It is all anyone speaks of right now. no matter where you go. no matter what you watch or listen to. people are pissed and scared and concerned in America. I think even the red-staters are starting to ask themselves “just what the hell IS happening anyway?” America has reached a sort of climax point, a boiling point. We have military troops in over fifty different countries right now. the majority of which are in Iraq and Afghanistan. Oil and gas prices are concerning everyone. The unjustified Iraq invasion after all the lies and deceptions that were revealed was enough to cause everyone suspicion and outrage. Compound that with the new information constantly coming off about the stolen election in 2000 and many other general American atrocities committed in our name without our knowledge and you have the makings of a pissed off or dead asleep and numbed out population. Its an either/or thing now. people are either outraged, or they just don’t have a clue.
Add to that this new natural disaster down in the southeast and it’s the scent of a revolution. Someone commented today that all we need now is another natural disaster or a terrorist attack and its going to start pushing people over the edge. The people are finally going to see what a huge mistake the Bush vote was, and in the larger picture, how important voting and paying attention to social and political causes is. I’m telling you, I’ve never seen anything like it in my lifetime, but then again, I’m young. I know it was much worse here in the sixties, that’s for sure. The question on everyone’s mind now is ‘o.k. what are we going to do? what can we do?”
Well remember about this time last year when I first got the idea about the General, I had watched the documentary about THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND. Really makes you think now:
Check it: “A sobering documentary about a group of 1960s “committed freedom fighters” known as The Weather Underground. A radical offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society, the Weathermen didn’t just march or sit in; they rioted and bombed — not to change the American political scene but rather to destroy it. The organization was part of a global trend of revolution that sprang from the belief that not acting against violence is violence. “
This is a great example, one of the many, of what is currently happening in America. Funny, sure. But also sad and very symptomatic of what we are going through now in this country:
To view Kanye west’s comments on live TV about Bush, go here: http://media.putfile.com/Kanye79
God I love this country. we fucking rule. O.k. so our government currently sucks ass, but we the people totally rock!!!
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Providence firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 2:01 PM
> To: .: Fishy
> Subject: thursday
> yes, i’ll be at the art opening on thursday so i’ll see you then.
> took a quick look at “what is avatar”. sounds very buddhistic.
Quoting “.: Fishy” wrote:
> “Totally. I LOVED it. I am a devout Avatar. A lot of the
> foundation of it was from the Vedas and from Buddhism.”
From: providence firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 2:21 PM
To: .: Fishy
ah, the lightbulb just turned on. re your signature, that’s the
harry palmer you referred to in your notes on AINY. you most
likely know way more about buddhism than i do.
if “our essential nature is nonviolent”, how does a devout Avatar
like yourself justify violence?
the answer to your question…
For me it comes down to constantly shifting identities… depending on the need I guess…
An invader comes into your home and tries to hurt your family, what do you do? you know… you go for violence. Period. And right now an invader has come into our home. lets put it that way.
I would think that in the long run we may get to a state of non-violence in human consciousness… but what about NOW? that’s what I struggle with…
“>but what about NOW? that’s what I struggle with…”
I think we’re experiencing a large-scale shift in consciousness right now. a transformation toward non-violence and enlightenment. it’s not immediately apparent but it’s there if you look for it.
I’ve become more and more aware of it this past year, running into random people (complete strangers or purely acquaintances) of all ages and parties quite frequently and all of a sudden we’re talking about this shift.
I’ve heard all sorts of theories about it (one of which has to do with the end of the mayan calendar) but whatever the reason, it seems to exist.
can’t go into detail via email (gotta run down to the village), but it’s something i’ve been thinking about a lot and it seems to produce more questions than answers.
From: Providence firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 8:28 PM
To: .: Fishy
Subject: RE: avatar
just read “2003 Special Report on Avatar®”. i really like what
Harry palmer said in his commencement address. totally sounds like
this spiritual transformation shift i was talking about.
i especially like that he discourages the guru mentality. not that
one can’t develop a healthy guru/student relationship but from what
i’ve observed, this practice is too often abused either by the
teacher, the student, or both.
i’d like to check out the courses some day. despite it all sounding
good, i have to admit that i’m very skeptical about the whole thing.
there are too many organizations out there that look and sound like
the real thing (whatever that real thing is) but really aren’t.
I can only tell you how I feel about it, my own personal experiences with it. Right now Avatar may be the most enlightened thing happening on the planet as far as a course/practical tools, meaning: you go do something and get something out of it. as opposed to a book where you just read and try to “do stuff” on your own. I don’t know what else to say but that I agree with what you wrote below, am totally skeptical myself, know everything that’s out there, and found and still find Avatar to be unbelievably profound magical and enlightening and I took the course for the first time ten years ago! And still return to take courses about once a year or once per two years. And I use the tools everyday, every hour. you know, you live as an Avatar so to speak. Just like anything else…
You know how people study Buddhism or Hinduism or go to unity church and all that and they spend so much time studying and pray and chanting and meditating and they feel good for a brief period here or there but they still don’t get those major shifts that they are reading about or praying for or mediating on… and what’s missing is the practical application of real workable tools. And that’s what he did. he just took that stuff and turned it into a series of courses where you learn tools with others and then practice using those tools together.
I’ll put it to you this way. by day three you will be sitting there with your mouth kind of half open realizing that you are FEELING what you always used to READ about in Buddhism/Taoism/Hinduism/new age/self help literature… right now it’s THE course. may not last forever. you know, I think that consciousness is expanding so quickly as you are saying, that there is probably something even more enlightening bubbling out there right now… we just don’t know about it. but for now it’s the most advanced and yet simple thing I know of for getting you THERE. in that space we currently call “enlightenment.”
There’s no bullshit in it. its like someone just came and stripped all the bullshit out of it. he doesn’t even try to explain stuff. its very Buddhist in that. when asked about you know all the typical universal truths that religion and philosophy try to answer, Harry always just shrugs his shoulders and says “you never know.” and everyone laughs…. because you’re in this room with hundreds or thousands of other people from all over the planet who have that same understanding of “we don’t know. so in the meantime, what do we know? and what can we do with it?”
Truly awesome knowledge and toolkit. And a great network of people as well. I think the first time you experience it you almost go into shock as you’re reading the knowledge and doing the exercises because you are thinking, holy shit, why doesn’t the whole world know about this? its that type of thing. you realize that “we are already there. Its just that most of the world doesn’t know it yet.” Its good stuff. I highly encourage you to check out the living deliberately book when you get a chance.
current spin: Mahalia Jackson, gospels, spirituals, and hymns. This is AMAZING MUSIC. FUCKING UNBELIEVABLY MOVING, PASSIONATE, AND BEAUTIFUL.