What is Consciousness?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

We started our company, What If It Really Works?, in 2003 on the NPR station, KOTO, in Telluride, Colorado. Our focus was and still is interviewing experts about New Science, New Spirituality and Consciousness Studies.  At that time there was seldom mention of Consciousness anywhere.

So we sought out people who could discuss this seemingly obscure subject.  One of our first interviewees was Captain Edgar Mitchell, Commander of the Apollo 14 Mission in 1972.  On the return portion of that mission, Mitchell had a profound experience of Consciousness as he was surprisingly connected to everything around him, including Earth from a distance of 225,000 miles away.

This experience was so powerful that he resigned his commission in the Navy and committed his life to finding out what it was. He founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences and discovered Consciousness was a hidden secret.

Physicist Dr. Claude Swanson wrote in 2010:“A century ago Neils Bohr proposed that, in Quantum Physics, human Consciousness has the power to disturb experiments.  Just a peek causes something called “quantum wave function collapse”, which means you just destroyed those nice wave patterns your particles were in. So, Consciousness is really powerful. Once you have looked, the particle behaves differently. Despite this enormously important role Consciousness plays, physicists have avoided studying it ever since.”

Well, that was the last century.  Now all of that is changing.  In the 1950’s, the renowned theologian, Paul Tillich described God as “The Ground of All Being”.

That brought God up close and personal.  God no longer lived in the sky somewhere.  He became the basis, the essence of everything.  God became the ground on which and within which all of our lives and all of our world is lived.  God is our ultimate concern.

Today advanced thinkers refer to Consciousness as the Soul of the Universe.  It is found everywhere, on all levels of reality, and has the power to show us the connection we have to beings on the other side of the universe, and to the smallest energies in all material, as yet undiscovered.

Consciousness is also the heart of understanding Quantum anything.  And you are going to hear more and more about this for the rest of your life.  This is at the core of the evolutionary leap our species is taking right now.  The purpose of evolution happening now is to create the new human, which is the target set by God to be the highest expression of God revealing Himself in the Universe.

This new species of human will likely be known as Homo Luminous, or Man of Light.  Light will be recognized as the universal conveyor of information and power. Jesus gave us a hint of all of this when he claimed himself to be The Light of the World.

So here, in two sentences, is a concise definition of Consciousness written in 1935 by one of our great Quantum Scientists.

 “The total number of minds in the universe is One. In fact, consciousness is a singularity phasing within all beings.”  Erwin Schrodinger, PhD.

 I hope you will take the time to think about this definition.  It is filled with secret information that will change our world.

 

 

 

 

Getting Serious, HCN, July 19, 2018

By Chuck Robison  

 

You may have attempted to keep an open mind as you have listened to the justifications many people give for why they support the current President of the United States.

On June 6, 2018 I posted one of my “Notes from The Masters Class” at:

Notes From the Masters Class, June 6, 2018

In this short video I compared the moral leadership, shown by Robert Kennedy on the night Dr. Martin Luther King died in 1968, with that of the current President and his leadership of the so-called Mexican immigration crisis. I concluded there was no moral, spiritual or otherwise valid reason for the establishment of children’s prisons and the irreversible separation of parents and children legally seeking political asylum.

The reality is we are treating our Latin American neighbors, who we have danced this waltz with for at least 200 years, in a way that is nothing short of the worst Dicken’s novel about children you could ever imagine.

If you are committed to being a Christian and endeavor to follow The Christ as close as you can, you know that central to The Christ’s teaching is the power and necessity of The Golden Rule.  This globally espoused rule forces you to place yourself in another’s shoes and ask how you might want them to treat you if you were in their position.

On a Christian’s best day in life, there is no way to justify the treatment of these parents and children as young as ten months old. Period.

If you can honestly say that as a Christian you believe our current President’s words and policies in this case are correct and justified, as many do, then God Bless You.  You are going to need that blessing when the tables turn, as inevitably they will.

America has begun the long, painful fall from the grace that has been our rock since 1776.  Cheerleading and supporting and praying for this moment in history, are the ardent Lost Christians who seem to have forgotten The Golden Rule.

If you are a Christian who still seeks to practice The Golden Rule, you have one tool at your disposal to compensate for these Lost Christians who also believe that all bets are off on any of the old rules, because the Christ is returning at any moment, but the reality is He is already here.  He never even left, as He promised He would be with us always.

Forgiveness is that tool.  Jesus demonstrated that from the cross, when He asked His Father to forgive the very people who had manipulated the power of the State to get Him executed for His radical teachings which contradicted the power and policies of the Jewish leaders.

His reason for asking God’s forgiveness for these people? “Father, forgive them for they do not understand anything about what is going on here. They are ignorant and cannot make good decisions.”  This paraphrase of The Christ’s Last Words reveals the profound spiritual blindness of the participants in the execution.

This moment in America’s fall from grace reveals that we have not yet learned what The Christ came to demonstrate:  LOVE IS ALL THERE IS.  All else is an illusion.

There may still be time to learn this, but I caution you:  There is not one shred of evidence in all of known history to suggest that an empire beginning its fall was able to right itself.

If it is possible to right ourselves from this crisis we have voted into action, it must begin with you and me and forgiveness. Forgive everybody. Period. Without having done that, your ticket into heaven is null and void.

Steven R. Vazquez, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT is our next live Interviewee on Thursday, May 17 at 7 PM at Unity Church of the Hills

This is our remarkable interview with Dr. Vazquez on Kundalini. A follow-up with Anne Beversdorf will be included soon.

Being Here Now. Hill Country News February 22, 2018


 

 

By Chuck Robison

In the Fall of 1971 I found my copy of Be Here Now, Baba Ram Dass’ classic introduction to Eastern Thought. I read it, and put it in a prominent and safe place in my library. From time to time, as powerful lessons arrived in my life, I would pull it out and discover that Ram Dass had added deeper understanding in my life with this magic book.

Here’s what I have learned so far.

Now was a big lesson. As a history major, I was and still am a person of deep nostalgia and reverence for the past. I can go there at the drop of a hat. I’ve spent my life taking notes and pictures and keeping memories….some pleasant and some not so.

I am also an early member of the World Futurist Society. I spend a lot of time in the future. Looking at trends, speculating about where we are going and sometimes discovering that I see a future that others do not see which reveals itself in time. I have trained myself to see as far into the future as I can possibly see. My concern for the place America finds itself in today is grounded in the fact that I can see a road we are taking developing into a major tragedy for America and the world.

It has taken me a long, long time to drag myself into being Present. But what a change it has brought in my life. The Past and the Future do not exist. Frequently the past turns out to be about guilt and the future about fear. In any case, you cannot be in either.

Living in the present allows me to see and feel and observe and participate in an authentic and complete fashion. In the present, I need hold nothing back. It is the only place where I can live life at 100 percent and at the speed of light.

Over the past two years I have begun to understand Being. Early on I received a heavy dose of needing to achieve. And I’ve done ok. But being driven to achieve all the time brings with it a belief that if I am not making and doing, then I am of no worth. So that leads to a life of constant striving, missing the mark, being disappointed and feeling the need to constantly strive for more.

But now, after only forty more years, I am beginning to understand that my willingness to just be, to just be present, reveals a huge secret. The Universe has a plan for me and has prepared me to accomplish that plan, and will provide all I need to complete the plan.

It’s the opposite of striving. As I become willing to just be, I find that my future and my role and my accomplishments find me, rather than my striving for them. They come as wonder-full surprises.

All of a sudden life has become almost childlike. Now I live spontaneously and even fearlessly. I am constantly reminded of the 1988 movie “The Incredible Lightness of Being.”

Being is an altered state, a higher dimension, a blessed discovery. And I am grateful God has allowed me to live long enough to learn this.

Austin Artist Robin Hunt Memorial Service

 

We attended the Memorial Service for our friend and Great Austin Artist Robin Hunt on Saturday, June 11, 2016, This little video is our reminder of this dear persons life and achievements.

Name a time you struggled with your faith and why. 

Hill Country News Faith Roundtable 2016-02-18

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By Chuck Robison

The concept of Faith Struggles is almost universal. From the plots of many of the Bible stories to the scripts of this season’s great movies, Faith is usually implied and often stated.

Based on what I have learned on this spiritual journey; faith is a minute-by-minute issue. For me, it frequently goes like this: I know what I want or need for myself or others and I ask God for it. I also tell God truthfully that I am willing to do as He directs me. And my prayer includes one caveat: “Please God, tell me what you want me to do in a way that I can not possibly misunderstand.”

And then I wait. I know that God works on His own time system and I am willing to wait, up until a certain point. Then I want answers. This is the moment of struggle for me. Faith says ‘God knows best’ and my desires will be addressed.’ But my time clock says this must happen now and I frequently act on my own advice rather than wait on God’s promised answers.

Usually nothing really bad happens and I go about my life, but I cannot be certain that the outcome would have been better if I had waited in faith for God’s direction.

For me the test and the message is that God is in control and it is a risk to play God with my own life or the lives of others. The other part of the risk is that God’s plan and His promises are far more powerful than I can imagine and by trying to play God, I automatically take myself out of the plans God has for me.

I am much happier when God prevails in my life.

Independence Day 2014

As a way to celebrate this sacred moment in our history, we present
Father A.A. Taliaferro, D.D. in a document which contains his best thoughts on what this day means.

The Fourth of July: Celebration of Freedom
By A. A. Taliaferro, D.D.

In the great annals of the history of man certain occasions have arisen that have been directly under the influence of the Most High, working through the mind and Soul of humanity. A great truth about life has been communicated to the Soul of man in various ways, through the Magna Charta, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Four Freedoms, the Atlantic Charter, the philosophers and the great thinkers of France and England, as well as those from the Orient. This great idea of the freedom of man has been preserved for Americans in the celebration of the Fourth of July.

This celebration has a spiritual nature, as the concept of Freedom and Liberty , Equality and Fraternity for all humanity has a spiritual basis. America was created for a definite purpose. The whole purpose of this country is to project all these great ideas throughout the world, not to just America, and to do whatever is necessary, even at the sacrifice of financial resources and time, to make it possible for human beings to know these truths. Humanity must be freed from the shackles of materiality. Humanity must also be freed from despotism and dictatorship, and from those individuals whose power and ego makes it possible for them to use humanity for their own self-gain.

The heritage of our country, in historical terms, is a synthesis of the great contributions that have been made in the past through the labours of all humanity, by ancient China and India, Persia, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, Europe, Britain, and of course America. The early struggles of man were material, and to a certain degree this is still true. But as man won through the power of his will and the steady accumulation in his mind the ability to conquer the earth, to master the techniques by which he can distribute those things that are created by his ingeniousness, he is becoming able to understand the meaning of leisure and the freedom that comes with the availability of time. Man is able to improve himself spiritually as he conquers the material world. The evolution of the material side of our nature, the physical, the emotional/desire, and mental, has enabled us to create material forms, then using the created forms for the betterment of humanity.

The principle of mass production is a very recent thing. The disciple Henry Ford conceived it, and his real contribution to America and to the world was not the automobile or any mechanical device, but the spiritual idea of groups of human beings working together for the betterment of the whole race. When this first began, it was a revolutionary concept. It was successful and effective in the real world, and was made available to the whole of humanity. It transformed the economic life of the planet.

To understand the meaning of the Fourth of July we must understand the spiritual meaning contained within the great historic past of humanity. Almost all of it is represented in the symbolism of the Great Seal of the United States . It took a long time to create the Great Seal. It took a lot of political maneuvering, because there were a great many people who worked on it who actually did not understand it. In 1935, the Great Seal was placed on the one-dollar bill, which is the single most used piece of paper in the United States . Those who look at it are reminded by symbols of the great spiritual heritage of our country.

The Great Seal has symbols with tremendous power. First, there is the eagle, which in ancient times was the symbol of human freedom, the spiritual freedom of the soul as it soared above the material world. The eagle flies higher than any other bird. This has come down as the great symbol of our country. Above the eagle’s head there is an interlaced triangle. This is the Star of David, ancient symbol of the initiates and of the entire process of involution and evolution. It is made up of thirteen stars that symbolize the twelve apostles, who represent the perfection of the different aspects of human nature, plus Christ, who makes the thirteen.

This great energy is creating a new heaven and a new earth, a new kind of political and social system that guarantees freedom for all mankind, without any exceptions. This freedom is the freedom to think as we choose, the freedom to worship God in our own way, the freedom from fear, the freedom to be what we want to be and can be in creating our life in a particular incarnation. This will ultimately be the guaranteed freedom for all humanity. It is the purpose for the establishment of America , not only to provide freedom for the people who live here, but for all humanity. The energy of love and wisdom makes this possible. Immediately surrounding the thirteen stars is fire, the great fire of creation. Surrounding this fire is the light that is the wisdom of the Soul. Just as the rose is the symbol of the Soul and of the perfected mind, so the human mind itself is the symbol of God’s final creative achievement. As human beings develop their abstract mind, they will become increasingly conscious of themselves as Souls.

Political power is the use of power that comes from on high that is radiated out into society through the Soul and mind by the persons who are placed symbolically in a position of power. They are only there temporarily for the purpose of dispensing power, which should be used as a blessing for all mankind, not just a few or a small group. If an individual in power would dedicate himself to this principle, he would be shown by illumination and the intuition the means of how this could be done. However, most people who are in positions of power do not want to do anything except for themselves or those who are around them, those who keep them in power. Today the arrogance and lack of humility of many political leaders, combined with the limitations of the concrete mind, block their registering impressions from higher realms.

Below the eagle’s body, the right talon holds the olive branches, and the left talon holds the arrows. In ancient biblical symbology, arrows stand for thought power, the power of the mind on the material plane. The olive branch stands for peace, the power of the soul’s energy, of “peace on earth, good will to men.” This is the very nature of love, and it is the revelation of grace in Christ at Christmas. These concepts can be brought into the rest of the world by America . Held in the eagle’s beak and rising above his wings is a ribbon or scroll with the Latin phrase, E. Pluribus Unum. This means that the great power of America comes from the realization of the union among individuals on a spiritual level, “Out of the many comes the one.” The tremendous power of this phrase is in the spiritual realization that eventually all humanity will be one. Just as man is one on the Soul level, some day he will also be one on the material side. The eagle is facing to his right, which means that the Soul is dedicated to the spiritual goals of manifestation and of creativity. The soul in humanity is unerringly leading man to the goal of his evolution and existence.

On the other side of the Great Seal, and at the other end of the one-dollar bill, there is the great symbol of the pyramid. This and the eagle, the symbol of the freedom of the Soul, are obviously related. It is impossible for us to be free until we conform to the laws building the symbolic pyramid. The pyramid is a very ancient symbol. Long before the pyramids were built in Egypt or Mexico or South America, the pyramid was the symbol of the building of the temple, just as Solomon’s Temple or the Temple of the Lord is the great symbol in Masonry. The power to build this pyramid is in the human consciousness, in terms of ideas. When we begin to live by these great truths, and incorporate them as stones in the pyramid, with Christ as the chief cornerstone, we begin to build a new culture, the future spiritual culture. The long history of the human race is the process by which this has is being done. It is being accomplished through trial and error, pain and suffering, through tremendous struggle, and the expenditure of great physical, emotional and mental energy.

The pyramid on the Great Seal is not completed because humanity itself is incomplete. Humanity itself must build the capstone that will complete the pyramid. This capstone is the Christ consciousness, the consciousness of the Soul that will transform and regenerate the material world. Christ is often referred to as “the Divine Redeemer.” Then there will be the universal recognition of the brotherhood of man, based on the Fatherhood of God. Above the pyramid is the capstone, which is surrounded by rays of light, symbolic of the Great Architect of the Universe. The capstone contains within it the all-seeing eye, standing for the divinity of the Most High. The meaning of the all-seeing eye is that there is a divine mind present in the material world, and in the human consciousness. It is looking out upon everything that we do. It is conscious of us, not only as individuals but also in group formations such as our family, the community in which we live, the groups with whom we work, and others with whom we are associated. This all-seeing eye is the ever watchful divinity that looks over everything and protects us from all harm, provided that we are doing the work and actually projecting into the material world the great Wisdom and Love and Will and Purpose of the Most High. As result of the fulfillment of the Lord’s Prayer, man will eventually express on earth the consciousness of the kingdom of heaven

Below the pyramid is the Latin phrase, Novus Ordo Seclorum, which means “A New Secular Order.” This new secular order is now being created. It is a brand new form of human political, economic, and social organization. It comes right out of the soul of humanity. It was not by accident or happenstance that America was started. It was started under the divine Will, the energies impressed into great illumined and powerfully oriented personalities through the Souls of these personalities, the main one being Thomas Jefferson. His great companion in this work was John Adams. They worked together for over 50 years, and they died within a few minute of each other, ironically on a Fourth of July. They were aged and Thomas Jefferson was in terrible debt when he died. He made little money during his lifetime. He gave himself completely and his friends recognized that his work was so great and important that he deserved what they could do to help him continue on the material plane. He created unbelievably wonderful things for the benefit of humanity and this country. Of course, he had the help of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, and the many others who were working around him.

The government of America is unique among the governments of the world in that its three branches are separate but equal, and correspond to the Holy Trinity or the three aspects of divinity, expressed in Christian phraseology as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Executive Branch corresponds to the Father, the first aspect of divinity and the Will of the Most High. The Legislative Branch is closest to the people and corresponds to the Son, the second aspect of divinity, the Love of the Most High. The Judicial Branch corresponds to the third aspect of divinity, as it interprets and adjudicates the law of the land, and represents the Intelligent Activity of the Most High. By these three branches being separate but equal, they serve as a check and balance on each other. Other governments, even some totalitarian governments, have Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches, but none of them have branches that are separate but equal.

Philosophers founded America , people who spoke, thought, and acted on the truth. They did not found this country for the selfish purposes of the people who would come after them. They lived in the selflessness of their philosophy. They gave themselves so that those who would come after them could benefit from their experience and their sacrifice. They were not religious in the generally understood sense of that word. Nevertheless, they were true philosophers. If ever there was a group in the history of humanity that had the consciousness of the soul working within them, it was the group of Founding Fathers that led this country to its formation, literally carving out of human experience a brand new nation, a brand new philosophy, and a brand new unselfish way of looking at things. They spoke the truth that it is possible for human beings to be free, to worship God in their own way, and to seek the truth, and to serve their fellowmen, and to make it possible for all of humanity in the future to do the same thing.

The word philosophy means the love of wisdom or the wisdom of love. It was originally intended to convey that ideal in the ancient oriental civilizations, as well as in the civilizations of Egypt , Greece and Rome . The philosophers were concerned with seeking the truth and devising techniques by which that truth could be lived by the people, for the benefit and well being of society as a whole.

The last President who was a leader in terms of philosophic principles was Abraham Lincoln, evoked by the genius and destiny of the race, coming forth from the very soul of the people. He was one of the most powerful Avatars which humanity itself has produced, and was very sensitive to Shamballa force. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Thomas Paine and others lived the philosophy in their daily life. They were willing to take the personal consequences in their life for their love of wisdom. They sacrificed their whole life for the sake of this country. They witnessed the selfish intrigue and shameless and embarrassing infighting among the delegates of the various states as they hammered out the Declaration of Independence and later the Constitution. These documents would make it possible for this country to be one nation, indivisible, and made up of the various states. The different groups of people came together, trying to understand that they must cooperate with each other or perish.

Today we have changed the philosophic system of thinking that our early forefathers used in establishing a philosophic democracy. We have changed the system of freedom that came from the philosophic principle of wisdom, to the use of that freedom for our selfish ends. The purpose of life today is to become as powerful and as rich as possible, with a minimum expenditure of energy, and to use our power and our riches for ourselves. We do not know how to think and feel or act out a change in our life because we are literally afraid to be unselfish. We do not know that there is a great power which communicates by the intuition to the individual who is willing to become unselfish, to give himself for his fellow man, that he will be given everything he needs to do this. It is a test of faith. He cannot ask for proof and then decide to do it. He must do it with the assurance from within himself that every step of the way he will be guided and protected and he will be aided and helped.

When President Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” there was a very great truth in what he said. The personality grasps for itself and holds with clinging hands, whereas the nature of the soul is to serve unconditionally, without expectation of recognition or reward. He was really saying we should get up every day and ask what we can do for the world and for our fellow men, instead of instinctively recoiling and wondering how we can finesse someone into doing something for us or manipulate events in the daily world for our personal gain. We should simply know that if we make the connection with the consciousness of the Soul and become a Soul infused personality, then the Soul will work through us in mysterious ways its wonders to perform. We should live by the wisdom, truth and love of the Soul.

America was and still is today the great divine experiment in human freedom, making it possible for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Most High to work out on this planet a new kind of life in which we are conscious of the power of the Soul. We can be conscious of the truth. We can be conscious of the fact that we are truly our brother’s keeper, and that we are one with each other regardless of race, color, or creed. We are truly one because we use the same energy of matter to build our physical bodies, and we use the same energy of the soul to become conscious of ourselves, and of the Will and Purpose and Love of the Most High.

Michael Strong and New Education

Michael Strong is a pioneer in education and independent learning. He is the founder of innovative Socratic, Montessori, and Paideia schools and programs in Alaska, Florida, California, Texas, and New Mexico. Michael is co-founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW.

As Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW, Michael is responsible for articulating the FLOW vision and for applying it in various domains. Fortunately for FLOW, Michael is a prolific thinker and writer. His work is increasingly receiving significant recognition and support. Current articles by Michael are regularly posted at FreeLiberal.com and Tech Central Station, as well as on the FLOW web site.

Michael Strong co-founded FLOW with John Mackey in 2003. Radical Social Entrepreneurs, launched in 2012, is one of three “descendants” of FLOW, along with its siblings Conscious Capitalism and Peace through Commerce.

He is lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems, co-authored with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, U.N. Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor Co-Chair Hernando de Soto, and others.

Michael’s work is featured in academic journals (including The Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Affairs, and Critical Review), specialty publications (including Microfinance Insights, Policy Innovations, and Carnegie Ethics) and in media reaching popular audiences (including The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics, and Barron’s).

He serves on the board of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., The Free Cities Institute, The Seasteading Institute, and the Advisory Boards of The Lifeboat Foundation, Trilinc Global, The Moorfield Storey Institute, and is a mentor for developing world entrepreneurs for the MIT Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship and Development.

He has long been a radical social entrepreneur, for decades focused on the “creation of conscious culture through educational innovation,” now focused on the entrepreneurial creation of legal systems. He is author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice.

Michael spent fifteen years innovating in education, creating several high-performance private and charter schools, including one named the 36th best public school in the U.S. on the Washington Post’s Challenge Index. Michael was educated at Harvard, St. John’s College, and the University of Chicago.

Schools and Religion 2014-05-15

Here is my participation in the Faith Roundtable published this date in the Hill Country News:

Schools and Religion

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This question is truly powerful. We live in a global culture, which, of necessity, must include all of us and all of our thinking.

I grew up in a small town in West Virginia. In our town there were Christians and several Jewish families. And when I say Christians I am including snake handlers and Catholics! Somehow we all got along. But religion was something that took place at church and at home. Education took place at school and at home.

The common denominator is HOME. If religion is not taught at home and schoolwork is not done at home, we have lost our way. And it is clear we have lost our way.

As our society and our institutions crumble as part of the process of entering a new paradigm, the warrior class has decided to turn the schools into a battlefield. No wonder there is such pressure to religionize the schools. But the children, who are going to live their lives in the new paradigm, are reflecting what they are learning at home and from their peers, not from some rule that demands kids pray at school, when they do not pray at home.

And, then there is the problem of Christian parochial schools. Local Christian schools teach religion, but then they turn right around and teach exclusiveness and separation from others not like them. And just for good measure, they affirm that evolution is not real and science is godless. Christian Parochial schools seem to be the focus of separation.

The education system, however, is not a sane place for a religious war. Now that American education ranks 27th in results worldwide, we are faced with deciding if education is even important. I heard a country song on KUTX last week and it was titled, “Life is hard, harder still if you are stupid.” It will get really hard in America if we do not pay attention and put our money where it is needed.

No one is prohibited from praying anywhere in the world, unless you mean standing up and repeating words that someone else has written. When it comes to sharing your heart’s wishes, your gratitude and your deepest problems with God, this is best done in your closed-door closet.

That is another way of saying that we grownups need to model the behavior we want to see in our children. If they see us concerned about the quality of our education system and the sincerity of our religious beliefs, they will know what is important.

And if they see our religion and our schools as a battlefield…..well, they will learn that too.

Things are changing at a speed beyond our control, and often beyond our awareness. This really is a time of a global paradigm change.

As grownups, we do well to put high energy into our schools, accepting all the help we can get and displaying our religion in our hearts and not on our sleeves or as bumper stickers or as fish symbols on our cars.

We Americans have become experts at fighting meaningless battles while the real issues remain hidden and un-discussed. Ask yourself these questions: Exactly who has a vested interest in our children growing up to be less educated than our adults? Who benefitted when The Real Texans rejected almost $800 Million in federal funds to improve our schools? Does someone out there believe that the dumber our kids are, the better? Has someone decided that we will not need workers in the future, so we do our best to keep them dumb and dumber so that they can be easily manipulated? And what do we say when a 16 year old student gives us a hand written note someone has sent him, and asks us to read it because “I can’t read cursive.”?

Brad Love and The Symphony Awakening

Brad discusses the heart-opening experience that many had after attending this event. Brad has spent countless hours and enough money to keep this production alive and now he is hoping to present this production at the SxSW Eco Conference in Austin in October.

Brad says, “We have submitted a proposal for SXSW ECO to sponsor production of our Symphony Awakening Rock Opera – Tribe Humanity… yes, about 500 of your neighbors have seen it {at One World Theater in 2012), but 900,000 plus in Austin have not… the overwhelming review gave it a big thumbs up… an inspiring and worthy message for our times…”

Brad now asks you to “please help us get chosen to perform at the SXSW ECO EVENT. October, 2014. To vote for us click the above VOTE sign of go to SXSW PanelPicker… http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/29322, type Symphony in the search box and vote for us (thumbs up top left corner). You may have to create a free login (to prevent double voting cheating). If you use the above link and try to vote(thumbs up top left corner) it will ask you to login, do so and then use the link again… it will take you straight to our Symphony page while leaving you still logged in to vote… or… type Symphony in the search box and vote for us. To have peace on earth, throw a better party. This is a start. PLEASE FORWARD.”