Friday, November 11, 2011


Honestly, I just don't get it, so I am asking.

Okay, to start with let me say that:
I practice yoga with my exercise regimen almost every single day
I have been lucid dreaming for as long as I can remember (just didn't know that is what it was until people discovered they could make a few bucks off of teaching others how to do it)
I have meditated at times in my life
I have studied various brands of mysticism and find some of them fascinating 
Okay, that said, I have never figured that any of that stuff (including mysticism, spirituality, meditation) had anything to do with the overthrow of capitalism or the smashing of the state.  All of the above may enhance your personal life or just make you feel better or get you in touch with the great "something," whatever. I've no trouble with that kind of thing.  Just don't tell me you are going to change the world with it.  Had this debate in the 60s and as then I felt that turning mysticism, spiritualism and all of that fun stuff into some sort of movement for change actually simply benefits those in power.  Divert the "masses" from dealing with real issues in the real world and you can just keep right on ruling...kinda like drugs.

The poster below says, "race, religion, politics, beliefs, culture" are superficial differences.  Oh, really?  Sure, everything is connected to everything else, and in that respect everything is "one" but within this Oneness there is quite a bit going on besides "wholeness" and "rightful energy."  I am just saying you can't hide all that we see and experience behind  "spirit and love."  If only it were so easy.  How much benefit do you suppose all the species that go extinct on Friday will get from this "Movement and Meditation?"  How many dams will disappear in the bliss of meditation?  How many innocents suffering in conflicts all around the world Friday will be saved from death through numerology or lucid dreaming?  How many dying from cholera and malaria will miraculously recover on Friday via numerology? Face it, people have been "infusing" themselves with "rightful energy" for thousands of years and there is not one iota of evidence of any of it having had any effect whatsoever on exploitation, repression, war, hate, bigotry and all the rest.  Struggle in the real world has shown some effects on all these things.  Slavery in America ended via violent conflict and struggle not through anyone getting in touch with their inner being.  The Vietnam war ended because of the courage of the Vietnamese people who fought for national liberation for decades.

Individual personal growth does not a revolution make.  Religion is the opium of the masses.  It may be good for the soul, and that is fine, but lets quit promoting the absurdity that we can make the world a better place if only we join hands and chant Ommmmmm.

I wish.

So, what I simply don't understand is why is the main item highlighted for the past few days on the Occupy Kansas City web page  the following.

Direct Action

      People world-wide come together under the guise of prayer and spirit 
On Friday, November 11th from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. people of all ages will gather for an international day of world healing.  A world wide call to join forces on 11/11/11 is an attempt to send out healing energy, meditation, prayer and intentions of peace. 
Kansas Citiens will gather at the Liberty Memorial Park (Pershing Road & Main Street) next to the Buffalo statue just North/West of the Occupy sight).  The Liberty Memorial is a very powerful central spot in our city, though this event is not directly affiliated with the Occupy movement, but rather this 11:11:11 gathering is designed to infuse any and ALL movements of revolution with love, respect and spirit.  
In addition to the full day of meditations planned, there will also be live art, painting, drumming, chanting, song and dancing all throughout the day.   Participants are encouraged to bring their own customs, to DRESS WARM and bring their own FOOD/DRINK. 
Mission: “It is time we occupy love and the divine intervention that spirit plays in our lives.   We will gather on 11/11 to infuse our lives and our movement with the rightful energy we have been gifted.  Our intention is to transcend superficial differences that divide us – race, religion, politics, beliefs, culture – to acknowledge, experience and honor the essential bond that unites us all as one interdependent organism.  We also intend to evolve in both consciousness and action so that each of us learns to perceive the whole, relate to others in wholeness, widen our definition of ‘we’ to be all inclusive and become evolutionary leaders for a peaceful, holistic, sustainable world. 

Day Activities Include:
10:30 a.m. YOGA with Theresa Goodman and Kid’s Yoga with Lindsay Love
11:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony with Aislinn Firehawk
11:11 a.m. Moment of Silence
11:30 a.m. Numerology Information Update & Meditation
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Peruvian Shamanism Ritual Cleansing
1:00 p.m. Light Center Meditation led by Adam and Christee
1:20 p.m. Lady D Meditation
1:30 p.m. Sahj Kaya Message from the Mother
1:40 p.m. Jeri Birdsall Chanting Meditation
2:00 p.m. Lucid Dreaming with Sarah Aluna Verse
2:30 p.m. Didgeridoo Healing with Ricky Yutuc
3:00 p.m. Liberty Memorial History (it IS VETERAN’S DAY!)
3:15 p.m. OM Circle and photo
3:30 p.m. Lotus Meditation with MissConception
4:00 p.m. Interplay with Devi Wetterer
4:30 p.m. KConscious Poets
5:00 p.m. Musical Open Jam 
Participants are encouraged to continue their evening at one of several 11/11/11 events happening around the city on Friday night.  Special thanks to the Zeitgeist movement for providing the PA and to the Occupy Movement as well as the Liberty Memorial parks and rec for providing the space. 
Any questions may be directed to Sara Glass with the VibeTribe KC.
I have questions, but not for Sara, but for Occupy Kansas City.
  1. Is 11:11:11: MOVEMENT OF MEDITATION - A DAY OF DIVINE SPIRIT & LOVE an Occupy Kansas City event (or an Occupy Kansas City endorsed event)
  2. If not, why is it so prominently featured on your web page
  3. If it is an Occupy Kansas City event (or endorsed by Occupy Kansas City), why?
Your web page describes Occupy Kansas City as,
Occupy KC is a movement of citizens who have come together to reclaim our democracy from the 1% who have hijacked it. We are holding Wall Street accountable for the fiscal recklessness and criminal perversion of the democratic process. We are people like you who know it’s time to say “Enough!” We will not remain passive as formerly democratic institutions become the means of enforcing the will of the only 1-2% of the population who control the majority of American wealth.
How do you figure any of the above events, let alone all of them advance any of that?

Again, I have nothing against anyone hosting such an event.  Many people will find it all interesting and enjoy it.  I just can't figure out what it all has to do with Occupy Kansas City.

Just asking. 


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