Spiritual Power

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Suspended in the dark emptiness of space

A conversation

With a mind.

Take this.

It is the last weapon that there is.

A light sword.

With it, you will become powerful.  This sword

Will show you all your fear,

Your weakness

Your vulnerability

Your cheap tricks

Your bad habits.

When you have made your peace with all of those,

You will finally

Be disciplined.

That

Is real power.

I am a Farmer.

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I’m a good farmer. I prepare my soil, I use organic and Korean Natural Farming methods. I add fertility from natural sources. I use beneficial insects, not bug spray.

The food I grow is delicious and aesthetically beautiful. It’s got texture and nutrition.

I deliver food to my customers with love. Today I handed off green beans prepared with love and gave the chef a kiss on the cheek.

Being a farmer teaches me about love. I love my land. I want to conserve its soil and prevent erosion. I want the soil to have healthy structure, and biology.

I love my plants. If they are rotting, or shriveled and dying, or being attacked by some bugs, it hurts me deep in my heart. When I see them thriving and producing bountiful and beautiful food, I am proud and yet humbled in the same moment by their gift.

Like a loving mother, these plants offer food from their bodies to nourish us. They connect to us, deep in our wiring. We evolved together and they know how to hook us in and interest us, without us realizing it.

In turn, we Farmers offer this gift of love and intimacy to people who are hungry. We couldn’t give them bad stuff or stuff that makes them sick. It’s better to throw something away then harm anyone.

Love is how farming works. You need love and compassion to be a good farmer. Farming makes you realize that Love is a navigational tool for all of life. Love is a self-ordering principle. It always leads you to the most effective, easiest way to do something, get somewhere in life or get what you truly want. All it takes is a little patience.

If you make your whole life about “by when” am I going to have what I want, you’ll never end up with it. That’s for sure. You have to love your way into it. Which means that you getting what you want will be good for everybody.

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#TheWholeTruth

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#fromwhereistand

If you’ve got truth but no peace, then maybe you don’t have #thewholetruth.

Case in point: Muslims are not inherently violent. They have been polarized to violence because the US runs a lot of covert operations where they destroy democracy and violate national sovereignty while grabbing oil.

Sound familiar?

If you think about it, every time the racist, imperialist paradigm has taken action to grab resources, they demonize their opponent.

Think about the Spanish Inquisition, where people of earth based religions and Jews were tortured and killed, while the Queen ended up with their lands. Killing them was seen as God’s work.

The genocide of 100 million Native Americans in a land grab. They were demonized as “savages” who deserved to be killed off. Killing them was seen as a noble endeavor and a great destiny.

The genocidal enslavement of Africans to rob them of their lives and labor. Raping, brutalizing and murdering them was seen as beneficial and compassionate “civilization” of an inferior race.

Now Muslims are the demons, and we have a license to kill them and grab their oil and anything else of value in their economies.

Muslims are the new bogeyman that is used to convince us that violence, rape and murder are a good thing that will keep us safe. People talk about protecting their children.

Let’s just get real for a second. Children are safe in times of peace. If you think that killing, brutalizing and robbing other sovereign nations of their resources and dignity will keep your children safe, I suggest you look at how well that has worked throughout history.

If you want your children to be safe, work for peace. Recognize that there is no “other” type of person who is inherently evil. There are just people like you. Looks like they’ve been watching America and learning our idea that violence is justified for a noble cause. We’re the biggest dog. People around the world follow our example. It’s time to take control of the ones we have control of: ourselves.

Inform yourself. People like John Perkins have stepped up to confess the role they have had in betraying the Muslim countries of the world. He tells about the way Henry Kissinger instructed him in the manipulation and destruction of governments in Africa. Read “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” and “Hoodwinked” if you want to protect your children. Knowledge is power.

At the same time as we protect ourselves from people in other countries who are already lost in violence, we should recognize that we are contributing to the problem and take responsibility for reducing the violence we put into the world.

That means changing to renewable energy so we don’t need to murder every time we drive to work or turn on our lights. That means buying clothes made in the USA and food grown locally, so we don’t depend on slave labor in other countries.

Time to get right with #thewholetruth.

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#PeaceForParis #PeaceForTheWorld #GlobalLoveRevolution

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In the face of a tragedy, the answer is more peace.

The answer is more love.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

All the greatest accomplishments of our time were achieved by peace leaders.  From Mandela to the Dalai Lama, they teach that forgiveness is the only path to peace.

Forgiveness may not be easy, however it is a necessary step in creating peace.

We need to take a look at the part that we, as a nation, can control.  We need to stop regime change in other sovereign countries.  We need to stop abusing their governments in order to get access to their natural resources or to compress their populations into slave labor to sew our clothes or make our Christmas gifts

We can each be a Dalai Lama or Mandela and refuse to contribute more violence or more hate to an already roiling planet.

This is what it means to be the change; inside your heart, keep your love light burning for humanity.

Kapu Aloha, malama ke aloha.

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Compelled to Create – Conscious Evolution, Memory and the Why of My Music

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I think it’s one thing to know that people suffer and that they experience desperation due to the way they are treated in society; it’s another thing to be crushed under the weight of racism, sexism, and classism and feel those mental walls of ignorance closing in on you like a very real prison.  That is how I felt growing up.  Even in my own home, my dad tried to eradicate my Asian cultural behavior, he tried to lock me into a subservient role as a woman, he showed hatred and fear towards me for both of those identities.  He didn’t want me to know my power.

That is the most meaningful realization I took with me from those experiences: I am powerful, and all of these attacks on me really have to do with preventing me from wielding my power.  In a racist, sexist paradigm, any powerful person who is not white or male is a threat to the powers that be.  The choice they want to give you is to either play along or be destroyed.  Well, neither of those choices is good enough for me, pardon my saying so.

What it will take to end this cruel system is for people like me, who know both sides of the story, and have both disadvantage as well as privilege near to hand, to stand up and refuse to compromise.  I will not accept any of the options where we have to tolerate a certain level of craven selfishness on the part of our leaders, and a certain level of hideous misery for those they rule.  

People wonder why Bernie Sanders cares so much about the economy; it is because he can see that our current way of life is slowly but surely transforming this world in to a vast concentration camp, and whatever he has to sacrifice to put himself in between us and that ghastly possibility is worth it to him.  He is a Jew who doesn’t believe in God anymore.  Why?  He is a Brooklyn Jew who put his heart and soul into Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights movement.  Ask yourself ‘why?’.  

We are fooling ourselves if we think it can’t happen to us in the United States; 2008 should have burned itself into our memory as a lesson in how that system works.  They just did it to Greece.

The only option that we should accept, the only option that I will accept, is the option where we all care about each other, where we all come into the future together on a level playing field.  This is called compassion in Buddhism; the realization that what happens to one of us is what happens to all of us.  Our destinies are intertwined.  The Dalai Lama says that a smart selfish person realizes that having compassion will benefit him or herself more than being egocentric.  Our contribution to the world decides what kind of world we will be living in.  We all have to live on the same planet, and in the same environment.  Not only that, but what we do to one another will always endure in our memories.  We have to live with that at the end of the day.

People go on and on about how consciousness is such an important evolutionary development, well, memory is a big part of that.  We see that animals like elephants who have long memories survive better because their elders can guide the herd to water in times of drought and make other decisions based on long term experience that turn out to be better decisions in the long run.  

Human beings pride ourselves on our consciousness so much.  We should at least have some respect for the power of memory and its enduring qualities that define our species.  A global apocalypse that convulses the planet in famine, war, and disease is definitely going to have a huge impact on the collective memory of the survivors, no matter how materially comfortable they may be.  What do we want to experience?  What kind of future do we want to have?  

The only conscionable future – the only future our consciousness, including memory, can tolerate – is one where we all arrive together, mutually benefiting and supporting each other.  These are the words I was born to say, these are the ideas that keep me writing songs and these are the messages my career as an artist is meant to convey.

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I wrote “The Beat Is Love” for the times we are facing

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None of us has the luxury of giving up now.

We’re all in this thing together

Walking a line

Between faith and fear

              – Old Crow Medicine Show

As the climate changes, we adapt by learning how to farm, make our own implements and clothes.  We reinvent what it is to be grown ups as we make the old paradigm obsolete.  We create horizontal social relationships to replace the nasty, outdated and stifling hierarchies of the past so that we can breathe, scream, call for help, rejoice, innovate.

The Empire strikes back but we are braced for the blow.  We’ve got solid ground beneath us and we know we have the truth on our side.

It’s just those moments when you stick out your neck and nothing is there, the dark feels like it is closing in, and all your hope seems to be dying, that somehow out of nowhere succor materializes, bringing blessed relief.

It can happen in the bleakest barren corner of the paved over, urban desert or the lush but lonesome wilderness.  We all have that moment where we stretch out to the unknown despite fear, despite doubt.  

We are betting on our inner voice because we have no other recourse if we are going to survive the rapid and devastating effects of anthropogenic climate change and its sister disasters of environmental degradation through pollution, economic devastation through greed, and social disintegration via manipulation and lies that we have been living on a grand scale.

Instead of being destroyed, we will link arms and join together to pull each other out of this crisis.  We will become something new; transcend the egomania of the past and realize that coming to each other’s rescue is the most shining and glorious reward that we could aspire to.  The most coveted laurel of the future is the inner recognition that we have the power to uplift each other.  Quiet, joyful moments that pass ephemeral, without attachment.

We don’t need to be afraid.  It is going to be OK.  

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Mauna Kea

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At the summit of the greatest mountain on earth, there is a meeting between Hawaiian spiritual practitioners and Western scientists.

Although the context is literally a summit, the calls for more in depth dialogue from the Hawaiian practitioners have been handled not as an opportunity for improved relations between the two sides, but as an irritating inconvenience, standing in the way of a significant financial investment.

This is a tragic circumstance. In the history of Western scientific thought, there have been relatively few instances where scientists had the humility to be curious about the indigenous worldview, and even fewer instances where they manage to actually realize true insights into a line of thought very different from their own.

Some shining examples of institutions and individual scientists who are true pioneers do exist, however. The Institute of Heartmath in Boulder Creek, CA, has done extensive scientific research to better understand the subtle function of the human heart in our social relationships.

They made the amazing discovery that the heart is constantly sending and receiving radio signals. That means our hearts are constantly in communication with other people’s hearts. What is quite special about mountains as a location for spiritual practice, is that not only are they generally less populated, but they are actually a location where a human being can experience their biology as an instrument to receive and transmit signals with the cosmos, which is loaded with radio signals.

What good would that be? Well, honestly, we tend to receive a message much more profoundly when it passes through our bodies, than when it is a bunch of data printed out on paper or even more abstractly, if it exists solely in the virtual reality of ones and zeroes. There is certainly value in direct experience. It’s the difference between being in the audience at the ballet, and being one of the dancers.

An individual scientist who has pursued a truly groundbreaking path is Nassim Haramein, who, through his work in quantum physics, has constructed a model based on mathematics and scientific observation, that explains the interconnectivity of the universe.

Haramein’s work also confirms the scientific basis of ‘free energy’ that can be harvested from the vacuum of space. With implementation of his ideas, we would no longer require the use of fossil fuels, and we would be able to miniaturize technology significantly, in order to reduce our impact on the Earth’s resources. The effect is to establish that there is a powerful and untapped potential for development of human civilization that is quite literally immaterial.

Telescopes are a physical representation of the Western belief in materialism; that is, if you want to get something done, it is necessary to construct a material implement to accomplish your goal.

This is the opposite of the approach to knowledge taken by indigenous practitioners. Their systematic intellectual and spiritual development is extremely rigorous in order to render them suitable instruments of perception. For this reason, it is essential that their hearts remain open and they learn how to experience what would otherwise be considered overpowering emotions with complete openness.

Violation of a pristine sacred site with a massive construction, therefore, is a sign of disrespect to the indigenous worldview that is looked upon with the same contempt today as it was in 1492. The difference is that now the violation is delivered with bulldozers and politesse, rather than with swords.

The old concept of ‘terra nullius’ is, objectively, wrong. An empty natural site is actually an interface for human beings to connect quite literally in electromagnetic communication with the cosmos. In this age of impending natural disaster for humanity, we ought to place more value and interest on that phenomenon.

To the supporters of the TMT, I would like to point out that just because someone is smart and has an advanced degree, doesn’t mean that there might not be some fields of human knowledge in which they are ignorant. And it certainly doesn’t give them the right to invalidate other people’s worldview. As human rights activist Julia Ormond puts it, “Being equal is not an aspiration. It’s what we are.”

To the protesters, I would like to say thank you, for the effort you are making to stand for a greater principle. Remember that as you resonate, so the universe resonates. Malama ko aloha.  Kapu Aloha.