Even before the rains that flooded these fields, US stockpiles of corn were projected to reach a 13 year low next year. Now that the Midwest is just beginning to dry out and crops that will be planted late this year will produce low yields, this bleak projection is not even a best case scenario. This is an extremely dangerous situation for millions of people around the world because the United States provides (provided) 54 percent of all world corn exports! In addition, shortages of soybeans, wheat, and rice were already making food more and more expensive. Shortly after the 36th levee broke, corn prices hit a record at the Chicago Board of Trade, more than doubling the previous 40 year average.
Most of us who surf the internet can afford to buy food but food agencies around the world cannot and the most impoverished and hungry people in the world depend upon them to survive. Many are not surviving.
What does this have to do with the soul? What does the rising price of food (and oil) have to do with the soul? Does the soul calculate value based upon supply and demand? Does it look for opportunities to buy low and sell high? What does it look for? What does it value? If you could see through the eyes of your soul, metaphorically speaking, what would you make of hungry people in Haiti and Pakistan rioting over unaffordable food while a few individuals profit and millions more watch in sympathy, turn away in pain, or numb them to this brutal reality?
The soul intends harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life, all of which are ignored in this tragedy. Hunger produces rage, sharing is scarce, and life is a cheap commodity (although corn and oil are increasing in value). It is easy to see speculators as villains, hungry and starving people as victims, and ourselves as concerned or shocked by-standers, but this perception is inaccurate and unhelpful.
We are never bystanders. What is in the whole is in us, and what is in us is in the whole. The desire to profit from circumstances, any circumstances that prevent food from reaching hungry children and their hungry parents exists in each of us. You can see it in you when you shop sales, bargain with a car dealer, and invest your resources. There are no villains and victims. There are only fellow souls in the Earth school learning the relationship between cause (choice) and effect (consequences of choice) and to distinguish between acts of love and acts of fear. The need to profit at the expense of others is an act of fear that produces destructive consequences. The place to challenge it is in yourself because that is the only place that you can replace fear with love, and the choice of destructive consequences with the choice of constructive consequences.
The soul is not concerned with the price of corn. It is concerned with love.
I'd like you to know that your books and M. Scott Peck's books have changed my life.
Love is the act of extending oneself for the purpose of nurtering one's own or anothers spiritual growth. My biggest passion is political activism. I am no longer a member of a political party but I believe in creating the most heavenly possible physcial circumstances on earth so that nobody lives in fear. I'd be interested in hearing your views on politics.
You have a love for community/state television. I do to although in Ireland we are only getting our first Community Television station DCTV (Dublin Community TV) next week. Unless one is abreast with political developments though most initiatives are marginal initiatives.
Politics is the art of the possible...
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I do wonder whether you see the current crises (global warming, peak oil, food shortages, overpopulation, etc...) as a crisis of the (collective) soul.
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After reading Gary's article, I am more concerned with love, because I refuse to be controlled by fear. Just watching the news can make even the most calm and faithful person anxious and scared. I find it a bit overwhelming at times. At this point, all I can contribute are prayers and hope. I do wonder though, as some people say, everything happens for a reason....what are the lessons to be learned here?
As one comment stated here, the writer wondered is all this reflected from the collective soul? It could very well be, if more people come from a place of fear and not love. I choose love and hope.
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Enjoyed your blog... as usual, very thought provoking.
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Every circumstance that we are faced with presents us with a choice. Do we choose to see the situation as one in which we have no power....or do we choose to act in a way that responds with the values of the soul?
The soul seeks harmony and co-operation. It seeks balance and equanimity. The soul is the very core of our being. When we reach through our struggles and pain to the power of our soul, we perceive things differently. Our focus changes from one of "me" and "I" to one of "we" and "us".
We become part of something much greater than our "little" selves.
The further we reach towards our soul...the larger this sense of expansion becomes, until we realise that there is no division whatsoever between us and the world.
What we value as individuals undergoes a transformation so that our values begin to reflect the needs of the entire collective.
When we reach for our soul...and act accordingly, our choices become appropriate and in alignment with the values of the soul.
For example, we learn to make do with less...so that others can have more.
Where there is imbalance, we seek to restore harmony.
We look for opportunities to contribute to the benefit and balance of the whole...rather than just the individual.
The floods and the subsequent rising price of food (and oil) is a signal to us that things are out of kilter.
By feeling our pain, and by using it to develop empathy and compassion with the pain of others around the world...we can use this experience to look beyond ourselves, and connect with the suffering of the whole.
In this way, this suffering will not have been in vain.
The remedy to this crisis is not to calculate value based upon supply and demand, or to look for opportunities to buy low and sell high.
The remedy is to reach beyond the immediate needs of the self...and consider the needs of the whole.
For where imbalance exists in the whole...discord, pain and suffering will continue to exist in the self.
By reaching for our soul, and acting in accordance with its values....we not only transform ourselves....we transform the world.
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I'd love if this was true but if we don't have systems of governance how can we cope?
Your idea sounds like socialism- but with God.
We need new symbols alright but I don't know what is the alternative and how that alternative can cope with the disintegration/end of the systems of governance that we know.
posted by Darren J Prior: July 19, 2008 at 10:16 AM Delete:
I am one of the millions who watch in sympathy, turn away in pain, or numb out to my emotional reactions in the face of this brutal reality sometimes. And I'm much more.
I have had many experiences of seeing speculators as villains, hungry and starving people as victims, and myself as a concerned and/or shocked by-stander.
This perception is inaccurate (thank Goodness...because it means I'm not powerless) but maybe its' helpful because it brought me here...to my willingness to see it differently, and to act on my new and ever changing (deepening) understanding.
Though I may "act as if" I am, I am never truly a bystander. Is there even such a thing really? Isn't bystanding an action also? Like "perfect in it's imperfection" "bystanding is a choice to not act... which is an action".
Thank you for reminding me that "What is in the whole is in us, and what is in us is in the whole."
Forgive my ignorance but while I(the highest in me) don't want to profit from circumstances that prevent food from reaching hungry children and their hungry parents..how do I make the connection to "shop sales, bargain with a car dealer, and invest your resources". Do these things always produce distructive consequences?
I know that the only place to challenge my fears is within me and I desire to create constructive, not destructive consequences, with my choices. AND I don't always know which choices to make that will create those constructive consequences.
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I felt the same way, tortured about where to start where to go, as there are so many things that need to be done, changed, loved.
Start small. One step, and follow through, it will get bigger all on its own until you see clearly what the soul wants you to do.
The soul will carry your heart.
World Hunger too big. Go to your local charity kitchen. Give a loaf of bread, small. Already the world is better for your love.
My soul, I discovered, wants to help those without voice, children and animals.
I would like to add that your book "The Seat of the Soul" was my greatest source of comfort after the death of my mother and it is still moving me in a direction that is positive. Thank you.
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So instead, strive to love the world, exercise personal responsibility and give where your heart and the creative soul within lead you.
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last night i dreamt of my personal transformation freeing myself from babylonia -strangely it was in the form of a waiter nightmare where all of the feasting clients were gorging on wine and food as fast as i could bring it to their table and the calm and simple couple in the back waited patiently for my attention -only through shifting my attention-looking beyond feeding the needs of 'regular consumption patterns/habits can i begin to create compassion and manifest in my day to day, a new paradigm'. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify.
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