Thoughts and Forecasts

Stillness 2Inner Peace
The stillness is my sanctuary of peace.
The Christ presence within calls my attention inward. I seek a time of respite from responsibilities, distractions and my own wandering thoughts. Time apart is necessary for my well-being and my peace of mind.
I retreat to a quiet place I find comforting. I may go to a chapel, a favorite spot outdoors, a serene corner at home, or simply close my eyes right where I am and take a deep and relaxing breath. I am revitalized by extended times in the silence and brief moments apart. I turn my attention inward to the stillness that is my sanctuary, and I find peace. I consciously connect with Spirit and bask in divine light and love.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Stillness

 Line and Feather

garden-of-eden-2Christ Consciousness and Humanity
Your real life will begin when the Creator gives you His definition in form. Within the womb of history, your species has been primarily defined by the Earth-Mother who is helping to prepare the clay. She is only interested in getting the form arranged according to specification. Her only knowledge of Spirit is that it brings forth her potential.
When the Father’s center merges with the center of the Earth, the collectivity of human consciousness will awaken to a unified field identity. You will be born. After that, the influence of Matter will not affect your consciousness as dominantly as it did during the historical- gestation period. The Earth will continue to suckle the species, so to speak, for another millennium before you are capable of going off on your own, but even during that period the Father’s influence will be much greater than it is today.
The Creator has established laws to govern the bonding of energy. Through these laws of materialization, the physical universe is created and maintained. In the material realms, these laws are right and proper. But when they come into relationship with biological life, they begin to behave strangely. From a perspective of consciousness, they translate into limitation, contraction, and ultimately death. In psychological terms, the laws of materialization have given rise to the ego – a fictitious identity with a sense of fear, vulnerability, and a need to protect and defend itself. Spiritual consciousness should not properly be associated with the forces that govern the bonding of energy.
Their historical juxtaposition came about through the process referred to as the Fall. During the period of species preparation, the presence of the materializing influence on levels of consciousness has been unfortunate, but not critical. However, in light of the intensifying vibrations of the creative spirit that is now nearly aligned with the center of this planet, the definitions that have been imposed by matter will no longer be tenable. The Creator Himself will dispel this planetary restraining influence and henceforth hold all life-forms in appropriate expression through the new definitions of His love. This will be a profound transition for each and every form identity, a transition of a magnitude you can only begin to suspect.
From Chapter 4 Read more . . . The Starseed Transmissions, Ken Carey

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college-football-2Field of Play
College Football Moving Into Prime Time
The Associated Press began its college football poll on Oct. 19, 1936, and it is now the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. The preseason poll was started in 1950. A panel of 61 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly. All of the voters have an extensive background in covering college football. Alabama’s ten AP national titles lead the way, with Notre Dame sitting second with eight. Oklahoma has seven, while Miami and Southern California have five each. Each team’s ranking will be mentioned in AP stories throughout the preseason and the regular season, along with a link to the Top 25: collegefootball.ap.org/poll

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david-houleThe American Presidency
The 2016 Presidential Election – Thoughts and Forecasts
October 11th, 2016
David Houle, futurist, with a nonpartisan picture and prognostication for the political landscape to 2020.
As a futurist I am always asked about what might happen in the future, usually about some specific category of interest to the questioner. This interminable presidential election has been no exception. “Who do you think will win?” was, until recently when the outcome seems to be clear, a frequent question. I have answered that question in two ways.
First I say that given all the uncertainty of what might be revealed in this hacked world, there could be surprises that could affect the outcome. Particularly given the reality that neither of the candidates is a paragon of honesty. Second, I say that the candidates should be looked at as symptoms of larger dynamics at play.
It is important to try to understand why we have the two most disliked and distrusted candidates in our countries’ history doing nothing more that denigrating each other. Call it the character assassination election.
In the past year and a half I have written two columns about the 2016 election. In July 2015 I wrote that I was not at all surprised that the election was very different because of responses I had been getting from audiences for more than a year. Since 2013 I had been saying that “politics and governments were the two things holding back human evolution on the planet”; a statement from a futurist that was not a normal thing for audiences to hear. In early 2014 I started to get spontaneous applause when I said the line. Knowing this, I added the second statement “and the second thing holding back human evolution is mainstream media” again to loud applause and hollers from largely business audiences.
Then in February of this year I wrote that this was the “Wealth Inequality Election”. As a speaker who encourages a Q&A session after every speech, I get a really good sense of what people are thinking; these are always great market research opportunities. One of the most asked questions I received from 2011-2015 is “What can we do about wealth inequality?”
Knowing I would get this question, I did research and thought about it a lot. My answer was that much of the answer was in a complete redo and simplification of the tax laws, outside my expertise. I went on to say that whenever similar wealth inequality existed in history there was either revolution or populist uprisings against the ruling elite. So Bernie Sanders was historically pitch perfect in using the word revolution in his messaging. Donald Trump became the leader of a populist movement that had an intense dislike for professional politicians. So no surprise that these two candidates quickly gained traction.
2010 was the year of the Tea Party. It was also the year when I gave some 60 presentations to small groups of CEOs in numerous states across the country. Someone in practically every group asked me what I thought might happen with the Tea Party movement. My answer was simple and clear. “To the degree it becomes a separate party it might have a lasting impact for a decade or more. To the degree it becomes subsumed by the Republican Party it will make the Republicans the Whig Party by 2020” [Whig meaning, out of date, no longer relevant].
Well the Tea Party folks are the people supporting Trump, or as the media calls it “the base of the party” or “Trump’s base”. One Republican Speaker of the House is already a victim and the current one is at risk as well. As of this writing, the Republican Party is being ripped apart because they embraced the Tea Party in the short term and now are having to face the music of that embrace long-term.
So, here are my forecasts relative to America’s politics and governance after the election.
First, I think that 2016 will be seen as the end of the two party system in America. When a political duopoly delivers the two most disliked and distrusted candidates in history, it is accurate to say that the duopoly no longer serves the public. If the Libertarian candidate had been a real and charismatic candidate and not fully of the Sarah Palin school of foreign policy, that party might have gotten 20+% of the vote as a valid statement against the failing duopoly. The Democratic and Republican codependency will be shattered in 2020.
Second, the winner of the 2016 presidential election will end up being a one-term president. Aside from the age of the two candidates, neither has the capacity to lead with vision and to anticipate the new but huge changes, issues and challenges that are now emerging around the world. Neither is associated with big, bold visionary ideas, an absolute necessity now for leadership. Narcissism prevents one from seeing outside the self and cautious defensiveness is not up to dealing with the amount of unprecedented change rushing towards us.
Unless Clinton can gain control of both houses of Congress and the Republican Party speeds towards becoming the latter day Whig party, neither candidate will be able to govern. The character assassination has been too strong. Gridlock will continue.
This leads to my third forecast for the political landscape between now and 2020. There will be massive upheaval, demonstrations, civil disobedience, and demand for a new order of things for this country. Climate Change, Black Lives Matter, historically extreme wealth inequality, a collapsing infrastructure, terrorism, and tens of trillions of unfunded federal government liabilities, and, in part due to the world watching this painfully embarrassing presidential campaign, frontal challenges from foreign powers will in the aggregate topple our next president after one term.
Such times of major crises usually trigger the ascendancy of a transformative leader. Think Roosevelt, Churchill, Truman, Kennedy or Reagan all of whom rose to the occasion and altered history, domestically and internationally.
Now, please take a moment for honest, non-partisan reflection. Does either of the candidates have it in their DNA to rise to the stature of the above named leaders?

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