by Isaac George
April 20th, 2018
The most predominant of human needs is to hope for something better, something ineffable and to feel like we are moving forward so we may eventually arrive at some point in the future that will at least feel arriving at a sort of completion, a coming home as it were. It’s in-built in us, part of our nature. And very altruistically we long for everyone else to have this experience. Well, most of us anyway. The inverse or ego-inflation of this impulse manifests itself in all manner of sociopathic and psychopathic behaviours and events, some of which are so horrific, that we call them senseless, and indeed they are without sense in every respect of the word. How do we reconcile the distortion of this lofty impulse with our better nature? How do we try to understand what this world is really all about?
This has been a momentous few weeks, and indeed most of the action has been over the past 7 days. New Moon on Monday-Tuesday at 27 degrees of Aries, with powerful Uranus joining the party. Then Saturn turns Retrogade in Capricorn, followed by Chiron leaving Pisces, where it’s been since April 20th, 2010, and entered Aries. Since I now view evolutionary astrology as something we are both observing and influenced by, and also as something we are collectively participating in creating, the ramifications of the phenomenon is intriguing, and as many are experiencing, challenging and somewhat disruptive. Even with Pluto also now slowing down and stationing prior to going Retrograde this Sunday, it is still the issue of Chiron moving from Pisces to Aries that is dominating. Here’s why...
by Isaac George
December 2nd 2017
Greetings! To those of you over in my old homeland of the USA, I hope you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with your families and friends. They don't observe T-Day here in the UK, but frankly, my waistline won't miss out much. The next holiday season will be arriving in about 25 days from now.
I want to ask you something. As 2017 is drawing to a close, how has your year been? Be honest with yourself now... have all your goals, hopes and dreams you intended at the beginning of this year been realized? Bottom line, are you actually more fulfilled, healthy (emotionally, mentally and physically), prosperous and happy than you were in January? If your answer is "Yes", then good on ya! If your answer is "heck no!", then read on.
No matter which side of the equation you find yourself after that question, I feel you'd agree with me on a couple of key points. 1) This planet is a radiant and beautiful place... and is very much worth preserving. 2) There's a lot going on in the world that isn't okay, that isn't radiant and beautiful... or fair to all. 3) That there needs to be a saner, better way to live that isn't so costly and destructive to our souls, psychologically physically, socially or environmentally. 4) That we can, and indeed must, find the personal and collective will, guided by our Creator, to envision and create a new world that is a type of heaven on the Earth.
From the burgeoning refugee crisis in the Middle East, to the opoid epidemic sweeping the United Sates; from the human trafficking and sexual abuse that seems pervasive everywhere, to the widening gap between the elite who create and control more and more of the global wealth and resources; from the crushing hunger and homelessness... and hopelessness that we see around us, to the increasing breakdowns of individual freedoms and once-reliable institutions, we are all in some way either part of the problem, or part of the solution to these evils and ills. I use the term evil to define problems that have, or seem to be, beyond addressing or repair. However, I am in no way saying we are powerless or helpless to make a difference. To paraphrase Gandalf from Lord of the Rings when he counselled Frodo, we're here in these times to do what we can with the time we have been given.
We are immensely complex, sensitive and powerful creations of Divine Love. We are capable of so much more than what the world and our past has defined us to be. We possess the imagination of the gods and goddesses, and are capable of creating our own versions of hell or heaven. It's always our choice... and we own nothing more valuable than our power to choose, and change.
Beginning today I am making a re-commitment to my spiritual path as an emissary of Love, a speaker of truth to power, and desire to help others realize Who They Are beyond their past stories, or future fears. To make a difference in the lives of others requires that we first see ourselves with the eyes of Spirit, not the ego.
If you'd like to move forward in 2018 towards more freedom within and without, an empowered sense of purposeful living through right livelihood, more nurturing and fulfilling relationships, an understanding of how the world really works, and why it's no longer healthy to just try and "fit in" to simply survive, then I'd like to invite you on to a free exploratory call with me. I will listen to your deepest desires, and your most prevalent fears. I will then suggest some things that you can take action on right now to bring you more into the Present moment and start getting clearer within about the next steps to take. I can then explain to you how my Spiritual Mentoring program and tools can further your growth and self- realization, and how to live a more peaceful and grounded life in a world that is going to change even more dramatically in the times to come. For me, a successful life has little to do with the size of your bank balance or stock portfolio, or accomplishments. It has everything to do with how peaceful, joyful and loving you are towards yourselves and others. Have you loved well, and have you made someone's life better by your being here? That's a success that you can take with you at the end of your life here.
The invitation is below. Remember that you have the power to choose between the past, or an uncertain future, or a future that you want to face. A future that you can live fully in the Presence of right now, right here. There's absolutely no obligation or selling involved.
To find out more, join me for a little chat together. I look forward to hearing from you.
In Love, Isaac
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by Isaac George
March 14th, 2015
This month has a load of astrological markers that are quite significant on their own, but it is the synthesis that is most intriguing. If you are not savvy with astrology terminology or the use of archetypes, the technical side can be a bit daunting and distracting. I’ll try to minimize the astro-babble and focus on the feel and meaning of these times, and more importantly, how best to respond to them. For those of you who do follow astrology, and know a bit about your own charts, the areas of highest sensitivity for this month are planets, asteroids or chart angles between the 8th to 17th degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn, and Leo.
This is the second installment in a three-part series. If you missed the first segment, click here to read it.
Week of March 15th to the 21st – “Mission…Possible!”
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” Kurt Vonnegut
We begin the week fully in the energy of the 7th and final square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. This will occur this Tuesday, March 16th, at 2:22am GMT (UT). There are also some significant triggers preceding this point, such as Saturn turning retrograde at 4 degrees of Sagittarius yesterday (March 14th) and the Moon meeting up with Pluto in Capricorn today at 9:19am GMT (UT). This coming Friday there is a partial Solar Eclipse at 29 degrees of Pisces at 9:35am GMT (UT), followed by the Spring Equinox when the Sun ingresses into Aries at 10:46pm GMT (UT). All charts are provided at the end of this article. For more detailed information about the Solar Eclipse, just click here.
Now that that’s handled, I’ll flesh out my feeling/knowing about what’s happening…
We are all on a ‘mission’. Our souls have a big agenda, or we wouldn’t be here at this time on this world. One of the things about this notion is that it is essential to see that everyone else is on a mission too, so you have loads of company, and no one is better or lesser equipped than another; just uniquely equipped, as it were. I’ve titled this blog “Mission…Possible!” because in spite of there being so much change and flux and intensity, this is not a negative situation we find ourselves in. Sure, letting go of the familiar, even that which has been a fixture of love, attention, security or familiarity in our lives looks “negative”, or is viewed as a loss, as this is a judgment from our ego. Face it, egos dislike change….intensely. But the new landscape will be quite different from our old familiar territory.
Our egos (our little kid) have been under a lot of pressure during the Uranus-Pluto cycle, which really began in the summer of 2012. We must deal with all the hurts, disappointments and injustices it suffered over the decades since we arrived here. All this got really triggered after the 6th Square, around Dec.15th, 2014.
Secondly, it does not like feeling abandoned or ignored. It has NEEDS, and we better listen to it or else we’re going to find ourselves dragging a squirming tantrum into the future with us. None of us will be able to afford that bill as this year progresses. In order to fully manifest and realize our purpose for being here, we will have to integrate our unconscious bits quite dramatically, and also very lovingly and compassionately.
Part of this work centers around redefining our view about our natures. We are human, and we do possess a spark of divinity, a quality of self-awareness and imagination. However, we are also human animals, and do share a connection to the Gaia, the planetary consciousness, and all of the other biological forms here. Our planet is also known as the Magna Mater – the “Great Mother.” Actually, that’s an old Gnostic term for Nature in general, no matter where it arises in the Cosmos. They also called her “Sophia”, the Wisdom Goddess, and wisdom is a weapon we’ll need after the major shifting we currently find ourselves embroiled in.
We are all interconnected in a profound way, as if we were one organism, with each person constellated in such a way as to provide a particular service or gift to all other parts of ‘us’ that are in need of such support. This is the basis for real communing, or community. It is touted as the primary quality of the coming Age of Aquarius.
One aspect of the Solar Eclipse this Friday is that the Sun and Moon meet at 29 degrees of Pisces, the ultimate end of a Zodiacal cycle that began around 200 B.C.E. In other words, the imminent end of the Great Age of Pisces may be upon us. Look at the glyph for Pisces…two Fish swimming in opposite directions. This represents the rise of self-reflection, the expansion of the ego, and the sense of separateness from Nature and each other that has marked this Age. Perspectives were “either/or”, and hardly ever, “both/and”. It gave rise to Darwinian Theory, competition, scarcity and poverty consciousness, etc. One might argue that this began when agriculture was invented, and we stopped living in small foraging tribes. However, during the last 2,200 years we really excelled in creating a power over, victim-perpetrator game that has brought us to the edge of ecocide, and species extinction. Our psyches are exhausted and trying to catch up with the evolutionary pressures brought to bear. We are extolled to “evolve or perish” now, and it is imperative that we do so to avert disaster.
Years ago I read a book entitled “The Coming of the Feminine Christ”, by Dr.Niamh Clune. The standout quote from this work was “only the Awakened Heart can avert the apocalypse.” I strongly feel that is a truth worth reflecting upon as we encounter the planetary agents of change in our midst. Our hearts must awaken, our souls must be given reign over the egoist concerns of survival and personality. This is the test of Uranus in Aries, which is the Sacred Warrior of the Aquarian principle facing up to Pluto in Capricorn, the defender of the Established Order of the previous Age. Each archetype has a light and shadow aspect. On the dark side Uranus is change at all costs and Pluto is ruthless about power. The enlightened side of Uranus is community, and the expansion of “Yintegrity”, or doing what you want when you want to. The shiny side of Pluto (is there one?) is deep and profound shamanic transformation, leading to lasting change, whether you personally like it or not.
New opportunities are before us. We are called upon to own our mastery, our mission. I am coming to view the term “mastery” in a new way, more like a kind of Jedi Knight. Instead of some impossible ideal of divine-human perfectionism, this mastery is about full authenticity and vulnerability. Sometimes we can flow with the Force, and achieve amazing things. Sometimes, the Force does not cooperate, and we need to just grow still, nurture ourselves and listen. At other times we can wield the power within us at will, and at other times, it’s Will with have its way with us. Wisdom comes from listening to the ebb and flow and responding, rather than pushing and shoving.
Trying to do 'power over', with all the inherent abuses, is not going to work anymore. Everyone is becoming too sensitive to the amount of fraud rampant on the planet right now, and any attempts to use power to gain an advantage over another will boomerang. Let’s just say that karma may be instantaneous, and leave it at that.
Yes, practicality will be required. Getting your hands dirty and working hard will definitely be required. That’s Saturn for you. The next cycle we enter is Saturn-Neptune, and it will require discernment, hard work, and also a respect for process of bringing ideas and ideals into form. Not everything you want, or think you want, will be necessarily good for you or for others. This is the Neptune part…releasing your dreams and desires to your Soul for a more balanced manifestation to materialize. As previously stated, we still have to contend with the Old Order, the 1% who refuse to give up their greed and ‘power over’ game. Be careful it doesn't infect your heart’s true desires.
There will be a bit less pushing and shoving with Saturn going into retrograde. That doesn’t mean you will be idle and contemplating your navel till August 2nd. What it means is that this is a time of review. Your course may be cluttered with pictures of reality that no longer serve you, or others. The past may be incompatible with your present and your vision (mission, desire) for the future. This is like “remedial lessons” time for some folks…another chance to tidy up loose ends before really moving into your Soul’s direction.
Uranus-Pluto will ask you to move from horizontal reference to vertical reference. Connect within, and connect to Galactic Core (7th Chakra) and Sophia-Gaia-Earth (1st Chakra). You are an embodiment of Life...not a struggling human (that’s the old Piscean mentality of divide and conquer, sacrifice and abandonment). It will also empower you in such a way as to finally leave old contracts and commitments that no longer serve you.
The Solar Eclipse is also about realizing your innate power and gifts. This is a time to really shed some skins around the old “no power” or “abuse of power” syndrome most of us have had imprinted in us. As Saturn moves deeper into Sagittarius next year, it will begin to expose more of the false power matrix, especially in politics and religion, and then the true effects of embracing our innate power will have the potential for hammering out real social change. It begins with one person at a time, and then multiplies exponentially. The Eclipse is sort of a death-knell for organized politics and religion anyway. Saturn will expose much, and the remaining energy of the Uranus-Pluto square and this Eclipse will continue the crumbling of static and outworn structures, from the personal level to the global stage.
One note of caution – eclipses are tricky, and since there’s a Lunar Eclipse at 14 degrees of Aries-Libra on April 4th it could distort some of the things you thought you were previously clear about. In other words, no final decisions about some things will be available until after the Saturn retrograde is completely resolved – around mid-November. I’ll address this in more depth in the final installment of this series this coming Saturday, March 21st.
Check out the flower essence and article suggestions below, they may help.
Keep putting one foot in front of another. We’re all together in this journey. Ask for help…it’ll be there, from within and without.
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Flower Essence Strategies, as recommended by Ariel Elohim
Scleranthus – for uncertainty/ indecision/ vacillation, fluctuating moods.
Walnut: assists in adjustment to transitions or changes, e.g. everything that is going on fast and furious right now.
Olive: fatigue--drained of energy.
White Chestnut: for persistent unwanted thoughts. Pre-occupation with some worry and/or mental arguments.
Bach Flower Essences or any other reputable source will do.
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Lynda Hill’s Sabian Symbols podcast about the March 20th Eclipse: http://sabiansymbols.com/
by Isaac George
September 21st, 2013
Excerpt from recent session with a male client…
“Funny how you never hear the word ‘misandry’ anymore. It’s the opposite of misogyny. I consider myself pretty educated, but I’d never heard of it before. To me, that just shows how lopsided the psychology [of men and women’s issues] has become. You see it [misogyny] in movies, social media, everywhere, and I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, but there’s a whole other side of the coin, and that couldn’t be going on unless there was somebody else hitting the ball back…you know, like a tennis match, right? That’s kind of crazy. I look at Facebook, social media and things like that and I have yet to see in all this New Age hyperbole flying around everywhere, any man taking a picture and posting it online and being referred to as a ‘god’. Not every woman who rolls out of bed with bedhead and does a 'selfie' in the mirror is a goddess, but there’s no guy out there who can stand up there on that platform with her.”
Over the past five months I’ve been going through a huge metamorphosis about women and relationships. It feels like every wound, every insecurity and every mistake or wrong thought, word or deed that related to the opposite gender was coming up in a grinding and relentless way. Grit and grace, as they say, but you don’t get the grace till the grit is through. When I published the blog “The Shame Virus” in mid-April, that should have been a tipoff. However, that wouldn’t have prepared my personality for what has transpired later on, from just before my birthday in late June until a few days ago. In the past four or five weeks, I have had a considerable number of clients, friends reflect that they too were under these same pressures. And ever since September 11th-12th, an upwelling of anger, rage and frustration seems to have erupted through many women.
The main themes of these times are about power, autonomy, the feminine, the masculine, the physical, the spiritual, trust and withholding, fear and love. For my own journey, many of my former relationships began showing up like the ghosts of Christmas past…only the were represented in the present by other real people in the environment. The memories were there too…raw and uncomfortable. Being strongly attracted to women, and putting them on pedestals for their beauty and perfection. Not being ‘good enough’ for this or that woman. Being rejected and betrayed by women, or in some cases, attacked (by women, and sometimes men) for what was perceived as part of me being ‘inappropriate’ (guess which part?). Not always sure whether I could entrust my partner with my secrets, which I thought were probably too weird or shameful to disclose…like being attracted to other women whilst in the relationship, and not accepting that I just love women in general, and that I am naturally and instinctively more attuned to the feminine. I wasn't even sure if I could trust women…sensing that at any moment I would become old news.
In my late teens and beyond, girls and women came to me with their problems, confiding in me, telling me truths that they were afraid to share with their partners. I felt honoured to be there to support and comfort, and whatever I offered in the way of friendly advice was always appreciated. However, some of the stories I heard didn’t do much to soften my opinions about how my own gender (for the most part) treated the feminine pretty badly.
As a child, I just didn’t like competitive sports or the bullying and bravado that my male classmates were into. I loved to be in nature and spent most of my free time in solitude within its bosom, and so my love for the feminine grew very strong from my earliest memory. When I was older, I was a perfect gentleman, and opened the doors and paid for the dates. I respected and desired the feminine. I trusted in it implicitly. The only male energy I could really be around were the oddballs and outcasts – mostly comrades who were into music, drugs, Tibetan Buddhism, spiritualism and science fiction books. They were also questioning reality and looking for answers of either a spiritual or existential variety. The women I was attracted to were also artists or a bit outside ‘normal’ society. To live on the borderlands was preferable to normal society. After all, Nixon was in office, and the Vietnam War raged on.
Over the next two and half decades, I searched for myself, my career path, and the ideal partner for the ideal marriage, or if not that, at least a superb live-in partner. Part of my idealism around women was that I felt strongly that once I found ‘the One’, then we would change the world together. Now here, on the other side of so many more changes and the dropping away of outworn patterns of belief, I see that who I was looking for was there inside of me. Ever since the kundalini awakening in 1994, we’re still getting acquainted! That profound and momentous spiritual emergence was partially precipitated by a powerful female, and when I looked backwards at my life path, I saw how pivotal the presence of women and the Divine Feminine was in my journey! After that turning point, I re-membered my Tantric and Goddess connections from other lifetimes and embraced some of the New Age philosophies rampant at the time about the men should now serving to bring the Divine Feminine back into the world. The message was that it was this movement that would change the course of humanity and the Planet after the turn of the Millennium in 2000.
So, here we are, fully thirteen years later, and what a bumpy ride it’s been since the beginning of this century. I don’t need to provide a list of all that has transpired since then, but I do encourage you to look at yourself, and look around at this world, and ask yourself some very important questions…
Are happy with yourself?
Are you happy about men/women?
Are you happy about your own gender?
Are you happy in your relationship(s) / partnership(s)?
Are you fulfilled creatively?
Are you fulfilled sexually?
Do you see that the world has become fundamentally a better place since the advent of New Age/Neo-Tantric and New Thought philosophies?
Are you friendly with all of your emotions, or do you label some emotions as ‘bad’ or ‘dangerous’?
Is your spiritual path working for you?
Are you worried about the future?
Do you feel helpless or powerless to change any of the above?
This is just a short list, and you could probably add to it. The point of this is to develop a profound and honest practice of self-disclosure. We are all susceptible to the self-delusory tendency to see ourselves and the world as we want them to be, not as it really is. I guarantee that in the beginning, you will not like what you find.
So today, after a five month long ‘dark night of the Soul’ we are emerging into a new space. For me personally, it is a space filled with a new awareness about the genders and the gender wars. As the title of this essay suggests, the longest war on Earth has been between male and female. The fires of purification around the issues of power in the realm of human relationships, whether they be male-female, female-female, or male to male, are now burning brightly. This brightness is lighting the way for the emergence of the true sacred masculine.
Men everywhere are under pressure, and yet our focus seems to be continuously drawn to the sanctity and safety of women. The recent conviction and sentencing to death of four men in India for the brutal rape and killing of a young woman there is held up as ‘doing something’ about men’s disregard for respecting women and guaranteeing their safety. There is only retribution, and no time spent trying to understand how and where these tragedies are birthed from.
Men are committing suicide in greater numbers than ever before every day, whether they be poor farmers in India or Africa, or U.S. and U.K. veterans from the ‘War on Terror’ being waged globally…not just in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, other men who run the banks and corporations, or lead from positions of political power, do nothing to stem the rise of environmental and financial terrorism against both men and women. My partner is a Tantric therapist, and reports that many of her male clients mirror the feelings that my client expressed at the beginning of this essay. These men suffer from erectile dysfunction, low self-esteem, worry that they cannot please their wives, partners or lovers, drink too much, eat too much, smoke too much, and are chronic workaholics. And yet, when they want simple acknowledgment, pleasure and a reflection of compassion from women, they are given the impression that there still has not been enough atonement for all the crimes that their gender has perpetrated against women over the centuries. The guilt is killing men, and women’s shame around their sexual and emotional power is distorting their natural balance.
We portray our genders as either victim or victimizer. We completely mis-remember that we are both without gender when we are not ‘here’ in this human experience. I am not saying that being gendered is unspiritual. That is of the domain of religions and power-mad gurus that tell you that sex and the human condition aren’t quite clean and perfect enough. Our power to project our insecurities and judgments on each other should be a signal to us to examine what we are doing to harm each other, rather than to help each other…to deeply question what it is that causes this to happen over and over again…for thousands of years. How did it ever come to this?
I cannot answer that question in a single essay. I only intend to bring awareness to how important it is to welcome the Sacred Masculine into the equation of Life. There is an agenda to disempower and suppress the power of the fully-healed and emancipated man. Men are expected to be as rich as Donald Trump, as good looking as George Clooney or Thor, be as smart and as witty as Jon Stewart, be a lovable clown like Steve Carell, and also be the perfect Tantric lover who has unlimited stamina while remaining emotionally present and gentle. Expectations are running a bit high, and are a bit lacking in reciprocity. Somehow, we all are looking to get something from each other, and have a damned difficult time in allowing ourselves to receive from each other. Unconditional Love is not something we ‘do’…it is the allowing of receiving to happen, as much as the giving to be welcomed. There is no opposite to Love without Conditions…or else it isn’t Love at all.
Yes, the masculine is under pressure in many other ways. Sperm counts are falling like rocks out of the sky while prostate cancer, heart disease, and sexual dysfunction are on the rise. Most men are addicted to sports events as an acceptable outlet for male aggression, while fuelling it with unhealthy foods and alcohol. Numbed out by 200 channels of television, endless false image brainwashing through media, trainloads of testosterone – destroying chemicals in the food, food packaging and water, and the male hormone disruption brought about by the growing and increasingly intense EMF radiation threat, they either willingly or unwittingly have come to believe that they don’t have any right or ability to stand up for themselves, or to challenge the corrupt power structures masquerading as legitimate authority that seeks to confound and disempower both genders. We are told repeatedly, even by our New Age ‘masters’, “accept things as they are…no use getting your knickers in a twist. Be calm, meditate, don’t give in to anger…that leads to the Dark Side!” This is the covert suppression of the sacred masculine. We must become the ‘safe’ sex.
Unless women are willing to sincerely look deeply into their own dark feminine recesses, they will continue projecting their sense of powerlessness onto the masculine, and stay ignorant of their own inner masculine strength. Unless men fully accept their own dark unhealed masculine, they cannot share space or power with their inner feminine, or with external women. We are here to realize our inherent equality, beyond the labels of male and female. To cooperate with each other is the only sane way forward out of the corruption that is so evident all around us. The Divine Feminine without the Divine Masculine will not be effectual in responding to and acting on the behalf of planetary and human survival. Speaking truth is one thing. Living it is the only thing that makes a real difference.
It may be time to stop the search for Divine Union as some idealistic ‘spiritual’ state of affairs, and even drop the projective labels of ‘god-goddess’ or ‘Shiva-Shakti’. Perhaps we have all been manipulated by false dreams and many misunderstood myths, with predictable programmed results ensuring that men and women remain estranged from each other. An example of how similar we may actually be on many levels, is recounted in a recent book that overturns many assumptions about human female sexuality. Entitled “What Do Women Want”, it in many ways upends and contradicts our cherished pets about how different the two genders are in the sexual arena. When it was released, feminists trashed it immediately, just because the person who compiled the case studies was a man. No wonder the poison of mistrust clouds our perceptions, and dulls our ears from really hearing each other’s pain and desires.
We can begin to change that. We all want to be loved and accepted. It will require courage, tact and a willingness to communicate. It will demand that all of us discover the truth of our ancient enmity, and what caused it in the first place. It will require action, not just reflection and ritual. It will require that men and women to first seek to make peace with their inner masculine and feminine, while choosing to listen to each other with compassion. In this will the true Sacred Marriage come into being.
War is over…if you want it. (John Lennon)
Acknowledgments and resources:
Thanks to my client for granting permission to use the above quote from his session.
To read an excerpt and brief review of the book from the Guardian UK website on “What Do Women Want?” by Daniel Bergner, just click here.
Also recommend “Sex at Dawn” (I’ve not received my copy yet, so you’re on your own as to whether it appeals to you.)
My deepest gratitude to my partner Lynn Paterson for her reflections and input for this essay, and for her patience and steadfast love.
And my sincerest gratitude to all of my teachers…the female friends, lovers and partners I’ve known in the past and the present…and those I’ve yet to meet (again).
"You cannot be in trust because you are safe, but because you are invincible…because you are the self that exists beyond the mortal lie." – Juliet CarterLucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) from the film "The Dark Knight".
By Isaac George
July 14th, 2013
Bastille Day – French Independence Day
As I started to write this on July 4th, the anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence from the British monarchy in 1776, it has become evident that the revelations about the worldwide spying of the NSA by whistle-blower Edward Snowden represents a very definitive moment in the unfolding of human consciousness. This is a very big deal – possibly a divine fulcrum upon which the human species may redefine its way of living on this Planet. The alternative is unthinkable – an entropic spiral downwards, directed by the dictates of fear and an ever-constricted sense of being.
The NSA scandal dispels all remaining illusions about ‘free societies’, revealing a shadowy power behind the facade of normalcy. In the wake of these revelations, what I feel has been overlooked is the impact that this is having on the human psyche at subtler levels. Basically, the PRISM programs (among others) are an electronically engineered incursion into the global consciousness. It is, in essence, a covert war against Consciousness. Hitherto, other such ‘wars’ have been identified and researched – ‘The War on Terror’, genetically modified seeds, food additives, television, electromagnetic pollution, chemtrails, HAARP and other forms of social, political or biological manipulation have all been cited as part of the war on human consciousness.
There are no longer any borders or boundaries, and although a global awakening is well underway, the forces that resist change are becoming more visible and intransigent. As we continue imagining and experimenting with creating concepts that foster saner relationships with each other, the Earth and the Cosmos, it will be also become increasingly necessary to address the power that a relatively few individuals now hold over the lives of billions. Yes, there have been magnificent breakthroughs and revelations that demonstrate the futility of continuing under the old paradigm. However, it will be what we do during the times we now find ourselves in which will determine what life on Earth will look like in the near and far future. In the meantime, the ‘end times’ are upon us, and Armageddon is happening at this moment. We are all in it, and our choice is before us now.
I will not cite this or that fact or legal position about spying, security or whistle-blowing, for that plays into the energy of trying to debate this in the political or legalistic way, which is predicated on a formula to score points and [hopefully] to win an argument. Debating is useless, when the game is already rigged. What I mean to say is that up until recent times most of the population has been blissfully unaware of the pathology of pure political power, and the psychopathic element that has thoroughly infected most of the planetary structures (and has done so for centuries).
Right now we need to become aware of the toxicity of the Security State Mindset, hereafter referred to as ‘SSM’. The SSM is based on a default stance that all persons are potential suspects and criminals, and therefore they are possible political opponents that need monitoring and control. History is rife with examples of how indiscriminate use of information gathered in a secretive manner is used to manipulate individuals for political ends. Hegemonic power over others is a heady temptation.
In America, one of the worst modern examples was the McCarthy era in the middle years of the Eisenhower presidency. Journalist Edward R. Murrow’s scathing editorials about those abuses were probably the only antidote that broke the spell McCarthy had woven about the Communist ‘menace’ in the United States. It was a witch hunt, pure and simple. Since the 1950’s the power and reach of the intelligence agencies has grown exponentially, and along with it there has been a coordinated effort to reduce the amount of knowledge available about their activities to their political masters and the civilian populations. There are strategic reasons for this, not the least of which is monetary (black ops budgets could probably feed and provide shelter for most of the world’s hungry and homeless). Their rationale for redacting information about their actions are always for ‘reasons of national security’. This dodge is always rolled out to deflect the merely curious or any over-zealous libertarian campaigners for more governmental transparency. We are treated as children, or serfs, and cannot question our ‘betters’.
The explosion of computer and wireless technologies in the 1980’s and 1990’s has been the main reason for the SSM’s ability to do what no totalitarian regime in humanity’s past could ever dream about...the ability to covertly create policy, influence and manipulate information, and exercise extra-legal powers over virtually everyone. Instead of having to obtain a court order for tapping a phone line, or following a suspect into a dark alley, the spy clubbers can merely do it digitally, without any risk of detection that would attract an objection or a court-issued restraining order. Data protection laws and constitutional guarantees are now meaningless to the digital spy. What is appalling is that the very rationale of spying and subterfuge for the ‘common good’ undermines our inherent mutual respect for feel for other human beings. There is an attempt to program into human consciousness the possibility that no one can be trusted.
When we meet someone else in a bar or cafe, on the street, on a social networking site or in social setting, we expect a certain respect for our personal space and privacy…or at least we used to. When our trust has been violated by another, whether true or only perceived, we object to that person’s crossing the line without permission. Depending on an individual’s sensitivity, one recognizes when our psychic space has been compromised. We instinctively move away, or verbally object. Conversely, when we share our authenticity and trust in another, we are assuming that this will be returned in kind. The SSM now does this with impunity, and with your implicit consent, using the argument of ‘your safety and security’ to justify its invasion into your psychic space. Legal arguments are deflected by the passing of new laws and regulations that continually dilute previous protections.
To continue to ignore this will not solve anything. You and I possess what are called ‘unalienable rights’ that are not conferred to us by any other human being. Some of these rights have been expressed in various documents like the Magna Carta and the U.S. Bill of Rights. They stand as truths that are ‘self-evident’, and require no adjudication or legal debate to validate their authentic source, which is beyond human activity and resides solely in our divine Source. No matter what religion or ethnic background you may identify with, we are all children of One Benevolent Source.
We do ourselves a great disrespect by ignoring or succumbing to the seemingly endless problems and crises parading across our awareness, and the underlying fear that is being deliberately created to promulgate the constant tension. We are diminished by the avalanche of laws and regulations that we have allowed to be heaped upon our shoulders. We are first and foremost individually responsible for our own liberation, our own quest for inner peace and reconciliation, and in doing so we demonstrate to others what being a real and whole human being looks like. However, part of this responsibility also demands us to demonstrate our consciousness for the freedom of all our fellow human beings. That requires trusting our own wisdom source, and the courage to speak the truth to those who abuse power and/or the public trust, and who also invariably become reluctant to relinquishing it.
The first step is to no longer allow ourselves to feel victimized. If the world is reflecting our thoughts 24/7, then how do we actually change the world into a reflection of our inner vision of true peace? Is this even appropriate, given that each soul’s free will is part of their divine sovereignty? Even as we are an infinite expression of Consciousness we are also simultaneously individuals, capable of what appears to be independent action – even actions that another might consider to be wrong or dangerous. Embodying harmlessness is the way of the Heart. To choose harmlessness does not remove us from the playing field of life, and it does not ask us to be silent or compliant. All abuse is self-abuse, as all betrayal is self-betrayal. This dynamic is easily understood when studying the nature of co-dependent relationships. We choose to avoid confrontation, out of fear of rejection or judgment, which stems from an erroneous self-image. Then, when we are treated badly, we project our inner judge on to the other. What we blame others for we are unconscious of in ourselves. When applied to the larger picture, we may feel as if we have limited options or range of actions. However, if we can remind ourselves of our inherent value, then as Frodo Baggins was told in the movie ‘Lord of the Rings’, any one of us may change the course of the future. If that is so, are we not obliged to call upon the greatest within us? Or, shall we seek safety - the temporary and false safety of the SSM over the human/divine spirit? When we see ourselves differently, then the mirror must reflect that image.
The SSM seeks to create an artificial unity and safety blanket through coercion and force. This will ultimately fail, as it is a distorted copy of the freedom already inherent within the Unity of all things. If we are to realize the liberation of the human spirit from the past we will need to renounce the false gift offered, for it carries a cost that is too great to bear…our own Soul Essence. Every person who selects this false gift delays their own liberation, and may create or extend the suffering of others (“Lo, troubles will come. But woe to them through whom the troubles come” – Jesus of Nazareth). This is the choice I mentioned at the end of third paragraph. There is no neutrality in this dimension, and all the great spiritual sages have been aware of this and have been at odds with the power structures of their times.
Love is not neutral. We cannot profess to love and not demonstrate that Love. We can no longer seek safety in the things of this world, no matter how attractive, for by doing so we enslave ourselves to the past. Our safety is in remembering that we are Infinite Life and Consciousness. If we trade that inalienable spiritual knowledge for temporal safety, we choose death before we have died. There is a quote from Meg Cabot’s book ‘The Princess Diaries’ worth repeating here: “The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”
We are Love incarnate. We are the Light of the World. Each soul is here to fulfil a role, a place in these times that no one else could occupy so perfectly. We can come together and create a unity of purpose that chooses sanity and compassion over separation and mistrust. You are here to be free and live your joy. This means that it is an error to be viewed as a potential threat, when you know better. Part of our maturing spirituality is to recognize that we have the power to say no as well as yes.
Saying no to external authority is saying yes to your own power to honor the inner authority of your Consciousness. When enough of us do that, then we will have discovered how safe we’ve been all along.
If you could take practical action that is in alignment with your personal philosophy and spiritual understanding, what would that look like? Writing letters to your political representatives may get you a nice form letter, but not usually not much else.
I would like to invite your ideas and perspectives for creating new responses to challenge the current mindset of fear. Gandhi’s methods of non-compliance were employed with great effect by Rev. Martin Luther King. However, with the imposition of ‘free speech zones’ and the myriad maze of permit applications and bureaucratic red tape required to just organize a demonstration, we are now challenged to invent new and creative methods that will achieve similar if not better results. For an example of how protest has been marginalized in western nations, watch this interview with Naomi Wolf on Fake Activism - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urh4GA6JmPg
I thought of a ‘stare-in’, whereby a large group of individuals…maybe a huge group of individuals, comes together via texting or instant messaging and just stands in front of the home or office of any politician, NSA official, or whomever, and just stares in silence in their general direction. I call it organic surveillance. No placards, no banners, no talk. Just…silence.
If you have any clever ideas, just post them in the comments section on this blog, or email them to me at [email protected]. Thanks for your participation.
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