Consciousness, Sovereignty, Health,
Sexuality, and Money
Reflections on Five Liberation Fronts
Last revised 02/06/99
Civilization on planet Earth is still developing. By some measures
the civilized world may seem advanced, but in other regards it is not
advanced at all. There is still plenty of suffering arising from
greed-based abuse, ignorance, and fear. Although some parts of the
world are lavished with material wealth, a closer examination may
show that the people living in such areas may only be living in
"jails of gold." A high standard of material wealth does not
necessarily correlate with a high standard of life.
Nevertheless, the New World Order notwithstanding, we suggest that a New Consciousness dawns in the areas of Consciousness, Sovereignty, Health, Sexuality, and Money which seeks to expand our horizons and lead us to a higher quality of life yet unimagined, beyond but not excluding material prosperity. As individuals we need to examine these five areas or liberations fronts, as we may more accurately regard them, notice where the limitations are, identify the misinformation, and then challenge ourselves to envision grander possibilities into which we can grow. Following is an initial look at these five key liberation fronts.
Our consciousness is our most immediate experience, yet we moderns are so often alienated and unaware of its potential. It is through consciousness that we may enjoy a rich and intimate connection with the depth of being. Many suffer from the notion that there is little to know about consciousness, that the study of consciousness both objectively through scientific methodology, as well as through personal exploration of one's own consciousness, offers little or no value. The study of consciousness is faintly recognized and much less addressed in the hyper-commercialized culture of the modern world. It counts for little or nothing. Yet it is the essence of wisdom, even in an ambiance of cynicism. What if not just our spiritual and psychological wellbeing depended on the nature of our consciousness? What if our health, the people in our lives, and even our physical circumstances were a function of the dynamics of our conscioussness? We suggest that the study of consciousness is essential to our wellbeing.
In the western world at this time we hardly have a vocabulary with which we can address the various aspects of consciousness. The words describing the various aspects of consciousness are long, few, and awkward. Even in the fields of contemporary philosophy and psychology, the understanding of consciousness is scant. If we look up the words noetics, phenomenology, ontology, and epistimology in any dictionary that we have handy, we will have an exceptionally good dictionary if we find them. These words are not listed except in the most comprehensive dictionaries. Yet, just having a sense of the issues that these fields of study explore will sensitize us to a greater understanding of previously nebulous and unrecognized aspects of knowing. We hardly ever hear about these things, even in college. Our culture is so alienated from consciousness, that its study seems strange. We suggest that the study of consciousness be universally encouraged, that it may become a common element of our culture, that we may consequently upgrade the quality of our lives.
We can start by sensitizing ourselves to consciousness by observing and exploring our own consciousness, and studying all that we can about its nature as written by other consciousness explorers of past and present. Many suffer from numbness or ennui as a result of living under stress, haste and feeling compelled to perform personally meaningless jobs for long periods of time. Many may need to slow down and relax so that the full bloom of consciousness may come forth. If we are fortunate we may find some one who has done this for a while and has some wisdom about it.
To advance in the area of consciousness we must be so interested its exploration that we become effortlessly dedicated to our quest. And our knowledge of consciousness comes from our own realization. The study of consciousness is experiential as well as conceptual. We need to discover, claim, and have confidence in our own ability to know and not always be relying on experts. Also, we need to continually challenge our understanding in order to further expand it. In our study of consciousness everything is subject to scrutiny. Our freedom of thought and inquiry must be entirely uninhibited. Our inquiry can be intense at times.
If we are to enjoy greater freedom we must be well-seated in the understanding and use of our consciousness. Who manages our consciousness? Is it us? If not us, then who or what?
The essence of Sovereignty is responsibility, self-determination, and respect for the rights of others. If we are to "create our own reality", then we must be sovereign. We will be hampered if we live in an over-regulated society as is becoming the case, due to the apathy, insecurity, and slumber of the general public that wants various bureaucracies to take care of it. If multitudes of people choose or acquiesce to an over-regulated society, then let that be their choice. But that does not have to be our choice. We can choose Sovereignty. (What do you choose?)
Sovereignty is the status of free will to exercise the Unalienable Rights with which we are born, granted by the Creator, without impediment by any other being or group. We are referring to personal sovereignty, not simply national sovereignty. We are born sovereign, but we may lose our sovereignty by: 1) infringing on the Rights of another, as when one injures another and is consequently obligated to provide restitution, and 2) through ignorance, as when we unknowingly exchange our Rights for regulated privileges or benefits through contract, particularly with governments, through such schemes as applications for a Social Security number, driver licence, etc. After entering into such contracts, "public servants" paid by various bureaucratic agencies may act as if they own us.
Being a sovereign means being fully vested with our Unalienable Rights. We have RIGHTS that were not created or given to us by any government. Are we willing to take responsibility for ourselves? If you are not already sovereign, do you want to recover your sovereignty? Do you feel like a sovereign? Do you have the spirit of Sovereignty?
Many individuals might consider themselves to be educated and yet not have any understanding of their rights. Conventional educational institutions hardly teach students about their rights. Each generation seems to less and less understand the nature of unalienable rights. It is time to reverse this trend, unless the human race becomes a breed of thoroughly regulated "productivity units" -- i.e. automatons! Are the dynamics of social Darwinism creating such a specie?
The New World Order, which seems to be promulgated by the major financial powers of the world and enforced through the policing of various agencies of the corporate United States, other corporate governments, and the United Nations, is antithetical to sovereignty. We are not against world unity. We are only weary of coercive financial and military methods that may be used to achieve it. What do we really mean by world unity? Unity through friendship, or "unity" through coercion? As technology improves, world unity is inevitable, but we must insist and protect our rights at every step.
Sovereignty is eroded through ignorance of our rights, the financial stress arising from dubious monetary policies designed to create ever-increasing debt, and exacerbation of the public's fears via mass media. Once the public is dismayed it is easy to justify the establishment and continued re-enforcement of an oppressive police state in order to "protect the public." We suggest that in large measure the stress in the world arises from the scheming of the unseen and little-known upper echelons of the international financiers, directly or indirectly working through and masked by the governments of the world, opportunistically taking advantage of the public's susceptibility, fear, and ignorance.
Knowledge is our most powerful weapon for protecting our Rights. It has been said that, "If you don't know your rights, then you don't have any!" We will add that "If you don't know how to protect your rights, then you will also not have any!" We must have knowledge of our rights, and also know how to protect them.
The law of freedom, rooted in the tradition of the Common Law, has these core principles:
(If you neglect to insist on a right, then
you are deemed to have abandoned it.)
The area of Health is about being optimally embodied. This requires our conscious and intentional participation. We need to take responsibility for creating and managing our health, rather than depending on a medical establishment that seems to have been commercialized to require large amounts of money. We need to monitor, manage, and create as much as possible our personal state of health. In order to do this we must let go of the disempowering idea that we are at the mercy of our bodies. Instead, we suggest that our health is significantly linked to our consciousness and lifestyle. The dynamics of psychosomatics need to be more seriously explored. We also need to research little-known and forgotten simple, preventative health practices, such as nutrition, breathing, and exercise, that are often down-played in favor of expensive treatments yielding questionable results. Health is an area where our own knowledge of our bodies and health practices is all-important.
Health is about creating our own body. We suggest that we may evolve to a point where we will be able to consciously materialize our bodies directly from consciousness in the span of a moment. This may seem like fantasy, but it is a concept worthy of guiding us.
"Losing love and compassion is in fact the price of suppressing
lust's natural, original feelings."
Susie Bright's Sexual State of the Union, pg. 76
Susie Bright's Sexual State of the Union, pg. 76
The academy seeks to facilitate our understanding, enhancement, and enjoyment of our sexual nature.
Sexuality has too often been irrationally shunned. Too often sexuality and spirituality have been separated and pitted as contrary principles. Yet, sexuality and spirituality share a common ground. We do well to identify that common ground in our own experience. Life is the expression of Spirit. If we cast aside whatever fears or neurosis may haunt us, then we may intuit that the desire for sex is a desire for Life, a compelling desire for the ecstatic experience of the "allness of Life" which is the essence of spirituality. We dare not separate this from our human nature, lest it be severely impaired. Sexuality is not only the focused intensity of ecstatic sensations of the sexual act. Sexual energy also permeates our entire being, and embraces the broadest range of emotions. Although we feel that Freudian psychology missed the mark in some regards, and we do not necessarily endorse its application, it did recognize the significance and pervasiveness of sexuality, which in itself is a significant insight. We are sexual beings. Sexuality needs to be better integrated in our psyche. The evidence of this is that sexuality has been shrouded in guilt, shame, fear, and ignorance in almost all segments of society. Sexual sanity has yet to manifest on our planet!
We need to care for our sexuality. If are to truly mature and know ourselves, our sexuality cannot be ignored, denied, feared, suppressed, or repressed. Our sexuality needs to be healed, expressed, and appreciated without shame, guilt, or neurotic fears. And it must always be left to our consent and discretion. Our sexuality is a right for us to exercise in the context of our sovereignty.
Our own understanding and openness to our sexuality will help as heal and evolve our sexuality, and our beingness in general. Sexual experience is to a large degree about being. It is about how we experience our own beingness and that of others. We need to learn as much as we care to about sexuality in general, and as much as possible about our own sexuality. No inquiry of self-knowledge or quest for spiritual growth can get far without our acceptance, understanding, and integration of our sexuality.
We need to look beyond the fear-based dictates and stereotypes reflected in misguided religion and laws. We each must care for and take responsibility for our sexuality. Our sexual nature has more to offer beyond moments of pleasure, or the attraction of opposite genders for the perpetuation of our species.
It is a grave mistake to exclude sexuality from our selfhood. The energy that is sexuality must always be embraced if we are to be whole and happy. Who controls your sexuality? Is it you? If you want it to be you, then own your sexuality, care for it, and responsibly explore it.
Let us understand how the world is controlled . . .
It seems that everyone wants to be rich, although many may not openly admit it. We should ask: How can we create a world wherein everyone can easily have the quality of experience that we seek through wealth? How can we create a world wherein we feel free, have access to all we desire, mobility, and free time? This is the challenge we have in order to create a more advanced civilization. Unfortunately, people still suffer too much from lack. Too many feel stuck, trapped, stymied, compromising and struggling just to survive and get by. And others are numb from overwork and stress over extended periods of time to even feel that. The ambiance of our contemporary societies make life unenjoyable for too many. We wish to be relieved of our struggle for survival by achieving wealth. Is it no wonder that money seems to be almost everyone's preoccupation?
Yet, we should ask: What problems does money create? What problems does it solve? Can we envision an advanced non-oppressive civilization without money? Presently, private banking cartels control money and almost everything else through money. Who are these people? Should they be in such a position to control the world by controlling the money supply? This is a cunning group, having arrived at their current position through astuteness, diligence, and stealth. They have used their position of being perceived as sources of money to indebt (enslave) and drive the human race at a fierce pace. Labor can be controlled through slavery or debt. Banks indirectly control labor through debt. Is there wisdom in having private bankers control the world through money? We believe that greed needs to be transcended and noble values honored. We must not allow ourselves to be controlled by artificial scarcities and fear.
A study of behavioral psychology, particularly the work of B. F. Skinner on operant conditioning, clues us in on how money can and is used as a universal or "ultimate" re-enforcer for shaping human behavior. Whether or not the financial powers of the world consciously recognize the principles of operant conditioning in their banking practices, they use them, although not optimally. It would be to everyone's advantage if they did. How that may be done is still unclear, and more reflection on this point is needed. The issue of control through money is a challenge that will hopefully cause the human race to advance to a more rewarding existence.
In About Behaviorism, chapter 12, Skinner asks: "Will a culture evolve in which no individual will be able to accumulate vast power [money] and use it for his own aggrandizement in ways which are harmful to others?" (Bracketed term inserted by the writer.) We would hope so. As an example, this question brings to mind how the Bill Gates/Microsoft cartel is currently dictating the face of computing and the negative (limiting) effects it is causing in the software field. Skinner also asks: "Will a culture evolve in which individuals are not so much concerned with their own actualization and fulfillment that they do not give serious attention to the future of the culture?" We do not think so. If people give up their rights through apathy, fear, or ignorance, and become "sheeple," then there is little hope.
We may further ask: What conditions would make money less of a re-enforcer, or more of a re-enforcer? It seems that for money to be less of a re-enforcer, some important and basic human needs must first be satisfied, that money cannot guarantee. Our human demands for authenticity of self-identity, self-expression, and caring human relationships are large factors in human happiness, and are outside the fold of financial re-enforcement. If we care about such needs, we will be less under the sway of money. If we cannot be who we are, if we have to suppress our identity, if we are blocked from expressing our creativity because of social-economic conditions, and if we feel disconnected from others, then financial rewards will be hollow. Matthew 16:26 is fitting here: For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Authentic, noble and altruistic values are more rewarding (have more re-enforcement value) than the shallow values of consumerism.
Star Trek gives us hope. Apparently in this modern mythology the human race has resolved the issue of money. In the Star Trek universe the human race no longer suffers from poverty and apparantly there is "no money," and everyone seems to be more or less fulfilled doing what they enjoy doing. How this has been achieved is unclear, as is the role that its (fictitious) technology has played (Does anyone want a replicator?). I believe that both primitive and, albeit yet unknown, advanced societies do not use money, at least not in its present form. I speculate that only those societies evolving between primitive and advanced use money in its present form to control and manage.
The next step in evolving the money system involves 1) exposing, i.e., make common knowledge, how banking works, how money is "created out of nothing" rather than loaned (as banks deceive us into believing), and 2) relieving the people of coercive banking and taxation policies. Will enough bankers and legislators become enlightened and give up their neurotic fears, insecurity, and compulsive need to control the planet before revolutions break out? Many believe the revolutions have already started. It may just not yet be on the 6 o'clock news or in the New York Times. Or if it is, it may only be portrayed in distorted propagandized terms. After all, who's behind the media?
Is a desirable world without money possible? We believe that it is. From a broader horizon, we are already living in such a world. It is Nature. The dynamics of symbiosis are everywhere in Nature, and symbiosis need not be cruel and savage, as are some arenas in Nature. The Sun does not have a commercial contract with the human race regarding the provision of warmth in exchange for money, goods, or services, nor does the Earth charge for all that she provides for us. All plants and the creatures of Nature, other than humans, live without the need for money. All non-human entities in Nature have their place for what they are in a state of symbiotic balance. We are not suggesting that we return to primitive "back to nature" lifestyles. What we are suggesting is that we take a cue from the symbiosis found in Nature and pattern our human affairs to similar harmony. We would do well to form fluid symbiotic relationships with Nature and with each other.
It is time to eliminate all forms of slavery, from total servitude to economic debt and "wage slavery." Is anyone interested in creating a world in which no one feels like a slave? If banks do not want a revolution against them, then they must revise their policies regarding disclosure and forgiving of alleged debts. We say "alleged debts" because, contrary to popular notions, modern banks do not lend any of their money when they make "loans." They actually "lend back" the promissory notes of the "borrower." However, they do not disclose this, and they avoid the issue and/or get "bent out of shape" if a "borrower" asks them a simple question such as: "How much of the bank's money did the bank loan me?"
Think about the origin money. (If you have credit cards, think about where the money really comes from every time you use them.) How can we create a world in which everyone has the experience of wealth, not just the banks, or those that the banks favor?
The academy seeks and encourages the optimal evolution and harmonization of the areas Consciousness, Sovereignty, Health, Sexuality, and Money. The thoughts here expressed are intended to serve as starting points for greater thought with the hope that innovations birthed by that thought will take our civilization to a higher standard of life.
Think on these things!
What's on your mind? Your comments about these issues are welcome.
©1998 Vorpal Sol