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Inside Chi Flows Naturally:
Which Earth Time Line are you choosing this Winter Solstice?
Left: Time line of planetary fear and destruction, hell fires erupting. image: Farshad Ghanbari. Right: Time line of planetary rebirth of cosmic beauty and harmony. image: Michael E. Morgan, The Emerald Covenant.
Dear Lovers of the Great Peaceful Darkness of Winter Solstice,
I got a lot of questions from my last newsletter, Mayans 2012: Does Galactic Alignment Matter? (If you missed it: http://www.healingtaousa.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl?rm=mode2&articleid=157). Here are some:
Q. What’s best way to align with Earth’s new timeline, i.e. it’s shifting galactic axis? Can I create my own timeline?
What’s a timeline? It’s a set of moment-to-moment choices in daily life, that accumulate to move us in one direction. That becomes our worldly destiny. If we feel scattered or lost, it means we failed to create a timeline and are stuck or exhausted from trying too many directions at once.
But if you make a single clear choice at a powerful moment, like during a galactically aligned Winter Solstice, it is the equivalent of making a thousand or ten thousand small choices at once. The intention you plant during a Solstice meditation, prayer, or ritual is propelled along the available neutral axial forces. In short, your voice is heard more clearly now. Remember that the Earth, Sun, planets, Milky Way, etc. are all embodied Beings, and are shaping our collective destiny. But many humans are weak or distracted, and thus have a weak voice in choosing their destiny.
The images above of the earth cracking open offer visual support in choosing a timeline. Ask yourself, which image better matches your deep (mostly unconscious) expectation about the timeline that will unfold for you? Check the feeling in your body. If there is fear, ask, “what is the fear of?”. Just keep asking, and tracking it inside your body. See if the fear comes from your core truth, or has been falsely borrowed from others and internalized into a reality within you.
Then ask: what is the planetary Earth Being (Gaia, Pangu, Sophia, Isis, Mother Earth, Mary, etc.) feeling about this galactic alignment? Is it fear, or is one of opening to higher light and harmony? Astrologically, it marks our entry into the Age of Aquarius, with a focus on unity and loving humanity. But you may not be able to feel that.
Whatever feeling arises, ask to download that into your personal energy field. Then just sit with it, open your heart, and neutrally smile to whatever came up. Embrace it unconditionally, without trying to change it or fix it. Merge into it, so you can digest it’s wisdom and foreknowledge. Once it is inside you and is conscious, it can helpfully guide your moment to moment path. You are aligning your personal timeline with the Earth’s timeline.
I really like the image from Michael Morgan’s Emerald Covenant, and recommend his 1996 book to you (on Amazon). He had to drop this cover art, because at the time it was too upsetting to people to see the Earth cracking open. It captures perfectly the effect of our current galactic alignment: a glowing emerald dodecahedron crystallizes and emerges from within the Earth’s Energy Body.
It evokes the original Cosmic Egg cracking open….the egg from which humanity first crawled out. I know some folks are scared to crack open their inner self. Why? They might have to love what is buried inside themselves, their own truth — the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The dodecahedron (12 pentagrams forming a soccer ball pattern) is the sacred geometric shape of the Chinese calendar (12 Animal-Earthly Branches cycling through 5 Phases, for a total 60 year cycle). Dodeca is the shape of Highest Harmony of time and space in other traditions east and west. Some astro-physicists have detected a dodecahedronal pattern in the galaxies, and believe it may be the shape of our vast cosmos.
The Chinese calendar is based on a starting point of the physical alignment of the Earth, Moon, Sun, Pole Star and invisible Central Sun beyond it. So it’s dodeca cycles of 12 and 5 flowing from that moment are never out of date or out of sync with Nature’s seasons. Add the center of the Milky Way into this lineup, and you have a knockout 2012 Solstice portal opening up (irregardless of what ancient Mayans or modern astrologers think).
The Emerald Covenant book is about Michael Morgan’s struggle to accept the teachings of a brilliant and wise inner guide, a channelled Atlantean immortal named Yokar. I’m one of the real life characters in the book. Together we do initiations with Yokar at various points on the earth’s grid: Great Pyramid in Egypt, Delphi & Cave of Pan in Greece, Pyramid Island of Ice near the North Pole in Finland with Saami shamans. At each ley line or power point on the Earth’s grid Yokar downloads higher patterns of light and future patterns from our personal Timelines, designed to speed up our soul evolution.
This was not an easy process. I nearly went physically blind processing ancestral karmic issues after an initiation in the King’s chamber. My wife had a serious car accident at the same time – resulting in 7 vertebrae being surgically fused. Other initiates contracted diseases and died shortly afterward, I believe from overload to their system.
The fire path has its risks. It’s one reason I now teach the Taoist water path of embracing the body first – it is safer for your health. With proper grounding, you can safely handle the spiritual fire that deep grounding will naturally attract. This is why I emphasize the importance of grounding during the 2012 Solstice event.
I spent six years studying Atlantean inner alchemy methods (fire & water path) with Yokar. I have integrated it with Taoist inner alchemy methods (the reverse: water & fire path) as part of my mission. What mission? To harmonize the global psyche, East and West, with a single practical energetic science for future generations. A spiritual science that combines a religious faith in the Life Force with the precise and systematic methods of science. That empowers ordinary humans, not priesthoods or big institutes and geeks with expensive tech toys.
Excessive reliance on technology weakens humans. If you drive a car everywhere, your legs start to rot.
I edited Yokar’s teachings into a book called Shape Power: Create the Reality You Truly Need. A Brief History of Spiritual Technology in Atlantis. It will be published after I finish my book on primordial qigong (Tai Chi, Way of Enlightened Love: Sacred Movement & Inner Alchemy, a Super Qi Gong for Radiant Health). I plan to finish it in the Caribbean next month.
This tai chi – qigong form is the best form I recommend for a Solstice ceremony. It “dances” the chinese calendar patterns and embodies the rhythm of the 12 x 5 phase dodecahedra. This lets you ritually accelerate and reverse the spin of Time-Space. The form is a short cut Way to align with Central Sun/ Source within yourself. It can accelerate cleaning up your karmic workload this lifetime. It’s like having a portable “galactic alignment” method internally available to you every day! Read the amazing testimonials on the site: (http://www.taichi-enlightenment.com)
Q. Do some people live on multiple timelines at once?
A. Yes, it’s possible, but it’s a lot of spiritual work. Just like there are parallel universes, we each can become conscious of parallel personal realities. When you realize this, you know that stories of linear reincarnation are fashioned for linear minds, but are not accurate beyond this linear reality. Read Machelle Small Wright’s Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon. She simultaneously led a physical life and a rich astral plane life on another parallel Earth. There are many parallel Earths. If you create a timeline that leads to one, it is possible you will go there.
Q. I could not access the link to set up a Winter Solstice ceremony in your last newsletter.
A. It has been fixed: http://www.healingtaousa.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl?rm=mode2&articleid=114
Q: What about people in the Southern hemisphere? Are they excluded from this Winter Solstice galactic alignment?
A: Not at all. It is actually the South Pole that points at the center of the Milky Way, so Summer Solstice ceremonies below the equator can use the noon day sun to focus on the alignment. But 90 percent of the earth’s population lives in the northern hemisphere, so most will enter the axial alignment via the dark night of the Winter Solstice.
Q. Is there any connection between the mass murder of 28 school kids & teachers in Connecticut and the timing of this Galactic alignment?
A. I feel they are deeply connected. Tao is about synchronicity. The murders happened on the Dark Moon before the Dark Sun of Winter Solstice. (I listed Dec. 12 as one of the most powerful times in my last newsletter). The dark moon pulls on our deepest unconscious negativity. There was nothing found to predict the extreme murderous behavior of 20 year old Greg Lanza. Everyone is puzzled, why did it happen, how could we prevent it again?
Greg did not personally have the will to committ the mass murders. I believe he was overshadowed by dark forces that are being forced out into the open by the Earth’s expanding galactic alignment. The very space between the molecules and cells in our body is being expanded. This increased neutral force in our body is reducing the hiding space available to negative ancestral and collective karmic forces buried in the psyche of humanity. So they are acting out, a desperate last ditch attempt to exert power. It’s been happening all over the world in recent years.
Yes, it was deeply tragic for all the families involved. But don’t be fooled by outer appearances. Individual humans are like tiny cells in the body of Humanity – we are totally expendable. Do you hold a funeral and sob when a few cells on your skin die? It is the same for Humanity. Souls flux in, souls flux out. The deaths of those children serve the greater good, by opening the hearts of millions just before this galactic alignment.
The same thing happened at 9/11 – a global heart opening was triggered by those 3000 deaths. These children in Connecticut 11 years later also sacrificed their lives to allow the current alignment to have more powerful effect in ultimately creating a less violent society. Senseless death motivates people to choose a future timeline of love and peace. I love the dark side, in that it strengthens our Light side. It makes us value our creative free will and our power to love, by showing us the terrible alternative.
But I feel most people are missing the real message for our society in this horrible event. It is not about gun control (Greg did not use automatic military weapons; his mother bought them all legally and taught him to use them responsibly), It is not about putting a cop in every classroom.
This mass murder is really about our heart’s DISCONNECTION from technology itself. That has a created a culture of heartlessness, epitomized in violent video games that make killing fun. But even that is not causal, video and film violence is a symptom. The root cause of heartlessness comes from excess reverence and reliance on technology. What is causal is that we love our technology more than we love each other.
That is what the forces of Evil were personifying when they took over Greg’s weak personality. Greg, like many lost youths, did not know how to love, so they could take him over easily. The gun, pointed by dark forces, is what killed those kids, not Greg. Just like our over-technologized society is killing the planet, its environment, and all of us. Our tech gadgets are growing stronger every day. Yet behind our walls, our sealed cars, our computers, our smart phones, many are dying for lack of love.
The dark side is cheering on that excess love of technology. Whatever weakens humans strengthens Darkness. Eventually our heart screams out, perhaps violently, for human touch and attention. At that moment, we are vulnerable to dark feelings offered by the dark side, that offer to compensate our feeling of alienation, loneliness, and lack of true power and self-love that should be easily coming from within our soul. It is easy to repel dark forces – JUST LOVE YOURSELF. The darkness will run from love. That is why I give away the Way of the Inner Smile ebook on my website’s homepage. It is the simplest tool for loving yourself – just smile within to every aspect of your body and mind. You will soon touch your soul.
Q. How would a Taoist respond to this kind of violence, mass murder of kids?
Taoists are generally pacifists. When they organized into temples in 142 AD (after a thousand years of meeting in Nature, with no priesthood), the first thing they did was to ban any animal sacrifice (unlike the ancient inventors of the Mayan calendar, who did human sacrifice around the same time). There has never been a religious war in China because of Taoist pacifism and acceptance of all religions. They absorbed Buddhism from Tibet and tolerated Confucianism.
The Tao Te Ching (Taoism’s 2500 year old wisdom text) says “The Sage treats ordinary people like straw dogs”. This line has always puzzled scholars. Is the Sage so heartless? No. The Sage is merged into the Great Oneness (Central Sun, Tai Yi), which regulates the balance between Light and Dark forces. Sage knows this higher harmony takes priority over our personal human survival desires. Sage knows that what our personalities want and what our soul needs to complete its destiny can be totally different.
If we want to change our culture of violence, we need to also change our way of government, and its use of violence. We allow our government to behave in ways we would never tolerate in an individual. To this end, I am posting Ron Paul’s final speech after 23 years in Congress.
Ron Paul is a Libertarian. They define liberty as our right to live free from violence. I’m posting this speech to stimulate your awareness, not convert you or sway your future vote.
But first, lighten up your Solstice with some beauty and dance!
» Videos: Qigong Flash mob, Dragon Dance atop Mt. Hua
» Ron Paul on Future of America, the REAL Cliff
» Surrender to Water Dragon (photo)
I hope you will find this three videos playful and uplifting, and keep your Qi flowing (at a time many are frozen in fear! ).
1. Qigong Flashmob atop Mt. Hua, atop a 3000 foot precipice (part of my wedding event in June 2012): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyuOQOUdYNU 43 secs.
2. Black Dragon Water Dance atop Mt. Hua, by Hilda Broeckhove, with spectacular cliff and wedding party views:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nja-ldTs484&feature=youtu.be 2.32 secs
3. Jem’s Spontaneous Flute & Dance Qigong on a raft trip, in Grand Canyon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5sMe2maGlI about 5 minutes
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Ron Paul speech:
‘In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.’
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)
Michael Winn note:
Many are beginning to realize that the American Empire is in decline. Mired in debt, over extended by warfare and welfare handouts to the rich and poor alike, and resented as global policeman and home of the biggest Central Bankster, the Federal Reserve, One of the few politicians willing to speak the truth about this is Ron Paul.
I don’t really care what anyone’s politics are; like religion, it is useless to argue over it. As a Taoist I accept that humans, as an integral part of Nature, are inherently virtuous (“te” as in Tao Te Ching, The Way and its Virtue/Power). If left to their own devices, humans will ultimately find a way to harmony.
But if Big Government is empowered, and things are controlled from the top, then human freedom to explore our innate creativity and destiny is limited. Governments are NOT born with an innate destiny or mandate to fulfill some virtue assigned by Heaven. Governments run by power, and power “over others’ ultimately corrupts those who wield it.
After WWII, government was 6% of the US Gross National Product. Today it’s 42%. This reliance on big government is weakening the free will and liberty of individuals to take responsibility for themselves, and is unsustainable financially.
Self-responsibility is at the core of all the spiritual teachings that I respect, not just Taoism. yes, we need government as a forum to harmonize different interests and provide legitimate national security. But in the declining days of the American Empire, it has run amok. Example; a friend’s son was recently digging around in the ground off the Blue Ridge Parkway, looking for rocks to add to his collection. He was arrested, and 15 armed Federal agents soon swarmed into his house and tore it apart, looking for evidence of a commercial mining operation.
He has to spend thousands of dollars to dismiss the ridiculous federal charges against him. It’s just one example of a government that has grown too big, with bureaucrats looking to exercise unnecessary power at the expense of individual liberty.
I have travelled to over 100 countries, and worked for decades as a free lance writer digging beneath the surface of our global evolution. I’ve been predicting for a long time that the USA is headed for “second world” status if it continues its current course politically and economically. Ironically, it may be good for America spiritually to be humbled by going over its “fiscal cliff” and forced to realize the limits of its big government mentality and the illusion of its “planned economy”.
End of Rant. 🙂
Lew Rockwell prefatory note:
As libertarianism has acquired a higher profile in American life over the past several years, the attacks on and caricatures of libertarians have grown almost as rapidly. Libertarians, we read, are antisocial, and prefer isolation over interaction with others. They are greedy, and are unmoved if the poor should starve. They are naive about our dangerous enemies, and refuse their patriotic duty to support the government’s wars.
These caricatures and misconceptions can be put to rest by simply defining what libertarianism is. The libertarian idea is based on a fundamental moral principle: nonaggression. No one may initiate physical force against anyone else.
There is nothing antisocial about that. To the contrary, it is the denial of this principle that is antisocial, for it is peaceful interaction that lies at the heart of civilized society.
At first glance, hardly anyone can object to the nonaggression principle. Few people openly support acts of aggression against peaceful parties. But libertarians apply this principle across the board, to all actors, public and private. Our view goes well beyond merely suggesting that the State may not engage in gross violations of the moral law. We contend that the State may not perform any action that would be forbidden to an individual. Moral norms either exist or they do not.
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Ron Paul’s Farewell Address – Full Text
By Ron Paul | Delivered on the House Floor, November 14, 2012
Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqi6paX3ong&feature=youtu.be
Farewell to Congress
It was my opinion, that the course the U.S. embarked on in the latter part of the 20th Century would bring us a major financial crisis and engulf us in a foreign policy that would overextend us and undermine our national security.This may well be the last time I speak on the House Floor. At the end of the year I’ll leave Congress after 23 years in office over a 36 year period. My goals in 1976 were the same as they are today: promote peace and prosperity by a strict adherence to the principles of individual liberty.
To achieve the goals I sought, government would have had to shrink in size and scope, reduce spending, change the monetary system, and reject the unsustainable costs of policing the world and expanding the American Empire.
The problems seemed to be overwhelming and impossible to solve, yet from my view point, just following the constraints placed on the federal government by the Constitution would have been a good place to start.
How Much Did I Accomplish?
In many ways, according to conventional wisdom, my off-and-on career in Congress, from 1976 to 2012, accomplished very little. No named legislation, no named federal buildings or highways—thank goodness. In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and the prolific increase of incomprehensible regulations continues. Wars are constant and pursued without Congressional declaration, deficits rise to the sky, poverty is rampant and dependency on the federal government is now worse than any time in our history.
All this with minimal concerns for the deficits and unfunded liabilities that common sense tells us cannot go on much longer. A grand, but never mentioned, bipartisan agreement allows for the well-kept secret that keeps the spending going. One side doesn’t give up one penny on military spending, the other side doesn’t give up one penny on welfare spending, while both sides support the bailouts and subsidies for the banking and corporate elite. And the spending continues as the economy weakens and the downward spiral continues. As the government continues fiddling around, our liberties and our wealth burn in the flames of a foreign policy that makes us less safe.
The major stumbling block to real change in Washington is the total resistance to admitting that the country is broke. This has made compromising, just to agree to increase spending, inevitable since neither side has any intention of cutting spending.
The country and the Congress will remain divisive since there’s no “loot left to divvy up.”
Without this recognition the spenders in Washington will continue the march toward a fiscal cliff much bigger than the one anticipated this coming January.
I have thought a lot about why those of us who believe in liberty, as a solution, have done so poorly in convincing others of its benefits. If liberty is what we claim it is- the principle that protects all personal, social and economic decisions necessary for maximum prosperity and the best chance for peace- it should be an easy sell. Yet, history has shown that the masses have been quite receptive to the promises of authoritarians which are rarely if ever fulfilled.
Authoritarianism vs. Liberty
During my time in Congress the appetite for liberty has been quite weak; the understanding of its significance negligible. Yet the good news is that compared to 1976 when I first came to Congress, the desire for more freedom and less government in 2012 is much greater and growing, especially in grassroots America. Tens of thousands of teenagers and college age students are, with great enthusiasm, welcoming the message of liberty.If authoritarianism leads to poverty and war and less freedom for all individuals and is controlled by rich special interests, the people should be begging for liberty. There certainly was a strong enough sentiment for more freedom at the time of our founding that motivated those who were willing to fight in the revolution against the powerful British government.
I have a few thoughts as to why the people of a country like ours, once the freest and most prosperous, allowed the conditions to deteriorate to the degree that they have.
Freedom, private property, and enforceable voluntary contracts, generate wealth. In our early history we were very much aware of this. But in the early part of the 20th century our politicians promoted the notion that the tax and monetary systems had to change if we were to involve ourselves in excessive domestic and military spending. That is why Congress gave us the Federal Reserve and the income tax. The majority of Americans and many government officials agreed that sacrificing some liberty was necessary to carry out what some claimed to be “progressive” ideas. Pure democracy became acceptable.
They failed to recognized that what they were doing was exactly opposite of what the colonists were seeking when they broke away from the British.
Some complain that my arguments makes no sense, since great wealth and the standard of living improved for many Americans over the last 100 years, even with these new policies.
But the damage to the market economy, and the currency, has been insidious and steady. It took a long time to consume our wealth, destroy the currency and undermine productivity and get our financial obligations to a point of no return. Confidence sometimes lasts longer than deserved. Most of our wealth today depends on debt.
The wealth that we enjoyed and seemed to be endless, allowed concern for the principle of a free society to be neglected. As long as most people believed the material abundance would last forever, worrying about protecting a competitive productive economy and individual liberty seemed unnecessary.
The Age of Redistribution
This neglect ushered in an age of redistribution of wealth by government kowtowing to any and all special interests, except for those who just wanted to left alone. That is why today money in politics far surpasses money currently going into research and development and productive entrepreneurial efforts.
The material benefits became more important than the understanding and promoting the principles of liberty and a free market. It is good that material abundance is a result of liberty but if materialism is all that we care about, problems are guaranteed.
The crisis arrived because the illusion that wealth and prosperity would last forever has ended. Since it was based on debt and a pretense that debt can be papered over by an out-of-control fiat monetary system, it was doomed to fail. We have ended up with a system that doesn’t produce enough even to finance the debt and no fundamental understanding of why a free society is crucial to reversing these trends.
If this is not recognized, the recovery will linger for a long time. Bigger government, more spending, more debt, more poverty for the middle class, and a more intense scramble by the elite special interests will continue.
We Need an Intellectual Awakening
If it’s not accepted that big government, fiat money, ignoring liberty, central economic planning, welfarism, and warfarism caused our crisis we can expect a continuous and dangerous march toward corporatism and even fascism with even more loss of our liberties. Prosperity for a large middle class though will become an abstract dream.Without an intellectual awakening, the turning point will be driven by economic law. A dollar crisis will bring the current out-of-control system to its knees.
This continuous move is no different than what we have seen in how our financial crisis of 2008 was handled. Congress first directed, with bipartisan support, bailouts for the wealthy. Then it was the Federal Reserve with its endless quantitative easing. If at first it doesn’t succeed try again; QE1, QE2, and QE3 and with no results we try QE indefinitely—that is until it too fails. There’s a cost to all of this and let me assure you delaying the payment is no longer an option. The rules of the market will extract its pound of flesh and it won’t be pretty.
The current crisis elicits a lot of pessimism. And the pessimism adds to less confidence in the future. The two feed on themselves, making our situation worse.
If the underlying cause of the crisis is not understood we cannot solve our problems. The issues of warfare, welfare, deficits, inflationism, corporatism, bailouts and authoritarianism cannot be ignored. By only expanding these policies we cannot expect good results.
Everyone claims support for freedom. But too often it’s for one’s own freedom and not for others. Too many believe that there must be limits on freedom. They argue that freedom must be directed and managed to achieve fairness and equality thus making it acceptable to curtail, through force, certain liberties.
Some decide what and whose freedoms are to be limited. These are the politicians whose goal in life is power. Their success depends on gaining support from special interests.
No More ‘isms’
The great news is the answer is not to be found in more “isms.” The answers are to be found in more liberty which cost so much less. Under these circumstances spending goes down, wealth production goes up, and the quality of life improves.
Just this recognition—especially if we move in this direction—increases optimism which in itself is beneficial. The follow through with sound policies are required which must be understood and supported by the people.
But there is good evidence that the generation coming of age at the present time is supportive of moving in the direction of more liberty and self-reliance. The more this change in direction and the solutions become known, the quicker will be the return of optimism.
Our job, for those of us who believe that a different system than the one that we have had for the last 100 years, has driven us to this unsustainable crisis, is to be more convincing that there is a wonderful, uncomplicated, and moral system that provides the answers. We had a taste of it in our early history. We need not give up on the notion of advancing this cause.
It worked, but we allowed our leaders to concentrate on the material abundance that freedom generates, while ignoring freedom itself. Now we have neither, but the door is open, out of necessity, for an answer. The answer available is based on the Constitution, individual liberty and prohibiting the use of government force to provide privileges and benefits to all special interests.
After over 100 years we face a society quite different from the one that was intended by the Founders. In many ways their efforts to protect future generations with the Constitution from this danger has failed. Skeptics, at the time the Constitution was written in 1787, warned us of today’s possible outcome. The insidious nature of the erosion of our liberties and the reassurance our great abundance gave us, allowed the process to evolve into the dangerous period in which we now live.
Dependency on Government Largesse
Today we face a dependency on government largesse for almost every need. Our liberties are restricted and government operates outside the rule of law, protecting and rewarding those who buy or coerce government into satisfying their demands. Here are a few examples:
Undeclared wars are commonplace.
Welfare for the rich and poor is considered an entitlement.
The economy is overregulated, overtaxed and grossly distorted by a deeply flawed monetary system.
Debt is growing exponentially.
The Patriot Act and FISA legislation passed without much debate have resulted in a steady erosion of our 4th Amendment rights.
Tragically our government engages in preemptive war, otherwise known as aggression, with no complaints from the American people.
The drone warfare we are pursuing worldwide is destined to end badly for us as the hatred builds for innocent lives lost and the international laws flaunted. Once we are financially weakened and militarily challenged, there will be a lot resentment thrown our way.
It’s now the law of the land that the military can arrest American citizens, hold them indefinitely, without charges or a trial.
Rampant hostility toward free trade is supported by a large number in Washington.
Supporters of sanctions, currency manipulation and WTO trade retaliation, call the true free traders “isolationists.”
Sanctions are used to punish countries that don’t follow our orders.
Bailouts and guarantees for all kinds of misbehavior are routine.
Central economic planning through monetary policy, regulations and legislative mandates has been an acceptable policy.
Excessive government has created such a mess it prompts many questions:
Why are sick people who use medical marijuana put in prison?
Why does the federal government restrict the drinking of raw milk?
Why can’t Americans manufacturer rope and other products from hemp?
Why are Americans not allowed to use gold and silver as legal tender as mandated by the Constitution?
Why is Germany concerned enough to consider repatriating their gold held by the FED for her in New York? Is it that the trust in the U.S. and dollar supremacy beginning to wane?
Why do our political leaders believe it’s unnecessary to thoroughly audit our own gold?
Why can’t Americans decide which type of light bulbs they can buy?
Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?
Why should there be mandatory sentences—even up to life for crimes without victims—as our drug laws require?
Why have we allowed the federal government to regulate commodes in our homes?
Why is it political suicide for anyone to criticize AIPAC ?
Why haven’t we given up on the drug war since it’s an obvious failure and violates the people’s rights? Has nobody noticed that the authorities can’t even keep drugs out of the prisons? How can making our entire society a prison solve the problem?
Why do we sacrifice so much getting needlessly involved in border disputes and civil strife around the world and ignore the root cause of the most deadly border in the world-the one between Mexico and the US?
Why does Congress willingly give up its prerogatives to the Executive Branch?
Why does changing the party in power never change policy? Could it be that the views of both parties are essentially the same?
Why did the big banks, the large corporations, and foreign banks and foreign central banks get bailed out in 2008 and the middle class lost their jobs and their homes?
Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?
Why do so many accept the deeply flawed principle that government bureaucrats and politicians can protect us from ourselves without totally destroying the principle of liberty?
Why can’t people understand that war always destroys wealth and liberty?
Why is there so little concern for the Executive Order that gives the President authority to establish a “kill list,” including American citizens, of those targeted for assassination?
Why is patriotism thought to be blind loyalty to the government and the politicians who run it, rather than loyalty to the principles of liberty and support for the people? Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong.
Why is it is claimed that if people won’t or can’t take care of their own needs, that people in government can do it for them?
Why did we ever give the government a safe haven for initiating violence against the people?
Why do some members defend free markets, but not civil liberties?
Why do some members defend civil liberties but not free markets? Aren’t they the same?
Why don’t more defend both economic liberty and personal liberty?
Why are there not more individuals who seek to intellectually influence others to bring about positive changes than those who seek power to force others to obey their commands?
Why does the use of religion to support a social gospel and preemptive wars, both of which requires authoritarians to use violence, or the threat of violence, go unchallenged? Aggression and forced redistribution of wealth has nothing to do with the teachings of the world great religions.
Why do we allow the government and the Federal Reserve to disseminate false information dealing with both economic and foreign policy?
Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority?
Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there’s such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?
Is there any explanation for all the deception, the unhappiness, the fear of the future, the loss of confidence in our leaders, the distrust, the anger and frustration? Yes there is, and there’s a way to reverse these attitudes. The negative perceptions are logical and a consequence of bad policies bringing about our problems. Identification of the problems and recognizing the cause allow the proper changes to come easy.
Trust Yourself, Not the Government
Too many people have for too long placed too much confidence and trust in government and not enough in themselves. Fortunately, many are now becoming aware of the seriousness of the gross mistakes of the past several decades. The blame is shared by both political parties. Many Americans now are demanding to hear the plain truth of things and want the demagoguing to stop. Without this first step, solutions are impossible.
Seeking the truth and finding the answers in liberty and self-reliance promotes the optimism necessary for restoring prosperity. The task is not that difficult if politics doesn’t get in the way.
We have allowed ourselves to get into such a mess for various reasons.
Politicians deceive themselves as to how wealth is produced. Excessive confidence is placed in the judgment of politicians and bureaucrats. This replaces the confidence in a free society. Too many in high places of authority became convinced that only they, armed with arbitrary government power, can bring about fairness, while facilitating wealth production. This always proves to be a utopian dream and destroys wealth and liberty. It impoverishes the people and rewards the special interests who end up controlling both political parties.
It’s no surprise then that much of what goes on in Washington is driven by aggressive partisanship and power seeking, with philosophic differences being minor.
Economic ignorance is commonplace. Keynesianism continues to thrive, although today it is facing healthy and enthusiastic rebuttals. Believers in military Keynesianism and domestic Keynesianism continue to desperately promote their failed policies, as the economy languishes in a deep slumber.Economic Ignorance
Supporters of all government edicts use humanitarian arguments to justify them.
Humanitarian arguments are always used to justify government mandates related to the economy, monetary policy, foreign policy, and personal liberty. This is on purpose to make it more difficult to challenge. But, initiating violence for humanitarian reasons is still violence. Good intentions are no excuse and are just as harmful as when people use force with bad intentions. The results are always negative.
The immoral use of force is the source of man’s political problems. Sadly, many religious groups, secular organizations, and psychopathic authoritarians endorse government initiated force to change the world. Even when the desired goals are well-intentioned—or especially when well-intentioned—the results are dismal. The good results sought never materialize. The new problems created require even more government force as a solution. The net result is institutionalizing government initiated violence and morally justifying it on humanitarian grounds.
This is the same fundamental reason our government uses force for invading other countries at will, central economic planning at home, and the regulation of personal liberty and habits of our citizens.
It is rather strange, that unless one has a criminal mind and no respect for other people and their property, no one claims it’s permissible to go into one’s neighbor’s house and tell them how to behave, what they can eat, smoke and drink or how to spend their money.
Yet, rarely is it asked why it is morally acceptable that a stranger with a badge and a gun can do the same thing in the name of law and order. Any resistance is met with brute force, fines, taxes, arrests, and even imprisonment. This is done more frequently every day without a proper search warrant.
No Government Monopoly over Initiating Violence
Restraining aggressive behavior is one thing, but legalizing a government monopoly for initiating aggression can only lead to exhausting liberty associated with chaos, anger and the breakdown of civil society. Permitting such authority and expecting saintly behavior from the bureaucrats and the politicians is a pipe dream. We now have a standing army of armed bureaucrats in the TSA, CIA, FBI, Fish and Wildlife, FEMA, IRS, Corp of Engineers, etc. numbering over 100,000. Citizens are guilty until proven innocent in the unconstitutional administrative courts.
Government in a free society should have no authority to meddle in social activities or the economic transactions of individuals. Nor should government meddle in the affairs of other nations. All things peaceful, even when controversial, should be permitted.
We must reject the notion of prior restraint in economic activity just we do in the area of free speech and religious liberty. But even in these areas government is starting to use a backdoor approach of political correctness to regulate speech-a dangerous trend. Since 9/11 monitoring speech on the internet is now a problem since warrants are no longer required.
The Proliferation of Federal Crimes
The Constitution established four federal crimes. Today the experts can’t even agree on how many federal crimes are now on the books—they number into the thousands. No one person can comprehend the enormity of the legal system—especially the tax code. Due to the ill-advised drug war and the endless federal expansion of the criminal code we have over 6 million people under correctional suspension, more than the Soviets ever had, and more than any other nation today, including China. I don’t understand the complacency of the Congress and the willingness to continue their obsession with passing more Federal laws. Mandatory sentencing laws associated with drug laws have compounded our prison problems.
The federal register is now 75,000 pages long and the tax code has 72,000 pages, and expands every year. When will the people start shouting, “enough is enough,” and demand Congress cease and desist.
Liberty can only be achieved when government is denied the aggressive use of force. If one seeks liberty, a precise type of government is needed. To achieve it, more than lip service is required.
Two choices are available.
1. A government designed to protect liberty—a natural right—as its sole objective. The people are expected to care for themselves and reject the use of any force for interfering with another person’s liberty. Government is given a strictly limited authority to enforce contracts, property ownership, settle disputes, and defend against foreign aggression.
2. A government that pretends to protect liberty but is granted power to arbitrarily use force over the people and foreign nations. Though the grant of power many times is meant to be small and limited, it inevitably metastasizes into an omnipotent political cancer. This is the problem for which the world has suffered throughout the ages. Though meant to be limited it nevertheless is a 100% sacrifice of a principle that would-be-tyrants find irresistible. It is used vigorously—though incrementally and insidiously. Granting power to government officials always proves the adage that: “power corrupts.”
Once government gets a limited concession for the use of force to mold people habits and plan the economy, it causes a steady move toward tyrannical government. Only a revolutionary spirit can reverse the process and deny to the government this arbitrary use of aggression. There’s no in-between. Sacrificing a little liberty for imaginary safety always ends badly.
Today’s mess is a result of Americans accepting option #2, even though the Founders attempted to give us Option #1.
The results are not good. As our liberties have been eroded our wealth has been consumed. The wealth we see today is based on debt and a foolish willingness on the part of foreigners to take our dollars for goods and services. They then loan them back to us to perpetuate our debt system. It’s amazing that it has worked for this long but the impasse in Washington, in solving our problems indicate that many are starting to understand the seriousness of the world -wide debt crisis and the dangers we face. The longer this process continues the harsher the outcome will be.
The Financial Crisis Is a Moral Crisis
Ultimately, the people have to decide which form of government they want; option #1 or option #2. There is no other choice. Claiming there is a choice of a “little” tyranny is like describing pregnancy as a “touch of pregnancy.” It is a myth to believe that a mixture of free markets and government central economic planning is a worthy compromise. What we see today is a result of that type of thinking. And the results speak for themselves.Many are now acknowledging that a financial crisis looms but few understand it’s, in reality, a moral crisis. It’s the moral crisis that has allowed our liberties to be undermined and permits the exponential growth of illegal government power. Without a clear understanding of the nature of the crisis it will be difficult to prevent a steady march toward tyranny and the poverty that will accompany it.
A Culture of Violence
American now suffers from a culture of violence. It’s easy to reject the initiation of violence against one’s neighbor but it’s ironic that the people arbitrarily and freely anoint government officials with monopoly power to initiate violence against the American people—practically at will.
Because it’s the government that initiates force, most people accept it as being legitimate. Those who exert the force have no sense of guilt. It is believed by too many that governments are morally justified in initiating force supposedly to “do good.” They incorrectly believe that this authority has come from the “consent of the people.” The minority, or victims of government violence never consented to suffer the abuse of government mandates, even when dictated by the majority. Victims of TSA excesses never consented to this abuse.
This attitude has given us a policy of initiating war to “do good,” as well. It is claimed that war, to prevent war for noble purposes, is justified. This is similar to what we were once told that: “destroying a village to save a village” was justified. It was said by a US Secretary of State that the loss of 500,000 Iraqis, mostly children, in the 1990s, as a result of American bombs and sanctions, was “worth it” to achieve the “good” we brought to the Iraqi people. And look at the mess that Iraq is in today.
Government use of force to mold social and economic behavior at home and abroad has justified individuals using force on their own terms. The fact that violence by government is seen as morally justified, is the reason why violence will increase when the big financial crisis hits and becomes a political crisis as well.
First, we recognize that individuals shouldn’t initiate violence, then we give the authority to government. Eventually, the immoral use of government violence, when things goes badly, will be used to justify an individual’s “right” to do the same thing. Neither the government nor individuals have the moral right to initiate violence against another yet we are moving toward the day when both will claim this authority. If this cycle is not reversed society will break down.
When needs are pressing, conditions deteriorate and rights become relative to the demands and the whims of the majority. It’s then not a great leap for individuals to take it upon themselves to use violence to get what they claim is theirs. As the economy deteriorates and the wealth discrepancies increase—as are already occurring— violence increases as those in need take it in their own hands to get what they believe is theirs. They will not wait for a government rescue program.
When government officials wield power over others to bail out the special interests, even with disastrous results to the average citizen, they feel no guilt for the harm they do. Those who take us into undeclared wars with many casualties resulting, never lose sleep over the death and destruction their bad decisions caused. They are convinced that what they do is morally justified, and the fact that many suffer just can’t be helped.
When the street criminals do the same thing, they too have no remorse, believing they are only taking what is rightfully theirs. All moral standards become relative. Whether it’s bailouts, privileges, government subsidies or benefits for some from inflating a currency, it’s all part of a process justified by a philosophy of forced redistribution of wealth. Violence, or a threat of such, is the instrument required and unfortunately is of little concern of most members of Congress.
Some argue it’s only a matter of “fairness” that those in need are cared for. There are two problems with this. First, the principle is used to provide a greater amount of benefits to the rich than the poor. Second, no one seems to be concerned about whether or not it’s fair to those who end up paying for the benefits. The costs are usually placed on the backs of the middle class and are hidden from the public eye. Too many people believe government handouts are free, like printing money out of thin air, and there is no cost. That deception is coming to an end. The bills are coming due and that’s what the economic slowdown is all about.
Sadly, we have become accustomed to living with the illegitimate use of force by government. It is the tool for telling the people how to live, what to eat and drink, what to read and how to spend their money.
To develop a truly free society, the issue of initiating force must be understood and rejected. Granting to government even a small amount of force is a dangerous concession.
Limiting Government Excesses vs. a Virtuous Moral People
Our Constitution, which was intended to limit government power and abuse, has failed. The Founders warned that a free society depends on a virtuous and moral people. The current crisis reflects that their concerns were justified.
Most politicians and pundits are aware of the problems we face but spend all their time in trying to reform government. The sad part is that the suggested reforms almost always lead to less freedom and the importance of a virtuous and moral people is either ignored, or not understood. The new reforms serve only to further undermine liberty. The compounding effect has given us this steady erosion of liberty and the massive expansion of debt. The real question is: if it is liberty we seek, should most of the emphasis be placed on government reform or trying to understand what “a virtuous and moral people” means and how to promote it. The Constitution has not prevented the people from demanding handouts for both rich and poor in their efforts to reform the government, while ignoring the principles of a free society. All branches of our government today are controlled by individuals who use their power to undermine liberty and enhance the welfare/warfare state-and frequently their own wealth and power.
If the people are unhappy with the government performance it must be recognized that government is merely a reflection of an immoral society that rejected a moral government of constitutional limitations of power and love of freedom.
If this is the problem all the tinkering with thousands of pages of new laws and regulations will do nothing to solve the problem.
It is self-evident that our freedoms have been severely limited and the apparent prosperity we still have, is nothing more than leftover wealth from a previous time. This fictitious wealth based on debt and benefits from a false trust in our currency and credit, will play havoc with our society when the bills come due. This means that the full consequence of our lost liberties is yet to be felt.
But that illusion is now ending. Reversing a downward spiral depends on accepting a new approach.
Expect the rapidly expanding homeschooling movement to play a significant role in the revolutionary reforms needed to build a free society with Constitutional protections. We cannot expect a Federal government controlled school system to provide the intellectual ammunition to combat the dangerous growth of government that threatens our liberties.
The internet will provide the alternative to the government/media complex that controls the news and most political propaganda. This is why it’s essential that the internet remains free of government regulation.
Many of our religious institutions and secular organizations support greater dependency on the state by supporting war, welfare and corporatism and ignore the need for a virtuous people.
I never believed that the world or our country could be made more free by politicians, if the people had no desire for freedom.
Under the current circumstances the most we can hope to achieve in the political process is to use it as a podium to reach the people to alert them of the nature of the crisis and the importance of their need to assume responsibility for themselves, if it is liberty that they truly seek. Without this, a constitutionally protected free society is impossible.
If this is true, our individual goal in life ought to be for us to seek virtue and excellence and recognize that self-esteem and happiness only comes from using one’s natural ability, in the most productive manner possible, according to one’s own talents.
Productivity and creativity are the true source of personal satisfaction. Freedom, and not dependency, provides the environment needed to achieve these goals. Government cannot do this for us; it only gets in the way. When the government gets involved, the goal becomes a bailout or a subsidy and these cannot provide a sense of personal achievement.
Achieving legislative power and political influence should not be our goal. Most of the change, if it is to come, will not come from the politicians, but rather from individuals, family, friends, intellectual leaders and our religious institutions. The solution can only come from rejecting the use of coercion, compulsion, government commands, and aggressive force, to mold social and economic behavior. Without accepting these restraints, inevitably the consensus will be to allow the government to mandate economic equality and obedience to the politicians who gain power and promote an environment that smothers the freedoms of everyone. It is then that the responsible individuals who seek excellence and self-esteem by being self-reliance and productive, become the true victims.
What are the greatest dangers that the American people face today and impede the goal of a free society? There are five.
1. The continuous attack on our civil liberties which threatens
the rule of law and our ability to resist the onrush of tyranny.
2. Violent anti-Americanism that has engulfed the world. Because the phenomenon of “blow-back” is not understood or denied, our foreign policy is destined to keep us involved in many wars that we have no business being in. National bankruptcy and a greater threat to our national security will result.
3. The ease in which we go to war, without a declaration by Congress, but accepting international authority from the UN or NATO even for preemptive wars, otherwise known as aggression.
4. A financial political crisis as a consequence of excessive debt, unfunded liabilities, spending, bailouts, and gross discrepancy in wealth distribution going from the middle class to the rich. The danger of central economic planning, by the Federal Reserve must be understood.
5. World government taking over local and US sovereignty by getting involved in the issues of war, welfare, trade, banking, a world currency, taxes, property ownership, and private ownership of guns.
Happily, there is an answer for these very dangerous trends.
What a wonderful world it would be if everyone accepted the simple moral premise of rejecting all acts of aggression. The retort to such a suggestion is always: it’s too simplistic, too idealistic, impractical, naïve, utopian, dangerous, and unrealistic to strive for such an ideal.
The answer to that is that for thousands of years the acceptance of government force, to rule over the people, at the sacrifice of liberty, was considered moral and the only available option for achieving peace and prosperity.
What could be more utopian than that myth—considering the results especially looking at the state sponsored killing, by nearly every government during the 20th Century, estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. It’s time to reconsider this grant of authority to the state.
No good has ever come from granting monopoly power to the state to use aggression against the people to arbitrarily mold human behavior. Such power, when left unchecked, becomes the seed of an ugly tyranny. This method of governance has been adequately tested, and the results are in: reality dictates we try liberty.
The idealism of non-aggression and rejecting all offensive use of force should be tried. The idealism of government sanctioned violence has been abused throughout history and is the primary source of poverty and war. The theory of a society being based on individual freedom has been around for a long time. It’s time to take a bold step and actually permit it by advancing this cause, rather than taking a step backwards as some would like us to do.
Today the principle of habeas corpus, established when King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215, is under attack. There’s every reason to believe that a renewed effort with the use of the internet that we can instead advance the cause of liberty by spreading an uncensored message that will serve to rein in government authority and challenge the obsession with war and welfare.
What I’m talking about is a system of government guided by the moral principles of peace and tolerance.
The Founders were convinced that a free society could not exist without a moral people. Just writing rules won’t work if the people choose to ignore them. Today the rule of law written in the Constitution has little meaning for most Americans, especially those who work in Washington DC.
Benjamin Franklin claimed “only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” John Adams concurred: “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
A moral people must reject all violence in an effort to mold people’s beliefs or habits.
A society that boos or ridicules the Golden Rule is not a moral society. All great religions endorse the Golden Rule. The same moral standards that individuals are required to follow should apply to all government officials. They cannot be exempt.
The ultimate solution is not in the hands of the government.
The solution falls on each and every individual, with guidance from family, friends and community.
The #1 responsibility for each of us is to change ourselves with hope that others will follow. This is of greater importance than working on changing the government; that is secondary to promoting a virtuous society. If we can achieve this, then the government will change.
It doesn’t mean that political action or holding office has no value. At times it does nudge policy in the right direction. But what is true is that when seeking office is done for personal aggrandizement, money or power, it becomes useless if not harmful. When political action is taken for the right reasons it’s easy to understand why compromise should be avoided. It also becomes clear why progress is best achieved by working with coalitions, which bring people together, without anyone sacrificing his principles.
Political action, to be truly beneficial, must be directed toward changing the hearts and minds of the people, recognizing that it’s the virtue and morality of the people that allow liberty to flourish.
The Constitution or more laws per se, have no value if the people’s attitudes aren’t changed.
To achieve liberty and peace, two powerful human emotions have to be overcome. Number one is “envy” which leads to hate and class warfare. Number two is “intolerance” which leads to bigoted and judgemental policies. These emotions must be replaced with a much better understanding of love, compassion, tolerance and free market economics. Freedom, when understood, brings people together. When tried, freedom is popular.
The problem we have faced over the years has been that economic interventionists are swayed by envy, whereas social interventionists are swayed by intolerance of habits and lifestyles. The misunderstanding that tolerance is an endorsement of certain activities, motivates many to legislate moral standards which should only be set by individuals making their own choices. Both sides use force to deal with these misplaced emotions. Both are authoritarians. Neither endorses voluntarism. Both views ought to be rejected.
I have come to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure out “the plain truth of things.” The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people world-wide, is to pursue the cause of LIBERTY.
If you find this to be a worthwhile message, spread it throughout the land.
Jem, surrendering to the Water Dragon in Brazil, Oct. 2012
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