The Sense of Intuition

I believe the phenomenon of intuition and synchronicity provide direct, day-to-day evidence of an Interconnected Universe.

Imagine a spider web at dawn, glistening with dew drops. If a dew drop pops, or new dew forms, the entire web is affected. And each dew drop reflects all of the other dewdrops, and all the flowers below, like a million tiny mirrors. This is the Buddhist vision of what the Universe looks like, as a metaphor. It’s called Indra’s Web (or Indra’s Jeweled Net) in its original form, attributed to an ancient Buddhist named Tu-Shun (557-640 B.C.E.)

A more detailed description is here:

So, how do intuition and synchronicity play in?

I believe intuition is a sense, just like our First Five. It is the sense that allows us to feel and know other parts of the web all around us that are beyond our senses of smell, sound, sight, taste, and touch. Continue reading “The Sense of Intuition”

The Force of Conscious Intention a.k.a. “The Flow”

Expert from “Don’t Read this Book! It may cause a mid-life crisis.”

While people debate whether we have yet reached the tipping point of global warming, I feel very profoundly with every fiber of my being that there is a different tipping point we have already eclipsed. We have already begun the transformation of civilization into a new state of conscious awakening that does not merely solve, but transcends, all of the confluent crises our civilization is on a collision course with.

There is a profoundly powerful new faith-based-spirituality that has emerged into our cultural consciousness. It is rooted in the dawning awareness that consciousness creates reality.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

The idea that consciousness itself is truly the fundamental substance of the universe has been sown into the soil of cultural awareness in too many ways to ignore any longer. And the seeds have already begun to sprout.

Culture may try to bury this idea
without realizing it’s a seed
that sprouts in fertile minds.

Continue reading “The Force of Conscious Intention a.k.a. “The Flow””

I am not an Expert. I am an autodidact.

I am not an “expert.” I hope you don’t hold it against me. I have no formal academic training in physics, philosophy, sociology, psychology, anthrolopology or economics. That is a lot of–ologies one can potentially be Expert in, isn’t it?

Excerpt from, “Think Outside the Thought”

I graduated from a University with a liberal arts degree then picked myself up, brushed myself off and got about the important work of teaching myself how to think. That’s called autodidactism.

College is good at a few things, foremost of which may be learning specific skills the human race has developed over the past 8,000 years or so. Unfortunately, one of the most valuable skills we have developed that is not taught at any University I know of, is the ability and desire to think independently.

If I had the wherewithal to found my own university, I believe I would name it The School of Thought. Students could graduate with a degree in Peace of Mind.

But alas, modern academia is a far cry from the idyllic institution of my imagination.

In college, research papers I poured laboriously over, embedded with intellectual fodder, imbued with blood, sweat and tears, never got very high marks. They got lots of marks, usually in red.

In fact, the more didactic the transcription of a professor’s lecture, the better grades the papers were given. While these exercises in rote thought seem to demand the undivided attention of many an undergraduate for many an unforgiving hour, I slapped them together at midnight and got As across the board.

This willy-nilly mentality is as much all the rage as excessive alcohol consumption among undergraduates whose mantra is “Cs get degrees.”

If I learned anything at all from these exercises in futility, it was that hard work isn’t a pre-requisite for graduating college. And thinking even less so.

“Lowercase-ism” proposed as solution to “Capitalism”

Here’s a person you probably don’t know of yet.

Their name is Iner. They are self-identified as “intersexual,” and have just announced the creation of a Global Universal Basic Income (GUBI) available for anyone earning less than US $100/hour.

Iner calls his solution “LowerCase-ism”, and claims it will replace “Capitalism” globally within the next 5 months.

The source for the following article has been widely credited across the inter web as “Not The Onion.” The Solution Revolution Media outlet has decided to re-publish the information. Make your own decisions. What do you think? Is this story too good to be fake news?

In order to fund “GUBI,” Iner, who had $2 to his name simply re-programmed the automated computer that manages a prestigious Wall Street Hedge Fund to “simply add as many 1s and 0s as necessary to create global equality to the account balance.” The 1s and 0s were then transferred to an untraceable Swiss Bank Account which designates, “All of Humanity” as the beneficiary.

Did Inner use Anonymous technology to pull off this remarkable feat?
“No,” says Iner.  “I actually used the Buddhist principle of the Bodhisattva, who lives their life for the benefit of all sentient beings.”

Iner explains that the computer re-program is completely legal. It simply applies the basics of modern-day economic theory in a whole new way.

“Our current economic system,” says Iner, “makes no sense. GUBI, therefore, doesn’t have to either. And that’s why it works.”

The newly-identified means for producing money will have absolutely no effect on existing global economies. They can continue with business as usual, if they wish.

“The only difference,” says Iner, “will be seen by real people. Because now they have the choice to decide if they still wish to participate, once they see how silly this entire situation is. And I don’t think they will.”

“That’s the whole idea of the Free Market, right? Let the Market decide.”

In this case, the “Market” is the “Labor Market.” If people don’t want to participate, they don’t have to. How could the free market get any more free?

So just who is this Iner person, anyway?

They describe themselves as a “non-binary intersexual Renaissance Human.”

Echoing the words of Leonardo DaVinci  about 500 years ago, Iner says, “I woke up to find everyone else still asleep.”

“So, I simply programmed an alarm clock wake everyone up.”

Anyone who hears the alarm clock will be Woke, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

Iner woke up at 12:12 a.m. on 12/12/2012.

“The alarm’s going off. Can you hear it?” asks Iner.


Culture Shock @ the Oregon Country Fair

The Oregon Country Fair happens annually in July just outside of Eugene, OR. I wonder why it’s not officially called, “The Cascadian Country Fair”?

Are we even in America anymore, Toto?

Reverse Culture Shock might be more accurate, which is an eerily surreal feeling I first felt when I came home from Madagascar after Peace Corps.

And then I felt it again at Country Fair.

Reverse Culture Shock: The surreal sensation of wonder, when asking, “Is this the same place I came from?”

At Country Faire, it hit me: there actually is a fundamentally different culture out here.

(We’re from the Midwest).

The vivacious tent canopy in the Chela Mela Meadow

So, First Fair! And you know what they say about your first time.

My partner, Micayla & I, just transplanted ourselves to Eugene last November (the month the election Happened.)

We came via wagon across the Oregon Trail ….

… I mean, we drove a Civic over the Cascadian Mountains, from Kansas City, Missouri (also known as “the middle of merica”). Continue reading “Culture Shock @ the Oregon Country Fair”

Think outside the Sphere

Excerpt from, “Think Outside the Thought”

The fall of (Western) Man was not from grace, but down a rabbit hole that he thought himself into. He constructed a box and climbed in. There have always been some of us trying to claw our way out. There have been quite a few more who don’t see the box at all. Yet the “struggle” to get out is just as unhelpful as being ignorant of its existence.

The truth is, there is no box. Not really, anyway. The only thing we’re stuck in is our own minds, our minds which are so conditioned that we can no longer see the forest for the trees, or the world for the box. Our perception of reality is informed by experience as our world conforms itself to the mold of our own design like silly putty in a red rubber egg.

One of the most out-of-the-box thinkers I have ever read, aTranspersonal Psychologist, Joseph Chilton Pierce, claims there is a “crack in the cosmic egg,” by which we can escape the box, climb back out of the rabbit hole.
The real rub, though, is this isn’t a box or a hole with any boundaries that can be easily experienced by the few senses we recognize.

Our minds have simply been so addled by television, mass media, and the homogenization of shared experience that we are desperately close to a precipice beyond which we will no longer be able to conceive anything that doesn’t have a direct physical manifestation within our nearly closed loop paradigm.

That explains why so many of us don’t recognize box we’re in. It also explains why those who do see it become obsessed with trying to escape it.
Once we become aware of it, their minds seize upon the possibility of a new reality that and think, aha! I see the box! Now I must plan my escape!
But isn’t that a validation of the very worldview we’re trying to fight against? The worldview of giving special treatment in your mind to that which you can see.

I’m now aware of this box! I must fight against it!
Why? You weren’t fighting against it before you were aware of it. Why start now?

If your head isn’t spinning already, you may want to get it examined by an expert. It might be screwed on too tight.

There’s another alternative. Now that you see the box, don’t expend all your energy clawing at the corners. It will be wasted effort. The box is here to stay.

Historically, every plebeian revolution which seeks to overthrow the aristocracy, it ultimately occurs (after 10, 50, 100 or 500 years) that the plebeians evolve into a new aristocracy. Revolutions don’t work because all they do is turn the tables. They never get out of the kitchen.
Civilization has in fact seen so many revolutions that it is by now well-fortified against them. It knows how to defend itself from a plebeian revolt. More, better, bigger guns. And it works. That’s not to say that Revolutions aren’t won by Revolutionaries and Heroes or lost by Tyrants and Traitors (distinctions made solely by history books).

But it is to say that no revolution has ever been won or lost by either side. The side that emerges victorious simply loses more slowly than their opponent. The fact is, by winning, we are learning to beat the other guy at his own game. But both sides are rolling the same dice, moving around the same board.
And it’s deja-vu all over again and again and again. David becomes Goliath.
So what’s the solution?

I see the box. The box is made of thoughts and I see the need to change the mindset of the world. What do I do?
Simple. Think outside the thought. Think outside the sphere.

If your head isn’t spinning already, you may want to get it examined by an expert. It might be screwed on too tight.

But before we begin the dizzying search for the invisible walls of thought that surround us, penetrate us, bind our civilization together, let’s take a step forward….

The Antidote to the Sickness of Greed

Expert from “Don’t Read this Book! It may cause a mid-life crisis.”

My worldview has matured over the years, as all of ours do.

Far from the young and naïve college student who dreamed of merely escaping our corrupt culture, I have now come to believe, profoundly, deeply, that we have created a beautifully complex, robust, dynamic civilization.

We can transmit ideas almost at the speed of thought across the globe via the magic of the Internet. We can transport ourselves at the speed of sound across those same distances.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic.”
—Arthur C. Clarke

The dreams we can achieve using the miraculous-seeming technologies Western ingenuity has conceived of is truly astonishing and profound.
We have built a civilization that has transcended Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
We have the technology to meet and exceed the basic needs of every single human on the planet.

We live in a world where hunger need not exist.
In America, we waste, by some estimates, at least 50% of the food we produce.

Grocery stores select only the most perfect-looking produce and discard the rest.

Unsold food goes into dumpsters at the end of the day from restaurants and grocery stores alike. And in many municipalities, laws are in place preventing those foods from being given to the homeless. It’s patently absurd. A good lawyer could quite literally devise a way for this level of absurdity to be patented in our legal system.

The food we waste is more than enough to feed every person on the planet.
The technology is there.
The motivation simply isn’t.
Our motivation is for profit, solely that.
Our civilization is miraculous.
Let’s do our damndest to keep it.
Let it be subsumed no longer
by the sickness of greed.
Let’s change our mindset before it really is too late.
Before we go the way of Rome, or Atlantis, or any other sufficiently advanced civilization from History or Mythology.
Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.
Let’s change our mindset before it’s too late.
That’s all that needs to change.
Just our mindset.
It’s so simple.
Changing our mindset starts here, now, with you and me.

“The white man is corrupted
by the sickness of greed.”
—The Last of the Mohicans,
1992 film adaptation

The Con of E-con-omics

Except from “A People’s History of Capitalism”

The term “con-artist” is short for “confidence” artist. The person the con-artist is trying to deceive is known as the mark. If you’re an accomplice to the con-man, you’re called a shill.

A confidence artist is defined by Wikipedia as:

Someone who attempts to defraud a person or group by gaining their confidence. He does so by understanding and exploiting characteristics of the human psyche such as greed, both dishonesty and honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naivety, and the thought of trying to get something of value for nothing or for something far less valuable.

In a typical swindle, the con-man gives the mark his own confidence, encouraging the mark to in turn trust him. The con-artist thus poses as a trustworthy person seeking another trustworthy person.

What do you call a con-man who tries to
defraud another con-man? A stock broker.

The first known usage of the term “confidence man” in English was by the American press during the United States trial of William Thompson. Thompson’s ruse was to chat with strangers until he asked if they had the confidence to lend him their watches. Then he walked off wearing it.

Change the word from “con-man” to “stock broker” and the same definition applies almost verbatim—especially the part about trying to get something of value for something far less valuable.

The first two American stock-brokers who sold stock to each other standing on the corner of Wall St. and Broad St. in New York swapped their pieces of paper because each of them believed the other was getting the short end of the stick. At the same time, each man’s game was to not let on to the other man that he thought the company who’s stock he held was worth less. (read: worthless.)

So each man was playing the part of a con-artist.
And what do you call a con-man who tries to defraud another con-man? A stock broker.

Neither would have sold their piece of paper for the other piece of paper if they felt they already owned the more valuable piece of paper.
A trader will only sell a stock when he believes the value will keep going down. In order to sell, he must find someone to pay a price he himself believes is too high. Thus, trying to get something of value (money) for something far less valuable (the stock).

The trader on the other side of the bargain, too, only buys because he believes he’s getting something of value (the stock) for something far less valuable (money).

They are both con-men.

This behavior is the foundation behind the working model called Game Theory that economists use to describe and explain behaviors observed in the seemingly schizophrenic stock market.

This principle was originally worked out by mathematician John Nash. The 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind is the biography of John Nash and his life-long struggle with mental illness.
This mathematical model claims to demonstrate how seemingly irrational human behavior is determined—and can be predicted by—mathematics. However, it works only as an accomplice (a shill) to the belief that every action is inherently selfish—that no one ever does anything unless they believe it will benefit themselves more than anyone else.
Turns out, Game Theory does accurately describe human behavior. But not in everyone. In fact, only a small subset of people live their lives and make their decisions in accordance with the patterns predicted by Game Theory.
The subset of humans this theory applies to are con-men and the observed behaviors of some mentally ill patients.

The players of Game Theory control the stock market,
epitomizing the very definition of con-men.

Ironically, later in life, when John Nash’s schizophrenia was under control with medication, he recanted the entire notion of Game Theory as a flawed model.
But game theory does work in explaining the seemingly irrational moves of the stock market.

And who controls the stock market? Stock brokers, traders and economists whose trades are the only things producing the moves.

A bear market (selling frenzy) happens when their confidence is low. A bull market (buying frenzy) occurs when their confidence is high.

The world economy only functions when consumers’ confidence remains high. The talking heads on the investment news channels will say this all the time.
Consumer confidence was down in March. That means we shouldn’t look for an economic rebound yet.

Retail investors like you and me, typically end up throwing our money into the market when stock prices are right at the top. When confidence is highest.
The con-man has earned our confidence and we give him our watch. We’re willing participants in the con. We’ve become the marks.

Brokers know this. They look for retail investments to spike. When it does, they apply Game Theory to the equation and sell, sell, sell. They walk away with our watch.

Market tops occur just as predicted by economists behaving according to the mathematics of Game Theory.

Retail investors also sell near absolute bottoms, marking the lowest level of confidence. That’s when brokers buy, buy, buy.

Con artists.
So dark the con of the economy.

The players of Game Theory control the stock market, epitomizing the very definition of con-men: exploiting characteristics of the human psyche such as greed, both dishonesty and honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naivety.

We the People are the marks, and this is the ultimate con-game.