Tuesday, October 22, 2013
When what we want to experience for ourselves is what we want for each other, we will have started building a lasting society and civilization.
Because there are many ways to accomplish this, we will see a lot of cultural creativity.
And this has started all over the world through millions of organizations and grass-roots efforts.
In fact, that is what is changing the face of our governments right now.
The conviction that “we are all created equal” is a very powerful statement.
It has been taught now, through the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States, for almost 250 years.
That is a lot of time for a lot of people to practice and to think about these concepts.
(See “Democracy”, at www.MusicandBooksforChildren.com.)
However, since we are not only not doing it perfectly, but in some cases we appear to be moving in the opposite direction, this is a particularly challenging time.
But it is also a time of greater awareness and consciousness.
We have a different philosophy of life from the times of kings and hierarchies.
As a result, our nation, for many years, has enjoyed a status of freedom and prosperity unequaled in past times.
With everyone able to pursue a good education and to run businesses and to work for so many small business owners, carry out scientific research at universities and to value experiences in Nature, we have practiced great intellectual and personal freedom.
The attempt to return to outgrown notions of hierarchies and special privileges through the power of money will ultimately fail.
We will see how it works its way through the legislative and judicial bodies of the U.S. government as more and more citizens take part.
Ultimately, because the notions and practice of freedom have been experienced by so many, this will succeed.
It will succeed because we have all seen the power of outrage against special privileges.
Only in what takes care of us all, in the ways that best uplift society, will we see satisfaction in the way our governments are run.
© 2013 Kathryn Hardage
Thursday, October 17, 2013
It is inaccurate and unfair to give anyone or anything else the power over you or your situation.
This includes your personal situations, your work, your relationships, even your government.
It you look to someone else or circumstances as a cause, you lose the opportunity for self-development and personal growth.
Furthermore, you give up control when you blame something or someone else.
As I began to gain control over my attitude about myself during a long period of severe trial, I was amazed to discover that I got most of my own goals accomplished plus a bonus.
I was really able to discover that by loving myself all the time, and I had to develop the capacity for this, I grew so far beyond my present circumstances that not only was I affected, but so was my husband.
I learned what I desired to learn from a knowledge standpoint, and I became able to realize that negative motives could never undermine my feelings about who I am.
This was so important to me, because I always felt I was battling an impossible situation in life due to early childhood trauma.
By overcoming what looked and felt like aggressive tendencies from outside, and concentrating on what I was living with inside, I was able to completely transform my living and working situation.
And my husband was affected positively also.
If I and other individuals can do this for ourselves, it seems to me that our collective development of this practice will transform our community and government situations, as well.
© 2013 Kathryn Hardage
As a nation, we are being told many lies about ourselves by very persuasive media methods and economic controls.
But, also as a nation, we know better.
We were all raised on the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States.
The men who wrote these documents were very courageous in stating the principles of freedom.
These principles still stand.
We must engage ourselves in their practice more consciously and fervently and elect representatives who are also committed to these principles. That is what the Oath of Office affirms.
We expect to practice Liberty, Equality and Fraternity among ourselves as a citizenry and also among all other nations.
Are our policy-makers enacting actions which produce these in our relationships with other countries?
We only need to protect ourselves from the evils that we do.
Then we will spread respect and trust.
Constantly being told that we are in danger only means that our policy-makers are willing to create danger for other countries.
I believe in the principles that founded our country and allowed it to prosper while they were being practiced.
The fact that so many are not prospering is easily seen in the ridiculous favoritism that our lawmakers have succumbed to.
Wake up and remember who you are! Wake up to love of country and to the rights of all people in the United States.
Stand for this and become more than you are in this moment.
© 2013 Kathryn Hardage