Archive for November, 2009

The Yes Men – Fix The World

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The Yes Men are a group of activists who pretend to be spokespeople for powerful organizations, and then say what they wish these organizations would say.  Their pranks border on criminal, yet they persist, and by exposing these powerful evildoers, they have the best intentions for humanity on their side.

The Yes Men

In 2003, the Yes men released a self-titled movie, which was truly enjoyable.  Some highlights were:

  • when they gave a speech in Finland, pretending to be from the WTO, espousing the profitability of keeping slaves in their homeland instead of importing them.
  • when they offered feces as a solution to world hunger -reBurger Mmmm
  • entering a televised interview/debate on CNBC where one of the Yes Men posed as Granwyth Hulatberi of GATT (The WTO predecessor), and said how privatized education will be good because it will indoctrinate the students to support privatization, how the rich are right because they have power and the poor are wrong because they don’t.

Now, they are back again, with The Yes Men – Fix The World.  This movie was just HILARIOUS!!! Absolutely brilliant.  It is truly inspiring to see what this team can do, when they take a chance, muster up the courage, and show these large organizations as to what they could be doing.

The Yes Men - Fix the World

Some highlights this time around are:

  • Causing Dow stock value to drop by 2 Billion in a few hours by pretending to be a Dow spokesperson, and admitting blame in the Bhopal disaster.
  • Helping with a phony NY Times paper that showed an idealized version of what could happen in the future, inspiring hope and optimism
  • Pretending to be from HUD (a group supposed to rebuild housing) and saying how housing complexes slated for demolition were now going to be reopened.

In this film, they took into account the reactions of those who they inspired false hope to, like the survivors in Bhopal, or the victims in New Orleans, and were able to find at least a few people who supported their work, stating how the Yes Men expose these large group by showing what they could and should be doing.

All in all, the Yes Men do excellent work, and their films are pure gold.  Check them  out, if you haven’t already.

Meditation – Bless All of Existence

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

As we meditate, along with blessing ourselves and filling ourselves with positive energy and positive intention, we can also willfully spread our love, peace, and power to all of existence around us.

The connection to existence is not found outwards, in the universe, but inwards, from our center.  It is through our center, our core, our soul, which we connect directly through the rest of existence.

As we meditate and attain the sense of peace and reconnect with our cores, we can then radiate positive energy to all of existence.  We can transmit our gratitude, our love, joy, and everything that is great – to the world, to all life, and to everything that is.

Finding our core then expressing our love and gratitude allows these feelings to radiate through our lives, and outwards to the universe around us.  As we do this, the universe will become more loving… we will see more love in the world and in those around us in our day to day lives.

Meditation – Fill yourself with positive energy

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Meditation is an extremely powerful tool, for self-improvement, self-introspection, for shedding stress, and for attaining a sense of peace and oneness with the universe.  There are lots of different techniques and methods, and many various things to focus on.

One thing to try focusing on is to consciously bless your own body.  Consciously send positive intentions into yourself.  Make every single cell in your body – the trillions of cells which make up your physical self – happy, healthy, peaceful and powerful.  Make every single atom in your body happy, healthy, peaceful and powerful. Consciously will positive things into every ounce of your being, right now in the present, in the past, and in the future.

Along with the trillions of our own cells that make up our body, we are also host to trillions of organisms, which are part of a symbiotic relationship, our survivals are interdependent. As we meditate, we can conciously transmit positive energy to these foreign cells that are part of us.

This power, this energy you can will unto yourself will be there for you when you need it, for the times when life is challenging.  The positive intentions can be saved up, if you will, in your body, your cells and your atoms, to be released at a later time.

In the last blog entry, we discussed the importance dreaming big.  When we take the time to meditate and fill ourselves with positive energy, it is possible to channel that force into action as we move to attain our goals.

Dare to Dream

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?  Ask yourself this question, because you are the star of your own life.  You have the power to do anything you want.

Dare to dream.  Dream big.  Dream the biggest dreams you can, because dreams can and do come true.  Nothing is impossible.  Believe in yourself and your dreams.

You know how, when we watch a movie or a TV show and there is a tense scene where the hero is in a dangerous situation.  In the back of our minds, we know that the hero will somehow manage to get through it, because after all, they are the hero and the show would be over if they died.  Yet we can still feel nervous and enthralled by the moment.

Well, the same is true for our own life.  While in the day to day, in the moment, it is possible to feel stress or fear, but, just like with the movies or TV, we need to keep it in the back of our minds that we will persevere in the end.

Exercising defenseless and non-attachment gives us a means to rise above our mortal, everyday situation to gain a new perspective on life.  These techniques can free up all kinds of energy that we previously squandered on fear and doubt.  This new found energy can be channel into making our dreams into reality.

Aim for the moon.  If you miss, you may hit a star. – W. Clement Stone