09 December 2014

The Only Way To Wake Up Your Liberal Neighbor

("Wake Up America" painting by Jon McNaughton)

We've all known friends, neighbors, relatives, or acquaintances who as if sleep-talking while dreaming rattle off a litany of seemingly good accomplishments by government, but never open their eyes to the chains of slavery we are being wrapped in by political solutions. How can we wake up these dear people?

Most of the subjugation is caused by liberal-progressive programs. Liberal-progressives mean well. Their aspirations inevitably sound appealing and are seen by many people as worthy objectives. Their political success is always in proportion to the number of voters who see their intentions as worthy, and the strength of voters' feelings about their aims. Since liberal-progressive end goals are so attractive to most people, fighting their schemes makes liberty lovers look "mean spirited," or at best "obstructionist."

If that wasn't bad enough, liberty advocates have often focused on one or another of the seemingly endless number of liberal-progressive programs and tried to fight it on its merits. Fighting individual liberal-progressive projects is like trying to defeat a many-headed hydra. Cut off one, and two more (or ten more) grow.  The number of schemes liberal-progressives can come up with is infinite. And because they invent new causes far faster than anyone can keep up with, they will always be ahead of liberty defenders who would like to slow them down.

It would seem that trying to defend against liberal-progressives is a losing battle. But it need not be. There is a wake-up-call way to answer your friends and neighbors who support liberal-progressive causes.

In the old way of arguing politics we would announce that we disagree, and then attempt to argue our case. In other words, we would set ourselves up as adversaries. The adversarial relationship is felt by the other as resistance. Resistance invites the liberal-progressive supporter to put up defenses and resist back. Due to his defenses, even if our arguments are heard by his ears they do not settle into his mind. Not only do our arguments fail to reach inside him, but his need to reflect resistance back to us only serves to reinforce his inner mindset.

There is a better way. Since we want to reach him, his defenses must first be forestalled. This is accomplished by agreeing with him at first. "I agree with the result you would like to achieve. It would be good if your dream came to pass." In most situations, our agreement will be easy because the causes of liberal-progressives are usually worthy. In some cases, our agreement will feel more like "walking for a moment in the other's shoes" in order to neutralize his defenses.

With defenses down, he is in rapport with us and the next part of our answer will reach him. But the next part of our answer will also shock him and wake him up: "But it's very nasty of you to try to reach your goal by dictatorship."

This will not change the Karl Marx marionettes who believe their ends justify their means. These are the ones who justify dictatorship by blocking out of their minds the nonsensical nature of their self-contradictory announcements: "It's dictatorship by the people." "It's dictatorship for everyone's good."

But the vast majority of people who support liberal-progressive causes simply have never given thought to the deleterious evil of the dictatorship of liberal-progressive programs.

Liberal-progressives constantly throw in our face all the "good" their dictatorship has accomplished. For example, the below quote from a liberal television series:

Here's the way liberty lovers must answer in principle:

"The Civil Rights Act has opened many doors for people. A wonderful cause, increasing possibilities, providing opportunities! But why did you feel the need to sell your soul to the devil by becoming a dictator? Wouldn't there have been a better way?"

"Social Security is a marvelous program with sometimes lifesaving results. Too bad you couldn't have worked out voluntary implementation. You've destroyed your honor by using dictatorship."

"Medicare is really helping many people, which is a great outcome. It's just unfortunate you have become no better than a highway robber by funding it through dictatorship."

"Clean air is so healthy for people! Clean air is a worthwhile achievement to rejoice about. But now you've sabotaged your own integrity by becoming a dictator. Wouldn't there have been a moral way to achieve the same goal?"

Maybe the wording of these examples isn't the best, but there are many, many ways to word an answer which first disarms the defenses of liberal-progressive supporters and then points out how depraved they have made themselves with their dictatorship. In fact, if we held a contest for the most powerfully effective wording, we could probably create some truly eye-opening phrases.

But you get the idea. First agree.... then shake them awake.

"I'm with you, respecting your dream.... 
your dictatorship is evil!"





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 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