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Let Them Eat Bread

Posted on September 25, 2008. Filed under: Original articles, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Events of the last few days have thrown into high relief the background research I’d been doing. Here’s a breakdown of key points:

Rally Sept 25 in Hollywood against bailout

Let them eat bread: Rally Sept 25 in Hollywood against bailout

Present moment #1: Financial instruments that were too complicated for anyone to predict (even the mathematicians who developed them) have crashed the system. 

Since thinking about “financial instruments” is about as enjoyable as reading a bad horror script, let’s not talk money for a minute, let’s talk cars. We all understand cars. 

So look at it this way, what happened was the fancy auto-maneuvering car that some super wealthy people were driving recklessly around the world crashed into the wall. That’s what happened. People are not dead. Important fact here … no dead people. 

Thing is, their expensive vehicle was not insured. These super wealthy signed a paper saying that if they crashed their car, they could afford to lose it. That’s the only reason they were allowed behind the wheel in the first place. 

Now their egos are all bent out of shape and they’re asking for their insurance money — you know, the insurance that didn’t exist. They’re trying to talk us into being their insurance company and giving them money to bail out their expensive crashed vehicle. 

Well, if I were Congress, I’d say, no, you don’t get the $700 billion you spent on the car — hope you enjoyed the ride while it lasted.

In fact, we could pay for a few million heart operations around the country with that money instead. And since you have not demonstrated that you have a heart, here’s a Honda Fit. Welcome to the rest of the world. 

Video of rally in Hollywood from KTLA / LA Times

Video and related story of rally in Hollywood (KTLA / LA Times)

 

Present moment #2: The money lost was lost by gambling it away

What do I mean, by that? Okay, this time, I am going to talk money, but instead of talking banks, I’m going to talk casinos.

The end is near. At the rally against the bailout Sept 25 in Hollywood

The end is near. At the rally against the bailout Sept 25 in Hollywood

The fancy car I talked about in the previous metaphor was being used to make money  — it was what got you into the high-stakes poker room, so to speak. The super-wealthy were using machines — unregulated machines, no less — and complex math to place thousands of million-dollar bets a second on whether, say, a certain currency market was going to go up, or going to go down. Or, with macabre perversity, whether people would foreclose on their homes, or stay in them. It was a bunch of bets. 

It was a pointless game as far as the economy goes — it didn’t aim to support promising businesses, build infrastructure, cure disease. Most of the trades lasted only a few seconds. It was as pointless as betting whether the roulette ball was going to land red or black. It was countless bets on mere fluctuation, on volitility. But it made money, scads and scads of money, for the gamblers. 

 

Present moment #3: “Contributions” to political friends got happy tax rates for the gamblers.

Because of well placed “contributions” to the high-stakes gamblers’ favorite political friends, these winnings from the gambling mentioned above were taxed not as “winnings” as in a lottery, not as income as you and I pay, but as capital gains at a much lower rate than income tax

There was nothing remotely capital-building about these “capital gains”.

Can you spare $700 billion? Rally in Hollywood Sept 25 at Highland & Melrose

Can you spare me $700 billion? Rally in Hollywood Sept 25 at Highland & Melrose

 

Present moment #4: The winnings were paid out in billion dollar salaries and million dollar bonuses.

This is the real kicker. The money isn’t in the coffer to cover the high-rollers’ bad bets because it’s all been paid out in million and even billion-dollar — yes that’s right, billion dollar — salaries, commissions and bonuses. 

As you know, you and I and the rest of Main Street didn’t get into that high-stakes poker room. We didn’t share any of their billions in salaries, bonuses and commissions, but now we’re being asked — strike that, commanded — to cover their losses. 

As Dennis Kucinich said, “The double standard is stunning: their profits are their profits, but their losses are our losses.”

Tell me, do you think you’d get your money back if you went to a casino and lost your house because you’d refinanced your mortgage on a whim to buy a jet?

This is what is. 

And these ego-filled folks are using fears of financial meltdown to terrorize us into saying yes. 

If there’s anyone who deserves a bailout, it’s the people using a credit card just to eat. It’s the people fishing bottles out of the recycling bins to add to their income. It’s the people working three jobs simply to put a roof over their heads and gas in their car to get to work — those are the ones whose lives would dramatically de-stress with a piece of that $700 billion.

Give the money to the regular people all around the country actually producing goods and services — actually building things — not the trust fund playboys and the uber rich hedge fund managers getting richer from a high-stakes poker game and calling it “capital.”

Bail out everyone else first — they’re the ones being asked to pay this bill. 

If these banksters have to take public transportation the rest of their natural lives it will do them the world of good.

Rally against the bailout in Hollywood Sept 25 at Highland & Melrose

Rally against the bailout in Hollywood Sept 25 at Highland & Melrose

To paraphrase Marie Antoinette, let them eat bread.

 

Update: A groundswell of people across the country tapped into the deep sense of unfairness and frustration, and collected in spontaneous protests around the country today (Sept 25) — I organized one here in Hollywood through the advocacy group TrueMajority.org. This rally (pictured) was featured heavily on local TV news stations KCAL-9, KTLA, ABC7. Radio station KFWB was also covering the rally with interviews. 

Rally against the bailout in Hollywood Sept 25 corner of Highland & Melrose

Rally against the bailout in Hollywood Sept 25 corner of Highland & Melrose

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The Receding Tide of Money and What It Reveals

Posted on September 18, 2008. Filed under: Original articles, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The collapsing of our financial structures began in earnest this week. It will continue as the structures that have ruled our lives for generations dismantle. 

Many people are panicked. They’re anticipating disaster and doom and are either reacting hastily or are frozen in fear. Many others are simply stunned from overwhelm, don’t know what to make of it all, and are carrying on as if nothing is happening. They’re thinking, “I can’t do anything about it, and I don’t know what it really means to me yet, so I’ll just, um, go to the gym.”  

What does it all mean? Why is it happening?

From a financial consciousness perspective, these current external structures absolutely have had to change. They have been operating from an energy of ego that is deeply disconnected from the evolutionary path of human consciousness. The truth is simple: We cannot continue to build a civilization on blind self interest and corruption.

As more and more humans intuitively become aware of this disconnect via one aspect of corruption and deception or another, it has become increasingly impossible to sustain those old abusive structures. 

The old abusive structures and the power-brokers behind them, after all, utterly depend upon the people agreeing to the system. Enough people now do not agree and that is contributing to bringing the system to a crashing halt. 

The more we understand what is happening from an energetic point of view, the more we can take ourselves out of worry and fear, put ourselves in a natural flow of resources, and contribute to the creation of a new system that does serve us — a system that does reflect the emerging consciousness and the evolution of human beings. 

But while the external structures must change, we must at the same time change the internal structures that created it in the first place. Beliefs and thoughtforms we’ve been holding onto within our minds have gone along with the abuse for generations. We need to get rid of those negative outdated programs we keep running in our heads.

In fact, changing the internal structures is the only way the external structures will actually truly change. It’s the only way to make sure that the new system will be better than what is collapsing. Otherwise, as we saw happen after the communist revolution, the overhaul may create a system as bad, if not worse than the original one.

The inner must shift. 

The Declaration of Independence states that our leaders derive their power from the consent of the governed. We withdraw that consent, their power disappears. The trick has been, as has become increasingly clear, that the true wielders of power are not our public officials — they are the unelected uber wealthy who get the public officials elected. 

We must now apply the same principle here — their power derives from money, or, more accurately, from the power we collectively associate with money. As we withdraw our consent to that power and to the corrupt money systems, their power evaporates. We must cease to continue the thoughtforms about money that disempower us, and we must stop agreeing to these disingenuous systems.

Instead, we reclaim our power, reconnect with what we deserve, and awaken to what God / Spirit / consciousness  / our inner being, has been holding for us as our next evolutionary leap. 

The time to shift the idea of money is upon us. This shift will have the fastest and most significant effect on everything else. 

But first, we need to ask from a consciousness perspective, what purpose was being served by all this flowing money?

All the money that appeared to be circulating had been hiding a whole host of issues we’ve ignored for far too long. Institutional issues, societal issues as well as individual personal anxieties, fears and feelings of inadequacy. Now, at last, we can address them.

To put it another way, money is receding like a tide. The withdrawal of the tide is revealing the rotten foundations that have been festering under the flow. This is the only way we’d be able to dig them up and clear them out. 

In this way, the receding tide is a gift of light. The darkness of the system itself would never come to light without the receding tide. 

[See NYTimes interactive graphic that details market caps of selected major financial firms on Oct 9, 2007 compared with Sept 12, 2008] 

The drop is also bringing into high relief the ego’s death grip on money — a major theme of this book and blog. The ego likes to latch onto anything it thinks will elevate itself, or belittle itself, depending on the day. Money has been serving that purpose perfectly. 

Money is the ego’s favorite tool. Ego will not give it up without a fight. We’re seeing the beginning of that fight now. 

This blog and book will help you to release the grip ego has on money in your own life. The more we let go of ego in our finances, the more we will feel abundant, capable, in control and in the natural, easy flow of resources.

What is on the other side of the fight? Well, consider the caterpillar — if a caterpillar were conscious of itself and someone came up to it and said it would soon be a beautiful flying creature known as a butterfly, I imagine the caterpillar would laugh really hard. Yeah, right. How would the caterpillar know, looking at its wriggling body or the dark cocoon it’s stuck in, what a wondrous and completely different thing it was destined to become? 

Perhaps we too will be floored by how wondrous our transcendent leap will be. 

The next evolutionary unfolding may just be more remarkable than we can imagine. Since we cannot imagine it fully now, we must have faith in the process. The lifeforce that propels the transcendent flower and the majestic tree into their full beauty is the same force that propels us now into a beauty beyond what we can currently conceptualize. 

Considering this dynamic should help us let go of some of our anxiety and fear. The ugly cocoon of our time is not the emerging butterfly. The fuzzy buds surrounding the flower are not the flower. The cramped and wrinkled petals that first push out of the fuzzy buds are only the beginning — shortly, the full bloom with its glory and perfume expands, shockingly, unexpectedly glorious. 

To look at the bud, one would never believe it possible that a flower such as this would emerge, but it is a miracle of the lifeforce. A miracle of the wonder within all beings. 

This is the glory soon to transform human beings. 

There are equitable and fair monetary structures to be discovered which will be much more nurturing to the common people and wealthy alike. Right now, the people are weary and tortured in many ways. They’re giving up higher dreams and putting up with crap that they dare not even acknowledge fully to themselves. It been the proverbial boiled frog syndrome: We’ve long had an intuition we’re being boiled, but each day it’s only a little bit hotter, so we think maybe we’re imagining it — we can’t point directly to the source of the heat — yet. 

This blog and this book asks you to put aside most likely everything you’ve been told about money your whole life — as an exercise. You can always take up the old ideas afterward if you still prefer them and they’re working for you. But for the time being, be prepared to put them aside as an exercise.

It is a powerful exercise, an empowering exercise, one will shake us from from the negativity of the current conditions. This blog and book’s intention is to release the rigidity of the thoughtforms we’ve been trapped in, and thereby free up the energy of creation around money. 

Then we can ask, what call of the soul is pulling us forward?

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