ĒOSTRE: THE RETURN OF THE GODDESS

“Here, in this moment of balance, I honor and recognize the sacred mystery of existence. I am a part of a cosmic dance. A holy and blessed music fills the world. The light and the darkness shift from this moment onward. As it is on the land, so it is in my being. I follow the movement of the Mother, and She works a transformation in me. Be it new beginnings or resolution, the Equinox is a point of transition; of change. I embrace the change.”

– Teo Bishop: “The Solitary Druid Fellowship’s Equinox Devotional”
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For the people of the ancient world, especially those living in Northern Europe, the changing of the seasons was of particularly great significance. The lengthening of the days that began after the winter solstice gave the anticipation of the beginning of the end of what were at times long and perilous winters- which for some were a time of hunger and death. This is why the time when the frost melted, the trees began to bud, and the flowers began to bloom was a time of great festivity and jubilation. According to the Roman Catholic monk, Bede, it was during this time that the Germanic tribes of Europe (the Anglo-Saxons in particular) had great feasts and celebrations during Ēosturmōnaþ (April) in honor of the goddess Ēostre, also known as Ostara.

Ēostre derives from the Proto-Indo-European austrōn meaning “dawn”. This has led many scholars to conclude that Ēostre was the goddess of the dawn- a solar goddess. As I talked about at length in my articles, “Yule: Birth of the Sun God(dess)”, and “The Abrahamic Question”, much of the Indo-European spiritual traditions seemed to have been a holdover from much further in antiquity than the peoples of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, who lived around the same time. This includes the personification of the solar deity as a female. I encourage folks to read the article on Yule in particular as I get into that in some detail.

The goddess Ēostre was also understood to be a fertility goddess and is associated in particular with the season of spring, when new life seems to be “reborn” or “resurrected” out of the seeming death of winter. When the spring comes, it proves that this “death” was merely an illusion, and that life can never truly die. The seasons themselves follow the Sun and if we were to look at the cycle of the year as that of a single day, we would most certainly place spring in conjunction with the time of sunrise- the dawn after the long, cold night of winter. Hence it makes sense for the goddess of the spring to also be the goddess of the dawn.

Ēostre was yet another aspect or “personality” of the complex Goddess archetype that envelops the natural world. The people of these times lived very close to the natural world and were quite attuned to its patterns and rhythms and revered them. They had a certain deep reverence for life that seems to be lacking in much of modern culture. They revered not only archetypal gods and mythic patterns, but also animals and animal spirits. One animal particular revered and symbolic for this time was of course, the rabbit. The ancients no doubt saw this animal as a symbol of this season due to its incredible fertility. Likewise we also have the egg as a great symbol of new life, which is what Ēostre is all about.
In his 1835 book, “Deutsche Mythologie”, German author Jacob Grimm spoke of this particularly joyous time:

We Germans to this day call April ostermonat, and ôstarmânoth is found as early as Eginhart. The great Christian festival, which usually falls in April or the end of March, bears in the oldest of OHG remains the name ôstarâ … it is mostly found in the plural, because two days … were kept at Easter. This Ostarâ, like the [Anglo-Saxon] Eástre, must in heathen religion have denoted a higher being, whose worship was so firmly rooted, that the Christian teachers tolerated the name, and applied it to one of their own grandest anniversaries.

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It is no secret that Germanic paganism and the later Germanic mystical tradition played a huge role in the shaping of Christianity in Europe and later America. This is one reason it could be argued that Christianity as many know it is just as rooted in Northern Europe as it is in Rome or even the Middle East. This idea of German mystical influence is also something I delve into in the third installment of my “Origins of World War II: The German Question” series.

Grimm then goes on to describe further correlations between the goddess cult and the later Christian adaptation:

Ostara, Eástre seems therefore to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing, whose meaning could be easily adapted by the resurrection-day of the Christian’s God. Bonfires were lighted at Easter and according to popular belief of long standing, the moment the sun rises on Easter Sunday morning, he gives three joyful leaps, he dances for joy … Water drawn on the Easter morning is, like that at Christmas, holy and healing … here also heathen notions seems to have grafted themselves on great Christian festivals. Maidens clothed in white, who at Easter, at the season of returning spring, show themselves in clefts of the rock and on mountains, are suggestive of the ancient goddess.

However, the Goddess and her mythos is far-reaching and the story of her aspect as the bearer of new life and fertility is no exception. One of the great myths retold throughout the ancient world revolved around the descent of the fertility goddess into the Underworld and her triumphant return, bringing rejuvenated life to the world.

The Goddess has had many names. In ancient Mesopotamia she was known as Ishtar, daughter of the Moon god, San (the Moon is often associated with the Goddess and the Divine Feminine). In this version of the story, Ishtar not only desires to enter the land of the dead, but is more than a little insistent upon doing so as the ancient myth shows as she storms the gates of the Underworld:

O keeper! Open thy gate! Open thy gate! I say, that I may enter! If thou openest not thy gate, I will assault the door; I will break down the gate; I will attack the entrance; I will split open the portals.”

However, once Ishtar enters the Underworld, the Mistress of Hades inflicts all manner of suffering upon her and imprisons her in the Underworld. As Ishtar was the goddess of fertility, her absence prevented the crops from growing and life from maturing so that it was able to reproduce itself. When the gods saw that Ishtar’s absence was having such a disorganizing effect on the balance of Nature, they sent a messenger to the Underworld to demand her release.

In ancient Greece we have a similar story of the young goddess, Persephone. Persephone was the goddess of new life and new growth, who caused flowers to bloom wherever she went. She was beautiful, and was coveted by Hades, lord of the Underworld. Hades eventually made up his mind that he would have Persephone and came to the surface world in his dark chariot, kidnapped her, and made her his bride. However, like Ishtar, her absence caused the green of Earth to slowly wither and die. The gods demanded that Hades release her. Hades eventually agreed to do so, under the condition that for half of the year, she would remain with him, and the other half, she would live on the surface and continue her job of creating new life. This was understood to be the origin of the seasons.

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The time of the spring equinox; the time of new life; correlates with the modern Christian holiday of Easter by no coincidence. The story of Christ Jesus was modeled after these ancient myths and some would say that his purpose as a physical being was to physically imprint these archetypes and initiations into the brutally dense material existence that was the Kali Yuga. We may recall his descent into the Underworld, or “Hell” as mirroring that of Ishtar or Persephone. However, he was not captured, but rather went down to release humanity from the strengthening vice of Satan/Saturn- the force or pull of matter into increasing density- so that man would be able to re-ascend into finer, more etheric or “spiritual” states of existence.

The Goddess, while given somewhat of a supporting role in the canonical texts of the Bible, nevertheless plays arguably the most important central role in the crucifixion/resurrection story, with Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene being present at the cross as Christ Jesus “gave up the ghost”, and Mary Magdalene being the first to see Jesus after being resurrected and transformed into his Light body. In fact, certain sects of Gnostic Christianity saw Mary Magdalene as the human incarnation of the fallen wisdom goddess Sophia, who was reunited with the human incarnation of her lover, the Christos.

There are many, many myths about the Goddess that can be read and enjoyed. However, the true purpose of a myth is not to simply entertain, but rather its purpose is to inspire us to some form of action. It is to create an urge to delve deeper into the mysteries of reality and our own lives. It is to encourage us to explore the world and fine tune our understanding and relationship to the Laws of Nature and Creation.

During these times when so many of us are confined to urban areas, it is more important than ever for us to find ways to attune ourselves to and align ourselves with nature in whatever way we can. This will enable us to develop not only a better understanding of these patterns and how they work in the exterior world, but also how they operate in the interior world of our own being.800px-British_Museum_Queen_of_the_Night

As I have spoken of before, when I was first called to really pursuing spirituality and a spiritual path on my own, it was through the practice of pagan shamanism (which I still practice to this day, albeit sporadically at times). I have found through my experience that shamanic work, particularly the practice of journeying into the archetypal realms, the subconscious and the unconscious (both collective and individual), is ruled by the Goddess.
I have seen the Goddess and experienced Her in a myriad of forms, from the old crone; to the nature goddess; to the being I know as the White Goddess- who is the warrior wisdom goddess known as Athena, complete with a snowy owl perched on her shoulder. I have even had a particularly powerful experience with Ishtar and the owl-like beings pictured alongside her. Interestingly enough, it was after the experience that I found this photograph and saw the beings I had seen in the vision looking nearly identical to what I had experienced.

So as we move into spring and the new life blooms, I urge folks to get out into nature and experience it. The great alchemist and healer Paracelsus wrote:

Nature is the Universal Teacher… It was the Book of Nature, written by the finger of God, which I studied… Nature is the universal teacher.  Whatever we cannot learn from the external appearance of nature, we can learn from her spirit. Both are one.  Everything is taught by Nature to her disciple if he asks for information in the appropriate manner.”

I am not saying to completely disregard whatever texts inspire you and hold value to your life, but know that there is more to spiritual life than words on a page. Both the Gnostic and the Shaman hold the direct experience of the spiritual world as the most sacrosanct- and it is these two avenues above all else that have personally influenced my journey. In any event. I will always encourage folks to seek and explore as many avenues of direct spiritual experience as they can handle (and then a little more).  And of course, I encourage you to get to know your Goddess in all of her myriad forms and in as many ways as you can. She is an amazing, incredible and complex being who is full of wisdom- and someone who I should really listen to more often 😉

Those who have ears to hear should hear.  Namaste and God Bless.

THE RETURN OF THE KING (Part 2)

“His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew but he himself. And he was clothed in a vesture dipt in blood; and his name is called The Word of God… And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

– Revelation 19:12-16

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Swiss psychologist Carl Jung has been touted by many as a pioneer into the “uncharted” realms of human consciousness.  One of the great “discoveries” (I use quotes for uncharted and discoveries because this was in fact a rediscovery of ancient knowledge and understanding) was that of what Jung referred to as “archetypes”.  In the book, “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetype of the Mature Masculine”, authors Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette describe the findings of Jung and those who followed in his footsteps:

Jung and his successors have found that on the level of the deep unconscious the psyche of every person is grounded in what Jung called the ‘collective unconscious’, made up of instinctual patterns and energy configurations probably inherited genetically throughout the generations… These archetypes provide the very foundations of our behaviors- our thinking, our feeling, and our characteristic human reactions.  They are the image makers that artists and poets and religious prophets are so close to.”

Jung understood archetypes to be the inhabitants of the mythic landscape of human consciousness- the wellspring from which the great myths and legends of all cultures arise.  Archetypes simultaneously shape human consciousness while being shaped by it.  While there are subcategories of archetypes and certain elements that are distinct to different races, ethnicities and cultures, there are certain archetypes that are universal to all humans.  The most important of these is the archetype of the King.

In times of old, human tribes and civilizations from China to Babylon, from Egypt to Britain, from the Congo to Mesoamerica, all had versions of what we would call “kings”- rulers who claimed a sort of “divine right” of rule.  Nowadays the notion of an individual human claiming divine right of rule is abhorrent to the modern mind accustomed to representative democracy and the like.  We tend to conjure up images of obese tyrants living in luxury while their subjects starve to death.  We see this tyrant justifying his cruelty and neglect toward the people by saying he had “divine right” to behave the way he did.  However, this is in fact the opposite of what the ancient understanding of what the embodiment of the King archetype was.

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One of the basic functions of the king could be understood of that of a protector and a guardian of the land.  Typically trained as a warrior, the king would be chosen for his leadership capabilities and his skill in battle.  The king would be charged with leading the warriors into battle, defending the people and the land from marauding invaders and rivaling tribes.  Warriors would not go to battle if the king was not fighting alongside them.  The king was a man of honor and virtue.  However, the king was understood to be something even more than these things.

The true legitimate king of antiquity was akin to Socrates’ vision of the “philosopher-king”- a spiritually attuned human being, initiated into the Divine mysteries whose role it was to bring the divine principles into Earthly form through the construction of society and the rules that held it together as well as giving/bringing blessing to the people and the land.  One may imagine the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt who were priest-kings of a supposedly semi-divine nature.  These would have been individuals who studied in the great mystery schools and underwent the great initiations into understanding the Divine Laws of Nature and Creation and had achieved a state of Self-Mastery.  These priest-kings would have been mediators standing in between the divine and earthly realms as a conduit.

However, in these ancient times, the kingship was a tentative position, and once the king was no longer able to embody these Divine Laws and Principles, he was removed from the throne, and in some cases, sacrificed.  The story of the sacrifice of the king is a part of ancient myth and lore as well.  In the archetypal sense (and at times the historical as well), the king is willfully sacrificed or even sacrifices himself, accepting his role as a channel for the divine forces of creation.  This can be seen in the ancient myth of “The Sacred King”.  The true king is wise and selfless, and understands that he is a conduit for something that is beyond himself as an individual of flesh and blood.  The true king sees his role in the seemingly endless cycle, hence the phrase that is chanted upon the coronation of a new king- “The king is dead.  Long live the king”.

The true king of ancient times was the embodiment of the great ordering principle of the universe- the creative force that molds the raw material from which all things are made in a right and orderly way.  This is the Divine Masculine Principle that creates the world from the stuff of the Great Cosmic Abyss, which is the Great Mother.  When Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”, he was embodying this ordering principle as well as stating that he himself was a medium for a power that was greater than he was.  Moore and Gillette explain this:

“[T]he king was the earthly conduit from the Divine World- the world of the King energy- to this world.  He was the mediator between the mortal and the divine… He was the central artery… that allowed the blood of the life-force to flow into the human world.”

We may recall the scene from the Last Supper where Jesus has the Apostles partake of the cup of “His blood”.  It was this rite that the Apostles brought into the world as the sacrament of Communion, in which all who wished could partake in the blood of the divine life-force and take it into their Being, becoming one with it.

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It is also understood in the Christian mysteries that the greater power that anointed and embodied itself in the figure of Jesus was the Sun.  The Sun was understood to be the physical body of an invisible God- the Christos.  The masculine creative ordering principle has been associated with the Sun since great antiquity, with human kings from Pharaoh Akhenaten of Egypt to King Louis XIV of France associating it (right or wrong) as the source of their power and right of “divine rule”.

The true king as understood in antiquity was a steward and protector to the people- a kind of “all father”.  This concept would often be literal as well, as the lineage of the true king was seen as something that should be passed on to strengthen the people and the land.  It was understood at that time there was a spiritual component to genetic lineage and true nobility. Like the immortal gods who were his ancestors, the king took on the role as the literal and figurative patriarch of the people.

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The king was seen as being in a sacred matrimony with the land, which was understood to be the Goddess Herself.  It was to Her and Her children (the people, as well as wild game and livestock) that the king was sworn to protect and serve until he was no longer capable.  The king’s true queen was understood to be the Goddess of the Land; the Goddess of the Earth.  It was she who had the ultimate say as to whether or not the king was fit to rule and be in union with her.  Gnostics understood this Goddess as the “Fallen Goddess” Sophia, who “fell” into Earth.  Many Gnostics and practitioners of the Mysteries understood both Mary the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene to be aspects or incarnations of this Goddess.

In “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover”, Moore and Gillette paint a very clear picture of what the role of the “Earthly” King was understood to be in these ancient times:

It is the mortal king’s duty not only to receive and take to his people the right social order of the universe and cast it in a societal form but, even more fundamentally, to embody it in his own person, to live it in his own life.  The mortal king’s first responsibility is to live according to Ma’at, or Dharma, or the TaoIf he does, the mythology goes, everything in the kingdom- that is, the creation, the world- will also go according to the Right Order.  The kingdom will flourish.  If the king does not live ‘in the Tao’ then nothing will go right for his people, or for the kingdom as a whole.  The realm will languish, the Center, which the king represents, will not hold, and the kingdom will be ripe for rebellion.”

It is following this Right Order; following “The Way”, that legitimizes the King.  Again, we recall Christ Jesus referring to himself as “the Way”- he was speaking as the living embodiment of this principle.  To this day, many followers of the teachings of Christ refer to themselves as “Servants of the Way“.

During the Middle Kingdom period of ancient Egypt, the prophet Nefer-rohu wrote of the disastrous consequences of what occurred when corrupt and illegitimate rulers who did not follow and embody the principles of Ma’at– interpreted as “Right Order”; sat on the throne of Egypt:

The land is completely perished… The sun-disc is covered over…. The rivers of Egypt are empty…. Damaged indeed are those good things, those fish ponds…. Everything good is disappeared… Foes have arisen in the east, and Asiatics have come down into Egypt….This land is helter-skelter…. men will take up weapons of warfare, [so that] the land lives in confusion.  Men will make arrows of metal, beg for the bread of blood, and laugh with the laughter of sickness…. [A] man’s heart pursues himself [alone]…. A man sits in his corner [turning] his back while one kills another.  I show thee a son as a foe, the brother as an enemy, and a man killing his [own] father.

Nefer-rohu then prophesized of a new king that would arise who would embody the principles of Right Order, restoring Egypt, driving out the invaders and setting things right with the Kosmos.

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Something happened as the Ages progressed and humanity came into the “Dark Time”, i.e. the Kali Yuga.  The kingly lineages became increasingly prone to corruption and tyranny.  They began to no longer serve the people, but rather their own self-interest and lust for power.  At the same time, members of the merchant class began to rise to prominence, corrupting the machinations of government.  Again, it is at this time the story of Christ Jesus takes place.  Born into obscurity, but having blood of the old kingly lineage, he had the task of raising the archetype of the king out of corruption- in essence bringing it back from the dead.  The rulers on the throne were illegitimate, and now the true king- the true embodiment of the king archetype had returned.  However, the way the throne would be reclaimed would be done in a way that was unheard of and is still at this point just beginning to become realized.

When Jesus bled into the Earth, the seeds were planted for something monumental.  However, it would be some time before the seeds began to sprout and grow.  As the gestation process was occurring, the illegitimate rulers maintained and continued their power.  But they were secretly aware of what was occurring and sought to corrupt, poison or crush any “seedlings” of the Christ event that they saw.

These illegitimate rulers are still firmly in control of the machinations of Earthly government to this day, and are attempting to tighten their grasp out of fear of the inevitable.  They believe that if they can manipulate, poison and destroy the soil of humanity and the Earth that they can hold onto their illegitimate power and keep the King from returning.  However, true power rests only to those who can embody the King archetype, which these men (and women) do not.  Anything else is illegitimate and will inevitably fall to its own internal corruption.

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Jesus stated, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do;

It has been understood by students and practitioners of the Mysteries that the long-awaited “Second Coming” will not be the return of an individual, but rather the birth of a “Christened Humanity”- that is a humanity that acts and lives in “Christ Consciousness”.  The King archetype is returning to manifest not as one great individual who will lead humanity and the Earth to the promised land, but rather it is returning to each individual soul that is incarnated on Earth who has done the work to prepare themselves as a vessel appropriate for such an anointing.  To quote Hopi prophecy, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Christ Jesus sacrificed himself so that the Solar Initiations that were once relegated to a select few would be available to all of humanity.  It is understood by many in the esoteric traditions, that the work of Christ Jesus enabled a sort of “inner life” in every human being that had not been available before.  Christ made it possible for the sort of Self-Mastery that had only been possible for the most elite of incarnated beings to be available to everyone.  Christ Jesus made it possible for anyone to embody the archetype of the King if they were willing to do what was needed for the transformation to take place.  This is the true legacy of the man who was the incarnation of the Sun/Son of God and his lineage are all who are able to go through the initiation process of psycho-spiritual death and resurrection, and become an anointed being.

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In order for this to take place, we have to allow the immature, selfish and fearful lower ego to die in order to claim our right to the “Throne”.  This “death” was the pivotal component of the ancient initiation process, which has seemingly been lost in modern culture (although is still present in some of the indigenous cultures that are also being wiped out).  The illegitimate rulers seek to keep us in a state of perpetual childhood so we cannot fully come into being as Sovereign Anointed Kings (and Queens).  This is why governments and societies are set up in the manner that they currently are and by and large have been for millennia.  Likewise, the initiations we are “allowed” to have in modern society are by and large things that either serve or don’t threaten the illegitimate system like graduations, job promotions, military service, sports, fraternities, etc.  Otherwise, they are things that only serve to degrade and corrupt the individual like gang initiations.  Even things like Freemasonic initiation rites are not what they once were.

During the periods known as the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, the ideas of Sovereignty; i.e. “Self-Rule” as well as Self Determination for not only nations, but individuals, began to resurface in European consciousness.  Many of these ideas stemmed from the ancient Celtic, Germanic and Nordic cultures, but were eventually either suppressed or wiped out by the illegitimate rulers.  These reborn ideals then began to spread throughout Europe and into the New World, culminating in the ideals expressed and carried out in the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the idea of rule “for the people, by the people”.

However, the illegitimate rulers sought to twist and corrupt these “seedlings” and did so pretty successfully.  The problem was that while the people may have been ready for the external freedom that results from self-rule, most were still not mature enough and lacked the true personal responsibility and understanding required for internal mastery.  This made the people susceptible to moral corruption and cultural decadence, which eventually led to them losing sight of the little bit of self-mastery that had been achieved which had allowed for their external freedoms.  Each generation slipped into increasing decadence and childishness.  This is what has led to the predicament we find ourselves in today.

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We cannot have true freedom until we each learn to master our internal domain.  We master our internal domain by learning to control and harmonize our thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions; as well as understanding and working in conjunction with the Laws of Nature and Creation.  Now this may sound simple, but for most people (myself included) actually having the discipline and willingness to sacrifice and surrender the childish and selfish ways of the lower ego can be extremely difficult.  Nevertheless this is exactly the process Christ Jesus said was necessary in the Gospel of Thomas when he said:

When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner as the outer, and the upper as the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one. . . then you will enter [the kingdom].”

This work begins when one answers “The Call” of Life to begin the path of CONSCIOUS spiritual initiation (this in and of itself can take lifetimes).  It is at this point we begin “The Hero’s Journey” that mythologist and author Joseph Campbell pointed out was the central theme of the major myths and legends of humanity- including the story of Christ Jesus.  In this archetypal story, the hero is called (often reluctantly) to embark on a quest or adventure.  The hero then passes through a series of increasingly harrowing ordeals and initiations, climaxing in his/her confronting death itself in some form or fashion.  This culminates in the triumphant ascension or “resurrection” of the hero who is now changed from what he once was into something far greater.  It is a change as stark as the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.  In truth, the Hero is the young, immature version of the King, who goes through the ordeal in order to be able to legitimately claim the Throne.  It was only after the death and resurrection that Jesus was truly KING OF KINGS.

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Looking at the world through this understanding of the King archetype, we can see that all the suffering, chaos, and environmental erosion currently taking place in the world is a direct impetus of illegitimate rulers who do not properly align with the King energy being allowed to hold power; combined with our own refusal to align with the King energy ourselves.  If we look back to the writings of the ancient Egyptian prophet, Nefer-rohu, we will see a startling amount of similarities between what his people were experiencing then under illegitimate rulership, and what we are experiencing now.  However unlike those ancient times, we now each have not only the potential but the responsibility to bring that King energy back into the world through ourselves and bring new life to a dying humanity and a dying planet.

We need to understand that this will not be achieved through electing politicians and giving more power to technocrats and oligarchs.  These are the illegitimate rulers who operate the illegitimate governing system, and any attempt to legitimize the illegitimate is an exercise in futility.  I believe human destiny begins with the move towards true Sovereignty; true Self-Rule; which leads to true freedom both internally and externally.  The idea of human self-governance should be the end goal here, but it is something that must be initiated from within ourselves, rather than something to impose externally through creating more laws and bureaucracies.

Of course I realize that individual humans are far from equal, most of all in their progress moving up the ladder towards this ultimate goal of becoming Anointed Sovereign Beings.  This process can take lifetimes.  I realize that most humans alive on this planet are not ready or even capable of Self-Rule at this time, and that a great deal of suffering will still need to occur before this reality will be manifested on a collective level.  But suffering, although unpleasant, is a crucial component in the process of Self-Mastery.  Suffering is the elixir of the strong.  Christ Jesus needed to suffer immensely before he could before his destiny of becoming KING OF KINGS could be fully realized.  But it is in the midst of our suffering where we have the opportunity to face and overcome the things that keep us from Self-Mastery, including the greatest fear known to mankind- death.

We are seeking to do nothing less than align our Being with the Divine Ordering Principle of the Universe.  I will again reference the wonderfully insightful work of Moore and Gillette to explain how this Principle can work in each one of us:

The King archetype in its fullness possesses the quality of order, of reasonable and rational patterning, of integration and integrity… in the psyche.  It stabilizes chaotic emotion and out of control behaviors.  It brings calm.  And in its ‘fertilizing’ and centeredness, it mediates vitality, life-force and joy.  It brings maintenance and balance.  It defends our own sense of inner order, our own integrity of being and of purpose, our own central calmness about who we are, and our essential unassailability and certainty in our… identity.  It looks upon the world with a firm but kindly eye.  It sees others in all their weakness and in all their talent and self-worth.  It honors them and promotes them.  It guides them and nurtures them toward their own fullness of being.  It is not envious, because it is secure, as the King, in its own worth.  It rewards and encourages creativity in us and in others.

In its central incorporation and expression of the Warrior, it represents an aggressive might when that is what is needed when order is threatened.  It also has the power of inner authority.  It knows and discerns (its Magician aspect) and acts out of this deep knowingness.  It delights in us and others (its Lover aspect) and shows this delight through words of authentic praise and concrete actions that enhance our lives.”

Austrian mystic, Rudolf Steiner understood the Christ Impulse to be the one that brought balance and harmony to the opposing forces of the manifest world.  This impulse brings order and blessing into the world and into our lives.  It is the realization and actualization of the Christ Impulse, which is one and the same as the King archetype, that will move us towards our destiny, which was alluded to when Jesus said in John 10:34, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’?”tumblr_molh95uy0d1svb6rio2_1280

I do not believe the destiny of man is to simply return to our Source in order to be re-absorbed, becoming the same formless collective we emerged as in the beginning.  Nor do I feel we are simply to become child-like spirit beings frolicking in a heavenly paradise, living in a state of divine subjugation, and existing in a sort of angelic hive-mind: we aren’t going back to Eden.  Rather I feel our destiny is to continue the individuation process of the ONE that divided ITSELF into many, until each individual soul is the fully realized god-being that it is meant to be.  There is a difference between individuation and separation- one is reality while the other is illusion.  The full realization of the Solar Christ Impulse and the King energy is man’s path to godhood.  I see us each as individual souls destined to become divine immortal beings in a way that is different than what we were before.  We are evolving and are to become the new pantheon of immortal gods and goddesses- sacred kings and queens- ushering in the New Kingdom of the New Heaven and the New Earth.

Those who have ears to hear should hear.  Namaste and God Bless.

THE RETURN OF THE KING (Part 1)

“And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and began to salute him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews.’… And when they crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.  And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.  And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

 – Matthew 15:17-26

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One of the main plotlines in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic “Lord of the Rings” series revolves around the character of Aragorn, the rightful heir to the throne of the human kingdom of Gondor and descendant of King Elendil who first destroyed the evil sorcerer, Sauron.  However, after vanquishing the dark lord, the king chose to keep the wizard’s Ring of Power rather than destroy it, which ultimately brought ruin and decay to himself and his kingdom.  Shamed by his family’s legacy, Aragorn changes his name to “Strider” and lives in a state of self-imposed exile until he is finally called to take action against the forces of Sauron and step back into his rightful place as king in order to reunite the fractioned kingdoms of men.  This is a call that Aragorn answers quite reluctantly at first.

Another more recent work of fiction that captured the imagination of readers and later moviegoers around the world through its focus on intrigue, secret societies and religious conspiracies was author Dan Brown’s “The DaVinci Code”, and the series of novels and films that followed.  A central theme in that story revolved around a well-kept secret that Jesus was in fact married to Mary Magdalene and that the two had children together.  It was this “bloodline” of Jesus that was the true “Holy Grail”, which had been covered up by the Vatican for centuries.

The word Grail linguistically stems from the Sangraal, or Sangreal.  It was divided into San Graal or San Greal, which essentially means a “holy vessel”, but if it the parting of the letters is switched and spelled Sang Raal or Sang Real we have “holy blood.”  In mystical and alchemical symbolism, the bowl or chalice is a feminine symbol, so in this context it could have correlated to a “womb”- in this case the womb of Mary Magdalene containing the “blood” or genetic lineage of Jesus.

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The concept for the Jesus bloodline/Holy Grail story that appeared in Brown’s books first appeared in the French 19th-century socialist politician, Louis Martin’s 1886 book “Les Evangiles sans Dieu”, as well as several other books by several other authors in subsequent decades.  However, perhaps the most well-known of these was the work of nonfiction by authors Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln entitled “Holy Blood, Holy Grail”, which was published in 1996.  The essential concept, which was later delved into further more recently in Jeff Wilkerson’s “Sion’s Army: The Freemasons” is that Jesus was indeed a historical figure who was an exiled “priest-king”, descending from the ancient “Hebrew” patriarchs David and Abraham.

Now, I’m going to take some creative liberty and play off this basic plotline for a moment so as to provide context for a more in-depth exploration of the archetype of “the King” later on.  In the Old Testament we have the great patriarchal lineage that is stated to be from Noah, to Abraham, to David, to Solomon.  After that we saw a division among the Tribes of Israel and a collapse into decadence after their leaders and the people (repeatedly) broke their covenant with God.  This is what set the stage for the “Babylonian Captivity”.  Many scholars will agree that it was in Babylon that the Judaism that we know today was crafted, which is by and large a corruption of the original spiritual lineage.

This corruption grew as the Babylonian Empire eventually gave way to the Roman Empire.  Here we had the corrupt Pharisees and Sadducees, as well as the Jewish mercantile and political elitists working with the Roman Empire to maintain a sort of illegitimate power.  It is at this point we see the rise of the various ascetic and zealot movements that began to speak out against these corrupt classes of Jewish elitists (“The Synagogue of Satan”) who sought worldly power above God.  This is where the story of the man who would become known as “Jesus” is said to begin.

This time would have culminated approximately with the central point of the Kali Yuga (according to Sri Yukteswar’s interpretation).  This was the “Dark Age” where the forces of Satan/Saturn would have been felt at their strongest point.  It was a harsh and dangerous world back then.  Brutality was the order of the day and people suffered immensely.  This would have been the world Jesus was born into, perhaps at first, completely unaware of his lineage and ancestral connection to the ancient patriarchs.  But at some point he is made aware of this, which may have occurred in what are known as the “Lost Years”.  Perhaps this was the time when he might have rejected this and chose to live in a state of self-imposed exile similar to the character of Aragorn in “Lord of the Rings”.  Perhaps he too felt shame in the failure of his ancestors and what it brought upon the people.

But like Aragorn, Jesus eventually answered “the call” to fulfill the destiny of his lineage, and stood toe to toe with the seemingly overwhelming forces of darkness, culminating with his triumph over death.  Most are at least somewhat familiar with the rest of the story which culminated in the crucifixion at “the place of the skull” and the subsequent resurrection and the transmission of a spiritual “lineage” to a select group of disciples.  One of these disciples was Mary Magdalene.

In some of what have become known as the Gnostic Gospels, there is described a scenario where there appears to be an issue of jealousy amongst some of the Apostles, namely Peter, for Mary Magdalene’s “cozy” relationship with Jesus, with him kissing her on the lips and her sitting in his lap.  According to some scholars, there is record from the 1st century A.D. of a Yeshua ben Yoseph being married to a Mary of Bethany.  The Hebrew interpretation of Jesus’ name was Yeshua.  Some traditions maintain that Mary Magdalene was in fact a descendant of King Saul of the Tribe of Benjamin, who was later overthrown by David of the Tribe of Judah.  It is said that the marriage of the two would have been seen as reuniting the two remaining tribes, and the child produced would have been doubly seen as the rightful heirs to the throne.

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The story continues that after the crucifixion, the authorities sought out the Apostles and persecuted, imprisoned, exiled and even executed those that did not escape.  It is said that Mary Magdalene indeed did escape this fate and made her way to Gaul (France) either pregnant with Jesus’ child or with baby in tow (and some legends say Jesus’ mummified body). There were early Church writers who stated that Mary Magdalene, Lazarus, Joseph of Arimathea, Phillip, and several others went by ship to Marseilles on the coast of France.  Legend states that Joseph went on to England, where he established a church at Glastonbury. Lazarus and Mary Magdalene, however, are supposed to have remained in Gaul.  Today in France, tourists can visit the purported remains of both Lazarus and Mary Magdalene.  It is in France where the “bloodline” supposedly took root.  We also have the mystical Grail Tradition of legend coming out of this part of Europe around this time, with legendary kings like King Arthur and the Fisher King being linked to both the legendary Holy Grail as well as the personage of Jesus.

As an aside, I’m sure some may or may not have noticed an odd correlation with the exile and impregnation with a royal child story that was initially ascribed to Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew in particular.  We also find the name “Mary” given to both the mother of Jesus and the alleged lover of Jesus.  Could this situation have been something that was flipped in order to protect or hide identities or obfuscate a truth?  While the identity or non-identity of a historical Jesus has been and continues to be hotly debated, I think it is worth considering the real possibility that the claims of some researchers that history before 1500 AD had been completely re-written by the Roman Vatican.  From the destruction of the Library at Alexandria, to the extermination of the Druids, to the persecution and execution of early Christians, to the destruction of the Mystery Schools, there appears to have been a real attempt by the Roman Empire in its many forms, as well as its allies, to hide and destroy certain forms of knowledge and perhaps re-write history itself.  With this potential scenario, we could postulate that Jesus may have indeed been a “real” person, but the truth of his identity and his story has been used and obfuscated for political reasons, with the inconvenient parts flushed down the “memory hole”.

In any case getting back to our story of the “Holy Grail” and Mary Magdalene’s journey, we will find that it is also in France where we see the rise of the Merovingian Dynasty who the fifth through the seventh centuries.  The Merovingians were referred to as “sorcerer kings” or “priest kings”, and were said to have the ability to heal by the laying of hands and supposedly had clairvoyant ability and other psychic capabilities.  They are recorded as all having a distinct birthmark- a red cross- either over their heart or between their shoulder blades, which was said to testify as to their having “divine blood”.  This idea of the semi-divine “priest king” is something that goes back to the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.  It is also interesting to note that the portraits of some of these Merovingian kings looks incredibly similar to the traditional western depiction of Jesus.

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However, frequent wars on behalf of the Roman Vatican and the interests behind it, weakened the power of the Merovingians, while the lower aristocracy of dukes and counts began to take political power after being given concessions by the kings in return for their support.  This led to the corruption and fall of the Merovingian dynasty.  However it is said that a secret society of esoteric Judeo-Zionists originating out of Nazareth known as the Priory of Sion has played and continues to play a role in protecting and maintaining this royal bloodline and continues to seek avenues of power for it, although these avenues seem to have become increasingly corrupted.  Several researchers have concluded that this Priory of Sion played a role in the founding of the Knights Templar and later, the Freemasons, and are said to have played a hand in the American, French and Russian Revolutions.  This is another area of history that is debated, with contradictory evidence appearing on both sides, but I find the narrative intriguing nonetheless.

But as I stated earlier, the real theme I want to bring attention to and discuss moving forward here is this archetypal narrative of the “King lineage representing the highest, most noble and virtuous aspects of humanity; the capacity for a fall away from this state of spiritual virtue and the consequences of it; and the ability to return to this place of spiritual nobility by answering “The Call” of what Joseph Campbell would refer to as “The Hero’s Journey”.  These are all things I will be exploring in the second part of this article.

Those who have ears to hear should hear.  Namaste and God Bless.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE BU$INE$$

“Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”

“Now is the time to draw up a master plan for sustainable growth and world development based on global allocation of all resources and a new global economic system.”

  • The Club of Rome: a global think tank made up of a group of concerned “world citizens” whose members have included many high-ranking members of government, business, finance and academia.

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At an Academy Awards Ceremony full of controversy, the world saw Hollywood stalwart, Leonardo DiCaprio finally receive the Oscar that had alluded him for so long.  However, instead of the typical acceptance speech where the recipient goes up and thanks a bunch of people, DiCaprio took this opportunity to once again pontificate about man-made Climate Change.  This came just over two months after the world saw 151 world leaders, along with some 39,850 other diplomats, policy experts, activists and journalists convene in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, a.k.a., the U.N. Climate Summit.

The public purpose for this meeting was to come up with solutions to solve the problem of “Climate Change”.  After the summit was completed, one of the many “solutions” which were agreed upon was a “shift away from fossil fuels”.  This is quite interesting given who sponsored the COP21 Climate Summit.  The 2015 UN Climate Summit had over 50 corporate sponsors hosting the event including Google, 3M, Puma and IKEA.  These corporate sponsors also included major international oil companies like Dutch Royal Shell, British Petroleum (BP), and Chevron.

Back over the holidays I was visiting a friend’s family in Wyoming, which in recent years had a large boom with natural gas and oil reserves, along with its rich coal deposits.  My friend’s father works as a trucker hauling oil and gas.  We talked about how the manipulation of oil prices to artificially low rates by OPEC had stagnated what had been a thriving economy in that part of the country.  For those not familiar, OPEC is a group of oil-producing nations out of the Middle East like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, along with the international oil companies that work with them like Dutch Royal Shell and BP.  This relationship between the Arab elites and the Anglo oil barons was initially established at the turn of the last century through the British Imperial ventures into the Middle East.  Since then, it has been a major powerhouse on the global economic stage.

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This relationship was continued by the American arm of the Anglo-American establishment, when former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made a deal with the oil-producing Arab states that the United States would not compete on the international market with its own vast oil and gas reserves in the 1970s.  This was done to ensure continued Arab cooperation with Anglo-American geopolitical goals in the Middle East (particularly when it comes to keeping Russia out), as well as support for the State of Israel.  Recently, U.S. Congressional leaders passed legislation effectively revoking this deal to keep American oil and gas off the international market, allowing these smaller companies to compete.  However, with the recent “decree” at the UN Climate Summit, it would appear that the international oil conglomerates along with our own President Obama, shot the foot off these American oil and gas companies before they had the chance to compete on the international energy market.

The use of government support to gain advantage in the market is nothing new here in the U.S.  One may recall the debate that was going on surround the whole Keystone Pipeline, and the environmental concerns raised and then later echoed by President Obama.  You may also remember the media portraying the “villains” of that whole debate as being the infamous Koch brothers, who run the country’s largest private (as in not traded on Wall Street) corporate conglomerate.  What is not well known is that the real “fight” was about who was going to control the transport of the oil.  The Kochs wanted to use the pipeline to funnel the oil to their refineries, while billionaire (and largest individual recipient of Federal bailout money) Warren Buffet, wanted to transport it on his rail lines.  Warren Buffet has been a large financial donor of the Democratic Party and President Obama, so his voice was louder.  An interesting note though, was that it was actually Charles Koch who launched the political careers of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, as he was once a major Democratic donor, before buying up the Neocon/GOP side of the aisle.  For corporate power players, it is about whose policies will be best for business, not the actual political ideologies the politicians claim to espouse- that stuff is for the common folk.

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The “fossil fuel” sponsorship of the Climate Summit was jeered at by critics who saw the move as a “conflict of interest”, however, I would tend to disagree with that.  If one looks at the bigger picture as a desire for a monopolistic control of the evolving energy market, and whatever technologies stem from that, then it is in the interest of these companies to get behind legislation and initiatives that will make it harder for others to survive and compete in the marketplace.  In order to have a monopoly, you must first crush your competition.  This was the purpose of the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal”, which was carried out through increasingly stiff EPA regulations, forcing American coal plants to shut down by the thousands, while driving up the cost of electricity to the American consumer.  Coal is a major competitor to the international oil companies who finance much of the modern “green movement”.

However, General Electric, one of the largest energy corporations in the world and producer of coal-powered electricity, has thrived under the Obama Administration.  GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt was appointed to head of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.  GE is one of the largest producers of wind turbines in the world, and recently opened the largest solar panel production facility in the United States.  GE’s power plants have raked in profits as Obama’s “War on Coal” crushed its less-wealthy competitors.

This is how crony capitalism works, with select insider corporations using their wealth and influence to secure government contracts.  It is these international energy interests that lobby Congress and the Executive Branch to create laws and regulations that will squeeze out their competition and allow them to maintain their control over the energy market.  Even if the legislation includes fees and penalties to give the public impression of a “crackdown” on climate polluters and are enough to potentially bankrupt less wealthy competition; the fees will tend to amount to little more than “a drop in the bucket” for an unfathomably wealthy megacorporation like GE.

An article out of Reuters points out the fact at the World Gas Conference this past June (also held in Paris), Shell, BP and other big European and international oil companies “sent a joint letter to the U.N… calling for measures to push up the cost of burning coal, which remains fairly cheap. The companies suggest governments could either tax carbon emissions directly or reduce the supply of carbon-emission credits, required to offset emissions, to make those credits pricier on the secondary market.”

This idea of taxing carbon emissions has been around for a long time.  It also goes hand-in-hand with the carbon offsets and carbon credits that are traded on the market in a similar fashion as derivatives, credit default swaps, and other bizarre and fundamentally worthless things used by investors and hedge fund managers to make ridiculous amounts of money for producing nothing.  This system has its origins with the notorious Enron corporation and a meeting in the Oval Office back in August of 1997 where President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore met with former CEO of Enron, Ken Lay, and former CEO of BP, Lord John Browne.  This was before both Lay and Browne and their companies became immersed in scandal.  The purpose of the meeting was to develop strategies for the upcoming Climate Summit in Kyoto that year.

Hopes and expectations among the environmental activist community were high for Kyoto, but EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstroem made it clear what the real intentions established at the Kyoto Climate Summit and by the resulting treaty were:

“[Kyoto protocol] is not a simple environmental issue, where you can say scientists are not unanimous. This is about international relations, this is about the economy, about trying to create a level playing field for big businesses throughout the world. You have to understand what is at stake, and that is why it is serious…”

Despite the scandal involving Enron and the U.S. Senate refusing to ratify the Kyoto Climate Treaty, the carbon market was launched with the conclusion of the summit.  After a failed run for president, carbon investor Al Gore devoted his time heavily promoting the need for this “cap-and-trade” system with his film “An Inconvenient Truth” and his subsequent speaking tour.  Of course, one might say (as Al Gore has) that making money off a “good idea” isn’t a bad thing.

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However folks in Africa may disagree with Al Gore.  An article out of the New York Times in 2011 entitled “In Scramble for Land, Group Says, Company Pushed Ugandans Out” describes a little-discussed consequence of the carbon-offset business:

Across Africa, some of the world’s poorest people have been thrown off land to make way for foreign investors, often uprooting local farmers so that food can be grown on a commercial scale and shipped to richer countries overseas.

But in this case, the government and the company said the settlers were illegal and evicted for a good cause: to protect the environment and help fight global warming.

The case twists around an emerging multibillion-dollar market trading carbon-credits under the Kyoto Protocol, which contains mechanisms for outsourcing environmental protection to developing nations.

The company involved, New Forests Company, grows forests in African countries with the purpose of selling credits from the carbon-dioxide its trees soak up to polluters abroad. Its investors include the World Bank, through its private investment arm, and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, HSBC.

In 2005, the Ugandan government granted New Forests a 50-year license to grow pine and eucalyptus forests in three districts, and the company has applied to the United Nations to trade under the mechanism. The company expects that it could earn up to $1.8 million a year.

But there was just one problem: people were living on the land where the company wanted to plant trees. Indeed, they had been there a while.”

The article describes people being beaten and villages burnt down, regardless of whether or not the residents had evacuated.  Meanwhile, African nations are restricted from developing cheap coal-powered electricity and are given barely functioning solar panels to run hospitals.  This has been a consistent policy towards the developing world, which was articulated by former California governor, Jerry Brown, when he stated that “It’s not viable for the poverty stricken developing world to emulate the prosperity of the US.”

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Similar sentiments have been echoed by academics like UK professor Maurice King:

Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.”

Of course, there’s always the option of  “safe” and CO2 friendly nuclear power as South Africa has chosen to do.  It seems to be a clear politically scientific consensus that carbon dioxide (which plants breathe) is FAR more dangerous and harmful to the planet than nuclear explosions and radioactive fallout…

In any event, while the U.S. has been as a whole reluctant to partake in the business plan of foreign oil companies, nations like the European Union and Australia went “all-in” with the CO2 “reduction” business, which has become a multi-billion dollar industry.  Investment banking powerhouses like Goldman-Sachs and the Jewish-European Rothschild banking dynasty, are leaders in the global carbon market.  Meanwhile we have folks like the charismatic David de Rothschild as an “environmental storyteller”, creating books about the dangers of climate change for children.

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Rothschild interests have also been vocal about the need to establish a carbon tax and a sort of global carbon-regulation system.  Back in 2008, Simon Linnett, Executive Vice-Chairman of Rothschild, called for a new international body to regulate carbon trading.  In his paper “Trading Emissions, for the Social Market Foundation”, Linnett applauded “cap-and-trade” and proposed the release of national sovereignty to combat “Climate Change”:

As a banker, I also welcome the fact that the ‘cap-and-trade’ system is becoming the dominant methodology for CO2 control. Unlike taxation, or plain regulation, cap-and-trade offers the greatest scope for private sector involvement and innovation.

Furthermore, taxation and regulation can only be levied at local or national levels, whereas cap-and-trade can operate on a global level. And remember, the problem is global.

But for the private sector to participate enthusiastically in a global carbon trading market, governments must collectively establish a robust framework within which trading can occur. It must be long, loud and legal:

  • Long: it is going to be around for a long time;
  • Loud: it will be the dominant mechanism for sponsoring changes in behaviour and we are going to make this perfectly clear to the world’s people; and
  • Legal: we will enforce it through law.

A key implication of creating a legal yet global system of trading, is the loss of sovereignty it implies. Governments must be prepared to allow some subordination of national interests to this world initiative, on the issue of emissions.”

As an aside, it is interesting to note that Rothschild-owned RIT Capital actually recently completed a major merger with Rockefeller Financial Services.  For those not familiar, it was the old Rockefeller Standard Oil Company that was broken up at the beginning of the 20th century, becoming, among other things, Exxon-Mobil.  There was recently some schism between the family and Exxon as the Rockefellers are staunch advocates of the “greening” of big oil, while the board members of Exxon have been somewhat resistant to going “all-in” with this plan.  Hence we see the demonization in the media of this oil giant almost exclusively, and the recent rumors that “Toward the end of the 1980s, Exxon curtailed its carbon dioxide research… (and) worked instead at the forefront of climate denial.” have led to the company being subpoenaed for the “crime” of climate change denial.

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Other big-money names are also cashing in on the climate change business, like Jewish-American billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who owning a data company focused on energy investment and carbon markets research.  Bloomberg was also anointed Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, by U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, where he consults with mayors and related key stakeholders to raise political will and mobilize action among cities as part of a long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change.  This is part of the U.N. Sustainable Development Agenda 21, which is a subject worthy of its own article.

This past December in Paris, we saw great strides toward this goal of “subordination of national interests to this world initiative”.  However, given the enormous financial power as well as the somewhat dubious past-dealings of the players involved, one would be right to be more than a little skeptical of all of this.  If one takes away the “sky-is-falling” scenario drummed up in the corporate-government sponsored media and academia, what we have going on is quite similar to the international trade deals like the TPP, which essentially hand over national sovereignty to global corporate interests and their front-groups.

Likewise, the “carbon tax” that is continually being proposed by these international banking interests will no doubt be collected in a similar manner to income taxes in most western nations- which is through the enforcement agencies of central banks owned by private banking interests.  Regardless of one’s views on the “science” of “Climate Change”, a great many climate activists feel a global carbon tax would essentially be little more than a Ponzi scheme cooked up by international finance to profit off taxation of human activity, while doing little to remedy actual pollution.

At the end of the day, oil and other “fossil fuels” are on their way out with or without government assistance, but how this happens is being artificially manipulated to make sure it stays a “closed system”- that is making sure that energy cannot be independent of the control of a select few.  Likewise, a great deal of the hype around “Climate Change” appears to be a creation of foreign and international energy corporations and financial interests in order to dominate the energy market, crush their competition (particularly in the U.S.) and create a seemingly infinite source of income through carbon trading and carbon taxation.  Think about it- they want to tax the air you breathe.  Who could come up with a better scam than that?

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Protesters attend the Carbon Tax rally outside Parliament House, Canberra, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has joined around 2000 protesters calling for a fresh election and end to the carbon tax. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Those who have ears to hear should hear.  Namaste and God Bless.

SMASHING BARRELS

“The masses of people are carried along, obedient to environment; the wills and desires of others stronger than themselves; heredity; suggestion; and other outward causes moving them about like pawns on the Chessboard of Life. But the Masters, rising to the plane above, dominate their moods, characters, qualities, and powers, as well as the environment surrounding them, and become Movers instead of pawns. They help to PLAY THE GAME OF LIFE, instead of being played and moved about by other wills and environment.

– The Three Hermetic Initiates speaking in “The Kybalion”
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Over the past year or so I have spent a good deal of time writing about modern history, politics and current events with the expressed purpose of shining a light on how the narratives around these things are turned into belief systems that ultimately impede the spiritual growth and development of the general public. When we are working to dismantle a belief system, it is crucial that we have a full and clear understanding of what that belief system is, how it operates and how it works on our psyche. When working with personal belief systems and the behaviors that stem from them, it is imperative to know where the belief came from, who aided us in creating it (parents, relatives, teachers, peers, ex-girlfriends, etc.). Once we come to a full recognition and understanding of the belief system and its root causal factors, we can set about dismantling them and stepping into a truer version of reality and of ourselves.

The same holds true for working with institutionalized belief systems, as the processes on the individual level are reflected on the collective level- “As above, so below. As within, so without” This is why I have spent the time I have pointing out many of the various factions and components of the global power structure; naming names and at times pointing fingers. Just as it is important for the individual victim of molestation to accept that it was their father that abused them, it is important for the collective victims of abuse to accept that it is a combine spearheaded by Judeo-Zionist, Anglo-American and European elitists, their cronies and their institutions that have raped and pillaged their minds (and wallets) and poisoned their bodies. These are men and women that sit in the highest places in government, finance, business, religion, media, academia, medicine, etc. In either case, these are people we have entrusted with our safety and protection, and to admit we have been manipulated and betrayed can be hard on one’s psyche, but without accepting truth, wounds cannot rightly heal and we cannot move into our true fullness as individuals or as a group. We cannot live in truth while living in denial.

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Now with all that being said, once we have fully accepted the truth of the what, who, why and how of these belief systems we need to begin the process of moving on past them. To again use the case of the victim of childhood abuse, once they realize and accept their father has abused them, and allow themselves to fully process the emotions that stem from that realization, they need to then move forward in creatively and productively releasing that trauma and utilizing the raw energy as something productive. However, if the person sits in the realization stage for too long, they will simply turn their emotions into resentment and blame the father for every problem that occurs in the individual’s life when it is the adult individual who is first and foremost responsible for their lives.

Once again, all of these individual psychological truths can and should be transferred over onto the level of the collective. If once we find out, for example, that the “Holocaust” was not what we have been told it was and that the narrative built around it has been used to extort vast sums of money, establish socio-political favoritism and destroy free speech while imposing an oftentimes overwhelming sense of pity, guilt and self-loathing on members of European and Western society, we may feel angry and bitter about being lied to, manipulated and psychologically traumatized to one extent or another. I will admit that I felt a little bit of this myself. However, this becomes unproductive when we do not move past these feelings and emotions. This can put us in the mindset that I see many in the European Identity movement falling into where they simply sit around blame the Jews for every problem that exists in their lives, while doing little more than trolling the internet.  They throw their hands up in the air and say: “I can’t get ahead in the world because it’s run by Jews and the Jews rigged everything.”

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Substitute the Jews for any other group or cabal- the Freemasons/Illuminati, the Vatican, the White Patriarchy, the Archons, Satan and his demons- it does not matter, because at the end of the day, blaming anyone else for why we can’t get ahead in life is a cop out and it just creates weakness and self-pity. Yes, the economic system is rigged. Yes, the political system is a sham. Yes the government is robbing us and lying about it. Yes, the medical system is killing us. Yes the air, food and water is being poised. Yes, academia and the media are filling our minds full of bullshit. So, what are we doing about that? We’re bitching and complaining about how no one can ever get a leg up no matter what because “the Man” will forever hold us down. We make these unbeatable, monolithic monsters out of these things and by doing so, we give them power we should be using for ourselves.

I was recently listening to “The Pressure Project”- a weekly podcast that speaks particularly to “men’s issues” such as masculinity and male strength, but also expands into other more universal topics such as family, tribe, race, politics and philosophy- when the host, Justin “Master Chim” Garcia (a New York based MMA instructor) shared a wonderful metaphor that I immediately felt compelled to share and expound upon. I feel this metaphor provides a great perspective for what I have been fleshing out here so far.

Back in the early 1980s when I was maybe 3 or 4 years old, I used to love to go to the arcade room in the local drug store and play “Donkey Kong” (even though I was terrible at it). Now this isn’t the Donkey Kong most Millennials will be familiar with, but rather the game that started the whole Mario/Donkey Kong franchise. For those who are not familiar with or have never played the original “Donkey Kong”, the goal of each level is to move Mario up each platform of the construction site until he reaches the top where Donkey Kong is holding Mario’s girlfriend, Pauline, hostage. However, Donkey Kong isn’t just going to let Mario walk up and take her (that wouldn’t be much of a game). Donkey Kong is going to continuously hurl what seems to be an endless supply of wooden barrels at Mario in order to “keep him down”. When confronted by these barrels, Mario has two options: he can either try to jump over them or he can use the hammer that is periodically available, and smash them. This is the hammer he uses to topple Donkey Kong’s platform in the last level. It is interesting to note that Mario doesn’t kill or destroy Donkey Kong, but rather just dumps him on his head, while he rescues the girl.

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So back to Master Chim’s metaphor- we have Donkey Kong, which can be seen as any of the aforementioned groups or cabals, hurling a seemingly unending supply of barrels at us constantly. The barrels are all of the obstacles and roadblocks that exist in our lives. These can be any or all of the institutional and personal belief system constructs that I have mentioned here or in any of my previous writings. These barrels could be anything from the machinations of government, the economic system, and modern “culture” right on down to our own personal belief systems. The barrels are anything that creates an obstacle to us realizing and exercising true freedom and coming to a place of Self Mastery.

So, like the game, we can either jump over these “barrels” or we can find the hammer and smash them. So how does one do this? Let’s use the modern mainline healthcare system as an example. With a few notable exceptions like emergency trauma surgery and things of that nature, the modern healthcare system is essentially designed to make us sick, keep us sick and financially bleed us dry until we die in one of their hospitals. The cradle-to-grave healthcare system and the belief in it can be seen as a series of “barrels”. So we can jump over these barrels by doing things like avoiding the vaccines and pharmaceutical drugs that the healthcare system tries to fool us into thinking we “need” in order to survive. Then we can smash the barrels by doing our research, finding natural remedies for ailments, finding good “alternative” health practitioners and telling others about the steps we took to achieve success so we can empower them as well. This weakens the belief system that keeps this healthcare paradigm alive.

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This also works for the whole education/occupation paradigm, i.e. “the rat race”. Most people are told and believe that in order to be successful and “well-integrated” you need to go to a government-subsidized school and go to a government-subsidized college so you can get a job or “career” working for someone else that has good benefits, so you can get a good retirement package so you can be comfortable when you die. There are a great many people who have proven this paradigm is completely false. These are people who may have been home schooled or not gone to college and then went on to become wildly successful entrepreneurs who blazed their own path and learned how money and business works from a real-world model not based in academic “theory”. They jumped the barrels by way of correct knowledge, courage and believing in their own potential. They smashed the barrel through their success and imparting the keys to that success to others.

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In the game, every time Mario smashes a barrel, he receives an increased number of points. Every time we smash a barrel with our hammer- our hammer being the personal power we receive through taking right action that is aligned with our thoughts and feelings- we receive personal “points”. These “points” equate to strength, be it mental, physical, emotional, psychic or spiritual (although it is technically ALL spiritual). We can then use this strength to acquire more “hammers” and other tools and forms of assistance throughout our life “game”.

In the game it is really the barrels, not the ape hurling the barrels that need to be the immediate concern of the player as he or she moves up the ladders and levels. If you are playing “Donkey Kong”, and you are just focusing on Donkey Kong himself and not on the barrels, you will not be very successful. Likewise, if we are primarily focused on whatever cabal or group we understand to be setting up the obstacles to hold humanity back, rather than actually dealing with the obstacles themselves so we can continue to move forward toward our end goal, we will not be very successful. Likewise, we will miss out on opportunities to build internal strength by way of pushing through the resistance provided by “outside” forces.

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Now, the primary objective at the end of the game is to rescue the girl, not to kill Donkey Kong. I might suggest in this context that the “Girl” represents Self Mastery and true freedom in an overarching perspective, but at this point, let the Girl represent for you whatever “Holy Grail” you understand to be necessary in your own life- your great Light at the end of the long tunnel. Our primary objective should be rescuing the Grail, not destroying whatever monster we see that is keeping it from us. But before we get to the point we can rescue the Girl/Grail, there are many, many, many barrels to jump over and smash, and many, many, many levels to ascend and move upward from. I want to say there’s like 30 levels in “Donkey Kong” as you move further and further up the construction site. Maybe it’s more like a hundred, I can’t remember, but hopefully you get the point I’m making.

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Perspective makes reality. We can see this world as a prison where we have to scrape and do whatever we can to either survive unnoticed by the prison guards or perhaps get ahead by getting in good with them. We can see it as some cosmic tragedy that has a morose sense of humor and continually beats up on the little guy. We can see it as a series of random events that mean nothing. Or we could see it as a game- a challenging game; a virtual reality simulation that we have collectively designed for ourselves to serve our own spiritual growth and development. A game we designed in a time and place outside of time and space. Perhaps all of the obstacles and “villains” of our lives have been strategically placed here for us, by us to aid us in individual and collective growth. Perhaps this “video game programmer” resides in a point of consciousness that exists far beyond the illusion that is death and suffering. Perhaps this is the true nature of the “matrix”. Now we won’t win every level or every round of the game right away, we need to develop our skills, which takes practice and it takes time. But when you’re dealing with the immortal Self, you are dealing with the “timeless“.

Those who have ears to hear should hear. Namaste and God Bless.

THE ILLUSION OF EQUALITY

“Here’s my take on it. Equality does not exist – because the universe has no need for it. The only thing that we all have in equal measure and of equal value is our state of aliveness. That aliveness brings a unique opening for growth as spirit descends temporarily into matter. On this expedition, the depth and quality of our being, through growth and purity of presence, is the only measure of value that is worth a damn. That is our equal opportunity. What we do with it is up to us. We generate our own value and it cannot be known by another. Everyone is at a different level of inner attainment and becoming. The animal, the soul, and the divine seek union in their own time, in their own way.”

– Neil Kramer, British philosopher and esotericist from his essay, ‘Cult of the God Men

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Many within the entertainment industry have been crying foul due to perceived “inequalities” within show business. Towards the end of last year we had female celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Patricia Arquette voicing complaints about the supposed income disparity between male and female actors. Now more recently we have the whole #OscarsSoWhite business, with many being upset over the lack of African-Americans receiving nominations at the Academy Awards for the second year in a row. In both cases, media outlets and political leaders took hold of the stories and promoted the “problem of inequality” to the general public, who tend to be easily swayed by the thoughts and opinions of their favorite celebrities.

So what of the inequalities of Hollywood?  While those of us in the faceless general populace who work for an hourly wage may balk at the notion of Hollywood celebrities complaining about not getting enough recognition or not getting paid enough, we should nevertheless see if there is indeed a valid argument here- especially since this debate is being foisted on the public by our favorite celebrities and causing further division among us along the lines of race and gender.

First let’s take the complaints of Jennifer Lawrence, which sparked the most recent round of the male-female income inequality debate. In an interview, Lawrence complained about getting paid less for her role in the film, “American Hustle” than did her male co-stars. The basic complaint here is that there was not “equal pay for equal work”. Sounds legitimate, right? However, the way pay for actors works generally has to do with things like proven box-office drawing power, not “hours on the clock”. Jennifer Lawrence is undeniably hot right now, and has become an undeniable box office draw for a few years now, owing much to the recent success of the Hunger Games franchise.

But “American Hustle” was produced when Lawrence (as well as co-star Amy Adams) was still relatively new in the public eye. In contrast, Lawrence’s male co-stars Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper were considerably more tenured as well as more established as box-office draws at the time, and were compensated accordingly. Bradley Cooper was the hot “new” male lead in Hollywood and Christian Bale, of course, was the tenured star of Christopher Nolan’s phenomenally successful “Batman” film franchise. Given this information, it is more than likely that the reason Jennifer Lawrence didn’t get paid as much as Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper is because she was not a fully established box-office draw, not because she was a woman.

Ironically, another one of the actresses leading the charge of raising awareness of income inequality for female actresses is Patricia Arquette, who has not really been what you would consider a “box-office draw” for the majority of her acting career.  But the biggest irony of all is that while Jennifer Lawrence is chanting for “equal pay” at the Oscars, Forbes reported back in August that Lawrence is the “world’s highest paid actress“.  So does that also mean she wants to make the same as all the other actresses now?

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But the real issue here is that the spotlight on this Hollywood “drama” reignited a larger discussion around wage disparities between men and women in the general populace, stating that men statistically earn more in wages than women. This is an issue that has been around since women have been in the labor force, and at first glance one may think there is some “injustice” going on here. Unfortunately, the data around this issue is notoriously selective and skewed. Certain determining factors are more often than not omitted. One of these omitted factors has to do with certain types of jobs that men are doing that women typically are not. These are jobs with considerable occupational hazards such as working on oil rigs, fishing vessels, waste disposal facilities, construction and the like. These are high-paying jobs due in large part to the danger involved. These are also jobs that women don’t naturally tend to gravitate towards (of course there are always exception, but we’re talking about majority averages).

So when the wages from these male-dominated high-risk jobs are compared to the sorts of fields women more naturally tend to gravitate towards, the result will be the appearance of a wage discrepancy across the board, when that isn’t necessarily the case. The truth is that in the day to day world of the average American worker, the wage discrepancies between men and women are typically related to tenure and position, not gender. I have a female supervisor. She gets paid more than me. There are many female supervisors in my company as I work in care giving, which has always been a female-dominant profession as it plays to feminine strengths (again, always exceptions). I also have a female co-worker. She gets paid less than me as she has considerably less time in the company than I do, not because she’s a woman. That’s how it typically tends to work in the real world of the modern labor force.

In the corporate world, executive positions requiring long hours and a great deal of time away from home tend to be more appealing to and suited for men than women (of course, again, there are always exceptions). The modern corporation as an entity is in and of itself primarily “masculine” in its basic form and function of ever-continuing expansion of its market and profits (similar to the traveling man who sets up “franchises” with different women in different towns). Everyone knows that corporate CEOs tend to make a ridiculously large amount of money, which is another issue outside of this one. Factor this in with the fact that the majority of corporate CEOs naturally tend to be men, and again, it appears that there is an “income inequality” where there is not.

Now are there perhaps some companies that intentionally don’t promote women and pay them less based solely on gender, and not because they cannot perform the job functions to the same capability of a man? Perhaps these places exist, just as nepotism still exists in some work places, but by and large with current labor and discrimination laws, the potentiality of law suits, and the general tide of public opinion, most places of business are terrified of being associated with anything that remotely smells like “discrimination”. Bad public image is bad business. At the end of the day, the story of gender-related income disparity in the U.S. is little more than an ugly fairy tale.

However, things like facts aren’t really all that important when you’re dealing with identity politics, which is about playing to emotional reasoning, dividing the general public along the lines of race, gender, and ethnicity through envy, resentment and promotion of a victim mentality. In this case, the objective is to pit women against men- white men in particular. This manufactured “problem” has garnered the attention of President Obama who recently stated that “Women are not getting the fair shot that we believe every single American deserves…

And as the public/media “reaction” to this “problem” demands a “solution” (i.e. Hegelian dialectic), the Obama Administration has taken executive action which now requires companies to report to the federal government what they pay employees by race, gender and ethnicity. This would mandate that companies with 100 employees or more include salary information on a form they already submit annually that reports employees’ sex, age and job groups. The result is more unnecessary government data collection and control and more administrative work for many already over burdened employers, who will no doubt face fines and penalties for insufficient compliance.

So now that we have addressed the issue of gender inequality, what about race inequality? Are the claims of Will Smith, Al Sharpton and Chris Rock about the Oscars being “racist” ” (just in time for Black History Month) legitimate? Is there a racist conspiracy against Black actors in Hollywood? Of course if we are going to talk about race and Hollywood, it should probably be noted that the majority of top executives in the Hollywood power structure are Jewish and that Jews don’t identify as “White” and that there is very real genetic evidence for this claim.  A funny little anecdote about Jewish influence in Hollywood came about at this year’s Oscars, when every attendee at the ceremony was given a 10-day first-class trip to Israel valued at $55,000.

Perhaps the reason it was all White actors nominated at the Academy Awards was because the White actors, who are the majority in Hollywood anyhow, turned out better performances in better films than did Will Smith in the unfortunately titled film “Concussion” or the other minority of African-American actors these past couple years. Perhaps it’s because the majority-Jewish executives in Hollywood don’t really like Black people. Or perhaps it was because this is all for show- actors being actors and playing a role for the general public to buy into. You can make anything seem like a problem if you yell loud enough.

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But regardless of whether or not this is all B.S., it’s important we deconstruct this narrative anyhow. When was the last time you saw a White or Asian nominee at the BET Awards? Probably never. When was the last time you saw a White or Asian person in JET Magazine? Probably never. Would this not be considered racial inequality by these metrics? It appears to be a double-standard approach of “we need to have our own thing that you all can’t be a part of, but we also be guaranteed a part in your thing, and if you guys try to have your own thing without us- you’re racist.”  This is the mindset of perpetual victimhood and the culture of resentment.

The conversation around racial inequality is inevitably contradictory. Let’s look at the NBA, for example. If I was to complain of a lack of representation of Asians in the ranks of the NBA, I would probably get laughed at. Men of African genetics dominate the NBA because men of African genetics are better adapted to excel in the game of basketball. Black men on average tend to be taller, faster, etc. There is also a certain cultural component to it as well. Are there exceptions? Of course, but we are dealing in generalities that can most certainly be made and are in large part, general knowledge. There seems to be no real issue for people in dealing with the notion of inequality when it comes to performance in sports and athletic competition. Most people on some level accept that various races and ethnic groups will tend to gravitate towards and excel at certain forms of physical competition while not doing so well in others, and not be offended by that.

But now, when we take this concept of inequality outside the realm of purely physical competition, now all of a sudden everyone becomes incredibly sensitive and uncomfortable. When we go from looking at basketball scores and begin looking at IQ scores, and we see White students statistically scoring higher than Blacks and Latinos on average, and then Asians scoring higher than everyone (notice no one really includes Asians in the “race debate”), there are a multitude of justifications and outright excuses made as to why this is. People blame “White privilege”, lack of economic “opportunity”, the education system, etc. Nobody wants to believe that on average, (again there are ALWAYS exceptions and every statistic has a “bell curve”) that a majority of African-Americans and Latinos have a harder time thinking and processing information in the same manner that Whites and Asians do. Does this mean that African-Americans and Latinos are “inferior” to Whites and Asians? No. It just means that on average they tend to process information about the world around them in a different manner. This means that racial characteristics may not just be physical, but also mental and psychological. It means that perhaps the educational model we have is not “universal” after all, and that such a thing may not exist no matter how bad we want it to.

What is being argued for in Hollywood is reflected in the aspirations and desires of many in the Millennial generation (as well as their college professors): a society where there is no individual reward based on merit and work, only an across the board “fairness”. No striving to be the best at something, because that will make someone else feel bad and insecure about their own shortcomings and weaknesses. It is a world that no longer gives elaborate trophies to “champions” who put the most forth the most effort, but rather hands out miniature “participant” trophies to everyone that say “everyone’s a winner”. These are our future leaders that are openly in favor of restricting free speech so that no one’s feelings get hurt and hiding in “Safe Spaces” when someone says something that makes them uncomfortable. We should all be quite concerned with this.

Something else to consider here as I eluded to earlier, is that Hollywood and celebrities are used to sell ideas, beliefs and behaviors to the general public, and have been used in such a manner for the better part of a century. In truth, we really have no way of knowing if the Jennifer Lawrence or the Will Smith/Chris Rock “episodes” aren’t scripted in some way to stoke the feelings of inequality and division among various sectors of the public. These are actors after all, and when you have entertainment companies owning news media and all of the major T.V. networks, who’s to say any of this is any more than a stage production like everything else out of Hollywood? We are in the age of “reality television” after all.

Personally, I don’t care about Hollywood gossip and I have a difficult time feeling sorry for celebrities. But what I do care about is that celebrities have become the cultural leaders for the general population, and the narratives they engage in shape public beliefs and perceptions- often in quite detrimental ways, which in turn shapes society and culture in often detrimental and unproductive ways. This constant focus on the “inequality” of men vs. women and black vs. white is a tried-and-true tactic of “divide and rule”; intentionally stirring up resentments to get a population to fight amongst itself, keeping the people from uniting under common interests and aspirations. It keeps us from building a society where we strive for greatness, but rather we spend our energy making sure no one can be better than us or have more than us. A society where special privileges are demanded for those who see themselves as victims. How is calling for special rights and privileges for one group of people reminiscent of Martin Luther King’s “dream” of people being judged “not by the color of their skin, but on the content of their character”? This is a weak and disempowered world we are building for ourselves.

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This modern notion of equality is held up as a Utopian ideal, but what does it really mean? In math terms, when something is “equal”, it essentially means it is the same. For all humans to be equal, all humans must be exactly the same. Is there any way anyone can possibly believe that all humans are exactly the same in every manner, as a state of true equality would necessitate? On a functional level, if you believe that any one person or a group of persons can on any day be stronger, smarter, faster, funnier, or more creative than another, then you don’t really believe in equality. If you believe anyone can “earn” anything based on work or merit or the like, then you don’t really believe in equality.

Unlike biologically determinable things like gender and race, this modern notion of “equality” is a social construct in the truest sense. This quality of inherent “sameness” does not exist in nature- “no two snowflakes are alike”. There are always going to be those who have “more” of some trait, capability or resource than another. The attempt to build a society based on this notion is a kin to building a castle on sand. I find it funny that so often the words “diversity” and “equality” are used in conjunction with one another when the two concepts are not really compatible, as to be diverse, means to have variation, and to be equal is to be without variation.

In our efforts for equality amongst genders, races, ethnicities, sexual preferences, etc., we are doing little more than attempting to build structures that hide our own insecurities about how we see ourselves next to others. We are either pointing our finger in accusatory resentment towards our alleged oppressors, stating that it is their fault that we feel weak and inadequate in some way; or we are allowing ourselves to feel guilty for being smart, or strong, or beautiful, or talented, and allowing that guilt to trick us into hiding and suppressing these things so we don’t shine too much and make someone else feel bad. Why would anyone want that? Sadly, what is being done in promoting this “equality” is not attempt to elevate everyone to excel and rise to his or her full potential, but rather bring everyone down to the level of the lowest common denominator. This is evidenced by the slow degeneration of both academia and culture. This is what is known as “the race to the bottom”.

Equality as it is understood in modern socio-political jargon is a belief system and nothing more. An attempt to build a society based on this sort of equality is to once again attempt to stand in opposition to the Laws of Nature and Creation. How many times are we going to do this before we realize this doesn’t really help us in the long run. I particularly encourage folks with spiritual leanings in the esoteric and mystic traditions to contemplate and meditate on this concept of equality, particularly if you believe in and understand the reality of Karma and the Principle of Cause and Effect (i.e. the Law of Attraction). How is it that one can hold an understanding of the truth of Karma and Cause and Effect; which essentially states that there is a Divine Justice at work in reality and that everyone “reaps what they sow”; while simultaneously holding onto the belief that everyone is “equal” and therefore entitled to the same life and opportunities as everyone else? These two concepts are incompatible with one-another and cannot co-exist as “truths”. Either we reap what we sow, or we are entitled to the same things as everyone else. We can’t have it both ways. One statement is true and the other is false. Which is it?

We are all equal in the eyes of God and our bond to the Laws of Nature and Creation. After that however, any of these sort of “humanist” notions of equal intellect or equal creative potential, or equal anything else on the level of individuals or collective groups is purely an illusion. This “equality” we are sold is no more than a promotion of “sameness” to essentially get us to buy into the notion that humans are interchangeable and replaceable like nameless, faceless automatons. Contrary the sort of uplifting and “feel good” façade, equality is in fact a way of saying there is nothing special or remarkable about anyone- WE ARE ALL THE SAME. This is a perfect belief system for a global corporate government.

On the ultimate, base level of the Divine Self that makes up the core of every human being, we do have a sort of basic “equality” of being made of the same “stuff”. However, we are individuated expressions of this Divine “Stuff” as it manifests through Heaven and Earth. It is this process of the ONE God incarnating and becoming many different perspectives and personalities that negates equality. Equality exists at the Source, not in the avenues of Creation.

While we all have groups and “tribes” that we are a part of and have physical as well as spiritual responsibilities and ties to, we are still ultimately here to bring our own individual selves into a place of Internal Sovereignty or “Mastery”. We cannot move towards Mastery if we reside in a place of helplessness and maintain some form of victim mentality. Even when we are aware that there are individuals and groups that maintain systems of control to keep us at a low level of conscious awareness, it is we who can choose to complain about oppression or we can make the choice to take back our power and “throw off” the chains made for us. We choose in our own minds whether we will be masters of our destiny or victims of our circumstance. We choose if we are going to conduct ourselves from a place of empowerment or from a place of weakness. Which is it for you?

Those who have ears to hear should hear. Namaste and God Bless.