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Steve HaysEarth-Shaking Options

There’s been a lot written and said about the quakes and tsunami disaster in Japan, its significance and the lessons we should draw from it. Recently I’m been wondering about the energetic aspects of it and our early warnings.

The obvious is that it shows us just how small and fragile are the little creatures that crawl around on Mother Earth’s back—especially when she decides to stretch. I include human beings, of course. To their apparent advantage, the rest of the animals seem to have a clearer, built-in early warning system and know ahead of time. We seem to get mixed signals.

I wrote about a mechanical early warning system last month and months before that, noting that Chile, Japan and other countries have put systems in place. It enables them to tap into the Earth’s messages, just not as quickly as animals can. This system, at least, gives 30-seconds notice, but it gives this signal only to countries that consider early warning, i.e., life, important enough to install it. When I say we get mixed signals, however, I’m not talking about this mechanical system.

We are, after all, part of the Earth too, grown on it, made of materials from it, and when the Earth gets ready to move shouldn’t we know as other animals do? I think some of the craziness we are seeing in our society is people reacting to those mixed signals we feel from the earth. Other animals just know how to interpret the signals better. When the Earth is about to stretch maybe we know, and just get the signals mixed because of the way our minds work.

Part of it is all the chaos we take in and take on as our own. Almost all of us have taken on things as important to do that may not be. The way life is these days, offering so many self-imposed pressures and things to make important, if we feel anxious it’s easy to find a reason for it. It’s hard to finish all the things we’ve been told we should, if we’ve accepted them as things we should do in order to be good people, parents, sons or daughters, citizens, Earth stewards, spiritual and/or religious and so on. And I left out the way we should smell, look, eat and take care of our bodies. It goes without saying, of course, that many of us are the cars we drive or our hair. And don’t worry if you are missing some of these “shoulds”; if you don’t naturally think about these things it’s easy enough to get an e-mail alert.

It’s not so foreign for us to sense something wrong or be a little anxious and then find a reason for it. That’s what the mind does: distinguishes differences, defends us, or tries to solve our problems. I’m wondering if that isn’t why the signals we get are mixed. If the Earth is giving out signals, how could we really escape them?

I thought about this after the quake in Japan. A week or two before the quake I found myself waking up in the morning—way too early for me—feeling anxious. While there might not have been an obvious reason to feel that way, my imagination was able to fill in the blanks and come up with some reasons. But it still seemed that the feeling didn’t fit the situation.

Talking with friends about this I discovered that many of them also had similar feelings during that time. Since then, I’ve noticed there are times when feeling anxious might be appropriate—but I haven’t felt any similar anxiety.

I think we feel those Earth changes coming and just don’t know what we are feeling.

What’s getting clearer to many of us is that the Earth-changes, no matter what you attribute them to, are getting more frequent and dramatic. Our foundations are being challenged. Shaken. In many ways we as a society and individuals are being forced to look at what’s important. It seems natural in times of change and stress to do that.

It’s tough also because we are such complex beings, which is why I think looking outside—watching Washington and the world—can offer us a sense of the energetic changes going on.

Looking at the Earth, the world, and Washington, is there any question this is time of reevaluate? What world do we want to live in? Especially when we have a new majority in the House who looks like they want to throw everything out and start over, it’s a time to question.

I know that sometimes what goes on looks totally crazy, but right now I’m beginning to wonder if the New House isn’t really tuned in to the energies and more sensitive than I may think.

I mean, what do the animals do when they know a tsunami is coming? Human ones grab what’s important and head for the hills. The idea is to survive. Doesn’t that look familiar today?

It’s not quite the traditional “protect the women, children, the weak and the old first because the strong can care for themselves.” It’s more like, “We need to take care of ourselves and those who need it the least first. Eliminate what supports women, children and the poor first. This is survival!” or so it seems.

One of the more outrageous examples of this is the statement by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah who states laws restricting child labor are not constitutional and should be repealed. Now he could have said that they are un-Constitutional, but he doesn’t care, it’s right to have some restrictions on child labor so he will submit a Constitutional amendment to insure it. Maybe he needs child labor to get all his stuff into the hills. In changing times, when things may appear more chaotic, it’s probably good to watch for looters.

You may have heard that over two-thirds of US based corporations DON’T pay any Federal taxes. Listen to some and they’ll tell you it’s because rates are too high and should be lowered. Wouldn’t that mean even fewer people (corporations) would pay taxes? That’s why these “people” exist.

On the other side of it, does it make sense to have people retire after 20–30 years and make more money in retirement than when they made when working? I’ve talked to people who were in the service for 20 years who retired and then took another 20-year government job and will collect retirement from that job too. How can that be sustainable?

Foundations. What do we need? What do we want? What’s greed and what’s taking advantage? The Earth seems to be leading the way—prodding us/US. Getting us to question and get clear about our foundations. If we don’t take time to look we may find that some who have headed for the hills are living in hilltop mansions that we’ve paid for.

Fortunately or unfortunately, it’s also a time when some need to hold onto firm ground and take as their foundation the principles that ignore the personal toll of those principles.

One new foundational principle seems to be balancing the budget without disturbing big business or the rich. Up to now it’s been a little tricky doing this because phrases such as “providing for the common defense” and “promoting the general welfare” are in the Constitution, and some still think they’re important. But these days I wouldn’t be surprised to hear this will soon be clarified with a new First Amendment that will make balancing the budget the first priority.

Yes I know, we already have a First Amendment, but word is that all the rest are just going to have to move down one. I mean, what’s important? Balancing an incredibly manipulated budget that’s incomprehensible?

There are rumors that some even wanted to make this the First Preamble. The sticking point right now is wording it so it’s flexible enough to be easily reversed when administrations change.

Have a great month,

 

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