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Transcending Hierarchy

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Bruce Toien on Op Ed News writes: " So if I could sum up my impression of the Occupy Movement in one phrase, it would be this:"The Occupy movement is a critique of hierarchy".

A hierarchy is one in which there are leaders or a God that is above and separate from the foundations.   The symbol of the Illuminati, which has also been used as a symbol for the United States, illustrates the primary philosophy behind our current day politics.

Illuminati Symbol:

This symbol expresses the primary philosophy of humanity for the past 6,000 or so years.   Inherent in the symbol is the notion that there are a few, or one, leader / God transcending the base that oversees and controls the base.   From a political perspective, the symbol is saying that the leader, or God, is separate from the rest of Nature.   Hence, we have 99% (Earth and Her creatures or the lower working classes) and the 1% in control (the Transcendent God or the Wall Street Bankers).   Hence, in line with this diagram, we have 1% controlling the world, with us, the world's creatures and resources underneath as the 99%.

But does it have to be this way?   What if the relationship of what we call Goddess or God is more like the following Hindu Yantra:

This symbol actually reflects how a fetus grows en utero"from center to periphery.   Furthermore, as the fetus becomes a baby, each cell communicates with the rest of the body in determining how the body should form and function.

While many see this diagram as in an "either-or" relationship with the Illuminati, it doesn't need to be.   Indeed, the transcendent eye could function not as a top-down ruler but as a transcendent consciousness that oversees the relationships of the parts to the whole.

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For example, James Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis states that the Earth functions as a single organism where each part serves in the healthy functioning of the Earth as a whole (

As the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and neurological systems function as a united whole within the human body for the sake of survival, then the various parts of the Earth function together for the sake of the planet's functioning.  

The difference between this understanding of the overseeing Eye and that of the Illuminati is that the Eye is not separate from the functioning whole just as a conductor is not separate from an orchestra.   Indeed, if the orchestra became angry, it could go on strike and leave the conductor with his hands in the air from his frustrations of not being able to entertain.   In other words, the conductor is dependent on the orchestra for his work to be complete.   There is NO separation of the base from the apex as presented in the Illuminate symbol.   As such, it could be said that the Wall Street Executives are dependent on us for their livelihood.   If we choose to stop playing, the Executive Class will collapse.   It doesn't matter if we are a French Horn player, a Bass player, or even a Trumpet.   We are all inherent in and necessary for the beautiful harmony of the symphony.

Furthermore, it may the Eye functions as a metaphor for a more transcendent consciousness than as a controlling despot.   Thus, when Martin Luther King went to the mountaintop, he saw the unity of the black boy and white girl.   Just so, when we go to the mountaintop, or when the Apollo Astronauts saw the Earth from afar, a major insight about life takes place. That insight given to the Astronauts, and the one you too will receive, is inherent in the meaning of the term uni-verse.   In the one is many and in the many one.

Seen from this point of view, the "us vs them" mentality is subsumed under a greater "us and them."   We are all in this together.   Not just as people.   But as people functioning within a whole Earth composed of life that is infinite in variety.   This knowledge thus reveals religion in its original French-verb definition, to connect.   Then, when you see that bigger picture, you like Martin Luther King will be able to see the Unity behind the infinite variety of landforms, animals, plants etc. inherent on this planet and in this universe.                     

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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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