(an essay) 171212
[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
In considering real solutions to our increasingly insurmountable social and environmental problems I attempt to propose concepts and ways known to all of us but never actually put in practice in any serious way. I deliberately eschew any and all “solutions” that have already had their day and demonstrated, sooner or later, their propensity to develop feet of clay. Check out King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream statue if you don’t know, or remember.
Not just eschew, but I will call them up and expose them. So, in keeping, let talk about self empowerment.
What exactly is self empowerment? Some might think it’s the power to control one’s surroundings, or events in one’s life. It isn’t.
Simply put, self empowerment is owning everything about one’s self. All that I think, say and do, belongs to me, and is authored by me. If any of it is inappropriate, then I’m being inappropriate, not someone else who may have said it and whom I’m quoting. It is up to the self empowered to qualify a particular quote so it is not misunderstood.
If I am self empowered then I own me.
The other thing is, it also means no one else owns me, or any part of the real me – not speaking of possessions here, as in, having a mortgage on a house for example: that belongs to whomever fronted for the loan. I’m talking here of entities, or people, who like to own you, who enjoy having followers, believers, voters, lovers, worshippers, i.e., who need slaves to do their bidding; or conversely, people who are convinced they can only “do” if that which owns them is empowering them to do it. “My country; my God; the Devil made me do it” – all dis-empowering statements. Giving credit to others for one’s accomplishments is debilitating.
That is why so many “managers” in the corporate world have their own meetings hidden from ordinary employees where they can brag about their “accomplishments” and take credit for exploited lowest “slave” labour on the assembly lines of the corporate order. Their power comes from their workers and the more oppressed the workers, the more power (in control and money) management gathers to itself.
The self empowered has no god, goddess or other invisible spirit entities to whom s/he is beholden. For many, that’s not just a big one, it’s determinative. No self empowerment possible if it cancels out dependency upon “god.”
The self empowered does not pray, obviously, that being an oxymoron. Would a self-empowered person ever credit a god for anything? No, not even if the rest of her society did so.
Anecdotal: I always find it a bit funny (and embarrassing) when working with Christian people who insist on praying before meals or giving thanks after a day’s work or for whatever reason they have to give their god credit for doing (whatever!). I listen to the petitions and the thanks and wonder why these people don’t realize that it’s all the same for believers or non believers alike.
Nobody is guaranteed a safer work site. Nobody gets preferential treatment from the weather. Nobody gets cheaper materials. Nobody gets more to eat. Nobody has more money. Nobody is any safer from attacks or war. Nobody is any cheerier or happier. For all that praying and giving of thanks, there is absolutely no difference between believers and non believers. “Ah but you fail to realize that…” and the rationalizations trip over each other, each one more ridiculous than the previous. Yes, I mean ridiculous because they certainly are.
A self empowered person doesn’t make promises and doesn’t accept them either. Promises enslave. This enters into the whole trust thing. By definition then, the self empowered would never “get married” that too being an oxymoron. I had to smile today listening to an old song about promised love eternal when I remembered that the “in love” couple in question, who sang the song in wonderful harmony, with all the love looks of the time, divorced bitterly a long time ago. No surprise there.
The self empowered never asks, ‘what’s in it for me’ because that is the wide open door to bottomless corruption. Enter selfishness, lies, hypocrisy, blame, control, predatory greed (which begs the question: is there any other kind of greed?)
Perhaps these closing paragraphs illustrate self empowerment best of all. When it comes to exchanging energies, as in labour, time, resources, the self empowered does not insist on a set exchange price but allows the situation and the transaction to speak for itself. Fairness is determined by “the other.” Is the one buying or hiring well off? The full price is accepted. Is the one buying or hiring, poor? The price is negotiated and may easily plummet to as low as zero. The items are handed over or the work is done in the very same way, given the same quality, as for those who can afford to pay.
What replaces any energy given over, is joy, and that beats the money every time. You see, this approach empowers “the other” as well. The become in integral part of the transaction, as equals, as their integrity comes into play. They now need to take responsibility for the exchange.
Our artificial consumerist system has robbed us of this necessary aspect of any transaction by removing the “bilateral” human interaction.
Does this work in “real life”? It does, by the way, extremely well.
For those curious about achieving self empowerment, there is much personal introspection to be engaged. Here however is a bit of esoteric “knowledge” that goes a long way in getting started on this path. It has to do with the soul.
Many still believe that a soul is their spirit essence, that part of themselves that transcends physical death. It’s nothing of the sort. If people knew what a soul is, and yes, everyone has a soul whether they like it or not, believe it or not, the soul is a controlling implant. I know how “impossible” it is for most “Earthians” to even consider such a possibility, but the main reason “you” continue to do the terrible things you do to each other and your world; the reason you cannot break out of your “programming” and set off on a new, peaceful, tranquil, quiet, simple, accepting of all, path is you are not allowed. Every time you manage to break out and establish something more human and humane for yourselves, your world, your species, it always turns back on you. It’s ‘Babel’ over and over.
The “gods” look down, they see their slaves gaining understanding and awareness and they clamp down viciously. How many times have we seen this? Ask the archaeologists how many civilizations have come and gone. This one is going the same way and as long as the programming works, the collapse is unstoppable.
In the old Twilight Zone episode, “To serve mankind” the aliens leave a book behind in their own language, translating only the title, “To Serve Mankind” At the end someone figures it out: it’s a cookbook and the people taken away to a better life were being served as food to the aliens. We’re in exactly the same boat today.
To translate our own “cook book” we need to either neutralize the soul implant or remove it entirely. Can that be done? Yes. I’ve done it.
Time to go serve mankind…