Friday, July 22, 2022

"Secret Engine" Update, 7/22/22: What You Need to Know As We Hurtle Toward 1st of 3 Doom-Defying Deadlines



"Secret Engine" Update: What You Need to Know As We Hurtle Toward 1st of 3
Doom-Defying Deadlines (VIDEO LINK)

This is not a transcript. These are my notes for the talk. I publish them in the hope that they might be useful to you for your own clarity and in your efforts to engage other voters. 

All of the images included in this presentation are from tweets related to Russia's genocidal attack on Ukraine. The images I selected are all of women, women journalists, women in the military, civilian women casualties. Why? Because victory in this war is vital for the future of the West and of democracy and because the leadership of women is vital for the future of all life on this planet.


Some of us resonate deeply in our political and geopolitical views. Some of us agree on a few issues and disagree on others. But Left, Liberal, Centrist and true Conservative, we're all leaning forward, in a United Front for Sanity and Decency.

I have, however, identified a few other categories.

The Toxic Left: Those who chose their imagined ideological purity over compromise and incremental progressive. Those who would rather feel self-righteous than win a victory for the greater good. Those who say they're tired of being forced to choose "the lesser of two evils." If you think this, you have no real knowledge of evil, you have never faced it directly in this life. If you had real knowledge of evil, if you had faced it directly in this life, you would not hesitate for an instance if there were a choice between the lesser of two evils. And it's a false frame anyway, because the Democratic Party is not evil.

The Woo Woo Contingent: Those who imagine themselves beyond politics. Those who think it is isn't "spiritual" to choose sides. Those who have tuned out. Those who imagine they are "architecting Civilization 2.0" in a bubble of white privilege from some eco-tourist retreat.

The Pseudo-Cynical: Those who hide behind cynicism. Those who just critique. Those who reflexively say "Oh that will never happen ..." or "Nothing is going to change..." Always deflating, always dismissing. Those who acknowledge the worthiness of our goals but are unwilling to expend their own intellectual or emotional capital in the struggle to achieve them. I say "Pseudo-Cynical" because Cynicism, as expounded among the pre-Platonic Greeks, by Diogenes for example, was itself a great and holy philosophy. Diogenes the true Cynic would be on the barricades alongside us.
 
The Doom Infatuated: Those who refuse to even entertain the possibility of victory. It is as if they are eager for the onset of Dystopia and Doom. The Doom Infatuated are like those who are drawn to the cliff overlooking the yawning chasm, entranced, they feel its pull, they want to let go and fall in.

All four of these stances have an essential common denominator, all four make it easy to hide, all four make it easy to escape, all four are a lot less work than seeing it and feeling it and leaning into it and assuming personal responsibility to playing your part in it all. 

I don't have anything to say to "Independents" who hide behind "both sides" and cling to the false premise that there is some moral equivalences between Democrats and "Republicans." There just aren't. 

Nor do I have anything to say to "Republicans" who are willing to go along with the madness that has overtaken their party as long as taxes keep getting cut and regulations keep getting gutted. If you're not a "Never Trumper," or didn't walk away after Trump's attempted coup on 1/6, well, I don't have much hope for you. 

"Is this glass half-full or half-empty?" It's a false frame and a flawed question, which says much less than it purports to. The truth is that the half-empty glass and the half-full glass are the same glass, they occupy the same space, the glass is both half-full and half-empty simultaneously.

This is for real. Choose sides. Politics is holy. Ugly, but holy. Your vote is a sacrament. To not vote or throw your vote away on a third party candidate is a sacrilege. The fate of all hangs in the balance.


1 of 3

"Secret Engine of the World" was framed around three deadlines, two for our nation, and one for the whole of humanity and all the other species on this beautiful planet.

Three Deadlines:
  • 2022: U.S. Mid-Term Elections
  • 2024: U.S. Presidential Elections
  • 2031: Climate Apocalypse?
These deadlines are not a literary device or a rhetorical flourish, they are very real, they are existential, they are doom-defining and doom-defying.

And I am going to honor them, and dedicate this decade of my life, from 2021 when I published "Secret Engine" to 2031 when we reach the third and final of these three deadlines.

Beyond that, none of us can see, not even me, and it is foolish and bad juju to speculate.

I am honoring this first of the three deadlines, with this series of five talks, one a month, from July to November. The content of these talks will alternate between political and geopolitical updates and explorations of purely mystical teachings. Both are needed here and now.


The Facts On The Ground

  • Guns & Abortion
    • Meant to Be Just Red Meat for the Base, But …
    • They Created A Monster that Took on A Life of Its Own
    • Misogyny, Racism, Patriarchy, Oligarchy, i.e., Evil is A Disease (& It Is Communicable)
    • PsyOps to Break Our Hearts & Wills
    • Nihilism
  • Ukraine
    • "It is a war for the future of the world, for its ability to unite [...] It is a war of decolonization, because Ukraine is fighting for the right to exist. But for me, as a journalist, it is also a war of truth and lies." - Sevgil Musaieva, Ukrayinska Pravda 
  • The Big Lie, 1/6 & Beyond
    • "Perpetuating the big lie is an attack on the core of our constitutional republic ... Trump is the spark but the Republicans are the oxygen. There is no slide to autocracy without Republicans." - Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC
  • Planetary Emergencies
    • Climate Collapse & Pandemic

    IMPERATIVE THAT YOU EMBRACE THIS TRUTH

    We are not divided. Well, we're not divided down the middle. That's not why we can't deliver powerful sweeping change. Sure, we're divided. But it's not 50%-50%, on some of the most pressing issues it's more like 70%-30%. We're the 70%.

    "There are more of us than them," as Lando tells Poe in the most recent Star Wars trilogy.

    Consistently, in the most credible polls –
      • "Fifty Senators in Washington are going to hold us hostage. Do you realize that 90 percent of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks, universal background checks? Ninety percent of us. We are being held hostage by 50 Senators in Washington who refuse to even put it to a vote, despite what we the American people want." - Steve Kerr, Head Coach, Golden State Warriors
    We are actually united, in a robust majority -- numerous urgent issues.

    IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU EMBRACE THIS TRUTH AND THESE FACTS, HERE AND NOW IN THIS PERILOUS MOMENT. "There are more of us than them."


    Well, If That's True, Why Is This Happening?

    Constitutional Impediments:
    • Senate
    • Electoral College
    • SCOTUS
    These Structural Limitations Proved Insufficient, So …
    • Media Consolidation
    • Right-Wing Echo Chamber
    • Gerrymandering
    • Citizens United, Dark Money, etc.
    • Vote Suppression
    • Perversion of the Filibuster
    • Still Not Enough, So Bring in the Global Gangsters, i.e., Putin/Trump, Supplementing the American Oligarchs w/ Russian Oligarchs
    And now the bogus “Independent Legislature” theory, etc.


    Altruism v. Sociopathy

    Clinton (1992-2000):
    Assault Weapons Ban (1994)
    “When we passed the assault weapons ban, mass shootings went down. When the law expired, mass shootings tripled.” – Joe Biden, 5/24/22
    SCOTUS: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer
    Converted the largest budget deficit in American history into the largest surplus
    Protected millions of acres of American land
    Delivered Internet to 95% of U.S. Schools
    Signed on to Kyoto Accords on Climate Change

     Obama (2009-2017):

    • $787 billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act to spur economic growth during the Great Recession
    • Affordable Care Act
    • Iran Nuclear Agreement
    • SCOTUS: Sotomayor, Kagan
    • Expanded embryonic stem cell research leading to groundbreaking work in areas including spinal injury treatment and cancer
    • Commando raid that killed Osama Bin Laden
    • Paris Accords on Climate Change
    There is a profound difference between the governance philosophies of the Democrat Party and what today calls itself the Republican Party (although it's not the GOP now it's the GQP), it is literally altruism as a philosophy of governance v. sociopathy as a philosophy of governance.

    If you are either what I call toxic left or naive left, and you consider your imagined ideological purity superior to compromise with "liberals" or "centrists," I ask you this simple question:

    If you had a list of ten vital issues, ten vital actions, and given some power, the Democrats could deliver on five of those issues wouldn't it be better than the zilch zero nada your ideological purity will deliver. And yes, of course, given more power, enough power, they would deliver on 7, 8, maybe even 9 or all 10 of those desired actions. It is the ideological purity of those who stayed home or throw away their votes on Putin's dinner date (Jill Stein) that allowed Trump to take the electoral college vote in 2016, leading to the over 30,000 lies and over 30 crimes while in office, and of course, the three abominable SCOTUS appointments, which brought the end of Roe, and oh so much more Woe.


    Denied Our FDR Moment & Praying for Indictments

    Take this in -

    Senators each Democratic President had when taking office:
    FDR: 58 (of 96)
    Truman: 57 (of 96)
    Kennedy: 64
    LBJ: 66
    Carter: 61
    Clinton: 57
    Obama: 58
    Biden: 50
    Every Dem President of the last 100 years got at least 57 Dem Senators to start with. Except Biden who only got 50.

    Nevertheless, Biden has gotten a lot done. It's all documented right here: @What46HasDone 

    American Rescue Plan

    Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen says the Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan reduced food insecurity for families by 24%. She calls it “a profound economic and moral victory.” Bear in mind, zero Republicans voted for the American Rescue Plan that created the increased Child Tax Credit. - The Recount, 11/3/21

    Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package will give the poorest 20% of Americans a 20% boost in income, according to an analysis by the non-partisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. - Axios, 3/9/21  

    Vaccine doses given 599 million. Fully vaccinated 223 million. 67.6 percent of population. - Our World In Data, 7/12/22

    "This is the new Democratic governing coalition moving forward, w/ a strong left wing that knows when to choose its battles, behind a president who survived the era when government was a dirty word, & now gets to live up to the ideals ... What’s most important about the Biden plan is not its size but the thinking behind it. For one thing, it rejected old notions about government support as a morally hazardous 'handout' to the undeserving that would discourage work." - Joan Walsh, The Nation, 3/11/21

    Cabinet

    "NBC analysis of all Cabinet-level members from the past four administrations found that Biden’s cabinet has the highest percentage of women heading Cabinet-level departments; as well as secretaries, administrators and directors of color compared to his predecessors overall. Close to half of his current Cabinet are women; half of his current Cabinet self-identify as Black, Latino, Asian American, Native American or multiracial" - NBCDFW, 4/29/21

    Perhaps most important of all, most meaningful of all, most impactful of all, Biden named Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. "a historic move ... the first Indigenous American appointed to the position of a cabinet secretary in the United States" And not just any cabinet post, she's running the Interior Department, which not only deals with our forests, our wildernesses, our natural resources, but provides vital services to all of the Native American tribes in the United States.

    Judiciary (Federal bench, lifetime appointments)

    “the most demo­graph­ic­ally diverse set of judi­cial candid­ates in history, includ­ing the first LGBTQ woman to serve on a court of appeals, the first Muslim Amer­ican to serve as a federal judge, and the first Black woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. Twenty-six percent of all Black women currently serving as active judges were nomin­ated by Pres­id­ent Biden. Nearly 30 percent of Biden’s nomin­ees have served as public defend­ers” (Brennan Center, 4/5/22)

    Perhaps most important of all, most meaningful of all, Ketanji Brown Jackson, first African American woman appointed to SCOTUS.

    Revoked Keystone XL Permit

    “On the campaign trail, Biden vowed to cancel the Keystone XL cross-border permit should he win the presidency—and on his first day in office, he made good on that promise. The revoked permit became the final nail in the pipeline’s coffin” (NRDC)

    Re-Joined the Paris Accords

    In one of his first acts in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to have the United States rejoin the Paris climate agreement, the largest international effort to curb global warming. - NPR, 1/20/21

    Oh yeah, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure bill.

    Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation's infrastructure and competitiveness. For far too long, Washington policymakers have celebrated “infrastructure week” without ever agreeing to build infrastructure - NPR, 11/15/21

    Yet, as the "pundits" will tell you breathlessly, Biden's poll numbers have plunged and his agenda is stalled. It's vital that you understand how and why. No, not inflation, not his age, not that he went to far to the left, not that he didn't go far enough to the left, not CRT, not supply chain, or gas prices, none of it.

    Four factors started the downward spiral in Biden’s poll numbers -
    • Manchin & Sinema killed BBB & Voting Rights, $15 Minimum Raise
      • Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (@ayanaeliza), 7/15/22: In a devastating blow to the planet, Senator Manchin informed Dem leadership last night that he will not support the climate, justice, and clean energy portions of the legislative package that has been mired in negotiations since December 2021.
      • Southern Sister Resister (@ResisterSis20), 7/5/22: Because of Manchin and Sinema, Roe is not codified, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act is not passed, Build Back Better is not law, AR15s are not banned, and Climate Crisis legislation is not a priority. To solve this, #ExpandTheMajority in the Senate ...
    • Beltwayistan Media Normalization, Horse Race Coverage
      • For example, Joe Ferullo, The Hill, 10/3/21: As the Biden administration pushes forward on social programs and foreign policy moves that have consistent voter support, the mainstream media too often under-reports that support, and instead headlines the rallying cries of the opposition and glosses over deeper reasons why expanding middle- and working-class benefits ignites such resistance in this country. Coverage of the Democrats’ efforts to craft a reconciliation bill has been relentlessly superficial. Reporting from inside the Beltway resembles campaign horse-race journalism, with an unwavering focus on minute-by-minute assessments of who’s up and who’s down.
    • Weaponization of the Pandemic in several ways
      • Frida Ghitis, CNN, 9/10/21: The US is one of a few major countries where the people pushing against common-sense measures hold positions of power, where they can shape policy, influence large swaths of the population, and weaponize the pandemic for their own political benefit. (In Brazil, another place where this has happened, President Jair Bolsonaro, known as "the Trump of the Tropics," faces investigations for his pandemic shenanigans and their catastrophic consequences). Some in the Republican Party have turned the coronavirus crisis into the vehicle they hope will propel them to new political heights. As President Joe Biden tries to slow the deadly march of the virus, it's not hard to see what's behind his opponents' continuing efforts to thwart the White House's plans. It's a cynical game of unspeakable cruelty. If Biden fails to contain the pandemic, their hope is that they can use that failure to gain control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections and pave the way for a Republican president in 2024 ...
    • The understandable, depressing assumption that Trump & his co-conspirators will get away with it
      • Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw): If you still think AG Garland doesn’t fully intend to have DOJ prosecute EVERYONE responsible for trying to overturn the 2020 election, you need to listen carefully to what he said today (7/20/22)
      • AG Merrick Garland, today (7/20/22): “For people who are concerned as I think every American should be about protecting democracy, we have to . . .hold accountable EVERY PERSON who is criminally responsible for trying to overturn a legitimate election.”
      • Glenn Kirschner, MSNBC, 7/22/22: Now, I have long cautioned that we should give the DOJ enough time to do its thing. But my view has always been premised on the assumption that DOJ has, indeed been doing a thorough, far-reaching, aggressive investigation behind the scenes. My growing concern with each new data point is that for reasons that may have little to do with the facts or the law, DOJ is not doing the kind of investigation our democracy needs to survive
    BBB was our centerpiece of our FDR moment.

    The most transformative investment in children and caregiving in generations
    The largest effort to combat climate change in American history
    The biggest expansion of affordable health care in a decade
    The most significant effort to bring down costs and strengthen the middle class in generations
    Fully paid for
    - White House, Build Back Better Framework

    This tweet from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) captures the inspiring moment"

    What’s in the Build Back Better Act?
    Universal preschool
    Free community college
    Lower prescription drug costs
    Nutrition assistance for kids
    Investments in green jobs
    We’re going to pay for it by ensuring the uber-wealthy and corporations finally pay their fair share in taxes.
    - Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan), 9/14/21

    It was all set to be passed via a Reconciliation Bill, this escaping filibuster. 48 out of 50 in the Democratic Caucus were on-board. VP Kamala Harris would have been the tie-breaking vote. On this bill, Manchin and Sinema betrayed the President and the Party. They betrayed us all. Likewise with two extremely urgent Voting Rights bills. And Sinema herself deep-sixed a $15 minimum wage even earlier in the term. The Biden agenda, the forward momentum of the administration, our chances in the mid-term elections this November. All took of hit. Because of cash flowing into the coffers of two members of the Democratic Caucus in a 50-50 Senate. 


    Grimly Confident
    • 2018: #MeToo, 2020: #BlackLivesMatter, 2022: #BansOffOurBodies
    • Polls Are Encouraging
    • In Its Madness, GQP is Devouring Itself w/ In-Fighting
    • Voters are Turned Off By GQP’s Toxic, Extremist Agenda
    • Demographic Shift, Evolutionary Arc Continues to Align
    As you know if you have read my posts or listened to my talks over these last few years, or if we share tea or take walks, you know that in spite all of that has befallen us, I have said again and again, "I am wildly optimistic about our future." This is still the truth. The fundamentals, the verities, the verifiable trends on which that wild optimism is based have not changed. But we have suffered so much now, and been so traumatized, not only us, our allies as well, at this dire moment, it would be inappropriate to say "wildly optimistic," so until we do what we must do this November, I will simply say "I am grimly confident."

    At a recent Commonwealth Club event promoting his powerful new book, "They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency," the great Malcolm Nance declared, "We need 20% more voters to turn out than in 2018." In the mid-term election, two years into Trump, we got the House back but the Zombie Death Cult held to the Senate. That's the truth of it. 

    Here we are. At the end of everything? Or the beginning of a new, better America?  

    -- Richard Power, Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Writer, Speaker, Global Intelligence & Security Expert.  "Secret Engine of the World: Further Insights into Primal Reality, Gaian Politics & the Arc of Human Evolution" (2021) is available from Amazon.com





    Sunday, April 24, 2022

    There Is A Future, It Is Worth Fighting For Here and Now

    Sophia. Goddess of Wisdom. She is 24 feet tall and stands on a 48 foot pedestal. She was erected in 2000. (A statue of Lenin had previously occupied that spot.) Six years later, in 2006, I stood before her and prayed. I had been flown to Sofia, the Bulgarian city that bears her name, to deliver a briefing on cyber war and terrorism at a NATO conference.
    Photo Credit: Matti Blume. 2018. CC BY-SA 4.0

    Yes, we are in a war, a real world, a 21st century war, an asymmetric war, you can call it WWIII if that helps you focus (unless you're saving that term for nuclear conflict, which would be understandable). 

    It is not a war between East and West, or North and South, no, it is not a war between Light and Dark. (The Darkness has been wrongly accused for millennia, the Darkness is Yin as in Yin and Yang, it has NOTHNG to do with Evil, Evil exists, but it is colorless, like Sarin gas). This is a war between Altruism and Sociopathy. This is a war between Relative Good and Absolute Evil, between Ignorance and Intelligence, between Evolution and Devolution, between Sanity and Madness. 

    On one side are the real democrats, small "d" and big "D" Democrats, along with a few former small "r" and big "R" Republicans (shout-out @ProjectLincoln); arrayed on the other side are the operatives, stooges and overlords of Patriarchy and Oligarchy (in numerous flavors, notably Putin mafiya, MAGA, Murdoch, Brazilian, Saudi, Chinese, Iranian, North Korean, etc.). 

    Of course, those among you who have fled into Spiritual By-Pass are probably telling whoever will stil listen that you're "uncomfortable" with this "frame" and you're imagining there is some way other than choosing sides and fighting for humanity, for the planet and for the future. 

    But you're wrong. There isn't. 

    For those with eyes to hear and ears to see, here is some medicine.

    The Weight of the World 

    Christopher, the "Patron Saint of Travelers,” was a Canaanite. And a giant. 7 feet 5 inches tall. 

    According to some legends, he had the head of a dog, which makes sense, because his huge heart was true, a wolf heart, a rescue dog heart.

    He served the poor and vulnerable by ferrying them across a deep, wide, dangerous river. Later, he would be martyred. Beheaded by one of the Roman emperors. For following Jesus and Mary on the path of Love. But we only know of him because of a singular event that occurred one stormy night. 

    The wind was howling, torrents of rain were falling. Somehow Christopher found an infant seemingly abandoned in the reeds. He just knew he had to carry the baby to the safety of the village across the river. He hoisted the infant up his broad shoulders & waded into the raging river. But with each stride Christopher took, the child got heavier & heavier.

    Half away across the river, Christopher's knees buckled. Shaking uncontrollably, he looked up at the child, smiling, silent, it held a dazzling green-blue orb. Christopher realized he was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. And so, for the sake of all life, he leaned forward. 

    The Force itself, Universal Chi, rose up through his legs and groin and coursed along his spine.

    He delivered the child and its dazzling blue green orb to the far shore. 

    Of course, once he reached the bank, the orb vanished, and the child too. Christopher stood alone in the pouring rain, knowing that in some mysterious way he had saved the world that night.

    Russian icon of Saint Christopher. Мученик Христофор. XVII в.
    Museum of Rostov Kremlin

    Where Bodhisattvas Make Their Stand

    The Diamond Sutra was hidden in a cave, on the Silk Road, at the edge of the Gobi Desert, a thousand years ago. In 1900, a monk discovered it and now the seventeen-and-a-half-foot-long scroll rests in the British Library. It is considered the oldest, dated, extant book on the planet.

    In "Section 17: No One Attains Transcendental Wisdom," Buddha tells Subhuti that Bodhisattvas should cultivate "this resolved attitude of mind" - "I must liberate all living beings, yet when all have been liberated, verily not any one is liberated." And so it is. 

    Without a deep understanding of this Divine Paradox, in all its dimensions, there is no real progress on the path. Fullness and emptiness, success and failure, personal and impersonal, will and surrender, all of these opposites occupy the same space. 

    This is where the Bodhisattvas make their stand.

    "The Buddha, surrounded by 9 disciples, an imperial court, bodhisattvas, and other celestial beings, instructs his tenth chief disciple, the kneeling Subhutii ..." - A page from the Diamond Sutra, printed in the 9th year of Xiantong Era of the Tang Dynasty, i.e. 868 CE.    

    The Holy Power That Sustains

    In "I, the Dragon," I wrote about the Thirty-Six. It is one of the Kabbalistic mysteries.

    Without the Thirty-Six, our world would rapidly slide into the abyss. The Thirty-Six uplift the collective psyche simply by being themselves, and living their lives. 

    Some are beings of recognized greatness, e.g., Ammachi, but others simply toil in obscurity, maybe mopping a hospital floor, or driving a bus. They are mostly unknown to each other, and often unknown even to themselves. But they all radiate a powerful vibration that is woven into a web of empathy and clarity that sustains the world. Their being is doing.

    When one of the Thirty-Six perishes, some other being is elevated to take their place. 

    I have felt the membrane of the web torn when one of them dies, and I have felt it made whole again when another takes their place. 

    Having become increasingly intimate with the reality of the true mystical order behind the veil of this world, and realizing in ever deeper ways what a great Sufi meant when he said that the true secret of the spiritual hierarchy was simply "the expansion of the heart, I have come to understand that there are concentric circles radiating outward from the Thirty-Six, there is a circle of 360, and a circle of 3,600, and a circle of 36,000, maybe a circle of 360,000, I doubt more than a circle of 3,600,000 …

    However dire our circumstances are, it is helpful to remember that it could be much worse, and the Thirty-Six and all the circles radiating out from them are vital to the margin of difference between how bad it happens and how much worse it could be ...

    What is the difference between one of the Thirty-Six and the rest of humanity?

    Regardless of any particular religion (often in spite of it), regardless of gender or ethnicity, the Thirty-Six have "fallen awake," they are truly "woke" psychically, somatically, irrevocably "awake" and in their "wokeness" they exude clarity and compassion on a planetary scale, whether conscious of it or not.

    In Isaac Meyer's brilliant 19th Century study,"Qabbalah," there is a powerful illustration of the Sephiroth diagramed in concentric circles. Typically, you will see the Sephiroth diagramed as correlating to different areas of the physical body. But in my view, this alternate depiction is far more insightful. (NOTE: The Sephiroth, like the Koshas and the Chakras in Yoga, are simply a modality with which to partially comprehend the incomprehensible nature of our being, from the terrestrial perspective of incarnated individuals.) All human beings are internally organized in this way. Each Sephiroth is a portal to the Inner, the Beyond & the All-Pervading, just as each human incarnation itself is a portal composed of these ten portals. Each of these portals opens into the different dimension, a different level of vibration.

    The only question which of these portals if any are open and how the switch gets flipped on each & every one of them. In the instance of any one of the Thirty-Six, all of these portals are open, and holy power pours through them ceaselessly, whether the individual is aware of this or not.

    Table of the Sephiroth in Circles
    Isaac Meyer: "Qabbalah, Philosophical Writings of Solomon Ben Yehuda Ibn Gabirol ..." (1888), p. 100 

    The Three Deadlines and The Voice

    As I wrote in “Secret Engine,” we are hurtling toward three deadlines. 

    The 2022 and 2024 elections will determine our fate as a nation. Either we lean hard into the future, into robust multi-racial feminist democracy, or backlash will drive us off the cliff into a fascist abyss.

    The decade from 2021 to 2031 will determine our fate as a species. Either we radically, irrevocably turn our civilization greener, or the violence we have done to Gaia will blowback on us and plunge us into an inescapable ecological hell realm. 

    To do all this, we must smash the patriarchy, we must break the oligarch strangleholds, i.e. defeat Putin in Russia and the GQP in America. I warned of all of this 25 years ago, and ever since I have been exhorting, framing, articulating, contextualizing, and bearing witness, first in board rooms, and now, all along the barricades.

    In both "Wyrds” and “Dragon,” I wrote of the Voice, a mysterious presence that has been with me all my life. It speaks only very rarely but always with profound import. Recently, it spoke again. At 4 a.m.

    I had been asking myself hard questions. In the blessedness of the pre-dawn darkness. 

    "Does it matter at all that I do what I do? Does it make any difference?" 

    The Voice, which had been silent for some years, answered ....

    “We needed someone who could hold this container without breaking their heart or losing their mind.”

    And so it is and here we are. 

    Courage, friends, allies, sisters and brothers, courage. Lean forward.

    There is a future. It is greener and kinder. It will arrive suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere.

    -- Richard Power

    #StandbyUkraine #ClimateEmergency #SmashthePatriarchy #BlackLivesMatter #MeToo #VotingRights 
    #UnitedFrontforSanityandDecency

    Judy Chicago - Sophia Place Setting, 1974-1979, The Dinner Party. Brooklyn Museum
     Photo: 2002.10-PS-06_Sophia_Jook_Leung_photo_9294r2.jpg

    Tuesday, March 22, 2022

    The Attempted Rape and Murder of the Ukraine by Vlad the Pathological, Global Crime Lord, & His Very White Russian Gang Bangers

    This is Anastasiia Yalanskaya  She was killed yesterday, just outside Kyiv, delivering supplies to a dog shelter that was without food for 3 days. The car she was in was targeted at close range. Yalanskaya stayed behind in Kyiv to volunteer as everyone fled around her. - Ashleigh Stewart @Ash_Stewart_ (3/5/22) 

    "What I saw, I hope no one will ever see. Mariupol will become part of a list of cities that were completely destroyed by war; I don’t need to name them–Guernica, Coventry, Aleppo, Grozny, Leningrad," said Manolos Androulakis, the last EU diplomat to leave - Reuters, 3/20/22

    Mariupol is now a ghost city – 80% of its infrastructure is damaged or destroyed, 40% of which cannot be rebuilt, authorities say. One of the largest in the country, a beautiful, developed city razed to the ground In case, just in case someone still has to hear this – a majority Russian-speaking city too. - Anastasiia Lapatina @lapatina_ (3/20/22)

    When Putin says that there is no Ukrainian nation and no Ukrainian state, he means that he intends to destroy the Ukrainian nation and the Ukrainian state. Everyone gets that, right? - Timothy Snyder @TimothyDSnyder (3/19/22)

    We will win. There will be new cities. There will be new dreams. There will be a new story. There will be, there’s no doubt. And those we've lost will be remembered. And we will sing again, and we will celebrate anew. - Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine (3/20/22)

    "At this fateful moment we stand united with free, independent and democratic Ukraine and strongly reject the Russian government’s misuse of history to justify its own violence." - Statement on Ukraine by Scholars of Genocide, Nazism and WWII (2/28/22)

    Russia’s war displaces nearly 10 million Ukrainians. The United Nations Migration Agency now estimates that 6.5 million Ukrainians have become internally displaced by the war. An additional 3.2 million have fled abroad, over 2 million of them to Poland. - The Kyiv Independent @KyivIndependent (5/18/22)

    WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPORTS ON 3/18/2022 THAT RUSSIA HAS ATTACKED 44 HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL FACILITIES IN UKRAINE. - Anders Åslund @anders_aslund (3/18/22)

    Almost 10,000 Russian KIAs in 3.5 weeks of fighting according to the leaked numbers from the Russian MoD. That's the most casualties Russia has sustained in the shortest period of time since 1945! - Dmitri Alperovitch @DAlperovitch (3/21/22)

    Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, who formerly served as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe, claimed that Russia's Ukraine invasion is going so poorly that it could collapse within five days ... ''I do believe my professional assessment is that Russia is going to culminate, the culminating point, within the next five to six days because they have serious manpower shortages, serious logistical problems" ... I have got to believe that there are people around him that are thinking about life after this, that they do not want to be with him when he drives the bus off the cliff - Raw Story (3/20/22)

    It is going to be really disturbing when we fully uncover just how much Putin influenced our system & gained from the Trump years all by exploiting our divisions in America & paying off politicians & news personalities. No wonder the @gop is trying to create all these memory laws - Sari Beth Rosenberg @saribethrose (3/19/22)


    "This is the Madonna of Kyiv. This is the reality of Putin’s war."

    The Attempted Rape and Murder of the Ukraine by Vlad the Pathological, Global Crime Lord, & His Very White Russian Gang Bangers

    Equinox. March 2022. 

    The Great Wheel turns, turn with it. 

    Like the Gaia, the Earth Herself, Democracy is a Goddess. Gaia's Daughter, in fact. (The deer know this.) Like Her Mother, She is everywhere. Always. At the Louvre, bare-breasted, holding aloft the French flag in Eugene Delacroix's La Liberté guidant le peupleIn New York harbor, holding aloft the torch of freedom. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ..." For four mystical days and nights, She shone forth from Tiananmen Square, as a call and a cry, as a beacon and a promise. Like Her Mother, Gaia, She is everywhere. Always. And like Her Mother, Gaia, She will triumph in the end, and that end will be another beginning, either for our species and this world, OR for this world without our species. That is yet to be determined.
     
    Right now, the "great battle of our time" is centered on Ukraine.

    High time for some harsh facts and hard truths.

    Why is this happening? No, not because of any push for NATO expansion. No, not because of "appeasement" after Putin took Crimea and parts of the Donbar in 2014. Why is this happening? It's much simpler really. It is pathology not geopolitics. There is a predator, sadistic and perverted, irretrievably soulless. He lives next door to a beautiful young woman. He watches her day and night. He goes through her garbage. He sneaks into her house and to take trophies. He has been clever up until now. He has gotten away with everything. But one day, he simply cannot control himself any longer. He climbs over the fence and breaks into the beautiful young woman's house. He wants to rape and kill her. He cannot hold himself back any longer. It really is that simple. Putin is a predator.

    If you stand with Putin, if you support him in any way, if you cheer on Putin's aggression against this peaceful neighboring country, you are touched with the same E-V-I-L that has already consumed him, you are in danger of losing your soul and falling into the abyss.

    Furthermore, if say you’re simply “anti anti-Putin” you’re really pro-Putin. Period. Full stop. And that's true whether you're toxic “left” (e.g., Glenn Greenwald or Tulsi Gabbard) or toxic right (e.g., Tucker Carlson or Marjorie Taylor Green). The only open question is are you Fifth Column or just a “useful idiot

    "I am Olena Zelensky, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodmymr Zelensky. We were married in 2003. In 2004, our daughter Oleksandra was born. In 2013, I gave birth to our son Kyrylo. I am a writer and architect. I am also being targeted for death by Mr. Putin." - Beatrice Howse @BeaHowse (2/28/22)

    There is need for a short list of grave wrongs that are not relevant in the context of the current crisis: 
    • The U.S. war on Iraq was HORRIFIC, DISASTROUS, and worst of all, UNNECESSARY. I spoke out against it loudly at the time (and paid a price for it in my professional life). But some on the toxic left are trying to change the narrative of this moment by looking backward to that foolish military adventure. So let's be clear, the U.S.'s shameful aggression in Iraq does not take away at all from the U.S.'s moral and strategic leadership in this current confrontation. The U.S. was wrong then, the U.S. is right now. Do not let those on the toxic left change the subject to suggest some moral equivalency. There is none. Do not let anyone or anything undermine the unity and clarity we are experiencing in this moment. It doesn't matter now where you stood then, all that matters here and now is whether or not you stand with Ukraine and with the West. Some among us who were wrong then are right now, some among us who were right then are wrong now.
    • Likewise, yes, the U.S. committed war crimes in Iraq and yes, Bush-Cheney regime officials should have been held accountable. But war crimes don't cancel each other out. The U.S. condemnation of Putin's war crimes in the Ukraine has no less moral authority. What was, was, what is, is. All you are doing by changing the subject to the U.S.'s shameful actions THEN is deflecting from Putin's real-time atrocities in Ukraine NOW. Is that your intention? To deflect? To distract? To misdirect?
    • And yes, yes, Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen (and our complicity) is under-reported. And yes, yes, Israeli's cruel treatment of the Palestinians, although not under-reported, certainly has been normalized. There are numerous under-reported or normalized abominations throughout the world. But in the context of this crisis, one which involves war in Europe and therefore increased danger of a nuclear confrontation, the fact that these ongoing tragedies don't receive the same media attention is simply not relevant. Again, this line of argument is meant to distract, to deflect, to misdirect.
    The United Front for Sanity and Decency (left, liberal, right & center) that coalesced in 2016, to defeat Trump, to keep the House gavel in Speaker Pelosi's hand and to deliver a 50-50 tie in the Senate, this United Front from the Lincoln Project to AOC, it must must MUST hold together but now not just for the 2020 and 2024 election cycles, but for this defense of Ukraine and the West. It is all the same war.

    Lesya Vorotnyk. Ballerina of the Kyiv National Opera. - Oleksandra Matviichuk @avalaina (3/1/22)

    Some among you ask, "Is this the beginning of World War III?"

    My answer is twofold:
    • This is not the beginning of a conflict between Putin and the West. This war started in 2014 when he took Crimea and parts of the Donbas in his initial invasion of Ukraine. He soon expanded the theatre of battle by undertaking serious, sustained attacks against the U.S. and the U.K. Yes, Putin fueled and facilitated both Brexit and the rise of Trump. Devastating political and geopolitical blows to two of the great powers that anchor the Western Alliance. All of this is documented, in open source. And although none of those who collaborated with the enemy have yet to suffer the full consequences of their treachery, a reckoning with the rule of law may yet come to pass (and sooner than later). It is vital for you to see the current war in Ukraine in the context of the greater scheme of overcoming the hegemony of the West.
    • Of course, more often then not, when someone asks the WWIII question, what they are getting at is are we going to end up in a confrontation involving nuclear weapons? It is unthinkable. Or it was unthinkable. The only honest answer is no one really knows. There really is no precedent for where we are now. This is not like the Cuban missile crisis or the Berlin airlift. Nor is it like the invasion of Czechoslovakia or the triumph of Solidarity. Despite his fiery rhetoric, Khrushchev was sane and proved to be a man of peace. Brezhnev and the others were sane too, ruthless bureaucrat overlords, yes, but sane, pragmatic. Putin is pathologically ill, a predator, and clearly his grip on reality has slipped. So it is difficult to know how to play this out with him. The Biden-Harris national security team has been brilliant so far. Some of those who are second-guessing their decisions are too directly involved emotionally with the plight of the Ukraine, and that is understandable, others are just being opportunistic, but none of these critics bear the unspeakable weight of those decisions. There really is no margin for error. 
    Marina Ovsyannikova, the woman who ran onto a live state TV news broadcast, even recorded a message beforehand. In it, she says her father is Ukrainian. She calls for anti-war protests, says she’s ashamed about working for Kremlin propaganda, and she denounces the war absolutely. - @KevinRothrock (3/14/22) 

    I take all of this personally.

    In the mid-1990s and throughout the 2000s, I delivered intelligence briefings in over 40 countries. I warned government officials and corporate executives about the greatest threats to global security. It was not what most of them expected to hear, and certainly not what they wanted to hear: I said the number one threat was already rapidly accelerating Climate Crisis, and i said the number two threat was the rise of organized crime in Russia and Eastern Europe. I said it over and over, unequivocally: Russian organized crime poised a far greater danger than Islamic terrorism, which of course is what they were all obsessed with at the time. It was much more convenient. I was not the only one who said this. But here we are. Putin acting out of his predatory fantasies of rape and murder is the end result of ignoring the warnings. For what it's worth I say the beautiful young Ukraine will defeat her attacker, with the help of a resurgent NATO and a rejuvenated Western alliance (Trump and Brexit failed, that plot depended upon Trump having a second term).

    In the mid-2000s, I was flown to Sofia, Bulgaria to be featured speaker at a NATO conference. The attendees were recently appointed judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers from Poland, Moldavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Georgia, and yes, the Ukraine. They had been tasked with establishing the rule of law in those newly democratic societies. 

    I remember reading their faces, looking for who was going to shine forth, who was going to be compromised, and of course which ones were actually Russian spies. I remember those faces now, I recall our conversations, I pray for them, even the Russian spies (after all, it is probably the Russian security and intelligence services who will bring Putin down for the survival of their own people).

    I am writing this post as a marker to bear witness as the sands of time shift.

    "A leading Bolshoi prima ballerina, who recently denounced Russia's invasion of Ukraine, is leaving the country to join Dutch National Ballet. Olga Smirnova, 30, said last week she was 'against this war with every fibre of my soul' and was supported by other Russian ballerinas."
    BBC (3/16/22) 
    Image: Getty / Fair Use

    Here are some extensive excerpts from a brilliant piece by the great Anne Applebaum (of course)in The Atlantic (of course). Follow the link below and read the full text. It is a vital read.
      
    Before you can achieve something, you have to imagine what it will look like. And in this war, victory can be imagined without difficulty. It means that Ukraine remains a sovereign democracy, with the right to choose its own leaders and make its own treaties. There will be no pro-Russian puppet regime in Kyiv, no need for a prolonged Ukrainian resistance, no continued fighting. The Russian army retreats back over the borders. Maybe those borders could change, or maybe Ukraine could pledge neutrality, but that is for the Ukrainians to decide and not for outsiders to dictate. Maybe international peacekeepers are needed. Whatever happens, Ukraine must have strong reasons to believe that Russian troops will not quickly return ...

    A victory for Ukraine really will be a victory for all who believe in democracy and the rule of law. Citizens of existing democracies and members of the democratic opposition in Russia, Cuba, Belarus, and Hong Kong will all be emboldened. “Their struggle is ours,” a Venezuelan acquaintance told me last week. The institutions protecting the states that embody those ideas, most notably the European Union and NATO, will be strengthened too ...

    In Mariupol, authorities report that citizens are being forcibly deported to Russia, just as Soviet secret police deported Balts, Poles, and others to Russia after the invasions of 1939 and 1945. In the case of a Russian victory, these tactics would be applied all over Ukraine, creating mass terror, mass violence, and instability for years to come. And, yes, if we accept that outcome, autocrats from Minsk to Caracas to Beijing will take note: Genocide is now allowed.

    Precisely because the stakes are so high, the next few weeks will be extremely dangerous. Putin will do what he can to create fear ...

    How should the West respond? There is only one rule: We cannot be afraid. Russia wants us to be afraid—so afraid that we are crippled by fear, that we cannot make decisions, that we withdraw altogether, leaving the way open for a Russian conquest of Ukraine, and eventually of Poland or even further into Europe. Putin remembers very well an era when Soviet troops controlled the eastern half of Germany. But the threat to those countries will not decrease if Russia carries out massacres in Ukraine. It will grow.

    Instead of fear, we should focus on a Ukrainian victory. Once we understand that this is the goal, then we can think about how to achieve it, whether through temporary boycotts of Russian gas, oil, and coal; military exercises elsewhere in the world that will distract Russian troops; humanitarian airlifts on the scale of 1948 Berlin; or more and better weapons.

    The specific tactics will be determined by those who best understand diplomacy and military strategy. But the strategy has to be clear. A month ago, nobody believed this war would matter so much, and I’m sure many people wish it did not. But it does. That’s why every move we make must have a single goal: How does it help Ukraine win?

    “It’s not our war” was something we might have been able to say three weeks ago. Not now.
      

    A new symbol for global pro-democracy. Happy Equinox!


    Monday, February 14, 2022

    "Secret Engine of the World" In High Gear (2/15/22)




    This need for this presentation arose from recent developments relating to three of the numerous themes I explored in “Secret Engine of the World,” specifically: STDS, CADS and The Problem with Men.” And of course, as I will do whenever I speak on any aspect of “Secret Engine,” I will also address the “Three Deadlines” that we are hurtling toward as a nation and as a species.


    STDs Update

    I coined the term “Spiritually Transmitted Diseases” (STDs) in one of the talks included in “Secret Engine.” [Secret Engine pp. 55-61]

    STDs are like viruses. People become carriers and spread them. These STDs undermine your spiritual health. They lead you to waste your precious time here.

    I offered an example of one such STD, which I call the “Usurper,” and three of its variants:
    • “Table of Erroneous Correspondences.”
      • For example, Masculine does not correspond to Sun and Female does not correspond to Moon, nor does Dark does correspond to Evil or Light correspond to Good
    • “Disempowering Memes”
      • For example, “What you resist, persists” It’s the wrong prescription in many circumstances, and a wrong prescription can be dangerous.
    • “Big Picture Perversion”
      • For example, “Divine Authorship of Everything.”
        • No, Hitler’s extermination of the Jews was not an expression of Divine Will, no, the Rwandan genocide was not an expression of Divine Will. Yes, it’s all a Oneness, but no, it isn’t. Two opposite truths occupy the same space, i.e., Divine Paradox.
    I have added two more STDs that warrant our attention -
    • Disassociater (separates you from your true identity)
      • “I am not my body”
        • We see this pervasively promoted in religion, mysticism, yoga, meditation, etc. – it is a perversion, it is a truncation of a deeper, subtler truth, it is a kind of violence against one’s primal reality
      • Patriarchal Gender Binary
        • “Masculine” & “Feminine“
        • “Divine Masculine” & “Divine Feminine” 
        • This mold is what you are, this mold is what you are supposed to be, this is what a "man" is supposed to be, this is what a "woman" is supposed to be
        • Thus sayeth the Colonizer, the Oppressor, the Pimps of Patriarchy
    • Eviscerator (separates you from your reservoirs of power)
      • “BothSiderism”
        • For example, a cable news segment on the Climate Emergency – the overwhelming consensus among scientists says yes, over 95%, but the segment will be framed as a debate, with the nay-sayers, representing less than 5% of scientists, treated as equal in gravitas
      • “Surrenderitis”
        • As if “Surrender” is always the holier, wiser choice, & that “Will,” “Defiance,” etc. are somehow a lesser way, the truth is situational, it depends, in some circumstances, one applies, in a different circumstance, the other applies
    Disassociator and Eviscerator weaken one’s alignment with reality, our common reality, the reality of shared facts and observable laws of nature, and disrupt one’s experiential ground in one’s own primal reality, the reality of one’s being, one’s five bodies, one’s karma and dharma, Disassociator and Eviscerator take us out of ourselves and away from the world as it really is.


    CADS Update

    I coined the term “Cognitive Atrophy and Dissolution Syndrome” (CADS) in another one of the talks included in “Secret Engine.” [Secret Engine pp. 105-110]

    I had been pondering both the personal and societal impact of succeeding generations with a baseline continually receding from physical reality, and from one’s own creative imagination and reasoning skills, into a new baseline first ordered around television, then video games and the Internet, and then finally smartphones. I had been feeling a weakening in people’s intellectual capacity and autonomy.

    And in certain social media circles, I had been felt this weakening was further aggravated by powerful influences within some of the sub-cultures, in which we travel as yogis, artists, meditators, adventurers: social media itself, "neo-Tantra,” the misuse of plant medicine, Burning Man and the festival scene in general etc. … All of these technological innovations, all of these explorations of psyche and soma, all of it, was wonderful, freeing, mind-expanding, accelerating, but it also brought unintended consequences. Many people were, I felt, starting to lose their minds …

    But then factor in four years of a pathological ill man in control of the bully pulpit, factor in one of the two major political parties in the world’s dominant democracy succumbing to authoritarianism, factor in the collapse of the ecological and climatic balance on which civilization itself is predicated, factor in two or three years of a global pandemic … And NOW we are dealing with massive, collective delusion that threaten to engulf significant swarths of the population … 

    Consider QAnon. 

    “A secret cabal is taking over the world. They kidnap children, slaughter, and eat them to gain power from their blood. They control high positions in government, banks, international finance, the news media, and the church. They want to disarm the police. They promote homosexuality and pedophilia. They plan to mongrelize the white race so it will lose its essential power. Does this conspiracy theory sound familiar? It is. The same narrative has been repackaged by QAnon. I have studied and worked to prevent genocide for forty years. Genocide Watch and the Alliance Against Genocide, the first international anti-genocide coalition, see such hate-filled conspiracy theories as early warning signs of deadly genocidal violence. The plot, described above, was the conspiracy “revealed” in the most influential anti-Jewish pamphlet of all time. It was called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It was written by Russian anti-Jewish propagandists around 1902 ... QAnon’s conspiracy theory is a rebranded version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” - Gregory Stanton, Just Security, 9/9/20

    “Russian government-backed social media accounts nurtured the QAnon conspiracy theory in its infancy, earlier than previously reported, according to interviews with current and former Twitter executives and archives of tweets from suspended accounts.” – Reuters, 11/2/20

    Consider the Anti-Vax movement.

    There are two virulent strains of anti-vax madness, there is the MAGA strain, which impacts our governance and the body politics in dangerous and destructive ways, and there is the Woo Woo strain, which infects the realms of Wellness and Alternative Life Styles

    Look, let me break it down for you:

    Vaccines are a blessing that result from a profound collaboration between human genius epitomized by science and the unspeakable incomprehensible intelligence of Gaia herself, because these bodies are after all Her creation. The vaccines carry a message from human genius into the body and deliver the message to the Divine Intelligence of Gaia, which responds accordingly and works with the vaccines to save human life. If you are fully vaccinated (including the booster), and you wear a real mask, and you exercise common sense social distancing, you have a high degree of protection against getting infected, a high degree of protection against communicating the disease to others, an even higher degree of protection against hospitalization and almost 100% protection against death. Period. Full stop.

    And yes, Putin has been promoting Anti-Vax DISinformation in the West –

    “Russian intelligence agencies have mounted a campaign to undermine confidence in Pfizer Inc.’s and other Western vaccines, using online publications that in recent months have questioned the vaccines’ development and safety, U.S. officials said. An official with the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, which monitors foreign disinformation efforts, identified four publications that he said have served as fronts for Russian intelligence. 
    The websites played up the vaccines’ risk of side effects, questioned their efficacy, and said the U.S. had rushed the Pfizer vaccine through the approval process, among other false or misleading claims.
    Though the outlets’ readership is small, U.S. officials say they inject false narratives that can be amplified by other Russian and international media.
    “We can say these outlets are directly linked to Russian intelligence services,” the Global Engagement Center official said of the sites behind the disinformation campaign. “They’re all foreign-owned, based outside of the United States. They vary a lot in their reach, their tone, their audience, but they’re all part of the Russian propaganda and disinformation ecosystem ...” – WSJ, 3/7/21

    Consider “The Big Lie”

    Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney), 5/3/21: The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.

    "Behind the Republican embrace of disinformation is a calculus of both ambition and self-preservation." Beware the power of the Big Lie. As it threatens to overwhelm the truth, it prefigures the advent of fascist authoritarianism and the death of liberty - Lisa Lerer and Nicholas Fandos, NY Times, 7/31/21

    Jocelyn Benson (@JocelynBenson), 9/27/21: The Big Lie is no longer about overturning the last Presidential election. It’s about planting seeds to overturn the next one.

    And yes, Putin’s hand is in this too -

    “Key Judgement 2: We assess that Russian President Putin authorized, and a range of Russian government organizations conducted, influence operations aimed at denigrating President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting President Trump, undermining public confidence in the electrical process, and exacerbating sociopolitical divisions in the U.S. …” – Foreign Threats to U.S. Federal Elections, National Intelligence Council, Intelligence Community Assessment, 3/10/21

    Orc PSYOPS

    I want to offer you a glimpse into another one of the poisonous delusions that can be found spreading in the fever swamps that dot our social media landscape. It’s something called the “neo-polarity” or “female submission” movement. This poisonous delusion is made possible by rampant STDs and late-stage CADS.

    The premise is that men are naturally dominant and superior and women are naturally submissive and kept as, well, vessels of Eros only (although they would deny this characterization it is the truth of it). 

    Of course, the languaging isn't troglodyte, it's all wrapped up in Woo Woo, and calibrated to seduce women of the "Wellness" sub-culture.  It's deep Orc PSYOPS really. 

    And it offers an apt segue to my update on “The Problem with Men.”

    Here some posts from this movement’s leaders (no, I'm not going to mention their names).

    WARNING: I consider what follows to be as ill as an excerpt from "Mein Kampf" or "The Turner Diaries." If you don't want to scan it, just look for the "All Clear" below.

    First, a few aphorisms from one of this delusional movement's male leaders:

    The Dominant Man is a Master of comporting himself around women who wear no Armor. Because he is the reason they don't have to.

    Only when a man becomes Dominant can he be Devoted to a woman. Emasculated men are too much in their feelings to be Devoted.

    The "devotion" of the Emasculated man enables the Trauma of the Masculinized woman. Her wounds lead because he doesn't know how.

    "When men are not dominant, women become neurotic."

    Can you hear the sickness in those formulations? How twisted, how perverse.

    Now listen to some of the poison posts from one of this movement's female leaders:

    A woman cannot spiritually repair her relationship to men, money, or God (the energetic trinity of “the Masculine”) without erecting “him” within FIRST ... Until she can activate and *hold* the imprint of the Masterful *FATHER PRINCIPLE* within her own system, she so often unconsciously magnetizes vortexes of re-traumatization, which then only corroborates the incomplete/distorted narrative of the “toxic masculine.” However, it is only when she can open to the full penetration and cosmic ejaculatory thrust of the energetic imprint of “the Masculine” that she can begin to receive and live the life of her hearts desire.
    Remember: Devotion flows — and can only flow — UPWARD. So.....it just may be....that the dark gift of being chosen to love a man who is in all dimensional metrics *BETTER THAN YOU* could just be the most sublime, ego-detonating, Eros-drenching, relentlessly orgasmic Golden Ticket to Devotional Ecstasy known to womankind ...

     [ALL CLEAR. I won't be quoting any more of this. I just needed you to get a sense of it.]

    And yes, as incredible as it might seem to you, some of our STD-ridden, CADS-positive Facebook “friends” and Instagram followers have indeed fallen for this ORC PSYOPS.

    I was struck by how many “mutual friends” I shared with the movement leaders I audited. Thirty-one, thirty-one out of six hundred ninety (iI intentionally keep my number of FB "friends" as close to 500 as I can, I'll explain why in another post). And yes, some (perhaps most) of those “mutual friends” are just indulging in morbid curiosity, or suffering from a bout of “BothSiderism,” and yes, maybe some are just a little orc-curious, but wow.

    It is unsustainable, of course. It will implode. It will get ugly. Sources tell me it already has. But wow.
    Dakini poet and oracle Maya Luna, author of Omega: Feral Secrets of the Deep Feminine, is at the cutting edge of feminist mysticism. I asked her to provide some context since I know she has encountered some of the movement's trolls and sympathizers in the course of her work:

    “I would call it an attempted interference in the Ascendency of the Feminine through the exaltation of patriarchalized femininity, a resurgence of misogynistic abuse paradigms, and trauma bonding dressed up as ‘divine union.’”

    Yes. And this is to be expected, of course, the arising of such powerful, dangerous delusions, it is all part of the savage backlash we are already dealing with at a societal level. The Patriarchy is fast losing its grip on the vertical and the horizontal, and so, it is increasingly violent. As its desperation intensifies, its rage intensified. This is an inexorable process. In 2020, we were removing statues celebrating Robert E. Lee and other traitorous leaders of the slavers’ rebellion known as the Confederacy. So in 2021 and 2022, we are struggling with local school boards banning Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” and Margaret Atwood’s “Handmaid’s Tale.” This is where we are. This, “the great battle of our time,” it’s ongoing.

    Misogyny, Racism, Anti-Semitism, Homophobia, Transphobia, etc. it is all of a whole cloth, and that whole cloth must be ripped to shreds.
     

    INVERVENTION

    The Ascendancy of the Feminine (Human and Divine) has been one of several overarching themes in my writing, including Altruism and Sustainability as Spiritual (and Existential) Imperatives. I speak about the "Ascendancy of the Feminine" extensively in both “Wyrds” and “Dragon,” and in “Secret Engine,” I added to it, specifically addressing “The Problem with Men.” [Secret Engine, pp. 62-71] And in this talk, I am going to take it a little further.

    The magnitude of “the Problem with Men,” the full scope, the planetary scale, it is not dealt with adequately, it is a profound problem, perhaps the most profound of all, it is an existential threat, if left unchallenged, unmitigated, uninterruptedly, it will be the end of us, our species, our world … this is not hyperbole … I am deathly serious …

    In “The Problem with Men,” I articulated some remedies, yes, but here I want to put a new emphasis on it, and a bigger frame …
    1. Men in general, as a gender, and almost all men, individually, need an INTERVENTION. Just as you would with a friend or loved one with an addiction or a serious mental health issue. Men need some tough love. They need to hear a harsh truth. They need to face something grim and painful. We need a 1619 Project moment for the Patriarchy and the toll it has taken on human civilization. Our nation’s wealth derived from slavery, our nation’s land was won through genocide. The White House itself was built by slaves. It is not all we are, or all that we have come from, not at all. But it is real and it must be acknowledged and kept present in our psyches until we go much deeper into the transformation and healing of our society, our body politic, our economic order. All white Americans have to come to terms with these historical facts and understand our responsibility to add all of the pain and suffering caused and all of the privilege bestowed. Similarly, all men, across the planet, the whole male gender must come to realize that our position in this world is derived from the subjugation of women, from the brainwashing of women, from the exploitation of women, from the imposition of a false binary of “masculine” and “feminine” which only serves the needs of the Patriarchy, not of any woman, nor really of any man, it is a curse on us all, a savage wound, a mutilation of us all … men need to come to grips with the historical and psychological facts, that by birth all men are complicit until they prove themselves to be otherwise, all men should welcome a recognition of our collective guilt and shame, just like white privilege, male privilege is an injustice and an illness, and it must revealed, disrupted and dismantled. 
    2. Where you need to find the Feminine, the Goddess, first and foremost, where you need to bow to it, and surrender to it, is inside your own psyche and soma, and I don’t mean by running around Burning Man in a tutu, and I don’t mean by “feminizing” some part of yourself based on a patriarchally warped view of the Feminine, I mean find the truth of Yin and Yang, beyond the false binary of “Masculine” and “Feminine” ginned up to serve the Patriarchy, beyond the “Table of Erroneous Consequences,” yes, begin to live from emotional intelligence, from creativity, from agape, from conscience, from interconnectivity, from vibration, from authenticity in your feelings and states, from holy rage, which is not a rage not based on identity or possessions, yes, live from a more sensitive present aware alignment, live from and into intimacy. The way to truly worship Her is to find Her inside yourself and resource Her power in your daily life.
    3. Other men cannot really help you. This is vital to know. What you need to get in terms of help, in terms of acquiring new inner technologies, in terms of learning to language differently, what you need in terms of counsel - it can only truly come from women, female psycho-therapists, female yoga teachers, etc. Men can’t help you.

    Evolutionary, Not Ideologue

    Now as we accelerate into the Great Shift, and we move inexorably to supplant this rotten patriarchal civilization with a vibrant feminist civilization, I am going to leave this cautionary note here and hope you heed the admonishment: BE AN EVOLUTIONARY, NOT AN IDEOLOGUE!

    What do I mean by this? Perhaps it’s best expressed with some examples.
    • Hold space for the work of Chopin and Rothko and Botticelli and Coltrane, et al. Hold space for those great artists who carried truth and beauty forward through the many bloody, ignorant centuries of male-dominant culture. The great paintings, the great musical compositions, these great artistic treasures of the past two millennia, they actually offered a durable container for evidence of the Deep Feminine even as we passed through the ugliest of eras. Sometimes even in spite of the toxicity of the artists themselves (e.g., Picasso and Richard Wagner). Their space in the galleries and on the playlists will be limited as culture turns over, but those that carry actual truth and beauty should always have a place.
    • Learn to discern the difference between the core mystical secrets of the human race and the perverse patriarchal trappings with which they have been enmeshed and encrusted down through the many centuries. A friend once enthusiastically sent me an excerpt from a book she was devouring, it was a feminist take-down of patriarchal age religion and spirituality. The excerpt was an attempt at a critique of Buddha’s fundamental teachings. It was ridiculous, of course. It was an ideological attack launched against a religionist misrepresentation of what Gautama Buddha’s actual teachings. Both the ideological attack and the religionist misrepresentation were by definition bounded within the mind, and A-L-L of Buddha’s message was and is beyond mind. As I have said over and over for DECADES now, Gautama Buddha wasn’t a Buddhist, and Jesus Christ wasn’t a Christian. Go after the patriarchal religions that have imprisoned our greatest truths, yes, please. The monasteries, the priesthoods, the patriarchal languaging, yes, all of it. Put an end to all exploitation and subjugation East and West. But leave Gautama Buddha to Pema Chodron. She is best equipped to sort it out and break it down for you.
    • Three powerful mythoi bring the collective psyche to the end of Patriarchy and the threshold, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Star Wars, taken together they constitute an Opening into the Great Shift, they are Portals … yes, they are told from within the patriarchal frame, yes, they are wrapped in the trappings of kingdoms and told as the tales of great warriors have been told down through the ages, BUT there is so much more at work in these three mythoi … they herald the feminist civilization to come, they carry the energy of the Deep Feminine, they are steeped in it 
    Lord of the Rings begins with the highest of the high Elvin sorceresses speaking from inside her oneness with the five bodies of the great green goddess Gaia Herself:

    Galadriel (speaking partly in Elvish):
    (I amar prestar aen.)
    The world is changed.
    (Han matho ne nen.)
    I feel it in the water.
    (Han mathon ned cae.)
    I feel it in the earth.
    (A han noston ned gwilith.)
    I smell it in the air.
    Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it.

    The power of both Gaia and Tara course through the whole of the saga … the tree shepherd giants, the Ents, marching to war to defend their ancient forests from ECOCIDAL violence issuing from Isengard, the Elves of Rivendell arriving unexpectedly, at Helm’s Deep, in the darkest hour of the night, to stand with Theoden against the GENOCIDAL violence of the Orc legions .. all are moved by agape, all are moved by conscience and the common good … in the Council of Elrond, as the kings and warriors argue amongst themselves as to the best coure of action, it is Frodo, a hobbit, the smallest, gentlest among them, who stands up and says, “I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way.”

    Both Frodo and Harry Potter sign up for self-sacrifice and almost certain death in desperate attempts to save all that they love … Agape is the banner … L-O-V-E- is the deepest, oldest, most powerful magic …

    Dumbledore reveals this to Harry in Order of the Phoenix

    "There is a room in the Department of Mysteries, that is kept locked at all times.
    It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all. That power took you to save Sirius tonight. That power also saved you from possession by Voldemort, because he could not bear to reside in a body so full of the force he detests. In the end, it mattered not that you could not close your mind. It was your heart that saved you.”

    Dumbledore reminds Harry again in The Half-Blood Prince

    ”But I haven’t got uncommon skill and power,” said Harry, before he could stop himself.
    “Yes, you have,” said Dumbledore firmly. “You have a power that Voldemort has never had. You can…”
    “I know!” said Harry impatiently. “I can love!” It was only with difficulty that he stopped himself adding, “Big deal!”
    “Yes, Harry, you can love,” said Dumbledore, who looked as though he knew perfectly well what Harry had just refrained from saying. “Which, given everything that has happened to you, is a great and remarkable thing. You are still too young to understand how unusual you are.”
    “So, when the prophecy says that I’ll have ‘power the Dark Lord knows not,’ it just means – love?” asked Harry, feeling a little let down.
    “Yes – just love,” said Dumbledore ...

    The hidden truth of the Force is that it is the both Light and Dark, both Yin and Yang, swirling within and all around each other they are the circle of Life itself, and Evil is outside that circle.
    Luke: Breathe. Reach out with your feelings. What do you see?
    Rey: The island. Life. Death and decay, that feeds new life. Warmth. Cold. Peace. Violence.
    Luke: And between it all?
    Rey: Balance and energy. A force.
    Luke: And inside you?
    Rey: Inside me, that same force.
    Luke: And this is the lesson. That Force does not belong to the Jedi. To say that if the Jedi die, the light dies, is vanity. Can you feel that?

    Consider Yoda’s admonishment to Luke as they sat and watched the sacred texts of the Jedi burn in a lightning strike brought down by Yoda himself.

    "Heeded my words not, did you? "Pass on what you have learned." Strength, mastery, hmm...but weakness, folly, failure, also. Yes: failure, most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke, we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters." – Yoda

     All of three of these transformational mythoi culminate in the third movie of the third trilogy in the Star Wars series, as the young female padwan Rey triumphs over Palpatine, who like Voldemort and Sauron was an evil that had survived death …

    “I am all the Sith,” Palpatine bellows.
    “And I am all the Jedi,” Rey roars.

    After obliterating Palpatine, Rey takes the name Skywalker, and in possession of both Luke and Leia’s light sabers, she walks into the future to generate new legends for a new world.


    Three Deadlines

    Even though “Secret Engine” explores many rich and deep issues related to our primal reality, and the arc of human evolution, more than anything else this is a call to action and a warning.

    We are faced with three looming deadlines. These deadlines are hurtling toward us. They are closer every day. When “Secret Engine” was published these deadlines were only two, four and ten years away. Now they are one, three and nine years away. There are no second chances. This is it for us. Each deadline is essential in and of itself, and they are dependent on one another. If we fall to deliver on the 2022 mid-term election deadline, and we don’t hold the House and expand our majority in the Senate, then it will be even harder to secure the White House for another term in 2024. And if we fail in 2022 and/or 2024, it will be almost impossible to for us to deliver on the 2032 planetary deadline. Without control of the House, the Senate and the White House, we will be unable to make the radical moves required to mitigate the impact of the Climate Collapse already underway.

    If you feel like you’ve been told over and over again every two years that this is the most important election cycle of your life and that the future of our republic hangs in the balance, well, you’re right. We have told you this every two years, and it has been true every time, as it is now. But we’re running out of runway. Finally. This is it. Some of us have spent our whole lives in this struggle, some of us will never see the moment of final triumph, but it will come and many of you who hear my voice now will be alive to see, as I hope to be.

    I didn’t plan on becoming a mystical ward-healer for the Democratic Party, but it’s what is demanded of me in this era. Listen, politics is holy, UGLY, yes, but H-O-L-Y. Your vote is sacred, do not commit sacrilege, use your vote, choose altruism as our philosophy of governance, if you don’t vote, if you’re too cynical or you feel you’re “beyond” the coarseness of politics, you are in effect voting for sociopathy as our philosophy of governance.

    This is tomorrow. There is no future if we fail in this struggle.

    In “Secret Engine,” I wrote about what my “Yoda,” the legendary American sage Joe Miller, called the “Power of Nothing.” I also wrote about his prophecy concerning this next 100 years. Well, we are half-way through that 100 years now, and poll after poll, election after election, confirm his prophecy. Wave after wave of new voters are entering into the body politic, and they know, they just know …


    Fog of War

    Some among you are warriors; by that I mean your life experiences have shown you what it means, what it requires, what you must be capable of - to fight for your freedom, or someone else’s, or your life, or someone else’s, or even perhaps most desperately of all, for your sanity, or someone else’s. Others among you find yourself in such circumstances, and confronted with such challenges for the first time. No one alive today has ever stood in a moment as dire as the one that is our now. Even in the grim pit of World War II, there was a clarity, there were lines that could advance or retreat in ways that could be grasped simply. But this is all asymmetrical. We are in a chaos so seemingly bottomless, a chaos so utterly fraught with peril, a chaos that directly threatens not only our individual sanity but our collective sanity. 

    If you don’t feel this way, well, you’re living in a dream, in a bubble, and I don’t envy you when that bubble bursts, you will be ill-equipped to come to grips with the impact of what is actually going on all around you. Maybe you are one of those who say something like "Oh, we really need to move beyond that language, 'us v. them,' 'civil war,'" etc. Well, it's not an issue of languaging or framing, it is a FACT, a REALITY, it is not viewpoint or opinion, it is not something you can nuance. It's as if fire fighters raced into a burning building and the people that they were trying to save started objecting to terminology like FLAMES, EXPLOSION, SMOKE, BLOWBACK, suggesting kindler, gentler framing, LOL, it doesn't change the FACTS of the smoke and flame or the REALITY of the fire ...

    In “Secret Engine,” I document the three great scourges of our time: the Climate Emergency, the Global Pandemic and the Rise of Authoritarianism. We don’t have to reiterate all of that here tonight. I just want to talk to you briefly about how it is impacting us, and what we must do in this to keep ourselves and our collective reality moving forward.

    There is a phrase, “the fog of war.” These last six months or so, I have been turning this phrase over and over again in my psyche. As I look around me and check in on those I care for. One night recently MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell uttered the phrase in his opening monologue. I smiled, a grim smile, but a warrior’s smile. Of course, he had heard it in his psyche too.

    “The fog of war.” Oxford Languages defines it as “Confusion caused by the chaos of war or battle.” Yes. There is a such time in every great battle, maybe it’s a moment that feels like a day, maybe it is a day that feels like a moment. You can’t see ahead, you can’t see behind, you can’t see to either side of you. You dare not look up because in that moment you might be decapitated or disemboweled. All you have is your weapon, and maybe your shield. All you can do in that suspended time is meet what comes at you. All you can do is what you were last implored to do. If it was to advance, you advance. If it was to hold your ground, you hold your ground. You destroy what seeks to destroy you. Period. Full stop. There is nothing else. You cannot sense the tide of battle. You cannot know if you’re side is winning or losing. The only way you can serve the greater good is to keep fighting. You have no idea when it will end or if you will survive for even another moment. For all you know your cause is already lost, but you cannot succumb. What is YOU are the last thread that holds the collective reality together.

    We are all exhausted. We have all been horrified. What had hitherto been considered abominable has been normalized before your very eyes. Orcs and zombies have been chipping away at the pillars of human decency and social order. For years now. We have indulged in hope and optimism and had them stripped from us again and again. Yes. I know. If you feel. If you allow yourselves to feel. This is what is there to be felt. And they are relentless. The orcs and the zombies, and their death-eater overlords, the sociopaths and oligarchs.

    In the throes of the “Fog of War,” you can’t kneel down and cast the yarrow sticks, so I will give you the hexagram that applies to this moment – it is #29, “K’an,” it’s named “The Abysmal.”

    The two trigrams that constitute the hexagram are the same: a broken line above, a unbroken line in the middle, and a broken line at the bottom.

    From Richard Wilhelm’s translation:

    The Judgement
    The Abysmal repeated.
    If you are sincere, you have success in your heart,
    And whatever you do succeeds.

    The Image
    Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches it goal:
    The image of the Abysmal repeated.
    Thus the superior [human] walks in lasting virtue
    And carries on the business of teaching.

    So here and now, lost in the “Fog of War,” be like water, flow forward, for us as humans flowing forward is taking one step after another. A step is simple. Just a step. If you take enough steps, one after another, you arrive at your destination.

    What are our steps in this moment, in these dire circumstances?

    Oh, the list could be a very long list, but a short list is just as powerful, no, a short list is much more powerful. And it will give you a good sense of what to add to it if you can.

    Do not underestimate the importance of these steps.
    • VOTE. Vote the Democratic ticket straight down the ballot. But right now, it’s not enough to just say “VOTE.” I mean check your registration. Especially if you live in a “Red State. You don’t want to go to the polling place or mail in your ballot and discover you’ve been wrongly purged through some voter suppression tactic. And likewise DON'T JUST VOTE, but nudge, cajole, shame everyone to do the same. And ORGANIZE, SHOW UP, MAKE YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. Engage, educate, LEAD.
    • Get vaccinated. And if you’re vaccinated, get BOOSTED. Keep up with the wearing of masks, and sensible social distancing. Issue your own personal mandates in your own life. Until this really has receded for good. And likewise nudge, cajole, shame everyone to do the same. Engage, educate, LEAD.
    • Exercise deep self-care. Whatever that is for you. But, for example, sleep, hydration, yoga, meditation, “forest bathing,” unplugging from your electronic devices for some time in the course of every 24 hour cycle (and not just when sleeping). Know that this deep self-care is an EVOLUTIONARY act. And likewise nudge, cajole, shame everyone to do the same.
    Remind yourself every day, and every night, that YOU are not alone, and that WE are not alone, and that we are surfing the crest of a great wave, we are riding the Arc of Human Evolution. Remind yourself every day, and every night, of the “Power of Nothing.” Remind yourself, every day, and every night, of the legendary American sage Joe Miller’s 100 year prophecy. These are all powerful forces.

    But there is something more, something incomprehensible, and unspeakable, the power of Gaia Herself, the Divine Intelligence within which we all LITERALLY move and live and have our beings, She wants the human species to right itself, She wants us to emerge from this Singularity, as a new, better, saner, kinder wiser version of ourselves. And yes of course, if we lose ourselves, if we succumb in this “Fog of War,” if we give up, She will deal with us mercilessly and summarily for the sake of the countless other species that LITERALLY live and move and have their beings within Her.

    But we have a chance. Hence the three deadlines I have articulated.

    #LeanForward #UnitedFrontforSanityAndDecency

    #SmashthePatriarchy #BlackLivesMatter #ClimateEmergency 

    #NotACaravanofDespair