…and what we can learn from it about ourselves and All That Is.
Every thought is a suggestion, a blueprint for action, and every action is a choice with consequences that work for us or against us. By understanding this, we elevate the importance of Thought Dynamics – the study and application of ideas in the creation of reality. As Beings of Aware Energy, or Consciousness, we are the Source and Substance of All That Is. In other words, All That Is thinks, feels, acts and reacts; therefore, we ARE! As we think, feel, act and react, we create. To change what we create, we must change what we think and feel, how we act and react. Can you see it? Can you feel it?
To put it another way, thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own and each of us an artist. With thoughts in the form of beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, we paint the landscape of our lives, and, sometimes, we paint ourselves into dark corners that are hard to paint ourselves out of, all in the name of living, loving, learning and evolving. Collectively, doesn’t it feel like we’re lost in a dark corner right now? If we’re concerned about our current state of affairs, what can we do about it? How can we wake up, wise up, and rise up to greater awareness and understanding?
So, if what we think and feel about ourselves and All That Is forms our intent, which in turn, forms our reality, does it matter where thoughts and feelings come from? If we act them out, don’t their consequences become part of us, something we must live with or learn from?
To explore the nature of Thought Dynamics and the application of ideas in the creation of reality, let’s begin with a couple of mind-shaking articles that recently appeared on Twitter. The first article entitled, Republican Messaging, was published on Twitter in a Tweet Thread posted by Ethan Grey June 6th, 2022: https://twitter.com/_EthanGrey/status/1534024357957230594. You can also read Ethan’s article on Medium at: https://medium.com/@_EthanGrey/the-message-of-the-republican-party-dont-tread-on-me-i-tread-on-you-936037958bce.
His Tweet begins with the idea, paraphrased, that “today’s Republicans believe they have the right to tell Democrats, and everyone else what to do, but Democrats and others, have no right to tell Republicans what to do!” Where do ideas like Dominionism and Stewardship come from? The Story of Creation in the Christian Bible, the Jewish Torah, and the Islamic Quran stand out as the most visible sources of these two organizing principles. In the Story of Creation, God said to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
The Principles of Abuse article, is posted by Red Lori Bright Eyes on both her Twitter account and Ethan’s Twitter account at the end of his Republican Messaging tweet. According to Lori, she wrote the Principles of Abuse in response to her father’s alleged sexual abuse of her and her half-brothers as children. Strangely, her manifesto seems to reflect the Hard Right Republican/Trump strategy for turning America and the rest of the world into a Hand Maid’s Tale of slavery and forced compliance.
This link will get you to her Twitter account and the photographic image of her interpretation of what constitutes Principles of Abuse: https://twitter.com/RedloraineV/status/1534296909593968640/photo/1. Here is a copy of what she says, along with my interpretations of what she alludes to for an easier read and greater clarity.
Principles of Abuse
By Red Lori Bright Eyes.
1. “Always distort the truth to make you seem favorable and frame the target of abuse as unfavorable.” (In other words, trash talk others to make yourself look better. This way, you won’t have to learn how to be and do better. Of course, remember that there are consequences that work for us or against us with every choice we make.)
2. “Always represent your motives to be beneficial while hiding the principles of abuse that are being used in whatever action is taken.” (When you pass laws that make voting almost impossible for constituents in the opposition party and grant Corporations the status of Personhood with the right to donate unlimited sums of money anonymously to the political party that reduces their taxes and subsidize their cost of doing business the most, your minority party is able to rule the majority party. By the way, do not call your vulture capitalism group, Billionaires United, call it, Citizens United! This way, everyone who believes what they hear, instead of what they see, thinks it’s in the public interest. Pretend you’re an angel while doing the devil’s work.)
3. “Frame any call to responsibility or consequences as invalid, and deny, deflect, distract, and attack the source of those calls.” (Deny any responsibility for the consequences of your thoughts and actions. Blame them on others.)
4. “Always promise what the targets of manipulation want, frame what you are doing as delivering what they ask for, and then do whatever you want anyway.
5. “Undermine any circumstances that stand in your way. For example, if a wilderness area you want to exploit (for personal and/or corporate profit) is pristine, get in and make an oil spill. Then there is nothing left to protect. Or, if you want to destroy public education, install an abuser (someone who will undermine its effectiveness). Destroy the agency (its function). Point at it as a failure of government and then implement your private education plan for profit.
6. “Isolate the targets of abuse by dismantling support systems, cutting off access to resources (defund), and opposing anything that could bolster (empower) the targets of abuse.
7. “Always take the best and leave the least possible for the targets of abuse, such as funneling PPE (personal protective equipment) dollars to military contractors while health care workers use trash bags for protection.
8. “Always use unfavorable circumstances to your advantage and if possible, turn circumstances against the targets of abuse, such as allowing COVID to ravage blue states while funneling dollars to red states.
9. “Always blame the victim for anything bad that happens to them, or anything that you do to them.
10. “Always pretend to be the victim in any situation. Co-opt (incorporate, steal, use?) any symbols or methods your targets use for self-defense.
11. “Never allow scrutiny of your actions and always reject any investigations.
12. “Use high control, propaganda, fear, threats and manipulation to manage the victims of abuse.
13. “Never admit to any wrong.
14. “Whatever you want to do is the only thing that is important and any suffering you cause along the way is inconsequential, or even enjoyable to you.
15. “Remove anything that allows the targets of abuse to feel empowered, exert power, or take agency (control) over their own lives.
16. “Always seek to create vulnerable or dire situations for targets. The more they struggle, the easier they are to control.
17. “Lie, cheat, steal, abuse, torment and destroy – nothing will stop you from getting what you want.
18. “Never allow any dissent (from members of your group).
19. “Normalize all of the above.”
What do the Principles of Abuse Say to You?
Here is my list of observations and subconscious reactions to Red Lori Bright Eyes’ Principles of Abuse. Whether her list of ideas and my reactions are historically real or hypothetical doesn’t matter; they now exist materially in the form of written words. Both sides of this divide are so polarized and potentially explosive that they serve as a great study in Thought Dynamics and how we create and change our reality, individually and collectively. Here we go:
A limited and highly destructive point of view. The Principles of Abuse represent a blueprint for a wrecking crew, haters, takers, authoritarians and those that like to imagine themselves as Lords of the universe. “I don’t care about what you think; sit down, shut up, and do as I tell you; I’m the leader and I know what’s best for you!” Bigotry (prejudice and intolerance) and egomania. Extreme Dominionism: “it’s all me and no we, it’s my way or the highway, I win – you lose, it’s every man for himself”. Extreme Dominionists believe in supreme authority and absolute ownership. In the extreme, they are polarizing, manipulative, divisive, oppressive, suppressive, selfish, self-serving and sociopathic. They support memes like: “greed is good, money talks and bullshit walks, might makes right” and, “if you’re black, stay back.” They buy up news media, create think tanks, and fund talk show hosts to spread propaganda and control what people think about themselves and All That Is. Predatory, use the law of the jungle to justify, control, and take advantage of others – life is a matter of survival of the fittest, eat or be eaten, kill or be killed. Support beliefs in scarcity, comparison, and competition to control the masses. Greedy, no morals, no limits, ruthless, opportunistic, parasitic. Value money, power, and privilege over love, truth, and joy; easily corrupted by money, a strong need for external approval from others in their group instead of looking within themselves for approval. Primary focus is on personal gain and survival, no matter the cost to others; manipulative, uncaring, exclusive, cruel, arrogant, jealous, heartless, spiteful, mean, bullies, intolerant, contemptuous, antagonistic, combative, fear-mongering, tyrannical, hypocritical, unloving, untrustworthy, traitorous, deceitful, back-stabbing, “what I think matters and what you think doesn’t, what I want matters and what you want, doesn’t. I deserve privilege and you don’t, I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m good and you’re bad, I’m above the law and you’re not, I’m somebody and you’re nobody, I’m in charge and you’re not.” Cut taxes for the wealthy, send jobs overseas to increase profits for investors, owners, and management. Increase taxes for the poor and cut welfare programs. Shunt public money into growing militarism and more weapons capable of destroying the world; irresponsible, rigid, and dogmatic. Earth-bound in thought and feeling.
Let Love and Understanding be the Light and Our Way
Wow, that was cathartic! It reminds me of the time I took a class in Abnormal Psychology. As we moved though the course, I found myself identifying with almost every definition of mental illness in the book. It seemed weird and funny at the same time. It’s the same with my reaction statements in response to the Principles of Abuse. I have personally explored many of the ideas in my list. I learned from them and moved on. As I mentioned earlier, every thought is a suggestion, a blueprint for action, and every action is a choice with consequences that work for us or against us. Aware Energy, or Consciousness, in whatever form it appears, wants to be and do everything in order to fulfill its greatest possible potential. Therefore, every idea has its own validity and it is fair game for exploration.
Is hating, punishing, and killing each other all there is to life? Absolutely not! We may not like who we are or what we’re doing now but we can love what we are, unconditional love helping All That Is fulfill its greatest possible potential, whether we’re consciously aware of it or not. To evolve freely, we must remember that beyond human law, there is no right or wrong, good or bad; there just IS. There is the difference between what we like and don’t like, what works for us and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t, in our oneness with and separation from All That Is, as both products of creation and creation itself.*
* To explore the boundaries of Being and Creation and everything else in between, slowly review the following ideas in the quiet of your mind:
1. …in our oneness with All That Is: Think about all the ways we’re connected to and dependent upon everyone and everything else mentally, emotionally, and physically. Without others to reflect us back to ourselves, how can we be who we are now and create what we want? Without oneness and separation, how can we become something more than we are now?
2. …in our separation from All That Is: Think about all the ways we’re separate from All That Is. We have separate bodies and minds, we have separate thoughts and feelings, and we have separate dreams and desires. We are free to explore the difference between what we like and don’t like, what works for us and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t. How else can we become our True Selves, the selves we love to be, individually and collectively?
3. …as products of creation: We’re free to explore what it’s like to be a target of abuse, an abuser, or anything we can possibly be. This idea is tough to swallow while we’re in human form because we fear suffering and death. In the form of Aware Energy or Consciousness, however, it’s all good because there is something learn from everything. For example, for those of us who remember our dreams, we often die in fights or accidents and then wake up, like an actor in a play.
4. …as creation itself: We are Source energy, whether we’re consciously aware of it or not. As Beings of Aware Energy, or Consciousness, All That Is thinks, feels, acts and react; therefore, we ARE. As we think, feel, act and react, individually and collectively, we create. To change what we create, we change what we think and feel, how we act and react. Everything we do in life and dreams is an act of creation, and no two things or actions are ever exactly alike.
By seeing ourselves as both one with and separate from All That Is, as both products of creation and creation itself, and everything else in between, we’re able to explore and experience ourselves and others in an infinite number of ways. In one moment or lifetime, we can see ourselves as lords of the universe to see what we can learn from this experience, and in the next moment, or lifetime, we can see ourselves as penniless and powerless victims in a cruel world of selfishness, pain, and suffering. As Beings of Aware Energy, or Consciousness, we are both the Source and Substance of All That Is.
Strangely, when I ask myself questions like: What do I want most for you; whether it’s directed at someone or something I love, or not, I come up with the same answer: love and understanding. The same holds true when I ask: What do I want most from you? Even when I ask myself these questions, I come up with the same answer: love and understanding. Ask yourself these questions! Who knows, maybe the experience below has something to do with it.
In late 1985, I had the good fortune of encountering the Energy of Unconditional Love as I drove an empty minibus over Mt. St. Helena in northern California. It was a life-changing event I would wish upon everyone who feels as troubled as I did when I was young. After entering the field of Unconditional Love, every memory of every real or imagined sin I had ever thought of, or committed in life, began to flow through my mind. Fearing that my transgressions would bring my encounter with the Energy of Unconditional Love to an abrupt end, I panicked and started shutting my thoughts down. Before that could happen, the Energy of Unconditional Love intervened and said, as if He knew what I was thinking: “Nothing you can ever think, feel, say or do can keep you from being loved unconditionally.”
After hearing His words, I sobbed even harder. To show my profound gratitude, I began performing feats of magic that are only possible through our inner senses and abilities. Near the end of my experience, and still within the energy field of Unconditional Love, it felt like home, my real home, not only for me but for All That Is. So, once again: “Nothing you can ever think, feel, say or do can keep you from being loved unconditionally.” Breathe it in!
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller
Always do the best you can with what you know and learn more to do better!
Always remember and appreciate how good we are, how much we do, and how well we do it.
What others will not or cannot do for us, we must do for ourselves.