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On Nonduality, Politics, And Freedom

We are all one.

A lucid perception of reality reveals that our entire experience of what we call the world is inseparable from the awareness in which it appears, and that this awareness is boundless, timeless, and head-over-heels in love with all that is. There is no possible experience of the universe which is not painted upon the canvass of infinite loving awareness, with paint that is made of that same awareness, by a painter who is that same awareness.

Separation is an illusion. There are no true separate and isolated objects. We behold an ineffable unfolding of processes in the appearance of time using sense organs and brains which perceive and understand only a very tiny slice of what’s going on around us, and then our woefully inadequate primate minds pin labels on different aspects of this experience.

We engage in a cute game of make believe where we pretend that our labels are real, and that this label over here is a thing that is completely separate and separable from that other labeled thing over there. Really it’s just a bunch of “HI, MY NAME IS” stickers swirling around in a pool of water, each part inseparable from the rest.

We take this body and label it “me”, and we hold this “me” as separate from the other aspects of the oneness to which we have affixed other labels. This gives a sense of control and safety to an organism which came into this world helpless and squishy-headed. We get it into our heads from a very early age that we can use thoughts to protect and secure the interests of this “me” character we invented against the scary “world” and “others” which we have also labeled in our minds, and from then on our life is dominated by incessant compulsive mental narrative about the “me” and how it relates to all the other phenomena we have made labels for.

From this point onward, mental narrative lives in the foreground of our experience, with our actual experience of life as it is taking on a much more background role. We’re far less likely to really take in our surroundings and truly experience our senses in a given moment than we are to keep our interest and attention on our own mental chatter, and we’re even less likely to turn our attention to the field of awareness in which all this is happening.

From there our true nature is forgotten. The deep love and contentment at the heart of our being is lost to us, so we spend our days flailing around in confusion trying to find it again. We try to find the innate joy we sense we’re supposed to experience in socialization. In the approval of others. In substance abuse. In sex. In entertainment. In achievement. In the accumulation of wealth and material goods. In religion and spirituality. And above all, in compulsive mental chatter.

And then it’s just a question of who can play the illusion the best to amass the most resources and security for their imaginary “me” character. The best players are the ones who understand how to manipulate the mental narratives which dominate everyone’s life at mass scale to convince them to give their money to specific companies, to support specific agendas, and to consent to specific power structures. The more minds you can manipulate at a given time, the more control you have over the game and its outcomes.

This is why our world is a mess today. We can zoom the camera in and pretend it’s about electoral politics, we can zoom out a bit further and pretend it’s about plutocracy and propaganda, but really, if we can summon up enough lucidity to see what’s really going on here, it’s about a species of primate quickly evolving the capacity for abstract thought and getting confused about its true nature in the process.

The good news is that we can always wake up. We can always realize we’ve been playing a video game this entire time, set down the remote controller, and step outside. All we need to do is take our attention away from the delusional mental chatter in our heads and turn it toward the awareness in which it occurs. By getting sincerely curious about the nature and source of our own field of consciousness and investigating it in our own experience, we can remember what we really are underneath the play of forms.

Nothing needs to be taken on faith in order for this investigation to occur. Just get really curious about how your own field of consciousness is actually happening, and about the answer to the question “What am I?”

What is perceiving this field of consciousness? Are there any boundaries in it? Is there any “me” in any of the appearances arising here? Are there any real discernible lines of separation between the field of consciousness and that which perceives it? Find out for yourself, if you are interested in finding out.

We can talk about politics and revolution, we can talk about fighting the propaganda machine and taking down the oligarchic empire, but if we’re being really honest with ourselves what we’re really going to have to do is wake up. Together, as a species. Wake up beyond this adolescent transitional phase between living as unthinking animals and living as a species which has a mature relationship with its capacity for abstract thought. Where thought is a useful tool we can pick up as needed and set down when we’re done instead of being the director, star and screenwriter of the entire show.

Only when we awaken to what we really are and see through the veil of separation will we have the ability to collectively begin moving toward a healthy world, where we collaborate with each other and our ecosystem instead of competing, killing and exploiting under the delusion that we are separate.

We have always had the ability to awaken in this way; only difference is the ecocidal, omnicidal nature of the game we’ve been playing means we don’t have the option of playing anymore. This is humanity’s evolve-or-die time. We’re about to find out if we’re the kind of species which unlocks a latent adaptation to its changing situation and goes on to survive and thrive, or the kind which goes extinct.

Either way, we will be immensely, deeply loved the entire time. Every molecule of our being, for however long it lasts.

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  • Look into noncommutative phase logic as nondualism. We’ve been lied to since Plato about what “oneness” means. Dr. Vandana Shiva was correct with her “Monocultures of the Mind” book – as Ramana Maharshi stated there is a “three in one unity” – the secret is through nonwestern music theory. Logarithmic/exponential math is from the wrong music theory from Plato – and that was the basis for democracy as well. The lie goes that deep.

  • Dear Caitlin,
    Now, you can add another label to your identity if you like
    I give you the title and position of one of my secret vajra-mentors and warrior companions
    What is absolutely brilliant is how you manage to link the nature of reality to the everyday turmoil, showing or expressing how politics and societies are blind and confused, and that, given the nature of reality, we are not forced to live by and accept the way we have made up the world based on this blindness and confusion, and that the only solution to our “problems” is AWARENESS. As my teachers says; “to be or not to be, that is your decision”.
    With a deep bow to you Martin

  • Who wudda thunk???

  • Your channels of information and awareness are really firing!

    Ours too, nice work. We’ll get there. Everything is starting to come online.

    Always watching, Caitlin.

    Best regards.

  • Caitlin, I first started reading you a few months ago for your writing on imperialism, etc. So I was pretty surprised to see you writing about spirituality and connecting it to politics. I don’t know why, but it seems like never the twain shall meet when it comes to those two worlds. But this article was awesome; it stirred up some stuff I haven’t thought about in a long time, but which, when I consult the deepest part of my soul, I know to be true.

    “Our entire experience of what we call the world is inseparable from the awareness in which it appears, and … this awareness is boundless, timeless, and head-over-heels in love with all that is.” As much as I love this sort of thing–I’m a big fan of Taoist philosophy, specifically Chaungzi, I can’t help but play Devil’s advocate a little bit, here, and ask if you feel that the rich, the oligarchs, the warmongers are also included in this. If the answer is “yes,” then why do you propose we fight against wealth inequality, oligarchy, and war? The craziest thing about Oneness is that it is big enough to contain within itself the illusion of separateness; separateness, indeed, arises out of Oneness, no? I’m curious to hear your thoughts on all this.

    “We take this body and label it ‘me,’ and we hold this ‘me’ as separate from the other aspects of the oneness to which we have affixed other labels.” I remember the first time I heard Alan Watts say “realize that you are God.” I was so confused! Only in the last year or so have I really come to understand what he and others like him are talking about when they say things like what you’ve written here. It’s a beautiful truth, once you “get” it.

    “Mental narrative lives in the foreground of our experience, with our actual experience of life as it is taking on a much more background role.” This is why I love the concept of “walking Nirvana,” the idea that you don’t have to retire to a snowy mountaintop in some remote and Asiatic region in order to experience awakening–awakening is right in front of you. I always thought that was the “mystical meaning” of the phrase in the Book of Matthew where Jesus says “repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” It wasn’t about the apocalypse–I think he really meant “Heaven is right in front of you.” Awakening is possible right here, right now, even though my life is full of conflict and struggle and uncertainty. I can just walk through it all “head-over-heels in love with all that is,” if I’m willing to take the time to stop the mental narrative and watch things unfold around me.

    “We can zoom the camera in and pretend it’s about electoral politics, we can zoom out a bit further and pretend it’s about plutocracy and propaganda, but really … it’s about a species of primate quicky evolving the capacity for abstract thought and getting confused about what its true nature is in the process.” I fall victim to this all the time! It’s so easy to get fixated on whatever’s right in front of me–so fixated on *my story about* whatever’s right in front of me–that I forget to live in the Oneness. I often wonder why it is that humans can be so altruistic, so intelligent, so kind and loving and caring and selfless–but then when politics gets involved, everybody turns into a roaring, raping, murderous baboon. How do we bring a little more Oneness to the world of politics? It would certainly be a relief.

    “We can talk about politics and revolution, we can talk about fighting the propaganda machine and taking down the oligarchic empire, but if we’re being really honest with ourselves what we’re really going to have to do is wake up. Together, as a species.” I struggle with this. I can make solid arguments; I can try to serve people to the best of my ability; I can try to be peace and light and Oneness in all my affairs–but I’m certainly no Buddha. I don’t have the power to just go around waking people up. I don’t even know if I’m truly awake yet. Probably far from it. The question that always strikes me reading stuff like this is, “okay, yeah sign me up–but what are we going to actually *do*??”

    Thanks for this piece. I think I did too much reading about politics today–I really needed to hear it.

    • To answer your question “what are we going to actually *do*??”

      In line with your Taoist understanding, please realise that abrupt change is against nature. Things change like the season’s gently ease from one into the other, and night gives way to day.
      This is not to say that fast change isn’t possible, or doesn’t happen in nature, or in the affairs of humanity, but that fast change always brings calamity.
      People are inherently aware of right and wrong behaviour and good and bad decisions. To know these things is to be in alignment with nature. Confused people are those who are against nature.
      To argue and contend is against nature.

      Upon developing your own awareness your presence in a room brings awareness to other people. With awareness, you cannot stop yourself from doing good, correct and helpful things. Your spirit illuminates the spirit of others.

      As people become illuminated with awareness the world will naturally and gently change like one season turning into the next.

      Gracefully do whatever you need to do to make the world a better place, but only do what is within your capabilities. Dont overextended yourself. The world changes every day naturally. Just gracefully change your own small part of the world, and improve your own character and allow your own virtue to naturally influence others. Let your virtue be the indestructible forward momentum for more virtuous world.

    • My book THE UNTOLD NATURE OF CHRISTIANITY proves that a Pharisee-turned-Roman, JOsephus, composed the New TEstament, that Jesus never existed. and much more, as it was composed to impose a slave and submissive mentality on the people. Taosim of course teaches that there must be a balance of good and evil, thus evil must of necessity exist. I have not researched who composed that, but let evil do what it must, it is needed. Or so we are told. Don’t take action, go with the flow like all the other dead fish floating on the river. Improve yourself, to change anything, start with yourself. Let others do the work of revolution and saving humanity. Pass the buck. Religions have their role and the Vatican rules the planet- my book ANGRY LOUD AND CLEAR TRUTH

  • Andrew Harvey is a “sacred activist” who has written many books on humanity’s current crisis, and on our need to evolve spiritually or die out as a species.

    Please read his book “The Way of Passion”. If you come to it with an open heart you will experience the awakening Caitlin has been writing about.

  • The Divine Is surely awakening, but unfortunately for humankind She’s ready to wipe the slate clean, bleach it thoroughly and start once again from scratch. IMHO God bless God.

  • “We are all one.”
    .
    Sadly, these words are being twisted as a club over our heads by the World’s Elitists who seek to keep us from ever knowing who and what we truly are.
    .
    “They” would desperately like us to think we are… “One”. But we have not been, are not now, and never will be… “One”. We have each been created in dynamic individual uniqueness having a never-to-be-repeated experience of individual consciousness and cosmic perspective within a divine matrix of a shared Conscious Energy. (And “They” absolutely hate that. If we were “One” as They lust after we’d be easier to handle – but since we’re not – we are like that old saying about trying to herd cats. Good luck to anyone who tries that one.)

    “They” try unending propaganda… transhumanism… robotics… Cancel Culture… shaming… Karen-ing… erasing… re-framing… Gaslighting… and other pathetic means to herd us all into One Great Cattle Pen of horrific human homogenizing glop. And some of this actually will work (it already has). Water us down. Dumb us down. Work to take away our Spirit. Convince us that They truly are somehow “superior”. Prevent us from acknowledging our uniquely Human character in each other. Keep at us, day after day, hour and after, minute after minute. Until we finally can’t take anymore and scream in desperation… “ALL RIGHT DAMMIT, WE’RE ALL ONE! Now will you please leave us the F alone for one GD minute?!”
    .
    But They won’t.
    .
    “Separation is an illusion.”
    .
    In one sense, it is. In another sense, it is an absolutely necessary part of Human Life or we would all already have the same looks, thoughts, ideas, hopes, dreams. One’s Sense of Separation was deliberately built into the fabric of Life or it would not exist. It has a purpose. It has a function. The Great Spirit does not demand we all look or end up the same. There is an integrity to the individual. But that does not imply stagnation or silly self-satisfaction. We are here to grow and evolve our consciousness and never stop doing so. We are to learn reverence for Others and for Life. That is the true meaning of Eternity. And yes, to recognize our shared consciousness and the mirage of dogmatic sand-traps. But we aren’t required to all look the same at the true end of our cosmic journey.
    .
    Maybe years ago people thought we’d each die one day and spend Eternity just all wearing silly smiles on our faces humming love songs while looking at pretty clouds all day long. (Let’s see… would that be
    Heaven or is that Hell?).
    .
    Yes, we will pass from this Earth. But in many ways that’s when our work really begins when we fully encounter and realize what jerks we were in this Life to other people and how much we wasted of ourselves and how much we have yet to learn and experience. And it will take All Eternity to sort all that out.
    .
    In other words, The Great Spirit knows what “It” is doing. And hopefully one day, maybe so will we.

  • The following is a response to the question posed to me by Ian Perkins in response to my first comment. His question is: what’s the relatively simple solution?

    For the present moment, here in Reality Land, at least the number of voters who voted for Agent Orange and Mr. Potato-Head have to somehow be enticed into voting for anti-war candidates for POTUS and a majority of anti-war candidates running for seats in the legislative branch. That is the one and the only way that the MIC is going to go away.
     
    Just exactly HOW do antiwar candidates “entice” millions of voters all across the 50 United In Warfare States Of America, who make their living in the MIC or its spin-offs, into voting for them? That is the question, not whether “to be or not to be?” If those candidates can not somehow be elected, the US, and perhaps all the other nations of the world, are not going “to be” for much longer.
     
    To entice those MIC etc. voters, those anti-war candidates are going to have to promise that if they are elected they are going to maintain the present DoD contract system, so that these millions of voters will not lose their jobs; but their jobs will be to produce all the great things that will improve the lives of all their fellow citizens. And by “improve” I mean that instead of making military aircraft that will in a few years end up sitting in a bone yard, they will make, for just a few examples, wind turbines, solar panels, bullet trains, etc. The services or electric power from these devices would not be “free”, just as the weapon systems of today are not free.
     
    Which would millions of voters enjoy more, the benefit they receive from weapon systems?; or electric power, a trip across the country in an electric-powered bullet train, etc.? How would millions of voters feel about the US becoming energy independent in very few years of spending under a slightly-altered DoD contract system?
     
    If I were an anti-war candidate, I would propose to millions of voters that the nation create another “Liberty Ship” program (again, under the existing DoD contract system). Liberty Ships were the workhorses of World War II. They were built in 13 states by 15 companies in 18 shipyards. The first of 2,710 Liberty ships, the SS Patrick Henry, was launched in September 1941, after 150 days of construction. (The shipyard was built at the same time as the ship.) Under this highly automated ship-building system, the SS Robert E. Peary liberty ship was built in 4 Days 15 Hours 29 Minutes.
     
    These were not small boats, not by a long shot. Here are some specifications.
    Displacement: 14,245 long tons (14,474 t)
    Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
    Beam: 56 ft 10.75 in (17.3 m)
    Draft: 27 ft 9.25 in (8.5 m)
    Propulsion: Two oil-fired boilers; triple-expansion steam engine; single screw, 2,500 hp (1,900 kW)
    Range: 20,000 nmi (37,000 km; 23,000 mi)
    Capacity: 10,856 t (10,685 long tons)
     
    In just a few years of assembly-line development, one of these vessels was assembled in only 4 Days 15 Hours 29 Minutes. Imagine such an assembly line system for relatively simple wind turbines, bullet trains, vehicles of all types, etc.
     
    This is what anti-war candidates have to promise those millions of voters in the MIC in order to capture their votes. This is precisely what anti-war candidates have to start proposing today, not 6 months down the road. If they were to do this today, they would start a firestorm of a debate, which is precisely what is needed to shake up the present arrangement. Do they have the intellectual wherewithal and “courage” to do this?
     
    Unless anti-war candidates specifically propose such a detailed transition from a war-based economy to one based upon peace, they will not be elected and the US MIC’s perpetual wars will go on until the nukes start dropping.
     
    The above is the one and the only realistic, practical, politically acceptable way that humanity has a future. But will the capitalists who own the MSM and, therefore, what is sold on it, be as eager to increase the national debt for peace as they are for war?
     
    Americans’ choice is simple. Either somehow organize / design a peace-based economy, and that right soon, or suffer nuclear devastation.

    • MY CAMPAIGN PLATFORM FROM 2020
      Domestic Policy
      Outlaw GMOs and pesticides, organic farming only will be permitted.
      Remove subsidies from unproductive farms, if we have a surplus, it is to be distributed to poor people instead of wasting land and taxes
      Reduce taxes on farms that hire workers being paid well, rather than using machinery like combines. Research has found that hiring workers is just as profitable as big machinery.
      Allow strong punishments on pharmaceuticals that are harmful. Allow suits as well. Remove the indemnity.
      If producers of vitamins or natural cures want to claim that they are legitimate at curing ills, let them be tested and be able to advertise as such. Current FDA regulations prohibit vitamin manufacturers from such claims. Promote research to find more cures with vitamins and all-natural ingredients.
      Overhaul the FDA, making sure that the Pharmaceuticals have no access to paying them and bribing them. Fund them and have civilian oversight to distinguish that they are really doing what they should. If not, hold them accountable and to be subject to criminal charges and suits themselves.
      Remove the requirement of vaccinations. They are to be voluntary only.
      Take back the Federal Reserve. The money belongs to the people, not the bankers.
      Trump said he would clean the swamp, but was in reality the chief swamp creature> I have the balls to carry out that job in earnest. I don’t love money and cannot be bought- nor do I scare easy. I will have DC politicians researched by independent journalists (the fbi cannot be trusted)and prosecuted by local courts-and ensure full punishment is meeted to them- not slaps on the wrists.
      Raise minimum wage to $15 an hour.
      Confiscate all savings from people over two million dollars. We have been robbed by the rich- they have cheated, exploited, oppressed, murdered, and poisoned us to amass fortunes. Those deserving and impoverished, in USA, as well as in foreign nations, will benefit.
      Dismantle 5G and prevent forced vaccines– that will restore health and covid 19 will disappear. Prosecute the creators of such, including the investors- Gates, etc.
      Dismantle Homeland Security and restore constitutional rights- amend constitution to criminalize deceiving the people- these deceptions are more harmful to mankind than drugs are. Get rid of the Patriot Act. Dismantle the CIA. Review other intelligence agencies for removal being fazed out.
      Deal with TV-get rid of its evil influence. Most certainly do not allow religion on it-maybe laws to rid us of any deceits or manipulations on it. Possibly eliminate it entirely.
      I do not support the current legal system. Get rid of minimum sentencing for crimes. I would be willing to hear others’ suggestions on how to address drugs-try to eliminate them. Provide better education than “just say no”. As a rule, whites go to programs, blacks are incarcerated. Jails are not drug free. Decriminalize drugs- fines instead of incarceration and criminal records. Reduce police forces and have civilian citizen oversight. Revive and employ Guardian Angels to protect the streets. Make sure that police are properly prosecuted for any abuse of position-especially murdering people who are not armed. Remove privatized prisons, and prohibit forced labor. Trials by jury=real peers to be enlisted, not people unaware of the accused’s situation. Strong sentences for pedophilia, rape and murder, these are the only ones with whom I agree should be separated from society. Also strong sentences for “white collar crime” such as what happened with opioids, if a pharmaceutical has harmful effects that pharmaceutical has been aware of, and it was hidden, and people died or other harm done by them, those who were behind that are to be tried as murder and/or other felony charges. Release those imprisoned unjustly-particularly political prisoners. Fund the judicial system to make certain that fair trials are resulting. Investigate better avenues than plea bargains- there should be no such thing if people have a fair trial. Do not let the police funding be dependent on number of arrests made, nor prosecutors salaries dependent on number of convictions. Corruption is one cause of huge prison populations. Use restitution as consequences for theft and non-fatal violent crimes.
      Remove the vast moneys made by oil, and give it to US government. The lack of ability to make substantial profit should remove the desire to create more. Continue to fund solar panels and wind energy, but not for long-term, the self-sustaining agricultural communities will be the norm.
      The bankers hold the nation, and thus the world, in a death grip. I propose to venture a radical revolutionary power move to bring the power back to the people. I will do this by making the biblical concept of “JUBILEE” where all debts are cancelled. This would mean that mortgages are cancelled, and that the banks no longer own the real estate that they hold liens on. People may continue to live where they have been. Because no landlord is thus required to pay back mortgage responsibilities, the savings will be passed on to renters. Landlords will be required to charge no more than one hundred dollars per room per month, plus the property’s share of taxes and utility bill. This way, residences will be affordable to virtually all Americans, landlords will be making a moderate profit, and banks will lose their leverage of power. Student college debt would also be forgiven. No heavy debt for decades for graduates.

      Foreign Policy
      Withdraw troops from foreign lands
      Worldwide disarmament of nuclear and chemical weapons
      Remove sanctions from all nations, and do not use sanctions as manipulative and abusive strategy- it is as cruel as military war.
      Remove funding from Israel and support Palestinians.
      Remove our economic policies of exploitation from all third world nations. Make international laws prohibiting and prosecuting oppression and exploitation of indigenous people of every land.
      Eliminate the petrodollar and our military presence in the middle east.
      Restorative measures and a 21st Century New Deal
      Instead of welfare roles increasing, and the mass unemployment created by covid 19 government employment of many people to plant non-gmo organic fruit trees throughout USA and other nations.
      Government also employ people with building self-sustaining agricultural communities as proposed in my book.
      These are just proposals for you to view. I have had nobody to bounce ideas with for several years, and while most of my ideas have no room for change, some issues do. I invite comments, criticisms, additions, suggestions, and collaboration. I would like to be a “father” to a nation that has allowed itself to be subject to wrong values, wrong mindsets, and wrong worldviews due to the propaganda of television, religion, bankers, and freemasons. With that in mind, I would also like to have the education system overhauled to promote our youth to have good strong values of integrity, service, discipline-strong bodies and strong minds, ability for critical thinking, and to do their own research; not learning to memorize and obey. We will deal strongly with television and media to stop propaganda and manipulation, if we allow it to exist at all. Economic health and protection from terrorists (in reality our own government) are not as important as strong body and mind health, as well as liberated thinking and values. Instead of imposing (dis)information to be memorized, further education for youth should be redirected towards skills and trades to enable contribution to society rather than focused on making money for the rich.
      I am going to advocate for a new type of civilization to be initiated, as outlined in the conclusion of the book I penned titled ANGRY LOUD AND CLEAR TRUTH.

    • I like your ideas a lot, but would the powers that be? You sound like you want to turn the US economy over to enriching and empowering people. Who would work in Amazon ‘fulfillment centers’, harvest fruit and vegetables for a living, or clean rich people’s huge houses, in a land of wealth and prosperity?
      Yes, I think much the same as you, generally, but such ideas are going to encounter powerful resistance.

      • IF I had been elected Nov 4th, I would have been dead before December. I am allive only due to lack of publicity. I must have some kind of suicidal tendencies. Take down the CIA? Kennedy spoke of that. But I was willing to try.

      • “………….such ideas are going to encounter powerful resistance..”
         
        If 154,000,000 people march into the voting booths and vote for NON R or D peacenik candidates for public office whose SOLE promise is to maintain the DoD contract system, but only for producing things for a peace-based economy, the powers that be will not be able to resist the will of the people.
         
        The day after 154,000,000 voters do that, the world will be a different place. The real challenge is to convince or entice 154,000,000 voters into doing that …………. in their own self-interest, regardless if they believe that they’re wasting their votes …… which TPTB will spend literally billions to convince them they will be.
         
        Voters have got to run the gauntlet of 24/7 propaganda and cast their ballots for peaceniks. They’ve got to use the tools that their democracy gives them to make REAL CHANGE. The Bolivians just did it. The Venezuelans have done it. Therefore, Americans can do it.
         
        The great victory of OTEC’s astronomically expensive 24/7 propaganda is to convince the individual members of the Bewildered Herd that their “vote does not matter”; “voting has never changed anything”; “democracy doesn’t exist in the US”; that somehow not voting will change things for the better, etc.
         
        What are the detailed alternatives — keep dreaming and meditating and praying and marching and typing and bitching and somehow things will become better? That if they do all those wonderful things that the ones in the White House and the Congress will then suddenly begin to not make war on the world and bring Medicare for All into being? That “strategy” and voters voting only Rs or Ds into office, time and time and time again, while expecting a different awful result, has failed miserably for the past 70 years. If people continue to do that, they’ll only get More Of The Same, just like they are now.

        • I have done my research. Bush and Soros families own the ballot machines for decades, we have no idea who we really vote for. Furthermore, the laws are not created by politicians, the legislations are created in the Council of Foreign Relations, and rubber-stamped by politicians. YOu have not noticed that we had a choice between two skull and bonesmen, then between obamacare, hillarycare, and romneycare, then hillary won and trump took office, then rump won and biden took office? Have you read the constitution, which states that representatives vote for president, not the people, and are not aware that voting is for show? We are given a choice between a few rich lawyers who decide what the platforms will be and the establishment media focuses on that? No democrat or republican politician can get anywhere without proving loyalty to globalists. YOU really need to do some research, the propaganda has totally blinded you. By the way, Kennedy saw some of this and was going to do a little about it- not much, he started vietnam, but was going to curb the CIA, and a week before his assassination stated that he was going to do what I have done-exposed conspiracy.

        • 154,000,000 people marching means we’re already there. How do we get to that stage?

    • A thimbleful of pure undiluted cynicism and the same of phantasmagorical reality.

      Now there’s a stiff cocktail!

  • “The best players are the ones who understand how to manipulate the mental narratives which dominate everyone’s life at mass scale to convince them to give their money to specific companies, to support specific agendas, and to consent to specific power structures. The more minds you can manipulate at a given time, the more control you have over the game and its outcomes.
     
    This is why our world is a mess today.

     
    No, that is NOT why our world is a mess today. Much more practical, day to day, matters are why the world is a mess today. But first, before I go into my usual diatribe, let’s answer the very simple question: which came first, the chicken or the egg?
     
    Now to why the US is a mess and push, push, pushing the world to nuclear WWIII.
     
    US voters go to the polls in November, 2022 and November 2024. Among those voters will be Mainers and Virginians. I was born in 1950 and was raised in a small town in the state of Maine, about 15 miles as the crow flies from Bath Iron Works (BIW) — a place that for many, many decades has manufactured, and to this day continues to manufacture, warships (which the locals who work there worship). In the late 1950s and early 1960s my family used to drive by BIW on our way to Reid State Park and ignorantly marveled at those warships. Like the tens of millions of people living in The Greatest Nation On Planet Earth who are directly or indirectly employed by the MIC, the 6 thousand or so human beings employed at BIW will do absolutely anything to keep their well-paying jobs, and that includes voting for proven warmongers when they enter the voting booth on Groundhog November voting days. They always have. They always will. (The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, is another well-paying war-employer that employs thousands of voters living in both southern Maine and southeastern New Hampshire. They are ALSO going to do their solemn duty every November election day.)
     
    Then there are Virginia’s voters. Let’s look at a few Virginia statistics.
     
    Population of Virginia = 8.4 million
     
    Number of Registered Voters in Virginia = 5.7 million
     
    Dollar Amount of Defense Contracts Awarded to Contractors in Virginia in 2019 alone = $50.5 billion
     
    Dollar Amount of Defense Contracts Awarded to Contractors in Virginia from 2000 to 2019 = $781.6 billion
     
    Number of Defense Contracts Awarded to Contractors in Virginia from 2000 to 2019 = 1,291,034
     
    Number of Defense Contractors in Virginia = 17,877
     
    (To confirm my above statistics, go to h……….ttps://www.governmentcontractswon.com/ and select “contractors by state” on the right side of the page and then select Virginia on the drop-down list.)
     
    Now pull your heads out of the mystical sand and ask some REAL WORLD questions.
     
    What is the likelihood that the vast majority of voters in Virginia are going to vote for a peacenik for POTUS on any future November election day? 0%
     
    What is the likelihood that the vast majority of voters in Virginia are going to vote for a warmonger for POTUS on any future November election day? 100%
     
    Now, Caitlin and you other thoroughly-woke, logical-thinking commenters, is the reason that voters in Virginia and Maine have selected warmongers for POTUS election after election after election, that they are brainwashed and un-woke, or is it because, in Virginia’s case, those voters vitally depend upon that yearly DoD injection of well over $50 billion dollars, literally forever? Answer: It’s the $50 billion!
     
    The awful truth that people living both inside and outside the US, especially those living in Russia and China, must fully understand is that Virginians and Mainers know exactly what they’re doing and why they’re doing it! As far as they’re concerned, Biden or Trump or Pompeo or Bolton or Vindman are all perfectly qualified to hold the title of POTUS because ALL will increase the war budget from here to eternity. Those voters don’t give a shit how many people are killed by the weapons they help to produce and they are not going to vote for a peacenik during the next thousand years! They’re perfectly willing to risk nuclear war rather than vote for their unemployment.
     
    Maine and Virginia are a microcosm of the USA. Americans say they want peace, but what they, the vast majority of voters,have voted for, time and time and time again, is perpetual war and “POWER PROJECTION” which, again, justifies the annual, annual, annual, not-just-once-but-from-here-to-eternity DoD money-injection. Again, IMO, they will vote for perpetual war and POWER PROJECTION yet again on every November election day and will, as they have many times in the past, ignore any candidate who wants to seriously cut the war budget.
     
    Believe it or don’t, the solution to this seemingly insurmountable problem is relatively simple, which means that the solution is at least describable in great detail.

    • I’m afraid I sort of agree with what you’re saying, but go on, tell us, what’s the relatively simple solution?

  • Remember there are dangers and deceptions alongside the spiritual road.

  • You hit the nail on the head Caitlin; pretty much.

    Love is like a roaring fire on a cold night, like a cool breeze on a hot sweltering summer day, like a brilliant star in the dark of night.

    Sex for sex sake is an exercise in futility, yet sex is what joins two nervous systems intimately together. It should also be noted that states have used control of sex to control populations thoru8ghout history. So lets embrace our sexuality while understanding that it is love that knits us all together.

    Swimming the highs and lows of emotion can make us utterly dysfunctional, yet again, emotion is that which binds people together. This about how AI is attempting to be able to manipulate people by controlling their emotional state. We need to learn to ride the roller-coaster of emotion up and back down again and enjoy the laughter it can engender.

    Sex and emotion are wonderful things as long as love, that burning feeling we get in the middle of our hearts, is what ultimately drives our desire. Let us not forget that sex and emotion are transient experiences but love can last our entire lives, if we want it to.

    Lastly, to quote a man that recently free climbed the 3,000 foot vertical granite face known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California, U.S.A., “the universe doesn’t care.” Meaning if we snuff out life on this planet, which is but one of billions, in the outer spiral arms of this galaxy called the Milky Way, which is but one of billions of galaxies in the Universe, it won’t much matter to the rest of the universe, but it will matter to us. So just like the climber who has to take the steps necessary to ensure that he doesn’t fall to his death while climbing 3,000 feet straight up a sheer granite cliff, so we have to take the steps to ensure that we doesn’t snuff out life on this planet on our way to climbing the sheer, dizzying heights of technology, because the only ones in the universe that will care if this planet dies, is us.

  • “There is no possible experience of the universe which is not painted upon the canvass of infinite loving awareness, with paint that is made of that same awareness, by a painter who is that same awareness…. The good news is that we can always wake up. We can always realize we’ve been playing a video game this entire time, set down the remote controller, and step outside.” Such is a nice synopsis of the popularized, westernized version of Eastern spirituality, embraced by many “seekers” these days who stand politically on the progressive side of things–an emphasis on “oneness” and the urgent need for expanded, deepened “consciousness.” If this approach works for you like it works for Caitlin, then go with it, because it’s infinitely preferable to the isolation, competition, and greed (attachment) which fuel oppressive and ecocidal neoliberal capitalism. On the other hand, if this popular form of spirituality strikes you as too amorphous, too facile, too fuzzy at the edges, then consider that wisdom also resides in Western forms of spirituality. Two millennia of its marriage with empire have reduced the genuine in it to an undercurrent, but it still runs strong and offers its own path up the mountain rising above the horizonal plane of secular humanism, beautiful in its own way.

    • This video does no more than to prove the evils of Christianity. Rome, which created the new testament, is said here to have no love of the poor or slaves. In the NT, slaves are told, in six separate places, to obey their masters, no matter how badly they are treated. So pagans of the Roman empire (Europe) were just as wicked as Rome under Christianity. What you prove here is that Europeans, under paganism, or under Christianity, have no heart. Indigenous peoples of India, Africa, and AMerica, as well as Chinese teachings of Buddhism, all had societies that took care of the poor, some tribes having no royalty, distribution of food and assets done in a sharing way (socialism, if you will, though not organized as such), were not warring feudalism or serfdom as in Europe with its royalty and gods.

  • I’m not afraid of no ghosts: People with mind-blindness not so easily spooked

    Posted: 10 Mar 2021 09:24 AM PST

    New research finds that people with aphantasia — the inability to visualize mental images — are harder to spook with scary stories. The findings suggest that imagery may have a closer link to emotions than scientists previously thought.
    And probably also the reason why most people aren’t artists, scientists, etcetera, because they can’t visualize anything beyond their own poorly form eyes, and thus the people live in the hell that their mentally defective rulers put them in with little complaint.

  • Thanks for trying to communicate with clarity and passion about this very important and ever-so-difficult to describe concept/experience/percept. It’s really really hard to draw distinctions without lapsing into dualisms.
    You try. Effing the ineffable is always gonna be paradoxical and a bit vague. And to think in terms of relationships and processes is so very important–to keep learning how to think and perceive and act holistically, relationally. . .

    Well, anyway, thanks for dancing your part of the dance as well as you can. I benefit from the ripples.

  • Or perhaps your perception this is so is nothing more than a product of your own desire to be separate. To enhance your ego by recognizing yourself as more enlightened. I’m not being critical, much of our awareness is so directed. There are far more questions than answers, and the answers you get spawn ever more questions. There is one and only one “final solution”. I intend to continue asking questions, and breathing, until that final solution forces me to stop doing both. Unless at that time I discover that breathing is not necessary for the process, or discover that the process is no longer required, since the final solution answered them all. We “know” nothing, we only perceive.

  • Many wise men in India have been saying this for over 5,000 years. Nothing new under the sun except your experience of living.
    Yeah, stuff is always changing, the wheel to cell phones, but humans have been the same for a few hundred thousand years at least.

    • Correct and human behavior in the aggregate is predictable by simply looking at history. Thus to think man will suddenly start acting different is not logical.

  • Since we all are actually One Thing and there is actually suffering then the inescapable conclusion is the One Thing is creating its own suffering.

    • Man is the source of most suffering in the world due to his fallen nature.

      • Would the extinct dinosaurs agree?

  • I think its synchronistic that we are both thinking about a very similar area, if not exactly, at least tangentially, non competitively, in the spirit of collaboration.

    Sense Making Today

    How many of us can look back over the last 10 years or even further and recognize how many bad decisions we have made that have brought us to where we are today, and not feel a pang of regret?

    Whether we recognize it or not, we are always striving for comfort, immediate and long range, every moment. For the long term, it’s about securing enough funds to live nicely, in a nice house, in a nice neighborhood, to have all the comforts, a nice car, etc. 

    For the short term, we move, we adjust, we scratch, etc. Like breathing, this is what we are doing all the time, so much so, that we hardly notice it.

    It seems like these days are the times of redemption, the times where each of us must reap the consequences of our decisions and actions, collectively and individually. 

    In reality, this is happening all the time, every day. But at some point, the consequences add up and are large enough for us to become aware of them, like when within a body of water that has been contaminated for a long time, everything begins to die. This could be what humanity is experiencing right now.

    The reality is that life exists on many levels and while we may be attending to one level, i.e. our immediate comfort, it is easy to overlook some of the less apparent levels. And because we are connected to everything, we are essentially affected by everything to some degree.

    So while our country may be bombing somewhere far away, and we ignore this, and carry on as though it doesn’t matter to us personally, or when we permit a system to exist that elevates profit over the welfare of our environment and all life, and we allow governments to commit atrocities on a daily basis, there are and will be consequences.

    Some of the givens of our existence: uncertainty, which allows for endless possibilities, the necessity of reciprocity; reciprocity is about balance, maintaining homeostasis, creating harmony. Entropy; all is disintegrating constantly and is in need of energy to maintain, which includes especially our own bodies. And let us not forget the law of karma, or the fact that there are always consequences for our actions.

    In order for us to navigate under these conditions we need sufficient information if we are going to be able to make good decisions. But even more than that, we may need to have the awareness of who we really are and what it is we really need to prevent us from making big wrong decisions, like career choices among many other big decisions we must make in the courses of our lives.

    Life is so complex and so rich. It is a gift so large, that it is beyond our capacity to appreciate it fully. Yet for billions of our brothers and sisters life is an ordeal that must be suffered and endured.

    Why is this so, when life is so full of beauty, endless possibilities and opportunities? I believe it is because we have and continue to allow injustices, crimes against both humanity and all of nature. And because we accept and don’t correct the fact that we all live in a toxic milieu of corruption, deceit, and unacceptable abuses. It is as if we are all fish living in a dirty fish bowl, that keeps getting dirtier and dirtier, and we never stop to clean it until it is too late and we all are all floating on the surface, dead.

    Without us creating homeostasis, balance, justice, the body politic sickens towards death. Those of us living insulated, isolated lives and others have ignored this dimension that is the larger picture or framework of everyone’s reality far too long, and now we must suffer the consequences. Or make the necessary moves to rectify these huge errors as soon as possible.

    We must do it as individuals and collectively. I am only one voice trying to bring this awareness to everyone. It seems so hopeless. No one listens to me. utopiacornucopia.org

    • I hear you Tom. Resonates with me. I too spent a long time just doing what everyone else was doing and not thinking about the consequences of my actions. Now I am vegan, refuse to drive a car, meditate and serve others. I’ve realised the only way is to start with yourself. When will everyone else wake up? Who knows. As Caitlin reminds us, the propaganda is ubiquitous. I don’t know how to let everyone else know … maybe it’s not possible? I know what needs to be done on an individual level but the way to that consciousness is an individualised journey. If we were all to attain a degree of this meta-consciousness everything else would work itself out I’m sure. We will change when things are dire but it will be a shame that we didn’t act sooner. There’s plenty of regret to come yet for the human race.

      • I hear you Tom. You called me once. TRy again.
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        Moonlight- you are taking some good measures, now you need to start to get ready for revolution. It is never done peacefully. Evil power never relinquishes that power willingly

    • I hear you Tom. You called me once. TRy again.
      862-256-9607
      EST

    • Justice? Karma? Universal law of reciprocity? Are you nuts? Can you look around you? Rich evil people rule, and are not punished for their evil. Blacks are murdered by law-protectors. Those who do good are imprisoned. MOguls pollute, murder by millions, get rich and famous for lives of ease. People coming into power like Mandella and Chavez are the tiny tiny minority, as those who are most corrupt are most successful in almost every area. My dad told me, and it has proven very true with me repeatedly, that no good deed gets left unpunished, and you can take that from a con. we must CHOOSE TO DO RIGHTEOUSNESS. Any sensible person can see that there is free will, as that is necessary to do what is right, as we are programmed from youth to go with the flow of evil.

  • Bingo!

  • Natural selection could select for the nastiest and most aggressive. How will rural, eco-friendly, frugal communities survive them?

    • Many will not unless they take up arms and repel invaders.

  • At the end of the day nothing really matters, the animals that run the world say that they are animals, only better animals than us animals, and we don’t mind, they say that their God is higher than our God and that our God has to pay tribute to their God, so that’s the reason why things are the way they are, because their God says so and it’s in Bible and if our God says it’s true, then it must be true, because Bible also says that there really is a God, so it all must be true. Also, if you really read the Bible it says that both the anti-Christ, Christ, God, and the God above God are all different aspects of Satan. So, our entire Western Civilization is based on worshipping the righteous of evil. So, of course 2,300 years of hatred, lies, deception, etcetera. If it weren’t for Asia, the species would be better off non-existent.
    Today if seemed as though for a moment the blinders were removed and that the real reality became visible behind the was that hide the truth, but no, only for a moment and then it was gone, most Westerners, think that they’re Christians, Muslims, agnostics, etcetera; but actually they’re atheists, because that other Abrahamic faith was never a faith, and never will be because it is, always was, and always will be nothing more than a front for a criminal enterprise. Which, is probably okay, because look around you; what do you see? Reality? If you see reality? Then you see nothing but a false image that has been play upon your mind by those who would have you worship their false narrative for all eternity.

    • Have you read THE UNTOLD NATURE OF CHRISTIANITY? Seems that you have. I agree totally

  • This corner of the universe agrees with Caitlin Johnson’s corner.

    • Johnstone!!

    • if you look even deeper you will see that there are no corners and everywhere is the centre…. you too.

      • Exactly! There’s not even a centre!! It just *IS* and will always be!

  • I don’t think it’s just us, or just primates, who pin labels on things. Take cats, for example (if we can abstract the idea of cat!). Presumably they too “behold an ineffable unfolding of processes in the appearance of time using sense organs and brains which perceive and understand.” But they certainly seem just as capable as us of pinning labels on different aspects of these raw perceptions – “Aha! Tasty meal! Category: rat/spider/whatever. Appropriate method of catching this category of food: xyz.” In other words, they use abstractions just like us – from a deluge of information reaching their brains, they abstract concepts like food, comfort, or danger, and act accordingly.
    If you ask me, we share both consciousness and the capacity for abstract thought with most, if not all, life.

  • Very Buddhist; in line with most mystics; but it takes a lot of personal work for which the time seems rarely allocated in human lives – from primitive to ‘modern.’

    You’d noticed that most people ‘subcontract’ all this out to their shamans; fur-coated; black-coated; white-coated; saffron-robed across history?

    • “Galvanizing” events can make ‘it’ happen – but we have to hope they don’t a) obliterate humanity, or b) as in false-flags – don’t lead to carefully-prepared dead ends.

    • and yet, awakening, when it occurs, takes ‘no time at all’

  • I remember reading one of my first astrology books from the 90s and it posited that massive social change was due to unfold in these next few years in conjunction with Pluto moving into Aquarius. I referenced this earlier today in a conversation that really felt like this moment is happening. This article feels as if you were eavesdropping but I long ago learned that these sorts of synchronicities, the existential refrains, are more a manifestation of the conscious living earth arranging a certain magic she desires from us having created our species with incredible capacities and the double edged sword of free will. I think once anyone embraces this sort of awareness, as it becomes part of your attitude, it also becomes very clear that Earth and all the benevolent Gods and Goddesses we have used to personify this force of immanence, wish for us, whoever is willing to step into this realm, to transcend this madness and overcome the noise and depravity of this moment of human antithetical existence. Sentience may well be an atomic property and perhaps that explains some things that are otherwise inexplicable without the burdens of self importance people discovering this independently, in a culture that scoffs and denies it, otherwise would be inclined towards ( before being shuffled off to a prescribing psychiatrist of course). The delusions of masters are meaningless over who lives and dies provided this truth can be grasped and one seeks to align with the greater consciousness at work. But as pointed out elsewhere in this thread, our actions or inactions may carry a great deal more weight than any of us can currently imagine and perhaps a culminating event could take many along with any of us back to the dream world earlier than expected. Being in the stream, one realizes itself to be billions of years old despite our solar age, as natural life never came from something completely dead. Even as every incarnation along the way has, with its beginnings and endings, the fear is ego in its illusory state of separation realizing the grandiosity of its existence coupled with the fact it has no power to keep this precious gift. It is a loan. So people unaware that this is normal instead create unnecessary and often grotesque forms to display this obvious fact granted to every person ( and likely extending to numerous other species ) who has ever lived attempting to leave their mark. They want their names remembered after they are gone. They seek to chain the future to their ill conceived legacy. In seeking the maximum expression of ego, they spread poisons that invariably block and distort the progression intended with that life. So perhaps engaging with this earth centric supraconsciousness is a key part to creating the forms that will allow our species to survive the incredible problems we are set up to face. Thanks for writing an article as such that initiated me adding these few thoughts.

  • On the matter of the topic of this article regarding what is real and what is fabricated, a book:

    “The Reality Creators” tells a real story that will resemble fiction because we live in a fairytale world. It argues that the modern world is upside down, and too many people can’t distinguish between subjective and objective realities. What’s actually real is not readily apparent and can seem unreal. The reason for this confusing irony is that we live each day in a virtual, dramatic reality we do not ourselves create; the Reality Creators create it. As a result, we lack the agency to control our lives.

    If you want a pdf copy, email me at chris.dancefarm@gmail.com or it’s for sale…wherever books are sold.

    From the author:

    “On my blade-down, first gear critique of the existing political economy, I explore whether populism is anti-intellectual, why discontent is the ironic trade-off for the comfort of civilization, and what, if anything, can be done to afford the citizenry more agency in their lives. It’s not that we lack moral character to be our own agents; it’s that the Reality Creators strategically block us the same way I have always fenced in my goats.”

  • Ken Wilber called it ‘The Holographic Paradigm’, which is just a fancy way of saying Universe (one song).
    Light is the energy.
    Love is the way.
    That’s all Folks.

  • Thanks Caitlin, for relentlessly pointing out that the current administration in the US is no more humane or representative of citizens than the last one, and that no major party outside of Scandinavia will ever allow itself to adopt truly socialist programs, and especially for hammering on the endless atrocities in Yemen.

    As a radical non-dualist, I love your posts on non-duality, but I can’t reconcile them with your anger or your determination to rouse people from their ignorance and passivity. To me the corollary of non-duality is that there is no free will — that we merely rationalize what we do, and don’t do, which are purely conditioned behaviours given the circumstances of the moment. Civilization is collapsing, yes, but no one is to blame. The controllers of the video game we believe we are playing don’t actually have any effect on what’s happening. But what we see through the invisible VR headgear we’ve been wearing since early childhood is the only reality we know. We can’t ‘awaken’ and take off the headgear because we ARE the headgear. The ‘me’ is a complete invention of brains desperately trying to make sense of things (since that is what brains do) — a complete fiction that doesn’t actually exist.

    • No one to blame? LOL.

      • In the absence of free will, no there isn’t.

        • Even a person locked up in solitary confinement, chained to a wall or floor, at a maximum security prison has free will; however, prisoners who are psychologically tortured, and chemically brain washed probably don’t have free will. I’ve personally met such people. But, what are you talking about? The same thing?

          • Hi Lynn. Not really. I was referring to the idea of determinism. We are not the agents of our thoughts, we simply witness them. A close examination reveals that we are not free agents, in fact the very idea of free will holds no meaning. Determinism shouldn’t be confused with fatalism however. Things are not predetermined. https://youtu.be/u45SP7Xv_oU

            • Thanks Moonlight. That’s what I was getting at.

              • Hi Dave, sorry. Felt like I was treading on your toes a bit there. But I read “How to Save the World” and so know your work, which is great BTW.

                • ☺️ Aw, thanks Moonlight. I don’t usually post or respond to blog comments, since I find it a time suck that changes nothing. My hope was that I might tweak Caitlin into pushing her non-duality thinking a bit further, since I’d be fascinated to see what that might lead to.

                  I think it will happen.

            • While I have stated in my books, we are products of our environment- all the information input from tv, parents, teachers, peers, etc…and we are given choices and make decisions based on past experiences. But there is still free will.
              I was Christian for ten years, believed every word of the bible, loved Jesus, was a true believer, studied the word 10,000 hours, taught bible, preached urban streets. I was promised 20 million dollars for my ministry and was popular in the church I attended and was a pillar in. After the ten years, I was incarcerated, was separated from the church and all Christianity for a few months. UPon pondering, and having a bible for some months there, I came to the truth=the bible is deceptive, god is satan, and freemasonry was training me to be a freemason. I got out, and started my book dTHE UNTOLD NATURE OF CHRISTIANITY which debunked the bible and the faith. One day, one of my former Christian family called me and asked me if I still believed in Jesus. I thought a minute. I knew Jesus and satan were one and the same. He seemed to be good though, my family had always appeared loving, I had been promised wealth to have a ministry, and Christianity was not so bad (I had not yet researched that at this time), but I saw the duplicity regarding how the book was a lie, and was aware that pastors knew it was falsehood. I was told to answer right away. I had worshiped Jesus and said I had loved him multiple times daily for ten years.
              But upon just a few seconds consideration, rejected JEsus and made the final decision to leave him behind, the money also. NOW TELL ME THAT WAS NOT FREE WILL

    • KEep on removing blame, so that all the “innocent” actors don’t have to fix anything. This article by Caitlin does not apply to me, I am separate from the cosmic consciousness that you all refer to, having an independent free-thinking mind that perceives that there is an evil god, that the cosmic consciousness below that evil god does not perceive the nature of evil, that people are ignorant and do not educate themselves regarding the true nature of what is happening in the world, and so far have refused to make the necessary sacrifices and actions to save themselves. Stop the stupid philosophizing and start to take action. This is one of the most ridiculous articles by Caitlin, only matched in stupidity by the one that said that the god-conscious loves and seeks truth and pure knowledge. WAKE UP AND SPEAK TRUTH, NOT HIGH-MINDED PHILOSOPHICAL MUSINGS THAT DEPART FROM IT.

      • “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

        Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

        • Those that think that they are enslaved, must then be, as they probably percieve it that way. Being enslaved by your mind probably makes it difficult to perceive how to, or how others have achieved freedom.
          AS there is the saying “those who think that they are wise are ignorant, the wisest realize they know little.”
          Many years ago, when I heard that, I believed it and accepted that I was ignorant. For many later years, I studied many subjects deeply, using many “alternative” sources as well as textbooks and popular sources. I no longer consider myself ignorant, and realize, especially in comparison, that I do actually know quite a bit, and as a fairly wise person, percieve that I do. If I was wise, wouldn’t I know that? I do not follow conventional thinking, think outside the boxes, have come up with authentically original concepts, perceive what many of the most highly respected thinkers beforse me couldn’t; but you who claim to have an imprisoned mind states that my mind is imprisoned also, as you think that all minds are. Open the doors to your mind to think outside the boxes provided, to free yourself. Don’t believe all you read. You are so imprisoned and brainwashed that you cannot think for yourself, but quote others in ignorance as your sources.

          • You expressed a low opinion of Caitlin’s article, but your “Open the doors to your mind to think outside the boxes provided, to free yourself” sure sounds similar!

      • You said you: “perceive what many of the most highly respected thinkers beforse me couldn’t.”

        You’re not smart; you’re a narcissist.

        After 10 years of research and writing a 300-page book on the topic of self-reliance, personal agency, intellectual sovereignty, and drawing out the manner by which the <1% ruling elite deem the masses as a lower species, I would NEVER think to have the chutzpah and audacity to make the arrogant statements you just blithely make. Nowhere in recent memory have I seen such a brazen example of someone being ignorant of their ignorance to your extent. You make a very good case study for the personality trait of those who perpetuate the worst stereotypes of humanity.

      • Wow…I went to your website that is linked by your name herein and clicked on the “Team Members” link where your bio come up first. I have had a long career in the performing arts where bios are notoriously self-centered and delusional, but yours takes grandeur to the highest level yet… And I quote your self-commentary:

        “Now a man of incredible clarity in understanding difficult concepts, scientifically researching world systems and perceiving patterns and motivations of powers and principalities previously not known by most, he has refocused his awesome energy into changing those systems, his life-mission is now to change the whole civilization of the planet. You can best describe his character as “speed, guts, and glory.”

        If you ever got any real political or economic power, we’d all be doomed.

        • The reason I am first and only on the team member list is that I am currently the only one. Upon being incarcerated due to the revelatory information of my first major book EXPOSING THE MONEY MACHINE, I was abandoned by my church family, and even moreso after my second book which debunked the bible called THE UNTOLD NATURE OF CHRISTIANITY. In addition, my sister perjured to get me into prison, and kept the full will from my mom-$2 million. So I have no family and no friends, was released to the streets of Newark NJ , not even a shelter, being a dissident even while incarcerated, and now in a new town with limited resources, have no friends, family, vehicle, stove, or way to acquire them, so I spend all my time researching and disseminating information. My most recent work ANGRY LOUD AND CLEAR TRUTH is the best, and I prove therein that it is the Vatican that rules the world, in collaboration with the rich elite, which I name, and show what methods they use. I debunk evolution, psychology, allopathic medicine, schooling system, the legal system proving systemic racism within it, and in the conclusion, I provide a blueprint for an ideal civilization, even closing the gates of hell. Reading that book will prove my statement. In the conclusion of the book on the bible, there is a code of ethics to live by. Original and authentic. You have not researched me thoroughly. Read my books. IF you cannot afford the lousy $3, email me for free copies attached to a return email. truthforce57@gmail.com

        • Furthermore, I have no interest in power. My idea for an ideal civilization is what may have an attempted label of democratic socialist anarchy- self-sustaining agricultural communities, with no modern technology, no family unit, shared living, no government but all major decisions voted on by all members. EAch community having a limit of 150 members. There are many more aspects clearly defined. NO leadership.

          • Beside the question of how we’d get from where we are to a world of self-sustaining ecocommunities, how would such a world guard against the rise of aggressive communities, that maybe join into a larger, more powerful group, and/or resurrect a bit of technology to help them gain power?

            • Prepare a universal lesson plan for all future generations to be used by all communities

          • To get to the communities, world revolution is necessary. To prevent today’s situation to be repeated, education of the youth is going to be practiced, and that includes training against following leaders, against authority trying to lord over them, discerning character and motivations; instilling excelling ethics of community-mindedness, removing greed from their character- mentors who teach them the code of ethics I have proposed in my book on Christianity. In addition, all members will be trained from youth in self-defense, given warrior capabilities in the possibility of attack.

            • World revolution – but who’s to say it’d go in that direction?
              Education is going to be practised – who’s to say all such communities will practise it in the way you envision?

  • non-denominated 🙂

  • Good article, yes we must all awaken and understand that we are part of the same consciousness and let our egos go. Most likely the true path to our species salvation probably includes some form of denominated spirituality.

    • non-denominated 🙂

  • I like your perspective here Caitlin, but dont know how to reconcile it with your usual strong political commentary. I do believe Love is the way, but we all have a lot of letting go to realize it. I have been studying the Urantia book lately and feel it has a lot of answers for our delemma. Link below or check the many you -tube videos about it.
    https://urantiauniversity.org/

    • Great article again, for those who may consider the reality CJ postulates as too elusive or grandiose, short answer, Silentprayer.video, long answer The Urantia Book.
      See link under Foster Goodwill post.
      As for politics & society, Beware the ‘Build Back Better’ embrace the “Better Buy Bitcoin” paradigm.

  • I feel you are wonderfully inspirational and very insightful – keep up this line of communication please (in amongst the dreary dross of geopolitical nonsense)
    Nature is my god – as close to me as the soil beneath my feet and the clean air I breath…. So much better than its man-made construct… Mean, vengeful, distant and very very silent.
    Oh for the tools to totally connect.
    Thanks for publushing

  • I am the walrus among other things.

  • I honestly think sometimes it is a sort of trap of the mind to get lost in a maze of your own making and to make things more complicated than they really are.
    ~
    I think I’m not alone in this thinking and I think some of us are fixing to send a message that won’t suffer from misinterpretation. It won’t be a message of harm, but it will be a message attempting to reduce hostile confusion – call it conflation if it makes you feel smart.
    ~
    Not to get all mushy here, but honestly, lets keep it simple. You help me then I’ll help you and vice versa. So simple it is obvious and so why I ask, why has this simple concept of “Mutual Aid” been held in check and who has held it back cause it makes too much sense to the peasant in me. It makes good sense to help each other out. If I have some bounty, I’d be happy to share it with you cause I know one day, I might be lacking, or maybe my children might need some help. So, if I helped you out in your time of need, then seems sensible you would do likewise and I have no doubt that you would. I have no doubt cause I believe in the human spirit of goodwill. I believe we all want commonweal, and I know that this will become the way of the land. Either that or to be blunt about it, we will all be dead.
    ~
    Seems like an easy choice to me and the beauty is that we all have free will. So the Calvinists can shove it up their pompous brains cause they are so wrong and it is evident. Sometimes using logic it is easy to deduce, but other times it is love that matters and in the end love is the bottom line.
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    Love is the bottom line.
    ~
    LOVE

    • I agree.

      • Khatika – I’m touched.
        ~
        Sorry about my bridge temper tantrum.
        ~
        Ken

  • Ah Ms Johnstone, I hope your optimism never wanes. Unfortunately the owners and the masters have nothing but contempt for us peons and everything else on this planet. It is they who hold all the cards at this time; it is they who will let us survive or go extinct.

    • It only appears they hold the cards, actually the cards hold them.

  • I lived the first 8 paragraphs
    The rest were good.
    So who will be
    The Last of the Nomads?

  • Caitlin, all very well, good to know you better, I wish though you’ll realize that you´re not speaking about ‘us’. I repeat us’ ad infinitum, totally oblivious to the fact not everybody on earth, the way you put it, feels and thinks like Caitlin Johnstone.

  • The human species has the capacity to rise to a higher level of awareness and existence, but only through natural selection during times of crisis and disaster when the fittest survive and most others die. Don’t expect all or even most members of the human species to survive the coming implosion of our technocratic-military-industrial complex. Instead, look out for and team up with those few wise, alert, well-informed, realistic, honest, responsible, cooperative people. They are a very small minority but with such types we can start preparing rural, eco-friendly, frugal communities we will need to survive and thrive. Read more of this here: http://www.wisdompage.com/2013%20Articles/Molyneaux%20essay.pdf

    • The fittest as Kropotkin has already proven are those, amongst any species, who understand and practice Mutual Aid.
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      It really is that simple.
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      I’m so happy there have been so many Russian geniuses, and it don’t matter to me where the genius comes from as long as you share for free your ideas. A good idea grows by its lonesome.

    • Natural selection could select for the nastiest and most aggressive. How will rural, eco-friendly, frugal communities survive them?

      (And sorry for the double post!)

    • The west has no concept of collapse since we have had generations of bounty. It will be far worse than any imagine. A better stronger human race will emerge on the other side albeit much smaller.

  • Yeah – everything is connected. For good or for bad. It is all connected and we will all flourish together or we will all go down together.
    ~
    I’ll be the first one sinking with the ship and I will do it with dignity, but I hope it don’t go that way cause I have vision of fruit and bounty. OK, here is a song.
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    From the Pogues:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1fkKsd6Lz0
    I’d prefer to provide it from another source, but I’ll use the tools available.
    ~
    BK

    • What a perfect summary and essay on nondualism. I have saved it. Thank you!

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