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A Message To All Original Peoples Across Australia and Around the World & A Call to Unity for ALL Humanity

Source: Dreaded Cheetah

Across Australia, Indigenous communities are being coerced and bribed into taking experimental covid injections. The corporate Australian governance has sent police and military into these communities to administer these injections. This is a warning message from four Indigenous Australian leaders to all Original peoples around the world.

This is a message for ALL humanity. Your DNA is sacred. It is crucial for your connection to self, to country & to spirit to protect your DNA and stand in your true power. Say NO to coercion and yes to freedom of choice. UNITED WE STAND!




They Offer Us Darkness – That We May Shine Brighter

By Linda George | Waking Times

“Brothers of the black force who can hear me, I say this without irony and with neither malice nor design. You do not work for what is called evil. Absolute love shouts its existence into even the smallest atom of life, whereas hatred denies even itself and thus cannot be embodied. What is hatred? It can only be the love of what is opposite to the Father. It bears the face of love I tell you, which is simply hidden beneath a mask. It begins with pure love for itself, without which it could have no force of cohesion.

Thus my brothers of the dark force who can bear my words, the particles composing your bodies are held together only by the force of love, inside and outside of you, without which they would instantly be thrown beyond the confines of the universe into a dance without end. Love is the only reason for everything and the only force of cohesion. Its creation goes on forever.

…..Without knowing it, our ‘black brothers’ furbish for us the weapons with which we detect our own weaknesses. They offer us the darkness so that we may make the light shine all the brighter.” – Anne & Daniel Meurois-Givaudan, The Way of the Essenes: Christ’s Hidden Life Remembered

Jesus, according to the authors of the book from which the passage above was taken, belonged to the mystical society of the Essene Brotherhood. He spent part of his life in Egypt where he was initiated into ancient mystical techniques for spiritual advancement and his teachings in Palestine was based on these mystical and metaphysical traditions. The ‘channeled account’ (believe it, or not) is replete with gems of extraordinary insight, deep wisdom, and compassion, issuing from the Master himself.

And don’t we need that about now?

What, my friends, is going on? Here we are, 19 months! into the madness, chaos, and confusion of an undeniable transition to somewhere beyond the bounds of our wildest imaginings and we are more mired in lies and insanity than ever. This is clearly a transition of megalithic proportions……up there with the fall of the Roman Empire and the sinking of Atlantis. WTF! There is a very dark force in our midst – and it is showing its hand. More than its hand. Its whole hideous, monstrous body and deeply sinister, deathly plan for humanity has been thrust to the surface. We can no longer pretend the evil monster who has been living in the shadows, controlling the most powerful, psychopathic world leaders, is not real. It has been revealed, finally. There is no going back. But did we sign up for this!?

Apparently, we did.

For many of us who smelt the rat of impending doom from that fateful third week in March 2020, the last year and a half have felt like a bad dream. We’ve lurched from states of panic and anxiety to numbness and disbelief. The feeling of wanting to press rewind, to go home and forget all about this drama we are caught in reminds me of another transition – four actually, that I did come out the other side of – that of the births of my children. It is so bloody painful and awful at the ‘transition’ stage, you just want to opt-out. I want to opt-out of this BS. I bet you know the feeling.

But here we are and unless we have whatever it must take to depart from the earth plane, we have no choice but to continue on. It helps in childbirth to have a deeply supportive midwife – one who keeps you going holds your hand and tells you where you are and how much longer there is to go.

You have, I’m sure, found your support people and trusted sources, your birth/death Doolas. How vital these support people are right now, as we negotiate the traumatic passage of the transition. And you will have heard the message – there is no getting around this: things are going to get worse. Bloody terrific. Those of us who have chosen the path of medical independence and freedom are going to be more and more marginalized from society. But the good news is ‘they’ (see black force above) are done for! YES! Their skulduggerous plan is coming apart and as more and more people ‘refuse to go along with it’ (in the face of the staggering evidence they are seeing) the tipping point is on the horizon. The future, our midwives and death Doolas are telling us, is positive. The Kali Yuga is in its death throes.

We don’t have a precise timeline for the birth of our bright future – these things being apt to change in accord with our collective ‘awakening’ – but we have a lifeline. If we can just, somehow, get through the hard stuff ahead – then we must believe that we will come out the other side.

There is so much going on right now and we are being impacted on all levels of our being. No wonder we are feeling physically and emotionally wrought. We have the non-stop stream of the ‘official’ media propaganda with its ridiculous plandemic narrative coming at us 24/7. We turn off the TV and radio in an attempt to shut out the presstitutes but cannot avoid the billboards and the masked zombies. What vibration deflation it all is! We want to be informed of what’s really happening so check in with our favorite truth channels – hoping to hear the 100th monkey is close. Surely, surely, we are nearly there…..

Our Doolas are doing their best to help us, by sharing their findings on the legal, medical, and spiritual fronts. These are juxtaposed by an endless stream of scary tales indicating the power structures are tightening their grip. Our circle of existence continues to shrink as our heretofore taken-for-granted basic freedoms – the right to work and earn a living, the joyful celebrations of life we share with our loved ones, travel, holidays, and even the air we breathe! are being taken away from us. But on the other side of that equation, the circles of our soul tribes are widening. We are finding brothers and sisters who see the truth as we do and we are forming bonds that will strengthen us all in this birthing process.

That’s right – we are in the transition.

“Look at all the physical worlds into which you are born as a function of your karma and according to what you need in order to evolve. The Nameless One’s finger is slowly approaching these worlds and in the form of a fantastic cloud of energies he will penetrate them. You cannot feel it yet, but within two thousand years all of your planets and stars will be transformed by his intervention. He will make them vibrate at a higher pitch, which will cause their etherization.” ~Jesus

We’ve been hearing the frequencies of the Sun, carried by solar winds, are increasing. All the planets in our solar system are being affected. Could this be the ‘etherization’ Jesus supposedly talked about two thousand years ago? And what might be the consequences of the Sun ‘vibrating at a higher pitch’?

Given all that is happening out there, when we experience physical symptoms, headaches, exhaustion, nausea, sleeplessness, we assume it is the effect of the stress of this fucked up situation. But perhaps, the physical and emotional conditions many of us are experiencing are about the increasing solar activity; the ‘Nameless One’s finger’ etherizing our corner of the cosmos.

I’ve read that this incoming energy impacts everything on the planet and sensitive people are noticing sleep disturbances and a host of other symptoms. The solar storms (carried by the winds) desynchronize our circadian rhythms. They affect our nervous systems – hence the increased levels of anxiety and fear many of us are noticing (ha! As if the daily ‘news’ wasn’t enough). The solar activity is affecting our Earth’s resonance (known as the Schumann resonance) – our planet’s heartbeat and this affects our own heartbeat. Have you noticed your heart feeling funny? I have. Every aspect of our physical and subtle bodies is being affected. Every cell is registering this shift of the ages.

Other ‘symptoms’ of the increased cosmic activity are rising to the surface of old, unprocessed emotions (tick), and wanting to connect, to forgive, or to ask forgiveness of people from our past. These old wounds are coming up to be healed and all, we are told, is in aid of the push we are collectively being given to moving to a higher frequency. In the process, everything is in a state of turbulence – much like that which occurs during a healing crisis. Or a birth. The intent, many believe, is to take us from our current slower vibrating density to a higher vibratory state. It is the journey of the evolution of our consciousness. We know that higher emotions such as gratitude, compassion, and love vibrate at a higher frequency than the lower ones – fear, jealousy, guilt. We have been living in a very low vibratory place on this planet for eons – thanks to the ‘slave self’ – or ego-mind – that was imposed on our species by the dark ones.

So many pieces of an age-old puzzle are coming together now. The solar winds are blowing in to usher us forward on our journey – from deception and oppression to truth and freedom. Whilst there may be an element of the ‘savior complex’ here, (and yes, we’ve been told time and time again that ‘no one is coming to save us’) – quite honestly, given the massive imbalance of power on our planet (they have been LONG planning and scheming for this) some outside assistance very much looks like our best chance. The 100th monkey may, and I fervently hope will happen…. But when I look around at the level of apathy and fear (the mind control has worked so well) in the general population, I’m not so sure. Given that, I’m going with the finger of the Nameless One and her Solar winds.

Jesus said the dark force is giving us the weapons with which we detect our own weaknesses.

Can we come to an awareness that our dark brothers are ultimately helping us to heal ourselves – of the wounds we inherited and fostered and passed forward; wounds arising from our egoic, slave selves over thousands of years.? We know that in order to heal, psychic wounds must come to the surface, to consciousness. Jesus also said we must bring forth what is within us. If we do not, what is within will destroy us. Could it be that all of this is just that? Collective healing of our species’ long history of woundedness?

We are being compelled to bring all our ancestral pain into the light of consciousness. Our history on this planet is a long litany of lies and deceit, of unspeakable evil and suffering, of abuse and oppression on a monumental scale by the powerful over the powerless. It encompasses the destruction of the feminine energy and of nature – the wisdom holders of Gaia/Sophia – the consciousness of our planet Earth. For whatever reason, we are part of the collective body of humanity, whose shadow manifested such evil. Though that in itself is debatable and there is good evidence to support the theory that these psychopaths – these ‘dark brothers’ – are not human. They are not human as we know humans to be. They are the archons. Whatever they are, it is now part of our karma to witness the healing crisis of a system SO dark there really was no other way. It all had to erupt.

We are seeing the explosion into awareness of long-hidden evil. The skies have darkened in our times and we are running from the fire, noxious fumes, and the devastation. Many, the majority, are running into the arms of the dark brothers themselves, in the tragic belief that these powerful ones will continue to protect and save them – as the suffering redeemer did at the dawn of the story. They will come to realize, if not in this life then in the next, the fantasy of that belief. It is a truly Plutonic time we are in. Birth and death, annihilation, transformation – lead eventually to healing and integration. Out of the pain and dark comes new life. THIS is where we are. The story is not over yet. We are only partway through – the transition remember. The hardest part.

Love is the cohesive force of the universe. Let us then breathe in love and breathe out love (through unimpeded nostrils) and know that we are One. Let us refuse to comply with this tyranny. Compliance NEVER brought freedom. If we would preserve our most fundamental freedoms we MUST refuse. Compliance equates to disconnection and we know now how pivotal it is that we connect and form a cohesive resistance to the evil that is unraveling our world. The disconnection the dark brothers have engineered and are daily implementing is not only trying to separate us from our fellow humans, but its intent is to disconnect us from the Source (God, the larger consciousness system, Tao, the Nameless One). Cohesion is the force of love – the force keeping everything from spinning out into the empty nothingness of space.

How vital it is then that we form cohesive groups with our fellow humans, our soul tribes, and resist. Ultimately truth and love will prevail. It’s time now for us all to hold that thought and intent uppermost. The finger of the Nameless One is sending us frequencies of love on the solar winds – the frequencies that will dismantle this bullshit. But if we would not go down with the system (that is going down) we must refuse to feed the system – with our fear and our compliance; we must ride those winds and surf the waves of the new world being birthed. Birth is painful but we can do it! Keep it uppermost in mind and Heart as our new world is being born: “They offer us the darkness so that we may make the light shine all the brighter.”
Bless you, all, and be the Light.

About the Author

Linda George lives in New Zealand, where she is actively engaged in finding the balance between effort and ease in a chaotic world. She teaches yoga and shares her insights from four decades of involvement in the worlds of metaphysics, philosophy, astrology, alternative healing, comparative religions, and yoga, through writing. Her book, Sun Signs & Soulmates, (Llewellyn USA) is available on Amazon. Her award-winning manuscript, Living in the Big Picture, is awaiting publication.

She may be contacted by email: Lindastrologer@gmail.com

Please visit her website: www.lindageorgeastrology.com and her blog: www.acosmicride@wordpress.com




Transcending Fear with 5 Keys.. Liberate Yourself in Any Given Situation

Fear is what so frequently holds people back on the spiritual path. Fear of what might happen if you take a certain step. Fear of completely letting go and where that might lead. Fear of hurting others by being truly authentic. Fear invades the mind, emotions, and body. But to simply ‘over-write it’ with positive intentions or infusing ‘love and light’ can lead only to more layers of identity. The liberated flow of the soul is not something to intention or create by a veneer of gloss. It just is, and it simply arises when we open the space for it. When the soul invites authentic choice, fear can often also arise. So how do you deal with it most effectively?…

Fear only ever comes up, because it is ALREADY within

Firstly, it’s important to say that you cannot ‘spread fear’ by raising the topic of something fearful – like fear of death for example. In a fully self-realized being, there is no fear, because there is always the realization of the One Self, which lives on through eternity. So fear can only activate where it already lies.

In other words, fear only ever comes up because it is already within. People carry it, often subconsciously. And while it exists, it’s always going to be limiting, even if the tendency is to temporarily white-wash over it with some positive gloss.

In the Openhand Approach, the only truly effective and lasting way to overcome fear (to dissolve it), is by the direct confrontation of it; to get into it, and deeply explore it.

Evolutionary growth through learning and expression

In spiritual circles and mainstream motivation groups, it’s so often the case to “imagine the best possible outcome of any given situation”. Then to work to create that. But whose creating? Who is imagining the “best possible outcome?” To me, it can only be an ego wanting a particular result.


In the Openhand perspective on the soul, there is only evolutionary growth through learning and expression. When the soul encounters a crossroads in life, with one direction marked ‘hell’ and the other ‘heaven’, the choice is made not based on what the most beautiful or desirable outcome might be; it is based on what can most be learned. And if that’s in some temporary kind of ‘hell’, then so be it. When the soul confronts some kind of situation, which causes it to contract in tightness, there represents a golden opportunity to deal with unrealized limitations.

In so doing, when the realization through the challenge happens, it always comes with the most incredible expansion. As you shake off that which previously held you back, then your soul soars like an eagle. There’s an immense joy that you reclaimed a lost aspect of Self.

How do you achieve this most effectively next time you encounter fear?

Bringing fear to the surface: imagine the Worst Possible Outcome

To me, I witness that fear mostly arises because, in some way, we’ve unconsciously distanced ourselves from the worst possible outcome of a given situation. Because it’s apparently too difficult to deal with, even to contemplate, the tendency is to sweep it under the rug. This has a very limiting internal effect – it creates polarity. In other words, it creates a small “I” identity, which is living in suppressed fear of that possibility and can now be victimized by it; in which case you are not being The One, which can be completely okay in ALL situations. People live their lives and shape whole realities based on such avoidance – like leaving an unfulfilling relationship for example or ending a job that doesn’t serve.

Fear represents a golden opportunity, but only if we’re prepared to turn right into it, at the time it is arising, and work deeply through it. And the most effective way I’ve found of doing that, is to contemplate the worst possible outcome from any given situation. So you literally imagine what could likely happen if you take the step your soul is guiding you into.

Opening Through Fear with 5 Keys

Here’s how to effectively deal with your fear and open the doorway through it with 5 keys…

1). Locate your internal tightness: When you contemplate the worst possible outcome, then all your subconscious fear and constriction come up. What you’re really looking for is the internal tightness – maybe it’s in your head, your solar plexus or sacrum? Feel it, work into it, and above all, express it out into the world. This might be crying, screaming, shouting, or vigorous movement.

2). Become as-one with the pain: Now what’s happening, is you’re actually becoming as-one with the pain, with the fear. If you keep working with it, then there comes a point where you tire of it, where you’ve had enough of it, where you realise the baggage itself that you’re carrying around, is far worse than the worst possible outcome. And you might aswell let it go. Thus, you’re empowering yourself by becoming The One in it.

3). Be prepared to completely fall apart: You must be prepared to completely fall apart. It’s like you’ve been controlling who you are, hanging onto who you should be – to what is expected of you. If you’re to truly penetrate through this, it will often feel like falling apart. And here’s the paradox of a liberated soul – that’s entirely okay!

4). Become The One: As you fall apart in it, as you really let go, then feel deeply through it into the sense of emptiness – into The Void. It feels like you’re touching the pure presence of complete acceptance. You’re now opening into infinite potential – the Source, from which authentic soul arises.

5). Unleash the freedom of the Soul: Finally, and here’s the great part, look for the natural expression of joy, expansiveness and rightness of the soul that wants to come through. Dance with it; sing and shout with it; give it wings by expressing it out into the world.

Transcending Fear: A practical example…

I recall giving a presentation to a crowded hall in Glastonbury several years ago. I tend not to plan such presentations other than the production of some slides and maybe the odd video or two. I always knew, that in coming from the source, all I needed was a thread – just a word or a feeling – from which to begin.

This particular time I began with a video and as it drew to a close, I was watching for the first words to drop into mind, a place to begin, a thread to pick up. Usually they came but this time nothing – nothing at all. As the credits to the film rolled, still nothing. As the silence and expectation of the audience grew louder in my awareness still nothing. As I stood up, still nothing. All the while I was watching my inner feelings, any arising tightness – and softening into them. Yes I was feeling nervous, realising a subconscious subtle desire for the people to appreciate me and my point of view. As that penny dropped, why would I limit myself by needing some kind of appreciation or outcome? What was wrong with how I was being? Even if nothing came? Even if I stood there in complete silence?

Time seemed to stretch right into eternity. Without need of outcome at all, any sense of fear, doubt and disbelief disappeared. I was infinitely vulnerable, and it felt completely blissful. So blissful that it felt humorous. And so I felt to begin by cracking a joke about the Pope, who just happened to be visiting the UK at the time. After the slightly uneasy silence, the audience fell about laughing and the presentation then flowed effortlessly.

Increasingly empowered, joyful, and harmonious

I’m not saying it’s necessarily easy to approach your fears in this way. There will always be a myriad of opt-outs – comfortable other solutions that placate the fear rather than dealing with it. There’ll be lots of distractions and plenty of people advising how to make the best of the situation. But if you have the courage to turn into your fears in this way, you will explode the myth that they are.

Because you are The One, which has created everything by which to know itself, and therefore ultimately, fears nothing.

So work to become the One within your fears, and they will surely burst like an exploding balloon. And your soul will expand out with empowered and joyful liberation. And what’s more, you won’t have to keep manifesting those fearful situations. By working through your fears, your life becomes increasingly empowered, joyful and harmonious. I wish you an empowered journey!

If you resonate with the approach to fear but are uncertain how to apply it, then you might like to get involved with the work of:
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Mob Morality and the Unvaxxed | Charles Eisenstein

By Charles Eisenstein | Waking Times

“Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.” ~Joseph Goebbels

We would like to think that modern societies like ours have outgrown barbaric customs like human sacrifice. Sure, we still engage in scapegoating and figuratively sacrifice people on the altar of public opinion, but we don’t actually kill people in hopes of placating the gods and restoring order. Or do we?

Some scholars believe we do. Following the thought of the late philosopher Rene Girard, they argue that human sacrifice is still with us today in the form of capital punishment (and incarceration – a removal from society). Girard believed that human sacrifice arose in response to what he called a “sacrificial crisis.” The original sacrificial crisis – the greatest threat to early societies – was escalating cycles of violence and retribution. The solution was to redirect the vengeance away from each other and, in violent unanimity, toward a scapegoat or class of scapegoats. Once established, this pattern was memorialized in myth and ritual, applied preemptively as human sacrifice, and carried out in response to any other crisis that threatened society.

In this view, capital punishment originated in human sacrifice and it is human sacrifice. It performs the same function: to forestall reciprocal violence through unanimous violence. It does so by monopolizing vengeance, truncating the cycle of retaliatory violence at the first iteration. This works whether the subject of execution or incarceration is guilty of a crime or not. Justice is a cover story for something more primal. Theologian Brian K. Smith writes,

The subject of a modern execution might also be carrying multivalent significations. Among other things (i.e., racial and economic metonymic potentialities), such a figure might serve as the representative of all crime, of “disorder” and social “chaos,” of the “breakdown of values,” etc. Apart from any utilitarian deterrent effect capital punishment might have, it is one, rather drastic, response to a social problem – illegal and illicit violence.

In other words, what we rationalize in the language of justice and deterrence is actually a blood ritual, in which a person, whether guilty or not, becomes a symbol. Ritual springs up irrepressibly around executions: the last meal, the “dead man walking” to the special execution chamber, the witnesses, the medical procedures, the presiding physician, the signed papers, the last rites, the covering of the head, the precise timetable, the final words, and the exacting attention to detail all mark off the execution as separate, special… sacred.

Something Must be Done

In a lucidly argued paper, legal scholar Roberta Harding offers several examples from the deep South during Jim Crow where judge, jury, and prosecutor well knew that the accused black man was innocent of the charge of raping a white woman. However, because the white supremacist social order was threatened by consensual interracial intercourse, they executed the accused anyway; if they failed to do so promptly he was lynched. Partly this was to set an example and terrify the black population, but partly it was because something had to be done.

By the same token, it mattered little that Afghan villagers or Iraqi politicians had no culpability for 9/11; nor did it matter that bombing them would have no practical effect on future terrorism (except to further inflame it). Obviously, the United States was using 9/11 as a pretext to accomplish larger geopolitical aims. Yet it worked as a pretext only because of broad public agreement that “something must be done.” And, enacting the age-old pattern, we knew what to do: find some target of unifying violence that cannot effectively retaliate. I was dismayed in 2001 when, at Quaker Meeting of all places, one of the Quakers said, “Of course, a forceful response of some kind is necessary.” What, I wondered, does “forceful” mean? It means bombing someone. In other words, we must find someone upon whom to visit violence. He may also have mentioned addressing the imperialist causes of terrorism, but those were not the subject of “of course.” Nearly everyone instinctively took for granted the necessity of finding sacrificial victims. We were definitely going to bomb someone – the only question was whom.

The 9/11 attack exemplifies what Harding calls a triggering incident, which “resuscitates dissensions, rivalries, jealousies and quarrels within the community,” leading to a sacrificial crisis. A recent such incident was the murder of George Floyd. The latent conflicts it exposed have been festering for so long that it takes little provocation for them to erupt into an active crisis. The response to Floyd’s murder is a classic illustration of the calming power of violent unanimity, as Derrick Chauvin’s conviction and sentencing temporarily quelled the racialized civil unrest that the killing sparked. Something was done – but only to quell the unrest, not to solve the complex, heavily ramified problem of police killings. It no more addressed the source of America’s race problems than killing Osama Bin Laden made America safe from terrorism.

Not just any victim will do as an object of human sacrifice. Victims must be, as Harding puts it, “in, but not of, the society.” That is why, during the Black Death, mobs roamed about murdering Jews for “poisoning the wells.” The entire Jewish population of Basel was burned alive, a scene repeated throughout Western Europe. Yet this was not mainly the result of preexisting virulent hatred of Jews waiting for an excuse to erupt; it was that victims were needed to release social tension, and hatred, an instrument of that release, coalesced opportunistically on the Jews. They qualified as victims because of their in-but-not-of status.

“Combatting hatred” is combatting a symptom.

Scapegoats needn’t be guilty, but they must be marginal, outcasts, heretics, taboo-breakers, or infidels of one kind or another. If they are too alien, they will be unsuitable as transfer objects of in-group aggression. Neither can they be full members of society, lest cycles of vengeance ensue. If they are not already marginal, they must be made so. It was ritually important that Derrick Chauvin be cast as a racist and white supremacist; then his removal from society could serve symbolically as the removal of racism itself.

Just to be clear here, I am not saying Derrick Chauvin’s conviction for George Floyd’s murder was unjust. I am saying that justice was not the only thing carried out.

Representatives of Pollution

Aside from criminals, who today serves as the representative of Smith’s “disorder,” “social chaos,” and “breakdown of values” that seem to be overtaking the world? For most of my life, external enemies and a story-of-the-nation served to unify society: communism and the Soviet Union, Islamic terrorism, the mission to the moon, and the mythology of progress. Today the Soviet Union is long dead, terrorism has ceased to terrify, the moon is boring, and the mythology of progress is in terminal decline. Civil strife burns ever hotter, without the broad consensus necessary to transform it into unifying violence. For the right, it is Antifa, Black Lives Matter protesters, critical race theory academics, and undocumented immigrants that represent social chaos and the breakdown of values. For the left, it is the Proud Boys, right-wing militias, white supremacists, QAnon, the Capitol rioters, and the burgeoning new category of “domestic extremists.” And finally, defying left-right categorization is a promising new scapegoat class, the heretics of our time: the anti-vaxxers. As a readily identifiable subpopulation, they are ideal candidates for scapegoating.

It matters little whether any of these pose a real threat to society. As with the subjects of criminal justice, their guilt is irrelevant to the project of restoring order through blood sacrifice (or expulsion from the community by incarceration or, in more tepid but possibly prefigurative form, through “canceling”). All that is necessary is that the dehumanized class arouse the blind indignation and rage necessary to incite a paroxysm of unifying violence. More relevant to current times, this primal mob energy can be harnessed toward fascistic political ends. Totalitarians right and left invoke it directly when they speak of purges, ethnic cleansing, racial purity, and traitors in our midst.

Sacrificial subjects carry an association of pollution or contagion; their removal thus cleanses society. I know people in the alternative health field who are considered so unclean that if I so much as mention their names in a Tweet or Facebook post, the post may be deleted. Deletion is a certainty if I link to an article or interview with them. The public’s ready acceptance of such blatant censorship cannot be explained solely in terms of its believing the pretext of “controlling misinformation.” Unconsciously, the public recognizes and conforms to the age-old program of investing a pariah subclass with the symbology of pollution.

This program is well underway toward the Covid-unvaxxed, who are being portrayed as walking cesspools of germs who might contaminate the Sanctified Brethren (the vaccinated). My wife perused an acupuncture Facebook page today (which one would expect to be skeptical of mainstream medicine) where someone asked, “What is the word that comes to mind to describe unvaccinated people?” The responses were things like “filth,” “assholes,” and “death-eaters.” This is precisely the dehumanization necessary to prepare a class of people for cleansing.

The science behind this portrayal is dubious. Contrary to the association of the unvaccinated with public danger, some experts contend that it is the vaccinated that are more likely to drive mutant variants through selection pressure. Just as antibiotics result in higher mutation rates and adaptive evolution in bacteria, leading to antibiotic resistance, so may vaccines push viruses to mutate. (Hence the prospect of endless “boosters” against endless new variants.) This phenomenon has been studied for decades, as this article in my favorite math & science website, Quanta, describes. The mutated variants evade the vaccine-induced antibodies, in contrast to the robust immunity that, according to some scientists, those who have already been sick with Covid have to all variants (See this and this, more analysis here, compare to Dr. Fauci’s viewpoint.)

It is not my purpose here, however, to present a scientific case. My point is that those in the scientific and medical community who dissent from the demonization of the unvaxxed contend not only with opposing scientific views but with ancient, powerful psycho-social forces. They can debate the science all they want, but they are up against something much bigger. Rwandan scientists could just as well have debated the precepts of Hutu Power for all the good that would have done. Perhaps the Nazi example is more apposite here since the Nazis did invoke science in their extermination campaigns. Then as now, science was a cloak for something more primal. The hurricane of sacrificial violence easily swept aside the minority of German scientists who contested the science of eugenics, and it wasn’t because the dissidents were wrong.

We face a similar situation today. If the mainstream view on Covid vaccines is wrong, it will not be overthrown by science alone. The pro-vaccine camp has a powerful nonscientific ally in the collective id, expressed through various mechanisms of ostracism, shaming, and other social and economic pressure. It takes courage to defy a mob. Doctors and scientists who express anti-vaccine views risk losing funding, jobs, and licenses, just as ordinary citizens face censorship on social media. Even a non-polemic essay like this one will likely be censored, especially if I stain it with the pollution of the heretics by linking blacklisted websites or articles by the disinformation dozen anti-vaxxers. Here, let’s try it for fun. Greenmedinfo! Children’s Health DefenseMercola.com! Ah. That felt a little like shouting swear words in public. You’d better not follow these links, lest you be tainted by their pollution (and your browsing history mark you as an infidel).

To prepare someone for removal as the repository of all that is evil, it helps to heap upon them every imaginable calumny. Thus we hear in mainstream publications that anti-vaxxers not only are killing people, but are raging narcissistswhite supremacistsvile, spreaders of Russian disinformation, and tantamount to domestic terrorists. These accusations are amplified by cherry-picking a few examples, choosing hysterical-looking photos of anti-vaxxers, and showcasing their most dubious arguments. If the authorities follow the playbook developed to counter other domestic “threats,” we can also expect agents-provocateurs, entrapment schemes, government agents voicing violent positions to discredit the movement, and so forth – techniques developed in the infiltration of the civil rights, environmental, and anti-globalism movements.

Concerned friends have advised me to “distance myself” from members of the Disinformation Dozen whom I know as if they carry some kind of contagion. Well, in a sense they do – the contagion of disrepute. It reminds me of Soviet times when mere association with a dissident could land one in the Gulag with them. It also reminds me of my school days, when it was social suicide to be friendly with the weird kid, whose weirdness would rub off on oneself. In grade school, this contagion was known as “cooties.” (In my early teens I was the weird kid, and only very brave teenagers would be friendly to me while anyone was watching.) Clearly, the basic social dynamic pervades society at many levels. A deeply ingrained gut instinct recognizes the danger of membership in a pariah subclass. To defend the pariahs or to fail to show sufficient enthusiasm in attacking them marks one with suspicion; the result is self-censorship and discretion, contributing all the more to the illusion of unanimity.

Hijacking Morality

The same kind of positive reinforcement cycle is what generates a mob. All it takes is a few loud people to incite it by declaring someone or something a target. A portion of the crowd goes along enthusiastically. The rest keep silent and conform in outward behavior even as they are troubled within; to each, it looks like he or she is the only one who disagrees. Writ large to the totalitarian state, the support of a majority of the population is unnecessary. The appearance of support will suffice.

The mechanisms that generate the illusion of unanimity operate within science, medicine, and journalism as well as among the general public. Some conform enthusiastically to the orthodoxy; others complain in whispers to sympathetic colleagues. Those who voice dissent publicly become radioactive. The consequences of their apostasy (ex-communication from funding, ridicule in the media, shunned by colleagues who must “distance themselves,” etc.) serve to silence other potential dissidents, who prudently keep their views to themselves.

Notice that here I have not yet said what I personally think about vaccine safety, efficacy, or necessity (be patient); nonetheless, what I have said is enough for anyone to distance themselves from me to keep safe. If I’m not an anti-vaxxer myself, I certainly have their cooties.

Someone on an online forum that I co-host related an incident. His children had a play date scheduled at their friend’s house. A parent called him to ask if his family had been vaccinated. Politely, he said no, and his children were immediately disinvited.

While this parent doubtless believed he was being scientific in canceling the invitation, I doubt science was really the reason. Even the most Covid-orthodox person understands that the non-symptomatic children of non-symptomatic parents pose a negligible risk of infection; furthermore, since vaccine believers presumably trust that the vaccine provides protection, rationally speaking they have little to fear from the unvaccinated. The risk is vanishingly small, but the moral indignation is huge.

Many if not most people get the vaccine in an altruistic civic spirit, not because they personally fear getting Covid, but because they believe they are contributing to herd immunity and protecting others. By extension, those who refuse the vaccine are shirking their civic duty; hence the epithets “filth” and “assholes.” They become the identifiable representatives of social decay, ready for surgical removal from the body politic like cancer cells all conveniently located in the same tumor.

Social stability depends on people rewarding altruism and deterring antisocial behavior. These rewards and deterrents are encoded into morals and then into norms and taboos. Performing the rituals and avoiding the taboos of the tribe, and shaming and punishing those who do not, one rests serenely in the knowledge of being a good person. As an added benefit, one distinguishes oneself as part of the moral majority, a full member of society, and not part of the sacrificial minority. Our fear of nonconformity is born of ancient experiences so deeply ingrained it has become an instinct. It is hard to distinguish it from morality.

The fear operating in the ostracism of the unvaxxed is mostly not fear of disease, though the disease may be its proxy. The main fear, old as humanity, is of social contagion. It is fear of association with the outcasts, coded as moral indignation.

In any society, some people are especially zealous in enforcing group norms, values, rituals, and taboos. They may be controlling types, or they may simply care about the common good. They serve an important function when the norms and rituals are aligned with social and ecological health. But when corrupt forces hijack the norms through propaganda and the control of information, these good folks can become instruments of totalitarian control.

Those doing the scapegoating may honestly, even fervently, believe the narrative of “the unvaccinated endanger others.” Again, while I find the evidence to the contrary persuasive, I won’t try to build a case for it beyond the hints I’ve offered already. As the saying goes, you can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into, to begin with. Furthermore, most of the citations I would use would come from blacklisted sources, which, owing to their heresy, are unacceptable to those who trust official sources of information. If you trust the official sources, why, then you trust their exclusion of the heretical information. When official sources exclude all dissent, then all dissent becomes a priori invalid to those who trust them.

Consequently, much of the dissent migrates to dodgy right-wing websites without the resources to check facts and scrutinize sources. One would think, for example, that a highly credentialed scientist like Dr. Peter McCullough, a professor of medicine, author of hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, and president of the Cardio-Renal Society of America, would be able to find a hearing outside the right-wing media ecosystem. But no. He’s been sidelined to places like the right-wing Catholic John-Henry Westen show. I wish I could find a link to this persuasive interview somewhere else, especially because there is actually nothing right-wing about McCullough’s views.

Tragically, the sites that host people like McCullough are quite often home to anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ articles that use the same tactics leveled at anti-vaxxers, tap into the same template of dehumanization and scapegoating, and lend themselves to the same fascistic ends.

Moving the Masses

For these reasons, I won’t try too hard to substantiate my belief that – and I may as well say it explicitly as a gesture of goodwill to the censors, who will thus have an easier time deciding what to do with this article – the Covid vaccines are much more dangerous, less effective, and less necessary than we are told. They also seem not as dangerous, at least in the short term, as some fear. People are not dropping dead in the streets or turning into zombies; most of my vaccinated friends seem to be just fine. So it is hard to know. The science on the issue is so clouded by financial incentives and systemic bias that it is impossible to rely on it to light away through the murk. The system of research and public health suppresses generic medicines and nutritional therapies that have been demonstrated to greatly reduce Covid symptoms and mortality, leaving vaccines as the only choice. It also fails to adequately investigate numerous plausible mechanisms for serious long-term harm. Of course, plausible does not mean certain: at this point, no one knows or indeed can know, what the long-term effects will be. My point, however, is not that the anti-vaxxers are right and being unjustly persecuted. It is that their persecution enacts a pattern that has little to do with whether they are right or wrong, innocent or guilty. The unreliability of the science underscores that point and suggests that we take a hard look at the deadly social impulses that the science cloaks.

To say that official sources exclude all dissent overstates the case. In fact, peer-reviewed publications and highly credentialed medical doctors and scientists concur with much of what I’ve said. Admittedly, they are in the minority. But if they were right, we would not easily know it. The mechanisms for controlling misinformation work equally well to control true information that contradicts official sources.

The foregoing analysis is not meant to invalidate other explanations for Covid conformity: the influence of Big Pharma on research, the media, and government; reigning medical paradigms that see health as a matter of winning a war on germs; a general social climate of fear, obsession with safety, the phobia and denial of death; and, perhaps most importantly, the long disempowerment of individuals to manage their own health.

Nor is the foregoing analysis incompatible with the theory that Covid and the vaccination agenda is a totalitarian conspiracy to surveil, track, inject, and control every human being on earth. There can be little doubt that some kind of totalitarian program is well underway, but I have long believed it an emergent phenomenon agglomerating synchronicities to fulfill the hidden myth and ideology of Separation and not a premeditated plot among human conspirators. Now I believe both are true; the latter is subsidiary to the former, its avatar, its symptom, its expression. While not the deepest explanation for humanity’s current travail, conspiracies and the secret machinations of power do operate, and I’ve come to accept that some things about our current historical moment are best explained in those terms.

Whether the totalitarian program is premeditated or opportunistic, deliberate or emergent, the question remains: How does a small elite move the great mass of humanity? They do it by aggravating and exploiting deep psycho-social patterns such as the Girardian. Fascists have always done that. We normally attribute pogroms and genocide to racist ideology, the classic example being antisemitic fascism. From the Girardian perspective, it is more the other way around. The ideology is secondary: a creation and a tool of impending violent unanimity. It creates its necessary conditions. The same might be said of slavery. It was not that Europeans thought Africans were inferior and so thus enslaved them. It was that thinking them inferior was required in order to enslave them.

On an individual level too, who among us has not operated from unconscious shadow motivations, creating elaborate enabling justifications and post facto rationalizations of actions that harm others?

Why is fascism so commonly associated with genocide, when as a political philosophy it is about unity, nationalism, and the merger of corporate and state power? It is because it needs a unifying force powerful enough to sweep aside all resistance. The us of fascism requires a them. The civic-minded moral majority participates willingly, assured that it is for the greater good. Something must be done. The doubters go along too, for their own safety. No wonder today’s authoritarian institutions know as if instinctively, to whip up hysteria toward the newly minted class of deplorable, the anti-vaxxers and unvaccinated.

Fascism taps into, exploits, and institutionalizes a deeper instinct. The practice of creating dehumanized classes of people and then murdering them is older than history. It emerges again and again under all political systems. Our own is not exempt. The campaign against the unvaccinated, garbed in the white lab coat of Science, mentioned with biased data, and waving the pennant of altruism, channels a brutal, ancient impulse.

Does that mean that the unvaccinated will be rounded up in concentration camps and their leaders ritually murdered? No, they will be segregated from society in other ways. More importantly, the energies invoked by the scapegoating, dehumanizing, pollution-associating campaign can be applied to gain public acceptance of coercive policies, particularly policies that fit the narrative of removing pollution. Currently, a vaccine passport is required to visit certain countries. Imagine needing one to go shopping, drive a car, or exit your home. It would be easily enforceable anywhere that has implemented the “internet of things,” in which everything from automobiles to door locks is under central control. The flimsiest pretext will suffice once the ancient template of the sacrificial victim, the repository of pollution, has been established.

Rene Girard was, from what I’ve read of his work, something of a fundamentalist. I do not agree with him that all desire beyond mere appetite is mimetic or that all ritual originates in sacrificial violence, powerful though these lenses are. By the same token, I don’t want to reduce our current acceleration toward techno-totalitarianism and a biosecurity state by just one psycho-social explanation, however deep. Yet it is important to recognize the Girardian pattern, so we know what we are dealing with so that we can creatively expand our resistance beyond the futile debate over the issues – and most importantly, so we can identify its operation within ourselves. Any movement that leverages contempt in its rhetoric fits the Girardian impulse. Elements of scapegoating such as dehumanization, rumor-mongering, stereotyping, punishment-as-justice, and mob mentality are alive within dissident communities as they are in the mainstream. Anywho ride those powers to victory will create a new tyranny no better than the previous.

There is another way and a better future. I will describe it in Part 4 of this essay although the reader already knows what it is, by feel if not in words. This future reaches into the present and the past to show itself any time that vengeance gives way to forgiveness, enmity to reconciliation, blame to compassion, judgment to understanding, punishment to justice, rivalry to synergy, and suspicion to laughter. Transcendence is in the human being.

About the Author

Charles Eisenstein is the author of The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His work is now featured on Substack.

**This essay is a standalone Part 3 of a series. Part 1Part 2.




Ervin Laszlo: ‘We Stand at the Cusp of an Evolutionary Leap in Consciousness’

Source: Gregg Braden Official

Ervin Laszlo says that we are at the cusp of an evolutionary process. We are at a moment in history where things either change or we become extinct. Plus, he talks about the laws that govern the universe, how everything an individual does affects the whole, and much more.

TRANSCRIPT:

At the beginning of the Modern Age, it was thought that this solar system, what we now know as the solar system, is all that was – that’s the whole universe. And if we come from anywhere, we come from someplace inside the universe. Then by the time of the last century or the 19th century, we knew that the solar system is part of the galaxy. But then we saw that the galaxy is all there is. So we come from the galaxy. If we come from the universe, we come from the Galaxy. Then, it turned out that this is just one of millions, perhaps billions of galaxies.

So, our vision is expanding. Where we come from is something far bigger, far deeper than what we thought.

Where do the stars come from? If we come from the Stars, we come from this universe. But where does this universe come from? That is now the question that is being discussed more and more. This universe wasn’t there always. It came to be – it evolved.

The universe was born probably, according to the best guesses today, at the time of the Big Bang 80.3 billion years ago more or less. And this cosmic event gave birth to everything that we can now observe in the universe.  It gave birth to the observable universe. Therefore it gave birth also to the seeds – to the predecessors of living things. So if we came from anywhere, we came from the universe that was born in the big bang and of that chaos. Then it gradually distilled what we know as the universe, distilled what we know of the things in the universe. So also not us as we are now, but the origins of life, the origins of everything: planets, solar systems.

So if we ask where did we come from? I would have to say that we come from the deeper dimension which became then, the explicate, the known, the perceivable order of the universe. This deeper level is known by various names deeper, the deeper dimension. Some people call it the akashic dimension, or the akashic field, or a grand unified field, or the implicit order according to David Bohm.

We are children of the cosmos. And it’s a very interesting question then: our origin truly. If it reaches back, are we truly alive? Are we truly part of the deeper dimension? Is that discoverable still in us? Are we truly beings of the cosmos? And I think the answer is yes because who we are is not just what we have always been – it is what we have become. And this who we are, what we have become, is not just the body, but it’s also mind, a consciousness.

And that consciousness very probably has its root in that deeper dimension – the dimension that gives rise to everything that there is, including the laws that regulate what there is: the laws of nature about which scientists such as Einstein among them, said that when we really discovered them and take them seriously, we recognize that there must be the at work a great spirit, a great mind must be behind these laws. Because they are coherent they create an observable, intelligible universe.

We are part of that intelligible universe and we have co-created that universe with the laws that were born at the same time that we were born. When was this? Now we enter the deepest mysteries. We can’t say what was there before the Big Bang? Probably it was a field of potentials – a field where everything that is possible to happen could have its happening possibility.

If there was anything prior to the big bang it was an intelligence, it was a cosmic mind. In Christian origins, we talk about the word. In the beginning, there was the word – it was the logos. In the Eastern religions, the same idea crops up: intelligence, the Tao, whatever we call it. The Brahman was there first and everything else develops out of that.

You say now: am I talking mysticism or am I talking science? I’m talking science with its roots on that same dimension from where mysticism also stems. This universe is a Mystique Universe. It’s a miraculous universe.

Over a hundred years ago. The great astronomer James Jeans said that the universe resembles a big thought more than a big mechanism. And sure enough, more and more, we investigate the finest, the smallest details, the deepest elements of this universe, the more we find that it is more like a great thought – that it is information, that it is something intelligible. It’s a very very different concept from what there was 50 years ago, but still is there in so-called mainstream science – much of what is being taught today in universities

But if you really contemplate this question, who are we, where do we come from? You must say we have to go beyond that, because in the new Quantum Science, we recognize that what there is in the world is a Quantum system.

The great scientist Max Planck said after 40 Years of studying the deepest elements of this physical reality, which means the atoms: “I can tell you one thing. There is no such thing as matter in the universe.” What is there? He said, what there is – is a set of vibrations that are held together by a force that creates the atom from the atoms that created the molecules, and the molecules and the supramolecular objects.

The many things that we can observe, that we can touch, and all of those are finally sets of vibration acting together. And as Planck said, this force that holds the atom together, the proton and the neutron, and then the electrons that come into this – that we must consider as an intelligence. A cosmic intelligence.

Wherever we look, however, we look at the world, its origins are beyond matter, beyond even energy in a conventional form. What are the origins then, where we come from, and therefore indirectly who we are? The answer is: informed vibration, informed energy, energy in the form of vibration. Because when we examined the smallest part, no matter is there. But what there is, is the vibration of a given frequency, phase, magnitude. And these vibrations, when they are in phase they create structures. They create things that appear as though they were material.

So we are ourselves clusters or sets of vibration that appear as though we were solid material bodies, but we are more than that. I simply call it nowadays, to give a simplest possible term that is acceptable to modern science also, I call it an attractor. An attractor is something that acts within a complex system and makes you behave in a certain way.

This universe is not a random universe, not a chance universe, this attractor is in the universe, is part of the universe. At its deepest level, is the information of the energy that makes up this universe, makes what it is. The universe is not what you thought it was. It’s a quantum system. More exactly, it’s a microscopic, highly integrated quantum system.

What we are recognizing now is that in this remarkable universe, a truly mysterious universe, that we are decoding little by little, that all things act together – all things act as one. What quantum science teaches us, any part of a quantum system is not local. It’s also present in every other part. You can’t act local. That is nothing local. No causality. No push and pull. No effect. And cause is local. Whatever you do is penetrating throughout this system. It’s part of that system and we are part of the system.

How we come in by these things, we come from beyond, it can be very easily illustrated. This beyond, where the laws of nature reside, that is something like the laws – the laws let’s see of a game, laws of cards, laws of chess, or whatever. These laws are given. And you play the game, you don’t play with the laws. The laws are already given. The laws just tell you how you can play the game, and they are the same for the novice and for the grandmaster in chess. The laws are what this universe is fundamentally. And it’s not the game; it’s what governs the game.

So, we talked about the laws of nature. You can no longer say that they are part of the universe. No, they were there when the universe was born and they will be there, as far as we can tell, when the universe will end. Because that’s also a case that this universe is not a permanent feature of reality, or of the cosmos.

If there is one thing we recognize more and more (and this is also fairly recent, surprisingly recent in science, but it’s not recent in religion and spirituality), namely the idea that there is a higher will, a higher intellect, that governs the evolution of things in the universe and of the universe itself, the structure itself. It all hangs together. And this evolution is not random, not just one darn thing after another as philosophers used to say not so long ago to describe what the universe really is. They would say, it’s just one darn thing after another.

We’re recognizing more that the universe is progressing from chaos to order. And you’re part of this progression. Our consciousness, our body express this in different ways. We are part of an evolutionary process that is non-random because we can go as far as saying there is nothing random in the universe. Why? Because there’s nothing disconnected from anything in the universe – it all hangs together. Whatever you do here and now also affects everything there and then.

So, all this progress is, to use a good term suggested in a different context by the great psychiatrist and a good friend of mine, Stanislav Grof, he uses the term holotropic. Holos means whole, oneness in Greek, tropic comes from the word tropism, which means something that you tend toward: a fish toward the food is a tropism. Even bacteria have tropisms. And of course, our instincts, everything that we are has a tropistic element. We are tending towards something, some direction rather than another. And so does the universe. All of evolution is holotropic in that sense.

All elements work together. And they need to, as it were in human life, in any living system. They need to work together because if they don’t, life is no longer capable. Life is not possible, except in a quantum coherence system

On the physical level, the objective is to maintain this system, this living system that is us. And if we are healthy, if we are normal, we are part of this drive. We obey. We live it. We express it. Intuitive people express it. So-called primitive cultures are far from primitive. They express it. They knew it. Animals know it without being able to verbalize it or conceptualize it.

Now, with our ability to conceptualize, to put together and interpret things, we are interpreting this drive, and we are misinterpreting it very often. We interpreting it as a drive for power, for domination, in the human world for wealth. We’re interpreting it as we first, our country first, never mind the rest. We are replacing this inherent oneness, which is there in the evolution of all life in the universe. We are interpreting it as a competition where the defeater survives.

This is not that kind of a universe. This is not the kind of nature. Sure. There is competition in nature. There appears to be also violence, but it’s always toward larger objectives. The deeper objective in nature is always the survival of a species, the maintenance of these species within that context. And the context is always and ultimately the web of life: the system of life on this planet.

And one day, I think we’ll discover that the system of life on this planet is part of a larger system of life elsewhere in this universe. It would be an incredible sophistry to believe that we alone possess intelligence, we alone are living. We are part of an ongoing, evolution of life and of consciousness in this universe. To recognize it is one great challenge for us.

So there we are at the cusp of an evolutionary process. We built it up to a point where it really is in question whether it can continue this way. It’s become unstable.

Now, instability is fine because without instability, there is no change. There is no progress. Things progress, things move when the previous level of being, of that system, has become unstable, untenable. Then we move, then search, then we finally find hopefully, or we disappear. But if we survive, we move on to something else. And this cusp at which we find ourselves is precisely that moment in history where things either change or they become extinct. The great overwhelming majority of species on this planet have become extinct.

The human species is not so old. As a conscious species 50,000 years, perhaps as a biological species maybe three and a half million years. But as a conscious species, able to reason, able to interpret things, and therefore able to choose a faulty direction, that is recent. And is the power that we now have through technology, we can implement our poor interpretations – a great danger.

Freedom is opportunity. Freedom is the greatest value, but it’s also dangerous. Because the opportunity is to develop the good as well as to develop the bad. We don’t need to go to other planets to find our community. The community is here. It’s the community of all life. And together we can make this a living community because today we need to transform. We need to change. The community that we now have is vulnerable. It is heading toward greater conflict. And if we continue on this path, the future is not going to be bright. It’s not going to be – at least for human beings.

About Ervin Laszlo

Ervin Laszlo’s Legacy of a Coherent Universe www.gaia.com/legacy-el whose research reveals some startling discoveries of our untapped potential as a sapient species connected with a conscious coherent universe. As we collectively come into awareness that everything in the universe acts as one and that nothing is ever truly disconnected, we stand at the cusp of an evolutionary leap in consciousness.




The Rehearsal is Over: “It is the moment of truth over consequences.” | Charles Eisenstein

“Tank Man” is the nickname of an unidentified Chinese man who stood in front of a column of tanks leaving Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 5, 1989, the day after the Chinese government’s violent crackdown on the Tiananmen protests. This image endures as a potent example of courage and bravery. (Photograph by Jeff Widener of the Associated Press)

By Charles Eisenstein

A friend wrote me about her dilemma. She owns a company employing hundreds of people and is a staunch critic of that-which-shall-not-be-named. She said she has been trying to fly under the radar until sanity is restored, but with looming mandates for large employers, the radar will soon turn on her. What will she do?

I will share with you the inner monologue that her note provoked in me.

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A return to sanity? Sanity will not be restored for us by others. We are the ones that must restore it. We cannot wait for others to be brave on our behalf. We are here in this initiatory moment to choose who we are. The choice of whether to capitulate or to act is a declaration: Who am I to be? What is the world to be? Am I serious enough about my vision for the world to risk my security for it? That is not a challenge meant to goad myself into action. It is simply true. Through my choice, I will know myself as I am. I will become as I choose. The rehearsal is over.

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Many people trust the authorities and willingly comply with their rules. They face no dilemma, no initiatory moment, no self-defining world-creating choice point, not yet.

But as the authorities’ narratives devolve into absurdity and their rules devolve into oppression, more and more of us face this choice:

To live your truth out loud, or
To live by a lie, consoling yourself with secret protest.

To do what you know is right, or
To cave in to the pressure, consoling yourself with words you don’t believe. “I had no choice.”

Yes, for many of us it has come to such a choice. The rehearsal is over.

* * *

Maybe, I think, maybe now is not the time to be brave. Maybe now is not the time to speak out. I’ll wait until it is a little safer.

But it will never be safe to be brave. Never.

If not now, when? If not I, who?

Shall I wait for others to do what I dare not do? We are ready. We’ve been preparing and being prepared for a long time. The rehearsal is over.

* * *

The message is not “Act now.” Do not accept pressure, coercion, bribes or threats. Don’t let me or anyone else tell you what to do or when to do it. We are fighting for the end of the time of dictating each other’s choices, thinking I know better than you what you should be doing.

I trust you to know the right choice. Being trusted is an invitation to be trustworthy. Trusting you to be brave, you become brave, just as I become brave when people see me as brave. Bravery is not a personal achievement; it is a community function. It is a contagion. It is a mutual awakening.

Bravery means acting when you know it is time to act. It isn’t the convenient time. It is simply the time. It is the moment of, “Enough!” It is the moment of, “It is time to do something about it.” It is the moment of truth over consequences.

In that moment you act not because it is brave, but because it is necessary. You recognize that the moment has come. Why now? Because it is time. No other reason is needed.

Bravery means doing what is yours to do, when it is time to do it. Denying that knowing locks your heart in a box. Life becomes a chore. Despair descends like a fog, turning everything gray. Hope withers, leaving behind the dry empty husk called wishful thinking. And you face the dread of living the rest of life knowing, “I did not do what I was here to do, when the moment came and it counted.”

The rehearsal is over.

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If I am not brave, what reason have I to hope others will be? Courage and cowardice both are contagious. My choice establishes a principle of human nature. It declares not only who I am, but what a human being is. and what the world shall be. Each choice is therefore a prayer. Our choices scaffold divine creation.

That is why synchronicity so often congeals around bravery. Synchronicity is the snapping of the laws of probability as reality shifts to align with brave choices.

Seeing that creative power, one knows the despair was based on false premises. The ego’s cautious logic is reversed. The ego says, “Give me a guarantee that it will work and I’ll be OK, then I’ll do it.” The ego says, “Promise me that enough other people will resist, and then I’ll resist too. Prove to me it won’t be in vain. Guarantee that others will join in.” God says, “Show me that you want a more beautiful world enough to actually risk something with no guarantee. Then you will see results beyond all reckoning.”

Is it your time for choosing here? You will recognize when it is. No one can escape that feeling of recognition when the moment comes. If you have read this far, that time is close. You know exactly what I’m talking about.

The rehearsal is over.




Gregg Braden: Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Darkness

Source: Inspired

Gregg Braden: I went through a dark night of the soul where my marriage ended, my mother didn’t speak to me and the darkness haunted me in my dreams until one night everything changed.

TRANSCRIPT (Gregg Braden):
I went through Dark Night of the Soul when I left the corporations. I felt that I was simply making a choice for a different direction in my life. I had no idea that I would lose a marriage over it. I would lose friends. My mom was so angry at me because the marriage ended it. She didn’t talk to me for two years. I lost my mom, you know, over this.

And while I was having a bad experience, I began… I don’t often dream in a way that I would call a repetitive dream, but there was a series of dreams that I was having. And what was happening to me in the dreams mirrored what was happening in my world. I would go to sleep and I’d be all by myself in this dark place here. And way off in the distance, I could see all the faces of all the people that I’ve ever known, that I’ve ever loved, and I saw faces of people that hadn’t even met yet. And I was always trying to get from here to there.

And my conditioning was that darkness is bad and light is good. So every time I started walking to the people I love, the darkness would pull me off one side or light on the other side, and they’d throw me off balance. I could never get to the people that I loved.

And one night for some reason, I began having this dream and something different happened. And I didn’t have a judgment about the darkness, didn’t have the judgment about the light. So they’re both there. The moment that I did that the dark and the light came together and they became the road that carried me to everyone that I would ever love.

And in that moment I knew what I’ve been told about the darkness: Does it exist. Yes. Is it my enemy? Not necessarily. It’s about the way that I’ve been taught to think. So is there darkness in the world? Absolutely. Do I see it? Do I discern it? And in my world I discern it but I don’t judge it. And for that reason, I’m not afraid.




Something BIG is Happening.. Battle Between Light & Dark | Elizabeth April

Source: Elizabeth April

Elizabeth April shares new downloads she received regarding the battle between light and dark for the future of humanity and Planet Earth.

Here are just a couple of the key points she made:

  • If you are in fear, you are susceptible to being controlled.
  • Negative beings are trying to change timelines so that there is no solar flash, which will eliminate all negative influences on the planet and awaken the masses.
  • Join as many mass meditations and unifying groups as possible. Please join The Battle To Save Planet Earth with Elizabeth for FREE. October 11th! Here’s the registration link:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w62ing0GT3-F5fqGDS4W6w



Incredibly Beautiful Floating Flower Garden is ALIVE with 13,000 Orchids that Move as You Approach (MUST WATCH)

Article source: Good News Network

A three-dimensional mass of floating flowers created by teamLab in Japan has been moving visitors not only with its technological magic but with its overwhelming natural beauty.

In this work called “Flowers and I are of the Same Root, the Garden and I are One,” people immerse themselves in the flowers, becoming one with the garden, says teamLab.

Open since July, the museum space is scented by the fragrance of 13,000 living orchids suspended from near-invisible wires.

They’re able to survive in mid-air because orchids are able to grow without soil, by absorbing water from the air. In fact, all the diverse orchid species used here evolved to live on rocks and trees where other plants could not survive—and in the exhibit, they growing and blooming with each passing day.

The artwork space seems to be completely filled with flowers (especially because of the mirrored floor), but the blossoms slowly rise to the ceiling whenever people approach, opening spaces previously concealed.

READ MORE HERE:  Good News Network



Red October 2021: Massive Breakdown – The MATRIX as We Know Is Coming To an END!!

Source: DNA AWAKENING

During October and the remainder of 2021, the ancient codes, systems, and veneers of the 3D matrix will be cracked. This massive breakdown of the 3D matrix is exactly how LIGHT gets in. The 3D matrix’s hold on and control of time is weakening. Quantum frequencies are flowing freely and unrestrained again.

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THIS Is They KEY To Everything For YOU – What It’s ALL About | Max Igan 2021

Source: Inspired

I think commerce gets in the way of everything. Really, when you look at it, our addiction to commerce is what’s caused all this. They get people in a situation where they’re completely dependent upon the commercial system, where they have to pay to be alive. And just the threat of removing that income from them is enough to keep them under control. It’s enough to get them to do what you want them to do.

That’s why they want people to get trades as well. They get a trade as a plumber or a builder or this, or that, or a mechanic. So you only learn how to do one thing, not everything. And you can’t go and become self-sufficient because you’re only good at one thing. You need to get another tradesman who’s got another trade to come in and do something else, you know. And again, you’re all dependent upon this commercial system. So all they have to do is take your finances away from you. And that’s it, they’ve got you. Take away your ability to be able to earn a living, because people think they have to earn a living –  they can’t just live. They’ve got to actually pay to be alive.

What freaked me out when I was four is when I realized that people had to pay to be alive. They had to actually pay to put a roof over their heads. They couldn’t just live, and they would be so readily discarded by society if they didn’t have money. You can see what money is really for folks. They say money is the root of all evil. And people say, oh no, they mean, the love of money is the root of all evil. NO, it’s money itself.

You don’t need this shit folks. It gets in the way of everything. It prevents you from being all that you can be because you’re dependent upon this economic system all the time. That’s why they created it. That’s why they get you to do these things. That’s why they put the whole system in place folks, just to be able to control you – just the way they’re doing now.

You know, when I look at the last hundred years of society, even the loss of all of our life skills and medicinal skills with what they called witches, who weren´t witches. They were simply healers and midwives. But they got to kill all of them, get rid of all those medicinal skills, and bring us into this allopathic medicine system, which is basically just killing us. And now they can lock you out of that as well. So, people don’t have any skills. They don’t know how to look after themselves anymore.

People can’t just walk into the wild because people think that land ownership is real. You can’t just go and live in the forest. I mean, somebody owns it or its government land or something. You can’t just go and live there. Oh no, that’s terribly radical. You got to have permission to do everything. They don’t want people focused on freedom folks.

If people just believe in themselves and know themselves, none of this could happen. That’s the answer to the whole thing for you. That’s why you don’t need violence. All you need is for people to remember who and what they are. This is what I’ve tried to say, right since the beginning of my shows – ever since I started doing these reports. Back when I did my first shows back in 2008, it was all spiritual stuff. Just trying to empower people into remembering themselves. You know, that’s what all this is about. That’s how they’re able to do this because people don’t believe in themselves, you know. That’s what all this is about.

That’s how they’re able to do this because people don’t believe in themselves. They believe in other people all the time. You know, if people would just believe in themselves, all I’ve ever tried to do with these shows is encourage empowerment with people. And why I’ve always said you can’t put me on a pedestal. Because I’m just the same as you. And that’s the point. That’s the point of the whole thing. I’m just prepared to speak.

Most people don’t believe in their ability to speak. They don’t believe in their ability to be able to express their own opinions because they just don’t believe in themselves. They don’t trust themselves that they’ll get it right, you know. Just say it folks, just say what you feel. Love the people around you. Help the people around you.

You know that’s what all of this has been about – all the radio shows that I’ve done, all the films that I’ve made. The very first film that I made, The Big Picture, back in 2008 – just to point out what the issue is, and to point out how simple the solution would be. Because this whole thing that they’re doing now, as I said before, they want your soul. They’ve already got so many people’s souls, so many people who believe the matrix is real, believe authority is real, believe this government system is real, believe all this crap – because they don’t believe in themselves.

And if people could suddenly have that epiphany, and go “Wow, I’ve got value. I’ve actually got value. I’m the same as everybody else.” We all have equal value. We might not have equal attributes. We might not have skills. We might not have equal talents. You might have been born in different circumstances, whatever. But we all have value. We all have the ability to have an idea that will change the world. Because even when you look at this whole system, it’s just an idea.

That’s the thing, people know, so many people out there know what’s going on, but they just don’t say anything because they don’t believe in themselves. And if they did, the whole thing would go away. If people believed in themselves, we wouldn’t be in this position to begin with. You don’t need to believe in others. You don’t need to believe that anybody in the truth movement has got the answer for you, is going to lead you to safety – because it’s up to YOU. It’s up to each individual to do this for themselves.

Like I said it before, I mean, I won’t be here all the time. I’m 64. I’m not going to live forever. I’m sure that they’re onto me. There are so many trolls out there now, and I’m sure they’d really like me to be quiet. I’m sure they’d really like to shut me up in any way they can. And what happens when they do that? You know, if you’re dependent on me or you’re dependent on other people to help you believe in yourself, you’ll just fall because you haven’t got that guidance. It’s really within you now if you would just look and see, and just BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. That’s what all this is about.




Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Gratitude

Greater Good Magazine

Gratitude makes us happier, healthier, and more empathic; it may even help us live longer, says the research to date.

There are specific ways to cultivate gratefulness—and journaling is one of the best documented. The Greater Good Science Center built a free, online platform to make gratitude journaling easy for anyone in the world with an internet connection. Our early observations showed that using Thnx4 predicted more gratitude and less stress and loneliness, among other benefits to health and well-being.

On Thnx4, people rate each gratitude experience on a scale from “Made me momentarily smile” to “Made my whole day glorious.” For this new analysis of 4,000 gratitude expressions posted between January and July of 2017, we asked: Which forms of gratitude and which styles of gratitude journaling had more impact on the quality of a person’s day?

Our findings confirmed some existing observations about the benefits of gratitude journaling—suggesting that Thnx4 works as well as writing in your spiral-bound notebook—but we also noticed some interesting and new patterns that we can use to leverage the most from our gratitude practice.

Here are some useful insights.

1. Saying “thanks” out loud has the most positive impact on the thanker

Culture plays an important role in the ways gratitude is felt and expressed. For their part, Americans are very grateful—they just don’t tend to say so.

That’s also what the John Templeton Foundation found in their gratitude survey. They call it a “gratitude gap,” explaining that “90 percent [of Americans] are grateful for family and 87 percent grateful for friends.” But only half of women and a mere 44 percent of men says “thanks” aloud on a regular basis.

We kept this in mind during our analysis of Thnx4 posts, and something caught our eye: Many more people reported stronger positive impact on their day when they had actually said “thank you” to the person to whom they felt grateful.

It made a difference to say the words, rather than just post them on Thnx4. If people did, they were significantly more likely to report that their experience of gratitude “made their whole day glorious.” Despite this, two out of ten people reported not thanking the person that they were journaling about on Thnx4. In fact, people were more likely to make their post on Thnx4 private (rather than share it publicly with the Thnx4 community) when they were expressing gratitude for, or from, someone rather than gratitude for something.

So, just when it is most important to express gratitude aloud to maximize its impact—to other humans—is when people seem most likely to keep it to themselves.

2. We are very thankful for family—but we don’t like telling them

Gratitude for a family member was the second most common type of post on Thnx4 overall, representing almost 17 percent of posts. Feeling thankful for a family member was also the most common first post on Thnx4, along with thanking a romantic partner. Yet the people least likely to receive a “thank you” out loud are family members.

These findings indicate that family members are typically the first to come to mind when we begin to reflect on and journal our gratitude, but we are least likely to tell them so—even though telling them would make us happier (and it would probably make their day better, too).

If we said thank you aloud to our parents, daughters, and brothers, we could strengthen our own gratitude and make them feel good at the same time.

3. Give the public thanks for the good things people do, not things we buy

Another interesting misstep: Anecdotal feedback suggests that publicly expressing gratitude for things—typically a fine possession, a lovely opportunity, or a privilege—can make other people unhappy, probably because it stimulates envy or just awareness of what we don’t have.

However, reading posts that describe people helping one another has the opposite effect: They more often elevate and inspire readers, and can even prompt the viral spread of gratitude.

Yet people on Thnx4 are more likely to share the “for something” than the “for someone.” Can we shift this habit and prioritize saying “thank you” for—and to—the people that bring goodness to our lives?

4. Focus on love

Posts about feeling loved made the greatest positive impact. Of all the posts that people rated as having “made their day glorious,” feeling loved, important, and appreciated were the most common themes.

Out of the 2,013 Thnx4 posts that described gratitude towards someone, the word “loved” appeared 154 times, “important” appeared 53 times, and “supported” appeared 30 times. “Appreciated” and “cared for” both appeared 40 times.

One user wrote: “M. made me a special sweet and sour pork dish when he was feeling poorly yesterday and brought me home some books because I’d said I wanted to read something good again. I had a lovely tea and felt very loved and cared about. It was so sweet.”

Another wrote: “My dad recently passed away. I am so grateful to have had him in my life and to know that he cared tremendously for me. He wasn’t shy about telling me how much he loved me.  I will treasure those memories forever.”

Yet another described becoming so sick she needed to go to the hospital: “Afterwards I realized how many people worried about me and how lucky I am to be loved and cared for. There were people that even offered to take me to their home.”

5. Stick with it!

Our analysis also showed that, over time, posts on Thnx4 were rated as having more and more positive impacts. So the longer you stick with your gratitude journaling routine, the better you feel.

Unfortunately, people tend to stop after their second or third post (rather than completing the initial Thnx4 Gratitude Challenge of ten posts). Many did not stick around long enough to enjoy the full benefits that gratitude journaling has to offer. The people who did tend to reap large emotional benefits.

For those who stuck with the gratitude challenge, people felt more and more of a positive impact from their gratitude with each post. They also reported feeling more satisfied with life and less lonely.

Why? We don’t know for sure, but the data suggest that regularly writing about gratitude builds up a habit and enduring mood—an attitude of gratitude. Journaling helps us to see others, ourselves, and our world through a thankful lens.

About the Author
  • Alex Springer

    Alex Springer is a research data analyst at the Greater Good Science Center. A graduate of Cornell University and a current master’s student at UC Berkeley, Alex is an East Coast transplant to San Francisco. She comes to Greater Good from the world of global mental health and is a therapist-in-training and an advocate for refugee rights. She spends her free time traveling, hiking, and surfing.




Two Tools to Increase Your Quality of Life: Release and Restore

Why do some people flourish and others diminish during difficult times?

The answer is in the word difficult. How you perceive the environment around you has everything to do with how you deal with uncomfortable, trying times.

When you embrace the idea that everything is energy and that you are part of the field, then you can begin to break free of notions that control you. As an energetic being, you have the ability to raise your energetic frequency.  When your frequency raises, so does your self-worth, your inner peace, contentment, thus your overall healthy view of living increases.

How does one recognize and receive an upgrade in energy?

There are many ways, yet some are more powerful and thus offer a fast track to increase one’s quality of life.

Two powerful tools are these:

1.  Objectivity.  Release the hold that people, places and things have over you.

2. Love.  Restore your original birthright of harmony and purity.

Begin by…

realizing the electric frequency of your heart is greater than your brain.  Know there is a super highway that runs between the two and when you trust your heart to lead your brain, freedom is soon to follow.  One of the most powerful prisons in existence, is in our mind. By limiting our experiences, this prison keeps us small and powerless.

The first step to freedom is recognizing you are a prisoner. How? Ask yourself, do you feel trapped or ineffective? Do feel a deep loss, of yourself or home? These are signs of imprisonment.

Our difficult days are actually a war zone for control over our hearts and minds. We may not physically hear bombs or see trains carrying prisoners, however they exist in a very subtle form. So subtle that one gets trapped before they realize the snare is before them. Those that walk, while practicing self-development are less likely to fall victim, the snares seldom capture the very self aware individual.

It’s not too late

…to free your mind and be liberated.  Know this: You have within the most powerful force available. It is your heart. Written into your DNA is a code for truth. This code equals peace, contentment and unconditional love for self and others.  Believe this. Trust this. Know this. Allow your heart to retrain your brain. As this occurs the programs that try to run your life fall away. It really is this simple, all that is needed is a willingness to develop what is already within you. There is nothing to fear, your heart is pure.

Please know, I can only write of my own experience of self-development, wholeness, healing.  I live healthy and free.

However,

there are those that teach scientific methods that can be followed for achieving health and freedom.  Kelly Brogan, MD is such a soul.  She has a busy practice that can reach only a certain amount of people, however her books are effective. By teaching one how to be powerful and how to rediscover your self. Also, by developing your own ability to trust your heart, your intuition and be free (as well as healthy).  A Mind Of Your Own was written to women about overcoming depression (all can benefit). Own Your Self, is a manual of freedom. If you are ready for a teacher, she has arrived. She is not mainstream, so be aware and expect results.

Do you know this?

The ultimate purpose of life is to know itself as love.    Own Your Truth!

I implore you, uncover your heart, let it lead you home to peace and freedom.

Julia Parsell is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with an emphasis on the intersection of science and the sacred.  She writes from experiences and transformative understandings that have led her to an authentic and peaceful life. She goes by these names:  wife, daughter, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. As home educator of her three children, she also developed/ran cafes, and maintained various leadership roles within her community.  Her greatest desire is to encourage others to live life fully.  Her passions are family, art creation, writing, and trail blazing. She is happily married in Western North Carolina.   




Gregg Braden: How the Lost Mode of Prayer Can Create Peace in Our World and Just About Anything Else You Want

Part 1 from Gregg Braden’s “The Science of Miracles” DVD:

 

Part 2  from Gregg Braden’s “The Science of Miracles” DVD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5tbedFBTCs

Source: Gregg Braden Official

In Gregg Braden’s “The Science of Miracles”, you will learn about the lost mode of prayer and discover paradigm-shattering revelations that demonstrate why we are not limited by the laws of physics and biology as we know them today, how a small group of people can create peace in our world, and why our DNA is a code that we can change and upgrade by choice!




How Should a Group Apologize to People They Harmed?

Former Chancellor of Germany Willy Brandt kneels before the Holocaust Memorial in 1970. (Photo:Poland Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Twitter)

Greater Good Magazine

When you’ve harmed another person, a sincere apology can go a long way toward helping them to forgive you and move on. Science suggests that acknowledging wrongdoing and promising to make amends can help relationships recover from past hurts.

What about when the harm has been done between large groups of people, rather than individuals? In the wake of a war or centuries of systematic discrimination, mere apologies may never seem like enough.

For one thing, it’s hard to trust the “other side” has good intentions, especially when harm has been great, many individuals are involved, and degrees of remorse are unclear. Also, intergroup apologies are traditionally offered by representatives (like presidents or CEOs) rather than actual perpetrators, and are often highly scripted and rehearsed. That can lead victims to dismiss the apologies as fake and insincere, impeding conflict resolution.

Now, a new study led by Samuel Nunney of Cardiff University has identified steps that can vastly improve intergroup apologies. By attending more carefully to what’s needed to rebuild trust and protect victims, groups who’ve done harm can help bring peace and reconciliation in conflict situations.

Ingredients of intergroup apology

The researchers used as raw material a real-world example: a written apology issued by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) for their role in civilian deaths during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland. However, they manipulated its content to see how that affected the willingness of British citizens to forgive.

In some experiments, the researchers added a concluding paragraph that conveyed the IRA’s recognition of issues needing attention to promote peace. In particular, the amended apology addressed structural issues (like power imbalances, the need for reparations), relational issues (rebuilding lost trust), and issues related to group identity (respect for group status and countering discrimination).

In other cases, the apologies were changed to include expressions of remorse, shame, or guilt. And sometimes the factors and emotional expressions were combined in different ways to see how they might augment each other to increase forgiveness.

After reading a version of the apology, participants reported on how sincere, remorseful, trustworthy, and believable the perpetrator appeared to them. They also said whether they thought the perpetrator should be forgiven, answering with a simple yes or no. Finally, they were asked if they agreed with statements like, “It is important that the wrongs done to us are never forgotten” or “Britain and Northern Ireland will never move on until the events are forgiven.”

Analyzing the results, the researchers found some interesting patterns. For one, when apologies included not just reparations, but acknowledgement of relational and group identity issues, those apologies led people to see the IRA as more trustworthy and sincere. This more favorable perception of the IRA, in turn, led people to be more willing to consider forgiving the group for past wrongs.

When apologies fail

According to study coauthor Anthony Manstead, these findings suggest that apologies could be more effective if they considered victims’ needs more carefully.

“If you take socio-emotional factors seriously in your intergroup apology, then it has a greater chance of being effective, where effective means greater forgiveness,” he says. “And, hopefully, greater forgiveness is a step towards reconciliation.”

In yet another experiment, structural, relational, and group-identity issues were added to the apology separately, but that didn’t produce the same results. For example, offering reparations alone did not make people trust the IRA more or want to forgive them, which suggests that reparations, though helpful, are not enough to move peace forward.

“Putting these all together seems to add to a more effective apology package,” says Manstead.

He and Nunney also found that when apologies included messages acknowledging shame, people were more willing to trust and believe the apologies—and to forgive. Even though past research has shown that guilt or remorse is important in peace processes, Manstead didn’t find that in this study.

“Shame is a more potent emotion,” he says. “If you’re expressing collective shame, you’re acknowledging that your group has some bad elements, which appears costly to you and makes you seem more sincere to others.”

Unfortunately, in the real world, many people don’t consider these social-emotional elements, says Manstead. He points to men accused of sexual misconduct in the United States as an example, saying that much of the time, they only reluctantly admit shame. In fact, apologies for misconduct often have to be extracted from them under duress, which makes it difficult for victims to believe the perpetrator is truly remorseful and willing to make amends.

What makes an apology work

On the other hand, he says, you can look to the actions of former Chancellor of Germany, Willy Brandt, who dropped to his knees before the Holocaust Memorial in 1970. The spontaneous acknowledgement of shame and remorse had a much deeper impact on people than scripted apologies.

“That was deeply moving for the people who witnessed it,” says Manstead. “It was a very effective way of getting across the sincerity of the apology that he was trying to make for his country’s actions.”

Of course, it’s not easy to create peace between groups, and a spontaneous display of shame may not be enough. In fact, as this study found, it’s best to include both shame and acknowledgement of impediments to peace if you really want to reconcile with victims of group harm. And though the results of this study align with past research on effective apologies, there is much more work to be done before assuming that an inclusive apology will work as well in a high-stakes peace process.

Still, seeing that the way we approach group apologies can make a difference gives hope for reconciliation. Perhaps if groups involved in conflicts could acknowledge the many levels of harm they’ve caused victims, express shame, and promise to work toward reparations, it could pave the way toward more peace between groups in the future.

“An intergroup apology without these factors runs the risk of being seen as insincere and untrustworthy, and is therefore likely to be brushed off or ignored or seen as ineffective by the victim group,” says Manstead. “I’m not a policy person, but I think that this is a key message to take away from our research.”

About the Author

Jill Suttie

Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good’s former book review editor and now serves as a staff writer and contributing editor for the magazine. She received her doctorate of psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1998 and was a psychologist in private practice before coming to Greater Good.