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Congress threatened with Martial Law if they voted NO on bailout

Posted on October 9, 2008. Filed under: News post, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Fear-mongering doesn’t get any more obvious than this. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA, Sherman Oaks, Northridge) despite intense pressure, stood up in the House and told the world that members of Congress had been threatened by the White House with Martial Law if they voted NO on the bailout bill. Martial Law. It seems my reference to “virtual guns” in my last blog post was incorrect — correction: they were real guns. 

“The only way they can pass this bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere.”

Read Rep. Sherman’s breakdown of the bailout bill

Thank Rep. Sherman here.

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The Apocalypse of Ego and Return of the King — AKA the “Financial Doom of Colossal Proportions!” and What To Do About It

Posted on October 3, 2008. Filed under: Original articles, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This time of bailout frenzy and bank failures has indeed been a time of constant terror whip-up. My friend writes:

Hi Suzanne, what do you think of what’s going on? I am anxious and full of fear, and can’t watch the news anymore. Where can I go to get other points of view? There must be something positive to concentrate on while everyone seems to be in panic?

Indeed, this time of terror production is a precious moment to stare one’s ego plainly in the face. This is the gift in the darkness. 

The fanning of fear, of doom, these are the weapons of ego, and ego is the dark side. Ego is the shadow. Ego is the part of us we have let run this world. 

Egoic consciousness is breaking apart before our eyes as the Berlin Wall fell before our eyes 20 years ago — in astonishing swiftness. The egoic consciousness that dreamt up these financial structures that we’ve been enduring in the first place, let alone actually foisted them on the world is taking its last frantic breaths. 

Ego has held most tightly to money and will not let its death grip go without a fight. This is the reason for the injection of fear coursing through the nation. 

But before we go any further, some of you may be curious, what do I mean by “ego”? The way I think about it, ego is the aspect of you — of each of us — that works to put you above or below another person or group. It is the judging, condemning, or boastful, superior voice within. As Eckhart Tolle describes it, ego is the complete attachment to form. I understand “form” as the external, the physical (the house you live in or the car you drive) or the conceptual (the beliefs you hold about yourself and the world) that are interpreted positively or negatively by the mind. When one is attached to form, there is no separation between one’s identity and the external form or belief — you are your car, you are your beliefs.

Money, more than any other form, has been completely dominated by ego energy for countless generations. The end of this road is what is being revealed now: an unregulated, unrestrained frenzy of greed, of avarice, of recklessness, of irresponsibility, of lack of compassion, of blindness and deafness — of madness. 

“Enough!” The call of Barack Obama touches the exact stand so many are intuitively reaching. 

This “enough” is the voice of our knowing self. This is the voice of the observer of ego, the part of us who cannot stomach what we see. The part of us who cannot live with ourselves this way anymore. 

With that “enough,” we have begun to give voice to the consciousness that is grounded in compassion and fairness and community and higher vision. We have called an end to the madness of ego and we have put our foot down: Enough!

Ego is not used to being denied. 

Ego, after all, has been running amok for generations. “Who are you,” it booms menacingly, “to say no to me?!” (I hear Darth Vader’s or James Earle Jones’ voice here.) “Don’t you know what will happen to you and your children? You and they will be swept off the face of the earth if you don’t give me what I want! Give me what I want and we will rule the universe as we were meant to!”

Enough! No!

“Then cower in fear as I unleash all the energy of destruction on the planet! Ignore me and it will be Financial Doom of Colossal Proportions!!!”

Standing Up to Abuse

The egoic consciousness is relentlessly abusive. No matter what the circumstances, what choice is made, what achievements, what breakthroughs, what path is taken, the energy of ego will never let up. It is constantly dissatisfied, constantly berating. Even $700 billion, $750 billion, $800 billion would not be enough. There is no amount that would be enough. 

The thing to understand about ego is that it is programmed as a lack creator. By its nature, it is never satisfied. It is like trying to fill a black hole. The task is impossible. 

But ego has no self awareness of this dysfunction, so it rains down fire and brimstone in desperate attempts to meet its current objectives. 

We finally, collectively, stood up and said no to the abuse meted out by this abusive egoic financial system. 

In essence, we — by our phone calls and rallies and protests — climbed on top of this virtual financial Berlin Wall — the division between the kleptocratic haves and the struggling have nots, between fraud and honesty, between cloaked dealings and transparency. 

We climbed on top of this wall, triumphant — for a moment.

Today, however, Congress felt the pressure of the virtual guns trained on them and down from the wall-top they scurried. 

Enough!

They fell for the age-old trick of ego. To make us cower, ego will bring up all the things we fear most. It will try to make us feel like the failures for not agreeing to its demands. You could easily hear the egoic refrain from those pushing this bailout: they blamed those who questioned the giveaway saying any delay would threaten financial collapse — of colossal proportions!!!

Fear around money is a long-conditioned thoughtform: “If I lose all my money, what do I have to show for my efforts in life? How will I survive? If all this is taken away, what am I? If all that I’ve done has come to nothing, why go on? All the dreams and hopes, are they to end? Am I really worthless now?”

For some, these fears are far more visceral than the fear of death itself. Fear of dying can be very abstract — fear of losing all your money is very real. 

Return of the King 

King of the Dead

King of the Dead

There’s a scene that comes to mind from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King that is an apt metaphor. In the scene, Aragorn has to venture into the dark mountain from which no man has returned — the Path of the Dead — and face the Dead Army. This is our time. Everything we fear most, all the past conditioning that causes us to back away from what we need to do, is threatening us. We need to face the fears, face the buried skeletons — the Dead Army — and find our “king” within that is master over what we fear, master of our ego, and move forward.

(scene begins at 1:46 into clip)

 

Our inner king, our awareness, our consciousness, is master over this onslaught of ego. 

We are in the mountain. We need to dispatch our egoic consciousness. 

How do we do that? The good news is it’s already happening. We would not have succeeded in stopping the first unlimited, unquestioned, unexamined bailout attempt if we hadn’t already collectively said “enough.”

First, know that we have all the power we need to change what needs to be changed, especially the abusive financial system in which we exist.

The world as it exists is not the world we deserve. Standing up for what we deserve is important, but to do this successfully, we will need to heal and undo generations of programming.

What we all deserve is freedom from abuse, of any kind, freedom from tyranny. The current money / debt system has become tyrannical, dictating virtually every aspect of our lives. 

It is currently run by the collective energy of ego. As we become free of our own egos, as we loosen the desperate hold ego has on money in our own lives, the efforts of individuals will combine to move the nation forward. Soon, transparent, honest and fair financial structures will become apparent. 

Each small step moves the nation to shed its egoic cloak and we will then be able to rise to our promise.  

So take one step now to let go of your own fears.

Fear is almost always future oriented and is what the ego uses to put on the brakes. Ego cannot survive long in the present moment. Ask yourself, “In this moment, right now, what is the problem? Am I safe right now?” Often, the answer is “Yes, I’m safe at the moment, but what happens if…”  Stop. Stay in the present moment, in that experience of being safe, and let that feeling expand. Don’t follow the “but…” 

Instead, just observe any other thoughts that come up as you might watch a stream pass by. They are just thoughts. Let them pass in front of you as easily as the stream, without resistance or judgment. 

Aragorn leads the Dead Army

Aragorn leads the Dead Army

Certainly there are times when real crises occur. But fear is not a required emotion for responding to crises. Even in those times, one can be operating out of an energy that is simply observant and responsive, without fear, as Aragorn strode into the mountain.

Imagine what this financial crisis discussion would have been like without the fear and desperation. Would we have climbed off the wall and given up on reforms to help Main Street so quickly? 

We are far from finished, however, with this restructuring. There will be more opportunities to bring down the wall. 

More steps to help ease fears to come in my next blog: Defeating Saber-Toothed Financial Tigers

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