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Warriors

26Aug

WARRIORS

July – August 2009

An imagined story beyond time
Once (in the future) I gave a lecture to The Marines on Spiritual Warfare. The first thing I told them was that I felt to be some sort of a peaceful warrior outside and a child inside. They were surprised, naturally. But then I mentioned that the secret of invulnerability is vulnerability or transparence and that the secret of invincibility is trust. Trust in yourself, trust in the universe, trust in God. They became interested; they later invited me for a weekend workshop, which became a week. That was what really happened in 1980 when I was invited to give a lecture at the Meditation Mount, in Ojai, California.
I told them my father had been a Brigadier-General in the Portuguese Army. In spite of being a friendly person, he was a tough one. That had been the reason why twice in his career he had been deployed to a dangerous and a potentially dangerous theater of war. In 1942 he was sent to the Cape Verde Islands where the Portuguese Government feared a German invasion even though Portugal was a neutral country. In 1965 he was sent to deal with the Northern Mozambique insurrection against Portuguese rule in Africa, a time in which Portugal was fighting three wars at the same time. I still remember seeing him jumping from a jeep when he was already 60. For political reasons not related to him and for his independent and proud spirit he was not promoted to three stars general.
He came from an old line of warrior nobility, from Northern Portugal. Before Portugal was born in 1139, an ancestor of ours, Egas Moniz, a great warrior was the coach, the preceptor of Afonso Henriques who in that year became the first king of Portugal by declaring independence from what would become Spain.

But that is the past. Even though blood and genetics are important, and I will always remember that when we would misbehave, my father would tell us; “Dignity, dignity” (and he said that in English, which made it stronger), what is relevant today is attitude. By that I mean the serenity that comes from trusting yourself, from trusting your comrades and superiors, from trusting the justness of your mission, from knowing that if you die, that was meant to be and you as a spirit will go on in other more noble adventures.
My father would say to his soldiers: “You only die once; a coward dies a thousand times”. At that time I was a coward. I identified with my physical body and with my mind. I had no cause to fight or die for. I thought I was alone. Above all, I did not trust myself…
In that first lecture I could not tell them what I told them later: “You came back here to understand the reason why you made certain choices, you came here to undo certain things you did. You came from your future. And you are creating your future anew. You asked for a second chance.”
In those times I believed in money, the so-called” root of all evils”. Money, the mother of the deception that lures self into false security. I did not believe in energy or information. I believed in my bank account. Like the Americans, who –so funnily to the Europeans – believe in their omnipresent ‘credit score’and say “someone is worth $…”.
When I gave the lecture I could not tell them yet that one cannot change other people’s karma, one cannot change other people’s lives. If you take their past you have to carry it with you. Like with the parents you never made peace with before they died. I could not tell them that it is we who choose the airport in which we land, our mother. I could not tell young people that our parents are exactly what we needed as an experience.
Above all I could not tell them that everything is perfect. Or for that matter that everything is interchangeable, as I explain in another text (‘ a personal synthesis’). They could only accept that everything is possible. And even to that one of them said:” You cannot grow wings”. To which I replied: “How do you know what is in the 90% of your DNA that the scientists in their innocence call junk DNA?”
In those times I was not fire, I was all air and earth and with no emotional waters.
But I did tell them that true warriors are above good and evil and that they know no sentimentality or hate. That is because they are said to come from Shamballah, the Center where the Will of God is known. In that they were interested, they wanted to know more about it. Surprisingly enough for me they wanted to know about Atlantis, Lemuria, the heroes of ancient Greece, some had even heard about the quest for the Golden Fleece
Yet, only one of them asked me about the warrior of the heart. He was a Christian, he had still been reared in the good principles of solidarity and simplicity and he was a much focused young man. He knew what he wanted and he radiated his determination.

Both Parsifal and Siegfried were warriors. Some people say they are mythical entities, who never lived in our reality. Others know that myth can be truer and more powerful than recorded history…
To him I told the stories of Siegfried and Parsifal. How one bold, adventurous and full of earthly love young man could become the pure lad that finally was admitted to the table of the Holy Grail.
What remains is that The Holy Grail is true and real, only that you can solely find it in your eternal heart, the universal heart which is in everything, everywhere. That is your ‘second’ heart, the inner heart that is beyond time. For if you are in time you are mortal and if you are mortal you are already dead.
From my father I received a sword, a steel blade with its hilt made of gold. That sword was the sword of the last absolute king of Portugal, Michael, the First. This Miguel ruled from 1828 to 1834. Then the tide of European constitutional liberalism, embodied in an ultimatum given to him by France, England and Spain, forced him to go into exile, for the second and final time.
He was a very courageous man, to the point of temerity. He was very young and inexperienced and he was very badly advised, both by his extremist mother and by his commanders-in-chief, who committedi mistakes and did not enjoy stability in their jobs.
The hilt of that sword has an eagle with a serpent in its claws and mouth. The meaning then as nowadays is clear: “Rise above the earthly, transmute the crawling into the winged, soar into the ethers. Conquer yourself!”
The buckle of the belt that comes with the sword is made of finely chiseled gold. It is a serpent with two diamonds as eyes. They are powerful eyes that quiz you. They remind me of what Dom Miguel was not, except in his later years: wise. He was impulsive, quick, bouncing; he loved galloping horses and was a keen bullfighter.But he was not very intelligent, he had no culture or even very good manners and his religious feelings were just inherited and superficial. Only in later life did he become loving and compassionate. In such a way that he died- in the words of the time – “in odor of sanctity”.
Some say that symbols are not real and they are of the past. Yet one full hour of that weekend workshop was devoted to symbols. I believe without a doubt, that from their reactions, they were fully convinced of the extraordinary power of symbols. They certainly saw how symbols have driven mankind throughout the Ages. They certainly understood that symbols are the great motivators, the visible emblem of our deepest aspirations and the synthesis of our collective identity. They drew and found the symbols that personally motivated them; they created personal mottos and they enacted the roles that empowered them.
And then there is the question of medals. On the side of my mother I come from a family that dedicated themselves to Justice and to Law. Both my grandfather and my great grandfather were Judges at the Supreme Court. Then two of my uncles became diplomats and so did an elder brother of mine. I had been impressed with their lives and I wanted to escape the Military College where I did my secondary education. So, like three of my brothers, I took a degree in Law, in order to become a diplomat, which I did become at the age of 22. I then became the Secretary to the Foreign Minister and I thought myself very important because I lived under the shadow of power.
But when I started I had no medals. And the first official journey in which I accompanied the minister was to Brazil, where we, headed by Admiral A. Thomas, the then president of the Portuguese Republic were going to offer to the Brazilian people and their military government the bones of Peter, the elder brother of the Michael I mentioned before.
This Dom Pedro had declared himself and Brazil independent from Portugal in 1822 and he is known in Brazil as Emperor Peter, the First. Both were sons of John, the Sixth, King of Portugal, of the Braganza dynasty.
Anyway, in Brazil, when I arrived, I felt slightly diminished when I was at those big receptions and cocktails in  Brasilia’s modern palaces. I was the only man without a medal. Happily I got one very quickly so I was more at ease by the end of the visit…
So fast was I at getting medals that in a year and a half I had already gotten six. It was then, in 1973, that Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh came to Portugal to commemorate the 600th Anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance. I remember the first time we met, after a state dinner at the Ajuda Royal palace: we, junior people of the worlds of power and society were making an alley through which the high dignitaries were passing. When he passed in front of me, he stopped and stared at my medals. He sort of pointed to all those medals of mine and half jokingly and half patronizingly asked: “What are those?” And I replied with the same noncommittal look and tone:” Some South American decorations, Sir…” Somewhat taken aback, he questioned: “South American? Why? Who are you?” To which I replied nonchalantly; “I am the Secretary to the Foreign Minister, you know how we get them by traveling…” and he laughed.
But I am somewhat but not entirely digressing, for medals are symbols of merit and even though there are no medals in spiritual warfare, there is plenty of kudos that we or others give to us. It is a question of justice and merit and of recognition that we have done well, that some missions were accomplished. That is why when the Queen came to Portugal in 1983 I refused a British medal because I considered that I did not deserve it. Due to my excessive sense of justice, I reasoned that since I was just interim head of a Department and because my department had nothing to do with her visit, I did not need that medal.
During that future workshop I told them about the 2.2s which is a new race that is manifesting on earth. What is a 2.2? Someone for whom its mission is its identity and its identity is its mission. Not bad? But it requires a lot of humility, for all the reasons that you can imagine. And can you imagine not to be tied to a fixed identity? Not to be bound by a bunch of opinions and parochial prejudices? Not to be dragging a past that one day will kill you? Not to be ruled by those emotions that were never digested? Not to be incarcerated by linear time and its mirages of controlling the future? Would you be willing to leave behind this kindergarten cum jail?

In another text (Soul Auctions) I explain what the Earth 1 and the Earth 2 are. Essentially they are games bought at the central galactic stores. The Earth 1 is now fading on this planet and is starting to be discontinued. The Earth 2 is the new game which is beginning to be played here. The 2.2 people, those who accept to be assigned any identity or mission, will be a minute percentage of humans. The great majority of humankind will only and gladly accept the simpler and less demanding 2.1 version, which gives them what they have been longing for throughout the ages.

The 2.2 have a logo and a motto. The motto has been associated with the British Royal Artillery: Ubique quo fas et gloria ducunt. That means: ‘Wherever destiny and glory lead you’. Like the American Indians warriors, who, when in battle, each one was his own chief, the 2.2s are proud of their freedom, they are proud indeed to be free from themselves.
You might be one of them; one of us… All it takes is curiosity to investigate. Once the idea and the energy start making sense to you, things become easy, more and more evident.
A good point of departure is to be open to realize that you are a program. If you study this issue, that is, if you observe yourself and others, you will go beyond the idea that programs are just for computers. The concept is wider: a set of means or instructions to obtain certain ends or results.
A program does not have to be written, ours is biochemical. Our DNA is a program and its four-letter code, as scientists have confirmed, works very similarly to the binary ones that we know. Our nationality, language, race or religion is another type of program. People do not know that they think according to the language which they use. As I speak six languages I know that issue. I know that I feel completely different according to the language I am speaking.
For instance, English is a funny language, where the earth is called dirt and is soiling; where spirit still means alcohol and where intelligence means espionage. If we were to invite an E.T. linguist, it would probably comment: ‘That says it all about the mind and emotions of the Anglo-Saxons; about their view of the world and of the nature of reality…’
People perceive but don’t really realize that those who live in cities abide by a different program than those of the countryside. Generations are also a program. All ‘Boomers’ have much in common and the succeeding generations too. We know how we react to certain things, how predictable we and others are.

These are some of the many things that most people don’t know and few are the people who know something and attempt to put all their knowledge together.
Indeed, humanity has treaded the path of specialization; so few people pursue a wide or integral vista. Most viewpoints (and that is what a human is) are rather limited. Few people are curious. Most, even the rich or the intelligent just prefer to follow their neighbors… People are so afraid of what the others think of them…People have so little trust in their imagination and in the invisible…
I could have given this imaginary talk to many groups. Duty, loyalty, courage, order and justice are not exclusive domain of the Marines or of any Special Forces of any country. What I talk about, martial artists and spiritual activists know already. This talk could have been given to both monks and regular folks. The bettering of one’s life is at stake for everybody. Anybody can have the curiosity and the perseverance to investigate life. And, when there is a will, the way always manifests.
I am a man who deals with a wide range of issues. I believe the time is coming in which people will have to make choices. Those choices might affect their lives, those of their families, eventually those of our planet. People who are not used to thinking will be faced with the need for important decisions. I am starting to present opportunities and alternatives. These are timid for now, but they will probably be bolder with time and definitive in the end.
There comes a moment in a man’s life, sooner or later, in which you have to see yourself in the mirror. Because the mirror has been watching you all along and sooner or later it will catch up with you.
For a long time I believed I was a good person, full of defects, but fundamentally good, honest, transparent. Yet a recent dream, in my interpretation of it, showed me that there also was evil in me. That was sobering and that was good news, because I started a new investigation about what is evil in me. Not what is wrong or morally condemnable, but what is really my inner adversary. The parts of me that sabotage my priorities and the decisions and directions I have taken .The doubts that creep in regarding my standings, alliances and allegiances. And I started seeing these saboteurs coming before they settle in, unsuspectingly.
Moslem scholars and devout people know that the great Jihad is against oneself, against the sub-personalities in you which do not want to evolve and become transformed by the divine. You might be forced by the circumstances to use your sword. But if you have integrated in yourself what you perceive as outer differences, chances are that the environment will respect you and in the end reflect your values.
To know yourself and to conquer yourself are two parallel but converging paths. The one who reaches that point of inner stillness where those too converge is considered a master. Be it in martial arts or in flower arrangement. The field does not matter, because the outer elements are a projection from your inner territory, they are just your field of expression, the way you pay back to the universe what it has taught you.
When you are near that point, and all of us are always within its unconscious reach and within its quantum potential, you feel centered, content and in harmonious flow with the universe.
It could be said that, as a point of departure, a master always positions himself at the center of the matrix. It is later that he knows as a matter of fact that he is the center of the universe.
At the moment a master gets awakened an immediate and invisible connection is created with many things and people. These do not have to be humans and the things do not have to be already known here. That is the time when, spontaneously, things and people start getting attracted to that person.
But one has to realize that one can only become the fire that devours space and time if you have clearly set yourself on the certainty that this world is neither real nor unreal, as the Buddha said and also if you are really willing to die.

That neither real nor unreal teaching about the nature of reality is I believe the Middle Path which that master-god was talking about. Knowing that subtle sensation seems to me the surest and safest state of mind you can travel during life before complete liberation from illusion. This ‘neither real nor unreal’ world can then be seen and felt as an illusion, as a dream or as a matrix of space-time, all according to our temperament. All three ways of seeing it lead to different approaches of research, but in the end you reach the same interconnected conclusions.
The practical consequence of all this is that you are relaxed in the now. That relaxation comes from a center. That center is divine, even if you don’t believe in God. And, if you don’t believe in God, make yourself a god! In the end it will be the same if you don’t let yourself get tainted by arrogance and if you also see, feel and respect the other human beings as gods, even if slumbering.
This center is first needed as a flicker of identity and self-respect, as a point of departure and direction, as a point of regrouping. It is a point outside the emotions, the mind, and the ego where your heart pulsates. It is a point of recognition, of reconciliation. It is a point where the whole universe can converge.
One needs that center until the whole of oneself is aflame with divine enthusiasm, a state in which all our cells have been re-programmed and all our energetic potential has been activated.
After that, nothing more can be said. The center is everywhere.
You are free. You are joy. You are law. You SERVE.
There is NO MEMORY LEFT. Universal memory takes care of itself.
The body moves and dances.
LET THE PARTY BEGIN

WARRIORS Joao Motta
July – August 2009
WARRIORS
An imagined story beyond time
Once (in the future) I gave a lecture to The Marines on Spiritual Warfare. The first thing I told them was that I felt to be some sort of a peaceful warrior outside and a child inside. They were surprised, naturally. But then I mentioned that the secret of invulnerability is vulnerability or transparence and that the secret of invincibility is trust. Trust in yourself, trust in the universe, trust in God. They became interested; they later invited me for a weekend workshop, which became a week. That was what really happened in 1980 when I was invited to give a lecture at the Meditation Mount, in Ojai, California.
I told them my father had been a Brigadier-General in the Portuguese Army. In spite of being a friendly person, he was a tough one. That had been the reason why twice in his career he had been deployed to a dangerous and a potentially dangerous theater of war. In 1942 he was sent to the Cape Verde Islands where the Portuguese Government feared a German invasion even though Portugal was a neutral country. In 1965 he was sent to deal with the Northern Mozambique insurrection against Portuguese rule in Africa, a time in which Portugal was fighting three wars at the same time. I still remember seeing him jumping from a jeep when he was already 60. For political reasons not related to him and for his independent and proud spirit he was not promoted to three stars general.
He came from an old line of warrior nobility, from Northern Portugal. Before Portugal was born in 1139, an ancestor of ours, Egas Moniz, a great warrior was the coach, the preceptor of Afonso Henriques who in that year became the first king of Portugal by declaring independence from what would become Spain.
WARRIORS Joao Motta
July – August 2009
But that is the past. Even though blood and genetics are important, and I will always remember that when we would misbehave, my father would tell us; “Dignity, dignity” (and he said that in English, which made it stronger), what is relevant today is attitude. By that I mean the serenity that comes from trusting yourself, from trusting your comrades and superiors, from trusting the justness of your mission, from knowing that if you die, that was meant to be and you as a spirit will go on in other more noble adventures.
My father would say to his soldiers: “You only die once; a coward dies a thousand times”. At that time I was a coward. I identified with my physical body and with my mind. I had no cause to fight or die for. I thought I was alone. Above all, I did not trust myself…
In that first lecture I could not tell them what I told them later: “You came back here to understand the reason why you made certain choices, you came here to undo certain things you did. You came from your future. And you are creating your future anew. You asked for a second chance.”
In those times I believed in money, the so-called” root of all evils”. Money, the mother of the deception that lures self into false security. I did not believe in energy or information. I believed in my bank account. Like the Americans, who –so funnily to the Europeans – believe in their omnipresent ‘credit score’.
When I gave the lecture I could not tell them yet that one cannot change other people’s karma, one cannot change other people’s lives. If you take their past you have to carry it with you. Like with the parents you never made peace with before they died. I could not tell them that it is we who choose the airport in which we land, our mother. I could not tell young people that our parents are exactly what we needed as an experience.
Above all I could not tell them that everything is perfect. Or for that matter that everything is interchangeable, as I explain in another text (‘ a personal synthesis’). They could only accept that everything is possible. And even to that one of them said:” You cannot grow wings”. To which I replied: “How do you know what is in the 90% of your DNA that the scientists in their innocence call junk DNA?”
In those times I was not fire, I was all air and earth and with no emotional waters.
But I did tell them that true warriors are above good and evil and that they know no sentimentality or hate. That is because they are said to come from Shamballah, the Center where the Will of God is known. In that they were interested, they wanted to know more about it. Surprisingly enough for me they wanted to know about Atlantis, Lemuria, the heroes of ancient Greece, some had even heard about the quest for the Golden Fleece…
Yet, only one of them asked me about the warrior of the heart. He was a Christian, he had still been reared in the good principles of solidarity and simplicity and he was a much focused young man. He knew what he wanted and he radiated his determination.
WARRIORS Joao Motta
July – August 2009
Both Parsifal and Siegfried were warriors. Some people say they are mythical entities, who never lived in our reality. Others know that myth can be truer and more powerful than recorded history…
To him I told the stories of Siegfried and Parsifal. How one bold, adventurous and full of earthly love young man could become the pure lad that finally was admitted to the table of the Holy Grail.
What remains is that The Holy Grail is true and real, only that you can solely find it in your eternal heart, the universal heart which is in everything, everywhere. That is your ‘second’ heart, the heart that is beyond time. For if you are in time you are mortal and if you are mortal you are already dead.
From my father I received a sword, a steel blade with its hilt made of gold. That sword was the sword of the last absolute king of Portugal. Michael, the First. This Miguel ruled from 1828 to 1834. Then the tide of European constitutional liberalism, embodied in an ultimatum given to him by France, England and Spain, forced him to go into exile, for the second and final time.
He was a very courageous man, to the point of temerity. He was very young and inexperienced and he was very badly advised, both by his extremist mother and by his commanders-in-chief, who committedi mistakes and did not enjoy stability in their jobs.
The hilt of that sword has an eagle with a serpent in its claws and mouth. The meaning then as nowadays is clear: “Rise above the earthly, transmute the crawling into the winged, soar into the ethers. Conquer yourself!”
The buckle of the belt that comes with the sword is made of finely chiseled gold. It is a serpent with two diamonds as eyes. They are powerful eyes that quiz you. They remind me of what Dom Miguel was not except in his later years: wise. He was impulsive, quick, bouncing; he loved galloping horses and was a keen bullfighter, but he was not very intelligent, he had no culture or even very good manners and his religious feelings were just inherited and superficial. Only in later life did he become loving and compassionate. In such a way that he died- in the words of the time – “in odor of sanctity”.
Some say that symbols are not real and they are of the past. Yet one full hour of that weekend workshop was devoted to symbols. I believe without a doubt, that from their reactions, they were fully convinced of the extraordinary power of symbols. They certainly saw how symbols have driven mankind throughout the Ages. They certainly understood that symbols are the great motivators, the visible emblem of our deepest aspirations and the synthesis of our collective identity. They drew and found the symbols that personally motivated them; they created personal mottos and they enacted the roles that empowered them.
And then there is the question of medals. On the side of my mother I come from a family that dedicated themselves to Justice and to Law. Both my grandfather and my great grandfather were Judges at the Supreme Court. Then two of my uncles became diplomats and so did an elder brother of mine. I had been impressed with their lives and I wanted to escape the Military College where I did my secondary
WARRIORS Joao Motta
July – August 2009
education. So, like three of my brothers, I took a degree in Law, in order to become a diplomat, which I did become at the age of 22. I then became the Secretary to the Foreign Minister and I thought myself very important because I lived under the shadow of power.
But when I started I had no medals. And the first official journey in which I accompanied the minister was to Brazil, where we, headed by Admiral A. Thomas, the then president of the Portuguese Republic were going to offer to the Brazilian people and their military government the bones of Peter, the elder brother of the Michael I mentioned before.
This Dom Pedro had declared himself and Brazil independent from Portugal in 1822 and he is known in Brazil as Emperor Peter, the First. Both were sons of John, the Sixth, King of Portugal.
Anyway, in Brazil, when I arrived, I felt slightly diminished when I was at those big receptions and cocktails in the Brasilia modern palaces. I was the only man without a medal. Happily I got one very quickly so I was more at ease by the end of the visit…
So fast was I at getting medals that in a year and a half I had already gotten six. It was then, in 1973, that the Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh came to Portugal to commemorate the 600th Anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance. I remember the first time we met: we junior people of the worlds of power and society were making an alley through which the high dignitaries were passing. When he passed in front of me, he stopped and stared at my medals. He sort of pointed to all those medals of mine and half jokingly and half patronizingly asked: “What are those? And I replied with the same noncommittal look and tone:” Some South American decorations, Sir…” Somewhat taken aback, he questioned: “South American? Why? Who are you?” To which I replied nonchalantly; “I am the Secretary to the Foreign Minister, you know how we get them by traveling…” and he laughed.
But I am somewhat but not entirely digressing, for medals are symbols of merit and even though there are no medals in spiritual warfare, there is plenty of kudos that we or others give to us. It is a question of justice and merit and of recognition that we have done well, that some missions were accomplished. That is why when the Queen came to Portugal in 1983 I refused a British medal because I considered that I did not deserve it. Due to my excessive sense of justice, I reasoned that since I was just interim head of a Department and because my department had nothing to do with her visit, I did not need that medal.
During that future workshop I told them about the 2.2s which is a new race that is manifesting on earth. What is a 2.2? Someone for whom its mission is its identity and its identity is its mission. Not bad? But it requires a lot of humility, for all the reasons that you can imagine. And can you imagine not to be tied to a fixed identity? Not to be bound by a bunch of opinions and parochial prejudices? Not to be dragging a past that one day will kill you? Not to be ruled by those emotions that were never digested? Not to be incarcerated by linear time and its mirages of controlling the future? Would you be willing to leave behind this kindergarten cum jail?
WARRIORS Joao Motta
July – August 2009
In another text (Soul Auctions) I explain what the Earth 1 and the Earth 2 are. Essentially they are games bought at the central galactic stores. The Earth 1 is now fading on this planet and is starting to be discontinued. The Earth 2 is the new game which is beginning to be played here. The 2.2 people, those who accept to be assigned any identity or mission, will be a minute percentage of humans. The great majority of humankind will only and gladly accept the simpler and less demanding 2.1 version, which gives them what they have been longing for throughout the ages. The 2.2 have a logo and a motto. The motto has been associated with the British Royal Artillery: Ubique quo fas et gloria ducunt. That means: ‘Wherever destiny and glory lead you’. Like the American Indians warriors, who, when in battle, each one was his own chief, the 2.2s are proud of their freedom, they are proud indeed to be free from themselves.
You might be one of them; one of us…All it takes is curiosity to investigate. Once the idea and the energy start making sense to you things become easy, more and more evident.
A good point of departure is to be open to realize that you are a program. If you study this issue, that is, if you observe yourself and others, you will go beyond the idea that programs are just for computers. The concept is wider: a set of means or instructions to obtain certain ends or results.
A program does not have to be written, ours is biochemical. Our DNA is a program and its four-letter code, as scientists have confirmed, works very similarly to the binary ones that we know. Our nationality, language, race or religion is another type of program. People do not know that they think according to the language which they use. As I speak six languages I know that issue. I know that I feel completely different according to the language I am speaking.
For instance, English is a funny language, where the earth is called dirt and is soiling; where spirit still means alcohol and where intelligence means espionage. If we were to invite an e.t. linguist it would probably comment: ‘That says it all about the mind and emotions of the Anglo-Saxons; about their view of the world and the nature of reality…’
People perceive but don’t really realize that those who live in cities abide by a different program than those of the countryside. Generations are also a program. All ‘Boomers’ have much in common and the succeeding generations too. We know how we react to certain things, how predictable we and others are. These are some of the many things that most people don’t know and few are the people who know something and attempt to put all their knowledge together.
Indeed, humanity has treaded the path of specialization; so few people pursue a wide or integral vista. Most viewpoints (and that is what a human is) are rather limited. Few people are curious. Most, even the rich or the intelligent just prefer to follow their neighbors… People are so afraid of what the others think of them…People have so little trust in their imagination and in the invisible…
I could have given this imaginary talk to many groups. Duty, loyalty, courage, order and justice are not exclusive domain of the Marines or of any Special Forces of any country. What I talk about, martial artists and spiritual activists know already. This
WARRIORS Joao Motta
July – August 2009
talk could have been given to both monks and regular folks. The bettering of one’s life is at stake for everybody. Anybody can have the curiosity and the perseverance to investigate life. And, when there is a will, the way always manifests.
I am a man who deals with a wide range of issues. I believe the time is coming in which people will have to make choices. Those choices might affect their lives, those of their families, eventually those of our planet. People who are not used to thinking will be faced with the need for important decisions. I am starting to present opportunities and alternatives. These are timid for now, but they will probably be bolder with time and definitive in the end.
There comes a moment in a man’s life, sooner or later, in which you have to see yourself in the mirror. Because the mirror has been watching you all along and sooner or later it will catch up with you.
For a long time I believed I was a good person, full of defects, but fundamentally good, honest, transparent. Yet a recent dream, in my interpretation of it, showed me that there also was evil in me. That was sobering and that was good news, because I started a new investigation about what is evil in me. Not what is wrong or morally condemnable, but what is really my inner adversary. The parts of me that sabotage my priorities and the decisions and directions I have taken .The doubts that creep in regarding my standings, alliances and allegiances. And I started seeing these saboteurs coming before they settle in, unsuspectingly.
Moslem scholars and devout people know that the great Jihad is against oneself, against the sub-personalities in you which do not want to evolve and become transformed by the divine. You might be forced by the circumstances to use your sword .But if you have integrated in yourself what you perceive as outer differences, chances are that the environment will respect you and in the end reflect your values.
To know yourself and to conquer yourself are two parallel but converging paths. The one who reaches that point of inner stillness where those too converge is considered a master. Be it in martial arts or in flower arrangement. The field does not matter, because the outer elements are a projection from your inner territory, they are just your field of expression, the way you pay back to the universe what it has taught you.
When you are near that point, and all of us are always within its unconscious reach and within its quantum potential, you feel centered, content and in harmonious flow with the universe.
It could be said that, as a point of departure, a master always positions himself at the center of the matrix. It is later that he knows as a matter of fact that he is the center of the universe.
At the moment a master gets awakened an immediate and invisible connection is created with many things and people. These do not have to be humans and the things do not have to be already known here. That is the time when, spontaneously, things and people start getting attracted to that person.
But one has to realize that one can only become the fire that devours space and time if you have clearly set yourself on the certainty that this world is neither real nor unreal, as the Buddha said and also if you are really willing to die.
WARRIORS Joao Motta July – August 2009
That neither real nor unreal teaching about the nature of reality is I believe the middle path which that master-god was talking about. Knowing that subtle sensation seems to me the surest and safest state of mind you can travel during life before complete liberation from illusion. This ‘neither real nor unreal’ world can then be seen and felt as an illusion, as a dream or as a matrix of space-time, all according to our temperament. All three ways of seeing it lead to different approaches of research, but in the end you reach the same interconnected conclusions.
The practical consequence of all this, is that you are relaxed in the now. That relaxation comes from a center. That center is divine, even if you don’t believe in God. And, if you don’t believe in God, make yourself a god! In the end it will be the same if you don’t let yourself get tainted by arrogance and if you also see, feel and respect the other human beings as gods, even if slumbering.
This center is first needed as a flicker of identity and self-respect, as a point of departure and direction, as a point of regrouping. It is a point outside the emotions, the mind, and the ego where your heart pulsates. It is a point of recognition, of reconciliation. It is a point where the whole universe can converge.
One needs that center until the whole of oneself is aflame with divine enthusiasm, a state in which all our cells have been re-programmed and all our energetic potential has been activated.
After that, nothing more can be said. The center is everywhere.
You are free. You are joy. You are law. You SERVE.
There is NO MEMORY LEFT. Universal memory takes care of itself.
The body moves and dances.
LET THE PARTY BEGIN

Dimensions

26Aug

DIMENSIONS

July – August 2009

People are very proud of our three-dimensionality. We laugh about the possible experiences of Flatlanders. Accordingly, some people believe that sculpture is superior to painting , like others believe that the monumental is superior to the miniature. Yet, the truth might be that… one-dimensional is superior to two dimensional and that two-dimensional is better than three-dimensional …
The brain, in its thoughts, feelings and imaginations is two dimensional and it has its reality, it is creating. But the brain wanted to see, to see itself. It wanted more definition, more texture, layers. And then it started projecting, attracting matter to give body to its intentions.
People can imagine that before the Big Bang, before dimensions began, nothing was happening and that one- dimensional now would mean something boring, eventless. Yet there can be 13 dimensions inside a point. This is easy to accept for a scientist. That is why they postulate the need for 11 dimensions in the super string theories. These dimensions are ‘enfolded’ as they say. They really are inside.
Only that people do not know anymore that they have an inside… We don’t even know how to conceive of it.
People live so much outside, in relationships, in movies, in sports, in their jobs, that they are not even aware there is a physical inside to their skin unless they have some pain or illness.
And when you do not know your body you cannot see and feel it as a vehicle. A vehicle made to interact with the third dimensional world. And any scientist can tell you that it is in the brain that we reconstruct and give three-dimensionality to what our eyes see and our senses convey to it.
But the brain craves excitement, novelty. It is not content with dreaming. It does not really believe its thoughts are real. It believes they go with the wind. Yet, if it would start being less rigid and constringent, reality would also begin to flow and be perceived as energy, as the energy it really is.

Quantum Physics tells us that the atoms can behave both as wave and as particle. They are in their natural state flowing as a wave, but when we observe them , they ‘collapse’ as particles. To be configured according to our private devotions, to be shared with our co-believers in this collective hallucination called objective reality.
Harder for people to accept is that we are programs. Not exactly like those of the computers but not very different either. It only takes some time for you to observe yourself and have the humility to recognize it.
I have done that cursory investigation and I have seen how binary I am; a complex but binary program. We are binary because we live in a world of duality. We are ‘inside’ a world of subject-object, framed by time and space, a world where our achievements will always betray our expectations and desires.
We are binary programs also because it could be said that people’s personalities in the end really can be divided in those who see the cup half full or half empty; or people who trust and believe in themselves and the universe and those who don’t; or people who give and those who take. That is how we are programmed. How our brains are wired. How genetics and culture have given us certain lenses to see and react to the world. The baby comes free from bias but soon space and time start creating distortions in its fragile perceptive vehicle.
As a personal note I have to admit that all my life I paid importance to my dreams and to so-called coincidences. This gave me leverage into understanding the connections between inner and outer life, the openness to the possibility that they might be one, that after all there is only one life. Not a dreaming one, a sexual one, a working one, a traveling other, another one that paints or writes.
In the end you are your experience. Whatever happens to you is you, is the story you are narrating, to yourself and to others. They are your characters, they are your audience.
Perhaps in the beginning our creations and projections were simple. But due to the brain’s craving for more and more, because the more it has the more the ego believes in its reality, we inflated our reality with an ever expanding array of emotions , feelings ,objects and possessions.
And with the advent of the screen we can have –virtually- whatever we can think of. Funny that nobody that I know has mentioned that the TV and computer screens are exactly a screen where we can project ourselves. Where we can see ourselves without the effort of self-analysis or the boredom of a physical mirror. Thus men can feel themselves as sport heroes and women and teenagers can vicariously live the emotions of soap operas.
There are now many young men in Taiwan (as well as South Korea and Japan, for this is the advancing area) that live completely inside the virtual world and shun the company of physical girls. This is not a fad , it is a growing trend .Obviously, each society has its peculiarities, but for several reasons that are not necessary to explain now , America seems to be the next candidate for pursuing this dream. The dream that you can live without a physical body. That you can cross the mirror. That is why some years ago some teenagers committed suicide after their character was killed in the game of Dragons and Dungeons.

When in my role of concept-hunter- always trying to discover the umbrella concepts that include many other words and things – I say to people, for instance, that dimensions and generations are the same they get surprised. But then I give an example: when you buy a new computer, a third generation computer, you know that it comes with many new windows, vistas and portals into new spaces; that it flows at higher speeds of connectivity and comprehensiveness; you know that you and the computer have passed into a more evolved dimension, and, certainly, when images will become holographic you will have no more doubts about that.
But this text is just to introduce certain ideas. Hidden behind it waits the proposition that one-dimension resulted in all this we see and that to one-dimension we will have to return if we want to mend all this chaos which we have created.

PLAY, HIGH SOCIETY AND AMERICA

July – August 2009

Today I was struck by a statement made by Johan Huizinga in his 1938 book Homo Ludens: talking about Japanese culture he said “ The extraordinary seriousness and profound gravity of the Japanese ideal of life are masked by the elegant fiction that everything is but a play”…” By convention, the higher classes are simply playing in whatever they do”. And he gives the example: “I got to know that your father died” is said literally “I got to know that your father was playing death”.
Indeed, that happens because in any part of the world the opposite of playing has been having to work for a living. For someone who is not obligated to work, everything is play, for playing is the absence of time, where nothing is irreversible and everything is starting again all the time.
The problem with high society all over the world is to take things seriously, even life itself.
As is known, high society values are the opposite of those of the middle classes, in the sense that they value lightness, fluidity, time flexibility, space generosity and abundance of options. Quantity in either direction is not an issue. And if it is, it is not taken seriously, namely because aristocrats have an inherent belief in order, harmony, entitlement and providence.
The problem with higher classes and their abundance of time and space is boredom. Everything is “Déjà vu”.
It is thus the terrain where the search for unusual people is both highly needed and desirable as well as threatening and forbidden, because those unusual people by their extreme volatility and risky approach to play, threaten the core beliefs and standards of that world, namely the idea that higher really means superior or different. By showing for instance that decadence or creativeness are just human or that what is really important such as real love, artistic affinity or spiritual yearnings go beyond social structures and are what really bonds people.
Even though certain issues remain, like bad taste, bad manners, bad odors in cooking, lack of fair play, and vulgar or regional accents, by the very existence of which the higher classes feel instinctively offended, even those characteristics can become cause for play, derision and fun, for in the end life is seen as a play, where all type of ingredients and characters have to coexist.
On a personal note I can add that having been born in a palacete (a small palace with 60 rooms or areas), I was privileged to observe the social games and rituals which people play when they go from one drawing room to another in a succession of degrees of intimacy with the hosts. I remember my mother receiving different people in four different rooms according to their social status.
The funniest incidents in which I participated as a child were exactly about play: I was told that when I was about four I was walking around the ladies at an afternoon party in the fireplace room, saying nastily to some of them: “You are silly and your ass is dirty…” This was in Portuguese, my mother tongue. But my mother would dismiss it by saying: “Don’t listen to what he says. He is speaking German”. The ladies very well heard what I had said but they pretended to believe my mother.
In fact I had had a German lady as a sort of a nanny or preceptor who came to take care of me when I was born. She was the baroness Marga von Unger. Her family had lost all their properties in East Prussia in 1944 and she had lost her house in the Berlin bombardments of 1945, so she came to Portugal as a refugee. Her son was the cultural attaché at the German Embassy in Lisbon, but her daughter in law did not like having her living with them, so my mother, out of compassion, hired her even though she was already in her mid seventies. She taught me German, sang to me the Brahms lullaby and I still remember her voice and the softness of her skin. I never recovered from her (for me) sudden departure for an international ladies home when I was about two and a half; even though I continued to visit her.
The other incident, I believe I was a little older, albeit without a very clear sense of money. A group of ladies had come for an afternoon game of canasta and mahjong (in which my mother was very proficient) and they used money to play. While they made a recess and went to the dining room for high tea I came to the room where they had been playing and opened their purses, put all their monies together and then distributed it equally by all of them. Imagine their surprise when they came back and they could not understand what had happened and did not know how to start talking about the subject…
At the time, I like any other child did not have a very clear idea of the difference between play and seriousness or work. So it seemed to me quite plausible and just that they would all start with the same amount of money to play. I did not do it as a trick or to annoy them. If the money was to play anyway why would it be a serious thing? I don’t know how they ever sorted out the issue…

Play also manifests in higher classes all over the world by the use of excessive adjectives to describe things, people or situations. Sometimes these words already exist and are only inflated, while sometimes new fad words are created which eventually percolate or not to the lower ranks. Besides that, the art of the understatement has been refined to great levels, in which only people of that same class understand what they really mean when they are speaking with each other.
For example, when Hillary Clinton gave a recent(June 2009?) talk at the CFR, she said that” the council tells us what to do”. Even though she was somewhat saying the truth (because governmental departments cannot give the time and the money which researchers need to thoroughly think ahead),what she really was meaning, in a cozy higher class lingo, was that she was grateful for being accepted by them, even though she did not have any credentials of her own in international history and foreign policy except her recent new job.
These issues of play are important because deep down in ourselves we all like to play. I for instance play with my Magical Gardens, a sort of miniature scenes which I create in order to both relax and synthesize that moment of my life into a clear mirror and intention. I can play by myself, with other children or even with adults in very revealing moves of deep self expression.
People do not have much time anymore to pray, to meditate or even to think. Yet, games remain universal and there are hundreds of game types, from physical sports to video games, cards, puzzles and crosswords.
I am inventing a game, which for instance could be called the game of life or the great game. To describe it in this more limited context would be self-damaging and would lead nowhere excepting possible plagiarism. But I would like to touch on its essence:

That the best way to learn is by playing, if possible with as many senses as possible involved. And that you learn more and get more excited and motivated if your own identity and interests are directly at stake.
But all that will remain for another context, within or without this site….
This text was just intended to be light and to introduce certain issues…

A Personal Synthesis

26Aug

Personal Series
August 2009
A PERSONAL
SYNTHESIS

MY WORLDVIEW IS BASED ON THREE TENETS:
EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE
EVERYTHING IS INTERCHANGEABLE
EVERYTHING IS PERFECT

 
ONE EXPLANATION: EVERYTHING IS PERFECT BECAUSE GOD IS PERFECT AND GOD IS EVERYTHING.
WE SEE MANY “IMPERFECT” THINGS, BUT ALL HAVE AN EXPLANATION, A REASON, AND A CORRESPONDENCE. THEY HAPPEN IN SPACE AND TIME AND
THEY ARE THEREFORE RELATIVE TO THIS DIMENSION IN WHICH THE VISIBLE AND THE TANGIBLE ARE  A PROJECTION OF AN INNER ESSENCE, AND IN WHICH EVERYTHING IS IN A PROCESS.
SO, THERE IS A HIDDEN HARMONY IN THIS UNIVERSE.

THERE IS COHERENCE. THERE IS ORDER. EVERY ATOM IS NEXT TO THE ONE IT SHOULD BE. NO GRAIN OF SAND IS LOST; NO BLACK HOLE IS LAWLESS.
LAW AND ORDER DO NOT MEAN COMPLETE PREDICTABILITY: SINGULARITY IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE.
IN THAT HARMONY AND ORDER EVERYTHING IS RELATED AND EVERYTHING IS ONE.

HENCE YOU AND I ARE ONE. YOU AND I ARE GOD .FOR THERE IS NOTHING ELSE.

A SECOND EXPLANATION: EVERYTHING IS INTERCHANGEABLE ACCORDING TO LAWS WHICH NEITHER SCIENCE NOR THE HUMAN SPIRIT HAS YET FOUND.
THE ESSENCE OF EVERYTHING —-VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE (LIKE EMOTIONS OR THOUGHTS) —- IS THE SAME.
THERE IS NOT AN ABSOLUTE BARRIER BETWEEN THE SPIRIT AND MATTER, BETWEEN THE OBSERVER AND THE OBSERVED, BETWEEN SPACE AND TIME. YOUR BODY IS YOUR SPIRIT.
YOU CAN SAY THAT ENVY CANNOT BE INTERCHANGED WITH A BIT OF SKIN.
I WOULD FIRST REPEAT TO YOU JOUBERT’S MAXIM: AN IDEA IS AS REAL A THING AS A CANNONBALL.

THEN I WOULD EXPLAIN THAT A THOUGHT IS TWO-DIMENSIONAL; IT IS AN ELECTRO-CHEMICAL SPARK FLOWING IN TIME. WHILE THE ATOMS IN THE SKIN OSCILLATE BETWEEN BEHAVING AS A DEFINED PARTICLE AND AS A NON-LOCAL WAVE FLOWING SOMEWHERE AND EVERYWHERE IN TIME AND SPACE.

 DO YOU SEE THE CONNECTION OR DO WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE ANDROMEDA INTERFACE CLEARING HOUSE? IT MIGHT TAKE MANY STEPS AND AGENCIES BUT IN THE END AND IN ONENESS THERE IS NOT SUCH A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 2D THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AND 3D MATERIALIZATION.
A POINT GAVE ORIGIN TO ALL THIS. A POINT STILL CONTAINS IT ALL.
A FINAL EXPLANATION:
WE KNOW NOTHING OR VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE NATURE OF REALITY AND OF THE UNIVERSE.
THE LOCAL, LIMITED LAWS WE LABORIOUSLY FOUND AND WHICH KEEP CHANGING WITH EVERY TURN OF SCIENCE ARE CERTAINLY PART OF A WIDER CONTEXT WHICH SCIENCE WILL BE FINDING, SAY IN THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS.
SOONER OR LATER AN MMM THEORY WILL BE FOUND ENCOMPASSING ALL THE FACTS OF LIFE INCLUDING BELIEFS, CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION, AND INCLUDING ALL THE DATA AND PHENOMENA THAT SCIENCE FORGETS OR REJECTS.
QUANTUM PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS HAVE SHOWN THAT SINGULARITIES AND QUANTUM JUMPS ARE POSSIBLE AND DO OCCUR.
IF MAN IS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN ONE AND THE OTHER SCALE, WHY WOULD EVERYTHING NOT BE POSSIBLE HERE?

PRESENT HUMANKIND IS NEITHER AN APE NOR THE APEX OF EVOLUTION. THE EVOLUTION IN TECHNOLOGY AND IN THE SCIENCES IN GENERAL IS CALLING FORTH AND IS ALLOWING A CORRESPONDING EVOLUTION IN CONSCIOUSNESS.
THE HUGE UNUSED PARTS OF THE BRAIN AS WELL AS THE SECRET POTENTIAL OF THE SO CALLED JUNK DNA MIGHT JUST BE WAITING TO DO SOME FIREWORKS!

INVOLUTION AND EVOLUTION
July – August 2009

One of the things that happen when concepts from one branch of knowledge are used and adopted by other fields is that misunderstandings arise which later become very difficult to clarify and correct.
Evolution and Involution are two such concepts. Their meaning varies according to whether they are studied from a materialistic science perspective or from the different perspectives of the various spiritual branches of the knowledge and wisdom tree.
For instance: As it is postulated both by the material sciences and by sociology, the idea that humankind has been evolving continuously since its beginnings till nowadays, is believed by people as a matter of fact. Yet such an approach ignores several issues that seem to contradict it.
The first issue is the well known and somewhat recorded stage of an original paradise and of earlier civilizations like Lemuria and Atlantis. From both that original paradise and from those civilizations there would have been falls, from which humankind did not yet recover.
The second issue is: from which perspective, with which yardsticks do you ascertain evolution? Also, how do you deal with these issues if materialistic science is totally averse to the idea of involution, even though scientists are aware of degeneration, entropy and decay?
Spiritual knowledge in its various forms states that involution preceded evolution, that there were spirits before there were bodies. People nowadays- in their understandable desire to please both lords- pretend to believe in religious teachings, namely about the Fall, yet piously believing everything science tells them about evolution. And truly these aren’t reconcilable…
What if we were to postulate a different beginning for time and space?
Suppose that before the so called Big Bang – which anyways science recognizes may never be validated- suppose that there was just one point, a sort of superstring that started to unravel, to unfold as short waves that progressively became longer and denser?

That more and more space and slower and slower time started creating this entire visible universe? A universe which is more and more expansionary and inflationary?
What if we would call this the shadow universe in relation to a real but invisible one? What if the idea now would be to conjoin them? That is, to gather and collect all these projections into their source?
So, this second issue of reappraising the concepts of evolution and involution can raise at least two questions:
If we were spirits, gods, who in their(our) fall or self sacrifice, have created more and more dense realms in order to fulfill some goal or mission, would this type of involution not indicate that there would be sometime a possible turnaround, an evolution towards the original state of oneness?
Could it be that evolution is not linear? That sometimes history bifurcates and a civilization takes a less desirable path? As could have been the case when Greece chose science over poetry and the individual over the universal? As when the nascent Christian Church embraced and became the State? Could it be that since the 1940’s humanity ceased to evolve and started to involve?

Those ideas could start to make sense if we define evolution as the progressive awakening of the spirit and involution (in our present historical case) as the progressive and excessive ascendant of the mind over the spirit and the intelligent heart.
Could it be that an “evolution” towards bionic bodies, gene modification both in humans, animals and food crops and the gradual replacement of the joys of creativity and human natural interaction by the enticements of the virtual world is really an “involution”?
These are issues that cannot be avoided much longer. Humanity is at a crossroads. Let those who have an open mind and a good-willing heart listen to their inner feelings and promptings. Help is always available to those of us who dare to be humble.

Obama 2

26Aug

Obama 2

June – August 2009
Obama is disappointing himself. It is not a question of him having substance or not. He does have the most important substance which is that of the heart. The problem is not even vision. It is that he seems to be helpless to get the right help and direction. Without that he cannot muster the courage to take the very bold measures required to start taking the world out of the present quagmire.
It is true that he inherited an impossible situation and that both wars and the economy are of the entire responsibility of his predecessor and will remain so. What he seems not to be aware of is:

1.  He is the president of the world. He can act as such. None of the other world actors can compete with him. All are still waiting for an act of leadership. That act, contrary to what he believes, cannot come from a consensus of world leaders. Interests are too divergent; those leaders are completely soaked in the past. And could we, for instance redefine lack of leadership as the Western democratic counterpart of corruption in the Third World?
2.  But any leader needs a base of support to launch new policies. Where would he go and get it? Once again, in the world, before it erodes like the domestic one. And domestically too he has to forge a new alliance. Of people really committed to change, which are willing to listen if things are presented to them in simple, clear terms.
3.  “It’s the paradigm; stupid…it’s about culture…” It is very difficult for a human being to accept that his whole model of society, so patiently and with so few changes evolved since the cave man does not work. At least does not work anymore in a society that became global. Yet that recognition is unavoidable, for problems are not only global but transdisciplinary.

It is the same problem with the economy, politics, health, religion, science, nature, race, education and even with art. A wrong point of perspective leads us to wrong priorities in all areas.
4.  It is not easy to explain to any audience what the problem is. Audiences have been told half lies for centuries, have been given placebos for ages. The problem is that throughout the centuries we have made what now can be perceived as the wrong choices. We chose a materialistic paradigm over a spiritual one. The Christs and the Buddhas came and went and we remained impervious to their message. Now Quantum Physics has come and governments don’t translate it to their people, while religious leaders continue to miss the point. Yet the message is basically the same: everything is one, everything is connected and everything is interdependent.

5.  There are many other things that both spirituality and science have found that would take a book to expound. Besides, several books already exist on the subject. Only that scientists, religious leaders and governments are united in not wanting to read them. They are all too comfortable with the status quo, the division of spheres of influence and revenue. They really are united by their fear of the unknown. A very human and unacknowledged feeling that permeates both individuals and societies and prevents true innovation in all walks of life.
6.  But…you can say…in a democratic society people have the rights to choose their beliefs freely and nothing can be imposed by the governments; in a democracy people have equal access to education; we can all illustrate ourselves with the latest theories and we all have access to the internet and to the Wikipedia; we can form or vote for any political parties and leaders we prefer.
7.  To that it can be said that a democracy that is not also an economic democracy is not truly democratic. For we continue to have the haves and the haves not. Also, so called democracies have many acknowledged defects and weaknesses besides the persistence and the surprising widening of inequalities. That would also take another essay to make clear to all. But it can be said that the real political choices of the ordinary citizen are very limited; that the political and civic education is almost nonexistent; that political leaders are so pressed by the time of their mandates that they are incapable of taking long term decisions and hence have become pure managers of the status quo; that vested and not so vested interests and lobbies are so pervasive that leaders, consciously or unconsciously, have to bow to them. All this happens in a country which has become divided, simplified and polarized between two new and caricature classes: the investors and the consumers, the modern version of the rich and the poor.

8.  A note of unexpected humor: investors and consumers are a dancing pair, in and out of synch at a time, but in the end complementary: investors have more money than things they can buy; consumers always want more things than their money can buy. The perfect financial vehicle which the wizards of the Street did not yet invent would be a hybrid: it would give serenity and peace of mind in an iron-clad Madoff scheme to the investors; while creating a perpetual and self sustaining system of return, exchange and refund to be given to the consumer’s appetite…

9.  But, seriously speaking, what could be the choices, the choices from that unknown? They require real courage as well as charisma, both qualities with which Obama is abundant. And, for instance, what is really charisma? The capacity to keep others in the present. That is, to drag them out of their past, and not let them meander in future alternatives that will be a linear continuation of that past. Charisma is the future made now. Charisma is the embodiment in one person of the latent yearnings and unexpressed needs of a people. That is something that both Mussolini and Hitler knew, but that democratic politicians have been incapable of personifying without falling into populism.

10.  The choices would be to tell the truth to the world population. To really use the enormous power of some sort of fireside chats through television to explain very clearly what are the issues and challenges facing humankind. To clearly and pragmatically assume that this is a crisis of civilization and that as such it should be welcomed. In order to take a clear departure from the past. A past that can only lead civilization to its doom. But can Obama muster the courage to address the world? Does his own past, his national, racial and religious prejudices impede him to take such a bold step? Can he overcome his deep-seated need to please everybody? To cater to all constituencies? Can he forget about reelection and do what needs to be done? Can he understand that those who don’t want to think or to open their hearts or to make choices will have to pay for the consequences?

11.  Nobody manifests on the streets for the rights of the Spirit, nobody protests against the apparent theft of Time, which in reality hides its almost total control over our lives. That is because democracy is a passive system; it restrains certain abuses but it does not foster true search for societal innovation, it does not like to be questioned, nor does it look for an integral approach to life. Yet it is the spirit that is knocking at our door. Yet it is God who wants to return to human society. A God who is not owned by any religion or race. A God that deserves a last chance. A final chance to help redirect Humankind’s course.
12.  Yes… but along which lines? … Nobody in the West wants a theocracy anymore, nobody wants communism…Yet, do people really know what theocracy means? Do people really know what communism means? Are the examples of today’s Iran and of the former Soviet Union a remote example of such systems? Or are they mankind’s deviations and distortions of a dimly perceived ideal? Could it be that the best system would be a amalgamation of those three ideals?
13.  The economical, the social, the political and the religious are not really separate. They have common roots and share many components. What is missing is a novel approach which aligns them. A magnet that aligns them toward the same goal that motivates those areas of human pursuit: the attainment of happiness, as the philosophers would say. The attainment of a simple and agreeable life for all; where the excitement, the discovery and the fulfillment are pursued inside. This would be very far away from the present consumeristic and debt ridden society model that the rule of Economism has imposed on us.
14.  Much more could be said about a new model of economy that would be fair to all, yet not utopical. We intend to dedicate to that subject another separate text. The practice of barter has existed since time immemorial. The idea that people should do what they like and know how to do best is not new. But that requires that the economy shifts from production and consumption to satisfaction and fulfillment. That the economy and the society become geared towards the individual and the family instead of the State and the corporations. It will require that money will be used just as a means of exchange for a real good or service, and even as a pure means of reference and not as an instrument of control or status. For we are just stewards of this Earth.
15.  After writing the above a few days ago, I just finished reading an article in Rolling Stone magazine (20th August 2009), entitled “Obama so far”. It says something very similar: “Will he take bold action or compromise too easily?” In it, the three political observers insist that his approach to get some Republican votes has only weakened the final bills approved while the number of Republicans voting for them was extremely small. Everywhere in the article and the magazine there is a call for those who elected him on the premise of change to get activated again and press him vocally for real reform and for him to take the system to its edge. Yes, certainly…but that goes against the very veins along which democracy has evolved in America, in which people’s participation in the political process is only encouraged and allowed during the electoral period. Furthermore if he were to call on his support bases that could risk polarization (even while his opponents openly mobilize against his policies…). It could even put him at risk. And we do not have to be very imaginative or knowledgeable to guess the many, many vested and not so vested interests that are only waiting for him to make a big mistake to try and make the situation revert to something akin to the previous regime.
16.  To finalize I would dare say that everything in the life of a man, irrespective of his station, lies in his moral consciousness, in his trust in himself and in God. To be a community organizer is a great achievement and indicator, but there comes a moment, in which you realize that if what you get is not enough, then it is the same as getting nothing; it will not take you anywhere. Also, if the money is to be used to bailout the banks which created the present mess, and who show no clear signs of wanting to mend their ways, then there is a moral hazard in protecting recklessness and greed. Above all, mainly if you are a gambler by nature , someone who is not averse to taking risks, there eventually comes a pressing moment in which you have to chose between compromise and compassion, between the preservation of a status quo that favors a small elite and the creation of a more just and more spirit imbued society. That Great Society can then become the world.
17.  Ironically, it could be that the most drastic initial step which could be taken, the freezing of the banking system, indeed of the whole international monetary system, is perhaps what some governments and institutions secretly desire. It could be a good beginning at restoring some sanity, honesty and fairness. A new starting from point zero. But it should clearly be part of a life oriented program and not a first step towards an artificially created and imposed virtual society, ruled through biologically embedded microchips. Time is running out and the world economy is definitively out of control. Though the economy is resilient and is resisting the plunge, unemployment will be getting unacceptable soon, while derivatives remain explosive and anything can trigger a debacle. We know how great wars start with small and unexpected detonator pretexts. Let us hope that this time the pretext to save the economy is not a war in the Middle East.