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I grew up in a church that said you had to speak in tongues to get saved and go to heaven. I often prayed fervently for the experience in the prayer room at church, where people would cry and wail, and roll on the floor. One 80-year old lady would get happy in the spirit and run laps around the church. That was always entertaining.
About my sophomore year in college, I became transformed by the protest of the Vietnam War, the anti-nuclear movement, Eastern philosophy, the study of psychology, smoking reefer, and of course, democratic socialism, which I started believing could save the world.
Two times in my twenties and thirties, I am embarrassed to say, I had brief periods where I went back to being a Christian fundamentalist or an evangelical Christian. Later going to a liberal seminary, where I studied the New Testament like a scientist, helped me realize that there was little grounds for believing in the virgin birth, the trinity, and the literal resurrection of Jesus in the way that evangelical Christians believe. Now I believe that Jesus could have been a highly evolved yogi.
Growing up in an anti-intellectual home, I had the most trouble with high school courses like U.S. history, which seemed like a boring subject that was a waste of time. Later in my life, European history would become an important and fascinating subject.
Fascinated with yoga and meditation, I starting reading many books by Swami Rama. When I later met him in person and was initiated and given a mantra (which I never repeated over and over), I remember that being in his presence was the most powerful spiritual experience I have ever had in my life: I felt rapturous love and indescribable bliss. So I became convinced that meditation and spiritual disciplines can transform a person.
In my mid 50s, I started advocating the integration of the perennial philosophy (that's the term Aldous Huxley used)--or it is sometimes referred to as ageless wisdom (describing the nondual mystical experience)--with a democratic form of socialism as a way to save individuals and the world. I created my website in 2010 right before I retired at age 60 from being a teacher of high school special education and also of general elementary education, mostly third grade.
Now at age 70, I wonder why many people who are into meditation and Eastern philosophy are not very concerned about U.S. imperialism. To be an ethical or spiritual person, we have to become political too. But you can't expect people to be well informed if they only get their news from the mainstream media.
Even the so-called enlightened individuals are often not politically astute or very concerned about why there is so much suffering and turmoil in the world. They are not concerned because the world of time and space is just maya to them--it's not even real compared to the rapturous mystical state of consciousness. But if we value being a world citizen, the world of time and space must become important to us, even though this world seems like a dream in comparison to our highest or true Self that never dies.
Buddha said that desire is the cause of suffering, but sometimes an individual does not want to give up desires--in romance, for example. In mindfulness meditation, we temporarily disidentify with our momentary thoughts or memories, becoming detached and objective, which gives us a fresh new insight and perspective about ourselves, others, and the world. Yogis, Buddhists, and Christian mystics have found a higher joy and inner peace that the world cannot comprehend. But it is okay if we're not there yet. From a cosmic perspective, everything is perfect just the way it is.
Politically, I identify with what I would call the radical democratic left. Integrating the spiritual and the political, I think of myself as a transpersonal vegan socialist. We also need a Democratic World Government built from the bottom-up, not a New World Order imposed autocratically from the top-down. The human species will evolve and thrive when we desire to save every person on the planet and not just ourselves, when we become concerned about the Self-actualization of every individual in every nation. To create a more democratic world, we need to equally empower the 7 largest national political parties in every country. No political party has a right to impose its ideals on others. Everyone must respect a democratic process.
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(6 comments) SHARE Friday, July 24, 2020 Summary of the Corbett Report: "Who Cares What Celebrities Think"
The World Health Organization hired a public relations firm that selected the celebrities to sell and amplify WHO's message about Covid-19. What a coincidence that it was the same P.R. firm that was used to sell the first Gulf War! It is now known that it was a lie when the Kuwaiti girl reported about Iraqi soldiers taking babies out of incubators, but it most likely helped galvanize the public into accepting a new war.
SHARE Monday, May 11, 2020 Controversial Virologist Attacks Anthony Fauci
When I watched the first video in my list, which is the first installment of the Plandemic Movie and the second shorter video made by Children's Health Defense,both praising Dr. Judy Mikovits--I thought the claims made by Judy Mikovits really seemed convincing until I did further research and read the last 4 articles in my list. The documentary called "Plandemic" is expected to be released in the summer of 2020.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 4, 2020 Renounce Worldliness--Seek Enlightenment--Advocate Socialism
We need to transcend scientific materialism and lifestyle materialism and adopt a new worldview. Things may never be normal again after the COVID-19 pandemic. Large numbers of people need to realize that the 3 biggest problems are capitalism, imperialism, and materialism. The last words in the Christian doxology are "world without end, amen, amen." But to create a world without end, we need to create a world without empire.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Is COVID-19 a Biological Warfare Weapon?
Bio weapons expert Francis Boyle states that the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, a Bio Safety Level 4 Lab, bought the deadly virus technology from Univ. of North Carolina's Bio Safety Level 3 Lab, which got cells from Ft. Detrick, where the U.S. does its biological warfare testing. While the scientists in Wuhan were experimenting with the virus, it apparently got leaked out accidentally into the neighboring community.
(26 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 5, 2020 How Bernie Can Create World Peace in Less Than 4 Years
We must dismantle the U.S. Empire and seek forgiveness from the world for becoming an empire. Bernie must tell the true story of the United States from the perspective of Native Americans, black people, Hispanics, the working class, and of other nations exploited by the United States. As a nation we may be the least of the great and the primary reason why there is no peace in the world, but we can vow to change our ways.
SHARE Friday, February 14, 2020 Capitalism, Materialism, and Imperialism Prevent World Peace
Capitalism needs poverty. What is needed is voluntary simplicity from the relatively wealthy individuals of the world. Many people in the world are suffering and dying because of what the United States Government has done in the world. We need to turn this around or face disaster for the planet and our future. To have a world without end, we need a world without empire. "World without Empire! Amen, Amen."
SHARE Monday, December 23, 2019 The Highest Form of Communism is Transcendental Communism
The highest form of communism is transcendental communism with ecological wisdom as the primary focus. Our children's story problems in math, science, and social studies can focus on how to reduce individual ecological footprints worldwide. In the United States, we should name no more public schools after presidents or generals.
SHARE Thursday, October 31, 2019 Love Your Neighbors
Love your neighbors and get to know them and let them get to know you. Love your neighborhood. Love your city. Love your state. Love your nation. Love the world. Love your family and your children. Love your Significant Other. Love yourself. Love the Earth, Mother Earth. And most of all love the Divine Source within you. We heal individually from the inside-out and collectively from the bottom-up.
SHARE Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Would a Democratic World Government Allow Capitalism?
Would a Democratic World Government allow capitalism? Yes, of course, if that is what the majority of the world's citizens wants. Could a Democratic World Government disassemble itself and return to competitive nationalism? Yes, of course, if that is the will or preference of the majority of the world's voters. If the Democratic World Government does not allow those two choices, then it is not truly democratic.
SHARE Saturday, October 12, 2019 Democratic World Government Is the Only Solution
Even if all the demands of the Green New Deal and Extinction Rebellion were met it would not be enough if the Capitalist One Percent continues to stay in power. The organizers of the GND and ER are representatives of the One Percent in disguise. If you examine the background of the co-founder of ER, Gail Bradbrook, you will see the evidence for this. The GND was originally proposed by the Rockefeller-funded United Nations.
SHARE Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Rebuild the Whole World from the Bottom-up
I think I could be tempted to believe in a theistic God if She were feminine--or if It could be equally feminine and masculine. The God I need and want to believe in is a loving God who cares about ecological wisdom and creating peace on earth. We were made for worship--the worship of the highest expression of love, beauty, and truth. However, in the modern world, it is a good thing that theism is a dying concept.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 27, 2019 Every Local Community Needs to Be Ecologically Wise Now and Forever
Every local community needs to be ecologically wise. After we clean up our own communities, let us help our neighbors. Local and regional communities are related in an infinite number of ways--whether they realize it or not. How do we make people realize that we are all interrelated and interconnected in infinite ways? It is love. We have to be open, honest, and transparent--personally, locally, nationally, and globally.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Not Just Peace and Love But World Peace and Love
If humans are evolving, stagnating, or degenerating as a species, then achieving world peace and love would be the highest level of achievement. We all are connected to the Source--the fountain of love, joy, and bliss that is at the core in each one of us. Can we evolve as a species if the current leader of the world's greatest empire does not have a compassionate vision for the world? No.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 20, 2019 Libertarian Socialism Can Build Community, Communalism, and Communism
Can we humans evolve if we have insane leaders? The answer is no. We are all responsible for the state the world is in, but our leaders must take most of the blame. Look at the shape the world is in. Who is responsible? We are all responsible, and we each can play a role in healing this land. We might think that some individuals can evolve privately, but we don't truly evolve unless the whole world evolves with us.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 7, 2019 Extinction Rebellion--Arguments For and Against
If it turns out that Extinction Rebellion is a disguised attempt by the one percent to set the stage for a new world order of global capitalism (with massive growth instead of vastly reducing our ecological footprint) with the same old outrageously large gaps between the rich and the poor--then it is up to us who support global socialism and a system of democratic world law to share our voices all the more.
(34 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 13, 2019 It Will Take More Than Socialism and Democratic World Law to Save the World
The third component necessary to save the world is a spiritual revolution. And this is the most important component of all. When the Peace Movement ignites all over the world in support of the Earth Constitution, we will know that the end of much suffering is near. We are one world, one earth, and one humanity. The sooner we realize that the better it will be.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Socialism and Democratic World Law Will Promote the Self-Actualization of Everyone
The challenge before us is to, not only make a psychological shift of consciousness from egotism to altruism, but also make a political shift from valuing nation-state aggrandizement to valuing world betterment and ecologically sustainable practices for the Earth. We are one world, one earth, and one humanity, and it is urgent that we realize this before it is too late.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 3, 2019 If We Equally Divided the World's Wealth
The United States is an Empire, which the world does not want or need. And the earth desperately needs the wealthiest people to choose voluntary simplicity. If it would take 4 earths for everyone in the world to have the lifestyle of the average American, then it shows that it is not just the United States government but the lifestyles of its citizens that are primarily responsible for destroying world peace and the planet.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, June 28, 2019 New Culture, New Constitution, New Everything
Through the scientific studies of consciousness and meditation and the mounting evidence about Near Death Experiences and the New Physics which bridges science and spirituality, and through new research into ayahuasca as a form of therapy for problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)--all of the above can help us realize that we are one--we are interrelated ecologically and spiritually.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 21, 2019 The Most Democratic Way to Have a Constitutional Convention
As society unravels, what happens after the massive demonstrations in every major city? Libertarians, Greens, and members of the conservative Constitution Party have wanted to have an equal voice in presidential debates. Democratic socialists advocate the electoral process, while revolutionary socialists claim it is naive to believe that the electoral process will bring about the needed changes.