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    Political Action thread

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 9:40 AM [General]

    Perhaps there is hope now that the Murdoch propaganda machine has
    begun to crumble, perhaps there is hope that we can reclaim this nation
    from the cesspool of dirty politics and the profound ignorance of low
    information voters. It is time to take back our once proud American
    dream from the Corporate Royalist who would like nothing better than
    to trun this great nation into a third world country. Reagan shut down
    the spirit of open inquiry when he closed the program for free education.
    He knew then that the better educated the  populace, the fewer votes he
    would be likely to get. It is a well known fact that Carter lost the election
    to this lunatic because of the hostage negotitions that went on behind
    closed doors, a deal was cut so that the hostages would not be released
    until after the election so that Reagan could win.
    Johnson accused Nixon of treason when he discovered that his party was
    actively extending the conflict in Viet Nam just to win the election. But he
    refused to release this information to the public for fear that it would destroy
    our faith in the political process. The result being Nixon won and thousands
    more innocents were scraficed for political gain.
    The GOP stole votes to get Bush elected not once but twice and we just set idly
    by and allow this to happen. Republicans can not win in a fair election, it has been
    proven over time and time again. The more voters that turn out the fewer votes
    they are going to get by a fair percentage.  Curious how
    where electronic voter machines are used there is a stark shift in apparent GOP
    turn out. In the last Bush stolen election, one rather inebriated politician let it
    slip long before the results were in... "The election's over. It's all over but the
    counting and we'll take care of the counting." As well they did. Isn't it about time
    we said enough is enough and "We're not going to take this anymore."

    Published on Monday, January 26, 2009 by

    Two Santa Clauses or How The Republican Party Has Conned America for Thirty Years
    by Thom Hartmann

    This weekend, House Republican leader John Boehner played out the role of Jude Wanniski on NBC's "Meet The Press."
    Odds are you've never heard of Jude, but without him Reagan never would have become a "successful" president, Republicans never would have taken control of the House or Senate, Bill Clinton never would have been impeached, and neither George Bush would have been president.
    When Barry Goldwater went down to ignominious defeat in 1964, most Republicans felt doomed (among them the then-28-year-old Wanniski). Goldwater himself, although uncomfortable with the rising religious right within his own party and the calls for more intrusion in people's bedrooms, was a diehard fan of Herbert Hoover's economic worldview.
    In Hoover's world (and virtually all the Republicans since reconstruction with the exception of Teddy Roosevelt), market fundamentalism was a virtual religion. Economists from Ludwig von Mises to Friedrich Hayek to Milton Friedman had preached that government could only make a mess of things economic, and the world of finance should be left to the Big Boys – the Masters of the Universe, as they sometimes called themselves – who ruled Wall Street and international finance.
    Hoover enthusiastically followed the advice of his Treasury Secretary, multimillionaire Andrew Mellon, who said in 1931: "Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate. Purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down... enterprising people will pick up the wrecks from less competent people."
    Thus, the Republican mantra was: "Lower taxes, reduce the size of government, and balance the budget."
    The only problem with this ideology from the Hooverite perspective was that the Democrats always seemed like the bestowers of gifts, while the Republicans were seen by the American people as the stingy Scrooges, bent on making the lives of working people harder all the while making richer the very richest. This, Republican strategists since 1930 knew, was no way to win elections.
    Which was why the most successful Republican of the 20th century up to that time, Dwight D. Eisenhower, had been quite happy with a top income tax rate on millionaires of 91 percent. As he wrote to his brother Edgar Eisenhower in a personal letter on November 8, 1954:
    "[T]o attain any success it is quite clear that the Federal government cannot avoid or escape responsibilities which the mass of the people firmly believe should be undertaken by it. The political processes of our country are such that if a rule of reason is not applied in this effort, we will lose everything--even to a possible and drastic change in the Constitution. This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon 'moderation' in government.
    "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt [you possibly know his background], a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
    Goldwater, however, rejected the "liberalism" of Eisenhower, Rockefeller, and other "moderates" within his own party. Extremism in defense of liberty was no vice, he famously told the 1964 nominating convention, and moderation was no virtue. And it doomed him and his party.
    And so after Goldwater's defeat, the Republicans were again lost in the wilderness just as after Hoover's disastrous presidency. Even four years later when Richard Nixon beat LBJ in 1968, Nixon wasn't willing to embrace the economic conservatism of Goldwater and the economic true believers in the Republican Party. And Jerry Ford wasn't, in their opinions, much better. If Nixon and Ford believed in economic conservatism, they were afraid to practice it for fear of dooming their party to another forty years in the electoral wilderness.
    By 1974, Jude Wanniski had had enough. The Democrats got to play Santa Claus when they passed out Social Security and Unemployment checks – both programs of the New Deal – as well as when their "big government" projects like roads, bridges, and highways were built giving a healthy union paycheck to construction workers. They kept raising taxes on businesses and rich people to pay for things, which didn't seem to have much effect at all on working people (wages were steadily going up, in fact), and that made them seem like a party of Robin Hoods, taking from the rich to fund programs for the poor and the working class. Americans loved it. And every time Republicans railed against these programs, they lost elections.
    Everybody understood at the time that economies are driven by demand. People with good jobs have money in their pockets, and want to use it to buy things. The job of the business community is to either determine or drive that demand to their particular goods, and when they're successful at meeting the demand then factories get built, more people become employed to make more products, and those newly-employed people have a paycheck that further increases demand.
    Wanniski decided to turn the classical world of economics – which had operated on this simple demand-driven equation for seven thousand years – on its head. In 1974 he invented a new phrase – "supply side economics" – and suggested that the reason economies grew wasn't because people had money and wanted to buy things with it but, instead, because things were available for sale, thus tantalizing people to part with their money. The more things there were, the faster the economy would grow.
    At the same time, Arthur Laffer was taking that equation a step further. Not only was supply-side a rational concept, Laffer suggested, but as taxes went down, revenue to the government would go up!
    Neither concept made any sense – and time has proven both to be colossal idiocies – but together they offered the Republican Party a way out of the wilderness.
    Ronald Reagan was the first national Republican politician to suggest that he could cut taxes on rich people and businesses, that those tax cuts would cause them to take their surplus money and build factories or import large quantities of cheap stuff from low-labor countries, and that the more stuff there was supplying the economy the faster it would grow. George Herbert Walker Bush – like most Republicans of the time – was horrified. Ronald Reagan was suggesting "Voodoo Economics," said Bush in the primary campaign, and Wanniski's supply-side and Laffer's tax-cut theories would throw the nation into such deep debt that we'd ultimately crash into another Republican Great Depression.
    But Wanniski had been doing his homework on how to sell supply-side economics. In 1976, he rolled out to the hard-right insiders in the Republican Party his "Two Santa Clauses" theory, which would enable the Republicans to take power in America for the next thirty years.
    Democrats, he said, had been able to be "Santa Clauses" by giving people things from the largesse of the federal government. Republicans could do that, too – spending could actually increase. Plus, Republicans could be double Santa Clauses by cutting people's taxes! For working people it would only be a small token – a few hundred dollars a year on average – but would be heavily marketed. And for the rich it would amount to hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts. The rich, in turn, would use that money to import or build more stuff to market, thus increasing supply and stimulating the economy. And that growth in the economy would mean that the people still paying taxes would pay more because they were earning more.
    There was no way, Wanniski said, that the Democrats could ever win again. They'd have to be anti-Santas by raising taxes, or anti-Santas by cutting spending. Either one would lose them elections.
    When Reagan rolled out Supply Side Economics in the early 80s, dramatically cutting taxes while exploding (mostly military) spending, there was a moment when it seemed to Wanniski and Laffer that all was lost. The budget deficit exploded and the country fell into a deep recession – the worst since the Great Depression – and Republicans nationwide held their collective breath. But David Stockman came up with a great new theory about what was going on – they were "starving the beast" of government by running up such huge deficits that Democrats would never, ever in the future be able to talk again about national health care or improving Social Security – and this so pleased Alan Greenspan, the Fed Chairman, that he opened the spigots of the Fed, dropping interest rates and buying government bonds, producing a nice, healthy goose to the economy. Greenspan further counseled Reagan to dramatically increase taxes on people earning under $37,800 a year by increasing the Social Security (FICA/payroll) tax, and then let the government borrow those newfound hundreds of billions of dollars off-the-books to make the deficit look better than it was.
    Reagan, Greenspan, Winniski, and Laffer took the federal budget deficit from under a trillion dollars in 1980 to almost three trillion by 1988, and back then a dollar could buy far more than it buys today. They and George HW Bush ran up more debt in eight years than every president in history, from George Washington to Jimmy Carter, combined. Surely this would both starve the beast and force the Democrats to make the politically suicidal move of becoming deficit hawks.
    And that's just how it turned out. Bill Clinton, who had run on an FDR-like platform of a "new covenant" with the American people that would strengthen the institutions of the New Deal, strengthen labor, and institute a national health care system, found himself in a box. A few weeks before his inauguration, Alan Greenspan and Robert Rubin sat him down and told him the facts of life: he was going to have to raise taxes and cut the size of government. Clinton took their advice to heart, raised taxes, balanced the budget, and cut numerous programs, declaring an "end to welfare as we know it" and, in his second inaugural address, an "end to the era of big government." He was the anti-Santa Claus, and the result was an explosion of Republican wins across the country as Republican politicians campaigned on a platform of supply-side tax cuts and pork-rich spending increases.
    Looking at the wreckage of the Democratic Party all around Clinton by 1999, Winniski wrote a gloating memo that said, in part: "We of course should be indebted to Art Laffer for all time for his Curve... But as the primary political theoretician of the supply-side camp, I began arguing for the 'Two Santa Claus Theory' in 1974. If the Democrats are going to play Santa Claus by promoting more spending, the Republicans can never beat them by promoting less spending. They have to promise tax cuts..."
    Ed Crane, president of the Libertarian CATO Institute, noted in a memo that year: "When Jack Kemp, Newt Gingich, Vin Weber, Connie Mack and the rest discovered Jude Wanniski and Art Laffer, they thought they'd died and gone to heaven. In supply-side economics they found a philosophy that gave them a free pass out of the debate over the proper role of government. Just cut taxes and grow the economy: government will shrink as a percentage of GDP, even if you don't cut spending. That's why you rarely, if ever, heard Kemp or Gingrich call for spending cuts, much less the elimination of programs and departments."
    George W. Bush embraced the Two Santa Claus Theory with gusto, ramming through huge tax cuts – particularly a cut to a maximum 15 percent income tax rate on people like himself who made their principle income from sitting around the pool waiting for their dividend or capital gains checks to arrive in the mail – and blowing out federal spending. Bush even out-spent Reagan, which nobody had ever thought would again be possible.
    And it all seemed to be going so well, just as it did in the early 1920s when a series of three consecutive Republican presidents cut income taxes on the uber-rich from over 70 percent to under 30 percent. In 1929, pretty much everybody realized that instead of building factories with all that extra money, the rich had been pouring it into the stock market, inflating a bubble that – like an inexorable law of nature – would have to burst. But the people who remembered that lesson were mostly all dead by 2005, when Jude Wanniski died and George Gilder celebrated the Reagan/Bush supply-side-created bubble economies in a Wall Street Journal eulogy:
    "...Jude's charismatic focus on the tax on capital gains redeemed the fiscal policies of four administrations. ... [T]he capital-gains tax has come erratically but inexorably down -- while the market capitalization of U.S. equities has risen from roughly a third of global market cap to close to half. These many trillions in new entrepreneurial wealth are a true warrant of the worth of his impact. Unbound by zero-sum economics, Jude forged the golden gift of a profound and passionate argument that the establishments of the mold must finally give way to the powers of the mind. He audaciously defied all the Buffetteers of the trade gap, the moldy figs of the Phillips Curve, the chic traders in money and principle, even the stultifying pillows of the Nobel Prize."
    In reality, his tax cuts did what they have always done over the past 100 years – they initiated a bubble economy that would let the very rich skim the cream off the top just before the ceiling crashed in on working people.
    The Republicans got what they wanted from Wanniski's work. They held power for thirty years, made themselves trillions of dollars, cut organized labor's representation in the workplace from around 25 percent when Reagan came into office to around 8 of the non-governmental workforce today, and left such a massive deficit that some misguided "conservative" Democrats are again clamoring to shoot Santa with working-class tax hikes and entitlement program cuts.
    And now Boehner, McCain, Brooks, and the whole crowd are again clamoring to be recognized as the ones who will out-Santa Claus the Democrats. You'd think after all the damage they've done that David Gregory would have simply laughed Boehner off the program – much as the American people did to the Republicans in the last election – although Gregory is far too much a gentleman for that. Instead, he merely looked incredulous; it was enough.
    The Two Santa Claus theory isn't dead, as we can see from today's Republican rhetoric. Hopefully, though, reality will continue to sink in with the American people and the massive fraud perpetrated by Wanniski, Reagan, Laffer, Graham, Bush(s), and all their "conservative" enablers will be seen for what it was and is. And the Obama administration can get about the business of repairing the damage and recovering the stolen assets of these cheap hustlers.

    Thom Hartmann (thom at is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program The Thom Hartmann Show. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People: A Call To Take Back America," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class and What We Can Do About It," and "Cracking The Code: The Art and Science of Political Persuasion." His newest book is Threshold: The Crisis of Western Culture.

    Last but not the least there is this...


    Criminals unchecked litter the halls of congress, corporations

    are out spending the average individual a billion to one, have

    infested our highest court that in turn has given them the

    rights of individuals, more specifically to buy our elections.

    They are the Tea Party and Fox GOP propaganda machine,

    using dirty tricks to spin politics into a three ring circus capable

    of activating mass hesteria by promoting fear and hate enough

    to inspire and activate mass murder and crimes against humanity.

    Corporations that have no soul, no conscience and no compassion

    free to preach and prevaricate with complete and utter impunity

    unquestioned. Welcome to 1984.

    And to prove it read the commentary of paid

    respondents promoting themselves as concerned

    citizens, truly traggic the magic of greed over


    The party of Tea is the party of

    right wing extremist hell bent

    on armageddon, speaking code

    in dog whisle language to gin

    up the fear and hate necessary

    to convince low information voters

    to vote against their best interest

    Witness the devastastion caused

    by these corporate royalist in

    sheep's clothing, one after another

    collapsing there local governments,

    once they've paved their way into

    office by outspending a thousand

    to one the true voice of truth,

    freedom and the American Way...

    In every case they have given

    tax breaks to millionaries to further

    bankrupt the local govervenment

    and then set out on cursades to

    destroy the middle class our teachers,

    firefighters and police, while extracting

    their vengence upon the most helpless

    in our sociaty cutting social programs

    upon the backs of the elderly, disabled,

    and working poor. They have no heart

    no soul and no identifiable compasion

    for humanity and follow faithfully the

    path of Ann Rand and Grover Norquist

    One a noted athiest sould to the Tea

    Party as if she were Mother Teresa

    and the other some throw back to

    trickle down economics that has

    been repeatedly proven to be

    completely devasting and disatrous

    but with the Fox spin machine echo

    chamber monopoly calling all the shots

    the obvious truth falls on deaf hears

    and is drummed out of existance

    within the minds of countless

    hoodwinked good Americans...                                

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    Human Condition

    Sunday, November 15, 2009, 10:15 AM [General]


    According to the Tao te Ching the world is sacred

    it cann't be improved and yet much like the art of

    governing a large nation is similar to cooking a

    small fish, We spoil it with to much poking. Living

    a spiritual life in this human existence can be a

    challenge even under the best of circumstances.

    Freedom, liberataion, transformation, illumination

    are merely concepts much like fingers pointing to

    the moon, if we focus on the fingers we miss what it

    means to be authentic beyond the veil of words.


    Much lip service is given to living an awakened

    life, cults of fancy are created out of dark rituals

    unquestioned as consumers are left to fend for them-

    selves amid a sea of half truths and lies. And yet

    from Holly Wood Kabbalah to out right worship

    of so called high intelligence in dianetics we are daily

    bombarded with ever increasing notions of spiritual

    entitlements to few of us could afford. One need

    only look beneath the surface to recognize that

    the source of so many popular beliefs from Scientology

    to New Age are deeply rooted in the radical precepts

    of western magic(k).


    Yet, is it little wonder that in the void created by

    established religion the disenchanted would turn to

    precepts that expound the virtues of being spiritual

    but not religious? We do not need a new religion

    new age or otherwise, but merely a greater understand-

    ing of society in relation to our human condition.


    Perhaps there is no heading or topic title

    to best regard what is true and obvious

    in this world. Zen tells us that all life is

    suffering and that striving for the things that

    appear to give satisfaction or make us

    happy is the surest way to ensure that

    we give rise to the inevitable pain of loss...

    things come and we let them arise - with

    out effort, things go and we let them with

    no sense of loss or attachment because

    we are conscious of more than some

    small sense of singularity in purpose

    or identity, but it is in seeing with eyes

    opened that true happiness will never

    leave you... because you have found

    peace in your heart. Perhaps someday

    big corpoations will no longer exist as

    entities with individual rights into

    perpetutity because unlike real people

    who hopefully serve some meaningful

    humanitarin purpose before they grow

    old and die... corporations are 'forever',

    they are not flesh and blood there is no

    pulse or heart beat nor the capacity or

    aspirations toward nobility - only the

    bottom line of banking conglomerations

    loaning money under false pretenses

    under conditions no one can afford

    is it little wonder the greed for profit

    spirals out of control and threatens to

    bankrupt the entire circle of nations

    China owns our largest debt as we

    look the other way as human rights

    and environmental disasters continue

    to ensue... people do not require a will

    of their own but must be told how to think

    and most importantly what to do to be saved

    from evil capitalist or the collapse of nations...

    and we cry about socialized medicine, our

    poor pharmaceutical corporations directing

    the FDA feeding the insurer's dream, that

    alone no one could afford, won't easily just

    give up and die much like the way the drug

    wars are waged against the unsuspecting

    citizen who might rather turn to indigenous

    cures for the stress of daily living as opposed

    to all the mommy's little helpers created in

    some chemical labortory for the greater good

    of coproations as heath care remains a joke

    out of all exagerated proportions ~ sold into

    slavery we are, until the insurance does not pay

    or the job moves overseas for lower wages as

    we are afforded the same deal as third world

    individuals might hope to earn, but to support a

    standard of living fewer and fewer could afford

    least of all this mother earth raped pillaged

    polluted and burned for profit,,,

    the needs of the many do not necessarily out weigh

    the needs of the few when soulless coorporations

    are afforded the same rights as individuals where

    one illness most likely leads to bankruptcy as a life-

    time of work in a home is auctioned off to the highest

    bidder; health care is not some luxury only granted

    to a priviged few but a right that should be afforded

    to every individual in a civilized nation.


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    Journey's End

    Sunday, November 8, 2009, 12:10 PM [General]

    It's a job not unlike any other, you either

    do it or it doesn't get done. Although it is

    fine to wait on inspiration, as the old

    saying goes 'Inspiration is 90 percent

    perspiration.' If we do not consciously

    challenge ourselves on a daily bases

    to make the connection with our destiny

    as it is manifest in unified reality we grow

    old whither and die without ever having

    achieved the truest part of our potential.

    Is this not what all the hoopla is all about?

    Manefest destiny and all the Wayne Dyer's

    of the world, god bless the man he means

    well... but his brand of knowledge isn't much

    different from Anthony Robbin's style of 'be all

    you can be' personal coaching... Now there's

    a cash cow if ever there was one, in the land

    of couch potato super stars who need to

    be told what they should do to be more within

    the time they are given on this earth, to get up

    exercise put those big wheels of creation

    into motion you only get out of it exactly what

    you are willing to put in... etc, etc,

    but maybe not so much in the vain

    of giving to get something so much as it

    is in simply being authentic and true to

    one's own original nature...

    "This way of knowing is associated with the southerly

    direction and called the Gate of Practice. It is like when

    the sun is in the south, its light is full and brings light

    to the hidden places in the deep valleys, melting even

    the most solid ice and drying the ground however wet.

    Although a bodhisattva has the eye to see reality

    (kensho), unless you go through this gate of practice,

    you cannot clear away obstructions brought about

    by afflicitions and actions and therefore cannot attain

    to the state of liberation and freedom. What a pity

    that would be, what a loss."

    Rinzai Zen master Hakuin

    And so it is we fritter about like a fool dancing from one

    flower of knowledge to the next content to merely seek

    from others that which we should be doing for ourselves

    there is no substitute for actual practice... yes life happens

    usually on our way to doing something else but that does

    not mean we should lose sight of who we are at the very

    core of our being. Who, in this modern day and age has

    time for doing the really hard work of awakening? The place

    where doing not doing paradoxically is the Way...

    "Knowing one's personal understanding has a limit

    while the understanding on many people is endless,

    one must seek before knowledge and vision can

    expand... clear about where to rest, resting in what is

    clarified, one naturally clarifies illumination and rest

    in the hightest good"

    The Taoist I Ching


    luminous and still where there is fire below a mountain

    resides the place of hidden practice and secret cultivation

    perhaps it is time to redefine the nature of this tribe

    or in the very least clarify what it is we are doing here...

    "After you have reached the nondual realm of equality

    of reality, it is essential that you then clearly understand

    the awakened ones' profound principle of differentiation.

    After this you must master the methods for helping

    sentient beings."


    Yes, It is good to be home, that is where the heart is.

    Working up that pastel prior to our departure was an

    eye opening experience. Reminding me of priorities

    and possibilities, it is never to late to start again.

    Does no good to lament the past though there is merit

    to be had for enduring hardship. What was the original

    purpose for beginning this tribe can not be forgotten

    and that is what separates the truth from fiction. If we

    remain true to our original nature all things evolve and

    develop according to the natural rhythms of nature.

    Which is more important success or failure? Into every

    life some rain must fall. If we are never tested or compelled

    to reach beyond what is comfortable and familiar how

    would we ever grow? Wise men do not need to prove

    their point. People who need to prove themselves aren't

    wise. Not knowing is true knowledge, presuming to know

    ia a disease. If you let restlessness move you, you lose

    touch with who you are... He who clings to his work will

    create nothing that endures. Let yourself be empty and

    return to the origin of all things. If you want be reborn

    let yourself die, If you want to be given everything, give

    everything up. Only in being lived by the Tao can you know

    who you truly are. Keep to the center... Because he doesn't

    display himself people can see his light... because he

    has nothing to prove people can trust his words...

    Something formless and perfect before the universe

    was born, it is serene empty solitary unchanging infinite

    eternally present mother of the universe... Why did the ancient

    masters esteem the great Tao? Because being one with the

    Tao when you seek you find and when you make a mis-

    take you are forgiven. That is why everybody spontaniously

    loves it.

    The master doesn't cling to her own comfort, thus

    problems are no problem for her... She acts without

    doing, works without effort, she thinks of the small as

    large and the few as many she accomplishes the

    great task by a series of small acts...

    When the Tao is lost there is goodness

    When goodness is lost there is morality

    When morality is lost there is ritual

    ritual is the husk of true faith the beginning of chaos

    Is it not said, The Tao doesn't take sides

    it gives birth to both good and evil...

    Some may say that this means that

    then anything goes, that it is not only

    ok but essential to embrace bad behavior.

    Nothing could be further from the truth,

    merely that this freedom from moral

    category gives him his great compassion

    for both the wicked and the selfish... the

    master does not see evil as a force to

    resist but as an opaqueness so that just

    as with a dirty window the light cann't shine

    through... So who do we turn to, that one day

    we might be able to say 'When you realize nothing

    is lacking the whole world belongs to you'?

    In my travels often when I would turn to

    npr there would be on the radio Eckhart Tolle

    speaking of his most recent work or this

    spiritual comedian Tim Freak promoting

    his most recent workshop and this I suspsect

    represents only a small segment of the work

    presently being done to bring truth into being

    a small segment of those who are searching

    for some sense of wakefulness

    perhaps it is indeed a noble work worthy

    of more serious pursuit...


    "Those who are well known are not

    necessarily great. Great monks are not

    necessarily well known. Great monks

    are those whose minds are beyond the

    world, yet who work solely for the

    salvation of sentient beings in the

    world because of their compassion

    and generation of the Bodhi mind.

    This is true greatness."

    "When an enlightened person

    stands before me, I will appear as an

    enlightened master. When facing the

    unenlightened, I will appear as an

    ordinary man. It all depends on the

    causes and conditions between us."

    "In the past, virtuous people on the

    Path sought out many masters."

    Chan Master Sheng Yen


    "The only worry is that real teachers of Zen

    are extremely few and hard to find."


    "Hearing, seeing, touching and knowing

    are not one and one;

    Mountains and rivers are not to be seen

    in a mirror.

    The frosty sky, the setting moon at midnight;

    With whom will the serene waters of the lake

    reflect the shadows of the cold?

    Koan 40 Hekigan-roku

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    Recent Travels

    Sunday, November 8, 2009, 11:50 AM [General]


    Still not sure exactly how this works. Why posting

    here would somehow appear elsewhere but I

    guess that's OK. Been on the road the past several

    weeks. Helping those in need both the truly needy

    and clearly greeedy as the circumstances allow.

    In both circumstances there is an opportunity.

    From N.C. to State College PA loaded a 27 foot

    rental for Milford, NH stayed there a couple of

    weeks helping this young couple to get the

    home in order for thier new arrival ~ baby in

    Januarary, then off through Boston up through

    Albany to somewhere obscure NY, where the

    most intensive truly appreicated labor begain,

    ie, a home in great disrepair. Another two week

    marathon for those who could not do for them-

    selves and then back home again. All along feeling

    this strong sense of karma playing out and yet

    I hear something about Mercury in retrograde?

    Which might explain alot. If anything could go

    wrong it did. Yet getting home it looks as if

    this new epoxy might actually fix my busted

    radiator hose connection at a savings of $600

    I don't have to spend.

    The plan has always been to finish what was

    started not only in getting this 1st book

    published but to find the resources to support

    my career as an artist so abruptly cut short

    nearly thirty years ago. Yea, I was the 4.0

    student on a departmental scholarship full

    of promise, that had to discontinue in my

    final year with only 24 hrs remaining to my

    BA, primarily for health concerns, although

    there is little doubt that my emergence

    from the wilderness at the completion of

    my own version of Thoreau's "Walden"

    had a great deal to do with it, in that

    as Gibran might say, "Wisdom stands

    on the street corner and calls to us

    above the multitude,

    but we deem her a thing without

    worth and dispise them that follow

    her... And when a man hears the call

    of his heart and the cry of his spirit,

    we say that such a one is possessed

    of a madness and we cleanse

    ourselves of him." Or to put it in a

    more common vernacular, Yes indeed,

    The truth may set you free, but it isn't

    likely to make you very many friends.

    So this is a simple story of unimaginable

    hardships never meant to be told.

    Sure I made the one unforgivable

    error that was to not understand

    the true nature of this world lost

    in illusion. As Jim Morrison so clearly

    asserted, 'No one here gets out

    alive'. I had found exactly what I

    never knew I had been searching

    for, but what i didn't understand

    was that waking up was only the

    beginning of learning and that as

    a result of my own innocent naivity

    in revealing to the world the truth

    of this sudden awakening, I was

    setting myself up for an education

    that money couldn't buy.

    But I did survive in the face of relentless

    opposition, ostracism and all the cloak-and-

    dagger sub-rosa clandestine subturfuge

    that goes with it. And yet if I had to it all

    over again, I wouldn't change a thing.

    It is said that, "Anyone foolhardy

    enough to proclaim publicly an inner

    allegiance with an identity no one else

    believes in is simply asking for trouble

    they well deserve for senseless lack of

    discretion. In worlds where the majority

    vote is otherwise cast, the life of such a

    seeker may be made very unpleasant,

    that is only to be expected." W.G.

    Or as Jung might say, "When a summit of life is reached, when the bud unfolds and from the lesser the greater emerges, then, as Nietzsche says, 'One becomes Two,' and the greater figure, which one always was but which remained invisible, appears to the lesser personality with the force of a revelation.
    He who is turly and hopelessly little will always drag the revelation of the greater down to the level of his littleness, and will never understand that the day of judgement for his littleness has dawned. But the man who is inwardly great will know that the long expected friend of his soul, the immortal one, has now really come... a moment of deadliest peril!"

    But please don't get me wrong, it wasn't

    like I don't learn quickly from mistakes. It

    didn't take long for me to realize the utter

    gravity of my circumstance having gone

    through a varitable three day inquisition

    near the height of which I had decided

    to enroll in college in an effort to work

    with like minded souls, Needless to say,

    that by that first day of registration,

    even though I had learned well the value

    and absolute necessity of hidden practice

    and secret cultivation, the exploits of

    my sudden awakening preceded me. If

    we do not take care to protect our most

    sacred of treasures within unsympathic

    environments, should we not suffer

    the consequences for our own actions?

    So many people say they are spiritual

    beings living a human experience, or

    point the way to so called 'enlightenment'

    as if this were some kind of end to cure

    all our problems, or to be given what

    ever our heart desires. But we cann't have

    it both ways, awakening or enlightenment

    is only the beginning of long process of

    adaptation in the evolution of learning.

    Transpersonal psycology might call this

    initial awakening a 'spiritual emergency'

    similar to Jung's observation of 'lesser'

    and 'greater' where the husk of conditioning

    can no longer contain the truth of who we

    really are. Some would call this spiritual

    madness. But the truth is there plain

    to see, and so simple every child

    understands it.

    In Spirit


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