“No institution predicated upon the initiation of fraud or force shall prevail.”

June 13th, 2016

What is a perfect meme to say this?  I want to find a way to articulate the logic of this statement as a meme.  That is the project for the near term.  Many of the attempts at problem-solving taking place among Humankind today are based in the assumption that some person can be granted a license initiate force or fraud in order to coerce other humans to acquiesce.

“No institution predicated upon the initiation of force shall prevail.” said Doug.

History repeatedly teaches us this.  And yet, if our leaders wanted us to disarm, for instance, they could set a good example for us to follow by first disarming themselves and their myrmidons.  They could set a brilliant example.  If they really believe what they are saying about arms, and if they really believed that we are all equal under the Law they would lead by example.  Simple.

They would, if leaders of foresight and conscience, already have disarmed themselves and their myrmidons, else they are just as lost as they claim the rest of us to be if we favor self-defense.

They could lead like Gandhi: from conscience.

We are evolving, and I think the next big leap in evolution is going to be the culturally universal emergence of a repugnance toward swinging a club or dropping a bomb to get what you want, and the shunning of those who continue to engage in initiation of force, whether physical or psychological.

Isn’t that what the best leaders, the world leaders we remember with fondness and pride and love, isn’t that what these leaders do?  Pythagoras, Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther, Einstein, de Broglie, Martin Luther King, Jr.  . . .  the list goes on and on. ( I am wondering how to best word another effective meme that conveys the message of leading by example, as true leaders must do.)  None of them employed force or fraud.  None of them preyed on the innocent.

I will find the meme for Doug’s words, and probably someone among the good leaders will have said it already.  Or it may come from you.  (Especially the Freedom Outlaws, Intertel members and Friends who might read this, I ask for your help.  *<twinkles>*

Carry on, carry on.

iloilo   12 June 2016


Now is the time for all . . .

June 9th, 2015

. . . good women to come to the aid of their Earth.

What’s your project? 

I realize that this sounds terribly enigmatic, but all I really mean is—what are you doing individually to make a small change?  Some have a minute and a penny.  Some have millions and time to kill.  It doesn’t matter.  Make whatever manifestation you can—make a change that makes you smile from your heart.

iloilo  8 June 2015

Albert Einstein on war and government by force.

August 4th, 2014

“Human beings are not condemned,

because of their biological constitution,

to annihilate each other

or to be at the mercy of a cruel, self-inflicted fate.”

 Albert Einstein

So then, just why do we have wars and government by force?

 Who chose those paradigms?

Did you?

I didn’t.

3 August 2014


A World in Trauma. Where are the leaders?

May 20th, 2014

While we watch a world in trauma, I must ask a simple question:

Where are the leaders?  Where are the leaders who will lead humankind out of initiation of violence one against another, and into a more rational and loving approach to peace and reconciliation?

Where are the leaders who will lead humankind into a more balanced, respectful, and kind relationship with all of Life and with our Earth?

Where are the leaders who lead peacefully and with patience and kindness, and who refuse to initiate violence?

Where are the leaders who turn humankind away from the mass murder of warfare, corporate greed, and might makes right; who will lead only toward peace and reconciliation?

When all has been said, we can only lead ourselves.  We are each our own personal responsibility, and we make our own choices.

It is a beautiful spring day here in Montana, with the rising sun’s light pouring energy into the trees.  Loving, nurturing energy.  Each dawn returns us to our place of growth and activity, and each dusk returns us to our place of rest and healing.

For today, right now, lead yourself into peace.  Do not be surprised if other people notice and smile.

Lead yourself.  Politicians and priests are obsolete paradigms.  Lead yourself.  Then watch the leaders walk among us, one by one.  Lead yourself.

Peace,  iloilo  20 May, 2014

Why Are We Here?

December 11th, 2013

I ask each of you to ask of yourself, this question, which I will endeavor to make an effective question:

If I have a spirit, and that spirit has a purpose, then what is that purpose?

I occasionally ponder my spiritual purpose in being here, on Earth, at this time, connected with all the wonderful, compassionate people of great lovingkindness whom I am blessed to know. I have a totally magnificent Tribe!   I wonder why Doug had to leave, although he has shown me many reasons it was a grand, dramatic, and strategic exit, undertaken with incredibly meticulous planning.  And his total trust in me, as I had infinite trust in Doug.  

I smile when I read his notes, and watch unfolding so many things he told me would unfold.  And of course, one of the admonitions he left with me, besides that Patience is a Virtue, is that his words hold their meaning, and so far, he has been spot-on.

I remark on this because it is remarkable, and because it informs my Faith in a fashion that I would not have imagined possible only 23 months ago.  I doubted my own Faith, you see, as my human body responded to my husband’s escape with profound pain and shattered psyche.  I am slowly trudging out of the Valley of the Shadow.  His words hold their meaning.

I have been put in the enviable position of having been given a part of a map, but one which can only be seen by eyes connected to a brain that understands one of Doug’s last notes on the back of one of his cards.

“The Knowledge to cause your brain to cause your muscles to laugh.  No argument against it.  It is that Knowledge.  Try it.”

Since I am still here in this human body, I have more games to play, obviously.  I have more lessons to learn and teach (I sometimes fancy myself a student assistant of a brilliant Headmaster who teaches metaphysics every eighth term. We are in that term.)  So besides my regular activities of chopping wood and carrying water, I am at work on studying as hard as I can to learn as much as I can in this here/now, so that for myself alone, I can answer this question:

If I have a spirit, and that spirit has a purpose, then what is that purpose?

I know spirits have free will, and I am busy exercising mine, but I also come from a line of humans who seek meaning.  For a while it was loving and caring for Doug.  Before that, it was working in Human Rights while also making beautiful art.  And doing archaeology.  And some other stuff.

I am a simple artist, a potter and a painter, and from the depth of that simplicity, comes this answer:

I am a spirit, and I have a purpose, and that purpose is to manifest love and beauty.

I am writing my answer here, knowing it might change.   But this answer gives me a ledge to make a stand and to rest while I prepare for the next pitch.   

So, I now ask you who read here.  If you say you have no spirit, you are off the hook.  If you have a spirit, do you know it well enough to know some of its purpose?  It will have to do only with you, and no other person, even if they are richly and beautifully interwoven into the fabric of your life. 

If I have a spirit, and that spirit has a purpose, then what is that purpose?



7 December 2013