rEVOLution

Creation is a Divine power. Only women embody this process through birth, but everyone can give birth to their dreams. Our thoughts give birth to the world we live in. I believe that the universe equipped us with the tools necessary to fulfill that dream. Our deepest passions are the universe expressing itself through us. You were born to bring something into this world, that otherwise would never manifest.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”   – Mark Twain

This life can be free and beautiful, but we think too much and feel too little. Instead of enjoying beingness of life and taking care of our bodies, we live in our heads. Instead of achieving universal brotherhood, we create polarizations and shut ourselves in. We find groups of people to reinforce our fantasies and we lose the way. We separate ourselves superficially, based on ideology and race. Instead of one human family, we outsource our power to unify humanity to an external deity. You become a soldier fighting for the slavery of the mind.

There is going to be a revolution in America, which is the reason the government is gunning for guns (ammunition, really). They are most qualified to dominate this physical plain and people on that level of consciousness, but they cannot control how we respond. They are not equipped to fight against peaceful non-compliance.

The Kingdom of God is WITHIN man. Not a group of men as ideologies would spoon feed you, but in all of man. You have the power to create, which is a Divine power. But you feel the awesome responsibility of this power and you fear, so you give it away to an idea. Again, you think too much.

Let’s transcend ideas for a second and look around you. The finger prints of a Divine creator are present in nature. As products of the natural world, we house that very consciousness within our body, which is as an aspect of the Divine creator.

In John chapter 10, Jesus was nearly stoned for blasphemy. Do you remember what he said?

“I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’?”

He’s referring to the 82 Psalm, in which it asks you, “How long will you judge unjustly, And show partiality to the wicked? Selah”

How long will you live your life showing partiality and justification for the wicked ideologies of the world?

“You are gods,
And all of you are children of the Most High.
But you shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.”

The ego is nothing more than the thoughts of the brain, which is temporal, but consciousness is eternal. That is what you are, you are god manifest.

This world is controlled by brutes that want to use you as cannon fodder. If you’re controlled by your ego, or as Pico said, ‘If you are sensual’, then you are a brute and become subject to their cruelty. You become a thinking conniving animal, as opposed to a human being. Then you create fantasies to enslave other animals on a lower consciousness. But those controlled in this way HAVE THE POWER RAISE THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS! If you’re afraid, don’t be controlled by your fear. That is a creation of the ego. FEAR the very thing that kills dreams and eventually, you, is False Evidence Appearing Real (Dr. Smiley Blanton).

Both past and future are constructions of the ego, but you’re here, Now. This moment, the moment you are reading this, is the only thing that IS. That is were your consciousness exists. The more you become aware of this, the more you awaken.

Don’t wait for an external being to come and save you, save yourself! Do the things you know you should do. You know what I’m talking about. Religious zealots aren’t the only people waiting for a savior. Overweight people wait for a pill and unaware people usually reach out for a doctor to help them, usually ineffectively. We all know we should drink a lot of water. Who is it that is telling you that? It doesn’t come in the form of a thought, does it? It’s a knowing from your higher self (an aspect of yourself on a higher plane [higher frequency]). You can convince yourself using your ego that it’s okay, but there’s always the knowing. Eckhart Tolle calls it the “silent observer”, which is your consciousness. It’s the awareness that you are aware.

Chaplin goes on to say, “Do away with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason.” It takes courage that few have, but we are waking up together and if we transcend our fear, we will all be on the same page. The rigid ideologies and bureaucracies are being shaken at their vary foundation because they resist change and want uniformity. But change and diversity are universal laws. Time flows like a river and if you hold on to a stone you’re resisting all this force, but when you let go, you find that resistance lifted and your energy can then be used for life giving actions instead of resource wasting habits.

Habits are feedback loops and they reinforce their effects every day. They’re not good or bad, they’re just innately human. Some habits are called ritual, and others are called bad habits. It depends how you perceive them.

When you outsource your power, that becomes a habit. Then you start to see the world as a victim. You outsource responsibility then you say things like, “It wasn’t me, it was the devil”. By always placing the blame on other people and other things you’re playing a fools game. You have the power to shift your own consciousness. To “fashion yourself in the way you wish”, as Pico said. Only then can you climb out of the brutish forms of life into a world that is rich and abundant.

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Diversity in Indiana

On December 8th, 2014 the Indianapolis Sister Cities Program honored their hardest working interns and celebrated being the top sister city program in America. Mayor Ballard delivered an incandescent oration on diversity and painted his vision for Indianapolis. He described his ideas of investment in the relationship building capacity of our state and is trying to place Indiana on the world map of investment. The sister city programs focus mostly on education and relationships between Indiana (ultimately the United States) and various other cultures.

Mayor Ballard

This provides both cultures with a different perspective, thus yielding a wider perception of the situation, harboring synergistic results. Soon, with the technologies and the infrastructure available, the sustainable way will be the most cost effective way, and Ballard understands this truth. I admire his position on diversity for several reasons, the most important of which, is that he understands that diversity is a law of the universe; one that, if obeyed, will reward with an abundance of fruition.

In the natural world, this law made clear when diverse exposures to bacteria and viruses strengthens the resiliency of our immune system, while diverse genetics provide plant protection against disease epidemics.

“When you look at a prairie, you don’t see complete losses form anything – you don’t see devastating pest epidemics or the need for pesticides… It recycles all nutrients and produces abundantly because it’s chock full of genetic information and local know-how, so it adapts.”

– Janine Benyus, Biomimcry, pg. 12

Scott E. Page spent twenty years collecting evidence to support his theory, “Diversity trumps ability”. Using simple sociological studies and mathematical models, he conducted experiments between a group of leading experts in their field, all with extremely high IQs; and a second group of people in a wide range of occupations. In the end, it was clear, time and time again, that the more diverse group of average Joes out-performed the high-IQ group when it came to solving problems (adapting) collectively.

The industrial revolution is over and the American dream is evolving to become a more sophisticated and thoughtful existence, but we’re a species addicted to old ways of operating and we have to embrace nature’s way, not humanity’s. It was fine when resources seemed infinite, but the 21st century is going to be about transforming our dependence on finite natural resources. The simple truth is that we’ve built the infrastructure to create abundance, but are still operating businesses like machines that consume rather than a living entity that exchanges resources with their environment. We simply have to summon the courage to adapt.

Preserving timeless knowledge passed down through generations from culture is a vital part of our past and who we are, but the wisdom of the ages has been obscured due our incessantly consuming mindset. We consume entertainment instead of knowledge, and give our power to the least among us. We assume that past knowledge is not applicable to our current situations and we go on consuming music, movies, experiences, and anything else that keeps our mind busy. Timeless sagacity doesn’t entertain and pacify, it enlightens and matures, which is the nature of spiritual growth.

Our current situation calls for the transcendence of our old and dying paradigms. America has to muster the courage to let of go of presuppositions and work toward the potential of the networking and information age.

We are going through so much change so rapidly that no one can imagine the world ten years from now. In our hands lies the momentum of millions of years of successful changes and adaptations to the natural world and conditions. We’ve inherited all of the past successes of our ancestors and we have to honor ourselves, our ancestors, our posterity, and the planet. Our rigid idea of a successful life filled with material things has placed an unbearable strain on the planet.

Different cultures provide a different lens in which to view the world, life, and oneself. Buddhism, which should not be a religion but a philosophy, can teach us that solutions to many of our temporal problems lie within us, the individual, for change, rather than waiting for an institution or government to solve the problem for us.

“Ne te quaesiveris extra!” (Do not seek for things outside of yourself!

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

America’s solution in the past was that further institutionalization will solve our problems. For example, the idea that education can only be done at a school or university temporarily, as opposed to learning individually for a lifetime. This “outsourcing road” has led us into a debt-laden society, working in a debt-laden economy, creating a debt-laden environment.

In his book, The Nature of Business, Giles Hutchens wrote about five assumptions that every society must embrace in order to move forward productively and responsibly. The assumptions are that we are tending toward globalization, digitization, responsible business and transparency, pressure on finite resources, and risk alleviation of “black swan” events, as Nassim Taleb called them, which are extensive disruptions in products or resources that are usually the cause of widespread suffering. As our interconnectedness expands, so does unpredictable turmoil, and so we must solve these impossible odds by working together.

“No problem can be solved by the same level of consciousness that created it.

– Albert Einstein

Additionally, many business owners focus large amounts of energy on remaining stable and resisting change, but as Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who best manage change.”  So, nature favors, not the fittest, but the ”fittingest”. In other words, those most willing to adapt to changing conditions are the ones that survive. And so cooperation is the name of the game, not competition. This is true for all systems in nature on all scales. History has shown us to exhibit a tribal mindset, but the events of the 21st century have brought to life a connectivity that requires us to set aside our differences. Those that cannot change their way of thinking will not survive the coming decade.

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. 

– Benjamin Franklin

I maintain that business remains the most efficient tool to escort large-scale solutions for better or for worse. Organizations are a collection of conscious entities and would be best served to operate as a super-organism. Giles Hutchins describes as a collection of people synergistically processing for the collective whole and can exhibit emergent behavior like other biological systems, and can even be viewed on a larger scale as a living, emergent organism.

There is a shift required in every aspect of business and interactions because now we are playing the world game and resources are limited. Even with all of their insights, organizations of the past will find it increasingly harder to survive as independent entities. Mayor Ballard understands that inter-connectedness within the business eco-system forms true resiliency and I look forward to the changes Indiana will see under his leadership.

Treadmill of Vigilance

The Tokugawa Era (1603-1868), as it was called in Japan, introduced deep plowing which found its greatest stride in the Great Plow-up, then later during Nixon’s “fencerow-to-fencerow” era.2 The First World War created a prodigious demand for wheat because Europe was too focused on fighting to bother with planting. As a result, Americans cultivated their own land, killing the natural system of micro-flora and micro-fauna. Once the soil was devoid of life and water, stored carbon dioxide was able to evaporate from the system and the new plants grown in their place became reliant on the farmer’s industrial methods to simply live.

Wes Jackson coined the phrase, “Treadmill of Vigilance”, which describes what farmers step onto when they cultivate the land. By cultivating the soil, destroying the native plant’s mature roots, and surfacing important micro-fauna thereby killing them, farmers have domesticated the plant to a point that an increasing amount of work must be done to keep it alive and artificially shielded from pests.

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Diversity is nature’s main defense against disease (along with a plethora of natural predators), yet we’ve still chosen to grow large-scale mono crops because the human brain is very linear and orderly. This “progress” is man imposing his will on the systems of nature, systems of which he cannot comprehend, let alone control.1

Here in Indiana, approximately 80% of our corn is fed to livestock because Americans are severely addicted to meat and corn grows uncannily good in Indiana, but this isn’t to say that meat is bad. Many nutritionists like Jamie Oliver say that light meats, like fish, poultry, and maybe even a heavy monthly steak should make up of less than 10% of our diet. In 2011, it took 6.7 pounds of grain to yield a quarter-pounder with cheese at Burger King, which amounts to 52.8 gallons of water. Here’s the sobering part… Americans consumed 25.5 billion pounds of beef last year. Not to mention California’s almond addiction.

The more elaborate our countermeasures become, the more complicated and unsurpassable the problems become. This is what Fokouka meant when he said “If you kick nature out of the house through the windows, it comes back through the door with a pitchfork.” The Great Plow-Up was us throwing nature out the window and The Dust Bowl was nature with her pitchfork. According to a 2006 study by Susan S. Lang at Cornell University involving more than 125 sources, erosion increases the amount of dust carried by wind, which not only acts as an abrasive and air pollutant but also carries about 20 human infectious disease organisms, including anthrax and tuberculosis.8

Overall yields are decreasing. The growth reported is a result of better equipment, intensification, and other factors not related to the raw yield volume, which has been shown to be decreasing significantly. Furthermore, between 1961 and 1996, nitrogen fertilizer increased over 650%.4 In other words, output increased because of technological advances, not because of better seed. Paul Hawken points out that, generally speaking, all good land is being used for cultivation. Hence the idea that intensification is the only practical way to move forward. Farmers have to focus on creating continuous feedback loops of nutrients by mimicking the red wood forests, the great plains, and prairies. If done, we can increase productivity to a degree that we can feed 10 billion people, without inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals.4

The 3 great faux pas against nature are as follows: Segregation of mixed species, narrowing of the genetic species, and the evisceration of earth. “The most serious misstep”, Benyus says, “is gutting the health of the soil”.1 I use the word, “evisceration” because a strong case could be made for soil as being living entity. The sand and silt serves as the skeletal system; the clay and humus serve as connective tissues and muscles; the water and dissolved solutes function as the lifeblood; the ecosystem of microbial communities are the digestive and respiratory systems, and the flux of nutrients, energy, and life through the soil represents the soul and it ‘reproduces’ by continuously regenerating and constantly growing, developing, and evolving.5 The surrounding ecosystem with it’s natural predators can even be considered an external immune system.

In Iowa, six bushels of soil are lost for every bushel of corn produced. Ecologist Jon Piper said, “Over a mere century of tilling the prairie soils of North America we have lost one third of their topsoil, and up to 50% of their original fertility.1 The United States is losing soil 10 times faster than the natural replenishment rate, while China and India are losing soil 30 to 40 times faster.8

At this point, I feel compelled to explain that I seek not to romanticize nature, but rather, to educate others on the guiding principles that nature uses. As Biologist Janine Benyus says, “Use nature as a model, a measure, and a mentor”. Biomimicry uses an ecological standard to judge the “rightness” of our innovations.1

Fokouka describes my laments through his own experience in Japan, “Many Japanese rice fields, which have been laid to waste by the exploitative farming practices of a single generation.”2 He discovered how to handle pests with aplomb and poise. Insects and plant communities maintain a stable relationship in natural fields. The extent of the maturation of the ecosystem is a rough measure of the effectiveness of the external immune system of the plants. Permaculture seeks to bring these elements back into harmony, thereby creating a stable yield without inputs.

Masinobu Fokouka’s four principles of natural farming are:

  1. No cultivation or plowing because the earth cultivates itself with microorganisms, small animals, and earthworms.

“Each time we plow, we simplify the soil, taking away some of its capacity to grow crops. We break apart its intricate architecture and wreak havoc with the dream team of microfauna and microflora that glues it together into colloids, or clumps, of soil and organic matter. This clumping is vital; it leaves air channels like veins throughout the soil, giving water a way to sink down deep. Soils that are plowed too fine or packed too hard lose their colloids, and with them the art of retaining water.” Janine Benyus, pg. 14

  1. No chemical fertilizer. Once the balance is restored, if left to itself, the garden will create various loops for nutrients creating an abundance of food using free energy from the sun. If clover is left to decompose over the soil, Fokouka said it will usually provide enough nitrogen to grow the next year’s crop. Grass trimmings are ideal because it’s an abundant resource and covers the soil, which also has the added benefit of retaining water more efficiently.
  1. No weeding by tillage or herbicides. Weeds have their purpose in the biological community, so the controlling of weeds is superior to eliminating them. Fokouka lays down the seeds for clover just before the last snow2, this way the weeds will not be able to take root or get the sun they need to survive. Using nature as a mentor we see that it is guiding us in the direction of embracing diversity. Diversity is a law of nature; It is the fuel for evolutionary systems and it creates many synergistic qualities that we remain ignorant of. Plants use diversity as a shield from disease. When nature comes back into harmony, it will take care of itself. Mono-crops all have exactly the same immune defense and so must depend on the farmer for survival. Once a disease takes hold of one plant, the entire field is at whim of the disease. Diversity of crops completely solves this problem and if embraced would eliminate the use of herbicides. Occasional weeding by hand is needed for the first few years, but as plants become established, they provide no solar resources for further weeds to grow.
  1. No dependence on chemicals. According to Fokouka, 10 chickens are enough to fertilize ¼ acre. Even if the farmer chooses not use animals to synergize their results, green manure, such as grass trimmings and clover, will suffice. Cow manure can also be used in scarce amounts at first while the system grows to maturity. Chemical treatments are currently being used to control stem rot, rice blast disease, and bacterial leaf blight, but Fokouka reminds us that if farmers stop: A. Using weak seeds in the form of “improved” seeds, B. Stop adding too much nitrogen to the soil, and C. Reduce the amount of irrigation water so roots can grow strong, then in his words, “these diseases would all but disappear and chemical sprays would become unnecessary”.2

“When you look at a prairie, you don’t see complete losses from anything – you don’t see net soil erosion or devastating pest epidemics. You don’t see the need for fertilizers or pesticides. You see a system that runs on sun and rain, year after year, with no one to cultivate the soil or plant the seeds. It drinks in no excess inputs and excretes no damaging wastes. It recycles all its nutrients, it conserves water, it produces abundantly, and because it’s chock-full of genetic information and local know-how, it adapts.” – Janine Benyus

If immediately and suddenly abandoned, Fokouka estimated that the average crop losses in the first year would probably reach only about 10%, but after this initial loss, he believed that harvests would increase and eventually surpass their original level. However, this is assuming all industrial inputs and processes are abandoned simultaneously. Given the state of the agricultural industry, this would be a radical and unnecessary solution, such a piecemeal system would collapse immediately. The problem for many Indiana farmers is the fact that they are barely floating because the profit margins are so tight. While it is true that they will lose some profit for 3 years while the system matures and recovers from the damage and some weeding, composting, and pruning are necessary at first, it is also true that inputs decrease dramatically offsetting serious hardship. After 3 years, the yields continue to increase and the soil starts to come back to life. Once the system is mature, the farmer needs only to keep up with the harvest, thereby enjoying more leisure and even participating in social activities within their community, which are crucial rituals for any highly civilized society.

Intensification is a process designed to maximize shareholder value, not maximize the life of the employees in the organization or the community in which the business resides. This is the epitome of our current business paradigm. Multinational corporations exist for one reason: to make money. In the same way we only see certain colors and hear certain sounds, our current business paradigm only sees the vibrations between profit and shareholder value. Outside of the awareness of most business owners is the importance of the triple bottom line. It is a philosophy of business that focuses on not simply the economic aspect, but the social and environmental aspects as well. John Elkington referred to it as the 3P’s; People, Planet, Profit.

Leaderless collective decision-making is sometimes called “swarm-intelligence”, which results in a workforce that has flexibility (adaptation), robustness (resiliency), and self-organization (self-management).9 Instead of a top-down hierarchy, swarms use bottom-down emergence. Honeybees teach us an important lesson ignored by the current paradigm; Once the colony becomes too large, it splits the nest into two, which is nature’s way of dealing with the inefficiencies that unbalance the ratio between a colony’s size and its resource consumption, which in turn recalibrates the feedback system. Feedback is a series of signals and responses an organism exchanges with its environment. In his book, “Organic Growth”, Ed Hess describes the reorganization of mid-sized companies. By doing so, the organization can receive the most efficient feedback possible helping companies understand how customers fit inside the business structure.

The most mature way in which a business or ecosystem can operate is a Type III system or the “attaining positive” stage that takes advantage of its continuous feedback loops of resources and informational input. They survive with the help of the (business) ecosystem, which is a stable system of connections and networks where the individual is good for the whole and the whole is good to the individual. Isolate businesses and you lose the synergy between cooperating interests and the external immune system which includes a social and environmental body of knowledge to bring the triple bottom line back into balance. In other words, if you isolate either businesses or aspects of an ecosystem then you will lose synergistic growth and the natural web of immune responses.5

Steak ‘n Shake, which was originally an Indianapolis company, can reach out to local farmers to give or sell them loads of their wasted vegetables. They can then be made into compost that attracts bugs and insects for their chickens to eat. Once taken off pure corn and grain diets (80% of Indiana corn is fed to livestock), their light yellow yoke becomes bright orange and it holds more nutritional value than a dozen of our current industrial eggs. These farmers can then provide a far superior product for a fraction of the cost of their current tasteless eggs. Steak ‘n Shake can then increase profit and quality while supporting local farms. More of these types of relationships with other local businesses will build a strong business ecosystem and a resilient economy.

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Bibliography

  1. Benyus, J., Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
  2. Fokouka, M., The One-Straw Revolution
  3. Hawken, P., Blessed Unrest
  4. Hawken, P., Natural Capitalism
  5. Hutchins, G., The Nature of Business: Redesign for Resilience
  6. Mirandola, G., Oration on the Dignity of Man
  7. Mollison, B., Permaculture: A Design Manual
  8. http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2006/03/slow-insidious-soil-erosion-threatens-human-health-and-welfare
  9. Bonabeau, E. and Meyer, C. (2001). “Swarm Intelligence: A Whole New Way to Think About Business.” Harvard Business Review, 1 May, 108.5
  10. Ibid., p. 1135

Suffering Is A Choice

Pain is mandatory, it means you’re still alive. When bad things happen to us, we’re in pain. However, when bad things happen to us and we feel like a powerless victim, we begin to suffer. Alexis Carrel said, “Man cannot remake himself without suffering for he is both the marble and the sculptor”. In this case, I’m sure Alexis was talking about pain. This is why they say “adversity creates character” and “no pain, no gain”. When asked what enlightenment is, the Buddha said, “Enlightenment is the end of suffering”.

Christians have misunderstood the word ‘sin’. A sin is when we give into the easy path. When we give into our body’s cravings. You are not punished on judgement day in front of a heavenly being, but rather, you are punished by the sin. This is the natural order of the universe. Some call it karma in action, others realize it for what it is, a misalignment with the symphony of the universe. It is toxic. By giving in to your desire to yell at that guy that sips his coffee next to your cubicle, your emotions take control. The heart beats erratically and the ego devotes most of it’s energy into the situation. These are the times when we have to stop thinking about what the other person said or did and look inside of ourselves. When first waking up, a person has to observe the behavior and simply watch it happening with no judgements. Simply observe the situation. Step back and use your awareness, like a cat watches a hole for a mouse. Don’t judge the behavior or label it as your or someone else’s fault. Pretty soon, you will become aware of your own emotions and heart beat. Notice how it feels to experience the defensive impulse and the compulsion to prove them wrong and yourself right. Most importantly, discern how much energy is being wasted. Recognize that energy is life. Now the question becomes, how do I empower myself?

As I pointed out in The Battle of the Mind, spirituality is represented by the raising of the foot against gravity by the dancing shiva in Hindu for a reason. Because it is hard. To feel whole with the universe and to be at peace with oneself we have to discover our roots.

If you don’t know your big rocks, I invite you to take about 30 minutes of honest investigation into what you want from this life. A majority of people are afraid to ask because of what might happen. The ego wants stability and certainty and so creates fear. Dr Smiley Blanton said “Fear is the most subtle and destructive force in the universe and it kills creativity and hope.” The first step to attaining our goals is to write them down. Write down your long term goals, which are your dreams. Then write down your short term goals. You have to keep dreaming because that is a major function of the human brain. Your brain doesn’t know what’s real and what’s imagined. Keep dreaming. In proverbs it says “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

Short term goals build confidence and fuel passion and passion is the fruit of diligence. Assiduity actually strengthens connections in the brain. When we sustain focus, the higher functions of the human brain wake up and as with anything, eventually becomes easier and easier. As I’ve said before, nature thrives by creating feedback loops. Feedback loops of nutrients, of information, and of complexity. Success is simply a feedback loop of good habits, that’s all. If you choose your habits carefully, success will be hard, but assured. But if you don’t develop your own habits, then your habits will control you. And worse yet, you will end up doing someone else’s ritual.

Also, one must realize that we are creatures of habit and we can not escape them. However, we can channel their energy into creating good habits. In permaculture, there is a principle called the Life Intervention Principle, which states, “In chaos lies unparalleled opportunity for imposing creative order.” In many cases, permaculture designers notice a pattern in nature. It always starts with grasses and other small plants, then eventually shrubs come in, and finally the trees. In one case, the designers simply waited until a plant sprouted, then replaced the native plant with one that is more useful to humans. As the system matured, so did the production. Habits follow a similar pattern. Eventually, they can take over like weeds in a garden. Soon, the habit becomes an addiction, which is just a reinforced bad habit. Consciously replacing bad habits with good ones boosts the confidence faster than any other form of self-improvement, but the motivation to keep at it flees almost just as quickly. But with diligence and focus, our interests will eventually come back full circle.

When you reach your short term goals that you’ve worked on for a while, celebrate and enjoy your success. Now, empty goal setting can be discouraging if that’s all you’re are doing. I remember reaching some goals and thinking, “This is it?”. For a while, you’ll feel powerful, but as time goes on, you will discover that reaching your goals is only the beginning. As an interconnected part of the whole, it is important that we contribute to a cause greater than ourselves and fill the void in our life with the needs of others. Because the more you create and give, the more you will receive and be able to create. This is the Law of Reciprocity. Which is just another feedback loop that we can create through good habits.

At this point I feel it will be most beneficial to humbly suggest some focal points and goals for anyone reading this.

Step 1 to achieving your goals; write them down. Writing them down is the first step, because this is the first time the idea goes from the unmanifested world to the world of the manifested.

Step 2 to achieving these goals is to work, which means plan and grind. Anyone can be a good worker, but it takes discipline to be a good planner. Hope doesn’t create action, only planning does. Most people don’t work as hard on their dreams as they do their jobs. Could this be the very reason most people aren’t successful?

Step 3 is recognizing the size and kind. This matters because we need goals of all shapes and sizes. Part of the fun of making a list is checking it off. Small goals fuel energy to go for bigger goals.

Determine your long-term and short-term goals for each of the following categories;

1. Personal Development – You experience this life through your body and the quality of the body determines the quality of the life. So, take care of your body. Family goals and work goals fall into this category as well.

2. Things – Tangible material things reinforce the imagination with the emotion and feeling of owning them. Write the little things, too. Because part of the fun of making a list is checking it off.

3. Finances – Well planned economics is fundamental to a contemplative existence because worries and concerns weigh heavily on our peace of mind. We can’t think well when we’re threatened, so we have to manage our stress.

We are affected by our goals through every single aspect of our existence. The way we walk, talk, and act determines the outcome of many of the situations in our life. If we have self-respect from reaching our goals, we’re going to carry ourselves differently and emanate better energy. The Law of Attraction will draw similar people and situations unconsciously, and it will constantly reinforce our childlike wonder of the mystery of existence. The universe is an intelligent system that lies far beyond the capability of our minds to grasp. As we express the childhood psychological constructs of the brain, such as unrivaled bravery, wonder, and a sense of adventure, we become a more complete being. However, when used in conjunction with the more mature aspects of our psychology, like sustained focus, incremental growth, and conscious awareness, we can synergize our results and manifest things faster than we ever dreamed possible.

Human Rights In The 21st Century

Private citizens can’t deduct legal expenses from their taxes when convicted of a crime, so why then, are corporations allowed to write litigations off on their taxes? They’re effectively passing the bill on to us, the citizens, to pay their tabs. Our current tax laws imply that fines are part of the game. Remove deductibility for crimes, this will be an effective way to make sure these costs stay in the hands of the people that committed the crime in the first place. In his book The Ecology of Commerce, Paul Hawken brought forth an incredibly insightful solution of giving corporations the death penalty for crimes committed against the common good.

The ultimate penalty a society can give a corporation is to demand that it ceases to exist. In theory, this power still rests vestigially in the hands of the citizens according to the terms of every corporate ernment, the power to incarcerate individuals who willfully break the law and harm others. That same right must be renewed with respect to corporations. If a corporation such as Rockwell International is repeatedly convicted for violating health, environmental, and safety standards, if it shows blatant disregard for the welfare of its customers, then its employees and/or the community at large should be able to petition to close down the company, causing its assets to be sold off to other corporations, all proceeds paid to shareholders, permanently dissolving the corporation. The right to do business in the United States becomes mere license if there are not enforceable responsibilities concerning the health and welfare of citizens. It is interesting to note that the death penalty for individuals is less controversial than the mere suggestion that a few corporations may have forfeited their right to exist. How many people does a company have to harm before we question if it ought to exist.
–Paul Hawken (pg. 121)

Just as our environment is a reflection of our inner psyche, so too are businesses a reflection of the collective psyche of those within it. Individual intentions are masked and drowned out by the collective discussions of the organization as a whole, this creates another dimension of thought. You could call it a collective entity in the same way the biosphere creates what the ancients referred to as Gaia. Giles Hutchins describes how super-organisms operate without top-down management and Steven Johnson describes the collective “hive mind”. Here’s Brian Tracy talking about how to tap into the super consciousness of humanity.

Whether or not a collection of consciousness creates a super-consciousness, what’s apparent are the physical effects of the mutual choices of the organization. Hive mind is cooperation, not competition. Because business is an amplification tool that maximizes or optimizes it’s systems, it can either be the most creative or destructive force on the planet. The beginning of the 21st century has to include a revision of the corporate vs. human rights. Organizations will only thrive by empowering the bottom line to make decisions instead of allowing issues to bottleneck in bureaucratic hierarchies. In a world of instant global connectedness and transparency, organizations can no longer get away with corrupt practices. And so, the old paradigm is dying. The Darwinian thought pattern of “survival of the fittest” is one of the 3 most destructive paradigms today.

If you look into the biosphere, such as a mature forest, you will see that everything is in harmony. Animals don’t have those assumptions. Yes, things have to eat and death happens, but to focus on that aspect of life is psychotic. What’s to dread? What’s to fear? Alan Watts said, “Once we cease to see magic in the world, we’re no longer fulfilling nature’s game of being aware of itself. There’s no point in it and so we die.

The natural world rewards cooperation. The disconnected energy siphoning factories are dying, but the imaginal cells (you know who you are) are moving toward building a resilient system that synergizes the actions of individuals. The industrial revolution is over and the people that subscribe to the old paradigm are literally riding the growth wave off of a fiscal cliff. The business ecosystem is becoming more and more mature all the time. We’re starting to see small business creating better products than the biggest corporations ever could.

Entities that make decisions and carry out actions based on predetermined choices based on profit are the epitome of this ego-driven madness. Numbers do not translate well into human suffering and so direct connections are hard to impossible to equate. That isn’t to say that all corporations do this or all are “evil”, I’m just saying individuals have to hold them accountable, which is becoming increasingly easier as technology increases. The collective goal can no longer be to make money while ignoring the other variables in the TBL, so this masks the destruction from the attention of those responsible.

I believe that business is the most efficient way to catalyze change because it’s a tool for either maximization of profits or optimization of relationships, systems, and resources. Growth of the individual at the cost of everyone else is submitting to Darwinian thought like “Do the best you can for you and your family and forget everyone else”. There are only two possible outcomes to a successful organization: one that focuses on building profits at the cost of the environment; and one that builds their kingdom.

John Maurice Clark describes social control as, Control exercised by the entity we call ‘society’. But society never acts as a whole; it never even makes decisions as a unit, much less put them into effect. The most definite and powerful agent of society is government, and in this country the municipal, state, and federal governments between them exercise the formal, legal power of control in economic life. But social control is wider than this. One’s newspaper, one’s trade union or professional association or chamber of commerce one’s neighbors, one’s church, all exercise some measure of social control… [Businesses] are not society; but rather a particular group within society, and its interests are in conflict with the interest of other groups. The real difference of degree, however, because the business must work with other groups or it cannot produce anything and therefore it cannot wholly disregard their interests, but must come to some adjustment.

Control is becoming a two way street. Increased information means increased accountability and responsibility. I believe there is common ground between corporate and human rights, but for the last 400 years, the people have been disempowered and dumbed-down. As Bruce Lipton said, “Knowledge is power and lack of knowledge is lack of power.“.

Divine Potential

As Alvin Kuhn explained in The Esoteric Structure of the Alphabet, the ‘I’ symbol is the cardinal number because it is one, representing the unity, symbolizing Source; but it is also a cardinal letter because it represents the primordial unity (I am that, I am.). He goes on to say that the ‘O’, “readily symbolizes the endlessness of matter and of eternity.” The ‘A’ symbolizes the split from source into the duality of spirit and matter (or male [creative] & female [receptive] aspects or reality & the unmanifested). while the cross bar symbolizes the connection made between “spirit and matter”, which is our physical body and our consciousness. We are literally a bridge between the two.  ϕ’s (Phi) origin is also related to this. Gary B. Meisner, MBA has a great blog on the places phi shows up here. The Gnostics named the cosmic force “IAO” and the bible says, “I (am the) Alpha (and the) Omega”, but the reality behind those words, letters, and numbers is far, far more interesting and engaging.

That reality is within us. The human psyche is far more complex than we previously thought. The ego is made of smaller entities that make up the whole, and those entities are made up of simpler “intelligences”, as Pico called them… but that’s for another thread.

Although not a perfect golden spiral, the nautilus shell is very close.

Although not a perfect golden spiral, the nautilus shell is very close.

If you look in the center of the spiral you can see that the pattern starts crudely, then as the support columns get older, they tend to grow closer and closer the Phi ratio. The structure builds on itself and the novelty is preserved. The entire universe is a novelty preserving machine that builds on previous complexity.

The Phi ratio

The graph takes the Fibonacci sequence and divides each neighboring number by the previous number. You can see that 1/1=1, 2/1=2, 3/2=1.5, 5/3=1.666, 8/5=1.6… The number will always approach Phi, becoming closer and closer to it’s potential. As time moves forward, everything strives toward it’s potential (given the amount of resources available). This is the pattern of growth. In nature, growth happens in spurts, not continuously as the business paradigm assumes. There is always a resting stage of reorganization and feedback. In each seed there is potential for a tree, but the seed must spend energy to get there. Energy is very expensive, and should be treated with a sense of reverence. This is the reason I’m so careful about the thoughts that come into my head. Negative thoughts consume precious energy that could be used to make life better.

Past and future are concepts created by the ego, but Now is the only time one can really do anything at all. To do anything, we have to root ourselves in our body and our current situation, regardless of where we are in life and just take a knee. If your current situation is anywhere but the place you want it to be, then the most important realization you could come to is the realization that the situation was created by you. The amazing thing about being human is that we can imagine a future, then grab ahold of that vision and pull the present to that moment. Changing our world happens simply by choosing to change our thoughts, this is true on any scale; individual, social, or global. The collective world is a reflection of our collective ego.

Negative thoughts turn into negative emotions, which wreak havoc on the body. The Hermetics had many mental techniques to keep the mind focused on becoming more conscious. One such technique is crumpling up a negative thought like you would a piece of paper, then throw it away; or opening a door to a thought, then slamming the door. Be creative with it. Learning how to not entertain negative thoughts while focusing on what you are grateful for and what you want in our life is the most powerful way to manifest your desires. If we are honest with ourselves and make our choices based on love, not fear, then we become a vehicle for the universe to bring about it’s divine purpose. Eckhart Tolle’s first words in The Power of Now are, “You are here to allow the divine purpose of the universe to unfold.” Our greatest dreams and aspirations are the universe tending toward creation. It continues to create through us and our desire to express ourselves. Ultimately, it is the universe expressing itself. Most of us have always known what it is that we were born to do, but now our job is to learn to allow these desires to manifest.

Wisdom was preserved by our ancestors so we could have the opportunity to take another incremental step toward our divine potential. Although our ancestor’s lives were simple compared to ours, their consciousness was light-years ahead of ours. We have the chance to apply that consciousness to our technology, but should we fail, the next civilization will find the earth absent of many of the materials we used for our industrial revolution, so we probably only have one shot at this.

But as of yet, we’re the one being on the planet that’s given a choice to either live a fulfilling life of meaning and joy, or to waste it chasing romantic illusions created by our own egos. We are given a choice to be rooted within ourselves, deeply connected with the universe, and fulfill a truly divine cosmic duty while living an abundant life; or to stay in our comfortable fantasy and die young, wishing we’d have opened our minds to the true purpose of life. As time moves forward, we (like the shell) should become what the universe designed. The human being is a seed that can only grow through will. Many unconscious people are afraid of this “ultimate being” because it’s light is so luminous in the dark somber reality they’ve created through the insertion of ideas. Our thoughts make reality and reality is made of language.

The golden ratio again

I’m posting this to point a finger at the obvious connection we share with the planet. Our liquidation and exploitative behaviors are a reflection of ourselves and how cut off we collectively are from the natural world… how cut off humanity is from source, which too many naively call “God”. We have had a 1,000 year binge on materialism and we’re at a critical branch point. Man has institutionalized the idea of god and enslaved themselves. We’ve lost touch with the consciousness and beingness in ourselves and therefore cannot see the divine being in others. Our ego’s are running the world. The primal mind is very linear and hierarchical and the only way out of this mess is to ignore our clever ape mind and get back into touch with our higher self. It’s the feeling that we know we should work out and that we shouldn’t eat that cake, but the ego rationalizes it. Be aware of your feelings because that is how the universe communicates. Let those be the guide in your life as well as the Archai or cosmic principles. For example, don’t allow yourself to become polarized on any issue. In other words, do not be completely for or against something. The middle road has been called the path of wisdom for eons, usually represented by a serpent. Buddhists call it the middle way within.

The ego is the result of the physical machinery that is capable of creating thoughts as well as illusion. The “higher self” or “awareness of consciousness” is the part that is infinitely more wise than any single brain. Beyond the physical (most would call it the “soul”) is the Light, which is connected to not only every human, but to every being. Consciousness is vibration in it’s most excited state. Matter is the same vibration at a lower frequency.

Creativity is an attribute of the creator and it happens between the thoughts, when the ego is quiet. “These are the spaces we must strive to reenter”, as Jason Silva said. Strive to enter the spaces we strove for as children. Strive to enter the Now. Strive to listen to your higher self for every choice you make or don’t make. Strive to achieve your most intimate dream. Strive to listen to the collective gaian mind of humanity through the ages, which is connected to the biosphere, aka gaia, which is connected to the creator. We’ve been lost for several thousand years, but we can reconnect simply by raising our consciousness. The illusion will no longer bind us and we will be free. Being free means simply; freedom from ourselves, our neighbors, war, poverty, control of the few, and most importantly, freedom from the prison of unconsciousness.

The Battle Of The Mind

Anyone that has used the word “love” in its proper context, knows that words can fall desperately short. They don’t express the reality beyond the word. It’s important to remember that words are simply a signpost pointing to a reality, one in which I will try my best to convey to you through the limited medium of language. All perspectives are valuable to a certain degree and provide a more thorough understanding of life, the world, and its countless mysteries. The brain only sees what it is aware of and only dreams to the extent of its vocabulary. An insightful perspective can provide fuller understanding, and indeed a new outlook on life. This is the very reason it is imperative that humanity directs their attention toward solutions that foster collaboration, cooperation, and coordination, because the world is a result of our attention and our intentions. If we focus our attention enough, our thoughts, good or bad, eventually manifest.

When studying the social structures of higher primates, we consistently see that they maintain strict hierarchies of order and are usually very territorial. Each group has their own complex culture and methods for living in the world. They operate this way because the primate brain is linear in thought. They are immersed in the natural world under constant threat using their mental construct of self, called “ego”. The mammalian brain is a biomimonic problem-solving machine and tends to be immersed in thoughts of how to solve problems and is busy remembering and recollecting information immediately useful. This isn’t to say that the ego is good or bad, it’s the tool that allowed us to come this far as a species, so we have to acknowledge it’s specializations, but understand it’s limitations and follies.  Until the 21st century, scientists believed that consciousness is the result of the collective firing of synapses. However, now we have the understanding that the brain simply creates ego, but it transmits consciousness, which is omnipresent throughout the universe.

“Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking inside of a radio for the announcer.”

-Nassim Haramein

The human brain uses as much as 20% of the energy of the body, or about as much as a 100W light bulb. Being immersed in the various life forces we call “thoughts” either energize or disempower us because certain thoughts, good or bad, can take over our conscious awareness. Having more challenges at hand only further reinforces the Mayan illusion. There are wavelengths beyond the range that our sensory organs can detect. For example, humans can’t see ultraviolet or infrared wavelengths and we can’t hear between about 20Hz and 20kHz, but the natural world contains more sights and sounds than we can imagine.

In the same way, there are levels of consciousness that some never experience. However, unlike our eyes and ears, the brain is adaptable, thus we can develop the processes and create new pathways for neurons to communicate. Some would say this is the point of our life in this reality, to transcend it and move into a higher vibrational existence. Our sight is limited to those spectrums, but our mind is malleable in the same way our body is. As human beings, we possess a neo-cortex that is not only unequivocally the best at problem solving and remembering things, but it also happens to be the densest population of connections in the known universe. However, if it is not used, it will deteriorate and the neurons will die off, severing parts of the brain from others. In a religious context, we are damning thoughts, which crystallize as habits. This is the reason Socrates was afraid to write things down because he believed that the mind would deteriorate. He may have had something there because by ignoring certain higher functions of the brain, the American education system has effectively, purposefully or not, dumbed-down the population. Simply look at an 8th grade math book from 1919 and you will begin to understand. The ADHD epidemic is further proof that the higher functions of the brain are not being used. These skills include detail-oriented thinking, time management, and many of the higher functions of the brain.

It’s possible to be so lost in the sea of thoughts that the external world disappears from our awareness. The ego lives in the past and the future, but is often oblivious to what is. Thoughts are akin to the surface waves where everything is chaotic, but deeper down, the mind becomes as still as the deep ocean. Returning to the present moment is the largest doorway into deeper states of consciousness.

“We have given you, Oh Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor any endowment properly your own, in order that… you may have and possess through your own judgment and decision. The nature of all other creatures is defined and restricted within laws which We have laid down; you, by contrast, impeded by no such restrictions, may, by your own free will to trace for yourself the lineaments of your own nature… We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer. It will be in your power to descend to the lower, brutish forms of life; you will be able, through your own decision, to rise again to the superior orders whose life is divine.”

Oration on the Dignity of Man, pp. 7-8, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494)

The Hindu culture developed a bronze statue of the dancing Shiva which stood on the back of the ego while raising his foot against gravity, symbolizing spiritual contemplation.

The feeling of being in the body cannot be expressed, only experienced. Imagine a cat watching a mouse hole, then be the cat (consciousness) and watch the mice (thoughts) appear. Don’t judge them as good or bad, just watch as they rise and fall like waves on the surface of the ocean. Thoughts of the ego are concerned with the superficial surface of things. Eventually, as the mind quiets and the consciousness shines through, we are able to go deeper into being and into pure awareness. Christians called this state of consciousness, “Christ-Consciousness” and the vibration emanating from these fully conscious beings was a more obscure type of love; “Agape” love, which essentially is what made Christianity’s message so powerful. As Pico pointed out a moment ago, original Christian lessons taught ego-immersed minds to transcend the sensual desires of the brutish mind and “turn the other cheek”.