Homegrown vs. Implanted Thoughts: How Susceptible Are You?

A visitor to this blog who uses the handle “Pen Name” shared an anecdote in a comment I’d like to use as a springboard for discussion. She wrote how she once received a boatload of incredible insights that came one after another, she knew not from where. They seemed beautiful, and she wrote them down.

Taken together, they compiled, she thought, a book. Then she examined what she had written in light of her reasoning and experience, decided it was a load of crap, and destroyed the manuscript.

What do you make of that? Would you say she was unfairly letting her intellect rule her heart? Or should she be cheered for her action? Was obliterating the document a mark of courage and integrity or was it an act of self-judgmental foolishness?

Personally, I cheer for her. Here’s why. A lot of us are figuring out that we can’t trust people outside us for our answers. We’ve grown suspicious of gurus, religions, and spiritual teachers. We’ve come to believe that truth is within us, since we sense the divine there. We conclude that we only have to listen to our thoughts and feelings, and let those lead the way.

That conclusion demonstrates maturity, but I think it’s a conclusion that can be manipulated. Think about it. The off-world entities who stand behind religions, gurus, channels and most spiritual teachers, “guiding” with self-serving teachings that keep mankind ensnared – wouldn’t they be capable of speaking to you directly?

If you were one of the gods, concerned that the human race is waking up, that the sheep are about to jump the fence and be gone from your sheering farm forever, wouldn’t you make a crack at talking to the people who are starting to listen to themselves? Wouldn’t you psychically send some “insights” their way that might coax them back into the fold, thoughts that on the surface support their newer and wiser understanding?

I suspect no deity worth their salt would miss that opportunity, especially if the person they target has much influence on other people. The gods aren’t going to give up their One World agenda just because people are starting to listen within. They’ll position themselves to take advantage of the changed situation, to re-route the sheep and to quell the brewing rebellion.

Unless we take measures to psychically protect ourselves, there’s no way to tell at first flush if inspired thoughts are (a) our own intuition, (b) suggestions from helpful entities outside ourselves, or (c) deceptively wise insights from those who would like to get us back in the box. How can we tell which is happening?

First, we can take measures to protect the mind from unwanted outside influences. Second, we can examine our “visions” by the measuring stick of reason and what we know of the world. In other words, by the evidence and the way we’ve put it together so far.

When you add a piece to a board puzzle, you look at what you’ve already assembled and decide where to place the new piece in that context. The new piece may cause you to see that some of the pieces you’ve already placed are hooked together wrong. In that case, you backtrack, self-correct, and rearrange the puzzle in a way that reflects the information the new piece brought to you. On the other hand, the new piece may fit perfectly with what you’ve assembled, simply expanding your picture.

As long as we’re operating on a planet where manipulation is standard protocol, we should be alert to the possibility that the more we wake up, the greater the chance someone will personally target us for a detour. We need to evaluate our visions and ideas in light of the facts we’ve gathered and the way we’ve connected the dots so far. We can’t assume what we think is right because we feel it’s coming from a deep place.

That doesn’t mean allowing the inner critic to silence gut feelings or messages of the heart. It means listening to the intellect and letting it give healthy feedback. Relying too much on intellect and not paying due respect to instincts is as big a mistake as blindly trusting “intuitions.” Outside entities can ply us with intellectual objections that discount what we know on a deeper level, or they can woo us with false feelings. Letting heart and mind inform each other deflects outside interference and makes us come together as more integrated persons.

Challenging as it can be to examine ourselves like this, I think it’s part of the fun of the current adventure, and part of the skill set we need in making the shift from sucker to self-directed. In learning to walk the tightrope that leads to personal empowerment, we can’t give blind credence to either our feelings or intellect. Freedom depends on listening to both.

Alertness and questioning are key. It’s when the sheep start questioning their reality that they notice the walls of their pen and start to devise a plan for getting out. Fixating on any vision or idea and making that the template by which we evaluate everything else is myopic and self-defeating . We need to consistently question our assumptions, and review the puzzle as we piece it, always checking whether it still makes sense in light of new data.

People who commit to living this way grow and change quickly. You can’t stay in one place for long when you approach life curiously and critically. Once you get how to be open and questioning at the same time, you’ve come a long way in honing your tightrope ability.

Part of learning is listening to the views of the people we tend to discount or get triggered by. Our critics have more to teach us perhaps than anyone else. They help us see trouble spots in our own perspective. Then we either change to accommodate the new input or grow firmer and clearer in our original understanding.

An example of this happened to me when I read Tal Brooke’s Riders of the Cosmic Circuit. Tal is a former guru worshipper turned Christian. Years ago when I read his book, I was still into the guru game, and reading his radically different viewpoint on “cosmic experiences” and “enlightenment” was like being sound asleep and getting a slap in the face. It turned my world view on its ear, offering a totally different set of explanations for experiences I had always thought could only add up to one thing. I didn’t wind up sharing Tal Brooke’s word view (I’m not a Christian), but reflecting on his research and insights was transformational, making me rethink all my “givens” and helping me arrive at the insights I have today.

A word about psychic protection. You don’t have to be a sitting duck for mind manipulators. We all have control over what enters our consciousness. Entities dwelling in invisible frequency ranges may try to influence us, and if we have a non-critical attitude, they can access our wavelength. The antidote for this is to send out a message to the psychic environment about what we’ll allow and what we won’t.

The rules for myself that I’ve decided on and “posted” are that friends and family who’ve left this life are welcome to send thoughts, feelings or support anytime they like. I also invite input from “entities in the unseen who work for the freedom and happiness of all beings.” To me, that phrase describes exactly who I’m happy to receive ideas and insights from. Anyone not in those two categories is not welcome to influence me.

You can put this out there by consciously (with focus) making a statement to the universe that includes what you will tolerate and what you won’t. It can go something like “I happily disconnect myself from all entities, energies and programs that may be or are feeding upon me.” (Substitute “willfully” or “consciously” for “happily,” or otherwise change the wording to suit you.)

Once you post your standards of communication to the universe, the universe is bound to respect them. How can you know that? Because if your permission weren’t a key factor in entities being able to manipulate you, they wouldn’t go to such lengths to secure that permission. They require you to give it, even if only on a subconscious level.

In TM, for instance, elaborate seduction is employed to get the new initiate to kneel before a picture of Guru Dev. (See Where Have All the Flower Children Gone? and The Hidden Agenda of Mantra Meditation.) The kneeling appears to be necessary to activate the mantra, and without it or some other form of self-subjugation, the mantra probably wouldn’t work. The subterfuge and seduction are necessary because the will of the person targeted is so important. If free will (permission) weren’t a key factor, the New World Order would have been fully operational centuries ago.

Just as giving permission is powerful, so is removing it. You remove your permission to be psychically manipulated by changing your intention and declaring it, with full focus on your words, which you speak in a firm and unequivocal statement. Those who’d like to lord it may still look for opportunities to slip past your psychological radar in moments of negativity. When thoughts turn dark, become aware of the shift as soon as possible and make a conscious choice to adjust your thinking. The sooner you get out of the doldrums, the less chance unwanted entities have of moving in and squatting on your psychological turf. When you’ve slipped into a mood, repeat your “do not tamper” manifesto out loud a few times until you feel genuine emotion and will behind the words. That restores the boundaries of your psychic protection.

These tips are based on my experience and those of several friends. We find this works in keeping us on a level emotional keel and keeping our heads screwed on straight. There’s no rigid formula. More dogma is the last thing anybody needs. If you find these ideas useful, adapt them however seems practical to you. Feel free to share what you know and experience in the comment section below. The sooner we discover that the big truths must include the life experience of all people, the sooner we’ll learn to listen to each other and benefit from the insights of the puzzle-solvers around us.

May we all have fun with the adventure.

Bronte Baxter

© Bronte Baxter 2008

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Paying the Meditation Tithe: Soma for the Gods

Why does mantra meditation feel so great at first and later on destroy the people who practice it? Why do people keep doing it even though it hurts them? The allegory at the bottom is my attempted answer.

Energy, or life force, is what the gods and gurus siphon off when people “bow down” (through hymns, chants, mantras, or the physical act of bending before their pictures or persons). The act of bowing gives them psychic permission to have power over a person.

India’s scripture Rig Veda names the energy these entities seek “Soma.” According to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, it’s what the Greek myths meant by “ambrosia” and “nectar of the gods.” Soma is food for the gods. Maharishi said it is a half physical/half ethereal substance generated in the body in meditation. Advanced meditators learn how to direct more of their soma to the gods through chants and hymns.

“Flow, Soma, for Indra to drink,” goes one of the lines in the 9th Mandala of Rig Veda. This is the scripture advanced TMers are instructed to read immediately following every meditation. The line is repeated in various ways throughout the entire hymn. Indra is king of the gods, and our Soma , in their twisted thinking, “belongs” to them.

Here is my allegory, describing how Transcendental Meditation turns from a blessing to a curse as you advance in the teachings. In the story, “money” is meant to be taken more than just literally. I use it as a symbol of the life force, the Soma energy, that meditators must pay more of over time. It is the tithe that binds.

Suppose you want to go visit the ocean, only you know of no road that goes there. One day you find one. It’s owned by a man who tells you you’re free to use his road anytime you like. He seems like a real nice fellow. After you use his road a few times, though, you learn he’s been stealing a dollar from your pocket every time you pass by. You don’t mention this, as it seems a small price to pay for the use of the road. Or maybe you do mention it, and he tells you that’s his toll-road charge. He took it without saying for your own good, because if you knew you had to pay you might have backed out of your first excursion and never would have had that wonderful experience. Now that you’ve been there, he’s sure you won’t mind paying the dollar. This explanation seems a little off, but you buy it. After all, what really matters is the great time you’re having at the beach.

After a while, the man announces he’s raising the toll. Now it will cost you five dollars every time you pass. You go to the beach every weekend, and it’s great, but the price for using the toll-road keeps getting higher. It’s very expensive now, hundreds of dollars a week. You inquire again if there are other roads that will take you to the sea, free ones maybe, but the man and your friends who use the road tell you this route is the only one .

So you keep going there and paying. But after a while, the beach isn’t such fun anymore. You’ve taken a second job to support the toll-road, and by the time you get to the sea you have no energy left for anything but a nap. You only go into the water on rare occasions. While you’re sleeping on the beach, goons who work for the toll guy patrol the premises, picking the pockets of all the sleeping sunbathers. You hear rumors among the crowd that someone is robbing people, but you don’t believe it. True, you’re missing some money, but you’re sure you left it at home and only thought you had it with you.

The fact that this starts happening every weekend doesn’t disturb you. You’ve been so spacey and foggy-headed lately, that you can’t expect yourself to remember if you had your money when you got to the beach or not. All that matters is the sun and the sand feel so good. You’re so tired, and they are so soothing. You’ve forgotten about boating and swimming, picnicking and flying kites in the wind, all the things you used to enjoy in the early days when you would come to the oceanside, back when it was practically free. All that matters now is how good it feels to get to the beach and fall asleep. Yours cares dissolve away. You don’t think you could live without it.

One day you wake up from a beach nap to see a couple of people flying kites on the sand, in between all the snoring bodies. A couple more people are playing in the surf. You call out and ask them, where do they get so much energy? They yell back that they’ve found a free road that takes them to the beach and they don’t have to work to pay the toll-guy anymore, so they aren’t so tired. In fact, coming to the ocean energizes them now, the way it used to do back when the toll-road only cost a dollar or two.

You say, that’s impossible. Everyone knows this toll-road is the only route to the beach. No, say the others, the toll-guy lied to us. This free road has been there all along. It’s even older than the toll-road. In fact, it’s not even the only free road that will take you here. There are plenty of them. They just take a little work to find, and then you’re on your way.

You hear this, and you start to get mad. Who are these guys, coming in here telling you nonsense like that, and saying bad things about the toll-guy? If it weren’t for him and his generosity, letting you use the toll-road, your life would be empty. You never would have found the beach. You are eternally indebted to the toll-road guy for that.

You wonder why these kite-flyers and swimmers are lying, telling you all the money you’ve spent on the toll-road all these years was a waste. You simply can’t accept that. It would mean you’ve been a fool, and you won’t let anyone make you look like one. No, they must be lying. They’re just here to make trouble. You lay back down in the sand, tune out everything you just heard, and fall back into the welcome numbness of sleep.

Bronte Baxter

© Bronte Baxter 2008

Channeled Messages: Who’s Really Talking?

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I haven’t yet found one source of “channeled truth” that doesn’t deny subtly what I know of the world. Take Caroline Cory, for instance, the author of a book called “The Divine Plan: Beyond 2012.” Caroline Cory ‘s website contains a page called “Universal Messages,” channeled guidance she apparently received for the rest of us from unseen entities she trusts as wise and good. Some of what the messages say sounds lovely. Careful reading, however, reveals the same old attempts at human programming that the fourth-dimension has become famous for. Examples in a moment.

What am I saying, that I think there’s no one out there in all the frequency dimensions unperceived by the human eye who is decent, free, intelligent and inclined to help humanity? Not at all. I’m just saying they don’t exist in the frequency nearest to ours which apparently is the one doing the talking.

A bit about frequency fields. The naked eye perceives only the vibrations of the electromagnetic spectrum called “visible light.” The other frequencies (radio, infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma) oscillate at a vibration too high or too low to be picked up visually, in the same way the human ear can’t hear sounds of too high a pitch, although a dog can hear them. It’s been suggested that most psychic communications take place in the wave length one notch down from visible light: infrared. Some call this frequency the abode of troubled spirits (ghosts and demons). I would add that it’s also apparently the abode of those who call themselves “the gods” and “ascended masters,” judging from the shit they sell us.

Take a look at the following messages communicated through Cory:

“Remember, we are an invisible “government” governing your planet. We are here to restore the harmonics of Heaven and our plan is infallible.”

“This global circuit is already in place and active. It is comprised of humans and nonhumans, visible and invisible beings who have volunteered to bring about this divine change. It is already done. You must not question your faith and trust in the divine order.”

“From our perspective, it is indeed a divine act to begin this endeavor and attempt to solidify all individuals’ values and and backgrounds in one set of rules.”

“You must not question”? “We are an invisible government governing your planet”? “Solidify all individuals’ values and background in one set of rules?” Does this sound like freedom to you?

Then there is this from the website’s page of recommended “Prayers”:

“We ask that our administration embraces people from all cultures and all religions as ONE human population intending to live in peace and harmony on this Earth.”

“We acknowledge that all experiences are in perfect Cosmic Order and in perfect alignment with the Creator-Source.”

“We ask and intend that we remain focused on peaceful and positive thoughts so we may only attract peaceful and positive circumstances and experiences.”

This surely sounds like the language of the New World Order. The added admonishment that we must always think positive and be peaceful is typical of Eastern and New Age religion. Sweet on the surface, but in fact we’re being told to limit our thoughts within a range that will offer no resistance to what’s happening around us.

This is further borne out in the statement: “We acknowledge that all experiences are in perfect Cosmic Order and in perfect alignment with the Creator-Source,” another popular dogma in Easternism and the New Age. If we can be persuaded that everything happens just as it’s supposed to, just as God intended, and that the world is perfect as it is, we won’t lift a hand, a voice or a thought to interfere with that perfect “Cosmic Order.”

To me, it’s an atrocity to suggest that a world as fraught with suffering as ours is “in perfect alignment with the Creator-Source,” yet Easternism and New Age tell us that all the time. Religions or messages that teach this reinforce our acceptance of what always should remain unacceptable. But that is the way it works with the global agenda. A new spirituality is needed to keep people locked into the old accepting programming. Hence the renovations being done on religion today.

We do have friends in the unseen, but they don’t send channeled and starship messages. They support our emancipation by sending thoughts and ideas that open our minds. They even assist our direct efforts to do things that might help humanity. I believe this, because I’ve experienced such support. But these beings act unobtrusively, like a good schoolteacher who watches over the children’s shoulders, quietly pointing here and there, while the students work the problems out for themselves. Our trans-dimensional friends aren’t out there pontificating New Age platitudes, announcing all is fine and that they’ll take care of the world’s problems if we see fit not to question them. They’re watching to see if we have the hutzbuh to set things right for ourselves.

Why am I sure of this? Because off-world beings who truly are mankind’s friends would never take over our fight. As a race, we’ve done little in our history but play follow-the-leader. That’s why we’re in this kind of shape. Always it’s someone outside ourselves we’ve expected to come up with the answers, to fix things. That attitude has invited global manipulation of gargantuan proportions. Manipulation I suggest we deserve if we’re still unwilling to stand on our own feet and take charge of our destiny.

Diseases don’t attack healthy people. A race of interdimensional beings doesn’t clandestinely take control of a planet of people who practice self-autonomy. If we are sick as a planet, it’s not because of greed and selfishness, as religious leaders and others would have believe. Accepting that guilt trip just further erodes self-trust, making us seek even more desperately for external guidance (a need our leaders happily accommodate).

We are sick as a planet because we don’t self-determine. Because we think we are limited. Because we believe we’re fundamentally unable to control what happens in our lives. In fact, nothing’s farther from the truth. We’re creating everything every minute with every thought by mentally accepting the world we have been given. This will change when we pull ourselves up by our suspenders and start ordaining what happens here. If enough of us do that, we’ll route the curmudgeons who laugh at their ability to make us accept our smallness and to send us down spiritual detours again and again.

The answers aren’t coming from off-world entities. They exist within us, in the creative workshop of our minds. Our minds aligned with intuition, the quiet knowledge whispering in our souls that still remembers the way things were originally intended, the kind of world we and the Infinite meant this one to be. When enough of us turn to that font of inspiration, and listen to the thoughts of those around us who also are looking within, we’ll continue to piece together the mysteries of this universe and how to establish our independence in it. Dialog and listening are critical. Not to gods and gurus, ascended masters or channeled messages, but to our own personal interior divinity.

Addendum:

I’d like to add a clarification and a practical tip here, for anyone interested. Just as it’s useful to listen to other people who have harmonious intentions for the planet and are in touch with their intuition or inner voice, there’s nothing wrong with asking for insight from the same quality of entities who don’t inhabit bodies on this plane. I find it can be helpful to ask for inspiration and insight, but it’s critical whom you ask. If you send up a prayer without an address, you give permission for anyone to step in and answer it, thereby influencing you however they please. Worse, if you ask for help from a particular guide, god, guru, ascended master or religious figure without being certain that entity does not have ulterior self-serving motives, you invite that questionable being to work its will in your life.

I believe it’s important to take special care about asking for help from “the Creator.” The physical creator of humanity appears to be different from the First Cause, First Consciousness, the creator of all life in all the dimensions. Those we call the gods say they are the creators of humanity. If that’s true, if they established physical life or human life on this planet, then when you pray to the Creator, those characters are the beings you connect with. Better to say something like “You in the Unseen who work to support the freedom and happiness of all beings” if you want to connect with beneficent spirits, or “First Consciousness, Source of All” if you want to connect with the Infinite within you.

It’s good to make clear that you no longer will accept the influence of questionable entities you used to pray or meditate to by stating this firmly so as to be rid of them. “I consciously disconnect myself from all energies, entities and programs that may be or are feeding upon me” are useful words for cutting off contact. It’s most effective if you say this out loud three or four times, until you feel some emotion behind it and subsequent release. It’s good to repeat these words (or something similar) anytime you may feel influenced by unwanted entities or energies.

Bronte Baxter

Check Out the Great Discussion

For those blog visitors who haven’t noticed yet, there’s some great conversation going on in the comment sections. Whole essays there by some people, including me. Check it out — at the bottom of most blog posts and each web page. Feel free to add your own thoughts to the mix!

Bronte Baxter

Where Have All the Flower Children Gone? Part One

This is the first article in a two-part series by this title.

Click through at the end of this post to the continuation of the article, or view it in full on the page listed at the left on this screen.

The climate of the 60s: America’s youth uprising. Questioning everything, challenging “the system” and the established worldview. Refusing to serve in a war, bringing about the end of it. Experimenting with sex and drugs, toying with every new or forbidden philosophy. A better world was around the corner – we were sure of it. Soon we’d be, as Arlo sang, “walking hand in hand with every man, sleeping in the sun with everyone.” The times, they were a’changin’.

Fifty years later, the world is no utopia. We’ve had two more wars. The only sleeping in the sun we do is on vacations. There’s less freedom, more surveillance. Independent journalism has virtually disappeared, original voices in the press replaced by dumbed-down TV nightly news. Our schoolteachers teach to standardized tests instead of teaching to kids.

What happened? Where have all the flowers gone, and all the flower children? How did something as radical, colorful and vital as the hippy movement simply vanish one day when no one was looking? Perhaps the answer lies with the Maharishi.

Maharishi MaheshYogi, 1970s version. Founder of Transcendental Meditation and the Students International Meditation Society. SIMS was an organization that descended on US campuses, grabbed pothead kids by the scruff of their raggedy necks, cleaned them up and turned them into upstanding members of society.

Just by giving them a mantra and teaching them to meditate. It soon became the rage – hippies converting to TM, trading in swear words for mantras, tie-dyed shirts for three-piece suits. Most kids were recruited to become teachers, pulling in still more people … Click here to continue with this article

Rebecca MacKinnon’s Cool Idea

Rebecca MacKinnon describes herself as a blogger, journalist and educator. I’d describe her as a lady with a cool idea.

Rebecca is a journalism teacher at University of Hong Kong, and today her blog observes a curious phenomenon: how the Chinese think Westerners are brainwashed by their media while Westerners are convinced of the same thing about the Chinese. Both sides on the Tibet issue are certain that the other side is wrong.

Rebecca suggests people of East and West listen and chat with each other over the Net in order to expand and harmonize their perspectives. She suggests joining Twitter, finding a group that writes in Chinese, and writing posts there in English. Since many Chinese speak English, she thinks there’d be a response.

I think this is brilliant, an expansion of the freedom-web (see blogs below on that subject). And joining Twitter may not even be necessary to do it. At the bottom of Rebecca’s blog, quite a discussion has already ensued between people from East and West. What better way to learn about something, if you can’t be there, than to talk to the people experiencing it?

I posted this comment:

For me, the bottom line comes out to be: every people should have the right to determine their own form of government. If the Tibetans want Communism, they should have it. If they want theocracy, they should have it. If they want democracy or even anarchy, let it be theirs.

Right now it looks to me like they want China out of there. Is this true, Tibetans? Or are most of you grateful that Communism freed you from the theocracy? All I’m seeing and hearing of Tibetans on the news and on the Net is Tibetans rising up for independence. If that’s what they want, it’s their right to have it, despite the fact that I personally think a return to serfdom and Communism would suck.

It’s not my choice, nor is it a choice for the Chinese to make or the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan people should organize a vote and unanimously decide. Then the rest of the world should respect their decision.

P.S. The people here who say Americans have no right to criticize the Chinese when we have invaded and tyrannized Iraq are absolutely right. Whether it’s Communists doing it or Capitalists, forcing yourself into another country is plain wrong. I believe the people of every culture are pretty much controlled by their governments. It sure was not the majority of Americans who wanted to invade Iraq, but did our government care what we thought? Governments run themselves, and they also run the people. It should be the other way around.

These days it looks to me like anarchy, or small groups of people governing themselves and developing a sustainable economy together, is the best form of government any people could have. The more libertarian we can become, the freer I think we’ll be, and we all should boycott our governments when they violate human rights. No one can be free when they’re being bossed around by big government, be it Communist, Capitalist or any other.

That’s my two cents. Visit’s Rebecca’s site, listen, and speak your mind.

Bronte Baxter

Tibet: Another Side to the Story

An apparently Asian woman who blogs under the name “FactsandTruth” has put up a mind-blowing website which she claims tells the real story of Tibet. The site is full of photos of the Dalai Lama smiling with famous Nazi leaders, and videos and articles on the history of Tibet that turn the Western perspective upside-down.

Before the Communist revolution, these sources allege, Tibetan power was in the hands of the wealthy ruling class, which consisted of the lamas and the landed aristocracy, while 95 % of the people lived as slaves and serfs. Little boys were conscripted into service as monks when volunteers were in short supply, and slaves were executed by owners who would give their dead bodies to lamas in exchange for the Dalai Lama’s blessing. The monks would allegedly strip these bodies of skin, long bones, liver and heart which they used in their rituals. The website further alleges that the story we’re hearing in the West is propaganda spun by our media in partnership with the CIA agenda which has supported the Dalai Lama all along.

So who is lying, and how do we tell? And why, if Bronte Baxter is so smart, did she make a lot of hoopla about the glorious freedom movement in Tibet when there’s serious reason to suspect it may be snickering behind its hand at us along with our favorite bad guys?

The last question first. Yours truly Bronte Baxter spoke from limited knowledge. I based my opinion on a smattering of experience and didn’t look deeply enough into the story before taking a position. Or rather, more charitably, I took a sincere position which now turns out to probably be wrong. There’s something to be learned here.

There’s always another side to every story, and beneath both sides there is usually a third. No one has a corner on truth. Not you, not I, not even those we most respect and admire. Any of us are, at best, thoughtful people observing what’s around us and calling it as we see it in an effort to live freely and honorably. But how tempting it is to defend our initial positions from the onslaught of incoming evidence! To become attached to looking good or to being certain and right. But if we pick certitude and image over our search for the truth, we fail ourselves in the deepest way possible.

I once heard an incredible man named Robert Morning Sky remark that to have integrity we must be willing “to follow the trail of truth wherever it may lead, at whatever the cost to me or my opinions.” It’s one thing to say, “Oh yes, I live that way,” quite another to do it. But if we don’t do it, if we don’t consider the uncomfortable opinion and question our own assumptions, we are ourselves dogmatists, sitting fat and happy inside our sorry fortresses of self-delusion.

We can’t afford to follow people anymore. Look at where it got us. We have to follow the facts, guided by gut instincts. When a trail turns cold, we have to abandon it, then pick up the scent again as quickly as we can. In doing this, we come to trust each other, fellow explorers finding their way through the woods. If someone climbs a tree today and gets a glimpse of the world from the top of the forest, we cheer him for his report. But tomorrow someone else will be in a different tree shouting down different visions.

No one person should ever become “the leader.” We can’t afford to build new hierarchies. That’s what corrupted this world, with a few elite and powerful exploiting the rest of us. Everyone has the Infinite whispering in their hearts. Let us make that our collective leader.

But back to Tibet. Who’s telling the truth? The Chinese Communists or the American media? The monks I heard speak at the Tibetan performance I wrote about, who may have been misled in their innocence? Maybe the short Tibetan man who used to work in the lunchroom near my office, who passionately spoke of genocide in the country he had to leave. But was he a former serf or aristocracy?

I know a German woman with a Ph.D. whose special research interest is the Third Reich. She told me once about Hitler sending a radio as a gift to the Dalai Lama during the Second World War. A Nazi emissary carried it for days over the snow-covered passes to get it to its Lassa destination. I was chillingly reminded of that when I read Dalai Lama’s alleged Nazi connections on FactandTruth’s website.

Is it really possible that a man and a religion that preach compassion and kindness could be pulling the wool over everybody’s eyes? Before the Communists came to Tibet, did lamas really conscript little boys to be monks, torture prisoners, enforce a feudal system that consigned most of the population to poverty, and use human organs in sacrificial rituals? Is the Dalai Lama really in bed with the CIA and were the Nazis his friends?

If these things are not true, Tibetan Buddhism may be the only religion on earth not in the back pocket of trans-dimensional entities who feed off human suffering and worship. Is it likely that Tibetan Buddhism is the noble exception? More likely that we were taken in again, in our wish to believe in something good. Goodness is out there — we weren’t wrong about that. But there’s reason to question it behind the Dalai Lama’s smile.

Bronte Baxter

Welcome, David Icke Readers

To you folks visiting this site from the link in David Icke’s newsletter that came out today, welcome. You’ll find more information of the sort you’re looking for in my article in the left column on this page, “The Hidden Agenda of Mantra Meditation.” It appeared elsewhere on the web with a better title: “Mantra Meditation Reveals Hidden Agenda: Are the Gods Alive and Well and Working towards the New World Order?”

I’ve got much more to say on gurus, gods and the conspiracy in future blogs and articles, so stay tuned to this site. Please do leave comments, and let’s generate some discussion (comments on “Mantra Meditation” can be left at the end of that article).

Coming up in a future blog soon: how the gurus railroaded the hippie generation, using “problem/reaction/solution” to lull to sleep hundreds of thousands of kids who instinctively sensed the specter of the New World Order looming over the world.

Also of special interest to this group: the “Freedom-Web, “Free the Moment You Decide to Be” and “One Whisper at a Time” blogs below.

Best regards,

Bronte Baxter

Megastore Shopping: The Unpayable Price

I’ve heard for years from my oppression-conscious friends that I shouldn’t be shopping at Wal-Mart because the big-box store exploits people. It pays its employees way less than they deserve, and while I got that, I couldn’t get past the fact that prices there are way the best in town. So typically I’d slink into the store several times a year, grateful that I wouldn’t run into any eyebrow-raising friends (because they, of course, wouldn’t be caught dead shopping in Wal-Mart).

I also habitually shopped in Target, Fred Meyer and Home Depot, avoiding the small franchises that sell the same things. I liked the idea of one-stop-shop.

Then something happened that made the megastore issue come home to me. I began to notice that when I shopped in Safeway, a big-chain discount supermarket in the Western United States, I was finding more and more of the brands I’d been buying for years disappearing. I visited other supermarkets and found the same thing. For some mysterious reason, the big chain stores had decided to drop these products.

I also noticed that Safeway and the other super groceries were carrying their own “generic” brand of the same products they had bumped. Instead of getting to choose between four brands of canned corn, for instance, I now was being forced to choose between one (maybe two) and the Safeway brand. Safeway’s brand was always cheaper, of course.

Safeway also recently began its own line of organic products, so the other organic brands are slowly disappearing from the shelves. Normally organic customers would continue supporting the private organic brands, but Safeway has cleverly disguised its products to avert that. Instead of calling the line “Select Organic” (Select is the generic name they use for all their other products), Safeway named its organic line “O.” If you examine the packaging very carefully and happen to have a magnifying glass on you, you might get a glimpse of the word “Safeway” buried in tiny print in an obscure corner.

I actually bought “O” products for a year before I realized the brand belonged to the superstore. Cloaking their identity as the source of “O” is clever and deceptive. It tricks organic shoppers, who wouldn’t typically buy a conglomerate’s organic brand, into doing so unknowingly. It’s kind of like hopping into bed expecting to find your husband there and encountering a different man in the dark who’s hoping you won’t recognize the switch. Thanks, Safeway. It really is ethical of you.

So I started piecing things together. The supermarkets put ma-and-pa groceries out of business half a century ago. Now the megastores they’ve morphed into are putting food brands out of business. If this trend continues unstopped by consumers, the big chains soon will have a monopoly on food products. In that position, they can sell food at any price they wish. They also will have no incentive to produce food of flavor or quality because there’ll be no companies left to compete with.

I came to see that if I keep shopping at Safeway, with its friendly staff and appealing natural decor, I’m supporting a giant that eats up little companies and my freedom to buy the brands I desire, disguising itself all the while as a good-guy store that shares my values. This really is the bad guy in the bed – not only malicious but a deceiver.

Needless to say, I’m no longer sleeping with Safeway. Now I shop at the only food store in town that is not owned by a conglomerate: the local natural foods co-operative. It costs slightly more to buy there, and I’m willing to pay the difference for the privilege of having multiple brands to choose from. As a consumer, I need to do my part. Every dollar I spend at Safeway helps wipe out food brands.

Now I understand the reason for boycotting Wal-Mart and avoiding big-box stores: they put the same kind of pressure on small and medium-sized businesses that mega grocery chains put on the food industry.

It’s a dangerous thing to allow consumer products, particularly food, an essential of life, to rest in the exclusive hands of the megacorps. Consumers are then at their mercy. Shopping at volume discount stores is penny-wise and pound-foolish. It’s saving a few bucks a week at the cost of no longer controlling market price and quality with our buying decisions.

What if communities started co-ops, not only for our food but in other categories, and went back to the old ways of supporting local merchants? What if we all turned our backs on the superstores? What if only a third of the population did? The big guns would fall apart without us. I can’t think of anyone that better deserves it.

Bronte Baxter

The Free Tibet Movement: Evidence of the Freedom-Web and the Smoldering Power of Quiet Discontent

Last week I wrote about the phenomenon I call “the freedom-web,” a conversational matrix that is quietly spun (person to person or through grass-roots tools like the Internet) until it grows to the level of critical mass, where it explodes into public view as protests, civil disobedience and mass outrage. Only then is a freedom movement officially said to be born. In reality, every grass-roots movement lives and grows within the womb of collective opinion long before it bursts upon the world as action.

I cited the black freedom movement in America’s south as an instance of the freedom-web at work. Now, all at once, we have another example in the news: the loud birthing of the Free Tibet movement. Where did all this dissent suddenly come from? It was growing unseen in the mind of mankind for years, as people across the globe slowly became aware of Tibet’s plight. A collective opinion has slowly been taking shape. And when the monks decided to mark the occasion of the genocide anniversary with protests, they triggered answering protests around the world.

This kind of massive dissent, springing up like artesian wells everywhere the Chinese government looks, puts powerful pressure on their policies. The dissent was there all along, invisible. It simply took the anniversary and the Olympic Games coming to China to ignite the fuse on the stick of dynamite.

This wonderful phenomenon of Free Tibet demonstrates the power and importance of talking among ourselves about things we know to be wrong, quietly spreading the word. Tibetan monks have been touring the world for the past few years, offering public performances of their spiritual dance and music. At the end of each show, they quietly tell the audience about Tibet, the country they have lost. The power of these presentations, which I was privileged to view on two occasions, is difficult to describe. By the end of the evening you have a feeling for these monks, their innocence and goodness. When they tell you their country’s story in simple, halting English it goes right to the heart. They ask for your support for their people and your prayers. The audience is so attentive you could hear a pin drop.

The monks make this global journey in order to help free their people. In their humble way, giving cultural gifts in exchange for people’s attention, they quietly transmit their message of Free Tibet. Now their work is paying off.

Imagine if everyone who knows the truth about the global, one-world agenda quietly told just ten open-minded people, sharing substantiating evidence and laying out the facts. Imagine if out of those ten, five took the information seriously and studied up on the subject for themselves, becoming convinced. What if those five told ten more people, of whom five became convinced? How long would it take for the news to spread into every home in the world?

If there were just 3,000 of us, using these ratios, in five years or less a third of the world’s population would be very well-informed about the global conspiracy. A third of the population can trigger critical mass: that’s how many colonists were in favor of breaking with England, and that’s the minority fraction it took to win the American Revolution. Social and political change begin in the human mind, with the collective spinning of a freedom-web.

Two years ago, I launched my own personal Tell-Ten Campaign. It went so well I decided to tell more than ten. I brought up the subject with people I hardly knew, like the produce man at the local supermarket. I inched into the subject, testing people’s level of openness before I sprung the full story, but to my surprise I rarely met resistance. It was amazing to find how many people were already thinking along these lines themselves. They seemed grateful to have someone bring the subject up and talk with them openly about their observations and concerns. When people expressed sincere interest, I referred them to the David Icke books and website for a crash course on Big Brother.

Although I started talking two years ago, I knew about the conspiracy a long time before that. I kept silent because I was afraid of getting tagged a dissenter and winding up dead or in a detention camp one day. I was perhaps even more afraid of being viewed as a weirdo by the people who knew me. Now I regret taking so long to do something. Over time I’ve come to the point where hiding what I know is not an option anymore. We must all reach that point soon if we are to defeat the global agenda.

Winston Churchill had this to say about speaking up:

“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

I don’t intend to die as a victim to power-hungry global fascists. I fully intend to succeed with my freedom-loving brothers and sisters in defeating the one-world government before it arrives and then to live in a society that surpasses the best we’ve ever known on Earth. A society of true freedom, perhaps for the first time in human history. But to find the courage to speak about this subject, I had to decide whether it’s worth dying for if it came to that, and if it’s worth being laughed at over. If the global fascist state is a snare that could at any moment be tightened around us, should we really care who laughs at us for alerting people? And isn’t dying a better option than bending our heads and getting shot with a microchip?

Bronte Baxter

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