Get Up!  Get Up!

By Adam Crosthwaite

A single moment, just like a flash, is all it takes to change a world.  Even a world as small as one corner of a person’s life that is in the process of challenging itself to get up, or a universe teaming with life sprawled out over light years, this process may appear to follow a universal formula for sudden awareness.  One might even say it was so obvious that some ancient culture from centuries before had been writing about such events in a pictorial script on walls and tablets.

There are different ways to bring about changes within any space.  In the ongoing explorations of the mysteries of Qabalah, as I continue to be taught by Rev. David Strickler, the primary focus is on the personal space thus far. In working with mental and emotional energies using the principles of spiritual alchemy changes within one’s own personal sphere of influence become possible and spiritual growth may occur.  This is mostly a process of cleaning up and clearing out energies and habits.  In this clearing of the way not only is there a change in perceptions and attitudes but the receptivity to higher consciousness is opened up and honed.  Years of practice, study and application helped guide initiates as they continually seek out the lessons and advice of the Masters, such as Rev. Strickler, who have walked the path and aid those along the way.

Finding the Will to Get Up!

Along the path there are many challenges, some which appear to throw one to the ground, brought on by an number of factors many from outside our own personal circle but most, and the more devious, are those from within our own circle; each of us with our own personal, emotional and mental baggage or rather “spiritual disorders”.  Part of the challenge can be to get up, having been thrown to the ground.  These challenges can stay with a person until resolved for whatever the reason.  Along the path I have encountered many of these challenges, some without knowing what they were, but each one just as capable of throwing me off my path, or down to the ground on my path, as the next.

Recently my world has been changed by a clearing of my own perception.  I had been struggling with some personal problems that managed to manifest into physical health issues, mostly weight gain.  Strangely,  I had no idea that this was happening.  Actually I knew something was wrong, I just had no idea that it was at affect with something from deep within my past.  This whole time I was looking at my present mindset and thinking that I was just being lazy or momentarily careless about my own well-being.  You see, a long time ago I learned that I was good enough at certain things in school and some other areas where work was hard, I could slack off without getting noticed.  What started out as a kid thinking he was gaming the system turned into a man who didn’t expect to be challenged as much as he was later on in life.  I found myself in a struggle to get up off the mat of Life.

The alchemical mixture of sloppy behavior and unethical mindset has been in place and hiding, waiting for the perfect setting to spill over and try to infect other areas of my mental and emotional laboratory that I have been working on cleaning and building for twelve years as student of Rev. Strickler’s.  After a few years of slippery situations and seemingly chaotic events it takes a slap in the face in the form of a doctor’s diagnosis and a few months later a sucker punch from an employer with a pink slip drive home the message, “YOU HAVE A PROBLEM!”

There is much more to my challenge than I am letting be known, but I am sure the details would just drone on and not serve the writing very well; not all disclosure is for public consumption.  Those who have been a part of my journey know as they have been there, for those who don’t just imagine temporally losing a loved one and a few years later losing one that you spent a good portion of your adult life trying to find.

I was brought down to the level of self-pity and doubt, feeling pinned down to the ground.  I was just trying not to panic while in panic mode for days.  I couldn’t make sense of things for a day or two until I crashed out and didn’t do anything for a day.  It wasn’t until I started to move that things started to clear up and make since.  Suddenly I knew what to do, I needed to get up off the ground.  I woke up one day and I started with just cleaning my space a little.  It started with clearing out an area to work with.  Then I counseled a few memberships on line then updated my resume and started to apply for work.  In a flash, my world once again had changed.  I could hear a voice from somewhere telling me to get up and move, to get up and get going.  At times it sounds like my mentor Rev. Strickler, just as if I was sitting with him and he was speaking to me directly, other times it is a voice similar to my own but bigger and clearer than the whispering voice I am used to.

The irony of this experience is that I was convinced that I didn’t make the changes necessary to change my situation quick enough to break out of the rut I was in mentally and physically once I was aware of them.  It was a month after the first awareness of how far reaching my problem was which was six months after finally accepting the doctor’s diagnosis.  The final blow from work hit.  Even in the process of making changes, more fallout from events can continue to disrupt things, from the simplest most mundane aspects to the larger more threatening situations that may irrevocably affect your life.  It all depends on the size and scope of the events involved.

Now I am working a new job, one that took only two days to find and get after choosing to move; it is the exact opposite of the one I had.  I went from a comfortable air conditioned building to walking around all night locking up buildings in the beginning of the monsoon season in Phoenix, Arizona.  I get all the fresh air and exercise I can handle!  No more sitting around the office for hours on end watching monitors or reading.  Now I have to eat right to keep in decent shape, so no more fast food short cuts every night or pizza delivery late night at work.  In a flash my lifestyle was changed.

For all the study and practice over the last twelve years as an initiate in the art of Qabalah, I still needed a little help to get up off the ground and push me in the right direction, to get me under way even though I was ready all along.  It is very easy to become wrapped up in illusions when your guard is down.  That is why it’s important to have some type of emotional and mental conditioning. There are aspects of the alchemical process in the Q tradition of Qabalah that aid and teach in these manners, but one never truly understands them until they have undergone the experience of having to rely on them when faced with a challenge.

I can remember many times in the middle of a fight and looking to the sidelines and seeing my teacher yelling at me to ‘Get Up!’  I finally became aware, engaged in the situation fully to make changes.  In the past Rev. Strickler has used the image of the mentor standing by and watching his student from the sidelines as they train and fight in the ring.  With the patience of a true master, Rev. Strickler has used image as a metaphor to explain to me how he watched over and waited for his student to engage the process and make the changes that have been worked for so long.  There will be times when it feels as if there is nothing more to do, that no matter, what nothing will get better.  That is a dangerous time to be down and unwilling to find the ability to get up and keep moving.  Even more so when you are up against yourself and all your spiritual disorders, also referred to as the shadow self, the darker part of the inner person created from within.

The shadow self is smooth and can use any number of exploitable vulnerabilities just like a computer virus as a type of sabotage against the efforts of the self attempting to find expression of the true or higher in the physical world.  Few things in life are as scary as the realization that you have been under the influence of a shadow.

All the preparation and training in the world is useless to a person who is unable to function when under pressure.  Knowing there is a problem can help, but will not do much to effect the situation for the better.  It is through the engagement of Will that allows for changes to occur in the world.  No matter how big or small a change or world, no movement means there can be no engagement of the energies present.

No matter how dark or overwhelming the situation may seem if you listen closely enough, you may hear someone silently cheering for you.  Even if you don’t see any one, there is always a voice saying, “Get up!  Get up, Now!”


Adam Crosthwaite

Copyright © 2016 by Institute of Spiritual Climate LLC

you know you want to do it:

Respect – fully Yours

by Christine Ford

Respect!  R-E-S-P-E-C-T!  To quote,  “Most likely one of the catchiest, over repeated lines in all of music.” Written by Otis Redding and sung by Aretha Franklin, the line that follows is what caught my attention as I was mulling over my thoughts prior to writing this article.  R-E-S-P-E-C-T  “Find out what it means to me”  is a tricky concept to ponder.

Respect; what does it mean to you?  Do you show respect to yourself, to those around you, to the One Power that gave you life and sustains your existence through every second of  the time you have been given to co-create and expand your awareness as you make your way through this life?  How do you personally show respect?  And in turn, do you feel you are afforded respect from your family, your friends, your colleagues, your significant other?

Regard for Respect

In searching for a definition of the word respect, the one I found which came closest to my understanding of the use of the word respect. The reason it grabbed my attention was due to the use of the word “regard” in the definition.  During the twenty four years that I have been a student of Dr. Strickler, throughout his some 35,000 hours of teachings which continue to not only open new awareness but at times are absolutely amazing, he has instilled in me a particular bias that I would like to, as a side note, pass on to our readers for consideration.  Actually, this could be an article in and of itself, but I will keep it short!

Dr. Strickler emphasizes the use of the word “regard” in preference to the bastardized use of “value” as a key to the tone and discernment the writer or speaker is using.  The meaning of the word value has been twisted and contorted by politics and society to have more of a greed factor, indicating a definition of materialism and monetary wealth.  Regard, by comparison, carries a vibration of esteem and genuine worth.  Upon sharing that gem with you, please keep that in mind as you read the following definition of respect.

As a Verb

  1. To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem or admire
  2. To avoid interfering with or intruding upon
  3. To relate or refer to; concern

As a Noun

  1. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential, regard; esteem
  2. The state of being regarded with honor or esteem
  3.  Due regard for something considered important or authoritative

Evaporation of Respect

The impetus to write about the topic of respect actually came from my job as a teacher in an Elementary school.  I have been assigned the task of monitoring 130 7th grade students twenty minutes each day for recess for the past three years.  One of my greatest sighs of relief when school ended for Summer Break was that I had a hiatus from this.  At first I thought it was just the heat and sun that bothered me; standing outside for twenty minutes in one hundred plus temperatures can be brutal, but upon examining my reaction, I realized it was more than that.  A major contributing factor was that I was truly weary of the verbal battles and disrespect coming from the students that I kept trying to find ways to equilibrate with humor and understanding, without giving away my authority!

Respect is evident within my classroom; with the students I work with each day, special needs students in 7th and 8th grade, I strive to build an environment of trust and mutual respect.  Even the toughest of them eventually responds to patience and understanding.  They get the idea that I truly do care about them, whatever problems or joys they may be experiencing, and am there to help them learn, advance and grow.  It is when I go out among the masses I am horrified by the lack of respect and regard for others that is so evident in actions and words among our young people. In my weaker moments I have found myself beginning to wonder when I became the old coot who looks upon the younger generation in despair, shaking my head while declaring that there is no hope.

Deep down inside I know there is hope.  There are many young adults who are respectful; take my beautiful granddaughter for example.  She is polite, considerate and kind.  She can interact with adults and peers, friends and family, those familiar to her and those she has just met.  She has the skill and grace of knowing how to present herself, how to share her ideas and thoughts in an articulate, socially acceptable way, without being combative, abrasive or vulgar.  I am sure she has her moments, as all teenagers do, when she is less than respectful at home with her parents, but that is part of the course of moving into the independence she needs to establish to be an adult.  Am I prejudiced because she is mine? Well, maybe just a little bit, but I have met students at school who are just as respectful not only of adults, but of peers as well; unfortunately the number of kids who are seemingly rude, offensive, entitled and obnoxious has come to far outweigh the more civilized members of our young society, as seen through the lens of my perception.

Sadly, this lack of respect appears to permeate not only our youth, but all aspects of our society, from rudeness in the grocery store, to road rage, to Donald Trump standing on stage making his disrespectful comments and being cheered for as a result!  When did we, as a nation, become so angry and inconsiderate of our fellow man?  When did holding in regard with honor and esteem ourselves, others around us, and the Lord of Life itself become an out dated relic to be disregarded?

For some time, I have done some serious self-evaluation and questioned whether my expectations and standards are too lofty.  I was raised by parents who expected me to be respectful and considerate of others, but I lived in a culture where that was the norm; I raised my children the same way.  Consistent expectations and traits of behavior were instilled in my granddaughter by her parents; she was born in 2000.  Being a teacher and in touch with youth, I began to notice a glitch in the matrix along about 2000, the year I took a hiatus from public education.   Somewhere over the progression, or perhaps, regression, of the past twenty or so years, there has been a lowering of the bar in general within our society of what is considered polite, acceptable and respectful treatment of others.  In a nutshell, the expectation of common courtesy and respect for those around us appears to have gone down the tubes!

When there is such a dramatic change in the foundation of expected behavior, there must be a cause.  Articles have been written regarding the lack of respect not only within schools, but within society in general.    Lack of empathy among students and diminished respect for authority has been studied.  Research does agree that there is an increasing lack of respect and compassion shown towards others; though there are differing thoughts as to the cause.  The phenomenon is recognized by educators and the social sciences as well, not only within the schools, but within our society as a whole.

Though I have not done any formal research, I am able to speak from the microcosm of what I experience with my students during that twenty minutes each school day, and to be brutally honest, there are times when the enormity of it overwhelms me!    I would venture to suggest the theory that the weakening of the family unit as a result of parents having to hold two jobs in order to make ends meet, kids coming home to nothing but reality shows and video games, the time for sharing family experiences and teaching the courtesy and respect by example has diminished drastically.

The students I work with are struggling to not only discover their identity and truth, to exert their autonomy and authority, but to somehow make their way through what is increasingly becoming a maze of elevated expectations and ever changing norms.  They feel the need to fit in, yet at the same time strive to be unique and independent.  They share the need to be understood, accepted and held in high regard for that which they are and that which they are becoming, and they need to learn how to give that respect back to those around them!

Hmmm … Pause … now ponder a minute!  Those kids’ needs are not so very different from what we, as adults, are going through within every interaction we have whether it be at home, at work, at the grocery store, or online, are they? My students are a microcosmic reflection of the macrocosmic cycle of rampant disrespect, anger and intolerance we see within our country,  whether it be based on race, religion, sex,  authority or ethnicity.    The abuse and demise of respect is what has lead to the fiasco of the idiocy of Donald Trump becoming the Republican choice for the High Office of this incredible concept of the United States of America.

We, however, are the adults, and should know better!  My students are lacking the experiences and life lessons upon which to base their choices and that is the difference. We, as the adults: parents, mentors, teachers, have the power and the responsibility to demonstrate through our actions or our non-actions the decisions that need to be made, the actions that need to be taken, in order for our society to once again make respect for ourselves and those around us the foundation upon which human interaction is based.  We, as the co-creators of the future of this world, need to ask ourselves what respect does mean to each and every one of us, and we must instill respect for self, for other and for the All That Is within the confused and frustrated youth seeking to find themselves.

We, the people.  We, the people,  need to regain that respect we had as a nation, as a proud sovereign nation, with rights guaranteed by the Constitution.  We, the people, need to show respect for ourselves and others, demonstrating the proud ideals upon which our Nation was based.  We, the people, need to acknowledge that we did not give birth to ourselves, that the One Power that created this dimension be held in highest regard, as we demonstrate by holding ourselves and fellow man in highest regard.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T  “Find out what it means to me”  What does respect mean to you?  Contemplate, search your heart, discover  what it means to you, and then share that with everyone you have the chance to meet.  You never know how far those small ripples travel, or how many souls will be influenced by your words and actions derived from respect.

Respectfully yours

(and bite me SEO, get a brain)

Christine J. Ford

Copyright © 2016 by Institute of Spiritual Climate LLC


you know you want to do it:

This Is Your Captain Listening

By Wendy Ford

Spiritual growth.  For those who are seeking, a great deal of time is spent focusing on the non-physical and spiritual as, after all, you are not your mind, you are not your body and you are not your emotions.  This then begs the question of who are you but that is another topic for another article.  For Now think of the word captain and the image it invokes.

It occurs to me that with so much focus on the non-physical and spiritual realms it could be misinterpreted that one should eschew the physical to concentrate on the non-physical and spiritual in order to somehow become transformed and become illuminated; that to be able to disassociate from the physical is the key to achieve the goal.  In reality this is not true at all.

This discussion is an effort to clarify this,  but in so doing can only be spoken from the personal experience of having been enmeshed in and attached to the physical so firmly and for so long; it has taken over 23 years to begin to disentangle and detach from the fixation of the physical and to at last be able to bask in some of the Spiritual Light and breathe non-physical air–at least for moments.   Note “detach” not “disassociate”.

This entanglement and attachment to the physical resulted from hundreds of incarnations into the physical—so many that I got stuck and forgot how to experience the nonphysical soul that I am.  I had come to believe I was my body and emotions.  My emotions, personality and Ego ran the show, I saluted and took orders from them as if they were the captain.

In allowing these aspects of myself to ‘run the show’ further than I should I have ever allowed, I also enabled these reactions to isolate me from what I perceived as the outside world.  Why ?  Because I often interpreted the world as cold and cruel, in order to insulate myself from misconceptions of pain and/or discomfort.  “Poor baby.  Stay with us.  Listen to us.  We will take care of you.  Don’t listen to that small still voice that keeps trying to get your attention.  No, you asked us to take care of you and indeed we will.  Come.  Sit,  EAT and Rest.  Take comfort, child.”   I had no idea this was keeping me insulated from even parts of myself and kept me rooted and anchored in physical forgetfulness to prevent any exploration into the nonphysical with the intent of discovering who and what I truly am.

It had been FORGOTTEN.  It had been forgotten that my physical container is just that; a physical container through which my soul expresses itself.  The physical senses are the only way my soul has of experiencing and learning about the physical realm.  The container is just a container but with the instinctual component that left on its own only knows food, fear, sex and responds accordingly; its function is for the survival of the container period.  It had been forgotten that the container needs a captain just like a ship. Now the job of the instinctual is a mighty big and indeed essential one, a whole topic by itself, so while being acknowledged it is with intention being left out of this discussion.

It is only within the past five years or so conscious awareness of my experience as soul that inhabits and controls the physical is coming into my arena of awareness, if only for brief moments.  Dr. Strickler has taught that the foundation of all spiritual growth is based in the expansion of conscious awareness and selection of experiences.  This requires judicious application of discernment.  A very simple concept that should not take lifetimes to learn how to use for Spiritual growth, is,  ‘an ongoing process and summation’:  also one of Dr. Strickler’s trademark-final comments.

So, how does one disentangle and detach from the physical to experience the nonphysical without disassociating from it?  Specifically, how does one become aware of the physical container as just that—a physical container through which one functions but is NOT one’s defining characteristic?

Initially it would seem disentangling, detachment and disassociation would not be that dissimilar, but experience has taught me that to disassociate was to ignore and not pay attention to the physical.  Choosing to ignore the cacophony of emotional input was not proving to be helpful either.  The instinctual, ego and personality just took over the reins and pulled me willy-nilly where I had (unconsciously and unbeknownst to me) instructed them to:  protect, insulate, survive.  Never mind that the old instructions were no longer valid or useful and were indeed leading slowly to self-destruction.

Disentanglement and detachment on the other hand are done with conscious awareness and intent.  It requires taking chosen action. Detachment is like micro surgery requiring acute attention and patience.  It takes the assistance of a skilled psychologist to help back track through the entanglement of all the creepy vines of learned and mis-learned emotional responses to identify where the roots are.  Once that has been accomplished it takes continued self-work and vigilance to gently and patiently disentangle oneself from the creeping vines of the physical attachments.

It turns out that while being entrenched in the physical there was an acute ignorance of it at the same time.  An entire dashboard of information (constant sensory input and information) was at my disposal yet there was very little conscious working knowledge of it or how to interpret the information.  It was very much like driving a car with its rows of lights, gauges and signals each with a very specific purpose.  One can ruin a perfectly good car if one does not know what the check engine light means or what to do when it comes on; messages  from the physical container need to be paid attention to even more closely.

To be able to accurately interpret the input from the physical senses requires constant vigilance and conscious attention.  This assumes one has even learned how to recognize when one of the indicators comes on.  It is a continual process of scanning the internal dashboard and monitoring emotional responses to the input from the physical and learning how to discern the truth and reality in any given situation.  Most difficult is the crucial task of unlearning, correcting and/or modifying misinterpretations from previous similar situations.

Dr. Strickler has frequently stressed to always remember: “truth destroys falsehood.”  Once a truth has been discovered and accepted it can be used to dissolve the misinterpretations almost effortlessly.  One just has to be willing to be open to the truth and be willing to change one’s mind or response.  Again a simple concept that is more difficult in its execution.

How does one become more attuned to physical sense input and monitor one’s responses without being attached to them?  Think of yourself as the ship’s captain who listens to the officers, receives their input and then makes decisions on what actions to take or not take.  Just as the ship’s captain gives the commands but is not a part of the ship itself so it is with your nonphysical soul that functions through the physical container but does is not a part of it.

It is similar with your physical body.  The nonphysical you that functions through the container receives input from the physical five senses and is the interpreter for the emotional responses generated.  A finely tuned sense of hearing is required in order to “hear” what being received and this is only honed through practice; lots of practice over a period of time.

Try this simple exercise.

Have you ever sat still in a quiet room by yourself and experienced the sounds and movements of your physical container much like a ship’s captain on the bridge; the ones that are uniquely experienced by your physical body?

Pay conscious attention for the whooshing of the air as the bellows of your lungs move the air in and out and in and out—are the breaths shallow and anxious or deep and relaxed, are the breaths effortless and clear or strained or congested?  Can you feel the air move in and out of your nostrils and swirl through your sinuses or are they congested or blocked?  Feel the gentle rise and fall of your chest and abdomen that results from the expansion and contraction of the rib cage—is it tight or relaxed and effortless?  Can you hear the swooshing of the blood as it moves past the ear drums—if you feel a thumping perhaps your blood pressure is too high.  Can you feel the gentle to and fro movement of your trunk as it responds to the flow of the spinal fluid moving rhythmically up and down through your spinal cord sheath from your brain to your tail bone—perhaps this had never been noticed.  Can you feel and sense the lub dub beat of your heart as it relaxes to expand,  filling with blood,  then forcefully contracting propelling the blood out to circulate—is the beat rhythmical and even and relaxed or uneven, irregular and too fast?  If it is uneven or irregular, you should probably see your doctor.  You might even hear or feel the occasional rumble or gurgle of the digestive tract as it processes the nutrients your container requires for sustenance.  You can do similar exercises with the other senses.

Did you notice that feeling or touch was entwined with the hearing?  It is as well with all the other senses for touch is the cornerstone for all the senses.  Just as your ears are touched by sound waves your tongue is touched by the flavors and textures of foods and liquids that run over it, your eyes are touched by the light, your nose is touched by the odors and aromas carried by the air moving through it, your skin is touched by objects or the wind.  All of the senses respond to vibrations that are received, the messages are sent to the brain for response and interpretation.  All the Human senses are only able to receive in a limited fashion.  Many members of the animal kingdom have much keener senses of smell and hearing and a broader spectrum of light available than the human physical container.

Most of the confusion and errors are generated in the interpretation of the response to the limited reception of the senses.  If an error in interpretation occurs and results in an emotional response, that response may not be reflective of the reality; you as captain need to be able to make adjustments (course corrections as it were) that can bring the interpretation of an experience closer to the reality of that experience.  Have you ever stuck your hand into really cold water and weren’t sure if it was hot or cold?  Chances are the physical instinctual “you” pulled back out of self-protection generating a fear emotional response until the nonphysical “you” interpreted the truth of the situation and calmed down.

All of this occurs so fast we aren’t even aware of it most of the time.  Through training we can learn to be consciously aware and modify our responses to more accurately reflect reality and truth in a situation or experience.  This is when we are using our emotions as tools for our responses and not letting our emotions rule us.  We are then acting as the captain of our ship.

Paying attention to the sounds and feeling of your physical container might give you clues as to how well it is functioning.  Perhaps it is trying to “tell” you something and hoping you will “hear” and “feel” its needs.  While you are not your physical body it is dependent upon you to pay attention and listen to its needs and notifications of its status.  You are responsible for its care and maintenance, it is your vehicle through which you function and move.  The nonphysical YOU functions within the physical vehicle or container to learn about the physical experience.

Hello body, it’s me, the captain of this ship.  I am here and paying attention, thank you for keeping me informed.  This is not unlike Captain Picard sitting in his chair on the bridge of the spaceship U.S.S. Enterprise listening to reports from his officers and monitoring everything that is going on in order to respond with the right action.

The nonphysical functioning through the physical.  Once you become accustomed to listening to your container and attending to its needs, being the captain of your ship, you just might be able to discern its voices from that of the still, quiet voice deep within that is the Real You.  It has always been there attempting to communicate.  Perhaps now you will be able to hear it and dialogue with You and be open to communication from the Higher, the fleet admirals so to speak.

This is an ongoing process and requires vigilance and conscious attention but being able to hear and speak with You is so worth it.

Wendy Ford

Copyright © 2016 by Institute of Spiritual Climate LLC

you know you want to do it:

Time and Our Relationship with It

by Glen Ford

“Being does not require time or space to exist.” — Rev. Dr. David Strickler

In spiritual reality, we learn ‘time is an illusion’ and that our personality’s relationship with time is purely subjective.  All around and within us we are immersed in a concept of time and space, and by consensus we are enculturated into the experience of the concept of time.   A day as a natural period of time is what the earth takes to make one complete revolution around its axis.  A year as a natural period of time is what the earth takes to orbit our sun, 365.2425 days.  The Fact that we round this off to 365 days means that in approximately 728 years summer would happen in December in the northern atmosphere.  We can’t have the seasons marching through the year so we are forced to add a day every four years, an artificial fudge factor to maintain the illusion.

The month also is a natural period of time, that the moon takes to make one complete orbit of the earth with respect to the fixed stars.  It is 27.32 days.  That would work out to Roughly 13. 36 months per year.  Who decided on 12 months for year and what their motivation is not within the current scope of this article.

Practical Relationships with Time

Now emerges the Gregorian calendar, also called the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, it is internationally the most widely used civil calendar; an artificial, synthetic adaptation of earlier such calendars by the Catholic Church and accepted now by most of the world as consensus opinion.  It is named for Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October, 1582.  The church had their reasons that can be discovered by researching the Gregorian calendar.  It is maintained today by most of the world so that our interactions with other people politically, socially and for business can run smoothly.

Then somebody had the bright idea of clocks (Hours and minutes and seconds. Oh my)!  Twenty-four hours in the day seems rather arbitrary, why not 20?  And then minutes… why 60 why not 100 and the same for seconds…go metric.  That would make sense in a world who’s counting is in base ten.  Earlier cultures used base 12 for counting.  Hence 12 hour days and 12 hour night.

There is no need to cast this all away and reinvent the wheel so to speak; the system works pretty well in the physical world.  What is relative to the purpose here is to recognize these things are artificial constructions conceived and implemented by other people.  Just like we build relationships with people, places and things in our space, it is beneficial build a relationship with time.  What does time mean personally?  How does time alter the perception of space and events?  Time flies when engaged in enjoyable activities and drags when doing drudgery.  Reverend Strickler encourages everyone to establish relationships with both time and space and to use these mechanisms of the mundane world to keep the body, our vehicle, alive.  He also advocates becoming aware of and developing a personal relationship with time spiritually.

Esoteric Relationships with Time

Pay attention to the cycles of the moon, the rising and setting of the sun.  Take note of how they affect us.  One exercise that he has recommended is to carry a timer, many watches have them built in or you could carry a little electronic one and set it for an hour and reset it every hour through the day.  When it goes off just take note of what you have been doing for that hour and reflect on the who, what, why, when, where, and purpose of doing that activity.

The point is to act, have experiences, learn from them and grow.  This is not an efficiency study for productivity, although that could be an added benefit. What it is about is to measure the time spent on different activities.  Are the things being done reactive or proactive?  Is it the ego or the soul being promoted?  Is time being consumed by simple sensory gratification, intellectual learning, or spiritual growth.  These aren’t the only options but rather a place to start.

“We never really know until we act” or in other words, nothing can be known until there is action, observations made and measurements taken.  This is not to say that pleasure is necessarily a bad thing nor that spiritual growth is the only good thing.  All things in moderation, balance and proportion and that requires metrics, measurements.  Then armed with that information decisions can be made about how best to pursue our desires.  What is good use of time, how can it be used more wisely.

So much of the time we can get frustrated, overwhelmed and feel like; “hey what’s the point.”  Well, the point is to have experiences for the self to grow in knowledge of what really is.  To do that we must grow in awareness of what is happening in our consciousness inside and out.  Try the timer thing.  It is a good exercise and will increase awareness.  It will not always be good stuff that comes to light, but once there is awareness adjustments can be made.  Take note of what you do in the mundane world.  Take note of what you do in the spiritual world.  Realize that they are both threads in the tapestry of life, not mutually exclusive.  Then you can begin to self- consciously participate in how your experiences are weaving into awareness and perhaps, just perhaps, to participate in the conscious weaving of your events.

Remember too, that the vehicles (our bodies) we use in this lifetime are finite in time, barely a blip on the scope in the larger scheme of things yet so intense within the levels of self-consciousness.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any-body:  Tick Tock, Tick Tock – time, though synthetic, waits for no one.  Through these musings I am beginning to agree with Aristotle who stated, “Contemplation is the highest form of activity.”   One day I may wake up from the space-time dream only to  find that I am a being that just finished contemplating the process of birth-to-death of this current life called “Glen Ford.”

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updated on 4/17/2016

Spring Equinox has sprung vivaciously in the Northern Hemisphere and we, here at Spiritual Climate Newsletter, have taken its notice.  Between sneezes, headaches and drippy noses induced by the increase in pollen, we admire the beauty of Nature as the vegetation awakens from its Winter slumber, the hours of light increase, and the traffic of major league baseball Spring Training, augmented by a major construction traffic-overpass project here in our city of Surprise which happens to be the third largest intersection in the state of Arizona, adds to  our need to balance the positive and negative aspects of Phoenix in the Spring, and attempt to reach a state of equilibration between frustration and wonder.

Coming from that point of discernment, we bring up a topic we have spoken of before: the incomplete presentation of the news stemming from the financial illiteracy of broadcasters on federal budgets, who refuse to tell the American people what is actually happening.  We the People, continue to be subjected to the successful maneuvers by the over privileged loudmouths in the Beltway Media Broadcasting Industrial Complex, pushing its own agenda of misinformation while mischaracterizing or completely ignoring root causes in our national problematic economic reality.1 The censoring continues by just flat out avoiding any voices providing evidence to the contrary of their brand-narrative, not even a “you are being misled” or any view of facts that present a counter-narrative other than their own propaganda.

You, the public,  are being redirected by the hands of politicians, broadcast producers and script writers to accept the economic product of a special interest think tank (e.g., Neoliberal Peter Peterson Foundation, Neoliberal Heritage Foundation, Neoliberal American Enterprise Institute, the Neoliberal CATO Institute or the US Chamber of Commerce to name a few) pumping tons of dollars into legislation to suit their economic fantasy so as to chart an engineered outcome of what they want and exactly the opposite of any relief you are seeking.  It’s called rigging the narrative.

All this is generated, of course, by advertising payola fed into the financial illiteracy of the Beltway Media Broadcasting Industrial Complex when it comes to talking Crap about federal budgets, talking heads get an A+.  Yet they are being paid enormous amounts money to harness their convincing Les Cage de Folie to deflect you from any understanding of why you sense/know something is wrong and YES there are economic problems that are being talked over.  What you get instead is a “reasonable explanation” coated in your favored political parties point of view and yet your anger recognizes the incomplete answer.

Why do this?  In order to keep people confused for who is paying them and besides, it helps their ratings, never mind the middle class.  Let’s prove the point right here and now—ABC, CBS, FOX (not a news agency) NBC, MSNBC, COMCAST, CNBC, CNN, PBS, et al, whose executives put on unlimited Donald Trump, or Cruz, but refuse to fairly interview any possible proven economic authority such as Dr. Michael Hudson or Dr. Stephanie Kelton or Prof. Steve Keen or how about Prof. Bill Mitchell or again how about Mike Norman?   Oh come on, not even Marshall Auerback?  Any of Joseph M. Firestone and his incredible, salient articles?  Sigh, they even say no to Warren Mosler?  Yup.  NO Such coverage. You’d think it was virtually non existent.  You won’t find them on The Young Turks nor on, incredibly, RealTime with Bill Maher.2  These are economic people who can rightly explain what the source cause of economic sepsis is in our Nation and they are not given voice?

I get it, it’s a heresy! All fall on your hands and knees to worship the Beltway Media Broadcasting Industrial Complex,  hail to the ivory towers of Orthodoxy & Sacred Cows of carefully edited “factruths.”3  Well hear this oh denizens of the pseudo piety inside the overpaid Beltway Media—Kiss Our collective Ass.

And another point, have you heard any of ’em use the word neoliberal?  Strange when you consider they toss neoconservative around very easily.  It’s revealing.  For example just listen to the JUNK economics delivered by Ted Cruz, Governor Scott Walker or Governor Chris Christie on ANY news broadcast:  pure unadulterated financial illiteracy and goes without deserved critical commentary from the Beltway Media Broadcasting Industrial Complex except occasionally from Rachel Maddow who drew some needed attention to the state budget idiocy of former Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal and incumbent Governor of the State of Kansas Sam Brownback for their financial ignorance, i.e., “how’s that working out for you?”4

Why bother (sarcasm) to inform the citizens in the United States?  Why should we expect “News Agencies” to deliver anything but shallow info-tainment are being paid to keep their broadcasters’ on a short leash to intentionally preventing full-disclosure of facts to inform the public of fowl play; people know something is wrong, but the information as to who is culpable, where the problem lies and who is responsible, is ignored (censored) due to their own corporate socialism of selfish interest while broadcasting executives and some talking heads are laughing all the way to the bank at the American public who are being siphoned off.

The shrewd, elite and brazen corporate parasite at CBS, CEO Les Moonves, was quoted as saying: “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,”5 As if Mr. Moonves couldn’t stimulate some deep investigative reporting in his news division?  Pardon me, how terrible of me to forget-he’s an American, so it’s about the money derived from his profit centers.  Moonves’ comments are likely typical amidst CEOs such as Roger Ailes of FOX, Brian L. Roberts of COMCAST or Andrew Lack of NBC to name a few, and he’s not the only CEO in broadcasting using takeover control to prevent relevant information that serves the public interest to reach citizens of this nation.

What is the main problem that Democrats and Republicans are not talking about?  The answer is simple, DEBT DEFLATION—why don’t you Tweet that to the Beltway Media Broadcasting Industrial Complex?  Is this due to the National Debt?  Is it due to our Deficit spending?  NO, NO and NO again!  Stop listening to that horsecrap!  Anytime ANY news broadcast brings it to you it is FALSE.  What is the problem?  PRIVATE DEBT6 which is 17 times (approximately) larger,  than the US national debt which, if you listen to the snow job that the Peter Peterson Institute is lobbying for  American’s support are intentionally and erroneously being told, to be varwee varwee fwayd!  The Peterson Institute commercial is a crap sandwich of disinformation and belies their financial illiteracy and wants your vote.

Why is any of this important?  Because Americans are still not making enough money (wages) to keep up with the cost of things7 and are being forced to be dependent upon using credit.8 At some point not too far down the road, if this charade is allowed to continue, NO ONE will be able to buy anything, except a few at the soon-to-be-reincarnated coal miner company stores.  So, the Beltway Media Broadcasting Industrial Complex is where with informing you of this?

Don’t forget there is the pension problem, which has an easy solution—take the pensions out of the private sector and make them Federal/public—Nationalize the pensions.  It sure beats the alternative of millions not having pension money to spend in the economy.  The Federal government can afford to take on the cost and the money will be recirculated into the economy by those using their pensions.

Why are we here at Spiritual Climate Newsletter continuing to talk about the political economy?  Money and economy in a spiritual newsletter?  Because of how MONEY is handled, just remember the money lenders in the Temple.  Stop for a moment and think.  If money is not handled fairly in transactions or in pay-equity with fair-balanced-regulated laws, then corporate and individual greed and avarice tilts the movement of money on the table into the pockets of those in zip code 10021,  using income inequality to siphon off the masses under the abused disguise of Federal Deficits, Federal Debt or the government has to borrow from outside of itself which is False.

GimelThere is a plethora of wisdom in the Hebrew letter-number Gimel ג, pronounced gee-mel. Gimel is a sacred Hebrew letter-number, it represents the principle of the Uniting Intelligence which that connects all points of space and time while having both a negative and positive polarity, specifically, Peace and Strife.  As a noun Gimel means Camel.  A camel is the ship of the desert, which represents the comings and goings of trade, commerce and negotiations, for example, of a pecuniary society.  By allowing a balanced, fair and regulated table of  how money should be managed, to be tilted in favor of the greedy few puts the balance of the world into STRIFE not peace.

The Spiritual ramifications of permitting a world based upon engineered Strife of inequality versus a world based upon Peace to flourish are obvious, and are reflected in the struggling economic environment being forced upon  America by the misinformation being funneled through News Agencies distorting the truth in exchange for a pay off.  As long as the people listen to the lies and believe them, they will continue to grow, tilting the table in favor of Strife.

We invite you to join us and journey along the path of discovery with us in our Spring Edition of the Spiritual Climate Newsletter as…

Dr. Strickler explores and explains more thoroughly the prospects of the balance of Peace and Strife in his article titled Takeover, The New Dark Age.

Wendy Ford contemplates the welcoming of the Spring Equinox and the similarity of nurturing her Spiritual garden to that of maintaining a physical garden in Is Your Garden Ready?

Adam Crosthwaite ponders his past and how it reflects into his present circumstances and experiences in his article Echoes and Reflections.

Glen Ford examines the changes he is experiencing at his present phase of discovery as he grows in understanding of Who and What he is in Identity Versus Idensity.

Christine Ford discovers the balance inherent in looking at life from Both Sides Now.

And so, please accept our invitation to turn off the world for a while; make yourself comfy with a big mug or frosty, cool glass of your favorite hot or cold beverage,  and meander with us through the ponderings of modern day mystics as we explore the Spiritual Climate of this whirling sphere known as Earth, from our location in the Southwest in the land of the free and the home of the brave (though not necessarily sane), the United States of America.

— the Editors, Spiritual Climate Newsletter —

Copyright © 2016 by Institute of Spiritual Climate LLC


  1. As stated elsewhere in our writings, the fine art of Black Magic advertising practices in the print and broadcasting industry; ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, COMCAST, CNBC, CNN, PBS, et al. to name a few while leaving out FOX since it isn’t a news agency, its a Neoliberal Republican Politburo.[]
  2. Realizing, of course, neither the Young Turks nor RealTime with Bill Maher, are not the Beltway Medida Industrial complex.[]
  3. factruths” is a term coined and used for past 5 years by Rev. David Strickler[]
  4. “The Rachel Maddow Show, Transcript 3/3/2016 | MSNBC.” News. MSNBC, March 3, 2016.  Although Ms. Maddow does not cite the Neoliberal Thatcherism/Reaganism privatizations as causation, nor interview any of the above stated heterodox economists to support her view.  Maybe she is doing what she can or is allergic to empirical evidence and commentary from heterodox economists who predicted the great crash? That criticism being stated, we do love Ms. Maddow, here at Spiritual Climate Newsletter.[]
  5. Colins, Eliza. “Les Moonves: Trump’s run is ‘damn good for CBS’ Web blog post. POLITICO. 29 February 2016. Read more:[]
  6. Check out the US Private Sector Debt in REDdebt-to-gdp-public-private[]
  7. PCE-Wages-GDP-Debt; the Great American Economic Myth; source:

    wages to private debt


  8. Roberts, Lance. 2016. “The Great American Economic Growth Myth.” Financial. Real Investment Advice. April 18.[]