Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Be Prepared or Programming it in?

Just Being Prepared or Programming it in?

My parents recently gave us their water cooler and we were thrilled as we had stopped buying bottled water to be better stewards for the environment and this gave us cool, great tasting water all the time. It also gave me peace of mind that water supply was now more in our control if I kept a few jugs on hand in the garage in addition to ones we drink regularly. Upon hearing my relief about that my daughter asked me "Why?" So I explained why I felt this way as briefly as I could in linear terms giving as an example the difficulties for those who awaited water after hurricane Katrina hit. She responded quickly and succinctly as both my crystalline children always do with such strength and confidence it surprised me. She said "Well you know then that you are just programming in a disaster if you do that!" I disagreed and said I'm just being prepared.
I don't wish for that to happen. But it gave me pause and me wonder as my children always do.

A few days later I commented to my husband in the car about the rising cost of gas and said "You know Dannion Brinkley predicted $5 a gallon years ago in the early 90s and it seemed so far fetched. I bet it will be over $4 before the summers over." To which my son chimed in empthatically from the backseat "Mom! If you keep saying that- guess what, we'll have $4 a gallon! Stop programming that in!" Whoa. He told me!

Good thing I have the Programming Police under my roof. At least I know they are listening to me right? I guess I just have to practice what I preach!

He was right. So I corrected myself "I'm so glad that the gas prices have gone back down to where they were before President Bush- to 1.45 a gallon with the new President."

If we prepare for disaster A are we then collectively programming Disaster A? After all,you are what you think. Or more specifically your prayers are as much if not more what you are thinking as they are your prayers, whatever style that may be. I say if not more simply because I'm willing to bet you think far more than you pray.

And so it is that I ask you to consider if you you hear- food shortage, recession, depression of the centuries, marshall law, facism, etc. watch what it is you are thinking and feeling at the time and after digesting the drama. Perhaps you could use the opportunity to consciously choose and program in a different direction or simply to denounce and reject any negativity. Otherwise don't we risk collectively in consciousness programming that reality? A reality that is served to us daily on a silver platter by more sources than ever before but by fewer and fewer companies, via a more corporatized and consolidated media. A media that has researched billions of dollars and discovered simply that "Drama sells" and "The more emotion and drama the better" whether it is in our political debates or the selection of news stories or even the advertising: what you see is a reality that is programmed into our collective consciousness that doesn't always represent reality in the NOW but certainly if we all watch and think about it enough could very well become more and more of our reality. And some of it IS already a reality but not one that I particularly care to engage in.

Which is why in our home we read less and less mainststream news and why we do not watch any of the sensationalistic 24 hour news "bread and circuses." Because the true reality---which is hope & abundance is becoming a much more critical reality to be programming into our collective consciousness. So much could be at stake that we are no longer afforded the luxury of merely watching from the sidelines. We must choose and program in more Hope & Abundance!

Where is this good news you may ask? Well, I will be writing about it here but since the economic "collapse" is the story du jour in American news let's start with the immense economic growth like the world has never seen such as Fareed Zakaris writes of in his new book"Post American World' -
In fact, the share of people living on a dollar a day or less plummeted from 40% in 1981 to 18% in 2004 and is estimated to fall to 12 percent by 2015. China's growth alone has lifted more than 400 million people out of poverty. Poverty is falling in countries housing 80% of the world's population. The 50 countries where the earth's poorest live are basket cases that need urgent attention. In the other 142 the poor are slowing being absorbed into productive and growing economies. For the first time ever,we are witnessing genuinely global growth.

As I read this everything my children had brought to my attention lept to my mind. This is hope filled not terror filled! And I watch very little news! I can't imagine how depressing it is for those who watch a great deal of news. Fareed writes "In the two decades since the end of the Cold War , we have lived through a paradox, one we experience every morning when we read the newspapers. The world's politics seems deeply troubled, with daily reports of bombings, terror plots, rogue states and civil strife. And yet the global economy forges ahead, not without significant interruptions and crises, but still vigorously upward on the whole.
As he brilliantly delves into the cascade of bad news you begin to affirm (not just wish) that we aren't living in the most crazy, violent times ever! So do not believe (or program in) everything you see on television or read online.

War and organized violence have declined dramatically over the last two decades. Ted Robert Gurr and a team of scholars at the University of Maryland's Center of International Development and Conflict Management tracked the data carefully and came to the following conclusion: "the general magnitude of global warfare has decreased by over 60% since the mid 1980s, falling by the end of 2004 to it's lowest level since the 1950's!
-Harvard's polymath professor Steven Pinker argues that "today we are probably living in the most peaceful time in our species existence"
Yet we are bombarded by instant technology of the 24 hour news channels, the internet and the immediacy of images combine to produce constant hyberbole and drama. Every weather disturbance is "the storm of the century" and very bomb that explodes is "breaking news"

Of course this is not drama. This is Peace. Peace that we can expand upon if we only continue to believe in it and live it and program it in co-creation with our Creator and all the great guidance of Light that is here at this momentus time on Earth.

That is not to say that I don't keep one eye open on the movers and shakers who wish to program this false reality. That's another aspect of what I write about here as you may know if you stop by often enough. One must be diligent to be a principal of Peace especially now. I do not tune out completely because I believe we have an urgent, moral responsibility to be the Peacemakers where Light is needed. Whether that be in Darfur, your local homeless shelter, in the billions being spent in our Presidential elections or your home or office. We use to have the media to hold others accountable as part of the public trust their licenses say they must adhere to. But that has long been lost to corporatization and consolidation of media. It never ceases to amaze me that a media obsessed with drama simply ignores the events in Washington that silently unfold unbeknownst to most Americans. Including among other things altered scientific journals for decades warning of climate change, the removal of our civil liberties supposedly protected by our Constitution, unceasing corruption of our Government and in our major financial and corporate environment, torture hearings going on in Washington that directly involve the highest ranking members of our government that the rest of the world is now watching very carefully yet most in my day to day life are unaware of.

It may seem difficult but it's not. Do not turn away but do not resign yourself to a false reality either. We must all keep an eye on the truth in order to create this New Earth we all came here to co-create. We wouldn't be here if we didn't have it within us! So stand strong in your Sovereignty. Don't ever give up! And certainly, be hopeful that we can do it right this time! Have the courage to speak up where there is silence or darkness. When in doubt, prepare certainly but prepare for Peace. Prepare for a New Earth that serves the One not the Ego! Program that collectively and we will get there sooner rather than later.

- In Love & Peace Namaste' Jill

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