A Small Act of Love Goes A Long Way

While there is still a sliver of February left, with its message of love commemorated on Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d conclude the shortest month of the year with a brief word about the power of love.

Most of us are familiar with the teaching of how just a small bit of light can illuminate a vast darkness. But less known is the powerful message underlying homeopathic medicine: how just a tiny nudge of perfectly designed energy, applied at the just the right place and time, can cause huge transformation. That’s how the infinitesimal doses of substances selected to be “homeopathic” or energetically similar to the state of a patient’s disease can cause vast healing changes in the body, mind, and spirit. This phenomenon also underlies the so-called “butterfly effect” of chaos theory — how the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can set off a sequence of events that leads to a storm. In my book, Active Consciousness, I also discuss how small choices or acts can change the course of our trajectory into the future.

We have all experienced the consequences of a small act — a sentence uttered or a slight facial expression — that has a profound effect on us. This effect might be positive or negative, but somehow it hit us at exactly the right moment and in exactly the right way so that it changes our lives. A small compliment by a teacher can send us hurtling toward our life’s work. A snide remark uttered and forgotten can have a long-lasting negative influence on the life of the recipient.

My mother admitted to me when she was in her 90s that she suffered from lifelong embarrassment about her legs and would always wear stockings, even under pants. I could see nothing wrong or unusual about my mother’s legs. Nevertheless, she had developed this psychological complex because of a mean remark made by some girl in grammar school about her legs being “shiny.” At the time my mother heard these thoughtless words, she was recovering from six months bed rest after a near-death experience with rheumatic fever at age 10. The illness left her with a heart condition and many emotional scars as well. But who would have thought that a girl’s comment about my mom’s “shiny legs” would lead to 80 years of self-consciousness? Yet these words were heard at precisely the right time and place to cause this effect.

The same goes, of course, for small acts and words of kindness. Who knows what effect your smile, your holding a door open, your friendly chitchat with a stranger, might have? It could literally change the course of their life, and by extension, the lives of many others. Once again, a story from my own family.

I have written before about how my brother is mentally ill. He lives in a facility for similarly disabled adults run by DePaul (which, by the way, is a great organization — I highly recommend you direct donations of discarded clothes and other items to their collection facilities). Although my brother has been unable to work for most of his life, he drives, volunteers at the synagogue, and has a few friends. But he has many gloomy days as well, feeling despair and isolation.

For my brother, one of the highlights of each day is a visit to Starbucks. In fact, he will drive over 30 minutes to a particular Starbucks because the people who work there have been kind to him. Most of us view the greeting of a store clerk as something “pro forma”. We don’t give it a single thought. But to my brother, when a clerk smiles and says “Hi Buddy!”, it brightens his entire day. He tells me so. In fact, although he might feel like spending the entire day in bed (and often does so), it will be the motivation of hearing “Hi Buddy!” that gets my brother out of bed and dressed, to drive 30 minutes through snow-laden streets to Starbucks. And because of that, the rest of my brother’s day brightens as well. Maybe he’ll stop by the synagogue, maybe he’ll take a walk at the mall, maybe he’ll be more motivated to shower, and maybe he’ll eat more properly too.

Who knows what effect your small act of love might have? If you are inspired to offer one, it could be your higher Self, your small angels whispering in your ear. Don’t hold back! It could unleash waves of consequences that are more powerful than all the voices of fear that surround us each day. In fact, it may actually be small acts of love, not huge battles, that transform our world for the better.

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Change Is Coming —
It Is Up to Us to Make It Positive!

max-meditation-fig“A gift resides in every moment”

With the impending inauguration of Donald Trump as president, the world is at a precipice.  There is a sense of surreal, almost comic unreality about this moment, as our government literally merges with reality TV.  What will come next is unknown.  Many are filled with fear and anger. Others who supported Trump are hoping that something good will come of his ascent to power. But one thing we can all say for sure: things are going to change.

Truthfully, the night that Trump won the election, I was filled with a kind of jittery glee. Although I was aghast at the outcome, this feeling was balanced by a strange calm knowing. The message that kept coming to me was: Now things are really going to happen.  No —  I didn’t think Trump was going to change things for the better. Instead, I felt certain that the world would now finally be forced to face  big cosmic choices. The big test is now upon us.  And the truth is, it was going to come, sooner or later.

If Hillary Clinton had won, things would have, more or less, been “business as usual.” Yes, things might have improved gradually  in areas such as civil and women’s rights, but in general, life would have gone on much the same as it has over the past 40 years. Most importantly, the corporations would continue to rule and most of us would revert back into a state of complacency, consumed with the usual distractions of life.

With Trump as president, however, the cosmic forces of yin and yang will now reach a peak. We are at the apex of a polarity — perhaps one of the greatest polarities that humanity has ever faced.  In the balance are greed and fear versus gratitude and love.  Selfish hoarding and separation versus trusting generosity and union.   As I discuss in my book, Active Consciousness, huge shifts are always hallmarked by such critical moments, such intense pulls between polarities.  The question is: which way will things go?

In general, things tend to move toward evolution, not de-evolution.  One thing that I feel certain of, however, is that the outcome depends on all of us. Like I said, the big test is now upon us.

Currently, many of my friends are mired in anger, bitterness, and fear, trapped in never-ending binge watching of YouTubes that only serve to exacerbate their fear and hand-wringing.  In fact, some of them are angry with me for having any kind of positive attitude at all. However, their state of mind — anticipating and fixating on the worst possible outcome — just helps bring it into being!  That is the way the world works.

No, the only way forward is to take this opportunity and seize the day. What an opportunity for humanity!  This is our time.   By working for positive change — in a positive way — we not only help to create what Charles Eisenstein calls “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible”‘, but we also keep our sanity and our peace of mind.

Of course it won’t be easy. Trials are upon is. But it can hopefully be invigorating.

My vision:  The emergence of a deeper, more profound, and wiser version of the 60s revolution. 

Now is also the time to keep in mind the teachings of so many wise teachers and leaders of the past.  We need to remember that:

– The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!
– Violence and anger only beget more violence and anger!
– Love is the answer.
– Trust. Let go. Ride the waves of change.
– Follow your intuition, guidance, and what you love.

I’ll leave you now with two poems written by my friend, Vermont poet and activist, Namaya.


“Rise up and celebrate the new Year”

Blessing of love
Blessing of Peace
Blessing of Hope
to each and everyone.
 
In the year past –
What has been the pains?
What has been the sorrow?
What has been the surrendering?
The letting go?
The birth?
The joys?
 
Take all the sweetness
Take all the joy
Take all the hopes
 
Take all the love
All the promise
All hurts and sorrow
Hold them in your arms
 
Offer them to the wind
Offer them to wisdom
Offer them to the morrow
Offer them to the promise
 
Set aside disappointments
Surrender the loss
Surrender the pain
Let go all the hurts

Rise up
Rise up
Rise with love
Rise with joy
 
Celebrate your
Love
Celebrate your
joy
Celebrate the
magnificence
of you
 
Rise up
Rise up
Rise up
 
with love
 
We will not
surrender to hate!
Not surrender
to fear!
We will not
give way to doubt
 
Our spirits are strong.
Our love true
Our vision beautiful
Our heart vibrant
Our song with love.
 
Let the new year promise
shine with love
Let the celebration of life
continue
Let the joy
shine with love
Let the new year
be a blessing of
 
love.

namaya
jan 2017


“Planet Earth is Not My First Language”

reclaiming my native language
in a land of strangers

where the words of my primal
tongue are sometimes too

alien and distant

I need to be back in my land
where the words are spoken every day

my native language has no words
for hate, anger, racism, or violence

only one phrase holds it all…

when I return home and tell of
where I live and the tales

they remark how strange and
lonely it must be

when I tell them of what they
do to the earth and environment

my family’s eyes tear up
and remark .. “How sad!”

“You must come home, it is
too lonely and too much sadness.”

And then they hug me in the ways
of our language filled with comfort.

“No!” I need to teach them all the
words and deeds of our language.

In our language there is only one
word.

In our culture there is only one
deed

In our culture there is only one
law

One church

One people

It is all called

Love.

namaya

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An Excerpt from Dr. Moskowitz’s Upcoming Book on Vaccines

vaccineBoston homeopath and family medicine doctor, Richard Moskowitz, MD, has always been an important writer in the area of health, homeopathy, and vaccination.  He has written a new book that will appear in 2017, and has been sharing a series of book excerpts with the homeopathic community. I have asked and been granted his permission to share them with you too.  This is the first.  Enjoy!

From the Introduction.

“I want to invite my readers to think very carefully about vaccines and our present policy regarding them, not least because the concerns of parents who decide not to vaccinate are so rarely acknowledged or taken seriously.  As a family physician who has cared for many such children over the years, I cannot keep silent about the major epidemic of vaccine-related suffering and disability, sufficient to break any heart, that continues unabated, remains largely unacknowledged, and cries out at the very least for caution, restraint, and simple compassion for the viewpoint of those whose lived experience, whatever may have caused it, is so tragically different from that of everyone else privileged enough to be ignorant of or somehow unmoved by their loss…

In what follows, I make no claim to absolute truth or final answers.  I am a family doctor, not a research scientist, and at bottom I am trying simply to make sense of my own clinical experience.  What I offer is an ensemble of observed facts, clinical and basic science research, news reports from the media, actual cases from my practice, and such reflections and hypotheses as have occurred to me and other colleagues in the field to try to explain and integrate them.  My aim is to provide an overview of the subject that will be accessible to a general literate audience, regardless of scientific training or background.  I will feel well rewarded if my words, my reasoning, and the commingled sadness, fear, and outrage I have long felt about this subject will help to promote a healthy debate, and to elicit more of the rigorous scientific work that still needs to be done.

I write with some sense of urgency, because the time-honored rights of patients to refuse unwanted medical treatment and of parents to make such decisions on behalf of their children are now being challenged as never before.  I am not a teetotaler who rejects all vaccines under all circumstances.  The essence of my position is simply that vaccines by their very nature have a major downside that has largely been ignored and indeed is built into their design, so that it is reckless in the extreme to continue mandating them, and indeed more and more of them without limit, until these dangers are taken seriously, understood in a broader context, and assessed in a more careful and systematic fashion…”

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It’s 2017 — Let’s Get to Work for Homeopathy!

newsI know that many in the world are greeting 2017 with  trepidation.  The upcoming Trump presidency will have an uncertain impact on not only the United States, but the entire world. Many people I know personally are filled with fear for the imminent collapse of  the USA they hold dear.  Since my son Izaak lives and works in Australia, I am well aware that many nations around the world are also nervous about the likely end of “Pax Americana” and what it might mean. Others in the autism community have supported Trump out of the hope that he will finally stand up to Big Pharma and its growing vaccine mandates.

For my part, I am trying to stay out of negativity and getting sucked into endless hysterical Facebook posts, media rants, and fear-mongering.  For one thing, what does fear, anger, and bitterness accomplish? It certainly negatively impacts my health and peace of mind.  True, I don’t want to be an ostrich with my head buried in the sand, but that is hardly possible. The news invariably finds its way to me, even if I don’t actively become obsessed with it.

No, what I can do is work for positive change in a positive way. Yes, there are things that we must work against.  The ongoing attacks against homeopathy are one of them. But one thing I have learned over the years is that promoting awareness of the power of homeopathy goes much further than fighting against the forces that seek to squash it. Working for is more effective that working against.

That is one of the reasons I wrote Impossible Cure the way I did. It aims to make people aware of the true history and power of homeopathy, by revealing personal stories, scientific results, and buried historical facts. People want and need healing, so they will come to homeopathy if they know about it and it is right for them. In the political sphere, people want and need love, peace, and justice.  In the end, truth and love will win. As John Lennon said, “Love is the answer.”

In past blog posts, I have mentioned recent FDA hearings about homeopathic medicines.  In Impossible Cure  (Chapter 10), I point out that one of the legs upon which homeopathy and health freedom stand is access to remedies. Big Pharma certainly knows this. Indeed, as I have pointed out in past writing, general awareness of the power of potentized medicines — including potentized allopathic medicines — would undermine Big Pharma completely, because medications would cost next to nothing.

The truth is, the FDA hearings, and now, a new ruling by the FTC about labeling of homeopathic medicines, are the latest in the 200 year battle between conventional and homeopathic medicine.  Dana Ullman writes eloquently about this topic in his latest article that has been run in a number of venues including the Huffington Post  and GreenMedInfo. Perhaps the most ludicrous and telling aspect of the FTC ruling is that it requires remedy labels to state that homeopathy was developed in the 1700s — when it was actually developed in the 1800s!  That has actually been my experience;  the quackbusters who attack homeopathy usually know almost nothing about it, getting basic facts wrong and often misspelling words in their writing.

So what can you do to promote homeopathy in 2017 in a positive way?  Keep using it!  Keep telling all your friends about it!  It is people’s positive experiences of homeopathic healing that have kept homeopathy alive for all these years, despite unending attacks. I have every confidence this will continue to be the case. Yes, there will be bad times.  Yes, the world and the USA may be entering into a difficult period.  But the cycle of life continues.

Remember:
Out of the darkness, light emerges and positive changes are born. Stay tuned into that positive hope and intention, because it is an important factor  — perhaps the most  important factor — in the creation of a better future.

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Could Buckminster Fuller’s Vision of the Future Help Save Humanity? It’s Finally Time to Implement the Geoscope

geodesicAll over the world and over many centuries, one of the objects that most captures the human imagination is the globe.  Globes sit in living rooms and in children’s bedrooms, serving as vehicles for outward expansiveness and inner hope and imagination.

But what if globes were alive in some way?  What if we could say to our globe: show me the growth  and movement of humanity (or any animal or plant population) over the course of history; show me the development of weather patterns over the past month or year; show me earthquakes (or any earth-based data) over the past 5 years; show me the movement of various natural resources as they are mined, utilized, and recycled; show me all the troop movements and wars and skirmishes going on; show me the movement of airplanes and boats; show me who is watching a particular TV show or YouTube or buying a particular product over a particular region during a particular period of time; show me how content is spreading through social media.  The possibilities are endless.

And what would be the impact of such a tool  on humanity?  The mere image of the Earth from the perspective of the Moon changed the consciousness of everyone on the planet.  How much more so might this kind of tool change us?

The description I just gave provides merely an inkling of the possible functionality and impact of an idea  first conceived by visionary inventor Buckminster Fuller over 50 years ago. Explaining the full scope of Fuller’s work in a short article is impossible, but let me try, as briefly as I can, to get across the flavor of the man and the humanity-saving potential of one of his as-yet-unrealized but long-sought-after dreams: the Geoscope.

Who Was Bucky Fuller?

Somewhat forgotten in today’s world, but never forgotten in the annals history, is the groundbreaking and mind-blowing work of R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983).  Although he is most well known for his invention of the geodesic dome, Bucky (as he liked to be called) was so much more than a visionary architect and inventor.

Buckminster Fuller was the epitome of the home-grown genius and free thinker.  Groomed for the Ivy League, he was quickly ejected from that world due to his nonconformist thinking. Bucky always started from first-principles and relied on his own intuition. The very core of his being rejected conformism to “accepted wisdom”. In his designs, he liked to use the natural world as a model and inspiration, reasoning (correctly) that nature always chooses the most efficient path.

Bucky was also a futurist, and tenaciously studied the long-arc of human society and planetary evolution in order to understand the possible futures that lay before us.  His response to this research was to direct his own work toward what he called “anticipatory design” — to create, 50 years before they would be needed, sustainably producible physical objects that could serve the greatest number of people with the least use of energy and material. He strongly believed that it was futile to change anyone’s mind about anything. However, if one created an object that was obviously the best tool for a given purpose, people would naturally adopt it. Thus, in order to effect positive change for humanity, Bucky felt that the best path was to alter the human environment in some way that led to that change.  Think about the world-transforming effect of the internet or of the iPhone and you get the idea.

The most well-known anticipatory-design artifact that Bucky invented was the geodesic dome. Its amazing ability to house humanity (it uses the least amount of material to create the largest volume of space, naturally creates a healthy atmospheric habitat inside, and can be scaled up to city-size) has not even been tapped yet — but it likely will be in the future. There are dozens of other Fuller creations as well.

Guinea Pig B

Of course, Bucky was subject to the conformist pressures of his world, just as anyone else is.  Don’t forget, he was born in 1895. He attempted several times in his life to “earn a living” for his family, but these efforts were repeatedly unsuccessful. In his early 30s, after his first child died and his wife and new infant daughter obviously needed care and support, the architecture and construction company he had founded went belly-up.  On the verge of committing suicide, Bucky experienced a spiritual crisis and received direction from some higher source. He decided to conduct the rest of his life as an experiment, calling himself “Guinea Pig B”.

From that point on, Buckminster Fuller dedicated his life, not to helping himself and his family, but to helping the most of humanity he could.  He refused to work for any corporate entity or organization (with the exception of the Navy during WW II).  Bucky wanted to see what one small average man could accomplish on his own, that no government, corporation, or large organization could achieve. He reasoned that “Universe” would naturally support activities that most fostered its own positive evolution.  And when he dedicated all his efforts according to these principles (instead of to “making money”), he met with success. Over time, his brilliant ideas and influence extended throughout the world. He had particularly tremendous influence on a global level after WW II. By the late 60s and 70s, Bucky had even become a kind of Yoda-like guru to the student movements of that period.

The Geoscope

Fuller envisioned something much like the living globe I described earlier, way back in the 1950s, and he called it the Geoscope. Bucky knew that humans could not easily perceive global trends over time. His conception of the Geoscope was as a tool that would enhance our perception, providing a literal “scope” (like a telescope or microscope) to see and understand what Bucky called Spaceship Earth (Geo).  He believed that if we could see this information, especially collectively, we would also begin to see and understand patterns that could help humanity.

When Bucky first conceived of this idea, he imagined it as a large exhibit for a World’s Fair.  A huge geodesic sphere would be suspended in a stadium, covered with an accurate image of the Earth.  Then, slowly, the tessellated sphere would open, creating a flat rendering of the Earth that would descend to the floor.  This unique Earth projection was also a Buckminster Fuller invention, called the Dymaxion Map.  Unlike other projections, it preserves the relative sizes of the land masses and also fosters an awareness of the interconnection between them. On this map, various forms of animated data would be depicted for all to view.

dymaxion-map

Although this vision was never implemented, Bucky kept promoting the idea of the Geoscope until he died in 1983. One of the most well-known implementations he lobbied for was a giant 200-foot diameter geodesic sphere suspended over New York’s East River, in view of the UN building and covered with lights. He envisioned the UN officials looking at this depiction of the Earth and the various data animated by the lights upon it, who then would make more informed decisions that would help the world. He also imagined viewing platforms within the Geoscope.  From this perspective, people could accurately view the outer universe of stars and galaxies from different points of view on Earth.

Although a few small-scale Geoscopes were built, none accomplished anything like Bucky’s vision. The technology was simply not there yet — but it is now. Once again, Bucky may have been envisioning something over 50 years in the future. And that future is now.

Imagine this. What if we combined something like Google Earth with VR technology, advanced data visualization techniques, and modern media?  Put on your VR goggles and see the Earth in all its glory — close up or from far away. Spin it. Project it as a Dymaxion Map. Ask for any form data to be presented to you, over any period of time, at any place on Earth.  Speed it up.  Slow it down. Correlate it with other data.  Ask for hidden correlations to be revealed to you. You might even run simulations or projections of the future (which Bucky called “playing the world game”). This technological framework would comprise the Geoscope itself.

Next, put the Geoscope out there for everyone to play with. Artists, scientists, movie-makers, any kid in his or her bedroom, could make content using Geoscope data.

Finally, use global media to create collective Geoscope experiences. Geoscope TV.  Geoscope Movie Theaters. Social media networks and blogs focused on Geoscope content.

Now ask yourself: How would it change humanity if we could accurately perceive what is really going on and communicate with each other about it? How would our consciousness change? What would we do?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Indeed, Bucky’s goals with the Geoscope coincide with many of my own in writing Active Consciousness. Just as meditation can allow each of us to enter a “witness” state and see ourselves and our stories for what they are, perhaps the Geoscope will enable humanity to enter into a state of global mass meditation in which we really witness ourselves as a whole.  The resulting shift in consciousness would be magnificent!

After having spent some time familiarizing myself with his life and work, I believe that Buckminster Fuller was a truly enlightened visionary who would not have spent decades promoting an empty idea.  Bucky knew the Geoscope was important to humanity.  And the time is now to build it.

As we all sit in our respective post-election worlds,  perhaps it’s a good time to focus on something real and substantial that could fundamentally change our world for the better. Just as digging into the earth and planting seeds can help us feel grounded and hopeful,  working toward something that could improve humanity’s perception of and connection to the Earth and its global civilization might also serve to be grounding and fill us with a new sense of invigoration and hopefulness. If you are inspired by this article, please share it, talk about it, write to me, or help make it happen in some way. Let’s take this moment in history, get grounded, and plant a seed that could really grow into something wonderful!


 

Want to Learn More About Bucky?

Here are some places to start:

  • An excellent series of essays (written by others, not Bucky) that discuss some of his most memorable ideas and quotes: A Fuller View: Buckminster Fuller’s Vision of Hope and Abundance for All
  • Bucky’s magnum opus, written at the end of his life, that lays out many of his ideas: Critical Path.  (Be forewarned — you might find some of them “far out” — but they are all immensely thought-provoking.  You’ll also have to get over the hump of his writing style… but you’ll get used to it.)
  • YouTube — just type in Buckminster Fuller and you’ll get access to lots of interviews of Bucky.
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The Geoscope: Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Idea for Humanity

geodesicAs we all sit in our respective post-election worlds,  perhaps it’s a good time to focus on something real and substantial that could fundamentally change our world for the better. Just as digging into the earth and planting seeds can help us feel grounded and hopeful,  working toward something that could improve humanity’s perception of and connection to the Earth and its global civilization might also serve to be grounding and fill us with a new sense of invigoration and hopefulness.

Somewhat forgotten in today’s world, but never forgotten in the annals history, is the groundbreaking and mind-blowing work of R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983).  Although he is most well known for his invention of the geodesic dome, Bucky (as he liked to be called) was so much more than a visionary architect and inventor.

Explaining the scope of Buckminster Fuller’s work in a short article is impossible, but let me try, as briefly as I can, to get across the flavor of the man and the potential of one of his as-yet-unrealized but long-sought-after dreams: the Geoscope.

Who Was Bucky?

Buckminster Fuller was the epitome of the home-grown genius and free thinker.  Groomed for the Ivy League, he was quickly ejected from that world due to his nonconformist thinking. Bucky always started from first-principles and relied on his own intuition. The very core of his being rejected conformism to “accepted wisdom”. In his designs, he liked to use the natural world as a model and inspiration, reasoning (correctly) that nature always chooses the most efficient path.

Bucky was also a futurist, and tenaciously studied the long-arc of human society and planetary evolution in order to understand the possible futures that lay before us.  His response to this research was to direct his own work toward what he called “anticipatory design” — to create, 50 years before they would be needed, sustainably producible physical objects that could serve the greatest number of people with the least use of energy and material. He strongly believed that it was futile to change anyone’s mind about anything. However, if one created an object that was obviously the best tool for a given purpose, people would naturally adopt it. Thus, in order to effect positive change for humanity, Bucky felt that the best path was to alter the human environment in some way that led to that change.  Think about the world-transforming effect of the internet or of the iPhone and you get the idea.

The most well-known anticipatory-design artifact that Bucky invented was the geodesic dome. Its amazing ability to house humanity (it uses the least amount of material to create the largest volume of space, naturally creates a healthy atmospheric habitat inside, and can be scaled up to city-size) has not even been tapped yet — but it likely will be in the future. There are dozens of other Fuller creations as well.

Guinea Pig B

Of course, Bucky was subject to the conformist pressures of his world, just as anyone else is.  Don’t forget, he was born in 1895. He attempted several times in his life to “earn a living” for his family, but these efforts were repeatedly unsuccessful. In his early 30s, after his first child died and his wife and new infant daughter obviously needed care and support, the architecture and construction company he had founded went belly-up.  On the verge of committing suicide, Bucky experienced a spiritual emergency and received enlightenment from a higher source. He decided to conduct the rest of his life as an experiment, calling himself “Guinea Pig B”.

From that point on, Buckminster Fuller dedicated his life, not to helping himself and his family, but to helping the most of humanity he could.  He refused to work for any corporate entity or organization (with the exception of the Navy during WW II).  Bucky wanted to see what one small average man could accomplish on his own, that no government, corporation, or large organization could achieve. He reasoned that “Universe” would naturally support activities that most fostered its own positive evolution.  And when he dedicated all his efforts according to these principles (instead of to “making money”), he met with success. Over time, his brilliant ideas and influence extended throughout the world. He had particularly tremendous influence on a global level after WW II. By the late 60s and 70s, Bucky had even become a kind of Yoda-like guru to the student movements of that period.

The Geoscope

All over the world and over many centuries, one of the objects that most captures the human imagination is the globe.  Globes sit in living rooms and in children’s bedrooms, serving as vehicles for outward expansiveness and inner hope and imagination.

But what if globes were alive in some way?  What if we could say to our globe: show me the growth  and movement of human (or any animal) population over the course of history; show me the development of weather patterns over the past month; show me earthquakes (or any earth-based data) over the past 5 years; show me the movement of various natural resources; show me all the troop movements and wars and skirmishes going on; show me the movement of airplanes and boats; show me who is watching a particular TV show or YouTube or buying a particular product over a particular region during a particular period of time; show me how content is spreading through social media.  The possibilities are endless!

Fuller envisioned just this kind of thing, back in the 1950s, and he called it the Geoscope. Bucky knew that humans could not easily perceive global trends over time. His conception of the Geoscope was as a tool that would enhance our perception, providing a literal “scope” (like a telescope or microscope) to see and understand what Bucky called Spaceship Earth (Geo).  He believed that if we could see this information, especially collectively, we would also begin to see and understand patterns that could help humanity.

When Bucky first conceived of this idea, he imagined it as a huge exhibit for a World’s Fair.  A huge geodesic sphere would be suspended in a stadium, covered with an accurate image of the Earth.  Then, slowly, the tessellated sphere would open, creating a flat rendering of the Earth that would descend to the floor.  This unique Earth projection was also a Buckminster Fuller invention, called the Dymaxion Map.  Unlike other projections, it preserves the relative sizes of the land masses and also fosters an awareness of the interconnection between them. On this map, various forms of animated data would be depicted for all to view.

dymaxion-map

Although this vision was never implemented, Bucky kept promoting the idea of the Geoscope for over 30 years. One of the most well-known implementations he lobbied for was a giant 200-foot diameter geodesic sphere suspended over New York’s East River, in view of the UN building and covered with lights. He envisioned the UN officials looking at this depiction of the Earth and the various data animated by the lights upon it, who then would make more informed decisions that would help the world. He also imagined viewing platforms within the Geoscope.  From this perspective, people could accurately view the outer universe of stars and galaxies from different points of view on Earth.

Although a few small-scale Geoscopes were built, none accomplished anything like Bucky’s vision. The technology was simply not there yet — but it is now. Once again, Bucky may have been envisioning something 50 years in the future. And that future is now.

Imagine this. What if we combined something like Google Earth with VR technology, advanced data visualization techniques, and modern media?  Put on your VR goggles and see the Earth in all its glory — close up or from far away. Spin it. Project it as a Dymaxion Map. Ask for any form data to be presented to you, over any period of time, at any place on Earth.  Speed it up.  Slow it down. Correlate it with other data.  Ask for hidden correlations to be revealed to you. You might even run simulations or projections of the future (which Bucky called “playing the world game”). This technological framework would comprise the Geoscope itself.

Next, put the Geoscope out there for everyone to play with. Artists, scientists, movie-makers, any kid in his or her bedroom, could make content using Geoscope data.

Finally, use global media to create collective Geoscope experiences. Geoscope TV.  Geoscope Movie Theaters. Social media networks and blogs focused on Geoscope content.

Now ask yourself: How would it change humanity if we could accurately perceive what is really going on and communicate to each other about it? How would our consciousness change? What would we do?  The mere image of the Earth from the perspective of the Moon changed the consciousness of everyone on the planet.  How much more so might the Geoscope change us?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Indeed, Bucky’s goals with the Geoscope coincide with many of my own in writing Active Consciousness. Just as meditation can allow each of us to enter a “witness” state and see ourselves and our stories for what they are, perhaps the Geoscope will enable humanity to enter into a state of global mass meditation in which we really witness ourselves as a whole.  The resulting shift in consciousness would be magnificent!

After having spent some time familiarizing myself with his life and work, I believe that Buckminster Fuller was a truly enlightened visionary who would not have spent decades promoting an empty idea.  Bucky knew the Geoscope was important to humanity.  And the time is now to build it. If you are inspired by this article, please share it, talk about it, write to me, or help make it happen in some way. Let’s take this moment in history, get grounded, and plant a seed that could really grow into something wonderful!

 


 

Want to Learn More About Bucky?

Here are some places to start:

  • An excellent series of essays (written by others, not Bucky) that discuss some of his most memorable ideas and quotes: A Fuller View: Buckminster Fuller’s Vision of Hope and Abundance for All
  • Bucky’s magnum opus, written at the end of his life, that lays out many of his ideas: Critical Path.  (Be forewarned — you might find some of them “far out” — but they are all immensely thought-provoking.  You’ll also have to get over the hump of his writing style… but you’ll get used to it.)
  • YouTube — just type in Buckminster Fuller and you’ll get access to lots of interviews of Bucky.
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Amazing and Mysterious Homeopathy

amyfoot1I hope you will excuse this image if you find it a bit weird or gross.  It’s a picture of the bottom of my foot, and it stands as proof of the story I’m going to tell you about an experience I’ve just had — a story that underscores the freaky and wondrous power of homeopathy.  Even though I wrote Impossible Cure and have written about homeopathy for so many years, experiences like this one still leave my mouth hanging open!

I recently took a 200c dose of Silica for a variety of issues — it was suggested by my homeopath as a constitutional remedy. The remedy has had various curative effects on me, but the most unexpected and strange effect has been the “healing” of something I experienced when I was about 9 years old. In fact, I had completely forgotten about it.

As you might know, one of the hallmarks of a curative response to a remedy is the return of old symptoms. In essence, the body unwinds and re-experiences previous ailments and symptoms that had been suppressed or had not completely healed, and thus had left an energetic imprint on the body, even if we are not aware of them at a conscious or physical level.  In addition, Silica (made from the mineral silicon), in particular, is known as a remedy that has the power to expel foreign material from the body such as splinters. For this reason, those who have implants in their body are warned to be cautious with Silica. Interestingly, Silica is known for “expelling” the toxic effects of vaccines as well.

A couple of weeks after taking the dose of Silica, I started noticing a small bump on the bottom of my foot. It felt hard, and I began to wonder if the remedy was removing something that had been embedded there.  Soon however, it stopped being hard but instead, formed a round area, about 3/4 inch in diameter, that had a slight burning sensation, especially at night. It wasn’t really troublesome, but it sure was mysterious!  Knowing homeopathy the way that I do, I was unconcerned but curious to see what would happen next.

After about a week of experiencing the burning spot, I remembered a long-forgotten event from my childhood.  When I was about nine years old, I developed a Plantars wart in that exact location. My mom took me to a dermatologist, an old man (at least it seemed to me!) who, instead of “burning” it off,  applied a patch to the spot that slowly ate away at the bottom of my foot.  After several weeks and more patches, the Plantars wart was eaten away, leaving a big hole in the bottom of my foot that slowly healed.

It’s amazing, but a single dose of Silica (silicon diluted 1:100, 200 times!), taken at age 60, brought back this over 50-year-old experience to my foot.  Of course, it didn’t bring back the Plantars wart itself, but my foot seemed to be reliving a kind of energetic memory of the event, in a more benign form. It was even re-experiencing the burning sensation caused by those patches!  At this point, my foot no longer burns, but old layers of skin are peeling off from the spot and it is slowly healing.  I took this picture last week.  Now, the spot is even smaller and my foot continues to return back to normal — now, presumably, truly healed from a trauma that occurred over 50 years ago!

This experience underscores so many truths about the body:

  • Ailments that we think have been “healed” and forgotten can still be remembered by the body in energetic form.
  • Homeopathy is able to trigger healing of these old energetic wounds.
  • The body utilizes the homeopathic remedy according to its own mysterious logic. Rather than “doing” something to the physical body, it supplies the vital force with energy that enables it to heal itself, according to its own wisdom.

Amazing!  That’s why I always say:  There’s Hope With Homeopathy!

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A Little Can Go a Long Way: How A Small Act of Reunion Can Break the Spell of Separation

IMG_4474Lately, I’ve been immersed in the writing of Charles Eisenstein, a contemporary writer/thinker who is a leader in the effort to shift humanity into a new way of being — a fundamental change in consciousness so that we finally acknowledge our inherent unity with nature and each other. Charles is probably most well known for his writings about the “sharing economy,” but his interests extend far beyond the economic.  Recently, his books and articles have touched upon ideas closer to my own — about synchronicity and the inherent interconnectedness of meaning at all levels of reality.  You might be interested in listening to Charles’s interview of me from 2015, which touched upon these subjects, including its connection to homeopathy.  (Many apologies for the poor sound quality of much of this interview, but I believe it is still worthwhile listening.)

One of the things Charles points out in his recent book, “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible,” is that force, control, and effort are unlikely to be able to shift humanity, at least not before the calamitous results of our current way of life become irreversible. Instead, it is likely to be small acts, small changes, that shift the tide and at least make the future more bearable. Much as in homeopathic treatment, it is small doses, even infinitesimal doses (if applied at just the right time and place) that can create the biggest shifts.  It is essentially the proverbial “butterfly effect,” in which the beating of a butterfly’s wings, if it occurs in precisely the right time and at precisely the right place, that precipitates a hurricane.

And consider this: How much more likely are such phenomena if we include in our conception of reality not only our perceived outer world, but also all the meaningful interconnections that exist at all levels of reality? As I discuss in my book Active Consciousnessif synchronicities are always at play, if the world is, at a deeper level, always operating via processes based more on meaning than on physical cause and effect, then small acts can have amazing effects — indeed, much larger  effects than force could ever achieve.

Of course, stories always make the point. That’s why we all love to watch YouTubes of people touched and even transformed by small acts of kindness. Here is a recent story from my own life.

I live in what has become a very wealthy neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. When my husband and I moved there over 30 years ago, it was considered quite rural. We are on a septic system and, at the time, were fed by a water line managed by the neighborhood.  When that line failed, everyone pitched in to repair it. With a dozen houses on our private road, we all knew each other, but also valued our quiet and privacy. Geese walked down the street. A previous owner of my own house was the local butcher and at one time had 60 sheep grazing on our two acres.  According to neighbors, live chickens walked around the kitchen.

Times have changed and my neighborhood has become increasingly upscale. Our water line has now been incorporated into the main system, and there is also a sewer if you want to pay the big bucks to get incorporated into it (we are still on our septic). And while our road is still private, the county is increasingly making unreasonable demands for its widening and ultimate incorporation as well. Recently, a billionaire bought a large and beautiful field that had once been the habitat of herons and foxes and coyotes and deer.  He is building a mega mansion and riding facility.  At one point he even threatened to sue all of us over road maintenance issues. There goes the neighborhood.

Even before the billionaire arrived, however, the neighborhood was losing cohesion. Two summers ago I got the inspiration to create a “sharing library” box.  I envisioned it as something that would create an air of love and unity on the road.  I also started fantasizing that one of our barn outbuildings could become a kind of neighborhood hangout for drinks and conversation.

A few years before this vision, my neighbor Babette Wills died.  She and her husband Michael built the first house on our road.  In fact, they created the road itself with a plow in 1948 and built their house by hand. It was a bit on the rickety side, but it was an artistic masterpiece, with plaster walls emblazoned with works of art carved by their bohemian friends. The house was a center of counter-culture activity in the 60s, and even had an exterior wall carved with a peace symbol and the castigating words “Shame On Us” for the war in Vietnam.

And so, during my moment of inspiration, I also decided to name our road and neighborhood “Willstown” in their honor.  My library box would be the “Willstown” library.  Eventually, my husband built it, I painted it, and my husband and son installed it a few months ago. We threw a few books in and waited to see what would happen.

Perhaps it wasn’t a hurricane, but the reaction to the Willstown sharing library has exceeded my expectations.  I received a glowing email from almost everyone in the neighborhood.  The library is now filled with books and DVDs. People love it. Suddenly neighbors are talking to me more often. There is a more peaceful air on the road. My little act of love and unity seems to have shifted the mood. Maybe I should create that neighborhood “hangout” too… I’m considering it.

When I think about it, the beauty of a library box is simple yet profound. It is a small thing, but it is a symbol of the fact that we don’t need to hoard possessions as our own, but rather share them freely. It tells us that by sharing, by acknowledging our inherent interconnectedness, we are all richer. On our road, where each house is increasingly becoming larger, more luxurious, more full of personal “things,” and more separate and insulated from its neighbor, one little act of sharing packed a powerful punch that broke the spell, if only for a short time. What if my neighbor decided to freely share her pool with the rest of the road? I would probably get to know her better in a day than I have in the past 30 years. What if I told the whole road that they could use our exercise bike in the barn?

Our road includes so many talented people — a doctor, a lawyer, writers, a homeopath (me!), computer scientists, an engineer, a restauranteur, business people, a landscaper, a building contractor. We have a village on a little road. What if we more deeply acknowledged our connection to one another, rather than protecting and deepening our separation?

What small act of connection could you perform that would break the spell?

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The Whole World Is a Very Narrow Bridge

narrowbridgeIn my last newsletter, I spoke about the pervasiveness of fear and greed as forces that foment destruction in our world. I also asked whether some kind of awareness can deliver us from this fate. When I think about my current state of mind and that of most people I know, words come to mind like: waiting, trepidation, hopefulness, fatalism, and uncertainty. It is somewhat like the feeling one might have when he or she is about to cross an extremely narrow and treacherous footbridge across a deep chasm — a bridge that, in addition, leads to unknown territory. Will we make it to the other side? What will we find when we get there?

It’s not just the American election, climate change, the autism explosion, corporate exploitation, or the degradation and greed-fueled pollution of our air and water and soil and food and bodies that create this state of mind. There’s also a sense that big changes are coming. What can we do to ease our way? Can we make the bridge we are about to cross any safer or shorter? Can we ensure that the other side, once we reach it, is better, or at least not worse, than what we are leaving behind?

A very famous and wise kabbalist, Rabbi Nachman of Bretslav (1772-1811), is perhaps most well known for the following saying: “The whole world is a very narrow bridge, and the essential thing is to not be afraid at all.” At times like these, to paraphrase another wise man — Franklin Roosevelt, it seems that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

So how not to be afraid? How not to be run by fear? This can be very difficult. Because fear is not only naturally emerging from within us, but it is also thrust upon us at every turn: by the media, politicians, medical professionals, environmentalists, corporations, clergy, and more. And why should it not be? Fear is the most potent tool for control and convincement of others. In fact, didn’t my previous article about the exponential growth of autism make you afraid? I know it scares me.

Yes, fear and greed are potent motivators. But they may not be optimal at getting us across the bridge. As far as I can figure out (and I’ve been thinking about this constantly lately), our only way forward is twofold:

1) Try to hone your awareness of what’s really going on. Use your inner intuition to decide what’s really true for you — don’t just accept “common wisdom” and oft-repeated media blather as truth. However, do not overlay your truth with fear; just accept it as it is.

2) Seek out positive options — ideally, ones that will also benefit others — when moving forward. Use your gathered information to make choices, one step at a time. Live in trust that you are doing the best you can possibly do, given your efforts at honing your awareness and gathering positive options.

In many ways, these two strategies echo the four steps of manifestation I outline in my book Active Consciousness. Namely, get quiet, and get in touch with your own higher wisdom and intention without interference from the fear-mongering of others or your own fear-based internal stories. Then let go in trust and Choose Joy.

This may all sound formulaic and trite, but trust me, it’s not so easy. It’s much easier to blindly accept what the media or government or authorities are telling you, become motivated by fear, force your fear-based decisions on others, and greedily try to escape your anxieties by consuming and hording more food, possessions, or entertainment, all in the name of some kind of fear-motivated “control”.

Of course, each one of us has our own truth, our own reality, our own quest. Yours might be drastically at odds with mine — even antithetical to mine. But I have a hunch that if we all left the motivations of fear and greed behind, our quests would at least be less likely to stomp upon and hurt one another. Indeed, what else can we do but follow our inner truth and do our very best? As Buckminster Fuller used to say, in the end, Universe will decide which dreams bear fruit, and they sometimes do so in the most surprising — often synchronistic — ways.

Friends, our collective past has led us to this edge. Our only choice is to move forward and try to get across the bridge into our collective future. Fear and greed are only going to make it more difficult and definitely less pleasant. See you on the other side!

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Despite Everything, Homeopathy Continues Its March to Triumph!

newsAs has been true since the time of Hahnemann in the early 1800s, the skeptics, naysayers, and insecure purveyors of “orthodox” medicine and its drugs continue to do everything they can to keep homeopathy down. But the truth of homeopathic cures and the patients who continue to flock to homeopathy keep the flame alive!

Here are some recent victories that have made me smile.

1. Switzerland officially acknowledges homeopathy as a valid and important part of its health care system.

Perhaps you remember that, a few years ago, I reported on a Swiss study that found homeopathic treatment to be safe, effective, and cost-effective too! Perhaps the famed Swiss stance of neutrality has broadened its application beyond politics into the medical sphere. On March 29, the interior ministry of Switzerland announced plans to give five complementary therapies, including homeopathy, the same status as conventional medicine when it comes to health insurance. An important reason for this decision was that two-thirds of Swiss backed the inclusion of these therapies on the constitutional list of paid health services. The people have spoken! They know what works!

2. India continues to be a model country that gives homeopathy its due.

In celebration of World Homeopathy Awareness Week (coinciding with Hahnemann’s birthday on April 10), the Indian government hosted an international convention that celebrated the successes of homeopaths and Homeopathy on April 9 and 10. You can watch the ceremonies online.

As an American who regularly witnesses the scorn (or more commonly, the complete obliviousness) given to homeopathy in the USA, it filled my heart with amazement and gratitude to watch Indian government officials acknowledge and laud the esteemed homeopaths and homeopathic institutions of its country. The government of India has fully integrated homeopathic medicine into its public health care system, and is providing a model for this integration for nations around the world. It is high time for the USA and other countries to rise to the maturity and wisdom of India. May events like the one held in India be the future of homeopathy worldwide!

3. Americans who DO use homeopathy are quite happy with it!

Despite the marginalized status of homeopathy in the US, an important survey on the use of homeopathy and homeopathic medicines in the USA was recently published in the highly respected American Journal of Public Health. The researchers used the 2012 National Health Interview Survey to compare homeopathy users with supplement users and those using other forms of complementary and integrative medicine. Of particular note was that homeopathy users who saw a professional homeopath were significantly more likely to feel that homeopathy was “very important in maintaining health and well-being” and that it helped their health condition “a great deal”.

4. A law is being proposed in New Hampshire to support homeopathic treatment for addiction.

Maybe the efficacy of homeopathic treatment and patient satisfaction with homeopathy will slowly make a dent in the USA. Homeopaths in New Hampshire recently testified in support of an amendment to the New Hampshire Opioid Treatment bill that would allow for addiction treatment programs to utilize CHC-certified homeopaths in their program of services for clients and to assist the public in knowing about homeopathy as an adjunct treatment.

5. When it comes to cancer treatment, some homeopathic wisdom may be getting through in the US, because homeopathic protocols from India for cancer treatment were reviewed by American researchers from the US department of health and human services, Office of Global Affairs, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other US academic institutions as part of the US-India Workshop on Traditional Medicine (March 3-4) in New Delhi. Readers of this newsletter may also recall that Indian protocols for homeopathic cancer treatment were also found to be successful in lab studies at the prestigious Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.

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