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    Race Wars

    Maya Angelou once said that prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible. Here we are in the middle of June, in the year 2020; in the midst of a global pandemic. But it is the harsh reality of racism in the United States of America that has consumed the world’s attention. It is not that racism in the world has suddenly been created or has increased. “Instead, it is that current events have ripped back the curtain and have made what has always been there both transparent and obvious… It has exposed the societal wound that was never healed. I am not tone deaf enough to miss the fact that the very last person on earth that people want to hear from right now is a “white girl”. And so I find myself torn between that awareness and the reality that as a ‘spokesperson’ for that which is beyond physical incarnation (including species or race), my voice is a necessary ingredient for change. The perspective I am going to share in this message to the human race is not a popular one. It is not a message that fits with the current mainstream narrative. It is certainly not politically correct. But it is the only way to actually end racism. We know that ‘racist people’ exist. There are white supremacists. There are police who profile Blacks and Hispanics and ‘Muslims’. There are bosses who won’t hire minorities. But we need to take our focus off of them because our capacity to know what to do with these people among us, is dependent upon our ability to do something else… To recognize and admit to the racism in ourselves and work with the vulnerability underneath it. Most people walking the planet today do not see themselves as racist. They have already accepted the societal belief that racism is bad. It is now politically correct to say things like “I don’t see color only people” and “only laundry should be separated by color”. It is now politically correct to slip into white savior complex. It is politically correct to save spots in your companies for minorities so as to not appear racist. It is politically correct for a university to hold a certain amount of scholarships or spots open for people of certain races. It is politically correct when a company advertises or when someone makes a movie to ‘racial hire’ for the sake of PR. And contrary to popular perception, instead of this ending racism, it simply buries it to fester. The ego is nothing more than a sense of self. It is self-concept. As such, it is obsessed with being ‘good’ and ‘right’. It is also obsessed with survival (staying safe). Because we are a social species, we depend on the group to get a great many of our needs met. It is critical for other members of whatever group or society we belong in, to see us as good and right. Otherwise, we are pushed away and our survival is threatened. But this means that if the social group decides that something is bad and wrong, we must disown, reject and deny it in ourselves. Doing this doesn’t make it go away. It just makes it so we become defiantly unconscious and unaware of it. The second that racism became bad and wrong; people simply suppressed it and selectively identified with being against racism. This means that instead of genuinely integrating with different races, not being racist simply became one more thing to decorate our ego with. I am going to make a claim that people who are the most egotistically identified with anti-racism will immediately reject and fight me on… Everyone is racist. The general definition of racism is: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group. It often involves the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another. Many people believe that only the members of a group that has the power can be called racist. For example, many blacks in America believe it is not possible for blacks to be racist because whites are the ones with the power and are therefore the ones with the upper hand in an unfair system that supports oppression, dehumanization, demoralization and injustice. But having power only allows racism to create more damage. Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism as well as the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities is something that can and does exist inside everyone, regardless of whether they are the member of a race that has more power in society or not. And each and every one of us must see it in ourselves regardless of what race we belong to or how much power we hold (or lack) within a society. We must powerfully own our racism and not shame ourselves for it, but directly work with our perceptions that create the “push away” of a specific race. The reality is that the mind identifies patterns and it groups things together. It works rather like a computer in this way. In many ways, this helps you to make quick decisions and survive. So here is painful truth #1: You may think and say that you are capable of not generalizing and that you never stereotype, but actually your brain can’t not do it. It is designed to do it. Generalization is a conceptual tool. It is a tool that can be quite beneficial and can be quite detrimental, therefore it is a tool that should be used with caution. But it can’t be thrown out. Without generalization, we could never talk about commonalities, trends, tendencies or patterns and all three are critical when it comes to awareness. It is as important when it comes to awareness to identify commonalities, trends, tendencies and patterns as it is to be aware that there are exceptions. Unless we recognize the commonality in the first place, we will not look into the why behind it. You may say things like “to generalize is to be an idiot” or “I don’t believe in stereotypes” or “I don’t see color only people”. But the problem is, your mind does. If you see people of the same race doing certain things or behaving in certain ways, the mind goes to work equating those behaviors with that person’s race. We call this a stereotype. It is no use to spend your time denying commonalities and identifying exceptions so you are nothing like those “shameful, hurtful, ignorant people” who you don’t want to have anything to do with. What is useful is to see that perceiving patterns and commonalities that exist within the members of a group create expectations. Things like Asians are awesome at math, Black men are violent, Mexicans are illegal immigrants, White people are rich. And expectations alter the way we act towards people. It can cause us to act in ways that hurt ourselves and others. Painful truth #2. All generalizations and stereotypes exist for a reason. The question is what reason? That is not to say that they all exist for a good reason or because they are all right. Some stereotypes are false. Some have been intentionally created despite inaccuracy to cause harm. But many stereotypes are in fact accurate assessments of commonalities, trends, tendencies and patterns. That being said, generalizing and stereotyping have a bad reputation for good reason. If you look at the etymology of the word stereotype, it is: “Firm or solid impression”. This is where you can get into trouble with generalizing and stereotyping. Where there is firmness and solidness, there is a risk for a disowning of flexibility and openness. Not being aware that there are exceptions and differences can make you unaware and close-minded. It is not that generalizations are all un true. It is that they can open you up to the danger of making one story the only story. And that can hurt you and everything else around you. But contrary to popular opinion, generalizing and stereotyping is an essential and natural feature of your mind. It is not a cultural, unnatural glitch in your mind. Generalizations can be inaccurate and harmful. Conversely, they can also be accurate and useful… A critical tool for learning, comprehension and communication. Therefore, question your generalizations and the why they exist. And make your generalizations flexible instead of being determined to not make them at all. Underneath all racism is the perception of threat. This means that vulnerability is underneath racism. When the ego is threatened, it pushes that which it sees as ‘other’ away from itself. It wants to gain power in order to be safer. The ego perceives itself (and is therefore strengthened) through comparison. It compares itself to other things in the world. And the ego needs to see itself as good, superior, right and justified. So, the ego uses the mind to look at these stereotypes and decides what those observational stereotypes mean in relationship to itself. The ego uses the mind to look at these stereotypes and seeks to make itself feel good, superior, right and justified by contrast. For example, if a stereotype a person holds is: black people are animals, their ego can feel sophisticated by comparison and therefore see that black person as inferior to them. But that then determines how they treat the black person. No one one earth is born a bigot. We are not born racist. We are socialized into families and cultures where racist perspectives exist. We adopt those perspectives so as to establish solidarity and belonging with our social group instead of being ‘cast out’ and ‘made inferior’ by our social group. We are not born with meaning intact. When we are young we are fed meaning by the adults in our lives. We are fed painful meaning about other races by the social groups we belong to. We also become racist based on painful personal experiences that we have. To carry around painful beliefs and painful meaning and to live with a worldview of separation is painful. But if you want to end racism in the world, I have an exercise for you: Be brave enough to make a list of all the negative racial generalizations, stereotypes or beliefs that you have. For example: White people are self-centered, Hispanics are dirty, you’ve got to be careful walking by a Black man, Asians are terrible drivers. No Indian will ever let their kid marry someone who isn’t Indian etc. Your answers will be unique to you because of your upbringing, nationality, race, culture and personal life experiences. But this is the time to become completely aware of what they are, no matter how bad or good it may sound. Ask yourself relative to each stereotype, what do I make this mean? Then ask yourself, how does that meaning change my relationship, thoughts, words and actions relative to people of this race? Look over the list you have completed with your racial stereotypes and what you make those stereotypes mean and how that meaning makes you think and behave. This time, try to see the various types of pain this has caused you and does cause you today. Also, try to see if you can figure out where these stereotypes came from. Which stereotypes were adopted and which ones came from painful personal experiences. Once you have done that, see if you can see the kind of pain this racism of yours might have caused, or could cause people of that race. After we become aware of this root, we need to be willing to have open dialogue with one another about the vulnerable, painful root below our racism. We need to be open about HOW we became racist. And we need to be open to heal those experiences. To heal is to experience the opposite. If we feel demeaned, to heal is to feel valued. If we are lonely, to heal is to achieve togetherness. If we are chronically feeling poor, to heal is to feel abundant. If we are traumatized by snakes, to heal is to form a different association with snakes so that instead of feeling negative towards them, we feel positive towards them. To heal from racism is to identify the pain relative to a race and to experience the opposite relative to that race… And THIS puts the power both in the hands of the person trying to heal their aversion to a race and in the hands of a person who belongs to the race that a person has an aversion to. It’s time to seek out and create these “healing” experiences between different races within human society. But we can only do this if we de-shamify racism. We become racist as the result of pain. The ego takes over when the being feels threatened. So, if we become racist as a result of pain, the question is, what pain? The racist himself does not know that pain is what the racism is about. The pain is the vulnerable root of the racism and if that pain was resolved or healed, the racism (which is just a branch off of that root) will not exist. We may have had a painful experience in our personal life (or several) relative to people who belong to a certain race. Or we may be in pain because of pain passed down through the generations so that each generation will grow up with it. Sometimes racism becomes a part of our own racial identity. The reason we cannot overcome racism is because we are not addressing BOTH the very real pain of the person who is on the receiving end of the racism and the very real pain of the person who is being racist. When we turn the racist into the bad guy and the victim of the racist into the good guy, we cannot recognize that what unites them both is pain. We make healing impossible. The single biggest thing we can do to end racism in the world today, is to de-shamify it. At what point in human history did saying that someone shouldn’t feel or think a certain way (because it is bad to feel or think that way) ever actually change the way that a person thought or felt? The answer is never. No prejudice, discrimination, antagonism or belief that a different race possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities will end by trying to make people see it is bad and wrong or by protesting against it. Lawmakers may make changes in response to public pressure. But never make the mistake of thinking that these changes that happen in response to public pressure means the underlying issue has changed. Instead, it simply means the issue has been driven deeper underground. It is a given that racism hurts people. But if we continue to make it so bad and so wrong, because of how the human ego works, no one will be able to see it in themselves, much less to admit to it. This makes healing it impossible. This condemns us to a gaslighting world where racism thrives under the curtain of a world that says it doesn’t exist. If we want racism to end, we have to stop allowing political correctness to hide what is real. We must make conversations about race, no longer taboo. If we can face these stereotypes and the pain behind them on both sides, racism might just become a thing of the past.
  2. George Floyd was lying face down, handcuffed on a city street. One officer held his back, one held his legs, and the other kept his knee on the right side of his neck for almost nine minutes. He yelled “Please”, “I can’t breathe” “mama” and “don’t kill me” before losing consciousness and dying. What was different about this one man’s death than the death of so many others (most especially the deaths of so many other people of color) that have happened at the hands of authorities? The answer is, the entire world saw it! And the entire world saw it at a time when the distrust for authority was already at its peak due to the government actions taken during the Covid-19 pandemic. Demonstrations and protests began to take place all across the nation. They turned from peaceful to violent. The riots have not stopped. Instead, they are escalating. Now, the national guard is being called into cities across the nation. But those who took to the streets to peaceably protest or to vandalize or to loot or to set things on fire, were not all people standing up against the injustice of what a white officer did to a black man. It is true that some were there for that reason. Some were there because black lives matter. But others were there to rise up against the tyranny of a government that they could clearly see was against instead of for the people… With all the restrictive measures taken in the name of Covid-19, these people have been slowly pushed to the boiling point for the last three months. The death of George Floyd was merely the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ so to speak. And still others were there to deliberately cause violent opposition between citizens and government officials. And it is this reality that should snap people out of the automatic reactivity that they are caught in immediately. If you are like most people in the world right now, you are probably thinking “what the hell is going on right now?” And you should be thinking that right now. You are caught in the swarm of the chaos of mixed motives. We are all on different pages, fighting for our own subjective best interests. We are inundated with so many conflicting news stories that no one knows what is real or fake. We are caught in the perfect storm. And we are caught in that storm, brokenhearted. Welcome to controlled opposition. I want you to imagine that someone wants to make a change that will negatively affect you. They know that you will react poorly, making you harder to control. But they want to control your reaction. So they introduce someone who appears to be on your side. Maybe an advocate, a leader who you will feel has more authority or power than yourself. Really, this person is already controlled by them. But you don’t know it. Controlled opposition is a rat trap designed for those who wish to break free from control. Controlled opposition is a chess play that is being played by individuals who (due to their trauma and subsequent need for control) have been playing chess with people as their pawns and knights and bishops and rooks for most of their life. Controlled opposition is the current chess play that the human race is stuck in. I am going to tell you the truth today even though it is a truth that is unsavory. Your entire bi-partisan political system is a game of controlled opposition. It doesn’t matter whether you vote red or vote blue. Today, the people with the actual power, the people behind major corporations, employ government officials as puppets. They use these puppets to play the role of villain or hero to give you the illusion that the game is not rigged and to distract you from what is actually going on; the objective picture. The freedom you thought you had was not actual freedom. It is time to break out of the illusion. Infiltration by establishment is not paranoia or conspiracy theory. It is not a rarity. It is the norm throughout human history. Today, controlled opposition is serving as a tool for ‘divide and conquer’. I don’t want you to make an enemy of all people who own major corporations. I don’t want you to think that everyone in the government is against you. I simply want you to open your eyes and see that some people with a lot of power, want you to fight one another. And so, I ask you to answer the question: If those people with power are able to use other people in the government (who have more power than the average citizen) as chess pieces and they want you to riot and they want you to get violent… WHY? We are in a time where thinking deeply and stepping back to see objectively is an absolute necessity. It is all there is to do when you find yourself swallowed in an ocean of contradicting information where nothing is adding up and things are never what they seem. And yes… Things are not what they seem! They never have been, but now the people of earth are finally seeing it! If those individuals who want to control you, want conflict, want riots, want violent opposition between citizens, want you separated and want you divided against one another, then the chess move you need to make is to unite. You must do the opposite that they would have you do. The heat is being turned up on you and you are being called into radical unification. Unification is not easy. It means taking the villain and the victim both as a part of yourself. Stop doing what people have always done. Stop dividing into ‘groups’ that oppose one another. Start to look at the ‘person’ inside everyone. The power that people either have or are given, causes us to no longer see them as people. The soldier who storms into your house with a gun is a person. The owner of the corporation who is playing a zero-sum game against his own buyers is a person. The black man who walks into a store with a 20-dollar counterfeit bill is a person. The person refusing to wear a mask is a person. The person who insists you wear one, is a person. Each one is a person with needs, feelings, thoughts, values, vulnerabilities, strengths and preferences, all of which add up to the picture of why they think that what they are doing is ‘good and right’. If you cut them, they will bleed red. You have to look for the person inside the ‘persona’ people wear. We have got to stop this game of “us and them’. How are you the same as “them”? What needs are the same? What feelings are the same? What values are the same? What motives are the same? Look for commonalities. Look for ways that you can go in the same direction. Look for the third option that meets both your needs and theirs and work together towards it. Put your energy towards what you are for rather than against. The human race is being tested right now. The test is this: Will you choose to end the zero-sum game? A zero-sum game is essentially when one person’s gain is another person’s loss. It is an ‘I win and you lose’ scenario. And though humanity itself is taking that test, you cannot take it for humanity. You can only take it for yourself as an individual with the person who is in front of you. Humanity is made up of individuals. If individuals cannot end the zero-sum game within themselves and with others, it doesn’t matter if they are passive democrats or raging republicans or libertarians or nonpartisan. Without knowing it, they are all in fact voting for war. It is not possible to change your world, while you as an individual, remain the same. Conflict is the bait being laid out for you and so, I leave you with this: Here The space between skin and skin is torment. But here The space between souls makes the space between skin and skin a comfort. The truth is hidden and yet its murmur reaches us. In the sweet luxury of a smile In the brief consumption of embrace It tells you to look deeper… To look deeper. Look beyond the space between us all and see that you are that smile. You are that embrace. You are the civilian whose life was lost to hatred. You are the man who strapped a bomb to your own body, and in the name of hatred, took those lives. You are the earth that held them both and converted their bodies into new life. Your pain is a congress of tears called the ocean. Your joy is a collation of light called the sun. The murmur of truth tells you to look deeper… To look deeper. Until the truth is revealed that there is no space between skin and skin. That there is no space between souls.
  3. “Mankind will very soon be facing its deepest split… Freedom or Connection.” Many people will tell you that humanity is at a crossroads today… The crossroads of what kind of earth it wants to live into. Do we as people want to live into unconsciousness? Do we want a world of separation and restriction and decline? Or do we want to live into consciousness? Do we want a world of community and freedom and health? I am a teacher of truth. The truth is that your future is an ocean of potentials and out of those potentials’ probabilities arise. The truth is every single change you make will alter those potentials and therefore alter the life you are about to live into. The truth is that humanity’s future is no different than this. But the truth is that people are resistant to change. This is what turns a potential into an absolute. For the future potentials of humanity itself to change, enough of humanity must change. And enough of humanity did not change. The truth is that this is not a crossroads that humanity is standing at. The collective consciousness of mankind began to arrive at the actual crossroads in 2012. By 2015, humanity had already subconsciously chosen the path it would walk down. In 2015, I said “most men on earth think they are free. The reason for this is that they have been sold an idea about what freedom is. But what if the idea of freedom that has been sold to you is actually a prison? What if I told you that the beliefs you live your life by are the bars of your own perfect jail cell?” With the intention of altering the life-paths of humanity, I began teaching people way back then to set themselves free from the attachments they have to their own rat cage before the universe demolished it for them. I warned that we were headed for a cleansing of the collective human shadow… that we would all be made aware of not only the collective human shadow, but our own individual shadow so we could acknowledge and face them head on. I warned that humanity itself was headed for a “whack a tree at 70 miles an hour” awakening experience. In my 2020 annual forecast, I said “To be honest with you, this particular yearly New Years Forecast is one that I have been troubled about writing for the last several years.” In life, if expansion and awakening is not chosen in response to pressure, that pressure is escalated. If it is still not chosen, the pressure is escalated further. Though many individuals have been awakening, mankind itself has instead proven its capacity to cope with and adapt to pressure so as to stay the same instead of to make the conscious choice to change. And so with this Covid-19 crisis, humanity has whacked the tree at 70 miles an hour. The initial hit in this collective rollover car crash has already happened. It is already done. Now, humanity is upside down in the air… As if someone pushed a slow-motion button mid-rollover and we are headed for the second hit and maybe a third and maybe a fourth. Most people feel like passengers in that car, unable to do anything about it. Those who are not in denial, are breathing the air of uncertainty in and out of their lungs. They see a vast array of damage that has already been done by the initial hit. They see the potential carnage and loss that might come as a result of the next hit. But how do they prepare for, or make a choice when facing an array of potentials, all of which depend on what decisions other people in that car (especially authorities) will make between now and that next hit? The reality is that a whack a tree at 70 miles an hour experience is a really hard way to wake up. There are people who are saying things like “thank you Covid-19 for letting us see what we took for granted”, “this is exactly the change we have been asking for.” And “I’m excited”. Is it true that good will come of this? Yes… Eventually. But I need you to be in the reality of what is happening here. A person who gets in a high-speed car crash can one day put their life together in order to create a whole new better normal. They can weave the experience into their life in a way that adds to them, instead of diminishes them. But what comes first is pain. What comes first is that moment where they are lying on the side of the road looking at a shattered life. What comes first is a reckoning with the people whose lives have been lost, pills that must be swallowed and years of rehabilitation. When humanity chose what road to walk down when they came to the crossroads years ago, they chose the path of pain and crisis to awakening. I remember the sick feeling I had in my stomach when I saw it. I remember the look on the faces of those I told. It doesn’t matter whether or not you see a crisis coming, it pulls the rug out from under you just the same. We boarded a plane that flew into the night and upon waking in the morning the very next day, we had woken up to a world forever changed. Further into separation we go. Further into prison. As I find myself in the air in this high speed car crash, no part of me is concerned about a virus or the damage that a virus could do (which is surprising given that I am a person who has a deep respect for submicroscopic pathogens). What I am concerned about is the real threat in this situation… The decisions being made. I am concerned with the psychology that created this entire car crash in the first place. I am concerned with the many conflicts that will arise in association with Covid-19. And I am the very most concerned with the fact that the collective consciousness of mankind has never been infected with this much fear. Fear can open the door for people to control you in whatever direction suits their own best interests because fear puts you in a state to want to be told what to do. Mankind will find itself divided. There will be those of us who would gladly give up freedom and certain needs (things like civil liberties, the right to govern their own bodies, the freedom of assembly, the freedom of speech, privacy, the need for human touch and togetherness) for survival and a sense of safety. Many of those same people would expect you to do the same. They would even vote for someone to force you to do it. On the other side of this polarity, there are those of us who have a deep understanding that to caretake life is much more complex than simply making sure that life is long. Those of us who would gladly risk death to really live. We would fight for those freedoms and that closeness which are about to be sacrificed on the alter of humanity’s desire to prevent death, no matter the cost to life. You must understand that no matter whether you believe that this entire crisis was intentionally created or whether you believe that it is an organic crisis that is simply being responded to, both stories have the same ending. Both are a recipe for control. People do not want control because of malevolence. They want it so they can bring about what they want. They want it so they can prevent what they don’t want. They want control so they can create that perfect vision of a world that is free of crime, disease, poverty, unhappiness and death. They are not awakened enough to see the reality that using control to try to accomplish this will only bring about the things they are trying to prevent faster. When we are threatened, we respond with control. And totalitarianism is the apex of control. You must understand that even if you do not believe that Covid-19 is a carefully crafted set up for justified control, that the entire world will be saying “we cannot afford for this to ever happen again”. It is in the measures that will be justified with that sentence that you stand to lose so much. The question is: Will you choose to give those things away? The stage is being set for health to be the new form of discrimination. The stage is being set for militarization, suspension of freedoms and rights, changes in the law that allow indefinite detention, the banning of physical forms of finance, censorship, compulsory vaccination and other forced medical procedures and treatments, tracking, certain activities and businesses being permitted and others outlawed. The stage is being set for war… the ultimate form of conflict. And many people will support this recipe because of their fear of death. These people may perceive there to be a right way and a wrong way to die. They may believe that death in and of itself is wrong. They do not understand that when someone’s life is saved, their death is not prevented. It is postponed. Many will support this recipe in the name of public safety. Others are approaching a day where they may very well be forced to choose whether to adapt to these changes and let go of freedom and rights because it will be the only way to experience the basic human right to be with other people. Which is why I say that we are approaching a day where we will be forced to choose what matters more to us… Freedom or connection. If not for safety, would you give up freedoms and rights for the sake of being allowed to be near those you love? Because the recipe is set for this to be the leverage that those with authority will use to force compliance. In the middle of this crisis, we are suspended in the air. We are suspended in uncertainty. The rug of normal life has been pulled out from under our feet. And in the upheaval of uncertainty, all that is left as solid ground is values. What is it that matters most to you? What is important? What is it that you truly want? One of the ways to arrive at this answer is to ask yourself, would I let myself be tracked at all times and give away the sovereignty over my body and live in a digital world in order to be allowed to participate in society… to go to those places, to be close to those people? For most people, the answer to this question will be yes; especially if those people are people that we love and people that we need… which is what makes it such insidious leverage. You can ask yourself, if I knew that it would save my own life or my child’s life, would I agree to the end of civil liberties and the end of freedom and the end of togetherness and say yes to economic collapse and the suffering that brings for the rest of humanity? Is safety really always first? Stop looking for what answer is right or wrong and answer it for yourself. Your values reside in your heart and in your heart alone. It is common in a crisis that we want to ‘return to normal’ as quickly as possible. It is a kind of denial that we become stuck in that returning to what was is even possible. There is no returning in this situation. This is not a temporary disruption of your normal life. This is the beginning of a totally different way of life. We are headed towards a new normal. But that new normal, contrary to what optimists would have you believe, is not a normal that you are wanting. You need to see where humanity is headed with your eyes completely open in order to make the right decisions for you personally in terms of what to do about it. There is one thing that this crisis has already shown us… How fast of a change can happen if humanity is united in a common goal. Humanity has passed the crossroads, but that does not diminish the truth that in each moment exists a crossroads. Imagine the world we could live in if we opened our eyes and responded to this crisis or to world hunger or poverty or homelessness or environmental crisis in a synchronized way. Imagine if each member of humanity understood that human life and wellbeing is community, that microbes are not the enemy, that all things in this universe are interdependent, that wellness is dependent on the emotional and mental (not just physical), that even though you can’t have quality of life without life, quality of life is more important than survival. Imagine the world we could live in if each person understood that life does not remain life in a state of isolation. When your normal is collapsed to ruins at your feet (like your normal is today) you are individually at a crossroads. You get to ask yourself what part of that old normal you wish to return to. We arrived at this place because of that old normal. We arrived here because of so much that it lacked. So as we are spinning in slow motion through the air, we get to ask ourselves what parts of that old normal do we wish to resurrect and which parts do we wish to retire and which parts do we want to build for the very first time? During this crash and on the other side of this crash, will you choose isolation or connection? Will you choose freedom or chains? Will you choose self-defense or kindness? Will you choose coping mechanisms or change? Will you choose to stay unconscious or to awaken? Will you choose fear or love? What future will you choose to step into? Disaster can be an invitation for a stronger rat cage or a breaking of the rat cage all together. And so much of whether it becomes one or the other depends on individual people and which one they consciously choose... or comply to.
  4. In this vast universe, we are not just neighbors if we live on earth. We are roommates. We share the same ‘house’. And yet, relative to the majority of beings (including people) who live here with us, we live as strangers. I have lived in neighborhoods where if I passed someone who lived right next door, I wouldn’t know it… Neighborhoods where no one says hello. The loneliness is growing in the human race. Its cold, sharp edges numbed by the addiction to our technological devices. All species are suffering from our ability to disconnect and separate from that which we see as ‘other’. They say that if you put a frog in cold water and heat the water up slowly, the frog will not jump out. He will acclimatize until he boils to death. This I fear, will be the story of people and separation. The human race is becoming more and more aloof by the day. And I watch the chill of this aloofness making people more afraid of one another. The Covid-19 outbreak is just the "cherry on the cake". This makes my heart ache because people need the warmth of each other. What those of us who see the pain of this ‘boiling water of separation’ can do is to become that warmth… To be the one to speak first. To be the one to smile. To be the one to act in a manner that relieves the tension of other people’s fear. To act in the best interests of nature itself. Today the world is boiling in the water of fear. The Covid-19 outbreak has become the tipping point for the human psyche with regards to this fear. The fear that people and governments feel makes openly speaking about the outbreak in and of itself a very risky proposition. I will simply say this: Back when people began speaking about the fact that the 2008 financial crash was caused by big hedge fund companies, insurance companies and banks creating mortgage backed securities and giving subprime loans for their own personal profit, people considered it a conspiracy theory… until it became obvious that it was reality. There is nothing insane, paranoid or kooky about the understanding that money is the root of most every decision made in the world today. It certainly isn’t the care for our fellow men. That is a gaslight. And you must understand that the reality of economy is that when changes happen in the market and many people become financially ruined and even die, others become very, very rich. But because we have been socialized to comprehend that self-centered motives (such as wealth or campaign strategy or irresistible headlines or personal safety) is immoral, no one will ever admit it. Instead, they will cover it over with a veneer of morality. If the safety of people is the concern at hand, we get to look directly at the reality that according to statistics, as of today about 337 people die in fires every day. Around 1,418 die of the flu every day. About 3,792 people die from car accidents every day. About 7,671 people die of obesity every day and some 21,000 people die from hunger every day. There is almost no global reaction to any of these threats. There are two main reasons why there is no reaction. 1. People see minimal to no profit in solving them. 2. Uncertainty is the food of panic. We have the tendency to not panic in the presence of a very real risk if it is familiar and known, but panic anytime we encounter something unknown and unfamiliar (even if it ends up posing a minimal risk). Covid-19 is an invisible threat that we feel is novel and foreign and that we feel we have no control over catching or not catching and so it suddenly feels like a survival risk to all of us. Not just to “those people”. When people are afraid, people become narcissistic. It is not that people are ‘bad’ for doing this. It is simply that the focus naturally shifts to self-preservation. It is a knee jerk reaction... One that is biologically wired into us. The irony is that this knee jerk reaction so often makes us even more unsafe. Especially in a modern world, where the threat is so much more complex and multifaceted than simply immediately reacting to escape a physical threat. Fear can make us completely blind and also controllable. So many of you have been asking and even pressuring me to comment on the Covid-19 crisis. What you want is an answer. Many of you want me to tell you what to think and what to do. That is the normal reaction to have when you are in fear. All I wish to reflect to you about that before I continue is how easily fear can open the door for people to control you in whatever direction suits their own best interests if fear puts you in a state to want to be told what to do. The real problem with Covid-19 will prove to be the reaction to it. In this case, the governments have different motives and reasons for panicking than the citizens do, because they have different information. The reaction to it has the potential to kill more people and ruin more lives than the “organic virus” ever would. The many conflicts that will arise as a result of the reaction to it are the biggest threat of all in this situation. It is the beginning of what I was writing about when I released my 2020 forecast earlier this year. Most people will not be facing how to respond to a virus, but instead how to respond to government action and the reaction that companies and citizens have relative to those government actions. The world right now is set up like a house of cards, more interdependent than most people have awareness of. The domino effect is already proving to be colossal and will continue to prove to be so. But never forget that each and every one of you has the power relative to how you respond to the situation. Are we going to respond by making the world a safer place on a physical, mental and emotional level? Or will we make it more unsafe in the delusion that we are taking steps to ensure safety? In the name of safety, people have the capacity to destroy life as they know it. This is what creates vicious spirals. For example, imagine that people began to fear that the financial markets would crash. And so everyone tried to withdraw their money from the markets overnight. They would create the very thing they are afraid of. People who foresaw this would be in a very difficult position themselves. Because if they are the only one to not do the same thing, they are left with nothing. So it would seem their hand would be forced by the rest of humanity to participate in the very thing that creates the downfall of human society… To act in their own best interests. The definition of a safe relationship is a relationship in which we take someone else’s best interests as a part of our own best interests. When we are in fear and thus in self-preservation mode, this is precisely what we are not doing. And so, by definition we, ourselves become unsafe to others. This causes other people to go into self-preservation mode relative to us. As you can tell, this inevitably becomes a self-perpetuating spiral of warring methods of self-protection. It takes some deep, deep looking to see the vulnerability, the fear and pain underneath those warring strategies. If we did look, we would quickly see that the best strategy for actually being safe is not to focus on preserving ourselves, the best strategy is to focus on alleviating their fear and pain. It is a drastically different focus. It is a step towards taking others as a part of ourselves, which is a far more objective response than strategy. You will hear a lot in the coming year about how bad fear is. Fear will never go away. You will never live a life without fear. There is no such thing as fearlessness. We may try to hide our fear from each other but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Fear is neither good or bad. It is information. Information about a potential or a reality that is deeply unwanted. Everything depends how that information is used. And most people do not know what to do with that information, which is something that the media must understand unless they want more blood on their hands than they already have on their hands as of today. Reacting to fear causes us to do stupid things. Ignoring fear also causes us to do stupid things. And so your task for this year is to master fear. To figure out how to make objective decisions that involve risk. If all you can do is to practice this mastery, that is enough. Fear is inherently about separation. By its very nature, it is an instinctual reaction to push something or someone away from you. And fear is the number one most isolating experience on the planet. The more fearful we are, the more alone we are. To help visualize this, imagine that you are standing in the middle of a circle with a bunch of people. Now see yourself feeling fear toward these people in the circle and pushing them away. When you do this, eventually, everyone else ends up outside the circle and you are the only one inside the circle … alone. Now imagine that same scenario but this time, your fear toward everyone causes you to want to avoid them and thus, run away from them. If you do this, everyone else is still inside the circle and you are now outside the circle … alone. This is how fear creates loneliness and prevents connection. This is a big problem when we fear each other, because the number one human need is connection. And this outbreak has caused us to fear each other. I am the first person to say "never mess with a single cell organism". But there is a big difference between 1. Deciding to take precautions relative to transmission and 2. Fearing everyone, pushing everyone away and separating and isolating them out of that fear. The trauma and ripple effects, aftermath and implications of forcing separation on people will extend far beyond the potential damage of the threat that people SAY they are trying to prevent. We must be very careful as well because the threat of separation from loved ones is perhaps the biggest form of leverage that someone can use on someone else in order to force their compliance. To love is the opposite of to fear. We make very different decisions out of love than out of fear. To love means to make the decision to take something as a part of yourself. This means, nothing is more important than to re-own your own fear and to take responsibility of it as if it were a crying child. When a child cries for help because he or she is afraid of something, the correct response is not to immediately get rid of that thing. For example, there are children that cry hysterically in fear that their own shadow is following them around when they walk. You cannot get rid of the child’s shadow. What you can do in that scenario is to help them to see the reality and to change their perspective. It is only by really owning and taking responsibility for your own fear that you can make an objective decision in whatever situation you find yourself. Because fear tells you very clearly what you don’t want, it means the door is wide open to figure out what you DO want and need. If you could take your attention off of pushing against the unwanted and put it squarely on putting your energy into what you do want in any situation, life would feel much, much better. What is the Covid-19 situation telling you that you want and need? Is there a way you could put your focus and energy and action into those things in a much more direct way? Every time a decision is made my someone outside of you, consider it a chess move. And your job is to figure out what you want and need given the new situation and pour your energy into that. I’ll give you an example, when President Trump declared a national emergency yesterday, we made the decision to cancel both of our events this month. I want and need to teach and to see a world full of awakened people. I want to live out my purpose. But a bigger want and need for me is togetherness. When the government created a risk of separation through quarantine or closed borders, we found that we were unwilling to take the risk of people being forcibly separated from their families and loved ones. It does get significantly harder when you find yourself in a lose-lose scenario in which there is fear on both sides of a decision. But prioritizing according to your most honest and important wants and needs still works in a lose-lose scenario. If any of you are interested in understanding what to do about fear in a much more in-depth way, I have an entire chapter dedicated to it in my book titled: The Anatomy of Loneliness. One of the many gifts of near-death experience is that you get to measure being alive next to so many things. I am going to say something now that I want you to never forget. Fear has a way of convincing a person that the most important thing in existence is survival. It isn’t. It is quality of life. Quality of life is what humanity must stand for. I have been teaching relentlessly for a while now about the importance of taking that which you see as ‘other’ as a part of yourself. At the most objective level of perspective, the Covid-19 outbreak is a manifestation of the failure to do this. The failure of humans to take nature as a part of themselves and thus to commit environmental abuse. The failure of the individuals running major corporations and governments to take citizens as a part of themselves and thus profit off of their suffering. The failure to take the most basic human emotional needs that we have as a part of ourselves, and thus make decisions that will damage our capacity to thrive. The most important thing you can do as an individual, which will change the way you respond to anything you fear, is to take that which you see as ‘other’ as a part of yourself and by doing so, to take their best interests as a part of your own best interests. To do so is to fix the root of the entire weed of suffering that has grown rampant within the human race. And I believe that each of you, whether you decide to do it or not, are capable of doing so. You are capable of popping the bubble or narcissism that fear has the tendency to cause you to build. You are capable of lovingly caretaking your fear. You have the power relative to how you respond to any situation. You have the power of transcending herd mentality and not doing what everyone else is doing. You have the power to ask yourself what your fear is telling you that you deeply want and need and focusing your energy and actions on those things directly. You have the power to take the best interests of others as a part of your own, without sacrificing your own best interests. Because YOU are capable of the practice of love.
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  8. It is written in an old Hindu Scripture “He who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses fear.” It is my personal request that you hold to this concept like a pillar and model your mentality around it in the upcoming year. To be honest with you, this particular yearly New Years Forecast is one that I have been troubled about writing for the last several years. I find myself walking a delicate line between causing you to feel fear about 2020 and instead making you aware of the reality of 2020 in a way where you can embrace your fear and see 2020 objectively enough to feel some sense of welcome for it spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. Fear is a central theme that all people on earth will grapple with in 2020. As you already know, a major evolutionary shift in humanity has been well underway for many years. But shifts and transformations are not an overnight thing and they are not the “warm, expansive, fuzzy-feeling” things that many people imagine when they hear the word shift or transformation. A shift is change. Change is something that usually implies resistance. In 2020, this resistance rises to a head or a peak. Instead of write about the antidote to fear as a part of this already lengthy forecast, I will tell you that an entire section of the book I wrote in anticipation of this year titled ‘The Anatomy of Loneliness’ is about fear specifically. Many of you have begun to lose faith in humanity in the recent years as the intensity of this shift has built to the point where it feels like the people and the world around you has lost its mind. This happens when humanity reaches a crossroads where it must totally change. A threshold has been crossed. 2020 is a turning point. This change is being forced by first exposing all the ‘shadowy aspects’ that have been operating behind the scenes all along. And it has and will continue to shock you to see them in plain view. The ‘old’ (what is not working) must and will fall away and be replaced by the new. 2020 is a precipice year. It is a crossroads between the way it has been and the way it will be, not just on a personal level, but also on a global level. And a crossroads divides us. It puts us in a state of opposition. It divides us internally on a personal level and it divides us with others. There are parts of us that want to go left and parts of us that want to go right. There are those of us who fight for the way things are and have been and those of us who fight for a new way of existing. This year will be a year of battle. A battle of the sexes, a battle of the races, a battle of creeds, a battle of politics, a battle of self vs. other and a year of protest regarding change. The frequency pattern in the world in 2020 is similar to the pattern in the year 532 and in 629 and (making a huge jump so you can maybe relate to it better) the year 1834 and 1898 and 1914 and 1966 and 2001. To understand the kinds of things this frequency gives rise to, you can review what happened during those years. It is a frequency that causes societal system shakeups and dredges societal issues to the surface. It is a frequency that creates major world events that tend to make history. People tend to look back on these years with a sense that they marked ‘an end of an era’. It is a potent, wild and volatile frequency full of both gravity and tension. Consider it a crisis in collective consciousness. It’s not that this frequency that is present in 2020 specifically causes negative things to happen. It is that it causes things to happen that create a new chapter for humanity. This pattern causes the re-establishing of what defines a thing and how that thing operates. This includes cultures and societies. It is a re-defining of or re-structuring of our lives and society and world. The year 2020 will be a year of intense progression for technology, sciences, world trade, travel, air and space advancement as well as the move away from fossil fuels and patriarchy. During times like this, opposing systems and beliefs clash. It creates both national and international crisis and conflicts that often have lasting traumatic consequences as well as lasting positive changes that re-define human life… Which is why this pattern leads to events that get into the history books. 2020 is a catapult for a revolutionary decade. Therefore, it is a year to remember that we are all in this together. The dominant theme of the year 2020 is: REDEFINE. Across the board, it will be a year where the intensity of conflict is turned up to the boiling point so that individuals and societies must decide who they are and what they stand for and what role they want to play across history, the now and the future. This will cause a major re-distribution of power. It will cause people and companies and cultures and societies and everything in between to re-define themselves. The scene that comes to mind to represent the energy of 2020 is the freedom scene in brave heart, where he is facing the army with his face is painted blue, and he is speaking to them about why they are about to fight a war they will most likely lose… for the sake of what they stand for and what defines them. The collective consciousness of the universe itself (and humanity as a fragment of the greater universe) is in the middle of creating integration between self and other, individual and collective. These concepts have been at odds. But this conflict is slated to end. This means you will be facing the task of defining yourself while integrating what is “other”. This is the phase within humanity to learn how to have yourself and have others too at the very same time. This year, you will be re-defining yourself. Defining oneself is a process of individuation. It is a phase in which you answer the questions: Who am I? What do I stand for? What is MY truth? Do other people define me? How do I keep myself when I’m in relationship with another person or within a group? You will establish a sense of loyalty to yourself and as such, make no more compromises. This is an area where your fear will arise. A central element of the fear in 2020 will be the fear about relationship. Fear is the pushing away of that which you do not want to include as a part of yourself. Fear is at its core, the opposite of love. So fear causes you to individuate, but unconsciously and out of pure resistance. The good and the bad news is that this largely unconscious individuation process will inevitably lead to the integrating factor between self and other… the awareness that one will inevitably arise at, where their personal truth and what they personally value and what they personally stand for is unity. This is where ironically the battle becomes the battle to end battle. This is where relationship becomes a conscious choice… Love becomes a conscious choice. This awareness will happen to some people in much harsher ways than others, depending on their level of resistance to integration. The truth that has already been accepted at an objective level within the universe (and that humanity must catch up to) is that we can’t keep opposing each other. We must end the zero sum game. To understand more about this, watch my video titled: The Zero Sum Game (What is A Zero Sum Game and How To End One). In fact, our survival as a species now depends on it. The decision has been made to heal the division. Sadly, much more division will occur for all people to arrive at a mental and emotional place of consciously choosing no more division. The suicide crisis will rise. The opioid crisis will rise. Loneliness has not yet reached its peak because many people do not recognize it as the crisis of the human race. It is like I often say; many people need to whack a tree at 70 miles an hour in order to awaken. The awareness and decision of integration within the greater universe is a tsunami. We must get on board with and ride the tsunami. If in response to your fear, you try to oppose that tsunami of change by getting controlling and rigid and sticking to what you know and being set in your ways and holding to what was and is familiar, you will get hit by it. And incase you don’t already know, a tsunami travels at the speed of a jet aircraft. You will not succeed at outrunning or fighting against it. The question to ask yourself is: What role do you want to play in the new structure? This re-defining can feel like the owning of a new form or a new life and as such, labor pains will accompany the transition. There is nothing “easy” about the frequency of 2020. Society will be directly confronted with what needs to change about society. You will be directly confronted with what needs to change about you. This opposition can lead to a sense of thwarted motivation and feeling fed up. Feeling fed up will cause many people to dive even deeper into spiritual practice. But many will do so with the attitude of “escape”. It is critical that spiritual practice is not used as an escape hatch from life itself. Instead it should be used as a means of getting more clear and gaining more resources specifically in order to focus much more powerfully, effectively and fully into your temporal, physical life. In 2020, in order to re-define yourself, you must de-condition yourself from patterns that no longer serve you or the world you live in. You redefine yourself so as to give your life new meaning. You re-evaluate your values and priorities and from there, take action to build your life around those core values. This means you must heal from your past and the no longer beneficial ways that your past made you adapt. You must re-define reality. Everything that causes you to feel oriented and stable in the truth of reality may very well be thrown out the window. Therefore, the way to approach 2020 is with curiosity and flexibility. You must be willing to let go of what you think you know. You must be willing to let go of the old and consider completely new perspectives and ways of doing things. This is a really good year to practice the art of ‘going back to the drawing board”. It is a year for re-defining what you need to cultivate in your life and what you need to let go of. It is a year to re-align with your deepest desires, need and values. By re-assessing and re-aligning with your deepest desires, need and values, what will happen is you will find your own inner authority. You will be stepping into the energy of holding a relationship with the things you commit to having a relationship with, but with a sense of agency. In perfect harmony with this expansion, a dominant theme for 2020 is truth vs. lies. This will be a theme on the individual level and at the societal level. Becoming aware of what is true and what is false forces us to re-adjust. Again, this forces flexibility. For all these above reasons, AIR is the element to master in 2020. The various power dynamics in your own life will be forced to the forefront of your awareness so you can examine and shift them. By shifting them you will be able to cultivate new and actual strength. As we re-define ourselves, we will find ourselves becoming aware of a “responsibility crisis” being experienced in the world (by ourselves, other people, governments and whole societies for example). Part of re-defining ourselves is to clearly define what is and what isn’t our responsibility. Taking genuine responsibility in our lives and acting accordingly is a necessity. As for the earth itself, it is also entering the process of re-defining itself. You can use the powers of your own mind to imagine what it means for the earth to re-define itself. The frequency of 2020 will lend itself to some earthquakes and even more than that, to floods. If you are in an area that is prone to (or at risk of) flooding, make sure you have insurance for floods, as that is showing up as the most dominant natural disaster in the coming year. Consider having a plan for both as a part of your commitment to taking genuine responsibility. Consistent with the theme of fear, inflammation is a malady facing all people’s general physical wellbeing in 2020. Anything you can do (on top of facing and integrating your fear) in order to decrease inflammation is going to benefit you in 2020. It is a year to take anti-inflammatory actions. For example, support your body with an anti inflammatory diet, exercise, get enough sleep, hydrate and de-stress in whatever ways work best for you. 2020 is also a major year of collective karmic return. Cause and effect becomes much more obvious. Those who have sewn flowers will see the positive return of having done so and those who have sewn weeds will see the negative return of having done so. In 2020, the reality that what goes around, comes around is like a truth that the universe itself is intent to make all aspects of itself aware of. And humanity is an aspect of itself. Have you ever heard the saying "hind sight is 2020"? It's rather ironic because 2020 is also the year of hindsight. This year, you will begin to really see reality clearly, with 20-20 vision so to speak. This is a two sided coin. On the one hand, hindsight being 20-20, implies that you have clarity and understanding that you did not previously have... You are now aware of what you were not previously aware of, and this is going to help you to make much better current and future choices . On the other hand it can be very painful to see how your previous lack of awareness led you to making mistakes, some of which had drastic consequences. It can be even more painful to see how these consequences could have been avoided and prevented... if only you had known then what you know now. Seeing as how this pattern causes the re-establishing of what defines a thing and how that thing operates, in 2020 you need to consciously invest your resources as if each investment was a vote for the future you want. Sticking with the concept of karmic return, consider everything you do as the planting of a seed. Each seed is a vote for either a weed or a flower. 2020 is a time to look beyond 2020 at the big picture of your life and the big picture of human society on earth and to keep the vision you hold for both like a compass that keeps pointing north even in a storm. It is a time to commit to long-term vision. Ask yourself, am I willing or even ready to re-define myself? If not, you need to lovingly resolve that resistance. Ask yourself, what am I afraid will happen if I re-define myself? What do I need to let go of on a mental, emotional and physical level so I can commit my resources on all levels to what really matters? Having heard all of this information, how are you reacting to it? Did you only notice the negative? Is the old pattern you are stuck in a perception of powerlessness? Incase you didn’t pick up on it, 2020 is a wide-open opportunity for the new. Most people get stuck in a box that defines them. Most people live and die in that box. They don’t re-define themselves. You have defined yourself a certain way. 2020 is the peak year of the phase where the universe will break apart that unconscious box for you if you choose not to do it yourself. 2020 is the crossroads of personal choice. You are not a victim to a crossroads. You can choose to go left or right. You can even choose to not choose. You can re-define yourself at any moment. And other people’s definitions of you do not have to create your definition of yourself. In order to ride the tsunami of 2020, choose to get on the wave of re-defining yourself and be proactive about it. And if all this does is terrify you, you aren’t seeing the flip side of the coin. You aren’t seeing the beauty of this energy. You can see the beauty in that man who decides that despite years spent in one career, he is going to switch his time and focus on what really fills him with passion. You can see it in that woman who has always been a doormat, but who decides to walk away. You can see it in those people who have always been fiercely independent and afraid of intimacy, deciding to really commit to an interdependent relationship. You can see it in America deciding to abolish slavery. You can see it in women getting the vote. You can see it in that medical innovation that changes our entire approach to illness. You can see it in the reshaping of politics. It is never too late to re-define yourself. You are never too old to re-define yourself. And if it is never too late to re-define yourself, it is never too late for the world.
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