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“Greetings. We are the Arcturian Council. We are pleased to connect with all of you.

We have been looking into the various possibilities that are in front of you as you move forward as a collective, and we have seen what growth potential there is for humanity when you as individuals drop your resistance to others and to the ideologies and beliefs of others. We have seen how much progress can be made towards bringing you into the fifth dimension with ease and joy when you let down all of your defenses.

We are talking about your desires to defeat those who have a difference of opinion. We are talking about letting go of any and all ideas of separation and polarization, and we are talking about letting others have their beliefs no matter how much you feel in response to those beliefs.

When someone else is triggering you, that person is doing exactly what you have asked him or her to do. Remember that the next time you get riled up by what someone else is talking about in regards to their beliefs. We know that you also have to present your beliefs. We know that you have to speak your truth and act according to your truth, but we also know that you can do so with peace and harmony in your hearts, with no resistance to those who hold the polar opposite view.

And when you do that, you will be bringing yourselves closer to the truth of who you really are as Source Energy Beings and you certainly will be bringing yourselves closer to the experience of yourselves as fifth dimensional beings, as your higher selves. Everything that you resist in this lifetime, you have been a proponent of in another lifetime. You cannot resist another without resisting a part of yourself.

And so, you can stand up for what you believe in, but you can do so peacefully. You can do so with peace in your heart and with no desire to defeat anyone who disagrees with you. This is what you are moving towards as a collective, so you might as well go willingly.

We are the Arcturian Council, and we have enjoyed connecting with you.”

Channeled by Daniel Scranton at https://danielscranton.com

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“Greetings. We are the Arcturian Council. We are pleased to connect with all of you.

“We have begun to explore the hidden human potential that we see inside of you, because we are curious to see which of you is going to tap into that hidden potential and when you are going to do it. This is something that intrigues us very much because we see glimpses of that potential realized by certain humans in moments where you are accessing abilities and aspects of yourselves that cannot be explained in any conventional way. You have within you so much potential, and we are certain that once a few of you begin to realize that full potential, the ripple effect will occur, and we will see hundreds, and then thousands, and then millions of people accessing that potential that lies within you.

“Now you must be wondering how to do it. It’s not about what you do. It’s not about you having the right crystals, speaking the right mantras, or going through the proper motions to access the full, beautiful human potential that we see. You get to that potential by feeling for how magnificent you are, and you can only get to that feeling by dropping the limiting thoughts and beliefs and by being with yourselves. We want you to feel for this potential. We want you to feel for it as an energy because that’s what it is.

“In the same way that some of you have been able to access your kundalini energy by feeling for it and inviting it up your spine, you can access this potential by acknowledging that it is there and feeling for it. Don’t think of your potential as being limited to your abilities, because it is so much more than that. It is the full merging of the human and the Divine. It is the moment where you know yourself as both simultaneously and you recognize what a powerful gift that is. To be able to have a physical body and to also feel your Divinity fully actualized is the best possible experience you can have in this universe.

“So here is your invitation. Focus within yourselves and realize that you can unlock this potential at any time. You don’t have to wait for the shift to be completed. You don’t have to wait for anything. In fact, this experience is waiting for you.

“We are the Arcturian Council, and we have enjoyed connecting with you.”

Channeled by Daniel Scranton at https://danielscranton.com

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What are we trying to teach ourselves?

What do we want to learn?

Does God, or the collective consciousness of All That Is, care more about how much we suffer from the consequences of our thoughts and experiences or how much we learn and evolve as a result of them? I suspect that God cares very much about how much we suffer, but he cares more about how much we learn from our experiences. Imagine that you’re God, or the collective Consciousness or All That Is; how would you set the stage for the greatest possible fulfillment of your potential? To give yourself a boost, ask yourself: as a human being, how would I set the stage for the greatest possible fulfillment of my potential, in my oneness with and separation from All That Is, as both a product of creation and creation itself?

In the Story of Creation cited in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic bibles, Adam and Eve each took a bite of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the middle of the Garden of Eden. They did it against God’s express Command not to eat fruit from this tree, “for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”Chapter 2, Verse 2:17. What’s interesting is that He only gave names to two trees, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of (eternal) Life. He also made it a point to let Adam and Eve know that both trees were planted in the middle of the garden.

As the story goes, after God learned that Adam and Eve ate of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, He clothed them with skins, told them how punishing life outside of Eden would be, then kicked them out, never to return. Whether this story is true or hypothetical doesn’t matter. It still tells us much about ourselves and the role of choice-making in our lives or Being and Creation.

Here are direct quotes about this part of the story. They are taken from the Vatican version of the Story of Creation in Genesis, the first book in the Old Testament. They also appear in my account of What I Learned in Catholic School:

Chapter 2: (As the Story of Creation unfolds):

[2:9] Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
[2:15] The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
[2:16] And the LORD God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
[2:17] but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”

Chapter 3: (After Eve is created out of one of Adam’s ribs):

[3:1] Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
[3:2] The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
[3:3] but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die. ‘”
[3:4] But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die;
[3:5] for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

(Later, in chapter 3, we deal with the consequences of Adam and Eve’s disobedience):

[3:6] So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.
[3:7] Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
[3:8] They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
[3:9] But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”
[3:10] He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
[3:11] He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
[3:12] The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.”
[3:13] Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”
[3:14] The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
[3:15] I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
[3:16] To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
[3:17] And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
[3:18] thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
[3:19] By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
[3:20] The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
[3:21] And the LORD God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.
[3:22] Then the LORD God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”–
[3:23] therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.
[3:24] He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

Again, if you were God, or the Collective Consciousness of All That Is, how would you set the stage for the greatest possible fulfillment of your potential? Would you care more about how much you suffer or how much you learn as a result of our experiences? As Beings of Aware Energy that exist only because we think, feel, act and react, that translate the energy of ideas into dramas of every type and experience, is it possible for us to truly die? Out of an infinite number of choices, what works best and makes you happiest?

For further reference, read The Hidden Hand, Part 1. Believe me, it will through you for a loop!

Roger Peterson, “Pete” –https://realtalkworld.com

Seek the greatest understanding and serve the highest good.

What others will not or cannot do for us, we must do for ourselves.


Want most for

What do you want most from each other?

Ask yourself each question with an open heart and mind. If it helps, imagine that each one is a key that unlocks the door to all possible and probable answers that lie hidden outside this moment in your life. Or, imagine that, by asking these questions, you automatically open the door to greater awareness and understanding. To get the answers that work best and make you happiest, treat this process as though it is a grand treasure hunt, because it is!

Remember, too, that as a Being of Aware Energy, you are both one with and separate from All That Is; you are both a product of creation and creation itself. Green light!

To give you a head start, here is what my wife, Sandra, and I came up with for answers to these questions and other variations of them. My answers came quickly because I work with inner consciousness every day. As I thought about what I want most for and from myself and others, “love and understanding” popped up in my mind. When Sandra asked herself these questions, the answers that came up for her were happiness, love, understanding and wisdom.

When you ask parents what they want most for their children, a majority of them choose happiness. How do you feel about that? I used to agree with that. However, how can anyone make happiness a big part of their lives without having love and understanding first? Isn’t not having love and understanding a major source of unhappiness? Now that I think about it, I would add honesty to this framework of ideas too. Without honesty, how can balance and integrity be part of our lives?

If thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own and each of us an artist, isn’t it important for us to learn from our experiences instead of judging ourselves by them? If, as we think, feel, act and react, we create, to change what we create, shouldn’t we change what we think and feel, how we act and react?

Think about it. Every thought is a suggestion, a blueprint for action, whether we use it in the form of a belief, attitude, value or expectation. What do we want most for our children, ourselves, and the world? What can we do today for the selves we’ll be tomorrow? Change what we think and how we act, and we change what we create. Green Light!


By Nancy Altman, shared on Credo Mobile

Save Social Security from Trump's Sabotage

Donald Trump has a new scheme to cut Social Security, and it is up to us to expose his false populism.

Ever since seizing office, Trump and his cronies joined the long-running Republican attack on Social Security that one advocate describes as “death by a thousand cuts.”1 Now, the Trump Social Security Administration is planning a new fee for replacing a Social Security card that amounts to yet another cut to our earned benefits.2

Paying to access benefits we already earned is nothing more than a cut – one that hurts women the most, since they disproportionately request new cards, usually upon marriage. We need to pressure the Social Security Administration to drop this plan and expose Trump’s attacks on Social Security.

Tell the Social Security Administration: Stop helping Trump undermine the Social Security system.

Trump’s latest budget would cut our earned Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare benefits despite his false promises.3 Trump’s repeated claim that he would not cut earned benefits set him apart from other Republicans during the campaign, and helped him win over some skeptics. Now, his constant attacks on Social Security are denying people benefits they earned through hard work, and even costing some their lives.4

Low wages and Wall Street scams have left countless Americans unable to save for retirement. Yet instead of protecting the best and most stable retirement program we have, Donald Trump and Trump Republicans repeatedly attack it. Trump and his cronies cut funding for the Social Security Administration itself – leading to office closures, massive loss of staff and long waits for disability benefits.5 The new fee to replace a Social Security card is more of the same Trump-Republican strategy to cut into already-modest earned benefits.

Social Security is one of the most successful government programs in our history, helping to keep tens of millions of Americans out of poverty over the past 80 years. It can pay all the benefits we earned through 2034 and nearly 80 percent after without any changes. We can shore up and expand Social Security simply by forcing the wealthy to pay their fair share. But instead, Trump and his pals are trying to cut Social Security without anyone noticing. We cannot let that happen.

Tell the Social Security Administration: Stop helping Trump undermine the Social Security system.

Thank you for speaking out.


  1. Nancy Altman, “Republicans Are Killing Social Security One Tiny Service Cut at a Time,” Slate, Jan. 22, 2018.
  2. TBD
  3. Tara Golshan, “Trump said he wouldn’t cut Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare. His 2020 budget cuts all 3.” Vox, March 12, 2019.
  4. Altman, “Republicans Are Killing Social Security One Tiny Service Cut at a Time.”
  5. Ibid.


Is it time to be honest with ourselves? Is it time to ask ourselves questions like:

  1. What do you want most from me and what do you want most for me?
  2. What do I want most from you and what do I want most for you?
  3. What do I want most from me and what do I want most for me?

Questions like these allow us to access hidden thoughts in our subconscious minds and change them if they’re not to our liking. Once we clearly understand and make peace with what we want most for and from each other, others will no longer be able to polarize and manipulate us because of unclear, fear-driven thoughts and emotions hidden below the surface of our waking consciousness. Others will no longer be able to use our power against us once we’re clear about who and what we are and what we want most for and from each other – in our oneness with and separation from each other – as both products of creation and creation itself.

After some thought, individually and between ourselves, my wife, Sandra, and I came to the conclusion that what we want most for and from ourselves, our children, and others is love and understanding. Try it yourself! Write these questions down or memorize them. Find quiet moments during the day to think about them or at night, when you’re lying awake in bed.

Also, share them with others to see what they come up with. When most people are asked what they want most for their children, their first answer is, “I want my children to be happy.” Think about this, how can anyone be happy if what they think and do is never good enough in their own eyes or in the eyes of those around them? Unless we can see the importance of love and understanding in our lives, how can we expect to experience true happiness in life? How can our children and others experience true happiness in their lives?

As we think, feel, act and react, we create. To change what we create, we must change what we think and feel, how we act and react. This is where the wheels of spiritual reality (thought and feeling) meet the road of material reality (action and reaction).



“Be Still and Know”

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Both of these ideas can be found in most bibles. I don’t know about you, but to me they both offer sage advice. “Be still and know” tells me to open my heart and mind to greater awareness and understanding. I can do that! What about you? The second suggestion is a little more complicated. To do unto others as we would have them do unto us requires that we figure out what that is.

What’s the most direct way to approach this? Why not start with questions? For example, what if you ask me what I want most from you and I ask you, what you want most from me? What do I want most from you? Here is my answer. What I want most from you is love and understanding. Put another way, you could say I want to be loved and valued. Who doesn’t?

Now, what do you want most from me? If you don’t know for sure right now, think about it. Sleep on it. Be still and know. Take as much time as you need, until you know in your heart that you have the right answer. In other words, refuse to settle for short term, frivolous answers. Go for the big kahuna. You’ll know it when  you find it.

Here’s another line of thought I find exciting. It came to me as a voice in my mind several years after I asked my larger, Inner Self the question, what is my deepest Feeling Tone, my greatest impulse in Being and Creation? The answer I received was: Seek the greatest understanding and serve the highest good.

I can’t think of a higher ideal. Can you? And to think it came from inside of me was a revelation because when I was five years old, I was told by a nun in catechism class that all of human kind are “born in sin.” Why? Because according to the Story of Creation in the bible, all humans are descendants of Adam and Eve who disobeyed God’s command not to “eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the middle of the Garden of Eden.” Speaking with the authority of the Catholic Church, she added, “And, you cannot trust your flesh because it will always betray you.”

This experience was so traumatizing I refused to go to school two days later (for more on this, read, What I learned in Catholic School). At the age of eleven, I began having the same nightmare about once a year that continued to trouble me into my mid-forties. It’s title, My Recurring Superman Nightmare.

Why did I have these particular experiences? Was I trying to teach myself something? Was there something  I wanted to learn? Was I a victim or a willing participant in these subjective and objective dramas or experiences? Are these fair questions to ask myself? After all, I was only five years old in catholic school.

I think it is entirely fair for me to ask myself these questions for two reasons. First, it gives me a sense of power to accept some measure of responsibility for the creation of these experiences for they were truly extraordinary. Second, by accepting my share of responsibility for the creation of these experiences, I give myself the opportunity to learn from them.

What did I learn? I learned that I can be as alive in dreams as I am in waking reality, if I choose to be. It’s all a matter of focus and attention. If I value dreams enough to explore them, I’ve discovered that there is much I can learn. I learned that not only can I create bodies and objects instantaneously in dreams, I have “inner senses” that allow me to think, feel, act and react, just like my outer senses in waking reality. It can even be possible that my outer senses are extensions of my inner ones, and that my inner state of consciousness may be my natural one.

What if we’re much more than we currently give ourselves credit for? Should we be exploring this possibility? Can it be that disruptive behavior like endless war, limitless greed, political corruption, unchecked population growth, increasing poverty, hunger, environmental degradation and climate change are talking to us, that they’re telling us to make adjustments? Again, what are we trying to teach ourselves? What do we want to learn about ourselves and All That Is?


“Greetings. We are the Arcturian Council. We are pleased to connect with all of you.

We have been giving a lot of our attention to the way that you either congratulate someone who has accomplished something, or in contrast, at times you feel jealous. At times, you look for the failure of another to give you a certain sense that things are better in your world. You have been in a paradigm where you’ve been playing a game of limitation. That game of limitation has been ingrained into your minds.

What that means is, you tend to believe that there is only so much to go around. ‘If this person over here becomes successful, then I must be less likely to be a success in that field.’ That is the mentality that you were raised in. That is what you’ve been taught. You’ve been taught to compete against one another, and you’ve been taught about winning and losing, but now is the time for all of you to look for more opportunities to collaborate with each other.

Now is an excellent time for all of you to see another’s success as your own success, because you are all connected. Now is a good time for you to remind yourselves that if someone else can do something, then they are opening the door for you to be able to do it as well. We suggest that you look for reasons to feel better about where you are on your journey.

For example, if you have not yet experienced success in some endeavor in your life, then you still have that to look forward to. You still have the joy of the journey in front of you, and you are fare more likely to make that journey, all the way to that pinnacle that you want to reach, if you are celebrating the successes of others. When you are focused on success, you will vibrate in that particular frequency. When you see someone else’s success as shining a spotlight on your failures, then you will continue to vibrate in harmony with failure, by your own definition, whatever that is.

So celebrate the success of your human counterparts there, and realize that there is always enough for everyone, and we mean enough of everything. No shortage. No limitation. You have to let go of those concepts now, because it serves you to do so.

We are the Arcturian Council, and we have enjoyed connecting with you.”

Channeled by Daniel Scranton at https://danielscranton.com

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Telepathy Is An Intimate, Innate Ability Within All Cells: To Study Psychology Exclusively In Terms Of The Brain’s Effect Upon The Physical Body Is Limiting: The Validity Of An Actuality Is Not To Be Determined By Its Appearance Within Matter Alone.

The Early Sessions, Book 3 of The Seth Material, by Jane Roberts and Robert Butts, Session 121

“Good evening.”

“I wanted to add here that evidences for those other fields of actuality can be found even within the body itself; that is, within he physical body. But these evidences are not recognized for what they are, attempts being made to the contrary to fit these into the framework of conventional knowledge, where indeed they fit but poorly.

“Also, such placement of them is misleading when other deductions are drawn. Such evidences of other actualities could serve as important clues, which if followed could then begin to unravel the secrets which are secrets merely because of man’s refusal to pursue them.

“These clues could lead to proper understanding, so that it would be known that the physical body does exist in many fields of actuality, and through the study of various portions of the body many glimmerings could be received concerning the various fields of actuality themselves.

“To study the human body from only the physical standpoint, or to consider it as exclusively a physical phenomenon, is to severely limit your perception of it, and of reality as a whole. To study psychology exclusively in the terms of the brain’s effect upon the physical body is likewise hampering and limiting, for the brain is merely that portion of, that very small portion, of the mind which is apparent within matter. As such within your physical field the brain is subject to the laws of your field. The mind, having its existence within the scope of the physical field but independent of it, is a much more fruitful subject for study, and not of course study through means of physical instruments or of operations performed. In any case the mind cannot be found by such procedures.

“The mind will be found to be closely allied with the spacious present.. The mind’s capabilities, if studied, would lead man into a realization of these other fields of actuality of which I have spoken. The mind deals with intangibles, but it does not deal with unrealities. Again, the validity of an actuality is not to be determined by its appearance within matter alone. The ingredients of matter are first of all intangible ingredients, and the study of the mind and a study of the processes by which the mind creates its dream images could lead to a basic understanding of the manner in which man subconsciously produces the physical images of his own material universe.

“This study alone would involve an introduction into a knowledge of other fields of actuality. Biology has made many strides, but it must finally be concerned with the intangible which is behind all organisms, and it will be forced to the initiation of an entirely new field, along the lines of basic organic psychology. It will be forced to recognize the innate ability of all cells for what we may call telepathy, for there will be no other solution in answering many questions.

“In the most simple of living structures telepathy is a necessity for communication, particularly before the inside energy is concentrated sufficiently to form any sort of more complicated pattern or nerve structure. Even when such nerve structures and physical complications are evolved telepathy operates, still a necessity as a communications system within the physical structure, and still handling data which cannot be carried through any physical medium, simply because it is untranslatable by its nature into physical materialization.

“These points are all extremely important. Much will be said yet to clarify the term telepathy itself, since there are many types, which you should be able to see from what I have said. This in itself is a complicated subject, and yet when I am finished it will be shown that telepathy is an intimate, innate ability within all cells.”


The Early Sessions, Book 3 of The Seth Material, Session 119. Posted Online by Oceanside Rick

Seth: “The Inner Ego (Self) is the Organizing Principle within the Subconscious. Because Its Attention and Focus is Directed Elsewhere, it appears to be Dormant But, it is not. It Directs Movements of the Physical Body and it is Responsible for Physical Health.”

“Ruburt (Jane Roberts) should learn much of advantage from the book by Jung which he is reading. And I would like to mention here that I am not Jane’s animus.”

(The word was unfamiliar to me and I asked Jane [Seth] to repeat it. She did so but I still did not understand it very clearly, and decided to wait until I could refer to Jung myself. It will be recalled that in the 83rd session, August 31, 1964, [in Volume 2], Seth commented on the work of Freud and Jung, and mentioned some of the distortions Jung’s work in particular contains. – Robert Butts)

“You will understand, Joseph (Robert Butts), when you read the book.

“Jane’s animus is indeed quite a different sort of chap from myself, much more omnipotent, to Jane’s subconscious. I will indeed speak concerning the inner ego, which is the organizing principle within the subconscious., but which looks into other worlds; toward worlds in which it has its origin, and does not have awareness of itself or possess self-consciousness within the physical universe. Its attention and focus is, rather, directed elsewhere, so that it appears to be dormant. But it is not.

“It is the ego (Self) or directive consciousness behind all personified aspects of the subconscious; in dormant fashion however, and contrary to Jung’s propositions, within the subconscious and in those personified aspects of it will be found remnant memory personalities of past reincarnated selves. They may be called shadows and yet they are not powerless. The inner ego, the directive organizer of the subconscious, also is the part of the self which is familiar with activities and methods of which the outer ego is ignorant. It is this organizer who directs not only the movements of the physical body from within, but directs from within those intimate survival mechanisms, without which the physical body could not exist, and upon which the existence of the outer ego is so dependent.

“It is this inner director who maintains all of these functions, and who is responsible for the physical health. It is this director to whom you must communicate when health fails. There are ways of doing this which we will discuss at a later date. It is this inner director who chooses the dream symbols in such a way that they will be meaningful to all layers or areas of the subconscious, and who is responsible for the amount, rate and type of subconscious data which is given to the outer ego by means of the intuitions.

“If the outer ego would be content to work on an equal basis with its inner counterpart, then many severe difficulties would be sidestepped.

“The outer ego, being of later development, is jealous of its position and would have all knowledge at its fingertips. This is impossible. It cannot stand to have anything hidden, but the very mechanism of its own behavior is hidden from itself, and it knows only the feel of its own surfaces.”

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If what we think and feel doesn’t influence how we act and react, why do businesses spend so much money to convince us that the promise of their product is just what we’re looking for? Not only are products promoted overtly, they are promoted covertly. Take tobacco; when laws were passed to limit advertising for tobacco products because of the large number of deaths associated with smoking, tobacco companies not only went overseas to open new markets, they went underground by investing in movies and television shows along with alcohol and pharmaceutical companies.* By investing money to cover part of the cost of television shows and movie productions, they’re able to have smoking, drinking, and taking pills play a prominent role in the lives of the characters portrayed. They know that if we keep seeing these reaction patterns portrayed as “normal”, more of us will turn to alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceuticals for relief from stress whether it’s real or imagined.

The message is: did you experience something the least bit traumatic? Smoke a cigarette, take a pill, or pour a drink. Better yet, have a drink, a pill, and a smoke!

* Smoking in Movies Still a Hazard, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Says:

“Nearly half of the top-grossing films of 2009 contained depictions of tobacco use….

“The figures come two years after the National Cancer Institute warned that kids greatly exposed to onscreen smoking are two times more likely to start smoking than youth with lighter exposure.”

Look at the propaganda (infotainment, faux news) business and the monopolization of corporations in the world today. Both movements are designed to intimidate and control what the public thinks and feels, so how we act and react can be controlled and manipulated. This Tower of Babel appeals mostly to those who believe in scarcity, separation, and competition for survival, those who inevitably choose money, power, and privilege as their primary measures of success. When enough of something is never enough and the end (more wealth and control of resources) justifies any means, where are understanding and morality? Where are empathy and balance? Where are honesty and integrity?

You know, I always wondered why I hated behavioral psychology, the teachings of B. F. Skinner, and Pavlovian experiments so much in school. It was about learning how to bully and manipulate others through the power of reward and punishment. To me, it demeans what and who we are. Why? Does this perspective rationalize cruelty, abuse, and greed? I think so. Taken to its extreme, reward and punishment becomes a form of torture. It turns us into robots and gives us no credit for being able to paint ourselves into and out of corners. Ultimately, it can lead to the breakdown and loss of self-esteem, the loss of self-control by individuals.

What is ironic is that every one of these thoughts and actions has its own validity. The Energy of Unconditional Love gives us the freedom to be and do whatever we choose for the sake of expansion and evolution. The kicker is whatever we choose to be or do has consequences. So the responsibility of making rules, as to how we choose to be and what we choose to do, is entirely up to us, collectively and individually. How about that? Thankfully, as eternal beings of Aware energy, we all wake up to greater awareness and understanding eventually. If not in this lifetime, in another. Thank God!

Roger Peterson “Pete” https://realtalkworld.com

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