On Heart, Dreaming, and Questions
"Millions of people are losing faith in the very idea of democracy, and are even in danger of losing heart, because they fear their lives may no longer have any deeper meaning or purpose. But you can't kill hope that easily - not here in America, where a cynic is just a disappointed idealist in disguise, a dreamer yearning to dream again. In every American, no matter how badly betrayed or poorly led, there is always hope."
- Al Gore, just prior to becoming vice-president in '94.
"Asking the proper question is the central action of transformation. … Questions are the key that cause the secret doors of the psyche to swing open."
-- Clarissa Pinkola Estes
"Computers are useless. they can only give you answers."
-- Pablo Picasso
"A democracy exists only when knowledge, pure without influence of power, can exert its force on government and upon a free and knowledgable public, by men responsible to that public. Knowledge does not now have democratic relevance in America."
-- Charles W. Mills
Questions for Disillusionment
Here are some Questions to or about Americans that either do not participate in voting or other socially responsible activities, or participate primarily out of bitterness, anger, revenge, and/or hate.
Each of the below questions might be followed up with these three questions:
1) To what degree is this attitude consciously held?
2) To what degree are the ramifications of such an attitude consciously realized?
3) What percentage of people would answer "yes" to this question, and what percentage of people would answer "no" ?
¤ To what degree have our youth and otherwise immature or impressionable people been influenced by, and/or taken on the values of, the attitude of "Winner-Loser" comparative name-calling? (This is the attitude that has led some people to call less fortunate or less advantaged people "losers." The attitude seemed to become pronounced in the early 80's with the "wins" of venture capitalism that caused so many people to lose jobs and homes, and which seems to have continued from the "If you've got it, flaunt it" era of Reaganonomics.)
[Ref: the OJ Simpson debacle in the early 90's, initiation of the "InfoTainTment & Scandal-4-profit" TV industry, including various "Gladiator TV" series with emotional blood competition & "reputation-destruction derbies" for money and fame. While genocide of brown people for oil in Iraq didn't even hit a national nerve. ALL related to that worthiness issue - "Who's more worthy of God's Love?" (sick). Who says inquisitions or the crusades have ended? ~ cp, 11/23/13 (quotes & refs mine)]
¤ Do you believe that all those who are suffering -- who are also without access to resources to address that suffering -- are only doing so because they have been responsible for that suffering during some time(s) since their birth?
¤ Could their be gradations of personal responsibility for one's suffering, for one's society's suffering, in particular or various ways? And to the degree that is so, could we not address some or much of that suffering, and in a way that would not just be "feeding an addiction to hand outs"?
¤ Is it conceivable that people with callous attitudes about other's suffering, who also wield great power in the world through giant corporate activities, continue to cause and/or greatly increase the suffering of others, particularly in 3rd world countries?
¤ Do you think that many people in the 1st world nations have been convinced that 'the sacrifice of thousands or even millions of people (especially in 3rd world nations) are justifiable in order to continue a "suitable" standard of living for the rest of us?
¤ Do you sense that very many people apparently hold such attitudes while the same people call themselves caring and conscientious, as well as moral, righteous, and/or spiritual?
¤ Do you feel it is just information and re-education that people need, or do they need to emotionally awaken to some parts of themselves, parts that learned long ago to protect themselves from feeling certain kinds of pain (in self and/or others), not to mention keep them from communicating such pain?
¤ If and when given to community or planetary service, how might we be a sounding board for, and help provide resources to others, when they are ready to begin their awakening to the deeper meanings of such as the above questions.
¤ How might we similarly serve when their heart breaks at the realization that we (Americans, or at least those we chose as leaders), have not always been the "good guys" on the world stage, and maybe too often have been, or have given up our power to, the "bad guys", and consequently are beginning their heart-healing processes?
The answers to these questions might determine much about our society. Who knows but that the consideration of these questions by enough people just might begin a process of healing, one step at a time as we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit? Granted it might likely be a very long term process, but one which I believe must begin soon - if we are to heal the planet of apathy and of the results of that apathy.
We (progressives) might begin by setting example in self-questioning.
How well one can handle disillusionment might be
DETERMINED BY the amount of stress AND contradiction that
one can handle in life, but MORE SPECIFICALLY BY:
¤ the degree to which one can consciously live with injustice by others upon self and others, even though one has very high ideals about societal fairness, and how long one feels one can postpone the gratification of eventual justice; eg: conflict between a) one's having what one wants and needs and b) the recognition of the implications of truths?
¤ how likely one is to feel so disheartened about feeling/being not able to do something about the pain, that some kind of pain-denial coping mechanism is initiated ?
¤ how much early training (via life challenges) one received and converted into stress handling and problem solving capacity - or counter to it, leading to lack of confidence regarding ?
¤ how much permission felt to feel and express emotional pain, look into it's deeper sources ?
¤ how likely is one to even extrapolate as to how others may respond internally and externally to such pain
¤ the capacity for "cognitive dissonance" ? - cognitive dissonance is the ability to simultaneously hold (consciously) in mind two concepts that are both "true," yet contradict one another; emotional dissonance is similar, but has to do with conscious awareness of two equally strong yet opposite feelings about something.
Psycho-Neuro-Immunity, Emotional Strength, and Empathy, as Applied to Personal AND Citizen Health [as regards "issues" related to (keywords): caring, co-dependency, responsibility, convincing, hyper-sensitivity, hopelessness, helplessness]
We have a choices as to how much time we want to spend convincing others of what we believe is true, particularly about something that we perceive as critical to the survival of humankind. That is to say, we can ALSO choose to determine how much of that is wasting time and when, to move on, and "choose battles we can win." And take care of our own individual physical and emotional bodies with proper self-care, thus assisting in maintenance of our mental bodies, thus clarity for decisions about the above and thence, all else.
HERE is where your TRUTH, as applied, can begin to calm that emotional body, EG: The TRUTH of that most likely being that (or something like):
a) You DO care, you have no valid need to convince yourself (let alone waste time with people who's STUFF prevents them from having the inner resources to be capable of believing you). Some reminders to self and others *can* be useful as motivating affirmations (when avoiding as much as possible any unnecessary "preaching to the choir") and...
b) What you REALLY need to know and feel is that your inevitable CARING is actually helping others in some way, or that you are at least doing your best to give that opportunity to others to advance themselves and solve their problems, perhaps even society's problems, perhaps even something that spurs others to act in like manner, ETC. And, JUST AS ESSENTIAL...
c) You need to be able to rest when needed, enjoy some R&R, so you can re-energize yourself for 1) seeing and/or creating the next means, ways, and strategy for the next action, and/or 2) getting back on that horse again after you were temporarily knocked off (de-motivated, saddened by losses, yours and/or others, etc). AND to make sure you can make those "TRUTHs" work for you...
You can be ever-so-much more EFFECTIVE at all the above when you are not tied up with a paradox of feelings [if applies:] about needing to convince yourself or others that you care, even when you know you do. [IE: including such as playing the games of "It's so Terrible" (per Eric Burns' book, "Games People Play," or especially the game of "I have a more shocking baddy to share than you have.")]. Another weight off your shoulders (if applies) might be knowing that...
d) You are not responsible for whether someone learns from anything you do or say, or accepts to any degree what you offer them. Let alone how, why, or when. That is the recipient's responsibility. That is, beyond your best efforts to clearly communicate and/or offer opportunity or give some gift, the recipient is totally in charge of how s/he responds, including to what degree they accept, remember, process, learn from or otherwise benefit from what you offered (aside from various factors influencing him/her that you are very likely not aware of fully, if at all, and just as likely are not consciously known by that recipient). One variation on a "new thought" affirmation is, "I do my best to give, then I let go, and let God take care of the rest."
Related Resources (for Support &/Or Conceptual Understanding) are included below. Possibly most directly related to the above, if you relate to affirmations that define and clarify as well as affirm, is "Questions for Personal Empowerment" (further down the page).
Disillusionment on the Personal Level (and Eclectic Considerations)
Question from David:
I think re-education of the brainwashed is the key. But how to accomplish this I'm not sure. Mass media & "Homeland Security" still have the upper hand.
Warmest regards ... ~David
My Response to that:
[I agree for the most part, and] People shut down about something when they've been hurt enough to give up hope... They feel bad enough about it that the memory gets shoved under sooner or later, and they use the energy (that otherwise would've been used for the original concern or desire) for something that doesn't bring up the pain again. This also helps keep the pain "safely" buried.
(Some would say that the soul uses the various earthly levels of ones awareness -the “body-mind”- to unconsciously "store" the energy until the personality is ready to deal with that issue and heal it). This is classic denial, although a little more specific type, and this description includes the body-mind's involvement. And we've all done it, at least in small, relatively insignificant ways -- unless you're a Jesus this life and have never given your power away to anyone ever. Anyway, when we heal that ... well, that's what [this] is all about, as related to how and when we've given up our power to create and maintain a government to represent us...
In any case, what has always kept me going -- in spite of my research to answer questions such as "why are these excruciatingly stupid things happening at the expense, the suffering, of humanity?" [that is, in spite of circumstances realized that led to those questions and some of the apparent answers to them] -- is my belief in Karma, reincarnation, thence what I call "perpetual responsibility" (the requirement for all souls, implying [also] that one's "future" reincarnation is not an excuse for not doing what's needed for the current incarnation). And there's what I consider the true source of happiness, and (hint:) it isn't how many toys, lovers, people, awards of "success," or "power" connections we collect before we die. [And whether others believe that or not, let alone believe it for themselves, does not determine how true it is for me, therefore there's nothing to prove in that regard (if anything), but enough to simply live and live simply. How I define "caring" might be gleaned through the note on empathy just below, as well as the essays per the resource links noted below. ~cp, October'18]
"More Considerations on Empathy, Definitions, & Clarifications"
Chris Pringer, Oct'18 (Edited Excerpts from essay "Empathy Clarified..." at the "PolyPsy Citizen Healing Page" (Apr'10)
'Our' definition(s) of empathy are based on who we feel the feelings of, and thereby who we feel for - but also those we filter OUT. I can totally understand that a person can only feel so much at a time, can only carry so much at a time. But the term empathy, thence concept is, in effect, used in that way, well, the question arises: is THAT actually about empathy ??? It's kind of like what we've done with *Love*: "If you really loved me, then you would..." but on a society/ culture/ nation level. Maybe there's a relationship between what we've done to love and what we've done to empathy. I'm assuming most people are not even conscious of how often 'we' (individually, collectively, societally) do that.
AND there's this eclectic saying (a principle to some), "As Above, So Below." Continuing in that vein, the greater form of empathy is considered a heart (or Heart Chakra, 4th Chakra) attribute and enables feeling others AS self (ALL others AS self). Whereas the lesser form of empathy is gut-feeling based (so considered a '3rd Chakra' attribute), and facilitates awareness of others feelings (whether the good, the bad, or the ugly, as they say). And different situations require different capacities.
To put that into more practical context:
Both of those capabilities (heart & gut empathy) are normally "in operation" in most folks - to some degree, depending on many factors about the person and the situation. And "by degree" is generally how they operate, not just full on or full off. Like the different glands and hormones of the endocrine system, aach energy center (or chakra) works best when ALL the energy centers are working together, with some situations requiring more of one than another, and so forth.
The capacity of the heart center is potentially limitless, and THAT is what makes the difference with saints, and especially with such souls as Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammad. So I'm not saying it's easy to always be in the space of feeling others "as one with self." But to know that experience, and thence aspire to know that more and more, to maintain it stronger longer and so on, is to realize that all humanity is worthy of our best considerations.
And yes, all such ideals can be challenging to achieve in practical application let alone maintain [and idealism can have it's practical side, and yes there's also an essay on idealism and related concepts as noted in the resource list below.
There are (organized, educational) approaches that integrate the shadow aspect with those aspects we socially accept. [See right column, "Integrated Perspectives On Empathy"]
Have you ever heard that one's greatest strength is also one's greatest weakness?
It's just one of those interesting paradoxes that philosophers toss about, but Consider:
How does a person withstand great amounts of pain within themselves, or when sensed within people they love, or within their next door neighbor? I understand those can each have very different answers. But does it not have to do with a certain kind of toughness or strength that one gathers so that one can "just get on with life"? I would answer that "Yes."
However, have you known people with certain situations when s/he invokes that strength so strongly or so often -- perhaps for a lifetime -- that it becomes a hindrance to him/herself and/or to others? Do you believes that we all work best when we all work together -- not necessarily next to each other, but in one accord, as opposed to working in discord)?
Do you see the connection here, especially when you consider the increasing effect of one person's actions and even lifestyle on another, regardless of the distance between them? Do you think that the best solution to the planet's problems is to rate the value or worthiness of different kinds of people and then ration out the planets resources according to that rating? Of course that is a rhetoric question, but do you see how that relates to the type of nationalism and patriotism that seems to have been communicated so much in recent years?
Integrated Perspectives On Empathy
There are (organized, educational) approaches that integrate the shadow aspect with those aspects we socially accept.And in such a way as to heal and organize our (inner) selves more constructively, non-violently, productively. And so our outer selves get along with others likewise, AND do all that more honestly (referring to "emotional honesty" in communications). The term "approaches" refers to that of Humanist/ Gestalt / Transpersonal and Buddhist Psychology, and integrations thereof.
Which might consider the Brain as a tool, considering that *Mind* comprises *Heart* & brain, that (the) *Body-Mind* comprises *Heart* (including empathy), brain, and *Body* as the physical Extension of *Mind* & *Heart* into the world. *Love-Wisdom* is thereby considered the ideal attribute or quality extended. How? *Information* is considered the basis of *Knowledge* after having been processed by the brain; *Knowledge* as the basis of *Wisdom*, after having been processed by the *Body-Mind*; and *Love-Wisdom* being the highest form of that. [All that is not totally original, but an integration of existing concepts, albeit somewhat metaphysical.
Sadly, the alternative healing crowd is pretty much the only ones that can talk about their therapy, but only with each other, whether it's for self-emprovement or self-healing, without getting stigmatized for for it. (Yes, many do therapy for self-improvement, not because they are serial killers [as we imagine here an emogy for a grin(?) of dark humor & sad irony]. How did we get this way and, more importantly, where could we go from here? If interested please check out the "'The Lords of Culture' and Listening - A story about Communications, Relationships..." [per resource links below].
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The following is a Current Listing of Suggested Topics for a Class on Burnout,
P R E V E N T I N G C I T I Z E N / A C T I V I S T B U R N O U T
Or "Citizen / Activist Preventative Heath Maintenance"
Chris Pringer, April'04
specifically related to Activism or other Citizen Participation:
* Brief "Look-See" of all points and considerations.
* Consideration that one's view of these aspects may deepen greatly by the end of the discussions suggested here, even more so after contemplation, not to mention after experience.
* What is Burnout in general ?
* What that feels like, looks like; how we might spot it in others .
* How that applies to Activists (When & Why you may need this information)
* How to do one's "personal homework" with regard to Inner Conflict & Dealing with Emotions. Class participants are given preventative health maintenance tools and instructions for using them. This includes simple do-it-yourself techniques for appropriate self-care when dealing with prolonged challenge conditions. It would then be up to the class participants as to whether or not they would actually use these tools, as well as their own time, place, and setting for any such use. [EG: I do not foresee that it would ever become appropriate for "Therapy" to be provided for individuals in activist burnout-prevention classes. ]
Suggested Resources and Tools for Knowing Self, Strengths, & Limitations - and Related Self-Care in prolonged challenge conditions
For a Class, we might include resources for:
* Defining and/or Redefining one's Personal Values, Boundaries, & Challenges in Life, for determining how these relate to activism and Burnout. Including: Caring, Empathy, and Compassion. (You may be surprised and enlighted as to how many definitions may arise in a group of 10 or more people; admittedly, I can only speak for Americans.)
* Getting and Staying In Charge of Personal Values, Boundaries, & Challenges; sample of supportive momentum-clarifying affirmations in "Questions for Personal Empowerment" further below on this page
* Determining Inner/Outer Responses to external Challenges to those values); discussing the definition of challenge in that regard might be both surprising and useful
* Learning the Difference between Practical Sensitivity vs Over-Sensitivity
* Learning and Applying Related Preventative Health Maintenance Techniques
* Creating or Finding and Using Support Groups
* Learning Appropriate Response to Interference to Citizen Work (including Non-Violence Training)
* Reporting of Assaults on citizens while in action - by other civilians or police, etc.
* Resources for Further Study, Tools, Networking & Support Groups, etc
Related Resource Links for Support & / Or Conceptual Understanding (at this site)
"Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs" which includes a brief version of "Considerations and Strategies in the Management of the Emotional Body" (Including anger, loss, disappointment, etc).
"'Empathy' Clarified..." - Clarifying where the definition has, in too many realms, come to be re-defined to apply in far-too-limited ways and directions.
"The Empathy Movement" at the Chalice Integration Arts page and the The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion by Edwin Rutsch, who says, "The Pain The world is experiencing growing personal, social and political fear, disconnection, polarization, cynicism, conflict, violence and authoritarianism. We face an enormous empathy deficit in our politics. Partisanship is extreme. This threatens our democracy and the well-being of all. We need practical solutions."
Empathy-related, in story form with pro-active suggestions: "'The Lords of Culture' and Listening - A story about Communications, Relationships..." often referred to as "the Listening essay."
"Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'" includes "The Forgiveness Set" ("The Most Difficult Forgiveness," "Asking for Forgiveness," and the transcript of the talk by Rev. Janeane Weprin). And...
More On Ideals..., including the Concepts of "Perfection" and "Unconditional Love"
"Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work: A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and ..." Often referred to at this site as "The Goal Chart"
"WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial" (Physical and other levels) - Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. Exploration of concepts in empathy, caring, punishment and 'The Martyr Triad.' That is, from a non-guilt, human-potential-empowering, holistic, humanistic/ gestalt/ transpersonal, biological, and pro-active perspective
"Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment" - Mind-Body Relationships, (from) coping mechanisms, (to) skills, (to) gifts through challenges on one's Life Path.
More Advanced Topics
* The nature of layman's healing through "simply" being Present & listening
* Putting it together in citizen action related confrontation
* Combining healing/listening skills with confrontive situations
* Advanced applications of various principles, skills, & tools learned
* IE: Understanding conservative "patriotism" and related belief systems - including how to work with the fragile nature underneath the armored John Wayne mind; how to understand the over-identification with authority that allows "security" to be so valued that freedom is sacrificed "for God & Country," etc. Why? So you will be more in charge OF YOURSELF when these people confront you (especially having developed self-knowledge & skills such as noted above), and because someone just might be open to expanding their perception when there is less need to convince than desire for understanding, less judgment about someone's "programming," and less challenge to the ego.
Talents Needed: Consider this A Call for Others to Join in This Work Wherever you are:
I see that the most likely Training Team - to effectively get this material across in it's most useful context - would consist of expertise & experience a) in Non-Violence Training (and in "street-smarts"), b) in long-term grassroots politics, as well as c) in Instruction in Long-Term Self-Help Psychological Preventative Health Maintenance, with skills comparable to those noted in above paragraph, & particularly with burnout conditions. If you and/or your activist teammates are like-minded and skilled in applicable realms, please lets share resources, information, and the benefits of our combined experience.
Is that Lancelot? Or YOU with your shining armor, lance, and cloak of truth?" ?
What's WRONG with this picture?
(And, yes, what's also right with it?)
What about how we (most folks) relate to the archetype of Knighthood? And how many people (not just guys) relate that archetype (consciously or unconsciously) to our own self-image as related to military service? (And what about that armor, shining or not? Rolfers and Integrative Bodywork practitioners might have an answer for you, by the way with far, far-reaching psychological implications, however.) Granted, I could think of far far worse archetypes for someone bent on going to war - ie: those unassociated with such attributes as chivalry. And what does the "Holy Grail" represent? (more about "Pragmatic Balance" than extremism perhaps?). BIG HINT about that archetype being associated to military service: What if I said Spiritual battles were meant to be fought within? And that the grail legend was / is about recovering balance (and recovering from EXTREMISM) as as essential part of that? (at least eventually through our evolution as humans). [Hence the chalice art at this site, whether for "spiritual" purposes or not.] [Picture by Unknown]
A Few More Resources:
Much is available at this site (per Related Resource sections above & further below), or in files ready to be emailed, etc. That includes instructions for developing certain kinds of awareness, and a fair amount of theory and clinical information that can be applied to the training. At least by those who would be instructors of the classes.
You may want to research "Co-Counseling" or "Re-Evaluation Counseling" - because listening Can be healing in itself. While the originator, Harvey Jackins, has passed on, Re-Evaluation Counseling has continued to develop and mature into a most valuable, while relatively easy to learn, healing methodology. For more information, you might use these KEYWORDS in your search engine: Co-Counseling, Re-Evaluation Counseling, Harvey Jackins.
The "OverComing Political Disillusionment" page, initiated in October 2002, may be useful for examining common key socio-political issues more in depth. However, it may also be psychologically dense material for some readers. Being outlined by questions, many of the questions pertain to our involvement in the Iraq War (2003+) - but also to war(s) in general, as it integrates so many references to political examples in during the GWBush Era. It also includes many notes about our capacity to healthfully respond. I do a much better job of interpreting these concepts in person, where I can more readily explain on a one to one basis in metaphors that person relates to, and/or in a question/answer/discussion group format, and, to a lesser extent, in on line chat in that format.]
In this review from Brain Pickings .Org on
Alain de Botton on Infatuation and his book,
"The Course of Love", Remember that "disappointment" precedes disillusionment:
De Botton writes: "Infatuations aren’t delusions. That way they have of holding their head may truly indicate someone confident, wry, and sensitive; they really may have the humor and intelligence implied by their eyes and the tenderness suggested by their mouth. The error of the infatuation is more subtle: a failure to keep in mind the central truth of human nature: that everyone — not merely our current partners, in whose multiple failings we are such experts — but everyone will have something substantially and maddeningly wrong with them when we spend more time around them, something so wrong as to make a mockery of those initially rapturous feelings.
"...What makes infatuation so intoxicating is precisely its imperviousness to disappointment, for it is rooted entirely in a chimera of the other, enshrined in the illusion of perfection. What makes love so rich and rewarding is the moving frontier of mutual discovery and understanding with each experience of disappointment, as we continually calibrate our flat fantasy of the idealized beloved to an ever-expanding reality of a dimensional person. ..."
Complement the immensely and at times heartbreakingly insightful The Course of Love — which also gave us De Botton on what makes a good communicator and the paradox of sulking — with the humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm on what is keeping us from mastering the art of loving, the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s simple, profound treatise on how to love, and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on the paradoxical psychology of why frustration is necessary for satisfaction in romance.
Comment: Love is defined in so many interesting ways, in action as well as in words (without even noticing any contradictions between the two). We can ask ourselves, "What does/can mine look like?" ~cp
Biographical Note & Context:
To give an applicable summary of what I've said about myself on this or other of my political pages: I am an ex-Marine, who "awakened" in his early 20's feeling conned into his naïveté about such values as patriotism, who corrected that while healing his disillusionment. And while gaining a certain amount of understanding in the process (studying a number of psychological and theological realities, as well as political ones). This generated (or helped me realize) the interest that led to my becoming a therapist (related links for this in web page footer). As well as those that led to my becoming a grassroots political activist - admittedly for many of the more liberal causes, including peace, justice, civil rights, ecology, economic reform, healthcare for the less advantaged - AND veterans, etc.
These two roles (not terribly often combined, I strongly suspect) are what likely led to:
a) an understanding of the blind naïveté and associated "patriotic fervor" that requires a heartbreaking paradigm shift in order to stop over-identifying with the "good guy" image and any political leader that sports it,
b) a better understanding of peace-loving caring citizens/ activists, most of whom apparently have never known what it's like to feel that conservative patriotism
c) improved capability in helping activists/ citizens to know and appreciate their emotional strengths and limits, those of both the (political) Left and Right,
d) desiring to help activists/ citizens to understand how and why many conservatives feel the way they do -- to understand with compassion (which honors the others' capacity to heal) but not with sympathy (which tends to just resonate with, feel sorry for, and/or condescend toward),
e) desiring to help activists/ citizens encounter discern the differences between such challenges as intentional interference, apathy, apparent failure, and impending burnout (both during and in-between activist experiences), and
f) desiring to help activists/citizens not only survive those well through self-applied preventative maintenance techniques, but to do all this as often as needed to return our nation to sanity. (Those books and films about "Peaceful Warriors" were probably meant for us :-)
" 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening..." (7/31/10, ed.9/4/10)
What's that got to do with anything? Think about what it would be like for you in a hospital where the nurses
never came when you cried out in pain because the doctors limited their time with the patients.
Now consider your political leaders as the doctors of your community or nation.
Who was listening when they were elected, or when they just took power?
...when the decisions were made about how resources were distributed?
So, a) how did all that come about, and
b) what are the means and mechanisms for *healing* that?
From the levels that will make a difference, psychologically and socio-politically?
Because the sub-title of the essay is "A story about Language, Relationship, and 'the Body-Mind Split',
An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context". Which sounds complex, but as you read, you'll see
that the learning required to apply the cure is not beyond our capacities at all. The times require it.
And that's what WE have got to do with it - with everything we care about.
These two versions of the "Bring Our Kids/Troops Home Whole" bumpersticker were inspired by the Peace Sign'ed American Flag (photos of the "Peace Flag Honor Guard" further below), and of course, the continuing need to bring our kids/troops home "Whole."
Printable PDFs are available with Full (8.5x11) page(s) of Three (3) B-stickers (each pdf about 3.3 MB in file size)
[Apologies for bad links for weeks prior to 9/16/10]:
bumper-sticker WITHOUT VFP Logo
bumper-sticker WITH VFP Logo
To download you can right click on the link(s) and then click "save as", if you don't want to open the pdf in your browser
The Original version was created in Jan'04 with the logo for Veterans for Peace Chapter 92 over a star-field from the American Flag. EG: we (psychologically astute vets) knew then that the soldiers were being trained differently, and the repeated tour-rotation policy was already being indicated, and how that related to PTSD.
And now (Spring 2010) we find already that more vets of Iraq-Afghanistan have committed suicide than have been killed in combat. |
Compare this to the 30+ yrs it took
for Viet Nam vets to reach that statistic (!)
I repeat here (at right) the resource that I put at the vUSPeace Academy pages in 2004, which resource has since been confirmed to be applicable/effective for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
Co-Counseling or Re-Evaluation Counseling (REC)
because Listening Can be healing
While Harvey Jackins, the originator, has passed on, Re-Evaluation Counseling has continued to develop and mature into a most valuable, while relatively easy to learn, healing methodology.
For more information, you might use these KEYWORDS in your search engine: Co-Counseling, Re-Evaluation Counseling, Harvey Jackins.
|Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia
Feeling helpless to change something doesn't mean it's not happening. Feeling is only one of the senses determining change, it's causes and effects. One Implication: Disillusionment can result in Denial - for protecting our psyche - until what we feared and denied comes to pass. Finding out facts and acting on them lessens the damage of fear, prevents denial and often also the feared circumstance. Political Implications: You figure it out! But if you add some constructive anger-venting, you can then call all that "Pre-Poly-Psy-ventative Maintenance". - Chris Pringer
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"The Development of One Questioning Mind"
This was my pre-sentencing speech in the trial of the "Seattle Twelve" (March 14 & 17, 2003), being one of those arrested for sitting in at the Seattle Federal Building (September 25, 2002) in hope of convincing our senators to reject President Bush's maneuvering for the power to make war whenever he saw fit - without his having to answer appropriate questions beforehand. The judge had said he wanted to know something about what personally brought each of us to do what we did, and this is what I said.:
"I grew up with a lot of blind trust that I mistook for patriotism. But that was my patriotism at the time. I've since realized, with many years of asking questions and looking for answers, that many of our government reps are representing the 60-70% of citizenry that don't vote or participate in putting those representatives there. Over time those representatives gave way to the more powerful and more ambitious, but more dishonest representatives.
Our system is one of the best around but has been weakened and now practically taken over by a totalitarian oriented small group of people, some motivated by extremist religious views, others simply by greed. Far too few useful visionaries are left in actual positions of power - assassinations or small plane crashes or scandals seem to have left very few congress persons that say no to that small group of people, in spite of the number of their constituents demanding they do just that.
But for this delivery I am focusing on my own activism, which has come to include a bridging of politics and the healing sciences.
I grew up very introverted, and it wasn't until I met with my first affinity group, mostly composed of Quakers, in the Summer of 1979 (in Oklahoma City) that I really began communicating who I was to more than one person at a time. By the next year I had been arrested twice for trespassing, once where the Black Fox nuclear energy station was in early stages of construction North-East of Tulsa Oklahoma, and the other while blocking doors at the Pentagon - in May of 1980. Over the next 5 years I protested for Amnesty International and civil rights, for peace and against nuclear weapons construction and transportation, including at the Pantex Plant in Texas.
I also volunteered some time in Brownsville, Texas during the Sanctuary movement, as I had been continuing to spend more and more time in fellowship and in action with the Quakers of my affinity group. I learned not only how to be more present with people but how an individual can make a powerful difference when joined with others of conscious and consciousness. No nuclear plant was constructed in Oklahoma, by the way, and the U.S. government's abuses in Central America began to be unveiled to the public during those years - to some degree at least.
After this time I took up my study, formal schooling, and practice of preventative medicine and alternative healing. More specifically, my field of expertise has been in therapeutic bodywork, body-mind psychology, and working with human energy fields. I can't think of anything more rewarding than helping people realize their own power to heal themselves and be more and more of who they are meant to be. So for many years the closest I came to political action, besides donations to activist groups, was a pen or an email window on a computer. But the computer was mainly a means for publishing my writings at my website, passing on tools, resources, and insights related to my practice. Then in Fall 1997 I began what is now "Christopher's Political Page" at my website - providing activist resources as well as my own two cents.
One of my interests of late has been in applying my humanistic and eastern psychology studies to proffering questions that might cause one to look a little deeper into the hows and whys of our political condition. I call it 'Poly-Psy' and that's spelled with 'P-S-Y' not 'S-C-I.' I also learned about the power of questions. I'm NOT ONLY referring to the questioning of authority, although that is of critical importance, of course. So if not that, what do questions have to do with anything HERE, you ask?
I've learned that there is a powerful flip side to how we normally interpret that. I'm talking about the questioning of our own inner authority, and in a way that is designed to clarify guidance as well as obstruction. So
what does that mean, you ask?
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The 'Seattle 12' before arraignment, 3/14/03
"Approval/Authority Issues" ? Well, I think I speak for all in this picture when saying that, being "Bad" can be a big (and expensive) waste of time - UNLESS for reasons that are far bigger than our individual selves.
[- so says the bearded one ]
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Well, I'll just jump right in... but I'll keep it basic.
First off, I've learned that when one asks a question one creates a space that is associated with a desire to know - and one's brain-mind becomes engaged with ones heart-mind in a quest to fill that space. The Clarity involved in the filling of that space does require discernment.
And IF that discernment is a result of experience of *many* good questions asked in life, more so than it is of memorized or programmed information made to be ready for regurgitation -- for scholastic tests, parental approval, pier approval, or authority approval... that is, IF that discernment is more the result of conscious awareness than indiscriminate regurgitation, then the answers one comes up with will likely be very good. And I've learned that it's never too late to start asking questions. I also learned that if an authority puts up resistance just to the questions, whether that authority be within or without, then I that authority is strongly indicating further need for question.
I grew up with a lot of programmed answers and much of my first 30 years were a result of that. That includes how I joined the Marine Corps right out of high school in 1970, and held the views that I did prior to that time. In the Marine Corps my job, in general, was troubleshooting electronic communications problems, so thanks to this, and the mentoring from one of my brothers not long afterward, my mind didn't go totally to sleep. But the questioning part within me became gradually stronger over the years. I am very thankful that somehow that got in my genes or imparted in the parenting I received.
In my early forties I discovered something of the value of posing questions to oneself, and my website has a number of examples. Most of them are for personal growth applications, but as I stated earlier, I have more recently began applying these principles to the furtherance of the citizenry's involvement and thereby society's evolvement - via the self-examination of, by, and for citizenry and society. After all, those misguiding few of the administration - and the representatives that represent those who don't participate - wouldn't be there if even 60% of the citizens felt empowered enough to participate on a regular basis.
I am convinced that IF society is to eventually evolve to a higher level of awareness, participation, evaluation, and application of principle in the democratic process of their government, THEN the beginnings of that is similar to, if not a metaphor for, how an individual begins any life-changing process. Lao Tse said a journey of 10,000 miles begins with the first step, and we are already much further along than that.
To that effect I have been putting my Poly-Psy writings and charts (and even some poetry) on these topics at my website. That Includes many related questions, and sometimes I call these 'Positive-Response-Questions' (PRQ's), especially when they are posed in such a way as to stimulate the brain-mind to go on a unconscious search for solutions to predicaments and dilemmas.
I will read some of these questions shortly, ... [and at this point I read the "Questions For World Peace Prayer' ]
©Chris Pringer, March 16, 2003
[ June 2017 Note:
"Invocation for Justice & Appropriate Administration of the United States" at the "World Healing Prayers On Sacred Geometry Background" page. ]
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Chris Pringer, May, 2017
More Eclectic Considerations (with just a touch of humor) for...
How to deal with false dreams (or what turns out to be [ so far, at least ] ):
a) dreams are only false or delusional to those who are not having them, to those who disagree with the premise of the dream. Otherwise, to the dreamer, such a dream is at least a potentially true-to-possibilities dream, an affirmation, or maybe a conscious fantasy.
b) The dreamer is *in charge* of transitioning the dream to have more or less basis in reality (in the perspective of the dreamer at least).
c) Likewise, one man's trash is another man's treasure, a circumstance based on varying values based on individual beliefs.
d) As for beliefs, we all had formative years doing our best (consciously or unconsciously) to learn to believe certain things that enabled us to feel loved and respected, or at least in order to survive, and to deal accordingly with any manner of circumstances in between. Who's "in charge" of who and what, and who should or shouldn't be and why, becomes a big part of those beliefs - consciously and/or unconsciously. That is, we all have feelings, emotions (long-term and/or more complex mixes of feelings), and beliefs arising from (among other things) that question of who has "the power" or hasn't, why that is, and one's place in all that (usually without the power).
e) Motivation & Focus: Based on the above, we are all addicted to something -- or at least "attached" to something - usually more than one thing, of course, and it doesn't have to be a physical thing, but in any case, most all such can be boiled down to one thing or a very few. Eg: Love, respect, power, fame or image, toys (of any definition), sex, having children (or living forever), etc. If that were not true, the question arises: what would be the purpose of being born - but I digress into existential cosmology. [ That was not meant to be *totally* flippant, a little dark humor maybe. However, that (thought stream, if you will) extends from perspectives in Buddhism. Which is commonly regarded as the religion of kindness, but which is actually based in a psychology of realism.
That is, realism as opposed to dreams, addictions, and attachments, while acknowledging that "life is suffering" (while not glorifying pain), that the fewer the attachments, the fewer the expectations, and thence the fewer disappointments, and thence less suffering. Call that get-down-and-in-your-face realism. And then there's attachment to detachment...
But "where's the guilt," you ask. Well, such good questions and better are dealt with thoroughly (in both Buddhist as well as the more mystical Christian literature and teachings) while admitting or even professing that "the true path" includes a difficult personal growth process. That is, in learning how to suffer less, given that such learning is endless (especially for those attached to detachment ), given the nature of the universe, until...
f) Until the Coping mechanisms are dealt with. Which refers to the coping mechanisms for dealing with disillusionment: Intellectual, emotional, and/or physical ("healthy" and/or otherwise) -- any one or combo of which has called "spiritual" or logically effective by someone, at one time or another. ["Healthy" is here put in quotes because of those varying values and beliefs about whatever.] HERE is where we could have skipped to, since this is where we deal with all the above about beliefs and dreams and "dealing with stuff."
Or at least where we get to explore all the above, because to deal with it here would be to give you THE answer(s), right? Which would be contrary to all the above points made so variable with the "and/or"s, "consciously or unconsciously"s, and implied choices - to cope with. Yes, "Here" - EXCEPT that you may need to read all this a few times because some of the above being explained by the below, AND vise-versa. After all, "As Above, So Below." And if it weren't for the exceptions in life, a perfectly fundamentalist system of rules would and even SHOULD suffice for most everything, but we all know how "shoulds" are for shoulders and often too heavy even for them. It's possible I'm digressing yet again, however...
After all, *who's in charge* (of dealing with "stuff," remember) gets both the credit and the blame, and pedestals were made to be chopped out from under those we put on that pedestal, and the pedestal chopping is at the very heart of both politics and disillusionment, at home and at large, yes? Ahhhhh... So... exploring... The coping mechanism is at the heart of the disillusionment, and if you know how you cope, and WHY, then you get to regress to the point where you made the decision of HOW to deal with that "who's in charge & who's right" issue. And with whether that 'HOW' (decision/process) engaged a certain amount of denial, a certain amount of very negative emotion(s), and/or a certain amount of fanciful dreaming, or even a certain amount of leaving "reality" behind. [ Reality: like the word, "healthy", "reality" is also put in quotes because of those varying values and beliefs about whatever. Kind of goes along with that word "Normal" - the evaluation of which can be a life venture. Except for fundamentalists, of course. ] Definite digression of humor aside, at least for now... ... Back to that point that one may regress to:
At that point -of original decision we referred to above- the point that one has returned to in one's previously repressed memory, now armed with difference-making knowledge and years of maturity, an improved sense of responsibility, thence capabilitiy, one can then make another life-effecting choice.
f.2) "Burn-Out" - may or may not be about disillusionment although it may seem like it at the time, due to exhaustion and/or pain, resulting lack of clarity, especially if combined with a re-evaluation of priorities (ie: chop wood, carry water, or impeach the president? [ ie: who got the mint, per the original question "Dis-I-Loose In/En-Mint" ] ).
g) But what is Right? If you're asking this, know that 1) that's the question that begat philosophies and religions in the first place, 2) it's because you care because you're heart is working, and besides, the question is always asked - to some degree - by everyone consciously or unconsciously [and you just knew I was going to add that, right?], and 3) If you are consciously asking, you stand a good chance of finding the way to the answer, the one that works for you, and then you might even agree with the above, OR you might not. And your answer may go through a continuous development process, depending on the complexity of your question (and length of your life).
h) ("Aiche"): If you like simple answers, you have probably only accidently found yourself to this paragraph, having skipped through all the foregoing, not to mention any serious consideration of it. And the only exercise you will get out of this website is likely your jaw muscles as you are yawning. "Aiche"(!) In any case, am glad to help out when I can.
| About the picture: It used to be [said], "If you're not angry, you're not paying attention." Now, I think it's more current [even appropriate, possibly health-saving] to say, "If you're not paranoid, you're not paying attention." And so now it's a matter of learning to manage either, not letting strong potentially destructive emotions migrate where they will do more harm than good, certainly not before transforming them into something constructive.
Origins of the question in the graphic: In a discussion about political events and trends with a friend... this time, after I mentioned how everyone has become so paranoid, noting that I myself have my own bit of paranoia, I added "But I know exactly where it's at, where it's not, and how to manage it to keep it from messing with other parts of me. And Greg chuckled and says -[in character]- "Do you know where your paranoia is tonight?" I laughed loud, but I couldn't help but think that was such a brilliant play on concepts, after all, the *inner-child parenting* approach is kept close at hand (so to speak) in my work. And I knew it was going to hit home with so many people who KNOW they've got this paranoia thing running (in one place or another), but who also don't have enough opportunity to express something about it. [Yes, Greg knows I'm putting it out here Thank you, Greg!]
Related Pages (on the more serious side):
"Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs" which includes a brief version of "Considerations and Strategies in the Management of the Emotional Body" (Including anger, loss, disappointment, etc).
"Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work: A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and ..." Often referred to at this site as "The Goal Chart"
"Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'" includes "The Forgiveness Set" ("The Most Difficult Forgiveness," "Asking for Forgiveness," and the transcript of the talk by Rev. Janeane Weprin). Also More On Ideals
"Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment" - Mind-Body Relationships, (from) coping mechanisms, (to) skills, (to) gifts through challenges on one's Life Path.
"WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial" (Physical and other levels) - Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. Exploration of concepts in empathy, caring, punishment and 'The Martyr Triad.'
"Gestalt Psychology as compared to Buddhist Psychology" at the "Gestalt Perspective" page.
"Was Jesus a Buddhist?" section of "The Mystical Jesus - Book Reviews" page.
Chart, "Beliefs, Paths, & Service" © Chris Pringer 2002 (Thumbnail) at the "Poly-Psy Citizen Healing" page
"Invocation for Justice & Appropriate Administration of the United States" at the World Healing Prayers On Sacred Geometry Background page.
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"Getting Past Disillusionment in Times of Changing Values"
Published in *The New Times*, Seattle, WA, by Chris Pringer November 1990
More and more people are suddenly feeling as if their jobs and financial security are sliding out from under them. Whiplashing transformations are occuring in lumber and land development, petroleum and nuclear industry, defense, health care, and even in religion. It appears that the times are having us re-examine our values and directions as well as the authorities from whom many of our views were learned. Disillusioned by many of our government and corporate leaders and institutions, we are, in much greater numbers than ever before in this country, either giving up in helpless apathy or seeking deeper for clarity and guidance. We are seeking deeper, that is, into whatever serves as our source of strength.
Dealing with change is an art-form that I've studied intently for some time, although I probably wouldn't be considered an expert social scientist. The experience of people I see professionally as well as my own has revealed some practical tools and perspectives that I would like to see benefit as many others as can use them. I'll let my own experience serve as an analogy and vehicle to get these across.
Like many Vietnam Marine vets (who volunteered; were not drafted), I was raised to believe in what I did there, but I was challenged severely to maintain pride and honor in the role I chose to play. Before I could fully appreciate my dedication, love, and sacrifice, I had to deal with what many of us later found to be immoral intentions and misplace priorities in those governing us into such directions. We had felt duped and used in the process.
My intentions to do and create "good" were real, as were most all the other vets' intentions. I did the best I could given the conditions that I experienced in my upbringing - I wasn't taught to question authority, or even that there was much need to do so beyond creative innovation. When society said I had done wrong, I had to figure all this out for myself (or so I felt, being a "tough loner" type at that time). I became very disillusioned in and angry at our "leadership," even a bit paranoid: "So whom can I trust?"
I had a difficult time not taking those societal judgements personally. Having eventually educated (and processed) myself through this somewhat, I grieved the loss of long-held vocational dreams and plans (to use my Russian language education to work in government intelligence) based on old values and perspectives. I came to know better than to justify my past by maintaining the attitudes that weren't going to work for my (or for others on the planet) in the long run. The early stages of this process were very painful to me.
The ironic thing about it was that I didn't recognize that I was in that much pain. I was taught to be "tough" from the cradle on, but paradoxically, also not to feel, let alone show my anger or even sadness. So it came out as confusion as to what I wanted in life, which correlated well with my being taught to mind others' needs before my own. And since I was also taught not to question these things, once I did I experienced guilt and, fortunately, eventual self-forgiveness for doing so.
I've since learned to tell myself, "Don't feel guilty; do something." Because while my guilt may have kept me straight at times, it has also slowed me down even if headed in the right direction. I'll also say here that what I learned from my parents and role models was not only what they had also learned in their upbringing, but that all this is my own internal interpretation of my childhood experience of them. So it would seem that the dynamics of responsibility, blame, and credit are a curious bunch, if not one for intense scrutiny.
From life experiences such as those above I've learned that the more I can appreciate the past as a learning process, the less guilt I'm tempted to feel and the quicker I can make the necessary changes. I've heard that all we came in with as infants were burning desire to love and be loved. Many folks apparently learned a lot of strange ways of filling this need; some of the ways we've learned not only do not fulfill, but even create damage. Being a student of the healing process, I've learned that new values and even new ways of loving can be learned. The Co-Dependent Anonymous (CODA) and Adult Children Anonymous (ACA) groups are highly effective at this and are now becoming very popular. They espouse a "win-win" approach to relationships and to life in general.
May be the human race is addicted to challenge. I believe it is also addicted to seeking truth and relevant values. In any case it seems the learning process is an ever-continuing one. But life certainly doesn't seem fair when you consider that entire communities of families have been led to invest their whole lives in directions without contigency plans for possible consequences and, in some cases, for known realities. Could it be that the lobbies of the powerful help provide great incentive to the politicians to see things their way, and that the common folk often don't even know what the options are until 30 or so years later?
I believe that the balance comes in our individual realization of some kind of purpose in all this, behind all the roles we play. And it comes from learning from our mistakes, dealing with our feelings, forgiving and reconciling the past, and moving on. I don't believe that to examine one's life is a sign of weakness, let alone ill-health. Yet this has often been the message we get. I've learned that life-change therapy is for growth and a more deeply anchored sense of happiness during unpredictable times, not for show and certainly [not] for shame.
"Stand often in the company of dreamers - they tickle your common sense & believe you can achieve things which are impossible." ~ Maryanne Hershey, 1998
Questions for PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT
© September 1999, Chris Pringer
I Acknowledge my whole Being's capacity to ask, and respond to, the following question
And Therefore, To Define my own
qualities, values, and principles, including as regards:
in the time(s), space(s), and way(s) that best fulfills my Divine Plan:
How am I increasingly allowing myself to enjoy the ever-growing realization of benefits
of reviewing the following affirmations, with increasing appreciation of the reality that:
By God, I Am Entitled, even Commissioned,
to continually learn to be as fully present as I can be, and continually improve in my capacities...
To Find safe & effective ways to Feel & Respond to my own feelings, desires, emotions ?
Truth &Inspiration Caring & Love Authority, Approval, & Worthiness
Responsibility & Freedom Harmony & Presence Security & Safety Power & Strength
Humility & Pride Intimacy & Boundaries Success & Failure
How Am I most enjoying allowing myself, more and more often today and each day:
To Accept -- & Learn from -- ALL of my past.
To Be my own Best Friend & Inner Parent.
To Determine my own needs as I Discern my needs from my desires.
To Choose my own priorities & Set my own goals.
To Be Responsive to & Responsible for my own Inner Child.
To Clarify my own Strengths & Highest Potential as well as current limitations.
To Be my own Self & Be visible as Who I Truly AM!
To Be safe in my own authority -
as I learn to be a channel of God's Highest Loving Will through me -
as I continually improve in capacity to clarify It from my ego's will.
To Re-define values & revise choices accordingly.
To Find/realize Purpose & Meaning in my life.
To Do all the above safely -even when I risk "failure,"
or discover I have made mistakes along the way as part of the learning to do this -
without judgment, obligation, guilt, invalidation, manipulation (by myself or others).
To Know that my value & worthiness (to have true needs met)
is a God-ordained Reality to be realized, Regardless of
my internal mental, emotional, or physical condition,
or the external actions or reactions of myself or others.
To Know how talented & powerful I am, & find my path as I
Utilize that knowledge productively,
Honor others as the worthy beings that they likewise are, &
Release attachment to how others respond, learn, & grow.
To Express & feel my power
as love, wisdom, passion, & connectedness with God.
To Fully realize today how worthy I am & what that implies for my life here & now.
To Take all the time I truly need to learn to do all the above & much more,
to enjoy & be responsible for my decisions as regards these choices.
Thank You, God, for assisting
in the manifestation of all insights, answers and solutions called for herewith!
"Chalice tapestry" background artwork by Christopher Pringer, 2003
(A quality graphic with text placed over colorful tapestry background is available for donation via firstname.lastname@example.org )
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I believe there has been a key relationship between how the American people feel about engaging in active citizen roles, and the actions and communications of our government, or of various elements within or associated with it. How government actually does exist in our society does so THROUGH the belief systems of citizens. However, they do not all *function* as most of us would prefer they do. In actuality, it functions partly in fantasy, partly in disguise, and largely by default in lieu of citizen participation, in what I call "The Four Governments" (below).
THE FOUR GOVERNMENTS
beliefs, fantasy, & realities - working & not (-cp 1998)
One could say that there are actually four main governments that operate through our political system. (Notice that the word used here is "operate" and not "work.") These four governments pervade all levels of politics and actual government function, and exist THROUGH the belief systems of citizens. However, they do not all function as we might want to believe they do. Actually, they function partly in fantasy, much of it in disguise, too often in disjunction, largely by default in lieu of citizen participation, and intermittently in mysterious (perhaps miraculous) efficiency.
The first is the government of the representative and democratic government that many of us learned to expect from those we elect - a fairy tale we would all like to believe in. Please let me clarify: There is a difference between the (functional) holding up of ideals in order to then, step by checked-upon step, create realistic priorities and goals, and the (dysfunctional) holding of ideals and then merely proceeding as if they are already realized. Obviously, the latter feels good but gets nothing done, and the former only works when the ideals are converted into something pragmatic and then implemented. On the other hand, it actually IS representative since it also represents the non-voting, the un-seeing, and the insincere that exists among us. I'll refer to it as the "Fantasy Government."
The second government is that which governs those we elect when the people are fantasizing about the first government or just too often looking elsewhere. I refer directly to the power elite, which I'll call the "Masked" government, and yes it exists and definitely functions. "It" doesn't use conspiracy necessarily -- but with various and sundry, at times conflicting, but still very highly defined sets of agendas. A currently exposed example would be the tobacco industry. It is a powerful executor of only one agenda perhaps, but the precedents being set with this special interest are part of the agendas of many other special interests, who together will take as much of our financial capacity, our health, and certainly our power as we let them.
The third government is the body of politicians that we have elected, and which actually carry out government functions - more or less. I don't feel I need to say much about this the "Elected government," since it is what generates and fills most of our political media nowadays. The confusion that we experience (focusing on them), as we try to figure what they are really doing, is where the "smoke and mirrors" tricks work their magic on us.
Just how much of that can you take before you get brain-dead dizzy and tuning out, if not consciously disillusioned and ticked off. And do you think this might have tended to effect one's memory after a while ?
The fourth government is the conscious awareness and action of the citizenry when it is being truly responsible, by such as insuring that we elect and maintain people of integrity in office. Just how real this government is varies. I call it the "True" government, to the degree we are motivated in being ourselves and acting cooperatively, maybe even consistently, and manifesting our highest dreams and hearts' desires. Sometimes we see it happening, too often it seems we haven't.
Right now the focus is on the images of the Elected government [written 1998] since too few people know much (if any) of the reality of the Masked government, too many are disillusioned from still trying to see the Fantasy government, and not enough people make time to learn about and perform the duties of the True government. While the Elected are generally _very_ knowledgeable about all four governments, they most enjoy the ignorance of the True government (with sad but applicable irony in those words), and they thereby enjoy the rewards from the Masked government. They have thus developed the double standards that citizens have been increasingly exposed to over the last three decades. But until one understands the extent and ramifications of the power elite's hold on the elected officials, we will continue to be dumb founded by the events and decisions that come from the Elected government.
Quotes & Art
All artwork © by Chris Pringer, PolyPsyArts, unless otherwise noted
Charts, "Beliefs & Service" & "Intro-Overview of PolyPsy" at the "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health..." page
"Evolving Humanity" and "All-Religions-Logos & Chalice Scale"
On Evolution, War & Peace
This may come as a shock to some, but before the 60's, there weren't too many people that looked at history and saw anything but conquering and colonizing as the main means of world change - besides a great periods of Art interspersed here and there. Since the sixties, we've been enjoying seeing ourselves as "the good guys," while we politely sneer at the colonialists - British, French, and all those before them. Well, in actuality, there hasn't been much change except our gradually increasing guilt about conquering and colonization. Because we've still been installing "other"s governments every decade or so, and now spent more than a decade in the Middle East. Even while we recognize that testosterone also has a good purpose or two (like any *power*), we still know in our hearts that putting one's foot down doesn't have to mean stomping someone just because you can. But we should recognize that flag-waving at the same time can be confusing.
On the positive side, many nations' peoples are beginning to get the right/wrong, hopes, expectations, and guilt aspects in place. However, we have still been DOING the same thing - just calling it something else - so the average "civilized" citizen can deny their conscience's call to protest. But first things first when it comes to evolution, right? Of course at this rate, it may be a few hundred years before the average person is disgusted at the notion of conquering a nation to get it's "needs" met - at the time they're in "need". Meanwhile, I'm praying that the citizenry wake up, suffer the inevitable heartbreak, get a hold of ourselves and heal that, get real AND learn to use our anger constructively (and here that means non-violently), and get in charge of what we can be proud of, and create much more of same. (Hint: the quotes were intentional.) -yours truly (2004, ed.2012)
|About my first cartoon |
...Where, "At the Rally for World Change, a number of groups of people holding unusual signs converge into a huge circle..." ...by a short essay, "World Change or World of Addiction ?". About "Choices: It may not be about WHAT WE WANT the most, but about WHAT WE BELIEVE IN the most. Some of us might WANT to believe world change can happen. But our other beliefs, born of disillusionment, fear, and shame, may be stronger. What has that, or global peace or sustainability, got to do with addiction?..."
"Signs for World Change" - Chris Pringer Jan'12
And how can we turn that into something pro-active and hopefully motivating?
More at the "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health..." page. Thank you!
I believe *Peace* does come with a sword - the sword of truth - but which is applied in one's own mind to discern applicable reality from that which is not. *Fairness* is just one of the more basic attributes that determine how people get along - in peace, capable of recognizing "greatness." [from "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at Evolution Trends Page which includes refs to (the law of) karma, reincarnation, and the "updated" prophecies for the year 2012.]
All things considered, particularly those noted in the intro... if GREAT changes do [did] occur *in* year 2012 - compared to the years before and after - it will definitely be a threshold effect (and surprising to most people, including myself.) [Indeed, if they did, it was subtle, inspirational, and perhaps only beginning to manifest effects - ie: in Bernie Sander's building and coalescing of awareness in many of our youth, in the significantly greater applications of climate awareness. -cp 6'16] I do believe 2012 IS [was] a likely time limit upon the *beginning* of earnest changes required for even the later. Have we *earnestly* begun those changes yet? Depends on one's perspective, of course. (I have elaborated in various PolyPsy list email postings over the years.) - cp, June'11, Jan'12]
| Responsibility is the ability to respond to need, the willingness to do so, and the acceptance of the results and implications that come from our response.|
- Philip Levine.
Feeling helpless to change something doesn't mean it's not happening. Feeling is only one of the senses determining change, it's causes and effects. One Implication: Disillusionment can result in Denial - for protecting our psyche - until what we feared and denied comes to pass. Finding out facts and acting on them lessens the damage of fear, prevents denial and often also the feared circumstance. Political Implications: You figure it out! But if you add some anger-venting, you can then call all that "Pre-Poly-Psy-ventative Maintenance".
- Chris Pringer
| REALITY CHECK
("The Four Governments" '98 Continued)
Admittedly, I held lots of hope for the Elected man (Bill Clinton) who seemed to be able to intelligently and thoughtfully explain most any political event or socio-political condition if one followed his logic long enough. I never liked sound-byte psychology anyway. He does make sense when he's not trying to please too many interests, or too many women. The latter subject brings in specific focus on that double standard so highly preserved by the Elected government.
Will we cure this by a cry for "heroes" at the Elected government? But, in say the last half-century, have we been electing representatives more for doing their jobs or more for looking good? How come IMAGE is continuing to be the primary focus even in this age of sophistication, even as we decry the all too apparent priority of it? Now we're back to the Fantasy government with added delusions of changing it ! Do not such priorities empower the Fantasy government and leave the Elected government to be puppeteered by the Masked government? The power elite depend on the Fantasy government to keep the double standard operating (to a sufficient degree) in the Elected officials, of course.
"Patriotism Better Defined for 911, v5a" with Ecumenical Logo Set, Balance Scale, Peace Flag, Tree & Flower of Life, Dove & Transition Mandala midground, Intertwined Hearts and Chalice Tapestry 8A1 background", Chris Pringer, 9/11/2010, rev.9'12.
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If I were a smart power elitist, the Fantasy government is what I'd invent if it didn't already exist. Can we deny that the law of supply and demand has produced goods relevant to our priorities, as expressed by how we vote? And what about how we vote with our money? Where the True government is not doing its job, the Masked government will gladly step in.
Why are so many citizens in denial of our current political directions ? Why are so many apparently so willing to give up their potentially immense citizen power, even democracy ? [cp, 1998]
The biggest difference between the Russians and Americans was that Russians recognized that "the Party Line" was propaganda from the ruling elite, and Americans who receive "the Mainstream Press" fail to recognize it as "propaganda from the ruling elite" and mistake it for "reality."
~ Bill Moyers
"I shall give a propagandist cause for starting the war. Never mind whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked, later on, whether he told the truth or not. In starting and waging a war, it is not Right that matters but Victory. Have no pity. Adopt a brutal attitude... Right is on the side of the strongest."
~ Adolph Hitler
"People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.… All you have to do is tell them they're being attacked and denounce the pacifists for a lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
~ Herman Goering
...So long as most of us are sheep (and I was once one of those "sheople"), the wolves will be happy to lead us. Nazi Germany could not have happened were it not for the sheople. Besides, even a wolf pack has great family values. But it's still a wolf pack. Survival mentality coupled with too much power does not a world leader make. We are a society of great influence, and we are capable of fostering much higher values. ...After Iraq, who is Bush going to nag us about destroying for not meeting up to "our values"? Will it be the innocent people of another resource-rich nation - that is ruled by one of the other tyrants installed by the U.S? [turns out it was Iran]
~ Yours Truly
"Darwinism stresses conflict and competition; that doesn't square with the evidence. A lot of organisms that survive are in no sense superior to those that have gone extinct. It's not a question of being "better than"; it's simply a matter of finding a place where you can be yourself. That's what evolution is about. That's why you can see it as a dance. It's not going anywhere, it's simply exploring a space of possibilities."
~ Brian Goodwin, Biologist, quoted in The Third Culture, by John Brockman
Before we can achieve Planetary Sustainability, we have to attain 'Citizenry Sustainability.' Whereas A military revolution - large enough to make any difference - will also reap more pain, confusion, and denial. More than we can heal to regain sufficient capacity for planetary healing - before Global Warming takes the rest of us. We're going to have to outsmart that unevolved part of us - and those who represent it politically. That means we vote with our our dollar (see Link section) and our pen or keyboard, and maybe with our feet - as well as with the ballot.
~ Yours Truly
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Poly-Psy & Citizen Health - Problems & Solutions for Discussion
Introducing a Chart-illustrated Study in "Poly-Psy" - including re: what brought us to this critical crossroads, socially and psychologically, and a look at current citizen roles, beliefs, coping styles, and choices - for society's waking up, healing itself, and recovering Democracy. Mental & emotional re-education for long-term solutions to national & international troubles, as well as implications for short-term problem-solving applications. Some Chapter titles: "Healing the Citizenry", "Political Activism & Healing", "A Re-balancing Transition Process for Healing Governments", "'Empathy' or 'Armor' by Definition", "The Economy as Artform and not Science", "Favorite Solution Sites for Political Healing"
"Overcoming Political Disillusionment"
How do we approach the condition of dis-empowerment, political burnout, apathy, or worse? How do we spot it where it may lurk as something else? (Not just talking about you or me on a bad day, but when only 30-40% of the people vote, when and where whole segments of society seem to pretend everything's fine when it isn't, and worse, when it continues to support the situation.) With an honest look at ourselves, and asking some hard questions, we may begin the process of true (lasting) change. A follow-up to "Political Activism, Apathy, & Healing," this outlined perspective on the political ramifications of Disillusionment is not light study, but food for deliberate thought - for creating a society that will also allow our grand children to have happy, healthy children on this planet. Written for would-be voters, burnt-out idealists, and potential activists, and takes a thorough look at the elements of basic (and applicable) psychology as related to democratic participation, & Healing.
Key Excerpts from 10'09 Chart, 'Summary on Forgiveness & Trust' ~Chris Pringer, PolyPsyArts, 10'18
The v. U.S. Peace Academy @Seattle
Is here and now to inspire the creation of the *real* UNITED STATES PEACE ACADEMY. Courses are now being set up to be taught in the Seattle area [Spring '07]. In the interim the vUSPA is here for students choosing alternatives in peace, to facilitates resources and connections to institutions of higher learning for lasting global peace. In utilizing this site, young people can also create a vital and permanent record of their sincere desire and choice to learn and wage the arts of peace, rather than the art of war as taught at the military academies - as well as establish Conscientious Objector Status. Includes the - "James George Peterson Library at vUSPA - Suggested Courses and Books, suggested/sample outlines; prerequisites, etc and The Economics of War & Peace - Part III - Considerations, Innovations, Accountability, Solutions, Resources
"Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work: A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and ..." |
Often referred to at this site as "The Goal Chart" - a practical visual tool to help organize a truly gestalt approach to goal accomplishment, as well as complement & help complete other self-help perspectives & presentations. This comprises a re-hash of gestalt application of modern psychology and ancient truths, created to work for new applications; © Chris Pringer, '92, Rev'd 8'02. In another section, "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11) is about clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again - the *how* that can MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
"A Gestalt Perspective" and "Seven Phases of Personal Growth"
A perspective on an approach to and regard for life,
to one's past and present, as well as for personal growth and/or therapy.
Well Being Journal - Taking charge of our Health
Scott Miners provides a great resource for alternative health activism
as well as great essays on alternative healing approaches.
"Questions for Boundaries"
Affirmations in "PRQ" format for developing momentums for increased overall well-being
specific to Effective Communications of position, intention, & message,
Maintaining Clarity for appropriate Connection, Direction, & Protection
Christopher's Political Page,
including "Politics, Psychology, & Disillusionment." My attempt to provide intelligent commentary and considerations
for solutions as well as political awareness, that we might better see, understand, and utilize opportunities
to jump in and make things better when we can, Not too stiff for a grin now and then.
Anchored in the pragmatic, certainly for the long run.
Well Organized, with LOTS of Resources for the Socially Responsible Activist.
Insightful Quotations. Perspective based in Buddhism, Humanistic Psychology, Ecumenism,
including "The Four Governments," and "Getting Real About Conspiracies."
Related (Older) Page: STOPPING the MID-EAST-WARS - Activism & Post 9/11 Issues.
|Provides the most long-term applicable, if not most recent postings on what's going on (as regards peace & justice, & citizen effectiveness, including action resources) - Planetary in scope: you can join the list or just peruse the Archives without joining. The list was created in the effort to help us better see and UTILIZE opportunities to jump in and make things better when we can - while maintaining our psychological and spiritual capacity to do so - and to help keep the PolyPsyArts web site current.
||This list is a "Newsletter" style list; NOT the kind that allows members to send email to other members. (It does NOT make member email addresses available to anyone, So members do NOT receive email from anyone but myself.) List Description is elaborated at http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/PolyPsySp. To subscribe, send email to: PolyPsySpemail@example.com. You can type the same in the subject and body areas of your message. Thank you, -Chris Pringer, ListOwner/Mgr|
"Resource Access Prayer Chart for Economy
24 prayers as of Dec 2011, Universal in approach,generally invoking Divine assistance, calling for citizen awareness & courage, truth, justice, accountability, related healing, learning, & balance, etc. They include a resource-connecting prayer chart for the Economy (Jan'11) , two that are specific to global climate healing, one to Iraq & Middle East, two for comprehensive planetary healing in general, two specific to media communications (latest Dec'10), and more. Page includes background and related information, links, and printing/downloading tips. (Yes, of course it's free, as I believe prayers are meant to be.)
"Q's Prayer 4 World Peace
"Archangel Prayer for Iraq-MiddleEast"
"A Global Climate Healing Fantasy and the Spirit of It All" On Sacred Earth Background. PDF versions available for Printing (is 2 pages long)
||World Healing Prayers over Sacred Geometry Graphic Backgrounds
The "coverage" (via prayer text) provides a virtual summary of our current world challenges - hints to opportunities to gain the momentum we need to heal/transform the planet and mankind.
Broad Spectrum World Healing Prayer
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F a v o r i t e A l t e r n a t i v e S o l u t i o n S i t e s
The next 2-3 sections provide many solution oriented resources (within the blue background bordering).
For complete list see Political Reference Page. A chronology of updates for all PolyPsy pages (edits, additions, etc) is at the ChaliceBridge.Com Updates page, PolyPsy section, often with a summary annotated description.
Why Instant Runoff Voting?
Quick Answer: for the "99%"
For those who've lost faith in the two-party system (updated Oct. 2011)
Perhaps the perfect dream would be the Green Party and the Natural Law Party (see below) joining up and replacing the Democratic Party. Add to that the party of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) "99%'ers". And since that won't happen, if even one '3rd' Party won't being taken seriously by the voting public... So, HOW can we get the platforms of these parties taken seriously? By putting in the "conscientious" 'spoiler vote' -- under circumstances where the result would be more fascism in the White House? And then we'd be REALLY motivated for a bottom-up action, Right? Sorry, yes, that was sarcasm. But why encourage 3rd parties to strategize badly? IMO, when '3rd' parties become truly egalitarian -I'm thinking now of the "99%'ers" - they will join forces to establish instant runnoff voting systems (now being termed 'rank-order voting'), locally, then nationally.)
A good resource list at FairVote Minnesota And their Press Articles page is not just about Minnisota :-)
Collateral Repair Project
COP "is a grassroots movement, created to address the catastrophic displacement of the five million Iraqis who had to leave behind their homes and communities because of the violence and instability that is the result of the invasion and occupation of their country. As such, we work in partnership with an Iraqi team who determines how we can best help improve the stability of some of the millions of Iraqis whose lives have been devastated by the US led invasion. We bring together the small, overlooked, incidental persons on both sides of the conflict who grieve and ask: What can we do?"
What does the Boston Marathon tragedy have to do with Iraqi Refugees? It has to do with the question of what we are doing with the very young Iraqi refugees, those who have seen their homes and families destroyed or disrupted, and who have come to America, and who will be coming "of age" in the next few decades. That is, of that age where they are learning to deal with authority figures. And speaking more directly about those who are not learning that so well. I ask this the day that the young Chechnyan men have created such havoc in the Massachusetts area, a few days after having set off the bombs at the Boston Marathon. I am Speaking as a therapist, thinking of about 10 years from now, with the implication being there is a real need to assist in the healing of psychological damage to young Iraqis, where, how, and to the extent this applies, perhaps especially with those here(?), and before it's too late. How about Iraq War Veterans who have healed themselves sufficiently and have skills in working with others in the social sciences arena? The organization, Soldier's Heart (which actively works with veterans) also comes to mind. [- cp, 4/19/13]
A great storehouse of timely resources. "At this crucial moment in history Evolutionary Leaders from all walks of life are engaging our collective field of potential in a movement to ignite an evolutionary leap to the next level of human consciousness". "On July 26, 2008 the Chopra Foundation, the Source of Synergy Foundation and the Association for Global New Thought invited a group of renowned Evolutionary Leaders to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California, to explore their extraordinary potential as a collective. Out of this gathering came A Call to Conscious Evolution: Our Moment of Choice. Since then, additional leaders have joined this effort and together they have established a collective platform that is generating various exciting projects to connect with other conscious evolutionaries in the movement to more profoundly accelerate the shift in consciousness together." A few of many Resources: "Evolutionary Leadership Toolkit" and Map for Exploring the Call to Conscious Evolution; "a politically-focused think tank called Institute for Cultural Evolution ...will use the insights of the integral/evolutionary approach to address some of the pressing issues we face today."
The Declaration of Peace
The Declaration of Peace is a grassroots nonviolent action campaign calling on the U.S. government to establish a comprehensive plan to end the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq. The nationwide campaign is working to move Congress to defund the U.S. occupation of Iraq, to initiate the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors from Iraq, and to support an Iraqi-led peace process. In September 2007, the DoP Education Committee published a document “fleshing-out” the 9-point Peace Plan framework. The Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq and accompanying Talking Points continue to be updated and are designed for public education and for Congressional lobbying. Please Sign the Declaration of Peace. Hans von Sponeck, former UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, presenting the proposals at the World Against War conference in London in December '07. Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research put those in PDF format on the web in March '08.
Tom Hayden on "The Long War": Sign up for Tom's Free Online School of Activism "Long-time antiwar activist Tom Hayden ...taught the first of four sessions in his School of Activism. Tom describes this series as a 'workshop on the long war and our future.' He explained that the long war is projected to last fifty to eighty years ... 'a sequence of wars in the context of the long war.” He said that we must end the long war ["a war against Muslims in many countries"]. He said that it does not make us safer, that the wars are 'strangling our ability to invest in our domestic priorities,' and could lead the country to being pushed ...'into a deeper national security state.' [That] 'The long war … requires a long peace movement.' When speaking of local peace activists that he has met, across the country, he says that we 'may not be so visible these days, but I know that you're not going anywhere, and neither am I. You are the heart and soul of the peace and justice movement.' [Feb 2011]
Apollo Alliance Project
The Apollo Alliance is a growing coalition dedicated to a just and sustainable economy. We are bringing together a broad partnership to rebuild America and face the challenges of conservation, freeing ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, and creating millions of good jobs in the industries of the future. Apollo Alliance launches at Campaign for America's Future "Take Back America" conference in Washington, DC. June 5, 2003.
Their set of web pages include "Our Ten Point Plan for Energy Freedom."
Paul K Chappell Waging Peace:
Paul is author of two books on creating peace, including *The End of War* and *Will War Ever End?*, and is soon (Spring 2012) to complete his 3rd, *Peaceful Revolution*. Other websites include American Unity Project, and Waging Peace .Org. Paul Chappell discusses a new and more effective strategy for ending war In this interview (pdf), fixing our economy, combatting terrorism, and providing a secure and prosperous future for America and the world. "Paul K Chappell has given us a crucial look at peace and war from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show is why peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st Century." -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize
Bioneers - Collective Heritage Institute: An organization of some of the most intelligent and long-time dedicated people on the planet (IMHO), developing and implementing "sustainable" solutions throughout the world, including much for rebuilding the ECONOMY on both micro and macro levels. Some great examples are presented via www.bioneers.org/conference - "Solutions in nature consisitently surpass our concept of what is possible." Also see the Collective Heritage Institute of Santa Fe, NM. Sample articles, include "The Hidden Connection: A Science for Sustainable Living" by Fritjof Capra.
The Small Planet Institute - Tools and Links for Living Democracy: offers downloadable learning tools, including: "Getting a Grip: Handouts for Group Discussion, "The Spiral of Powerlessness & The Spiral of Empowerment," "Thin Democracy vs. Living Democracy," "Doing Democracy: Ten Practical Arts by Frances Moore Lappé," "Citizen Power 101—Lessons of Community Organizing"
*The Great Turning - From Empire to Earth Community* by David Korten
Summarized in YES Magazine. Find more at PCDForum Bulletin #5. Two more of his books include "When corporations rule the World" and "Post Corporate World" - insightful and important when contemplating responding to current challenges and the healing of the planet. You might also enjoy the transcript of Korten's keynote address at the 2002 EARTH CHARTER COMMUNITY SUMMIT. Timely articles include "What to Do Now That the War Has Started." A related sites include www.davidkorten.org and The Fourth Freedom .Org/.
Select Resources/Links for a
at the "Vehicle Efficient" Page at this page
| The virtual U.S. Peace Academy @Seattle
For students choosing alternatives in peace, to facilitates resources and connections to institutions of higher learning for lasting global peace. Here you may create a vital and permanent record of their sincere desire and choice to learn and wage the arts of peace, rather than the art of war - as well as establish Conscientious Objector Status. Includes the "James George Peterson Library at vUSPA - Suggested Courses and Books, suggested/sample outlines, prerequisites, links to solution-oriented organizations and resources.
Tikkun .Org and Spiritual Progressives .Org
Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) spiritualprogressives.org, and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue Without Walls in San Francisco and Berkeley, Ca. www.beyttikkun.org. He is the author of 11 books including The Poltiics of Meaning, Healing Israel/Palestine, and the 2006 national best-seller The Left Hand of God. "Our Vision: 1) Changing the Bottom Line in America; 2) Challenging the misuse of religion, God and spirit by the Religious Right; 3) Challenging the many anti-religious and anti-spiritual assumptions and behaviors that have increasingly become part of the liberal cultureSite." includes "A Global Marshall Plan," "Affirming the Sacredness of All Human Beings," "A New Spirit of Openheartedness and Reconciliation," and
"A Call for Lasting Peace" w/Respect to Gaza, Palestine, and Israel
New article at Tikkun Magazine (Jan'09): "Trusting Obama". Many other "Memos to Obama" are Ref-Linked from the Tikkun Magazine home page.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
PJSA is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). Both organizations provided leadership in the broadly defined field of peace, conflict and justice studies. We are dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for social justice and social change. PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies. [Local ref: The Evergreen State College in Washington State has one of many ongoing Peace and Justice Studies programs, by the way, as well as ">regular current-topic conference events.]
Citizen Works has assembled 10 actions you can take to change corporate power in your home town. To see the list, visit "Citizen Works .Org - Local Corporate Crime & Citizen Action
Jean Houston was the protégé of the late anthropologist Margaret Mead, who instructed her in the workings of organizations and power structures in many different cultures. With the late mythologist Joseph Campbell, she frequently co-led seminars and workshops aimed at understanding interrelationships between ancient myths and modern societies. Her specialty is in the development and application of multiple methods of increasing physical and mental skills, learning and creativity. She has presented the results of her work and studies in some 17 books, as well as in person through speeches and conferences at educational institutions and business organizations in over 40 countries. She is often invited to work personally with leaders of such groups, as well as heads of governmental and non-governmental agencies, to assist them in rethinking their goals and agendas.Wisdom University includes the courses of Dr. Jean Houston.
A special preview course for her 2007 Mystery School was held in San Francisco November 17-19, 2005. In 1985, Jean was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Association of Teacher Educators. In 1993, she received the Gardner Murphy Humanitarian Award and the INTA Humanitarian of the Year award. In 1994, she received the Lifetime Outstanding Creative Achievement Award from the Creative Education Foundation. Presently, she is working closely with the United Nations Habitat Program creating programs in social artistry for training leaders around the world.
The Alliance for a Caring Economy (ACE)
The newest (2007) of initiatives from Riane Eisler and The Center for Partnership Studies, ACE is a network to develop the foundations for a caring partnership economics is being formed with representatives from government, business, civil society, and academic sectors. ... Riane Eisler's speech to the World's Women Forum Plenary July 29, 2004 was *Revisioning The Economic Rules: Empowering Women And Changing The World*
Vehicle Efficiency Resource Compendium
here (at chalicebridge.com) and abroad, developing ideas and on-going projects we can support for the greater and common good. Efficiency Related Favorites here & abroad with special sections on Global Warming (Perspectives, Action Resources, Ref-Links), hemp for carbon sequestration, rainwater harvesting, althernative energy / fuel(s) for vehicles, conservation, recycling, & efficiency -- including the essay that began this page, "Smooth Pedal" Preventive Maintenance - A great game & way to help the ozone layer. Also includes summary, research references, and links related to article, "Trees, Family-Connection, Communications & 'Psycho-Neuro-ImmuniTree' - Bridging Communications, Empathy, & Planetary Health"
See True Majority Principles worth working for: see TrueMajority.Com for a full description of each principle)
Orion Online offers "Thoughts in the Presence of Fear" by Wendell Berry, Already reprinted in 73 countries and 7 languages, this powerful and poignant essay has been made available in print form, along with two related essays by Mr. Berry; another essay on the crisis of globalization by Wendell Berry: "The Idea of a Local Economy"
"Inspiring a New Human Agenda." A humanistic approach to governance & public policy. The POLITICS OF TRUST NETWORK is sponsored by its members and by The John Vasconcellos Legacy Project. Called a pragmatic idealist, John Vasconcellos is considered a leading visionary in the convergence of psychology, politics, and the human potential movement. His ground-breaking efforts in promoting self esteem, authentic leadership, and social diversity have distinguished his 35 years as member of the California Legislature.
Politics of Hope By Donna Zajonc
"The Politics of Hope is a powerful reminder of what could be, and a guide to making it happen." -- Marianne Williamson, author Healing the Soul of America. Articles include "The Politics of Hope: Healing Post-Partisan Depression" and "The Six-Second Secret to Leadership." Articles Index. You can subscribe to Donna's newsletter by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Means to Efficient Paths, and "Bridging" in the Cross-Discipline Approach
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(where, "At the Rally for World Change, a number of groups of people holding unusual signs converge into a huge circle...")... and a short essay...
Hence, the essay title, "World Change or World of Addiction ?". Wait, did I just relate global peace and sustainability to addiction?..." Well, inversely, but yes, AND the essay transitions to a very pro-active and hopefully motivating ...momentum? More at the "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health..." page. Thank you!
| About "Choices: It may not be about WHAT WE WANT the most, but about WHAT WE BELIEVE IN the most. Some of us might WANT to believe world change can happen. But our other beliefs, born of disillusionment, fear, and shame, may be stronger.
How are we to find *The* solution, and *the path* to it, when our simply defining the problem -- "pragmatically" considered the "first" objective -- can be difficult enough in collaborative efforts these days? Sure, great thinkers provide inspiration, but which to choose from now? When in their presence, it's easy to submit to such experience, but what about when their guidance escapes our grasp?
How to develop means to "Centeredness," a balance of analytic and intuitive capacities, a grounded pragmatic understanding of the challenges at hand - your own as well as those of the individuals and community involved - as well as possible longer term outcome scenarios of the various potential solutions? But wait, what if "I'm not an expert" and "what the heck am I pretending to be and do...?"
All this sound familiar? Lao Tsu said a thousand mile journey begins with the 1st step. And there's more quotes around this site that basically says that *the* solution to socio-political problems begins "with you and me," that *we* might as well get with it, and that representatives, by definition, are the ones who put forth your and my thoughts and feelings - into the process of governing you and I.
And *ideally* ...Ahhhh, such a loaded word. But right now we are looking at global warming scenarios, or figuring out how to get people to the table and refrain from polarizing the discussion. The approach initiated at beginning of the "Machiavengelicals Exposed" likely would not be very useful here, I admit [page since revised & renamed to "Structure and Dissolving Extremism" 2008-'10; Jan'14]. That approach was designed to get certain mind-types to begin to focus on the site's topics and viewpoints. But I digress.
The gestalt view of facing challenges is not about the rose-colored glasses approach, but about honoring of the emotional dilemmas, the pain, and the elephant in the frontroom (not to mention the baby, the furniture, and the weather outside). And about human skill, capability, and potential for growth and change.
Yeah, but "Common Means," did I say? Yes, there are certain commonalities in how humans solve problems (and create them), not to mention perceive them and define them. And yes, there ARE different means for different individuals to FIND those common means. And here we come to the crux of this writing and many of the writings and charts you find at this website. The first useful, response to any challenge, certainly one that is efficient for the long term, depends greatly on the nature of an individual or group facing the challenge. Ahhhh... the big "depends on..." stance that intelligent leftist politicians are so hated for by people demanding soundbytes and simple solutions.
One way of laying out those "common means" is put forth in "the Goals Chart - "Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work ...". "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11, on same page) is About clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss. That way would seem to be more geared for the individual, but how often has an individual ever been totally responsible for his own, let alone his community's development? eg: It becomes an integrated individual and group effort. It's one thing to solve one's own problems, but when it comes to people solving problems together, Riane Eisler [see descriptive link at left] is a well known teacher/ facilitator who thoroughly covers the basic and advanced dynamics in listening, clarity, and objectivity for relationships or *Partnerships*, as well as in socio-political realms.
"Is there a Relationship between the Holy Grail, Extremism, and the Desire for Pragmatic Balance?" kicks off the the "Pragmatic Balance" section of at the Chalice Art & Science Integration page which includes a number of pieces of Chalice Art (by yours truly). Also in that section is "Teach The Truth, And Change Will Come From Within" (with a title that paraphrases my best teachers). Also on that page is "Empathy & Co-Existence including The Empathy Movement..." , as well as a metaphorical-become-pragmatic approach put forth in " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening" (and Emotional Intelligence, but more on that below). All as part of "A Kind of Summary for Pragmatic Balance" (of this and other pages at the site), about our psycho-spiritual evolution.
Related to the above, especially as related to Trends, Memory, and Tracking: Forgiveness and Trust (or "Discrimination: Whether, When, or How to have Expectations of ...").
I believe things work best when things work together, and that people work best when people work in concert. And that would be whether they work together or separately in healthy competition (that does not degrade others or impede their efforts). MORE SPECIFICALLY: If we begin by
a) looking at (a visualization of) what we really want, and
b) consider some basic routes for how we might get there from here,
c) work backwards from the end product to understand what key and core physicalities that would have to be created in the latter time periods prior to achieving what we really want, then
d) do the same for the physicalities preceding those...
e) do the same eventually for the attitudes that would be necessary to allow for all the above accomplishments...
f) From here a basic flow chart of required tasks and conditions are established. (This approach greatly influenced the development of many of the pages at this site. Which are, admittedly, tempting most people to consider them as "overly dense compilations of means to ideals too rich for human consumption."
So... what happened to that "give me a challenge" attitude? "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11) is about clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again - the *how* that can MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
Note that some of the most experienced people in examining cause and effect scenario's are in the healing trades, and most apparently not always in the government related professions. Cross-discipline Inter-Relations and Approach would be the order of the day (make that *of the century*), which implies the need for scholastic leaders in every school of thought, as well as the social sciences, to share knowledge and work together.
I'm also referring, in part, to one of our current challenges. And that is the relationship between a) monetary support for research, b) who or what determines the direction or purpose of research (ie: as related to humanity's true needs and who determines those for any amount of research), and c) how the results of research are employed and/or accessed.
And I'm referring to the relationship between any person's aptitude, attitude, talent base, and "True Calling" (and one's hearing that calling), and to the likelihood of the most efficient application of management/worker resources in industry, government, and social development.
But what about "real" solutions right NOW? Well, how fast do you truly expect to be rescued or fixed by someone else? I want to say that there truly is a place for immediate gratification. And for structured simplicity, mainly because some individuals truly require for their health - and that of others around them. And "representatives" worry about their image, so feel pressure to substitute wisdom with expediency (if "tempted" with wisdom in the first place). To those who still ask for here and now spelled-out solutions, I have two answers: read the above, and read the below (referring to the links below).
[Most currently, for solutions to begin applying: I'd go with Dennis Kucinich (almost always good for the relatively short term pragmatic), Al Gore and Dennis Hayes (for the current and intermediate), with David Korten and Riane Eisler (into the longer term pragmatic). - cp, 8/24/08]
Favorite Solution links above or at Political References Page
"Our Children Will Save Us"
A day after writing the above, As I watched the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics and remembered the other great choreographies therein, I came to understand that it will be the young people of the planet who come together - literally and in many other ways - and from there most powerfully persist and succeed in petitioning the leaders of the nations for the sake of mankind and the planet. And due to their determination and courage, the leaders agree (and basically get out of the way) so that the terribly needed changes are rapidly facilitated - which brings the world's people together, leading to the healing of Mother Earth. 2012 may indeed be the death of the planet as we know it, but also the re-birth of the planet as we truly know Her deeper inside - where we, who are also transforming, begin to know ourselves. [8/25/08]; All things considered, particularly those noted in the PolyPsyArts Home page intro...
Related: "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at Evolution Trends Page which includes refs to (the law of) karma, reincarnation, and the "updated" prophecies for the year 2012.
"Beliefs in Potential «§» Transition"
(Large Version & more on it's symbology)
at World Healing Prayers Page
Including a "Happy New Era" Card
Notes on Hope, Balance, & Opportunity
Gateway to Conscious Evolution with Barbara Marx Hubbard.
This author and futurist is also featured in the groundbreaking documentary series, "HUMANITY ASCENDING: A New Way Through Together". In this transformational series each DVD presents vital elements to awaken the codes for our own conscious evolution and offers direction, meaning and a vision toward our birth as a new humanity. "The Humanity Ascending Series is breathtaking in its scope, startling in its clarity and gloriously hopeful, demonstrating why Barbara Marx Hubbard is a global treasure and one of the greatest visionaries of our time." —Neale Donald Walsch
"Visions of the Future"
The SuperConsciousness Winter 2010 – 2011 issue at Super Consciousness .Com ("SC") is focused on our innate ability to peer into the mysterious future and bring back to the present what we see. Social conditioning would have us believe that to extend our perceptions into the future is evil or even dangerous, but are those subtle allusions of risk based on fact? In the INTRODUCTION to this issue’s main content, we present the argument that the fear attributed to knowing the future is nothing more than the growing pains of a species that is expanding their collective awareness beyond long-standing, limited belief systems. ...thirteen interviews, articles, and excerpts from researchers, scientists, spiritual adepts, and visionaries ..."
The Peace Week Site includes video recordings of those who are likely the most illustrious group of peace pioneers ever assembled on the planet! [Sept 2010]
Buddhist Peace Fellowship website is a very well done website that includes a range of Buddhist Peace Fellowship activities as well as an archive of reports from David Berrian in Iraq.
Yamas and Niyamas - the ten living principles, © 2002 Swami Avinashananda Saraswati, at www.saraswatiyoga.com
"IMAGINE: What America Could be in the 21st Century"
About Realities We Can Create (These are practical, accomplishable given a little re-education about our actual capabilities and resources, and NOT "new age" dreams) Featuring (in alphabetical order): Ed Ayres * Sarah Ban Breathnach * John Bradshaw * Fred Branfman * Denise Breton, Christopher Largent and Stephen Lehman * Deepak Chopra * Kokomon Clottey and Aeeshah Ababio-Clottey * Peter Coyote * Stanley Crouch * Sam Daley-Harris * David Deida * Dee Dickinson * Riane Eisler * Debbie Ford * Peter Gabel * * John Gray * Thom Hartmann * Paul Hawken * Hazel Henderson * bell hooks * Barbara Marx Hubbard * Daphne Rose Kingma * David C. Korten * Dennis Kucinich * Michael Lerner * Paul Rogat Loeb * Gay Gaer Luce * Thomas Moore * Caroline Myss * Dean Ornish * James Redfield * John Robbins * Vicki Robin * Robert Roth * Lance Secretan * Peter Senge * Judith A. Sturnick * Eric Utne * Neale Donald Walsch * Margaret J. Wheatley
All author proceeds go to the Global Renaissance Alliance,
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[Most currently, for solutions to begin applying: I'd go with Dennis Kucinich (almost always good for the relatively short term pragmatic), Al Gore and Dennis Hayes (for the current and intermediate), with David Korten and Riane Eisler (into the longer term pragmatic), and hopefully via O'Bama. Not to dismiss the others in the least - many of whose views I am very familiar with. - cp]
The "Bleep Tool Kit" ...because habits are difficult to break
Intro for application of principles from 'What The Bleep Do We Know - Down the Rabbit Hole' from WhatTheBleep.Com. Remember *TM* (Transcendental Meditation)? Once the media made it all about the person (the guru), and not about the function and capability - for anyone who wanted to invest the time and energy ...well, at that point the potential was neutralized - until 'Bleep' resurrected the offer (with a much more grounded yet far-reaching platform). And I don't mean to imply that 'Bleep' is all about such serious things. It's as fun as it is intellectually stimulating, even as "wondrous," as it pulls together and makes understandable so many realms of knowledge in a practical way, including the quantum physics that backs it all up! And the DVD set is available at most video outlets. This DVD is also one great means of learning about and enhancing your neuroplasticity, with the brain essentially being a tool kit that we each have opportunities to develop and enhance, even repair - from within.
The "De-Stress Kit" from HeartMath.Org
provides much for initiating healing on the personal level, with great potential for assisting development of inner stillness and clarity. Such benefits can certainly, even naturally, expand to most every communal context. The HeartMath.Org web site is rich with fun tools for self-assessment and quickly introducing body, mind, and emotional health. It also provides FAQ's and voluminous research reports and related links & references. [Please note: as far as I know, there is no formal relationship between HeartMath.Org and WhatTheBleep.Com; I am associating them by common function - tools for conscious personal & world change. I consider their kit a valuable, perhaps essential, part of the "Bleep Tool Kit" - as I would any system(s) that does the same for an individual, actually. In you want to get really serious about such a tool kit, I would suggest integrating Chi-Gung, yoga, and a well-formed 'power-of-spoken-word' system with all the above. -cp]