Chicken Little 2.0 – Day 132 of 365 Days to a Better You

The power to create fear is the power to control and manipulate.

You all remember the tale of Chicken Little. He’s nursery rhyme character who is struck on the head by a falling acorn and concluded, “The sky is falling.” This story, or a similar one, has appeared in dozens of cultures going back at least 2500 years. It appears The Brothers Grimm were the first to transition from the story from oral tradition in the early 18th Century.

As you’ll recall, Chicken Little’s adventure begins with a real event. He’s struck on the head by the falling nut. However, he magnifies the actual event into a much more fearful proposition – that the sky is falling and every one is at threat.

The story is a cautionary tale of believing those preaching the approach of calamity or even you as an individual buying into catastrophic thinking.

That story was simple compared with what we deal with in our modern world. I call our situation Chicken Little 2.0. Chicken spread his story by personal word-of-mouth. He spread what he believed to be the truth without ulterior motives. There’s no institutions with agendas in the story. There’s no media or social media megaphones to spread the panic instantly. There’s no constant repetition of the fearful exaggeration until it soaks into everyone’s minds and becomes orthodoxy.

In the end, Chicken and his friends’ fear allowed them to be manipulated by Foxy Loxey. Our fate, if we’re not careful consumers of information, can be much worse. Today there are institutions with interests and agendas who take the kernel of truth in a story like Chicken Little’s use it to make fearful shadow puppets to manipulate the population.

This is highly disempowering and runs counter to our modern concepts of a society of, by, and for the people.

Power hack: How can you tell when some idea with a truthful base is being manipulated to control through fear. There’s a pretty simple playbook that uses a pretty simply equation and you can spot it easily once you know what you’re looking for.

Some have called this Problem-Reaction-Solution. A powerful entity has a solution it wants to implement. It waits for an event or creates an event designed to get a reaction from the people that causes them to become fearful and demand the solution the entity already planned.

Event + Fearful/angry reaction = a demand for action = implementation of the plan.

We see this over and over again in our foreign policy. There’s no time to think. There’s no alternative. We are at risk by some evil in the world and we must take immediate action. These decisions are forced upon the populace with a “sky is falling” attitude and no one is permitted the time or the space to ask whether or not it’s true or it’s true to the extent being claimed.

This has been used against populations from time immemorial to control and manipulate. When you hear one these scenarios. Look around, proverbially, is there sky laying on the ground around your or just an acorn? Why does the purveyor of the information want you to short-circuit critical thinking, give up freedom, or worse because of this threat?

Why am I talking about this on blog focused on personal development? Because nothing is more important to our individual and collective development than that we act from the conviction of our hears not the shadows in our brains. Our way forward is to break the Chicken Little cycle not perpetually play that game over and over again. Reason, wisdom, and humanity must drive our decision-making not fear and anger, especially fear and anger manufactured by those who want to keep us marching to Chicken Little’s drum.

Stay informed and you stay empowered!

Ray

 

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Random Thought #16

We shouldn’t be surprised that dystopian visions rule our mass media when so many people dismiss raising our vibrations and our thoughts as merely platitudes. We must stop sipping poisonous thoughts as though they are the enlightened, educated perspective, if we are to move forward as a species.

The dystopia is nothing more and nothing less than an attempt by forces that don’t really want an awakened humanity to keep our vibrations low. We must raise them anyway! We decide our future and it’s time we start acting like it!

 

Freedom Vs. Control

Electrons revolve around the brain. Concept of idea.Every time you give your power to decide your path or to be who you are away, you are disempowered.

Freedom struggles in the face of controlling paradigms because many lack a strong enough impulse to be autonomous.

It is as though much or our species lives in a traumatized state that seeks someone to fill in the blanks for us. Religion, government and other institutions have successfully stepped into the void for thousands of years to fill for us.

In our time modern times, mass media has ushered in an era of control through “cool”. People have learned that they are empowered by being like someone else, rather than finding the unique qualities and purposes that make them who they are.

It is not a cult of the like-minded and conditioned by centralized authority that leads to the Nirvana we seek. Some see this centralized control – often through government – as the only means for solving a nation’s or the planet’s problems. But I believe, it is a planet filled with autonomous, self-empowered individuals that choose to work together for the common good.

The former is our weak-minded, easy-way-out attempt to reach the same end. The latter must be our goal.

That is not to say we can operate in a selfish bubble. Nothing we do is without links and impacts on everything and everyone around us. A free empowered individual is one who creates bonds of choice and mutual benefit rather than being forced.

I think it is an innate mistrust in humanity driven by constant examples of reasons to doubt the motivations of those around us and our secret feelings of inadequacy and uncertainty that drive us to concede our potential to some outside authority that “knows better”.

The challenges are many in going from where we are now this state of empowered autonomy linked to a commitment to the common interest. There is probably not even agreement on what that human being looks like and some will deny it’s even possible. Some would surely use their increased empowerment for destructive ends, like a teenager experiencing the first taste of freedom. We shall not have that answer until we set its attainment as our priority. None of these can be a reason not begin down this enlightened road.

The how is uncertain and this is what frightens the powers that be on the planet. Because they have interests to protect. They have come to value order over any other virtue.

How can you begin? You can begin each and every day by being aware of who and how you give your power away. You can strive to use the power you do have judiciously, positively towards your interests, but not selfishly or abusively against others. You can mentor those in your sphere of influence to do the same.

You can begin to see that institutions are there to serve our needs and not the other way around. Understand that their authority and relevancy comes from the people they serve. You can pull yourself in the direction of freedom and autonomy one decision at at time, until any other approach seems foreign to you.

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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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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Collective Mental Empowerment Part II – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday June 25, 2009

Today’s affirmation is:

“Moment by moment, brick by brick, we are building a world full of things more important than our fears.”
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woman_eyes_closed_sun_rsOur world is an amazing place full of beauty and potential. Each of us is a miracle waiting to bloom into magnificence. The fear liberally spread in our lives reduces our enjoyment, causes us unhappiness and pain, and creates scenarios where we lash out at each other.

Collective Mental Empowerment Part I focused on the problem of disempowerment and fear-based messaging in our society. We discussed the disempowerment that occurs when we buy into that messaging from a place of fear rather than evaluating it from a reason-centered or love-centered focus.

Today’s article provides some practical ideas about how to reverse this trend in our individual and collective lives. Again, books could be written on this topic. I hope these tips will help you begin to re-empower yourself and help the people around you do the same.


What Can We Do?

raised_arms_horizonSo the question always is, “Great, you’ve identified the problem, but what can we do to change it?” There are really several very practical things that each of us can do to counter the negative messages around us, empower ourselves and each other, and limit the effectiveness of fear-centered messaging. If we do the following things, we will find the mental/spiritual mood on this planet lightening immediately and we will re-empower ourselves to live the lives we came here to live.

  • Become Aware of Disempowerment Techniques and Messages – look before you leap to support. Demand that leaders provide legitimate reasons for action and reject solutions based in fear. Every single time someone is trying to get you to think something or do something based on fear and in a hurry; question it carefully. Consciously deactivate your fear center and shift to a reasoning or love-centered evaluation of the situation. It makes sense to run the other way, if you encounter a black mamba. It doesn’t make sense to refuse to ever visit Africa because you might encounter one. Watch for solutions that throw the baby of freedom out in the bathwater of fear.
  • Examine Your Own Beliefs – examine your beliefs. Are they yours or second-hand? What are your ideological, spiritual, and political blind spots? How can they or how have they been used to get you to buy into things you know go against your conscience or better judgment? Do your religious convictions really demand you judge all others? Do your political convictions really go along with limiting the freedom and potential of those around you towards some end? A lot of this is unconscious and has been whipped into your through constant repetition and social reinforcement (they call that brainwashing in some circles). Expect resistance! You have believed many of these things for a long time and you may have a lot of “skin in the game”. Accept that this is going to happen and get through it.
  • Release Your “Yeah But…” – there is a tendency when awakening begins in this process to encounter some mental “yeah buts”. “Yeah but” the world is sometimes a dangerous place. “Yeah but” everyone is going along. “Yeah but” if I let my guard down. Your “yeah buts” stand as guards keeping you cycling in fear. What comes after your “yeah but” is an area for you to work on shifting your thinking.
  • Help Others Examine Their Beliefs – just as you may have been existing in a mental/spiritual fog on these topics, others are too. Once you are clearer on how mass manipulation works and on your own values (the ones that come from within you), you can help others do the same. Once you are alert to these fear-based parlor tricks, they will become easy to spot. Others may struggle to see them at first just like you did. Be ready for some resistance.
  • Become an Empowered Thinker – Once you realize that you have been living in a kind of mental Matrix where your beliefs and actions are orchestrated, you will want to begin replacing those thoughts with your true beliefs – the ones that flow from your legitimate religious convictions, political perspectives, and humanity. Affirmations, visualizations, focused prayer, meditation, and other techniques can help you strengthen your beliefs and reinforce them. I call this your own personal ad campaign. You are now in charge again of your own thoughts and beliefs. You regain the freedom to CHOOSE. You do it from a place of spiritual and mental freedom.
  • Surround Yourself with Empowered People and Messages – counter and replace the disempowering messages in your life by being around empowered people and bringing empowering messages into your life. Practice techniques like affirmations, visualization, meditation, and prayer that give you quiet time to think, evaluate, and recharge.
  • Recognize Your Destiny – you – and everyone around you – are here on this planet in this time and in this place for a reason. It is not to think other people’s thoughts and manifest other peoples’ visions of reality. It is to think your own thoughts and manifest your vision of reality in an environment of freedom and respect. Think about it. When was the last time the peoples of two countries, two religions, two anything really got up one morning and thought to themselves we need to go to war against “them”? I’d propose never. Some “leader” came along and activated the peoples’ fear-centers and “created” the need for war. War is a CHOICE not to have peace. Poverty is a CHOICE not to share the resources of the planet. Fear is a CHOICE that we have been convinced is more “realistic” than love.

Messages from Great Teachers and Thinkers

We can make other choices, but only from a place of empowerment where we operate from a higher awareness and dismiss those who constantly want us cowering in fear. There have been great teachers and people who have been teaching us from a love-centered perspective for centuries. Humanity reveres these teachers, but ignore them when the rubber meets the road. Listen again. They are talking about empowered people living from their center of love rather than fear, anger, or hatred.

Jesus said:

“Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” He went even further. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Peter (at another time) got some clarification.

“Then came Peter to him, and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I say not until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.'”

There was no fine print, legal disclaimers, or ‘yeah but’ scenarios. There is no “Well, the President or the Prime Minister have to have all the options on the table.” There is no room for some supreme council to order us to hate our neighbor and war with them because they don’t agree with us. Jesus is clearly saying that we must love even our enemies and be a well of continuous forgiveness.

Buddha said:

“What we are is the result of what we have thought.”

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”–in those who harbor such thoughts hatred will never cease.

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”–in those who do not harbor such thoughts hatred will cease. For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule. The world does not know that we must all come to an end here;–but those who know it, their quarrels cease at once.”

What is Buddha telling us here? He is saying that all the reasons we’re given (or come up with ourselves) to justify our fear, our anger, our hatred are just excuses. As long as we are focused on how we have been wronged, we will never take the steps necessary to make it right in our world.

He continues by pointing out that only by shifting to a love-centered approach can we know peace – personal and global. He’s also talking about growth. He recognizes that the first paragraph describes much of humanity. He is calling on human beings to aspire to the second paragraph.

Mahatma Gandhi said:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

We are happy, Gandhi posits when our thoughts, words, and actions are in harmony. Can they be in harmony when we are encased in a constant state of fear and crisis? I would argue that our happiness depends on us harmonizing our thoughts, words, and actions from a place of love rather than fear.

“Fear,” Gandhi said, “Is not a disease of the body. Fear kills the soul.” He encouraged us when he said, “We must be the change we want to see in the world.”

Gandhi admitted the path is not easy when he said:

“I have only three enemies. My favorite enemy, the one most easily influenced for the better, is the British Empire. My second enemy, the Indian people, is far more difficult. But my most formidable opponent is a man named Mohandas K. Gandhi. With him, I seem to have very little influence.”

Gandhi points out that we are our own biggest obstacle – us. We know we want a different, better world (or life), but change is so hard. Our willpower fades in and out. We must stick with it and not give up. We must transform our thinking to a new level.

Albert Einstein said:

Einstein is known to history as the genius scientist, but he was quite the visionary and rebel against the status quo. He encouraged creative, “out of the box” thinking and abhorred those who simply “go along”.

“He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”

He encourage curiosity and questioning:

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its ow reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

” I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

Finally, Einstein tells us that we must transform the way we think to have the better world we all seek.

“The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.”

In his 1933 inauguration speech, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said:

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Today we have leaders and a media that seem bent on spreading the fear thoroughly and constantly. Whether they do it on purpose or whether they are just caught up in the same misguided ideas about who we are what we are doing here; I can’t say for sure.

What I do know is that when we live from a place of fear our horizons are sharply limited. Sadly, many do not even realize they are caught in this fear-based matrix that constantly pushes them to make decisions without engaging reason and love – the two most powerful centers of our being.

For our world to change, we must change. For us to change, we must empower ourselves and our thinking. We must never grant government, leaders, the media, or other institutions the power to short circuit our innate wisdom and intelligence. We must demand the freedom to express ourselves, to grow and change, and decide our own destinies.

Certainly, we cannot do this in a vacuum without taking into consideration the other people and creatures that share this planet and this destiny with us. However, we will get to a place where the human majority naturally takes that approach to life more quickly if we have an informed, empowered, and free populace rather than one that lives in constant fear of other people and the world around them.

I absolutely invite your comments and participation on this blog. I’d like to know how you think we can achieve these goals.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Affirmations: Your Personal Ad Campaign

Today’s affirmation is:

“Today I am reasserting my control of my thoughts and my actions.”

That’s Allstate’s stand. Are you in good hands?You’re a member of the “Pepsi Generation,” right? Do you, “Think outside the bun?” By the way, “What’s in your wallet?” And, of course, you know where to go if you want, “Always low prices. Always.”

The thoughts that you think have a huge impact on the quality of life you lead. Where do your thoughts come from? Are they truly your own? Do your thoughts on an average day support your goals or do they stand in the way of you achieving the things you really want in life?

In 2015, advertisers will spent $600 billion globally on direct advertising to mold your thinking about yourself and the world around you. It’s not unusual for political campaigns to spend millions of dollars to sway you to vote for a candidate.

That does not even include the news media, talk radio, your family, your church, and your friend at the water cooler at work; all of whom are constantly feeding your mind a steady diet of thoughts that counter and even undermine thinking that positively supports your desired direction in life. These professional marketers are extremely good at what they do. They often drive what’s hot and what’s not. Who’s in and who’s out.

They do it using a simple equation:

well-defined message + repetition = reshaped thinking.

Why do they want to reshape your thinking? Is it for some questionable purpose? Not usually. They are trying to reshape your thinking because your thoughts and opinions about something (their product, their message, their beliefs) influence your actions. Actions are the advertiser’s or the politician’s, or your mother’s real target. The reason they target your thoughts with repetitious ad campaigns (or, in the case of your mother, repetitious reminders) is that they know your thoughts eventually control behavior.

As human beings, we are susceptible to some very simple principles. One is that our thoughts lead to action and repeated actions become habits. Habits become your life.

their thoughts>their actions>their habits>their vision of your life

As habits become ingrained, our thoughts tend to reinforce and even justify the habits. In extreme cases, this thought, action, habit nexus survives even in the face of very negative consequences the actions create in our lives (i.e. addiction).

The good news is that you can take control of your own thinking by launching your own targeted media campaign. Looked at in one way, that’s what affirmations truly are. They are a targeted media campaign of your choosing designed to reassert your own thoughts on top of those drilled into you all day. You put the equation to work for you:

your well-defined message + repetition = thinking reshaped to your goals

You counter the message others are paying so much to place into your mind with thoughts of your choosing. So that your life becomes:

your thoughts>your actions>your habits>your vision of your life!

Am I suggesting you use affirmations to break your Taco Bell habit? No, but you could. The reason these marketers use this principle is because it works. I’m suggesting you can put the same power to work for you in your life.

You have thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back. Why not launch your own ad campaign to counter them?

It’s never too late start. Today is the day to begin shaping your own life, your own beliefs, and your own dreams again. After all, the real question is not, “What’s in your wallet?” The real question is who has control of your thoughts?

Empower your mind!

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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New Year’s Day 2009 – The Affirmation Spot for January 1, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“I constantly look for new ways to use creativity to enhance my work.”
(click the affirmation to hear it in mp3)

fireworks1As 2009 begins, 2008 and all its memories slip into the past. There they join memories from other years. It’s easy to allow our present to become a place where we long for the past. The past always seems somehow noble and safe from a distance. As long as we don’t live in the past, there is no harm in remembering it.

The past, though, has a lesson for the present. All those fond memories were once a “right now”. Did we enjoy them to their fullest when we were there? We remember them fondly now, but did we truly and fully experience their miracle then?

2009 is now full of potential and memories to be created. As we create them, let us pledge to live each one to its fullest and experience it to the max.

So what does 2009 promise? The words that come to mind are Transformation and Renaissance. There are some very hopeful and inspiring possibilities on the horizon.

Global – This year, I believe, has the potential for a Renaissance on so many fronts. It’s becoming apparent – as we’ve seen in recent months – that many of the ways we think about, see, and interact with the world no longer serve us.

Transformation is in the air as outmoded institutions and systems struggle to survive.  Renaissance is happening, but we must ensure it is the kind of Renaissance that leads to a freer, more enlightened humanity.

Bottom-up empowerment must win out against Top-down control. Centralized authority and control – be it governmental, economic, military, spiritual, or corporate – are the problem not the solution. These systems stifle the creativity and collaboration needed to advance.

However, these systems are going to try to hold on to power with white-knuckled determination. Their power and control are what they know and what they are comfortable with. In my opinion, it is not global recession we are witnessing, but global transformation.

That new posidigm is coming into view, but the existing negadigm is going to drag its feet. Wisdom and empowered thinking will be at a premium, but they will see us through.

Personal – Changes in the global system necessitate change within us. As we seek to grasp new models for universal advancement, we also have inner work that we know needs to happen.

Resolutions are great, but if you’re bold enough this year; replace your resolutions with revolutions. Your life can be transformed by this time next year, if you choose. You are the deciding factor.

There is no throwing the baby out with the bathwater here. What still works for the world and for us will remain. We are simply going to see a shedding of old paradigms created for another era. 2009 seems poised to be a pivotal year in this shift.

We are, indeed, living in interesting times.

Stay awesome!
Ray