Serialised book: “The Subtle Dance” – 16th (and final) instalment

Epilogue

numérisation0058If you are on a journey from honest rationalism to freedom and spirituality, I hope this book has provided you with enough material to bolster your confidence in your own intuition.

Deep down you’ve always felt that something was shaky and shallow in society’s mainstream narrative. Reality is far more subtle that what we’re told by the system. Yet the system impresses because it plays on fear and the whims of ego. It has a firm grip on education, science, justice… It has authority. It is Authority. But only in the thin layer of reality that we perceive through the distorted lenses of the belief system downloaded in our minds.

Evidence of the subtle side of reality is massive and beyond doubt. Part I outlined a few aspects of this mountain of evidence. I would encourage you to conduct your own research, and test, compare and verify as much as possible by yourself.

Present developments on the planet are accelerating beyond anything anyone could have imagined a few decades ago. Part II shed light on a few historical trends and focused on the global crisis and the role of the elite in nurturing the crisis and manipulating events and information to create confusion, anxiety and ultimately total subservience out of fear.

Recognising all this, the crucial question left for the ex rationalist is “what is the purpose of my life in this mess and how can I navigate through it all to fulfil my life mission?” Part III sought to convey the potentially luminous simplicity of our relationship with “Presence”, that silent little voice, always present, always wise. This relationship is dynamic and beautiful; it’s a dance, a clever dance. Every step is new, every step is an adventure, a discovery. Some steps can be hard, even seemingly cruel. But as one learns to dance and to understand how Presence guides us, it becomes obvious that all joys and hardships alike are guiding messages.

The ultimate challenge is to find the courage to always follow Presence’s silent recommendations, even when our intellect fails to grasp their rationale. This is true for the smallest everyday things and for the most crucial choices in life. This is true for purely personal matters, such as one’s own physical health, and is also true for our participation in the collective destiny of humans and other creatures on the planet.

 

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Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

Serialised book: “The Subtle Dance” – 15th instalment

Part III. Follow your soul

Out of slavery

Only continual interaction with the gentle Presence inside us is of real help in today’s world. Although most people sense that something is profoundly wrong with the all pervasive fear and stubborn egotism that dominate society, they can’t put their finger on the root of the problem and have no idea of how things could be improved. As a matter of fact we’re all subjected to intensive mind control designed to maintain us in a state of confusion and frightened bewilderment. The rat race seems an inescapable fact of life and continual competition in every field is routinely presented as the very dynamics of existence, whereas in reality it is a pathetic dead end struggle between bruised little egos.

The core difficulty is that there does not seem to be any credible alternative to that pointless rat race. At least not as long we remain trapped in the mindset forced on us by the occult powers running the show in “this world”. These have thoroughly brainwashed us with themes of fear, judgement, guilt, hatred, separation, hierarchy, and the absurdly restrictive belief that what we see is all there is. Regaining our freedom requires giving up these ideas and realising that society’s dominant elite is possessed by misguided spiritual entities.

Events on the planet are presently so shocking that it looks as if the elite had given up any real pretence to be acting for the common good. The masks are down. And yet so many people still refuse to see the obvious. Because they are in fear and totally absorbed by the survival game. Fear is instilled by a comprehensive system of indoctrination involving virtually every mainstream institution and relayed down society’s hierarchical lines by lots of different people, many of then naively sincere. There lies a big challenge: to have to question practically everything we’ve been told, even by our parents, teachers, family doctor and other well meaning individuals who genuinely thought what they told us was true and in our best interest to know. Their intent was good, but they were themselves trapped in the powerful belief system created to control humanity. A cycle of mind control which has repeated itself over and over for generations.

Today, we have a chance to break the cycle, because we can see what goes on at the global level, which previous generations couldn’t. Subtle vibrational changes are taking place, which sensitive folks can feel quite distinctly. The controlling forces know that their power is under threat and they do all they can to create more panic, agitation and distractions than ever before in order to keep everyone in the mental prison. This is quite evident from all the senseless military activity intensifying around the globe, from the repeated alerts about supposedly deadly viruses and unprecedented epidemics, from the engineered economic and migration crises, all whipped up at nauseam by the media which at the same time devote a vast amount of attention to trivialities like sport competitions and celebrity shows interspersed with silly adverts.

The very excesses of this torrent of manipulation and trivia are giving the plot away. A dying monster is spitting fire in desperation. We can see it all so clearly. Now how do we navigate through that extraordinary environment? Our ultimate personal guide is Presence. And the way to signal to Presence that we are ready to follow its guidance is by aligning with unconditional integrity, love, compassion and forgiveness for all, including ourselves. When we say “all”, this means more than all humans, it means all creatures: plants, water, stones, animals, and invisible entities of any kind. This is natural spirituality, inclusive and holistic. It’s a trusting embrace of the universe.

In a way natural spirituality is extremely simple, frighteningly simple. Too simple, at first, to be readily accepted by our reasoning intellect. The latter is clever at raising possible objections. You’re not going to trust science any more? Are you rejecting the religion of your fathers? You know that “real life” is a hard struggle, don’t you? You’re not going to start daydreaming about hairy fairy stuff, are you? … etc., etc. Before clinging back to the fears and limitations of your panicky intellect, ask yourself if your intellect, or anybody’s intellect, is capable of making coherent sense of what goes on in the world, and of conceiving “solutions”, collective or personal. If you are lucid and honest, you have to admit that the intellect can’t do it, because it is a very limited tool that won’t bring you very far at all.

And if, by contrast, you think back of the synchronicities and subtle messages you received at different points in your life, you have to admit that the power of Presence is much greater than that of the intellect. This is experiential evidence. Ultimately it is the only evidence at our disposal to choose our path. Either the path of materialistic and dogmatic beliefs or the path of natural spirituality with Presence guiding every aspect of our life.

At this juncture, words are too narrow and limiting to convey the message. Only in your personal interaction with Presence can you find the energy and enlightenment to move forward. There are of course practical things you can do to facilitate spiritual progress. Like meditating, going in the fresh air and exercising, interacting with animals and plants, eating healthy non industrial food, relying on alternative forms of healing, reducing the time spent using electronic gadgets…etc. These are very good habits, but at the end of the day they are not the essential.

The essential is the ability to hear the inner little voice of Presence and the courage to follow its advice even when your intellect can’t immediately figure out the rationale for that advice. Whenever you have that courage you invariably find out that the rationale for what Presence suggested always appears at some stage. The key is that Presence knows. Presence is not hindered by the barrier of time. Presence is aware of the full spectrum of potentialities. He/she knows that if you do this or that the consequences will be a or b. On that basis it advises you and then leaves you free to follow the advice or to ignore it.

The problem of most people is that they can’t hear Presence’s little voice because their mind is too distracted by all the noise from society amplified by their ego. In the previous chapter we have seen techniques to keep the ego under control so as to regain the ability to hear the inner little voice. Say you have acquired that ability. That’s marvellous. But then the choice is yours: either following the advice as it is, even if you can’t see its rational justification, or letting your intellect take over, reason, speculate and lead you on a different path. Anyone brought up in the Western way of thinking will be extremely tempted to trust his intellect rather than Presence’s little voice. At that point you have to gather the courage to resist the sirens of the intellect and trust Presence totally.

A practical way to learn to do this is to experiment first with little things. Here is an example I have experienced myself recently. While cleaning up our garage which is full of stuff, I tore a panel of hard cardboard into pieces and was about to throw them all in the paper and cardboard bin when I felt the little voice advising me very strongly to keep three pieces of a certain size. Why on earth would Presence interfere with such a mundane activity as throwing away pieces of cardboard? Anyway I followed this incomprehensible advice. Within minutes it turned out that the three pieces I had kept fitted perfectly at the bottom of an old wooden fruit box which I was very glad to be able to use to keep half used pots of paints, bushes and other stuff.

You may wonder why Presence gets involved into such unimportant matters. The thing is that Presence is queen to help us with little as well as with more important aspects of our life. In fact, unlike the earth bound intellect, eternal Presence isn’t obsessed with distinctions and separations: when does something begin to be “important”? The only thing that matters is whether we are on the path of our mission in life which can be anything that facilitates our spiritual progress towards complete alignment with unconditional love. All the rest is detail for which we can simply trust Presence.

But you don’t have to believe me. Experiment by yourself. Just be attentive to the next messages of your own Presence, follow them if they don’t seem too risky and see what happens. Once you will have experimented a few times with little things and seen by yourself how it works, you will have the confidence to trust Presence for matters that, in your eyes, seem more important.

You might think that this business of Presence sounds quite promising at an individual level but wonder how it could ever help solve the immense and apparently intractable problems of mankind. And therefore doubt that it could seriously help your children and grand children have a decent life in an increasingly chaotic society and degraded environment. That is where trust in your inner Presence takes on a truly universal dimension. When you become free from the mind control imposed on society by occult entities through the ego’s of a corrupt elite, you radiate positive subtle energy in the universe, and when enough of us become free and begin to generate such positive subtle energy, a critical mass is reached and the whole game of visible “reality” is changed at a fundamental level.

Here again you don’t have to believe me. Observe by yourself what goes on in the world. Observe your own reactions, and how they change once you start following your own Presence’s flow of suggestions and guidance.

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

You were born to wake up

Here is a video posted by Zen Gardner.

http://www.zengardner.com/born-wake/

In less than 3 minutes it illustrates quite a few themes developed in my book “The Subtle Dance”.

Check this blog soon for the last instalments of the book.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

Serialised book: “The Subtle Dance” – 14th instalment

Part III. Follow your soul

Silencing ego and unhelpful entities

The exact nature of our ego and of entities attached to it is beyond rational comprehension. And so is the reason why they continually interfere with our lives. But in the end that’s not so important. Our practical experience is that they do interfere, and we have to find practical ways to deal with them. Dogmatic religion tends to view the ego as sinful and entities interfering with us as evil and malign. To free a person possessed by dark entities the conventional technique used by religious authorities is exorcism. This is a confrontational approach, a facet of the relentless fight between good and evil.

We prefer a completely different approach. In our vision the ego is not per se bad and sinful. It is essentially full of fear and craving for love. As for entities, whether lost souls trapped around the material world after their physical life or so-called demonic entities, they are not intrinsically bad either even if they make us do “bad” things. We prefer to call them misguided. Even the souls of the most horrible criminals, sadists and tyrants, alive or dead, and the devil himself are ultimately poor sods who got themselves tangled in the wrong vibrations.

Think about it. If we are really serious about total unconditional love permeating an all encompassing oneness, we simply have no choice but extending empathy, pardon and sincere good intentions towards every conceivable bundle of consciousness. Short of absolute unconditional love, intuitive guidance by Presence gets blurred, and judgement sets in with attendant hatred and fear. And our whole nice vision collapses into total confusion. So every spiritual, psychological, healing technique or any other technique we may consider has to be in absolute alignment with total unconditional love extending to all possible entities, including people and animals alive, extraterrestrials, demons, earthbound spirits or any other invisible thing. This is non negotiable. Let’s be crystal clear about this: you bring an ounce of judgement and non love to the table, and all your best intentions go down the drain.

Admittedly this is not always so easy to do. Let’s face it, there are people, alive or dead, whom we love to hate for all kinds of reasons. And there are a lot of other people whom we find uninteresting if not totally repulsive. And there are a lot of situations and places we find unattractive, boring, or ugly. Changing our attitude towards non judgement – not silly optimism, but non judgement – requires a significant effort. But that’s the deal. All the techniques and tricks we are going to look at in the next pages aren’t worth anything without complete surrender to total unconditional love for all that exists.

Now on to the practical stuff. First, we need to protect ourselves from the mistakes of our ego and the misguided entities that seek to interfere with us. At the end of the day these effects boil down to one thing: distracting us from intuitive guidance by Presence, hindering our connection to Source, and sucking away our subtle energy. We need to develop tactics to ensure that we manage to keep following intuitive guidance and retain our vital energy in spite of all the distractions thrown at us. To do this we have to learn to recognise the tricks of ego and the entities. This is not like unmasking a culprit and putting him away for good. Because the ego is for ever changing, popping up with different faces. It can appear ruthless and vile, but also look nice and full of good intentions. So how can we recognise its whims and not confuse them for messages from Presence? What are the tangible manifestations to alert us?

A first sign is when your mind is caught in incessant chatter. You can’t stop it. It rumbles on and on from one idea or emotion to another at a frantic pace. Sometimes reminiscing old stuff, retrospective anger, suffering, shame or regrets. Or stirring negative anticipations about the future. This inner chatter of ego is exhausting and highly distractive. It keeps your attention away from what you are doing and covers the silent little voice of Presence.

Another sign is when your ideas and associated emotions tend to be restrictive or judgemental. When you allow yourself to be misguided by antipathy towards a person or group, by racism, nationalism, clichés, moral dogmas, political prejudices, etc…etc. Or on the contrary when you are lured by the seductive theatricals of people who just want to manipulate you and try to steal your energy. In all cases the limitations created by the ego destroy your ability to be free and engage in harmonious relations.

A further indication is when you feel deeply empty, dissatisfied, frustrated, in want of something you can’t exactly put your finger on. A feeling that life is not treating you as it should. This is a limiting belief that you are creating for yourself. You feel cheated, you resent it and you are prompted to feel resentment against everything and everybody.

What these various manifestations have in common is that they tend to make you feel tired, exhausted and depressed or stimulate you into manic agitation. The flow of energy is never balanced. The ego keeps your mind in a narrow vision of yourself in relation to the world around you. It makes you loose sight of your eternal perfect higher self and imagine that you are only this body and this social role. Neither of the latter can ever be up to your true aspirations. All this creates havoc into your mind-body-soul system. Destroying, sucking or perverting your life energy. And once your subtle energy is impaired the ego sets you on the prowl to find replacement energy to steal from outside. Drinking, taking drugs, staying glued to electronic gadgets, overworking, and compulsive eating…all forms of addictive behaviour are vain attempts to regain some of the vital energy drained by various entities through the contortions of ego. Learning to recognise the wrong messages of ego and to be aware of possible entities infesting your life comes with practice. Once you are aware of the phenomenon you gradually acquire the ability to spot its manifestations.

The next step is to develop techniques to prevent the ego and entities from getting you into trouble or prompt you to harm others. Think of the state of uncontrollable rage some people fall into when faced with unexpected frustrations. You see them shout and throw or break stuff, when it’s not actually hitting somebody. When it happens it is very painful for them, and can be traumatic for people around. The person is generally well aware, and quite ashamed of what he or she is up to, but can’t stop. The frustration build up is too powerful, steam has to come out. Defusing the workings of ego and attached entities consists in preventing the blend of thoughts and emotions leading to such rage and violence, or to covert self harming or other destructive attitudes, sometimes under the disguise of kindness and good intentions.

In the conventional view of life we tend to associate the way people behave to their “personality”, with its “good” and “bad” sides. Society tends to admire “strong” personalities, and generally values the idea of personality, as if it was something to be proud of and cherish. As if it was the intrinsic mark of what we are. In fact personality is only a superficial and temporary part of us: the role we play in this life, which is easily taken over by the ego. Techniques for muting the ego and keeping entities at bay rest on a clear awareness of what we really are: eternal and perfect waves of infinite consciousness. Clear awareness that there is nothing amiss about us and that we are in no way inferior or superior to anyone or anything.

A very effective technique to get rid of the negative ideas and emotions implanted in our body-mind-soul system through the mistakes of ego and interference of entities is “ho’oponopono”. This technique originating from Hawaai has become very popular in recent years. It consists in silently saying the words: “Sorry, please excuse me, thank you, I love you”. In poetic esoteric parlance you could say it’s a technique of purification. In a computer metaphor we can call it a procedure for cleansing files. The ego and attached entities work with limiting beliefs and judgements. If you remove these regularly, you literally pull the carpet from under their feet and stop them starting their act.

How can you use ho’ponopono in practice? Say you are going to meet someone – professionally or in a private context – and you are a bit apprehensive about his or her attitude towards you. Just before meeting the person, say the words. Say them sincerely, not addressed to the person, but addressed to the universe. You are effectively asking the universe to help you get rid of the judgements you may have about that person’s attitude towards you. In fact you don’t know what the person’s attitude is towards you. And what you imagine has no solid basis. So just wipe it all out. But this is not so easy to do, because your ego feeds you with all sorts of wrong ideas. So you ask the universe to clear away these wrong ideas. And you ask it with the words of ho’oponopono. An immediately tangible effect of ho’oponopono is to help you stay calm, attentive and open minded. It makes you appear more relaxed, less aggressive, more cooperative. The person in front of you senses this and responds accordingly. The dialogue is easier. Subtle energy flows better.

Fairly straightforward in fact, and very effective in a wide variety of circumstances. For instance you can use ho’oponopono while driving. You see stressed drivers in their cars around you, there is a lorry in front that you’ll have to overtake. Say the words to ask the universe to remove judgements or anticipations you might have about other drivers. You will feel more relaxed and more attentive. And other drivers will behave more decently than you’d half expected prior to your purification of thoughts and emotions. Yet these drivers could not possibly have observed your body language like a direct interlocutor in a meeting might perhaps do. So is some kind of telepathy involved? Who knows? The mechanics are not important. What matters is that it works. The words of ho’oponopono, and more importantly the sincere intention behind them actually influence reality, your reality, the one on the screen of your mind.

The technique can also be applied in relation to your body. If you feel pain or discomfort, you may ensure that you don’t get into a panic but keep an open mind and do your best to hear the messages your body is sending you. Like “you need a rest”. Or “you don’t want to be overburdened by excess food”. Say the words of ho’oponopono to ask the universe to eliminate any fears you might have about your health. It will help you remember that your body is not a machine getting gradually worn out but an open system continually regenerating itself, even in old age, even on the eve of death. And the latter after all is only a change of scenery at spiritual level.

The best way, in fact the only way, to learn the use of ho’oponopono is through regular practice in different contexts, at different times, with different people or things. You have to experiment and observe. And experiment not only with sincerity and confidence but also with respect for other peoples’ freedom. When you are discussing with someone, it may be that the other person is right to disagree with you or refuse to do what you are asking. So your attitude when addressing the words of ho’oponopono to the universe must be to wish what is best for all concerned rather just what your ego thinks is best for you.

Having some idea of how to mute ego and attached entities, we are now going to explore attitudes and techniques to prompt positive responses from Presence.

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

Serialised book: “The Subtle Dance” – 13th instalment

Part III. Follow your soul

The silent Presence

On the face of it, “our world” looks like becoming utterly awful. We’re marching towards global madness and our reasoning intellect appears powerless to deal with the inextricable knot of problems and contradictions facing mankind. But many observations suggest that the whole drama is only the shallow end of reality. There is clearly a much wider and more subtle side of existence. We peered through it in the first part of this book. And then used our insights to take a fresh look at what might be driving the global crisis in the material world.

Now we come to the practical part of the book: how we can change our life to create more harmony within ourselves, send positive vibes into the world and stop being intimidated by the dominant system. In the next chapters we discuss attitudes, techniques and tricks which work well for a number of people. But learning to swim through life’s tumultuous flow of energy is a personal adventure. So don’t take any of what follows as instructions for what you have to do. Try and experiment, and have confidence in the silent Presence within yourself. Presence is a true friend always ready to help. A kind and faithful partner waiting to guide your every step in a new dance.

But there are also intruders on the dance floor: our confused ego and misguided entities that continually try and distract us from paying attention to our steps. We have to become aware of how they operate and learn how to neutralise them. It’s the first major task in the process of change. Once we reach a stage where distractions thrown at us by the ego and misguided entities no longer make us trip everything becomes easier and much more fluid. We receive subtle energy through guidance from Presence. Fear, anxiety, anger and frustration are massively reduced. We’re able to start getting rid of our addictions. The law of attraction begins to serve us well. Synchronicities appear more evident; we perceive them and learn to respond to their messages. Self confidence and gratitude rise in our body-mind-soul. We are more lucid about what goes on in the material world but no longer get into a panic about it, no matter what fresh crises turn up on the screen.

None of this is an intellectual construct. The intellect knows hardly anything essential. Our intuition must be given the freedom to sense and experiment. Intuition isn’t restricted to the mind. It involves every aspect of us from conscious thoughts to physical sensations. From dreams to lucid dreams and silent impressions. Our key assumption about reality is that it is one, continuous, interacting flow of infinite energy and consciousness. And we have to trust it all. Trust its fundamental harmony and benevolence.

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

A short pause before Part III of serialised book

Part I and Part II of the serialised book « The Subtle Dance » have been posted.

You can access the pdf The Subtle Dance Part I & Part II

Part III will appear shortly. Let your friends know.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

Serialised book: “The Subtle Dance” – 12th instalment

Part II: The heavy side of reality

Ego and dark entities

When you consider the chain of events which led to the present mess on our planet you wonder how and why it happened. Could it just have been a series of haphazard circumstances? Mindless evolution through pure chance without conscious intention? The probabilities of each single event are so ridiculously low that the whole scenario is simply impossible. And yet it happened. If we look at things only on the visible level the whole story eludes us. Somehow we have to come to terms with the inescapable evidence that what we see are visible manifestations of something happening at a different level of reality.

From our insights into the subtle realm we can think of “all there is” as an infinite field of energy, information, and consciousness steeped in unlimited non judgemental love. Such a vision is quite consistent with the harmony we see everywhere in nature. But it isn’t particularly easy to reconcile with the human history of violence and meanness. What is it in the whole scheme that turns human beings into such difficult, negative self harming creatures? We don’t know, but we can try prudent assumptions. Such as to imagine that in the subtle layers of reality distinct energy entities follow their own agenda not in alignment with universal love.

Many religious or esoteric traditions have offered images and stories of entities in the subtle realm interfering with creatures of our world. These entities – spirits, angels, demons.. – could be benign or malign. Some could have been incarnated as humans and others not, and some could be creatures from other planets or even other universes. More prosaically, subtle entities might just be clouds of thoughts and emotions potentially affecting our souls, minds and bodies. Metaphysical technicalities are not essential. What matters in the end is that subtle entities of one shape or another do interfere with us. And they do it largely through interacting with our own ego.

The ego is the mortal part of us. The one that sees itself separate from the rest of the universe and uses the reasoning intellect to try and deal with material things. There are very different facets to ego. It can appear arrogant and bullying or take on the clothes of humility and generosity. It can express itself though a whinny little voice or through noisy boasting. In whatever shape or role it turns up the ego is preoccupied with the “outside”: other peoples’ attitudes and judgements, society’s expectations, assumed dangers from the environment. It tends to see the outside as mainly hostile and is therefore steeped in fear and insecurity. The latter prevents the mind from reaching a relaxed confidence in the universe conducive to intuitive guidance. And disconnection from intuitive guidance attracts malign entities through resonance. Let’s explain that: each type of thought or emotion has its own “frequency”, like each sound or each colour. Thoughts and emotions of a negative streak such as fear, hatred, guilt, pessimism and so forth have low frequencies. And they resonate with subtle entities in the low frequency range. Think also of the universe as a vast computer network and each of us as a terminal. Any software can be downloaded on your terminal, including viruses, destructive programmes. Call the latter misguided entities. These keep trying to sneak into the human body-mind-soul system to feed from its energy. When they have managed to sneak into your system these entities create havoc. Not just in your conscious thoughts, but also in your emotions, in your unconscious attitudes, in the cellular memory of your body tissues. They make you un-well, fearful and aggressive. Think of when you were in a state of violent, uncontrollable rage, shouting, perhaps throwing stuff and hitting. Haven’t you thought afterwards, or even during the episode, “I wasn’t myself”? And indeed you weren’t yourself; your system was controlled by some entity or entities. When your energy is being sucked away by entities attached to you, your ego unconsciously starts looking out for things to meet its lack; it can be objects, money, relationships, alcohol, drugs, attention-seeking illnesses…whatever. This is happening to every human to some degree.

We can’t pretend that all this is the full and only truth. But it is a very useful model to shift one’s attitudes and relationships with fellow human beings, other creatures, oneself and life in general. The purpose of such a shift is to attract more positive events. This will be explained in detail in part III. At this stage we are simply going to be pragmatic and use this fairly simple metaphysical model to get a sense of what might be behind the movement of history through to the present apparent dead end. Not for the sake of satisfying our intellectual ego but as a foundation for positive, free and lucid mindset and action.

We have outlined how the ego can easily get entangled with entities that suck energy away from an individual and keep him disconnected from Source. And we have noted that this happens to virtually everybody to some degree. With this in mind, let us now consider the ruling elite who are driving society and the planet to utter chaos. Clearly these guys’ egos are entangled with viciously corrupt entities. And it appears obvious that many generations of rulers and mighty folks throughout history have been similarly “possessed”. Most of them were probably unaware of being effectively controlled by entities. There is no need to hate them retrospectively. Even the little man with a moustache who led the Nazis was in fact just a poor soul completely trapped by entities. As for today’s members of the elite, a lot of them probably suffer quite badly themselves even when living in visible comfort and “benefiting” from the trappings of power and success. If asked, they would probably deny their suffering, and pretend they are proud and happy to have made it to the top. Why then did ex prime ministers and presidents turn senile relatively shortly after leaving power? Why did super successful entrepreneurs died from cancer at a relatively young age? Not that they had lacked material comfort or intellectual stimulation. Is it perhaps that they experienced unbearable tensions, and losing their minds or bodies was their escape?

Infestation of the mind and runaway egos are not limited to people at the top. They can be found at all levels of society. And someone fairly highly positioned might actually be less infected than a low rank tyrant or sadist. In any case it is pointless to judge anybody, and not only pointless but totally unhelpful to hate or resent anyone. Negativity is cumulative. Resenting someone who has harmed you doesn’t wipe out the harm, it compounds it. That may be difficult to accept because we have been raised with this idea of justice and retribution. When pardon is granted, it is often conceded with a sort of condescending magnanimity perched on the moral high ground. But the whole moral business is a colossal distraction. Trying endlessly to know what is moral or immoral is pure waste of time and energy. It’s part of the deception trap. Low frequency thoughts always resonate with entities in the same frequency range. The only thing that can shift your life, and all lives, towards harmony and wellbeing is love, absolute unconditional love. Without judgement. Without preferences. Love of all. If you start segregating and think “oh I hate that bastard because he’s done such and such” you fall in the trap. The trap of non love based on judgements. In part III of the book we will look at a very simple but powerful technique for cleansing our mind and body software of unhelpful judgements.

We are beginning to get a sense of why human beings so often appear to be difficult, negative self harming creatures. It’s not, as self proclaimed “hard realists” maintain, that mankind is fundamentally bad, and that all we can do is to put in place organisations and moral codes to try and control the effects of human evil. This has been done for generations. And the result is clearly disastrous, suggesting that the underlying model is not appropriate. We use an entirely different model. We recognise that humans have a link to absolute perfection and kindness through their higher self, but that their ego often falls prey to entities which divert energy and cause disharmonious behaviour. In many cases, this simple metaphysical model provides clearer explanations of human behaviour than complicated theories from conventional psychology.

However we have to go a step further and stretch our model to account for collective dynamics beyond individual behaviour. How could the mere interplay of different ego’s entangled by entities have led to the Inquisition, to the slave trade, to millions of young men complying with orders sending them to the trenches in WWI, to the incredible horrors of WWII, to more than 2000 tests of nuclear weapons carried out after the second world war, to several thousands of nuclear weapons being deployed now ready to use at a moment’s notice, to systematic destruction of soils and eco-systems, to crazy uses of hard technologies in life sciences and medicine, etc. etc. In each situation, at every point in history including now, leaders, underlings and foot soldiers contribute to the chain. For example, there must be someone paid to take the dust off nuclear missiles. Well, perhaps not. But there were and are millions of people paid to execute operational tasks in all these sectors. Salesmen, technicians, accountants, receptionists, soldiers, doctors, nurses,.. They contribute to the smooth operation of systems with incredibly powerful effects on people and nature. Are they aware of these effects? Does it bother them? Perhaps to some extent. But then they need a job, an income. They have a social position, commitments, a mortgage to serve.

When you consider a doctor or a nurse in the medical system, they can still kid themselves that they are doing more good than harm. In some cases that is true. But what about when they are injecting multiple vaccination cocktails into babies or encouraging teenage girls and young women to be vaccinated for cervical cancer, knowing how controversial these procedures are? And the people in the military industries, in pesticides, or GMO’s. Are they blind and deaf? And those in the media and entertainment sectors which propagate utter rubbish, or in the education system which disseminates a narrow vision of science and knowledge split into disconnected silos to serve the interests of the establishment. Many things are interlinked in the global society, and most people are directly or indirectly serving organisations that are far from clean and innocent. This may be more brutally evident nowadays than in the past. But in fact it is not new. In a number of authoritarian regimes, pretty much everybody had to serve the system or be in real trouble. In feudal societies dominated by aristocracies and religious elites there was not much room for visible dissent. There is like a red line of tyranny running from ancient times thousands of years before the Christian era right through to our ultra sophisticated global system. What is it that keeps it going?

Some conspiracy theorists claim that entities have deliberately targeted humans over very long periods to harvest their vital energy. Specifically their energy emitted at low frequencies, associated with fear, violence, or hatred. This is why leaders under their control are given the job of driving the masses to disharmony and conflict. And why these same leaders always foster patriarchal regimes hard on women and nature, and impose dogmatic visions stifling intuitive connection with the subtle realm. That may seem a far fetched story, but we have to admit that it accounts rather well for a lot of what is going on. So we can use it as a model to help think through the best way to respond to the situation, which at the end of the day is the only thing that matters. If we accept the premise that entities interfering with us, whatever their nature, are after low vibration energy, we have an important clue to determine which types of response may work and which are bound to yield poor results. Do you remember these massive popular anti war demonstrations a decade ago? They did not prevent the US and UK governments from attacking Iraq. And more generally, have you noticed how disappointing are the effects of most activism? Why should that be so? Because in their desire to fight what they regard as evil, well meaning activists often unwittingly generate substantial low vibration energy in resonance with the issues they are trying to address. And this low vibration energy actually feeds the entities behind the problem. It isn’t defeatist mentality to recognise the phenomenon. On the contrary, being totally lucid paves the way for an effective response.

Leaving invisible entities aside for a minute, we can observe that most things going on in society involve groups, communities and organisations such as companies, churches, hospitals, schools, etc. Each group or organisation has its own dynamics, its own members and supporters, and its own opponents. And it picks up energy from all of them, whether friend or foe. The different groups and organisations are in constant competition to attract energy from individuals. You and I are for ever solicited to give off attention and energy. When you think of yourself as British, or Catholic, or middle class, or employee of company X, or feminist, or paying too much tax, you are in effect giving a form of loyalty or opposition, and therefore energy, to a group, organisation or informal cause. The latter, whatever its nature, is feeding off you. This happens at a subtle level, and you are probably unaware of the extent to which it creates a drag on your energy and places limiting beliefs in your mind. Whether there are invisible entities lurching behind the groups harvesting our energy is less important that the dynamics at work.

Having energy effectively sucked away from us happens in one to one relations as much as when groups or organisations are involved. We all know individuals who are real energy vampires. They may be bullies or whiners, but are in any case true manipulators.

And to probe even closer, we often waste energy without anybody but ourselves and our own demons involved. Say you have a low self esteem and even a sense of shame in you for an unclear reason – perhaps your great great granny was abused in her teens, or you were a slave in a previous incarnation, who knows. In any case, the low self esteem deep in your system destroys your vital energy.

To sum up, referring to invisible entities, whatever they are, is admittedly very speculative. However what matters is not so much to know “the truth”, which we obviously can’t, but to have a reasonably coherent model to help us find a way to deal with existence more effectively than through materialist-cum-dogmatic subservience. The latter brings only misery to individuals and contributes to the general mess. But we can choose another dance with reality. And this is the subject of part III which follows.

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

 

 

[1]Whereas the soul, or spirit or Higher Self is the eternal part of us connected to the subtle realm.

[2]Even when they talk of gender equality, which is code name for turning women into robotic male equivalents

Serialised book: “The Subtle Dance” – 11th instalment

Part II: The heavy side of reality

The global crisis

The multi-facet crisis we face today has been in the offing for decades but only started to really shake most peoples’ imagination when the weaknesses of the financial system were revealed to all in 2008. Then the very heart of materialist society was hit. To grasp what happened then and is currently unfolding we need a quick sharp look at the development and key modalities of finance.

Finance revolves around the twin concepts of money and debt, which govern relationships between individuals not prepared to deal with each other on the natural basis of free gift or barter. When a mum or dad prepares a meal, or unblocks the sink or replaces a bulb, they do it for free. Within a family such services are provided free. And the same has been true within traditional communities for thousands of years. When a stranger turned up, rules of hospitality ensured he was offered shelter, food and sometimes even sexual favours, all for free. At some point in history dealings with strangers took a different turn. For someone outside the group to obtain a product or service, he had to pay, i.e. immediately give something in return. And the something had to have a “value” equivalent to whatever he received. Once the idea of value was implanted, a need appeared for a yardstick to compare and exchange values easily: money. It could be stones, goats, gold, anything tacitly accepted by all.

Once goods and services were no longer free, the need arose for those who momentarily couldn’t pay to be lent the means of payment against a promise of reimbursement at a later date. For a long time, debt and money were two separate concepts. However, at a point in time nearer to us they got very closely associated. Merchants who kept other peoples’ gold in their vaults realised that the paper receipts they issued were themselves widely used as money. This was a new form of money: “fiat money” that people trusted as reliable substitute for “real money”, namely gold or other precious exchangeable commodities. And gold merchants also realised that people holding receipts only rarely asked for redemption in gold. Therefore it was possible to lend by simply writing new receipts supposedly representing real money, which in fact did not exist. Banking was born. Let’s be aware that lending something that doesn’t exist opens the door to stealing subtle energy from one another. By lending money at an interest without actually taking anything out of their vaults, gold merchants started to make big profits. Of course they couldn’t push the game too far. They had to limit the issuance of receipts to a level such that they could always redeem in gold the few receipts presented to them for withdrawal.

Today gold no longer plays any role in money[1]. But the banking game is hotter than ever. When you borrow to buy a car, your bank simply creates an accounting entry in its computer system: debit loan granted to you, credit your bank account. With your account being credited you can pay the seller of your car. His account gets credited while yours is debited. If his account is in the same bank as yours, your bank only has to create a purely internal entry. If the seller is with another bank, the transaction has to go through an interbank clearing process. This clearing involves the various commercial banks participating in the country’s monetary system. Their accounts with the central bank are credited or debited daily on the basis of the net flow from all transactions involving customers of different banks. If over a period money tends to flow out of a particular bank, the account of that bank with the central bank diminishes alarmingly, in a way similar to the situation of a gold merchant whose reserves dwindled because more people than expected presented receipts for redemption in “real money”.

But nowadays, there is no more “real money” in the system. So what happens then? To prevent the bank in trouble to fail like a gold merchant running out of gold, the central bank steps in and grants a loan to the commercial bank. It does this by creating an accounting entry in its own computer system: debit loan to the commercial bank, credit the current account of the said commercial bank. As long as the central bank extents credit to a commercial bank, the latter is assured of survival, unlike the gold merchant running out of physical gold. In effect the central bank has the power to create as much artificial gold in the shape of pure fiat money as it deems necessary. That power is a unique privilege.

Who confers that unique privilege to the central bank? Officially the State. Given the importance of such power for the whole of society and the fact that such power comes from the State, you would assume that the central bank was publicly owned and effectively part of government. But no, in many important cases it isn’t. The US central bank, aka “Federal Reserve”, is owned by private shareholders, and so are a number of European central banks, some of them co-owners of the European Central Bank. Furthermore, executives of central banks are mostly individuals who spend large parts of their careers in the world of banking and finance. So the people they grant credit to by creating new fiat money are their good pals. All of them belong to a charmed circle of relations – if not always friends – in commercial banking, central bank and government treasury. Oh, you’re beginning to smell rats? Quite right you are. A system clouded in opaque intimidating jargon, endowed with considerable power, and operated by a select few in close relationships with the people they are supposed to control, is bound to become corrupt.

In the global economy every large business is in theory[2] managed with the sole objective of maximising shareholder value. To achieve this, businesses not only try to sell ever more and squeeze their costs to increase profits, they also borrow in order to limit their equity basis. That way profits after interest on loans are high in relation to the amount that shareholders maintain in the company. Return on shareholders’ funds is thereby maximised. The trick is all the more advantageous when interest rates are low. In the banking business borrowing money enables to enlarge loan portfolios or financial market positions, which can increase potential gains considerably. It is also more risky. But who cares when the general atmosphere is euphoria?

From the summer of 2007 euphoria gave way to serious worries. Lenders became prudent and suspicious. Interest rates shot up as heavily indebted players desperately tried to renew their loans. When a really big name hit the wall in September 2008 widespread lack of trust nearly froze the system. Banks wouldn’t lend to each other even at very high rates. To prevent a chain reaction of bank failures, central banks and governments stepped in, extending ultra cheap loans and providing guarantees to all banks in difficulty. Immediate panic was brought under control and interbank lending was rekindled. But the naïve unlimited confidence in the system that had sustained economic growth and the explosion of financial activity over many years was gone.

Companies and households started to “deleverage”: spend less and repay some of their debts or at least avoid taking on new ones. But, while households and companies were by now more attentive to limit their spending and debts, governments had been forced to do the opposite to support economic activity. This caused markets to focus their attention on the creditworthiness of national treasuries, hitherto not really put into question. While troubled debtor countries within the euro-zone are in a particularly tight spot, other nations also face pay back time after years of unrealistic economic growth fuelled by cheap credit. The world economy holds water only because all major central banks are creating more money than ever before. They do this through ultra cheap loans to banks or through purchasing sovereign bonds from the financial markets (a procedure called “quantitative easing”).

There is a broad consensus among the elite that this has to be done in order to maintain the buoyancy of world finance, prevent bank failures, help governments and support demand in the economy. But the consensus is much more hesitant regarding what governments, as opposed to central banks, should do with public finances. A majority of decision makers regard austerity as absolutely necessary to prevent public debt from getting to even higher levels, but some economists and politicians maintain that severe austerity simply stifles the economy. And for everyone’s confusion, both assertions are founded. It was excessive debts of many economic actors – including governments – that led the system into a major crisis. Therefore reducing public spending to contain government debts is unavoidable. The problem is that severe austerity applied simultaneously in most developed countries squeezes world demand for goods and services. In sum, the whole system is torn between incompatible constraints. And despite all the talk, and manipulated statistics, about the “recovery”, the system remains in deep crisis.

But the elite keep thriving through the mess. Because they are directly or indirectly associated with multinationals which benefit from globalisation at the expense of employees and suppliers. Because they are often involved in sectors surfing on societal trends that are disastrous for most people and nature but lucrative for a few: degrading health and higher medical costs, ever lower quality of mass produced food, growing impact of large retail, various forms of institutionalised violence – war [3], security systems, law enforcement, private prisons, ..etc. And also because they are often close to the loop of new money created by central banks. And as such are well placed to gain from movements in financial and property markets.

How large, and how privileged is the elite? Let do some quick maths. A widely accepted rule of thumb is the 20/80 rule. This rule says that the top 20% of the population has around 80% of the wealth or income. The rule applies to the whole curve: in other words, the top 20% of 20%, i.e. 4% of the total has 80% of 80%, i.e. 64% of the total. And it goes on: the top 20% of the 4%, i.e. 0.8% has 80% of 64%, i.e. 51.2%. Yes, less than 1% of the population have more than half the wealth. And the lower half of the population have less than 1%. If you carry on with the simple maths you realise that a tiny tiny fraction of one percent has a sizeable portion of the total, far more than the lower half of the population. So don’t be surprised when you hear in the news than less than 100 billionaires have more wealth than 3 or 4 billion people.

The situation is obviously dire for the poorer half, which is not new. But is also becoming very tricky for many folks who used to think of themselves as middle class, even relatively comfortable middle class. Globalisation has made these people almost totally dependent on an integrated economic clockwork supported by the large scale deployment of hard technologies. When this monstrous machine starts stuttering it is not easy to change one’s life style and turn to more humane, smaller scale, local operations. Many families are completely cut off from the land and from nature. Not only do they have no access to land, but they lack elementary know how for growing anything, since producing food is now the job of the few working in industrial agriculture. Besides, they often lack even basic cooking skills – i.e. a little above being able to stick a ready made dish into the microwave. And this is true for women as well as men. Many middle class households live in suburban areas where congestion and high fuel costs create ever greater impediments to mobility and cause considerable stress. Mass retail sites difficult to access by means other than the car have long replaced most independent local shops in all developed countries and the phenomenon is on its way in poorer countries. Health care in developed countries has become extremely technical and insensitive to people’s personal lives. Besides, its cost is increasing all the time. Given all these trends, middle class folks who until recently were the backbone of developed societies find themselves in a completely new situation with unclear prospects and considerable immediate pressures, frustrations and sources of anguish.

Nevertheless, most of them still appear reluctant to even consider a fundamentally different way of life. The majority remains solidly materialistic, bent on pathetic competition, steered by fear and the vagaries of ego. Caught in that mentality, most people are prepared to accept anything that contributes to keeping the system going: destroying forests, poisoning soils, replacing natural plants by GM varieties, fracking, encouraging junk food, etc. They are prepared to accept even what affects them directly, in their own bodies and minds: absorbing unhealthy food and drink, receiving large doses of high frequency electromagnetic emissions, swallowing medicines with significant side effects, and so forth. In spite of every stress, fear and disillusion, their basic loyalty is still with the system, with mainstream medicine, industrial agriculture, large retail and mass entertainment. Even war mongering by their leaders is accepted. To many people total submission to the will of the elite is unavoidable. No alternative exists, they think. So why try and resist?

But recent revelations in several countries have opened a can of even more troubling darkness. While on going destruction of the planet’s eco systems is now almost accepted as routine fact of life, substantial evidence is coming to the surface not only of irresponsibility and corruption in high spheres of society, but also of wide criminal perversion, raping and paedophilia with a satanic flavour. And weird symbols related to the latter filter through society in advertising, video clips, films, comic strips. You can see them in clothing, tattoos, cars, company logos, and architecture. And to the sensitive mind this perversion of society is intimately linked to our beautiful planet being disfigured. Both are manifestations of distorted flows of subtle energy and misaligned entities in the invisible layers of reality.

However most people still don’t grasp what is going on. They may be perturbed by things being revealed or suspected, but they still cling to the idea that they live in a society driven by desirable technical progress. Few realise that a new form of tyranny is taking hold everywhere, even in countries once regarded as free democracies. A rather spongy version of fascism without a dictator, a multi-facetted tyranny: financial, technological, medical, political, with devious criminal aspects and bits of old ideologies used as pure theatricals. It’s not too clear what the full motivations of the shadowy characters behind this new tyranny really are. Money is obviously high among them. So is arrogance. Perhaps also a manic desire to do better than nature, to be “cleverer than God”. Conspiracy theorists offer various hypotheses, such as the objective of drastically reducing world population or establishing Zionist supremacy. A puzzling aspect of the whole business is how members of the conspiring elite propose to protect themselves from the consequences of what they set in train. Most probably they are themselves so confused and blinded by the belief system they try to impose on the masses.

In any case a multi-headed new tyranny appears to be moving its pawns everywhere amid considerable confusion. Superficially it looks as if the ruling elite and the vast army of its submissive servants have all the cards in their hands. All of this, however, is only the shallow end of reality, the visible portion. But what is behind it? What are the unseen dynamics of what may look a terrifying dystopia about to morph into reality?

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

 

[1]In 1971 the American authorities took the US dollar out of the Gold Standard. The US dollar and all other currencies became free floating abstractions disconnected from any physical commodity.

[2]In practice the interests of senior management regularly prevail over those of shareholders if they aren’t the same people

[3]ironically named “defence”

Serialised book: “The Subtle Dance” – 10th instalment

Part II: The heavy side of reality

World history in short

Some 10,000 years ago most humans ceased to be hunter gatherers to become farmers and craftsmen. In other words, “homo sapiens” started to transform nature for its supposed “benefit”. The human impact on nature increased first very gradually over several millennia before taking off spectacularly in the last couple of centuries.

We are going to concentrate on that recent period, the so-called industrial age. Technical progress seems to have followed a curve similar to that of global demographics. World population is thought to have been around 200 million at the start of the Christian era; it reached one billion in 1830, two in 1930, two and half in 1950, and from then on literally exploded to reach 7 billion by 2012. And it continues to grow. Demographics and large scale use of highly impacting technologies developed considerably more in the last 60 years – less than a lifetime – than over millennia of human presence on the planet.

In the early part of the 19th century the demographic take off coincided with the industrial revolution and with the emergence of a purely materialist worldview. Population started to rise much faster in Europe than in other parts of the world, except North America, where the increase was largely due to immigration from Europe. Figures speak for themselves: between 1800 and 1900 the population rose in Europe from around 200 million to over 400 million, in North America from less than 10 to over 80 million[1], in Asia from a little over 600 to about 950 million and in Africa from over 100 to a little above 130 million.

Why did population rise so spectacularly in Europe at that time, while it remained little changed in Africa? It is also puzzling to note the apparent relative stability of population numbers in native tribes with no or limited contact with civilisation. It doesn’t seem that many in depth explanations have been proposed for this. Yet population growth, stability or decline is a key factor in human condition. It is directly related to how society treats women, views sexuality, child birth and breast feeding. Have there been natural methods of contraception that European civilisation has forgotten?

Anyhow, the 19th century saw a big colonial expansion involving the British, the French and others, and increasing population was clearly regarded positively by European rulers. It provided the army with more soldiers, the church with more followers, and the nation with more manpower for the colonies. After the Napoleonic wars, Europe was more or less at peace during large parts of the 19th century, and most military activities were carried out overseas. Europeans, and later North Americans, dominated the world and did their utmost to impose their vision of life on others.

But that vision was itself changing fast. In fact there never was one vision, but several overlapping and partly conflicting ones. In the 19th century old ideas often associated with religion were challenged by the advances of “objective” science. As newly discovered laws of mechanics, thermo-dynamics and chemistry explained more and more phenomena and as technologies appeared ever more impressive, a worldview rooted in pure materialism came to be seen as totally rational. Atheism became a respectable position for educated people. But while materialist atheists thought there were freeing themselves from the crushing weight of irrational religious beliefs, they generally failed to realise that they were falling into a new belief trap. The belief that science is gradually uncovering absolute “truth” and that our ordinary human logic of linear cause and effect sequences is the only logic at work in the universe.

Meanwhile, though challenged, religion was far from dead, and even progressive atheists saw value in keeping it well alive, be it for no other purpose than as a useful instrument to ensure that the poor remained disciplined and obedient. This fitted with the rapid social changes induced by industrialisation and by the expansion of international trade and colonialism.

The last years of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th saw a kind of economic globalisation, less systematic and absolute than what we experience today, but nevertheless sufficiently powerful and unprecedented to shake previously held visions of life.

What the new science-based materialism did not change, on the contrary, was the idea that man is the most important creature on earth where it has a special role to play. Animals, plants, oceans, rivers, forests, are just parts of a décor for the human adventure, providing mankind with limitless resources. This was the long-held view of the dominant stream of Christianity: men were to multiply and conquer the earth, freely using its fruits while glorifying the creator. On the central place of man, materialism profoundly agrees with religion. Both sides also converge in their view of life as being fundamentally a struggle. A hard struggle to resist temptations and gain one’s entry pass to heaven, and more immediately for sheer survival and whenever possible achieving a degree of comfort and convenience. In any case a struggle implying competition with the rest of nature and between humans. Such a vision inevitably breeds fear, mistrust, and open antagonism towards anybody appearing as different, foreign, outside your clan, tribe or nation. To survive you have to control your environment and your relations with people around you. You have to fight enemies; you have to be strong and fit into a strong group.

Another central idea shared by materialism and religion, not unrelated to the previous two, is their view of women. Basically considered irrational and unstable creatures, sensual witches supposedly connected to the earth and cosmic forces. Males couldn’t possibly tolerate such nonsense, could they? It will appear later that today’s feminism is equally wary of women’s basic links with natural energies. But let’s stay with our story.

Against the background of rapid change and evolving ideas, European elites, whether inclined towards religion or towards materialism realised that they had a lot of interests in common, such as keeping peasantry and the new urban low classes reasonably under control, and developing a psychological and moral underpinning for the colonialist expansion. Their sense of superiority was almost absolute. When they were cynics they felt quite comfortable with the idea of exploiting weaker people and nature, within their own country or in the colonies. When they had a moral sense, rooted or not in religion, they considered it their duty to bring civilisation – i.e. their own set of beliefs – to the uneducated and “savages”. We may observe that the mix of arrogance, bullying and self righteousness displayed by Europeans in those days is still largely present today, albeit with some nuances. For “Europeans” then, today you could read “the West”. Propaganda in the West about the need to wage “war on terror”, stabilise Afghanistan, support democracy in Syria or Ukraine, etc., etc., shows an uncanny similarity with the tone of language used in colonial time.

However, it would be wrong to assign all harshness only to European Judeo-Christian civilisation. China, India, and Japan, for example, despite their admirable ancient spiritual traditions open to wholeness and subtle energy, have also developed cast systems, unfair treatment of girls and women, and the apology of force. In a way, the near ubiquity of harshness reinforces the conviction of many that there is something inevitable, “natural” in the competitive violence characterising human condition. Not only the human condition, but life generally: look at the animal world, say the “realists”, and you see predators eating weaker creatures, you see dominant males taking all the females…etc. It’s survival of the strongest all round. That is life, always has been, always will be – so they say.

Despite the appalling impact of hard capitalism on many aspects of social life, the period of first globalisation around 1900 is also a time of remarkable refinement and creativity. Commodities and convenience brought by technical progress reach Paris, London, Vienna, Berlin, St Petersburg, San Francisco, Istanbul, Tokyo and Shanghai. Imagine the luxury of large aristocratic or bourgeois town houses with electricity, Champagne flowing and smart ladies dressed to kill. The visible world at the turn of the 20th century is what the French called “la belle époque” (the nice time).

For reasons hard to figure out rationally, la belle époque ended very badly indeed. Why did European nations throw themselves into the total madness of the first world war? My own father fought in that war. He was severely wounded, taken prisoner in Northern Prussia (now Poland) together with a few French and Belgians, a number of British and thousands of Russians from the Tsar’s army. Yes, a baby boomer with grand children born in the 21st century had a father who spent a terrible winter of captivity with soldiers of the Tsar and veterans from the Boer war. A reminder of how short our span of history can be.

The first World War combined the near medieval technology of the bayonet with heavy artillery, machine guns, shrapnel’s, tanks, planes and submarines. Tens of thousands casualties each day over weeks, often to move the front line less than half a kilometre. A crazy orgy of violence and inconceivable suffering. For what? It seems nobody really knew. But it didn’t matter. They had to go on, be brave for their country. There had been quite a few pacifists before the war but when events precipitated after the assassination in Sarajevo they were swept away by a tidal wave of bellicosity. However, for some reason a myth took on at the time: “the war to end all wars”. A lot of chaps went into the war convinced it was going to be the very last one. Let’s just win this war, and all people would become reasonable and civilised. Peace would be for ever.

Given the relative prominence of pacifist ideas before the war, this was perhaps less naïve than it may sound today. Is it because it was seen as pure duty, but the extreme violence of the 1st World War was by and large confined to the military. Civilians were not too often taken as targets, as they would be in later conflicts where mass incineration of urban areas through bombing would be considered fair tactics.

When the conflict ended in 1918, millions of young men had lost their lives and millions of others bore the marks of their injuries. The war led to revolution in Russia, to the dismemberment of the Austrian and Ottoman empires, and to misery, humiliation and hyperinflation in Germany. But while life was difficult in many parts of Europe, business boomed in the USA. The country was becoming the first economic power in the world. American companies started to produce a whole raft of new things on a very large scale. And a new phenomenon appeared: mass marketing of consumer goods.

Ideas put forward by the new discipline of psychoanalysis led to applications in commerce. If humans were steered chiefly by unconscious emotions rather than by reason, it should be possible to appeal to their unconscious desires, aspirations, as well as fears and dislikes to attract them to certain products. Fashion and social attitudes could be influenced using techniques derived from psychoanalysis. Cigarettes manufacturers for example were able to break the taboo against women smoking through a public relations campaign inspired by the theme that women saw the cigarette as a sign of male power reminiscent of a penis.

The “roaring twenties” were in sharp contrast to the grey tragedy of the war: chain produced cars, radio, cinema, short skirts, swinging music. And a booming stock market where ordinary folks started to gamble enticed by the general excitement and the development of debt money. Individual and collective behaviour was now under the increasing influence of media, advertising and public relations. Some people high in corporations and government were open to experimenting with the latest ideas of psychology and psychoanalysis to improve their grip on the masses.

Meanwhile in Germany methods of propaganda not far from new business communication techniques were used with great effect in the rise to power of the Nazi party. A little insignificant man with his comical moustache and hair style seized control of the minds of millions in one of the most advanced societies on the planet, a nation rich of top intellectuals with a brilliant cultural heritage. The Nazis developed manipulation of the masses to new levels of effectiveness. And by the way, where did they get their money from when Germany was sinking in debt? The fact, so little talked about, must be that the new Nazi government was generously financed by American and British banks, often in Jewish hands. Where else could they have got the money from? Their country was ruined. But in a matter of a few years that same ruined country was able to create the most formidable war machine the world had seen, and a new conflict broke out two decades after the first one. Two (comparatively) medium sized nations, Germany and Japan, took on the British Empire, the USA and the Soviet Union.

A lot has been written in conventional history about WWII. But huge questions are left unanswered. How come that the advancing German army failed to prevent hundreds of thousands of British troops to escape from Dunkirk? Why were the Germans so poorly prepared for the winter in their campaign in Russia? What are the true facts and figures concerning the Holocaust? No doubt this terrible tragedy happened, but the figure of six millions victims has never been seriously corroborated. Does it matter? Yes, even with laudable intentions, propaganda remains a dangerous poison. Another thing, it is strange, isn’t it, that key technical breakthroughs achieved by Germans – like the V2 rocket and jet airplanes – all came too late to change the course of history. Why did the American authorities refuse to negotiate with Japanese authorities who were prepared to surrender, which would have saved two atomic bombs? Anyway, there are so many more recent issues requiring clarification that we can leave this chunk of history in the shade of its mysteries.

In the post war era things really accelerated towards the present state of affairs. Consider the shape of that unprecedented evolution: 1946 – less than two and a half billion people on the planet, 80% of them living off the land from traditional agriculture in semi autarchy; 2014 – over seven billion people, 50% in urban areas, largely cut off from the land and completely dependent on a global integrated economic system.

How did it happen? No sooner had Germany and Japan been defeated that local conflicts, mostly related to decolonisation, erupted everywhere and the cold war began between the “free world” and communist powers. Despite the indescribable horrors of the two major wars that had followed one another within a generation, force was still largely accepted as the inevitable final means of settling differences, and military bravery still admired as the ultimate male virtue. But things were nuanced. Alongside a mentality revolving around force, another mentality inclining towards appeasement was at work in collective consciousness. And the idea that all individuals had a right to a degree of well being began to have traction. Well being was seen firstly in terms of satisfaction of basic material needs, and in terms of access to civilisation and education. What was meant by the latter was access to a glimpse of the worldview, habits and way of thinking of the elite, who, needless to say, felt pretty sure of possessing values most in line with the truth.

This general mood led, among other things, to the establishment of fairly extended social systems in Western Europe, North America and, under different arrangements, in the USSR and other communist countries. Whatever the regime, it was considered normal that a civilised state should see to it that all its citizens would eventually benefit from education, medical services, and old age pensions. At the same time, a more basic objective held precedence over everything else: providing enough food for everybody.

On the face of it these various objectives looked entirely commendable, and many teachers, doctors, agronomists, and others did their best to contribute to their realisation. They did so in the mindset of the time: triumphant materialism; the world is what we see, science is the way to understand and control it, only mankind really matters, life is essentially a struggle but thanks to “progress” we can limit its harshness through technology and social engineering. There were of course different brands of progress: socialist progress, free enterprise progress, social democratic progress. But differences concerned essentially the means, and much less the objectives. In every “civilised” country, educated professionals set out to develop the various facets of progress: large scale industry, road and air transportation, intensive agriculture, modern medicine, baby milk substitutes, ready prepared food, television networks.

Soon the first casualty of the tidal wave of contemporary progress turned out to be the whole of nature: in the countryside, in the wild, in oceans, seas and rivers. Let’s focus first on the countryside. For millennia peasants and farmers had regarded their land, the plants they grew, insects buzzing in the fields, grazing animals, wild trees and all creatures crawling in the soil as living characters in an extraordinary symphony. Its modulations followed the phases of the moon, the seasons and the ever changing weather. But when the professionals of agriculture’s “green revolution” took matters into their hands, deep relations with the natural world dating from time immemorial were simply ignored without second thoughts, and agriculture became an industry, a big industry. With its processes analysed and managed like production processes in manufacturing. Here you have inputs: seeds, chemicals, water. Over there you have a site where production takes place: the field. And you have operating procedures: ploughing, spreading products, etc. And you have an overall objective: highest possible production in return for your costs. Forget about the moon, forget about the myriads of living creatures, and forget about the sacred relation with mother earth. Stick to a cold approach free of sensitivities and old superstitions.

For a while, this approach seemed to work. That is, seemed to bring more production for less human effort. The approach gained acceptance, and as it did, every aspect of the process was looked at with a view to rationalisation: fewer different seeds, less labour, larger plots …. And a new factor entered the equation: the financial interest of powerful suppliers. Suppliers of tractors and machinery, suppliers of chemical fertilisers, weed killers and pesticides, suppliers of animal feed, animal drugs and vaccines. And suppliers of credit, in other words bankers.

The world of peasants pretty much disappeared in a matter of two or three decades, replaced by a new world of industrialists of the agro-business. This drastic transformation started first in North America just before the war, Europe followed from the 50’s onwards and then the rest of the world.

Some consequences of intensive agriculture are well known: water pollution by large quantities of chemicals used in fields, food contamination by traces of pollutants in wheat, corn, vegetables, milk, and meat. But another set of consequences often escapes attention: the tremendous drop in the numbers of creatures normally presentin soils, like worms, insects, micro-organisms. The quasi disappearance of these armies of active tiny creatures fundamentally changed the nature of soils. Instead of being soft, rich with a nice smell of humus, allowing rain water easy passage, soils turned hard like old cement. When that happens, water can’t go through and flooding becomes frequent. When the sun shines again, pools evaporate and what remains is dry and crackling. In fact the land dies. In countries with a moderate climate, agriculture can be maintained with large inputs of fertilisers. But in very hot countries the land eventually turns into desert.

In the summer of 2012 I spent a few days in Normandy, a well known region of France which used to be full of small orchards and lush pastures boarded by trees and hedges. Rich, splendid countryside if ever there was one. But now it seems that many orchards have been replaced by fields, small plots have been merged together, hedges and trees cut out and hollows filled up to create bigger spaces for intensive monocultures. When you walk along, not only has the former charm of many places gone, but it feels different. Another kind of vibrations. A lack of subtle energy. If we think about it, that was to be expected. Not so many years ago, soils were hosts to a rich variety of creatures and plants crawling and growing on different terrains differently exposed to wind and sun. All was in good balance and harmony. Now soils are mere substrates in a production process. Field are like combinations of concrete slabs and machinery bolted on them: inert, lifeless, and indifferent. No wonder subtle vibrations are weak.

While small creatures living in the soils have been largely decimated by a combination of savage ploughing and chemical spreading, the lot of bigger country animals is hardly more enviable. The vast majority of them now spend their lives in places that are effectively concentration camps. How else could we describe a noisy hall with tens of thousands of chickens, each allotted a surface equivalent of an A4 sheet (new norm from the European Commission). And the story is similar for cows, pigs, salmons and others. The cruel conditions we inflict on the animals we eat is not only a disgrace, it also contributes to make us ill. When we eat them, we ingest the memories of fear and suffering encoded in every cell of their poor flesh. But most people don’t think about this when they choose a piece of meat in its cellophane wrapping from the cold section of their supermarket. Their relationship with reality is entirely formatted by the materialist mode of thinking. Crude ideas and references have been implanted in their minds from their earliest childhood. They think and act more or less like everyone around them does. And of course, like the system constantly suggests through its various media of communication. If there is a good promotion on chicken wings this week in your local supermarket, you have to be almost a social outcast to be able to visualise the noisy hall with twenty thousand birds in total stress.

Those who uphold the “life is a hard struggle, always has been, always will be” theory will no doubt point to the fact that cruelty towards animals is not new. Correct. But what is different now is the systematic, industrialised character of what is done to animals. And not only to animals, to humans too, and to oceans, and rivers, and skies, and old cities. Attacks from different angles amounting to a general onslaught against all aspects of nature and of human expressions of beauty.

Why did this general onslaught come about? After the war, in the 1950’s and 1960’s, things seemed to start relatively well, at least with good intentions, undoubtedly sincere for many people. But then “progress” got into a sort of whirlpool of business interests, conflicting beliefs, corporatism of experts, advertising, communication, lobbying… which became so intricate that most individuals find themselves powerless and completely lost facing it all. A key factor is that constant and ever harder economic pressure tends to mute most people’s ability to think and feel.

Economic pressure had been strong since the start of the industrial revolution, but it really changed gear around 1980 with the advent of financially driven globalisation and, a few years later, with the triumph of capitalism over communism. For a few decades the Soviet block had looked like a formidable competitor to capitalism. However, in the 1970’s communist regimes visibly failed to deliver. And while communism was losing its lustre, social democracy partially inspired by socialist ideals was encountering its own difficulties. Intransigent trade unions made life complicated for business managers. The latter faced costly social programmes, new rules to protect consumers, ensure more safety or limit certain environmental impacts, and government meddling in the setting of sales prices. All these factors were seen by theoreticians of free capitalism as impediments to the proper functioning of markets. They pointed to the fact that business leaders were torn between conflicting constraints without having a clear objective to guide their decisions. Businesses lacked focus. Quite a few big companies at the time were conglomerates with all kinds of activities and unclear strategies. In a way they were not so different from state concerns in socialist economies. To cut right through this lack of clarity and focus, capitalist thinkers came up with the concept of “maximisation of shareholder value”. The job of a company leader was to pursue one single overall objective: ensure constant growth of the value obtained by shareholders through dividends and increasing share prices. Any decision facing management was to be analysed with a view to its likely consequences on shareholder value. Any other consideration – employee satisfaction, quality of products…- was important only insofar as it underpinned the overall objective of maximising shareholder value.

There, at last, was clarity. Decisions could be made regarding borrowing, investments, dividend payments. Financial requirements regarding new projects could be set based on a logic accepted by all. Some older managers had a bit of difficulty grappling with the new stuff, but to younger managers, often more familiar with financial concepts learned in business schools, the objective of maximisation of shareholder value appeared illuminating. At the same time – in the mid 1980’s- new tools like PC’s and spreadsheets greatly facilitated a wider implementation of key financial concepts such as free cash flows and internal rate of return. A competent analyst on his own could compute the theoretical market value of a “business unit” within a large company. The portfolio of activities in a corporation could be more easily assessed and more easily managed. An activity in which the company was too small could be sold off and the proceeds used to expand elsewhere.

But for all these new possibilities to become fully effective, business had to be largely free from obstacles raised by unions or government agencies. Legislation had to become “business friendly”. A new mood started to permeate the circles of government, academia, business and finance. Free trade was encouraged world wide and business across national borders became much easier, particularly for large international companies. These were able to extract better terms for themselves through different geographical areas, and workforces began to feel the impact of foreign competition on their bargaining position. At the same time, millions of women joined the labour market, including in sectors and types of jobs hitherto the sole preview of men. This too played directly in the hands of employers[2]. All these factors were compounded by rapid technological progress. So from the mid-1980’s onwards, employers got the upper hand over labour, and new managers operating according to the maximisation of shareholder value dogma became ever more efficient in their efforts to extract maximum productivity from their workers.

When the Soviet block disintegrated in 1990-91, there appeared to be no longer any alternative to capitalism. Western free marketers had won the ideological contest. Only intellectual dinosaurs would call into question the wisdom of managing businesses and the world economy on the basis of maximisation of shareholder value. Globalisation went into overdrive. Multinationals, banks and financial investors had a great time. Whenever the economy showed signs of weakening, or markets were doubtful, in came central banks with easier money and lower interest rates. Wages and salaries of most employees outside the exclusive class of senior executives came under pressure due to globalisation, but cheap and easy credit enabled them to acquire a home, buy a car and other goods despite their stagnating incomes. As for everybody’s primary need: food, intensive agriculture and large scale distribution provided abundant cheap assortments. Most folks found this entirely satisfactory, as they were largely unaware of the dramatic consequences of low quality industrialised food on their own health and on the state of the planet.

As all this was going on, some people began to realise that the global economic system, while producing massive amounts of goods that people were prepared to buy, was also predatory and destructive. Unease about the side effects of economic growth came to the fore and a major conference on the environment was organised in Rio in 1992. This summit produced a lot of words about sustainable development and provided green activists with ammunition to criticise big business. Multinationals responded with the concept of corporate social responsibility, which consists in giving the impression to care about social and environmental issues. The main advantage for a company to do so is that it helps maintaining its “licence to operate” without serious problems with the authorities, activists or public opinion. Ten years after Rio a new Earth Summit was organised in Johannesburg. This time, instead of being on the defensive, big business was present and proactive, to such an extent that the then UN General Secretary declared that business was “part of the solution”.

After Johannesburg multinationals took over most of the conversation on sustainable development. Related issues of transparency and business ethics were added to the pot, and “sustainability” became a sort of catch-all communication and corporate image tool. The woolly concept of “sustainability” contrasted with the neat and sharp objective of “maximising shareholder value”. The latter, needless to say, remained the only true preoccupation of management. While many people took an openly cynical view of the whole sustainability exercise, a number of prominent individuals in business and government played the game. And the game soon turned into organised confusion and hypocrisy, despite the sincerity of a few idealists. Double standards, bias, oxymoron’s, misinformation, diversions are all too obvious in sustainability speech.

Creating and nurturing confusion in the minds of the public isn’t restricted to fields related to sustainability. It concerns every facet of contemporary life. Since the turn of this century, lies and manipulation have been conducted on a grand scale with unprecedented sophistication by governments, companies, banks, and various other institutions. A remarkable feature of manipulation is that the liars often lie to themselves as well as to others, and it’s hard to know who really believes what. General confusion reigns in the minds. It takes a lot of determination to patiently debunk the flow of misinformation emanating from different quarters.

In that respect the tragedy of 9/11 is a particularly significant case. This event was immediately followed by military action and strong turbulences in the world economy and financial markets. All this happened quickly while ordinary Americans and others in the Western world had been emotionally shocked by the attack. Most people’s ability to assess information put forward by official media was initially numbed by the sheer suddenness of developments. But as the US administration supported by the British and other allies displayed a suspicious haste in using the event as convenient excuse for dramatic decisions regarding the “war on terror”, more and more neutral observers began to take a closer look at facts.

Technical experts openly questioned that the towers had fallen only as a result of fire caused by the impact of the planes. They noticed that the falls had happened in a matter of seconds and quite vertically, just like in planned demolitions. They also noted that the same had happened to a small tower (WTC 7) which had not received a direct hit and was only affected by a fire caused by burning debris from the Twin Towers. And they realised that the remains of metal structure from the small tower in question had been almost immediately removed from site and melted. A number of perturbing elements pointed in the direction of a planned demolition involving long preparatory work requiring full access to the buildings. This couldn’t possibly have been carried out without the knowledge if not full cooperation of parts of the US government. Official propaganda tried to dismiss these allegations as fantasies dreamed up by “conspiracy theorists”. But doubts lingered and amplified. Ordinary folks were now faced with two diametrically opposing stories: the official version of America being attacked by Islamic terrorists, or the “inside job”. The latter probably instigated by neo con extremists in cahoots with Zionists.

Any reference to Zionists touches a raw nerve. Relations between the Christian majority in the Western world and Jewish communities have a long painful history which makes it difficult to conduct a serene analysis of current developments involving the state of Israel, its leverage on American politics, and the influence of some Jews (or more specifically Zionists[3]) in global banking and finance. Given that context it has taken a few years for the “inside job” hypothesis to gain real traction. Largely also because most people lack the time and determination to pay sustained attention to such issues seemingly miles away from their day to day lives. Nevertheless doubts about the integrity of authorities in Western democracies are now widespread and deep.

The motives behind various events in the aftermath of 9/11 appear very suspicious. The attack on Iraq was justified by arguments which turned out to be based on blatant lies. Official versions regarding different episodes of the “war on terror”, such as the bombs in Madrid and London, are fraught with inconsistencies. The bizarre raid of US commandos in Pakistan to eliminate the man supposed to have masterminded 9/11 raises very serious questions. Not to mention the intervention in Libya shortly after that country’s regime had been welcomed back in the “international community” and various other developments in and around the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

But there is a lot more at issue here. The fundamental distrust of growing segments of the population in the integrity of the elite ruling them extends to a number of different fields with no apparent connections. At least not immediately apparent, but pretty clear once you start putting the whole jigsaw together. Why do the elite put so much energy in pushing mass vaccination and the use of allopathic drugs while trying to slow the development of alternative therapies? Why do they encourage the spread of genetically modified organisms while creating regulations restricting the free use of natural seeds? Why do they prevent media reporting of important meetings where crucial topics are discussed in secret while they encourage mass reporting of political theatricals, sports and other distractions? Why is so little public information provided about geo-engineering while the climate change issue is regularly dangled in front of the public? And we could go on and on.

The breath of controversial issues in present society is simply staggering. Behind them all rages a fundamental conflict between radically opposed mindsets: the hard competitive materialist mentality disconnected from nature and spirituality, and the holistic mindset open to the subtle realm. Powerful vested interests do their utmost to have competitive “values” relentlessly drip fed into the minds of the masses.

To free ourselves from such mind control is the key to a meaningful life in what might appear to be a totally mad scenario. Before discussing effective strategies to get free, let us complete our review by turning to the most recent developments.

(…see next instalment)

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

 

[1] Population figures related to America are to be viewed with particular caution as they may tend to conceal the extent of extermination of native Americans.

[2]Massive participation in the labour market turned out to create a cruel trap for a lot of women. But commenting further on this phenomenon would require serious elaboration on its wide societal and personal ramifications

[3]It is essential to distinguish between Jewishness and Judaism on the one hand and Zionism on the other. The former have existed for millennia whereas the latter is about 130 year old, but has managed to seize control over many Jewish communities

Serialised book: “The Subtle Dance” – 9th instalment

Part II: The heavy side of reality

Society’s narrative

Reality may be infinitely vast and wonderfully subtle, but most of the time it looks as if our personal life is confined to a tiny box and spoiled by all kinds of material constraints. This is a distressing paradox. The key to transcending it lies in changing our perceptions, which implies getting rid of a heavy baggage of emotions, judgements and beliefs that affect them.

Much of that baggage comes from our parents, school, friends and society generally. There is a kind of ubiquitous narrative sustained by society which tends to impress us, to intimidate us, to make us feel small, weak and fundamentally on our own. We must stop being intimidated, and realise that the narrative is made up. Let’s bear in mind that all visible events are determined by subtle energy flows, by what goes on in the fundamental information field behind everything.

The current crisis on the planet, with its acute ecological dimension, with its conflicts, its social disharmony, its financial corruption, and all the rest of it, is just the manifestation of energy based phenomena not directly perceived by our ordinary senses. If we try to muddle through the present environment using only conventional knowledge and so-called rational reasoning we are bound to find the journey painful and doomed to failure, because the tight knot of challenges and contradictions is just mind boggling.

We need to develop a capacity to see through appearances, to debunk the dominant narrative, to distance ourselves from its noxious waves of fear, hatred, distrust and coldness. A good way to start is to whizz through the recent history of mankind to see how the present crisis came about.

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

 

 

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