Alrighty Then!

Here’s where things

get REALLY weird…

Here's where things get REALLY weird!

…and yet, those of you curious enough to come this far are likely the exact type of ‘seeker’ that stands to benefit the most from the tonic we’re offering.

Why?

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Because you’re not content with easy answers, either from us or the outside world, which means you’re employing both your intellect AND intuition (and utilizing the internet correctly, we might add), refusing to allow yourself to harden from a ‘verb’ into a ‘noun’, as Bucky Fuller would put it, despite the immense pressure from EVERYWHERE to do so.

No, you’re a creature determined to engage the gears of on-going SELF creation, even if it means grinding them a little along the way, and this, we believe, is the only real work any of us can do. So go ahead and be proud, even if it’s 4am and you’re alone in the dark, reading this in secret while the spectre of the ‘real world’ of tomorrow looms large. You’re a gem, baby, and you’re on your way!

First things first, we’ll lay down the core concepts that appear to be solidifying, organically, across the lifespan of this blog so far…  

Nothing Is What It Says It Is...

This one is pretty obvious. Copernicus spiked the drinks of all the major players with some pretty potent stardust quite some time ago, and it was followed up with numerous hits of ever-stronger medication in the times that followed. And though these things were quite revelatory when they occurred, most of us have since gotten the picture quite clearly. For the most part, that is. 

What we’re referencing here in particular is Buddhism. Because the west is a little behind in discovering ol’ Guatama, he remains more palatable than the rest to contemporary minds. And because, in our (limited and humble) opinion, Buddhism does appear to come the closest of all religions to getting at what seem to be certain universal truths, we do often work with a number of their concepts here on this blog. 

Without implying that a pristine back-story devoid of any shadow content is the only arbiter of wisdom, of course (as that’s simply not how things work in a polarized universe — see the Honor The Darkside tab), the fact nonetheless remains that all institutions are deserving of your on-going personal scrutiny. This is particularly true when it comes to such important things as beliefs and the nature of reality. Just as there are gems to be found in all religions, so too is there bloodshed, domination, subterfuge and machinations galore across the course of their histories — and yes, this includes Buddhism. 

To be completely frank about it, we consider ANY kind of externally-imposed dogma to be bad news. The only ‘religion’ we adhere to is the religion of the SELF, in relationship to all the other SELVES appearing in the on-going dance of our personal, present realities, and working on both revealing and expanding the mystery of existence therein, choreographing it together as we go.

Speaking of dogmas… ‘Science’ as most people seem to understand it (and erroneously reference it) is NOT science. How it’s come to be expressed, for the most part, seems to be scientism instead. Meanwhile, REAL science is floundering and in desperate need of help! The problem, as with religion, are the institutions that have grown up around it in the last 1.5 centuries since its liberation from the church, and the insidiously slow, systemic calcification of these institutions in service to lesser agendas of all sorts.

While this is a topic far, far beyond the scope of this humble little blurb, we will take the time to point out what we consider to be the two biggest problems at play: materialism (used synonymously with physicalism) and the resultant reductionist worldview it has spawned.

Even a little research by any truly autonomous thinker should reveal the issues therein, not the least of which is the woefully wide-spread bastardization of ‘skepticism’ by the deeply-entrenched collective groupthink involved (skepticism does NOT abound, yet its demonic and devious cousin cynicism has become downright pandemic). And it’s these two things upon which the present, unconscious gospel of separatism, STS (‘Service To Self’) consumerism and careerism are propped. 

When examined closely enough, the whole thing is especially egregious (and hyper-controversial) because it has presupposed empirical truth on the scientific method for so long that it’s accepted by most as beyond questioning. While we’d be the last to suggest it’s not a highly effective, extremely useful tool, the worship of it as the end-all be-all (i.e the oft unspoken yet near-ubiquitous, automatic assumption that it’s beyond questioning) IS exceptionally dangerous, and the warning bells in this regard have been going off for quite a while now. Just as the existence of fossils don’t fit into the paradigm of fundamentalist religion yet remain ‘explained away’ to this day, there are REAMS of rogue phenomena that are treated much the same by the materialist paradigm, because they just don’t fit.

So we ask you, humble reader, can we really call this ‘science’? REALLY? While all the players whose ‘professional respectability’, sense of self-worth and lifestyles hinge on this particular worldview scramble to cover the myriad holes rapidly collecting, anyone who’s read The Structure of Scientific Revolutions can see the signs of the next ‘ascendent paradigm’ all too clearly…

A CAVEAT

All of this is very tricky, however, because it’s so easily prone to slipping far too far into any of the many ‘alternative’ realms out there, and, well, the deeper you get in one or more of those rabbit holes, the harder it becomes to recognize the hoards of hucksters and ‘well-meaning but highly deluded souls’ emerging from the walls all around at any given time. It is a fine line indeed, and one very few of us remain able to hold our balance on (due, at least in part, it seems, to the frustratingly innate human need to ‘follow’ and ‘show tribal colors’).

Regardless, let us be clear: to immediately take up such a stance would be to negate the entire point of this website, which is to encourage you to think in a truly critical manner (which includes critically intuiting), consider the material we’re presenting very carefully, and see if it doesn’t begin to lift and shift some of the core ‘facts’ about reality you’d never considered open to questioning before; to put it another way, if you speedily convince yourself that consciousness is sovereign and decide to eschew that triple-bypass surgery you’ve got scheduled, you’re GONNA HAVE A BAD TIME.

It is important to understand how deep this goes. The last thing we want to do is encourage dumbassery, and fooling yourself (something nearly all humans are not only constantly in danger of, but already doing, in one form or another) can get you into a lot of trouble. Even considering shifting your personal position on certain basic tenets of collective reality is a massive undertaking that must be afforded the proper time and respect it demands — successful integration in this regard can take a lifetime (if not longer ;). The whole point is getting to know your own consciousness and how it relates to reality as you experience it more intimately, not hopping on bandwagons with rickety wheels and drunk drivers.

The rest is up to you, because, again, the point of this blog is not to fall for any of the never-ending debates that continue to rage around this subject (while the wall of flames in the backyard creeps ever closer, it should be added), but to transcend them with he/art-based content accessible to the ‘layman’ and ‘erudite’ alike.

We won’t leave you totally empty-handed, however. If you’ve got more “???” than not after reading the last couple passages, the following web articles should get you up to speed…

Beyond Materialism • David Pratt

Consciousness: Why Materialism Fails • Larry Dossey

The Emerging Post-Materialist Paradigm: Toward the Next Great Scientific Revolution • Mario Beauregard

…and, if you REALLY want to get into it, one of your best internet stops would be The Resonance Science Foundation, plus this list of full books on the topic (and yes, these are affiliate links; your cooperation is appreciated ;)

Unlike both Science and Religion, the far younger new age has failed to form any coherent foundation to build upon. This is both a good and bad thing. Good if you’re a full-blown intuitive, bad if you’re a skeptic open-minded enough to venture into its waters. Because of this, the entire genre has been an interesting, sometimes enlightening, yet never-ending game of whack-a-mole for more than half a century now, far more prone to falling flat than anything else.

At the same time, there ARE certain game-winning marbles to be found in the oatmeal if one has the temperament to keep their hands in long enough. Ironically, everything in the Seth canon by Jane Roberts — which is credited by many as kicking-off the entire new age genre — makes about 90% of all that came after it entirely unnecessary. This is but one example.

So, if you’ve truly got your thinking cap on, and you really don’t care what other people think, you may just find yourself treating the New Age section in Chapters a little less like the store’s resident leper after spending some time here…

More specifically, however, it would be impossible to let this section go without addressing the giant pink elephant sitting on the couch in the room with us. Many readers have asked us, straight up, what our take on The Law of Attraction is. As with so many other points on this page, it’s something we HAVE done a lot of looking into, but in terms of our overall treatment of it, we prefer a less-than-direct approach, choosing instead to treat it more poetically, so as to make it more digestible.

When handled this way it is far less polarizing, because it doesn’t so immediately arouse the intellectual, analytical aspects of the mind apt to kill it before it’s had a chance to properly gestate. Thus, it is indeed woven through the entire fabric of this website, but in a highly intuitive manner, because this is much closer to how it actually works. The following passage is the only place you’ll find us addressing it in any kind of clinical fashion, and composing it was hard enough. Despite the high number of other blogs out there that do so, dealing with it in such a manner can be exceptionally frustrating. Regardless, ask and ye shall receive

ON THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

It’s real. Deal with it.

Unless you’re so deeply entrenched in the notions of ‘universal objectivity’ and ‘total randomness’ that your blinders are in full force, you already know this. Un-indoctrinated, you’re not jumping at the chance to cut every possible cord connecting internal and external phenomena, but have retained enough of your intuitive abilities to observe and question the interplay of the two over the course of your life. 

And, if this is you, you’re likely already aware of the immense responsibility it involves, yet it hasn’t scared you away. Good for you! You can’t truly set about creating your own reality until you’ve admitted that doing so is indeed a power that just won’t go away, no matter how much denial we slather all over it (all the while using it to do just that).

NOW, MANY CAVEATS 

This notion of ‘creating your own reality’ and the primary law involved, the Law Of Attraction, is very, very tricky because it translates as nothing less than transcending the laws of relativity to utilize those of the realm of the absolute… while still living in the relative world. Mastering it is one of the greatest gauntlets a human being will ever pass through, no matter how many lifetimes it may take them to get there.

Here’s why:

  • it is intricately co-creative, involving every interaction, thought, emotion and conversation ever housed in your body and with every other person you’ve ever met, along with THEIR thoughts, emotions, interactions and conversations, ad infinitum; there is no possible way to comprehend the grandiosity of it, and trying will land you in the asylum; you must learn to live in the contradiction with grace.
  • it is completely, totally, 100% neutral—that is, it is individual to you and your interests alone—if you are unclear or insecure about your gut feelings and knowings, having mixed and diluted them with the opinions of contemporary culture, you will get mixed, diluted results—the more genuine clarity, regardless of the expressed notions (openly or passive aggressively) of friends, family, bosses and co-workers, clergy or academia, the better it will work.
  • following on the last point, even if you’ve managed to shed the majority of external ‘programmed thought’ it still will not work in your favour if you haven’t gotten down to the base beliefs (your ‘unconscious’ operating system) instilled in childhood and enforced, unexamined, en masse by the contemporary culture.
  • one of the most common roadblocks you’ll encounter is the ‘blame the victim’ paradox, yet the truth remains that it’s impossible to blame the victim, because there are no victims, or villains, or acts of randomness or coincidence, but again, while LOA undoubtedly involves thought, it is not within the domain of conscious thought (or linear ‘space’ and ‘time’)! It runs FAR deeper than that, which means it will confound or trick intellectual cognition every time, no matter who, what, where, when, why or how you attempt to crystallize it on a conscious level. It is the slipperiest thing in the universe! People who are %100 positive that it’s bunk, and could write entire treaties on why, HAVE UTILIZED IT to do just that!

 Thus…

  • conscious, ‘beta-level’ unintuitive intellectual analysis of every little thing that happens within its paradigm is not only pointless, but detrimental. Yes, it is to be exercised ‘consciously’ whenever possible, but a fully logical, mind-oriented understanding of the deepest parts at play is impossible, as it’s workings are far too intricate and complex for any one of us to grasp with our little 3D minds, which means it requires:

• DEEPER AWARENESS as opposed to ‘normal’ cognition, i.e. allowing the growth of a type of ‘wider witnessing’ to the non-linear patterns in your life, as well as those closest to you, instead of defaulting into the wrote dismissal that such personal insights are meaningless (they are, in fact, just the opposite — keys from your subconscious glinting strongly enough to catch the attention of your conscious mind and, very possibly, unlock some of the most pressing ‘problems’ you perceive yourself to have)   

• understanding that it’s PARADOXICAL; under its umbrella everything ‘happens for a reason’, but can we know what those reasons are ALL (or even half) of the time? No chance. We must be willing to question our snap, human level judgements (and where they’re coming from) and perfect the art of detached observation instead.

• LETTING GO: a high level of fearless surrender to the mysterious, miraculous, tragic and mundane workings of life, along with a willingness to roll with the punches, make the best of things, and rely far more on our pure emotions (those prior to thought), learning to continually re-orient ourselves with our personal ‘feeling/thinking stream’ of inner truth or ‘knowing’ (this is indeed the space we aim for with every post here), letting the realizations come as they may, and extricating ourselves from negative spirals before they gain too much momentum.

All that being said, the many, many, many hours we’ve spent studying LOA have provided us with some key points we can share with you; again, it’s integral to keep the mind on a very short leash here — the minute you sense it beginning to bare its intellectual teeth, yank that choker-chain, hard, get off the computer, put the book down, whatever, and go do something else for a while. Return organically.

KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER (In Packs of 2):

  • You don’t get what you want, you get what you ARE.
  • The frequency you’re emitting must match the frequency of your desire.

Working unfailingly on the ever-present pivot of the now moment, LOA has the power to change both the future and the past. The key here is remembering that you are, in a literal, empirically-measurable way, a frequency-emitter/receiver. Your body is ever in motion, ever in the act of re-forming itself, both reflecting and creating your state of being in each moment as it arrives/passes at once. (Whether or not you have any say in this process is a matter of where your beliefs lie on the ‘debate’ over consciousness being an emergent property of the brain, or a fundamental property of the cosmos itself.)

As mentioned above, there is a type of ‘cognition’ that, when tapped, will verify this for you in an undeniable manner (subjectively, at first, obviously), encompassing not just your thoughts, but the ‘feeling tones’ behind, in and around them. This is what you want to get in touch with, and then either engage and milk or detach and witness respectively. The key is to continually remind yourself to feel how you’re feeling this instant — not what you’re saying, not what you’re doing, but the moment-to-moment state of being you’re emitting (and what you’re open to receiving) from the core beneath it all. Get familiar with this space. Develop a taste for it. Return every time you remember.

  • You get what you think about, whether you want it or not.
  • De-emphasize the unwanted.

What’s now occurring is what’s now occurring. Resistance is futile, even in thought—if it’s negative, and you can’t de-emphasize (detach and witness), let it come, and do your best not to lose yourself in identification with it completely. If you do, and it therefore doesn’t pass (or if it does, but it keeps returning for you to stumble over), you must either:

    1. ACT: consider it in as clear a light as possible, and only THEN act—do what needs to be done to unlock and dissolve it; if you don’t, it will persist; however, if it truly is an impossible situation, or you just CAN’T act, you must make a habit of the second point below until you can.
    2.  DISTRACT YOURSELF with something that feels better if you’re able; ANYTHING that feels better (unless it’s something prone to only making it worse in the long-run — only you know what this is for you), just get aligned to that and forget about it, let it dissolve.

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS ON LOA

Just as subjecting it to any kind of traditional reasoning is pointless, so is preaching it — doing so will likely turn it on you in a way that won’t be fun or predictable. Besides, if you’re feeling the need to ‘tell others how it is’, then it’s highly likely that you’re still in the process of integrating said concepts yourself, otherwise you’d, again, ‘grok it in fullness’ and that knowing would be continually unfolding in your daily reality. 

While there are of course exceptions to this, and we don’t want to discourage anyone from a truly passionate, heart-based sharing of such truths, the conclusion we’ve come to is that LOA has very little to do with words. Rather, it is a deeply symbolic energetic reality that ‘speaks’ through the intricate co-weaving of our thoughts, emotions and external realities. Verbiage more often than not only serves to confound our intuitive grasping of it. Thus, the most effective method for comprehending it and working with it — which amounts to integrating it, over time — is silent awareness

In other words, do your best to simply live it, learning to practice quietly across the course of years and decades, and, eventually, those who you may have been initially inclined to ‘teach’ will likely end up asking you for it.

If you’re still new to LOA, and want to go further than we’ve gone here (without going full-hog with someone like Abraham Hicks), this video provides a clear and well-researched take on it.

The Power of Redundancy

‘Redundant content’ is one of the most common complaints we’ve received since the inception of this blog, which translates basically as: “You guys are making the same points over and over!”

We’re well aware of this, and it’s a practice we intend on persisting in (yet with ever-fresh, engaging and thorough content). The reason is simple: repetition works. Ask any engineer (or anyone involved with broadcast media, for that matter) — it’s the ultimate failsafe. If you don’t want that jet plane to go down, give it more back-up engines than it could ever justify using.

Translated to the blogging world, this basically means that grasping something conceptually is one thing, while again, actually integrating it is quite another. That so few of us seem to truly understand this is one of the main reasons this planet is such a mess, along with the unsatisfactory corollary conditions of most of our personal lives; because we think we’ve ‘learned’ it, we run around telling ourselves we ‘know’ it, yet continually fail to notice that our behaviors, both personally and collectively, suggest just the opposite.

In order to actually live up to our potential, we need to integrate, which means, quite simply, ceasing the yapping and beginning to act on what we say we already know. And getting there involves redundancy.

At the risk of alienating you with a truly major geek-out here, let’s move the metaphor into the realm of computer engineering: most of society and its members and institutions are running on a particular and powerful operating system, thus, it can be incredibly challenging for the average citizen to ‘maintain their own updates’, if you will (i.e. integrate). Particularly at the outset, people and circumstances are apt to pull you back in.

We’re here to help streamline that process. Think of us like a refreshing bout of meditation in the morning — you dip in, emerge, and then forget about it, going about your day as you normally would. No biggie. Just part of the daily routine. Yet over time… the effects rise subtly out of the woodwork of your actual life, revealing themselves in your reactions — particularly increased clarity and appreciation, but also in things such as:

  • higher (yet more relaxed) energy levels
  • less inhibition; more effective, spontaneous action
  • ever improving interpersonal relationships; a natural falling away of those that chafe
  • better sex and more meaningful romantic relationships
  • a natural shedding of low-quality, excess clutter (external & internal)
  • higher confidence; more independence
  • less unconscious, snap judgement, of both self and others
  • light-heartedness and a sense of play; ‘situational seriousness’ balanced appropriately against the relative environment

Sounds good, right? So stick with us. Learn to relax the battle with the banana-hogging, feces-flinging monkey-mind a little, embrace the redundancies, and let us do the talking. We’ll get there.

So, Some Core Redundancies...

To say these two invaluable tools are axiomatic at this point is, well, kind of pointless.

Nonetheless, the need to continuously throw them out there remains vitally important, not only to prod those of us already ‘in the know’ into actually keeping up our practice, but to offer a revolving door to any stragglers who may be late to the party.  

Yet we differ in our handling of these two esoteric packages in that we don’t smack the same labels onto the boxes that most of the mailrooms out there tend to.

What do we mean by this?

Well, it ties in with our views on self-improvement in general. Meditation is one thing; with practitioners like David Lynch and Jerry Seinfeld coming to the fore in such a strong way over the last decade plus, people are really beginning to get the idea that meditation is something that is expansive, not limiting.

In other words, it’s becoming less of a foreign and ‘weird’ thing to do, as the fear of losing yourself or the idea that you’re ‘trying to get somewhere’ or have to ‘become someone else’ gives way to the reality that no, what it actually does is turn you more into your true self (or ‘align you with your higher self’ — however you want to put it). And it does so by methodically stripping away so many of the off-shoots of erroneous beliefs, i.e. worry, anxiety, depression, etc. directly, leaving far more room for the self you’ve always felt inside to emerge.   

Though in a gentler, less immediate manner, mindfulness, exercised properly, works the same way. While the skill-set involved is universal, the effects should be utterly unique — if they’re not, you haven’t quite gotten it down.

From our stand-point, meditation and mindfulness are two of the most powerful tools in the arsenal of TRUE non-conformity available. To us, they’re the ‘stem cells of consciousness’, i.e. they’re completely free of any outside rules or regulations, instead conforming to the path of least resistance dictated by the needs of the practitioner themselves; that is, they serve the purpose most in line with the truly unique intentions of the individual, working to dissolve any blocks therein and augmenting the organization of the rest into an evolving expression that feels just as natural. Otherwise, the whole thing just makes no sense. Would you want to live in a world filled with nothing but monks? Yuch.

So redundancy here is vitally important. We’re of the opinion that these things should be as common and unworthy of comment as coffee in the morning and bill payments at the end of the month, e.g. they’re something that should’ve been available for all of us to learn early on, thus being just as judgement and expectation-free as any other regular life-skill. Until they are, you shouldn’t expect a lessening of the repetition regarding them on our part.

“The struggle of maturity is to recover the seriousness of the chid at play.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

This is not only a core theme for us, but a deep vein that runs through all the best esoteric literature. There’s just no escaping it. No matter how miserable, tragic, frustrating or debased this whole experiment gets, the secret at its heart remains the same: play. The only true failure in life is forgetting this, long-term.

This means, at odds with what the world at large preaches, FEELING GOOD FIRST (though the easy slide from this position into full-blown hedonism remains a related, yet ‘not-to-be-discussed-here’ matter). Persist in doing what makes you feel good, regardless of what anyone else may think about it, and you’ll eventually, inevitably bring good feeling to the people whose lives you touch, in whatever manner that may be — it truly is that simple (unless you’re a genuine psychopath or tyrant, obviously, but you get the picture).

Really, this is something all of us already know, somewhere inside, and it’s definitely something we all knew as children. Yet the ever-present beck and call of the seriously grumpy adult world to ‘put our toys away’ (instead of utilizing our intrinsic ability to simply change them up intuitively as we go) couldn’t be louder.

Why?

Because the majority of the so-called ‘adults’ out there are still emotionally disturbed about ‘having’ to give up their own toys, even though they may not realize this. It’s just how things have ‘always been done’, and if you’re not going to get with the program, they really do believe YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A BAD TIME, because (perfectly in line with LOA), this has been the experience they’ve both had & witnessed over the course of their lives. 

So don’t blame them — they’ve just forgotten the ‘secret’ — but instead prop us on your shoulder (or pop us in your back pocket, if need be), and allow us the privilege of serving as your personal little winged-angel (that certain factions of the outside world will surely name ‘devil’), where we can continuously remind you: ‘come this way.’

Some other points related to play:

  • Heart > Smarts
  • There’s ENOUGH
  • Putting Yourself First (in other words, you can never truly ‘put another first’ without FIRST understanding and championing your own needs) 
  • ‘Knowing’, and learning to exercise that knowing without allowing the mind to overstep its boundaries
  • Alpha & Theta brainwaves ;)
  • Discernement > Judgement
  • Proper Boundaries

“The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis

What would Star Wars be without Darth Vader? In fact, what would anything be without ‘the other’? Consciousness REQUIRES unconsciousness in order to know itself. Once Darth Vader comes to the side of light, the force is balanced and the story is over. And if he never leaves, there’s no story to begin with.

So, yeah, this whole ‘relativity’ thing we’re all running around in? Hmmmm… it makes one wonder.

Getting this — really getting it — is akin to an ‘aha’ moment powerful enough to loosen your bowels so swiftly and forcefully you’d better hope you’re already IN the bathroom when it happens. Any philosophy that fails to include it as a foundational pillar in its framework can therefore be readily dismissed.

That being said, epiphanies are great, but they’re epiphanies for a reason. If they didn’t fade after the pop, there’d be no room in the night sky for the next round. So the task then becomes learning to carry a few cherry bombs and lady fingers around in your back pocket, lighter at the ready. This takes some training. You need to learn how to not blow your fingers off, get results in any weather conditions, and develop the wisdom to know when to put them in use, along with insight keen enough to see them go off, even in the midst of broad daylight. 

So this is a core theme for us, obviously, and it’s one that significantly shifts the expression of one of the core archetypes of spiritual philosophy in general: that of the ‘Lightworker’ (duhn duhn DUHN). Here’s how:

THE MODERN LIGHTWORKER

  • performs daily grooming
  • keeps their abode clean 
  • bankbook ever balanced
  • deals with family, work and relationship issues in an effective and mature manner
  • recognizes no pigeons, or their ‘respective holes’
  • rarely, if ever, uses the term ‘lightworker’
  • doesn’t preach; engages and acts instead
  • has boundaries; sets standards
  • understands the knowing –> being –> doing relationship
  • consciously consistent
  • ever recognizing and withdrawing projections
  • reads given situations with intuitive acuity, and adheres to this

…thus The Modern Lightworker is a master of integration and ease, ever inoculating themselves against the viral infection of ego and groupthink, and as such, could be anyone anywhere. How to spot them? Become one.

…is imperfection… is perfection… so on and so forth. 

What this means is that the term ‘perfection’ is a misnomer, along with the resulting idea of ‘imperfection’. Despite this, both have become tyrannical concepts inserting all kinds of ‘bugs’ in the software of both personal and collective consciousness, seen and unseen, and causing any number glitches in the overall program (thanks in no small part to the messages embedded in media in nearly all its forms, it’s worth noting; we are not judging here, just doing our best to observe when we remember to, and suggesting it might be worthwhile for you to do the same).

One of our core objectives is to provide an antivirus to this.

An example: the universe is perfect, is it not? Yet it is, at the same time, a work in progress. Such is the case with each of us.

Everything we think is ‘wrong’ — all the problems, mistakes, issues, obstacles, ‘what-have-yous’ are in reality nothing other than phenomena. They’re simply happening because they are, and because they’re happening, they’re necessary. It’s how we experience them — and thus react to them — that makes all the difference in how they shift across ‘time’ — and, depending on their nature, whether or not they form a repeating cycle. 

While we obviously don’t promote intentionally creating contrast, shifting how we understand it will inevitably shift how we feel about it, enabling us to engage it far more effectively and freeing us from the angst it traditionally causes inside. What base standards are we measuring ourselves and others against? And who sets and reinforces those standards? (COUGHhollywoodCOUGH) The contemporary idea of ‘perfection’, and the endless division, segregation, slotting and labelling has become so perverted as to render any relevance it may have once had to our individual lives almost completely unrecognizable.

There is nothing that needs to be repented for or overcome, only (if at all) acknowledged and embraced, in order that transcendence be granted the space it needs to take place organically. There are a trillion points of light to reach for — all you have to do is find the one that calls most naturally to you alone. But unless you’re continuously reminded of this, it is all too easy to forget.

This ties in with the concept of the ‘Modern Lightworker’ mentioned earlier. Those of us with the built-in barometers to really utilize the ineffable power of money continue to succumb to the traditional cries of mass-programming regarding the whole philosophy; in other words “Money is EVILLLL!!” “EAT THE RICH” “STICK A FORK IN THAT FAT CAT” (although this may be the first time that last phrase was used, ever) so on and so forth.

As with so many other things, this is a concept the human race seems to have gotten almost entirely backwards. Money (and the stuff it brings) is a means, not an end. No, there’s no taking it with us (it all goes ‘back in box’ in the end, just as everything else does — aside from consciousness, of course ;), but while we’re here there’s no reason we shouldn’t allow it to abundantly flower around us as a reflection of our internal state of being, easing the journey for both ourselves, others, and the earth as we go.

Thus, as with pretty much everything on this blog, it’s an issue of unrecognized and/or contradictory beliefs. If you take even a moment to reflect on this, it’s obvious — on the one hand, we LOVE money, and have made it the only true globally agreed on ‘currency’, but on the other hand, we’ve also been trained all our lives to regard it in the light of the programmed thinking just mentioned. 

So, while we’ve made money the point, we’ve also made the point ‘bad’. This is reflected across all cultures in the salaries we pay those who do things that we deem truly valuable, e.g. health (drs and nurses), education (teachers), spirituality (ministers), and in those we don’t — entertainment (movie stars), sports (mega-rich athletes), etc. Thus, in order to gain security, abundance, ease and fun, we end up believing we have to ‘sell out’ the values we hold, when all we ever had to do was shift the values themselves.

Just like sex (and so many other things we enjoy), we’ve been taught that it’s ‘OK’ if we spice it up with a little guilt, and judge others who are ‘too indulgent’ with it, or partake of it in ways that we don’t approve of. The inevitable result is (as mentioned in the point on Play) a general, background negativity and grumpiness across the course of our adult lives, because we never really have ‘enough’ of it, even though most of us do what we hate for a living just to justify the ‘okayness’ of receiving it.

The longer this goes on, the more money we scrimp and save, hoard and hide, in order to finally ‘enjoy’ ourselves once we’ve ‘paid our dues’, the more attached to all our hard-earned stuff we become in the process (because it’s an end), all the while competing with neighbors and co-workers (let alone friends and family), and, not only struggling with our beliefs regarding the whole thing, but growing to eventually justify them.

The irony in all this is brutal, to put it lightly. Here we are, never really living the lives we’re capable of because we couldn’t find a way to believe that it’s possible (and easy, and natural) to marry our passion with money. The redundancy necessary in getting at such deeply-rooted, wide-spread (and in many people’s cases, entirely unrecognized) beliefs should be obvious. 

The method of attack is Buddhist in nature, perfectly expressed in this quote from Ali ibn abi Talib (a 7th century Muslim Caliph), which has found renewed life online as a highly popular meme: “Detachment is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you.” as well as this gem from Eckhart Tolle: “How do you let go of attachment to things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them.”

There’s nothing inherently wrong with ownership. Indeed, in our world, during the present age, it’s one of the surest ways to come to an experiential understanding of the seemingly paradoxical phrase ‘Freedom IS Responsibility’.

In other words, you can never know true freedom until you’ve braved the waters of uncertainty long enough to shoulder some real responsibility, continually grounding yourself in the acceptance of limitation long enough to manifest what you’d like on the material level, and thus transcend it, and this is exactly what ownership provides. But as we’ve just taken pains to explain, the pull of attachment thereafter remains incredibly strong if you don’t already have an imperturbable centre in place. The key to overcoming it? As always: consciousness. (See the point on Mindfulness & Meditation)

In reality, NOTHING is a noun. No matter how solid something may seem, it’s a verb. Trust us on this. 

Yet this is a concept most people don’t get. And you can’t really VERB properly if you don’t even know you ARE one, can you? So yeah, finding out that you are indeed an eternal action word is a good place to start.

There’s an art to this, however, and it includes a lot of ‘uncluding’ if you get our drift… What to unclude? You guessed it — most of what we’ve been taught since we were born! Tying in with our earlier strip-searching of materialist philosophy, some of the most insidious ‘verbs-that-think-they’re-nouns’ are deeply entrenched beliefs we’ve been subliminally LED to accept as fact all our lives, with barely anyone ever even thinking to directly address them.

Well guess what? NOTHING is beyond questioning. The simple fact of your existence grants you the right of scrutiny towards everything as you see fit, not the least of which include the fictions we’ve been fed by our teachers, preachers, parents, peers and institutions across all these years. (And one of the most effective, yet admittedly challenging, methods for getting at said fictions is scrutinizing how and when they come up inside of you.) Forget the so-called ‘experts’ — unless they’ve managed to remain passionately open amidst all the pressure to conform in their respective fields, they’ve given up. And this is something that more often than not can’t be gathered from degrees, titles or diplomas, but is rather picked up on intuitively. If you know such a person, squeeze their soul for every last drop — they’re a rare find indeed, and an example of what it means to maintain an ongoing state of conscious VERBing.

While there is quite a lot to this topic, one of the key points is coming to understand and accept that there is no ‘one universal way’ — so stop looking for it! While there may very well be ‘one way that works best for you, for now’, if you’re getting it from someone else, chances are it’s NOT the way (unless it’s someone who matches the description of the ‘rare find’ previously mentioned — even then, every soul’s path is indeed a sole path, and can never be substituted for your own).

Yeah, yeah, we know how much easier it is to find said universal system (and there’s definitely no shortage of them) and adhere to its rigid declarations of ‘THIS is bad!’ and ‘THIS is good!’, ‘THIS is how you do things!’ and ‘THIS is how you don’t!’ but stick to it long enough and you’ll find out just what a recipe for misery it truly is for any creative individual. Part of the art of learning to consciously VERB is the same as learning to really play again as an adult (see the Play tab) — and this inevitably involves accepting the responsibility that comes with it.

Yet it’s your personal deciding on just such matters that liberates you enough to define your path and enable your walking of it, on which you will continue defining and re-defining the relationship therein for the rest of your life. Otherwise you run the risk of falling into the same trap most human beings seem to permanently confine themselves to after a certain age, i.e. “WHERE’S THE MONEY COMING FROM? “WHERE ARE THE SAFE SPACES?”

Basically, learning how to VERB is about learning how to consciously avoid such a fate. It’s also akin to learning the ropes of enlightenment (which isn’t what most people think it is — again, see the Mindfulness & Meditation Tab), i.e. really ‘getting’ that there’s nowhere we need to get to, nothing we need to do, no need to justify our existence; that the game of ‘Making It’ doesn’t even exist, and not only is there nothing we have to prove, there’s nothing to prove at all. There is only, as the Bard once so wisely put it, being or not being

Some other things connected to conscious VERBing:

  • Adaptation
  • Integrity (another favourite ‘Fullerism’)
  • Transparency, personally and collectively
  • Surrender and Non-Resistance
  • Understanding the difference between (and eventually applying, to the best of your ability) ‘Creative Time vs. Assembly Line Time’ (From The Magical Approach)
  • Knowing YOUR BODY as as the truly Super-Duper-Biological-Computer it is and working with it accordingly

…and if you REALLY want an example of the most sublime VERB in action? Go spend some time in nature.

As Tom Wolfe once said: “The youth had always had only three options: go to school, get a job or live at home. And — how boring each was!”, which leads us to another great quote: “People in the West are always getting ready to live.”    

These are two excellent examples of just how deeply ‘problem-focused’ we’ve become. Whatever ‘issues’ exist are only ‘issues’ due to our perspective of them. The exact same phenomena, when regarded from a different angle, can transform into something else entirely.

Given this, it should be obvious that the way we’ve been looking at things as earthlings thus far (and thus going about things) hasn’t been working for a while now. Sure, peering back across history, it is true we’ve come quite far in many ways, but if we fail to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of change (and in the case of computer technology, exponential change), it’s clear that things aren’t going to end well. 

So the common refrain of [insert prevailing system here] being ‘the best we have to offer’ falls flat here. To put it bluntly, it’s a cop-out, one most often offered by those who have acquiesced to said system in one way or another, and are now therefore representing one aspect of it or another. It’s an identity/attachment/ego issue that basically boils down to a defensive position based on fear, and, well… fear? Ain’t nobody got time fo dat! Not any longer, anyway.

This is a point that ties in with the above section on the scientific method and how it’s been so badly compromised. If there’s one thing with the power to truly get this planet out of the dumps, fast, this is it. But the original purity of said method is so deeply buried beneath human and institutional foible and fallacy as to render it long moot. Indeed, if it weren’t, we wouldn’t be in this mess. None of the problems that have rusted the gears of such a powerful machine to a near halt (flaws in trial design and funding, publication bias, data dredging, the endless issues with the peer review process, not to mention the systemic entrenchment of the entire thing in a glaringly-obvious-yet-forever-pretended-away level of groupthink) would even be possible, by design.

Thus, all of the tired, endless debating still taking place in the halls of both government and academia are so deeply-seated and blinder-inducing that, at this point, they’re not only impotent, but detrimental to the health of both the individual human and the planet. As David Suzuki once said: “We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.” 

The deep irony in this is that, if we really were able settle down and end the perpetual game of musical chairs we’ve all been trained to believe is ‘just how it is’, we’d then be able to take a proper assessment of the situation, engaging our powers of natural cognition — our inborn gifts of intellectual and intuitive contemplation, interwoven — realizing that the over-arching solutions have been staring us in the face the entire time. As it stands, we’re like an army of angels who’ve spent our entire lives dredging knee-deep through a swamp we can’t find our way out of, all the while woefully unaware of the wings on our backs.

In other words, we have become so consumed by the problems — indeed, attached to, and deriving our identities from them — that we’ve forgotten what it even means to be ‘solution-focused’. It has nothing to do with ‘aligning with a cause’ or taking to the streets in a fit of activism (not to say activism doesn’t have its place, but the majority of instances in the 1st world seem, to us, to be more egoically compromised than not) or fighting AGAINST anything. Even if well-intentioned, all such efforts hold an ever-present danger of identity-enhancement and a deepening of group-think.

As always, of course, it comes down to the truly challenging level of personal responsibility and working with the SELF first, and mastering that focus, even as we continue to engage our communities, families and workplaces from that space (if we so choose — sometimes becoming solution-focused will land us in a radically different ‘reality’) and awakening to the truly unique and fulfilling gifts each of us has to offer as we learn to ‘hold the vision & trust the process’, working with the shifting feedback as we go. 

So yes, learning what it means to be solution-focused, and how to achieve and maintain it, is indeed a core redundancy of ours. 

All of this brings us to...

The Great Conjunction is the end of the world… or the beginning. End, begin. All the same! Big change! Sometimes good, sometimes bad!”

Yup. We’re going to Aughra you up here, if you know what we mean. All of the points you’ve just read connect to one another in a myriad of ways, but, as to where it’s all headed? Where we’re headed? Again, just like you, just like all of us, we’re not sure. BUT, again in line with one of the core concepts of this blog, we’re learning to feel it out as we go. Thus, our priorities are reflected in the content, which in turn reflects our priorities, so on and so forth…

To give you a vague outline, however, and at the risk of being RE-Duhn-Duhn-DUHN-dant, here are some of the main ideas we find ourselves continually circling:  

  • Cultural Anthropology & Contemporary Ethnography, minus the separating qualities of modern ‘science’; i.e. the ‘wisdom of the elders’ that 1st world culture (and most of the world, really) is sorely missing; we’ve spent far too long allowing our skills of ‘suspension of disbelief’ to be relegated to the theatre alone, while at the same time growing lazy in our exercising of them  — providing lip-service to our so-called ‘deeper’ understanding of the out-moded, dangerous cultural tropes it’s continually feeding us, whilst simultaneously allowing their integration through the back-door of our consciousness, thus sacrificing both our sovereignty and our ability to truly enjoy them; it’s time to bring the enchantment of the campfire back into our views on reality.

 

  • The Ecumenical Spirit: working to uncover and concentrate on the UNIFYING aspects of all philosophies, religions and theories, and get excited about them; we’ve grown so used to identifying ourselves by what separates us, in service to egoic, fear-based agendas we’re failing to notice, rather than utilizing our intrinsic uniqueness as individuals to transcend and dissolve such unnatural boundaries that most of us can’t even see this after a certain age. Yes, we realize, given the current state of our technology, just what a momentous task this is, but isn’t that half the fun of it?

And, of course…

  • Coming back into the orbit of the heart, which means working with ideas and concepts that immediately grab you on a level BEFORE and BEYOND the intellect, and staying there; in service to one of our main mantras, ‘The mind is a useful servant but a bad master’, this means exercising a balanced skepticism (i.e. ACTUAL skepticism, which doesn’t default into the automatic, dependent denial of intuition we’ve all been trained into) that recognizes biases on both sides, eventually ‘uncluding’ the worst blocks therein and re-opening the ‘knowing’ we all had as children.

HEADING UP THE HERESY

We do all this knowing full-well that many will consider such an undertaking the height of contemporary heresy, but hey, you’ve gotta start somewhere, no? Better late than never!

The current situation is so un-balanced that it has locked up far too many great spirits — those in positions of enough ‘power’ and influence to truly assist the shifting of consciousness — behind bars made of academic acceptance; while it may not be Galileo-level consequences (no threat of getting burned at the stake), but more ‘Semmelweis-like‘, it remains no less insidious in nature.

Thus, we’ve taken up arms known as THAT THERE INTREE-NET to achieve these aims, malleable however we see fit (hence the flexibility in identity we grant our writers), and thus have far less to lose (and far more people we can reach, long-term) in the endeavour; and because the only thing that could stop us is our ability to continue covering the costs of this blog, which we work to keep as low as possible, we foresee a bright, heretical future ahead!

We created this blog because we are inherently drawn to this stuff, and wanted to condense, unify and dispense this important knowledge for you guys in pill-form. We have a feeling it’s going to become more and more relevant as this new decade progresses. We are a very small team at this time, but thorough. Below you’ll find a list of the teachers, texts and channels we’re most interested in at the moment, separated into primary and secondary categories, ‘primary’ simply denoting more research into their work, with ‘secondary’ implying less-so — sometimes only barely skimming the surface, but included here nonetheless due to the ‘intuitive resonance’ we mentioned earlier.   

As you’re likely quite clear on by now, the main thrust of these works is spiritual, and personal, in nature. There indeed may be many different paths to the mountaintop, one no better than another, but within the mountain itself particular veins of gold lie embedded, universal to all travellers, and it’s these we’re mining for — those rare minerals best suited to creating the type of sustainable self that leads to a truly sustainable world.

While there are likely many, many others out there that have yet to cross our radar, these are the resources we’ve found to be most in line with what we’ve set out to do with this blog; that is, they’re notable sources of novel information we consider worthy enough to red-flag for your consideration. Be aware, however, that the deeper you get into the details, the more contradictions between them you’re likely to find. This is the mind doing its thing. Forcing yourself forward at that point will reveal just how we’ve ended up in the segregated, separated, reduced world we live in. Thus, it would be a good place to remind yourself to take a breath and relax back into your in intuitive faculties.

The list is, of course, subject to change and adjustment as time goes by (just as everything is), and it should go without saying not to take any of these as gospel, but to simply choose what resonates and discard the rest. And these are also affiliate links, which help us keep this whole show running, so again, your cooperation in this regard is greatly appreciated!

TEACHERS

Primary

What can we say about the master? If you want to understand the true power of a Zen raconteur, listen up.

The systemic disregard of this highly intelligent, deeply informed alchemical adept and his life’s work in academic circles stands as a towering testament to just how far off the mark the western intellectual tradition has gotten. Be forewarned, however — he is a notoriously tough (and often dark) read.

An exceptionally clear conduit. Compare him to someone like Wayne Dyer and you’ll get an idea of why this is: the philosophies remain quite similar, but Wayne was teaching as he went — he was teaching what he needed to learn as he was living it, and his massive output of work reflects this.

Tolle, on the other hand, has only ever published two books, the first not coming to print until 20 years after ‘going through the shift’, as he puts it, all the while living and coming from that space. 

We got on to both Yogananda and Yuteswar through the CWG series (mentioned in the ‘Texts’ section), and, if anything, they present fascinating first-hand case studies into genuine Eastern mysticism, replete with veil-lifting moments galore.

Yet the science of the times also comes squarely into view, most notably through Sri Yukteswar’s intimate knowledge of the processional equinox, planetary frequencies (and how they relate to the human body), as well as what is is now known as the ‘Higgs Boson’.

Not as ‘primary’ as we’d like at this point, Bucky nonetheless served as one of the initial, albeit inadvertant, inspirations for this blog.

By the last few decades of his life the ingenious inventor of the geodesic dome, the Fullerene (and a bazillion other things) was travelling regularly, giving off-the-cuff lectures at universities and other venues, working, as he consistently did over the course of his time here on earth, with nothing but pure inspiration and life experience.

He stands as a true example of the delicious spirit of science, unencumbered and forever forward moving, in the direction of a brighter future for all.

Secondary

CHANNELS

While often immediately dismissed by most people, the phenomenon of channeling is easily understood if one has a) a rudimentary scientific understanding of frequency and b) a mind open to the idea that consciousness is an inherent property of the universe.

That being said, who’s channeling what, who’s crazy and who’s a fraud, exactly what kind of frequency they may be resonating with and the level of training, understanding, and/or delusion involved are all completely up for grabs.

For these reasons, we don’t recommend too many channels aside from certain foundational mainstays, and we recommend exercising a lot of caution when perusing the phenomenon itself. You Tube is full of banana’s personalities claiming to be all manner of things.

As always, it’s a matter of being self-aware enough to source the different qualities of your own perceptive mechanisms, habits and biases in the moment/across time in favour of the true signal from your gut.

Primary

Seth (Jane Roberts)

The library of work produced by Jane Roberts — including her fiction after Seth came onto the scene — from the 60’s through the 80’s stands, to us, as the progenitor for so many of the works of the genre that followed, in the same way that LoTR is considered the godfather of Fantasy, or Dune, science fiction. While it is quite a lot to sift through, and is definitely more oriented to the intellectual (yet by necessity open-minded) reader, there remains no more in-depth resource for those with a strong handle on this reality, but hungry for more.

The writing and exercises offered on engaging probable realities (LOA), dreamwork and intuition are invaluable, along with deeply transformative insights on the nature of time and space, reincarnation and consciousness itself. In certain works he also offers penetrating expansions on both Freud and Jung. A strong grasp of certain mainstream scientific concepts is somewhat of a prerequisite, however, otherwise you may find yourself lost fairly quickly.

Abraham Hicks

Likely the best source available for getting as much of a working, intuitive handle on the ever-slippery LOA as you can. While we’re not in 100% agreement with what they’ve got to say (particularly when it comes to deeply embedded shadow-content and the task of transforming it), there’s no better channel for RE-minding yourself to simply TAKE IT EASE and ALLOW. 

And after 30+ years of addressing any and every question in public forums, Abraham’s overall philosophy remains air-tight, always providing an enjoyable and uplifting listen (the early recordings in particular, when Esther was younger, are somewhat more firery and direct.) 

Secondary

Bashar

Although he’s been active as long as Abraham Hicks, we only recently caught onto Bashar, but it takes just few moments of honest and open listening to grasp the full veracity of this channel. Always funny, insightful, wise and to the point (often all at once), this multi-dimensional mirth-maker from the future never fails to (en)lighten the vibe, continually RE-minding us all to relax, play, follow our passions and RE-member, essentially, what Marshall McLuhan once wisely said: “Mysticism is just tomorrow’s science dreamed today.” 

His primary advice, which can be downloaded in a one-page PDF here, is easily expressed in one sentence: “Follow your highest excitement with absolutely zero thought as to the outcome.” (Obviously there are some basic qualifiers involved, but anyone with enough common sense should understand that.) He also suggests the first three minutes of Beethoven’s Symphony #7, 2nd Movement, as an excellent piece of music for the enabling of certain deeper faculties involved in healing and letting go.    

We haven’t looked too deeply into Cayce as of yet, and while we’re a little iffy due to the Christian undertones, there’s undoubtedly a wealth of interesting data to be had.

TEXTS

Hands down the #1 recommended text on this site.  If you’re a newb, or young, or both, there is no better collection to whet your spiritual whistle with than this. Even if you’ve got ADHD, these books will cut straight through and breezily plant some of the most challenging philosophical notions in history right into the back of your brain, where they’re sure to sprout from there. And they’ll do so as easily as if you were sitting on the back porch having an afternoon conversation with your aunt Nelly over tea.

• Fear of Life

As Alan Watts once put it, “The sensation which corresponds to the image of ourselves is a chronic muscular tension that has absolutely no useful function whatsoever.” According to Lowen, this tension, which is somatic and known as character structure, is the result of the psychological castration nearly every individual in western society suffers between the ages of 3 to 6 years old, and not only is its function not useful, but actually serves as the catalyst behind the unconscious competitive drive for ‘success’, power and domination in the modern world. The result? Impoverished internal emotional lives and widespread mental illness.

We include this book as the first on our list because it serves as a useful introduction to bioenergetic therapy, which aims at unlocking this chronic tension by working with the body during psychoanalysis, thereby literally, physically getting at the root. According to Lowen, until this is done, no amount of self-hep literature will work.

Spiritual You Tuber Aaron Abke once described The Law of One as a “Phd level dissertation in Metaphysics.” We find this an apt description. Take your time with this one — it’s likely to serve as somewhat of a rude awakening if you’re not as open-minded as you think you are.

 

If you did read The Law of One and found it at all challenging, it’s not recommended to take this leap just yet. Barbara Marciniak is the only Pleiadian channel we fully back, but this is advanced level stuff, so much so that we rarely, if ever, even hint at any of it on the blog. It can just be too alienating for many — pun intended.

You’ll know right away whether it speaks to you or not, as it’s written in a highly poetic, non-linear fashion that, it seems to us, was intentionally delivered in such a manner as to basically bypass the beta-level, rational-ego mode of thinking and head straight into, as they put it, the ‘back garden’.

If you do indeed grok this stuff, however, you’re either a natural born artistic type, or you’re already far enough beyond the veil that you’re simply akin to the language. No matter how many times you go back, or wherever you pick up from, there magically appear insights you didn’t catch the last time.

Be forewarned, however — while there is far more uplifting content overall than not, the Pleiadians do not back off from even the most intense aspects of the personal and collective shadow, instead diving straight into it.

*We consider the following two books to be door-openers for the uninitiated into the world of ‘unschooling’, and what will inevitably, eventually come to be the future of education on this planet. Again, while we prefer to keep the content of the actual blog lighter, and related to people’s personal journeys, we offer these suggestions here out of a willingness to both be as transparent as possible, and to address certain systemic issues often not touched upon in spiritual circles.
 
While all true change does begin within, to deny the role environment has to play in helping or hindering this would be akin to declaring yourself alone in a room full of pink elephants. There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, and while we have made certain advancements in early childhood, elementary and secondary education over the last few decades, none of it manages to change the basic reality experienced by any parent and/or child that remains sensitive enough to the feel the ongoing, underlying tone of their respective school environments.
 
As far as post-secondary education goes, it should be fairly obvious to most that it’s degraded to barely more than an embarrassing ponzi-scheme at this point , deeply entrenched in the systemic classism it was originally intended to break open. The paradigm has yet to truly shift on the deepest and most important levels. 
 
Keeping in line with the core values of this blog, until the root issues are addressed, no amount of pruning will save the branches and leaves. Along with Book II in the CWG series (which also addresses numerous political and economic issues) these are two books that take a hard but compassionate look at these things.
 

From Dissident Voice: “Anyone who cares about learning should read Free to Learn. Gray’s book is a compelling and easy read; if everyone would read it with an open mind, a wholesale revolution in education (right through to university) would be the inevitable outcome.”

 
 
From the back cover: “…Weapons of Mass Instruction shows us that the realization of personal potential requires a different way of growing up and growing competent, one Gatto calls ‘open-source learning.’ “