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Pulling down statues & burning buildings

I started out with a few comments on facebook today.  Really I should probably have known better.  But for better or worse what follows is what started out as a comment to someone who responded to a post I put up.  My answer started to grow legs so I thought I might as well make it into a blog post altogether.   Here it is.

I feel your angst and I am not on one side or the other because I think if we are to survive what is going on globally and have our humanity survive we need to try to keep our balance.
 
As an outsider looking at the history of the American Civil War and from doing my family tree I can see I have family who fought for both sides.
 
I will just take you up on your words because words are important = they bring war or they bring peace.
 
You said the confederacy fought to own black people. Yes they did but was it not more than that?
 
Were they not fighting to keep their way of life also? That would be the reaction of every one of us suddenly faced with losing everything.
 
I repeat here now…I am not defending the confederacy – I am trying to understand the minds and hearts of people in those times, just as I try today to see all sides of stories and events.
 
Statues don’t just celebrate people, or one aspect of a person’s life. They are markers of time and history just as buildings are. As we go through the next 10 years should we trawl the world and take down every building that housed a person, or establishment who oppressed any particular section of society? If so, better start with the White House in Washington, the Kremlin in Moscow, the British Parliament, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Palace of Versailles…do I need to go on?
 
We criticise the Nazi and other regimes through history for burning books.  Now we are deleting George Orwell?  We are allowing Facebook and YouTube to censor not only hate speech (which I agree with) but we are allowing censorship of opinions that disagree with government opinion.  That may be fine if you are in government, but not so fine if you disagree with them or their actions. Who is in power today may not be tomorrow.
 
Did you know (and it’s a bit spooky that it’s within a few years of being 1000 year ago) that prior to the year 1070 AD the Caliph’s Library in Cairo contained between 1.6 and 2 million priceless books covering all the sciences? Did you know that wherever the Arabs found old manuscripts and books from around the world they copied them. Many of the books they copied no longer exists outside of the Arab world because of wars and book burnings.  And today we travel around the globe looking for ancient secret knowledge!  Funny that!
 
Anyway in 1070 there was what is called the Great Crisis in Egypt – economic disaster.  History tells us that the foreigners and slaves (note here slaves in the Arab world were more than a bit different to slaves in America – that’s another story) in 1070 raided the library – one account says 25 camels carried away books and priceless manuscripts to light fires in the Turkish officers’ houses.  The bindings of the books were used to make shoes for the feet of their slaves.  Just for the sake of it much of the books were taken outside and covered over with dirt – they became known as the book hills.
 
Should every statue in every museum of a dictator, king or queen be taken out and smashed to pieces?  Yes, according to some e.g. the Taliban.  Where do you stop?  You can’t stop a mob so that is one reason I am calling for calm and reason.  Right now you are pointing to slave owners,  well, following that line of thought next should come Capitol Hill and all other US government monuments because they all sanctioned the demise of the Native American Indians – you know all about that.
 
Then, let’s turn to the Australians and their historic treatment of the Aboriginals – lets not forget the treatment of the Irish prisoners transported there, not all dreadful criminals, no just poor starving people stealing chickens or eggs – oh and the Irish children sold off by the Irish Government.  That would bring us to the need to burn down Dublin Castle, The Four Courts, National Library and Dail Eireann.
 
You see – I could really go on forever and what are we left with then?  Let’s not forget the current buildings that house current injustice systems, beliefs and make laws that oppress – or fail to repeal old laws to bring equality of ALL.  That would be every police station, court house (look all the miscarriages of justice, the FBI building (their recent debacle under Alex whatever his name is of trying to hide the sex trafficker of minors – Jeffrey Epstein.  Well, God alone knows whose house should burn for that – yet, the offices of the CIA, every government building right across the United States of America and Europe.  Let’s face it.  We were not perfect then and we are not perfect now.
 
When we finish with all those – remember the French Revolution?  Well, that’s when the real fun begins.  That is when we start looking at each other, our family members who disagree with us, our neighbors who don’t conform to the “new norm”.  O.k gonna cut right to the chase here and give two quotes “whoever is without sin, let him cast the first stone” and “if they come for me in the morning, they will come for you in the evening“.  Time to wake up, recognise, acknowledge and ALLOW everyone else to have their own opinion and their own life choices. Stop trying to erase a history you don’t want to acknowledge – your ancestors lived those days – don’t negate their existence because without them you would not be here today.
 
If you think you (reader) are without sin then here are a few conscious prickers – we are guilty of injustice, cowardice and abuse as much by inaction as action:
  • have you ever passed a person in the street with his hand out asking for help (money) and not helped?
  • have you passed an injured animal or seen an animal being mistreated and done nothing?
  • have you ever suspected someone was being beaten or abused and stayed silent?
  • what have you done (forget about facebook and you clicking finger) anything concrete in the interests of promoting help or equality for lesbian, gay, transexual, transgender, autistic, mentally challenged, emigrant, substance abuse victims, sexual abuse victims, evicted families who can’t pay the rent or mortgage, kids expelled from school because the “don’t fit in”, GMO production, abuse in the production of poultry, fish, meat (remember ultimately we eat this, so technically these are crimes against humanity also).
  • Are you planting trees, sorting your rubbish properly, asking where your rubbish goes, asking where your food is coming from?
  • Have you ever written to or contacted your nearest local government rep to complain about an inequality or mistreatment of anyone?

I’m stopping there.  My point is we are ALL still making mistakes today, we are ALL guilty of not taking the right action.  And it remains to be see where current riots about distant and recent past events are going to end.  There is positive, healing and correct action.  There is destructive and damaging action and who knows how history will view that?

Let’s all just take a deep breath before advocating for the next piece of destruction and push other people’s buttons – other people who may not be able to ever stop the road they are now being pointed towards by our approval on social media or otherwise.  Words are the most powerful weapon on earth.

End of Lecture.

The Power of Words – and the lack of Words

If you are wondering how I came to believe in all this stuff that I am constantly trying to talk to you all about…

I would have to start by saying I think I was incredibly lucky to have the parents I had.  In the sense that beyond fostering some basic human values in me, neither my father nor my mother – nor any family member that I can remember ever tried to instill in me their own personal beliefs to do with religion or how the world works.

So, in a sense the lack of words, the lack of unnecessary programming from my parents, in my childhood left space for me to take in a wider range of information more easily from books – we didn’t have a TV until I was about 8!  I learned to read sometime between 4 and 6 years of age.

And, yet here am I doing the very opposite to what I now value so much in how my parents related to me.  (I tend to keep telling everyone close to me they need to learn this “stuff”).  As my excuse I am going to offer the statement “life was different then and the way of life in our western society has in some ways taken what I consider quantum leaps in different directions – some good and some not so good….perhaps.

My childhood days were easier, more relaxed.  These modern times are exerting a punishing toll on everyone – especially our youngest.  It’s more and more evident that we need more advanced coping mechanisms now more that we did when I was young,

Back to my childhood…secondly, books, books and more books.  The main source of my childhood programming.

We lived out in the middle of nowhere without public transport.  Yet, I had access to more books than many living children then living in a city full of libraries may have had, and I used every one of them.

  • Primary School Library – and thanks to the Principal, there was quite a large cabinet and the books were frequently changed by the county library – plus he instilled in us a love of reading by having us all constantly researching different topics for competitions.  Then we also had a treasured “silent reading” time, at the end of almost every day I think.  I probably read every single book in that press – and we could take some home too.
  • Mobile Library – it came every two weeks – a huge van with a treasure trove of constantly changing books and an interested librarian who was always checking if we wanted anything special ordered or that he would put by for me.  We could borrow 4 books.
  • I had a friend 🙂 who lived over the road from me and who also took 4 books every two weeks from the mobile library.  We each read our own four AND then we swopped and read each other’s books.
  • My friend’s father was the school principal, her mother was also a teacher, and their house was FULL of books.  Every nook and cranny held books.  Where other people kept clothes in the chests of drawers – their drawers and every available space in their house was filled with books!  Thanks to her I worked my way through quite a few of those books too!
  • My mother and grandmother – we had two sets of bookshelves in a time when few people had any books other than school books.   Those two bookcases held a large selection of books and collections of books.  They came in handy for my friend too 🙂 because we continually swopped – many may not have been “suitable” for our age but we devoured them anyway!
  • My mom – every Saturday or almost every Saturday she went to town for shopping and religiously brought me four comics – Mandy, Bunty, Judy and Diana.  If there was a week she didn’t go, she got a friend, who worked in Limerick, to bring them to me – Dad was not so keen on the comics so they were usually smuggled past him lol!

Why am I telling you about all those books?  They were the source of my ideas, dreams and inspirations that took my mind and imagination much further than the cross-roads of a sleepy countryside.  They programmed me to believe that anything was possible.  To understand that just because I could not see something with my eyes, that did not mean it did not exist.

I read everything that came my way and as I got older I ended up reading books far beyond my years – I became a very fast reader and even with the above supply I was always ready for more.  I read girls’ books, boys’ books and adult books – sometimes even reading the books my Mom and Grandmother were also borrowing from the mobile library.

Bedtime was 9pm and that was supposed to be sleep time too but for me sleep usually came around 11 or midnight when Dad was heading for bed and would insist on lights out.  Sometimes he would catch me reading by the light from the corridor outside but to be fair he was never hard on me for this bit of disobedience.

All those books broadened my horizons, made me more aware of the existence of infinite possibilities, magic and helped give strength to my natural childhood belief that anything is possible.  They also gave me courage, made me a bit of a rebel, taught me to ask for everything I wanted, allowed me to refuse to take “no” for an answer when required and of course detective books went a long way to helping develop logic and problem solving skills to name but a few talents I am no longer shy about saying I possess.

Of course the other thing all those books did was make me a bit “different” – I didn’t suffer much because of that though – it probably even made me more interesting to some of the opposite sex when it came to dating later on lol!

Ok – so books were my foundations.  I don’t know then if it was all the books I had read or something else, but later in life there were some words and when I heard them, the hair on the back of my neck would stand up and I might even have a shiver run through me – not a bad shiver – more of a feeling of familiarity or “knowing” .  Those words were (and if they don’t have the same effect on you but you want to know what they mean you can do that research yourself)

  • Essenes
  • Cathars
  • Knights Templar
  • Mary Magdalene
  • Akashic Records
  • Rosicrucian
  • Secret Societies
  • King Arthur, Merlin, Camelot etc
  • Geni – and of course our own fairies, leprechauns, names of celtic gods, goddesses,  Hill of Tara, Stonehenge etc etc etc.
I can still remember the first time I saw the film Star Wars, and of course the TV programmes
  • I dream of Jeannie
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Star Trek
  • Charmed
  • etc etc etc

Later in life I came across Esther Hicks and Law of Attraction.  That did me for another 20 years – and now of course, there is Dr. Joe Dispenza who is raising the bar and taking everything to another level entirely.  So glad he came along before I got much older!  So now you know where the start of my “alternative” thinking began.

Well-being or Trouble – Which You Follow?

You can react to a situation or person from one or two inspirations. You can be inspired to react by Source/Well-being or you can be inspired to react by Trouble.

Someone does something or says something and that draws a reaction from you.  If you are going to be inspired to act/react by either Source or Trouble – which One do you want to follow?

Since Trouble follows Trouble you want to be guided by that one? You want to make the situation worse or better?

Is it a good idea to practice stopping for a second to figure out which inspiration you are following?  It’s all about practice.

Pretty much most of what we do is – react.  How many times have you heard words tumbling out of your mouth and you JUST KNOW they are not helping – you can see yourself getting into hot water.

How many situations or conversations can you look back on and say “I really wish I hadn’t said/done that!  I wish I had caught it in time!

Here’s the good news, every one of those you can look back on brings you more clarity for the future.  If you practice stopping before your act/speak for just a few seconds.  You will, in time, get to a place where you will be able to hold your tongue/refrain from the action and either walk away or, even better, take your inspiration to speak from Source.

Everything that happens you or around you is a reaction to your thoughts/vibrations.  You want to know where your inspiration is coming from?  Look at what is manifesting around you.

Your environment, where you live, where you work, who you work with, how much money you have, who your friends are – everything is a reaction by the Universe to your habit of thought.  YOU! – YOU and nobody else, nothing else is responsible for what YOU have created around you.  Get that through your head and you’re home and dry.  Get that through your head and you’ve hit the Winning Streak!

You want to change your life?

Change what you think about.  Change the way you think about everything you think about.

SATISFACTION

Everyone of us have more reasons to feel satisfied than not satisfied.  We just keep forgetting it.  We forget because every way we turn we are hit with advertising telling us there is one more thing we need to make us happy.  Really?

You want to feel happy?  Wake up every day and do a quick mental list of everything you are satisfied with.  Start with the comfortable bed, family, friends, whatever – everything you are satisfied with. Look around your room at the objects you once bought to make you happy and say “you satisfy me, you satisfy me…..”

BECOME AWARE of YOUR THOUGHTS.

They are like little fairies inside your head.  Some of them are bad little devils and they delight in driving you to misery.  Some of them are beautiful, lovely little things who want to pull you in the direction of everything you would love and desire.  The thing is, it’s completely up to you which ones you pay attention to and chat with.

It’s so simple it’s ridiculous

Example 1– your probable, habitual, practiced reactive thought:

  • You wake up, look out the window and it’s pouring rain.  Your habitual, practiced thought reaction is probably “Oh shit!  what a miserable fucking day!”  Well, if your environment reacts to your thought, what kind of day do you think you are going to have?  Probably the one that gets even more miserable as the day goes on.

Example 2 – your new reactive thought to practice:

  • Hmm, nice day, that’s gonna clean away all the dust and clear the air today.  Hmmm (stretch) can’t wait to see what happy surprises coming my way today.  If I’m lucky it’ll stop raining every time I step outside – just for me 🙂 cos, I AM LUCKY and getting luckier by the day.

The day you step outside and it’s stopped raining – that’s the day the vibration you are giving off has changed and the Universe reacts IMMEDIATELY.  That’s the day you realise you’re in control.

Since it really is not that important to you whether it is raining or not this is a very, very easy way to test whether or not you are actually controlling what is showing up in your life.

Break free of the Program

We have become programmed to look at what is around us and manifest more of the same.  Smart people – the rich people – the MEGA RICH people have ALL wised up to this.   Many famous actors/actresses are now telling us how they did it and sharing tips with us – it always comes down to focus, re-programming themselves and belief.

How are we programmed?  Go through the list of channels on your TV – find one, just one that is inspiring or uplifting?  I dare you.  Every single one is about bad news, crime, debt, hopelessness, police catching criminal, depressing soaps and so called “reality shows”.

Why are we being programmed this way?  To keep us trudging along like workhorses every day til we die in dead-end jobs where we earn enough just to keep us alive.  Modern day slavery, and the overseer with the whip is the media and your TV.

Now if you are a happy person then that’s great but if you are not a happy person it is not good at all because crap keeps falling all around you.  Please bear with me – I’m getting to the point now 🙂

Do you remember the Celtic Tiger?  Wasn’t it great?  Now please, please, please, can I ask you to forget all your normal and “common sense” way of thinking for one minute here?  Do you remember how the economists, news and maybe even you started saying “It just can’t go on, the bubble has to burst!”  On and on and on it went – I knew then what was coming next.  Universal Law delivered on all our comments and expectations – at critical mass of thought on those sentences – the bubble burst.

The truth of the matter is WE TALKED AND THOUGHT OURSELVES INTO A GLOBAL DEPRESSION.

The good news is WE CAN ALSO TALK AND FOCUS OUR WAY OUT OF IT.

Hold on a minute please, stop the chatter of “reason” that is now exploding inside your head.  Please just for one minute suspend your normal disbelief.  Just supposing, just supposing, just supposing what I am saying is true……whether you believe it now or not….in the off chance that I am right – are you willing to give it a go?

Will you be one of the people to put your energy of thought and focus into bringing Ireland back into THRIVING ECONOMIC GROWTH in spite of everything you now observe?  There is a lot we can do.

It is all the good news I find that shows Ireland is recovering (I asked you to tell the chatter inside your head to shut up and let you think, please).  What I am really asking you to do is focus on the good stuff that you see around and share it.  Universal Law dictates that we can change Ireland’s Economy back to growth in spite of those bent on bringing us to our knees.  We are stronger than that and everyone doesn’t have to focus on it – a few can do the work for many.

  • What else can you do?
  • Turn off the news.
  • Don’t read the negative economic forecasts
  • Appreciate the good and happy stuff you see around
  • Don’t share on twitter, facebook, the negative crap whether it is “true” or not.  There is a lot of stuff that is ‘true’ that you do not want to bring into your reality!
  • SHARE everywhere everything you see as positive and uplifting.
  • Don’t argue with anyone about this.

As a by-product of doing this experiment you can measure your own personal economic success, because, if you do this your own situation must improve regardless of what is going on around you.  I am personal proof of this – I am still running a successful, growing business in the midst of revolutionary times and living in a country that has gone through a Revolution.  What is going on around you has nothing to do with you unless you believe it does.

Fear – our worst enemy

Do you ever feel afraid, nervous or unsettled but don’t know why because there is no obvious reason for it?  Your life is ok but you feel jumpy, sad or depressed?
Don’t worry, you are perfectly normal but your “FEAR” and “DISASTER APPROACHING” button has got stuck!
How does that happen?  Well, it’s not surprising really when you stop to think about it.  Stopping to think about this might be a good idea.  When was the last time you felt safe?  It’s difficult to feel safe anywhere these days because we are being told we are in danger 24/7.
You don’t think so?  O.K let’s have a look at the rules, laws, advertising, warnings, safety practices and subliminal messages we are subjected to 24/7.
Remember there is power in words and words are what we use to communicate with each other.  So all these fear triggers are verbally fed into us.  People speak about all this stuff and we listen.
SOME FEAR TRIGGERS
  • Don’t go in the water – you’ll get eaten by a shark!
  • Don’t smoke – you’ll get cancer!
  • Don’t eat that….- you’ll get fat, sick, diabetes, cholesterol
  • Don’t drink Alcohol or take drugs – they’ll definitely kill you!
  • Don’t go to Los Angeles – the BIG earthquake could hit any minute!
  • Don’t go to Egypt, Libya, Yemen – anywhere in the Middle East – you’ll get shot by revolutionaries!
  • Wear a seat belt – you MIGHT be in a car accident or at the very least get caught by the cops!
  • Be VERY careful crossing the street – you might get hit by a car – specially in Cairo!
  • Make sure you lock the door – you might get burgled or even murdered in your bed!
  • Be careful of strangers – you never know how dangerous they might be!  Muslims in particular – more than likely they’re terrorists.
  • Christians – they’re all conservative right-wing extremists who want to take over the world.
  • Iran – they’re going to attack you with nuclear weapons!
  • USA – well they’re just always up to something sneaky everywhere in the world!
  • The Euro or Dollar might crash – what would we all do then?  The end of civilisation!
  • 21 Jan, 2012 – well that was supposed to be the end of the world!
  • Banks – don’t put your money there – they might collapse!
  • Business – don’t start a new one – the economy is collapsing!
  • Don’t be bad in any way – you’ll go to hell when you die!
  • Don’t watch sexy movies, read sexy mags, talk about sex – you might turn into a sex maniac or/and go to hell!
  • Pay all kinds of unfair taxes – cos if you don’t the gvt will put you prison!
  • There is always someone out to get you, con you, cheat you.
  • Earthquake! Volcanic Eruption, Floods! – well, they’re just everywhere so the world is ending!
  • Global Warming, Food Shortage, Water Shortage, Oil Shortage, Water Pollution, Air Pollution,AIDS, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, Cancer, All kinds of Incurable Diseases you might develop!
  • Terrorist Attack, Nuclear War, Nuclear Explosions,
  • We fear our parents, children, friends dying – maybe more than we fear our own death.
  • We fear illness, disease and death.
  • Don’t smile/frown – you’ll get wrinkles!
  • You MUST use Anti-Aging cream and Anti-Wrinkle Cream at least twice a day!
  • Don’t get FAT – nobody will love you!
  • Don’t let your hair go grey – you’ll look old!
  • You NEED whitening cream if your dark-skinned!
  • You NEED tanning cream if you’re white!
  • You need to have a certificate, diploma, degree or you’ll never get anywhere!
  • Etc. Etc. Etc.

We live in a world where we are constantly being programmed to fear that we are not good enough, won’t fit in, won’t be accepted, not qualified enough, not the right size or shape, not the right age, too old, not good looking enough, not wearing the right clothing, don’t have the right accent, don’t have an acceptable address, being alone, not to mention all the terrible things that COULD happen us!

That’s why you can’t relax, can’t sleep, exaggerate your problems and are energetically paralysed…..

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Try to see how you personally are being influenced or programmed – is it

  • the TV
  • Your Facebook or Twitter feed
  • your friends,
  • your work colleagues,
  • your family?

Once you find it – either cut off or minimise it  and change the self-talk.

WHY IS FEAR OUR MOST DANGEROUS ENEMY?

Simply because the more we vibrate in fear the more negative energy we generate which is affecting the earth, our place in the Universe and our ultimate survival.

Now, there’s another fear for you!  It is important that we wake up and if we are vibrating in fear – recognise it, absorb it, be at ease with it, and cultivate the vibration of LOVE in it’s place.

WHERE DOES FEAR EXIST?

Only in our minds until we manifest it into a reality.  Best to get a handle on the fear and stave off the manifesation.  It is easier to not go there than to get rid of the manifestation.

Programmed to fear and react – By Whom and WHY?

10 people witness a car accident – Afterwards each witness is interviewed separately.  None of the ten people reported the incident the same way.  This is an experiment that has been conducted many times by scientists.

Each one of us interprets what we see and hear through the individual lens of our past personal life experiences, culture, religion, upbringing and belief systems.  Yet, the world continually strives to make us all the same.  Each religion insists it is the true religion and all others are false.

Some fight for nationalism and cultural independence while others insist we should all assimilate into a common culture.  We are polarised into Extreme Right-Wing, Centerists and Extreme Left-Wing factions and a hundred other factions in between.  We are willing to kill, eliminate, torture and annihilate to make us all the one belief, all the one culture, all under the one law.

WHY?  What is it that drives us to be like this?  At it’s most basic source it is FEAR.

The biggest fear we all have in common is FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN. We are afraid of people who are different.

At least that is the conclusion one could so easily come to after an hour or two watching the different TV news channels.  We all have a common basic instinct when threatened – that instinct gives us the choice between FLIGHT and FIGHT.

Interesting that there is only one letter in the difference between both words – flight and fight

Next time you see or hear someone speaking against or for some person, some community, some entity, some organisation, some religion – hold back on your instinctive immediate unthinking responsive judgement which has you agreeing or disagreeing with the speaker.

Instead, read between the lines of what that person is saying.  What does he want you to do?  Why?  If you respond as he wishes, what does he have to gain?

Do some research into the person, analyse his motives, SEE what drives him.

Ask yourself WHY does he feel fear rather than focusing on WHAT he is fearful of.

What is driving him?

When you are watching the News channels and reading the papers- remember you are not watching or reading an impartial observation of an event.  You are being programmed to think in a certain way.  Ask yourself – by whom and why?

Why am I thinking about this now?  Because I am in a country – and watch the next sentence.  I don’t know if I am in the middle of a revolution or if I have lived through a revolution.  My senses tell me one thing yet the TV and media tells me the other. 

Who or what is manipulating the media here?  Both the foreign media and the domestic?

WHY?

I have no idea but I do know that the reality I experience daily in the city is not what I see portrayed of the city either on TV, the papers or even other blogs!!

So, my conclusion – your reality is not my reality – does that make either of us right or either of us wrong?

Can we not agree that we are experiencing different realities in the same time/space?

Can we not take it a step further and let each of us have our own experience?

Can we celebrate our commonality and appreciate our diversity?