Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Dark Path to the Light

We live in a time of the emergence of great darkness in our world. The great doctor of the soul, C. G. Jung, who came up with the idea of the existence of the shadow within the human psyche, had deeply valuable insights into the nature of the psychological situation in the world today, particularly the role that the darkness of the shadow plays in our modern world. Jung felt that the catastrophic evil that is manifesting in our world today is an archetypal expression of the process of humanity’s transition from one epoch—and state of consciousness—to another. He was of the opinion that the fate of the world literally depended upon the recognition of the shadow elements within us and their assimilation into a more expanded sense of self that includes both our light and dark aspects. 

What we don’t accept in ourselves, but rather, exclude from our self-image and push into the shadows of netherworld of the unconscious—thereby depriving it of light—becomes toxic. These repressed shadowy contents build up a charge in the unconscious, becoming contaminated with archaic archetypal energies from the collective unconscious. It is truly frightening how many of us are so out of touch with our own shadow that we can easily become unconscious instruments through which archetypal evil, which lies hidden within the dark side of the human psyche, can act itself out through us into the world.

We still go on thinking that we are "simplex and not duplex," to use Jung's words. We thus imagine ourselves to be "innocuous, reasonable and humane." We don’t deny that terrible things are happening, but since we regard ourselves as harmless, Jung points out, “it is always ‘the others’ who do them.” When we are not in touch with the potential evil that dwells within us, we project it outside of ourselves in a futile attempt to disown it, thereby falling prey to and unknowingly acting out in the external world the very evil that we are turning away from within ourselves. Evil thrives on our turning a blind eye towards it.

To quote Jung, “Evil today has become a visible Great Power…. We stand face to face with the terrible question of evil and do not even know what is before us, let alone what to pit against it.” Most ordinary, psychologically and/or spiritually under-developed people have trouble even imagining the utter depravity of the evil that can potentially play itself out through individuals or groups (not to mention through themselves) who are taken over by the will-to-power of the shadow. In order to develop a sense of how to deal with evil, however, we first have to try and understand the nature of the beast with which we are dealing.

The first principle of psychological method is that any phenomenon to be understood must be sympathetically imagined. No syndrome can be truly dislodged from its cursed condition until we first move imagination into its heart. One of the most crucially important steps in dealing with evil is, according to Jung, to develop what he calls an “imagination for evil.” If we can’t imagine the evil that human beings are potentially capable of—and of which we ourselves, under the right circumstances, could also be capable of—in our naivety, we offer ourselves into evil’s hands. If evil escapes the reach of our imagination, it will dictate, enforce and establish dominion over us, both within our imagination and in our concrete lives. Because our imagination can help us get a handle on evil, evil tries to stifle and ultimately destroy the imagination, which is why mobilizing the creative imagination is crucial in dealing with the powers of darkness. 

If we don’t develop an imagination for evil, we can lose touch with our shadow and identify with what Jung calls a “fictive personality,” which is to say, in splitting off from our darkness, we conceive of ourselves as being someone who we’re not – a “lite” version of our selves. We all have a darker half, but to the extent we are overly identified with our lighter side at the expense of the darkness within us, we wind up being unable to imagine the depths of darkness of which we are capable. Jung pulls no punches in making this exact point when he writes, “we are always, thanks to our human nature, potential criminals. In reality we merely lacked a suitable opportunity to be drawn into the infernal melee.” We are all inseparably interconnected and partake of the shared collective (darker) unconscious of humanity—the shadow side of being a human being—which is why Jung wrote, “None of us stands outside humanity’s black collective shadow.” 

There are impersonal forces that animate and inform the collective shadow that lurks in our unconscious. In Jung’s words, “We are blissfully unconscious of these forces because they never, or almost never, appear in our personal relations or under ordinary circumstances. But if people crowd together and form a mob, then the dynamisms of the collective man are let loose—beasts or demons that lie dormant in every person [are let loose] …. The change of character brought about by the uprush of collective forces is amazing. A gentle and reasonable being can be transformed into a maniac or a savage beast.” The petri dish of the masses is a breeding ground for evil to flourish and propagate itself. We are dealing not just with merely personal forces that have to do with us as individuals, but with impersonal, transpersonal forces – the Bible’s “powers and principalities.” 

These collective, impersonal and archetypal forces can be so overwhelming that—when we come together in a larger group—they can take on a seeming life of their own, possessing our egoic identity, turning us into their accessories such that we become the unwitting puppets and marionettes of these forces. Collective possession can then easily turn into a psychic epidemic—a collective psychosis—something that is important for us to be alert to in times such as ours when mob violence is increasing in our world.  

Jung writes, “The gigantic catastrophes that threaten us today are not elemental happenings of a physical or biological order, but psychic events…. At any moment several millions of human beings may be smitten with a new madness, and then we shall have another world war or devastating revolution … modern man is battered by the elemental forces of his own psyche. This is the World Power that vastly exceeds all other powers on earth.” In other words, the great power—and seemingly darker force—that is threatening us today is to be found in the place where it originates, within our psyche. We should no longer underestimate, but rather, recognize the primary role that the psyche is playing in world affairs. 

The next step for us to take in dealing with evil—in Jung’s words, “what to pit against it”—is to recognize that the darkness in our world is revealing to us something within ourselves that it greatly behooves us to know. To look for the solution to the world-wide problem of evil outside of ourselves is to distance and distract ourselves from the source of the problem (as well as the potential solution), which as Jung points out again and again, is only to be found within the individual. Although the roots of evil can only be discovered within the individual, this doesn’t mean that the forces of evil that can be encountered within an individual psyche are merely a personal matter. In probing into our own depths, we can potentially come face to face with the vast and formidable forces of the archetypal, collective shadow within ourselves, as we are all, in the deepest recesses of our being, fundamentally connected to the transpersonal psyche, in both its light and dark aspects. 

A failure of imagination has been the cause of some of the major calamities in world history. Jung was of the opinion that if we have no imagination for evil, “evil has us in its grip.” Being out of touch with our own potential for evil ensures that we will unknowingly act it out. If we don’t develop a multi-faceted imagination for evil, there is no way for us to know what we are up against. Our lack of imagination for evil is the best way of making us, to use Jung’s words, “an instrument of evil.” Our lack of insight into the evil that any of us are capable of, to quote Jung, “deprives us of the capacity to deal with evil.” We need to be on intimate terms and know the darkness within ourselves if we want to have any hope of effectively dealing with the darkness in the world at large.

It is crucially important for us to cultivate the faculty of the imagination so as to be able to deal with the evil in our world. “Evil,” Jung writes, “can no longer be dismissed from the world by a circumlocution. We must learn to handle it, since it is here to stay.” We can deny this all we want, insisting on staying blind - like ostriches, putting our heads in the sand. There is, however, no getting away from the fact that—as a way of finding and deepening our connection to the light—we are fated to come to terms with the darker side of ourselves and of the universe as a whole, which is only emerging into view because of the proximity and intensity of a great light. 

Integrating our shadow is not an intellectual pursuit, but is a moral problem that challenges the whole person. Becoming conscious of the shadow is essential for any degree of self-knowledge. The process of shedding light on the shadow is usually met with strong inner resistance because ignorance has an inertia that must be overcome to make way for the light of self-knowledge.

To quote Jung, “Therefore the individual who wishes to have an answer to the problem of evil, as it is posed today, has need, first and foremost, of self-knowledge, that is, the utmost possible knowledge of his own wholeness.” In our current catastrophic times, knowledge of the innermost foundation of our being—our intrinsic wholeness—is absolutely imperative. Jung concludes, “Individual self-reflection, return of the individual to the ground of human nature, to his own deepest being … here is the beginning of a cure for that blindness which reigns at the present hour.” Whenever we reflect upon ourselves we are bound to encounter the living frontiers of the unconscious itself, which is where the very medicine that heals our blindness is to be found.

by Paul Levy at awakeninthedream.com

Monday, April 12, 2021

A Dream is a Portal

A dream is a portal;
A portal, perhaps,
To a higher knowing.

A dream is a finger beckoning;
An invitation given;
A clue to what is more
But mistaken
For what is less.

A dream is a gift given
And a gift received.

The wise attend to dreams,
Knowing well that
Dreams attend to them,
Nurturing them gently
With milk

From the Mothership.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

We are All Magicians

We all start out knowing magic.
We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, 
and comets within us. 
We are born able to sing to birds 
and read the clouds 
and see our destiny in grains of sand. 
But then we get the magic educated 
right out of our souls. 
Robert R. McCammon

We are all spell-casters

Words are spells. Every word you choose to write or speak has the power of life and death. You can cause someone torment, or dramatically bring them joy. And yet we throw words around with abandon, especially in the digital battleground where a level of anonymity can bring the worst out of people.

With this much power, clarity becomes key. Is communication actually taking place? Is your meaning being heard? What was your goal in saying or writing that?

You will see what power something as simple as a meme can have. One will cause a smile, another may give hope in the battle for mental health, another may cause a tear.

Of course, sometimes, an element of ritual can increase its impact. What impact would a handwritten thank you card with a personal message mean to its recipient? You can influence another person’s emotions, for better or for worse.

Will you use your power to compliment someone and increase their confidence? Or to belittle and put them into the shade?

We are all enchanters

Not only are you surrounded by enchanted items, but you have the ability to enchant (or curse) them yourself. Do you have a dress that has been complimented so often that it feels like it has a confidence enchantment on? Have you kept your child’s early drawings because they give you a happiness boost?

Some of these magical artifacts might be anchored to memories, such as a concert, or a celebration, while others might be pop-culture references. Perhaps a key-ring of Wonder Woman that brings you strength.

You are surrounded by these items and you can charge them by recognising their power every time you hold them. Imagine them glowing, or surrounding you in a rainbow of light.

You can also create them by complimenting other people’s clothes, jewelry, or even their car. You can anchor positive associations to any physical item, or you can curse them.

Those snide remarks about someone’s top, or furniture, might not have a dramatic effect, but it moves the needle of happiness a percentage or two into the dark.

We are all shamans

You have grown up understanding the meaning of things. It is linked to storytelling, and out of that comes metaphor and symbolism.

We all dream, and if we pay attention, those dreams can force us to be introspective. To reflect and decide what the truth is. Whether you think it is some sort of message from the universe, or your subconscious processing your experiences, they can be of benefit.

The meaning will be personal to you — perhaps a dream of drowning means being overwhelmed, or a wasp sting suggesting dangers lie ahead. Taking a moment to consider that message will allow you to be self-aware, consider your actions and thoughts, and make more informed life decisions.

They can get you to slow down and interrogate your current situation and possible outcomes. Spending this time will highlight possible dangers or opportunities that you may have missed on the autopilot of everyday life.

Words aren’t just words — they are powerful spells. Communication is magic, and if you embrace a less mundane label for yourself, you might just remember the incredible influence you can have on the world around you.

No matter what word you choose, you have the ability to impact your reality and the reality of others.

What impact will you have?

Adapted from the writing of Darren Horne on October 16, 2019, at urbanhowl.com

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Wake Up

Your true purpose is to wake up. Your true purpose is to leave this third dimensional Earth. Indeed, in stories from the Church, you are told that heaven is the ultimate goal. It is not through death that you reach heaven; it is through awakening that you reach heaven. It is by waking that you raise your vibration enough to join us in the non-physical realms, which are delightful, full of love, and completely different from the world in which you find yourself.

Jesus, My Autobiography, p 207

Friday, April 9, 2021

Mountain Spectre

If you were mountain climbing at a time of day when the sun was low and behind you, and if you climbed high enough to look down into an evening mist settling in below you, you might witness the shadowy figure of what is referred to as a Mountain Spectre or Brocken Spectre, like these three photos from Ireland.

I have yet to witness this remarkable phenomenon, due mostly to my habit of being sure that after I summit a peak I am headed back down by noon to avoid electrical storms. Some day I will have to climb late in the afternoon, planning to spend the night on the summit, and hope I am fortunate enough to experience a Mountain Spectre.

Essentially, a Mountain Spectre is your own shadow that you see, cast on the surface of the mists below, surrounded by a wonderful, yet mysterious halo-like rainbow-colored ring of light. The sun must be behind you. You’re seeing your shadow projected in front of you, through the mist.

The Brocken Spectre is a type of what is called a Glory. Glories are often seen by air travelers, who see the shadow of their airplane cast on clouds below. The airplane’s shadow will be moving along on the cloud tops, as the plane speeds through the air. It’ll be surrounded by a rainbow-like halo of light. It is the same thing with a mountain glory, or Brocken Spectre. You’ll be standing with the sun at your back, gazing at your own haloed shadow cast on fog.

The spectacle takes its name from the Brocken, a peak in the Harz Mountains in Germany. This region is known for frequent fogs. Johann Silberschlag, a German Lutheran theologian and natural scientist, is said to have first described the Brocken Spectre in 1780. It has since figured in stories about the region and elsewhere.

At times, your shadow in a Brocken Spectre will appear enormous, but this is an optical illusion. At his great website Atmospheric Optics, Les Cowley explains why the shadow of the Brocken Spectre can appear so huge: “The spectre sometimes appears to be huge. This is probably caused by the presence of the glory and the mist obscuring more familiar reference points with which to judge its size.

Additional Air Glories and Brocken Spectres may be seen at Les Cowley’s website

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Time to Stop Acquiescing to Enslavement

The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are. – David Icke

When we give our minds and our responsibility away, we give our lives away. If enough of us do it, we give the world away and that is precisely what we have been doing throughout known human history. This is why the few have always controlled the masses. – David Icke

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

The cost of freedom is always high, 
but Americans have always paid it. 
  And one path we shall never choose,  
and that is the path of surrender, or submission.   
John F. Kennedy

In all my life I have never seen a presidential administration that is so un-American. I never would have thought in a thousand years that I would be writing anything political. But now, since the Biden administration is antithetical to freedom, and as a warrior with freedom as my core value, it has become political and I will defend my freedom.

America is known as a melting pot and the history of America began with immigrants from around the world bringing their cultures to this country. America stands out as an incredibly diverse country with people from different countries, races, and religions.

America, known as the land of the free and home of the brave is being brought to its knees and without good reason. For millennia people have been coming to America for, among other things, freedom from oppression, better opportunities, recognition as individuals, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, justice, equal rights, diversity, and the generosity of its people. In America you are allowed to dream, to envision something and embark upon the creation of it. This might be to start a business, become an author, take up a sport, an instrument, or any hobby.

Americans have the freedom to work at any job for which they are qualified; to marry and raise a family, to receive a free education in good public schools; and the freedom to join a political party. In America equal opportunity is the law and extends from the workplace into sports, housing, schools and universities, the military, with the foundation being that all men are created equal and that everyone has the opportunity to succeed equally in whatever way they choose to reach their highest dreams and aspirations. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we all have the same opportunities. All of us.

Americans also have the freedom to live or travel anywhere within our nation but all of that’s about to change. While vaccines against a fake pandemic are not mandated, unless you get the vaccines you cannot become a member of the vaccine passport program. And without a vaccine passport, you will be essentially shut out from society. Yes, that’s right and it is along the lines of what the Great Reset from the WEF is attempting to create and what the Biden administration supports. Access only for the elitists and denied access to who they term on their website as “swathes of discontents.” Don’t believe me? Take a look at the World Economic Forum (WEF) website to see it for yourself. We, my fellow Americans, are entering into The Hunger Games and eventually you will not be allowed to go grocery shopping, attend events, rent vehicles or hotel rooms, eat at restaurants, fly on airplanes and potentially not be able to leave your state and perhaps, county lines.

And now, the Biden administration wants to modify the Bill of Rights, erase history, censor speech, keep schools closed, shut-down businesses, allow cartels (both drug and human trafficking) to enter our country freely, and to dismantle the voting process. The linked article is to the Heritage Foundation who rejected hundreds of thousands of dollars from Big Tech giants Facebook and Google. Cudos to them for not selling out to Big Tech who censor conservatives by paying them off.  From everything I am witnessing since the election of Biden, who can’t string a sentence together, I can only guess that the entire Biden administration is un-American.

People in opposition to the agenda of the current presidential administration, both democrats and republicans alike, are not allowed to speak against their agenda. Why? Because, only those afraid of the truth will seek to silence debate. They will intimidate those with whom they disagree or ban them from social media. They will slander them and instead of acknowledging that they have valid concerns they will simply cast them off as being Trump supporters. Half of the country voted for Trump not because they are all Trump supporters, but because they are Americans who are aligned with the values of what America has represented since its inception! And so what if people do support Trump, it’s a free country and they can like and support whoever they want and should be able to do so without getting shunned, cancelled, banned, and fired for God’s sake! Unless, of course, this absurd far-left propaganda gets its way with eliminating patriotism altogether so they can stamp their own boot on our face to deliver us into slavery and socialism once and for all, forever and ever, amen.

For as long as I can remember my father always had a bumper sticker on any car he ever owned that said, Freedom isn’t Free. And I argued with him saying, “Of course it is! All we have to do is choose it!” How naïve I was. Americans have always come together to fight for the betterment of human rights with liberty and justice for all. Through our solidarity we have introduced the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. We have successfully accomplished the abolition of slavery, gave women the right to vote, incorporated the Civil Rights Act, and guaranteed freedom to marry for same-sex couples. There are many more humanitarian accomplishments that Americans have and will continue to stand up for. You are right, dad, freedom isn’t free, we have to fight for it.

It’s plain to see that American citizens are lucky to be born or legally immigrated into a country with so much freedom and with so many people willing to come together to fight for basic human rights. We must never lose faith in the greatness of our country and we must never let some idiotic un-American political machine attempt to dismantle our allegiance to country. So, hold your head high, fight for your basic rights to live in freedom, share your truth, let your voices be heard, and let everyone know why you are proud to be American.

by Lorraine Voss on March 28, 2021, at femalewarrior.net

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Only Way Out is Through

Don’t look for peace. 
Don’t look for any other state 
than the one you are in now; 
otherwise, you will set up inner conflict 
and unconscious resistance. 
Forgive yourself for not being at peace.
The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, 
will take you into peace. 
This is the miracle of surrender. 
Eckhart Tolle

Monday, April 5, 2021

New Rules Changing America

There are ten new ideas that are changing America, maybe permanently. Americans privately fear these rules, while publicly appearing to tolerate them. They still could be transitory and invite a reaction. Or they are already near-permanent and institutionalized.

    1) Money is a construct. It can be created out of thin air. Annual deficits and aggregate national debt no longer matter much. Prior presidents ran up huge annual deficits, but at least there were some concessions that the money was real and had to be paid back. Not now. As we near $30 trillion in national debt and 110 percent of annual GDP, our elites either believe permanent zero interest rates make the cascading obligation irrelevant, or the larger the debt, the more likely we will be forced to address needed income redistribution.

    2) Laws are not necessarily binding anymore. Joe Biden took an oath to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” But he has willfully rendered federal immigration laws null and void. Some rioters are prosecuted for violating federal laws, others not so much. Arrests, prosecutions, and trials are all fluid. Ideology governs when a law is still considered a law. Crime rates do not necessarily matter. If someone is carjacked, assaulted, or shot, it can be understood to be as much the victim’s fault as the perpetrator’s. Either the victim was too lax, uncaring, and insensitive, or he provoked his attacker. How useful the crime is to the larger agendas of the left determines whether a victim is really a victim, and the victimizer really a victimizer.

3) Racialism is now acceptable. We are defined first by our ethnicity or religion, and only secondarily—if at all—by an American commonality. The explicit exclusion of whites from college dorms, safe spaces, and federal aid programs is now noncontroversial. It is unspoken payback for perceived past sins, or a type of “good” racism. Falsely being called a racist makes one more guilty than falsely calling someone else a racist.

4) The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen. The newcomer, unlike the host, is not stained by the sins of America’s founding and history. Most citizens currently must follow quarantine rules and social distancing, stay out of school and obey all the laws. Yet those entering the United States illegally need not follow such apparently superfluous COVID-19 rules. Their children should be immediately schooled without worry of quarantine. Immigrants need not worry about their illegal entry or residence in America. Our elites believe illegal entrants more closely resemble the “founders” than do legal citizens, about half of whom they consider irredeemable.

5) Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children. They cannot be asked to provide an ID to vote. “Noble lies” by our elites about COVID-19 rules are necessary to protect “Neanderthals” from themselves. Americans deserve relief from the stress of grades, standardized testing, and normative rules of school behavior. They still are clueless about why it is good for them to pay far more for their gasoline, heating, and air conditioning.

6) Hypocrisy is passé. Virtue-signaling is alive. Climate change activists fly on private jets. Social justice warriors live in gated communities. Multibillionaire elitists pose as victims of sexism, racism, and homophobia. The elite need these exemptions to help the helpless. It is what you say to lesser others about how to live, not how you yourself live, that matters.

7) Ignoring or perpetuating homelessness is preferable to ending it. It is more humane to let thousands of homeless people live, eat, defecate, and use drugs on public streets and sidewalks than it is to green-light affordable housing, mandate hospitalization for the mentally ill, and create sufficient public shelter areas.

8) McCarthyism is good. Destroying lives and careers for incorrect thoughts saves more lives and careers. Cancel culture and the Twitter Reign of Terror provide needed deterrence. Now that Americans know they are one wrong word, act, or look away from losing their livelihoods, they are more careful and will behave in a more enlightened fashion. The social media guillotine is the humane, scientific tool of the woke.

9) Ignorance is preferable to knowledge. Neither statue-toppling, nor name-changing, nor the 1619 Project require any evidence or historical knowledge. Heroes of the past were simple constructs. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees reflect credentials, not knowledge. The brand, not what created it, is all that matters.

10) Wokeness is the new religion, growing faster and larger than Christianity. Its priesthood outnumbers the clergy and exercises far more power. Silicon Valley is the new Vatican, and Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter are the new gospels.

by Victor Davis Hanson on April 1, 2021, at theepochtimes.com

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Shifting Vibrational Manifestation

In one respect, the entire international drama over what has been termed a pandemic has been confounding, but mostly it is sad to see just how far removed the majority of people are from an understanding of how it all works. No one needs to be sick – ever. When a person comes to an understanding that we can each manifest whatever it is that we wish at any time, there should no longer be any need for illness.

You create your own reality. It is how the universe works. No one is ever a victim. We choose either sickness or well-being. Why choose sickness, unless it serves you to learn an important life lesson? Wake up. Learn to raise your vibration and the simplest experiences of day-to-day life will become better and better and better as your life and relationships are healed. It truly is that simple.

Sickness is the manifestation of negative thinking in the physical body. If you see yourself other than as one with Source, if you see your physical body as anything less than the perfection of All That Is, if you are disconnected by your own perceived separation from God, then the body becomes a great place where you can project your fears and limitations so that you can physically see them and come to understand exactly what they are.

A shift of consciousness will heal the body. Don't worry if you don't understand the principle. Don't fret just because this sounds too esoteric. Understand that the way you feel at any given moment can be changed – changed by you – changed by the way you think – by changing what you focus on and what you believe to be true.

What does vibrational manifestation involve? Simply that lower vibrations feel bad, while higher vibrations feel good. So find a way to feel better by choosing to shift what you focus on. Do it today. Start right now.

You don't need some great spiritual revelation. As creative beings created in the image of our Creator, we each have all we need to change things. Seek that which you can do in the next minute that will make you feel better (without the use of drugs, alcohol, or media stimulation). It has to come from within – from your consciousness – not from without. A shift in vibration requires you to think about something differently. Entertain the notion that perhaps you feel bad because you have been looking at the world in the wrong way and that there is, in fact, nothing wrong with the world; the problem is the way you have been taught to look at it. Retrain your mind to look at the world in a different way to begin to feel relief from suffering.

This simple understanding and simple technique is something you can begin right now to wake from the suffering you experience and shift your consciousness so that your world will literally shift right before your eyes. You are responsible for how you feel in this moment, in this time and place. You are responsible for your state of being.

You have arrived where you are because of your focus moment to moment. Your internal guidance system – the little voice within – is forever reminding you when you are and when you are not in alignment. Know that you have created the situation you find yourself in. Listen closely to your thoughts, judgments, and assessments of people, places, and things. See whether you can spot where negative ideas live in your mind and where negative sayings are repeated within you over and over again. This is where you can shift not only your consciousness and your vibration, but also the manifestations you experience in your body and how you see the world through the people you interact with and experiences you have. Pay attention. You have ultimate control over every moment of your life. You are the captain; you steer the boat. Pay attention so you don't run aground.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

“Look on My Works and Despair... Nothing Beside Remains”

I must have first read Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1818 sonnet Ozymandias back when I was in middle school, but its historic look-back and haunting outlook has never left the recesses of my memory.

I met a traveler from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed ;
And on the pedestal, these words appear :
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings ;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair !
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Shelly’s great poem should remind us that civilization is ever a fragile thing, not to be taken for granted. Human history is not always a march of progress from barbarism to shopping malls. We do not always move forward in wisdom, intelligence, and technology, or in economic or political accomplishment. Sometimes we go backward. And sometimes we collapse.

The human subject of Ozymandias was Ramses II, the Great Pharaoh who ruled Egypt from 1279–1213 BCE when it was the most powerful empire in the world. During the late Bronze Age, the Mediterranean world had developed a surprisingly complex network of cultural and commercial ties. These societies, including Mycenaean Greece, Pharaonic Egypt, and the sprawling kingdoms of the Levant and Asia Minor, had a level of sophistication that would not be seen again in the world for hundreds of years. In or around 1177 BCE, however, all of these cultures collapsed. The commercial and cultural networks unraveled, the ability to read and write was largely lost, and this highly organized magnificent culture crashed to the ground.

Are we witnessing a repeat of history with the imminent collapse of our modern way of life that we take for granted? Below are a few charts that reflect the illusion of financial growth that currently has a death grip on the public psyche. Something for nothing is a powerful attractor, but it doesn't offer a narrative that the delusionally self-important demand: I earned this by working hard and being smart. It had nothing to do with currency being created out of thin air and made available to insiders, financiers, banks, etc., or being able to leverage this new money into ever-larger bets, all guaranteed to be winning trades by the Federal Reserve.

Note that tangible assets - real as opposed to financial conjuring - are at historic lows relative to financial-bubble assets: tangible assets represent such a meager proportion of total assets that we might assume they could slip to zero without affecting our "wealth" much at all. If we compare financial-bubble assets to the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a flawed measure of real-world activity, we find they are worth over six times the nation's real-world economy. This reflects what happens to the valuations of these illusory assets when "money" is created out of thin air and then leveraged into fantastic, monstrous illusions of "wealth."

Take a look at the chart of M2 money stock, and understand how this is not just plain old normal healthy "capitalism" at work. And then try to explain who is getting all the Fed's free money. It certainly isn't those working for a living, as evidenced by the chart of money velocity, which has plummeted into the Dead Money black hole from which there is no escape.

If you are comfortable with your financial circumstances continuing and optimistic of the easy street you have created, feel free to lavish yourself with praise for constructing a castle of wealth in the sky with your hard work and genius, and keep chasing your tail because the Fed has promised us all it will always be there to bail us out. It is all fantasy. But ask yourself... will it be your head in the sand when the castle comes down, as all castles inevitably do?


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