Learning to run in the darkness
Don't look to the stars ...look all around you...be awake in this moment and pay attention to history.
This essay is in reponse to a post earlier today on this website. It is titled: Actual astrology for Jan 8-14th. It can be found here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/01/307541.shtml
Astology as drug
I used to study astrology. I was part of a weekly study group. I looked at my "stars" and "transists" and progressions. I had to learn an extremely elitist language to learn the symbology. I had a hard time with the fact that you had to have lots of money to access the righteous astrologers. One form of astrology from India (Aruvedic) was very sexist and a reading by a practioner said that becasue I was a independent and higly organized woman, that I would experience much failure in my life. And, if I complained that the reading had nothing to do with my life, then I was told that I was no conscious enough, nor was I "open" to change. I spent so much time looking at the "stars" for truth I became overwhelmed by the crisis in my life. I was unable to take action to protect myself. Nothing I learned, no matter how intensely I looked, help me deal with what life had to deal me. It was not until I woke up one morning and realized that there was another way of keeping myself safe. That included acting in a fashion that was clued into the moment no matter how painful the present moment was, and studying the past.
The present moment search includes using the internet, reading diverse literature and listening to music. I watch a few videos and films but for the most part they are becoming a stimulant and diversion to knock us off balance so we won't see how much we are losing in our lives.
The study of history includes looking at ancient history as well as current history. This is not an easy task. Most of the history available to us right now has been cleansed of truth. The events have been changed to show fascists and mass killers as the hero's. Most of the actions that women have taken to keep cultures safe has been removed from history. The stories of children and elders as liberators have also been cleansed and removed. We are not to know that collective action not the feats of "heros" are what saved most cultures from massive evil and dictators.
I have learned that human and ecological systems operate in cycles. If one can discern what cycle we are in now, we will now what is ahead of us somewhat. There are always sub-cycles operating that cause the current conditons to be different that past cycles.
In the Now
My present observations tell me that we are all in great danger. We are being driven to be indebted to corporations in such a way that unless we become thier slaved, mercenaries and prostitutes, we will not be allowed to own or have anything in this life. Not property, not family, not safety, not health, not mindfulnees, not mental or spiritual capacity.
There is only one way out.
1. Disconnect as soon as you can. Take a new identity and a new life.
2. Surround yourself with others who are wide awake, cooperative and dependable
3. Find a community that has at it core self-sufficency and cooperativeness
4. Limit what you own, the less you own the more flexible you can be. What really counts is not your stuff but who is close to you.
5. Don't look back, you could be turned to salt!
Take a new name and a new life.
Do not count on having a way to own a home, go to school, train for a job, find a job that pays a decent living, have economic secuity or a life worth living in your old age. These are all the carrots being dangled in front of our noses. If we are good. If we are docile. If we are compliant. We are promised a life worth living. But that is a lie.
THE SIGNS OF OUR TIMES
What signs are given to us that the cultural, economic and political systems are collapsing to ensnare millions?
Education and Jobs - Most well-paying jobs have been sent over seas. Well-paying jobs demand alliegance to a system that is inheritant evil. Outright education grants for low-income people are disappearing. All school loans now go through corporate hands. Sallie Mae the largest holder of school loans in the nation was privatized two months ago. The rules that used to apply, no longer apply. The corporation that holds those loans can call them in at any time and demand that people become conscripted to the military-industrial complex at anytime. Rules for hardship deferrment, lowered interest rates ect. No longer apply with the new Sallie Mae. Loans made by Sallie Mae can be sold to other banking interests at any time. The interest rate can go sky high at any time. Check it out!
California Attorney General office investigates Sallie Mae fraud - http://money.cnn.com/2004/10/26/news/fortune500/sallie_mae/
PELL GRANT CUTS- an attack on working class education
THE HOUSING LOAN MARKET IS ALSO BEING PRIVATIZED
Fannie Mae Problems - this according to Realty organization - http://realtytimes.com/rtcpages/20041004_fannieturmoil.htm
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failing thier mission by Ralph Nader - http://www.commondreams.org/scriptfiles/views03/1101-06.htm
This really good article includes the year 2004 most under-rated stories includes a story about the problems of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1221-31.htm
"The Enron and Worldcom scandals broke in the summer of 2001. Shortly thereafter, politicians and businessmen on Wall Street assured us that new regulations would make corporate scandals a thing of the past. Hah. Last week the SEC announced that the mortgage giant, Fannie Mae - - which, together with Freddie Mac, backs half of all the mortgages issued in the U.S. -- is involved in a new corporate scandal. Fannie Mae will have to recognize $9 billion in losses that they've hidden from the public since 2001. Yes, this accounting fraud, which rivals anything Worldcom or Enron did, has occurred in the last three years, in spite of a so-called crack-down on corporate crime. And it's received zero press coverage, except for a few small articles in the Wall Street Journal. For shame!"
PRIVATIZING THE IRS
WHAT ELSE IS BEING PRIVATIZED?
Look here for a partial list: http://www.ncpa.org/pd/private/priv6.html
THE DRAFT and the CALL UP OF RESERVES WHO WOULD HAVE TO BE ON-CALL UNTIL 2030
On Stop loss - http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1004-27.htm
On the start up of the Draft - http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0702-05.htm
Stop loss - a finger in the dike - http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0603-03.htm
The stars won't help you. Being wide awake and living a life of simplicity that is well-supported by cooperative, healthy community will help you. Happy 2005. It's time to get out of bed and get moving.