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Path to the Great Reset

By Joe Withrow

Author of 'The Individual is Rising'


Gold has been money for most of recorded human history. Industrial capitalism operated on a global gold standard up until the world wars shredded Europe’s economy. In 1933, President Roosevelt criminalized private gold ownership using an executive order, and the U.S. government forced citizens to sell their gold at a below-market valuation. This gold was melted down into bricks and shipped to Fort Knox where KPMG says it still sits to this day.

The Bretton Woods Agreement was executed in 1944, which pegged the U.S. dollar to gold at $35 per ounce, and installed the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Under Bretton Woods, all other national currencies were pegged to the dollar, and foreign central banks could exchange dollars for gold at the fixed rate.

The Bretton Woods Agreement required the U.S. government to maintain the dollar-to-gold exchange ratio, but that didn’t happen. The U.S. government instead ramped up the printing presses to power its “Guns and Butter” campaigns in the fifties and sixties. Eventually foreign central banks caught on and began to exchange their dollar reserves for gold through the gold window. Gold steadily flowed out of the U.S. Treasury until August 15, 1971 when President Nixon unilaterally closed the gold window and ended the U.S. dollar’s direct convertibility to gold.

This action thrust the entire world onto a fiat monetary standard where all currencies floated in value against one another. The word “fiat” is defined as: an arbitrary order or decree, and the word very literally means “let it be done” in Latin. Fiat money is simply money that comes into existence and derives its value exclusively from government decree.

Free market economists, specifically those of the Austrian school, decried this move immediately. Fiat money had been used on a national level on numerous occasions throughout history, they said, and each time it led to economic disaster. Now you want to try it on a global scale? You are asking for a catastrophe!

Many of the Austrians didn’t think the fiat system would even survive the decade.

The reason being is really just common sense: if you give a select group of people the ability to create money out of thin air then they are going to do just that. And they are going to keep on doing just that in greater quantities, especially when they discover that they can funnel the new money to their own friends and business partners. Here’s the kicker: each new monetary unit that comes into circulation necessarily steals value from all of the other monetary units in existence.

This is just basic economics, but French economist Richard Cantillon noticed something especially nefarious about this dynamic way back in the early 1700’s. When such a fiat money system is employed, the people who receive the new money first – always the politically connected and financial elite – become fantastically wealthy while everyone else becomes poorer over time. In other words, Cantillon said, this system actively transfers purchasing power away from everyone who holds money, and it funnels this purchasing power directly to the few people who are on the receiving end of the printing presses!

This came to be known as the Cantillon effect, and it is the sole reason for the massive wealth disparity that has come to exist in the U.S. over the past four decades. There is a reason why the suburbs surrounding Washington, DC have become the wealthiest counties in the country. The Federal Reserve has been systematically transferring the nation’s wealth to Washington (and New York) for forty years now.

The fiat monetary system has fundamentally transformed how the economy operates as well. Free market purists, of which I am one, can list numerous reasons why the Bretton Woods System was a crony fractional gold standard that was riddled with problems right from the start, but it did serve to restrict the creation of currency and credit to a certain degree.

Gold was the restrictive mechanism. The amount of currency and credit in circulation was tied directly to the amount of gold in the vaults. Though the system was imperfect, credit could only come from real savings which could only come from real production prior to 1971.

Contrast this to the creation of credit today. Banks are required to hold a fraction of deposits in reserve in order to issue credit. This reserve number is roughly 10%.

In other words, banks can issue a $1,000 loan for every $100 on deposit with a simple journal entry. But the $1,000 created by the loan typically finds its way back into the banking system. Very few people take out a loan and stuff the cash in their mattress; they usually use it to purchase something. The business or person on the receiving end of that transaction typically deposits the proceeds from the sale into their bank account. At that point there is an extra $1,000 floating around in the system… which means banks can now issue additional loans up to $10,000 on top of the new $1,000 deposit.

Now it may not be the same bank with the additional $1,000 deposit, but all of the banks are tied together via the central banking system so the net effect for the entire system is the same. The credit expansion feeds itself and self-perpetuates.

The U.S. national debt was effectively restricted by gold as well, as the Feds found out when French President Charles de Gaulle began shipping dollars back to the U.S. Treasury in exchange for gold.

Gold was like the fuddy-duddy who collected everyone’s car keys at the door of the college party. He would let you have a little bit of fun, but he drew a distinct line in the sand.

So what has happened to the economy since 1971 is not a mystery – everything can be traced back to the fact that we went from using real money to using money created from thin air. The data very clearly shows the results of this:

  • The U.S. money supply has exploded since 1971.
  • The cost of living has risen dramatically because of this monetary expansion.
  • The U.S. national debt has exploded by a factor of 10 – it has quite literally doubled more than three times in forty years.
  • Unfunded government liabilities have exploded all around the world – eclipsing $210 trillion in the U.S.
  • Household debt has exploded significantly, and household debt-to-income has now surpassed 130%.
  • Interest rates have been pushed negative around the world, and to near-zero in the U.S. which has prevented seniors and conservative investors from earning any real returns on their savings.
  • Real money and savings have been replaced by credit – the entire economy has been hooked on cheap credit.

The perpetuation of this system depends entirely on continued credit expansion. The house of cards will fall as soon as the credit dries up.

Here’s the funny thing about this: the Baby Boomers have spent most of their adult lives immersed in this system. Their children have spent their entire lives in this system. This monetary system is anomalous from a historical perspective and it is completely unsustainable, but most people alive today consider it absolutely normal. They have known nothing else.

So the fiat money system has chugged right along with its booms and busts, seemingly oblivious to the mounting problems and the select few voices crying wolf. The system has hit road blocks several times during each decade, but it has overcome and persevered on each occasion - elevating asset prices in the U.S. to new highs as it advanced.

This has made the average investor complacent. Talk to your neighborhood financial professional and he will tell you decisively how it all works: Stocks always go up over time. So does real estate. Government bonds are your safe haven. Corrections happen from time to time - you just need to wait them out.

He's not trying to trick you - that is what mainstream finance believes. Indeed, that's mostly how it has worked for quite some time now. The normalcy bias is firmly entrenched.

What isn't often considered, however, is that we haven't seen the other side of the credit cycle since the fiat monetary system came to being. Credit has been expanding consistently, and interest rates have been falling since the early 1980's. At some point the cycle has to turn.

That point may be rapidly approaching. The puppet masters are engaging in more and more aggressive policies in an effort to keep the system progressing forward.

Policymakers in Japan and Europe have already pushed sovereign interest rates into negative territory. Chinese policymakers, as of last week, have done the same. This is capitalism flipped upside down. Instead of receiving a rate of return on their capital, savers actually must pay interest to purchase government bonds or to keep their money in the bank.

Think about what this means for large institutional investors. Are they really going to deploy their capital in a way that guarantees a loss?

What about insurance companies? Millions of people and businesses around the world have bought insurance policies to protect their homes, businesses, property, and even entire cities. These insurance companies must maintain a huge cash reserve in order to honor their guarantees as claims come in. Are these companies going to keep their cash reserves in accounts that steadily eat away at their capital because of negative interest rates?

You could ask the same question about pension funds.

And how about individuals all around the world? Are people going to keep their money in the bank and watch their account steadily dwindle month in and month out? Aren’t deposit accounts supposed to protect capital in a liquid manner?

A general rule of thumb is that capital flows to where it is treated best. Right now, that place is the United States. With the rest of the world descending into negative interest rate territory, the Federal Reserve has actually been talking about raising interest rates.

It is only logical to expect huge amounts of capital to rush into the U.S. credit and financial markets to escape the ills of negative interest rates. But this would drive Treasury yields down and send the U.S. dollar skyrocketing relative to all other currencies which would cause massive imbalances in the global economy.

Here’s just one example: emerging market debt has exploded by more than 600% in the last ten years alone. This debt is denominated in dollars, but the emerging market debtors earn money in their own currencies. This means they must convert their currencies to dollars to service this debt. If the dollar-to-emerging market currency exchange ratio is too extreme then these debts simply cannot be paid. Then problems in the credit markets really start to cascade.

So if the Fed pursues its "normalization" policies then the global economy faces some major problems. But the Fed has taken a more dovish stance recently, and Janet Yellen has even name-dropped negative interest rates.

Will the Fed follow the world into the realm of negative interest rates to suppress the dollar and avoid shaking up the global economy? This of course would lead to a different set of problems. If all of the world's major economies were submersed in negative interest rates, there would be no safe haven for the aforementioned economic actors to run to within the financial system. So what would they do?

Maybe they would just take it on the chin and let their capital gradually decay. Or, much more likely, they would move into physical cash and gold as a means to preserve their capital thus triggering a global bank run – something long thought conquered in the age of central banking.

Oh, and this is more than just a theory… a number of power players are already starting to do just that - move into physical cash and gold.

Could the Great Reset be at hand?

Of course, nobody knows for certain. Prominent Austrian economists thought the fiat monetary system would crash and burn a long time ago. They have been wrong for decades on this. Maybe they will be wrong for decades more... or maybe they will finally be proven right.

What's important to take from this is that the rules of the game are changing. Those stuck within the old paradigm of mainstream finance have huge threats facing their retirement, and quite possibly even their current standard of living.

We will be hosting a webcast on April 10 to discuss these major threats, analyze the trends, and talk about what you can do financially to not only insulate yourself, but possibly even grow your capital as this story unfolds. The broadcast will begin promptly at 8:00 pm EDT, and it is absolutely free with no obligations. Space is limited so register today to reserve your spot here:

Joe Withrow is an author, editor, instructor, investor, and philosopher... in no particular order. His work can be found at

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Energy-Money Equilibrium: The Value of Money in the Age of Oil


Reverse Engineer


Trying to figure out exactly how Money achieves and holds its value is very difficult. In all but the simplest systems, which are little more than Barter, you quickly develop a level of complexity which is confounding mainly because it is always so self-referential. In this exercise I try to elucidate the process used over the centuries to not just create money, which is primary, but also to control money once created. I have some basic ideas here, but I have no idea how this post will come out in the end. It’s a very difficult problem.

Starting Point: You cannot have Money without a surplus in basic needs, but neither is surplus by itself sufficient. You also must have control over at least one basic conduit of wealth, which is in the beginning food. Why is this so?

First let us look at a pre-agricultural Hunter Gatherer (H-G) society. Said society can be in surplus, but they don’t need or use money because each member of the society can take from the surplus as much as he or she needs. You may barter things, but you do not need an intermediary of money to do that. It’s a very simple system, but it allows for virtually no savings and none are necessary so long as you always have and expect surplus. A small group of H-Gs in a large territory who are not competing with others are always in surplus. So no money develops in such a society.

However, as soon as it develops into an agricultural (Ag) society it requires money. First thing the Ag society develops is a surplus even beyond that of the H-G society. So much in fact the population begins to rapidly expand. The Ag system also works on a seasonal level, where large amounts of grain are collected at harvest time and must be stored in warehouses. Such initial efforts are communal, with a tribe working together on a patch of land to farm it. To do so though, they must claim ownership over that land. This requires the tribe to move to the next level, one with a military to protect and defend the land they have claimed and are now dependent upon.

It is at this point you have the three most necessary elements involved for the beginning of a monetary system. One is ownership of the land, at first communal by the tribe as a whole. Second is storage of large quantities of food in a warehouse. Third is developing a military group responsible for protecting both the land you grow on and the goods stored in the warehouse.

The military component quickly becomes the most dominant one; in the early stages it is led by the most powerful Warrior who all of the tribe respects and fears. This person becomes “King”. Call him Nimrod. The King then becomes the symbol of the State, and all the state ‘owns’ and ‘produces’ (really ‘controls’ and ‘extracts’) belongs to him. The monetary system develops as a means for the King to distribute surplus to his loyal subjects.

The money develops when the counting begins in the Warehouse of Grain. Whatever is in there is represented in the Count by Credits, which can then be symbolized in a token. Only as many tokens are produced as there is grain to cover their redemption and Precious Metal (PM) coinage works well for this in the beginning. All the precious metals the King has acquired by whatever means are coined up and appropriately valued so there are not more coins than grain to be redeemed. This is Hard Money in extremis and it has an absolute value measured in the food it represents.

The King can now hand out the tokens to his military protectors and also pay the overseers of slaves or serfs who work the land and grow the food. The serfs and slaves are not paid in coinage; they merely receive a small portion of the food they produce for a subsistence living and often barter for whatever else they need.

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Problems arise as the society grows. In the beginning, the surplus of food being produced exceeds the amount of precious metals available for coinage, so food drops in price. A few things can happen here. The King can stop paying as much coinage to his military and overseer classes, raising the price of the food again thereby allowing the King to keep more precious metal in the treasury and more food in the warehouse. Everybody is still being fed at this point, the King has more precious metal in the Treasury and the surplus in the grain warehouse grows. The grain keeps a pretty long time, but eventually it will rot if not used or it simply become ridiculous to save any more. Like putting up more than a few years of Preps, it gets ridiculous after a while.

So you start to trade the surplus with others who don’t produce as much food and expansion begins in the system. Peripheral areas pay more Gold and Silver into the system and also begin to produce other things besides food, which money then becomes useful to pay for.

At this point the money system has become vastly more complex. The tokens no longer represent an absolute amount of grain in a warehouse, but rather the value of all goods and services being produced in this ever growing economic system. Bourses or Trading Markets develop, which set relative values for everything being produced in the society. As everything increases in size and velocity, the ‘economy’ needs a rapidly increasing money supply to handle it all.

The precious metal coinage does not increase at the same rate in most circumstances, so in order to have more ‘money’ available, base metals are used to produce some coins, which pretty much can be produced at will. Money is getting softer during this period, but so long as ‘the government’ doesn’t go wild coining up the base metals, it doesn’t devalue the money while the system is expanding.

The trading system begins to experience many stressors at this point. Regardless of whether there is a plague related famine or other issues, at times some folks in control of large swaths of land simply take it out of production, locally raising the cost of grain. This allows them to extract more precious metal ‘money’ from the buyers with this money disappearing into their basement safes. I’m sure you can see the analogue here with how oil prices are manipulated by creating periodic ‘shortages’, even if there is plenty of oil in the ground.

The ‘successful’ society utilizing money has now reached the point where there is a ton of surplus in the society, so much in fact there isn’t a whole lot of need for workers or for paying people very much coinage. And most of the PM’s are sequestered away in the basement safes of a few hoarders. At this point some folks can’t even get hold of a few base metal coins to buy any food, though there is plenty of food in the warehouse.

The society needs no more serfs, nor does it even need more artisans and toolmakers. Only a few of the most successful are necessary for the King and his Oligarchy, so these ‘new professions’ start to experience unemployment along with the serfs. The economy slows to a crawl, basically because it produced too much surplus too quickly and then developed an overburden of population with no remunerative work available.

New Professionals - Clean

Social discontent soon rises among the poor, at which point it becomes necessary to ‘give away’ the surplus to these folks or face revolution. But doing so causes money to lose further meaning. Why work as a soldier and put your life on the line for a few coins when bread and circuses are provided to the masses to keep them quiet and entertained? The Roman Empire’s period of bread & circuses has a direct analogue to the Great Society programs on through to the present day.

Eventually, regardless of actual production or the ability to grow food from the ground (or extract oil from under the ground) production of both begins to fall because there is no money flowing in the market with which to buy it. Now you really do get the beginnings of revolution, which then requires you to increase the size of the military and hand out money from the Treasury until the state is bankrupt of precious metals. At this point there are Gold coins in the hands of the soldiers, but there is little being produced to buy with those Gold coins. Soon you reach the end of the line for this iteration of a cycle, and not until the resultant wars and internal conflicts get resolved can you begin the rebuilding process……which then repeats the cycle over and over again.

The process has repeated countless times since Nimrod. And for so long as there is a real surplus in the economic environment, the only thing that causes a famine and scarcity problem is the collapse of the monetary system.

Our present day iteration is significantly different from those above. The repeated expansions and collapses culminated with the discovery and exploitation of the fossil fuel resource. This put the entire globe into such a great surplus that it rapidly expanded in population, thereby consuming this last great resource base. Upon its collapse, what is left of oil isn’t enough to expand once again after the typical wars knock down biblical numbers of around 25% of the population.

The monetary system doesn’t normally collapse from scarcity; it collapses from too much surplus and the hoarding of currency. However, due to overextension and resource depletion in specific locations, along with the vicissitudes of nature, periodically real scarcity does rear its head which causes a collapse from the opposite direction. In this case money may be circulating in the economic system, but it is a shortage of goods rather than a shortage of money which produces the disruption. The end result isn’t much different since you still end up with a situation where extant money won’t buy goods, but the causative factors are different.

The period we are now entering is a synergy of both problems, only on a global scale rather than local. On the one hand there is a consolidation of money happening, removing much of it from real circulation through the banking system. At the same time resources are depleting on a global level. So long as these two parameters move in tandem, you get shrinkage but not collapse. You only get a collapse when on the gross level both fail and that has yet to occur. When it does occur it is a lot worse than one or the other type of collapse.

In this last iteration of the cycle, rather than food in warehouses serving as the underlying basis of money, the thermodynamic energy of fossil fuels underpins the money. This, by extension through the industrial food apparatus, includes food. But food is only part of the total production of the society. Over time, food becomes arbitraged out of value since all it does is support ‘useless eaters’. Rather than produce more food, the monetary system serves to encourage the production of more fuel to perpetuate itself. Thus you get your corn ethanol production for cars rather than corn for people.

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This is a Dynamic Shrinkage Model, basically serving to reduce population while at the same time conserving resources. This very well might be a planned methodology and could work, assuming the circulating money and available energy resource decline in near parallel terms. The problem it suffers from is one of instability along the way. Because the monetary system serves as a proxy for value for many other things besides fossil fuel energy, mal-investment throughout the system can collapse the monetary system too fast to maintain a stable equilibrium with the collapsing energy supplies.

An obvious example of this problem is the collapsing McMansion housing market. But it extends into cars, factories and many other financial ‘assets’. Unless those assets can be prevented from completely collapsing in value, the money supply can’t be shrunk at the steady rate necessary to equal the energy supply shrinkage. You then run into the old problem of plenty of resources available relative to the population, but insufficient working money to distribute said resources.

This of course is why we see the process where the central banks are pushing out credit to keep the energy market from locking up completely. They are trying to keep pace with the real shrinkage, but not issue so much credit as to render the currencies, which are dependent on the credit markets, to completely lose value as well. On a daily basis it is a system under great stress, and it is rapidly growing worse.

As long as linearity can be maintained between the energy markets and the money supply the system can continue to function, albeit ever more inefficiently and in increasingly smaller ‘boutique’ economies. The linearity gets disrupted either by a local implosion of a given credit market or by a local disruption of the oil supply of a threshold level magnitude. It is unclear how large that disruption has to be on an absolute value level to reach the threshold, but one suspects either a blockade of the Straits of Hormuz, which serves to reduce the energy level, or a credit collapse of a country such as the size of Italy, would be sufficient to disturb the equilibrium and send the relative economics into a tailspin.

Money and oil are EQUIVALENTS in the current society, mainly as defined by the dollar as the most popularly accepted proxy for oil. To keep the overall system running at any level, even a small boutique level, parity must be maintained between the currency and the available energy. To do this a vast portion of the population has to be cut off from credit to buy the oil……but not so fast the money loses its value or so fast the oil depletes in its availability at a reasonable Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROEI). It is a tightrope which has to be walked very carefully.

So far, our Illuminati Masters have walked the wire very well. I do not discount the possibility they can walk the wire to the other side and maintain the equilibrium all the way through the spin down. This is possible, but in my opinion it is unlikely. Much like catching a raindrop on a knife edge and controlling how the water splits up, the magnitude of instability here is simply too great. One side or the other of the Energy-Money equation will exceed controllable parameters, and then you get a cascade failure. When that occurs, all bets are off. There is no maintaining a core in such a situation because there is no ‘core’.

I cannot say this one is “Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You.” I can only say to you that in my opinion it is, and will, inevitably come just as the largest mountains are inevitably washed into the sea. You must not despair here and think all is lost, with the outcomes inevitable and written in stone, for they are not. You just need to be patient and wait for the failure of the conduits, for when they do fail in earnest it will be a different ballgame altogether. Fail they will. I guarantee it.


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Changing the Script

Changing the Script


 Joe Withrow

Author of "The Individual is Rising"


“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller


The unsustainability of the current Pax Americana paradigm has been discussed here at length. We know sovereign U.S. debt is exploding exponentially. We know the true debt figure is actually north of $200 trillion – largely consisting of Social Security and Medicare unfunded liabilities. We know the Federal Reserve has pumped huge amounts of liquidity into the financial system in an effort to pump up asset prices and push down interest rates. We know even a slight up-tick in interest rates would dramatically impede the Treasury’s ability to service the US sovereign debt.

We know the official unemployment and inflation numbers are fudged and the economy has not magically fixed its underlying structural problems, thus there will be no ‘growing our way out’ of this mess. We know roughly fifty percent of the U.S. population is dependent upon government benefits in some capacity and we know 10,000 people will be turning 65 every single day for the next decade. And we know that which is unsustainable will one day cease to exist.

But we also know dying paradigms have an uncanny way of hanging around for a lot longer than we think possible.

Upon waking up to the demise of Pax Americana, the tendency is to react with anger. Throw the bums out! Route the globalists! Rebel against the New World Order! Let's collapse the system!

When the state of constant anger becomes unsustainable a feeling of hopelessness and depression kicks in. Everything is corrupt! The police state is omniscient – they monitor everything! There is nothing but injustice everywhere! Society is going to collapse any day now!

The tendency then is to switch back over to anger after the depression has run for a while and the cycle becomes self-perpetuating. The anger says “We need to change it now!” while the depression says “There’s nothing I can do!

Our anger and depression are both stuck within the current paradigm; we perceive the wall to be higher than what it is thus we make no effort to peek over the top.

There are only two ways out of the anger-depression cycle: (1) re-assimilate back into the matrix or (2) change the script.

Re-assimilation becomes extremely difficult once one has peeked down into the rabbit-hole. Conversely, changing the script becomes surprisingly simple once one takes the time to rise up and peek over the wall.

The Beginning is Near - Clean Small

There are plenty of articles out there discussing all the ills of the current System, and there are equally as many articles explaining why we should be afraid of collapse.

There are also all manner of articles and ideas floating around out there promoting one utopian macro solution after another. Can any of these solutions work? Maybe, but I rather doubt it.

The human race is rather amusing in that, generally speaking, much of it seems to desire conflict, struggle, and competition for its own sake. Some people seem to have a natural desire to play the ruler and boss others around. Some have a natural desire to play the victim and be bossed around. Some seem to wish constant illness upon themselves and they revel in sympathy. Some seem to be chronic gamblers who get a thrill out of risking it all and subsequently hitting rock bottom. Some seem to lack empathy altogether and they enjoy harming others. Some seem to feel the need to play the hero and seek to improve every nook and cranny of the world. Some just want to be free to live their life as they see fit.

It is that last segment of the population that seems to get the short stick throughout all of history. There's always some collective boondoggle demanding their support. Holy wars, witch hunts, manifest destinies, wars for democracy, wars to end all wars, new deals, great societies, wars against poverty, wars against drugs, wars against terror, you name it. There’s always something deemed more important than laissez faire.

Too often the frustrated response is to fight the entrenched System. We can see extreme examples of this by looking back at the many violent revolutions which have taken place throughout history where subjugated people rose up to overthrow their ruling class. Many of these revolutions were in the name of freedom or equality and, when successful, the revolutionaries went to work setting up their own governments supposedly based on their espoused principles.

In some cases the new government soon became more oppressive than the old government – just with new insiders doing the oppressing. In other cases the new government was more respectful of liberty in its infancy. But even these ‘better’ governments eventually became corrupt, bloated, and hostile to liberty over time. The historical record clearly shows that fighting the System is not a long-term solution because it is always grounded in the current paradigm; the fighting is motivated by an intense desire to force change and make the System better or more efficient or more equitable or what have you.

A big part of the problem is people think of government as a service organization. This is what we are taught in our history textbooks and civics classes in the ‘public’ educational system and it is reinforced by news media and popular opinion once we reach adulthood.

But government is not in the service business, it is in the government business. Sure government provides some services. It delivers the mail, maintains the roads, and provides some semblance of legal and defense services that most people would consider to be necessary societal functions. But government doesn’t exist to do these things - arguably every one of these services could be done better and at a lower cost by local communities and private organizations. Government maintains a monopoly on these services only because it must do so in order to keep the masses docile in order to stay in business.

Government, it turns out, is unbridled self-serving force and coercion. That is the government business and that is why all governments, even when originally harmless, are eventually co-opted by sociopaths seeking to use the force of government for their own gains. Mao was correct about one thing: political power does grow out of the barrel of a gun. Even the ‘good’ services provided by government in the current paradigm require coerced taxation with the implied threat of force. Just ask Wesley Snipes if you don’t believe taxation implies force.

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Einstein advised “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”. Yet that’s mostly what I see happening today on many levels.

On the national level, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements personified anger fighting the System. One side raged against government and demanded more liberty. The other side raged against Wall Street and multi-nationals and demanded more equality. Both movements sought to collectively force change upon the System. While both of these movements have since been co-opted by established interests, the underlying sentiments still linger throughout the population.

On the local level, it looks like every community in the U.S. is spearheading an ‘economic development’ campaign. While the idea may be admirable, these campaigns all seem to be grounded within the current paradigm: they seek more. More tax revenue, more federal grants, more state grants, more population growth, more stimulus, more demand, more consumption, more everything. But more is backwards looking. More worked from roughly 1980 to 2008. It’s time has come and gone.

The solution is to change the script; to stop fighting the existing realty and begin creating the future.

Of course, the established order is not interested in change. Change is a threat. Change means more competition. Change means less power and wealth for the insiders. The establishment – governments/central banks/Wall Street/multi-nationals/Big-Agra/Big-Pharma/Big-Insurance/Big-Science/mega non-profits – will fight against change until their dying breath.

Thus the script must be changed at the individual level first. The individual must lead society, not the other way around.

The neat thing about this is there is no singular rigid model; no one cookie cutter solution. There is a basic regulatory framework rooted in common law (do not aggress upon others or their property) and contract law (do all you have agreed to do and nothing you have agreed not to do) but within this framework there is a blank canvas awaiting each individual artist.

My personal view is changing the script is simple. Not easy, but simple and intuitive. What follows are my experiences and thoughts on changing the script. What works for me may not work for others, so I share my perspective matter-of-factly with no implied suggestions, implications, or judgments. I am under no illusion of significance and I am well aware of the fact there are many others who have distanced themselves from the System much more so than I have. I offer my perspective only because I believe the sharing of ideas is what enables civilization to thrive.

My wife and I met in corporate America. We found ourselves working in the same department at the same mega-bank in the same metropolitan city. We were married at a downtown chapel in that same city a little over three years later. Our lifestyle was modeled after the mythical American Dream because that is what we had been conditioned to seek

It wasn’t long before we started to see through the deception and we made the decision to change the script. We ended our corporate careers, sold our home, liquidated our government-approved retirement accounts, and moved to a rural property with a little bit of land.

Knowing we will never be completely self-sufficient, our first order of business was to make our small homestead as resilient as possible. We stocked up on a reasonable amount of food, water, and provisions, bought a small solar-compatible battery and several propane tanks to store energy, stacked a cord of firewood, made a few minor repairs to the property, and most importantly stocked the wine cellar. After the initial outlay, maintaining this basic level of resiliency costs very little. We don’t think civilization is coming to an end, we simply think it is our responsibility to be prepared for what comes with the inevitable collapse of the funny money Ponzi as well as any other disaster or emergency that decides to come our way.

We have reduced our consumerism and our consumption of processed foods and we save 75% of our income like clockwork. We spread our savings across several asset classes according to our personal asset allocation model with most of our cash held within a high-cash value life insurance policy structured according to the “Infinite Banking Concept” to allow it to compound outside of the banking system and government-approved accounts. We are actively working to create diverse income streams for our family so we do not have to be slaves to a wage and we plan to plant our first garden this coming spring.

While we still carry health insurance policies in case of major emergency, we have divorced ourselves from every other aspect of the corrupt health care industry. Regular exercise and a healthy diet based mostly on paleo principles have virtually eliminated illness from our household. Natural supplements have told Big-Pharma to take a hike. We have no primary care physician nor do we fall in line to get our flu shot.

My wife gave birth to our first daughter in October... in our dining room. We completely shut out the Big Government/Big Insurance/Big Pharma health care cartel on that one.

We paid cash for midwifery services and received much more care, support, and education than we paid for when it was all said and done. Our daughter was born completely naturally without ever coming in contact with a hospital. There were no unnecessary prenatal tests or medications, no I.V.’s, no monitors, no labor-inducing drugs, no pain killers, and no invasive interventions. Upon her birth directly into her father’s hands, there were no meddlers waiting to rush our daughter off to be poked, prodded, weighed, measured, tested, vaccinated, or placed under a lamp. The only things awaiting her arrival were her mother’s loving embrace and her midwife’s gentle inspection.

The midwife made a 36-hour and then a five-day house visit to check on mother and baby and she answered numerous text messages and phone calls at weird hours during that stretch as well. As a result, mother and baby did not have to leave the comforts of their home for more than two weeks after birth. Three-week and six-week office visits that required no form-filling or waiting-room sitting completed our private contract with our midwife. Despite this, she offered to answer any questions at any time via phone or email going forward. Needless to say, there will not be any pediatricians in our daughter’s future. You just don’t go back to the cartel after such extraordinary health care service.

The wonderful homebirth experience was just the tip of the iceberg of our vision to provide our daughter with a mindful childhood free from the forceful expectations and coerced indoctrination that characterize so many American childhoods. Instead of viewing her as an ignorant child to be molded into society’s likeness, our daughter will be treated as a beautiful individual with innate untapped wisdom that very well may exceed our own.

When the time comes we will cater a home schooling program to her unique personality, skills, and interests. Her education will be as rigid and demanding or as free and creative as she needs it to be. As she grows in maturity, her home school program will become more self-guided and our role will move more towards encouraging her to pursue her own unique talents and passions.

Rather than ignoring financial education and hoping Social Security is still around in the year 2079, we will incorporate sound finance into the home school curriculum. Our daughter will learn the merits of saving, capital formation, and asset allocation at an early age. She will understand that fiat money is an illusion not to be cherished, but at the same time every individual has to make their own way.

We will also help her test her skills in the marketplace should she have such a desire. If she enjoys writing we can help her self-publish a book. If she is a skilled musician we can help her record an album for sale. If she likes baking we can take her to the farmer’s market to sell her goods. Any income derived from these enterprises would help her get real-world personal finance practice as well.

There will be no pressure to go to college upon completion of her home school program. We are capitalizing a small IBC insurance policy which will be given to her when she reaches adulthood to get her started on whatever path she chooses. If she chooses college she can go with no student loans necessary. If it is travel that calls to her she will have the means to begin her journey guilt-free. If her desire is entrepreneurial in nature she has the start-up capital already secured. Given the freedom to discover and pursue her passions at an early age, I suspect she will know what her next step will be well before ‘graduating’.

There is no doubt in my mind this script will enable our daughter to quickly mature into an intelligent, rational, logical, caring, passionate, and skilled adult. I contrast this with my own script that involved twelve consecutive years of public education followed by five consecutive years of higher education at a public university. It took me nearly a decade afterwards to shed the social conditioning and indoctrination and to mature into a free-thinking individual. By then my balance sheet was a wreck, my skills had atrophied, and my philosophical awareness was non-existent. Digging out of the hole of my own lost decade was exhausting.

I can’t help but imagine a world full of independent-minded individuals following the script of their own choice. What if individuals with infinite potential were not automatically plugged into the inner workings of the machine to perpetuate the System? What if more people were not exposed to all of the social conditioning throughout their childhood? What if more people did not get their news from the corporate media? What if more people recognized their true worth and settled for nothing less than following their own path? I can’t help but think such a world would be a much happier, healthier, and wealthier place.

But then I stop myself. For now I only need to concern myself with envisioning a world in which one family successfully writes their own script.

The rest is probably none of my business.

Joe Withrow


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The Antidote – Essay Ten : Convalescence – Building the Foundation

The Antidote

Convalescence : Building the Foundation

Essay Ten


On The Beach



This is Essay Ten in my series ‘The Antidote’. All previous Essays may be found here.


Over the course of the last nine essays I have attempted to show the current narratives, developed as stories to guide and manage social interactions, are mostly toxic lies. It is my contention these narratives, memes and institutions exist to create a humankind deadened and disconnected from its larger non-physical nature, and most certainly enslaved. Such an impaired humankind is easily pushed into continual conditions of fear because humankind does not have the internal knowledge to be able to exist as strong, individual sovereigns outside of the very social institutions which created this pathological mental and spiritual condition in the first place. My contention is modern humans living in these days of modern technological progress is basically insane.

I go on to contend this illness can be combated by an individual finding the strength and the way to connect themselves to their own greater non-physical consciousness. My personal choice for this connection is through a relationship with Nature. I believe this connection will allow an individual to not only connect to their larger non-physical consciousness, but ultimately to a much larger non-physical consciousness outside of themselves altogether.

My hope is this connection will allow each person who does this to realize more of their own true nature as an infinitely eternal entity of spiritual consciousness, well outside the control of the contrived, artificial and pathological narratives guiding and limiting humankind on earth at this time. My deep desire for each of us is our expanded awareness as spiritual beings will serve as an antidote to the lies of Modernity.

Additionally, I offer some further methods to use this new consciousness as a tool to help each day in dealing with the Lies that now prevail. I also sketch out my views on the individual in relation to the universe as I have grown to know it over my lifetime.

But one point I make consistently clear; at all times in this effort each individual is 100% responsible for their own actions and thoughts, their own emotions and outcomes. I do not mean this in any sort of judgmental way at all, colored by some sort of religious system of rewards and punishments, but rather as a statement of the absolute fact the individual alone must learn how to exist in the universe, by themselves, on their own terms, through their own actions.

Nothing is more important for each individual than to put away the ideas of Salvationism, Heaven, Hell, Ascended Masters, Gurus, or any other story which offers any easy, quick path to mastery of anything. I make it clear the only way to activate the ability to operate in the universe is for each of us to learn how to do what it is we want to do.

There are no limits at all. The universe is infinite in potential for each of us.

Having said all that, I think it is important for each of us to work on a series of steps which could be considered a new foundation for continued growth in this physical place. I use the term ‘growth’ with hesitation. It implies some sort of progression from a more primitive to a more advanced state. This is not exactly what I am talking about. I am talking about a growth away from Modernity towards a more balanced, more healthy and natural person.

There is nothing balanced or healthy at all about Modernity and the individual lives created under Modernity. To live under it is to live as the walking dead. I would like to see each human grow in our embrace of Life. We do not need Modernity for that at all. In fact, most of Modernity has been developed to strip the Life from each of us.

So this new foundation must be built to support a growing Life instead of the destruction of Modernity. Modernity will die within us anyway as we replace it with our own connections to Life and our own true nature.


Five Simple Steps to a New Life

Here are my suggestions for creating a new foundation for the experience of growing toward Life.

  1. Focus your life so you consciously live in the Physical right now. This is the only physical life you know about, so do not waste a second of it. Live your life with passionate intensity and focused, thoughtful direction. Learn discernment in attention, intention and action.
  2. Become independent of Modernity in as many ways as possible.
  3. Deeply explore and express your own personal spiritual nature as a physical being.
  4. Find others of a like spiritual and physical philosophy to yours and create an extended family community.
  5. Truly enjoy your physical life right now in this moment.

These simple steps may seem almost childish, even trite; but if lived in the spirit of a new connection to an expanded spiritual non-physical Life, they take on a much larger, much more complex and enriching reality. Living inside our new connections to Nature and becoming aware of the responsibilities we actually have to ourselves and those close to us will enable each of us to start to regain our sovereignty as a living creature on this Earth.

Let me discuss this process in more detail.


Focus Your Life on the Physical

This might seem like a contradiction after I’ve just spent a few thousand words convincing you to realize your non-physical nature. So let me take a few paragraphs to explain what I mean.

At this moment you, my readers, are all physical beings. You have a life in the physical and are focused here, in this physical place within a body of your own creation. Here you are physical, first and foremost.

Use your new-found connection to the non-physical in general and to your non-physical self to understand your deep connection to all things, both physical and non-physical. You are not separate from these physical things; you are intimately connected to everything here in this physical place. This place will not become a better place until each of us, individually and collectively, focus our attention right here in terms of understanding our connections and responsibilities. We are not outside or separate from this place in any way. To focus on some reward in heaven or some time and place far away from the here and now is to deny our personal responsibilities to a life right here and right now.

This one thing - this focus away from the physical here and the physical now - is one of the great tragedies on Earth in these times of Modernity.

Many people, unhappy with their physical condition in one way or another, try to find happiness by focusing primarily on the non-physical in various spiritual studies of one type or another. While it is good to actually recognize we are more than just physical beings, it is not really appropriate to focus our main energies away from our physical experience. The point of being here in this physical place is to learn how to be here, within these earthly limitations and conditions.

To not do that, to try to escape to somewhere else or to some other time, might seem better or more interesting - but it doesn’t fix the issues that drove us to try to escape in the first place. It simply will not work. We are physical beings first and most importantly while we are here in this place. We need to learn how to do our physical work to the best of our abilities. We cannot escape that reality.

We can, however, learn how our own non-physical consciousness can interact here and help us here while we are physical. But the real focus and the main emphasis of our lives should be on our physical manifestation while we are here. We chose this place and this life - and to try to run away from it is not helpful at all. Putting the focus of our energies in some place or time other than our physical manifestation will not help us to deal with the issues of our physical experience. This will not help us to become stronger or more independent and capable. In fact it could keep us from becoming capable by distracting us from what we really should be doing to fix whatever it is in our physical life that needs fixing right now.

I have seen people explore all sorts of Eastern and New Age or Religious philosophies trying to find ‘the one’ they want to live their life by. In all of this searching they seem to be blind to the fact no matter what they look for, they still have to deal with the everyday realities of being a living being, with responsibilities, right here, right now. Their lives become shambling wrecks of chaos and disaster and they become even more unfocused and more miserable no matter how hard they search.

They have forgotten no matter what, each of us must look inside ourselves first and work in that personal physical space first to find comfort and peace. That space is in this physical place, not outside of it. All of these searches, whether via New Age, Eastern, Religious or Philosophical paths, are nothing more than disciplines each one of us must use as a tool only and learn how to use properly. None of them will save us unless we know how to properly use them. And none of them are actually proper tools at all if they cause us to focus on some place and time or object other than right here, right now, inside ourselves.

This means realizing our thoughts as physical beings are real things that create energy patterns of life force all around us. This means we need to learn how to create these thoughts with discernment of attention, intention and action. It does not mean everything is OK and there is no right or wrong or we can do anything we want to do since we have many lives to live. It means to take responsibility in every way you can in your own life, right now.

Focus inside your physical self and use these new connections to the non-physical as tools to live a better and more capable life in greater joy. Each of us is physical now and should focus on our solutions wholly inside of our physical selves.


Become Independent of Modernity

Modern Western civilization has been designed from top to bottom to enslave us. There is no cure for this situation by remaining inside of this monstrous creation of evil. The more dependent you are on society, the less independent you are and the less happy you will be unless your real goal in life is to be a slave living in apparent ease.

To one degree or another we are all enslaved to Modernity. As physical beings we can never truly regain our sovereignty or peace or joy while we live fully under the control of the Lies of Modernity.

I know it is impossible to become totally independent of Modernity, but each of us must begin to do what we can to disconnect from the greater Lies under which we now live. We can only do the very best we can given our individual situations and the conditions we live our lives within right now.


So - What is Important to You?

Do you as a physical being know and understand exactly what the minimally-required, but most vitally important, items are in your life right now? Exactly what are these things? And how many of these vitally important things are actually under your control?

If they are not under your direct control, then what do you do when these things you have determined as vital to your being are removed or restricted from you?

I will tell you what is vitally important for your survival as a physical being right now: air, clean water, food, clothing, shelter, fuel of some sort to use to keep warm if you are in a cold place, sensible health care and a well-conceived narrative of life for our social cohesiveness. Nothing more! These are the essential items vital for your survival. If these things are not under your control then you are dependent upon Modernity in some way. How dependent each of us is will be an individual issue, but do recognize an irrefutable fact. Having ‘plugged in’ to existing socially-driven systems of living day-to-day makes each of us incredibly vulnerable to having that plug pulled very suddenly, for whatever reason, by those who run Modernity.

Modernity controls us by controlling our dependence upon these issues. Modernity and its minions can easily create a shortage of one of these vital issues and enslave us. We are much more difficult to control, possibly almost impossible to enslave, if we control these vital issues of our lives ourselves. We are less dependent even if we control only one of these items.

Our dependence on Modernity for access to these essential items forces us to exchange our labor, energy and other valuable resources for something of indeterminate worth which has been designed to decrease in value over time. This item is money - and as long as we need money to live we are dependent and enslaved. There is no other way to say this thing. Money has been the main tool of our enslavement from its initial inception. Modernity and its institutional control over ‘money’ is the primary control of our daily lives, above and beyond all else.

We cannot be freely sovereign as long as we are dependent on money issued by some other entity, which in almost all cases are the Institutions of Modernity. These institutions can be clearly seen now as not having our own best interest at heart. In fact in most cases all the institutions of Modernity are nothing more than criminal enterprises designed and developed to enslave the common person. The more dependent on the Institutions of Modernity we are, the more enslaved we are.

But getting free of the enslavement to Modernity is very difficult. It will take huge personal bravery for an individual to walk away from as much of our dependence on Modernity as we can manage to do.

I want to ensure each reader understands a life lived under Modernity is actually a life lived in almost total dependence, a condition fueled by the illusion of independence. The concepts of freedom and natural rights, of democracy and rule of law are nothing more than a thin icing on a cake of enslavement.

Oh sure - some systems are marginally better than others; but in most people’s lives we now have memories long enough to have observed over time a slow, incremental and increasing enslavement - and a marked increase in the levels of our dependency. We are all more dependent and enslaved now than we were 50 years ago or even 30 years ago. This is not an accident. The system of Modernity is only designed to do one thing: to feed off of our dependence for as long as possible, with no interest in our well-being, viability or survival.

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Dependent No More?

Are you now saying to yourself ‘There must be a way out of this place? But - what IS it?’ If so, I do have some ‘simple’ suggestions. While I know how hard this will be, here is what I would do.

  1. Have environmental and social independence. After careful consideration, get out of any modern developed country and move to a developing country of your choice, hopefully a place with good air, but most especially a place with a greater sense of family and neighborliness and community than is now present in most developed countries.
  2. Have shelter independence. Build a small house there for as little as possible so you have shelter that is simple and debt-free.
  3. Have water independence. Make sure you have access to clean water 365 days a year regardless of access to electricity. This means your own system under your own power. Hand pumps work great.
  4. Have food independence - or very limited food dependency. Grow the majority of your own food as organically as possible. How far you take this is up to you.
  5. Have clothing independence. Making clothes is easy if you know how to sew. Acquire a foot-powered sewing machine and learn how to properly use and store clothing supplies. Learn to spin, weave and sew/repair/recycle simple garments - or cultivate the ability to barter for what you need. These are basic skills in most indigenous populations, even now.
  6. Have energy independence. Install your own energy systems. Try to find ways to limit your use of transport energy. Study the Amish and learn how to live without electricity.
  7. Learn as much as possible about how to treat and take care of your own health. Most illness starts with bad food and can be alleviated with a healthier, home-grown diet and treated with medicinal plants when there are problems. Learn about the older, time-tested systems of health long practiced by traditional healers in Asia and in other, older cultures. Such healing traditions have ‘legs’ and are long-established methods for both supporting good health and treating health anomalies.
  8. Develop your own, well-thought-through narrative of social life. It is impossible to think you can live outside of the Lies if you continue to rely on these lies to guide your life. All such lies must be examined and replaced by sound, well-planned and time-tested principles for living well with others. This is one of the most important aspects of getting an intentional community developed that can maintain itself over an extended period of time.

These are all challenging things to do. Believe me; I know this fact on a very personal level. Doing these things takes skills and force of will that most people don’t have. It is so much easier to be dependent.

When I was 5 years old my mother, for some strange reason, decided that all processed foods were poison. She decided the only way she could keep her children from being poisoned was to remove 100% of our food dependency from the local grocery store. My mother, who grew up as a migrant farm worker, was no stranger to physical work. We moved from a comfortable suburban home in a suburb of LA out to a 4-acre rock of a place in a very dry part of Riverside County, CA.

After we repaired some barns and outbuildings, the first thing we did was buy animals: a milk cow, a couple of pigs and a flock of chickens. My little brother and I were in charge of moving all the animal waste and any other compostable material to pits we had dug for worm compost. It took one year of hard work, but after a year we had enough worm casting compost to start a huge garden.

After 18 months we were raising all our own food except for grain products. The garden was 100% organic. Fortunately there were Seventh-Day Adventists in our area who shared my mother’s attitude towards food processing, so we could at least buy some bread. Except for that bread there was almost nothing we bought at a grocery store. If it came in a can or box or package of any kind we did not eat it. We children were allowed 1 can of soda a year. I was over 16 years old before I drank store bought milk. I spit it out.

We left that little family ranch after 10 years because our well ran dry and there simply was no water. To this day I know I could manage a very large organic farm without too much effort. But it is hard work to get started and hard work to maintain. A person would have to believe in the eventual benefits gained versus the immediate effort expended. There was nothing easy about what we did, but we were barely dependent on anyone for our food.

The same sort of hard-nosed determination is required for anyone wanting to become independent of Modernity. There just is no way around this issue. But what is the cost of your enslavement? How much of you are you willing to give up for ease and apparent comfort? How many hours a day spent toiling or wasting time in a car trying to get to that toil do you spend so you can buy poisonous food and live without dignity in a box in a controlled community without any personality, real human connections or genuine passion at all?

But what about staying on top of all the pressing issues of Modernity: the endless amount of opinion and information and history, of ideas and philosophies that are now flying around the internet constantly? Doesn’t one need to stay constantly informed?

No. This is distraction at its most lethal.

Just say ‘No’ to most of that information at this time when you are trying to get a firm foundation under you for the rest of your life. Most of it does not impact your daily life or the really important things you must do to get free of dependency. Most of what passes for information is nothing more than pathways to more lies, or hooks back into the dependencies of Modernity.

There is no reason for you to have TV at this time at all, or access to most of the internet. Be very careful about what you use your time studying, watching or thinking about. Your whole focus now should be on nothing more than ending your dependency and connections to the Lies of Modernity as much as you possibly can. Later, when you are much stronger, more independent and more capable as a sovereign spiritual/physical being, you can drop back into a more leisurely and objective study of some of these areas of interest.

Get yourself well, first. Please!


Explore Your Spirituality

By now, any reader of these essays knows I am talking about each of us doing the hard work of exploring our own spiritual natures, but not by listening to anyone else, not even me, telling you what to do and how to do this task of yours.

I made it clear in my statements above, this exploration of one’s own non-physical being should be a tool for exploring one’s own very personal physical experience, right here, right now. The exploration of the spiritual should be subservient to, and under the direction of, physical needs and desires.

One issue I do want to make clear is this: even though I am constantly saying we are responsible for ourselves and what happens to us, I want to emphasize that great evil has been done to all of us in order to lock us into a state of great dependency upon the Lies of Modernity. We will have to work very hard to get out from under these lies as the conditioning we have been subjected to from all sources has been deep, persistent, corrosive and ultimately evil in its attempts to do us harm.

We have all suffered a tremendous amount of damage, damage not of our own doing or choosing. So anyone who really tries to escape from the Lies of Modernity needs to be very, very gentle with themselves and realize there is much more to this situation than blame or guilt or fault-finding. Doing so are dead-end actions that will not help us in any way.


Create a Community

Life in almost all forms in the universe is about sharing in some way. Cooperation is at the base of almost everything which has energy attached to it. Sharing and cooperation are essential, but need to be based on respecting the needs and desires of each individual involved and not imposed from some over-reaching social structure designed to crush and dominate individuals. There is a balance between the wants and needs of each individual and the overall welfare of the entire group that must be accepted and whole-heartedly agreed to by all participants before the idea of a community has a chance of success.

There are a number of reasons why this should be an important part of the foundation for our recovery. The most important issue will be that it is simply easier to do things together. Remember, you are now doing all you can to end your dependency upon Modernity. This means you will now need to do for yourself those things you used to pay for, or give up personal freedoms, to have done for you. Having other like-minded people you are close to who have different skills and resources which can be exchanged for equally valuable services and goods you produce will make life much easier for everyone.

This is a very difficult concept for most people of Modernity. We are not used to this connectedness between family and friends. We don’t know how to reach out in mutual support and simply be in community. This loss of community-mindfulness must be overcome by each individual, reaching out step by step. Where I live now, here in The Philippines, family and community are at the center of all life. Everyone is close in their family and community groups, helping and socializing all the time. It may take some getting used to for an outsider to make the transition to this type of life, but the rewards are great.

The single biggest reason, though, for the creation of community is so each participant, as an individual growing in their own sovereignty and personal power, can explore new, different and better community narratives for their social group. The Lies of Modernity must be replaced with truths - and it is up to each one of us who commit ourselves to growing as individuals to learn how to connect our growth to others and share it into our own communities. Humans are social animals who require social grouping. This natural tendency has been exploited by psychopaths to create the Lies that pass for our social narratives now. We seriously must re-write these narratives.

This dynamic between personal freedom and the growth of the group might seem like a contradiction - but this is only because we have nothing to contrast this type of social structure against except the pathological lies now pretending to be socially ‘normal’ in our personal worlds.

Personal growth is not inimical to the growth and power of the group. In fact, growth of both the individual and the group should go hand-in-hand. The fact that our modern-day group mentality is designed to limit the individual says a lot about current group-think and why these exist as hidden control mechanisms. Our current group structures are designed to create individual dependence, not to support individual sovereignty or genuine group cohesiveness.

There are many, many community structures to explore in this quest and it is not the purpose of this essay to explore all the possible forms of community that might abide. The fact there are community structures based on narratives that create individuals almost independent of Modernity should be enough to give hope to someone wanting to be part of such a community.

The only factor is the individual in almost all these cases is going to have to do the hard work of creating this group and the narrative that guides this group. This will not be an easy task - but it is one vitally needed and required by anyone really wanting to be independent of Modernity.


Enjoy Yourself Right Now

Now, you know you are not a slave to anyone. So make your liberation a joyous one. Do not delay joy or gratification until some future time. Make sure whatever you replace Modernity with is filled with personal joy for you and for all those around you and then do everything you can to enjoy this moment. If you cannot enjoy this moment, then do an honest self-examination as to exactly why you are not able to enjoy this moment.

You have done everything you can to rid yourself of your dependency on Modernity, so there is no reason to rob yourself of this justified reward for your sincere effort. Make joy a primary aspect of all the structures and actions you put in place for yourself and your group. This joy must exist inside the structures of sustainability you have built to sustain the group as well as the individual.

Remember, life is a verb. Make this verb as happy and fulfilling as you possibly can. Life will always have its sad and scary moments; but those can be offset by as much joy as possible.

Creating a personal life foundation based on these few starting steps will most likely be one of the most challenging tasks you could ever set for yourself, tasks almost impossible to achieve without a great deal of difficulty - but well worth the effort and the sweat-equity required. No one coming from a lifetime of conditioning under the institutional Lies of Modernity can expect to easily step into these ways of thinking and living. But each individual can work on these foundational positions, step by step, internally and externally, until a workable form of transition into this new way of being presents itself as both viable and workable.

The most important thing for each person to do, though, is to give one’s self the grace to move forward with this new life gently. It will be difficult enough to do, even with the added support of your new non-physical allies and assistants. Don’t add to the burden by pushing yourself beyond the limits that allow you to simply enjoy the process of great change you will be moving through.

The hard reality is a change in thinking and acting such as I am suggesting may well take generations to achieve. But if not now, when? And if not with us, with whom?


On the Beach

30 October 2014

9:00 AM

Iba, Zambales, Philippine

Storm Waves - Clean

The Antidote – Essay Nine : Convalescence – The Connection – What It Is Not

The Antidote

Convalescence: The Connection - What It Is Not

Essay Nine


On the Beach



This is Essay Nine in my series ‘The Antidote’.  All previous Essays may be found here.


After my last essay it should be clear that in every instant we are always operating concurrently in the physical as well as the non-physical - and these two aspects of ‘Self’ are actually in constant communication. We don’t need to connect to Nature for this to happen. In fact we don’t need to do anything to make it so because this is our natural ‘nature’. But somehow we have now completely forgotten this fact.

The state of mind that separates the physical thinking ‘Self’ from the non-physical ‘Self’ is actually a false artifact: there is no separation at all. This false artifact, created from our conditioning here in the physical, is keeping us from knowing the larger part of ourselves. Connecting directly to this larger Self and learning about it is exactly why I want each of us to work on connecting to the greater consciousness of Nature, a consciousness clearly outside the individual self while, at the same time, deeply inter-connected with us at all times - whether or not we recognize or accept this as so. For most humans, trying to connect directly past the control of our improperly developed Awake Mental Voice while in our currently weak and artificial state is almost impossible.

Just for the sake of discussion let us assume we can make some ‘point-of-reference’ statements about the nature of the connection we have with a larger non-physical aspect of ourselves, and also to the larger universe all around us. These statements are based on my own lifelong explorations and experiences. And my intention in stating them here is to reveal some very basic elements of the nature of this new relationship I hope some of you might have created with the non-physical. Of course, these are my own subjective observations.


Sharing My ‘Universal’ Insights

In Essay Seven I gave a list of the characteristics of ‘my’ universe; now I want to briefly discuss what ‘my’ universe simply - isn’t. Some of these are common ‘universal’ misconceptions I wish to elaborate on. While I said earlier these are my observations only I now want to enhance this conditional statement even further:

The observations I share here are all my own observations and are completely subjective. They are mine and mine alone.

Observation One: Having said this, there is no other statement anyone can ever make about any event they observe in the universe, anywhere in the universe - even in our own little physical world right here, right now - even if such observations are made with a group of people who all claim to have ‘shared’ the same experience. Regardless of any ‘shared reality’, all such observations are personally subjective. Always and only. There is no such thing as an ‘objective’ observation or statement of intent. Every single thing we think or do, that anyone thinks or does, is personally subjective.

Every single experience each of us has is also absolutely subjective, both for our consciousnesses and for our perceptions - and that is the way it should be. Being alive is a totally personal experience, with personal exploration and observation being at the very base of all life. Rules and laws function mainly at the level of our capability to comprehend them, not as unbending eternal limits on us. As we grow and experience more and more life, we learn (or should learn) the limits on our behavior which make sense for the place we inhabit at that moment of time are actually only those limits determined by our own perceptions, not by something outside of ourselves.

Observation Two: ‘Objectivity’ is mainly a label used by some entities to make them appear superior to others. They pin a badge of importance on themselves and say their observations are so much more real than our observations. This makes them ‘infallible’ and moves their observations from the realm of the personally subjective into the apparently superior and impersonally ‘objective’ one.

This structure is basically either false because it is a lie, or false because it is not important. There is only one true and important thing: each of us must learn to practice the clearest perception and make the best choices from amongst many possible choices and potential results of our observations and actions on our own. Our personal exploration of the known and unknown is entirely our own responsibility. If we hand that responsibility off to anyone outside of ourselves we risk enslavement in one way or another. Doing this well takes time and lots of observations and experiences.

Observation Three: There is nothing impersonal about this journey. This is a very deeply personal universe. Each of us has to become immersed in life, fearlessly immersed, so we can experience deeply - and then experience even more deeply and learn how to make good observations, create good intentions and formulate good actions. In this case the definition of ‘good’ means actions which have long-term positive outcomes, but usually it means for a group rather than just for an individual. These are actions based upon intentions that make good, long-term sense for us as individuals, not as individuals of a group. This requires real wisdom, something which takes a long time to develop. Inside such a system it is entirely OK to say “I don’t know”, and then to treat each ‘I don’t know’ statement with humility and careful exploration. Dogma has no place in this system.

Observation Four: Currently here on earth the term ‘objectivity’ usually means some sort of consensus biased towards a desired outcome. Instead of being a term meaning ‘truthful’ observation and intent usually based upon more than one observer and more than one observation, ‘objectivity’ becomes a kind of physiological operation, a psy-ops designed to structure beliefs in some specific way. It is not at all truly ‘objective’, i.e. containing real truth of observation. If we look at life all around us, living inside the patterns of the forms and structures of life today, there is no consensus. Life does not operate on consensus; life operates on a massive, simultaneous exploration of each and all possible options, usually all at once. An action either leads to success or failure; and successes lead to more exploration while failures lead to dead ends and/or death.

Every option is being explored constantly, with better options gradually being chosen over very long time periods because of successful successive outcomes. This is real planning, not our fake short-term ‘planning’, which is a process biased by expected or fantasy outcomes. I am talking about real objectivity based on actual results, not on biased input. I’ve heard this called ‘dis-sensus’ and I think this is a good word to describe the actual process life uses to create choices from purely subjective observations taken without bias. We certainly do far worse with our fake objectivity and biased consensus planning for the future.

So, to recap these first four ‘observations’, our life is based upon our own personal subjective observations. The outcome for our life is our own responsibility, achieved by making the very best observations, intentions and actions we can. If they are not made well, they will lead to failure of some sort. Relying on ‘objective’ observations outside ourselves is impossible since we are personally responsible for ourselves and everything we do, not as an issue of reward and punishment, but rather as a simple matter of developing our own skills and abilities.

This last observation of the purely subjective nature of the universe and our own subjective position in it leads us to several other observations:


Moving On

Observation Five: The next observation I want to make about what ‘the universe’ isn’t, is our habit of naming things. The universe works quite well without a single word being used. In fact no words as names for things are necessary at all for the proper and long-term functioning of the universe. There are a lot of things not really correct about our habit of naming things. I don’t want to say this habit of naming things is wrong, exactly; it is OK - but it is a habit which can lead to some serious misunderstandings.

One issue is discrete objects seem utterly separate to us primarily because of our habit of naming them. We are very slow beings operating in a very slow, dense part of the universe made up mainly of very slow energy. Material objects appear separate and distinctly unique to our eyes. We give all these objects names and think of them as separate from one another. If we will stop for even a moment and think about this, we will see the fallacy in what we are doing.

At some level of awareness we already know every object within our place in the universe is steadily falling apart with some completely disappearing in our own short lifetime. The energy used to hold these objects together is constantly flowing out of them and into other parts of our universe. If we could see this flow of energy we would see these supposedly distinct objects are always simultaneously flowing back and forth, one into the other. They are not so distinct after all and we could actually watch this energy flow from one object into another if only we knew how. It is much more difficult for us to philosophically separate ourselves and such objects, one material object from the other. Our focus from this energetic point of view should be on the flow of energy and the rate of that flow rather than on some static and separate state of being that has a ‘name’.

Observation Six: If we could see this energy flow in our universe, instead of using nouns to name these items of matter - or ‘things’ - we would use verbs. And we would be much more careful about how we created these things in the first place. We would not only see this energy flow - we would also be able to comprehend how much energy might be used and lost over a period of time when creating any of our material things. If we did so we could live in a manner much more closely attuned to the flow of energy which is really taking place around us. This would allow us to make much better material things as well as social structures. But most importantly we could learn how to make much better choices regarding energy use.

We can see and sense this energy flow when we connect to Nature. We will see one object flowing into another and know the fallacy inherent in naming ‘separate’ objects based on our observational bias by using our material eyes only.

Sure, we can develop machines and instruments to measure this energy flow. But using such artificial tools prevents us from truly comprehending energy at a deeper, more personally intuitive level. Once we have personally experienced energy at this level we can properly appreciate its use.

So - this universe isn’t a static box made up of a finite bunch of named things; it is actually a dynamic, systemic process, one much more verb than noun in nature.

Falling Down - Clean

A corollary to this observation should be obvious, but in our current state of separation it needs to be stated. When our larger ‘Selves’ are also expressed as physical beings in this universe, our physical bodies then become things as well in this energetic universe - but still not separate from it in any way. Our bodies follow the same chemical rules and are under our direct conscious control. We are not separate from Nature at all. We and our bodies do not need to utter a single word in order to function - or even to function perfectly.

At this point I wish to mention an important caveat relating to my earlier essay explaining how to re-connect with Nature, expressed as another observation.

Observation Seven: The entire issue of translation from the non-physical to the physical is an example of another huge problem with the use of words to convey an experience that is ineffable. There are many experiences and observations in the non-physical which are simply beyond words. One might describe those using words, but we don’t have a big enough palette of physical words for such non-physical experiences. So our physical mind tries to convert these experiences into ‘words’ or existing concepts since that is what we must use in this physical place. When we do so, lots of important details are lost in the translation process.

We physical beings are limited by our current physicality to the use of mere words to describe things that are, quite frankly, beyond the capabilities of our physical languages. We really do not have any other choice but to use the words and beliefs we already have inside us when we finally do experience the larger part of our non-physical consciousness (or other parts of the non-physical universe) and want to communicate about them. This limiting effect creates an unsatisfactory outcome - which is very understandable, if not totally frustrating. A person describing their near-death experience(s) is a very clear example. In almost all cases the physical person is reduced to using their own very limiting and ultimately inaccurate religious beliefs to describe something far beyond any religion.

However, we probably should accept this simple fact and try to hold back on some of the colorful, but extremely inaccurate, hyperbole we might use to embellish our ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ observations and experiences so we can remain absolutely truthful about what we actually experienced.

For instance, how many times have we heard someone describe meeting Jesus or God or Mohammed in an initial out-of-body journey? Or of going to ‘heaven’ and experiencing that specific place, usually on their very first trip out of their body? Since these are the beliefs most physical people already have, it is understandable they might interpret their early non-physical experiences in this manner.

But how would we respond if they described their experiences of a hundred trips into the non-physical and of meeting hundreds of different personalities, maybe none of them similar to the great being they initially felt was Jesus? Or of going to many different types of places in addition to their original trip as something that made them think of heaven? Now - how would they describe these non-physical events? What if on that first trip, instead of meeting one great being who made them think of Jesus, they met seven such beings and spoke to each of them? What would they call these beings then? Angels perhaps? But are these neophyte descriptions of their experiences really accurate?

Every one of these individual observations will be driven by the existing beliefs of the physical person having these experiences. They are, rightly or wrongly, coloring these experiences with their existing, very limited, physical beliefs and understandings.

Personally I think it would be far better for those having such explorations to initially resist using existing physical human concepts to label their early non-physical experiences and simply give themselves time to come to a better understanding of what they are really seeing and doing before attempting to describe them in any way to others. It took a lifetime to create our current earthly beliefs; why not give ourselves a bit more time to understand what we are truly experiencing in the non-physical - as well as being open to entertaining the possibility of something entirely different as a possibility? Besides, since it is not a physical event why speak of it as though it is? And why layer physical terms on top of it without first trying to understand it on its own terms?

Observation Eight: Another area of confusion right now involves the whole idea of ‘channeling’. The common definition of channeling, or of being a channel, is the condition where a non-physical entity speaks through, or communicates through, a physical being. Let’s look at this concept in more depth and see if we can create a better understanding about this topic. This whole topic is normally not seen in positive terms at all, which is in itself quite inaccurate.

It is my firm belief we are non-physical beings with a physical aspect or component in constant operation right here, right now, while we are reading these words with our Awake Mental Voice. That is really the whole focus of these essays. All of us channel our own individual, larger, non-physical Selves - all the time. Each and every time we open our mouths or put pen to paper, we might be ‘channeling’ that larger non-physical part of our self. Since most of us don’t even know of this larger non-physical aspect, we have no idea this may be going on. Can other entities also speak through us? You bet! It can happen any time, too.

Learning how to recognize such things are happening is part of our responsibility as a living physical being, someone fully capable of such activity. Since we do not want just anyone or anything to use us or speak through us, it is our responsibility to become discriminating about controlling this potential flow of incoming information. That does not mean we should stop ‘channeling’. I mean, how does one actually stop channeling? Even if we decide to fully embrace the separation of material from non-material, we will still channel our own non-physical Self. To throw this aspect of our ‘Self’ away is not very intelligent or useful at all - and is completely impossible anyway.

Here is an experience from my past which will give you an idea of how this works in our modern world of materialism and separation. As a younger man in college, in several classes I had the great privilege and honor to have Dr. Linus Pauling as a professor. Dr. Pauling won the Nobel Prize in 1954 for discovering the helical structure of a protein molecule. The search for this structure took him eleven years of intense effort. He told us the solution to this problem finally came to him one night in a dream and he credited his subconscious with the solution.

Back in Essay Five, I mentioned I had trouble with current definitions of the parts of the human mind structure, the ones we call the ‘id’, the ‘ego’ and the subconscious. None of these concepts have any meaning so long as the definition does not include the active participation of the greater non-physical consciousness with the physical brain. This does not mean I don’t think we have a thing which could be considered a physical sub-consciousness. I am sure we do.

We are subconsciously aware of all sorts of data entering our physical minds from our physical bodies at all times. But I think the main source of our subconscious is actually in our larger non-local, non-physical consciousness. Since we don’t know we have this non-physical consciousness or even believe it exists at all, it has to sneak up on us, many times in the form of a dream. Some of us, like Dr. Pauling, are aware enough to accept such profoundly dream-embodied information when we are able to physically remember it.

So - it is very important not to be dismissive of channeled information. It is your responsibility to learn how to deal with such information in appropriate ways, and to learn how to filter this information and verify it as you must while a physical being.

Observation Nine: Now I want to discuss the idea of the infinite universe. The idea that the universe is made up of seven planes, and entities exist on these seven planes according to their personal growth is just hopelessly limited. This is another type of antique ‘heaven’ concept driven by our old religious beliefs, but being offered to us as New Age concepts. Such planes might be associated with the energetic skills we have and how they allow us to exist in many, many different places, i.e. an ‘infinity’ of places we create and maintain to the best of our abilities. Five levels or seven levels or fifty-seven levels or 57,000,000,000 levels - all are hopelessly limited concepts.

There are no such limits at all to the universe.

Our connection to the universe is not limited to any finite number of items or objects or things. The universe is an organically growing structure created out of consciousness and has no limits of any kind in any direction or dimension. And there are simply no limits at all to the potential of the universe as a place for us to explore. It is therefore impossible to logically conceive of anything that is not potentially contained in the universe. The depth and breadth of potential experience in this universe is without bounds. That makes it the perfect playground for any and all sorts of consciousnesses to learn and play.

Observation Ten: In relation to the non-physical, another item on my ‘What the Universe Isn’t’ list is the idea ‘we are all one’, i.e. that we are all part of some single, greater entity and eventually will all join up, hold etheric hands and somehow become one ‘Thing’. This idea is simply not correct. But I do know how easy it is to come to this conclusion if one has ever experienced a greater connection to Nature or some other larger aspect of the non-physical than what we are used to, and we feel that vast connection.

When we achieve such a connection we can feel other entities and objects in great detail. It is very easy to come to the conclusion ‘we are all one’ because in that moment of connection we all seem to ‘be’ one entity. And when we are inter-connected in this way outside of the Awake Mental Voice, everything is so much more intense and rich with detail than anything we are used to that it is easy to mistake ‘other’ for ‘self’ in this connection. This feeling and conclusion is an artifact of our current abject separation and isolation from each other in this physical place we call Earth. We can connect to anything and everything if we know how; but we are not all one thing, all one consciousness - and never will be.

Observation Eleven: There are all sorts of entities playing in this playground, all from different sources and all with different abilities. Fortunately, the universe is flexible and expansive enough to contain us all. This concept, that we are discrete individual entities, is actually much more complex and ultimately makes the universe a much more interesting place for exploration.

This is not to say some entities are not children of other entities and may, if they wish, re-incorporate back into a parent entity if they choose to do so at some point in their experience. But such a re-incorporation never leads to one entity. It leads to Infinity.

Observation Twelve: A contrasting corollary to the concept of pure individuality is part of the process of learning how to be a conscious Being in this universe is learning how to work together with others. Cooperation is a hallmark of this universe in fractal terms. Even sub-atomic particles have joint roles with each other that require them to know how to co-operate. We, as creatures of consciousness, even though we are unique and individual, must also learn how to work together in cooperative fashion for the best use of our own individual energies. This dynamic tension between the ‘l’ and the group is part of the great lessons we have the opportunity to learn while physically and mentally isolated from one another here on Earth.

Observation Thirteen: The idea of the universe being nothing more than pure consciousness is contained in the discussions currently raging around the scientific concept of ‘Duality’. I mentioned Duality in the First Essay when I said the current concept of materialism posits that everything is material, comes from material and what isn’t material is something else.

This idea of material dualism is now being attacked - as it should be. But many of the attackers are making their arguments in opposition to materialism, saying there is nothing except consciousness and the entire material world is a part of consciousness. They believe there is no such thing as anything separate and outside of consciousness.

I think this argument is made more as a reaction to materialism than on the basis of any exploration of the universe. I agree: everything comes from consciousness and is created by consciousness. But in many cases objects are created consciously and then exist separate from the consciousness which created them. In the physical world, these objects can take on a life of their own and exist quite well without the actions or observations of the consciousness that created them.

An example would be the creation of a child by a male and female human. This is only one example of the fractal nature of the physical universe. I am not saying everything that is created consciously is a self-aware consciousness. I am saying everything that is created is a form of energy and as such is imbued with some form of consciousness, with perhaps only a limited awareness depending on the complexity of the created object. But once created, it goes on to exist in its own unique form of creation until changed by loss of energy or other circumstances.

The universe is dual in the concept there is consciousness itself as well as all of the creations of consciousness, including all of the physical matter, things and objects in the physical universe. The issue of material versus non-material, or Dualism, is only an artifact of our strong bias toward the material.

In this essay I have attempted to flesh out our universe a bit more and add some more color to what we are as entities in this universe. I don’t want to go into much more detail at this point. That will be for subsequent essays focusing more specifically on our recovery process.


On the Beach

25 October 2014

12:20 PM

Iba, Zambales, Philippines


Breaking Waves - Clean