Snakes, Medusa, and the Demonization of Eve

Genesis 3:13 “…The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat”

All of God’s creation was good.  Did He not call into being the snake, along with all other animals?  Genesis 3:1 tells us this is so.  Why?  Why would God create something with these treacherous qualities, and present a danger to His sacred and perfect world?

God created the Tree of Life, and it says so in Genesis 2:9.  Why was the tree of life forbidden?  This is also where we begin to be taught that women exist only as a possession of men (Genesis 2:19).  Adam was given absolute authority over everything in the earth, and named all the animals and other creations.  Yet woman was given to him only after he had established his ultimate supremacy.

The snake represents Kundalini energy—sexual, powerful, and demonstrative of the sacred feminine consciousness which began, at the moment of the telling of this story, to become something evil, and something dirty.  The ancient practices and beliefs about kundalini and its omniscient creative power became oppressed, as were the people that practiced and understood them.  These people became the Hebrew slaves, and the Egyptians, in turning away from the ancients rites of sacred creation, unconditional love, and infinite abundance, became infamous oppressors.  Is it possible that the Exodus was orchestrated by the remnant of those who remembered?  Was the knowledge of the ancient teachings of Isis and other Egyptian gods preserved in the hearts of these people, waiting, similar in concept to that of the Phoenix Child, representing that uncorrupted, protected, sacred knowing that patiently anticipates its moment to emerge as a power beyond all conscious expectation?

Does Adam not understand the kundalini energy?  Does such a concept fly in the face of earnest Christian beliefs?  What’s the Hebrew take on this?  Could this be an actual event, however distorted in the telling, which necessitated the planning and execution of The Exodus?  The ancient teachings of divine masculine, and divine feminine energies to create a powerful universe, one of goodness and joy, were no longer tolerated, as a patriarchal society began to change the culture of the world.  That power would then reign for the next several millennia.  This began with Genesis 3:16 “…In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee”.

How can we rewrite that destructive history?  What really happened that day in paradise?   God Himself spoke to the angels and told them that man was now “one of us” (Genesis 3:22).  Who was God speaking with?  Are we to believe that only man, meaning the masculine person of humankind, became divine, and only in the moment that the woman had allegedly corrupted him?  That same verse also refers to the exile from the garden as imminent and necessary before Adam eats the fruit of knowledge and becomes as powerful as God.  Yet previously, in Genesis 3:12, it plainly describes Adam’s testimony to God that he had, indeed, already eaten the fruit—“The woman who thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat”.  Who really wrote this book?  And who was the Genesis story really directed at?  For modern day people, it’s difficult to draw any alternate conclusions, beside ones which state it was meant only to demonize women.  Genesis was quite possibly written by people in power, who knew that God had truly created all humans in his image and likeness.  This story is a tool of subjugation.  Because of their creation as perfect and divine beings, men and women had the same powers of creation that God possessed, and bestowed upon them at the moment of creation.  Humans had the same propensity and power to maintain a paradise here on earth, and the capabilities to maintain an Eden that would continue for eons.  Yet a complex and well-planned conspiracy, born out of an unnatural thirst for control over a sacred and beautifully fashioned world, emerged in the form of what was taught to humankind as the holy message from our creator—the very words of God himself.  Life before “The Fall” truly was paradise – the divine masculine and divine feminine twin flame partnerships were strong, beautiful and good.

While delving into these notions, the story of Medusa, and the undeniable association it teaches, linking femininity and the evil serpent, cannot be ignored. Merely by looking upon Medusa, a man would bring destruction upon himself.  Yet, instead of seeing Medusa as evil and deadly, there are those who know.  They remember, and understand, that the snakes represent the powerful kundalini energy of ALL women (and men), which in turns empowers all women (and men) to love, to heal, and to create.  This story is yet another chilling, as well as immeasurably influential, anecdote in an endless collection of teachings meant for one end and one purpose only – to continue a global culture depicting women as unholy, as demons, and as unworthy.

The New Testament makes some reference to the Genesis writings. In 2Corinthians 11:3 Saint Paul warns Christians about those who would beguile them, as the serpent did to Eve.  Interesting that Revelation 12:9 mentions “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan. This verse, however, speaks of the serpent as being cast out into the earth.  This depicts earthly life as one of punishment.  Yet, as mentioned earlier, the ancient Egyptians, before a cultural change occurred, quite possibly could have been living in an Eden-like existence, or a heaven on earth.  A new age may be rising up, where people today believe that a lifestyle such as that can and will still be achieved, and it will only be accomplished by the ending of patriarchy, and the re-creation of a holy synergy between true masculine and true feminine love, in perfect union, with the knowledge of the kundalini energy, the divine nature of humanity, and the embracing of the tree of life teachings.

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Thoughts on Psalm 33:5, and Carl Jung

The Earth is Filled With the Goodness of the Lord.  Psalm 33:5 KJV

An excerpt from the full chapter.

“I either did not see or gravely doubted that God filled the natural world with [only] His goodness.  This, apparently, was another one of those points which must not be reasoned about but must be believed.”  Carl Jung.

Why did Jung not see the goodness?  Surely he participated in producing good things for our world – through his art, his research and discoveries, his teachings…and his exquisite WISDOM.  Is the good so difficult to see?  Why?

Is “goodness” a perception?  Many people use a common phrase, “perception is reality”.  While I disagree with the popular interpretation of this, the intellectual dilemma now appears: if there is a perception of no goodness, then is it possible that, for that individual or group of individuals, there actually is an absence of goodness?  If goodness is a construct of love, and if, for those people, that love does not exist, then perhaps perception actually is reality, in this case.  So now begs the question:  is the psalmist wrong?  Is the Earth filled with the goodness of the Lord?  Or is David, assuming he is the psalmist, one of many people who experience that goodness, and who sees it everywhere, while others do not?

Or, must we diligently seek goodness, and strive to uncover God’s goodness in our world, so as to engage a deeper level of gratitude, and thus a larger sense of the goodness of God?

…more on this tomorrow.

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Pledge to end modern day slavery

#endslavery #humantrafficking #TakeAStand #ChangeLives #BenevolentLeaders

Talk to me!  Please!  A few days ago I made a speech at the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day event at Worcester City Hall.  A few people thought I said something offensive.  Perhaps I did.  So I posted the transcript last night and I am wondering why the silence?  Was what I said really offensive?  Slavery is offensive.  Collecting money from somebody so they can feel that they have right to violate another person is offensive.  Shopping in American stores and purchasing items that were made by slaves overseas, so the business owners can get rich…that’s offensive.

So read my words (scroll down my page and you will see them from last night) and tell me what you’re thinking.

And then I want you to think about this.  I am writing a pledge.  Please take this pledge and help me gain commitment from my friends and family that we won’t profit from the exploitation of children, men, or women.  Please promise me you will try to get inside my head, and inside my heart, long enough to realize that, for me, there is no “us” and “them”.  Understand me.

Read the pledge and respond with a simple “Yes” if you’ve been able to see inside my heart, and inside the hearts of these millions of innocent people who are exploited.  The only difference between them and me is that I am free.  That’s it.

“I pledge to do my part to end slavery and human trafficking.  I will listen, reflect, research, and take a stand.  I will NOT profit from slavery in ANY form.  I will be a solution, not a cause, of an atrocious human rights violation that is occurring everywhere in our world, including our own backyards.  I promise to help.”

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#WALKFREE remarks January 11, 2017

As promised, here are the notes and remarks from my speech at Worcester City Hall during the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day event.  What’s notable is that January has been declared by President Obama to be National Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  These remarks came after a review of the Walk Free Project, 500 Miles to End Slavery.

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  My thoughts here may be considered out of line by some, or possibly even offensive.  We are a country, much like many, many other countries.  We are a country turning a blind eye to slavery, as it exists, right here in our own backyards.

I’ll tell you what I mean by this.

Our government has declared an awareness day, to remember that modern-day slavery and human trafficking exist, and we were all very happy.  This declaration assisted us in the long, exhausting process of cluing in millions of Americans.  Americans, who are, to this very day, very, very poorly informed.

So let me get back to my point about Awareness Day.  What does that mean?  What does that mean for all of us who are involved in the fight…all of us in this room…and all of us who can not sleep at night, for thinking about the millions of children, men, and women who are enslaved today?  All of us, here today, we are aware.  We are in this fight.  So, the declaration of awareness day, do you want to know what it means to me?  Now?  Today?  After many years working as a volunteer organizer to keep fighting for this cause?  Human Trafficking Awareness Day, to me, has become Human Trafficking Acceptance Day.

Our own government, a government which is charged with the protection of its people, has announced that “yes, we have human trafficking”.  It’s going on right now, right here, in America.  Thousands upon thousands of our own American people, plus those thousands who are brought into our homeland, are sex slaves.  And they are domestic slaves.  And they are providing your manicure, and your massages.  And they are clearing your table and washing up from your visit to a restaurant.

So what’s the point of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day?  Is it to remind us that we continue to import billions of products that are manufactured overseas, by children and by entire families that are enslaved?  Our government is fully aware of this, yet, as a nation, we fail to take a stand and sanction these imports, and those countries.  We live and die by Walmart, and Nestle, and all of these “American” practices that not only accept slavery, because there’s a benefit to us to do so, but we are actually endorsing it through our consumerism.

So my question to you all today is:  where do we go, after 11:30 this morning when we leave here?  Where will we go and what will we do?  Will we go home, go about our day and reinstall our apathy?  The apathy which allows and appreciates the slavery right here in our own nation, in our state, our cities and towns, and in our own backyard?

I ask you:  is this going to continue to be National Human Trafficking Acceptance Day, every January 11?  Or will we press on, and strategize, plan, organize, and let our government know that this is not acceptable.  Slavery and trafficking are the greatest and most despicable human rights violations imaginable.  Yet we accept it.  I plead with all of you, and with our esteemed lawmakers:  let us work together.  We need each other,  We need to take this movement from this room, and bring it, through teamwork, up the chain through our local government, to the state level, and beyond.

Please join me and my team.  We are exhausted, we are spinning our wheels, we are fighting and fighting against a crime for which our government has actually created a national acceptance day for.  What, now, will you do?

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Art and Carl Jung

Here’s the first art (well, sort 0f) that I created for the Carl Jung experience.  It’s a vision board focused on my love of writing.  More to come this weekend!

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#WALKFREE Rally opening remarks

I decided to post my October speech.  Portland Maine, October 15, 2016

I’m walking 500 miles.

I’m walking 500 miles because I have a message.  I have a message for everybody.  It’s for everybody in Portland, and in Maine, and in New England, and beyond.

And my message is this:  slavery is alive and well.

Slavery is alive and well.  Slavery of the most heinous kind, and the most vile kind.  Slavery so nefarious, it’s something that “regular” people, you know, people like us, don’t want to know about.

Slavery is alive and well, and it’s highly, highly profitable, for those who are controlling it.

It’s alive and well all over the world, in nearly every single country, and right here on the East Coast, right here in Maine, and in Massachusetts where I live.  And it’s alive and well right here in our own back yard.

That nefarious form of slavery, the one I mentioned, it’s human trafficking, and we don’t want to know about it.  We don’t want to see it on the news, hear it on the radio, or read about it.  We don’t want to know about it because it shatters our belief that slavery is something that happens over there, somewhere else, and not here.  Human trafficking cannot possibly be happening here, in our country.  But it is, and like I said before, it’s happening right here in our back yard.

You see, once we learn about it, now we have to acknowledge it, we have to think about it, we have to talk about it, and we must take action to stop it.

We can never “unlearn” what we have learned about human trafficking.  As the great British abolitionist William Wilberforce said, around the turn of the 19th century: “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know”.

So here’s the next part of my message.

American women, men, boys, and girls are trafficked right here in our own backyard.  They are bought, sold, traded, and brutalized.  They are treated as if they are not human.  These are our sisters, and our brothers.  These are our cousins, and our neighbors.  These are our children.  The number is in the tens of thousands, possibly greater, of our American brothers and sisters, and our American children, who are living in slavery.

So what can we do?  Remember all of the things I just said that we didn’t want to do?  Well those are the things we need to do to make a greater effort to combat slavery and human trafficking.  We need to acknowledge it, believe it, reflect, and process it.  And we each need to understand it to the best of our ability.  We need to see it on the news, we need to listen to it on the radio, we need to read about it, and we need to talk about it.

Think about this.  Human trafficking is a criminal enterprise, an illegal industry making billions of dollars, through the abuse of our people.  Think about that.  Try to imagine what these tens of thousands of victims are experiencing, especially the children.  We can’t even imagine it.  Picture a child of 11, or 12, or 13, an American little girl.  And think about what’s happening to her.

Let’s talk about that.  Start a conversation with your family, and your friends, and co-workers.  Get involved in conversations.  It’s the first step.  Talk to people like police and detectives, listen to survivors, like we did today.  Listen to people like me when I walk through 22 cities in less than a month to bring this message.  We all came here today to talk about human trafficking, as it is occurring, right here in our own backyard.

So, take action!  Join the fight!  Donate your time, treasure, and talent.  Contact your elected officials and advocate for better programs and services, and to make improved human trafficking legislation a priority.  Fight back, with us, and help this great country put an end to human trafficking and other forms of slavery, right here in our own backyard.

I didn’t come here to give you an enormous amount of facts or statistics.  All of that information is available and it’s easy to find.  I’m here because I have a message for you.

Slavery is alive and well right here in our own back yards.  Our brothers and our sisters and our children are not for sale.

Tengo un mensaje. Nuestros hermanos y hermanas, y nuestros hijos, ellos no están a la venta.

J’ai un message. Nos frères et sœurs, et nos enfants, ils ne sont pas à vendre.

Ho un messaggio. I nostri fratelli e sorelle, ei nostri figli, che non sono in vendita.

I have a message, our brothers, and our sisters, and our children, THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE!

 

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the Carl Jung experience

“To be Christ oneself is the true following of Christ.” ~Carl Jung

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This is the first quote that I discovered, when I began my research about imitation.  Thus, my decision to learn more deeply about Carl Jung by actually copying his activities, has begun with a profound validation.  This is not an accident.

So begins my experiment in being somebody else, somebody great, somebody whom I greatly admire.  I am hungry to unveil things about myself, through my connection to others, and eager to share those discoveries.  Dr. Jung is first in my game of “who to follow”.  Jung believed that a reluctance to open oneself up to new experiences will surely block one’s ability to fully develop as an autonomous being, and it certainly hampers the individual path to achieving personal actualization.  The decision to embark on this journey of experimentation, reveal the intention to friends and family, and record and share the outcomes and experiences, is certainly a decision which brings with it a degree of risk. By executing this project, I will be forced to exercise a greater tolerance for my own vulnerability, especially as one who is typically quite hesitant to the process of new experiences.

Let’s begin with art.  Like Jung, I am no artist.  Yet, like Jung, I experience inspired impulses to create.  Jung’s mediums included paint, canvas, rocks and the like.  He believed in art therapy to heal trauma.  Finally, Jung understood a deep connection between dreams and artwork.  For the time being, I will be creating art, with Jung as my guide, and posting it.  Please check back or follow the blog for the updates!

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Nehemiah – an inspirational achiever

Here are my first thoughts on Nehemiah as an important character for me, especially at this time.  These first thoughts will be expanded upon over the next several days so check back for updates!

What an exciting Bible chapter, about this visionary man who, in his obedience to God and his purpose (and here was can also say His purpose).  Nehemiah had all of the characteristics of a successful leader.  His dedication and commitment were intense and unparalleled, and he was a resourceful entrepreneur.  What a great example Nehemiah is for somebody who is embarking on a mission, especially if that mission is one that this person feels is ordained by God himself.  Here’s an outline of the phases, as I see them, which chronicle the holy journey of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem after the occupation had set in.

  1. Birth of an idea
  2. Internal planning phase
  3. External planning phase
  4. Support
  5. Execution
  6. Overcoming obstacles and obstructions
  7. Details
  8. Sustainability

Nehemiah’s work is fascinating, and his completion of a deeply important project, inspired by his devotion to God is absolutely marvelous.  Let’s now examine his process.  How did he come to understand his purpose?  How did he lay out the plans in his mind, which led to his first steps?  What were his first steps?  How did the phases of the project unfold?  The transformation of an idea from its origin as a single thought, into action steps is critically important.  And to see the fruition of a great victory one must exercise patience, intention, and tenacity.  Nehemiah did all of that, and more.

How did Nehemiah gain the approval of the most important people?  And how did he influence a team of recruits that were otherwise not only uninspired, but oppressed and subjugated?  When facing a goal as enormous as the rebuilding of the wall, and one that will surely be met with a great deal of opposition, find a person who has accomplished a project, something that rivals your own, and examine how it was executed. And remember, this undertaking was not only practical, but it represented something that would forever change the perspective of a nation through its dramatically symbolic nature.

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San Paolo and his first letter to the Corinthians

Here’s a summary of another idea for a chapter in my book about Bible What-Ifs.

In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he gives us some insights that I respectfully would like to challenge.  Yes, I have my issues with Saint Paul, as do many women, but I’d like to learn as much as I possibly can from him.

When we look at the King James Version, in Chapter 11, Verse 1, we are told to be followers of Christ.  We have all heard this many, many times.  We try our best every single day to do so.  But when we look at other Bible versions and other translations, we see a different command.  The Amplified Bible, and others, tell us that Paul said: “imitate me, just as I imitate Christ”.  Same thing?  No way!

Babies learn to walk and to talk through the process of imitation.  When interacting with infants, we find that they study their adult subject’s facial expressions, sounds, and other movements.  They are observing reactiveness, tone, and other mannerisms.  Then they do their very best to imitate, through a purely instinctive process.

As children we played “pretend”.  We were free and could decide who we wanted to imitate at that moment…superhero, police officer, teacher, parent, actor, magician, etc.  There was no limit to the choices we could make.   We learned, as infants do, by imitating and role-playing.  When did we stop doing this?  Why?

Later on in this exact same letter, Paul writes:  “…but when I became a man, I put away childish things”.  What childish things did he mean by this….specifically…at the moment he was writing this.? Was he thinking back to a time when he was a carefree child, playing outdoors, role-playing with friends, pretending?  Had he forgotten the joy of learning through imitation?  Had he ever been allowed to play freely, and experience learning by experimentation?  These are the questions I will address over the next few days, and then post the full paper.  Final thoughts:  Matthew 18:4, in the red letters.  “Whosoever shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  You’ll see more about that.

Stay tuned…and think about it!

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2017 Business Growth

2017 is all about Revenue Growth.  As we are finishing up 2016, let’s think about how we are going to manage our growth this coming year, and how we are going to continue to pursue not just excellence, but a new level of distinction for our companies.  How do we figure out a growth and revenue enhancement strategy as we look at the economy right now?  How do we meet the challenge of staying profitable during a time of growth? How do we achieve a new level of “what it looks like when it’s right”?  The answer can be found in Curie Success Principle #4:  Strategy..

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (http://www.bea.gov) the U.S experienced a slim GDP growth of .8% in the first quarter of 2016.  The second quarter showed a marginally larger growth rate, around 1.1%.  Also noteworthy is the fact that profits from current production (corporate profits with inventory valuation adjustment and capital consumption adjustment [CCAdj]) decreased $24.1 billion in the second quarter, in contrast to an increase of $66.0 billion in the first quarter of 2016.

Warren Buffet shared some encouraging economic insights in his most recent annual letter to shareholders at Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.  His approach to predicting economic activity is to take a long-term view.  A deceleration in GDP growth for the short-term is not as alarming as some people would have investors and business owners believe.  And the measurement is not one that can be looked at in isolation:  consumers, business owners, and politicians need to think about other correlating factors, and include the consideration of those factors when looking at economic growth or decline.

One such factor is population growth.  The U.S. population growth rate is trending around .8% annually.  The per capita GDP growth rate, and dollars per capita, depend upon population growth as an element of the predictive calculations that economists project.

Another area that must be considered is the development of technology.  The efficiency that technology has created in the American and global workplaces is not something that is going away –rather that continuous transformation in our lives will endure and thus carry on a trend of higher efficiency as we move into the future.

Taking those, and other factors into the equation, the math tells us that the economy is headed toward a substantial yield in actual per capita dollars per person, as the next generation comes of age.  Remember last quarter when I shared a review of Andrew Carnegie’s The Gospel of Wealth? Buffet, and other experts, believe that income and lifestyle inequality will always exist.  However, when predicting long term outcomes, we must also consider an increased life expectancy, and higher standard of living as time moves forward.  This validates the mindset that analysts need to look long-term, and Currie clients need do so as well.  Remember Currie Success Principle #2:  Vision and The Big Picture.

Here’s an interesting quote from Mr. Buffett’s letter:

“It’s an election year, and candidates can’t stop speaking about our country’s problems (which, of course, only they can solve). As a result of this negative drumbeat, many Americans now believe that their children will not live as well as they themselves do. That view is dead wrong: The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.”[i]

Although long-term analysis is key in predicting the wealth of future generations, we experience cycles in our economy, and sometimes those cycles can be quite dramatic.  Currently there is a slow rate of GDP growth and the impact of that can have a severe effect on the short-term health of many businesses, as indicated earlier by the reference from the Bureau of Economic Analysts.  However, all is not gloom and doom in our corner of the world, but since equipment dealers and distributors today are facing a slowdown cycle, the Currie team is introducing this new theme aimed at rolling out a comprehensive revenue growth strategy for 2017.

Currie Management Consultants, Inc. has identified the key areas that are critical to a new, and precise, overall strategy.  Bob Currie will lead the charge on implementing specific actions and best practices that will keep our businesses strong and healthy.  Throughout 2017, the Currie Team will stand together with Dealer Principals and Investors, as we navigate through a short-term tight economy and a downturn in the availability of new business. And Currie will introduce new, innovative methods for industry leaders to succeed and grow through account management, account penetration, and winning business from your competition.  These strategies will be supported by micro-strategies including:

  • Scripting
  • Managing the Sales Force
  • Achieving Growth in the Aftermarket Departments through methods such as second segment service work and proactive parts selling
  • Measuring the key liquidity benchmarks to keep your “finger on the pulse”
  • Marketing the new strategy through Internet and social media
  • And more…

This program is offered October 11-12, 2016 in Washington DC.  Registration is available here:  2017 Revenue Growth Strategy for Equipment Dealers.  This year’s theme has been designed specifically for our highly successful dealer clients, and it is also in keeping with Currie Success Principle #8:  Growth and Adaptability.  Call us at 508-752-9229.

[i] Warren Buffet’s 2015 Annual Letter to Shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/2015ltr.pdf

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