Solving The Problem

One of the best problem-solving ideas is that you have to define the problem. Most of us think this means thinking about how to solve the problem. To define the problem, we must be able to see the causer rather than a symptom. For instance, a fever is a symptom not a causer of a virus. On a whole we see an action as a causer when the causer is usually deeper imbedded in the action. Like a fever we apply an aspirin, which does not cure the virus, and is a temporary solution to the problem.

Recently someone asked me; what the solution to the rioting in Portland is? I started to answer and realized although I understand the chant and the importance of reforming the Police, I am not sure that the police are the causer. And of course, they aren’t… it is the marginalization of people of color that causes the police actions. To marginalize anything is to push it, see it on the outer edge of the meaning, society, and existence.

We can yell and scream about treating all equal. But it is more than just equality that is needed to change the fates of a marginalized people. As an Ontologist (One who seeks to understand the importance and relationship of existence), I will say yes, we must change the consciousness. Easy to say but with little direction in how this is to be accomplished. I know from my own study and spiritual work this means we must get to the entrenched causer in our individual life.

To change the causer in our lives we must look deeper into our actions and reactions. Look beyond the fever seeking deeper meanings. Yes, a causer is rooted in our consciousness, but we must go beyond our collective meanings to our individual beliefs and prejudices and their causers. Asking the question what does this mean, when you find yourself looking at a disturbing situation, is a beginning. Ask what is consciousness reporting to me?

The police actions and inactions we see are the result of a deeper causer, like any fever applying an aspirin in the form of a reforming the police is not solving the problem. At the very most it will be a temporary solution. We tend to marginalize all we find uncomfortable or unexplainable in our life… To change the consciousness, we must move that which we have put in the margins of our life to front and center and take a long thorough look at our feelings, fears, and actions.

Take a long hard look at the language you use and the way you react to others. Marginalization goes beyond skin color; it goes to the depth of our being. If we don’t agree with another, rather than listening and trying to understand we “write them off” another phrase used for marginalizing that we are not willing to learn from or get to understand. I come from a privileged white family.I can be compassionate, but at the base of it all I cannot possibly know the fear a mother of color must have for her children in our current society. I have compassion and think about how I can change… but I cannot give another my understanding.

When I look deeply at my life, I must look at all those I have marginalized.I see myself putting to the side (the original meaning of the word marginalize) those whose language indicates a poor education and lack if cultural awareness.There are times where I see myself feeling pity for those who have less than myself. Pity is not compassion nor is it equality. Equality is not sameness. Equality is having the same access. To. Have the same access to food, air, water, justice, safety, education, entrance and more. Same access means the ability to reach for those ideas if reaching for them. In other words, giving a handicapped person a ramp so they can reach the door to a library. The entrance is the same, the method different addressing the individual manifestation of being.

If you are truly compassionate you will look at the dilemma of others in a state of reflection. What is consciousness saying? Am I without compassion? Have a marginalized these people? The story of the little boy who called wolf comes to mind. If a person cries wolf and there is no wolf, why are they crying wolf? To me the child needed to be heard and embraced. There are no wolf cries only wolf cries where the wolf is misidentified. Look within yourself and your answers, refuse to take the aspirin until you find the causer.

In the end we must all release ourself from the lack of compassion and understanding and marginalization of others in our life. We must forgive ourselves and others releasing ourself to a state of knowing that in Truth we are whole, complete and perfect.

If you are interested in more about this form of forgiveness contact me via onespiritpress@gmail.come.

© 2020 Suzanne Deakins

Free Webinar, Radical forgiveness

Free Webinar on Radical Forgiveness

write me for more info at onespiritpress@gmail.com

Being able to forgive is at the base of being able to rethink and transform our bigotries, prejudices, and attitudes that block our lives, keeping us in pain and unable to deal with our lives in clarity and purpose. We all are prejudiced to a degree.

If you can forgive, you  can move forward with the memories that hold you in stasis. You let go of victim attitudes. We can can turn back time and redo our lives, when we become aware of what lies beneath our surface actions and thoughts.

It is difficult to forgive because we can’t forget. We have a vision of an incident and we can’t unsee it, can’t seem to let go of a hurt that still aches. With Radical Forgiveness you learn a technique that allows you to:

  • Find where you act off of prejudice and biases.
  • Learn how you personally can help bring about much needed transformation in America.
  • Learn how our lives and decisions are influenced by our hurts, parents, culture, schools, prejudices, and more.
  • How to disengage the inertia caused by the pains, and collective consciousness of culture.
  • How to let go of guilt, hate, anger, and creative blocks.
  • How mystics have recreated their life through the ages.
  • How to forgive yourself, your concept of God or Creator Source.
  • There are class materials, and a PDF of My book Radical Forgiveness.
  • Workshops
  • Prosperos Mentors that will help you if needed.
  • A time to ask questions and interact with other students.
  • Nothing in the material will interfere with your religious beliefs. It is compatible with most religious and agnostic beliefs.
  • Free introduction on Thursday August 13, 2020 at 6PM PST
  • Write for zoom link and to preregister. onespiritpress@gmail.com

Instructor:  Suzanne Deakins, Ph.D. HW. M.

I have been teaching this technique for 40 years. It has been presented to people across America from every academic background and social structure. It has been presented to students in Europe, and Asia. Attendees Who have experienced this material have included everyone from waitresses, to CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, students, and management in America, China and Europe.

Unsolicited quotes from attendees:

“If Suzanne says it works, that she can do it, it does.”

“This changed my relationship with my family. We are no longer at war with each other.”

“For the first time I NO longer feel guilty.”

“I found I was loaded with prejudices, what a relief to be able to openly understand some of my decisions and actions.”

“I had no idea that I was so creatively blocked until I used the technique.”

 

Radical Forgiveness

 

Collecting Bad Debts

For a week I have been thinking about what individual’s life must be like that have lost family and friends to the COVID-19 Virus. Technically it is called survival guilt. Many of us who may only read about it suffer a similar fate. We feel guilty that we are healthy and secure. We wish we could help, but glad we are safe away from the front lines of the virus and protest. We stand behind a wall of safety. We need a way of moving forward. We need to forgive ourselves. We also need to understand how we give life to the hurt and pain.

Forgiving is a sacred act. We go through life reacting, feeling, thinking, and being in our seven-year-old minds. We collect wounds, hurts, and emotional scaring because we have not learned to think and react as consciousness. We believe that we are a physical being whose identity and wellbeing can be damaged by the actions and inactions of another. Through the years, we acquire a nice collection of hurts and bad debts. Like most collections, we value these hurts holding on to them giving them value and worth.

It seems almost impossible to let them go and forgive the trespasser upon our life. The pain is deep. The transgression has become a part of our identifying story. We tell our stories over and over recanting the hurts and betrayals in our lives. Living in a state of pain, we separate ourselves from Truth. And the deepest of spiritual pain appears in our lives, sometimes in small doses, many times overwhelming us.

Caught in the pain, we refuse to let go and forgive. We battle our memories holding onto the strands of pain that run our life. When the pain becomes in tolerable, we reach for understanding. Like a small light in the night, our consciousness peaks through and lets us know there is a different way.

Forgiveness is a necessary element in accepting ourselves as a spiritual being. Only by letting go, giving up our old ways of thinking and seeing our life as consciousness can we forgive, or give for, giving up the darkness of pain for Truth. As long as we hold on to those whom we feel owe us or hold on to our collection of bad debts we continue to hit our heads against the same wall over and over repeating acts of insanity.

Take a deep breath, inhaling consciousness of being. Feel the collection of bad debts in your consciousness. Exhale allowing the collection of bad debts flow from you. The truth of you has never been hurt. The God of you is whole, complete, and perfect. You are a spiritual being experiencing life as a human.

This is part of what I have been teaching and lecturing on for 50 years. It is part of my book Radical Forgiveness available on www.onespiritpress.com. In August I am going to teach a seminar via zoom. It is free by contribution. It will be for an hour an evening for 7 nights. You will be able to ask questions, and there will be follow up workshops. If you are interested send me an email suzannedeakins@gmail.com or call 503-954-0012

© Suzanne Deakins   2018-2020                                                                                                        Radical Forgiveness

 

 

 

 

A Disease of Perception, the Denial Pandemic

 

It is common among my friends and family to shake our heads in disbelief about the attitudes and beliefs of those who seem to be in denial about the scientific facts of the corvid-19 virus, climate changes, fluoride in water, and much more.

At first glance it would appear that those with opposing views that deny the scientific facts being presented are stupid, uneducated, or simply the result of false information. But our beliefs are based on much more than just facts. How we comprehend facts, see life, and interact as communities are based on a series of influences in our life.

The world, the reality of life is distorted by self-interest, peer sways, prejudice, fear, and favoritism ad nauseum. Most of us are not aware of the influences our motives have on our factual understanding of the evidence for our conclusions. We tend to prefer explanations that corroborate our favored view of things and life. We seek explanations and opinions that confirm our prejudices. We will shun, ignore, and avoid any information that does not align with our prejudices and ideology of our group. Most of us even routinely assure ourselves that we are more objective than our philosophical rivals’.

We maintain our selected state of belief by selective attention to the aspects of facts that fit our view of life. When we are in a state of denial, we are in a state of self-deception about the real causes of our beliefs. As a country we seem to be living more and more in states of differing realities. The partisan displayed in our politics is playing out in our communities and groups. The justifications we offer for our philosophical stances on scientific data are infused with our unconscious biases. The larger realm of the collective unconscious is playing out in our individual consciousness. The biases, the need to belong to our group (often groups within groups) is leading down a road of ethical, and political destruction. The terrorist within each of us is winning the war. Objectivity, reality, Truth is being lost in a pool of self-interest.

The environment of polarization, prejudice, bias, and willful self-deception is toxic for any kind of real discourse on the needs of the whole on matters of fact. This is stymying actions that are needed globally, locally, and personally for survival of all kinds. Denial concerns all of us both as victim or perpetrator.  My goal is to help us better understand the unconscious biases and self-deception running amuck in our personal lives, communities, and national scenario.

The study of the unconscious mind should not be limited to philosophers, psychologist, or politicians wanting to sway our views. It is a study for all of us to understand our choices and why we behave and think as we do. This is not a study to tell anyone what is wrong or right, but to help the individual become aware, self-aware of our actions, reactions, and beliefs and the results in our life.

The word denial can suggest a disbelief rather than an affirmation. But it can do both, for instance I am not an alcoholic, (even if the evidences say I get drunk regularly and suffer many negative consequences) or affirmatively, I can stop any time. Both are based on an unrealistic view of the realty of the situation. Our tendency is to deny uncomfortable truths. Denial is grounded on how our thinking is motivated. Our motivated cognition is based on our unconscious inclination to process information in the manner that suits our end goals. Many times, we use a kind of overt rationalization of beliefs that retroactively invent defensive justification for our actions and allegiances.

In the next few days I am going to be talking more about denial and the unconscious mind and the impulses we are faced with in today’s atmosphere.

© Suzanne Deakins 2020                                                                                                          Straight Thinking, Translating the Unconscious Mind

 

 

 

 

 

In The Dust of Our Planet

The smoke from the fireworks on July 4th, drifted into my windows, triggering me to think of the large dust storm from across the Sahara Desert. My imagination ran wild with, will we end up as a planet of dust?

The impulse of most sapiens is to maintain the status quo or to move forward only when we have a certainty of the future and how it looks. Our conscious-ness feels as if we can maintain things, everything will work out. Even at the moment of death the phrase of those watching is, it will be alright; it really won’t happen. When faced with the facts of change, without how the future will look, we think the information is false, someone is trying to fool us.

Shaking our heads in disbelief it takes a at least three months for most of us to incorporate the changes in life and how we will function in the future with the changes. Visualization of the future is chancy. Vast areas of dust occupy the surrounding areas of the vision. We see the car but can’t see the 4th wheel. Knowing it is there does not calm the minds wanting to see and experience.

In many ways this is a description of the kind of fear we are experiencing as collective unconsciousness as described by CG Jung, Freud, and Einstein. Because we cannot imagine how our future will look, we are afraid to encourage, participate, and help change occur. We can talk about the need for change, even understand we might not survive without it, but the fear that lays deep within us all, overrides our sensible understanding that the current chaos is one of birth, of change trying to happen.

Transformation, revolution, change of any kind means an alteration of identity. Thinking in a much broader way, we can see that America and its citizens are like young adults. We are no longer free to be hip and ignore the laws of nature, as teens will do, we must now act as adults. Our adult identity is immersing, beginning. The first thrill of leaving home to go away is combined with the fear. We are no longer the child of our parent, but a person of our own making.  Without our willing participation and midwifery, the new America, which is trying to come forth will still happen, just more violently and bloody than need be. Or the worst scenario is that America will no longer be.

We cannot stop the evolution of life. It may seem slow, but it happens with all life and systems.

Fear causes people to want to keep things as they believe they were… It keeps people afraid to look at the rationing of others, it locks into stalemate and violence. It tears down statues in trying to symbolically destroy the past. We don’t destroy the past when we change, we transform the basis that is principle into a new working equation. The essence remains. Fear has a purpose as do all emotions. Fear gives is caution before we jump from a plane without a parachute, eat poison, and act stupidly. Fear unbridled stops us from moving forward to a more conscious, aware life that can be caring and embracing of all…

Check your fear at the door, only call on it when really needed. Give yourself a chance to explore a future trying to be born.

© Suzanne Deakins                                                                                                               Pandemic Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truth is Yelling I Cannot Breathe! Mother of all rescue me….

 

For a week I have pondered an idea. Trying to imagine what consciousness is saying about our future. It boggles my mind that my children, grandchildren, even great grandchildren are being saddled with a future that looks bleak to say the least. I see deteriorating buildings and infra structure, individuals sick from lack of health care, skies grey with pollution. What finally occurred to me is I am seeing; we are all seeing decaying structure.

I believe that my consciousness is telling me to rethink structure of all kinds. What worked in the past is no longer working. No number of patches and trying to return to what I felt was successful is going to work now. I remember Thane telling us in Personal Enrichment the importance of keeping up-to-date. Nothing is sadder than to see someone who is 50 try to be 20 years old. Out of step, out of place. Age does not change the beingness, but it does change the structure we live with called the body.

It is time we reorganize, restructured, reformed our thinking. When someone says to me, we need to change, I know their mind is probably hollering NO, NO, not me. We have known since the early 20th Century is  that the word  change causes a problem in our unconscious mind.

If we are to reform the consciousness that is relevant to the issues of institutional and individual racism in our society. We must gain an insight and form new concepts of structure that related to politics, economies, and education.  Without a fundamental challenge to the economic, educational, and political practices currently in use within almost all associations there will be no transformations. In our current systems, of all kinds, no number of patches will keep many from being left behind. Marginalized groups will become deeper drawn into slave labor and living conditions to survive if life returns to normal after the pandemic and the urgency of the NOW passes.

Current policies and changes, being suggested by our governing bodies, are not adequate to meet the plight of our world and its citizens. The transformation we need must address our future as well as make reparation to our past for the harm done to those most deeply downtrodden by our old systems.

First, we must come to terms how and on what basis our country, organizations, politics, and economic organisms have been based. In the 1970s there was a lot written on how companies were living organisms. How they grew and became individuals with a specialized type of consciousness. Old organisms evolve according to their own likeness and understanding of their survival. Only when an organism does not cooperate with a changing environment does it fade out. Survival is not dependent on size, but being able to read and understand the surrounding environment it must function in. When an organization overpowers it environment it eventually loses its source of energy and starves.

Capitalism in its purest form does not need to see increases to survive, but for there to be opportunity for all to function healthy within its environment, for its consciousness to include all in the system.

We are at a moment of birth, as all birth comes from a moment of pain and the need for new life. What can emerge is powerful transformative movement aimed at the goals of a true loving and caring society.

Truth is screaming, I cannot breathe. Mother of all rescue me…

© Suzanne Deakins July 2020

The Mysterious Journey of WAKING UP in a changing world.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy  not on fighting the old, but building the new.” ~   Socrates

The worldwide impact of the Coronavirus has presented us all with new constraints, increased isolation, and amplified fears. Ironically, the bright side is that this pandemic has shed light on how important it is to find our purpose and to plan for the future with clarity. Now, more than ever, comes the question, “How do you want to live your life?”

TranslationClass offers a practical tool to help you become a Self-Directed Individual rather than an impulsive reactor. We do NOT heal, alter or change anything in the outer world. Instead we work with altering or changing OUR Consciousness. You learn that your True Identity is Consciousness and this innate identity knows HOW to live more joyfully, truthfully and more compassionately.

TRANSLATION Class 2020  Ten 1-hour lessons daily for 10 days

Dates: July 20 – 29, 2020

Times: 9:00 am Pacific; 10:00 am Mtn; 11:00 am Central; Noon Eastern

To learn more about the course and to register please click here

Start Date: July 20, 2020

Duration: One-hour lesson daily for 10 days

Registration: Now open!

Price: $135 New; $95 Review

Special Price: For individuals impacted by coronavirus email heather@drawingtogether.com

Course Description

TRANSLATION – A Conversation in heaven between you and your thoughts!

 It is time to WAKE UP and realize we are living on the threshold of a NEW LIFE. In this class we will explore how our beliefs, choices and prejudices construct our daily life. We’ll stretch our minds to begin to understand that our True Identity is Consciousness. And we’ll use the same reasoning process we always use to discover that the ever present, invisible Truth has already arrived; is here now back, behind or beneath our problems.

We face HUGE PROBLEMS today. In this class we will explore in depth how we can and must face the huge problems today (COVID19, racism, sexism, poverty, climate change, plastic in the ocean, animal extinction, war and more). We will look at how false beliefs play into these problems. We will come to understand that we are all connected. We are not separate. With Consciousness as our true identity, we have the ability to thoughtfully engage our problems as gateways and to live in the natural law of the universe which is LOVE, cohesion, unity, ONENESS.

We live in a “word-built world”. In this class you will learn a tool to examine your own words thoughtfully. Words are how you describe your thoughts, feelings, beliefs. Words are how you describe the world around you. You use words to describe your personal talents, abilities, problems, hopes and dreams. Your daily life flows from your conclusions. When Truthful conclusions are the basis of your thinking – you experience LIFE as an orderly expression of your True Identity. ESSENTIALLY this Translation class gives you access to the unlimited, ever present, consciousness that we all are. One Infinite Mind or consciousness in-forms, energizes and expresses through all life from flower to animal to human. Translation is a tool of awakening to the One Infinite Mind that lives in us all.

The Prosperos School of Ontology was founded in 1956 by Thane Walker. It’s mission statement is “To make Spiritual Truth an effective Force for ordered freedom and COMMON GOOD.” Thane Walker created the Translation Class following his experience in Germany in 1938. Prosperos High Watch Mentors have been teaching this class to thousands of people for over 60 years. A variety of workshops and group activities are available after class at very reasonable rates for all students.

About your Instructor

Heather was certified as a Prosperos High Watch Mentor in 1978. She has been personally practicing TRANSLATION for 50 years. The Prosperos tools of Translation and Releasing the Hidden Splendour have empowered her to GIVE UP many old problems FOR the deeper TRUTH that is back and behind the problems. She is dedicating the rest of her life to help others learn to TRANSLATE their problems – to discover the deeper TRUTH, and to celebrate and utilize their unique gifts.

It was through her 18 years of experience teaching ART and Special Education for middle school students that Heather learned to appreciate and apply the real meaning of education: To draw forth from within the individual that which is inherent and awaiting release.

It was through her 15 years of working with Louise Hay’s International Teacher Training that Heather realized the truth that the Power of LOVE is Essential in transforming the self.

It was through her 5 years working as an Artist Apprentice for Jan Valentin Saether that Heather learned what to look for in order to draw (not just accurately, but truthfully) what she was observing.

The best investment I made in my life is to invest my heart and soul and life in practicing The Teaching. The Teaching is ancient. It is the pathway to understanding that back and behind the world of time, space and change is…Emptiness, as Buddhism says; Or Nothingness, as Leonardo Da Vinci said “The greatest thing is nothingness”; Or “Back and behind the universe of time, space and change is a fundamental Reality that is whole, complete and perfect” as The Prosperos says.

Heather authored the book, Drawing as a Sacred Activity (published in 2002 by New World Library). She  continues to offer new episodes of her Podcast: Seeing With New Eyes.  All her work (teaching Prosperos classes and drawing classes, creating paintings and drawings) is focused on helping people find their power and put their wisdom into action.

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please go to www.theprosperos.com. You may also contact Heather at: 760-213-6060 or heather@drawingtogether.com

We Need to Stop Nodding Our Heads

We Need to Stop Nodding Our Heads

A long time ago, an editor of a newsletter I wrote, told me to give her solutions, not the problem. Most Americans are aware of the problems. I see so many of us sitting around nodding our heads in agreement. We keep talking about the problem. Perhaps it is the way we parse ideas and problems seeking solutions. These mini brain storming sessions can give rise to great ideas and insights, but like anything else, without a way to use and implement an idea nothing ever happens.

Deep systemic problems in culture seem overwhelming. Racism occurs at so many levels in our consciousness that it infects our actions, thinking, and judgments in ways we are blind to. Our unconscious is linked to everyone else’s in the world. Scientist in the early 20th Century were able to prove the connection between all life. Einstein, Carl Jung, and Freud were all able to show how our unconscious was linked to our actions and others. It has been my experience that when this is understood we have the chance to undo some of the miseducation, false information, and pain we carry in the unconsciousness.

There is a lot of talk right now about the need for forgiveness. Forgiveness does not allow a person to forget. And in there lies the difficulty with forgiveness. Until we can see a past hurt differently, experience a sense of being released from the state of consciousness that keeps us locked in the memory, we will keep festering the memory of pain, and confusion.  Nelson Mandela when asked if he hated those who kept him locked in jail, made the statement, to paraphrase, I forgave them, because not to do so would keep me incarcerated in my mind.

To forgive or get over our racism we must forgive and accept in a whole new way.

To rid our country and planet of racism we must take small steps, one at a time. Like a pebble thrown in a pool creating waves to the edge, so does our work create a wave throughout universal consciousness. One ounce, one dab of understanding and rethinking our internal racism on all levels helps the whole of humanity. One small step at a time can be corrected our racism attitudes.

To start the transformation, we must look at the science behind race. ‘Race’ and ‘ethnicity’ have been and continue to be used as ways to describe human diversity,” said Nina Jablonski, an anthropologist and palaeobiologist at The Pennsylvania State University, who is known for her research into the evolution of human skin color. “Race is often perceived as something that’s inherent in our biology, and therefore inherited across generations. Ethnicity, on the other hand, is typically understood as something we acquire, or self-ascribe, based on factors like where we live or the culture we share with others.”

Racism then becomes an intolerance of others because of what appears to an individual as different or threatening in some manner. In the 1700s Science started to try to understand the differences in individuals. They immediately went to appearance as a difference. In the late 20th Century when science began to really delve into genetics something astounding appeared.

They found that there were more genetic differences in one colored skin group, than between apparent “races.”  In plain language there are more genetic differences in white skin than between, black, Asian, and white skin. This is because the genetic code for skin developed over the years as different populations were exposed to the sun. The reasoning of the 1700 scientist lead the world to think that skin color and ethnic behavior was biologically seated in people. This in history then lead to the conclusion that some people were superior to others. There are no real genetic differences between any so-called racial groups. There is nothing in our genomes that clearly divides individuals along well-defined racial lines.

Race and ethnicity are irrevocably intertwined. When African immigrants come into the United States, they are no longer are Kenyan, or Nigerian, but they become black, which allows race to lurk in the background. Ethnic and Racial categories are social and cultural constructs, a human invention and nothing to do with object reality.

As we discuss racism let’s look and see if when It comes to racism if we are still thinking the world is flat. All of humanity is hurt by racism. It divides us, brings about destruction of our planet, and kills the future for all of the children yet to be born. Racism blocks the answers we seek. It blocks the longing we have to include life. It blocks the very core of human spirit. When we are prejudice, we miss the Einstein’s, or Jona Salk who invented the polio vaccine. It distorts things, puts a veil over our eyes…  Racism is a veiled term produced by those who do not understand.

More later on how forgiveness can help rid your consciousness of prejudices.

© 2020 Suzanne Deakins                                                                                                               A Journal in a Pandemic, coming soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Small Rant on Racism and Justice

 

There are many views of defense in our court system. There are those who feel that legal defense should be to free a person NO matter if they are quilty or innocent. There are those who feel that a defense attorney’s job is to make sure that the punishment is not greater than the law asks for. The theory is if a person is guilty of a crime there should be punishment, but  all law has multiply ways of being interpreted.

To me, to defend a person doesn’t necessarily mean to make sure they are found NOT guilty. It means to defend their rights and the true meaning of law.

In civilized society there is a general morality and ethical standard of NOT killing, maiming, and refusing to help those in dire need. Our legal system in a democracy should be more than just about killing, maiming etc. To allow those who stand by and do nothing to save an individual crying for their life, puts us in the same categories as the terrorist who slit throats on camera.

Our Courts have allowed large companies to kill, maim, and starve millions of individuals across the country for the same reasoning. Rarely does a marginalized person in any circumstance in USA courts have the right that is represented by the symbolic fat cat white male does.

History in our courts tell us that the upcoming trial of  Derek Chauvin for the charge of 2nd degree murder will be more about finding George Floyd guilty, than insuring the law against such a crime of 2nd degree murder is enacted and decided on.

Already, attorneys hired for the defenses of those involved in George Floyd’s murder are gearing up to dispute facts, and the apparent lack of human morality. Racism of all kinds kills morality, defends lawlessness, and destroys democracy.

Racism has infected almost every aspect of democracy in the USA. And if we are to believe the protesters across the world most other democracies. As leaders, we the people of the USA, have fallen short of our ethical and moral responsibility to show a path to a more human way of existence. A way of cooperation for the betterment of all. As a species we survive not because we are bigger, stronger, or richer, but because we cooperate with the changing physical and conscious world.

This is a watershed moment in history. A time when We the People, can change our world, inner and outer.  Our pledge of allegiance should be one that allows all to enjoy the right to live where there is happiness, fair treatment, the ability to grow equally, have clean air and water, food, health care, and enjoy fundamental safety of person and philosophy.

There are no quick and easy ways to rid ourselves of racism of all kinds. Long hard looks at how it infects the very core of existence for our children yet unborn, should be enough to move us to find answers. Racism is endemic in most cultures.

As a mother of male children, I can imagine, but not know, the horror and dread a mother of color must feel the minute her son closes the door of her home.  The young men that must ask themselves, am I next?

In countries where women have been allowed to take part in the highest level of government are these issues being really addressed. Perhaps it is the mother in them that feels the empathy. Unfortunately, too many of the mother’s have had to sell out sons to keep them safe in a male dominate society. Men have just as much ability to be empathic and mothering as women.

If you have a glimpse of an answer write me…onespiritpress@gmail.com

© 2020, Suzanne Deakins

What is the Normal?

The recent protests are a signal that we will no longer accept what has been thought of a normal state of existence in this country. There is no normal, never has been for marginalized individuals.  George Clooney made a statement posted today, saying that our greatest pandemic is anti-black racism. I would say it the pandemic is racism period. It has sickened democracy and infected us with a terminal racism that is killing our country and planet.

Do we really want to return to normalcy?

I was recently reading about what Warren Harding did after the pandemic of 1918 and WWI. He took office in 1920 facing the remains of WWI and the Spanish Flu Pandemic. He presented ideals that satisfied what upper and middle economic citizens thought to be normal. As disease and war fears subsided the population erupted into the Roaring Twenty’s age of jazz, flappers, and the diminishing restrictive Victorian Society.  Society Changed but not for the better for the ill, under privileged, the marginalized citizens.

In the background of the jubilant noise, voices of caution were drowned out. There were warnings about financial disaster. No one heard the message, in a context where they were moved to try to resolve the coming disaster. This disaster created more than just a financial loss of those invested. It created a loss of jobs, home, health, and families. Then like now there was a drastic increase in suicide across all spectrums of society.

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of the King of Troy. She was so beautiful that the God Apollo granted her the gift of seeing the future, prophecy. When Cassandra spurned Apollo’s love, he put a curse on her – that no one would believe any of her predictions. Cassandra was thus an epic and tragic figure – granted a powerful ability, yet powerless to use it. Throughout history there have been many Cassandra-type figures, people who predicted the coming of terrible tragedies and disasters, but whose warnings were ignored.

The myth of Cassandra lives in our collective unconscious mind. We are living in a time that Casandra myth is active, and many are not believing the warnings including the leader of our country.

There are those, thru the last 100 years in the USA, who have predicted all kinds of disasters, which have been ignore, or rather not taken seriously. We have been warned early return from quarantine for the COVID-19 virus, may mean more deaths, leading to more financial strain. But it means more than loss financially. It means that those with the least, the marginalized, will suffer more.

Daily we are hearing the want to return to normal. And what does normal mean? It means that many will be without medical insurance or ability to access health care. It also means that these same marginalize citizens will remain caught in the same furrow that has been dug for them through history. It also means the richer will becomes wealthier. As in the early 20s the middle class bloomed, today the new millionaires, as the neo-middle class, will continue to bloom in the same manner. We have now more than one level of poor. We have poor, and poorer and those with nothing to survive on. Which means there is less and less options, for those without financial clout as insignificant classes to use for survival.

Return to normalcy? To have white police people shoot and kill African Americans without cause, have homeless line our streets, to have millions suffer with disease and hunger, and have an inability to get a job that pays enough for minimal living. Normalcy means continue with a declining environment that will crucify our citizens, except those in the upper 5% financially, the rest of their lives and the generations, ad nauseum. Normalcy to put a sign in your car that says “my freedom is more important than your health? Normalcy where are leaders incite violence, have no real intent of helping those who most need our help. Normalcy where we ignore health warnings and let our own selfishness overwhelm hospitals and others die.

Of course, the families who are starving about to be homeless, give-up their cars, and have no healthcare options; have little real ability to address what normalcy means. The chaos that ensues when we ignore warnings, the loss and long-time scars are not what I want to return to. And perhaps not so important but educational cost so high that we grow a class of super indebted students, and another slave labor class that can barely read or write.

We need to re-think our economic system, education, and address the prejudices we carry deep in our conscious mind. No, I don’t want to return to normal.

© Suzanne Deakins 2020                                                                                                             Coming soon, A Journal During Pandemic