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The Foundations of Change are Now

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I wrote this prior to the recent "terrorist" attack. I do feel that bottom-up and systemic structures are the route to go to move beyond all this. How many of us recall a time of real peace? What are the drivers? Control and domination? Thus, the bottom line of this article.

Bottom-Up and systemic power structures are positive for humans and non-humans alike. Bottom-up/systemic is Nature's process. Bottom-Up and Systemic are not necessarily the same. The difference is that Bottom-Up necessitates Top-Down and vice versa.

Systemic is more akin to the reality of chaos theory in which everything affects everything else. Thus the old saying, "If a butterfly flaps her wings in China, the weather in New York is affected." Our Earth is a living, relational biosphere, inclusive of us.

What the butterfly does matters on a global scale. Likewise, the carbon dioxide you breathe out is breathed in by plants and trees, which then breathe out the oxygen you breathe in. Breathing has global ramifications. All of us, from the lowly ant to the weather systems to the pauper living in poverty are participants in this planet.

This is what is meant by systemic (chaotic is systemic) power structures. There is no hierarchy, only intricate reciprocity.

Change is not orchestrated nor determined by top-down governments and corporations. Nor is change initiated through the corporate dominated governments. Some change happens organically, but much important change is our human responsibility. In our voluntary actions we affect the entire world and the entire world affects us.

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We can now enter a new age by birthing a new mindset. The new mindset is systemic and more bottom-up than top-down. No "Man" rules over us (Genesis 2). The curse is over because we say so. Our brothers and sisters, both human and beyond, are dependent on our conscientious exercise of our free will. We now have abrogated so much power, that we have a crucial ethical responsibility to discipline our free will to the constraints of compassion for all life on Earth. This is the "spell" we need to place on our self. Under this "new spell", the planet can thrive in peace. (Indigenous peoples have known this forever, but it is time we "civilized" people caught on too.)

In line with this new mindset, we need to negate the notion of there being an externalized papa god in the sky dictating what we should and shouldn't do and say. That god can no longer sit in judgment regarding whether or not we masturbated as adolescents. If the "Lord of the Cosmos" created sexual organs then told you not to explore them, then there is something wrong with the "King of the Cosmos." Top-down rule is the mentality of corporation, church and state. Not God / Nature. "Keep your hands out of your pants, boy, or an eternal hell will be what's coming for you!" Ok, so you shouldn't have given us desire and the pleasure of the experience of what you created!

In reality, there is something inherently wrong with us in projecting such a thing onto Nature, the Self/Brahmin in India or Yahweh/Allah/I AM, in the Abrahamic religions. Our understanding of god mirrors us, as much as we reflect our god.

Our god appears to be neurotic"Rather I should say; our dominant cultural understanding of god is neurotic. It is we that pronounced ourselves Kings of the Earth. Regarding lions, yes we may well say they are King of the Jungle until a microscopic bug takes them down!

My thesis is that it's a messed up corporate god (including organized religions) that would meet the criteria for the diagnosis of a control freak! This god is the Lord of the Koch Brothers, Rothchilds, and other authorities (authors of our lives). These speak to the Wizard of The Wizard of Oz story.

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Is this Wizard truly God or do we worship a neurotic basket case sitting on Wall Street, Rome, or at the Sunday Morning Pulpit alongside those squabbling in Washington? Is our god a reflection of top-down corporate / government domination? Perhaps the true God, the intelligence/consciousness of Nature, is within us and within everything else, including the desire to masturbate. "Practice for the delight of us Ladies," Nature says. Nature has a purpose for everything.

The Way (Process) of Nature is Sophia Episteme (Greek), Hockmah Binah (Hebrew) or Wisdom and Understanding (English). Nature is our Essence (Being). Nature is Yahweh (I AM) in Hebrew and Brahmin (the Self) in Hindu. As the Navaho chant sings regarding this organic and orgasmic unity: "The tree, the mountain, the stream, I become it!" We too can grow to understand I Am That-I Am.

Identifying Nature as Essence implies the natural marriage of Mother Nature and Father God. What is our Nature if not who I AM? Pagan, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Atheist are one in their multiplicity. E Pluribus Unim (in the many one) is more than a shallow saying that means nothing other than a vicious lie appearing on a dollar bill. E Pluribus Unim reflects cosmological/natural process! It is who we are in relationship to this planet and universe.

Knowing this infinity, the power to become change-agents is in our hands, hearts, and heads in relationship to all other creatures. Nature/God is infinite within us as much as She is infinite in the cosmos. The transcendent, incarnate, and indwelling Spirit are one. Knowing infinity and the infinity of the finite speaks to our ability to evolve. There are infinite potentials within us, some that we may see as positive, some negative.

Just be careful that you don't equate the infinite with your ego. The ego is what we mistakenly think we are. To identify ourselves with the ego is akin to mistaking a wave for the entire ocean.

What creates the wave is everything from the planet's rotation, the phase of the moon, air and water currents. Or as per Chaos Theory: the flapping of a butterfly's wings. We are all aspects of Mother Nature's creativity. Dare you remain feeling alienated knowing that? You are a participant in this world more so than an isolated particle.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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