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Friday, November 7, 2014
Day 37 – Hidden Fees and the Presumption of Benefit Part 1
In the previous blog I mentioned a very
vital question that must be asked and considered – which is WHY and
HOW is it that despite having all of the means, the technology, and
the knowledge to STOP war, end poverty and starvation, immediately
improve the health and vitality of all beings, and make this earth
into a paradise for all were the focus can be on expression,
exploration, compassion, and unconditional support – do we NOT
implement these things? What is it that is really holding us back and
what is the “unseen force” that is seemingly against us having
this kind of paradise?
Today I will break this down into a
more tangible dimension so that we can all be on the same page as we
explore the root of this question and it's deeper implications.
First let us realize that we are
currently paralyzed. I mean this from the perspective that if you
were to REALLY investigate this issue for yourself you would be able
to see that unless something STIMULATES us, we do not move. Hence, we
exist in a kind of paralysis unless and until we get a little jolt of
energy or stimulation that says “Do this” or “Do that”.
Rarely if ever, do we actually move or do something for no reason
other than us having first made the decision to move or do something.
So rarely does this happen that the majority of people would presume
that if they never got a sensation or feeling or “inclination” to
do something, then they would just basically be “dead” and
wouldn't do anything at all.
I bring this point up because it is
relevant to understand how deeply ingrained our dependency on
STIMULATION and how much of a blind spot this actually is when we are
looking at ways to solve some of the critical issues humanity is now
facing. If this is the first time you've been presented with this
concept, take a moment and REALLY have a look for yourself and
honestly investigate how many times you did something, said
something, without there being any thoughts or emotions or
imaginations or desires prompting you. Here's a hint – if there was
a “thought” or a picture in your mind of you doing something but
YOU were not the one who decided to create that thought or
deliberately create that specific picture in your own mind, then it
was not YOU who made the decision, but rather a stimulation you
accepted and went along with.
Now we have the understanding that
human beings are almost entirely at this point functioning on some
sort of stimulation whether it is positive OR negative – the point
is that without the stimulation we presume that we have no “reason”
to do something, and do not consider doing something as being reason
Okay – so now that we have that point
on the table – we need to ask what is the PRIMARY point of
stimulation that exists in our current world system, that affects
each and every single living being either positively or negatively?
It is MONEY. So lets really have a look at this because this is an
absolutely vital point to understand before we go further.
In the current system of things,
nothing “happens” without an energetic input. Think of a battery
operated machine or device – if the energy isn't there to power it,
it will not function. It is not necessarily “dead” or “broken”
- it just won't do the things that it requires energy to do unless
that energy is there.
Our world system – which includes the
governments of the world, the various international agencies and
institutions, the large trans-national corporations, everything that
is part of what makes modern human societies “function”, and of
course the economic and monetary systems – can all be seen as
individual parts to a large battery powered machine. This machine
requires massive amounts of energy – it's batteries need extensive
amounts of charge which quickly become depleted because – well, it
is a HUGE machine with immensely intricate and interdependent moving
parts, all of which need to keep functioning at least to a minimal
degree or else the entire system can beak down.
One might think that the main energy
source for this world system machine is money – and that is a very
very good answer because money is in fact the main “energy” that
all beings are currently affected by in our world – but money is
not energy itself – it is a transmitter of energy. Money is the
method upon which energy is siphoned from resources and human labor,
but it is not “money” that is powering the world system. For a
long time I was convinced it was just money, but bear with me as I
explain the deeper dimensions.
There is a kind of “energy” that we
are all expending into the world system that is not just “money”.
It is all of the hours we spend doing things that are NOT supportive
to ourselves or others in order to get money to pay for our survival
in this world.
Now here is where the magic happens so
to speak. Take your average job in a first world country. A person
will do this job for money and use that money to in turn buy their
basic necessities and if there is any extra after they take care of
their basic survival, they will either save it, invest it, or spend
it on some form of luxury or entertainment. BUT – what does the
It does not matter what a person's job
is – because the “Hidden Fee” that is being extracted from them
is the same no matter what a person does – as long as it is for
money in the current system. This hidden fee is particularly
nefarious in nature because it is not just about extracting money and
resources from people already struggling with survival – but
because of the excessive amount of waste and negative consequence on
health and the environment that is created which only makes the
“Hidden Fee” even higher each day.
So far I have been rather vague with
describing and defining what exactly the hidden fee is but in the
following blog I will go into detail of one example of how the Hidden
Fee embeds itself so deeply that it goes unnoticed in our every day
Until then, ponder and see if you can
begin to see the strings of the hidden fees at work at your own job
or if you are in school investigate the hidden fees behind your
educational standards and see if you can begin to get the sense that
there is and has been a greater cost being foisted on human beings
and that what we earn in pay or in education pales in comparison to
For those who have not already I highly
recommend visiting http://gemstoneuniversity.org
and having a look at some of the educational materials presented
there that will give you a much more expanded view of what “currency”
is and how we the human population over an incredible span of history
have become more and more like chattel resources than living beings.