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As I read through the comments on Rob Kall’s article, Visions of a Positive Future vs Fixing a Pathological a Pathological Present, I wondered how others envision that future?
The issue, in my opinion, is inherent in the term authority. To be an authority is to author. “Author what?” We should ask. “Us?!” I would respond.
Yes, us! Our lives and the life of this entire planet are what the elite authors (top 1-10%) create. To be an authority is to define how YOUR story goes as well as everyone else.
Is this ok?
Consider the United States symbol of the pyramid on the back of the United States dollar. It is a pyramidal symbol that speaks to the Egyptian Pyramids. The idea of it being Egyptian is important given that Egypt is seen as one of the primary birth mothers of our modern day culture.
This pyramidal symbol IS the essence of western civilization.
As you look at your dollar bill, meditate on the pyramid symbol.
What you will notice is that there are two pyramids. One is below at the base while the other one appears separated and at the top. The top pyramid above is what Rob Kall refers to as the top-1%.
The dollar bill’s pyramid shows us how long this conditioning has been going on. Yes, it goes way back to the Egyptians. Recall the Adam and Eve story? “And the Man (Adam) shall rule over thee?” There it is, the pyramid. The Man, the transcendent eye, is beyond this world and therefore a part from the rest of us.
So much for teamwork!
So, the question is, are we ready to challenge what we have been taught regarding reality.
My first thought in getting out of this mess of Western Civilization is that we need to redefine transcendence. Transcendence in accord to the top-down dollar bill symbol entails a separation from the base. “I’m beyond all this” is the battle cry of the top 1-5 or 10% (a corporate five and dime? Remember those stores?).
“I’m not getting my hands dirty” saith the Koch Brother! “Ok, David,” we respond. “If you sit on top and the base collapses, then what?” Oh, Ok, you have that covered. Your pyramid is beyond all that. It is transcendent.
Transcendence is indeed a deep experience to spiritual awakening. Yet, what is transcendence? Here I’m going to argue that transcendence is getting the Big Picture and NOT being separated out from the rest of the world.
To help you along in understanding this, consider you are driving or walking up a mountain. When you get to the top of the mountain, you can see how the various landmarks (rivers, streams, hills, housing, etc) relate. This is the very reason that many of the Lords, Nobles and Kings of the Feudal States lived on top of hillsides. Like God, they look down upon us ground based peasants. (The Koch Brothers have airplanes and other avenues to super-vise us, so they don’t need to sit on a hillside. They can now have ocean front mansions!).
We call this “looking down upon” as “super-vision.”
The problem with idealizing this state is that in a super-vision philosophy, you lack up front and close vision. So, you may be walking in a forest just “soaking it all in” and find that you did not notice the rattlesnake you almost stepped on until you felt her teeth going into your backside.
Lets make this more down to earth for you city dwellers by discussing childrearing and bearing. When bearing a child a woman is said to be in labor. Labor is the production of a potential that is within us. This article is conceived within me and thus its being written is my labor. My wife said something yesterday that was seminal to this writing. Thus, gender and sexuality are beyond the noun version of and enter into the verb.
I do want to comment on the line in the Bible’s Genesis regarding our (Eve) labors being in pain. Labor signifies both the delivery of a baby as well as our work in this world. And, yes, I’m sure that something that is perhaps 5 to 10 pounds emerging from a woman’s vagina is painful.
Yet, isn’t this writing also a conception? And what of you the reader in this process? Well, you draw in light via your eyes’ pupils and conceive these words in the back of your brain. When you see and read that image, you may also say “this guy is nuts” or “this guy is on target,” or, even, “what in Sam’s Hell is this man talking about!?”
Articles, be they crazy or not, are written in accord to the Way of Tao as per the Tao Te Ching. Articles are conceived (a feminine function, yin) due to an external stimulus (a male function, yang). Thus, an article written by Rob Kall initiated this writing. To help Rob’s words along in sparking this writing, the steroids I was prescribed for Chrones’ disease has me on a “high”.
As Chaos theory predicts, everything is involved in the creation of everything else.
Thus, there are multiple factors to this writing.
A fertilized egg becomes a human being that ultimately emerges from his mother’s womb and into the deeper womb of Planet Earth. (Yes, the relationship of Earth to Human is the same as Mother to infant/fetus. If Mom dies, so does baby! Who wants to tell the Koch Brothers?)
Mm, so if we go does that mean the top 1% go with us? Oh, wait, the Egyptian elite had this one down. The upper echelon is transcendent from the rest of us morons at the bottom (working class, blacks, women, etc).
“Hey! I’m not about to get my hands dirty. Where is my janitor!”
Ah, Adam shall rule over thee be ye labor class, a woman, a soul or even a forest. It’s all for OUR sake.
Is this truly the Christian attitude? Not in all. Yet, I do see Christianity as not so much the following of Christ but as the following of the civilizations of Egyptian/Greek/Rome.
The self-righteous arrogance inherent in some people is an attitude cultivated in ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman civilization. (Yes, the Christians thrown to lions and crucified on crosses BECAME the Roman Empire.) “Many shall come in my name,” says Christ “and I shall not know them.”
Personally I don’t believe having water sprinkled on one’s head gets us on Christ’s wavelength. Nor do I believe that Christ discounts Buddha, Radha (Hindu, lover of Krishna), Sophia (Wisdom), Brahmin (the Self), Yahweh (I AM) and Nature (Essence). How we live our lives IS what matters and not so much bowing to the Man on Stage (Dorothy’s Wizard or ego (what we mistakenly think we are)).
I would say a huge portion of those calling themselves Christians are in this boat. For whatever reason, Sarah Palin is appearing in my mind. I’ll let the reader play with this example in his or her mind. What is important is not my preaching to you about Sarah and her wonderful demeanor. What is important is that you realize how Sarah plays in the pattern to today’s world that includes the top 1%.
True religion is NOT a belief system. Beliefs are thoughts and thoughts are vapor trails arising from our brains (I know, I’m being over simplistic). Yet, we live according to our beliefs. Now anything we do is going to boil down to a belief system. What belief system we hold has consequences.
The narrator of the movie and writer of the book “The Day the Universe Changed”, James Burke, states:
If the universe is what you say it is, then by all means say it!”
WE author our lives in relationship to everything else. We are not ruled by the Koch Brothers. Indeed, we are not ruled by any Man on Stage. That Man on Stage is reflected in the character of the Almighty Wizard. Ah, yes, he is indeed revealed as a farce that was full of hot air.
Such is our lot in western civilization: Dorothy’s Wizard exists as the priests, preachers, gurus, politicians or rulers/authorities). And not anything else.
Thus, the ending of this article is to tell you “you really are free!”
So, reclaim what and who you truly are. You are Dorothy of Wizard of Oz fame.
“My dear you’ve had the power all along to get back to Kansas.”
Do not think these words of Glinda (shining light of Truth) are meant for a fictional character named Dorothy. Indeed, Dorothy means Gift of God (or Nature if you will). Dorothy is your Soul, be you physically in the form of woman or man.
So, follow the yellow brick road (the gold standard), meet up with your courage (lion), heart (tin man) and brains (scarecrow) and send the Wizard (the Koch Brothers is my favorite metaphor for the Wizard) sailing off in his appropriate “hot air balloon.”
“OK!” Dorothy, “Cut the rope.”
This Dorothy to whom I am speaking is simply the person reading this article. Send THE MAN sailing Dorothy! Its all up to you!
Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of “Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature.” As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more…)
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