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Hidden In Plain Sight - On Beyond The X-Files
Or, How I learned To Love The White Rose
By Richard Sauder, PhD
I want to take this opportunity to announce that my latest book will be out shortly, entitled "Hidden in Plain Sight: On Beyond the X-Files"." Of course, I will make the rounds of the radio talk shows to discuss it in the near future, so keep a sharp ear out for that. I enjoy talking about my research, so it should be enjoyable for me and the listeners, as well. This latest work is a continuation of my ongoing research and writing on the theme of secret underground and undersea bases and tunnels, and represents a broadening and deepening of my earlier efforts. To cut to the chase, the extensive program of clandestine underground and undersea activities has not ceased. Oh, no. It continues right into the 21st Century and I no longer put any limits on what might be happening deep underground and undersea, way down deep beneath the seafloor. The mere fact that the entire, decades-long project is surrounded by such extreme, overweening secrecy bodes very ill, in my view. For that reason alone, there is cause to suspect nefarious goings-on.
It does appear that off planet factions are here, as well, ensconced underground and undersea, and I say as much in the book. Moreover, it appears that there are groups of terrestrial humans that have dealings with some of the off planet factions, and, oh, my, what a tangled web we are weaving.
If time permits I intend to also issue a video to follow the book's publication. I realize that many people like to see and hear me speak about what I have discovered, and also like to see some of the illustrations that my research has uncovered.
At the same time, I have also started on a shorter project, a sort of briefing book for those who have come late to the realization that: "Hey! Something is going on! Kansas is going bye-bye!" Well, yes it is, and it will not be back again. Not ever.
So that little briefing book will be aimed primarily at the many millions of people who are about to be abruptly thrown into the deep end of the swimming pool, without any advance notice or prior preparation on their part. As they flounder about, in a blind panic, some of them will find my little briefing book, and it will be for them a sort of combination of a pair of water wings, a compass and a miniature life raft. By itself, it won't save them, and it's not intended to do that, because in the end, they have to save themselves. But it might just help a few of them to make sense of what is happening, enough to get their mental bearings and straighten out their thinking, so that they can make more intelligent judgments that enhance their prospects for not just surviving, but possibly even flourishing in the midst of what is about to transpire on this world.
To wit: something else is getting ready to happen, something else that may just be really big, and by the time the huge changes are finished even the dullest tack in the pack will have gotten it through his or her head that things have changed unalterably and that the world will not be going back to the way it was before. I'll have more to say about that below, so keep reading, and by the way, that is also why my accompanying photo shows me in a much different guise than I have ever before presented in public. The times are changing, and I'm telling you straight up that if you don't also make some changes in your life and thinking you may not make it, so great will the before and after differences be in the global transition cum transformation that is headed our way at warp speed.
In the interim, my earlier books are still available here:
A great deal has changed in the nearly 20 years I have been pursuing this line of inquiry. The world population has increased greatly, the ecology is reeling all over the planet, the push toward a global, fascist, corporate-governed, Big Brother society has picked up tremendous momentum, and in the wake of the 9-11 attacks eight years ago, the so-called and surreal War on Terror has utterly transformed the planet's social, political, military and economic landscape. We now live in a brave new world where up is down, left is right, war is peace, a failing economy sprouts "green shoots" ­ and on and on the insanity and inanity extend in a bottomless welter of mindless infotainment and soulless, vampiric propaganda that saturates television and radio and drips off the pages of the remaining newspapers.
In that context, we are faced with the utter and complete insanity of unending imperial warfare as the declining American Empire tries to impose its hyper-violent corporate control system over as much of the rest of the planet as possible. There are several unfortunate examples of that from recent years, and sadly the ongoing war in Afghanistan typifies the American war psychosis at its very mind boggling worst.
Recent days have seen a spate of news articles about the brother of the country's American puppet President, Hamid Karzai. Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president's brother, is reported to have been on the CIA payroll for much of the past eight years, and to also be simultaneously implicated in the country's illegal opium traffic, against which the USA military forces are ostensibly fighting, as well as having ties to the Taliban, and helping the CIA to operate a paramilitary force, and on and on the tangled story goes. (1) All of which obviously raises a very large question as to what the CIA and the Pentagon are really doing in Afghanistan. Connect the dots and you could come to the reasonable conclusion that the American war in Afghanistan has two main functions: 1) to promote the opium trade for the CIA's own clandestine, black budget purposes, and 2) to promote general mayhem and warfare for the purpose of creating such instability and confusion that the war cannot possibly be won or successfully prosecuted, and, thus, just grinds on and on generating continuing, multi-billion dollar profits for American corporate war profiteers.
Now, I am an American by birth and I am a long-term, informed observer of the scene in the USA. None of these insane asylum antics are occurring in a historical, social, economic, or political vacuum. Much of this we have seen before, but with each round of new crimes the audacity and brazenness of the usual suspects increases. It is astonishing to admit it, but the scale of the corruption has exceeded all rational bounds over the last decade, and in recent weeks and months, has become even more outlandish than ever before, if such a thing is possible. The vicious Caesars of ancient Rome, in all of their diabolical lust for absolute power and their grandiose schemes of global domination were but rank amateurs compared to the maniacal political pawns and minions that today prance and preen on the world stage, all the while plotting the totalitarian subjugation of billions of people and the outright theft of trillions of dollars worth of financial and natural resources. Millions of people all over the world can sense, or outright see, that we are fast approaching a sort of rupture with the past, and are about to be flung headlong over the brink of a yawning chasm into God-only-knows-what-awaits-us, and they also can sense, or see, that the aforementioned prancing and preening pawns and minions have something to do with the unsettling events of these parlous times.
The recent, global outbreak of the swine flu has only served to heighten the rising sense of unease that many people feel, the more so, as it seems that the virus may possibly have been bio-engineered, by unknown parties, for unknown purposes.(2) Which calls to mind, once again, the aforementioned pawns and minions, and their incessant, insidious, Machiavellian machinations in the political, military, social, economic and medical policy spheres.
In this context of destructive, American imperial warfare, of an imploding global economy, and of a global, viral pandemic of uncertain provenance, I have several observations to make:
1) Both major political parties in the USA are massively criminally corrupt; they are essentially political mafias, tools of the Fortune 500 corporations, Wall Street, the U.S. Federal Reserve, and other nefarious interests.
2) The present government of the USA is so mobbed up that 50% of the American people still cannot believe, and do not understand, that the murderous attacks of 9-11 were an inside job by an incredibly cunning, parasitic element that has insinuated itself deep into the guts of the American system, and that lurks there malevolently, devouring its host from the inside out. But even that 50% remnant of "true believers" in the official propaganda will have their reflexive faith sorely tested as the events of the next 12 months unfold.
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I am a strong proponent of good government, Constitutional government, honest, ethical government -- however the present USA government is so deeply riven with corruption that I cannot help but speak out. All officers of the USA civil government and USA military swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Part of my public service consists of calling attention to that simple fact. Were I not a firm advocate of the principles of freedom as set forth in the U.S. Constitution of 1791, especially as enumerated in the Bill of Rights, I would not trouble myself to compose this lengthy screed. But the hour is late, and the U.S. Constitution does have enemies, both foreign and domestic.
3) Which reminds me that George Washington explicitly warned of the dangers that entangling foreign alliances posed to the American Republic in his farewell address of 1796. I want to quote just one pertinent extract:
"...(A) passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions, by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity..."
Could he have any more presciently anticipated the situation that the USA faces today? Many dual citizenship, Israeli-Americans have served, or presently serve, at a high level in the U.S. government and military. Is it surprising, then, that a great deal of American policy is driven by Israeli influence? Indeed, a major war against Iran looms on the horizon as an entirely real possibility, based largely on the preoccupations of the Jewish state. The illegal American wars of aggression against Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are heavily influenced by Israeli pressure. In reality, not one of these countries poses a serious threat to the USA. The ongoing genocide that Israel is carrying out against the Palestinian people is indefensible. It is a crime against humanity. The Israeli invasions of Lebanon were clear violations of International law. And yet, the USA provides billions of dollars worth of military and financial aid to Israel every year, thereby actively aiding and abetting the war crimes of the Jewish state against the Palestinians and Lebanese, and thus implicating the USA in those crimes as a serial enabler and material accomplice. Moreover, we hear constantly about the dangers of the Iranian and North Korean missile and nuclear programs, but rarely one word about the Jewish state's hundreds of nuclear weapons and numerous missiles. This double standard must be addressed. Also deeply troubling is evidence pointing to Israeli involvement in the events involving and surrounding the 9-11 attacks in 2001.
The crimes of the Jewish state are intolerable. The influence, bordering on control, that the Jewish state exerts over American policy makers and policy making is insupportable. Who are we to listen to? The war mongers in Tel Aviv? Or the sage counsel of George Washington?
I strongly favor George Washington's view in this matter. All American military aid and financial support to the Jewish state should be withdrawn immediately. Joint American ­Israeli military operations should cease. Dual American-Israeli citizens should be banned from government service. Mossad agents on American soil should be deported. Their influence on this country has been disastrous.
4) The present USA government is essentially a criminal syndicate or global mafia -- it acts as a hyper-violent, militarily invasive, propaganda spewing, multi-trillion dollar money laundering machine, that seeks to impose its will on the American people and as much of the rest of the world as possible, by brute force and political deception. By any measure the present USA government is a rogue regime, and now that it is a deeply corrupt empire in rapid decline, it is, perhaps, more dangerous than ever.
5) The American dollar is dying right now, as the world turns its back on this increasingly worthless scrap of paper.
6) The American Constitution is very clear; in Article I it specifically states that nothing but gold and silver coin shall be accepted as tender for the payment of debts, and that the United States Congress shall have the power to coin money. These clauses have never been rescinded or abolished. They are still in legal force.
It is, hence, a disgraceful testimony to the complete incompetence and thorough corruption of the United States Congress that in 1913 it illegally, unconstitutionally abdicated its own constitutional powers and voted the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank into existence. Since that time the USA government has permitted the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank to flood the world with whole trainloads of paper currency, nominally worth trillions of dollars, but in reality this so-called American "dollar" is neither more nor less than what it has always been all along, just a little scrap of paper.
That's the wealth of the American Empire. Paper. Trillions of tiny scraps of paper. That's all. There's precious little behind the so-called American "dollar" but printing presses frantically churning out tons more little scraps of paper.
But unfortunately, the situation is even much worse than that. Trillions of these so-called "dollars" are actually just streams of electrons in digital data bases. They exist as ephemeral accounting entries in high speed computer date systems. Trillions of "dollars" are created out of thin air in this manner by the digital fiat of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank. That's what passes for an economic system in the USA these days. A trillion dollars has become almost as insubstantial as a handful of air, thanks to the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank's digital monetary prestidigitation. They announce to the world that the dollars exist -- they make a multi-trillion dollar accounting entry in their computer systems -- voilà !!! -- they create U.S. dollars right out of thin air! It's like magic.
And there you are working for your daily bread by the sweat of your brow, the old fashioned way. Meanwhile, over at the Federal Reserve they don't work, that's so yesterday -- they just turn on their supercomputers and make money the new fashioned way! They sit down at the computer terminal and type in one trillion new dollars !! Maybe two trillion new dollars if they're feeling good. See how easy it is to make money?
7) The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank is thus nothing but a criminal Ponzi scheme, run by a malevolent cabal whose allegiance is not to the people of the USA or the world, but to the interests of a secretive, international oligarchy. Let's call this malevolent cabal, the Powers That Be. The Powers That Be do not care about you or me. In fact they want to enslave the entire human race, body, mind and soul, for all time to come.
We are facing Orwellian, totalitarian slavery. That's what they want to impose on us.
That's the reason behind all the national identity cards, DNA data bases, surveillance cameras, GPS tracking devices in cars and trucks and cell phones, digital micro-chipping of everything from A to Z, Internet surveillance and censorship, telephone taps, body and luggage searches and scans at airports, finger printing of air travelers and bank customers, interrogations at airline boarding gates, intrusive banking regulations, and much more. The Powers That Be are branding and penning up the global "human herd" in just the same way that cattle ranchers tag their cattle herds with ear tags and fence them into feed lots to fatten them up for slaughter. The Powers That Be regard us as their livestock, as their personal property, and they are in the process of branding us, tagging us, and penning us up, so that they can manage us like cattle or swine. Our plight is that stark and simple.
So do you want to be a slave or free? That's the question. Because if you want to be free you're absolutely going to have to do something about it. Millions of people are going to have to go outside of their comfort zone, that's the hard truth of the matter, because the status quo is simply not remotely acceptable for people who want to live as free human beings on this planet.
Don't imagine that you can just vote in the next criminally rigged election and a new set of corrupt politicians will somehow magically make things better. THEY WON'T.
The galling thing is that the Powers That Be have set up a global system to which they insist we assiduously adhere and obey every corrupt dictate they issue, while they themselves flagrantly flout the Constitution with impunity, and never cease massively enriching themselves and their plutocrat cronies, and rolling in corrupt luxury, at our ruinous expense.
This pathetic charade will continue only as long as the people permit it, because when the people declare a de facto Jubilee Year, the jig will be up. As a matter of fact, that process is already underway. It is a simple truth that unemployed people cannot service a loan, cannot pay a tax bill, and cannot pay a fine that is imposed on them for failure to do any of the foregoing. So as the unemployed rolls continue to swell, more and more people will simply refuse or fail to make credit card payments, to pay back home, automobile and student loans, and will default on furniture, appliance and pay day loans, and much more. This is already happening and the trend will increase.
Additionally, unemployed people pay little or no income tax, because they have no income. They also pay less sales tax, because they have little or no money with which to buy anything. They purchase far less than employed people, and hence, they end up paying much less sales tax. And so as the economy implodes, the internal dynamics of the implosion inevitably produce a sort of built-in, automatic, de facto, Jubilee Year, i.e., a year in which debts are effectively written off or wiped clean, because people simply cease to make payments.
So you can see that the Year of the Jubilee is already underway, as a consequence of the deeply flawed economic model that the Powers That Be have imposed on most of the planet.
The French have a pithy saying: "L'argent est le nerf de la guerre."
Translation: "Money is the sinews of war."
Happily, this dark cloud of economic collapse has a silver lining, to wit, as the economy collapses there will be a great deal less money for warfare, because government will be slammed hard by a massive drop in tax revenue, at the same time as corporations see themselves hit hard by precipitous drops in sales revenue. Unemployed people don't buy much, because they don't have much money, and they also don't pay as many taxes. Modern warfare is extremely expensive, so as the revenue stream slows for both government and the Fortune 500, the ability to wage war, to raise armies and provision them, and to keep them in the field and supplied with the full range of war materiel, will diminish.
8) The spiritually illumined Indian sage, Gopi Krishna, warned humanity many years ago of the dire dangers of nuclear war. He voiced his concern in a little 100 page book of poetic verse entitled, The Shape of Events To Come, widely available on the Internet and also available internationally as a hard copy, printed book. I share his deep concerns about nuclear war, the danger of which is ever with us, each and every day. I would like to quote an extensive extract from his book, wherein he plainly warns about the grave peril we are in, writing directly from an expanded, heightened state of cosmic or universal consciousness.
The Shape of Events To Come, by Gopi Krishna
"The world condition has come to a pass
Where greatest danger to the human mass
Comes not from natural causes or disease,
But from the leading men who hold the keys
Of power in their weak but ambitious hands,
And can employ the might of powerful lands
To cause death and destruction on a scale
Before which all the powers of language fail.
One of the ways to meet this deadly threat
To safety is for masses not to abet
The men in power in their ambitious aims....
"Moreover the rulers do not act alone
For many a wealthy and ambitious drone,
Surrounding them, like kites, plans and conspires
To plunge a nation in the awful fires
Of war, which in this era has become
Pure homicidal mass-delirium.
"Now watching helplessly, with deep alarm,
The growing stockpile of the nuclear arm,
Some try in vain to stem the rising flood...
"Can you surmise the reason why the mass
Of men their life now complacently pass,
And ne'er allow the slightest sign escape
That warfare has assumed an ugly shape,
Due to the deadly challenge daily hurled
By growing nuclear build-ups of the world?
How, as if charmed, the busy crowds forget
Or are resigned towards the dreadful threat,
Towards a prospect that can quickly turn
The earth into one vast, rotating urn;
Towards a mortal danger from which none
Can be safe whether war is lost or won;
A threat attended by the ghastly fear
Of mass destruction slowly drawing near?
Is it not strange that we now calmly sit
And wait until the Infernal Fire is lit,
When ev'n the whisper of some pestilence
Into hysterics drives and makes us tense,
On thorns to flee the place or find some way
The foul, contagious plague to keep at bay,
With reason for the safety of our life?
But this atrocious menace now so rife
And so immediate we quite disregard,
In this one case completely off our guard,
As if it is so small and so remote
That 'tis not worth the effort ev'n to note.
With such a monster hovering overhead,
Waiting to strike unwary myriads dead,
What surety is there in this reckless age
That one will not succumb to nuclear rage,
Will not be one of countless victims hurt
Dreadfully or struck down lifeless and inert,
Will not with ghastly sores or sightless eyes
Bewail this deadly lightning from the skies?
What have our leading figures done about
This horror lurking near without a doubt,
Which always at our elbow but one jolt
Can bring down roaring like a thunderbolt,
And from a distance of ev'n scores of miles
Can eat deep into flesh and heap in piles
Eroded bodies stripped off to the bone,
For long to bear the racking pain alone,
With not a soul around the wounds to dress
To soothe the torment or relieve distress.
Confronted by this menace who knows why
Against this hellish engine so few cry?
Why but few take it in a serious way
While most men unconcernedly pass their day
About this danger so untroubled that
It worries them less than a thieving cat,
Alert to every small unpleasant thing
That can the least harm or disquiet bring?
How can they tolerate this deadly shaft,
Designed with such a diabolic craft,
That round the blasted area it can drop
A genetic poison for a grisly crop
Of grinning monsters and grimacing freaks,
Whose language is a blend of horrid shrieks,
Fouling the outraged earth for many a year
With such abortions none their sight can bear.
And who can say with what revolting shape
It will the future stock of mankind drape?
"What destiny creates this nonchalance
Towards a fast approaching Kali's* dance;
Which, if not warded off, will leave behind
Millions dead, millions wounded, millions blind,
Millions disfigured, millions maimed and crazed;
Their assets blown up or to the ground razed?
No one to ease their pain or mourn the loss,
For all the dazed survivors too will cross
Into a horrid world e'en worse than hell,
To face grim famines and diseases fell.
Why are our scholars loath to use their pen
To tell the naked truth to common men?
Do they believe the danger is not so
Immediate or so serious as I show?
Do they suppose the piles of nuclear arms
Will vanish as does snow when sunshine warms
Or that a thousand billion worth of stocks
Will lie unused like subterranean rocks
Or that the havoc of a nuclear war
Will not be so great or extend so far
As I depict, and mankind might survive
The blow, without much loss, to live and thrive?
Our failure to respond to such a threat
Reveals a symptom for the first time met
In human history, for at no time
Have masses acted such a pantomime;
Remained so passive with no word or sign
To show they are not dumb and stupid kine,
But have the common sense at once to grasp
That they are threatened by a deadly asp,
About to bury deep its deadly fangs
In them, and that their life by a thread hangs.
What widely met oblivion tightly holds
The rich and poor in its confining folds?
Or what hypnotic influence sends to sleep
Distinguished scholars that, like docile sheep,
They nimbly trot towards a slaughter house
Obediently, as quiet as a mouse?
The few debates and protest meetings held
By some enthusiasts, who tried to weld
Into one powerful global forum those
On principle who nuclear war oppose,
After some stir expressive of dissent
Against the use of nuclear armament,
And sundry comments in the press, became
Too feeble to defeat the deadly aim
Of those behind the game, and then expired,
As if the whole adventure had misfired.
And in the wake of these outpourings comes
The Silence managed with colossal sums..."
( www.gopikrishna.net )
In other words, Gopi Krishna is saying that the silence over the horrors of nuclear weaponry is a terrible silence that is purchased with huge amounts of hush money by powerful military, industrial, political and financial interests all over the world, in the USA as well as elsewhere.
Note well what Gopi Krishna says:
"One of the ways to meet this deadly threat To safety is for masses not to abet The men in power in their ambitious aims."
In other words, don't cooperate with corrupt leaders. Withdraw your support and cooperation from them.
9) Many people are unfamiliar with the nonviolent, antiwar, White Rose Movement (3) begun in WW-II by a group of young German students who were opposed to the totalitarian excesses of the Nazi dictatorship. Perhaps the most famous member of the White Rose Movement is Sophie Scholl and in a sense she could be regarded as the Founding Mother of the White Rose Movement, though many other individuals, both male and female were involved in the group's activities.
In fact, the White Rose Movement persists to the present day, and has served as inspiration for countless other individuals and groups who are also opposed to war.
Earlier this year 14 people traveled to Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, USA to publicly express their opposition to the killer drone aircraft that the U.S. military uses to kill people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. (4) One of the inspirations for their nonviolent action was the White Rose Movement.
I myself have peacefully demonstrated against nuclear war in the past by going onto the launch lids of ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) in Arkansas and Missouri, USA. I was arrested by U.S. military police and imprisoned by the USA government for my trouble. I feel deeply that I was very much acting in the spirit of the White Rose Movement then, and still am today in my books and writings, including in this article that you are reading now. Indeed, in the photograph that accompanies this article I am holding a large bouquet of white roses precisely to express the deep affinity and respect that I feel for the original White Rose Movement members, and to convey the idea that I consider myself a member of this creatively nonviolent, peaceful, spontaneous, intergenerational, international, innovative, leaderless, decentralized, profoundly courageous movement that is so strongly devoted to world peace.
So I carry a bouquet of white roses in loving memoriam of Sophie Scholl and her brave colleagues and friends.
The ordinary person lives in fear of the outbreak of war, but not the Powers That Be. They live in absolute dread that peace might take root, that freedom might suddenly sprout up everywhere like bouquets of white roses.
I am powerfully reminded of the hauntingly beautiful song, The Rose, written by Amanda McBroom, and made famous by the American singer, Bette Midler.
The Rose
"Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower and you, its only seed
"It's the heart, afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance
It's the dream, afraid of waking, that never takes the chance
It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give
And the soul, afraid of dying, that never learns to live
"When the night has been too lonely, and the road has been too long
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun's love, in the spring becomes the rose."
I am sure that there are many who would accuse people who act under the inspiration of the White Rose Movement as being impractical romantics, or dreamers who fail to understand Realpolitik, who fail to comprehend the hard realities of military and political power.
But those who raise this objection are themselves deluded, because it is completely impossible to ever achieve a peaceful world by means of warfare. The very idea reveals a profound poverty of imagination and an absolute failure to understand the stark truth inherent in the words of the Roman historian, Tacitus, who in his Agricola work quoted the trenchant comment of a defeated Briton about the ruthless battlefield excesses of the Roman legions, two thousand years ago: "Where they create a desolation, they call it peace."
The White Rose Movement, therefore, preferentially utilizes the nonviolent methods practiced by Mahatma Gandhi in India, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the American South, in the mid-20th Century. Only nonviolence can produce a nonviolent world. War cannot produce lasting peace; it never has. The proof of that is that we have had many thousands of years of history, with a nonstop parade of one war after another. And over the centuries the weaponry has only gotten more and more destructive and deadly. We have therefore reached a fork in the road in history where we have to make a serious decision as a species. Do we want to live on a peaceful planet, or on a hell planet convulsed by incessant warfare, living under a totalitarian, Orwellian political and social control system that strangles all freedom out of our lives?
That's our choice. I humbly suggest that the courageous example of the White Rose Movement and the creatively nonviolent social movements of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. offer us a peaceful way forward from our current, violent, global impasse. War is a blind alley that leads us down the path to mutual destruction, whereas creative nonviolence is a path that opens the way to a world free of war.
That is why I proffer a bouquet of white roses, and gladly so.
10) Finally, I want to say something about the feathered, crystal bedecked headdress and crystal necklaces that I am wearing in the photo that accompanies this article. I am outfitted that way for a number of specific reasons, and I may do it again, if I feel that the occasion warrants it. The simple fact is that we have lost our connection to the natural world, to the natural order of plants, animals, fields, forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, sea and sky. We have become an out of control species acting wildly out of balance with the Earth's natural rhythms, and the ebb and flow of the Earth's vital planetary force, as expressed through its many natural systems, such as the biosphere, the geosphere, the ionosphere, the atmosphere, and the hydrosphere, to name several of the largest and most important.
To tell the truth, we have become so divorced from the natural world that we find it strange, or "goofy", as one of my good friends put it, when we see someone making extensive or decorative use of natural materials such as feathers or mineral crystals in their garb or wardrobe. But in the past, our ancestors incorporated all sorts of natural materials into their daily lives, including into their clothing and head wear. Indigenous peoples continue to do so to the present day.
They do not regard it as "goofy" to do so. On the contrary, they regard it as quite natural and right to do so.
I suggest that it is we, and our cultural expectations and social practices, that are "goofy". We are so "goofy" that we cram into megalopolises in our teeming millions and tens of millions, and foul the air, water and soil, on which we directly and indirectly depend for sustenance, with all manner of toxic chemicals and other harmful substances such as mercury and sewage, we are rapidly fouling the seas, felling the planet's remaining tropical forests, we aim nuclear missiles at each other capable of turning the whole globe into a hellish, thermonuclear, radioactive inferno at any minute, we slave away like lemmings by the millions in tiny, inhuman, corporate cubicles for faceless corporations that are raping the Earth for fleeting monetary profit -- and then when we see someone who reflects back to us in his distinctive garb, fragments of the natural order that our out of control, hyper-militarized, corporate, planet-destroying system is hard at work annihilating we blurt out: "that's goofy."
Well, I'm here to say, no, sorry, but it's not goofy.
I am saying, by my personally hand-made costume, that we need to turn back to a more natural way of living and interacting with the Earth. If we as a species have any kind of remotely acceptable or livable future on this planet then we cannot continue to go down the path we have been on for the last few thousands of years, and for the last 500 years or so, in particular.
Our exploitive economic systems, our never-ending warfare, our childish religious squabbling, our corrupt political systems, our immature levels of spirituality, our unnatural, destructive relationship with the earth and its living systems ­- all of this we must change, or we will go the way of the dodo bird.
The time has come for us to grow up. And part of growing up is getting real, getting more natural.
For years, I have had recurring dreams and visions of crystals. Finally, after a long time I have gotten the message. The Earth itself is communicating to my consciousness in the dream and visionary state, via the medium of the crystal realm. It is telling me that crystals are important and that they interact with human consciousness at a deep level.
It took a period of years for me to see the light, but the truth eventually permeated my awareness. I have to say that the work of Michael St. Clair, the Swiss visionary and teacher,(5) has also been very helpful to me in taking crystal and natural Earth energies more seriously.
Michael St. Clair helped me to understand that it's quite O.K. to be personally expressive with crystals, it really is a natural and good thing. In fact, the Earth's crust is 60% composed of silicon dioxide, and silicon dioxide is a primary component of a wide variety of crystals and minerals that naturally occur in the rock and soil of our planet, worldwide. So I wear these many crystals as a representation of my tie to the Earth itself at a fundamental, elemental level. I made the necklaces myself of crystals and minerals from all over the world, including from Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Texas, New York, Arkansas, Delaware, the Congo, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, India, Tibet and Afghanistan. I also wear a sandalwood bead necklace from India, as a token of respect for the high spiritual attainment and self-realization of Gopi Krishna. The human race has sparkling crown jewels and Gopi Krishna is one of them, one of India's great spiritual lions. Additionally, I wear a necklace of small seashells from Lake Qaroun in Egypt's Fayoum Oasis, to the southwest of Cairo, to represent my ancient connection to that land. The photo was taken along the banks of the Guadalupe River deep in the Hill Country of south-central Texas.
The Hopi people of Arizona have an ancient teaching about this era. Essentially, my understanding as an outsider is that they have taught that when European peoples came to the American continent in large numbers, beginning approximately 500 years ago, that the contact between Europeans and Native Americans could take one of two paths: one of peaceful relations and harmonious cooperation where all would be well with the Earth and humanity, or if the Europeans came with aggressive, war-like intentions then the route would turn out rather worse, ending in destruction and turmoil.
Sadly, large numbers of Europeans came to the Americas with violence in their hearts and plunder on their minds. As a consequence, we have developed a militaristic political and economic system that is ravaging other parts of the planet in just the same way that it has ravaged Native American peoples and cultures here in the Americas.
And I disagree with that. The Hopi are a peaceful people, and I take the ancient prophecies of their wise men with the utmost seriousness. It occurs to me that just maybe, if enough of us turn our hearts and minds away from war towards peace, we can avert a horrible fate for America and the world.
It's never over until it's over, and who knows what would happen if a critical mass of humanity decided to turn away from war and planetary destruction and devote themselves instead to peaceful pursuits and healing of the living Earth and the deeply scarred human race?
What if that were to occur? I ask the question because I can conceive of that as a real possibility, as an outcome vastly preferable to blowing ourselves to Kingdom Come in a global, thermonuclear fireball.
And so I wear a feathered headdress that I made myself, out of respect for the Hopi Elders and their ancient philosophy of peaceful living. It was interesting to me that as I collected materials for the crystal necklaces and headdress months ago and began to put them together, that a headdress of somewhat similar design suddenly popped up as a crop circle in the grain fields of southern England, with a stylized necklace depicted below it. Please see:
I am not saying that my actions caused this beautiful crop circle to appear in England. My point is a little more nuanced than that. What I am saying is that I was responding outwardly to the inner urging of an idea, or a concept, or a feeling, or a potential reality wanting and waiting to manifest, that was out there in the aether, so to speak, in the natural mind-stuff that we all unconsciously swim in. It manifested in my life in the form of the headdress and crystal necklaces that I wear, at the same time that it manifested in the English grain field as the magnificent crop circle that you see at the Internet link above. And I don't doubt that it is also manifesting many other ways right now in thousands of other places and lives all over the world.
A new spirit is abroad in the land and that is a good thing. I want to emphasize that I am about as White a man as you can ever hope to meet. I am not a Native American and I have never before in my life made a feathered headdress or crystal necklace. Indeed, I never even entertained the thought for one second until a few months ago when suddenly it seemed to be an imperative thing for me to do and so I did it.
I suspect that many other people are having similar urges these days. This present, destructive world system is in rapid decline at its own hands. Something else will inevitably arise to take its place as it falls apart, and it is failing, daily, before our watching eyes. What happens next is in our hands.
I hope and pray, and feel deep down in my marrow, that the coming world will be a more peaceful place, where the human race will live in much greater harmony with the natural world, and with itself.
That is my vision, and it is actually rather close to that of the Hopi Elders' vision of a peaceful world of harmony and cooperation.
I think it is attainable, if enough men and women of good will make it their purpose in life to help it manifest on this planet in our times.
That is why I consider myself a member of the White Rose Movement; that is why back in the 1980s I went out onto the launch lids of nuclear missile silos in Arkansas and Missouri to demonstrate peacefully against preparations for nuclear war; that is why I have written my books and thousands of people have read them; that is why I have troubled myself to compose this lengthy article and took the time to make a crystal bedecked, feathered headdress and crystal necklaces and to explain their meaning and significance.
And that is why I expect a further blossoming of the White Rose Movement in future months and years. Sophie Scholl and her friends planted a precious seed decades ago, in the 1940s in war-torn Germany. They gave us the White Rose Movement, a priceless gift. Take a long look at my picture. If you see something there in the symbolism of that photo or the words of this article that moves you to carry out creatively nonviolent actions that further the cause of peace, beauty, harmony, understanding and healing of the planet and the human race then I hope you will act decisively within your personal sphere of influence, whoever and wherever you may be. Every circumstance is different and you alone, uniquely, are able to impact your world and your place in it. I cannot do that for you and should not. But you can, and if you do not, no one else will.
If you care to write me, you can contact me at the following address:
Due to the volume of e-mail which I sometimes receive, I may not be able to respond to every e-mail, but I certainly appreciate hearing your views, hopes, visions, plans and accomplishments.
(1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/27/karzais-
(2) http://www.newdawnmagazine.com/Article/The_Swine_Flu_Pandemic.html
(3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_rose
(4) http://www.peaceactionme.org/fourteen-peace-and-social-justice-activists-were-
(5) http://light-seeds.com
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