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Energy Psychologies

Energy Therapies: Energy psychology therapies use techniques to involve both brain hemispheres and tapping on acupressure meridian points to clear old trauma that was too potent at the time to be processed and released. These therapies include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Energy Diagnostic and Treatment Methods, and Tapas Acupressure Technique. All are referred to by their initials. They work  on phobias, fears, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), and irrational beliefs.

Energy Tools: Visualizations to harness the power of the mind through intention are explained in my book Essential Energy Tools and illustrated in three videotapes listed in the Resource List. The book describes how to ground, center, energize, achieve goals, and develop intuitive and healing abilities. A CD is available for children and one for adults. Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD, commented that the greatest medical advances of the next decade will involved manipulating the body’s energy flow, as acupuncturists seem to do. “I’ve always been frustrated that we’ve not been able to measure energy, but I’m not willing to write off what a billion people think is possible, just because we can’t measure it in the West.”

Visualizations: Our thoughts and emotions shape our physical and emotional health, the underpinning of happiness. The physiological basis of this statement is explained in Candace Pert’s Molecules of Emotion. The key to harnessing the power of your mind is intention, your focused awareness on a decision. Using only their will power, researchers have wound and unwound DNA strands, slowed down or sped up cell growth, increased the oxygen content of yeast, and changed the physiological response of someone in a distant lab by staring at a live video of the person. It’s not just humans who have this power. Thirsty rats can activate a robotic arm without touching it, which gives them water just with their electrical brain activity, indicating the literal power of thought. Research studies are cited in my book Essential Energy Tools.

Emotional Freedom Technique: In some of the responses there is a reference to EFT. Psychologist Roger Callahan realized that self-sabotage must be removed in a way that includes the unconscious mind and energetic blocks. Gary Craig simplified Callahan’s acupressure tapping and called it Emotional Freedom Technique, as explained in his free manual (available at www.EFTUniverse.com) or in my Essential Energy Tools book. With a coach or by yourself, you tap on a set of meridian points while addressing the problem and the solution.

Tapping on acupressure points sends signals to the brain, as does thinking about a problem (for example to the amygdala and other parts of the emotional limbic center of the brain). Brain scans show these signals interact to clear the problem, similar to systematic desensitization used to treat anxiety since the 1950s.

For research on the effectiveness of tapping, see “Research” at the Energy Psychology Association[1] and the EFTUniverse website which reports on studies. Brain mapping showed that stimulation of acupuncture points caused brain wave normalization that became more pronounced in the year following treatment. For example, patients with anxiety disorder experienced an increase in the neurotransmitter serotonin, unlike the traditional treatment group. Tapping on the gallbladder acupressure point 37 on the leg put subjects in deep alpha, which ended immediately after tapping ceased, according to research by authors and psychologists Lambrou and Pratt. When they tested non-acupressure points, they found no such move to a deep alpha brain state, as measured in a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imagery machine at the University of California

at Irvine. For more research see the website in the endnote.[1]

Another clearing technique holds acupressure points while thinking about an issue and a solution, called TAT–Tapas Acupressure Technique. A free TAT instruction bulletin is available, developed by acupuncturist Tapas Fleming. A third technique, EMDR, balances and clears by moving the eyes right and left to balance brain hemispheres. Developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro, it’s often used for Post Traumatic Stress

Gary Craig developed Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on a set of meridian points to clear out blocks, adapted from psychologist Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy. EFT works with the power of thought and with the life force energy in the body. If we get stressed and tired, we don’t have energy to give out, the same as if you tried to get juice from an orange you’d already squeezed. EFT can help get the juices going again. It works with energy channels in the body, 12 regular meridians identified in the second century C.E. in China. There’s a lot of research showing the existence of meridians. EFT balances the energy field partly by tapping on points along the highways of energy—acupuncturists using tiny needles use these acupressure points. His manual and DVDS are available at no cost on the web.[i] It will give you new tools to work with on yourself and with others.

Here’s a seven-year old boy’s report on using EFT: “It makes the bad stuff not hurt as much. They look at me funny [at school when he’s tapping]. But now they know why I do it. My friend got over his dog dying by tapping. I showed him how to help his heart.“ He uses EFT to deal with his anger issues and stopped having tantrums at school.

Another technique, Dr. Wayne Topping suggests programming the subconscious with a “temporal tap” on the skull, about one-half inch from the ear, starting at the front orifice, up behind the ear on the skull, to the bottom of the ear lobe. On the left side, include a “no,” as in “I no longer need to smoke.” Repeat about five times. Tap in a positive statement on the right side, such as “I put only healthy substances in my body.” Do this simple but effect tapping daily as it may take a while to change unconscious patterns. When Robin recently got involved with a new boyfriend, she experienced flashbacks of an ex-husband who battered her for years. PTSD kicked in with nightmares and insomnia. After a session of acupressure tapping, Robin reported: “Last night I slept for six hours straight without one nightmare. This is the first time I’ve slept that long in years. Also the flashbacks when I’m with my new boyfriend are virtually gone already and I feel good. I’ll continue to tap and I’ve added more affirmations to my morning and evening meditation.”

A useful book that combines some of these techniques is by psychologists Lambrou and Pratt, Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions. Gary Craig developed Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on a set of meridian points, to clear out blocks. His manual is available at no cost on the web. These resources provide many new tools to work with on you and with others.

Silvia Hartmann developed another energy psychology technique, called EmoTrance. Like many healers, she believes all energy needs to flow in and out and not be held. To clear a problem, a block, the client is asked “Where do you feel it in your body?  Describe the sensations.” The client should move from thought, to emotion, to sensation of the energy flow and stay with it rather than analyzing. Remind him,  “Think of energy as a fluid substance and place your hands on the sensation. We’re going to move out the energy behind the feeling.” The client moves her hands releasing the stuck energy through paths or channels out of the body; for example, through the arms, through yawning, crying, shaking, or speaking. Tell her to breathe into the area, repeat directions to allow it to soften, relax, and move it out. The helper does not touch or do the work, just creates a safe environment and keeps the emphasis on sensing.

Some people who are armored or heavily shielded may not feel much. Hartmann suggests they try making a small hole in the shielding to see how it feels to allow energy in and out. Keep asking for feedback and repeat until the client feels happy; laughter often accompanies the final release (see http://www.emotrance.com). This simple technique can light up some intense issues and help release them.

A kinesiology technique to release an emotional trauma is to put your fingers lightly on the two slight bumps on your forehead beneath the hair line, feeling for pulses in your forehead in your finger pads. These pulses are subtler than the blood pulsing, so touch very lightly. Think about the trauma, and also think about a smell, sound, taste, color, and physical sensation to engage different parts of the brain in the clearing process. Wait for an energy shift such as a sigh. Then re-think the experience, as you would have liked it to happen, with eyes moving right to left and the fingers still on the neurolymphatic bumps.

Chakras: energy centers, based on ancient Hindu analysis of the human energy field. They contain unconscious memories and beliefs. The seven major chakras are found along the spine, the first at the base of the spine, the seventh at the top of the head (www.balanced-energy.com/a_bit_about_chakras.htm).

Visualization to Get Centered and Calm


How to Get Centered: Be the Pilot of Your Ship from Essential Energy Tools by Gayle Kimball


We’ve seen some demonstration that thoughts have an

effect, the subject of scientific study, not just New Age wishful

thinking. Let’s put these powers to use. Energy tools are like learning

to ride a bike. At first you had to think hard about staying balanced,

pedaling, and holding on to the handle bars, but then it all

came together, and you cruised effortlessly. Use energy tools with

the same ease, enjoyment, and fun. As one of my students, Steffy,

reports, “I’m discovering that feeling energy shifts are subtle and

the less I concentrate on them, the more I notice them.”


To get centered, take deep breaths from your diaphragm,

rather than your upper chest. Put your hands on the abdomen and

on the ribs at the lower back to make sure you’re breathing into

your lower lungs. As you exhale slowly, drop your shoulders and

jaws to relax. Let your muscles soften and feel heavy. Keep your

tongue resting above your two top front teeth where the acupressure

point connects the front (Central) and back (Governing)

meridians and circulates energy throughout the body.


Taking slow deep breaths from your abdomen helps to

ground and relax and bring in more chi lifeforce. Much more oxygen

is brought into the lungs this way than shallow breathing from

the upper chest, which the body associates with stress. Think of

filling all 75 yards of surface area in your lungs as you expand the

diaphragm to its full range of movement. If your stomach muscles

are tense, they inhibit the movement of the diaphragm as it rises

and falls, so the belly should be relaxed. To learn more techniques,

see Gay Hendricks’ Conscious Breathing.


Hendricks reports the body is designed to release 70 percent

of its toxins through breathing and that most of the blood circulation

is in the bottom third of the lungs. This area can hold onquart of oxygen, compared to only one cup in the upper chest.

Breathing deeply can free up repressed emotions as it moves body

armoring previously left undisturbed. If kept in, these feelings can

eventually implode within creating illness, or explode in an accident

or unwise confrontation with others.


Breathe in for the count of six, hold for six, and exhale six

counts from your mouth. Focus on the exhalation to relax and the

inhalation to energize. Try circular breathing, where you imagine

breathing in from the base of spine to the top of your head, and

exhale, imagining breath moving down the front of the body to the

base of the spine and continue. Use your breath to bring in the

color your body needs now and to exhale grunge. Just ask what

color and you’ll get a response, or pick one you like. Breathe in

from the lower lungs, hold, and exhale as if through a straw to clear

any debris.


Yoga teaches pranic breathing as a way to get centered.

Inhale through the right nostril, use the thumb to close the right

nostril, and exhale from the left. Inhale through the left, close the

left nostril with the index finger, exhale out the right, and continue.

If it’s difficult to sit still, add awareness of your breath with walking,

breathing in as you lift the heal of one foot, exhaling as you put your

heel down, and so on.


Another way to center is with your imagination, creating a

bubble of energy around you, the color your body wants. Ask and

you’ll know, or just pick a color and you’ll be accurate. Release

down from the bottom of the bubble and fill in with gold light from

the top. Define the energy bubble with colored roses, include

musical notes and tunes if you’re an auditory person, like Dihanna

who gets insights from old song lyrics that pop into her head.


At my meditation meeting this morning, Lavon says, I was

able to actually be in the golden bubble that you taught me. It

was spectacular. I was literally floating through the universe, in

an absolute state of abandonment. I was spread-eagled inside

the bubble, twisting and turning in all directions, with a sense

of freedom, a giant smile on my face, not worried about where

I was or where I was going. It was heavenly. After I changed

from the bubble, I was doing the business of being in the room in my head and the captain of my ship. My room has absolutely

no decorations but a calendar behind my chair for the date,

and the easy chair I sit in. Today, there was a coffee table,

which just appeared, and on the coffee table was a copy of the

book I had written, [in the future] because I could see my smiling

face on the inside cover.


A year later, her room changed in marvelous ways.


The right-sided wall has always been blank. It suddenly

emerged into a giant mural of a gorgeous butterfly in rich colors.

Very slowly that butterfly was trying to come loose and do

something. Simultaneously, the roof of my command room

became a crystal rose. The floor slowly evolved into a deep pile,

dark forest-green carpet, and the chair became a deep, rich

purple velvet. All of this color just started appearing, whereas

before it was nondescript furniture. One day, the butterfly got

loose and floated to the ceiling, which slowly opened into the

sky and a glowing yellow light came down. The butterfly flew to

the light, then the ceiling closed.


You can do a better job at work or playing sports if you’re

in the center of your head. This place is where you go to be clear,

without judgment of yourself or others, so that you can see the

truth. To play with energy, we need to be at the control station, like

a pilot sitting in the cockpit of a plane or a captain steering a boat.

Your command station is in the center of your head, near the pineal

and pituitary glands behind the “third eye” in the forehead. We do

all energy work from this place; it’s homebase when using energy

tools. It keeps you in the body, in the present where you can create

in this world, rather than being “spacey” or “out of it.”


Think, “be behind my eyes.” Put your fingers on your temples

towards the top of your ears and imagine a line of energy

between your fingers. Then put one finger in the middle of your

forehead and another finger on the back of your head. Imagine a

line of energy connecting between your fingers. The place where

these two lines cross each other is where you place your room.


Doing all your energy work from the center of your head

enables you to be in charge, clear, focused, neutral, and unbiased.

This focus keeps you in alignment with the neutral 6th chakra,

rather than operating from the emotional 2nd chakra. Bostwick

placed a premium on neutrality, meaning being non-judgmental of

yourself and others. It’s another way of saying be centered and

nonreactive. If you’re neutral, you can think clearly, unbiased by

unconscious emotional patterns. Meditation and doing clairvoyant

readings help achieve this clear space by cleaning out the old patterns,

or what Bostwick called “pictures.” We need clarity to

obtain perspective on to whom a problem really belongs to and

who can solve it. If I’m entwined with you, enmeshed, I can’t really

see you clearly or separate your issues from mine.


Some people think of neutrality as unfeeling, but the opposite

is true. You can experience greater depths of feeling when

you’re not in critical judgment, resistance, competition, fear or

effort. In neutrality you don’t have to try to control, judge, or fix

anything. An ancient Egyptian mural portrays Annubis, the god of

the underworld, holding a balanced scale with a recently deceased

person’s heart on one scale and a feather on the other. A heart full

of judgment is heavy, unlike a pure heart which lightly ascends to



In an energy tools class, Ethel’s habit was to mentally travel

over and see what was going on as I gave feedback on each person’s

energy field. This made Ethel feel sick to her stomach and

dizzy as she left her point of stability. It’s important to stay in your

command chair and observe by looking out on your reading

screen, creating an imaginary TV screen in front of your eyes,

rather than traveling out of your own space.


Be in the room in the center of your head, as a tool to stay

centered in your body. Where are you now? Above the body? In

your next task? A past event? Focusing on someone else? Come

back behind your eyes and between the ears. Imagine decorating

the room, putting in it what you want or simply a command chair,

the only requirement. Imagine being a king or queen with a crown

and staff to anchor you in the command chair. Create views from

your windows of the places you like the most. The ocean? The



John changes his room: “If I’m snowboarding, my room

looks like an extreme sports shop. If I’m on a date, it’s very GQ.”

Get out your crayons and draw the room with you in your chair

and post the drawing. It’s a reminder to take charge of your development,

rather than being reactive or “spacing out” of the body, as

described in songs about “out of my head over you, night and day.”


To see what being out of the body looks like, look at viewers

in a movie theater engrossed in the action on the screen, or

someone high on alcohol or drugs. Many people function out of the

body in that they aren’t in charge of their own lives. Imagine a command

station in front of your chair, like a pilot’s panel in a cockpit,

with colored lights representing your body. If all the lights are

green, good. If some flash red, ask each one what it stands for (perhaps

an organ or body system needs your attention) and what you

can do to restore it to green. Michele reports:


I imagine the center of my head; I decorated the room like

a New York City loft filled with contemporary attractive furniture.

I created a fainting couch to relax on, and a strong big

desk and big chair to operate from. I have a large window. I feel

very comfortable and safe in the center of my head.


I have a detection system set up to notice if anyone else

tries to join me in my space. They are kindly escorted to their

own personal party. Using this command center to retreat to

when I need to gather my thoughts, or make a decision, has

had tremendous benefits. I am able to instantly become calm

and I feel capable and powerful.


Jan’s room is “round, cave-like, a golden color, with an

earthen fireplace connected down to the earth. It’s secluded, very

private. The walls are soft and golden, like clay. I feel very protected,

and no one can intrude.” As she uses it each day, it gets more



Stephenie uses the room visualization as a meditation:


Just before I go to work in the morning I spend about fifteen

minutes in “my room.” I sit in my white goose-down chair in

the center and place yellow roses in the corners to brighten up

the room. I look out my window at a very peaceful sunny day

and the ocean. Just spending those fifteen minutes each morning

gives me a more positive and fresh outlook on the day. The

one thing about this exercise I enjoy the best is that I can keep

everyone out and have those fifteen minutes just for myself.


This is a subtle change but see if you notice a difference in

feeling centered. If you have a difficult time being in the room,

floating above it, move it down and back a bit. To help stay strongly

in the command chair, imagine putting on a jeweled crown and

holding the staff representing your authority in your domain. To

purify your room, imagine squeezing the floor up to the ceiling,

pushing any junk out a drain pipe in the corners.


A way for a healer to tell if someone is in her command

center is to gently put two fingers on the forehead and on the back

of the head, to feel if she’s in the center of her head. This gentle

touch also reminds the person to be centered. Of course, always

ask for permission to touch, including children. With practice, you’ll

see clairvoyantly if she’s in her room or floating above it, scrunched

over in part of it, or in charge on her throne.


See if you can wash gold light all through the room. If

there’s a block, clear it out by calling in a humming bird to drain it

like nectar into her beak. Dan saw a dark spot in his room and

cleaned it out by imagining suctioning it through a PVC pipe. Check

the room to see if anyone else is there or perhaps an object you

didn’t put in your room. This includes pets; my dog often gets in to

say hello when I’m away on a trip. If you’re aware of others in your

room, send them down the trap door, down the fire station pole,

or laundry shoot to a fun event outside.


Someone may try to come into your command center consciously

or unconsciously because they want to know what you

know, want to control you, or want to be close to you—all kinds

of reasons. You may have felt you couldn’t get someone out of your

mind and had obsessive thoughts about him. This intense focus on

you by someone else can give you a headache, make your head feel

fuzzy, or influence your thinking. The rule is simple; no one should

be in your space but you. This includes parents in kids’ spaces; parents

should consciously pull their energy out of their children’s

heads to give them room to grow. Teaching them to imagine this

control room will minimize resistance and rebellion as they feel

more autonomous.


To clean out other people’s energy, don’t try to resist, or

work hard to push them out, as this will keep them around your

space by cementing the connection between you, like a tangled

crosshatch. Think of the Chinese straw tube toy where you insert

your index fingers; they get stuck when you struggle to pull them

out and easily slide out when you relax. Remember, what you resist

persists. Just be amused and think of a fun activity for visitors to do

outside, like a party with tasty treats, a dance band, and lively conversation.

Send a parachute or a flying carpet to carry out people

in your space or whatever fun image you like.


Students ask me, “What if I like that person and want him

near me?” No matter how much you love someone, his or her

vibration in your space isn’t the same as yours and doesn’t belong,

like putting the wrong kind of gas in an engine. Imagine a rose for

you and one for your friend or family member outside your aura

and put a fine gold line of communication between the two of you

to feel in harmony, without being joined like Siamese twins.


Even people in love need some room between them to see

each other clearly and have plenty of room to expand. If you hold

a book right next to your eyes, you can’t read it. Or if plants grow

too close to each other, they don’t get enough sun or water. In contrast,

the popular culture conditions us that love is obsessive closeness.

It’s neurotic to believe “Without you, I’m nothing;” “I’ve got

you under my skin, deep in the heart of me;” and “I think about you

night and day,” and other parasitic song lyrics.


Here’s how Cathy cleans out other people’s energy:


In my room I concentrate on only thinking of the present. I set

the date and time in the morning on my fancy old mantle clock.

Whenever a person or distracting thought appears in my room,

I use a giant blue helium balloon with a big magnet in it to

catch all. Then I cut its string and imagine it floating up into

the sky, through my open skylight, until I can no longer see it.


The common tendency is to leave the body or disassociate

when we feel upset, bored, scared, lonely, confused, or invaded by

others’ energy. It takes practice to become aware of when you’ve

checked out and to decide to come back in your body. Just touch

the center of your forehead as a trigger to get back in your control

room and tell yourself, “Be in the center of my head.” Check to

make sure you’re the only one there and it will be easier to steer

your day in the direction you want it to go, rather than reacting to

what others expect.


We can be thrown off center, out of the still eye of the hurricane

into the whirlwind, by other people’s attempt to program or

control us. People often expect stereotypical behavior on the basis

of gender, age, ethnicity, hair color, height or job status. Ask any

short blond woman or person of color about stereotypes. Other

influences that move us off center are unrealistic expectations (our

own and others) and the body itself. Its hormones, allergies, cravings,

addictions and trauma memories can influence us to make

unhealthy choices. To regain the center stillpoint we can meditate,

pray, do clairvoyant readings and energy balancings (see Sections III

and IV), exercise regularly, do journal writing, and be in the command

chair in the center of the head.


Think about making any blocks or discomfort in your body

heavy, letting gravity flush them down the grounding cord. Sometimes

I just imagine a big concrete drain pipe when I’m releasing

something intense. You can also see negative emotions as colors,

like green for jealousy, and drain them down the cord. John

includes music in his waterfall grounding pipe; “As i sit in my CEO

chair the sound it produces is soothing to my soul.”


If you start to get off balance or tense, if someone is angry

with you or manipulating you, go to the center of your head. If your

mind feels fuzzy, if you can’t think clearly, or if you get a headache,

check the room in the center of your head for other people or

things. Think about being a radio and tuning clearly to your own

station to get rid of the static caused by receiving signals from other

people’s stations. You’re practicing being the driver of your own

car, rather than sitting in the back trying to drive with your big toe

on the wheel, while the passengers tell you what to do. You can

anchor this feeling of centeredness with a Neuro Linguistic Pr0gramming trigger by touching a spot on your body, such as your


knee, and giving instructions to your unconscious mind to center

whenever the spot is touched or you think of touching it.

Steffy reports on her success:


Just the other night I got into an argument with my roommate,

so I grounded myself, got into the center of my head, and tried

to deal with the situation with an open mind, instead of getting

all upset and yelling back. The problem got resolved a lot

faster than normal. I’m feeling more in control of myself and

the direction of my energy.


Jim, a Pennsylvania teacher, works with troubled teens. He

tried the centering tool with his students.


All my students are 15 to 16, waiting trial for murder,

locked up for at least one year or more. We have tried some

TM [Transcendental Meditation] and Qigong [Chinese meditative

movement and breathing] work and energy techniques

balancing the left and right brain. They could sit for a

few minutes but the energy was not centered or all there. Yesterday,

we started with a hand exercise, open and close, and I

had them think “release everything to the universe and absorb

in clean energy.”


We then tried chair-in-the-brain clearing and grounding

work. The students sat for three minutes and agreed it was

easier than just imagining, “Oh well, let go,” when a thought

enters their minds. We had a great discussion of how the heart

was a door to the soul which we shared with God and are all

connected. We did the chair-in-the head work for four minutes

without one word or distraction from 13 boys. Energy was

strong, clear and centered.


visualization to ground

How to Ground with a Grounding Pipe from Essential Energy Tools by Gayle Kimball


A grounding pipe or cord is a line of energy from you into

the earth that makes you feel secure and grounded, and allows for

release and for cleansing your space. The more widely used term

is grounding cord, but it’s actually more like a pipe, in that it’s hollow

to release excesses and toxins from the body. It also creates an

anchor to make you feel strong and connected to mother earth as

you use your energy tools. It’s has very practical applications, like

my Japanese students who use it to find a seat on the crowded



Sit in a chair, rather than on the floor, as the 1st chakra

would bring in too much earth energy. A chair also helps to maintain

a straight spine and neck. Feel your tailbone at the base of your

spine with your hand, saying hello to the chakra that provides a

sense of security. Ground your 1st chakra to feel secure and safe.

In women, the chakra is near the ovaries and in men it’s a bit lower.

About the size of a 50 cent piece or the circle of first finger and

thumb, its funnel-shaped vortices bring subtle energy into the

meridians and into nearby glands and organs.


Imagine you have a powerful flashlight to shine down from

the bottom of your spine all the way to the center of the planet.

Remember we’re playing with symbols or pictures as a way to

move energy, in this case a technique to create a line of connection

from you to the earth. Or, think of a laser beam of light shining

from your tailbone to the center of the earth, plugging in an extension

cord, creating a carpenter’s line, or your own image of a line

connecting two points. Put something you like down in the center

of the earth to attract your attention there.


If you have difficulty creating a line all the way down, like

many people I see, imagine a ship anchoring in a harbor. Throw a

big chain anchor down from the base of your spine; let gravity take

it all the way down to the center of the planet. Tug on the anchor

to make sure it’s securely attached. Deborah imagines an earth

screw, flowing with a river of lava for transmutation, into a round

cave in the center of the earth. Steam is created by the lava and

makes informative images, like clouds of different shapes.


The pipe should be hollow, defined, strong, and straight,

with a smooth center so nothing sticks on the way down to the

center of the earth. Imagine sparkly neon gem stones or neon color

strips along the outside to help you see it on your screen all the

way down to the middle of the earth. Don’t visualize grounding out

of your feet or hands, as you’ll use them to bring in healing energy.

Release out of the base of your spine to stabilize the 1st chakra.


Steffy found that her grounding cord is stronger if she uses

a concrete column or an electric yellow beam of light: “I was able

to stay centered and be in neutrality while grounding a parking spot

for myself during one of the busiest hours. I found a spot right in

front of the building where I needed to be.” This happens so often

to my students, we take it for granted. A goal and a project can be

grounded with your intention. You can also help ground a community,

such as during a natural disaster or war.


Create a grounding cord along the line of connection

your’ve created, perhaps a flowing waterfall or a massive tree. Jan’s

grounding looks like the transparent thick stem of a rose, with

brightly colored gem stones on the outside. She sees many colors

in it, lthen a wash of blue and black which she releases, followed by

goldhoney to clean out her cord. Alex thinks of his grounding cord

this way:


I imagine a tree with really long roots going to the center of the

earth. The roots help hold the tree in place and get nutrients,

as well as eliminate the tres’s waste products. I create a chain,

a tube, or whatever works for me to expell negative vibes. I did

feel somewhat emotionally ligher after this exercise.


To ground your body, do the exercises described on pages

157 to 161 and in Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine and do the following

simple Neurolink tools to start your day. Hold your hands

about half an inch away from your ears to remove stress caused by

computers, TVs, and microwaves. While still in bed, take a deep

breath, and point your toes. As you exhale, lightly fluff your fingers

on the skull above the top of your ears. Next put four fingers

between the navel and the right side of your pubic bone. Press

down an inch and hold five minutes to stimulate the large intestine

to release toxins (neurolinkglobal.com).


We create best when we’re happy and relaxed so we can

concentrate on the goal. Create in the present, rather than thinking

about the past or future. Imagine a timeline in front of you, from

1 to 100, representing the years of your life. Ask to see where your

focus is now. If it’s not at your present age, bring the number back.

from the past or future. Simply put today’s date on your grounding

pipe and your name to own it. Ground and bring a gold sun through

your present age. You can also set the cord at a color that feels

good to your body now and think of something amusing. Notice

how your body feels as you ground, perhaps more relaxed or solid.

Add a smile when you ground to strengthen your field.


To use your grounding cord, again put your attention on

the base of the spine. You can imagine a little ball of light there.

Intend for your grounding cord to be firmly coupled to the 1st

chakra, like a lid on a jar, as wide around as your hips, and firmly

attached to the center of the earth. Then imagine taking a bubble

bath with candles around the tub. When you’re clean and relaxed,

pull the plug and watch the dirty water go down the drain/grounding

pipe. Or just push a release button or turn on the garbage disposal.

Flush anything in your body or auric field that is ready to be

cleaned out down the grounding pipe, perhaps fear or not feeling

good about yourself. Just think “release” or “clear.”


If you don’t feel your grounding pipe working, look at an

imaginary personal TV screen in front of your eyes and ask to see

the pipe, sense it, or get an intuitive knowing about it. You’re probably

not grounding deep or wide enough, or the cord isn’t firmly

attached at the base of your spine. Don’t try to fix the cord; with

no effort, just drop it and start over with the clear intention to

ground and release.


Create a new grounding cord when you wake up in the

morning and put the date on it to be in the present. You can think

about releasing from your grounding cord whenever you hear

water go down a drain pipe. You can also use it to clear out painful

spots in your body, creating a cord from the middle of the place

that hurts, down to the planet with the intention of clearing any

blocks or stuck energy. Breathe into the place of the most intense

discomfort, feel it, and ground it, like using Lamaze breathing during

child birth. You can also release pain out of the feet into the




It’s OK to ground other people with their own energy, but

keep your energy out. This is the only tool which can be directed

at someone else without permission. Just think “ground” and imagine

the grounding cord the person creates. When working on

someone else’s grounding pipe, set the intention of grounding in his

or her energy vibration. During a phone session, Elaine and I were

clearing her communication with her grandfather; we both felt his

rose recoil as she grounded it. We stopped and brought in a gold

sun with his own energy. Jake reports,


I worked on grounding a frantic co-worker. I visualized a

cable pulling down her center of energy and plugging it into the

center of the earth. I stayed focused on keeping her grounded

as she expressed the stress she was feeling. Within twenty

minutes, she told me that my energy was helping her gain focus

and she was glad I was near her physical space. I did not tell

her I was working on grounding her so I felt amazed that she

expressed she was experiencing this effect.


Joe, an attorney, faced an irritating opposing attorney in

court who frequently jumped up to make objections. Joe said nothing,

but grounded him. At the end of the day, the judge commented

on the change in his behavior. After an energy tools workshop

at her office, Beth, a dental assistant, faced a squirming little boy in

her chair. She grounded herself, then him. She did such a good job

he feel asleep, so they could do the dental work easily.



You can also ground your projects to clean out any problems

and allow you to get the job done without anxiety or procrastination.

Joselyn grounded a college paper she’d put off writing

and got it done easily. Ground your bed before sleep, ground meetings

and goals; the uses are limitless–including mundane things.

Catherine needed to go to her bank. Usually it’s so crowded, she

can’t find a parking place. She grounded a place as she was driving

there. Just as she arrived, someone pulled out and she had her

place. Miki says, “I ground a room if I become uncomfortable or

nervous, as I now recognize such energy as being external in origin.”

Also ground things you lose like keys and glasses.


Healer and author Barbara Brennan visualizes a line from

the center of the earth, up to a point below the navel (hara is the

Japanese word for this energy center used in martial arts), up to

just above the heart, to the crown chakra, and out to the universal

source—symbolized as a core star. Try creating this hara line and

see if you feel more connected to the earth. Notice when it gets



Another fun way to clear your energy field is to put anything

you want to get rid of in a balloon with your breath, blow up the

balloon and pop it. Or breathe in, hold your breath for about four

counts, and exhale deeply as if through a straw. I walk around campus

using this technique when ever I get a bit irritated or stressed.

Judy suggests, “Put your heavies in a God box and send your troubled

thoughts out into the universe to heal.” Since we always fill in

with a gold energy after releasing, imagine a gold sun flowing over

into your head and down through every cell in your body.


Try walking on a narrow board, or riding a skateboard or

bike while grounded and then ungrounded.





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Have your partner stand and decide to ground or unground

without telling you her choice. Give a gentle push to her shoulders

to see if she is grounded or ungrounded. See if you feel a difference

if your partner changes grounding from something like a concrete

pipe to a waterfall. To unground, think about being someplace else,

like going to a tropical paradise to get out of your body. Reverse.

Do the same thing when one person walks towards the other; see

if you can tell if the walker is grounded or ungrounded. If working

with a group, decide to all ground at the same time; then unground

and feel the difference as you stroll around the room.


Ask your partner to sit in a chair and ground. To help him,

with his permission you can gently put your hands on the tops of

his shoulders while thinking about grounding. You may be able to

get a sense of his cord. Hold your hand near the grounding cord to

feel if it goes all the way to the center of the planet. Note how wide

it is, and observe if it’s releasing. Look at your reading screen to see

the cord and tune into your intuition. This takes practice; you’ll feel

the difference if you check out a number of people’s grounding

cords. Some feel smooth with a flowing release, some gush like an

oil well, others release rhythmically like unfolding a folded wooden

measuring stick.


Think of something that you don’t feel confident about,

ground it, and then try it. An example is taking dance lessons or

learning a new sport.


As you encounter people during your day, alternate grounding

only yourself, only the other person, both of you, and neither of

you. You can consciously unground by going out of the room in the

center of your head and see what happens. Do people act differently

when you’re grounded?


Journal Questions: Who in your family of origin is grounded


and who is ungrounded? Look into their eyes and see if there’s


a difference. Who do you most resemble? When and where do


you feel the most grounded? The most ungrounded? What are


the results of grounding your projects, pets, parking places, co



workers, kids, etc.?


Kids, and your inner child, can color and cut out a paper


animal tail, and safety pin it near their tail bone, perhaps with






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a coin taped to the bottom to keep it grounded. Jamie, age


nine, drew a mountain peak as her grounding cord. The possibilities are limitless.


2012 Goofy and Sexist Republican Presidental Candidates

I challenge you to think of a goofier set of presidential candidates in US history than the current Republicans: see Perry’s NH speech or his “10 excuses” on Letterman, both on YouTube; see Cain singing or his memory lapses on sexual harassment settlements and a 14-year affair; Romney’s unapologetic reversals as in “absolutely” approving Mississippi‘s personhood amendment then disavowing it after it was rejected and declaring ‘Corporations Are People Too,’ Gingrich on marital fidelity after his adulterous affairs, Ron Paul saying he didn’t read racist newsletters that had his name as author…. Would be funny if not so embarrassing to be an American. This plus the cruelty expressed by audiences at Republican debates (applauding Texas’ execution record, yelling to let a sick man without health insurance die, applauding Cain when he was asked about sexual harassment settlements) is sad.

Santorum is against contraception because it’s a “license” to to do things that are “counter to the way things should be.” He opposes abortion even to save the woman’s life, opposes same-sex marriage, and thinks there “are a lot of problems” with teaching evolution. Republicans in Virginia’s legislature backed down on requiring a vaginal probe ultrasound of women who need an abortion, fodder for TV comedians. What century do they live in? Reformers like Margaret Sanger went to jail in her struggle to make contraception legal. If these men could get pregnant would they take the same stand?

Microlending and Professor Yunus


Microlending is an inspiring success story, which Economics Professor Mohammed Yunus began in Bangladesh in 1977. He realized that poor people stay poor because they don’t have access to credit to buy necessary materials like seeds or cloth except from money lenders who charge high interest–making it impossible to get ahead. He calls this “financial apartheid.” The poor lack possessions or a formal job to use as collateral for a regular bank loan, so Yunus relied on lending to a small group of to put pressure on each other to repay. His idea spread all over the world, including developed countries, but in a controversial decision the Bangladeshi government forced him to resign in 2011, using the excuse that he was too old.

The over 100 million global borrowers from Grameen Bank are mostly poor women who borrow as a group and support each other and learn about business in weekly meetings.[i] Yunus found that women are more likely to spend money on their family, while men tend to spend it on themselves. Most of them repay the small loans after buying moneymakers like chickens, a water buffalo, a sewing machine, or a fishing boat. As a consequence of earning money, their children are more likely to go to school. This model is not without cost: the worldwide average interest rate for microloans is over 30% a year.[ii] Muhammad Yunus reports more than 98% of the loans are repaid.[iii]

The format is five women form a group. A new group receives loans to two members. The group approves the loan request of each member. They pay back the loan on a weekly basis. If these two repay for six weeks then two more members can request loans. The chairperson is usually the last borrower of the five. For a group to be certified, all five prospective members have at least seven days of training on bank policies, and are examined orally by a Grameen Bank official. They learn the Sixteen Decisions.[iv] Groups join each other in weekly meetings in a village center. Grameen Bank also offers housing and student loans, and small loans to beggars to buy items to sell. It operates health centers and businesses as well, including solar power and biofuel systems and communication systems. He believes access to cell phones and the Internet information gives poor people power and “E-commerce can help to make crowding in the cities unnecessary.”[v] An example of enabling democracy, all the Grameen phone ladies are given a list of telephone numbers of government representatives, including the prime minister.

Loans are to be paid back in a year with weekly payments of 2% of the loan amount, starting one week after the loan with an interest rate of 20%. Passbooks record transactions. If an individual doesn’t pay back her loan, her group may be ineligible for larger loans. In case of a disaster, they get a new loan and the old one is converted to a long-term loan. If someone dies, the family gets money from the Central Emergency Fund. Yunus’ emphasis on the importance of giving credit to the poor has spread to 36 nations around the world, including developed nations.[vi] Websites like Microfinance Gateway provide current resources about microlending.[vii]

Yunus told a group of young leaders in 2010, “Big things are good to have in mind, but I always think from the smallest things. If you can have impact on one person, then you can multiply the effect and succeed.”[viii] The young Nepali who reported on Yunus added, “That is what we young people have to do to bring change in our community.” Resources on microfinancing are available.[ix] A variation is a group of women forming a “merry-go-round” to meet regularly and each contribute a small amount of money to be given to one member at a time.

Yunus won a Nobel Prize and wrote a book about progressive businesses, Creating a World Without Poverty (2007). He explains, “Social business is a cause-driven business. In a social business, the investors/owners can gradually recoup the money invested, but cannot take any dividend beyond that point. With the Social Business taking off, the world of free market capitalism will never be the same again, and it then will really be able to deliver a deathblow on global poverty.” [x] Grameen and the French yogurt company Dannon (Danone in French) formed the first social business in 2007 starting with Bangladeshi village women selling fortified yogurt, aimed at supplying nutrients to children. Yunus mentions examples of NGOs that encourage social entrepreneurship: Ashoka Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Another example is the social business One Lap Per Child program developed at MIT to get inexpensive wireless computers to children in third world countries.[xi] Fast Company magazine developed a HIP (Human Impact + Profit) scorecard to rate socially responsible and profitable companies.[xii]

In some countries microlending is used to purchase cell phones, as by “phone ladies” who had a track record borrowing from Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and then the for-profit GrameenPhone. Their village phone model is being duplicated in other countries, like Nigeria and the Philippines. In areas where transport is difficult, access to a cell phone makes a huge difference for doing business or getting health care. A cell phone allows Internet access and mobile banking where virtual transactions can be made without bank buildings or even bank accounts, bridging the digital divide between rich and poor countries. It facilitates job searches, purchases and sales, and medical help and prescriptions. They also facilitate political organizing and demonstrations.

The story of the combination of foreign and local technological know how and capital to create access to cell phones is told by Nicholas Sullivan in You Can Hear Me Now: How Microloans and Cell Phones are Connecting the World’s Poor to the Global Economy.[xiii] In India, slum dwellers without toilets or clean water are likely to have cell phones, with more than 670 million cell phone connections vs. only 366 million toilets.[xiv] Sullivan suggests investing in electricity, as by using methane gas from cow dung, is the next step. This trend is similar to social investing or social entrepreneurship that Yunus proposed, such as a foot-powered water pump made by KickStart.

[ii] Hester Eisenstein. Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women’s Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World. Paradigm Publishers, 2009, p. 152.

[iii] Louis Charbonneau, “U.S. Envoy: Gaddafi Troops Raping, Issued Viagra,” Reuters.com, April 29, 2011.


[iv] Members learn to recite the Sixteen Decisions:

  1. We shall follow and advance the four principles of the Grameen Bank—discipline, unity, courage, and hard work—in all walks of life.
  2. Prosperity we shall bring to our families.
  3. We shall not live in a dilapidated house. We shall repair our houses and work toward constructing new houses as the earliest opportunity.
  4. We shall grow vegetables all the year around. We shall eat plenty of them and sell the surplus.
  5. During the plantation seasons, we shall plant as many seedlings as possible.
  6. We shall plan to keep our families small. We shall minimize our expenditures. We shall look after our health.
  7. We shall educate our children and ensure that they can earn to pay for their education.
  8. We shall always keep our children and the environment clean.
  9. We shall build and use pit latrines.

10. We shall drink water from tube wells. If they are not available, we shall boil water or use alum to purify it.

11. We shall not take any dowry at our sons’ weddings; neither shall we give any dowry at our daughter’s wedding. We shall keep the center free from the curse of dowry. We shall not practice child marriage.

12. We shall not commit any injustice, and we will oppose who tries to do so.

13. We shall collectively undertake larger investments for higher incomes.

14. We shall always be ready to help each other. If anyone is in difficulty, we shall all help him or her.

15. If we come to know of any breach of discipline in any center, we shall all go there and help restore discipline.

16. We shall introduce physical exercises in all our centers. We shall take part in all social activities collectively.

[v] Muhammad Yunus. Creating a World Without Poverty. Public Affairs, 2007, p. 195.

[vi] pbs.org/toourcredit/resources_one.htm, www.accion.org/Page.aspx?pid=228


[vii] It claims to be the most comprehensive site. http://www.microfinancegateway.org/p/site/m/

[ix] Muhammad Yunus. Banker to the Poor. Perseus Books, 2003.

Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism.

Public Affairs, 2009




[xiii] Nicholas Sullivan. You Can Hear Me Now: How Microloans and Cell Phones are Connecting the World’s Poor to the Global Economy. John Wiley & Sons, 2007.

[xiv] Ravi Nessman, “India: Land of Many Cell Phones, Fewer Toilets,” Associated Press, October 30, 2010.


Photos and videos of global youth

Photos of global youth and their environment are on Facebook: Global Youth SpeakOut.

Videos of my interviews with young people from Indonesia, China, England, Egypt are on YouTube under TheGlobalyouth.


your questions about love and family


TWO NEW BOOKS by Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

1) Your Questions About Love and Family: Ask Dr. Gayle

Many years ago, after the publication of my books 50/50 Marriage and 50/50 Parenting, Rodale Press asked me to write a question and answer column. That gave me the idea and I proposed it to a Northern California magazine, the Lotus Guide.[i] I organized the columns into three book topics: love and family—this book, the first in the series; physical and mental health; and work and money. My answers are drawn from years of teaching Sociology and Women’s Studies college classes, researching for my dozen books, and experience as a mother, grandmother, workshop leader, and life coach. Readers are interested in the issues other people experience, as well as my answers. They frequently report Ask Dr. Gayle is the first section they read when they get the magazine. Both books are spiral-bound, $12. Excerpts available.

Table of Contents

Relationships 101
, Foundational Information        Page 4


Romantic Relationships:             Page  20

Love, Pairing Up, Ending a Relationship, Making it Work

Marriage:                 Page 43

The Beginnings, Daily Issues, Sex

Divorce:                 Page 55

Separation, Struggles Between Ex-Spouses

Parenting and Family:             Page 63

Kids, Teens, Parents’ Issues, Your Own Parents, Organization

Young People’s Questions           Page  81


Glossary                   Page 89



Quick Healthy Recipes: Fundraiser Cookbook

10-Minute Prep Time

Healthy Recipes

Plus Health Tips

The author searched out quick healthy recipes, the tried and true favorites of her friends around the world. We’re busy, time is precious, and we value our health, but we don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen. The cookbook includes health information focusing on food and how to reduce stress, as well as recipes for every type of meal. Readers can save cooking time and do a good deed: All profits go to the Open Doors Literacy Project. http://opendoorsliteracyproject.weebly.com. Dr. Kimball is the editor or author of 12 other books.

Here’s the Table of Contents:



Appetizers            page 3


Salads            page 10


Veggies             page 20


Soups              page 24


Veggie Main Dishes           page 28


Meat Main Dishes           page 44


Fish Main Dishes           page 50


Bread                      page 54


Deserts                      page 58


Drinks               page 68


  Other Quick Healthy Recipe Sources    page 72


Health Tips             page 73


Index                       page 93


space is not what we think; it’s like fabric

Most of our Newtonian views of the universe are wrong, like the idea that space is static. Scientists don’t understand most of the universe, which is made of dark energy and dark matter. Because of Einstein’s brilliant mathematics, physicists now understand that space-time is like a fabric that bends. Gravity is wrapping of space-time caused by the objects in it. The moon moves in a curve in space caused by the drag of planet earth. We think of space as empty but quantum mechanics knows it’s teeming with fluctuating fields. The CERN accelerator in Switzerland aims to find the Higgs particle, perhaps the basic component of the field, by recreating the Big Bang that occurred 14 billion years ago. When Peter Higgs presented his theory in 1964, he was ridiculed. The moral of the story is our senses are very subjective and innovators usually meet opposition.

In Brian Greene’s Nova series on physics[i] he explains that the sub-atomic world of Quantum Mechanics, studied since the 1920s, has different laws than the larger world defined by Isaac Newton and later by Einstein in his theory of General Relativity. (Newton is the greatest scientist according to Greene). Einstein spent the last part of his life trying to figure out how to unify the two sets of laws. For example, black holes operate according to both tiny and huge processes. The quantum world is unpredictable except for being weird and crazy, with potentialities perhaps manifesting in parallel universes. Einstein was uncomfortable with Quantum Mechanics, saying “God doesn’t throw darts,” so he looked for predicable laws. Greene suggests that String Theory could provide the unifying theory with tiny vibrating strings, like violin strings, as the basic building block of the universe. Quantum Mechanics defies common sense: Our bodies seem solid but are mostly empty space, for example.

[i] His book The Fabric of the Cosmos is the basis for the November series, 2011. Episoded will be streamed at video.pbs.org.

Occupy Wall St. movement history–add your observations

The Occupy Wall Street movement, Fall 2011, was started by a Canadian magazine, Adbusters, “A global network of culture jammers and creatives.” The initiative was quickly endorsed by Anonymous, a well-known online group famous for its hacking and wearing Guy Fawkes masks that are now seen in the Occupy protests. Over 5,000 young people marched on Wall Street on September 17 to “bring justice to the bankers” because “We are the 99%” (the most popular global slogan) and “Wall St.=War Street.”  You can see charts graphing income growing income inequality (Dave Gilson and Carolyn Perot, “It’s the Inequality Stupid. Mother Jones Magazine, April 2011. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph.) The protesters recognized their connection to Tahrir Square: “This was absolutely inspired by Tahrir Square, by the Arab Spring movement,” said Tyler Combelic, 27, part of the New York occupation. Egyptian leasers such as Asmaa Mahfouz held teach-ins at Liberty Plaza. Youth leaders from Cairo advised the US youth in October

An entire generation across the globe has grown up realizing, rationally and emotionally, that we have no future in the current order of things. Living under structural adjustment policies and the supposed expertise of international organizations like the World Bank and IMF, we watched as our resources, industries and public services were sold off and dismantled as the “free market” pushed an addiction to foreign goods, to foreign food even. The profits and benefits of those freed markets went elsewhere, while Egypt and other countries in the South found their immiseration [sic] reinforced by a massive increase in police repression and torture.. . .

Our only real advice to you is to continue, keep going and do not stop. Occupy more, find each other, build larger and larger networks and keep discovering new ways to experiment with social life, consensus, and democracy. Discover new ways to use these [public] spaces, discover new ways to hold on to them and never give them up again. Resist fiercely when you are under attack, but otherwise take pleasure in what you are doing, let it be easy, fun even. We are all watching one another now, and from Cairo we want to say that we are in solidarity with you, and we love you all for what you are doing. Comrades from Cairo[i]

The youth movement spread from public squares in Tunisia, to Egypt, Yemen, and Syria, to Israel, to Spain’s “People’s Assemblies” of “indignados” in May and throughout Europe and over 1000 cities in the US and Asia—including Hong Kong and Tokyo.[ii] The occupation of the Wisconsin state legislature was a precursor, although led by unions and people of various ages, as was the costumes and tea bag hats worn at Tea Party demonstrations beginning in 2009—also not youth led.

The youth movements pride themselves on being leaderless and having direct democracy. “None of us are leaders, all of us are leaders” said a demonstrator heard in the video mentioned in the next endnote. Small groups meet and discuss issues and present their conclusions to the larger assembly that includes thousands of participants. In the US they are called working groups and General Assembly. A Facilitation Committee teaches communication techniques. Consensus is arrived at through hand signals, as you can see in a video of the NYC movement in action.[iii] The crowd repeats a speaker’s sentences in General Assembly until everyone hears via the “Human Mike.” Hand signals include a twinkle or “spirit wave” where fingers are wiggled over head to express approval, wrists or elbows chopping down indicates disapproval, and a block with crossed arms means you’ll quit over a certain issue, etc. These techniques spread so similar ones are used in various cities.

The movement also resists having a specific platform of demands, saying it’s not up to them to manifest more economic equality. The media has a hard time dealing with such an amorphous movement, but it protects the demonstrators from being dependent on certain leaders and positions. The encampments usually include a library table, food section, health care section, and childcare, as well as musicians, signs, painted faces and other theater. The demonstrations changed the national discussion from a focus on debt reduction to the unfairness of increasingly severe income inequality, as Michael Moore pointed out when he addressed Occupy Oakland. His documentary on “Capitalism: A Love Story,” (2010) left him discouraged, but helped lay the foundation for the protests, so he’s a popular speaker at these rallies. He now has more hope change can occur because of youth activism. Bank of America rescinded a $5 fee on using debit cards after 300,000 signed an online petition against it and perhaps being proactive in the face of a movement to transfer funds to local credit unions and community banks. Other banks followed. The 69-years-old publisher of Adbusters, Kalle Lasn noted,

The messy, leaderless, demandless movement has launched a national conversation of the likes that we haven’t had in 20 years. That’s as good as it gets! Not every one needs to have a leader with clear demands. That’s the old way of launching revolutions. This revolution is run by the Internet generation, with egalitarian ways of looking at things, and an inclusive process of getting everyone involved. That’s the magic of it.[iv]


I interviewed Occupy Chico’s Anthony Delgardo, age 27, posted on YouTube.[v] He’s an unemployed mechanic who said he’s motivated to support the movement by the fundamental injustice of American business. He said young people are at the forefront of the Occupy protests because they grew up behind computer screens and know how to broadcast the revolution around the world. His emphasis is on becoming self-sufficient with solar power and growing our own organic food so we’re not dependent on big business or government, “non-participation in the way the world is going.” I asked him one way to take power back from the plutocracy: “Ride your bike,” he said. “I’m more hopeful than I’ve been in years,” he concluded.

I attended a meeting to see the process in action. As expected, no one was a leader although a young woman who was new to the group suggested going around the group of 14 to find out why people were there. The participants ranged from two college freshmen, a former Marine, to homeless men who wandered in and out from the nearby city plaza, and a minority who were an ongoing presence since the beginning.  Clint, a man who had attended many of the meetings said he was discouraged that no action was taken, but others pointed out the marches that they’d organized, including an upcoming march to banks. Theo said he is working on setting up a time-bank to share skills without exchanging money and that there was a core of around 25 supporters. Clint was afraid the movement was dwindling from its height with about 60 people participating. He held up a chart of an octopus-like structure with many arms focusing on various groups and causes, but no action was taken. To stay current, see websites like www.occupytogether.org that includes global actions.

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