“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.
Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy
In good health with love
98% of all children are born highly skilled. After school they are only 2%. This statement was for the Austrian book author and videographer Erwin Wagenhofer, reason enough to start his film project “Alphabet”. He devoted 2 years in producing this movie. He did not want to compare educational systems with each other, but wanted to show that it is time to think differently and that change is accurate at this point of where we humans are standing. He and his partner talk about a new way of attitude in education. He made a beautiful description of this in the following words. ( I will leave them in German ) Erziehung – Beziehung, Profit – Wert, Angst – Liebe
For his examination of the educational system, in the time of globalization he talked with many prominent experts as the Neurobiologist Gerald Hüther and Educational researcher Sir Ken Robinson. They emphasize ” We have an extraordinary power in us, and I mean the power of vision. Each implementation of human culture is the consequence of this unique ability. But I believe that we destroy this gift in our children systematically. Then we accept certain ideas of education and society blind, without questioning: what does education mean and what is the social and economy demand and benefit from our children.” As a dramatic example, from one of his world visits to different schools, he takes china. A model-Pisa candidate. Always on the top rankings of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Sad side-effect: China has the highest suicide rate under school children. What China does in extreme makes more and more children in the EU school to hell. The pressure to perform is growing consistent. Children are becoming merely a chain in the economic utilization. A strong mind and asking questions about norm are not very welcome. Instead adaptability, unquestioning of a given task and competitiveness are what the system needs.”
The number of ADHS is ascending skyrocket high. The children and the parents cannot cope with the demand of the school system anymore. When a society builds there system on fear, this makes a free development difficult when not even impossible. Well what can we do? What is the other side. How can we make a creative society. And this starts with our children, but also in our everyday life.. We must live different and start to love again.
If I look around, I feel that this system is crumbling and a awakening is taking slowly place.
We need more love in this world!
In good health with love.
By Daniel Quinn / ishmael.com
(Excerpted from the book, The Story of B)
With every audience and every individual, I have to begin by making them see that the cultural self-awareness we inherit from our parents and pass on to our children is squarely and solidly built on a Great Forgetting that occurred in our culture worldwide during the formative millennia of our civilization. What happened during those formative millennia of our civilization?
What happened was that Neolithic farming communes turned into villages, villages turned into towns, and towns were gathered into kingdoms. Concomitant with these events were the development of division of labor along craft lines, the establishment of regional and interregional trade systems, and the emergence of commerce as a separate profession. What was being forgotten while all this was going on was the fact that there had been a time when none of it was going on – a time when human life was sustained by hunting and gathering rather than by animal husbandry and agriculture, a time when villages, towns, and kingdoms were undreamed of, a time when no one made a living as a potter or a basket maker or a metalworker, a time when trade was an informal and occasional thing, a time when commerce was unimaginable as a means of livelihood.
We can hardly be surprised that the forgetting took place. On the contrary, it’s hard to imagine how it could have been avoided. It would have been necessary to hold on to the memory of our hunting/gathering past for five thousand years before anyone would have been capable of making a written record of it.
By the time anyone was ready to write the human story, the foundation events of our culture were ancient, ancient developments – but this didn’t make them unimaginable. On the contrary, they were quite easy to imagine, simply by extrapolating backward. It was obvious that the kingdoms and empires of the present were bigger and more populous than those of the past. It was obvious that the artisans of the present were more knowledgeable and skilled than artisans of the past. It was obvious that items available for sale and trade were more numerous in the present than in the past. No great feat of intellect was required to understand that, as one went further and further back in time, the population (and therefore the towns) would become smaller and smaller, crafts more and more primitive, and commerce more and more rudimentary. In fact, it was obvious that, if you went back far enough, you would come to a beginning in which there were no towns, no crafts, and no commerce.
In the absence of any other theory, it seemed reasonable (even inescapable) to suppose that the human race must have begun with a single human couple, an original man and woman. There was nothing inherently irrational or improbable about such a supposition. The existence of an original man and woman didn’t argue for or against an act of divine creation. Maybe that’s just the way things start. Maybe at the beginning of the world there was one man and one woman, one bull and one cow, one horse and one mare, one hen and one cock, and so on. Who at this point knew any better? Our cultural ancestors knew nothing about any agricultural “revolution.” As far as they knew, humans had come into existence farming, just the way deer had come into existence browsing. As they saw it, agriculture and civilization were just as innately human as thought or speech. Our hunting-gathering past was not just forgotten, it was unimaginable.
The Great Forgetting was woven into the fabric of our intellectual life from its very beginning. This early weaving was accomplished by the nameless scribes of ancient Egypt, Sumer, Assyria, Babylon, India, and China, then, later, by Moses, Samuel, and Elijah of Israel, by Fabius Pictor and Cato the Elder of Rome, by Ssu-ma T’an and his son Ssu-ma Ch’ien in China, and, later still, by Hellanicus, Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon of Greece. (Although Anaximander conjectured that everything evolved from formless material – what he called “the boundless” – and that Man arose from fishlike ancestors, he was as unaware of the Great Forgetting as any of the others.) These ancients were the teachers of Isaiah and Jeremiah, Lao-tzu and Gautama Buddha, Thales andHeraclitus – and these were the teachers of John the Baptist and Jesus, Confucius and Socrates, Plato and Aristotle – and these were the teachers of Muhammad and Aquinas and Bacon and Galileo and Newton and Descartes – and every single one of them unwittingly embodied and ratified the Great Forgetting in their works, so that every text in history, philosophy, and theology from the origins of literacy to almost the present moment incorporated it as an integral and unquestioned assumption.
Now I hope – I sincerely hope – that there are many among you who are burning to know why not a single one of you has ever heard a word about the Great Forgetting (by any name whatsoever) in any class you have ever attended at any school at any level, from kindergarten to graduate school. If you have this question, be assured that it’s not an academic one by any means. It’s a vital question, and I don’t hesitate to say that our species’ future on this planet depends on it.
What was forgotten in the Great Forgetting was not that humans had evolved from other species. There isn’t the slightest reason to think that Paleolithic humans or Mesolithic humans guessed that they had evolved. What was forgotten in the Great Forgetting was the fact that, before the advent of agriculture and village life, humans had lived in a profoundly different way.
This explains why the Great Forgetting was not exposed by the development of evolutionary theory. Evolution in fact had nothing to do with it. It was paleontology that exposed the Great Forgetting (and would have done so even if no theory of evolution had ever been proposed). It did so by making it unarguably clear that humans had been around long, long, long before any conceivable date for the planting of the first crop and the beginning of civilization.
Paleontology made untenable the idea that humanity, agriculture, and civilization all began at roughly the same time. History and archaeology had put it beyond doubt that agriculture and civilization were just a few thousand years old, but paleontology put it beyond doubt that humanity was millions of years old. Paleontology made it impossible to believe that Man had been born an agriculturalist and a civilization-builder. Paleontology forced us to conclude that Man had been born something else entirely – a forager and a homeless nomad – and this is what had been forgotten in the Great Forgetting.
It staggers the imagination to wonder what the foundation thinkers of our culture would have written if they’d known that humans had lived perfectly well on this planet for millions of years without agriculture or civilization, if they’d known that agriculture and civilization are not remotely innate to humans. I can only conclude that the entire course of our intellectual history would have been unthinkably different from what we find in our libraries today.
But here is one of the most amazing occurrences in all of human history. When the thinkers of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries were finally compelled to admit that the entire structure of thought in our culture had been built on a profoundly important error, absolutely nothing happened.
It’s hard to notice nothing happening. Everyone knows that. Readers of Sherlock Holmes will remember that the remarkable thing the dog did in the night was … nothing. And this is the remarkable thing that these thinkers did: nothing. Obviously they didn’t care to do anything. They didn’t care to go back to all the foundation thinkers of our culture and ask how their work would have changed if they’d known the truth about our origins. I fear the truth is that they wanted to leave things as they were. They wanted to go on forgetting … and that’s exactly what they did.
Of course they were forced to make some concessions. They couldn’t go on teaching that humans had been born farming. They had to deal with the fact that farming was a very recent development. They said to themselves, “Well, let’s call it a revolution – the Agricultural Revolution.” This was slovenly thinking at its worst, but who was going to argue about it? The whole thing was an embarrassment, and they were glad to dismiss it with a label. So it became the Agricultural Revolution, a new lie to be perpetuated down through the ages.
Historians were sickened to learn the true extent of the human story. Their whole discipline, their whole worldview, had been shaped by people who thought that everything had begun just a few thousand years ago when people appeared on the earth and started immediately to farm and to build civilization. This was history, this story of farmers turning up just a few thousand years ago, turning farming communes into villages, villages into towns, towns into kingdoms. This was the stuff, it seemed to them. This was what counted, and the millions of years that came before deserved to be forgotten.
Historians wouldn’t touch this other stuff, and here’s the excuse they fashioned for themselves. They didn’t have to touch it … because it wasn’t history. It was some newfangled thing called prehistory. That was the ticket. Let some inferior breed handle it – not real historians, but rather prehistorians. In this way, modern historians put their stamp of approval on the Great Forgetting. What was forgotten in the Great Forgetting was not something important, it was just prehistory. Something not worth looking at. A huge, long period of nothing happening.
The Great Remembering was in this way turned into a nonevent. The intellectual guardians of our culture – the historians, the philosophers, the theologians – didn’t want to hear about it. The foundations of all their disciplines had been laid during the Great Forgetting, and they didn’t want to reexamine those foundations. They were perfectly content to have the Great Forgetting go on – and, for all practical purposes, it did exactly that. The worldview we transmit to our children today is fundamentally the same as the worldview transmitted to children four hundred years ago. The differences are superficial. Instead of teaching our children that humanity began just a few thousand years ago (and didn’t exist before that), we teach them that human history began just a few thousand years ago (and didn’t exist before that). Instead of teaching our children that civilization is what humanity is all about, we teach them that civilization is what history is all about. But everyone knows that it comes to the same thing.
In this way human history is reduced to the period exactly corresponding to the history of our culture, with the other ninety-nine point-seven percent of the human story discarded as a mere prelude.
The myth of the Agricultural Revolution
That the earth is the motionless center of the universe was an idea that people accepted for thousands of years. In itself, it seems harmless enough, but it spawned a thousand errors and put a limit on what we could understand about the universe. The idea of the Agricultural Revolution that we learn in school and teach our children in school seems similarly harmless, but it too has spawned a thousand errors and puts a limit on what we can understand about ourselves and what has happened on this planet.
In a nutshell, the central idea of the Agricultural Revolution is this, that about ten thousand years ago, people began to abandon the foraging life in favor of agriculture. This statement misleads in two profoundly important ways: first, by implying that agriculture is basically just one thing (the way that foraging is basically just one thing), and second, by implying that this one thing was embraced by people everywhere at more or less the same time. There is so little truth in this statement that it isn’t worth bothering with, so I’ll just issue another one:
Many different styles of agriculture were in use all over the world ten thousand years ago, when our particular style of agriculture emerged in the Near East. This style, our style, is one I call totalitarian agriculture, in order to stress the way it subordinates all life-forms to the relentless, single-minded production of human food. Fueled by the enormous food surpluses generated uniquely by this style of agriculture, a rapid population growth occurred among its practitioners, followed by an equally rapid geographical expansion that obliterated all other lifestyles in its path (including those based on other styles of agriculture). This expansion and obliteration of lifestyles continued without a pause in the millennia that followed, eventually reaching the New World in the fifteenth century and continuing to the present moment in remote areas of Africa, Australia, New Guinea, and South America.
The foundation thinkers of our culture imagined that what we do is what people everywhere have done from the beginning of time. And when the thinkers of the nineteenth century were forced to acknowledge that this wasn’t the case, they imagined instead that what we do is what people everywhere have done for the past ten thousand years. They could easily have availed themselves of better information, but they obviously didn’t think it was worth bothering with.
East and West
It’s become a solid part of our cultural mythology that a profound gulf separates East from West, “and never the twain shall meet,” and this causes people to be disconcerted when I speak of East and West as a single culture. East and West are twins, with a common mother and father, but when these twins look at each other, they’re struck by the differences they see, not the similarities, just the way biological twins are. It takes an outsider like me to be struck by the fundamental cultural identity that exists between them.
Nothing could be more fundamental to any people than the way they get the wherewithal to live. The people of our culture, East and West, do this by means of totalitarian agriculture, and have done so from the beginning – the same beginning; for the past ten thousand years the people of both East and West have built squarely, solidly, and exclusively on totalitarian agriculture as their base. There’s not a single thing to chose between them in this regard.
Totalitarian agriculture is more than a means of getting what you need to live, it’s the foundation for the most laborious lifestyle ever developed on this planet. This comes as a shock to many listeners, but there isn’t any question about it: No one works harder to stay alive than the people of our culture do. This has been so thoroughly documented in the past forty years that I doubt if you could find an anthropologist anywhere who would argue about it.
It’s my notion that the laboriousness of their lifestyle has given rise to another fundamental similarity between the peoples of East and West, and this is the similarity in their spiritual outlook. Again, it’s commonplace to imagine that an enormous gulf separates East and West in this regard, but the two of them look like twins to me, because they’re both obsessed by the strange idea that people need to be saved. In recent decades, the salvationist coloration of Eastern religions has been toned down for export to Beat, hippie, and New Age markets, but it’s unmistakable when seen in the originals, in native habitats.
It’s certainly true that the ends and means of salvation differ between East and West, but then the ends and means of salvation differ among all the salvationist religions of the world – this is precisely how you tell them apart. The essential fact remains that, anywhere in the world, East or West, you can walk up to a stranger and say, “Let me show you how to be saved,” and you’ll be understood.
The nothingness of prehistory
When the foundation thinkers of our culture looked back in time, past the appearance of man the agriculturalist, they saw … nothing. This was what they expected to see, since, as they had it worked out, people could no more exist before agriculture than fish could exist before water. To them, the study of pre-agricultural man would have seemed like the study of nobody.
When the existence of pre-agricultural man became undeniable in the nineteenth century, the thinkers of our culture didn’t care to disturb the received wisdom of the ancients, so the study of pre-agricultural man became the study of nobody. They knew they couldn’t get away with saying that pre-agricultural peoples lived in non-history, so they said they lived in something called prehistory. I’m sure you understand what prehistory is. It’s rather like pre-water, and you all know what that is, don’t you? Pre-water is the stuff fish lived in before there was water, and prehistory is the period people lived in before there was history.
As I’ve pointed out again and again, the foundation thinkers of our culture imagined that Man had been born an agriculturalist and a civilization-builder. When thinkers of the nineteenth century were forced to revise this imagining, they did it this way: Man may not have been born an agriculturalist and a civilization-builder, but he was nonetheless born to become an agriculturalist and a civilization builder. In other words, the man of that fiction known as prehistory came into our cultural awareness as a sort of very, very slow starter, and prehistory became a record of people making a very, very slow start at becoming agriculturalists and civilization-builders. If you need a tip-off to confirm this, consider the customary designation of prehistoric peoples as “Stone Age”; this nomenclature was chosen by people who didn’t doubt for a moment that stones were as important to these pathetic ancestors of ours as printing presses and steam locomotives were to the people of the nineteenth century. If you’d like to get an idea of how important stones were to prehistoric peoples, visit a modern “Stone Age” culture in New Guinea or Brazil, and you’ll see that stones are about as central to their lives as glue is to ours. They use stones all the time, of course – as we use glue all the time – but calling them Stone Age people makes no better sense than calling us Glue Age people.
The myth of the Agricultural Revolution (cont.)
The foundation thinkers of our culture envisioned the descent of Man this way:
The reluctant revisers of the nineteenth century amended the descent of Man to look like this:
Naturally, they didn’t hesitate to assume that the whole of the human story was all leading up to “Us” – the people of our culture – and this is the way it’s been taught in our schools ever since. Unfortunately, like so much of the thinking that was done at this point, this was so grotesquely false to facts as to make flat-earth cranks look like intellectual giants.
Here is how it must look if you begin by acknowledging the fact that the people of our culture are not the only humans on this planet:
10,000 Other Cultures Us!
This diagram reveals a split in humanity far more profound than the one we see dividing East and West. Here we see the split that occurred between those who experienced the Great Forgetting and those who did not.
The Law of Limited Competition
During the Great Forgetting it came to be understood among the people of our culture that life in “the wild” was governed by a single, cruel law known in English as “the Law of the Jungle,” roughly translatable as “kill or be killed.” In recent decades, by the process of looking (instead of merely assuming), ethologists have discovered that this “kill or be killed” law is a fiction. In fact, a system of laws – universally observed – preserves the tranquillity of “the jungle,” protects species and even individuals, and promotes the well-being of the community as a whole. This system of laws has been called, among other things, the peacekeeping law, the law of limited competition, and animal ethics.
Briefly, the law of limited competition is this: You may compete to the full extent of your capabilities, but you may not hunt down your competitors or destroy their food or deny them access to food. In other words, you may compete but you may not wage war on your competitors.
The ability to reproduce is clearly a prerequisite for biological success, and we can be sure that every species comes into existence with that ability as an essential heritage from its parent species. In the same way, following the law of limited competition is a prerequisite for biological success, and we can be sure that every species comes into existence following that law as an essential heritage from its parent species.
Humans came into existence following the law of limited competition. This is another way of saying that they lived like all other creatures in the biological community, competing to the full extent of their capacity but not waging war on their competitors. They came into existence following the law and continued to follow the law until about ten thousand years ago, when the people of a single culture in the Near East began to practice a form of agriculture contrary to the law at every point, a form of agriculture in which you were encouraged to wage war on your competitors – to hunt them down, to destroy their food, and to deny them access to food. This was and is the form of agriculture practiced in our culture, East and West – and in no other.
Leavers and Takers
We have at last arrived at a point where we can abandon this vague and clumsy way of talking about “people of our culture” and “people of all other cultures.” We might settle for “Followers of the Law” and “Rejecters of the Law,” but a simpler pair of names for these groups has been provided by a colleague, who called them Leavers and Takers. He explained the names this way, that Leavers, by following the law, leave the rule of the world in the hands of the gods, whereas the Takers, by rejecting the law, take the rule of the world into their own hands. He wasn’t satisfied with this terminology (and neither am I), but it has a certain following, and I have nothing to replace it with.
The important point to note is that a cultural continuity exists among Leaver peoples that extends back three million years to the beginning of our kind. Homo habilis was born a Leaver and a follower of the same law that is followed today by the Yanomami of Brazil and the Bushmen of the Kalahari – and hundreds of other aboriginal peoples in undeveloped areas all over the world.
It is precisely this cultural continuity that was broken in the Great Forgetting. To put it another way: After rejecting the law that had protected us from extinction for three million years and making ourselves the enemy of the rest of the biological community, we suppressed our outlaw status by forgetting that there ever was a law.
Good news and bad news
If you know even a little about me, you’ll know I’m called by many bad names. The reason for this is that I’m a bringer of good news, the best news you’ve had in a long time. You might think that bringing good news would make me a hero, but I assure you this isn’t the case at all. The people of our culture are used to bad news and are fully prepared for bad news, and no one would think for a moment of denouncing me if I stood up and proclaimed that we’re all doomed and damned. It’s precisely because I do not proclaim this that I’m denounced. Before attempting to articulate the good news I bring, let me first make crystal clear the bad news people are always prepared to hear.
“Man is the scourge of the planet, and he was BORN a scourge, just a few thousand years ago.”
Believe me, I can win applause all over the world by pronouncing these words. But the news I’m here to bring you is much different:
Man was NOT born a few thousand years ago and he was NOT born a scourge.
And it’s for this news that I’m condemned.
Man was born MILLIONS of years ago, and he was no more a scourge than hawks or lions or squids. He lived AT PEACE with the world … for MILLIONS of years.
This doesn’t mean he was a saint. This doesn’t mean he walked the earth like a Buddha. It means he lived as harmlessly as a hyena or a shark or a rattlesnake.
It’s not MAN who is the scourge of the world, it’s a single culture. One culture out of hundreds of thousands of cultures. OUR culture.
And here is the best of the news I have to bring:
We don’t have to change HUMANKIND in order to survive. We only have to change a single culture.
I don’t mean to suggest that this is an easy task. But at least it’s not an impossible one.
Questions from the audience
Q. Are you identifying what religionists call the Fall with the birth of our culture?
A. That’s precisely what I’m doing. The points of similarity between these two events have long been noted, of course – the fact that both are associated with the birth of agriculture and both occurred in the same part of the world. But the difficulty in identifying them as a single event has been that the Fall is perceived as a spiritual event whereas the birth of our culture is perceived as a technological event. I fear I shall have to come here another time to explore with you the profound spiritual ramifications of this technological event, however.
Q. You say that Man lived at peace with the world during the millions of years that preceded our agricultural revolution. But hasn’t recent evidence revealed that ancient foragers hunted many species to extinction?
A. I believe I can still recall the words I used just a moment ago, when I said that Man lived at peace with the world: “This doesn’t mean he walked the earth like a Buddha. It means he lived as harmlessly as a hyena or a shark or a rattlesnake.” Whenever a new species makes its appearance in the world, adjustments occur throughout the community of life – and some of these adjustments are fatal for some species. For example, when the swift, powerful hunters of the cat family appeared late in the Eocene, the repercussions of this event were experienced throughout the community – sometimes as extinction. Species of “easy prey” became extinct because they couldn’t reproduce fast enough to replace the individuals the cats were taking. Some of the cats’ competitors also became extinct, for the simple reason that they couldn’t compete – they just weren’t big enough or fast enough. This appearance and disappearance of species is precisely what evolution is all about, after all.
Human hunters of the Mesolithic period may well have hunted the mammoth to extinction, but they certainly didn’t do this as a matter of policy, the way farmers of our culture hunt coyotes and wolves, simply to get rid of them. Mesolithic hunters may well have hunted the giant elk to extinction, but they certainly didn’t do this out of callous indifference, the way ivory hunters slaughter elephants. Ivory hunters know full well that every kill brings the species closer to extinction, but Mesolithic hunters couldn’t possibly have guessed such a thing about the giant elk.
The point to keep in mind is this: It is the policy of totalitarian agriculture to wipe out unwanted species. If ancient foragers hunted any species to extinction, it certainly wasn’t because they wanted to wipe out their own food supply!
Q. Wasn’t agriculture developed as a response to famine?
A. Agriculture is useless as a response to famine. You can no more respond to famine by planting a crop than you can respond to falling out of an airplane by knitting a parachute. But this really misses the point. To say that agriculture was developed as a response to famine is like saying that cigarette smoking was developed as a response to lung cancer. Agriculture doesn’t cure famine, it promotes famine – it creates the conditions in which famines occur. Agriculture makes it possible for more people to live in an area than that area can support – and that’s exactly where famines occur. For example, agriculture made it possible for many populations of Africa to outstrip their homelands’ resources – and that’s why these populations are now starving.
There is lots of electricity in the air and plenty of speculation as we build up to the Grand Cross configuration which peaks April 23rd and is sandwiched between two powerful Eclipses.
Inevitably the unknown can arouse fear and anxiety, and so it is of utmost importance right now that we take the time to ground, to meditate, to get enough sleep, to eat wholesome nourishing food and to take good care of ourselves so that we can meet the present with an open and courageous heart.
What we focus our thoughts on right now is of utmost importance.
With an awareness of all the elements at play, we can better navigate these times. What is being called for, is unique to each one of us and we must seek to meet what arises with an open mind and heart. So with courage and the best communication skills we have, it’s time to face the music.
Here are Insights selectively gathered from the most insightful channels to help us navigate these waters….
First from astrologer Katie Sweetman:
“With the difficult astrology in the works for the first half of the year, I wanted to take a moment to break things down — not to make you anxious or fearful, but so that we’re all on the same page and, more importantly, that we create the highest good.
“In astrology, a cardinal grand cross formation is one of the most difficult alignments. It happens when four planets hold the same (or close) degree in the four cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn — each planet making a 90 degree angle from each other.
“Not sure what I mean? Just think of a big square in the sky and you’re in the middle and everyone is arguing around you; everyone has their own agenda and not cooperating. It would be hard to be in that vortex of energy, right?
“From January 2014 to July 2014 there will be a cardinal grand cross in the sky. This is big news not only because of the duration (approximately six months), but because of the heavyweight players involved — Uranus, Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto. What does this mean? Change. Total gut level, hyper focused change.
“I know, you’re tired of change..but the grand cross will bring a lot of energy to the surface for release and healing…”
Copyright © 2014 Katie Sweetman All rights reserved.
From astrologer Cinzia Meneghello:
“Everyone seems to be asking about the Grand Cross that will form in the sky in 2014…This Cardinal Grand Cross involving Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars will be exact on April 23rd, but its influence has already been felt, and it will keep building up.”
“…the internet is filled with articles concentrating on the possible negative effects of such an astrological formation. Without taking away from some of the not so happy connotations that a Grand Cross of this magnitude can bring about, I do not see much value in trying to predict the possibility of negative events.
“There is definitely more meaning in trying to concentrate on the deeper cues hidden behind the war-like feeling enticed by this astrological pattern. Every ‘war’ – real or metaphorical – carries with it a yearning for ‘peace.’ Every ‘death’ (transformation/change) carries with it the potential for a new and profound ‘rebirth.’
“The ‘squareness’ of a Grand Cross can awaken our ability to conceive its opposite: harmonious flow. Every hindrance (each squared aspect) has the potential to lift the curtains of focused intent and perseverance. Every obstacle (Grand Crosses are sure to bring some) has the innate tendency to awaken our higher self in order to appreciate challenges and to show us how strong we really are.
“Yes, Mars in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries can make us feel angry and can make us encounter a degree of ‘violent’ opposition in our lives. But it can also show us something greater: that it is possible to fight back with the weapon of peaceful resistance and creative inventiveness. It can encourage us to find alternative ways to deal with our problems.
“It can show us how to free our perceptions when unexpected events knock on our doors. Mars opposing Uranus can challenge our freedoms so that we can dig deeper into our own soul to discover a truer freedom hidden within.
“And yes, Jupiter in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn is not exactly the lightest transit… Yet, optimism (Jupiter) opposing transformation (Pluto) can teach us something of greater value.
“It is not about being pessimistic. It is not about fighting against change with a sense of dread. The higher meaning contained in such an aspect is to embrace our own little ‘death’ and to allow for the discovery of our hidden potentials.
“The four planets –Mars, Jupiter, Pluto and Uranus – squaring each other at 13 degrees will definitely bring us some challenges, whether in our personal lives or even in less personal events all around us. Yet, this Grand Square should be a stepping stone into facing a darkness that we may have not have accepted yet, one that can awaken a deeper understanding of our own intrinsic worth and self-less values.
“Being in tune with the Grand Cross means to be in tune with such a contradiction. The keyword here is ‘reliance’ and that goes with reliance on higher ideals as much as reliance on a greater power, and as much as reliance on ‘that’ which remains immutable despite the constant changes of life. Call it ‘Soul,’ call it ‘God’ or call it the ‘Self’ the answer lies in that unnameable ‘that.’
“…Mars can be quite a trigger for discovering the warrior within ourselves that can give us strength and resolution, protection and confidence. Eclipses can shine the light over issues that we have ‘dodged’ to deal with for too long. They may reveal to us an inner light that we may have forgotten about; they may reveal secrets and bring truths to our attention.
“Pluto can bring about endings but also opportunities to rediscover our own inner power and a new and more effective vision. A Grand Cross can bring challenges, but it can also shine the light into our own higher self while reminding us to have the faith to rely on something greater when all else fails.
Copyright © 2014 Cinzia Meneghello All rights reserved.
From Sarah Varcas from Astro-Awakenings.uk:
“There is much talk of the intense influences around this month. What with a total lunar eclipse on 15th, a Cardinal Grand Cross on 23rd/24th followed by a solar eclipse to round the month off on 28th/29th, yes, there’s plenty to excite!
“And of course, as with most things in life, these alignments do not just appear out of nowhere on the day in question, but instead build gradually towards a climax of fulfillment and fruition, before just as gradually falling away into nothingness once more. If we take the analogy of child-birth, we could say that right now labour has begun but there’s a way to go yet. Come the lunar eclipse things are speeding up and the birth is imminent.
“The Grand Cross sees the arrival of new life and the solar eclipse brings the full awareness of what this new beginning means for us and every aspect of our life. Suffice to say we have an intense few weeks ahead, but at the end of it lies the potential for a shift of both personal and collective orientation which could, in due course, change the course of history. Of course, history can be changed in all manner of ways, positive or negative, and neither course is set in stone. It really is up to us at this juncture and there are some interesting and enlightening challenges ahead!
“But right now we are preparing for the birth and as such we need to be focused on the task at hand, committed to seeing it through and prepared to do whatever it takes to bring new life into the world. This is a time of anticipation, excitement and fear, often in equal measure.
“However we’re feeling right now about the challenges ahead is absolutely fine. If we’re telling ourselves we shouldn’t feel [insert whatever emotion you don’t want right now!] we’re already unnecessarily complicating things. If we’re scared, fine. If we’re confident, that’s fine too. If we’re full of hope or full of rage… so be it. Whatever we are experiencing at this time is our own personal fuel for the journey ahead and not to be judged, dismissed or denied, only acknowledged, embraced and respected for the message it holds for us.
“… The air is full of emotion with suppressed irritations, anger, fears and forebodings rising up as if with a mind of their own.
“Whatever we’ve been avoiding lately we can’t avoid it now so we may as well give up that particular fight and open ourselves to the possibility that the aspects of our being we’ve been so eager to deny may just be the ‘pearl of great price’ we never thought we’d find. And of course, if we’re generally more inclined to identify with the struggle and overlook the pleasures, maybe we have a whole load of denied and suppressed fun to deal with now. In which case, enjoy!!
“With the North Node now in Libra along with retrograde Mars, and Jupiter in Cancer, relationships are of the utmost importance in this current process. The divide between ‘us’ and ‘them’, ‘me’ and ‘you’ is under the spotlight and in need of deep examination at this time.
“Any tendency we have to judge and compare, blame and reject, to find others (or ourselves) wanting in some way, serves as a smoke-screen which obscures the opportunity we have before us right now. But this opportunity requires a willingness to be vulnerable for a while, to see the world through new eyes and be prepared to turn things on their head.
“The current burgeoning influences remind us that there is no destination on this path other than the path itself… It’s all about focus, identifying where ours usually rests and then shifting it around a bit. For example, if we know we’re sensitive and spend a lot of time focused on what we’re ‘picking up from others’, now’s the time to focus on what we’re putting out there for others to pick up and deal with. How much of us is our environment having to process on a daily basis?!”
“…So this weekend the energies continue to mount and we may feel this in all manner of ways. If we find ourselves struggling with difficult emotions – our own or those of others – those very emotions can provide the fuel for deep transformation. It’s best we don’t overlook this fact because times like these don’t come around too often.
“Yes, the lessons may sound familiar, but right now the energy behind them is super-charged. Which is why it’s so important we get to grips with what’s really going on in our hearts and minds, in our relationships and communities, because wherever we invest our attention, energy and identity now is being infused with some of the most powerful energies in the universe, and we want to make sure we’re putting this Divine energy source to good use!
“So, yes, challenging times for sure, but also liberating ones, and the extent to which we experience the latter is commensurate to how far we’re prepared to embrace the former and do whatever it takes to bring about a wise and positive new beginning in the days and weeks to come.”
Copyright © 2014 Sarah Varcas All rights reserved.
From the wonderful Robert Wilkinson and his Aquarius Papers:
“Since the Grand Cardinal Cross is already at full speed in all our lives, today we’ll take a brief look at some ways to deal with the changes as things fracture, fall apart, and dis-integrate. Yes, most will feel a sense of relief when this passage is done, but that won’t be for a few weeks.
“First, remember that old forms must pass away from time to time so new forms can come forth that work better for who we are and what we’re doing…And we must occasionally crack our ‘shell of personality’ so that we can grow into a new personality more appropriate to our evolved state, whatever that looks like….”
“Because this place is so impermanent, life itself is truly an unending lesson in detachment, compassion, Divine discrimination, and remembering to be as positive as we can be in living our greatest good, and bringing it to the here and now whenever we can.
“The trick is to move with the changes without getting thrown into unhelpful mental and emotional states. And often we must remember that whether we can or cannot ‘make it better,’ we mos def should not do anything make it worse.
“…there are times to build, times to maintain, and times for things to fall apart. When something has fulfilled its purpose or life span, there’s nothing left to do but witness the passage with as much compassion, love, kindness, and pure depth experience as we can.”
“… A Grand Cross is composed of planets or angles in signs that square or oppose each other, creating dynamic tension. The Grand Cross tends to pit all 4 energies against each other, and thus is considered more a fragmentation configuration than the T-square.
“However, signs that square each other can be used to put the brakes on each other when necessary…If there’s friction, it’s due to an imbalance that needs correction, or perhaps a new perspective to restore harmony and equilibrium. The more we maintain poise, grace, and diplomacy, blunting or moderating the urge to explode sideways, the better.”
“…Also remember that if we consistently express our Jupiterian energies constructively, a Jupiter square could be a very good thing! In this Cross it occupies the star Sirius, which is said to be ‘the Sun of our Sun’ and the source of all Wisdom traditions on Earth. So a square to that could only result in something good being released into the world, or perhaps an expansive Ageless Wisdom force will oppose Pluto’s darkside and check (via the squares) both imbalances shown by Mars RX in Libra and the explosive revolutionary impatience of Uranus.
“Take some time to meditate on how each of the points of the Cross can be demonstrated in a positive way. And as things fall apart, whether in the outer world, including your friends, your co-workers, and your neighbors, or your inner world, try to remember to go with the flow of your emotional intelligence, don’t get hooked into the hard edges or general crazymaking, and go to your core to get the right perspective on what matters and what doesn’t.
“As Eternals, we’ve seen many things fall apart across many lifetimes. It’s a very human experience. And every loss creates the space for something new to come at exactly the right time.
“Just keep in mind that if it actually IS a time of many things fracturing, don’t be impatient for the new to present itself before the fracturing is done. We need a clean slate if we’re going to write a new symphony (and it’s hard to write one when the ground is shaking!)”
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson All Rights Reserved.
In good health
cultivate a quality of grace in your relationships and in your general way of being. In this way you gain a power greater than any other to open a way through obstructions in your dealings with others. Good fortune is yours if you concentrate on bringing more grace to your thoughts and actions now.
“It is human nature to want to use forceful ways to try to get what we want from others and from life. Our egos encourage us to act aggressively, to speak boldly, to intimidate others, to ‘buffalo’ our way through difficult situations. This false power can be momentarily satisfying to our ego, and temporary victories can be won in this way, but genuine power and lasting progress come from a different kind of strength all together.
“They come from inner strength, which is characterized by a steadfast devotion to the principles of humility, simplicity, equanimity and acceptance. By gradually letting go of the vain bullying energy of the ego and accepting the quiet guidance of the Higher Power, one acquires the substance that makes ongoing good fortune a possibility.
“…By practicing quiet strength within and gentle acceptance without, you acquire a grace that dissolves all barriers to progress.”
~Brian Browne Walker from The I Ching or Book of Changes: A Guide to Life’s Turning Points
Die Erfahrungen der frühen Kindheit und die Rahmenbedingungen, wie ein Kind aufwächst, beeinflussen neben dem aktuellen und späteren Gesundheitszustand, auch die körperliche, psychosoziale und kognitive Entwicklung. In der Adoleszenz können die Risiken für die Gesundheit steigen. Diese Lebensphase ist durch eine Reihe Entwicklungsaufgaben, wie Identitätsfindung, Sexualität oder Berufswahl gekennzeichnet.
Jamie Oliver setzt sich international für die Thematik ‘food awareness’ ein. Bei TED zu Gast, erklärt er wie wichtig es ist den Kindern gesundes Essen vorzuleben.
Thank you for watching. In good health.
One of the most important speeches in recorded history was given by a comedian by the name of Charlie Chaplin.
I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!” ― Charles Chaplin
Theosophische Lehre – Welten, Körper und Kräfte Teil 2 – Der Mensch ist eine zusammengesetzte Wesenheit
Die Lehren der Theosophie bejaht eine natürliche Entwicklung des Menschen, nicht aber Schöpfung; sie bejahen die Reinkarnation und nicht ein einziges Leben; sie bejahen das Gesetz von Ursache und Wirkung, nicht aber der Willkür; sie bejahen eine Gottheit, nicht aber einen persönlichen Gott; sie bejahen eine Hierarchie, nicht aber eine menschliche; sie bejahen die Erkenntnis, nicht jedoch den blinden Glauben; sie bejahen die Selbsterlösung durch den eigenen Verdienst, nicht aber Ablass oder Gnade; sie bejahen das Sprichwort von Delphi: “erkenne Dich selbst”, nicht aber “Glauben an einem persönlichen Gott”; sie bejahen die Philosophie=Liebe zur Wahrheit, nicht aber die Kirche als Glaubenssystem; sie bejahen die Einheit des Lebens, nicht jedoch die Zersplitterung in Kasten und Privilegien; sie bejahen die wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse, nicht aber ein “Fürwahrhalten”, unter anderen; dadurch werden die Prioritäten des Lebens eines Menschen, anders gesetz als üblich; die Theosophie betrachtet sich als esoterisch=innerlich im Gegensatz zu der Kirche, die exoterisch=äusserlich ist. Deswegen hat die Theosophie keinen Kult, Riten, Zeremonien, Gebete, Priester, Kirchen, Klöstern, Sakramente, Gottesdienste, unter anderen, im Sinne einer Kirche; sie bejaht ein Urchristentum, dessen Schriften jedoch fast vollständig zerstört wurden.
Das physische Vehikel: Der physische Körper, durch den sich die menschliche Seele in der physischen Welt bewegt, diese wahrnimmt und an ihr teilnimmt. Aber der wirkliche Mensch ist nicht der physische Körper.
Der Astralkörper: ist der Modelkörper für den physischen Körper und liefert so sein Muster, nachdem der physische Körper aufgebaut wird. Phänomene wie „Phantomschmerz“ lassen sich durch den Astralkörper erklären.
Prana – Lebenskraft: Jede Wesenheit kommt mit einem bestimmten Vorrat an Lebenskraft zur Welt, und wie sich eine Batterie entleert, wird diese im Laufe des Lebens aufgebraucht.
Kama – Wünsche: Das Sanskritwort „Kama“ bedeutet Wunsch. Es ist zusammen mit dem Willen die vorwärtstreibende Kraft in der menschlichen Konstitution. Von Natur aus ist Kama zunächst farblos, weder gut noch schlecht, außer in dem Maße, wie es durch den menschlichen Willen im täglichen Leben benutzt wird. Für Kama wird im Kontext mit Wille oft das Symbol von Pferd und Reiter verwendet, in dem Sinne, das der Reiter, als Symbol für den Willen, das Pferd, die wildgewordenen Wünsche, regulieren muss und die Richtung vorgibt.
Manas – Denken: Das Denken ist die Stufe, die für Menschen als Denker die wichtigste ist, da er im Manas seine Hauptevolution hat. Was bliebe von einem Menschen ohne seine mentale Tätigkeit noch übrig? Manas ist der Sitz der menschlichen Seele und in sich dual, entweder mehr von niederen Wünschen oder höheren Wünschen beeinflusst.
Buddhi – Unterscheidungskraft: Die Unterscheidungskraft ist im Menschen noch unvollkommen entwickelt. Sie schlägt sich als Intuition in der menschlichen Seele nieder und inspiriert den Menschen zu mehr altuistischen Taten. Über Buddhi ist die menschliche Seele mit der inneren Göttlichkeit, den inneren geistigen Kern verbunden.
Atman: In Verbindung mit Buddhi die innere Göttlichkeit des Menschen.
Die Lehre der Wiedergeburt der menschlichen Seele. Die zyklische Wiedergeburt der Seele um vergangenes Karma (in vergangenen Leben gelegte Ursachen) abzuarbeiten und um sich evolutionsmäßig weiter zu entwickeln. Durch das Gesetz von Karma wird jede Wesenheit, jedes Individuum, immer wieder dorthin zurückkehren, wo ihre in einem früheren Leben gelegten karmischen Saaten zur Entfaltung gelangen können. Sie wird unweigerlich mit ihren eigenen karmischen Impulsen wieder konfrontiert. Karma in Verbindung mit der Reinkarnation ist somit die Lehre von der unbedingten Gerechtigkeit
Die Lehre von “Ursache und Wirkung” und die Zwillingslehre der “Reinkarnation”. Jede Handlung ruft eine ihr entsprechende Wirkung hervor. Diese kommt auf ihren Ausgangspunkt, der verursachenden Person zurück. In der Regel wird dies als “negativ” oder “positiv” erfahren, ist aber letztlich nur die in der ursprünglichen Handlung liegende Charakteristik, die vom Menschen entsprechend empfunden wird. Da alles in der Natur miteinander verbunden und gegenseitig ineinandergreift, werden auch andere Personen und Wesen von den Taten eines Einzelnen beeinflusst. Dies ruft demenstprechende Rückwirkungen hervor. Wenn Disteln gesät werden, können nicht Rosen geerntet werden. Somit liegt im Gesetz von Karma eine tiefgehende Ethik. Karma ist kein Fatalismus, da der Mensch immer einen freien Willen besitzt.
Theosophie versteht unter Universaler Bruderschaft mehr als eine rein Politische oder Soziale Verbindung, sondern betrachtet Universale Bruderschaft als eine existierende Tatsache in der Natur, die auf dem Aufbau und der Struktur der Natur basiert. Universale Bruderschaft ist eine spirituelle oder geistige Einheit, die darauf beruht, dass alle Wesenheiten in der Essenz ihre Lebenswurzel im kosmischen Bewusstsein haben. Somit sind alle Wesen durch innere Bande miteinander verwandt und daraus resultiert das Kooperation und das „Miteinander“ in der Natur eine wesentlich stärkere und natürlichere Komponente in der Evolution ist, als das sogenannte „Überleben des Stärkeren“. In der Universalen Bruderschaft liegt auch das Fundament für Menschliche Ethik. Die Anerkennung der „Universalen Bruderschaft“ ist eine Grundvoraussetzung für die Mitgliedschaft in der Theosophischen Gesellschaft.
Evolution im Sinne der Theosophie bedeutet ,,Auswickeln, das ,,Entfalten, ,,Ausrollen verborgener Kräfte und Fähigkeiten, die der betreffenden Wesenheit angeboren sind und ihr innewohnen – ihre eigenen essentiellen und charakteristischen Merkmale, oder allgemein ausgedrückt, die Kräfte und Fähigkeiten ihres eigenen Charakters.
Der Mensch (wie tatsächlich alle sich evolvierenden Wesen) enthält alles in sich, was der Kosmos enthält, da er ein untrennbarer Teil von ihm und sein Kind ist. Man kann den Menschen nicht vom Universum trennen. Alles, was das Universum enthält, ist auch in ihm enthalten, latent oder aktiv; und Evolution ist das Hervorbringen dessen, was im Innern ist.