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Dec 27, 2020 at 04:54 a.m.

‘TIS THE SEASON—THE SEASON OF WHAT?

Yes, it seems so. ‘Tis the Season—The Season of what?1  Those of us at the Spiritual Climate Newsletter have been pondering numerous facets of this question since long before the annual “festivities” began at Thanksgiving.  The Spiritual Climate, or more specifically, the Political Climate, has made this the most surreal, non-holiday season known to those of us blessed to be currently living on the surface of this bright blue marble we call planet Earth. Trying to muster up the joy and goodwill that traditionally flows with ease for the most Grinch-like beings at this time of year has been a near impossibility for even the most buoyant of people.  As unprecedented hunger, pandemic disease, distrust of fellow man and unthinkable acts, or non-acts, by Donald Trump, and his ass-kissing clown show of worshipping cads in a cadre of personal assistants: the Senile Moscow–Mitch with his merry band of fellow yellow-belly, Thieving, “Neoliberal Republicans” supporting cascading, amoral avalanches highlighting Genocide, Economic Sadism, Physical Sadism, Extortion, Confusion and harm, the citizens of the unique experiment of the United States of America find themselves forced to choose sides and lining up behind Light or Darkness, Truth or Fiction, Right or Wrong–indeed, Life or Death.

‘Tis the Season, but the season of what? It is a season that reincarnates divisiveness, delusion, and separation. What is its origination?  From the Civil War.  The Civil War never died or went to sleep.  It never was finished; it slumbered in its vengeance. A Civil War reawakened in people mesmerized by cult practices, words, and comfort from Donald Trump. Why? He seeks to become their leader and a dictator to the remaining citizens.

There is citizenry orphaned by the Republican and Democrat parties.  Lo and behold, you ignorant Republican and Democrat parties!  Donald Trump attracted the citizens left behind who felt unloved, unheard, and forgotten. Like the most unloved and unheard of all, Donald Trump took up the torch to become their standard-bearer. He intended to demolish truth, justice, and the American way.

We, the citizens of the United States, are at war within our Nation: citizen against citizen, mask wearers vs. non-mask wearers, race bigoted, misogynist ‘Christians’ vs. the in-hiding-‘truer Christians,’ creating a chasm with wounds so deep and fractured that reconciliation of the polarization of thought and action, word and deed, growing further apart with alarming speed.  The sad truth is, apparently ‘Tis the season of a reemergent Civil War borne from the generation of adherents sucking off the teat of an unhealed American psyche.

It is not surprising to me to look back on notes from the 1990s in classes taught in Naples, Florida by Rev. Strickler, that he made predictions of exactly this probability occurring. He spoke of a dictatorship borne out of spiritual indifference toward the working class, in favor of a person having no respect for “tradition” who would instead destroy institutional norms and harness delusional vox populi attempting a coup d’état to hijack the power of the United States of America in the coming years.  

David said this person would prey on the feelings of helplessness and lack of power felt by the common man chained by post-traumatic stress syndrome from being forgotten.  He would engage these forgotten people with reckless disregard of traditional considerations. This dictator is a psychologically damaged rebel enticing the forgotten people with false promises. He would display a charismatic personality, engaging those seeking a ‘never mind the consequences’ change from the status quo, appealing to those who, indeed, no longer believed America is the country it was created to be.  Through lies, deceit, empty promises, and untruthful words, he would make a mindless, zombie-like following the likes of which the United States had never experienced.

According to Rev. Strickler, followers of this man would rally around him and cheer his seditious antics, no matter how blatant or traitorous.  Rev. David referred to this as something like a type of a ‘Barabbas’2 like Syndrome.  The party he represented would begin by giving in to him slowly but not stopping him as his corruption grew more intense and their presence in office depended upon their support of him.  Within four short years, this authoritarian man would trammel anything to be a dictator, having no qualms about destroying all for which the United States stands. He would be a psychopathic man driven by power, greed, and hunger for more, a man seeking to turn our democracy into a Banana Republic complete with cheering, rowdy hoards of gun-toting supporters replete with chants and acts of violence.

Does this sound at all familiar?  When he spoke it, living in a comfortable 90’s culture, even the possibility seemed like a science fiction novel.  Indeed, the United States has the strength and the intelligence rooted in the Founding Fathers’ vision to stop such a travesty dead in the beginning stages.  As a collective consciousness, even with an educated awareness, the United States people were sufficiently distracted by struggling for a living to allow such a bleak future to take place.  How could U.S. citizens ever be duped into resuscitating such a radically Southern Confederate agenda? After all, we are a representative republic of checks and balances, are we not?  Quite obviously not, according to some in our citizenry; we need to make some changes fast!

As a result of this dictator type president’s folly, Rev. David predicted the Civil War’s reawakening, U.S. citizen pitted against U.S. citizen, blood in the streets.  Those who enshrined the worship of slavery in the Southern Confederate Constitution would follow the dictator off a cliff.  In principle, regardless of facts at war against people who believe in what the U.S. Constitution represents to its people and the world, it appears we find ourselves at that inflection point right now.  Donald Trump’s psychopathic infection continues to challenge the legitimate election of Joseph Biden as the President-Elect of the United States of America.

As he attempts to burn down the White House and Institutions of State on his way out, Donald Trump throws temper tantrum after temper tantrum.  He is like a three-year-old who is told “no,” he refuses to veto or sign legislation sorely needed for the plague besieged, starving people of our great country.  All this chaos appears to be by intention to make the coming years of a Biden presidency even more of a challenge than it already is; thus, Rev. Strickler’s prophecy becomes more evident, and democracy becomes a living golem with each passing day.  To think that Trump still has more than three weeks until January 20 to wreak whatever sociopathically inspired havoc on our sacred country is nearly unbearable.

Although I must admit in my heart, I wish Rev. Strickler had spoken different words back in the ’90s; wishing doesn’t make it so. David’s prediction is now alive in all too living, vivid color, and walking dead glory!  He did not, however, as I recall, predict what the outcome of this destructive, threatening, probable inflection point would be. He left that part unspoken. Though, David did say it had to be resolved by the voters’ decisions, choices, and who they chose to give temporary power to steer and protect our fragile democracy. Gratefully, in the United States, that still includes every one of us who has a vote, unless Republicans continue to abolish free, fair, and secure access to elections.

However, there are emerging signs showing the growth of Light forming an ongoing triumph. This Light forming victory against those creating darkness is evident in the 2021 January 5 runoff for two Senate seats in Georgia. We have the chance of voting into office Democrat Jon Ossoff and a minister who is Democrat, Rev. Raphael Warnock to break Moscow Mitch’s despicable reign of power to give a small, yet significant, Democrat majority.  Biden and Harris will become our leaders on January 20.  Slowly, some Republicans are finding it more comfortable with eschewing their group’s cowardly spinelessness and beginning to speak up and tell Trump it is over.  But there those who remain, those who choose Trump’s brainwashing.  His political die-hards genuinely believe the malicious mistruths that psychopathic Trump has forced–fed and integrated into their pseudo-reality; the ridiculous, laughable, bullcrap that Democrats rigged the presidential election. Or better yet, Joe Biden and the Democrats stole the election from him that he won by a landslide.  The new incoming administration certainly has a long road ahead to show Trump’s political supporters the election is clean, was in good faith, legal, and, most importantly, constitutional.  If anyone can represent our Nation’s ideals, President-Elect Joe Biden and the first female President-Elect Kamala are capable.

We who write for The Spiritual Climate Newsletter consciously chose to remain silent these past 11 months for all the reasons cited above.  We felt what our free-speech represented ideologies of nonsupport and resistance.  In a political climate where ’tis the season of those in power seek to inflict harm and make discernable threats of intimidation, hatred, and possible acts of violence, we felt it best to step aside to analyze societal conditions.  With bigotry, racism, and to hell with any reasoning spewed into the free speech in such an explosive environment reflecting significant levels of fear and anxiety in our great country, it can feel as if you are screaming into a silent void. Screaming rage into a chaos of fire leaves no chance to be heard, only by those who already walk in the Light.

The Spiritual Climate Newsletter and Rev. David’s site, “Digital Mystic,” have been under repeated attacks on our webpages.  The goal of the attacks? To shut us up. To again attack forcibly seeking to remove our internet presence. To silence our writing, to kill off our free speech, especially where it does not agree with the imaginary nature of religious and non-religious self-righteousness.  This type of censorship is incomplete, modeling descending directly from the Monetarist’s sacred economic bigotry of Elite Socialism. ‘Tis the season they feel a need to serve the Father of Lies with an underhanded plan to stunt the United States’ growth while taking power and control from anyone disagreeing with the rot inside their views.  

Apparently ‘Tis the Season for the Republican Neoliberal agenda: to maintain hammering into the fabric of status quo, bipartisan fiscal policies with the sure assistance from moderates inside the Democrats’ party, serving an irrational exuberance to economic neoliberalism to enable republicans a stingy, poverty level inside the working class of America, for the sake of controlling, exploiting, fleecing, and parasitically feed off the productive power of labors.  Sometimes, David refers to neoliberalism as “the illiteracy of Margaret Thatcher’s economic ego on steroids.” The neoliberalism3 of the Republican and Democrat parties are paid to protect Elite Socialism. Its accomplishment is specific by promoting instability, uncertainty, fear of dwindling resources engineered with inequality, racism, and xenophobic bigotry, whether cultural or sexual.

In this period of the Winter Solstice, we here at Spiritual Climate, those present and including those remembered, intend to share the dawning, increase of forming Light extended to our readers.  The resilience and reverence that this True Season holds, with its inherent joy, sacred silence, and rise of a New Year, opens many positive possibilities.  It also contains a profound strength of healing found in the Heart and Soul’s depths of evolving humanity, aligning its human consciousness’s spiritual principles seeking reconciliation and fulfillment.

‘Tis the Season for invoking the true Spirit of Christmas and the dawn of a much needed New Year, the Staff of The Spiritual Climate Newsletter wish for you the growth, expanse, and genuine non-material prosperity inherent within the highest awareness and embrace of the true, joyous, Human Spirit that resides within us all.

From the Institute of Spiritual Climate and the Spiritual Climate Newsletter, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christine Ford, Editor, Spiritual Climate Newsletter,                                         Reverend Dr. David Strickler, Director, Institute Of Spiritual Climate LLC

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[1] Team, The Grammarist. “‘Tis the Season – Grammarist.” Grammarist. Accessed December 27, 2020. https://grammarist.com/phrase/tis-the-season/.

Quoting Grammarist, “ ‘Tis the season is a phrase that refers to things that happen during the holiday time stretching roughly from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Some believe that this holiday season stretches from after Halloween through New Year’s Day.”

[2] “Barabbas.” In Wikipedia, December 21, 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Barabbas&oldid=995559307

[3] Michabo Sustainable Harmony. Neoliberal Economics – Professor Michael Hudson, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g0zehnmVWk.

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Christmas-New Year’s 2019

December’s Spiritual Climate is the longest night of the year, the greatest absence of physical light on the Earth, the time to look deep inside the darkness of one’s Soul and personality, a time for inward journey and reflection; this all sums up what the Winter Solstice, December 20, 2019,  signifies.  Yet on the other side comes the lengthening of daylight, as the light once again grows in intensity and the Earth is no longer subject to limitation of the Rays of that beautiful, life-sustaining Solar disk that provides us sustenance.  Cycles of Time.   So too is our great country experiencing a Solstice, a time of darkness and deprivation of Truth.  How fitting that the Impeachment of Donald Trump comes at this time of year.  And if the cycles of Nature hold true, following the darkness of Impeachment, our great nation will experience once again the growing of light and Truth.  Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of that cycle of Nature when it comes to politics, so for now we will see what human choices in Time brings.

The spiritual climate in this season of personal reflection can become overwhelming, when the whole world out there appears to be focused on material aspects of the holidays,  creating a paradox of a flurry of activity in the outer, material world, while the inner world is demanding a deeper, more introspective action be taken.  What a Spiritual reflection of our Material struggle within the government; the split in support for Impeachment: the Democrats stating the depths of truth with facts and proof, dignified searching with deep results, expressing their truth in loyalty to the Constitution, while the Republicans cower and bow before a disgusting representation of a disfigured Santa (Satan) Claus, fearing ending up on his naughty list if they act in a manner true to their Oath of Office.  The parallel is astounding.  To use that all to worn out phrase, it is time to move on.  It is time for decisions to be made, action to be taken, and truth to be known.  How this will be resolved hangs in the balance, just as our Democracy hangs in balance.  Sadly, there are no guarantees.

It is with pride, reflection and hope for right to prevail for the United States of America that the contributors of The Spiritual Climate Newsletter welcome you once again to our articles of social commentary.  We are inspired and ready to move forward, but not ready to forget the lessons of the past.   In this Edition, Wendy Ford, Glen Ford and Christine Ford share their memories of Adam Crosthwaite, as a tribute following up Dr. Strickler’s eloquent memorial.

We invite you as well, to travel along with Dr. Strickler as he explores, Christmas, Really? Just Another Christmas, Is It?

Time… It is Time for you to sit back, relax, put your feet up and grab a mug or cup of whatever it is that gives you comfort and travel the memories and commentaries of our contributors once again.  We here at The Institute of Spiritual Climate wish you and yours the brightest of holiday seasons and the most fulfilling of New Years for 2020.  We look forward to sharing our thoughts with you in upcoming Editions of The Institute of Spiritual Newsletter.

Christine J. Ford, Editor, Spiritual Climate Newsletter

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Winter 2016

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Editors’ Intro

Updated on Thursday, 12-22-2016

Winter is a magnificence and solitude that soothes the soul. The Winter Solstice inspires, no matter what the climate; arctic or tropical, desert or rain forest. The stillness and somberness, with the anticipation of the coming Light, fills the air and blankets the world in a hush of splendor.  As if a pause has been proclaimed from on High, a split second cease and desist transcends the insane hustle-bustle of our normal mundane activity as a profound quiet falls over the small whirling planet we call Earth.  If the choice is consciously made in the winter to be receptive to the influence and down pouring of this sacred vibration we are filled with reverence, awe and inspiration once again, if only for a brief moment.

This miracle of winter solstice is manifest throughout all races and religions, often touching the non-believer as deeply as the believer, when acknowledged, accepted, and allowed to enter.  This transition from the desolation of darkness in the longest night of the year in winter, to the dawning of a bright new day, as the radiance of the Sun breaks and we move once more forward into the light is the phenomenon of renewal and promise of life after life.  This signifies the journey of the Eternal One as It expresses through the densely limited fabric of our manifest physical existence to be perceived through our senses. This primal power of the cycles of the Sun, of death and rebirth, darkness and light, has been experienced by mankind since the Ancients walked upon terra firma.

This power is embedded within the many cycles of the universe that surrounds us as well as that vast spiritual universe within us.  We live in a densely physical dimension which is constantly vibrating with the dynamic equilibration of darkness and light, death and rebirth.  On a personal purely physical level, your heart beats, contracts, and then relaxes to move the blood through your body. You breathe in air, only to then do the reverse and exhale.  We put food and drink in these meat puppets we souls use called bodies, and then excrete what is not useful to us.  People come and go in our lives.  We are happy, and then we are sad.  For every up there is a down, and so goes the whole process of mundane existence.

Consider for a moment, however, that instant of transition, the tipping point where the dark suddenly shifts to light, the millisecond between life and death. There is a holy reverence to be gained by contemplating that deepest point of darkness just before it shifts into light.  Much can be gleaned from the stillness and emptiness of the rich, profound blackness. With sensory stimulation at a minimum, the perfect moment is presented to examine what has been, what is, and what is to be.  Reflection upon how we got to this point and what may be done to alter the course of possible outcomes is best contemplated in the solitude of this darkest time; so that when the Sun rises again, we will awaken with previously unrealized morsels of knowledge that can only be discovered when we allow ourselves to enter into the darkness, allow the darkness to enter into us and surrender to its inspiration of  wisdom and strength.

Throughout history the patterns of darkness and light can be traced on a broader spectrum as civilizations grow, prosper, reach their pinnacle of power and then fade away or die out suddenly.  The cycles seem to repeat without question; the ebb and flow of new discoveries and modern regimes replacing the outmoded dinosaurs that stick with the old rather than welcoming the new.  Times change, and if societies do not keep pace with spiritual evolution, their constituents are doomed to devolution and perhaps extinction.  To some it would seem that the United States of America has, in the blink of an eye, found itself and all that it represents teetering upon this very precipice of doom.

We are a nation divided; those who chose and support Trump, those who supported a different choice, whether it be Hillary or a third party candidate.  With the majority of the popular vote going to Hillary, one can only perceive a glimmer of hope for humanity in knowing that more than half of the voters of the United States are not morally depraved, insane nor led by hallucinations generated by consumerism of baited-market driven lies.  We are not grieving over Hillary’s loss, the election is over:  we are grieving at our nation’s ignorance in choosing to be led by a narcissistic personality President Elect Trump, who is a Putin business puppet with a cabinet of degenerate plutocrats and a congress ready to privatize the USA into austerity, while looting our public riches, handing our democracy over to Russia something inferred by Nikita Khrushchev, in his Speech given in Yugoslavia, August 24, 1963, “I once said, ‘We will bury you,’ and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.”  The fact remains, however, that on January 20, 2017, Trump will become the President of the United States of America, and we, as a nation, will enter into a deeply profound darkness that accompanies the Winter Solstice prior to Christmas.

What is this darkness that threatens to overtake the United States of America?  Plain and simple, the Dominionists in the Christian sect are seeking to turn the United States into a Theocratic nation1, thus depriving anyone to worship in the religion of their choice and depriving those who choose Not to worship in any form of religion or spiritual belief; adopting instead a Dominionist consensus of state-sponsored Christianity.  By favoring their dominion to create law to favor their religious ideology, your dominion is trumped by their desire to win at all cost in gaining Authoritarian political power thus regulating your freedom of religious expression and secular life.

Then, there is the upcoming Trump administration’s deal which has created the first State sponsored U.S.A. Politburo Bureau in striking a deal with Sinclair Broadcasting Corporation. Sinclair Broadcasting Corporation will likely create sensible sounding propaganda from half facts, incorporated into its political media ‘entertainment’ then executed into market sizzle in order to behaviorally seize the mob mentality of the Trump supporters in order to contract the US economy.  Sinclair Broadcasting Corporation will then saute supporters internal dialogues to follow Trump, their Anti-Christ savior. This will support the voice inside the republican mob-mentality heads, seeking to drown out any facts challenging and questioning tactics of bait-n-switch or outright lies of Trump and his plutocratic administration.

Congress appears, so far to be missing in action.  Whereas, the new invocation to  the congressional god Mammon, who is deeply caressed and worshiped by austerity republicans, the whited sepulchers2 will seize any opportunities to enslave the American citizens with  a blend of corporate communism3, disguised as finance capitalism, to slowly replace the U.S. Constitution, modified by inserting pieces of the Confederate Constitution.  Under-informed citizens bound by their current hallucinations of President-Elect Trump will be suckered in through this act of GOP ‘marketing’ (brain washing under the rubric of American Exceptionalism) of the mob mentality to suit their needs, similar to the manner in which the Trump administration capitalizes on the fear, anger and insufficient literacy of the middle class Joe (labor) who has been disconsidered and intentionally shunned for so long.

Will we, the people in this winter of 2016, silently succumb to the hallucination created and nourished by the Republican E-van-gullible Christian Dominionists and Putin groomed Authoritarian Trump allowing them to create more darkness as they usher in crushing eugenic austerity at the expense of the middle class and poor?  Privatized economies are the creators of real economic contraction all the while violating,  plundering and transferring the riches and freedom of the Public Domain into private sector hands.  This privatization setts economic entropy into motion by transferring public money  from  anything up to and including Education, Social Security and Medicare creating instead, a complex ‘Rube Goldberg type toll booth economy of confusion for citizens while fattening the wallets of whiny-ass business persons, who will in all likelihood continue to whine.  Can we stand by and condone the hijacking of the under informed citizens of our nation?  The fact of the matter is that, just as the Death Cult of Isis hijacked the religion of Islam, the eisegesis4 of Dominionists have hijacked Christianity seeded by the Great Rabbi, Jesus — a Jew.

During this winter, We, the citizens of the United States are faced with a choice, to either allow disturbed individuals to create darkness or form light of equality for all instead of the few (the fearful business baby souls); this may be perhaps the most crucial and profound decision we have yet to encounter.  We can choose not listen to the darkness and just ignore it; to pretend Trump does not exist and keep on going assuming there is nothing we can do about it.  Or we can listen, feel, immerse ourselves in and see this darkness so we better understand who and what the enemies are created by insecure, powerful business men and business women who are the fools supporting life, liberty and the pursuit of property; creating a series of consequences so complex and ambiguous that the forgotten Americans who are hallucinating for lack of water, truly cannot see what is at stake.  Much food for thought this winter.

And NO, a strong word to you hallucinating E-van-gullibles who despise reasoning and treat imagination as faith, while creating phantasmagoric darkness from profuse use of imagination rendering end of the world fantasies making God and Jesus a Jack in the box!  Even if you create the environs for world ending scenarios, it is NOT the end of the world.

Those of us who are students of  Rev. Dr. Strickler have been reminded with increasing frequency of his citations of Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only.”  Apparently many Christians do not know how to read.  This Biblical reference has an especially urgent message for those of us being called to speak the Truth; the time for action is now.

So, the United States of America needs your support, your wisdom, your voice and your power.  Harness and direct your anger, disappointment and  dismay generated by the seemingly improbable and absolutely unthinkable soon to be Presidency of a dangerously ego-maniacal personality disordered, celebrity business man named Trump.  Direct that energy!  Channel it into a positive force of resistance in order to increase light back to this great country of ours.  Let your voice be heard, take action, challenge the darkness whenever and where ever you encounter it.  Do not allow yourself to fall back to sleep, for the nightmare that you will find there stoked by indifference could mean the end of democracy and Dictator Trump could well be our last President!

The United States of America needs exactly what you have to say!  Find like minded individuals and stand up against the insanity.  Join groups, sign petitions, start petitions, write to your Congressmen,  seek out the news, the REAL News, not the fake news that is being Trump-eted and take action. Only then will we be able to maintain our poise, balance and equilibrium and employ our resources and power to present a united force strong enough to take this country back into the light.

May God Bless the people of America with the conscience, intelligence and strength to make the dawning of light break once again over this great nation of ours.  This winter, may we find and harness our inner strength to unite together and save our country from impending disaster.

Picture courtesy of our friend, composer Scott Haskins at www.scotthaskin.com                         Picture provided by Rev. Strickler’s friend/composer/musician:  Scott Haskin

So, for 2017, this may be great prescience to invigorate a new crispness of a foreboding expression, which appears to have been originated as a Latin proverb attributed to Praemonitusforewarned is forearmed.”  Forwarned and forearmed about what?  The warnings issued by the waxing and waning moon of Christmas.  What warnings, you might then ask?  We couldn’t put it more succintly than the recent commentary on Twitter From Rev. Strickler’s twitter page, from independent scholar Dan Kervick5,

“Brilliant super-moon in some strange configuration or whatnot.  This is the dawning of the Age of Jackass.

Thank you Dan Kervick.  We couldn’t have said it better.

The Institute of Spiritual Climate LLC, warmly welcomes you to the climate of the 2016 Winter Solstice, the dawning of Christmas Day and the forthcoming New Year of 2017.  This Introduction will be the only commentary that Spiritual Climate Newsletter has for now, as we have given our contributors the time off to journey inward during the winter and do their own self examination of darkness and the dawning of light this most critical year.  We invite you to relax, put your feet up, pour yourself a chilled glass of bubbly, or a hot rum and cider, perhaps a strong mug of coffee with Bailey’s; whatever your choice of holiday cheer you associate with the Season.  Join us as we explore the latest happenings as we ponder the deep darkness of the Solstice and the emerging light of the rebirth on this whirling, crazy planet we call Earth.  Hold on to your hats and buckle your seat belts!  The upcoming ride (and upcoming year) may get a little bumpy!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us here at Spiritual Climate Newsletter

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  1. Clarkson, Frederick. “Dominionism Rising: A Theocratic Movement Hiding in Plain Sight | Political Research Associates.” Political research, August 18, 2016. http://www.politicalresearch.org/2016/08/18/dominionism-rising-a-theocratic-movement-hiding-in-plain-sight/.[]
  2. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27, American Standard Version (ASV)[]
  3. ”… small handful of billionaires and elites sucking off and parasiting off the rest of the country and just soaking it for all its worth and looking for all its worth.”  Ratigan, Dylan. “The Dylan Ratigan Show: The Cost of ‘Corporate Communism.’” Msnbc.com, October 8, 2009. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/33224880/ns/msnbc-the_dylan_ratigan_show/t/ratigan-cost-corporate-communism/.[]
  4. ”In eisegesis, we read stuff into Scripture. For instance, the idea of the United States as a “Christian Nation” is the creation of egos who gloat over being powerful. It has no basis in history or fact, but more important, it has no basis in the Bible. Thus it arises from eisegesis. Yet some leading US politicians and pastors interpret the Bible through this notion.”    Longman, Robert. “What Are Exegesis, Eisegesis, and Hermeneutics?” Religion. Accessed December 23, 2016. http://www.spirithome.com/bible_exegesis.html.[]
  5. Dan Kervick. Twitter handle @DanMKervick at 9:04pm on December 16, 2016: “Brilliant super-moon in some strange configuration or what-not. This is the dawning of the Age of Jackass.”[]
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Welcome to the Editors’ introduction to Spiritual Climate Newsletter, October 2016.  Can’t you just feel the change in the air?  Autumn, Fall, the Autumnal Equinox.  That time of year when we take a deep breath of slightly cooler air, watch as the days grow shorter and nights grow longer, and begin to anticipate the approaching holiday season in all its glory; from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s!  Those lucky enough to live in an area where the trees put on their amazing display of vibrant colors brace for a treat!

Takes one back to the days of burning leaves, bonfires and family gatherings replete with clambakes, hot dogs and s’mores.  Ah, the good old days!  Memory is quite an astounding faculty!  With just a few words, one can be transported to a different place and time, and reinvent the details to better suit the fabric of the personality.  To most, our memories are thought to be an accurate picture of what happened in the past, but as anyone who has had the advantage of having therapy knows, our memories are often fabrications of what we, as a younger version of ourselves, perceived the situation to be; that which we created with our then limited understanding of the event and continued to carry on into adulthood as a reality.  Quite a feat; quite a talent!  Absolutely lethal, however, when manipulated by charlatans seeking to gain power.

The longing for nostalgia, the “good old days.”  For some, that is merely five years ago; for others it may be fifty!  It seems to be a universal trait we all share to varying degrees as we muse about times past, using the memories tinged by what we truly think happened, to smile and recall what was.  Trump appears to have mesmerized an entire segment of the population of the United States and manipulated them to believe that they need to move back in to a time when America was great, playing upon the very real personality trait of nostalgia and the comfort of the memory of the past.  Remember?  No Federal Debt cliff or economic ‘Grand Bargain’ stupidity created by the insufficiently literate Erskine Bowles, et. al.  No Trade deals.  Good union pay scales.

But of course the overpaid, mono-syllabic, economically ignorant bought and paid for Faux Conservative & Liberal Political Media ABC, CBS, CNN, CSPAN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC and not to forget the economic faerie dust from the dolts on CNBC, has another outcome intended for American citizens — more Neoliberal policy agendas which support plutocrats, lowers wages, slows GDP growth with no counter-voices who know better on the corporate lobby news boutiques from above.  This outcome is being assisted by monetary ignoramus billionaire? Donald Trump and to a much smaller extent from Hillary Clinton, by helping to support Budget and Public Debt fear mongering echo chamber agenda.

How is the intended outcome by the Political Media1 being accomplished?  Why with the built in continual, echo-chambered drone of serious economic ignorant Neoliberal policies that have decimated the middle class in this nation from upward redistribution.  Haven’t you noticed the well-deserved, substantial ire and anger against the Political Media in response to the forgery of economic opine on Networks?  This anger and ire from a portion of the populace is what feeds some of the Trump phenomena2 and part of the Hillary-Hatred Derangement Syndrome.3

By censoring any rational, economic heterodox counter-dialogue, the Political Media reinforces their shove-it-down-the-throats-of-Americans to their agenda to dismantle the public sector and drain the public’s money.  The front part of this powerful lobby can be heard in various opines, but Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s (PGPF) Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) wins the booby prize.  CRFB’s President Maya MacGuineas is a fine contribution to toxic information and a wasteland of profound fiscal irresponsibility of resistance to facts, who shrewdly cherry picks economic facts to support CRFB’s insanely irrational call for balanced budgets because the national debt with ANY deficit spending is going to starve you, your children and kill jobs for your children’s children; it’s psycho econo-babble4.  Note how well the marketing hypnotism works in the last presidential debate as misinformed journalist Chris Wallace promptly invoked the ‘Grand Bargain’ on Social Security and National Debt!  Look at the incredible, superb efficacy of post-hypnotic suggestion plays out plainly and visibly as a testament to the prowess of hypnotism marketing of CRFB’s commercial induction-that’s great power and influence.

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) is an economically bigoted, biased and insufficiently literate, bipartisan public policy organization filled with economic incompetents who want to pocket and drain your Social Security and ANY of your money with your earned, paid for benefits outsource it to salivating Wallstreet handlers in a NAFTA-like policy that trumps out government protecting your benefits in favor of financial sector losing you money.

CRFB is a pseudo think-tank based in Washington, D.C.  By preying on the fact of our insufficiently informed citizenry, CRFB talks a one-sided federal balance sheet paranoia designed to assist the Private Financial Sector (with Rants-alot-Trump’s help and as Progressive’s rightfully fear Hillary might help) in stealing the power of the federal monetary system of the USA in a can’t see it coming type coup d’etat.  This would effectively hand over USA monetary sovereignty to the financial sector bankers by getting people to believe in a fiction called Balanced Budget nonsense or National Debt apocalypse — THERE ISN’T ONE.  Then what is going on?

THERE IS – wait for it – A PRIVATE DEBT CRISIS.5

So, plain and simply put, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and everyone who supports this economic den of thieves are LYING to American public to get what they want.  Why?  Because they want your money and will stop at almost nothing to get it.  They use the Political Media to promote their ALEC-like lobby and its austerity legislation agenda against the American people on ABC, CBS, CNN, CSPAN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC and not to forget the economic faerie dust from the dolts on CNBC has another outcome intended for American citizens — more Neoliberal policy to to further the reach of the private Financial Sector’s tentacles by playing on the American public’s lack of full knowledge on how our money system actually works simultaneously pulling a bait-n-switch6 7

Private Sector billionaire ‘Rants-Alot-Trump’ professes he will “Make America Great Again.”  Though I am not sure exactly when he deems the cutoff point to be as to when the United States of America became “not great,” from rhetoric bounced around and indications from the Republican Party, an educated guess might be that it somehow, in his own Trumpian logic, correlates to when President Obama took office.  After all, we know that that point in history is when Civil Unrest became rampant, right?  And let’s praise Trump for his wisdom in finally ending the birther theory that Hillary started as well, enlightened, wise man that he is.  You know what is genuinely frightening?  That Trump supporters would read these words and not even catch a glimpse of the sarcasm that is implied in them.  They would agree and pronounce Barabbas-Trump as the Savior!  And so it goes, The Gospel According to Trump.

But Trump paints such a picture of the evils of what America has become at the hands of a Black President, the depths to which we, as a nation, have sunk, and by playing upon the emotions of the nostalgia of whatever it is he vaguely sees as the good old days, a picture that is unique to each individual, that he has created a mass hysteria of desire to return to some nebulous time unique to each one’s imagination. . .but it works, because it carries such emotional impact!  How naïve and gullible are we, as a nation?

Inevitably, we will know come November 8, 2016.  Whether Trump carries us into a coup d’etat into the hands of the financial private sector, becoming a second Hitler by means of taking over the Supreme Court or Hillary is the victor, at the very least bringing experience and common sense, the decision is in our hands.  We the people hold the power, as has always been the foundation upon which the Untied States of America has be based.  And the choice is ours, along with the implications of what might be with a Trump victory; this may be our last stand to make this choice.  The future of our country hangs in the balance.  Make your choice and voice count!

Follow the path with Dr. Strickler as he puts into print his life altering journey in his medical event in suffering an acute stroke and the repercussions of the aftermath in his sensitive recounting in his article, Lightning Struck Late at Night.”

Join Wendy Ford as she permits her Ego to speak in a revealing commentary on two of her previous articles, discovering the power of her exploration of Self  in My Dearest Idiot, This Is your Ego.”

Explore the characteristics of character with Glen Ford expressing the intricacies of the make up of what we do and why in his article Thoughts on Character.”

Encounter experiences of obstacles and the importance of overcoming them as you travel with Adam Crosthwaite in his article Caution, Gate Opens Inward.”

Expand your understanding of the power of Social Media and the impact it can have on lives locally as well as globally with Christine Ford’s Great Power is a Great Responsibility.”

As always, get cozy and comfy with a tall or short glass of your favorite beverage and join us once more.  It is with hope that our great country continues to be as great as we are right now that we, the staff  of Spiritual Climate, invite you take a break from your busy day to travel with us through the meanderings, ponderings and realities as seen from the minds of mystics with our commentaries about what is happening on this crazy, never boring, spinning sphere called Earth!

Welcome to our Autumn 2016 Edition of The Spiritual Climate Newsletter.

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  1. O’Donnell, Lawrence. The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. “Political Media Loses Its Mind over Clinton.” News Media. MSNBC, September 12, 2016. Editors Note: Lawrence O’Donnell’s wording, ‘Political Media’ is a concise, powerful naming of the Conservative-Liberal Beltway Media. Thankfully your voice is on mainstream Lawrence![]
  2. Remnick, David. “Behind the Trump Phenomenon.” Magazine. The New Yorker, March 14, 2016.[]
  3. Rabinowitz, Dorothy. “Hillary-Hatred Derangement Syndrome.” Wall Street Journal, September 29, 2016, sec. Opinion.[]
  4. Mosler, Warren. “7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy.” Economic Blog. The Center of the Universe. Accessed November 2, 2016. The PDF version is located here: “7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy – PDF.”

    Most if not all of the surrogate co-chairs, represent a blight and malignancy of cancerous ignorance, such as Mitch Daniels, or they sound like wannabe economists who do not understand accounting identity, sectoral balance identity or balance of payments in macro government budget accounting which put simply translates as government is nowhere near anything like a household checking account.  Brilliant economists like Stephanie Kelton, Michael HudsonBill MitchellSteve Keen or Dean Baker counter against the dubious farce of presentations the CRFB’s broadcasts daily on Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s (PGPF) commercial minions ABC, CBS, CNN, CSPAN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC and not to forget the economic faerie dust from the dolts on CNBC; these economists provide a counter-voice of reason based on economic history and flawless math.

    Putting it another way, the CRFB and it’s co-chairs are nothing more than paid sycophants, farcical minions of PGPF and an insult to American Economics.  For example, contrary to what you are told, Social Security Is NOT a main driver of the Country’s long-term budget problem, not according to Dean Baker[ref]Baker, Dean. Contrary to What AP Tells You, Social Security Is NOT a Main Driver of the Country’s Long-Term Budget Problem.” Economic. CEPR, September 27, 2016. http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/contrary-to-what-ap-tells-you-social-security-is-not-a-main-driver-of-the-country-s-long-term-budget-problem.[]

  5. Smith, Yves. The Private Debt Crisis.” Economic. Naked Capitalism, September 22, 2016.[]
  6. Black, William K.; Prof Econ & Law; UMKC Financial regulator, White-collar criminologist Founding member, and Bank Whistleblowers United, Author: The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One. “Wall Street Uses Third Way to Lead Its Assault on Social Security | Huffington Post.” The Huffington Post, 01:52 500.[]
  7. Johnson, Jack. “There Is No Fiscal Cliff and Erskine Bowles Helped to Create It.” Economic. Alliance for Progressive Virginia, November 14, 2012.

    “Here’s something we need to understand – there is a Wall Street Wing of the Democratic party, and one of its most eager representatives is Erskine Bowles. According to Bill Black, noted economist and blogger at Naked Capitalism, Bowles along with Alan Simpson is allied with Republican Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson who has pledged a billion dollars in the effort to privatize Social Security called “The Third Way”.

    Black writes, “The Third Way represents the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party and has pushed successfully for the worst domestic failures of the Obama administration, including continuing the Bush administration policy of granting the elite banksters whose frauds drove the crisis de facto immunity from criminal prosecution. … Third Way is also useful to Wall Street’s pursuit of other major priorities, including austerity and gaining access to tens of billions of dollars in freebie profits from beginning to privatize social security. Third Way’s specialty is spreading the faux “moral panic” that the safety net is the great threat to America.” []

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2015 Institute of Spiritual Climate LLCDear Ms. Clinton, We the People, standing here of Spiritual Climate Newsletter, wish to congratulate you on being the first woman candidate (its about damn time) of a major party in the USA — We the People Standing here of Spiritual Climate Newsletter, having done due diligence with both Republican, Democratic and Independent candidates with online information and the recent conventions, AND being continued supporters for Bernie’s ongoing Political Revolution against Neoliberalism, Oligarchs and the Beltway Media who protects the Oligarchs; Together We stand proudly to announce our unanimous support Hillary Clinton for President of the United States of America especially after having heard the extensive lifetime of Ms. Clinton’s public service, her ceaseless fight for children, people with disabilities (our experience with Rev. Strickler being a disabled adult) and her vivid, strong voice in the war against Human Trafficking-slavery as presented in her bio AND her clarity on issues.

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Welcome to the Summer Edition of The Spiritual Climate Newsletter, brought to you from the convection oven commonly referred to as Phoenix AZ.  Reflecting what is happening globally in the political arena in Europe, the resulting financial instability, the insanity of Trump vs Clinton, the unprecedented sit in staged by the Democratic party, and the violence of increased mass shootings, the weather in Phoenix at the time of the Summer Solstice is hot, hot, hot!  High temperature records have been broken,1 and continue to be threatened, as residents run between air conditioned homes to air conditioned cars to air conditioned stores and places of employment panting from being outside for the brief moments of transition.

As Phoenicians know only too well, the radiation and emanation of the extreme rays can be felt even while inside, creating a constant pressure, sense of heaviness and physical lethargy, similar to the climate of the happenings outside of Phoenix.  One can only try to imagine how our ancestors possibly endured the oppressive heat without our modern conveniences.  In so many ways, this too is a reflection of how we have become a weakened, angry, technologically dependent society.

Folks world wide in general are feeling the pressure of the heat of the chaos of confusion driven by not only global events, but also the fallout of local and personal events.  As pointed out in Dr. Strickler’s previous article, the electromagnetic emanations from Maximum2 3 period of the Sun are affecting as well, since the last 500 years can be seen weakening Earth’s magnetic field and an increase in cosmic rays.  So there is something indicating an influence on mankind’s endocrine system with electromagnetic Solar force strongly ‘pinging’ earth’s electromagnetic shell producing challenging changes in mankind’s pituitary glands likely contributing to behavioral extremes we are experiencing on our beautiful planet earth and an as of yet unexplained effect, here in our earth’s climate.  Combine the above elements, and it is no wonder that we find the dichotomy of extremes manifesting from the gestalt consensus given expression in our political presidential nominees here in the already great United States.

Our choices have been narrowed down to Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party in contention with Donald Trump of the Republican Party.  A warning Dr. Strickler has vocalized is the poignant Neo-Fascism expressed and represented by Donald Trump and the Enablers of American Authoritarianism, resulting from to the overuse of Neoliberal policies locally and globally, from the right and left for over 30 years.  Speaking as editor, I, for one, am genuinely looking forward to the debates!  Remarkable person fighting for real issues, established, experienced political philosophy embodied in a woman vs an abrasive business man in a self centered universe with no political experience shouting words that the angry people want to hear with no real plan as to how to execute them.  This should be a show.

The United States is facing the very real choice of more of the past or the possibility of total chaos; a representation of the two extremes of political views. Where is the middle ground, the middle path?  As appears the case in all of the events happening, there is no middle ground  found apparent at this point in time.  We are living in an era of contrived extremes and engineered imbalance, and this is manifesting throughout the entire world.

Extreme choices are being made globally.  Fed up with the status quo, the UK has voted to withdraw from the European Union and their adherence to Austrian Economic Mythology — economic phantasmagoria.  The repercussions of this choice have already been reflected by economic instability world wide and second thoughts being echoed by the people of the countries who voted to withdraw.  Uncertainty, instability and discontent is rampant.  The European Union was created to protect those small, close, interconnected, both economically and socially, countries from turning against each other following the World Wars.  The dissolution of that pact is yet another indication of the well deserved crumbling of Neoliberalism4, moving into the uncertainty of a new way; whether or not that new way will be a positive step or a step backwards remains to be seen, but is so indicative of the seeking of change that permeates our current civilization.

Most disturbing is the increase in mass shootings, which the Congress refuses to begin to act upon by making any changes in gun regulation or the ease of purchase and availability of ammunition and high power weapons.  One of the most moving, inspiring acts to be witnessed as of late was the Democrats’ staging of a sit in within the House to protest the lack of any movement being made towards some reasonable reformation of our laws regulating weapons.  As they sang “We Shall Overcome”, memories of past protests flooded in, along with recollections of that which the United States of America stands for and represents.   Chants of “No Bill, No Break filled the air, and later, the well known, fondly remembered song was sung outside of the Chambers with the multitude of supporters who had come to show their solidarity.  The Break came and went without resolution or action, but for a brief moment, the Spirit of our already great nation stood up and shouted “Look at me!  Hear me!  I am still here!”

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  1. Holland, Catherine. “110-Degree Days in Phoenix – Azfamily.com 3TV | Phoenix Breaking News, Weather, Sport.” News. Azfamily.com, August 18, 2016. http://www.azfamily.com/story/32503545/110-degree-days-in-phoenix.

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  2. The idea of a Modern Maximum has now been thrown into question with the release of a paper at the International Astronomical Union General Assembly.  Clette, Frédéric, Leif Svalgaard, Ed Cliver, and Lars Lindberg Christensen. “Corrected Sunspot History Suggests Climate Change since the Industrial Revolution Not due to Natural Solar Trends | Press Releases | IAU.” Astronomical. International Astronomical Union, August 7, 2015. http://www.iau.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iau1508/.[]
  3. We are entering a Solar Minimum.  “SUNSPOTS VANISHING, AGAIN.” Science. Spaceweather.com Time Machine. Accessed July 27, 2016. http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=23&month=06&year=2016. []
  4. NEOLIBERALISM: The philosophy that public ownership and regulation is inherently less efficient than management by financial operators. The policy conclusion is that the public domain and government enterprises should be privatized and the sales proceeds used to roll back taxes on the highest wealth and income brackets. Unlike the liberalism of Adam Smith and subsequent free-trade economists, neoliberalism endorses an intrusive role of government to protect property and financial fortunes without regard to long-term tendency for the exponential growth of debt to exceed and indeed undercut the economy’s ability to pay. (See Internal Contradiction, Junk Science, Neoconservatives and Social Market.) ~Michael Hudson; the Economic Insiders Dictionary http://michael-hudson.com/2014/01/n-is-for-neo-serfdom-o-is-for-offshore-banking/[]
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