“All the darkness of the world cannot put out the light of a single candle.”
By Fred Burks
Almost two decades ago, I first discovered and then educated myself about hidden levels of deception in our world that I had never previously imagined. I then wrote an essay detailing what I found to be the four most fundamental methods that certain very powerful groups in our world use to deceive and manipulate the public, and to keep us addicted to what I call the old paradigm. Even more importantly, I describe in this essay what we can do to break free of these influences and create a new paradigm that supports and benefits all of us.
Now, almost 20 years later and during these most intense times of Covid-19, I find that these four methods are fully in play, perhaps more now, than ever. I invite you to read the concise essay below to explore how you are being affected and what you can do to break free and join in playing the role that best suits you in building a new paradigm on our beautiful world. I especially invite you to notice, in the current climate, where you are falling into fear and polarization and how you might shift this. Thanks for caring.
With best wishes for a transformed world,
Fred Burks for the PEERS empowerment websites
The Old Paradigm
Together, we are creating a new paradigm on Earth. Yet in order to give meaningful suggestions to further support this, we must first speak candidly about the old paradigm. There are factions within the world’s power elite that want to exert as much control as possible over the world.
Their primary means of establishing control is through promoting fear, secrecy, and polarization to prevent people from discovering their deeper purpose in life. When these factions gain greater power and control, our freedoms and liberties are increasingly taken away, sometimes without us even realizing it.
Fear is used as a powerful tool of control by these factions. “The terrorists want to kill us all. Your job, home, and retirement are no longer secure. You are either for us or against us. We might be attacked at any time.” All of these messages push us towards fear. By encouraging us to focus blame on others such as terrorists and “evil” leaders, the global power brokers push us away from feeling in control of our lives and towards the role of powerless victims, so that we look to them for protection. The more we slip into fear and being victims, the easier it is for us to be manipulated.
Secrecy leads to control through preventing the exposure of hidden agendas, and through breeding distrust, suspicion, and paranoia in the world. In the name of “national security,” we have been told ever more frequently that we should not know what is happening behind closed doors in government. Yet we are encouraged to keep vigilant watch over our neighbors, over those who question the government, and over those who look or act different than us, as they could secretly be terrorists in sheep’s clothing. Rampant suspicion and secrecy cause us to lose touch with the common humanity we share with all life around us.
Polarization leads to “us vs. them” ways of thinking. “Divide and conquer” is a tactic that has been used successfully by the power elite of the world for centuries. As long as people focus on blaming and attacking “the enemy,” they are not likely to look for the deeper causes of their problems. Factions within the power elite work to keep public and media attention focused on issues that polarize public interest so their growing money and control grab remains unnoticed. The power brokers then control both sides of the divided public by assuring that corporate ownership of the media and key candidates from all political parties support their deeper power and polarization agendas, which often involve war profiteering.
A final subtle, yet powerful method of gaining control is to distract people from their purpose in life. Consider that television, radio, and movies have been filled with ever more greed, violence, and empty sex. Our educational system has increasingly prioritized passing tests over developing intelligence and creativity. Excessive corporate control of the media has limited what news we receive, and often shapes our decisions and the way we think. Our attention has been subtly diverted from our deeper purpose in life to the more superficial attractions of sex, consumerism, and money.
When we succumb to fear, secrecy, and polarization, and when we lose touch with our sense of purpose in life, elements of the global elite are able to exert ever more control over our lives and world.
The New Paradigm
What can we do about all this? Ultimately, it is the collective fear, secrecy, polarization and loss of purpose within all of us that has allowed leaders to take power who would subvert democracy, and who would take away our freedoms and liberties. By each one of us making a commitment to work on these issues both inside ourselves and out in the world – and to inspire others to do the same – we are changing our collective direction and building a solid foundation for a new paradigm. Several actions can help us to take firm steps in that direction.
Develop purpose and intentions for your life. To live full, rich lives in today’s complex world, it is vitally important to give your life clear direction by exploring what is deepest and most meaningful to you, and by developing life purpose and intentions based on this. Then choose to live your intentions and follow your purpose to the best of your ability every day. By choosing to live with clear direction and focus, life becomes deeper and more meaningful. This then weakens the seduction of consumerism and media hype which distract us from our purpose, and allows us to more effectively focus on creating a new paradigm.
Choose to transform fear into acceptance and love. When we notice ourselves feeling fear, we can trace the roots of that fear. That way, we are able to identify our core challenges and deal with them more consciously. We can open to guidance from friends, teachers, and spiritual sources to help us move from fear to acceptance and understanding. We can also transform our fears through welcoming the ever-present love of our divine creator, and the love that lies deep within our own hearts, and the hearts of those around us. In doing so, we begin to recognize fear as an invitation to growth.
Become aware of when you are playing the victim role and choose, instead, to take personal responsibility for creating your new paradigm. When we blame others for our problems, we are not taking responsibility for our part in creating them through the choices we make. At its worst, we can end up blaming others (including the power elite) for everything that’s wrong in our lives. Or, we can look inside ourselves and take responsibility for our part in what’s happening in the world around us. By focusing less on blaming others, and more on self-improvement, every one of us can make a difference, both in our lives and the world.
Avoid secrecy and encourage openness and transparency. One way to do this is to work together to inform friends and colleagues about the major cover-ups being hidden from the public. Then in our personal lives, when we notice ourselves keeping information from others, we can examine our motives for this secrecy. Are we withholding information out of our own self-interest, or because this is really what’s best for all involved? And on a deeper level, where are we avoiding being honest with ourselves?
Move beyond polarization and the focus on “good vs. evil” and “us vs. them.” Consider the possibility that all of us are doing what we believe to be right based upon our beliefs, circumstances, and upbringing. Each of us has a place in our heart that wants only to love and be loved. As we focus less on blaming and judging “them” and more on supporting the highest motive in all people – including members of the power elite – we increasingly come to see that we are all one human family, and that we can choose to transform our world by working together for the good of all.
And finally, come together in groups and communities to support each other in making these positive changes. In these groups and communities, we support each other in transforming fear into acceptance and love. We exchange information about all that is being hidden from us and explore ways to move beyond polarization. We also share our life purpose and intentions and encourage each other to live these as fully as we can. And we inspire each other to take responsibility for our lives and to be the best we can be. When we gather in community to support each other in these intentions, we join in building a growing network of inspiration and empowerment around the planet.
These suggestions emphasize changing the collective consciousness of the world by changing our individual lives. Let us also do all that we can to stop destructive behaviors of the global power elite. Yet let us not overly focus on changing the outside world without first having a solid internal foundation, lest we fall into blaming others, and into the polarizing “us vs. them” ways which only further divide us. By reminding ourselves that the most powerful change starts inside each one of us, we can develop more balance and strength to then work towards positive change in the world.
As we change ourselves from the inside out, we send ripples of inspiration and healing out into the world. By joining together in groups and communities to support each other in this, those ripples become waves which are powerfully helping to create a new paradigm for all of us.
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