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Leo Solar Festival and the Aquarius Full Moon Eclipse 2009 Satya Center Newsletter

By Curtis Lang and Jane Sherry on Aug 5, 2009

Now is the time to fearlessly overcome all obstacles

Welcome to the Leo Solar Festival and the Aquarius Full Moon Eclipse, August 5, 2009 edition of the SatyaCenter newsletter.

Warm greetings from your Editor, Curtis Lang and your co-editor, Jane Sherry.

 

This Wednesday, August 5, the sun is at 13 degrees 43 minutes Leo and the moon is full at 13 degrees 43 minutes Aquarius, at 5:55 Pacific Daylight Time, or 8:55 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

The American news media is full of smiling faces and bullish talk about the end of the recession, the end of the housing collapse, and the imminent reform of our failed health care system.

Should we believe the talking heads employed by the corporate news media? After all these are the same folks who told us Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, that housing prices would go up for the rest of our lives, and that the only way for America to thrive in the 21st century is to pursue a multitude of endless wars simultaneously, no matter what the cost in blood or treasure.

Get ready for a global reboot!! This Aquarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, is the third in a series of such eclipses this summer. This series of eclipses began in 1360 and has foretold many wars and disasters, but there have also been reforms and new social orders instituted on a

 global scale.

/media/wysiwyg/legacy_article_images/article_251_8.jpgAustralian Esoteric Astrologer Malvin Artley takes a deep look at the entire historical sequence of these powerful eclipses in his new article “Cancer/Leo Solar Festival Eclipses 2009”.

You won’t want to miss this one! For starters, Malvin predicts that US financial markets and/or the US economy and banking system will be taking a hit this fall in the wake of this summer’s celestial fireworks. Malvin also provides an insightful overview of the spiritual meaning of these eclipses, and the good news is that we are in an astrological climate that is amazingly supportive of accelerated spiritual progress!

Our Celestial Weather Report for August includes an amazing array of astrological interactions among the large, outer planets, signifying changes taking place at the most profound levels of the collective consciousness, with major shifts in social relations sure to follow in many areas of life. Political and economic fault-lines are being triggered and major upheavals are likely during the next year.

On an individual level, there will be increasing tensions during the next month or two, and we will all need to utilize the supportive astrological climate to increase our spiritual practices, open our hearts, and begin to help one another in every way we can, because we will all need as much help as we can get!

This month, Saturn and Uranus are moving toward the third of five exact oppositions they will experience between 2008 and 2010. Their next face-off occurs September 15, and during the period between now and then you can expect the tension between these two archetypal enemies in the sky to soar!

Saturn represents existing structures and Uranus represents radical, explosive and immediate change on a large scale. Saturn in Virgo rules the guts and when opposed to Uranus in Pisces there is a tendency to experience the tension between them in the solar plexus and the stomach, as gut-wrenching fear.

As a society, and as individuals, we know that the existing structures of our lives must change because of the collapse of the global financial system, the slow-motion environmental crisis, and the advent of peak oil. Further we know that the existing political and social structures around the world are completely incapable of dealing with these epochal shifts in human society.

Yet the Saturn-Uranus opposition tends to freeze us in place, and to tempt us to escape into a self-induced cocoon of mental, emotional and physical sedatives. The American news media is promoting the fantasy that the financial crisis is healing itself, and that soon we can simply return to our old ways of life, abusing the planet, borrowing to spend wantonly on unnecessary and destructive toys, and dictating that the rest of the world live according to rules that conform to the convenience of America’s predatory political and financial elites.

The fact that we are only mid-way through this powerful series of oppositions between Uranus and Pisces, which began as America’s financial system imploded, indicates that there is most likely no truth to the mainstream media propaganda, which is designed to encourage Americans to escape from the reality of life in the 21st century, and from facing the American empire‘s slow decline from the pinnacle of power.

A collective tendency toward escapism, and possibly to the abuse of drugs and alcohol, is exacerbated by the Neptune-Jupiter-Chiron triple conjunction in Aquarius. We are dreaming big (Neptune and Jupiter), and we are fashioning new visions of vast changes in our world, which can heal humanity’s deepest wounds (Chiron), but we are also tempted to escape into our dreams and to rush for cover into the nearest community we can find, to submerge our identities in a comfortable group-mind experience that will give us a superficial sense of power, comfort, direction and righteousness, and perhaps enable us to project our fears and anxieties onto the enemies of our chosen community.

So this is a time when religious fundamentalists, manipulative political leaders, amoral advertising and marketing wizards, and aggressive nationalist and communalist political movements could have a field day shaping the collective psyche to fit their own twisted ends.

At the same time, there is a growing recognition among people at the grass roots of society that the Emperor has no clothes, that our leadership is morally and intellectually bankrupt and that radical change will be required at every level of society during the next decades of global crisis.

New visions of post-industrial, post-oil, peaceful, sustainable human society are percolating up from these grass roots, and the mainstream consciousness will be prepared to receive these ideas within the next two or three years, as the bankruptcy of “business as usual” becomes more and more apparent to even the most hardened soul enthralled by consensus reality.

Unfortunately, the short term Cosmic Weather Forecast is quite challenging, because as Uranus and Saturn gear up for their September confrontation, Mars engages with Saturn and other planets in a series of increasingly irritating and even explosive aspects, designed to test the patience of even a Saint.

From August 1, Mars in Gemini begins to square Saturn in Virgo; the square is exact on August 10 and continues until August 20. Mars in Gemini in the Crowley Tarot deck signifies mental cruelty, and is depicted by the nine of swords, one of the most ill-omened cards in the deck. When Mars, the planet of physical energy and aggressive behavior, is located in the sign of Gemini, it triggers an extremely overactive and base mentality, and you can get caught up in a war of words that easily escalates beyond your wildest expectations.

When Mars in Gemini is squared by Saturn, the planet of restriction, the expansive energy of Mars and of Gemini threatens to explode. There is a feeling that everyone around you is boxing you in, and that circumstances beyond your control are conspiring against you to prevent you from doing what is essential for your very survival, for that which nurtures your deepest self. This is, of course, all an illusion, but very convincing to the egoistic mind, which will then tend to lash out in response.

So be prepared for folks around you to have significant problems with emotional melt-downs, intermittent, intense bickering, gut-wrenching fear, and tendencies toward mindless escapism or over-controlling behaviors.

Be alert for symptoms of similar syndromes that may pop up in your own behavior, and be gentle with yourself and with the significant others in your life.

There are times in everyone’s life when the way forward appears to be blocked. We find that we cannot retrace our steps, because that way too is closed to us. Then we find that attempt to turn left or right are likewise thwarted and alternative paths dissipate into thin air. These are often the most important times of our lives, when we are being given a golden opportunity for a true evolutionary leap in our thinking and in our way of life.

For these are times when we must choose between the remaining two directions. We can descend into chaos, escapism, and the comforts of narrow-minded communalism, or we can ascend into spiritual realms, accelerate and intensify our spiritual practices and connect with the creativity, the energy and the wisdom of Higher Mind, which will enable us to find and pursue a new path, the path of Spirit that leads to fulfillment of our Higher Purpose.

Let us all choose that Higher Path for ourselves this difficult month and let us choose to help one another on the difficult Ascension Path we must travel together if we are to create a new equitable and sustainable 21st century human civilization that works for all of us.

Now, while the high summer season gifts us with long days and early dawns, we can all ward off the malefic effects of the current difficult astrological aspects by performing a Sunrise Meditation exercise to link us to the warmth, vitality, and generosity the Sun gives freely to all.

Now is the time to Surrender. Surrender to Love.

Kriya Yoga Dawn Meditation and Breathing Exercises

Here is a variation on meditations taught by Shri Yukteswar and Drunvalo Melchizedek.

Begin your day with a few minutes of silent contemplation as you lie on your back with your eyes closed or better yet seated in a chair, or in half lotus position. I have also done this meditation in a half lotus seated under a tree or walking mindfully in a garden.

Acknowledge your guides and teachers, and give thanks for the new day. 

Notice the breath going in and out of your nostrils. 

Place your tongue at the top of your palate, behind your teeth. Breathe in through the nostrils, working from the stomach, while you count to seven. (If you can't reach seven, then just keep track of your own personal count and repeat the same number each time you breathe.) 

Breathe out through the nostrils, while you count to seven. 

Continue to breathe deeply, in and out, to the count of seven. 

While you inhale, imagine the Sun is right above your head. 

See the golden liquid light of the Sun pour down over your head and into your prana tube.

The prana tube is approximately two inches in diameter and extends from a point about a foot above your head through the center of your body, exiting at the perineum and extending down into the earth about a foot. 

The liquid light of the sun pours down that tube into your heart. 

As you exhale, see the silvery liquid light of the Earth rise up from far beneath your feet into your prana tube, all the way into your heart.

As you continue to breathe, see the golden and silvery liquid light, which is prana, chi or Universal Life Force Energy continue to pour into your prana tube from above and below. 

Do this breath ten times.

Unity Affirmations for Self-Realization

"I unify my physical body, my etheric body, my astral body, my egoistic will and my lower mind with my higher self, my higher purpose, and my higher mind." 

I unify my higher self, higher purpose and higher mind with the grand unfolding plan for the optimization of the Universe and the liberation of all sentient and non-sentient beings in love and light."

"I unify my higher self, higher purpose and higher mind with the Atman within, the Great Father Mother Source within." 

" I feel the downpouring flow of love and light from the Atman within." 

" I feel the uprising flow of kundalini energy from deep within the Earth, from deep within my root chakra, and as these flows of love and light meet and intermingle in my heart of hearts -- I am the I am, I am that I am, I am that I am." 

With each inhalation and each exhalation, more and more liquid silvery and gold light pours into the heart. 

Now, every time you inhale, golden liquid light pours down from your crown chakra into your heart while silvery liquid light pours up from your root chakra into your heart, at the same time. 

Now, every time you exhale, silvery liquid light pours up from your root chakra into your heart, while, simultaneously, golden liquid light pours down from your crown chakra into your heart. 

By the fifth or sixth breath, the silvery and gold light fills your heart. 

See the silvery and gold liquid light pouring from your heart into the rest of your body, filling it up entirely, all the way to the tips of your fingernails and toenails and the tips of the hair on your head. 

After ten breaths, relax for a moment. 

Then do the same breath sequence, inhaling to the count of five and exhaling to the count of five, five more times.

Invoking the Cosmic Christ

As you do the next five breaths:

1. See a rainbow colored beam of light shoot up from the top of your prana tube into the sky, rising up about fifty miles above the surface of the Earth. 

2. See this rainbow colored light fill the sky, and expand until it surrounds the entire planet. 

3. See a rainbow colored beam of light shoot down from the bottom of your prana tube deep into the Earth, filling the Earth and its waters with brilliant colors. 

4. Invoke the secret name of Christ. Chant the following to yourself over and over, "Yod, Heh, Vau, Heh, Yod, Heh, Shin, Vau, Heh", pronounced "Yod, Hey, Vow, Hey, Yod, Hey, Shin, Vow, Hey". These Hebrew letters stand for JHVH or Jehovah, and JHSVH (Jeheshua or Jesus). The four letters comprising the name of Jehovah, YHVH, stand for the four elements, fire, water, air and earth. The fifth element, which is spirit, is called Shin. When you put Shin, or spirit in the middle of the four elements, into YHVH, you get Jeheshua, or Jesus. Jesus indeed infused spirit into the material world through his Divine presence and ability to sacrifice everything, even his own body, for love. So chant these nine letters over and over to yourself as you meditate and breathe deeply and slowly. In this way, you can attract Christ consciousness, the spirit of Jesus, into your aura, your mind, and your heart. 

That rainbow colored light represents Divine Love in the form of Living, Intelligent Light (Holy Spirit, prana, Reiki energy), transformed into the beautiful energy signature of the rainbow, which has always been a symbol of the unity between this world and the Divine, between God and humanity. 

By giving back to Sky and Earth, we acknowledge our interdependence with all the sentient and non-sentient beings in spiritual and material realms, with the living light and with the mystery underlying creation. 

Sun Salutation

At the end of this second round of breathing, take an additional three breaths in the same manner. 

While you breathe, imagine that silver and gold liquid light radiates out from your heart, filling your aura, a sphere that extends about an arm's length in every direction around your body. Imagine your aura glowing like the sun, radiating light out into the world in every direction. 

After these breathing exercises, relax your body and your mind. 

Keeping your eyes closed, and breathing deeply and slowly, reflect on the rising sun, know the sun to be a living being, and reflect on the qualities of the sun you would like to make your own. 

The sun gives generously to all without exception without asking for return. The sun represents, purity, conscious will, cosmic intelligence, limitless light, and so much more. 

Connect your sphere of light with the sun's sphere of light in your own mind. 

Acknowledge that the sun is a sentient spiritual being. Thank the sun for being such a good model for you, for helping you on your spiritual path each and every day. 

Thank your spiritual teachers and your holy guardian angel for the protection, grace and guidance they provide you every day. Thank the devas and nature spirits of  the place where you currently reside for helping to maintain the equilibrium of natural forces that sustains all life on Earth. Thank Mother Earth for birthing you and nurturing you in her body.

The ideal time to do this meditation is, of course, dawn, but evening twilight is also a propitious time for this exercise.


Shri Anandi MaJane and I will be traveling to Antioch, California to visit our spiritual teacher, Shri Anandi Ma, at her new ashram for a 10 day celebration of the MahaSamadhi of our teacher’s teacher, Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji. We will return laden with the spiritual treasures Ma provides us, renewed and ready to take the next steps on our grand adventure. We look forward to sharing new insights and new energies with you then.

 

In the meantime, may you each receive the grace and guidance you need to achieve your loftiest spiritual goals, and may you receive the material abundance you require to support yourselves and your families during these difficult times.

Wishing you all Ease & Grace. With much love and light from Curtis and Jane!

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“Leo must somehow manifest its gift,” says Esoteric Astrologer Malvin Artley in this month’s article “Cancer/Leo Solar Festival Eclipses 2009.

“This eclipse, being of the North Node, will tend toward opportunities for manifestation.. .In all, the period between now and the end of the year will be an active time in world affairs,” says Malvin.

“The eclipse figure shows Jupiter as lord of the eclipse, marking it as being expansive and beneficial. It is in a wide conjunction with the Moon in Aquarius,” Malvin continues. “The full moon axis is in an easy opposition with Mars, adding to the sense of enthusiasm and energy. Mars is in an applying square to Saturn though, which will tend to frustrate things, so we have a sort of push-pull effect in this figure – enthusiastic on the one hand and frustrating on the other. It is a classic sort of ‘two steps forward, one step back’ sort of scenario. Much good can come from the opportunities presented, but we have to be willing to accept that there will be certain obstacles to overcome in the process.”

But what to do to mitigate the negative astrological influences and material difficulties we encounter during this period of challenging growth?

“Emptying the mind is the greatest activity,” argues the great Guru Swami Amir Jyoti, in his Satsang entitled “Meditation and the Simple Life”.

/media/wysiwyg/legacy_article_images/article_716_1.jpg“It seems as if you are doing nothing,” explains Swami Jyoti. “It seems like escapism and selfishness to those who are egocentric. But try it. If it were mere escapism, anyone should be able to do it, but only one among millions can do it. Try to just quiet your mind—in your dreams, your meditations, your work, your life. How many have achieved even that much? Do not try to control or conquer anything, not only in your mind but outside you as well. In Oneness there is nothing to conquer or lose. Simply let go and allow Consciousness or Light to shine.”

We can find more inspiration in Sita Stuhlmiller’s beautiful articleFearless Women”, which recounts the stories of powerful spiritual women from a variety of spiritual traditions around the world who conquered seemingly invincible enemies and achieved the highest spiritual attainments. Their stories are ultimately one story, the story of the ascension of woman to the pinnacle of the Divine. All women who follow in the footsteps of these fearless women come to know themselves for the Divine One who sustains our Universe.

“Oh Goddess, all that is knowable are your various distinctions, and all women in the world reflect your capacity entirely,” sing the Hindu sages. “By you, Oh Mother, this world is filled. For you who are beyond praise, how can we sing of your glory?”

As we ponder the transition from the Old Age of oil, exploitation, patriarchy, and hierarchy to a New Age of sustainable energy, sexual balance and Universal Human Family, let us take the time to recall another moment when humanity emerged from the Darkness into the Light, and took the first faltering steps toward creation of a new human civilization, a story retold by Native American-Mongolian Shaman Jade Wah’oo Grigori in this month’s article, “Grandfather Fire and the Circle of Animal Brothers”.

Jade tells the marvelous story of how Eagle Brother undertook a heroic journey to bring human beings “The Ways”, so “each would have the opportunity of seeking and finding fulfillment of their own unique path of reunification with Grandfather Fire. That is, that we, who are here on the Earth - our Grandmother, the primordial feminine principle of Creator - would have available to us the methods and techniques, songs, ceremonies and meditations through whose application we would each be enabled in our Quest for our own Spirit’s Truth, our own autonomous path of Self-Realization; our path of return to Grandfather Fire - the primordial masculine principle of Creator. The gift of Eagle was given so that we, who are here in the flesh, would awaken as Spirit.”

Jade’s story is a heart-opening revelation, and Jane and I know from personal experience that as caretaker of “The Ways”, Jade brings to all who share his medicine a gift of fire, a wisdom from Eagle Brother, and a touch of magic that heals the body, the mind and aching heart.

It’s the time of year when zucchini start popping up all over our garden & in the farmers markets, demanding our attention, and Jane offers us all a lovely recipe for “Yummy, Quick and Easy Zucchini Soup”.

Top News Stories From Around the Web

(These are excerpts from important articles that offer deep insights, a broad view of global financial, political and social trends, and a clear alternative to the mindless mainstream media propaganda machine. Click on the links below to read the full story. Don’t be satisfied with just the excerpts. It’s worth taking the time to be fully informed.)

Daily Kos
The End of the Beginning of the Collapse
By mwmwm
 http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/27/758493/-The-End-of-the-Beginning-of-the-Collapse
July
27, 2009 at 03:37:20 PM PDT

What I've been learning over the last couple of years, as one of the two ApocaDocs gathering and bequipping stories about five likely collapse scenarios (climate chaos, species collapse, biology breach, infectious disease, peak resources -- oh, and recovery too) is that nothing is happening as expected.

Scientists and specialists within all these topical arenas are saying "more than we thought," "faster than expected," "alarming," "unanticipated," "recently realized," "worse than we thought."

The great migrations themselves are becoming extinct, from salmon to elk to butterflies to tuna. Bats in the Northeast are suffering catastrophically from white-nose syndrome, at die-off rates of 90%. Pollinators are suffering dramatically. Top-of-the-food-chain predators everywhere are collapsing. All marine mammals have high levels of PCBs, and flame retardants, and a broad array of other human-made toxins coursing through their bodies.

. . ."The Economy" is, as we are seeing, far more like an ecosystem than like a predictable, plottable system. The "financial system" is based on a prediction of a stable future -- and I'm pretty sure that stability is not in our future.

So what happens to the financial system when the past is utterly no predictor of future performance, and all bets are off?

Dollars and Sense
The Real Unemployment Rate Hits a 68-Year High
Comparing the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “U-3” and “U-6” rates.
http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709miller.html
By John Miller, July/August 2009 Issue

Although you have to dig into the statistics to know it, unemployment in the United States is now worse than at any time since the end of the Great Depression.

From December 2007, when the recession began, to May of this year, 6.0 million U.S. workers lost their jobs. The big three U.S. automakers are closing plants and letting white-collar workers go too. Chrysler, the worst off of the three, will lay off one-quarter of its workforce even if it survives. Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and giant banking conglomerate Citigroup have both laid off thousands of workers. Alcoa, the aluminum maker, has let workers go. Computer maker Dell and express shipper DHL have both canned many of their workers. CircuitCity, the leading electronics retailer, went out of business, costing its 40,000 workers their jobs. Lawyers in large national firms are getting the ax. Even on Sesame Street, workers are losing their jobs.

The official unemployment rate hit 9.4% in May—already as high as the peak unemployment rates in all but the 1982 recession, the worst since World War II. And topping the 1982 recession’s peak rate of 10.8% is now distinctly possible. The current downturn has pushed up unemployment rates by more than any previous postwar recession. . .

Accounting for the large number of marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons raises the count of unemployed to 24.0 million workers for May 2009. Those numbers push up the U-6 unemployment rate to 15.9% or a seasonally adjusted rate of 16.4%.

Why is the real unemployment rate so much higher than the official, or U-3, rate? First, forced part-time work has reached its highest level ever, going all the way back to 1956 and including the 1982 recession. In May 2009, 8.8 million workers were forced to work part time for economic reasons. Forced part-timers are concentrated in retail, food services, and construction; about a quarter of them are young workers between 16 and 24. The number of discouraged workers is high today as well. In May, the BLS counted 2.2 million “marginally attached” workers. That matches the highest number since 1994, when the agency introduced this measure.With the economy in the throes of a catastrophic downturn, unemployment, no matter how it’s measured, will rise dramatically and impose yet more devastating costs on society and on those without a job or unable to find full-time work.

News From Antiwar.com:
http://news.antiwar.com/2009/07/23/poll-majority-in-us-oppose-both-wars/

Poll: Majority in US Oppose Both Wars
Posted By Jason Ditz On July 23, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

A new AP-GfK poll released today shows a majority of Americans opposed to the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The numbers also reveal growing concern that the president will be able to meet his goals, particularly in Iraq.

The Iraq War was opposed 63-34, while the slightly more popular Afghan War was opposed 53-44. Both numbers split strongly along party lines, with roughly two thirds of Republican supporting each war. Only 10 percent of Democrats support the Iraq War while only 26 support the Afghan War, which has been the foreign policy centerpiece for the Obama Administration.

Other polls have showed growing opposition among allies for their own nations’ contribution to the Afghan War, and it seems that as the war has become a more prominent part of American foreign policy with the Obama Administration’s escalations that opposition is rubbing off on Americans as well.

The Market Oracle
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article12245.html
Global Depression Triggering the Evolution and Revolution of the Central Banking System
Jul 23, 2009 - 07:11 AM By: Global_Research& Andrew G Marshall

Humanity is on the verge of entering into the most tumultuous period in our history. The prospects of a global depression, the likes of which have never been seen before; a truly global war, on a scale never before imagined; and societal collapse, for which nations of the world are building totalitarian police states to control populations; are increasing by the day. The major global trend forecasters are sounding the alarms on economic depression, war, a return to fascism and a total reorganization of society.ÊÊ

Through crisis, we are seeing the reorganization of the global political economy, and the transformation of capitalism into a totalitarian capitalist world government. Capitalism has never stayed the same through its history; it has always changed and will continue to do so. Its changes are explained and analyzed through political-economic theory, both mainstream theory and critical. The changes are undertaken over years, decades and centuries. The next phase of capitalism is one in which the world moves to a state-controlled economic system, much like China, of totalitarian capitalism.

The global political economy itself is being reorganized into a world government body, consisting of one center of global power where the socio-political-economic power of the world is centralized in one institution. This is not a conspiracy theory; it is a reality. Nor is this a subject confined to the realm of “internet conspiracy theorists,” but in fact, the concept of world government originates and evolves throughout the history of capitalism and the global political economy. Mainstream and critical political-economic theory has addressed the concept of world government for centuries.

UK Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/financialcrisis/5836488/World-Bank-warns-of-deflation-spiral.html
World Bank warns of deflation spiral
By Ambrose Evans-PritchardÊ Published: 6:21PM BST 15 Jul 2009

The World Bank has given warning that global economy will fall into a "deflationary spiral" unless urgent action is taken to reduce high levels of excess capacity in industry.

Justin Lin, the bank’s chief economist, said factories running idle around world threaten to trap economies in a vicious cycle, risking further spasms of financial stress, requiring yet more rescue packages.

"Significant excess capacity has been built up and unless this issue is addressed, we will face a deflationary spiral and the crisis will become protracted," he told an audience in Cape Town. Mr Lin said capacity use had fallen to 72pc in Germany, 69pc in the US, 65pc in Japan, and as low as 50pc in some developing countries, mostly touching lows not seen in modern times.

The traditional cure for countries caught in slumps is to claw their way back to health through devaluation, but this cannot be done today because the crisis is global. "No country can count on currency depreciation and exports as a way out of recession. Unless we deal with excess capacity, it will wreak havoc on all countries. There is urgent need for global, co-ordinated fiscal stimulus," he said.

Investments should be focused on infrastructure in poor countries that are bearing the brunt of the crisis. The downturn is already likely to trap over 50m more people in extreme poverty this year.

Energy Bulletin
Published
Jul 22 2009 by Reimagining Society Project, http://www.energybulletin.net/node/49685
Life in a dead culture
by Robert Jensen [Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications] Part I:

When we seek the truth, we try to make sense of a chaotic world. We struggle to achieve what clarity is possible. When we look honestly, we face the cruelty of that truth. But the crucible, the most important test of our capacity to face the truth, comes in the steps we take at that point. What if the human species has failed, finally? Can we move forward, even when we recognize we may face insurmountable obstacles? Can we work for justice and sustainability within a dead culture?

For many years I said in public talks that we live in a "dying culture," but I have abandoned that phrase. The dominant culture in the United States—hyper-nationalist ethnocentrism and a predatory corporate capitalism shaped by patriarchy and white supremacy, playing out within a broader human assault on the planetary ecosystem—is not dying. It is already dead. Of course the United States government and United States-based corporations continue to wield incredible power at home and around the world, and it may seem odd to refer to a society that can impose its will on so much of the world as a dead culture. Sick, maybe even dying, certainly in the last throes of imperial power—but dead? Yes, and the distinction in phrasing makes a difference.

It is time for us to stop trying to revive our dead culture, to stop believing that the nation-state and capitalism—born in, and still infected by, patriarchy and white supremacy—can be the basis for a just and sustainable future. It is time to go to a deeper level and think about the major changes coming, most likely sooner than later.

Even with the economic and military setbacks of recent years, many in the United States hold on tightly to a delusional triumphalism—a belief that the United States is the ultimate fulfillment of human promise, that shining city upon the hill, a beacon to the world. The commitment and faith we need must give us strength to recognize we live in a dead culture and to speak this harsh truth. Beyond that, it must allow us, first, to be decent to one another despite our knowledge that being heartless will be rewarded. Second, it must embolden us to confront systems that will be intensely resistant to change and will reward those who refuse to acknowledge the urgent need for change. Third, it must empower us to maintain these personal and political commitments with no guarantee that we can transcend and survive this dead culture.

The ultimate test of our strength is whether we can recognize not only that we live in a dead culture but also that there may be no way out. It's true that throughout history cultures have died, empires have fallen, societies have been replaced by challengers. Through all that, the world survived. But consider the unprecedented destructive capacity of the United States military, the entrenched pathology embedded in our psyches through capitalism, the ecological damage already done, and the further damage likely to occur during a collapse—it's no longer clear that by the time the United States empire collapses, the world will survive in anything like the form we know it. And as this future unfolds, we will have to cope with the delusions (both of grandeur and victimization) that power and affluence tend to produce in elites and the general public, which will undermine the clear thinking that will be so desperately needed.

The ultimate test of our strength is whether we would be able to persevere in the quest for sustainability and justice even if we had good reasons to believe that both projects would ultimately fail. We can't know for sure, but can we live with that possibility? Can we ponder that and yet still commit ourselves to loving action toward others and the non-human world?

Meditation Moment: Facing Troubles Down

"Humans are so presumptuous, they think they are the only truly
evolved creatures in the universe. They place animals, plants
and stones beneath them, and somewhere far, far above them, who
knows where, is God, the Creator… that’s if they believe in him.
They are unaware of the various entities acting as a link between
God and the human world.

Or even if they know of them, because
they have actually heard of angelic hierarchies, they rarely
think of them and do not try to establish any link with them.
Become aware of the existence of angelic hierarchies, and link
yourself to them, for only they can lead you to God.

When you are faced with certain events and situations in life,
you feel troubled and disorientated, and you no longer know what
to do. But not knowing what to do is no excuse for forsaking what
you know to be the right path. On the contrary, then more than
ever you must remain on the path. For, be under no illusions,
life will never conform to your wishes and needs; it’s up to you
to adopt the right attitude that will allow you to find the
solution to your difficulties, the cure for your suffering.

There is no point in continually complaining and saying, ‘Why
are people like that? Do I really need this? Why is life so
hard?’ No point in asking such questions. On the other hand,
what you should be asking is, ‘How am I to understand what’s
happening to me? How can I make use of it? How can I transform
it and make it useful for my own evolution and the good of
others?’ These are the questions you should be asking. It’s then
you start moving forward, and whatever happens to you only serves
to strengthen you. "


-- Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

All sky & sun photos by J. Sherry