Spiritual Articles from 2018

No Such Thing as Chance

[Spiritual]
No Such Thing as Chance
by Elva Thompson
Posted June 5, 2018

we control our livesOur lives can be literally likened to a garden – a neutral sea of energy that is waiting to be planted. Our thoughts are the seeds and what we plant in our garden of today will dictate our circumstances in the garden of tomorrow. When we think about our thoughts as seeds we understand that just as an acorn holds the blueprint for the oak tree, so our thoughts hold the blueprint for our life experience.The garden knows no right or wrong – it is neutral and does not care what we plant in it – but it will return what we sow. Success or failure – happiness or misery. It really is up to us.

We live in a duality and as the pendulum swings we all experience the good times and the bad times – success and failure, our ups and downs. As humans most of us have a tendency to fail to notice the wonderful things about our lives and instead dwell on our misfortunes. It is easy to become fixated on the bad events that happen to us and some even bask in their martyrdom. Dwelling on the bad stuff leads to negative attitudes and the vicious cycle of pessimistic and defeatist reality that follows.

Once we become negatively charged we feel depressed, hopeless and helpless. The black chasms of gloom hang over us like a funeral shroud. Our conversations tend to revolve around the negative – our misfortunes, the blame game, how life has treated us unfairly, and our aches and pains. More…

A Jailbreak of the Imagination: Seeing Prisons for What They Are and Demanding Transformation

[Social]
A Jailbreak of the Imagination: Seeing Prisons for What They Are and Demanding Transformation
By Mariame Kaba and Kelly Hayes
Posted June 19, 2018

prison industrial complexOutspoken opponents of abolishing the prison industrial complex typically portray abolitionists as politically inactive academics who spout impossible ideas. None of this could be further from the truth. Abolitionists come from all backgrounds, and most are politically active. From bail reform to strategic electoral interventions and mutual aid, prison abolitionists are steadily at work in our communities, employing tactics of harm reduction, lobbying for and against legislation, defending the rights of prisoners in solidarity with those organizing for themselves on the inside and working to forward a vision of social transformation.

As a political framework, abolition has gained significant ground in recent years, with groups like the National Lawyers Guild adopting the philosophy in their work. A growing number of grassroots abolitionist organizers have co-organized nationally recognized campaigns such as the #ByeAnita effort in Chicago, which helped to successfully remove former State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez from office. Abolitionist organizers also helped lead efforts to win reparations for survivors of torture that occurred under the now infamous police commander Jon Burge in Chicago — a city that has, over the past two decades, become a hub of abolitionist organizing. Abolition is a practical organizing strategy. More…

Global Debt is Now an Insane $164 Trillion, but Who Exactly Do We Owe?

[Economic]
Global Debt is Now an Insane $164 Trillion, but Who Exactly Do We Owe?
by Isaac Davis
Posted June 6, 2018

debt is slaveryCurrency today is created by private institutions who create as much money as banks and governments desire. This money is created out of thin air, literally by punching a few keys on a computer and sending tiny currents of electricity to a screen which displays whatever number the private corporation wants. It is not backed by anything of value, yet these private institutions charge interest to governments and private sector borrowers.

For every dollar created and loaned, the magical money-lender demands that dollar back plus interest. Since the lender is demanding more than was created, it is mathematically impossible to ever pay off debt, because the interest simply just doesn’t exist.

This system ensures that the human race will always be in debt, and this system is the new slavery, meaning that when we owe money in this fashion we are not free to use the full power of our labor and resources to improve our communities and infrastructure. Instead, lending moves in the direction of the development of instability and weapons of war. Any time the lender wishes to flex its muscle it can create instant economic hardships by calling in this and making it more difficult to borrow money to service the debt. More…

Harvest of Greed – The Merger of Bayer and Monsanto

[Spiritual]
Harvest of Greed – The Merger of Bayer and Monsanto
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Posted July 5, 2018

harvest of greedThe Bayer-Monsanto entity is now the largest seed and pesticide company in the world, controlling more than 25 percent of the global seed and pesticide supply. Farmers are concerned about what the merger might do to prices and quality — since less competition inevitably tends to lead to price hikes while reducing incentive for innovation — the merger will also give the subsequent entity even more power to pressure and manipulate governments into accepting the unacceptable risks posed by GMOs and toxic pesticides.

Farmers have also expressed concern over what the merger might do to prices, as less competition inevitably tends to lead to price hikes.

As just one example, the price of a bag of seed corn has risen from $80 to $300 over the past decade alone — a price hike attributed to the consolidation of seed companies and reduced competition. The merger of Bayer and Monsanto is predicted to make matters worse. Farmers also worry that consolidation will result in lower quality products by reducing incentive for innovation. Organic farmers have their concerns as well. More…

Don’t Settle for “Fake Belonging” — In Society or Politics

[Community]
Don’t Settle for “Fake Belonging” — In Society or Politics
by Debilyn Molineaux
Posted June 2, 2018

belonging to a groupWe human beings have an intense — an inherent — need to belong to a group. In our “cave days,” it was important for the survival of our species to be connected and work together. As we’ve evolved, physically, emotionally and societally, belonging has been equally important to our survival. Our community provides acceptance, support, and values.

It’s the “something bigger than ourselves” that provides meaning to our lives.

Belonging and connection means having a sense of purpose, which allows for happiness. We are meant to be in groups. No one is an island. No. One. We are wired for community. More…

Overcoming the Myth of Authority

[Spiritual]
Overcoming the Myth of Authority
by Gary Z McGee
Posted May 22, 2018

question authorityThe problem with belief in authority is that it leads to the idea that we need to give a group of people permission to control us. And, as Lord Byron taught us, power given to an authority tends to become corrupt.

The problem with power is not the intent behind it. The problem with power is that it tends to corrupt the one wielding it regardless of their intent. So, since we all know that power tends to corrupt whether one has good or bad intentions, and since we know that we will all seek power anyway, it behooves us to be mercilessly circumspect both with our own power and against the power of others.

It stands to reason that we should not ignorantly give power to an authority by blindly believing it. We should instead challenge authority first, and trust it second, if at all. The best way to use our power is to use it against authority by ruthlessly questioning it. It’s a social leveling mechanism par excellence. As a wise, young sixth grader once said, “Question authority, including the authority that told you to question authority.” More…

It’s Now or Never – The Fight for Freedom

[Spiritual]
It’s Now or Never – The Fight for Freedom
By Tim Bryant
Posted May 16, 2018

fight for freedomThere is a massive global awakening happening before our very eyes. This isn’t a centralized movement or centralized event, but instead is a global consciousness shift of individuals in all parts of the world. Thanks in large part to the creation of the Internet, the lid has popped off and previously unknown information is flooding out everywhere. A whole new alternative network of information and news has emerged to facilitate its growth. The age of information is real.

People are beginning to put the pieces together and realize that most of the education taught in schools, most of the media consumed on the television, and most of the food consumed into our bodies, is one big distortion of reality. History is far from what we have been lead to believe. The powers that be are preventing the flow of information somewhat, but at this point the cat may be out of the bag. More…

The Only Worthwhile Investment We Ever Make

[Spiritual]
The Only Worthwhile Investment We Ever Make
by RJ Spina
Posted May 11, 2018

investment worth makingWe are all perpetually bombarded with an endless array of investment opportunities, be it an investment of our attention, energy, money, skill, sweat, emotions, knowledge, etc. But what if there was only ONE investment that perpetually yields an everlasting, incalculable, limitless dividend?

Would that not obviously and always be the best investment, regardless of circumstances or context? But what if we simply can’t distinguish this ultimate investment opportunity from all the rest? It would be impossible to know if we have chosen this perfect investment unless every possible observed investment opportunity came with OUR direct knowingness that the speculative, transient, alluring concept of potential profits and mitigated losses were temporary and provided zero enduring benefits whatsoever.

That kind of awareness would be priceless beyond all measure. More…

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