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To Me or Not to Me?

Sat, 03/09/2013 -- michael

If there is a single force that generates inequality, violence and war throughout the world, other than the Central Bank, I vote for the self-image we create gazing up for assurance and approval as infants. At this early stage of development what emerges from that glance is not a fixed image, rather feelings: of acceptance, of care, welcoming, understanding, empathy, encouragement or their opposites; rejection, anger, frustration, neglect and the various forms of abuse.

Over time the repetition of these feelings coalesce, merge and form predictable patterns and these in turn create the scaffolding upon which our social identity is formed. Belonging means survival. Rejection could mean death. So we began to judge our worth and value based on the emotional reactions we experience in the mirror of our primary relationship.

Being accepted and maintaining the bond or attachment with mother extends to father, siblings, extended family, tribe and village. Instead of glances our value is based on comparison; our score, grade point average, nationality, race, profession, political party, social status, cast, club, gang, and religion. Our identity and self-worth are sculpted by the selfish needs of these social groups and within each sub-group is a pecking order forged by comparison, allegiance, obedience and conformity. Conflict, greed and war are implicit in this structure and this structure is based on mental-emotional images that forge our identity. Read more about To Me or Not to Me?

Just Listen

Wed, 02/13/2013 -- michael

It begins very early, perhaps with the first spark of life; relationship, connection, a drive to resonate with life and especially with forms just like us. We call it family, bonding, attachment. But we get so confused, all that chattering in our head and the obsession that others must hear those voices too. We want to be seen, felt, understood and appreciated. So we tell them, all the time.

That is one side of the communion dynamic, sharing who we are this moment. The other side is observing and listening. One side has a need to be known and the other has a need to know. These two sides of the communication coin are very different.

Of course, we know what it feels like to want to be seen, appreciate and understood. As a baby we look up and smile, hoping that others will smile too. We scribble paint on a slip of paper, hold it up, and say ‘look.’ Most adulterated adults – I call them dults – look at the paper and begin their predictable rant; ‘Oh, isn’t that nice. Look at how big the sky is.’ ‘Is that the sky?’ ‘People don’t have three heads.’ Inside the child sits whispering to him or herself, ‘No Mommy. Look at me. Look at what I did.’ Read more about Just Listen

Now You See It - Now You Don't

Sat, 01/19/2013 -- michael

One afternoon I asked Physicist David Bohm, what is intelligence? To begin I suggested that intelligence is innate, not learned or accumulated, a spontaneous movement towards wholeness that permeated every cell of the body. David added, and all of nature. Since nature included everything intelligence be - everywhere. David went on to describe how intelligence is beyond description. Being the invisible ground of everything, anything we can describe is abstracted from this. The abstracted fragment cannot contain the whole. Each thought is a fragment. Thought cannot contain the whole. Thought is not intelligence. For thought to consider itself intelligence is a supreme act of misguided hubris. Hubris means extreme pride or arrogance. It often indicates a loss of contact with reality, an overestimation of one's competence or capabilities.

Long ago Howard Gardner proposed there are different forms of intelligence, linguistic, music, emotional, kinesthetic, etc. David Bohm was describing something deeper, something whole, before fragmentation. Joseph Chilton Pearce has devoted the last fifteen years to describing what he calls ‘the intelligence of the heart,’ which is not sweet sentiment but a universal movement towards coherence and wholeness, health and wellbeing in relationship. The universal intelligence of the heart can lead and inspire intellect and imagination to tremendous creative acts of wholeness. When intellect-imagination is cut off from this ground, it has only itself as a reference and quickly sinks into madness. Read more about Now You See It - Now You Don't

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Two Americas: Two Moralities: Two Cultural Brains

Sat, 12/22/2012 -- James Prescott

TWO AMERICAS: TWO MORALITIES: TWO HUMANITIES: TWO CULTURAL BRAINS

James W. Prescott, Ph.D.

This writer has previously proposed that Two Americas exist because our Two Humanities with our Two Moralities have been generated by our Two Cultural Brains that have been formed by the two evolutionary life experiences of Pain and Pleasure, which encodes our evolutionary and developing brain for Peace or Violence. This worldview can be seen at the following sites:
http://www.violence.de/prescott/letters/Our_Two_Cultural_Brains.pdf
http://www.violence.de/prescott/letters/Profiles_Peaceful_v_Violent.pdf

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR (1949/20 in The Second Sex noted the two moralities that divide Man and Woman—our Humanity—that propels Humanity toward Peace or Violence:

The mother would enjoy the same lasting prestige as the father if she assumed equal material and moral responsibility for the couple; the child would feel an androgynous world around her and not a masculine world; were she more affectively attracted to her father—which is not even certain—her love for him would be nuanced by a will to emulate him and not a feeling of weakness: she would not turn to passivity “ (p.761).

Does Beauvoir imply that the daughter is responsible for her Father’s affection? The responsibility for affection resides with the parent not the child. If the parent fails in this most important behavior, who is responsible? Their parents who did not receive the love from their parents as a child or is culture ultimately responsible for the values and behaviors it creates? Read more about Two Americas: Two Moralities: Two Cultural Brains

In The Same Heartbeat

Thu, 12/20/2012 -- michael

In the same heartbeat, every 26,000 years there is a moment when the sun stops in its alignment with the Milky Way and the current cycle or world ends and the next begins. Solstice 2012.

Every day is precious, each a gift, a privilege. The earth is a speck in the vast cosmic ocean of dust and spinning rock, fire and explosions. Life abounds but is so delicate. The greater life’s complexity the greater its power and its vulnerability. We are very complex.

I grow quiet and stunned each year as the winter solstice comes near. It is difficult not to be touched by the immensity, cycles within cycles, the macro and the micro churning in and around each of us and everything. Every ending is a new beginning and each beginning an ending to be celebrated, death and rebirth, moment by moment. Read more about In The Same Heartbeat

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For Whom The Bell Tolls

Sat, 12/15/2012 -- michael

We are again stunned by a shocking tragedy. How can such a thing happen? The roots of today’s violence were sewn long ago. At the beginning, when the seeds of pain and violence were created through neglect, comparison, not being seen, birth trauma and everyday abuse, constantly feeling compared, judged, told no, not being touched or touched violently, not being understood and responded to as we are, authentically – here is where the preventive response must be. Not gun control, not more prisons, not castrating the rapist – not more pain for an already tortured global body and psyche. We must respond but at the root, at the beginning by preventing these painful, violent neurons from forming.

James W. Prescott, PhD, has been researching and writing about the Origins of Love and Violence for fifty years: “You won’t find a violent individual in prison who has been breastfeed for 2.5 years or longer.” Years ago Joseph Chilton Pearce wrote a chapter in Magical Child: A Time Bomb in the Nursery. David B. Chamberlain, PhD, author of Babies Remember Birth and The Mind of Your Newborn Baby summed it up: “The way we treat babies is how those babies will treat the world.” Primal researcher and innovator of water birth Michel Odent, MD, uses the phrase; “A chronic and global diminished capacity to love.” “It is the environment not the genes,” says Bruce Lipton, PhD, author of The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution. Read more about For Whom The Bell Tolls

Declining Fertility and Depopulation

Mon, 12/10/2012 -- michael

When Bad is Good or Look What I Found in the Cornflakes

An astounding new study in the British medical journal Human Reproduction this week has revealed that French sperm counts plunged by a third between 1989 and 2005, 32.2 percent or about 1.9 percent annually. The findings of one of the largest sperm quality probes ever. Might there be a link between impaired fertility and Genetically Modified Food and mandatory vaccinations?

Crossing the street, talking to a bright 20 something about kids and population, she said, ‘We should have a test to be sure young people are qualified to have kids.’ ‘What if they don’t pass the test,’ I mused? ‘Well… they shouldn’t be allowed to have children.’ That’s what Hitler thought. It leads to the Holocaust. In his mind a good thing. ‘No way,’ she said.

Caring for children is a tremendous responsibility. Abuse is rampant causing permanent physical, emotional and social damage and none of this is the child’s fault. It feels like a good idea to limit population to those who are qualified. But who’s to decide? Who is going to write the test? Which one of us is smart enough to decide which species are approved of and which don’t make the cut? What skin color will we approve? Which language? Which belief system, national, political or religious beliefs? Some view same sex – sex a crime. We can get rid of them, no problem. And so it goes.

Who shouldn’t be allowed to have children (birth control) and who should be allowed to populate the planet (population control) are two sides of the same coin and often fueled by the same well intended logic as my young friend and Hitler. Read more about Declining Fertility and Depopulation

GMOs We Can't Undo

Thu, 11/29/2012 -- michael


In his book Enough, Bill McKibben argues that genetic engineering, robotics, and nanotechnology are taking us past a point of no return. We now stand, in Michael Pollan's words, "on a moral and existential threshold," poised between the human past and a post-human future. Post human future? Is that what is on the table with Genetically Modified Foods? I think so. Why? What is behind the curtain? It is not simply food. Exploring the link between GMOs and declining fertility.

Kaiser Permanente: GMO’s are Devastating Health
From  NaturalSociety

28 November 12
Just days after a leading genetically modified organism (GMO) researcher spoke out against GMOs and how many pro-GMO 'scientists' are in bed with Monsanto or carry their own GMO patents, the largest managed healthcare provider in the United States is now publicly speaking out against GMOs. In a recent newsletter, the Kaiser Permanente company discussed the numerous dangers of GMOs in a recent newsletter and how to avoid them. Read more about GMOs We Can't Undo

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