Interview: Dennis Nappi II, Founder Service of Change

D2 Oil PaintingToday’s interview is with Dennis Nappi II founder of Service of Change. Dennis is a veteran, having served in Army counterintelligence. He’s served as a police officer in Delaware, and a school teacher in the Philadelphia area. Today, he’s a publisher and a writer focused on making big changes through the small changes we can all make every day.

Dennis is someone who is really thinking about our world, where we are, and where we’re going. You’re going to find his ideas and insights profound in a way that will inspire you to dig more deeply for truth in your experience.

The Affirmation Spot: Hi, Dennis. Can you share more details about Service of Change? What it is, why you started it, and what do you hope to achieve? How can people help?

Dennis: Hi Ray! I’d be happy to talk a little about Service of Change. I initially created the site to promote my first book, Service, A Soldier’s Journey: Counterintelligence, Law Enforcement, and the Violence of Urban Education. My goal was to create a community of readers interested in making a change in the world with a focus on military life & PTSD, repairing the relationship between citizens and police, and brining about the changes needed to education. What started as a promotional blog, however, has turned into a grass-roots movement of change. We promote “Small changes among the masses can have a massive impact around the world,” and encourage people to “be the change.” I’d like to see more people take ownership of their lives, and develop a sense of commitment and responsibility to the improvement of their communities. Right now, people can help by communicating: start making changes and share your experiences on our social-media feeds. Also, it would be a great help if readers and listeners would share our articles and podcasts within their own respective circles.

TAS: You’ve published four books to-date. We’re going to talk about I Am Human in a moment, but what can you share with readers about your other books? Two are written specifically for teachers and one details your own journey of discovery, correct?

Dennis: Correct! The first book, Service, is my memoir. It details my journey as a young soldier, through a deployment to Bosnia as a counterintelligence special-agent, to a transition into police work, and finally concludes with my experiences teaching in a high-needs, violent, Philadelphia special-education classroom. I try to give readers an honest and raw look into my thoughts and emotions because I want people to understand how a soldier feels, or what a cop experiences when they are afraid or lonely. I also want people to know just how bad education has become in America, and how desperately our students need support. If we don’t fix education, I see the American future as being extremely grim.

My other 2 books are a part of “The Urban Educator’s Survival Guide” series. The first book is an easy-to read guide with 7 strategies designed to improve classroom management in the most challenging classrooms. The second book gives advice, procedures, and suggestions on ways to prepare, plan, address, and recover from violence in the classroom. They are quick reads, and I recommend them for every new teacher or anyone facing a challenging school-year.

TAS: Let’s talk about your latest book, I Am Human: & We Are Not What We Think We Are. It’s a provocative title and one that’s sure to get attention. Let’s start there. What’s the reason for the title? What does it mean?

Final Cover I Am HumanDennis: Great question, Ray! As I mention in the book, throughout my life I have recognized my spiritual path. I’ve had experiences that main-stream science and religion fail to acknowledge. After years of study and reflection, I found myself extremely restless one night. Information was pouring into me – some of it was my own thoughts, some was flowing in from places unknown. So I wrote everything down, trying to understand what it all meant, and what I produced was an essay that I felt compelled to title: “I Am Human.” Upon review of the essay, it taught me that humanity is living in a state of ignorance with a false sense of security. The basic premise is that in trying to understand who we are, I looked at life on this planet and realized life requires life to survive. Why should we be any different? I Am Human & We Are Not Who We Think We Are explores this essay in greater detail and suggests that we may not be at the top of the food chain, but woven within it as a potential source of nourishment for an unseen force that keeps us in a state of chaos and despair.

TAS: It’s a short book and I devoured it one sitting. I really connected with your writing style and the material. It details some profound experiences you’ve had and equally profound insights that it’s spawned for you. Can you briefly describe those experiences?

Dennis: Sure! Since early childhood, I’ve had experiences with Them. They come in the night and offer paralysis and terror. But they also inspired a profound inquiry and investigation into who they are. That study has led me on a journey of exploration that connects everything in this world: religion, politics, education, and even reality TV! The book mentions one of my encounters with Them, and then takes readers through my own investigation into the validity of modern religion, our relationship to nature, and an attempt to understand not just who we are, but our connection to everything around us.

TAS: What’s your hypothesis for these experiences? Do you believe you’ve been chosen for them? Do you believe they are happening to many people or all people? What meaning can you put to them?

Dennis: That’s a tough group of questions, Ray – but good ones! I’ll try my best to give an answer. I’ll start with the big one – my hypothesis. Please note that I am not the first one to make such a claim, but did come to this conclusion on my own. I believe that a parasite exists just beyond our perception. This parasite feeds off of human emotions (such as sadness and fear), and is able to influence our thoughts and actions to encourage such states within us. In ancient texts, this parasite is referred to as Demons (Christian Bible), Archons (Gnostics), and Djinn (Islam), among others.

I used to believe I was chosen and special, and in book 2 (Food for the Archons), I explore this in greater detail. However, in answer to your question – no. I don’t think I am special or chosen. I happen to be aware of a tiny aspect of something that is happening and feel compelled to investigate this further. I believe the “special” designation (common among many abductees) is designed to ensure complacency in a given agenda. (I’m special, so I will do X since it is my destiny). The way I see it is: I’ve seen so much suffering in this world, and I think (they) had a hand in my father’s suffering, so I am going to learn everything I can in hopes of starving Them out of our existence.

Is this happening to everyone? The late Karla Turner theorized that this could possibly be happening to everyone. I tend to agree with that theory. There are so many accounts of false memories, screened memories, or a complete lack of a memory for an experience, that I think this affects the majority of the human population.

As far as meaning – I am still trying to find my own understanding. On one hand, something terrible is happening. On the other hand, had it not been for this terrible circumstance, I never would have started this journey of understanding. I never would have grown in the ways that I am growing. I have come to understand that sometimes “bad” things are necessary for growth. Most days I believe that these experiences are not necessary and we are mere cattle and lab-rats. But as an objective investigator, I still have to wonder if in the end there is a greater purpose for this hardship. With that being said – I have not seen any revolutions or evolvement for the benefit of the species in chickens or cows since we have been slaughtering them for our own nourishment…

TAS: If your hypothesis is correct, how does that change the day-to-day lives of human beings on this planet?

Dennis: If my hypothesis is correct, then this should change everything. It also explains human suffering, war, and hardship. If humanity could realize that our suffering is by design, and we could understand the mechanism behind that design, we could find a way to design our own “matrix.” We would be empowered to create a better way of life, based on helping one another instead of fighting for our own piece of the pie, which in my opinion, is much easier than one may imagine. If we all started making those small changes and caring about one another and our relationship to the planet, I believe the majority ( but not all) of our problems would disappear.

TAS: Some people might dismiss ideas like these. What would you say to those people?

Dennis: I probably wouldn’t say much to them. It is because of these types of people that I took so long to go public with my thoughts and ideas. They are a part of this system of control, and so was my silence. If anything, I would encourage them to read my book. It’s free online and a quick read. If they are willing to have an open dialogue, free from unfair judgment, then I am happy to hear what they have to say, even if they are being critical. We sometimes learn from our greatest critics. My goal is not to be right – my goal is to work together with others to find a better way.

TAS: Dennis, what else are you working on right now? What’s top of mind for you at this moment?

Dennis: I always have several projects running at any given time! I can’t wait to get back into Food For The Archons (Book 2), since I stopped writing half way through to create I Am Human. As a publisher, I am proud to be working on The Art of Service, A Collection of Haiku Poems by my good friend, Lori Latimer. We are publishing her inspirational haiku poems in a beautiful collection this May. I am also working with a former student who is writing a book about his experiences growing up with special needs. He has a powerful story and an important message to share. For more information on these projects, readers can visit www.ServiceOfChange.com/Projects.

Lastly, I am also currently working on an online classroom management course for teachers that I hope to release this summer.

TAS: Now, I Am Human is a short teaser for a more in-depth second book you’re writing, correct? How can people get Book 1 and when do you expect Book 2 to be available?

Dennis: People can read Book 1 for free at www.ServiceOfChange.com/IAmHuman when they sign up for The Seiker Newsletter (also free). We are building a great group of readers and interested people who want to explore this topic further and hopefully find some concrete answers.

Right now my goal for the release of Book 2 is March 2016. It’s such a great project, and I can’t seem to type fast enough to get all of my thoughts down. I am excited to eventually get some feedback on it, as I go into greater detail with my personal experiences and provide some research to support not only what I have experienced, but what I think may be happening to us. Subscribers to The Seiker will get updates on the progress of the book, along with some teasers along the way. In addition, they can get a little more insight at www.ServiceOfChange.com/Archons.

TAS: Readers can also hear you, along with your partner Joel Shafer, on the Service of Change podcast each Thursday night, correct? Where can readers find your podcast?

Dennis: Yes! Every Thursday at 9:15 pm, Joel and I host our Changecast: The Podcast for Change. Our goal is to interview helpers, free thinkers, and people having a positive impact on this world in hopes that our listeners can find inspiration, motivation, and concrete ideas on ways they can start their own journeys of change. For more information, readers can visit www.ServiceOfChange.com/Changecasts or subscribe to us on iTunes at “Service of Change.”

TAS: Dennis, thank you so much for investing your valuable time to bring your insights to our readers. What would you like to say to them in parting?

Dennis: Ray, it has been my honor to be a part of this discussion. Thank you so much for your time and interest. I’d like to tell your readers that despite the darkness that may be hanging over our heads, and despite all of the fear that is spread throughout the Internet and media outlets – there is hope! The system is designed to keep us afraid, but there is a better way. Start small. Look within and ask yourself what you can change in your own life that will make things better for you. One step at a time, and we can make a huge difference. As I say at the end of each show, “Small changes among the masses can have a massive impact around the world. Be the change!” Thank you!!!

TAS: Dennis, thank you. You’ve given us all much to think about. I know I speak for readers when I say, we’re looking forward to Book 2. I want to urge everyone to take Dennis up on his offer to download I Am Human & We Are Not What We Think We Are. You won’t regret it.

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

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52 Reflections on “Us” vs. “Them”

There is a dangerous virus that pervades many minds on this planet. It is so woven into the fabric of our conditioning that many don’t even recognize it in themselves. The assumption that “We’re right” and “They’re wrong” is a given to many people on this planet. There are the true believers who believe that their race, religion, political affiliation, nation, ethnic group, or point of view are unquestionably superior.

This virus is ancient and it is persistent. Do you remember this scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey? How different are many of our actions today from this primitive display?

Then there are many who fall into this mindset simply from conditioning of one kind or another. They come not to recognize the bias any more. There are also those otherwise happy, positive people who, because of some traumatic or horrific event, have found justification for giving another group globalized characteristics. There are some who just flat believe humanity cannot change.

To me, this mindset limits us, keeps us in perpetual cycles of fear and violence. We feel justified, even righteous in shouting down or shooting down “Them”. I don’t pretend that this post is going to change all of this. My goal is to simply make you reflect on the degree to which you subscribe to an “Us” vs. “Them” mindset in your life.

These are a combination of Tweets from the past few years and some new thoughts as well. May we all continue to grow and transform this mindset in our lives.

  1. When the labels start, the critical thinking has stopped.
  2. Those who live in a world of “Us” vs. “Them” never contemplate that they are someone else’s “Them”.
  3. How arbitrary and fate-driven are the things that divide us. How conscious and choice-driven are the things that unite us.
  4. There is no greater impediment to the world we seek than the refrain, “But they…”.
  5. The tribe says, “Pick a side”. The wise say, “Been there. Tried that.”
  6. As long as your mind is divided into “Us” and “Them”, your world will be too!
  7. Those who divide the world into “Us” vs. “Them” miss the point. It always “Us” vs. “Us”
  8. Leaders who use “Us” vs. “Them” to secure their power deserve neither leadership, nor power.
  9. Hatred is a fire and its first victim is the hater.
  10. “Us” and “Them” are tyranny’s two favorite constituencies.
  11. “Us” vs. “Them” is a fear-centered world. A fear-centered world disempowers all of us.
  12. “They started it!” Two-year-olds in the sandbox or the mantra of world leaders in the “Us” vs. “Them” paradigm?
  13. The borders in our minds and the borders in our world are built of fears.
  14. Labels are toxic mental residue masquerading as critical thinking.
  15. There is no difference between a fundamentalist “Us” and a fundamentalist “Them”.
  16. “Us” vs. “Them” is a dead end mindset…literally.
  17. Whatever anger rules, anger destroys.
  18. Every time you think of the world in terms of “Us” vs. “Them”, you are empowering the dividers.
  19. Who you are born is fate. Who they are born is fate. Who we become is a choice.
  20. Many a king has kept “Us” together by creating a frightening “Them”.
  21. Those who divide the world into “Good Us” and “Evil Them”, must always avoid looking into mirrors.
  22. “Tastes Great” vs. “Less Filling” politics only conditions the mind of the people, robbing them of half their right to vote.
  23. The divisions we grow in our minds are the divisions we find in our world.
  24. We label what we refuse to understand.
  25. We live on a tiny blue ball in a great black vastness. How do we manage to convert that into division, rather than togetherness?
  26. In the mindset of “Us” vs. “Them”, peace is impossible and war is inevitable.
  27. But for fate, “They” would be “Us” and “We” would be “Them”.
  28. Every dogma that you hold, holds you. Every grudge that you hold, holds you.
  29. When you look for evil in others, you find it. When you look for goodness in others, you find it. That change is not in them. That change is in you.
  30. Labels are mental blocks that stifle discussion and critical thought, beginning in the mind and continuing out into the world.
  31. Open your mind to “Their” perspective. Walk a mile in the “Their” shoes. Read something you don’t agree with.
  32. Focus on seeing the “Us” in “Them” and the “Them” in “Us”. Soon you forget who is who.
  33. The unconscious superstructure underlying “Us” vs. “Them” is that I am part of “Us”. That, by default, makes “Us” right and “Them” wrong.
  34. As long as there are borders in our minds, there will be borders on our maps.
  35. See the world as “Us” and “Them and it is. See the world as We and it is.
  36. In the mindset of “Us” vs. “Them”, their evil justifies ours.
  37. Never was a greater money maker devised than war. Never was a simpler trigger for war devised than “Us” vs. “Them”.
  38. Every division on this planet is human-made and can be human-unmade.
  39. Let us transform fear into love and division into common purpose.
  40. Let us come out from behind our masks; come out from behind our labels; and live in peace as human beings.
  41. Let us create a world where fearing each other is ridiculous and loving each other is as expected as the next breath.
  42. Let us create a world where the adjective we are all most proud of is human being.
  43. Let us create a world where we love each other for our commonalities, rather than despising each other for our differences.
  44. Let us create a world where kindness is seen as a strength and violence is seen as a failure.
  45. Let us create a world where living in peace is as expected as the next breath.
  46. Let us get beyond our petty differences and move on to life’s bigger questions.
  47. Let us create a world where respecting our differences is as expected as the next breath.
  48. Let us each listen to our own heart and to the collective heart; both of which are calling us to greater things.
  49. Let us be quicker to love and slower to judge.
  50. Let each of us commit our lives to mending fences, rather than building walls.
  51. Let us live according to our hopes for each other, rather than our fears of each other.
  52. Let us remember the commonality of our human predicament and the things that connect us rather than those that divide us.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race.  He’s the author of the breakthrough novel Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com

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Extraorindary Thinker or Ordinary Thinker? – The Affirmation Spot for Friday May 16, 2012

We all have choices in life. One important choice is to decide if you are going to be an ordinary thinker or an extraordinary thinker. What’s the difference?

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  1. Ordinary thinkers are fear-driven. Extraordinary thinkers are love-driven.
  2. Ordinary thinkers believe they are victims of fate. Extraordinary thinkers know they are choosers of destiny.
  3. Ordinary thinkers approve the status quo. Extraordinary thinkers improve the status quo.
  4. Ordinary thinkers strive to be cool. Extraordinary thinkers strive to be themselves.
  5. Ordinary thinkers are tenant farmers in the paradigms provided by others. Extraordinary thinkers are constantly planting new and exciting paradigms in their lives and in the world.
  6. Ordinary thinkers trust experts. Extraordinary thinkers listen to experts, but trust themselves.
  7. Faced with adversity, ordinary thinkers give up. Faced with adversity, extraordinary thinkers give more.
  8. Ordinary thinkers expect little and receive it. Extraordinary thinkers expect much and receive it.
  9. Ordinary thinkers employ labels. Extraordinary thinkers seek understanding.
  10. Ordinary thinkers believe in chances. Extraordinary thinkers believe in choices.
  11. Ordinary thinkers think life happens to them. Extraordinary thinkers know life happens through them.
  12. Ordinary thinkers allow their doubts to rule them. Extraordinary thinkers allow their dreams to rule them.
  13. Ordinary thinkers believe one setback can stop everything. Extraordinary thinkers know one great idea can change everything.
  14. Ordinary thinkers conceive the world as “Us” vs. “Them”. Extraordinary thinkers see only we.
  15. Ordinary thinkers are comforted by easy answers. Extraordinary thinkers dare hard questions.
  16. Ordinary thinkers conform to the tribe. Extraordinary thinkers transform the tribe.

Let us all commit to extraordinary thinking today. Ordinary thinkers become extraordinary thinkers every day. Why not you? The hero you’re waiting for is waiting for you in the mirror.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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Poem: Psychology of Seasons – The Affirmation Spot for Friday October 7, 2011

Today’s Affirmation:

The Universe provides for me in direct proportion to my gratitude! Today I am rich!

My dog Mia and I just went for an amazing walk on this beautiful early Autumn afternoon. We still have Indian Summer going here right now with temperatures in the 80s, but the shift in season is still clear. Everywhere you look leaves, walnuts, hedge apples are strewn across the ground. With every gust of wind, you can hear more of summer’s fruit and life falling to the ground in death. The squirrels are hyperactive right now gathering the ground’s bounty for the winter they instinctively know is ahead. Seasonal changes represent more than climatic transition. They also alter our psychology.

Our ancestors truly recognized and appreciated the meaning of the seasons. They celebrated and revered the cycles of the seasons.

The life that comes to be in the Spring and flourishes in Summer begins to dwindle in the Fall. Today’s post is a poem I wrote in 1993. I hope it captures the magic and meaning of the transition to Fall.

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Psychology of Seasons

A sun-drenched sky
on windy autumn day;
out across open fields
passing clouds make shadow play.

Silent beauty in multi-hues,
but ominous in a sense;
for though today be delightful
darkness soon gains precedence.

Shortly days will end too soon
as the leaves of autumn blow.
The gods withhold their aid
to the lifeforms down below.

A chill permeates the air
and death is all around.
Evidenced by dying trees:
their leaves spread on the ground.

Depression need not be our course;
all things must come to pass.
Death is an integral part of life;
perennial as fields of grass.

For very soon rebirth takes place
and all springs back to life.
To our hearts the glow returns,
bringing end to stress and strife.

Given time we come to find
and perhaps appreciate
the coming of darkness and death
who’s end gives cause to celebrate.

Copyright Ray Davis 1993, 1997

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

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Myths to Be Dispelled in 2011 – I: The Affirmation Spot for Thursday December 30, 2010

Today’s Affirmation:

As I uncover the big lies in my life and in my world, my big truths set me free!

If we are to transform ourselves or transform our world, we must be willing to let go of some myths. We must be willing, not only, to release the myths but also speak the truth. Over the first few weeks of 2011, I’m going to be sharing some myths that I believe we must address. Love to hear your comments and thoughts.

Myth: Our leaders consistently tell us we have a security deficit. Their prescription is perpetual war, the end of privacy, and mistrust of each other.

Truth: We have a humanity deficit. We must wage radical peace, support freedom over repression, and trust each other more than ever.

Many will read this and the first words out of their mouths will be…..”But they…”. “But they…” has become an excuse for not working on ourselves – an excuse we can no longer afford. There are those, perhaps in the Pentagon and in caves in Pakistan, who are saying right now, “You can’t reason with these people. They only understand one thing.”

As I said, a humanity deficit. When we don’t address humanity deficits they become security deficits. The answer? We must start calling the problem what it really is. Then, and only then, can we hope to solve it. Our humanity, not scanners, walls, and wars, is the solution.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Questions Empowered People Ask Their Leaders – The Affirmation Spot for Friday November 19, 2010

Thoughts of the Day:

“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Will our world be love-centered or fear-centered?

In the United States, we just completed our mid-term election cycle. That is the election that occurs half-way through a President’s term and includes Congressional races for all house seats, one-third of senate seats, and many state and local elections.

Since the election I’ve been thinking that we ask our politicians – our perspective leaders – the wrong questions. This extends beyond the United States and to everywhere elections are held.

We ask questions like:

  • Which party are you?
  • Are you conservative or liberal?
  • Are you left or right?
  • Are you for big government or small government?
  • What are you going to give me, if I vote for you?

These have become the default questions associated with elections around the world. Stop and think for a moment. Are those really the most important questions to you, your life, your children’s lives? Do those really answer the fundamental questions of life, the future, or creating a better world?

I have created a list, by no means exhaustive, of questions that empowered thinkers should be asking their politicians and leaders. What do you think?

  • Love and fear – We live in a world that will either be created by loving mindsets or fearful mindsets. Do you support and promote a love-centered world or a fear-centered world? How would you act, as a leader, to transition our public discussion from fear-centered to love-centered?
  • Abundance – Do you believe we live in an abundant world capable of meeting everyone’s needs or do you believe in a world of limits where have and have-not are a permanent characteristic of human society?
  • Future – There are many entrenched interests trying to slow the future because they control the present. Do you support a society that pursues its best ideas now rather than waiting until certain interests have milked every last dime from the status quo? How would you act now to make sure our best ideas are leading us into the future?
  • War – Do you believe war remains a legitimate avenue of state power or do you believe it is a childish and outdated means of settling human disputes? How would you act to make sure war is always an absolute last resort? Further, how would you work to promote more peaceful relations with friends and foes alike?
  • Human dignity – Do you believe that every human being is entitled to pursue his or her goals and dreams fully? How would you act to demonstrate your support for that principle?
  • Freedom – Do you believe in a world where economic, spiritual, and cultural ideals are not vilified? A world where we do not fear certain words and, instead, work for the best ideas that benefit the people? Do you believe in a world where the rights of all people to practice their spirituality freely and in peace is neither enforced nor discouraged?
  • Financial – Do you believe the people of this planet, through elected leaders responsible to the people, should control their own currencies and financial existence? Or, do you believe the financial existence of 6.5 billion people should continue to be dictated to them by unelected, unresponsive entities (central banks) that have demonstrably created financial crises, squeezed credit markets, demanded bailouts, and now are in the process of crashing national economies to gain greater control? What would you do immediately to restore national control of currencies to the control of entities responsible to the people?
  • “But They…” – Finally, do you believe in a world where powerful political, corporate, and spiritual leaders are not permitted to use the five-year-old refrain, “But they….” as an excuse for continuing the status quo?

These are just a few of the questions I believe empowered thinkers across the political, cultural, and spiritual spectra should be asking their leaders today. You probably have some of your own and I’d love to read them in the comments section.

One final question. If we were able to persuade our leaders to pursue a world like the one envisioned by these questions, would you be prepared to live in that world? It’s a serious question for all of us to consider.

One day we will live in a world where the main adjective we use to describe ourselves is human. That world cannot be forced upon us. We must grow enough to wear the clothes of that world. I believe we have it within us to be free, tolerant, and sharing human beings. That is the very essence of a love-centered world.

The powers that be and the purveyors of the status quo do not believe that. They believe the fear-centered, corrupt world is all we are capable of achieving. They believe this is “the best possible system”. Do you? Do the leaders you just elected….be they left, right, democrat, republican?

We can have a love-centered world where people are free, nations are prosperous, and we work together on issues of global concern. Or, we can continue down the path of centralized financial control, child-like squabbles over religion, economic systems, and natural resources; wasting generations of people as we go.

The choice, as it always has been, is ours. Which will we choose?

Stay inspired and be empowered!

Ray

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Political Affirmations and Truisms – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday October 28, 2010

Thought for Today

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.”

~ Charles De Gaulle

Over the past several days, I have had several people share with me how tired they are of this political season. Few things in American life expose us to more negativism and leave us feeling more slimy than political campaign ads. It seems there is little many of these politicians won’t do or say in their thirst to rule over the rest of us.

Make no mistake, Charles De Gaulle had it right. Politicians speak of themselves as servants, but think of themselves as masters. They believe they know what is best for the rest of us and – right, left, Democrat, Republican – they seek to impose their wills upon the people rather than allowing the peoples’ collective wisdom guide them.

Worse yet, the system has produced generations of either/or thinkers caught in a hopeless ping pong match between two parties whose clever branding keeps people believing that political salvation lies just beyond electing “my party” to power one more time – this is the time. I know it is. It must be.

This self-perpetuating system locks out voices not deemed “mainstream” (i.e. linked to one of the two parties). Disempowers people by convincing them that there are only two choices – vote for “the lesser of two evils” or drop out of the system completely.

Millions torture their minds daily with visions of the horrors that will befall the nation if that other – evil – party is allowed to have power. They are exhorted by talking heads – radio and TV – who pose as bringers of news and information, but are simply party mouthpieces conducting daily revivals for the party faithful. They whip up the fear, whip up the doubt, whip up the division.

My friends, this blog is about empowering you and me and empowering our minds. That is my commitment to you. Many times that comes in the form of affirmations or feel good stories, but there are times when the hard issues must be dealt with and I will not avoid them. Our minds have been enslaved by these two parties to believe there is no other way to the future, but through them.

The time has come to stop giving your power to personalities and political parties and begin again to claim it for yourself and for each other. We have been divided and conquered by this political class and it is high time that we unite take our power back. We must stop waiting on heroes and realize that we are the heroes.

I hope these affirmations will help to re-engage a healthy independence and skepticism of the powers that be. I hope they will help to re-energize your thinking and bring you back to that calm political center where sound decisions and reasonable dialogue can take place. Vote your conscience next week. Vote for yourselves and your families. Don’t vote based on “Tastes Great” vs. “Less filling”.

The time is now to take back our thinking and take back our power. Select the political affirmations and truisms below that resonate with you and keep them near you this political season.

Stay inspired!

Ray

  1. One awakened mind begins a revolution. Many awakened minds begins an evolution.
  2. Until we question our beliefs, we are simply the product of someone else’s programming.
  3. I am a free human being empowered to share this Earth peacefully with all of existence!
  4. I believe in humanity. I believe in our potential. I believe our best days lie ahead!
  5. We are exiting a era marked by fear and disempowerment and entering an era of awakening and possibility.
  6. The status quo is a powerful drug, but every day is a rehab of new possibilities.
  7. I have the right to support the troops and oppose needless wars at the same time!
  8. I have the right to speak my mind as a free human being even when it is against the prevailing trends!
  9. Sometimes status quo can seem permanent. Just remember that every status quo replaced a previous one because of determined people.
  10. Regardless of my party affiliation, I intend to hold elected officials of both parties accountable.
  11. Fear is the greatest weapon of the status quo. An open, empowered mind is your way beyond that fear.
  12. Today I unchain my mind and walk consciously into the light of freedom.
  13. I am not left. I am not right. I am awake!
  14. I don’t believe in blue states or red states. I believe in empowered states of mind.
  15. When institutions fail to serve the people the people should cease serving the institutions.
  16. Where ever tyranny chains hearts, I am the loudest voice for freedom!
  17. I reject war, torture, terrorism, or dogma as solutions to humanity’s disputes. The needed change lives within us!
  18. Society can chain your hands and feet, but only you can unchain your mind.
  19. I demand leaders who take my interests to heart. When they don’t they lose my vote.
  20. I believe in restoring a political environment where WHAT is right supersedes WHO is right!
  21. I refuse to participate in being divided and ruled as “Us” vs. “Them”.
  22. I seek a politics of common ground rather than one of battle ground.
  23. My life and my thoughts are my responsibility. I will never cede them to government, media, or any other institution.
  24. Tolerance only for those who agree with me is no tolerance at all. Today and always I am tolerant.
  25. I believe in empowered people not empowered institutions. Empowering institutions is poor substitute for empowering ourselves.
  26. The time has come for peace on this planet and leaders who cannot lead us there are not fit to lead!
  27. The peoples of this planet want peace, prosperity, and happiness. It’s time now to have leaders who are aligned with that desire.
  28. If being controversial shakes up the status quo, then I will shake, shake away!
  29. I refuse to be divided against my neighbors for the empowerment of the political class.
  30. I select my leaders carefully. I do not respond to fear. A leader seeking power through fear reaches for tyranny next.
  31. Fear – imposed from within or without – is mental tyranny. Beware of leaders who constantly inject you with it to support their agendas.
  32. Group-think is one step away from not thinking at all. You’re an individual. Think for yourself.
  33. Status quos were made to be broken.
  34. Real truth and real love never have to hire fear as their salesperson.
  35. We can live in the sunshine of our hopes or the shadow of our fears. We must select leaders who are sun-bringers.
  36. This world can run on fear and hatred or love and compassion. We must choose the planet/nation we want.
  37. Freedom is purely and simply oxygen to anyone seeking self-development, achievement, success, or enlightenment.
  38. The powerful have always sought to control humanity through fear. Empowered thinkers look beyond fear to truth.
  39. Fear closes minds. Love opens them.
  40. Everything enters the realm of possibility when you release the power of the status quo. Break its chains! Escape its gravity!
  41. I have the freedom to explore my existence and its meaning on my own terms.
  42. I am constantly unbuilding the box they would build around me. Freedom is my destiny!
  43. Today I empower myself to think outside boxes and push my paradigms!
  44. In the political history of humanity, freedom is simply tyranny contained. Those who wish to be free and empowered do well to remember it.
  45. Our thoughts create our world. If six billion people on this planet demanded peace, justice, or freedom we would have it immediately.
  46. I am a free human being empowered to reject tyranny and oppression in all its guises.
  47. Even Stalin allowed people freedom to agree with him. The real test of a nation’s commitment to freedom is how it tolerates dissent.
  48. Freedom persists only where populations are informed. “Us” and “Them” are tyranny’s two favorite constituencies.
  49. The freedom to think, act, express, dream, change, and simply be are are prerequisites for human dignity and happiness. They are non-negotiable.
  50. Giving freedom to others is about looking at the world through enlightened self-interest rather than dogma or fear.
  51. Let us create a world where kindness is seen as strength and violence is seen as failure.
  52. Tyranny always comes bundled in a thousand good reasons, but not one good one.
  53. Modern tyrants are more sophisticated. They don’t put tanks on the streets they place chains on the mind.

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