03 November 2014

Important Election Results Not Reported by the Media



"I vote for peace and joy and love in my society!"

Once upon a time in storybook land there was a population ruled by leaders of two political parties. The people of this fictional society were slaves, but they rarely sensed they were slaves because the leaders of the two political parties were chosen by election. Occasionally someone felt like a slave, but was immediately told, "You can't be a slave because a slave doesn't have an opportunity to choose his master. So just be a good citizen and vote."

Once accustomed to voting, most "good citizens" accepted the master-slave atmosphere and used their voting in the hopes of being masters rather than slaves.

Beneath all the hyped surface justifications about good citizenship people sensed only two bottom-line reasons for voting: they either wanted to use majority rule to impose their values and schemes on others, or they hoped a majority of voters would side with them in defending themselves against those who would force on them values and schemes they would not have chosen for themselves. In reality, both motives were present at the same time in most voters. Most wanted to be dictators in some ways, and in other ways they wanted to defend themselves from the dictatorship of other voters.

A few saw the system as simply an insane electoral battle for power and made the choice to forgo voting altogether so they could feel the ego-satisfaction of moral smugness and the partial temporary peace of not being a combat participant. Another few saw voting as solely for self-defense, not wishing to dictate to others in any way, and made the choice to support the least dictatorial of the two ruling parties, seeing their choice as the greatest good between the only two logical alternative outcomes, the greatest good realistically available. These non-voters and totally defensive voters still found it very hard to experience deep and long-lasting peace, because they were very acutely aware that all around them was a would-be dictators' war zone, a battlefield of competing slave masters.

In this society at election time the focus of most voting men and women was pulled away from their natural inclination to live and let live, away from their natural feeling of brotherhood, replacing natural good will with the temptation to believe it's alright to rule over others through elected representatives. The practice of voting in elections was considered justification for being blind to the reality of dictatorship and slavery behind the disguise.

During election season, brothers often found themselves pitted against brothers, mothers against daughters, husbands against wives, neighbors against neighbors. This rarely broke out into a bloody shooting war, because people were told to be "civil," but a civil war it was. Very few recognized consciously that a war by any other name, such as "election," was still a war. Some relished the battle, but even these (along with everyone else) could not escape feeling on a deeper level the ugly climate of war.

Elections often had the effect of bringing out the worse in people. It was not uncommon for men and women to lie, cheat, steal and destroy the property of others at election time. Human beings became monsters.

In this society at election time very few people stayed totally at peace, totally in love, and totally in joy. People who couldn't care less about elections found it hard to not be frustrated with all the mailings, phone calls, billboards, television commercials and other forms of electioneering pushed into their lives. Some people who valued facts and logic even became outright furious at all the demagoguery. Election winners experienced merely short-lived surface joy, always in their honest moments too well aware that their victory was only for a while and quite fragile.

Another strange feature of this society: all this misery which was the result of elections was never reported by their media.

Good thing this was only a storybook society, wouldn't you say?





The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

05 October 2014

Advanced Training For Freedom Guardians



"I WILL train myself ... and I WILL preserve freedom! "

From Lesson 5: "The day is past for lying, cheating, stealing political candidates and petulant, whining, fit-throwing political activists. These habits will still be seen in some circles, especially among government worshipers as they continue to lose control, but they no longer have much effect on the voting public looking for solutions which 'ring true' within themselves."

From Lesson 12: "Motivated by fear, men and women set up governments because they think they need protection or help. The more a man is immersed in limitation-thinking the more fearful he will be and the more government he will call for. As Ayn Rand so clearly pointed out, one who feels hopelessly terrorized will call for very expansive and expensive government ... and be willing to terrorize others to pay for it."

From Lesson 13: "With trust there is nothing I cannot achieve, including a near 'miraculous' change in the way people think politically. Without trust I cannot even change my own mind."

From Lesson 19: "The fact that love attracts people is of primary importance to me in achieving my political goals. In a democratic political realm I could have all the most wonderful intellectualized premises and conclusions anybody ever came up with, but if people don't sense that I am loving then I am not going to be supported by vast numbers of people and my ideas are going to be sold short."

From Lesson 20: "None of us following our inner spiritual nature would steal, or murder, or enslave others. Yet we allow governments to commit these acts because we have been convinced by split minds that there is a difference between our own good and society's good as a whole. In the 180 degree backward thinking of today's world, it is not always easy to see that government interference in people's lives beyond the very basic laws of existence is actually based on fear and hatred of man's free spirit." (See The Spiritual Foundation of Liberty)

From Lesson 25: "There is no one more inspiring than a man who is free of pain, fear, and guilt. Such a man was Ayn Rand's ideal, so it's no wonder that dwelling on her fictional heroes is such an uplifting experience. No one teaches freedom more effectively than one who lives free of pain, fear, and guilt."

From Lesson 26: "Even though mankind has experienced extreme growing pains, the overall consciousness of mankind is evolving to higher levels. Peace is now more than ever valued over war, and people are beginning to see more clearly than ever that governments or ruling elites are the cause of mankind's ills, and cannot be a solution. Such clear valuing and clear seeing can only lead to greater good than ever."




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

03 September 2014

Why Stand Tall For Liberty?



"When I'm serving liberty I'm at my best!"

There is a power at work for liberty which is far greater than I imagine. Call it the power of an idea whose time has come. Call it the deepest desire of every human heart and soul. Call it angels at work. It doesn't matter what one calls it. Liberty always rises again ... stronger than ever.

Trying to contain liberty is like trying to contain love. Close it down temporarily in one area and it erupts in another area. Close it off as much as possible in all areas and it still finds a way to burst forth because not experiencing it is too painful. Our true nature is love. Our true nature is liberty.

If liberty cannot be held back forever, then in theory I wouldn't have to work for liberty, fight for liberty, or defend liberty. I literally would need do nothing but wait and see what happens.

If this is true, why do some join the Libertarian Party or the Republican Liberty Caucus? Why do some work toward extracting themselves from bureaucratic control over their lives and establishing greater personal sovereignty? Why do some put all their heart and soul into selling and promoting the works of Ayn Rand?

The answer has to do with a spiritual feeling. I might act in some way to further liberty (even though liberty is destined to prevail without my efforts) because I'm feeling my best when I'm serving liberty. Serving liberty feels really, really wonderful and right inside myself. My true nature is freedom and my inner being loves when I am expressing who I am. No matter in what exact way I feel guided to serve liberty ... it is deeply soul-satisfying service.

Those who are serving the opposite of liberty: government expansion, government involvement, and government interference, have sold out their souls and are experiencing misery deep inside whether they would ever admit it or not.

Such sell-outs, who have no understanding as to why they are feeling so unfulfilled, call for more of the same ... more government expansion, more government involvement, more government interference ... like asking the torturer to inflict more pain in the hopes of relieving pain.

There is no such thing as a truly happy government worshiper or a deeply thoroughly happy government-advocating liberal-progressive.

But my soul is intact and my happiness glows like the sun because I love liberty and choose to serve liberty.

What fun it is to watch liberty's progress! What exquisite pleasure I feel serving my spirit, which is free! What absolute joy I experience as I declare many times a day:

"Liberty I love you with all my heart and soul! I live only to serve you! Serving you I am serving myself and everyone! Serving you I am at my very best!"




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

17 June 2014

7 Deadly Sins of Liberty Lovers


"If I'm allowing my ego to blind me, I cannot be successful!"

A course in political miracles can contain all the lessons in the world for developing oneself into a successful guardian of political liberty, yet will still be an incomplete course if it doesn't mention ways one can sabotage the achievement of one's political ideals, wouldn't you say?

We all understand a flawed philosophy automatically contains the seeds of its own sabotage, which is why liberal-progressives with all their abstract intellectual contrivances cannot prevail in the long run. Yet for so many years liberal-progressives have ruled. Why? Because they have pursued their goals with laser-like aim devoid of self-damaging strategies, tactics, and attitudes.

The opposite is true of most would-be liberty guardians.

Liberty political philosophy is free of man-made intellectual contraptions. "In a moral, just, and reasonable society, men and women are governed by natural laws which must be honored if the society is to serve human life in its full promise. Natural laws do not violate one person's rights (wronging one person) for the good of many. In nature, what is right for any one individual is right for a society of individuals, and what is wrong for any one individual is wrong for a society of individuals. With natural law governance no one is sacrificed. Natural law treats every one equally."

Therefore, completely unlike liberal-progressives, those who love liberty renounce forced solutions. "A guardian of liberty is one who understands that forcing solutions on people by legislation, judicial fiat or majority rule is injustice ... degrading and unfair; but allowing people free choice among solutions which encroach on no one allows the learning of responsibility and the development of self-esteem."

With such a non-harmful life-serving political philosophy, liberty proponents should have celebrated huge success many, many years ago. Why has their progress been so pitiful?  Could it be that the strategies, tactics, and attitudes of would-be liberty guardians have been like arrows flying off and falling everywhere but on target, perhaps even damaging themselves and their cause?

The Greek word hamartia (ἁμαρτία) is usually translated as "sin" in the New Testament. In Classical Greek, it is an archery term meaning "to miss the mark" or "to miss the target." If liberty guardians have for years been missing the mark politically, what are their deadliest sins in this context?

The farthest off-target aim which is made by those who hope to produce liberty is believing they need to make converts. Deep down inside, every human being feels the natural rightness of liberty, and that includes liberal-progressives who are only temporarily trapped in their addiction to dictatorship, living in denial like alcoholics but not totally beyond healing. Liberty guardians do not need converts. They need only help people get in touch with their innermost natural feelings. How is such a true aim accomplished? Not by creating a sense of alienation, but by fostering a sense of rapport; not by thinking "you are against us," but by holding in mind the truth "we are all in this together."

If you are feeling the true inner joy of liberty and you would like another person to feel what you are feeling, you do not try to prove to the other person that you are different (trying to prove to yourself that you are "not like them"). You do not say to another: "I'm this, but you are that." Rather, you think in your mind, "Here, join me in feeling this joy," and you happily let that person join in what you are feeling.

If you are deeply certain of the natural rightness of liberty and you want another person to also know that same deep certainty, you do not say in your thoughts: "I'm right! And you are wrong!" Instead, you let that person feel you. You let down your barriers and wordlessly convey: "Here, feel my certainty and the peace it engenders."

If you are experiencing the exquisite love of life which liberty allows one to experience and you wish another person could feel such sweet natural love, you do not attack that person. You extend the love and let that person feel your love, so they will crave joining with you in spirit.

In order for people to be on the same page with you, you first have to allow them to be "with you." Separating yourself, flaunting arrogance, attacking ... all are arrows which do damage to your own purpose.

What about constantly allowing discussions to degenerate into possible details of pie-in-the-sky Utopian futures? Does such a tactic alienate people or aid them in joining with you in a feeling of rapport? Isn't the here and now where others are likely to be focused? And doesn't their joining with you and feeling what you are feeling occur only here and now?

Another widely off-target arrow is the strategy of voicing seemingly head-in-the-sand foreign policy announcements, allowing others to form the impression that you could care less about the suffering of people elsewhere in the world because your sacred principle of avoiding foreign entanglements trumps any sympathy for people living in terror and horror. Could it be that first expressing sincere and deep compassion for the sufferers in other countries will help people join with you on a feeling level, and therefore be receptive to any liberty-promoting alternative solutions which you may then voice?

Then there is the insufferable arrogance of "I will never support the lesser of two evils," totally avoiding two glaring facts of existence. (Fact 1) Nobody is perfect. (Oh, but you and your guys are perfect enough to deserve support. Yet God forbid anyone else ever deserving support.) (Fact 2) The lesser of two evils is logically the greater good of the two possible alternatives being compared. Now there's a policy ... choosing to see evil while blinding oneself to seeing good! Such a strategy keeps your ego very satisfied. And of course your ego doesn't want you noticing that it is out to destroy you ... and that supporting your ego is supporting the greatest evil of all.

In all these respects, to see clearly, or to blind oneself: that is the question. Will would-be guardians of liberty be like Hamlet, lamenting the slings and arrows of "outrageous fortune" which are actually the misdirected arrows of their own egos? Or will they take control of their own destiny, quit looking through the ego's eyes ... and make their mark?




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles