Vol.3, #9

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What Do You Do... When all hell Breaks Loose? 

Why does a desire and a decision for positive change often lead to the exact opposite results? Find out how to  overcome life's roadblocks and gain more positive control over your life.


Personal Growth

Oh dear ones, Ken wishes us to say a few words about personal growth. Ken wants to know how to get through the day –– which is often increasingly stressful –– without succumbing to negative thoughts and attitudes.

We see things from a broader perspective. We see the planet balancing energetically and economically. In other words, the lifestyles of some in the United States are deteriorating, and those in Asia are improving. This is only natural since at one point the United States had only a small percentage of the world’s population, and half of the economic wealth.

But the real question is, why is there a zero–sum balance? In other words, why is it that in order for balance to occur, some must gain and others must lose?

The answer is because the consciousness of humanity has  required it. When a consciousness of scarcity exists, there is only so much to go around. More are asking for prosperity on the other side of the world, and their asking is being answered. All of this is occurring within the old attractor of scarcity and conflict, which we have talked about before.

The consciousness of humanity is approaching a tipping point, and in fact, you have already entered what might be called a “zone of chaos.” This zone is what occurs when the energy of your desires and your thoughts creates a new potential. This zone occurs just before a quantum, or evolutionary, leap. As the energy moves faster and faster within the species consciousness of humanity, there is a push away from the old paradigm of thought and into the “unknown.” Eventually, the system will settle into a new pattern. But until it does, there will be unsettled times. There are millions of you now who have chosen a higher vibrational path, a path more oriented towards prosperity, cooperation and a new way of looking at the world. This new way of thinking has the potential to open up avenues of thought and will change the way you do science, and organize your societies. You see, we can see past the barrier of the linearity of your physical time. We see what is possible, and it is so exciting! You will discover laws of nature that you did not know existed, which will allow you to more cooperatively work with nature instead of resisting her. And that will change the face of your world.

We say these things in preface to the subject of personal growth. How do you sustain a positive attitude when the world is moving more and more towards chaos? When we speak of chaos, we do not mean an unordered and negative situation, we mean a situation that is evolving toward a higher state. You see, the energy is moving much faster around you now. We have talked about this before, but what is not understood is that YOU are creating these conditions, not some “outside force.” Some assign it to a planetary awakening of Gaia, or the completion of the Mayan calendar, or the movement of your planet into an area of space that has heightened sensitivity, or to astrological phenomena, or to an increase in solar activity. All of these explanations are only part of the picture, dear ones. It is literally true that the asking of humanity for change is producing that change. Your asking has the power to override even the so–called “natural” planetary cycles. These cycles have been established by prior civilizations. Each civilization adds it’s own vibrational component to the mix, and so throughout history, you have built up a resonance to a certain pattern or cycle of volatile and sometimes violent change. Now you come to another crossroads, and the energy is swirling about you like a traveler buffeted by strong  winds just before a storm.

The storm is inevitable as you move out of the old paradigm and into the new one. It often feels like you are surrounded by forces that you cannot control, does it not?

But realize that you are creating these forces. The increasing energy within the species consciousness is a result of your strong desire for change. The chaos that has resulted exists because many of you are not sure HOW you want to change. Many of you have not precisely identified WHAT you wish to change into. THAT is the cause of the chaos, dear ones!

Does that not make you feel a bit better?

There are no evil forces out there manipulating you. There are no planetary  or interdimensional slave masters guiding you to a particular result. Yes, you do have visitors, and they have been involved with your evolution since the beginning of the present cycle. But these visitors can vibrationally only act within the parameters you set for them.

So how do you get through the day when the winds are buffeting you about and the world seems to be spinning out of control?
By finding your personal Still Point. Understand that you may enter the eye of the hurricane at any time. All of you have the power to step out of the energetic storm, and to create your own personal space of calm –– despite the actions of others –– did you know that?  Imagine that you are driving your car down the road, out on the middle of the plain. You see massive thunderclouds building ahead, and the winds begin to blow and shake your vehicle. There is no shelter for you, and you are afraid. Now imagine that, just off the side of the road ahead, you see a little hollow. As you drive into that hollow, the wind magically stops blowing. All is calm and still, and you relax and smile. Soon you are clapping each other on the back and laughing, for you know that you have found a place of ease and comfort. You see the storm raging above you, but in your hollow you are safe.

Our message this week is not to fear the forces that you have created and unleashed. Yes, events are moving rapidly. Yes, sometimes these events seem entirely out of your control. But understand that you are the center of your universe, and that the entire universe revolves around you. You are a creative vortex that responds to the world around you, AND creates a local space or vortex of potential. You are safe within your own vortex, UNLESS you allow the actions of others to disturb you. Then, of course, you may feel the fears and the anxieties of those around you and move off the Still Point.

The still point is the eye of the hurricane, dear ones. It is YOU! And it is the space you can create with your thoughts and your choices. This space is a local space; for others have free will and are also creating their own vortices of potential. It surrounds you and attracts into your experience, events and situations vibrationally consonant with it. But, and this is a very important but –– it connects to the entire universe, to the planet, and to the memes within the species consciousness. The universe and everything in it is interconnected in a way that empowers you!

Here is a little exercise that may help you to find that Still Point: the next time you find yourself with those negative thoughts in your head, take a step back and ask yourself: who is saying this? When Ken did this the other day, he discovered something that astonished him. Usually when Ken is negative, he blames it on his deceased father. Ken Sr. had a very forceful personality, and the words that Ken remembers most from his father are: “I’m disappointed in you, son.” You see, Ken Sr. wanted a football player and a guy’s guy, and what he got was a sensitive kid just like his deceased wife. Well, Ken was out doing yard work and felt that his life was not what it should be. “Why haven’t you sold more of your books?” “Why don’t you have more money?” “When are you going to allow yourself to be the person you should be?” etc. etc. etc. Well, Ken stepped back and said, “shutup, Dad.” But that didn’t do anything. So he moved his viewpoint away from himself and onto the other side, expecting to find his father there. Ken was about to give the old man a good tongue–lashing –– he could never do that in life, you see. But he found that the person speaking those words was himself!

Well, when that happened it was like a bubble bursting. The two poles, which kept that negative energy flowing, collapsed. Ken felt calm and still.

Dear ones, you have complete control of your own local vortex. Take the time to step back from your life. Understand that within your own space, you create the two–pole energy systems that result in problems, and which then manifests into your experience. Your negative feelings result from your thoughts and attitudes about yourself, and about life. Notice that we did not say, “the thoughts and attitudes of others.” Remember that you have complete sovereignty over how you feel, and thus, the kind of life you experience. 


A national election is approaching in the United States, and in this polarized political environment, discernment is vital.

The Value of Discernment

"For those who stubbornly seek freedom around the world, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the propaganda system to which we are subjected and in which all too often we serve as unwilling or unwitting instruments.”
–– Norm Chomsky, linguist and educator

Which side of the climate change crisis are you on? Do you believe in global warming, or the alternative, global cooling? There seems to be evidence on both sides.

Which side of the Democrat– Republican debate are you on? Do you believe in big government, or laissez–faire?

Hermann Goering, head of the Nazi Luftwaffe and Hitler’s designated successor, once said at the Nuremburg Trials

“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

As I remarked in my last blog post, “the materialist dialectic,” it is easy to get people excited and disturbed, merely by creating a problem and offering a solution that always keeps attention focused on the desired result. In the climate change crisis, it’s global warming vs. global cooling. In politics, it’s Democrat vs. Republican, or Left vs. Right, or War vs. Pacifism. Humanity has been taught to take sides. “Where do YOU stand?” is the question we are asked, and fence–sitting is not admired, for it smacks of indecision or even cowardice. Thus is nuanced thinking discouraged.

Taking sides polarizes opinions and hardens attitudes, creating conflict and separation between and within human populations.

Discernment, however, is the ability to recognize subtleties in thought and action. A discerning person is more aware, and more intelligent. For example, if you believe in Creationism, you are forced to accept the fact that dinosaurs are only a few thousand years old. In the Creation Museum in Kentucky, circa 2007, saddles were placed on the backs of dinosaur skeletons, showing that dino’s existed right alongside horses! Although this is an obvious example of the stupidity of polarized thinking, it is very easy to become entrapped in political or religious drama. You might be asked, for example, “Are you a Christian?” or, “Do you believe in God?” There are only two answers to that question, yes or no, placing you at one extreme or the other. But a brighter person might respond, “Why do you ask?” or “How do you define God?” These are questions that are difficult for those trapped within false dichotomy’s.

Either–Or thinking seems to excite the emotions as well. If you’ve ever gotten into a religious or political debate, you know what I’m talking about! Unfortunately, emotion usually obscures reason and inhibits tolerance of other points of view.

The arena of politics is especially susceptible to such polarized thinking. Politicians are required to tell us whether they are “soft on terrorism,” or “soft on crime,” and as citizens, national elections are always framed in these simplistic, lowest–common–denominator terms.

How do crises and polarized thinking become perpetuated? Through repetition.

It is accepted practice among propagandists (and marketers!) that a message will not get through unless it is repeated over and over. In fact, the dark actor Joseph Goebbels, Nazi minister of propaganda , once said

“[propaganda is] a carefully built up erection of statements, which whether true or false can be made to undermine quite rigidly held ideas and to construct new ones that will take their place. It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. What after all are a square and a circle? They are mere words and words can be moulded until they clothe ideas in disguise."

It is important to understand that you don’t have to take either–or positions on any issue. To those who are interested in manipulating opinion, it is irrelevant whether climate change, for example, means global cooling or global warming, for both sides serve the intended purpose, which is the crisis. (And the next crisis, and the next one, and the next one.) Once Communism collapsed, for example, terrorism became the next big global crisis. Once the Saddam Hussein straw–man was destroyed, the debate became the crisis between the Sunni and the Shiite in Iraq. The list of crises is practically endless!

How do you determine whether an issue is defined by a false dichotomy? Simply observe how the issue is framed. If you are told that disaster will result if you do not see an issue in the presented manner, or, you are encouraged to fight or resist something, then more than likely, someone has an agenda and is trying to convince you to follow it! I always figure out where every message appears on the scale of emotion / vibration. If it is in the negative range, I know that message is not for me.

Rational and reasonable people welcome differing opinions, because well–intentioned people want to SOLVE the problem, not perpetuate it!

The materialist dialectic of created crises is just a way to confuse and obfuscate through polarization. Nuanced thinking requires the ability to see and understand other ponts of view.

The proper way to handle a conflict of opposites is to practice discernment. A discerning person is difficult to indoctrinate; for he or she does not fall for the presented simplistic and polarizing dichotomy. He or she is capable of moving deeper into the question, and transcending the limiting and polarizing “conflict of opposites.”

A crisis can only exist when there are two opposing sides, continually clashing together. Nuanced thinking allows both “sides” to create new solutions that are at a higher vibration than the crisis, thus transcending the problem and dissolving it. Thus is propaganda defeated by mindful thinking and deliberate creation of your life.

Those who are spiritually aware have almost always transcended the simplistic and polarizing conflict of opposites. It is up to us to educate our brothers and sisters who are still immersed in the false dichotomy of crises and polarization.

So let’s get to work!



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