Friday, May 01, 2015

What I Used As Kindling for the Beltane Blaze of 2015; The Great Wheel is a Wheel on Fire

Edward Burne-Jones  - Wheel of Fortune (1875-83)

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." -- Albert Camus

May Day 2015. Beltane. International Worker's Day.  The great wheel is a wheel on fire. It blazes as it turns. Ceaselessly. Burn with it. Into passion. Into beauty. Into deliciousness. Yes. 

On May Day 2015, I "retired" from a twenty-five year journey through the shadow realms of security, risk and intelligence, first as Editorial Director of a leading membership association of cyber security professionals, then as Director of Global Security Intelligence for a Fortune 100 professional services corporation and finally as a  Distinguished Fellow at one of the world's premiere cybersecurity academic research programs.

Three great arcs shaped my decades in security, risk and intelligence. 

Along the first arc, I had a hand in shaping national and international debate on vital issues related to the then emerging realms of cyber security, cyber crime and cyber war. My prescience on what would come to pass was chillingly accurate (despairingly so, really). 

Along the second arc, the trajectory of my career was altered significantly by my refusal to remain silent about even greater security, risk and intelligence issues, e.g. the theft of the 2000 presidential election, the withdrawal from the Kyoto Accords and the criminal negligence of the Bush-Cheney national insecurity team before and after 9/11. As one of my closest friends and colleagues said at the time, "Richard, you have become radioactive." 

The final arc of my career as an information warrior was spent operating behind the scenes in my role as role as "Distinguished Fellow," speaking publicly less and less, refusing almost all media interview requests, choosing instead to apply my skills internally, contributing to the success of a world-class cybersecurity research institution.

Salvador Dali - Wheel of Fortune
In the course of my career, I worked in over forty countries. testified in historic U.S. Senate hearings, appeared on CNN, the BBC, etc. numerous times, and was quoted widely in the world's press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, etc. For a time, I was one of the leaders of a small team responsible for the security of over a hundred thousand people in over a hundred countries. But now it is all finished. Some of the story will be told down the road, some of it will never be told. ("How do you thank a man who never existed for something that never happened?")

Along the way, I wrote nine books, and co-authored a tenth. only two of which focused directly on cyber war, economic espionage, etc., although the others addressed broader issues of security, risk and intelligence in a mystical and humanist framework.  

May Day 2015. Beltane. The great wheel is a wheel on fire. It blazes as it turns. Ceaselessly. Turn with it. Into passion. Into beauty. Into deliciousness. Yes.

I am dedicating the rest of this incarnation to writing, speaking and teaching yoga. I will continue to articulate our planetary emergency and the path of personal emergence it calls forth for all of us. I will also be working with people one on one and in groups, empowering them to explore the depths of yoga and meditation. 

If our species is to survive and bring its true promise into humanifestation, we must undertake a great shift in how we relate to both our innermost nature and to the Eden of this world.

 I hope to make a significant contribution to that great shift.

-- Richard Power, Author, Speaker, Yoga Teacher (RYT500)

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