. When surfers paddle out past the breakers to wait for the next set of waves they just kind of tread water while they wait. The are not going out further and not coming in either but as the waves pass them the current moves them down the shoreline. They call this “horizontal drift.” In a sense that is where i am right now. Its like being in limbo and waiting for your fate but without the negative connotation. Patience is called for because you don’t want the next wave, you want the right wave. One that will carry you all the way in.

I do have choices. I am good at a lot of things. The right opportunity will present itself and I will recognize it, as long as I am watching. Then comes the time to paddle like hell to stay in front of it until you are carried along on it’s down slope which is continually generated behind you as you go. Interesting parallels to my situation. I got another lead today from the same recruiter and this one is in Denver, and it’s not a dealer. This could be it. But it may still be just an interim measure.

I am working on something in Crestone and with the sale of my house I may invest in a business. It won’t be shining shoes but I have some ideas. I have been doing some consulting work, which sounds fancier than it is. I’m just kind of doing little things for lots of people instead of lots of things for one company.

As far as the job search itself is concerned I did get a hit from my re-tooled resume and had a good phone interview from a cafe in Crestone. I mentioned two guys who I know that are working for this manufacturer and neither one of them could find it in their hearts to give me a nod. One said he wouldn’t hire me and the other couldn’t even say yes or no. Neither of these guys had any reason not to recommend me. One took over part of my responsibilities at a former blood sucking employer and left in less than a year. The other I just know in a surface way but he has pretended to be my friend and knows my last employer for decades. I don’t know who said what but it really doesn’t matter.

The guy who interviewed me is brand new with the company, which is a manufacturer. With regard to these two men, I think I’d rather be me than him. He has these two working for him. I now know that I can’t trust them and will never deal with either of them again. Be careful as to who you ask for help and who’s name you drop in this process. I would have been better off on my own. Its better to struggle to climb back up on your own when your hanging from the edge than to use one of you hands to reach out for something that’s not there.

The Boston Marathon Bomber in Civilian Court… and GMO’s?

So it wasn’t that long ago that president Obama decided to take a terrorist named Suleiman Abu Gaith to civilian court rather than invoke the failed Military Tribunals which despite being created many years ago have barely been tried. This drew strong attacks by Senators Lindsay Graham and Kelly Aoyotte among others despite the success rate of these trials. In fact hundreds of terror suspects were run through the civilian court system by the Bush administration without a word of complaint from Graham, but then, this is President Obama so it must be wrong.

Anyone who stood behind the idea that American Law Enforcement is not up to the task of finding and prosecuting these kinds of crimes (and that is what they are) should feel a little hesitant of pushing that argument after seeing the results of the last weeks activity in Boston. 6 days after a seemingly un-stoppable crime, one suspect is dead and the other in custody. Its not a good idea to mess with the FBI and the host of other agencies who worked together with the people of Boston to get these guys.

This country has a good government with high capabilities to take on the biggest problems and threats in the world. I am tired of the government bashing that I hear which is simply a tactic being used to get more of what we do together as a nation placed into the hands of private companies for a profit. The problems we do have are created by the people who want government to be incompetent. Money corrupts and lots of money corrupts absolutely… We have turned our prison system into a profit center and guess what? we have more people in prison than anywhere else on earth and simultaneously call our country the land of the free.

We have a for-profit health care system and not only are we sicker than some third world countries, we pay more for our health care too. We have created an industry out of what used to be farmland to feed the world and now they are growing corn with pest asides built in; that is what is meant by the sterile “GMO” label. They are growing something called BH right into corn and soy which makes a bug’s belly explode when he eats it. mmmmmmm… good.

Our elections are the easiest example of where we go wrong. We don’t care what his record is or what his ideas are, we vote for the guy who spends the most money almost every time. That is why encumbancy is so high in this country. We have even subcontracted our military to Blackwater and their ilk. You want to know why we blew more money in Iraq then we did in WWII? Black water employees make a 4-5 times what our military men and women do, and handily, do not have to conform to the universal code of military justice even though they get the many of the same protections. Take the money and profit motives out and we can see how competent we can be.

We need a government for when things like Boston and 911 happen. We can’t spend all of our time stripping things like FEMA of their abilities or firing cops so we don’t have to raise taxes on rich people. We have a progressive tax code for a reason. A rich person doesn’t feel it when his registration (another govt. fee or tax) is due for his car. They don’t spend every dime on essentials and have to give up heat for food on a bad month. They survived much higher burdens in the past and they are capable of handling them now. The poor and middle class families have been bled. That is why the recovery is slow. People drive this economy. If we want a good economy, we have to take care of the people. Give the middle class guy a tax break and he will spend it on something he was doing without. He puts it back in the economy. The rich man takes it out by banking it. He wont “create” a job until their is a demand for his products and that happens when we are all doing better.

We are all tied together and the government is an expression of our collective will (or the lack thereof) just like the government of every other country on earth. If this is the greatest of them, than we should see a benefit in that because we are collectively our government. Of the people by the people and for the people, right? What happened to that?

American Teamwork

I have decided to fire the blog back up and use it in a slightly different way than I have in the past. Politics and religion are the two things we are warned against discussing. The posts I have put up in the past have largely focused on things practical and spiritual but not political. It seems like talk of faith in politics is the province of those reactionary forces which are always looking back to the good ol’ days. Looking back to those good ol’ days really reveals that they were not so good. We forget that it was only about half a century ago that we were segregating and a hundred or so that only land owning (white) men could vote, something the Republican shenanigans in battleground states want to re-emphasize through the hand picked application of by district apportionment of electoral votes in presidential elections.

So, the result of my thinking processes is that this blog will become decidedly more political and look at american life through the lens of the awakening consciousness we see in humanity at large. It is contagious, but the rate of its spread is slow to this onlooker. There are things that permeate our culture that stop at the fence of political discourse and are considered improper in that arena alone. My wish is to see us act in the greater context the way we teach our children to act in the smaller groups and community we introduce them to as they mature. To that end, this first post:

I had a moment of clarity a few nights ago, prompted by a very unusual source. I was watching television and there was one of these annoying commercials about how wonderful oil and or natural gas are. We know we power our world with these as well as coal but they seem to act as if we need to show them loyalty against our own best interest because they were used by us for power in the past. The reactionary forces on this planet seem to have very limited loyalties and fossil fuels is one of them. I will get to that in another blog, but it was worth mentioning.

In this otherwise propaganda like commercial, as they are obviously preparing to fire up a gas powered electrical generation plant for the first time, there is a moment worth mentioning. A supervisor in a hard hat and safety glasses is running a safety meeting with his crew and the in the clip we hear him say “so you want to be your brother’s keeper” and continues with the next idea as we cut away. In the context of what can be a dangerous situation like firing up this kind of plant for the first time, it is a noble thing to be your brothers keeper, and some would say a necessary thing. Right on. I couldn’t agree more, but that is in part because I believe we should all be looking out for each other as often as we can.

This idea, in the context of a sports team, a project team in a business situation, the military, or kids on a school trip and countless other situations is seen as good and again, necessary. Why is it that when we look at ourselves as a country we are incapable of extending and applying that same positive behavior? When in that progression comes the moment when we become rugged individuals? Why is it that our military is seen as the most patriotic and noble form of expression available, but yet we disdain so many of its principals. The American military is the most socialist area of our culture. They get housing if they need it, but can make their way on their own if they prefer, with the extra pay they get if they live off base. They get free medical care, work as a team, are their brothers keepers in ways that astound us and we revere them for it. Then we ignore them when they separate and come back into the private sector. They are stuck with the rest of us rugged individualists in the you’re on your own (yoyo) society.

Its time we wake up and realize that we are all in this together and rather than having high minded people avoid political discourse because it is seedy, we need them to participate so that it is not. If we leave these things to the politically ambitious to solve we will continue to have them guiding us, as they are guided by, the most selfish aspects and participants in our culture. These are those “persons” we call corporations, who have set the field of play and made the rules to their own advantage through the recognition of money as speech. The more money you have the more speech you deserve. They are modifying our food (GMO’s) to produce its own pesticides. Destroying our health with additives and addicting us to sugar, then bleeding us of our wealth through an unfair profit based health insurance and disease care system when this “food” makes us ill. The courts destroy justice in the same way. The biggest criminals, the banksters are protected from criminal charges because of the effect it will have on the economy if their “honor” is impugned. Yet we imprison thousands of “natural persons” for their use of mood altering substances we consider dangerous without reason like Marijuana.

Humanity is a single creature; an organism, which inhabits the earth. The earth is a greater organism in which we are all cells in the heart center, humanity. Our love can bring up the lives of those least fortunate among us or our selfishness can leave us alone, with a pile of money or whatever else we crave as individuals, small groups or families. We must realize what Christ said about this and bring it into our consciousness. “That which you do unto the least of these you do also unto me”. That is a statement with but one interpretation. We are all in this together.