Dazed and Confused

“There must be some kinda way out of here.

Said the joker to the thief.

There’s too much confusion.

I can’t get no relief”

All Along the Watchtower – lyrics by Bob Dylan

After writing the four “Oh Canada, where art thou going” articles I felt drained, perhaps confused. Maybe it was the weight of too much information. Or the fact that the current political system in most capitalistic/democratic countries, including my own, is truly broken, with the world now being run rough-shod by a shockingly small number of transnational corporations and few hundred individuals doing what they will with the planet and its inhabitants. While at the same time many of us plead ignorance. The confusion I felt, altered something in me and made me remember what mostly affects our lives happens at the community level and not on the other side of the planet. But then I realized, holy cow, my community and more specifically my tribe is just as confused as I am.

On the federal level in Canada and after an election, we have no more say in any decisions made by that government, basically the same at the provincial level, who also make their own decisions without any public consultation, with their often times wrong and misguided decisions felt by all except themselves. While on the community level is where we live our daily lives.

On our streets, in our homes, at our workplace, where we buy our food, raise our children, where we meet with friends and where we share our lives with a loved one is what is important to our lives. What affects us the most is the environment, how clean the water is out of the tap, what are the conditions of our communities’ infrastructure and how safe are our streets, most all of our needs are met within the community we live in.

Politics on the community level, in most cases is working. If a municipal’s council comes up with something that many in the community feels strongly about, the town or city hall fills up pretty quick at the next week’s meeting. But reality dictates that councils are also often influenced by the local business community, small groups of usually retired teachers and other very politically correct individuals. Citizens who believe it is their civic duty to make their community safer but perform with such fervor that this type of over the top justified involvement most often becomes invasive involvement. They become hall monitors and snitches, always on the lookout for that one small thing a fellow citizen does that the police or city council might be interested in.

Technology seems to be opening up transparency and on the whole, at least at the town or city level there is still a degree of accountability. We live in the same community with those elected; their kids go to the same school as our kids. We get people into government by voting for them, supposedly to speak on our behalf. And only at the community level can you speak your behalf to the elected member of your community face to face and personal.

Of course this all breaks down the bigger the community, town or city is because those on council are humans and once they believe they have power over others and are becoming increasingly wealthy compared to their neighbours, they will move away and their kids will attend private schools. Scientific American and Psychological Science have both shown and have proven that the wealthier a person becomes the less empathy they have for people unlike themselves. They become much more focused on self and that such a level of self interest of course promotes wrongdoing and unethical behaviour. While the true psychopaths, if defined as individuals whose brains do not register stressful feelings when they observe harms on others, who are most likely to deceive and manipulate others for personal gain and who represent less than one per-cent of humanity while possessing more net worth than the bottom 90% combined, are the puppet masters and running the show.

So anyways, I’ve decided to focus my articles more on the community level. This came about because of two things: a community project I assisted with and the fact I just took a week off and travelled through some very cool little communities around nearby Puget Sound in the States. With an open mind, a willingness to always talk and with a friendly and inquisitive nature I’ve met many people over the past week. And you know what? Most people do know the current way of things is askew and wrong on many levels, but their lives take up all their time and though realized or not, the simple human interaction we have within our tribes, the thirty to forty people we come into contact with daily or at least once a week face to face, is what makes up nearly every moment of our lives. For this is where humanness resides.

The community project needed a dozen people to volunteer to work as a team, by using each one of our specific traits and experience to bring the project to fulfillment. Many in the group had obviously stepped out of their routine and you know what? They craved it, egos were not evident, and everyone was engaged in the moment and enjoyed the feeling of being a part of something far bigger than they themselves individually. It made us happy.

Happy is a funny thing. We consume, earn and spend, often times even when we can’t even afford it, forever chasing down some false and misguided happiness. Yet within our individual worlds, deep down, the level of respect and admiration from friends, families, peers and communities determines a human’s happiness, not wealth, economic status or overall success, while food, sex and water simply keep us alive.

We each would hope to be an engaged, trusted, generous and accepted member of our individual groups. Indeed within our local hierarchies the individuals with such traits hold a higher status among the group. And if truth were to be told, where we stand with those whom we live our lives alongside and the acceptance and respect earned from them makes us happier, regardless of our wealth or fame.

Volumes of reports and studies on happiness all clearly show that feeling respected and admired as a human can cause our happiness to increase and being happier makes those around you happier, thus overall happiness increases. Meanwhile, it’s also been proven time after time and over the eons that just feeling rich or feeling above others, one’s feeling of happiness does not increase. We should know this, you think?

Seriously I don’t see much happy these days. The smiles are there but the eyes aren’t smiling. There are days lately where I feel I’m either going nuts or I’m just noticing we’re all nuts. It seems everyone is questioning, whether it be our lives, relationships or jobs. There’s also a lot of denial out there, even with reality gobsmacking us in the face. We are all agog with far too much information, looking more zombie-like with a thousand yard stare and either a stupid little grin stuck on our face or in most cases just a permanent scowl, with everyone seemingly so pissed off.

Personally, I get excited when I sense change in the air. But lately it’s getting rather thick, with information exponentially increasing in speed and volume it is now far more than we can absorb.  It’s not even subtle anymore, this struggle we are having over our subjectivity, our inner reality, and how we define our needs.  If change is dealt with an honest apprehension of one’s situation and without cynicism, it can only be proactive, but our avoidance of doing so will only create tragedy.

Communities are being affected by change the hardest because it is where we actually live and because of the trickle-down effect from the top of greed, oily slime and the oppressive nature of capitalism and consumerism. Yes capitalism creates new ideas, but its goal is to intensify consumerism, even when it is no longer affordable for the average humanoid, and it does so with no ecological or moral principles. Advertisers have shaped our attitudes, what we taste, see, hear, smell and feel. Our car and clothes we are told are what defines us. And yes we have unlimited information and technology at hand, because it’s been put there before us to purchase to keep us busy and entertained, while we lose control of the world out on our streets. This happens oddly enough because we think we have freedom, no rights, but we say we are free and safe. We’ve given up far too much just to think we live in a safe and wonderful environment. Our idea of what normal is and what is sane, decent and patriotic has sucked our soul’s dry, while each day we desperately try not to notice that the systems running our societies outside our front doors are terribly broken. It’s like we don’t trust ourselves anymore. The weathers fine, no it is not. Equal rights, excuse me? There will always be jobs for anyone willing to work we are told, nope not no more, because there are simply too many of us. Our senses are numbed daily by a myriad of means, we are all self medicating in some way.

Most of us are seeing the same things, the same stories, yet we are coming to different interpretations. Everything that is said or done is becoming being taken the wrong way. People are offended very easily these days, always “put out”. Trying to prove their point is whatever they say it is by their level of indignation. Trust and respect seems to have been replaced with fear and blame. Any truths and realities are argued and often denied because of a two minute sound bite of only a few dozen words announced on any mainstream news stream that they had heard, seen or read. So much of what we say amongst others is misinterpreted and questioned. We are realizing the deteriorating situation of our lives, individual world-views and the planet, and it is scaring the hell out of us. The scariest is the realization that things have gotten so out of hand yet we allowed ourselves to be distracted while it went on and we are confused by the realization that many aspects of our lives have somehow become beyond our control. It seems all that is left is denial and rage.

Grasping reality can sometimes be painful but rarely does anyone die or lose an eye over it and a change in behaviour does not necessarily always mean mental illness, but could be perceived as a type of societal shell shock. It’s as though one doesn’t know what to believe anymore. Not knowing if one should accept the reality of our lives; where not everyone is a drunk driver, murder (at least here in Canada) is rare, there is no such thing as the perfect family, we all have mental illnesses, and the majority of the population will experience violence only on the screen, thousands of times and all different ways. Or we can keep acknowledging and swallowing the steady stream of propaganda shoved down our throats and which assault on our senses on a daily basis.

Changes are happening that are far too fast for the mind to comprehend and weigh their implications, because reflection has been ignored and tossed aside when the television entered our worlds and became the center of our universes. The people that are getting off of their addiction to the aptly nick-named boob tube are often times awakening to find themselves embarrassed for their blindness and ignorance. I was.

But then that is what a capitalistic system creates, class stratification; along with racism, prejudice and feelings amongst the majority of people of powerlessness, unfocused rage and shame. These frustrations are then controlled by developed compulsions and self indulgences which displace such frustrations. While the majority slave away at their lives the few at the top snicker away that so many have fallen for the propaganda. They do not snicker fearlessly though for they dread and pray the majority do not become pissed off and develop such insolence as standing up and saying enough is enough.

The less people who instead of simply stepping outside and being aware of what the environment is doing, are told what the weather and other people’s lives are doing via a seemingly drunk on caffeine and themselves, boob tube personality with a painted on smile, the better. The less people who still think the world is gumdrops and lollipops the better as well.

Nearly everyone I know is questioning something in their lives. What was once right or wrong doesn’t necessarily mean right or wrong anymore. We seem to have been programmed but are now trying to shake the cobwebs out. Whether because of our parents, peers or mainstream media, what we once believed good is now bad and vice versa. People are not dealing with their shattered dream so well I fear. One of the reasons for this is that too many of us are still living in the past and so very scared of the future, with many of us still hung up over things that happened years and decades ago. Yet all it takes to create positive change in one’s life is relentless struggle to keep a greater self awareness of the present. Most mistakes I have made and continue to make, happen whenever I’m not listening or not aware of the moment nor focused on the task at hand.

It seems ladies and gentlemen we have also somehow lost our empathy, equal rights and traditions. If we were electrical, which in part we are, we’re blowing fuses, experiencing black and brown outs, and disconnecting all over the place. The promise of more open communication through texting and tweetering is actually creating the opposite. Someone once said our generation has at hand, more information and technology than at any time in history, yet we have somehow become the stupidest.

It does not have to continue. All it takes is taking one step forward instead of leaning out of a sofa for the remote. Stepping away from mundane routine and habitual thought that keep us away from taking such a step, for the majority of folk, seems to be the scariest part. It is but being engaged in your world. It’s hard work being aware of each moment and is sometimes forgotten or ignored for hours or days at a time, but it must never be given up on. The only place the ego does not dwell or like, is when their host is living in the present moment. This is where true change happens.

Another step forward could be finally finding out your neighbours name and taking some pride in your community. Not so proud? Do something about it and get others to help you. It’s like if you want a responsible, trusted, smart and goofy child, you as a parent should be responsible, trusted, smart and goofy. You don’t agree to how we’re ravaging the planet and ourselves, speak up, create change and better yourself. Go to a municipal council meeting one night. Once a year spend the fifteen minutes or so and vote. Know who you are voting for. The community you live in is not your living room or house, its outside on the street. The people you meet each day are your community and this is where we can make a difference for the better. Don’ be intimidated by the media and corporate propaganda, no one owns the Earth. At the same time we must stop fouling our own nests, the rest of the animal kingdom are shaking their heads in disgust laughing at us and crying at the same time.

Let us not be souls who instead of dying peacefully, aware and grateful, it will be the tragic; sitting up from one’s deathbed after your life had just flashed before your eyes and very sadly gasping “Oh shit”. Overwhelmed with regret and guilt, thinking of all the things one should of, would of and could have done. Ruing all the differences in one’s life, in other’s lives and in their own worlds, that could have been made. And then slowly laying your head back down upon the pillow and allowing your last breath to escape from within. With finality perhaps asking ourselves if we had made a difference that we had lived or we had never made a difference and it was of no concern to anyone whether we had lived at all.

To paraphrase the humanist and writer, Eckhart Tolle, “The greatest achievement of humanity is not art, science or technology, but will be the recognition of its own dysfunction, our collective madness,” and dealing with it.


Moving through the Rhythms Of the Earth and Sun

Whether our lives consist of either starvation and thirst or seriously thinking about paying twelve hundred dollars per month on a lease for an automobile, the sun and earth continue on in their movements and cycles and have been doing so for billions of years. As we slog our way through the current age of debt, also known by its addictive and illusional brand name, the age of wealth, we have become ever more distracted from any decisions we ourselves would like to make. The sun and the earth don’t have this problem.

Our technology has evolved faster than our hearts, minds and gut instincts. We are being both consumed and stunted in our evolvement as human beings. We look out our windows and with our eyes can see that for the past few years each year passes and is very unlike the previous one. Change is afoot. We can see, feel and sense the earth is changing and not just the weather. We also feel and sense change from that big bright light in the sky we call the sun. Well folks there are changes happening that perhaps we could prepare for, but then probably not because we simply have too much to do within our strict daily routines. But despite our own perceived personal problems, the world’s debt load and climate change caused by global warming, we can create change if we do so desire, but we must have the collective will to change. Whatever we do though, it sounds like the earth and sun will create these changes for us.

A few weeks ago, during happy hour sessions with friends, I began to take note of conservation about solar flares, the earth’s magnetic shield and Comet Elenin, also called by a few as Nibiri. It would seem that little snippets of odd information is being filtered to us, leaking out through the media. Though i do believe that information is also being kept hidden. And with the end of the current world age about to end in late 2012, according to the Mayan Long Count, all these events create a perfect storm of circumstance and coincidence.
So I started to do my homework and from what I have gathered by simply seeking the truth of the matter and alternately reading what the skeptics and doom and gloomers had to say as well. The following is what we seem to know, at least today.

The Mayan Long Count calendar shows December 21, 2012 as the end of the current Mayan world age. Interestingly enough it is also the time each year when the universe goes through it’s own winter solstice.
According to the Mayan this current world age began on August 11, 3114 BC (Gregorian calendar) or September 6, 3114 BC (Julian calendar), which the Mayan determined to be when the final creation of human beings occurred. There had been four previous attempts, or world cycles, of trying to create humans before the gods finally got it right nearly fifty-two hundred years ago.

The Mayan Long Count consists of 360 day cycles called the Tun. The Baktun, was about 394 years and 13 of these represent a world age. They also had the Alautun, which represented a time span of nearly 63 million years. As to December 2012, the Mayans believe it to be the end of one world age and the beginning of another. The true gist as to what the Mayans thought this date to represent is not so horrific as we have been led to believe. They clearly suggest it can be defined instead as a global change of consciousness. They were also fascinated and held importance to solar flare activity, which brings us to the sun.

Seen from the earth, a sun spot happens when there is an eruption within the sun and magnetic flux is blasted out from the core. When these structures lose stability, by perhaps being too large as a solar flare, they mass eject into space profound amounts of Ultraviolet, Extreme Ultraviolet, x-ray Radiation and many other energetic particles. Often the blast is large enough and powerful enough to impact the earth and is absorbed by the earth’s ozone layer, but not always.

Flare activity is cyclical within the Solar Magnetic Cycle. A solar cycle has been proven to have a duration of about 22 years and is a magnetic cycle. But there is periodic change in the amount of radiation expelled from solar flares when it does change and reverses its magnetic polarity. This change in solar flares intensities happens about every 11 years. Like the earth, the sun has both, a north and south pole, as well as a magnetic field. Nearing the end of its current solar cycle the sun today is becoming less active as its magnetic fields will soon reverse. This will happen from July 2012 through to December 2012. After the magnetic reversal the solar cycle begins anew and the sun begins to power up again, with major solar flares the norm.

What is not normal is that in 2010, sunspot activity should have already started to climb to its maximum, instead it is at it’s lowest. Some suggest that when the sun does go through its magnetic reversal in late 2012, and it then powers up again, solar flares exploding out of the sun’s core could be some of the largest and most powerful ejections’ to-date. And yet at the same time, the National Solar Observatory in New Mexico and Arizona, and the Air Force Research Laboratory in Ohio, all located in the United States, predicted in early 2011 that after the next solar magnetic reversal and the solar flare activity surrounding the event, the next 11-year solar sunspot cycle (cycle 25) will be very low in sunspot activity and may not happen at all. This could lead to what was called the Maunder Minimum, which was the least amount of sunspot activity so far recorded.

From 1645 to 1715, Europe and much of North America went through what is called the Little Ice Age. This was caused by a reduction of global average temperatures of only about 0.3 degreesC and caused world wide famine because agriculture could not cope with such a lower temperature. So if what the experts predict of the new solar cycle, which there will be hardly any sunspot activity at all over the next eleven or so years, unfortunately the reduction of global average temperatures by 0.3C or even 0.5C will not be enough to offset ongoing average global temperatures that are increasing due to global warming.

So as far as the sun’s activities go, the only thing we should be prepared for is the solar flares that will be bursting forth out of the sun sometime around July 2012 through December 2012. After that, when the sun enters its new solar cycle the flares and sunspots will die down and mellow out. As to the solar flares we do know what to expect, though not at what level, because a mere 150 years ago the most powerful solar flare in the past 500 years erupted out of the sun.

In 1859 a huge mass ejection from a solar flare, since called the Carrington Event, travelled to earth in about 18 hours. A normal journey takes three to four days. The luminous region of the Aurora Borealis entirely circled the north pole, extending as far south as Cuba, Africa and Southern Asia. The altitude of the bases of the columns of light rose 25 kilometres above the earth, with streamers of coloured light shooting up into space 50-60 kilometres. The same thing was happening in the southern hemisphere. The light show was one aspect, the cosmic radiation and energized particles impacting over the earth were another and gave an electric shock to most all animals, caused the excitement of magnetism in irons, the deflection of magnetic compass needles, and the decomposition of chemical solutions. Every electrical device and grid on the planet failed, including telegraph systems all over Europe and North America. Took months to get everything going again. Same events could happen next year sometime. Could you imagine?

Every electrical device fails. Planes, trains and automobiles would cease to run, automated teller machines would be unuseable, banks and business simply having to shut down, computers and cell phones would die, hospitals would be facing a crisis, fans would not work, heaters would not provide heat, pumps for heating and cooling would fail, the pumps for keeping Nuclear reactors cooled would fail and their backup generators would be unusable. Many places around the globe would begin to flood, crash, freeze and burn. In space the International Space Station would be inoperative. The United States Space Surveillance Network currently tracks more than 8,000 man-made orbiting objects. About 7% of these or 560 of these satellites are operational, with the rest being space debris. We also have satellites orbiting the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun. The list of what makes up modern society in which would fail is endless and would be devastating. I could indeed see something like this creating and thrusting forward the need for a global change of consciousness.

As the sun goes through cycles of magnetic field reversals, solar magnetic activity and intensity greatly increases during the reversal. The earth also goes through magnetic field reversals but unlike the sun, the earth’s magnetic intensity seems to occur during periods of low field strength.
This is what is happening now, with the earth’s magnetic field estimated to be at it’s weakest sometime in late 2012.

The geomagnetic shield is estimated to be about 3.5 billion years old and is cyclical in nature.. The duration of these shifts is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 years, with the last one happening about 780,000 years ago. Geomagnetic reversal is the movement of the poles due to disturbances of the geomagnetic field by charged particles. A collection of charged particles is called plasma, the fourth state of matter and is the most common state of matter in the universe, much more than the states of solids, liquids and gases. The magnetic field of the earth is generated by what is called, dynamo action, in which convection of molten iron in the core of the earth generates electric currents which in turn rise to magnetic fields. The earth’s overall magnetic field is becoming weaker, with a 10-15% decline in the past 150 years, though over the past few years this rate has been accelerating. In late 2012 it is estimated that this quickening will slow right down in intensity and the poles will begin to shift their magnetic polarity, which will take anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 years to complete.

The north pole has been moving north-west towards Russia for thousands of years. During the 20th century it moved about 1100 kilometres at a rate of about 10 kilometres per year, but now has risen to a speed of about 40-50 kilometres per year. Over the past ten years it has only gotten faster. The north pole is currently shifting NW approximately 1 Degree every five years and in 50 years will be located over Siberia. The weakening of earth’s magnetic shield will be at it’s lowest in late 2012, which means the poles may begin to shift their polarity, with the ozone layer further being weakened and thus allowing the earth’s surface to be exposed to substantial damage from cosmic radiation. At about the same time the sun will be expelling record size solar flares and blasting the earth in radiation and numerous other particles, will be just when the earth’s electro-magnetic shield will be at its weakest. This is our biggest threat over the next couple of years and though there is no uncontested evidence that an earth’s magnetic field reversal has ever caused biological extinctions there is still much which will be changed.

Most animals on the planet, including ourselves, can detect the earth’s magnetic field. If this were to change many animals that migrate, such as birds and turtles would be unable to navigate. Even cows and other wild animals align their bodies’ north-south while relaxing. I believe that we humans have also been sensing such a change and see it in media reports about climate extremes happening around the globe.

Before modern man, Homo Erectus and their ancestors survived many previous reversals and though reversals have not caused extinction events by themselves, when the magnetic reversal slows down its intensity and its shield weakens it could cause forceful convection at the earth’s core, which would lead to the widespread problem of perhaps hundreds of  volcanoes erupting, more powerful storms, hurricanes and earthquakes and that the resulting airborne ash could very well cause extinction. This could happen just as the entire electrical grid of the world is knocked out of action. This would no doubt change the way we live, act and think, about the planet and ourselves.

Many of us in the west will feel our lives are over without our automobiles, computers and toys, but we must remember that half the world will and do not have this problem. Many are still very in touch with what it means to be human; the spiritual and cultural side, a sense of community and tradition.

Finally we come to Comet Elenin due to arrive at its closest approach to the earth on November 6, 2011, in what is termed a near-miss. Ancient Akkadian and Sumer stargazers had a term to describe the highest point of the ecliptic or the highest point in the paths of the visible planets at the time, the farthest away being Jupiter, they called this Nibiru, with the corresponding constellation being Libra. The American author Zecharia Sitchin would develop a theory that human origins involve ancient astronomers and an undiscovered planet beyond Neptune named Nibiru follows a long elliptical orbit and reaches the earth’s inner solar system every 3,600 years. He believed Niribu’s last passing was in 550 BC, with the next one happening in the year 2900. Niribu has also been labelled by some as being what is termed, Planet X. The philosopher Nostradamus described in one of his quatrains that around this time he foresees a piece of a passing comet breaking off and impacting near the Azores islands.

The scientific world is well aware of Comet Elenin, but estimate it as passing too far off to have any effect on the earth or it’s atmosphere. Though I’ve heard rumours that there might be plans to vacate the International Space Station just in case. Asteroids, comets, et al have been nearly missing or impacting the earth for billions of years. Collisions in the past or even near-misses have had a significant role in shaping the geological and biological history of the planet. As late as March 23, 1989 the 300-metre diameter, Apollo Asteroid, 4581 Asclepius (1989FC) missed the earth by 700,000 kilometres, passing through the exact position earth was only six hours before. If it had impacted, it would have created the largest explosion in history, 12 times more powerful than the most powerful nuclear bomb ever exploded by man. Which was detonated by the Russians on October 30, 1961 in the extreme NE of Europe on an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, its yield was 50 megatons of TNT. The Hiroshima bomb in 1945 was less than one megaton, about 15 kilotons of TNT. But all estimates determine that the near-miss of Comet Elenin will not disrupt our world. The reversing of the magnetic fields of the sun and the weakening of the earths electro-magnetic shield on the other hand, happening at approximately the same time, will have a much more profound effect on earth.

Oddly enough though,  none of the events described above will cause life on earth to be extinct. As our ancestors were able to do, many of us will survive and carry on. Hopefully following a different path than the one we are now treading. To possess a new, clear and focussed consciousness, uncluttered by the bells and whistles, tits and ass of our materialistic, self entitled, capitalistic ways. We will survive as a species but how we are to survive and what will life be like afterwards is open to debate and all sorts of theories.

But there is no need for us to start freaking out or anything. We must simply be prepared and start thinking, instead of allowing others to think for us. Personally I will continue to try to make each day count in some small way. Showing empathy, good manners and respect towards others and caring for loved ones, my community and myself. To strive to appreciate  and be aware of each moment of the life I have been given and listen to my instincts and feelings. I will continue to love the one i am with. And if by chance either solar flares from the suns  magnetic reversal, the earth’s deteriorating ozone layer and magnetic shield, some far off comet or asteroid, or simply getting hit by a car takes me out, then at least it can be said I lived, which is far better than never having lived at all.





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