Thursday, November 15, 2012

Veteran, Come Stay at My House

Somebody reading this may be a veteran, or know a veteran of the wars of recent years. Not just any veteran, but one who is going to kill him or herself tomorrow.

I CAN'T STAND the idea, the knowledge, that in cities and military bases all over America, EIGHTEEN U.S. military veterans are killing themselves, every day. Plus 1 or 2 currently serving soldiers.

So, if you are one of those people, I ask you to come stay at my house. I will feed you, and get to know you, for 1 week - 7 days and nights. I will become your advocate, and give you spiritual strength, if I can. I have no credentials as a lawyer or a counselor. And I have a lot of problems myself - including not having enough of the corrupt money of the current global financial regime (1). But I can offer you a humble bed and a respite from some of the pressures you are under. For a week.

I just ask that you join CouchSurfing.org, and fill out your profile. Get  your location verified on that site, and get somebody you know to join, too, and connect with them as friends. If you are the friend of a veteran, get him or her connected and friended  and verified, and yourself as well.

Or figure out some other way to connect with me, so that I can get to know you a little first. This doesn't have to take a long time.

I don't have stock in CouchSurfing. It is a B Corporation, and it is a social networking platform with specific ways of creating trust among strangers. People ask, "How can you offer a room, or go stay with someone you don't know?"

A good way to explain it is to ask, would you offer a room to a former Governor of your state, if he or she asked to come meet you, and you knew him or her to be an interesting, kind and engaging person from all the media coverage you'd seen?

How about any celebrity you have ever admired - would you invite them (assuming you have space?) Why them, and not some person off the street? Because you know who they are (or fantasize you know :o). They can prove it to you in various ways.

On CouchSurfing, I can get satisfied that I know enough about a person, and get acquainted with them online, at my leisure, when I feel like it. With a little internet savvy, and enough willingness to read, you can find out if you want to meet a person who is travelling to your area. This is because the site is full of safeguards, with graduating levels of trust. The people who want to go couchsurfing, have more burden of proving themselves than do the householders. But if you host or go surfing a few times, you will soon have enough of a track record to generate trust.

Anyway, that's how I feel about it. I want to host veterans who are or may be struggling. That means any veteran. But I am also extremely happy to host happy, healthy and well-adjusted veterans. My priority is folks who served in Afghanistan or Iraq or who served in connection with combat, like medical personnel, combat-ready naval units, or anyone who felt the stress of war.

This is the new economy. where everyone shares what they want. We are adapting, to take the wonderful things others share, and enjoy our lives. Rather than accumulating possessions and things.

If anybody wants to join me in hosting short retreats in their homes for our veterans(1,2), I think it would be a great thing for you to do as well. All you have to do is join CouchSurfing.org. I'm in the group "International Activist Network." If you join couchsurfing.org and post in that group, I'll connect with you.

If any veterans take me up on this, I'll plan to post here about it.


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1. U.S. Dollars, Eu Euros, i.e, any convertible-currency-denominated securities. My goal is to get as free as possible of the global regime that has taken over control of these currencies. People who love the human spirit more than they love the power of regimes and currencies, have their own forms of exchange, and these are growing. CouchSurfing.org is an exemplar.

2. Veterans already have a huge amount of this new still-invisible form of currency, by virtue of their service.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Make Presidential Debaters Answer Questions!!

Presidential candidates constantly avoid or evade questions put to them in the debates organized by the misnamed Citizens' Debate Commission.

Many online petitions are asking for "fact checkers" at the debates, or that specific questions be put, or that the moderators insist their original questions be answered. Michael Nickerson proposes simply that the broadcasters post the original question in a box on-screen, so that viewers can judge for themselves whether the question has been answered. Please sign it:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/296/842/109/post-questions-during-candidate-responses-in-the-debates/

Here is another way that WE the People can require that candidates answer questions. Someone should type each question up briefly in a Tweet, and assign a short #Hashtag. Everyone who wants can then respond as to whether the question has been answered by a given candidate. Ideally, the moderator should develop a meaningful #hashtag that viewers can use to put in their vote by tweeting as to whether the question has been answered by the candidate.

EXAMPLE:

Moderator: Mr Obama, Mr. Romney, Do you envision that, your administration will be able to put into place policies that will allow Medicare benefits and payments to doctors to be adequate to ensure that all Seniors will get a standard of care at least as good at what they get today, Why or why not? #WillMeaningfulMedicareSurvive

Citizen-Tweeter: #WillMeaningfulMedicareSurvive Obama Answered
  -OR-
Citizen-Tweeter: #WillMeaningfulMedicareSurvive Obama has NOT Answered


Citizen-Tweeter: #WillMeaningfulMedicareSurvive Romney Answered
  -OR-
Citizen-Tweeter: #WillMeaningfulMedicareSurvive Romney has NOT Answered

The moderator's team counts the Tweets, and reports to the Candidates and the world what the Tweet-o-Sphere says.

I'm open to all suggestions as to how to make this better, or how to make this happen.

Eventually,  WE the People will make our voice heard!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Still Just Thinking to Myself

I am still just thinking to myself. I know a couple of friends are reading my posts, random and sporadic as they have been.

I have been bursting to express myself every day in writing. But only a short time ago did I start having the hope that I could write something useful. I know I have been writing some useful things the past week or so, because I have looked back at them. I WROTE them to be useful to me, should I look back at them. And they are.

So, that is how I know this is worth doing. Might as well publish them forever on a blog. That way, I am more likely to have access to them, where ever I go.

It's interesting to me, whether I can embarrass myself with my writing, even if I have committed to saying nothing bad about anyone or anything. A big point of this, is to have accountability to myself with what I say and do. If anyone points out where I am rejecting something, I can let go of it that much sooner. Ah, bliss...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I Am Only Capable of Moving Backward

Currently, I am mostly only capable of moving backward.

Not backward in time or space. Not backward in development.

Backward as, "In a defensive position." Much of my existence is ruled by fear, and the specific fears sometimes form the basis for a panic attack. I have been panicky a lot more than most other people, it seems. (I do have a mild diagnosis of panic disorder with Mitral Valve Prolapse - for whatever that is worth.) I have plenty of the symptoms of PTSD - but don't most people you know?

This is to say, my claim yesterday ( New Life Has Begun) was not a claim that the person Linda is "enlightened."

It was more in the form of a declaration that I want God's will to flow through me. And I have seen that every single negative thought is simply a rejection of God's will. I am no longer confused about whether I need to express rejection of anything.

I may continue to have the various feelings I have called rejection for a while - but I no longer accept that concept as a definition.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My New Life Has Begun

OK dears,

I think I am ready to start my new life. I have figured out the ultimate rule for me. I will not say anything negative, (aloud or to myself,) about anyone or anything. If I can't find something positive to think or say, I will think and say nothing. This give me the best of all possible worlds: the blessings of ALL the good things in life, plus absolute, blessed silence.

My new life has begun.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I Can Be Silence

Whatever happens, I can remember Peace.

My teachers have been telling me to drop the conditions and modifiers. I AM Peace. I can ALWAYS remember that. If it appears I have forgotten, I may have. But if I choose to be peace, in that moment, I can be.

How is this true, and how do I know it is true? ACIM says "To have peace, teach peace to learn it." Am I just defining my experience at all times as peace? what does that mean?

I want peace with what is. The "peace" in that phrase is my eternal relationship to WHAT IS, or God. You must have seen this, or you will. Letting myself proclaim my loyalty to that which I am calling peace, is the purest, most abstract expression of wanting. Wanting is not in itself particularly peaceful. But in that pure expression of loyalty, there must be the willingness that signals to God to close the gap between us.

I can be silent, thank God!

No, I can be Silence

Deep Peace

I have striven for peace all my adult life. Anyone knows, peace stays away from striving. But it was a noble, quixotic effort. And somehow it led me to know more of Peace.

Deep peace is the peace of Death. Not the anticipation of death; certainly not the glorification of death.

Rather, it is the Simplicity of Not-Being.

(I am using unprescribed capital letters to indicate words that invoke God or the Divine.)

I am Aware of the Peace of Not-Being. This is to Know God, which is direct, non-symbolic knowing. It is All There Is. Constantly Changing. Always fresh and new. Every Flavor, ones you like, and ones you don't. Like and Dislike are the same, constantly changing one from the other, switching places. I melt away, but God's experience of All, is complete and Eternal.