Sunday Surfing: Jupiter in Scorpio

For some time, Jupiter has been increasing its broadcasting frequency range in Scorpio (nowadays, its booming forth from underneath Everywhere!) and there is the obvious overlap with Pluto in Capricorn (one of our baseline chords). Collection here is based on key word-imagery employed. While some of these ‘waves’ are indeed illuminating the sabotage of the sheeple, its not all doom and gloom. The most personally applicable examples here offer universal pointers for evolution along the true Power Path.

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On The Myth of Economic Growth…  ‘Perhaps because the movement found its voice through people’s dissatisfaction following economic crisis, many confuse degrowth with the idea of ‘unsustainable degrowth’, which is often synonymous with economic recession and social instability. On the contrary, the core of ‘sustainable degrowth’ is the concept of ‘progress’, but a progress not related to an increase of the GDP, large-scale production, or over-consumption. As Tim Jackson puts it, ‘Every society clings to a myth by which it lives. Ours is the myth of economic growth’. And exactly this is the myth that the degrowth movement seeks to demystify. (source)

 

“Illinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper.
But before we run out of the essentials, let’s finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people’s money.” John Kass (source)

 

Vehicles of Profound Transformation –  Fear, grief and despair are uncomfortable and are seen as signs of personal failure. In our culture we call them “negative” and think of them as “bad.” I prefer to call these emotions “dark,” because I like the image of a rich, fertile soil from which something unexpected can bloom. Also we keep them “in the dark” and tend not to speak about them. We privatize them and don’t see the ways in which they are connected to the world. But the dark emotions are inevitable. They are part of the universal human experience and are certainly worthy of our attention. They bring us important information about ourselves and the world and can be vehicles of profound transformation. – Miriam Greenspan (source)

 

Replacement Wheels for the Bicycle of our Mind
Here’s the story we’ve been telling ourselves about AI for decades: it’s man versus machine, creators versus their creation, a ball of wrinkly meat versus a smooth block of silicon. Whether it’s our immediate worries about AI (machines stealing your job, self-driving cars making deadly mistakes, autonomous killer drones) or the more far-fetched concerns about AI (taking over the world and turning us all into pets and/or paperclips), it all comes from the same root fear: the fear that AI will not share our human goals and values. And what’s worse, we’ve told ourselves that our relationship between ourselves and our AI is like a chess game: Zero-sum – one player’s win is another player’s loss…
For the last few decades, the story of AI has been one of a rising hero – or is it of a rising villain? In 1997, an AI beat Garry Kasparov at chess, and in 2011 and 2016, AIs beat the world’s top humans at Jeopardy! and Go. And now, many fear that AI will take over our jobs, or even take over humanity itself.
Meanwhile, the story of IA (Intelligence Augmentation) has been one of a tragic fall. Starting out strong with Doug Engelbartο’s Mother of All Demos, the idea of IA has slowly been forgotten, as technology shifted from tools for creation and more towards tools for consumption. Someone stole the wheels off the bicycle for our mind.
But now, these two story threads may be starting to wrap together, forming a new braid in history: AIA – Artificial Intelligence Augmentation. IA can give AI the human partnership it needs in order to remain aligned with our deepest goals and values. And in return, AI can give IA some new replacement wheels for the bicycle of our mind. – Nicky Case (source)

 

How to Understand Your Gender – another great book by Dr. Meg-John Barker,
writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. See the launch discussion here.

 

‘What will you and I do about the 21 trillion dollars missing from US government accounts? What’s going on? Where is the money? How could this happen? How much has really gone missing? What would happen if a corporation failed to pass an audit like this? Or a taxpayer?
This means the Fed and their member banks are transacting government money outside the law. So are the corporate contractors that run the payment systems. So are the Wall Street firms who are selling government securities without full disclosure.
Would your bank continue to handle your bank account if you behaved like this? Would your investors continue to buy your securities if you behaved like this? Would your accountant be silent? … we must know US financial law and know about previous struggles to enforce US laws about finance.’ – C.A. Fitts (source)

 

On Getting Both Sides of an Issue since 1987: You’re on Your Own
The Fairness Doctrine [repealed in 1987] required that TV and radio stations holding FCC-issued broadcast licenses to (a) devote some of their programmings to controversial issues of public importance, and (b) allow the airing of opposing views on those issues. This meant that programs on politics were required to include opposing opinions on the topic under discussion. Broadcasters had an active duty to determine the spectrum of views on a given issue and include those people best suited to represent those views in their programming. That meant you had to relay both sides of an issue. (source)

 

The Square and the Tower; Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power: an interview with Niall Ferguson spanning history and its implications in the present that I found fascinating. (youtube link)

 

My Greatest Freedom   As we meet life as it presents itself and rest in the unknown, then the magic of knowing or receptivity can bubble forth. The Earth is the essence of being receptive. It carries and preserves all things that live and move upon it, without expectation. Maybe like the Earth, we too can learn that we no longer need to use force to make life as we wish it but, can meet it on its own terms, being receptive to its ever-changing ebbs and flows. To live in this way does not necessarily mean one is always passive. When it becomes necessary to act, one does so, but without ego and without any attachment to the results. The ‘Receptive’ can be very active in its ‘form-building’ aspect. This includes bringing much needed reforms into the world.
If I am blocked from moving forward and I accept this, I comfortably adapt and cease fighting. I simply wait and see if the situation changes and act accordingly. I can even feel ego and fear melt away, so that my experience of internal conflict drops away, even if my situation has conflict in it in my external world. Most of all, I begin to see that my greatest freedom is to not let external events control my internal state of consciousness. Perhaps, this is the greatest freedom of all.– Jim Sher   (source)

 

This is about our System’s Imbalances…
‘…what we need to be talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity which is this sort of behaviour and the fact that it is not only ok but it is represented by a man…there are many, maybe not to that degree, but does it have to be to that degree? …This is a gender disfunction. and the other thing it is, is a public health issue. This isn’t about one man’s crimes against women. This is about our system’s imbalances, our system’s gender crisis. And we have to act on this. We have to turn this on its head. We can’t allow this to continue because what it means is that vulnerable people will continue be preyed upon…’  Emma Thompson ( youtube link)

 

Math & Science versus Feeling:
In mathematics and physical sciences, a nonlinear system is a system in which the change of the output is not proportional to the change of the input. Therefore, nonlinear problems are of great interest to engineers, physicists, and mathematicians because most systems are inherently nonlinear in nature such as weather, climate, disease, and life itself. Nonlinear systems often appear to be chaotic, unpredictable or counterintuitive. This is beyond the imagination or understanding of the average individual. Hence, this stands in opposition to the much simpler linear system which the average individual understands. This is why most theories are based upon whatever trend is in motion will stay in motion.
The fundamental analysis fails every time because it is trying to reduce the market behavior to a linear theory of simplistic logic. If people fear banks and government, some will buy stocks, others property, and still others gold. Each will buy whatever they “feel” most comfortable with. The trend is to sell public assets and move to private, yet all will benefit.
Fundamental analysis is therefore worthless because what moves a market is “belief” not logic. That is why real traders coined the phrase: Buy the rumor but sell the news! It does not matter what the fundamentals are if the people believe something, the markets will move accordingly even when that rumor turns out to be false. (source)

 

I think if you just pick a day of the week, you’ll have like a different faction of people who are either mad at you or super happy that you said something about somebody they hate online. You know, because it all coalesces around hate. They have this victim fantasy, that everybody is coming for conservative white people, and of course the truth is it’s exactly the opposite… – Jesse Farrar (source)

 

An explosive slap on the face for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LOVED this BLATANT example!

A listing of U.S. anti-Russia ‘think tanks’ (aka lobby groups) (link) funded by:
Latvia’s Defense Ministry, George Soros, Airbus, Google, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and DynCorp, L3, Vencore, CACI, Mantech, NATO, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Company,The UK Foreign Office, Ukrainian World Congress, the US Air Force, Navy, Army and Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman, FireEye, Bell Helicopters, BAE , USAID, the US State Department and the Department of Defence, National Endowment for Democracy, US Mission to NATO, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division

 

Empire is coloured neither blue nor red, it is silent until it isn’t, and it is always deadly.   – Gordon White

 

The Moment
by Margaret Atwood
The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,
is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can’t breathe.
No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.

 

A Focused Decision

"Winter Holidays: A Celebration for Every...

“Winter Holidays: A Celebration for Everyone” Exhibit (Photo credit: Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library)

The weeks are flying by – I’m not sure where the first ten days or so of December went…

Meanwhile,

*I listened to a fantastic onbeing.org interview with Brene Brown on vulnerability. What I think of when defining this word is nothing like the perspective she gives. Hope and fear are two facets/functions we should all take a genuine look at. Will we?

*Another interview I managed to catch just a bit of was about predictions by financial

Kwanzaa symbols

Kwanzaa symbols (Photo credit: TheBlackHour.com)

experts way off the main stream. They said the following: the E.U. would collapse, the U.S. dollar would become junk, Japan would finally implode, and a revolution was imminent in Spain – all in process now and in full reality by 2014. Another point they mentioned was that main stream media was not reporting that the 1% has been and continues to steadily move its currency into gold and other precious metals.

*I have had several conversations with people via Elemental Living that are concerned about the world ending on December 21st. I have made it clear to them – and offer this to any of you that, too, may be concerned. Let’s stay logical here: if an asteroid were hurtling towards Earth with an arrival date of the 21st, our technology would have known about it sometime ago. No asteroid. No aliens, no nothing of this sort either, in my humble opinion. What is ending – in slow motion and not, poof, on the 21st – is a mentality that things can keep running on the System as we know it. (by the way, that’s a paraphrasing of the Mayan point of view, not just me talking. So if you will, in the first place, give credence to an ancient calendar, it’s wise to also get the facts about what the calendar makers meant. ) The thing is, the System is global and it’s too much for our individual or small-group minds to grasp or launch into when we consider what should replace it. And obviously, the powers that be are not going to take kindly to any change whatsoever. This date is just another guise of Fear and it makes me angry to learn that the most frightened section of society that is buying into ‘the end of the world’ is 12 – 25yr olds.

*And then the little children in Newtown, CT were mowed down by a deranged young man. I thought, too, of the parents in Palestine, Israel, Syria and the DRC.

*And I just today watched a film, Hardwired, and in the opening scenes, a news broadcaster is stating just about exactly what the financial experts, mentioned above, said. A movie loaded with archetype energy motifs. It felt like a weird and eerie co-incidence.

This is Holiday time – the point being that whatever your belief system, as our Sun’s warmth and light decreases greatly, we feel compelled to pick up the slack. WeEnglish: A lit candle in the dark Español: Una...

string lights and cheery, brightly coloured decorations inside our homes and around our garden to help us and passersby to keep the faith, to not give up, to focus on our co-creation work as partners, family members, friends, neighbors, communities. Spring comes as surely as winter…

It seems kinda empty, doesn’t it…I mean, I wouldn’t want to be the one saying something like that to a mom or dad in Newtown.

Yes, of course, we must continue. We must use our amazing ability to compartmentalise events and the reflexive emotions they generate. But, wow, to what extent before it begins to feel ridiculous. How robotic or machine-like will we have to become as we subconsciously wait for our unemployed youth to react?

As you can see, I have had a rollercoaster two weeks of successfully and not so successfully compartmentalising. Many, many of us have. The meaning of the season seems to be in direct contradiction to the reality so many people are living in. Again, I will remind myself and you that these things have always happened, perhaps in different manifestations over the centuries, but we didn’t have satellite news channels telling us about it. Again, I will remind myself and you that just because there are a few looney tunes or downright evil people, it does not mean that everyone is like that. Not everyone is a Wall Street player; not everyone has a machine gun.

Yes, it is good to string the lights and create a cheery environment. But it’s crucial to share that cheer with the people in your orbit – whether you have family close by or not, consider inviting co-workers, fellow students, interns or the one who makes your morning coffee at the cafe, bags your groceries at the store. Maybe you could select by those that return a smile.  I really don’t care if I sound corny. That’s one of the perks of blogging: my five minutes on the soapbox.

My point is that we must all start to interact in real time with one another and develop an awareness of the people in our micro-world. Rather than ‘One World Government’, lets focus on our little slice of ‘One World Community’. We have to build relationships with the people that live metres away, not only those via screen thousands of miles away. Bartering, give and take, trust-commerce, parties and funerals have got to re-root for each one of us…with a focus on common denominators and not exclusively by religion or ethnicity, language accent or physical shape. I realize that for most of us, just imagining that will seem weird. It’s no longer quite so natural feeling, I totally agree.

Yet otherwise, we miss the whole point. We let Fear win and a bit more of our humanity dies.*

I am going to focus much more on enjoying each person I am engaging with over the holidays. A kind of ‘serious enjoyment’, if that makes sense. I am also going to be on the lookout for moments to have kind interactions with total strangers that don’t necessarily look anything like me. Who knows where that could lead…At any rate, I am going to consciously appreciate the interactions I have.

I wish you serious enjoyment of those in your micro world, too. Until the light increases in our skies again, may there be more than enough light within us.

candles in the night

candles in the night (Photo credit: Odjuret)

*Its not about feeling like it, by the way. Fact: Thoughts dictate emotions. Intellectually see the wisdom and firmly decide. The feelings are certain to follow. If you need some prompters, just let me know.  elemental.energies@yahoo.com