The Door is Open – Faith Column

20120220-_MG_Small6032 By Chuck Robison

It’s time for Darwin to retire. In 1859 Darwin published the Origin of the Species and from that point forward, Christians have been threatened by the implications of what he proposed. When I say Christians, I mean that portion of Christians who feel called upon to defend the Almighty. Imagine that……defending God!

That, however, is the crux of the problem. God’s defenders are currently composed of about 46 % of the American population, more in Texas, of course, and they have so misconstrued the issues in our evolution, that it is time to walk away from it and into a future given us through our own experience of personal evolution. Here are some examples.

Darwin did not propose the survival of the fittest. He proposed the survival of the least weak. That’s why you see in the animal kingdom that the sick, the infirm and the damaged animals are the food target of predators. This natural process strengthens the herd. And yet even Darwin’s most ardent detractors actually believe in the survival of the fittest. It is a key component of our current crisis of greed.

Einstein said that God does not play dice….which seems to contradict Darwin, but Darwin was trying to explain a complex system that had no seemingly workable explanation in 1859. Had he been writing today, he would have had a mountain of scientific issues to prove his case, from chaos theory to quantum biology. But the idea that this is a random crapshoot does not work in our world.

Finally, when asked about where did the first cell come from that was dropped into the pond, he replied, “God”.

God’s defenders feel it important to view the Bible as literal, despite the fact that it is filled with one allegory after another, and the meaning of these allegories changes over time, as does our understanding of everything else. But seeing the Bible as literal makes good sense if you are trying to connect with something totally currently invisible and available only through Faith, and you are looking for absolute certainty.

With this short summary, it can be said that Darwin has been so misunderstood that it is time to put him back on the shelf for a while.

But here is the main reason. Science is going to go on regardless of what Christians believe. In a free country, it is perfectly fine to raise children with a belief that the entire world is less than 10,000 years old and was created in 6 days. But not all parents want their children to enter a highly scientific and technical world hobbled from their beginning by a lack of understanding about how things work, and a fear of science.

When we believe that man showed up less than 10,000 years ago, fully developed and fixed for all time, we slam the door in God’s face by saying the creation is all done. By defending God against Darwin, we are not concerned with the past, we are actually trying to control the future. The very idea that man has no more growth or development ahead is dangerous. By losing sight of the fact that the human brain is still in the process of evolution towards a more perfect state in which a still-superior pattern of consciousness is possible, we tell God that He cannot move beyond where we are right now.

Evolution says that there are worlds and states that we cannot even imagine now,
because we are not sufficiently evolved to sense, perceive or understand these worlds. But as our bodies unfold and grow slowly over time, as God intends through an evolutionary process, we will experience new levels of consciousness and understanding that will require new skills and attributes not currently available to us now.

To become that future human, we need to conform our lives to a more simple lifestyle, reject the greed that our society breeds in us and be willing to be open to how God is working today in our world to bring us to a higher level of understanding and consciousness. And Peace.

The Empire Strikes….

20120220-_MG_6032 By Chuck Robison

We normally pledge allegiance to a flag representing a republic which functions as a democracy in a free society! Most of us have been doing that since the first grade. It is so wonderful that we keep doing it at every opportunity! However, the republic to which we pledge allegiance no longer exists.

We now live our lives at the center of history’s largest, most powerful, highest tech, most armed and most dangerous empire. The 21st Century American Empire is run by an oligarchy of global corporations acting, now, as legal individuals, almost tax-free, seeking all the money possible for the “investors” and riding roughshod over 90% of the world.

The American Empire’s leadership has turned what we call the United States Government into The Empire’s Middle Management Team, which now takes its orders directly from the corporate Oligarchs. The American Empire backs up its demands on the world through the world’s largest and most lethal armed force, which today is conducting both open and secret wars in 134 of the world’s 187 countries.

The American Empire has developed a Global Total Information Awareness System and the American Empire can now keep track of at least 90% of the world’s citizens. Soon, new babies will be implanted with computer chips to monitor their entire lives. This is already happening in France. All in the name of security!

In the mean time, you and I are trying to live honorable and satisfying lives, while being informed by the Empire’s propaganda machine, which includes mindless entertainment, the educational systems, mass media, electronic churches, and celebrity spokespersons for how The American Empire expects us to live, dress, eat and behave.

It appears no one here in America or anywhere else in the world will ever prevail against this force. You and I and about six billion other people are the slave work force of this empire, whether we see it or not. No wonder we are so depressed. We used to be the people who worked together to solve problems. Now we cannot even see the damage being done to each other, when the Oligarchs pay the people who deliver our cheap, unhealthy, unnatural, fast chemical food, poverty wages that are then supplemented by Government assistance which is a $280 billion tax break to the corporations thus saving them more money for which they do not have to pay taxes.

But, history tells us that all empires fail and disappear. Like a crumbling skyscraper falling in upon itself when detonated by numerous explosives, empires collapse when corruption explodes in strategic places. The result is the same if the corruptors are individuals or whole societies.

The corruption, now racing at electronic speeds around the world, is caused by our losing sight of the fact that human brain is still in the process of evolution towards a more perfect state in which a still-superior pattern of consciousness is possible. A natural, frugal, healthy life, content only with the basic needs of the body and the mind, free of ego, immoderate ambition, lust and greed for wealth—more ready to serve than to rule, altruistic and compassionate—is the only life aligned with the principles of evolution.

What this means is that as we wake up and realize we are living in a decaying empire, our best and only hope is to stop playing the game. To do this, we need to go back to life’s basics. Simplicity in all things, compassion for the life situations of our neighbors, and a focus on those things that will actually improve the lives of all is the surest way to change the sad course of history in which we find ourselves.

Once upon a time, a small group of young idealists took a successful first step toward ending an unjust war by burning their draft cards. That bonfire of enslavement to the war machine is still smoldering in all of our hearts. It’s time to risk it all and burn the cards that now track and enslave us.

Consider this: if we burned all of our credit cards and decided to live off the credit grid, we would begin a profound global change as powerful as the corruption that now identifies The Evil Empire that has become the 21st century.

Creating a New American Revolution

20120220-_MG_6032 By Chuck Robison

Our current government was visualized and finalized in the years between 1775 and 1787. Twelve years that changed the world. The tenants of the Declaration of Independence still hold profound truth and the Constitution and Bill of Rights are of the highest order of efforts, thus far, to govern fairly.

But that was then. Today, in our failed search for security, we have chosen to sacrifice the rights those documents guaranteed. America since 2001 has allowed the complete domination of Casino Capitalism to conduct an unreasonable search and seizure of the American Dream. (Surely, you do not think the corporations are going to protect us from the NSA.) We now have a government just as unrepresentative as the British Government, which we rebelled against 238 years ago. Today people who we elect as our representatives go to their government offices, not to represent us, but to get rich by doing the bidding of corporate and foreign lobbyist’s that represent ‘the house’ at this Casino. And the house always wins….just like in real life.

It is not in The American Character, as De Tocqueville showed us, to put up with an unjust situation very much longer. We are playing possum just long enough to get all the evidence necessary to make a major change. The Biologists call this instant evolution, or punctuated equilibrium. An organism or a society sends out scouts to its’ perimeters and asks them to report back about what is on the other side of the border, and then the organism’s CPU (Central Processing Unit) computes what changes it will need to make in order to survive what lies ahead. And when it finally acts, it happens seemingly instantly, and effectively, usually to the surprise of everyone.

What lies ahead for us is very different than the inequality created by today’s Casino Capitalism Government, and this new future is now only faintly visible. But we are the CPU of our society and we will be the ones to declare a new independence from the unrepresentative and corrupt government currently ruling our national experience.

Make no mistake. We will not overthrow the current government, we will not engage in a military solution and we will not do battle with the very people who today think they have all the power. That’s the Old Paradigm way of solving problems. Using the New Paradigm, we will create and establish a new form of government so far superior to Casino Capitalism, that people will rush to it and ignore, and thus dis-empower, that 1% of the population who like to think they are calling all the shots. King George thought the same way.  So did the US Government when they decided to attack Syria.

Although it is too early to describe exactly how our new government will look and act, we can safely predict it will have to include a basic lesson from biology. Each of us humans has a body containing more than 50 Trillion cells. In a healthy body, each of those cells has a specific function or job, each is provided adequate housing, complete food and the security of knowing it is focused on the highest good for the life of the whole body. No one cell or group of cells controls our body, and none are allowed to hoard undue riches in the system. And when the body of each of us produces a “profit” it is shared by the whole system. Good health does not belong to a heart or a brain or a kidney, but to the whole body.

Today, there are almost 8 Billion cells in the body of Humankind. The inequality between groups of people all over the world is breathtakingly painful. In addition to the wrenching adjustments we must make immediately to cope with Global Climate Change, the results of this Casino-induced inequality will affect the whole of Humankind. (And by the way, The Casino has dropped more than $8 billion into secret funds to convince you there is no climate problem.) From poor people in Third World countries scouring dumps to salvage minerals and chemicals in discarded computers at the price of ingesting almost certain deadly carcinogens, to ignorant “jumpers” being used by private corporations to “jump” into atomic reactors in an attempt to stop further release of radiation (as in Tokyo Electric Power Company), to fully marginalized American citizens facing a cut-off of food stamps and unemployment support as a result of our leaders worshiping Ayn Rand’s selfish and flawed thinking, we are facing a global crisis that has all the power needed to result in a global disaster that will end up with global de-evolution.

So our new surprise government will have to account for the safety, health and usefulness of all citizens and in equal measure. Just saying that one sentence feels revolutionary and also as old as the Declaration of Independence itself.

Once you and I commit to creating a new government of inter-dependence and equality, like the Puritans themselves, we will cast off from the dark land of Casino Capitalism and will set sail into the New World, destined to become, again, the beacon of light for all 8 Billion cells in the body of humankind.

The New American Revolution is now at hand.


Notes From the Masters Class 12/3/2013

Hi, this is Chuck Robison and this is the show, Notes From the Masters Class and today is Tuesday, December 3, 2013. And if you’re anything like I am, you’re going through days right now when you look at out on the world and say “Boy, this is mess that we’re in” and then there are days when you look at the world and say “wait, a minute this is pretty good this is a real possibility, there is reason for hope”.

Now when you’re looking at the things that create despair, there are plenty of them. All you have to do is go as far as genetically modified organisms, which apparently are the seeds that are producing almost all the grains and a lot of other things that we are using. If you’ve ever asked does evolution exist, think about this: in my lifetime, which is a little over 70 years, we have put in at least 500 new chemicals into the environment every year since 1960. And these new chemicals are put in the environment and nobody knows how they are going to affect us, but somehow or another, so far, we had been able to evolve or adapt, adopt or become capable of living in an environment that is polluted by things that we don’t know what it is doing to us, but we are still surviving.

And if you think about the other things that are causing us despair all of us know that it seems like the top corporations and not just the quote, unquote American corporations, but the global corporations want to really run the show of governments and we’re seeing it right here in our own government. And we also see governments, especially our government, that does not seem to work so well. Imagine this is December 3rd and the United States Congress plans, in the next eight days that they’re going to be working, to pass three bills, all of which are massively unimportant.

What’s that about? Well, we don’t know what it’s about, but it begins to make you ask the question: Who exactly is in control here, who’s calling these shots? And from the appearance of just looking at things, nobody is controlling anything.

And because of that, we can have a little bit of hope, because nobody has shown at my door, and they probably haven’t shown up yours, and said, “Oh by the way, we’re in control now you’ll do what we tell you.” But that’s part of the despair because that could actually happen all over the world.

Now on the hope side of the scale, there’s one thing that’s really, really important and I’d like for you to consider that. You’ll remember that six weeks ago or so The President of the United States came on the television said, folks sorry to tell you this but we’re going to have to go to war in Syria because those people killed some kids in and we’ve got to deal with them. Now never mind the fact that there are and were a million child refugees who have left Syria and are living in the desert in tents and they can have hardly any water, there’s no sewage, there’s no electricity and there’s no education.

Here’s 1 million kids that need help, but we were planning on taking our resources and going in and killing some more people. Doesn’t make any sense, and it didn’t then. So, within 36 hours The President came back and says, Well, you know, I think I’m going to take this to the Congress a let them buy into it.

And then shortly after that, the Syrians said, wait a minute. We’ll give up our weapons of mass destruction and our chemical weapons, You guys can have it. And all of a sudden the reason for going to war was blown away. Now that didn’t happen by accident, and it wasn’t one or two people in Washington or Syria or Russia or any place else that made it happen. It was you and I, because without parades without protest without writing articles or anything else, we all just said to ourselves, “You know what? We don’t want that.” It’s like the 1960s when they said “Suppose they gave a war and nobody came.” Well, that happened to us and here’s why that happened.

You and I are connected to a larger consciousness system. You and I are connected to each other and all the other almost 8,000,000,000 people on this world. With de Chardin’s Nous Sphere, or the global mind, or call it whatever you want, but we are connected to each other through a global consciousness. And when we have experiences that remind us of that, and prove that to us, all of a sudden we get this little tiny glimpse, “Wow what if we have that kind of power?” What if we have the ability to change the world and world situations, just by thinking together and saying you know what, we’re not coming to your war. There’s a better way, we know there’s a better way and we’re not going to play.

And we did that, we really did that and it was a lot less difficult than stopping the Vietnam War, which also was a result of us connecting with our consciousness and saying, enough.

Now we have power beyond our wildest dreams and there are lots of people out there who would like for you to not know that. Who would like for you to forget that, who would like for you to think “Gee, that we better let them control things because we don’t know……” Nonsense.

We, every one of us, are in a position of incredible power. Our power is consciousness and our connection to each other. And if you will join me, because I work on this, if you join me in connecting with each other through this global brain, we will be able to drive things in a positive, helpful and healthy direction despite all the other forces arrayed against us who say, “It can’t be done.” It can be done! It is a spiritual experience. It is a God given power and you and I have it. And we have it when we know it, and we don’t know it, when we forget it, when were talked out of it, we don’t. We always have access to it but, if you don’t use it you lose it.

So I like for you to suggest that I’d like to suggest to you, give this some thought give this a chance, and look around and see how you are in communication with people all over the world and what we are doing. This is the age of the mind and the more we’re able to use it, the more power we are going to have. And so I thank you for being with me today. I look forward to doing this again soon and remember, all minds are joined. Thanks.

The Way We Were!

20120220-_MG_6032By Chuck Robison
September 25, 2013

What Just Happened? Three weeks ago it appeared we were being prepared for the next in the long series of our Perpetual 21st Century Wars. We were fully justified in this next war because some of our brothers and sisters had killed some others of our family. An eye for an eye! But as Gandhi said, if we follow that rule to its logical conclusion we will all be blind. Instead, we all woke up…..almost over night and changed the world!

Our representative government actually got the message. We began a new experience in using our power to change the world! Before that we had convinced ourselves we had no say in the government or any power to change it.

The churches we attend mirror some of that convincing as well. Even though Jesus uses the words sin, sinners and sinning only 22 times in the New Testament, many churches magnify sin as a way to keep us in control and caged by the fear that we will have to pay for our mistakes in hell.

We have been created by Love and Love is the core of our being. We are hard-wired to know and are fully capable of acting in a loving way in any situation. We also sometimes push the override button and pretend we have forgotten what is right. But, fear cannot exist where love is present.

God does not forget His creation, which allows us to use His power in the universe. But we resist using this power….out of fear. Marianne Williamson says: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

It falls to each of us to remember who we are and to help our brothers and sisters remember themselves along with us.

Instead of focusing on using our power to change the world for the better, we distract ourselves, standing in lines to buy new iPhones and pretending that we have not befouled our global nest by ignoring how our actions and ignorance are destroying the environment. We pretend that the highest good our brilliant minds can create are unstoppable machines of war and mass destruction. We pretend that our need for guns far out-weighs our concern for native terrorist attacks as we watch 250 mass murders (that is defined as 4 murders in one event) take place in this country in the first 250 days of this year. We live in a society that each day looks more and more like an interrogation room and the government is watching us from the other side of the mirror.

We can change this. Our turning away from destroying Syria is the first step in re-awakening to our power and God’s real help.

The wonder of this recent event forced us to see ourselves in a new light. We are not lowly sinners damned to Hell and pleading for Jesus to come save us, nor does a government hell-bent on corralling us into a free-range prison victimize us as helpless citizens.

We are being led, by our higher selves into a time when we will look again and realize we are not human beings struggling to have a spiritual life, we are divine eternal spiritual beings having a human experience, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said.

As we make this transition, this shift in consciousness, this experience of a new paradigm we will begin to see more and more often that we are here to love the whole experience of life and each other…..and the day will surely come when we will be astounded that we ever spent any time trying to kill another human being.

As we see each other in this new way and look back on who we used to be, we will exclaim in wonder about our former selves: Who was that?

Notes From the Masters Class 2013-06-08

This is Chuck’s regular Notes video and it features the work of Vivekananda and LIVING AT THE SOURCE.

“Hi this is Chuck and this is Notes From the Masters Class. This week I’ve been reading the works of Vivekananda, in a book called Living at the Source. He died at age 43. He was in this country twice and that was in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He created a firestorm of thought and change everywhere he went.

And here’s something that just sticks to me so easily: ‘When man has seen himself as one with the Infinite Being of the Universe, when all separateness has ceased, when all men and women, all gods and angels, all animals and plants and the whole universe has melted into that oneness, then all fear disappears’.

I’ve had several experiences in my life where I have learned, actually very pleasantly, that as I began to understand that we are all connected to each other. Regardless of whether you are animals, plants, or people. I have learned that, and I am learning it in little tiny pieces. But what I discover is, that when I let that happen, there is no fear. There is no fear.

One of the things that is important to me is, I have also learned that when I make any decision based on fear, it’s always the wrong decision. Always. Because fear is anticipating something that isn’t real. Now that does not say you throw caution to the wind, or you don’t be concerned about what is going on, but the response is not fear. Fear is a way for us to withdraw ourselves from the situation, withdraw ourselves from other people, and to avoid conflict. And yet as Vivekananda goes on to say, it is conflict that makes all the difference. It creates the movement that we need to go from one level to the next level. Fear makes us run away and hold ourselves apart. And this is what Vivekananda said about that. ‘I am thoroughly convinced that no individual or nation can live by holding itself apart from the community of others. And when ever such an attempt has been made under the false ideas of greatness, policy, or holiness, the result has always been disaster to the secluding one.’

What I take away from this is that we have been living in this country for the last 12 years under fear. Somehow or another we have let it be created for us. We have let it be created in ways that have really released our rights. We have released our sense of power in changing things. And most importantly, we have become afraid of each other. And it is not working. It is disastrous.

Imagine the situation that we are in politically right now. People cannot even talk to each other. Because they are afraid, because they think something is going to happen to them that they don’t want. We are all one. Our founding fathers were not stupid when they said ‘E pluribus unum’, one from many. So, not only is that a good political idea, but spiritually it is the truth. We are one with the universe. We are one with each other. And we are one with God. Think about that for a while. Next week we will deal with something else. Take care.”

Notes from the Masters Class 2013-05-17

Hi, this is Chuck, and this is this week’s edition of Notes from the Masters Class. A long time ago a friend of mine, who in fact is a master, told me something that has stood me well my entire life, and that’s this. The road is easy for those who have no expectations. The road is easy for those who have no expectations.

I don’t know about you, but from the time I was a kid, beginning probably at Christmas time, I’ve had expectations of everything. I’ve had expectations of what was going to happen, what wasn’t going to happen, what I’d get, what I wouldn’t get. My life has been filled with expectations. And even today, with all the work I’ve done, I catch myself having expectations. The problem with expectations is that it puts you in a position where you actually think that you’re going to control or change or manage what’s coming your way. That does not work, because no one, and I repeat no one can predict the future.

Right here on my computer I’m going to read you something. It says, “I am in joyful anticipation of the serendipitous and synchronistic experiences of life. So it be, and so it is.” What that says to me is that the great way is easy for those who have no expectations. But it’s also true that to be anticipating the serendipity and the synchronicity and the spontaneous things that happen in your life is much more fun. Much more fun.

What I’ve learned is this. The past is actually gone. You can’t remember the past anymore than you can remember what happened a thousand years ago. You cannot return and get that information out. It’s multi-level and it is done with. The future’s just the same way. You can’t go forward into the future and come back with any kind of memory or anticipation or expectation or anything else that will, in some way or other, tell you about the actual nature of your future. All you’ve got, all any of us have got is this moment right now, and I’m aware that I am in this moment as I am speaking to you. I am also aware that you’re in this moment as you are listening to what I say.

So here’s the secret from the masters. The minute you start to create expectations you assume that you’re going to be controlling what’s going on. It does not work. It hasn’t worked, and you know that. And it’s not going to work, I know that. So the best that we can do, and it’s a pretty good best, is to let all those expectations go and say, “You know what? Whatever is coming to me is exactly the right thing, and it may be very different than I could even think about expecting. But it’s not something that I am going to have to deal with until it occurs, because the only moment there is, is the moment we have right now.”

There’s no future. There’s no past. There’s just now. And just now whatever you might have expected has already happened. We are in this moment together. It’s all we’ve got, and it is full of incredible possibilities that we can’t even anticipate or think through, and yet here they are in our midst. So again, one more time. You might keep this in your mind the next time you have a whole set of expectations about how things are going to go.

The phrase is this: The road is easy for those who have no expectations. That’s stood me in pretty good stead for a long time, especially when I have a lot of expectations, and I hope it will guide you through your next advanced period of expecting exactly how things should go. They go exactly as they are intended to go. All is well. The universe is in complete and perfect order. I thank you for spending this time with me today, and I’ll see you next week. Bye.

Notes From The Masters Class, 2013-05-03


 
The other night we heard a comedian on television talking about the fact the optimists are people that always think things are going to get better, and the pessimists are always right. I don’t think either one of those are true. But it is interesting to take the idea that comes primarily from India, and now from science, and look at this question of what is this that we call reality. The answer that’s emerging is it is an illusion over which we have a profound amount of control.

Now, if you really thought about that, you really believed, and if it really was true, then it makes sense to say, “Well, if we are in control of this, if this is going according to our idea of creation, and we have somehow or another been given the power to do this, then wouldn’t it make sense to get as good an illusion as possible to live in and to have that be your life? ” It would be for me. It would make a lot of sense.

Let me just give you some insight and some facts and big figures. Since 9/11, and including 9/11, there have been a little over 3,000 people killed in this country as a result of terrorist attacks. During that time, there have been less than 30 terrorists involved, including last week’s event at Boston. We don’t think that this is a small number, but it’s an incredibly statistically small number when you compare it with all of the people who have been killed since 9/11 by gunshot wounds. It’s a huge number. It’s 300,000 people. Interestingly enough, a significant portion of those people have been killed by suicide. Apparently, guns are still the weapon of choice when it comes to suicide.

So if you’re thinking about this, and I have been, then you realize that this big number of people that have been killed by gunshot, including the suicides, somehow or another were living their lives in total fear. That transfers to us when we become fearful of a terrorist attack or really anything else. If we are really creating this illusion that we’re living in, there is no place for fear. There’s no reason for fear. We’re here. We are eternal, and we are going to survive here until we choose to leave here. But everywhere you look, there is evidence that justifies our fear.

I was always surprised when I moved to Telluride. I thought this was probably the safest place in America. There was one road in, and it was the same road out. There were no stop signs. There was one stop sign, and there were no traffic lights. There were no chain food stores. There was a tiny, little community of 2,200 souls. Yet, these people, who were so safe that people wouldn’t even know where Telluride was, were equally as fearful as the people who lived in downtown Manhattan. Somehow or another, this fear thing, against all common sense, grabs us when we least expect it and most don’t want it.

So I’m going to suggest to you something that I am working on myself. Jerry Jampolsky, in his book “Love is Letting Go of Fear,” said that you can’t have or experience love and fear at the same time. That’s the same kind of thought that Einstein said when he said, “You cannot be preparing for war and trying to create peace.” They are mutually exclusive. So if fear and love are mutually exclusive, then we might as well begin to look at the things that we can do that express love. By the way, we all have love for each other, some for a few of each other and some for all of each other. But that love cements the idea that we are all one and not just with the humans. I mean the whole thing.

This is all one seamless piece of reality-illusion that connects us on a cellular level, on a neurological level with each other, with this planet, and with this universe. If we knew for certain, and we can, that we are going to be eternal and we’re going to be eternal because we are consciousness, and consciousness is going to be eternal. If we knew all that, then we would say, “Well, wait a minute. Let’s just go ahead and change all the things that we are afraid of.” The way to do that is you can’t change a system by resisting it or trying to tear it down. The way you change a system is create a better system that people will come to. Margaret Mead said, “New technology always replaces old technology. No exceptions.” So it must be true that new ways of looking at the world and expressing love can and will and do replace fear.

So I’d like to suggest something to you. Run a little exercise. The exercise is keep a notepad, and on this side say to yourself, “Well, what are the things that I seem to be afraid of on a daily basis? What am I looking at?” On this side, look at all the ways that you know you can overcome those fears. Now, imagine living in Telluride, Colorado at 10,000 feet with 2,200 souls on 9/11, and they’re never going to be touched by anything. Yet they were equally afraid as the people were in New York. That fear was not justified. It was not necessary. It was simply a response, an illusion to a situation that happened 2,000 miles away. We do not need to carry the world’s fear with us. When we do carry it, we carry such a load that we can’t see anything else.

The only way to change this thing is to make up our minds, one at a time, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one breath at a time that we are not going to see fear. We’re going to see love. This week, just give us a little thought. Keep that list and at the end of the week ask yourself, “What happened? Was I able to change anything?” If you were, I’d like to hear from you. In fact, if you were, you can call me on Skype. That’s ChuckRobison on Skype. We’ll record your conversation, and we’ll play it as part of the Masters Class because it’s very important. That’s it for this week. Thank you very much, and I’m glad you were here. Bye.

Debra Roberts: A Woman Kept By Her Bees!

We met Debra Roberts at her home outside Weaverville, North Carolina. Debra is one of a large and growing number of women organic bee keepers. She told us about the lives of bees and the threat to the food chain being posed by bee colony collapse is this wonderful discussion:

Toward the end of the video, we got to the bee hives and we had a unique consciousness raising experience that we believe is very powerful!
Enjoy!
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This just in from the New York Times:

Mystery Illness Wipes Out Bees

By Michael Wines, The New York Times
MARCH 29, 2013

A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to
have expanded drastically in the last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 40
percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation’s fruits
and vegetables. A conclusive explanation so far has escaped scientists studying the ailment,
colony collapse disorder, since it first surfaced around 2005. But beekeepers and some
researchers say there is growing evidence that a powerful new class of pesticides known as
neonicotinoids, incorporated into the plants themselves, could be an important factor.

The pesticide industry disputes that. But its representatives also say they are open to
further studies to clarify what, if anything, is happening. “They looked so healthy
last spring,” said Bill Dahle, 50, who owns Big Sky Honey in Fairview, Mont. “We were so
proud of them. Then, about the first of September, they started to fall on their face, to
die like crazy. We’ve been doing this 30 years, and we’ve never experienced this kind of
loss before.”

In a show of concern, the Environmental Protection Agency recently sent its acting assistant
administrator for chemical safety and two top chemical experts here, to the San Joaquin
Valley of California, for discussions. In the valley, where 1.6 million hives of bees just
finished pollinating an endless expanse of almond groves, commercial beekeepers who only
recently were losing a third of their bees to the disorder say the past year has brought
far greater losses.

The federal Agriculture Department is to issue its own assessment in May. But in an interview,
the research leader at its Beltsville, Md., bee research laboratory, Jeff Pettis, said he was
confident that the death rate would be “much higher than it’s ever been.” Following a
now-familiar pattern, bee deaths rose swiftly last autumn and dwindled as operators moved
colonies to faraway farms for the pollination season. Beekeepers say the latest string of deaths
has dealt them a heavy blow. Bret Adee, who is an owner, with his father and brother, of Adee
Honey Farms of South Dakota, the nation’s largest beekeeper, described mounting losses. “We
lost 42 percent over the winter. But by the time we came around to pollinate almonds, it was
a 55 percent loss,” he said in an interview here this week.

“They looked beautiful in October,” Mr. Adee said, “and in December, they started falling apart,
when it got cold.” Mr. Dahle said he had planned to bring 13,000 beehives from Montana – 31
tractor-trailers full – to work the California almond groves. But by the start of pollination
last month, only 3,000 healthy hives remained. Annual bee losses of 5 percent to 10 percent
once were the norm for beekeepers. But after colony collapse disorder surfaced around 2005,
the losses approached one-third of all bees, despite beekeepers’ best efforts to ensure their
health. Nor is the impact limited to beekeepers. The Agriculture Department says a quarter of
the American diet, from apples to cherries to watermelons to onions, depends on pollination by
honeybees. Fewer bees means smaller harvests and higher food prices.

Almonds are a bellwether. Eighty percent of the nation’s almonds grow here, and 80 percent of
those are exported, a multibillion-dollar crop crucial to California agriculture. Pollinating
up to 800,000 acres, with at least two hives per acre, takes as many as two-thirds of all
commercial hives. This past winter’s die-off sent growers scrambling for enough hives to
guarantee a harvest. Chris Moore, a beekeeper in Kountze, Tex., said he had planned to skip
the groves after sickness killed 40 percent of his bees and left survivors weakened. “But
California was short, and I got a call in the middle of February that they were desperate for
just about anything,” he said. So he sent two truckloads of hives that he normally would not
have put to work. Bee shortages pushed the cost to farmers of renting bees to $200 per hive at
times, 20 percent above normal.

That, too, may translate into higher prices for food. Precisely why last year’s deaths were so
great is unclear. Some blame drought in the Midwest, though Mr. Dahle lost nearly 80 percent
of his bees despite excellent summer conditions. Others cite bee mites that have become
increasingly resistant to pesticides. Still others blame viruses.

But many beekeepers suspect the biggest culprit is the growing soup of pesticides, fungicides
and herbicides that are used to control pests. While each substance has been certified, there
has been less study of their combined effects. Nor, many critics say, have scientists
sufficiently studied the impact of neonicotinoids, the nicotine-derived pesticide that European regulators implicate in bee deaths. The explosive growth of neonicotinoids since 2005 has
roughly tracked rising bee deaths.

Neonics, as farmers call them, are applied in smaller doses than older pesticides. They
are systemic pesticides, often embedded in seeds so that the plant itself carries the chemical
that kills insects that feed on it. Older pesticides could kill bees and other beneficial
insects. But while they quickly degraded – often in a matter of days – neonicotinoids persist
for weeks and even months. Beekeepers worry that bees carry a summer’s worth of
contaminated pollen to hives, where ensuing generations dine on a steady dose of
pesticide that, eaten once or twice, might not be dangerous. “Soybean fields or canola
fields or sunflower fields, they all have this systemic insecticide,” Mr. Adee said.
“If you have one shot of whiskey on Thanksgiving and one on the Fourth of July, it’s not
going to make any difference. But if you have whiskey every night, 365 days a year, your
liver’s gone. It’s the same thing.”

Research to date on neonicotinoids “supports the notion that the products are safe and are not contributing in any measurable way to pollinator health concerns,” the president of CropLife America, Jay Vroom, said Wednesday. The group represents more than 90 pesticide producers.
He said the group nevertheless supported further research. “We stand with science and will let science take the regulation of our products in whatever direction science will guide it,” Mr. Vroom said. A coalition of beekeepers and environmental and consumer groups sued the E.P.A. last week, saying it exceeded its authority by conditionally approving some neonicotinoids. The agency has begun an accelerated review of their impact on bees and other wildlife.

The European Union has proposed to ban their use on crops frequented by bees. Some researchers have concluded that neonicotinoids caused extensive die-offs in Germany and France. Neonicotinoids are hardly the beekeepers’ only concern. Herbicide use has grown as farmers have adopted crop varieties, from corn to sunflowers, that are genetically modified to survive spraying with weedkillers.

Experts say some fungicides have been laced with regulators that keep insects from maturing, a problem some beekeepers have reported. Eric Mussen, an apiculturist at the University of California, Davis, said analysts had documented about 150 chemical residues in pollen and wax gathered from beehives. “Where do you start?” Dr. Mussen said. “When you have all these chemicals at a sublethal level, how do they react with each other? What are the consequences?”
Experts say nobody knows. But Mr. Adee, who said he had long scorned environmentalists’ hand-wringing about such issues, said he was starting to wonder whether they had a point.

Of the “environmentalist” label, Mr. Adee said: “I would have been insulted if you had called me that a few years ago. But what you would have called extreme – a light comes on, and you think, ‘These guys really have something. Maybe they were just ahead of the bell curve.'”

Fear, Itself.

One of the nice things about becoming an Elder in our Tribe is knowing that you can probably handle whatever comes your way. “Whatever does not kill you, makes you stronger” is a true statement. The big fear, death itself, seems to be an old friend when you have been asking yourself about it for sixty years. Yes, it is unknown, but it is not an elective. We are all going there.

Fear, however, still seems to be the most powerful force we deal with on a daily basis. Any management consultant will tell you that fear is the big motivator in any business in the world, which appears to be true. Many people have lived their entire lives in fear-full situations. Fear breeds ulcers, distrust and true unhappiness.

In the past few years, something new has been added. When we first logged on to the Internet in the early nineties, we believed this to be the great communication tool we had dreamed about for so long. It was and still is. Now, however, the Internet is filled with fear and we have no idea who is generating it or why.

Everything that happens today seems to be followed within hours, by a comprehensive post about the supposed conspiracy behind the event. Disinformation is the rule of the day and seems to be everywhere. Now we read the Occupy and Anonymous Movements have been co-opted by the National Security Agency for purposes of discrediting what they are trying to accomplish.

Unfortunately, our Fear of Government (FOG) has brought us to this moment of fear of guns and fear of having our guns taken away. What a mess! Remarkably, there are many people who believe their assault weapons and other armaments will protect them from a government take-over. Texans, especially, seem to have forgotten the real lesson of Waco. Our government is forever better armed than any entity in the world, and we are not going to be able to challenge the government with the guns we hoard in our basements. Period.

This coupled with the fact that our government rammed the Patriot Act down our throats after less than thirty days of writing and discussing that 363 page document. Forcing us to willingly give up our Constitutional rights in the name of security, has only added to the problem. We are not safer as a result.

Our forefathers knew they would have to stop the British, but that was the smaller part of their two problems. The bigger problem was creating an entirely new way to govern ourselves effectively in a system exceeding a kings’ power.

Today we face a similar problem. We have to create a new way of governing our lives that works in today’s realities. And it demands to be based on inclusivity, lack of fear, equality and genuine freedom.

Fear causes many of us to seek ever more fear-full means with which to threaten others. First it was 10 megaton nuclear weapons. Now 100 megaton bombs are all the rage………trouble is, no one will survive such a war.

We Texans think of ourselves as God fearing, Bible believing worshippers of the Almighty. However, when we observe how we deal with fear, we negate that belief. We need to remember the spiritual consequences coming to us when we choose to kill or attempt to kill one of our brothers or sisters. If we really trusted in God, we would allow Him to lead us through the various shadowy valleys of death we traverse in this lifetime with the powerful faith that God will always protect us in miraculous ways not possible for those relying on killing machines to protect themselves.

So this is a moment of faith for us all. Either we believe what we say about our faith and our God, or we trust our weapons. Here is the test: which will you take with you when you leave this planet, your guns or your faith? Choose wisely, we’re all playing for keeps!

This article is published in the February 7, 2013 edition of The Hill Country News.