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Steve Bhaerman is a writer, humorist and uncommontator who's been posing as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda for the past 20 years. He is the author of seven books including Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here, co-written with Bruce Lipton, and Reuniting America, A Toolkit for Changing the Political Game, with co-author Joseph McCormick.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 Independents Day - A People's Upwising
An awakening body politic is now beginning to see through the con game called "two party politics mediated by a media determined to create lots and lots of heat, and very little light"... an upwising is afoot. More and more Americans are wising up to the political sideshow as a "debate and switch" shell game...
Friday, May 16, 2014 5 Reasons I'm Supporting Marianne Williamson for Congress (2 comments)
My sense is there is a ripeness in both urgency and awareness -- which is why I am supporting my friend Marianne Williamson in her campaign for Congress as an Independent. You might ask, what difference would it make for one individual to be elected at a time when the moneyed forces seem to be occupying every seat of power?
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Signs of Evolutionary Upwising - The Upside of Apocalypse (6 comments)
These challenging times have been described as "apocalyptic" and I say ... that's perfect because the original meaning of the word apocalypse is "lifting of the veils". It is now time to bring down the "irony curtain" and end the most toxic "don't ask, don't tell" policy of all - where we promise not to ask our government about its dark shadow, and it promises not to tell us.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 From Emergency to Emerge 'n See - The Upwising Is Gaining Momentum
Every year on this date, the "impropaganda" machine reminds Americans why we've been enlisted in an "endless war". This year for the first time, I sense that a critical mass of the heretofore-uncritical masses, aren't buying it. The sleeping giant called "we the people" has begun to awaken.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 The Signs of the Upwising Are Everywhere! People Are Waking Up, Left and Right (2 comments)
Now that the whistle-blowers have gotten things started, the corporate state and its media apparatus are doing an excellent job of exposing themselves. The "irony curtain" -- the invisible wall of impropaganda that separates we the people from the truth -- is showing serious frays, as more and more otherwise mainstream citizens are catching glimpses of the emperor's bare buttocks...
Friday, June 14, 2013 America's Tiananmen Square - Confronting Not-Seeism (2 comments)
So ... America is waking up left and right, even as the mainstream media continues to distract and divert, willfully ignorant that we stand at a most significant moment in modern American history.
Edward Snowden stepping forward to expose the NSA's comprehensive surveillance measures is America's Tiananmen Square moment.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 NPR's "Weakened Edition" -- and What We Can Do Anyway (1 comments)
This is simply an expression of the "kinder and gentler" form of totalitarianism where anything that challenges the authority of the corporate state (i.e., the coercive power of government in the service of big money) is simply ignored, and therefore dies from marginalization. Yes, totalitarianism ... or if you prefer a more creative term, "neo-feudalism".
Friday, May 24, 2013 March Against Monsanto ... and Beyond - From Disconnecting the Bad to Connecting the Good (9 comments)
Nonetheless, I WILL be in that number when millions gather this Saturday to STAND UP to Monsanto, and STAND FOR life, nature, and the heart and soul of who we are. To put it bluntly, Monsanto -- in its perverse desire to own and control all the seeds in the world -- is a true evil force that seeks to impose the heartless values of the machine on humanity and nature.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Swami Beyondananda To Speak At Conspiracy Con - Oh, and the Issue Isn't Conspiracy... It's Con's Piracy (2 comments)
Seeing the mechanisms of power "naked" can be shocking, to say the least. So it's understandable why the phrase "conspiracy theory" is used as a dismissal attack by those unwilling (or unable) to confront the unconfrontable. I mean, if you have credible evidence that our government killed John Kennedy and Martin Luther King, or allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen, what do you do about it? How do you "be" with it?
Saturday, April 20, 2013 Sometimes A Cigar Is Just A Cigar (4 comments)
In the wake of the tragic and senseless bombings in Boston this past Monday, three "usual suspects" emerged: It was the Muslims. It was the white supremacist gun nuts. It was the government pulling off yet another false flag attack. In this whodunit, each camp pre-concluded the perpetrator based on their worldview...
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 9/11: From State of Emergency to State of Emergent Seeing (27 comments)
It's been ten years since the Twin Towers attacks initiated the never-ending War on Terror. In the Orwellian logic that can only take hold in an atmosphere of fear, we have been collectively "convinced" that only totalitarianism can preserve our freedom. However, there is a deep awakening afoot, an "evolutionary upwising" as people from all sides emerge from the matrix of politics as usual to seek real answers...
Thursday, May 19, 2011 Who's In Charge of Who's In Charge? Why Changing the Political Game is the Only Game in Town (1 comments)
Despite our nation's unique legacy, we the people have become addicted to powerlessness and dependence on a ruling elite whom we hope will trickle some wealth down onto us "pee-ons." But, as the Swami says, "the ruling class has flunked ruling class. They get an F." Whether that "F" stands for freedom or fascism is up to us and no one else.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 The Transpartisan Moment: Join the Upwising! (1 comments)
We are living in what Tom Paine would have called "soul-trying" times.
In the face of multiplying crises - economic, ecologic, political and spiritual - it's becoming more apparent that fundamental change is required. The good news is, what is needed isn't revolution, but evolution. The other news is, this evolutionary alternative must be clearly expressed, carefully developed, and made tangible to the millions ...
Thursday, June 3, 2010 The Oil Spill and the Blood Spill: Same Problem, Same Solution (4 comments)
There is nothing funny about oil hemorrhaging in the Gulf of Mexico, or blood flowing in the Mediterranean - just the sad joke that we humans are largely the cause of our own suffering. And we are largely clueless as to how and why.
Friday, March 19, 2010 Come On Baby, Fight My Liar (1 comments)
The American people have been "trained" to accept being lied to. The prevailing cliché of lying politicians is so universally accepted, that ... well, it's universally accepted, so much so that you can probably get nine out of ten Americans to agree that, yes politicians lie. By making "lying politicians" an indisputable truth, it becomes like army food in the old days...
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 Swami Beyondananda's State of the Universe Address 2010 (1 comments)
Well, another 12-month episode of that long-running comedy of situations, Universe Knows Best, is in the can, and you'll be happy to know the show has been renewed for another season. The Producer thinks it's hilarious. However, if you're like most of us, you really had to strain to hear the laugh track in 2009. Certainly, there was plenty to not laugh about. Take our political system -- please!
Thursday, January 21, 2010 The Democrats' Shocking Discovery: Voters Can Tell Difference Between Change and Chump Change! (1 comments)
Shortly after last year's election, I wrote a piece entitled, "The Two-Party System: One Down and One to Go." The point was that in our current binary, bipolar system, all voters can really do is vote "yes" or "no" for the lesser of two weasels. Consequently, the political task of a burgeoning evolutionary upwising would be to dislodge first one, then the other political party that had long outlived its uselessness.
Thursday, February 26, 2009 The Shift Has Hit the Fan: Welcome to the Sane Asylum (5 comments)
So ... how do we do this? How do we go from our habitual "every cell for itself" consciousness that has caused our current "mining disaster" to acting on the evolutionary truth that we are in reality "all cells in the body of humanity?" How do we shift from survival of the fittest to thrival of the fittingest?
Friday, October 24, 2008 THE McCAIN MUTINY: Why Republicans Are Jumping Ship (3 comments)
More and more Republicans with hearts and brains are jumping ship because they see a ship wreck ahead and don't think McCain will make a very good captain. Once the "brilliance" of choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate wore off, the stupidity and self-serving shortsightedness of it set in. As Obama began to look more and more like a President for the times, Palin began to look like a President for the End Times.
Monday, April 28, 2008 Hillary the Dream-Slayer Tells Us: "No, We Can't!" (1 comments)
While it would be unfortunate indeed for the Republicans to once again be rewarded with the presidency after maxing out their discredit cards over the past eight years, the shoot out at the I'm Okay / You're Not Okay Corral is likely to have even more tragic consequences -- the stillborn death of the dream that things can be different in America.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 Politics Inside and Outside the Matrix Revisited
Disempowerment and disillusionment seem to be the two concurrent emotional states of disheartened progressives these days. However, disillusionment -- the shattering of illusory hope in favor of a realistic and positive focus for action -- is the source of genuine empowerment. The most empowering thought is this: There's nobody to do it but us. We are the leaders we've been waiting for.
Thursday, December 6, 2007 From Up-Wising to Evolution: 3 Things You Can Do NOW to Reclaim America (1 comments)
Three things -- personal, political and economic -- that you can do to insure we the people reclaim America from "they the very, very few people": Cultivate Courage and Truth; Expand the Nonvoter Vote; Put Your Money Where Your Mouse is... and support news services like OpEd News.
Friday, October 5, 2007 FROM FASCISM TO FREEDOM: Stirring the Winds of Political Climate Change (2 comments)
If and when our bombs begin falling on Iran, given our current limitations in navigating space and time, we will not be able to run the movie backward. The dead will still be dead, the destroyed will still be destroyed, and among the casualties will be our own open society. The damage will be irreversible, and in fact will have reversed 230 years of forward progress towards a just society, and a sane world.
Saturday, July 21, 2007 A CALL FOR POLITICAL CLIMATE CHANGE (1 comments)
Well, we fired up the grid last Tuesday, or maybe the grid fired us up. Now that we proved that invisibly or visibly (as with the Live Earth events of two weekends ago), the loving heart of humanity can be activated, it's time to move our feet. It's time for the upwising of awareness and upwelling of love to burst into action. It's time to address the political climate crisis.
Thursday, April 19, 2007 Bringing Down the House of Lies: The Final "Leg" of the Journey (9 comments)
America's next step -- and only step -- that can take us forward is to bring the Bush-Cheney regime to justice. This isn't about vengeance, it isn't about punishment. It's about truth. That element that has been so lacking in our political environment that it has caused a spiritual, psychological and political heartsickness in the heartland...
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 PREEMPTIVE PEACE: A Living "Prayer" for Mutually Assured Survival (1 comments)
There have been news reports indicating possible air strikes on Iran beginning on Good Friday. Again, is this true? Not true? We don't know. In any case, if we want to broadcast our intention that Good Friday not become Bad Friday, that leaves us with Holy Thursday ... April 5th. We are asking you... to make April 5th the day we begin to hold our intention of preemptive peace and mutually assured survival.
Sunday, December 24, 2006 Christmas In the Trenches
At the darkest time of year, it's worth remembering a flash of "enlightening" that happened in a war that would kill fifteen million soldiers -- and what that beacon of light means today.
Sunday, September 3, 2006 Politics Inside and Outside the Matrix
we must strengthen the field of awakening and "up-wising." This means, calmly and courageously speaking our truth and asking the right questions to enable others to discover their truth for themselves.
Sunday, August 6, 2006 The One Suggestion (2 comments)
The Ten Commandments don't seem to be working that well. Maybe we should try the One Suggestion.
Friday, March 31, 2006 Shoot Out At the Last Chance Corral (1 comments)
A response to the Empty Envelopes for Empty Promises campaign from a responsible Democrat grassroots organizer.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006 Empty Envelopes for Empty Promises (2 comments)
Can the Democrats be awakened? Find out by sending them "Empty Envelopes for Empty Promises." If this doesn't wake them up, let's assume they've already been put to sleep, and move on.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 Wake Up America (2 comments)
In order to treat the body politic, we must first make an accurate diagnosis.