I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I feel that there is something brewing around the globe that has shifted the actual global consciousness, i.e., Axis or magnetic lines of our planet.
I like to look at the world in terms of a family; Where you have great grand parents, grand parents, parents, children, wife’s, husband’s and their offspring.? Each of these family members would represent a specific country.? The major powers would be your parents, in their prime, with grand parents being older countries with waning influence, new strong children the up and coming countries, and the little small “terrible two’s” or troubled teenagers as those countries that always seem to not get it.
Currently, again, as I see it, the world is awash with chaos and energy being dumped into destruction and division.? The parents in this analogy are able to weather the troubles of the children, ignoring the kicks and bites on the lower ankles.? If they get painful enough, then the parents and other senior family members might actually turn in their direction and correct the behavior.? This could be a hug, some time to nurture, or if needed a time out or a “slap” in extreme cases to wake them up and set them on the right path.
Trump has just risen to fill a gap that saw the global family unit adrift or even on the verge of separation, total dysfunction.? ? The global time has come for a strong family entity to emerge that will set a moral compass, entice good economic behavior, and in general bring the family together to create a better world.? If you believe as I do, that there actually is a global energy of consciousness that can and does move to spontaneously create, invent, develop, discover, and act, then what’s happening in the U.S. election is really not that out of sight.
I think that for so many years both major parties in the U.S. failed to do what most people actually agree is the right thing.? Sound bites that work to divide and segregate voting blocks serve only to actually create strife in the family of nations and in between siblings.? Mr. Donald Trump is like a crazy fox, darting this way and that way, while actually keeping his eye on the most prized catch.? That catch today is a need for a shift to a positive message, leadership, holding the reins of the team of horses to guide them on the correct path.? Bumpy paths, cliffs, mud, trees, etc. area examples of a path not so desired, but one the U.S. has been on for years.? Every now and then the horse driven coach is on the right path, but then it veers off and goes astray.
The global need for some control over a predictable market place, economic opportunity and safety for countries, (children) that only want a chance to live and grow, has taken over the collective sub-conscious of the United States electorate.? I think there is a strong undercurrent that is going to surface, like a “Family Intervention” and work to correct the path that the parents and many children are currently on.
If you are honest about what a person says and not what others say they said, you might discover that you agree with 90% of their point.? If that happens, its time to question the news sources that fed you the opinion or edited the words to fit their agenda.
When you look at these images perhaps you can better understand that with strong leadership you deliver hope to all the people of the earth to work together for a common goal. ? ? Economic opportunity is key, equal access to clean water, energy, education, and stability are all things that such leadership yields.? Provided Mr. Trump is elected,? if not, well, perhaps the Axis wobble will have to take another extreme level to correct and come back into sync with the rest of the universe.
Dear Friends, tonight I’m venturing into a new realm, one of the Torah and the essence of the Zohar and how these things are around us all the time.
As we’ve seen last week in NICE France, and just minutes after in the U.S.A. with the police being gunned down there seems to be no hope in sight. For now, I”ll put aside my security discussion to one of the spirit and our collective need to expand our vocabulary and the power of words.
In this weeks Torah portion, Pinchas, there is something very interesting. You see, typically in the entire Torah, which by the way has to be letter and form perfect in ever instance globally, we have a letter that otherwise would render the entire Torah un-Kosher, and that is a “broken vav”. This is as shown in the picture, a fractured “Vav” in an otherwise joined letter in the Hebrew alphabet. The word is “Shalom” which means Peace. It also is used as Goodby and Hello which is a translation from Peace.
The powerful interpretation of meaning at this time in our existance and around the globe, with such violence and hate that seems to be filling the air-waves each minute, is that we must bridge this gap. This broken or gap in the letter Vav is a symbol that we must exercise extra effort to bring these two parts together. You might say join right and left or bridge mercy and harshness and realize that this is the only way to create unity and peace. To add to the illustration, the word disease can be broken into two parts as well, “dis-ease” or if you will, not at ease. If you think about it, when we collectively are not at ease and we allow words that cause division to spread and permeate young minds, we’re creating a momentum that cannot be reversed without a greater degree of effort than that which was used to initiate it, or set it off.
If you imagine a rock at the top of a hill. One little push sends this mass tumbling down with enough force to wipe out an entire villiage. Where as if you recognize that stored potential and ensure that it cannot be easily moved to create such damage, you’ve served the entire village, even though they may not be aware that you have just saved their entire lives and all that came or would come after them. Similarly, we have a duty to recognize that each of us have a duty to recognize hate and people that are in pain and not to turn our heads away from them but embrace them to help steer the potential energy into a positive path.
Another interesting or powerful element contained in this portion or chapter in the Torah, is that also in the first section you have the word or name of “Pinchas” spelled with a very small letter of a “Yud”, smaller than it is normally written in the Torah. This means or symbolizes that Pinchas had a small ego, since the Yud stands for the ego. It in addition is one of the letters that is said to represent all the other letters and the first letter in God’s name. As we see all the Police around the world that are standing between chaos or dis-ease as represented by the broken Vav, we can think that they too are like Pinchas. They are sacrificing their lives for us in their purity of action and effort and certainty. (I’m speaking globaly, nobody’s perfect, but stay with me on the high road here please). It is that simple. They go out there every day and stand up for the rule of law, and to ensure that we have the luxury to drink a nice cup of coffee, spend time with our children, study our religous books, or take a nice quiet walk along a garden path.
So, as we enter this week, I wish that each of us in our respective countries, cities, streets, homes, places of work and worship embrace an extra effort to be sensitive to the gaps that we see in relationships and all around us and do our small part to induce Love, Light, and respect for each other.
I guarantee as they say, with love there is room on the head of a pin for the world to exist, but the opposite is also true, with hate, there is no room on the planet for two people filled with hate. When we visualize that broken Vav as coming together, and the small Yud, we reduce our Ego (The need to be right and take for our selfish desire) and enable healing and love to bridge that gap, thus saving the entire world.
You can do it, I can do it, we can do it. Enjoy your one life you have to live, give a smile to a stranger. Make their day, I’m certain that it will make yours. Sha
With today’s media driving all things “perception” and instant three second attention grabbing headlines, what is the new branding reality for nations in the modern era and does it matter?
It really doesn’t matter if a headline if true or false, misleading or maligning, incomplete or careless, in the end, certain images or thoughts reside and are stored deep inside the consciousness via eyeballs and ears all over the world. A person may not even know they’re being programmed, but the programming is being done, very purposefully using the most asymmetrical type of geo or realpolitik of the modern era.
Consider the Brand of USA vs Russia, Obama vs Putin. In the USA, the President, is the Brand or face of the nation. This is why American’s need to feel that the person they vote for will well represent the brand that they are attached to at a very deep and emotional level, i.e., constitution, bill of rights, individual freedom, etc. They need to feel proud, confident, and secure in the belief that this person will measure up to the critical apparatuses of the job. In Russia, the same applies, but with a very different history of how to achieve these elements for the population. Putin is the current brand or face of Russia. He has very craftily navigated using power plays of the old guard to create both internally and externally the brand of old Russia. This makes his population feel proud and confident that they have a strong leader that is working on their behalf. They’re used never “rocking the boat” with voicing opposition, and they see quickly how things turn out for any who dissent. ?Putin, then has successfully Branded his country and I believe will continue to move quickly, before the next USA election to cement his line in the various sand boxes he’s currently sitting in. His media plays regarding recent military actions in Syria (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov) remind me of Saddam Hussein’s foreign minister Tariq Aziz, that said whatever he wanted towing the line no matter what the facts truly were.
How a nation feels about another nation is critical for how a leader controls his people and the nations he or she must do business with.?? Branding by nations is critical, and that’s why it is so important to get this right as news flashes by so quickly. Entire populations can be whipped up into a frenzy based on false allegations or outright distortions and miss-direction or as they say in the spy business disinformation. Third page retractions, corrected images, completed statements that were edited, etc. all are ignored and every leader knows this, which is why you mostly will not get any real information in the fog of instant news reporting. Free loving people all around the world feel that the Brand USA, their last hope for true freedom is not as sexy as it used to be. Russia never was a brand for freedom seeking people.
The recent actions regarding Doctors without borders is a classic example of this in action. We don’t really know as of this posting exactly what happened. But having lived in Israel for many years, I know all too well how the enemies of freedom play the game of media headlines. I’ve seen so many examples of media filming shots of supposedly dead bodies that fall off the stretcher and then get back up on them to be carried off, or quiet intersections suddenly erupting into a fury as soon as a TV truck pulls up to film, only to quiet down and go back to whatever they were doing after the two minute shot is finished, complete with flag burning, rocks, chanting death to America, etc… The enemy knows that all they have to do is win the image war, not the actual war. If they can grab the headlines and two second “ahhh, how horrible” expression from the eyes and ears, their job or goal is achieved. Remember last week’s baby on the shore from the refugees’ crisis or is that already old news…?
How do you feel about Obama as a brand? If you’re an American it’s political, pretty much if you voted for him, mostly you’ll be very much in need to justify every action he has ever taken. Typically that’s just under 30-40% who will always be “he’s great, I love him” no matter what he does. However, heads of businesses, folks in the military, investors, international travelers, have very different realities to deal with that affect their life on many levels. Brand matters to them…
The reaction that an international traveler gets at an airport or at a caf? after another traveler learns that he or she is from the USA will be different based on who the President is and the current media blitz attacking or supporting that president. Everybody knows that Obama’s Nobel prize for being Obama was a major joke, but nobody cared since we’re living in a “who cares” world with no shame. Shame went out the window along with personal accountability or voicing your opinion after some self-research on a subject. It can get you fired, sidelined, disciplined, marginalized, pushed out, etc. Too many examples of this too, where nobody said anything for fear of getting noticed… Then people died after their self-serving actions. (2009 Fort Hood Shooting, Maj. Hasan’s colleagues had been aware of his increasing radicalization for several years.)
So, in conclusion with what arguably is a much longer post, Branding USA vs Russia is critical. We are fast heading in a very chaotic direction that needs to have leadership, and not be driven by media headlines. A short story comes to mind, where a person who goes to heaven is denied entry by an angel at the gate. The person says: “Hey, I was loved by everybody, everybody loved me, I was nice to everybody, I said yes to all, never criticized anybody, never questioned anybody or anything, just did what I was told, always a good person…” “Yes said the angel, so now go directly to hell. You’re not supposed to just sit there, you’re supposed to say something when you see that it is obviously wrong.? Why did God give you the ability to speak? How many times did you see evil, or a wrong being committed only to ignore that to be nice? Well, now you can think about that for a while.” Balance between right and wrong is not always easy, but when it is, one better be firm and clear in their understanding of why they need to stand up for love and hope. Brand Freedom or Brand Chaos?
Brand USA is weak in my opinion and getting lost in the myriad of global events. They just don’t matter any longer since they don’t act, they just talk platitudes. Brand Russia is acting strong and leading the events by acting with conviction. Putin is the poster boy for a leader that is seen by his nation as acting in Russia’s best interest. What’s better for humanity, peace, love, is for history… or another post at least…