A New Approach to Government

Think about the countless times you’ve heard about public resources being used to make connected individuals wealthy. Juicy government contracts ripe with overspending. Especially in times or emergency or wars. Overspending happens when you don’t personally earn the money but you are in control of it.

Once we pay our taxes it’s like those funds go into an invisible bank account that we are supposed to trust will be used wisely by those who are in charge of it. But when it comes to humans, I will bet on their instincts 1000 to 1. As much as I want to believe they will do the right thing for everyone, I am more sure they will do the right thing for themselves.

We have to learn that a government is not a real thing. It’s living, breathing, INDIVIDUAL humans that run government. Each person is driven by individual wants and needs, and for most people, looking out for the good of humanity is often down at the bottom of their priority list, after they’ve taken care of themselves or their families and friends.

There will continue to be ‘scandals’ because it’s pure fantasy to hope that any public official puts the public at the top of their priority list. That would be a real saint.

We have to wake up to a system that is not working. Trusting individuals to be in charge of public funds and resources.

Has trusting INDIVIDUALS with public resources ever been a strategy that has worked in the publics best interest? No. So why should we stay the course?

Let me propose an alternative strategy: be a real democracy, leverage the power of the internet and let the public decide how public resources should be used.

No more presidents or public officials, everything should be open to public vote. Only those who have read the bills and can properly answer questions are allowed to vote. Let people actually participate in their country’s decision making versus only participating in mock elections to elect pretend officials, to do the thinking for them.

In the open government I am proposing, taxes go into a public account and each person has a ‘public account’ with funds that can only be used on projects that benefit the best interests of the public. I’m willing to bet 8 billion minds are better able to distribute resources fairly than the officials in office now. And you can bet wars and weapons won’t be high on people’s priority list. Which will probably bring down the total taxes required to fund government substantially and happiness way up, as those funds are allocated to more constructive activities.

Let’s start with the 350 million in the US. ‘We the people’ may be used to the kind of government we have now, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. The red or blue ‘pills’ of political choice are just illusions. They both lead down a similar trail.

You might be asking: but what can I do, I am only one person? It’s that kind of apathetic thinking that allows the government to be run by the few, for the benefit of the few.
WE have the power, we have always had the power , but we were seduced into giving this power away to a highly organized, well constructed and perpetuated illusion known as big government. Folks, it’s just people, like you and I, on the other side of that fence! And there’s only a few people running the entire show! It might seem like they have a lot of resources, but only because they have OUR collective resources.

This is not socialism or communism, because even they required individual leadership corrupt on power. When you rely on a few individuals to govern the many, you will always have problems. You simply cannot trust an individual human to prioritize the needs of the whole above their own. It’s rare. And often involves a high degree of spiritual insight and discipline.

The chances of finding people like this to run a government are so low, it’s hardly a reliable strategy for good governance.

We simply have to stop relying on human INDIVIDUALS to do the right thing with public resources.

The world has never been more ready for this kind of digital democracy. We have no more need for puppet leadership, back door deals and secret squandering of public resources. The current structure has proven itself not to work, to pretend that millions of people can put their trust in the hands of a few is insanity.

Open Government: How do we get there? Be open to the idea of an open government, experiment at a local level, track the health and happiness of people as more important priorities than the GDP (gross domestic product or wealth of a nation), and let the idea spread.

Sailing into the Storm: Healing Emotions

I’ve been working through some deep emotions at this time I haven’t been completely in touch with. It’s amazing how things open up when you just make the decision to go there. I want to share this with you as I see this kind of emotional healing as the key to a better world.

There is so much more joy in loving deeply and being real, more than all the money or surface level pleasures in the world. It’s the emotional connection with life that brings out the richness of the experience. And it’s the honest relationships (very few) we have in life that help us reach deepest levels of emotional connection. It can be scary to openly love on a deep level, because this is where the most pain can be felt. Trusting another person to love you through this process is the most delicate of contracts.

There is one thing that truly unites us all in being human: we have emotionally suffered in one way or another. Losing someone close to us or putting all our trust in the wrong hands. There’s a complicated story for every person on Earth but the result is the same: the emotional weight and fullness of its uncontrollable pain.

What you do with that pain is really key.
Avoidance response: turn away, hide from it, deny it exists and live in your head.
Restless response: You can distract yourself and restlessly try to move on from one thing to the next.
Confrontational response: respond with anger and seek revenge.
These are all just strategies of coping with emotional pain.
But emotions are like mines.. They don’t just go away until you’ve dug them out and cleared them away, or triggered them by accident and are forced to deal with them then.

Humans are a simple species to understand: It’s our responses to emotional pain that almost entirely explain the infinite varieties of our behavior, for better or worse.

To make the most of this life and ensure you do not opt for the seemingly easier route of skimming across the surface after your first few major emotional challenges , you’ve got to BE WILLING to dive back down DEEP into the pain. Allow it to flow through you, embrace the hurt, the tears and all of it, fully without self judgment or regret. And without trying to change anything. Just ACCEPTING it, as painful as the reality might be. Not necessarily dwelling on any negative aspect of it either. But simply observing as your emotions burn at great intensity, observing that such a powerful force exists and questioning what positive can be learned from it. Like a curious child witnessing the great forces of nature for the first time.

Eventually, after facing the storm completely head on and allowing it to pass rather than running from it, you will experience a clearing. And in that clearing you will find gifts in the form of insights waiting for you. Furthermore, you won’t be as afraid about the next storm, now that know how to handle it.

The fear of the storm never really goes away. But the willingness to love at the deepest level of your being comes from the CONFIDENCE that you are stronger than the storm. And that you will not hide from it should it arrive again, you will go out to meet it. And you will find the gifts it leaves behind.

To truly experience life we must learn to navigate with our head and our hearts, and learn to master the inevitable winds and waves of our journey with the fortitude of captain that has sailed through many storms.

ACTIONS:
1- Cherish the relationships you have where you can love deeply, openly and honestly.
2- If you’ve been hurt in the past and have opted to cope with it in any other way besides confronting it, now is always the best time for clearing emotions.
3- Be confident that you will get better at handling the inevitable storms and don’t be afraid to love deep and fast when it’s deserved.

Redefining What Productivity Means, And Where It Starts..

Productivity is often defined as what you do physically. But productivity actually begins in your mind. Calming it, getting your head clear, planning your path. This is where true productivity really starts. Its easy to overlook it because you can do all of these things while laying down with your eyes closed.

Some of my most productive “work” sessions are spent laying down eyes closed, getting everything organized.

The first key to having productive sessions like these is learning how to fully relax the body. The second key is learning how to fully relax the mind. Only when the body and mind is relaxed is the stage set for more productive thinking and meditation. If you don’t first learn how to relax the body and mind, your body will fidget and your mind will stray all over the place – kind of like idle web surfing.

RELAXING BODY AND MIND
1 – Lay quietly and focus on breath, go over each muscle in the body and imagine bright, loving energy moving into it and tell it, that its OK to relax. Amazingly, the body doesn’t truly relax until you tell it that its OK.
2 – Now as your body is laying perfectly still, really focus on each in-breath and out-breath and say to yourself, I’M RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. The goal is to really try to bring yourself into the present. Its amazing how lost you’re going to be in all the thought patterns that have been running on auto-pilot. You’ll have to remind yourself several times what you’re doing and get back to focusing on your breath.
3 – Eventually the body AND mind will settle down as you find yourself able to remain focused in the present for several breaths. At some stage you’ll even feel like your body has fallen asleep .. indeed it very well may have! But you’re still conscious.
4 – When you’ve reached the point where the body feels like it has fallen asleep and your riding a wave of presence, this is the place where you can go in any number of directions with your intention, you can go deeper into contemplating spiritual insights that might pop up or you can think deeply about your next steps in life.

LETTING GO
The key to this whole process is learning to LET GO. The mind wants to hang onto all kinds of stuff .. and simply refuses to let go. It FEARS letting go, like you’re going to miss something important. It might throw up things you need to do or tasks you’ve forgotten about.

These are the thought patterns that make you feel like.. well YOU. They are things it carries around to feel a sense of identity. Whether its thought patterns around money, relationships, worries etc. You’ve got to learn to continue to remind yourself to let go and fall more deeply into a state of relaxation, while still remaining conscious. You can put your mind at ease by calmly writing down each thing that pops up and then returning to your immersion into relaxation.

If you want to travel somewhere.. if you want a vacation .. if you want to be at peace.. the greatest place to start exploring is inside yourself! Don’t get suckered into giving this precious gift away to your TV or some other distraction. Make time for it, its not just a luxury, its a necessity.