A February day in the Gregorian reckoning. I'm watching two hawks circling above my apartment window. I have just completed fifty-two years and a week on the planet. For forty-seven of those years I have been reading. Perhaps, ten percent of that material was fiction. As the hawks spiral in and out of a cloud, I have a loftier view of my own ignorance. My world is the same and my reward is a better formulated question. This is likely the best that can be attained. Constantly refining the same questions does not abrade my spirit to the slightest degree. Humility is a constant companion on any personal journey. I can speak of the road to entertain children, I can compose a buleriá out of words to make dance the feminine part of your mind and I can relate experiences that will make the hairs on your neck stand up. Although useful, these skills are easy to abuse and I am reluctant to employ them for my own sake. The bird nearer to the earth has the prettiest song. Why is the eagle's cry short in comparison to the trill of a red-winged blackbird? The former sees the world from a grand perspective, while the latter sees the world from a very close range. Think about that. We are at an important juncture in our journey. It is time to look at our compass. If you are familiar with astrology, you know that Pluto has left Sagittarius and entered into Capricorn. A powerful catalyst. The Destroyer is known by many other names. Think of the next fifteen years as winter. Consider nature in winter. Apply those phenomena to other things such as your internal mental world, your community or your country. You can widen the scope of your analogy to include the world. Nothing induces shock like something unexpected. Shock has a paralyzing effect. In the days to come, we must be nimble and adaptable. Sounds ominous? It is. What's the good in it? I venture this: Much has been putrefying in our world for many years. This will be converted to fertilizer. Dead branches will be torn from trees. Hidden things will be revealed as they are destroyed. Intuition will be proven fact. Inside of ourselves and outside in our world. What can we do? Nothing and everything. We can be worthy of our planet. The more I understand, the more I love. I am a rooster and so I crow: Wake boys and girls! Pull thine heads from thine arses and greet the light of day. Cancel the television and throw away your papers and magazines. Put your medications, vitamins and supplements in the garbage. Drink a glass of water. Dress yourselves without using a mirror. Walk outside. Look around. Think about what you see. Particularly if it is unpleasant. Try to be truthful today. Listen to everyone. Don't believe any of them. When you get home, use your computer to investigate what you heard. Don't believe any of it. Use the library and use the bookstore. Don't believe any of it. You are gathering twigs for a fire. You are not filling up a bucket. Put all the twigs of information into the stove of your intellect and allow the fire to burn. Eat an apple. The part you cannot use will come out of your butt in due time. Knowledge works in the same manner. Realize that the majority of what you were taught was not true. Move forward! But do not forget. Now ask questions. Who designed the monetary system that we use? Whom does it serve? Why are more North American deaths due to allopathic medical treatments than all other causes combined? Who are the Bilderbergers? What is the Round Table? What is the Royal Institute of International Affairs? What is the Council on Foreign Relations? Who is awarded a Rhodes Scholarship? Was Cecil Rhodes an honorable man? Who administers the World Trade Organization? Who owns the World Bank? Who was Adam Weishaupt? Who were the Templars? Why is there a Black Pope at the head of the Jesuit Order? What is the Illuminati? Which Nazis were brought to America with the help of the Vatican and what did they do? Who funded Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Marx and Napoleon? Why is Washington D.C. a corporation? Why is the City of London a corporation? Why is the Vatican a corporation? Why are the three of these locations rife with Masonic symbols, such as Egyptian obelisks? Was Akhnaten the real Oedipus? Why did he impose monotheism, worship Aten and consider himself the son of the sun? Why is the Mahabharata filled with detailed descriptions of flying war machines? Why can we not determine who exactly were the Hyksos? Why is 85% of the human genome not utilized? What would be our capabilities if we activated this unused code? How can people understand Hegel and not recognize dialectics in the world? How can there be global warming when the earth has been cooling since the early 1950s? Why was Ezra Pound locked in an asylum? What is the Codex Alimentarius? Quick, it will be imposed at the end of this year! If a 1/4 acre multiplied by the 6.5 billion persons on earth would not equal the area of Australia; how can it be argued that our population is excessive? Why can different religions be converted to another by exchanging a few names and dates? If we are capable of committing atrocities against them over there and they are capable of doing it to us here, aren't we also capable of doing it to us here? Does the fossil record support Darwin's Theory of Evolution? Why should artifacts be kept in the basements of museums because they conflict with dominant theories? Is it not better to challenge our intellects? We have settled for half-truths. We have been drugged and hypnotized. We have been acting like beasts instead of human men and women. Though this is not entirely our fault, it is entirely our responsibility. The deception is very deep. A man was once asked what he thought of civilization, Christianity, science, medicine, academic education, etc. He answered that it would be a good idea. Another man said that it is no indication of health to be well adjusted in a profoundly sick society. Who are the bad guys? A good question with no simple answer. Questions become refined with increased awareness and answers are perpetual works in progress. You and I are the bad guys. Ignorance and sloth are bad guys. Shame and fear are bad guys. Bad guys knowingly manipulate these things. We are composed of a core, an ego and an umbra. The ego is a necessary costume for the play. The core is our potential to become. The umbra is a being composed of everything in us that we do not allow ourselves to express. It acts as the gatekeeper and will challenge any entry into our potential. We are intended to transcend this. Our awareness must journey from our egos to our cores and discover our true identities. That is the moment that our lives actually begin. Spiritual birth. The trail is blocked by the umbra. This being is molded in large part by the institutions of societies. When it gets powerful enough, the negative energy can make us act badly. It can also transfer onto others and make them act badly. In the extreme, it can manifest as an external entity. This is truly undesirable. The collective consciousness works the same. Carl Jung taught us this. Now pick up the newspaper and watch the cable TV. It will be evident that humanity has become so repressed that the gatekeeper has usurped the stage. There is something we must do to help. We can confront the demon inside. Remember, if you allow me to make you my debt-slave, I can easily coerce you to victimize others. Who's the bad guy? You or me? Who is the victim? The being with the most fear is more dangerous because of an insatiable need of power. Fear causes a collapses of energy and attracts negativity. Love is the opposite. Fear is malleable. Love is the potter's hand. What things are frightening to inbred trillionaires? Now, there is a question to ponder. External to ourselves there are things seen and things unseen. A cobra eternally confronts a wee mongoose. The mongoose always wins the fight. We are terrified of cobras. No one is terrified of a mongoose. The mongoose recognizes the danger and adroitly utilizes the fullness of its capabilities. Less than this would seal its doom. The true recognition of danger is not the same as fright. Trucognition. Recognosis. Trucognosis. The benefit of trucognosis is that it functions fully in the frequency that we have given the name of love. If the mongoose was mentally impaired, the cobra would have a better chance. The cobra is frightened because it has not the element of stealth to complement its poison. From the outset, their battle is a dance which is led by the mongoose with love. Discover what you are. Become sober and trucognize what confronts you. You are the mongoose. Keep the definition of love in the fire of your heart. Never put it in a bucket as if you understood it.
Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.