The Evolution Of Man

When I read Shakespeare, Greek mythology, or the writings of ancient philosophers, even ancient spiritual writings I wonder about the real meaning of human evolution.  Long ago, in studying genetics I realized that many of our choices as a group or as a society are not really choices, they are genetic programming designed to insure the survival of the species for as long as it is meant to survive.

Many people are astounded by the number of homosexuals there are today.  Some would say that there were always as many, just not so many out of the closet.  I don’t think that this is true.  I believe that there are many more than ever before and the number will continue to increase.  Today, woman who are attracted to younger men are called cougars, this number too is increasing and the relationships between older women and younger men will increase as time goes on.

In time homosexuality will no longer be an issue that drives politics and religion, and older women with younger men will no longer be stigmatized by a label.  This is because these are genetic directives meant to address the overpopulation of the earth by humans which left unchecked would lead to human extinction.  There are even ancient legends regarding war, telling tales of how the gods used to come down and eat men and women.  Finally there was a truce wherein man promised to fight wars rather than to be eaten by the gods in order to prevent the world from being overrun by humans.

There are many of our behaviors that seem to become epidemic before them become commonplace, evolutionary mutations, so to speak – genetic reprogramming that we are unable to override because to do so would be to cause our extinction.  Older woman and younger men, homosexuality, sexually transmitted diseases that cause infertility, and wars upon wars upon wars – all leading to an inevitable and necessary population decrease.  Whenever there is a societal change of direction – we have to ask ourselves what will be its outcome?  Today the greatest threat to the earth and to our species is not war, it is overpopulation.  Overpopulation causes a greater drain on our resources than anything that we do.  In order to intelligently deal with overpopulation, we would have to deal with the problems of poverty and ignorance, problems that we as a species have not evolved enough to adequately tackle without Divine intervention.

If we were to go back in time, as far back as recorded history permits we would find that man has not evolved into a higher form of human.  Our chimpanzee cousins live in groups in which men form bonds of kinship, and patrol the borders of their territories.  They live in their own little countries and have distinct power structures.  For all apes, it is good to control the most power, to have to most resources and to form alliances that guarantee these things.  Although the males fight each other to show who is the most powerful, more and more research is revealing that behind every chest pounding males is guiding female.  Our chimp cousins have rudimentary tools for building what they need to build and for foraging for food.  They have a number of medicinal plants that they use for wounds or infections.  They do not use words, but through the teaching of sign language we now know that they have the capacity to communicate their desires.  With few exceptions, we have not evolved beyond our ancient ancestors or even our ape cousins.  What we have done I find very hard to label evolution because it is really only an increase in an already existing ability. What we have done is that we have far exceeded all other animals in the making and use of tools to satisfy our basic animal instincts.  We have become technologically advanced apes.  We still haven’t broken off of the family tree and formed our own.  A chimpanzee is not a gorilla, and a gorilla is not an orangutan – but the differences among them, and their differences from us do not amount to enough to move any of us to a new tree.  Yet, I believe that we were and are meant to strive for that.

It is through our ability to connect with the spiritual, with the intangible, with God, love, art, music, poetry and a sense of connectedness with and responsibility for every other living organism on the planet that is the key to true human evolution.   It is not through the left brain that we will evolve, the left brain is basically good for making and improving tools.  It is through the right brain that we have the capacity to reach up and become the meaning of the image of God.  Obviously, man was created with the ability to live as the image of God, loving unconditionally and being caretaker for all life on the planet and the planet herself.  But we clearly have a choice.  God changed Abram to Abraham and thereby changed him from being a man to being a man of God.  Saul’s name was changed from Saul to Paul thereby changing him from a persecutor to a follower of Christ.  If we, can change from being the human race, to becoming the humane race, this could signal our own evolution from the greatest ape – to the image of the God.

Evolution is always building something better upon what was.  The new brain built not instead of the instinctual brain but built from it.  We have instinct and we have choice.  That choice allows us the option of not just perfecting the ability to fulfill our instinctual desires and protect ourselves from our often self-perpetuating fears by designing better tools.  It allows us to rise above those desires and fears and see them for what they are – to use love and compassion in finding ways to eliminate them without fight or flight.  The animal instinct does not transcend me and mine.  The God in us cannot see me or mine as less than the whole.  We only need to be the race of beings that we came here to become.

It is the animal nature to hoard, to become fat before winter.  It is the animal nature to find the richest territory and defend it against all intruders.  It is the nature of the beast to take and to keep and the nature of God to give and to share.  We will be called upon now to show our true nature.  In the end, all that is hidden – even from ourselves will be disclosed.

Matthew 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. 12:3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:  12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.  12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.  12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.  12:23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.  12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?  12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?  12:26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?  12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?  12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.  12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.  12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more12:54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.  12:55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.  12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?  12:57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

Just as the God gives to the raven so we are given.  Nothing that we have belongs to us it is all given to us as steps in Jacob’s ladder.  We each have been given what we need to shed the animal and become the human.  We are each unique and through our uniqueness we are to find that which we can give to God by giving back to the earth and its inhabitants.  We can only truly say that have earned that which we give to others.  Whatever we have in abundance we must give abundantly.  The signs are all here, the change is approaching.

The world is on the threshold of a new beginning.  It will not be one in which the power of the few rules over the many, but of power in the whole.  It is one of those evolutionary leap times.  Those of us who have felt like mutations throughout our lives will finally see that evolution is only accomplished through mutation.  This “economic downturn” that seems to be the catalyst of change in the world will continue until we all let go of those things of the world that stand between man and God.  Whatever we cling to is our treasure – therein lies our hearts.  It is the end, at least for a millennia – of the world of mammon.  Those capable of giving away what they have hoarded to those in need will make the transition.  Those who cannot let go, will find that it is taken anyway and there will be no place of comfort.  It is the blessing and the responsibility given to man to become the image of God.  It is that image that will shine in the times ahead.  Those who hope to evolve, who see the path to evolution and hear its call must know that the time is now.

Evolution–There’s Something Happening Here part 2 – The Split

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When Greg Braden’s  book, “Awakening To Zero Point” said that love and compassion could change one’s DNA it sounded a bit far fetched to me.  Still, it remained in my consciousness like a magnet waiting to draw together the information I needed to understand it.  That came to me many years later when I happened upon an article about the genetic mutations that occurred during an experiment in Russia on Silver Foxes.

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The Experiment

From “American Scientist”

“In setting up our breeding experiment, Belyaev bypassed that initial trauma. He began with 30 male foxes and 100 vixens, most of them from a commercial fur farm in Estonia. The founding foxes were already tamer than their wild relatives. Foxes had been farmed since the beginning of this century, so the earliest steps of domestication—capture, caging and isolation from other wild foxes—had already left their marks on our foxes’ genes and behavior.

From the outset, Belyaev selected foxes for tameness and tameness alone, a criterion we have scrupulously followed. Selection is strict; in recent years, typically not more than 4 or 5 percent of male offspring and about 20 percent of female offspring have been allowed to breed. To ensure that their tameness results from genetic selection, we do not train the foxes. Most of them spend their lives in cages and are allowed only brief “time dosed” contacts with human beings. Pups are caged with their mothers until they are 11/2 to 2 months old. Then they are caged with their litter mates but without their mothers. At three months, each pup is moved to its own cage.

Figure 3. Piebald coat colorClick to Enlarge Image To evaluate the foxes for tameness, we give them a series of tests. When a pup is one month old, an experimenter offers it food from his hand while trying to stroke and handle the pup. The pups are tested twice, once in a cage and once while moving freely with other pups in an enclosure, where they can choose to make contact either with the human experimenter or with another pup. The test is repeated monthly until the pups are six or seven months old.

At seven or eight months, when the foxes reach sexual maturity, they are scored for tameness and assigned to one of three classes. The least domesticated foxes, those that flee from experimenters or bite when stroked or handled, are assigned to Class III. (Even Class III foxes are tamer than the calmest farm-bred foxes. Among other things, they allow themselves to be hand fed.) Foxes in Class II let themselves be petted and handled but show no emotionally friendly response to experimenters. Foxes in Class I are friendly toward experimenters, wagging their tails and whining. In the sixth generation bred for tameness we had to add an even higher-scoring category. Members of Class IE, the “domesticated elite,” are eager to establish human contact, whimpering to attract attention and sniffing and licking experimenters like dogs. They start displaying this kind of behavior before they are one month old. By the tenth generation, 18 percent of fox pups were elite; by the 20th, the figure had reached 35 percent. Today elite foxes make up 70 to 80 percent of our experimentally selected population.

Now, 40 years and 45,000 foxes after Belyaev began, our experiment has achieved an array of concrete results. The most obvious of them is a unique population of 100 foxes (at latest count), each of them the product of between 30 and 35 generations of selection. They are unusual animals, docile, eager to please and unmistakably domesticated. When tested in groups in an enclosure, pups compete for attention, snarling fiercely at one another as they seek the favor of their human handler. Over the years several of our domesticated foxes have escaped from the fur farm for days. All of them eventually returned. Probably they would have been unable to survive in the wild.

Physical Changes

Physically, the foxes differ markedly from their wild relatives. Some of the differences have obvious links to the changes in their social behavior. In dogs, for example, it is well known that the first weeks of life are crucial for forming primary social bonds with human beings. The “window” of bonding opens when a puppy becomes able to sense and explore its surroundings, and it closes when the pup starts to fear unknown stimuli. According to our studies, nondomesticated fox pups start responding to auditory stimuli on day 16 after birth, and their eyes are completely open by day 18 or 19. On average, our domesticated fox pups respond to sounds two days earlier and open their eyes a day earlier than their nondomesticated cousins. Nondomesticated foxes first show the fear response at 6 weeks of age; domesticated ones show it after 9 weeks or even later. (Dogs show it at 8 to 12 weeks, depending on the breed.) As a result, domesticated pups have more time to become incorporated into a human social environment.

Figure 4. In typical silver foxesClick to Enlarge Image Moreover, we have found that the delayed development of the fear response is linked to changes in plasma levels of corticosteroids, hormones concerned with an animal’s adaptation to stress. In foxes, the level of corticosteroids rises sharply between the ages of 2 to 4 months and reach adult levels by the age of 8 months. One of our studies found that the more advanced an animal’s selection for domesticated behavior was, the later it showed the fear response and the later came the surge in its plasma corticosteroids. Thus, selection for domestication gives rises to changes in the timing of the postnatal development of certain physiological and hormonal mechanisms underlying the formation of social behavior.

Other physical changes mirror those in dogs and other domesticated animals. In our foxes, novel traits began to appear in the eighth to tenth selected generations. The first ones we noted were changes in the foxes’ coat color, chiefly a loss of pigment in certain areas of the body, leading in some cases to a star-shaped pattern on the face similar to that seen in some breeds of dog. Next came traits such as floppy ears and rolled tails similar to those in some breeds of dog. After 15 to 20 generations we noted the appearance of foxes with shorter tails and legs and with underbites or overbites. The novel traits are still fairly rare. Most of them show up in no more than a few animals per 100 to a few per 10,000. Some have been seen in commercial populations, though at levels at least a magnitude lower than we recorded in our domesticated foxes.”

This story made me realize that behavior, or a tendency towards certain behaviors are genetically programmed.  These traits are written in our DNA.  If there was any doubt about this, these foxes would have to dispel it.  In this experiment the the foxes were separated into 3 initial categories.

If we were to classify the people living during this evolutionary time, Type III would be those drawn to groups which sought to exclude or eliminate anyone, race, or religious group that was different than their own.  Those who believe that any “other” is a threat to themselves, a threat worth whatever it might take to prevent any chance of infiltration.  It would also include those in government or corporations who see the loss of life of the “other” , or the suffering of the “other” as an acceptable price for doing business,

Type II would be those individuals who believe in the idea of unity and love of mankind, and who are able to embrace individuals who are different, but, are unable, in this lifetime to embrace humanity in general, out of fear.  Then there are those in industry who are able to feel sympathy for those who suffer, and do give to help others, if However, they would follow the rich young man in the following parable:

Matthew 19:16-30

New International Version (NIV)

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’[a] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

These souls are close, but just not ready to open up unconditionally.  Many who think that they would be ready, would not, many who think they would not be ready, would.

Then there are those who are Type I, these are the souls who spent lifetimes working towards this point.  They are eager for the evolutionary growth, and almost certain, being honest with themselves, that they would follow the path to perfection.  Their only self doubt lies in their awareness that they have had moments of being lost in the material world.  However, in reality, they are prepared and their “material moments” were only tests of their ability to let go.

Type IE has been ready for lifetimes to be in this position and are already carrying this evolutionary “chip”, and are only working towards full activation.

With this increasing build up of spiritual energy, there is an equally increasing build up of the fear within those groups that belong to the world, those groups activated by force rather than power.  The fear creates violent emotions, which are energized by repressed rage.  To those who are in the latter two types, the energy coming from those who are not here to make that leap is unnerving.

There have been unexplained evolutionary leaps made by humans.  Many times these leaps are attributed to alien intervention.  If we look at the foxes, that took a great number of generations.  And I can say that I myself did not have parents that I would consider any higher than type III, maybe a mixture of II and III.

For humans the evolution has to be through past lives.  All of the people that I know of who would be going those this evolutionary leap have come from past lives deeply immersed in spiritual lives, not necessarily in religious ones, and those who were involved in religious institutions, were rebels working to change the system.

I believe that what Bill Clinton did with Monica Lewinsky was wrong.  However, I did not believe that it had anything to do with his ability as a president.  In fact, after the entire situation died down, it was made public that many of his most vicious attackers were guilty of the same moral misconduct.  To me the political parties, the red and the blue were so different in attitude and overall temperament that they seemed like different species.  Of course I did not think of that at the time,

No, I really began to be truly troubled when President Bush came into office. This was when I began to feel like a stranger in a strange land. It is difficult for me to describe, but it began to feel like the, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.  The judgment, bigotry, and hidden rage that seemed to surface during Bush’s time in office scared me, particularly from the Christian Right.  I was really uncomfortable with the energy during that time, but when Obama ran for office the atmosphere felt really eerie.

People were brimming with hatred for someone who they did not even know.  It looked like when some people said Obama’s name their heads were going to start spinning.  This weird energy has continued since the campaign.  I remember the Democratic Convention was filled with people who all looked different, standing around talking about unity and compassion, coming together as one nation.  It was a tearfest.

On the other hand, the Republican National Convention was all about rejection, greed, hatred, separation, division, us against them, it was a night of venomous rhetoric.

My opinion, and again, I say this because it will sound strange, but it is what I believe, is that homo sapiens are evolving a subspecies species of human. I said in my last post that there is this energy of unity that is pervading the earth. It is fueled by the power of Spirit. However, the other energy here, the law of the jungle, the dog eat dog, survival of the fittest energy has been building and growing for a very long time.  There are many more souls on earth, young souls deeply connected to this karmic pattern on earth.

At this time when the one Age is coming to an end and another is opening up, there is this time of harvest.  And so, during these past years since 1987 things have been growing.  The things fueled by force,. like greed,. hatred, separatism, and prejudice. have been driving the direction of the world.  Everything that the we are involved in around the world, the wars, the disasters. oil spills, all that endangers our health and wellbeing are connected with greed or lust for power, whether it is corporate power, religious power, governmental power, greed has been the cornerstone of what happens in our world today.

It is an energy that floats in the ether.  It is destroying the earth and so it had to be countered.  First, many children were coming into the world with down syndrome.  These children were simply souls carrying the energy of love who were not susceptible to any of the lower emotions, they were only love.  And so these souls began to anchor pure love here.

After that there has been a growing number of children born in the Autism Spectrum, these children are only accessible through love.  also unable to hold the negative energies of the earth, but these children are more varied in their abilities.  Though some of these souls came solely to anchor love and light, others will have highly focused skills which will be needed to rebuild and heal the earth as she herself is reborn.

So what is happening to us? I believe that those of us who have connected with the love in our hearts and the burning desire to live in world where we feel the fellowship of man, and know the true meaning of wealth are changing, are evolving down to our DNA into a subspecies of homo sapiens.

Not too long ago I read about Bonobos, a species of Chimp only discovered in 1929. Of their  origin, we only know that they split from chimpanzees after humans.  They still resemble chimps with a smaller body, and longer hair that is parted in the middle,. but the greatest differences between the Bonobos and the classic chimp are these:

Chimpanzees
Coarse and hot-tempered
• Raise their hair in anger often
Physical violence is common
• They pull attackers close to bite them
• Voice: use U and O vowels
• Less vocal
• Copulate as necessary, from behind
• Babies born with pale skin which turns dark with age
• Robust features and prominent snout, shorter hair

CHIMPANZEES are social animals that are active during the day (they are diurnal). They live in small, stable groups (called communities or unit groups) of about 40-60 individuals. Smaller subgroups of 6-10 chimps stay together for a while, with the membership changing over time. *Males are dominant and control with violence. (Political violence is common)

Bonobos
• Sensitive, attentive and nervous
• Rarely raise their hair
• Physical violence almost never occurs
• Defend themselves by kicking
• Voice: use A and E vowels
• More vocal
• Copulate frequently, indiscriminately and face to face
• Babies born with dark skin and red lips
• Slender features, short snout, longer hair that parts in middle

-BONOBOS often join with up to 200 group members at a time, they tend to be more friendly, passive and socially accommodating. Chimpanzees often have political fights and riots and are not very social with the other groups. *Females are dominant and control with sex. There is a male hierarchy but it is based upon the position of the mother, and is subordinate to the dominant females.

“ – C. MacDuffee. from his site “Who cares about issues – I do”

Today’s human evolved out of the changing requirements necessary for survival of the species on the earth.  We had to inhabit the entire earth, adjust to varying environment factors in a moments notice.  We were required to procreate – multiply, and insure the survival of our offspring.  There was a need for a strong emphasis on recklessness, and on protection of ones self, ones own and ones tribe  It was not possible to protect a group larger than that.  The time comes when new skills are necessary to insure the survival of our world, and of our ability to thrive and grow on it.  Today these skills are the ability to come together and share, love and help each other and the earth.  This would call for a species to evolve to meet this need.

Those of us who have chosen this path have chosen a path of delayed gratification.  Our true joy will come as we join together with others.  Our sense of success will be realized not through material gain, but through our spiritual gain.  Now through the what we can amass, but through what we can share and what we can give.

Seeking The Truth and Finding Understanding

It has been very difficult for me to post because I am so caught up in what is going on today and it is so easy to pass judgment.  I am not comfortable writing about a topic so long as I feel that my view is obviously the right one.  I have learned that however deeply I feel something to be the truth, someone feels as deeply that it is not.  Until I can understand the path that lead that person to his opposing view, my own view  is only strong enough to hold me.

In writing, my goal is not simply to describe the world as I see it, but to also expand the vision, or give words to the visions of those who read what I write.  A cube has six sides.  The whole, or the truth of a cube can only be expressed by connecting six sides.  Six people, each viewing one side cannot call their side, a cube.  So, I attempt to write when I feel that when I express my perspective it is not my intent to replace the perspective of someone else.

When I began my search for the ultimate truth, it was for no higher purpose than to eliminate the embarrassment of being wrong.  I was bothered by having to rethink my position and then declare to the world that I was not right.  However, my search has taken many twists and turns, and through that process I developed a sincere desire to understand.

I came to the realization that there was my truth, your truth and the truth.  Again, I just had to find “The Truth”.  This was a good place to begin ego stripping, because I found that my truth could never be anything but, my truth.  As hard as I searched, with as open a mind as I could attain, I found that, at least in our world, there just isn’t “The Truth”.  At least not in any useful way.  I found that there has always been “the Seed”  from which all truths are born.  But “the Seed” is not “The Truth”.  A three dimensional world has three dimensions.  There is no one place to stand in which to visualize all sides at once and thus see the whole picture.

Regardless of where I stand, I will only see one side, and even if that side varies markedly from the side I was once on, there is still at least one more side that I am not seeing.  Even being open minded enough to make the effort to see all sides, I will still, inevitably, choose one to be the right one and chances are it will be the one that resonates with my existing belief pattern, or current experience.
When I was in my early twenties I began to study numerology.  I remember reading about my personal numbers and thinking at first that they really, “sucked”.  I wanted this one love who would worship and adore me, and who I, in return, would worship and adore.  All the rest was background noise.  Numerology did not hold this as a possibility, in this life at least.  My numbers only spoke of universal love and giving, they spoke of disappointment in seeking that all consuming great love that I was living for.

Up to that point, disappointment was a fitting word to describe my quest for that one true all consuming love.  But then it came to me, a voice in my head told me that God would put my greatest happiness on whatever path I was meant to walk.
Just because I had to experience a different kind of love than the one I was looking for, didn’t mean that it would feel less joyous.  In other words, God does not ask us to sacrifice our happiness, or our fulfillment.  The only thing that we are asked to sacrifice is our egocentric belief that we know better than God where that joy and fulfillment can be found.

I remember when I first felt that Obama would be elected President.  I was happy knowing that it would open a door that could not ever be closed again.  It declared that we are as equal as we choose to believe that we are.  At the same time, I was very saddened intuitively knowing that, “all the kings horses and all the kings men, couldn’t put humpty together again.”  The foundation of our capitalistic, materialistic system was being shattered into pieces that were not meant to be reconstructed.

The world as we have believed it to be was coming to an end.  The world envisioned by Jesus, the Buddha, Krishna, and the many mystics and enlightened men and women would become the manifest world in which we live.  They taught us that material gain was empty – we would see it now as empty.  They taught that attachment was the root of suffering – and through our attachment, our suffering is growing.  They taught us that only through compassion, faith, love and kindness could joy be found.  We are finding that governments are helplessly bound in a stalemate – a battle between the old ways and the new.  And because we cannot find relief from our governments, we seek the help, the kindness and compassion of our neighbors.

Some of us must overcome our pride and ask for help.  Some of us must overcome our fear of lack and extend our help.  Yet, through this process, we are all being forced to overcome the inner attachments that tie us to the material world and block us from seeing the beauty in the spiritual world that lies before us.  Still, so long as we have governments and leaders, change will require their participation.  I have heard it said that the unfinished steps on the back of the United States Seal symbolize our forefathers belief that what they began would continue, and grow, and evolve to fulfill the needs and secure the rights of all of the people.

No man can change the course when God has laid the stones of that path.  We have learned all that there is to learn from taking whatever we want and thinking only of ourselves and our own.  We have emptied that well of any value.  Now we will learn all that there is to learn from giving, from seeing all, as ourselves and all, as our own, and giving all that we have to give. We are now learning that if everyone is giving – everyone is receiving.

The most that any President can do is to redirect our country, through whatever incentives or programs within his power, into a direction that serves all of mankind, the earth, and those we may consider the most insignificant of God’s creatures.  And it should not be through punishing the abuser, but through generously rewarding those who do what is right for all.  “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”, let the profiteers do what they do and take what they take, but let the government generously reward and assist those who do what is best for those who have always benefited the least.

Barack Obama was elected in part because of who and what he was, but in a larger part because of who and what he was not. He was elected by the people, those same people who are losing their homes, their jobs and their health benefits.  He has two years, not to turn the economy around, but to reach down and make a real change in the lives of the people for whom he is the final hope.  A change, that no one else can claim credit for.  It could be forcing a moratorium on foreclosures, or something to help the growing number of families in dire need of assistance, or even improving education for all public schools.  But it has to be something that is tangible.

I was not a Bush supporter, yet spiritually I knew that he was destined by God to bring us to our knees and allow us to be the direct benefactors of our own actions.  However, although I am not a Bush supporter, I am a Bush admirer.  He found ways to use his authority to accomplish what he believed he had to accomplish.  He did not acknowledge obstacles.  In a very human way, that attitude made many people feel safe, even if their safety was an illusion – who cares?  Our illusions are the fortresses we live in.

We want everything, but we don’t want to pay.  We want big business because we want to be rich one day.  We want Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny delivering our packages – ON TIME.  We need a leader who will move, with complete conviction to give us, not what we want, but what we clearly need to insure the best quality of life for the greatest number of people for the longest period of time.  We don’t need someone who listens to us, as much as someone who sees the deteriorating quality of our lives.

I read somewhere where someone was quoted as saying that the majority does not rule, the majority is ruled.  The majority of people, approximately 70%, want – need to be told what to believe.  This is what religion does – this is what packs the pews.  About 25% of the people want to do whatever they want to do, and believe whatever they want to believe.  And only about 5% want sincerely to search from the heart for what is right for all – this is the path of spirituality. It has no leaders and no followers only seekers.

On the spiritual path, we seek a personal relationship, a personal understanding of God.  What this really means is that in the highest and truest sense, God is, and the ultimate truth is, what each of us experiences as such.  The truth that lies at the end of the journey is not the singularity of one point – one way, one path.  No, the truth is the singularity of one entire Universe of perspectives – growing, changing, evolving.  It does not narrow as our journey progresses, it expands until it encompasses All-That-Is.  For us as individuals, and for our leaders, the highest good that we can strive for, the greatest success that we can achieve, is to see everyone within the concept of “I”, and to include loving and caring for every species of life, when think taking care of, “our own”.