Snapshots & Mirrors 

  Conversations about Mind and Awareness, about how we interact with the world of Life, Love and the Uni.  After a night and day of storm rains, the sun shines ’midst clear morning light.  Hullo ! 

  Yesterday took me to Salisbury hospital to see my old sis; she in good spirits, despite a fractured hip.  One of three such enormous hospitals within easy reach, each with many car-parks; Salisbury has maybe 16 ?  We parked improperly in no.8, with several hundred cars, and overflowing.  So, I wondered how many patients there could possibly be in all of Great Britain’s 1,200 or more hospitals, bearing in mind that Salisbury, Bournemouth and Dorchester are not even in the top 20 largest ?  Then, I realised that many of the car-park spaces will have been taken by hospital staff.  Even so, we seem to be a majorly sick nation.  All the staff I met were positive and helpful.  One told me that many patients were suffering from mental-health problems. 

  This old man’s regular State of Mind revolves around three general ‘areas’.  If we imagine, for example, a rainbow of just three stark principal colours, with gradations of less powerful shades inter-mixing between them; my lowest conscious awareness, (‘colour’), is that which checks out my basic being – hot or cold; energised or tired; hungry; physical equilibrium/balance; which largely equate to the functions of the ‘old brain’ and cerebellum.  The next (‘colour’) is my interface with the immediate environment – people, place, ambience, memory, emotion, levels of interest/arousal, learning, etc – consider these the multi-functions of the ‘Limbic System’.  And, for me and my spirit, the key (‘colour’) to it all is the sense of oneness with all that is in heaven and on earth.  Simple stuff, but no one taught me any of it at any point in my life, and I wonder why.

  We need to empower new generations to staff new ‘awake’ educational centres, like Gaunts, and to train young people how to survive ‘The Correction’.  There is a danger that would-be interested ‘Limbic System chickens’ might seek to inflict their ‘wound-up’ brains, (minds avoiding the fundamental key ‘colour’), onto others rather than joining-in to learn right ways, and fully involving their Whole Selves.  We need to be able to perceive what is important and valuable, and what isn’t.  We need to support Minds open to Love, Life, and the Uni; open to their own creative selves, and to Profound Learning – our journeying into The Mysteries. 

  In a world of accelerating ‘time’, some find it quicker and easier to use their ‘brain’ than to consider broadly and do a job properly.  A quick-fix from the Limbic System – an amazing ‘computer’, but only as good as the information fed into it – may appear to offer speedy and/or convenient solutions, rather than taking time to use their Mind : a metaphysical, spatial non-organ offering ‘opening’, journeying, profound listening, weighing things up, to report them thoughtfully and Right.  The point is, modern folk may have attuned their cerebrums to contemporary nonsense, shallow thought, to convenience, commercialism, corruption, and to speedy Wrong ways of thinking and being.

  It is our Mind that only we ourselves can explore and develop in tune with Love, Life, and the Uni insofar we feel inclined and find the time to, and the courage.  There are no short-cuts : the longest way is the shortest, as most short-cuts have to be abandoned in favour of The Way.  

  The five principal western dictates have misled their peoples for centuries, and led to the dysfunctional world we suffer in :

Ibrahamic Religions – it’s time to Get Real.

‘Education’ – foregoing morals, ethics, basic humanities, individual talents and needs, majoring in skewed emphases on ‘brains’, industrial academia, common content and examination, which has long proved an expensive and pejorative waste of time.  

Money – any sense of real Economy has been sold out to international crooks and fudged financial compromises.  Fantasies of ‘economic growth’ have relied on inflation, increasing debt, and bankruptcies.

Politics – based in offensive polemic; military-industrial bases (a fudge on ‘defence’); Money; and an absurd notion of franchise – one vote, once every five years, between two mainly rotten and incompetent ‘parties’, involving corrupt ‘policies’, ignoring the public – is in no way ‘democracy’.  

Justice – has been sold out to political convenience.  Modern Law has little to do with Justice.  No sense of Justice can be relied on in any court; nor from disastrous modern policing.

  No wonder so many suffer from mental-health challenges.  It appears that only a ‘Natural Correction’ can set us back far enough to reconsider these absurdities, and correct the balances.  

  We might ponder where this mess came from ?  We can see that the devils of ambition and greed for status, wealth and power motivated ‘rulers’ in the Fertile Crescent, Levant, and Egypt from around 6,000 years ago, resulting in widespread carnage over and again.  More recently, the endless conflicts between European nations and England over religion, trade, and empire-spread came to a head in the fledgling American Revolutionary War of 1775-1803.  

  Europeans had been exploring the vast tracts of the north and south American continents since around 1495 in search of precious metals and glory.  From around 1521, northern parts of South America, most of Central America, Mexico, Texas, most of north America west of the Mississippi, California, and Florida, (the vast Louisiana territory), became encompassed as ‘New Spain’.  The Mayflower ‘Pilgrims’ arrived in 1620, the settlers surviving the winter thanks to local native ‘Indians’, and subsequently settled the original 13 English seaboard colonies, becoming self-governing with local elections over the next 150 years.  From around 1682, the French claimed a vast area from the north around the Great Lakes and all along the east of the Mississippi, west of the English colonies, down to the Gulf of Mexico, calling it, ‘New France’.  

    In America, the French and Indian war (1754-1763), between Britain and France, was part of a greater conflict, the Seven Years War, involving many European nations, which included the brief Anglo-Spanish war, ending with the Treaty of Paris in 1763 whereby Britain gained from France the part of ‘New France’ east of the Mississippi, and Spain the western part, the vast Louisiana territory.  

  The American Revolutionary War, (War of Independence), that began in 1775, was a reaction by the colonialists to increasingly punitive British interference, and taxation without representation; the settlers being supported by the French and Spanish.  In 1776, Jefferson drafted the ‘Declaration of Independence’ [1].  The war continued until the British surrendered to a French and ‘American’ force at Yorktown in 1781, and a shortage of British funds demanded a conclusion to the war.  Another Treaty of Paris acknowledged American Independence.

  In 1802, Napoleon [2] forced Spain to cede the vast Louisiana territory to France, and in 1803 sold it to the newly formed United States of America; both conveyances promoted by national shortages of funds in the widespread wars and turmoil of the times.  With the ‘Louisiana Purchase’ – 828,000 square miles from the Mississippi to the Rockies, and from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, for $15 million, (3 cents for every 100 acres) – the fledgling United States more than doubled its size.  In the following fifty years, the US added Florida, Texas, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico such that by 1854 the land mass that we think of today as the United States was established, only 170 years ago.  Alaska was added in 1867, and Hawaii in 1898, just 125 years ago.

  1848–1852 brought 300,000 prospectors and entrepreneurs to the Californian Gold Rush; established the city of San Francisco; revitalised the American economy; and all but eradicated the Californian First Nation cultures.  In 1859, Native Indian ‘oil-seeps’ in Pennsylvania were seized, and the first oil well developed for industry.  In 1861, eleven southern states seceded from the Union, and the Civil War began, which ended in 1865 – around 850,000 Americans had killed each other – and, shortly afterwards, President Lincoln was assassinated.      

  From before 1863, Americans had been poisoning and massacring First Nation Indian tribes, and slaughtering buffalo, in their expansion west, building railroads, trampling every agreement made.  In 1868, Custer and federal troops massacred Indians in their reservation.  In 1876, Chief Sitting Bull triumphed at the Battle of Little Bighorn, where the idiot Custer was killed.  The following year, Chief Crazy Horse surrendered, and was bayoneted by guards.  In 1881, Sitting Bull was arrested, and shot in the head.  Reservations were trashed.  In 1890, hundreds of Sioux Indians were killed by US troops in a massacre at Wounded Knee Creek, an appointed reservation.  Largely eradicated in the constant Indian Wars, First Nation peoples had largely disappeared from history by 1924. 

  It’s worth noting that the First Nation peoples, the Real Americans, were far more culturally grounded, sensitive and honourable than the ‘new Americans’ – see George Catlin’s extensive letters and paintings from 1826, published in London in 1841, and 1844; the earliest of their kind.

  In 1881, President James A. Garfield was assassinated.  In 1894, the first commercial moving picture film was released.  In 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated.  In 1906, the San Francisco earthquake left 3,000 dead, and destroyed 4 square miles of the city.  In 1911, Kalem Studios started making moving-picture films in Hollywood.  The movies produced the largest part of the American income for the first part of the 20th. century.  And America became the largest oil producing nation in the world, leading to its rapid economic expansion; much of American expansion guided by Jewish and quasi-Christian interests.  Constant mega-violence, murder, corruption, destruction, and fantasy – a terrifying national history.  

  To my mind, the expansion of fledgling American interests, (it’s such a young nation), majoring in glitz, glamour, greed, corruption and extreme violence, coinciding with global advances in industrial and early technological discoveries; and the post-WW2 American commercial invasions in Europe, Asia and Africa, have deleteriously affected the equilibrium of the world.  We would be wise to couple that thought with the historical madness of European nations, their misguided, greedy and violent ambitions for status, wealth and power; their populations oft perverted by religions and politics; and intelligences dulled for centuries.  

  Despite the United Nations building being in New York, the USA has constantly sought to manipulate and oppose it, ignoring embargos, too often denying common-sense and popular will.  In particular, huge American military, financial, and political support for Israel has long denied any peaceful resolution in Palestine; coupled with bullshit political play-acting.  

  ‘Leaders of the Free World’ ?  I don’t think so; only ‘leaders of idiots’.  American military interference across the globe in my lifetime – their wars in Korea (1950-1953), Bay of Pigs (1961), Vietnam (1965-1975), Gulf War (1990-1991), Iraq (2003-2011), Afghanistan (2001-2021), and very many military ‘interventions’ all over – invariably proved to have been inept and disastrous, inflicting massive casualties on civilian populations, and widespread damage; and controversially inflating the US economy.  Currently, USA suffers from huge internal problems economically, politically, with its infrastructure, and so on, flirting dangerously with a possible second Civil War.  Unfortunately, since WW2, the UK has tended to follow the US subserviently, suffering similar problems.  This, a snapshot from the last hundred-odd years.  Not dissimilar nightmares have occurred in every would-be ‘power-block’ worldwide throughout history.  

  Little wonder there’s so much depression, sickness, so many mental-health issues everywhere, much of it the consequence of insidious American influence across the globe.  Many people suffering from confusion and despair, struggling to survive in increasingly difficult circumstances, may be unaware of this story of modern western madness that lies behind their own difficulties, and behind the current downfall of Life on Earth.

  How do you solve a problem like America ?  ‘Many a thing you know you’d like to tell her; many a thing she ought to understand.  But how do you make her stay, and listen to all you say ?  How do you keep a wave upon the sand ?’ [3]

  We need to look for and find solutions, if not for people living today, for survivors of ‘The Correction’.  As a young Gaunts student said recently, “We need to get real with ourselves and others.  And we need to fall back in love with nature, again.”

  Maybe, survivors will return to the greenwood, to the days and ways of Merry England before she ruled the waves ?  Perhaps, they could learn from First Nation Indian cultures ?

Upon suffering beyond suffering, the Red Nation shall rise again, and it shall be a blessing for a sick world,

a world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations.  A world longing for light again.

I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colours of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life

and the whole Earth will become one circle again. 

In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding

of unity among all living things,

and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom.

I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells.

For when you are at that center within you, and I am that place within me,

We shall be one.” [4]

Copyright © Gaunts Publishing 2023.

[1]   The ‘Declaration of Independence’ (1776) said, “…  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. … That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. …”  The Declaration did not extend such rights to slaves, African Americans, or First Nation Indians, until later.  

  From 1778 to 1871, and following the ‘Louisiana Purchase’ and the expansion of white settlers into the ‘Wild West’ lands of millennia old First Nation American Indian Tribes, the United States government entered into more than 500 treaties with First Nation tribes.  Every single one of those treaties was violated or broken by the US government.  

[2]   In 1789, caused by national financial poverty, an enlarging gap between rich and poor, and widespread distress, the Storming of the Bastille announced the French Revolution.  The National Assembly enacted various democratic measures, but as a result of the Revolutionary Wars against Britain and European monarchies, and consequent economic depression, the impoverished and desperate mob stormed the Tuileries Palace, arrested the King and Queen, and the reign of terror had begun.  The King and Queen were executed by guillotine in 1793, along with some 40,000 others over the next six years. 

  A young, insecure and ambitious Corsican, Napoleon Buonaparte, brutal and ruthless, supporter of the revolution, republic, and meritocracy, rose swiftly through the military ranks.  In 1799, in the political chaos of the time, following a coup d’état, he and his allies created the ‘French Consulate’, which, after rigging an election, installed him as its leader, he becoming military dictator.  After a series of brilliant military shenanigans across Europe, aping his heroes Alexander and Caesar, he declared himself First Consul of the new Republic.  In 1803, Napoleon, tired of north America, and in need of funds to fight the British, sold the vast French Louisiana territory to the new United States.  In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France.  From 1805, his French armies and navies were repeatedly defeated by the British and British-led coalitions.  Imprisoned on the Island of St. Helena, he died of cancer, in 1821.

[3]  From ‘The Sound of Music’, Rodgers & Hammerstein.

[4]  Chief Crazy Horse, 37 years, Oglala Lakota Sioux, while smoking a pipe with Sitting Bull, four days before he was murdered, 1877.