Posts tagged ‘Ferguson’

Love Fiercely. Love Fearlessly …

A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

 

‘’Anything we love can be saved.’’ (Alice Walker)

‘’Witches have a saying – where there’s fear, there’s power.’’ (Starhawk)


Globally, things are serious right now. Problematic life and times, with more complexities in the post, in the years ahead. Many karmic chickens coming home on a micro and macrocosmic level – as personal, planetary and galactic evolution enters a crucial phase – it’s as though we’ve left the womb and are in the birth canal and it’s fairly uncomfortable. We are challenged to remember that our psycho-spiritual faculties are wondrously powerful. Apparently we only use about 6% of our capability. Whether or not we engage in protest or demonstration we can also do a lot in the subtle, energetic dimensions to augment/compliment all of the necessary 3D actions that we make.

This is about 2 things: (a) the urgent necessity of having a concrete spiritual/energetic framework or practice in your life and (b) long-term thoughts I have had about different layers of oppression in society and ways to effect change in the power balance. Reinforced by lucid dreams and visions that I have had that show the energetic equivalent of everything that happens here and the power of fear to control people. What do we do about those who choose to take up arms and oppress fellow citizens on behalf of the state? I’m taking mainly about racist police, private security firms, detention centre guards, companies that manufacture weapons and torture devices – and those who then use them.

The latest wave of racist police brutality in the US has shocked and sickened me. Since about 2014 there seems to be something akin to demonic possession going on in US law enforcement. It’s not a new thing, but the immediacy of cell phone reportage by civilians, is bringing the information home on a daily basis. I am saddened and disgusted by it and disturbed by the lack of political outrage from the international community. At the same time – inspired, because random and organised acts of bravery, leadership and community are now everywhere.

What used to be the official political ‘alternative’, is now an international groundswell of anti-authoritarian, anti-elite grassroots majority, who want social justice, equality, welfare, education, civil rights, clean energy, healthcare and respect for the environment. Also an end to bogus ‘austerity’ measures, an end to sexism, racism, homophobia and fascism of all kinds. This drive for a fairer world now seems global. Our governmental, economic and military/industrial complexes are hanging on by a thread of ideological credibility – which is manifesting in panic and brute force. No-one wants war anymore, except a tiny handful of profiteers. Information on how to create a new society is here and we can do it. It’s possible that the new self-governing structures of the future are being born in the protest movements of today.

Authors Octavia Butler, (dystopian but visionary science fiction) Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games) and Starhawk (author, witch and activist), have written fiction that foresees a dystopian future that necessitates super-human levels of courage from a defiant population. Such books are arguably, a blueprint for a revolution, though they may not have been intended as such. Anyone following the news in America, will have seen acts of protest that are shamanic in scope – the lone woman in a dress (pictured above, later identified as Leshia Evans from Brooklyn) confronting heavily armoured riot police, the man with the sign that says, ‘’We may have to die for this’’ (he knows and is ready) or Diamond Reynolds as she live-streamed the murder of Philando Castile as both her battery and he were dying. Deeds of self-possession, dignity and strength that shame both the police and those whose complicity allows the system to exist.

Here’s something that I urge people to do. You might not be able to participate physically in all the amazing intersectional challenges to authority that are happening. (Here are some them. Please visit their websites and social media streams for links to further resources and info. Black Lives Matter, OccupyStand Up To RacismMovement for Justice, Revolutionary Communist Group, Black Dissidents, Million Women Rise.)

But EVERYONE in these times can and should have a spiritual strategy. An ability to call on transpersonal, higher power. Call it what you will, but it needs to be on speed dial and well practised. Now is the time to have some sort of energetic discipline – not just a vague inclination, but a regime. This can include meditation, prayer, shamanic journeying, martial arts, kickboxing, Tai Chi or, whatever. There’s loads to choose from and something for everyone. Have something that trains your mind, body and spirit to endure, transcend and transform.

We know that first, we need to send love to the victims and survivors of the brutality …

Next, try this: I’ve long had a theory that the power dynamic would be utterly transformed if the people who joined the armed forces, police, prison guards, detention centre guards etc – could be encouraged to choose other routes. The elite needs automatons to do the dirty work and without them, would fail. Imagine a world where there were no more workers left to build tasers, electric batons, handcuffs, shackles, guns or bullets. No police left to wear helmets, boots and shields and no-one bothering to manufacture such things. No armies and no-one interested in joining them. I believe that focused intention can target this group of people. The power of prayer, magical intent and visualisation, IS REAL. Anyone who uses these techniques on a regular basis can attest that results can be profound in ways that transcend both place and time. Fear can be melted. Ignorance can be infiltrated with light. People (everything in fact) are nothing but fast vibrating energy and reality can be altered. Dare to reach in and alter it. 

As you go about your daily regime of whatever it is – take time to light a candle, run to your favourite spot on a high hill, gaze into the fire, or a bowl of water, or go deep into prayer, or trance. Spend a good, long intentional moment – anything from 10 mins to an hour – sending a fierce wave of loving containment towards lost and ignorant souls within the police and army. Start somewhere – anywhere – and know that it’s time well spent. (I’m feeling particularly motivated about the Black Lives Matter movement and US police brutality but there are other situations that need attention, too.) There are instances of police breaking down in tears when confronted with protestors holding up mirrors or offering flowers. If it can happen just once, to one individual – it’s possible. Make your visualisation real, with full production, sound, colour, light, the works. I find holding a crystal that has profound colour energy – especially rose or deep pink, helps. Once you’ve got the picture up and running, use your mind to melt it and kelp melting until the whole frame is suffused and the structure starts to transform. Be uncompromising. Be unrelenting. Go deeper and deeper in and MELT the picture …

If people were to do this in large numbers and then synchronised with others, the results might be surprising. 

Am I saying we have to love everyone and just offer virtual hugs to racists until they are healed? No. I am under no illusions. With regard to America specifically, it’s a systemically violent gun culture based on conquest and slavery. Police officers are trained like robots assassins, with racially biased arrest quotas that make sure the prisons are filled and plenty of money is being made through fines and spurious traffic violations and unbelievably, even ‘walking whilst black’  – baggy, low slung trousers – offences. (Yes, that is a real thing by the way – check out Reggie Yates recent Ferguson documentary.)

Thoughts about the ultimate nature of evil are possibly beyond the scope of this particular piece of writing. Where violence occurs, certain non-human energies feed and they can’t just be hippie-hugged and healed with rainbows, especially if there is no thread or connection to any kind of emotional spectrum. And terms of protest, we still have to put our bodies on the streets and fight for justice.

But there is hope. Love can win. ‘Light’ – as brilliantly defined by Pleiadean channeller and writer Barbara Marciniak, as INFORMATION, can win. Some police officers and soldiers (not all) started off believing that they were actually serving and protecting. That too, is love and if there is even a spark left of that, it can be used in this type of visualisation.

So … give it a try. Human minds and hearts are powerful. Let’s use them.


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What’s going on, America?

Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

What’s going on?

”Ain’t no new thing” … Gil Scott Heron might reply…

I’ve been awake at night quite a bit thinking about this. I watched the clip of Sandra Blands arrest and then of her mother speaking. Then I wanted to say something on social media, then realised it would take up too much space for a brief Facebook post. The ‘United States’. Undoubtedly and always a global hotspot of karmic chickens coming home to roost – but since August of last year, we are now witnessing an epidemic of racist police brutality that defies belief. I would go as far as to say that it’s a global tragedy. A planetary emergency. I would also propose that there’s something about it that borders on demonic. I have no wish to list or re-post any of the dozens of extremely disturbing candid clips, usually taken on civilian iPhones, of US police brutalising black citizens, including children. Every day there’s a new clip, a new report, a new cluster of ‘accidental’ deaths in custody, a new variation on the choke hold, the taser, the broken ribs/suffocation, the shoot-to-kill. I have watched a lot and am shocked and jittery every time and don’t want to ever stop being shocked and jittery, sad and worried and nauseated and distracted because I believe that’s the reasonable human response. The combination of 24 hours social media and on the spot amateur footage means we know more and faster – so is it worse than ever, or just looks that way?

There are calls for justice within America that are heroic, often poetic and artistic, dare I say it, shamanic in scope and courage. Brave and visionary, especially as just like in the ’60s, it’s becoming risky to be identified as an activist and I think this is why Sandra Bland was targeted for supposed ‘traffic infringements’. Since the shooting of Michael Brown, I’ve seen some incredible footage of flashmob style street opera,  peaceful spoken word protest outside police stations and an amateur video (which I will never forget) of a man praying/singing out loud, calling for help from the spirits and ancestors, even as the police electrocute him with a taser having wrongly apprehended and harrassed him, clearly out of their depth and presumably having run out of ideas. The citizen patiently and firmly reminds the police. ‘You don’t own me.’ The gap in intelligence between persecutor and captive is astounding. Ironically, the force of the taser knocks him out of the police grasp and he runs away. Also, there are also numerous black entertainers and celebrities, who are bringing their influence to bear by funding and supporting protest and by pressuring Barack Obama to step up. (If ever there was a time, now would be it…)

If America was a dysfunctional family member, (which arguably it is, special relationship and all…) common sense would surely now call for some sort of compassionate but very firm INTERVENTION. The UK has a unique responsibility in this matter. Therefore, where is the mainstream movement in this country? If you’re reading this and have any information I would seriously like to know if I have missed something. I realise there are petitions going around, grassroots activities, the Ferguson solidarity tour which came to Tottenham and Brixton last year, and many artists and jazz musicians, commentators and activists some of whom I know – who are doing good work – drawing attention to this and saying that it’s UNACCEPTABLE.  I’m not talking about any of that though. The bohemian, artistic community has limited power, time, energy and social leverage – struggling as many of us are to make any kind of living. What I mean is this – I want to see some comment and response from the mainstream UK establishment figures that actually have real power and influence. Again please tell me if I missed something…

Seriously… did I miss the plethora of UK pop entertainers at Glastonbury who used the power of the mic and mass media coverage to read out names of those murdered by the police? Or to call for some seriously sober 1 minute silences? Was it unreasonable to expect this at Wimbledon perhaps? Have I yet to be enlightened by mainstream UK actors or film/TV/music/sports celebrities – who are now boycotting the USA, refusing to tour or work there for example, until they sort the racism out? Where are the voices from white people in this country who need to be saying something? Again, people of at least some power and influence. White people need to be speaking to white people both here and in the US to extend firm alternative re-education and information to those who think they might want to join the law enforcement in order to express their racist brutality tendencies. (This needs to happen in the UK too, as we have our own horrible history of institutional racism – just fewer guns.) Some of these white cops responsible for racist violence, I consider to be mentally, spiritually and ideologically diseased. Individual expressions of a system based on arrogance and ignorance. Racism is a kind of mental illness/disconnection. It needs to be isolated and healed. And it’s not a ‘black’ issue – it’s clearly a white one.

America. Amerikkka. Land of the free. God bless America. Goddess help America. Turtle Island. A huge, beautiful and magical natural resource. Stolen, occupied land based on the deception and slaughter of its original people. Wealth and power built on the  kidnap, torture, rape, enslavement, brainwashing of African fellow humans. I have a book, ‘Iroquois Supernatural’ – about the diverse confederation of the Iroquois nations – whose territories, and later burial grounds constitute vast areas of upstate New York. And that’s just a fragment of the devastation. Anyone who has read ‘Roots’ or ‘Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee’ knows that the First Nations genocide and the slave trade ran side for side for generations. The legacy, literally the blood, still flows through the land with oppression continuing in modern form to this day.  From this history of abuse, what should we expect by now but a(nother) crisis point? How can we extend healing and cleansing?

I started this blog originally to highlight the work of the council of 13 indigenous Grandmothers. They have a prophecy which says that the global domination that is America, will be solved by America, from the enlightened, progressive agencies within, who can press for change. They also speak of the ‘eagle’ of the North, healing/harmonising/combining with the ‘condor’ of the South. This might mean a resurgence of traditional shamanic wisdom and a fearless move from powerful Americans of all races with a social conscience, to heal and transform the system. I hope so.

Thank you for reading.


Resources:

”A Taste of Power – A Black Womans Story” by Elaine Brown  The fascinating story of activist, musician and Black Panther – Elaine Brown.

Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers – 13  wise elders and custodians of indigenous knowledge.

Dream ways of the Iroquois” by Robert Moss.

Sergio Magana – Mexican lucid dream teacher. Healing dreamwork modalities from the ancient Toltec traditions.

Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People” by Michael Bastine and Mason Winfield.

The 5th Sacred Thing” by Starhawk – classic 1993 novel –  a blueprint for revolution.

South Dakota Exposed. – The Lakota Peoples Law Project reveals state operated psychiatric profiling and removal of Lakota children from homes and families into foster care.


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