Bopping along through history, with different players but a through line, we go from the emergence of primitive human who took hundreds of thousands of years to even start to use tools, to the more modern eras where we have moved though thinking we could own human beings to recognizing that ALL people, whatever their religion, sexual orientation, or skin color, have an equal place at the humanity table.
These blog posts form a collection. They are a treasure trove of food for thought to spark conversation. So, grab a cup of consciousness, tour around, chew on some tasty transformation, and let’s talk!
David Lorimer is a powerhouse who’s in a pivotal position for making contributions that would change the world. Not only is he instrumental in delivering conference events that stretch reality beyond its conventional reaches, but for about 30 years he has been delivering thoughtful reviews of some 200 non-fiction books, in the realm of consciousness and right-action, a year. It is staggering to contemplate. The Scientific and Medical Network (SMN), the organization of changemakers out of England that he operates from, gives him a power beyond himself to do the good he is intent on delivering. I’ve known David for many years, and in the podcast we talk about linking up to do a project from an idea we had independent of each other that could go a ways to changing everything.
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I consider the two pieces in this blogpost to be among the most important things I ever have shared. I’m putting them together here because they both take us deep into the heart of the heightened reality we are in. What I understood before I read them, about the challenges of being black and about what’s wrong with the police, skimmed the surface with general ideas. These let me understand viscerally what generated them, taking me from my head to my heart and hopefully making me a more powerful advocate for a better way.
They are written so well by non-writers that it makes me wonder if there’s some trickery, where either or both of these don’t come from the people they purport to be from. But, whoever wrote them, they have me convinced of the truth of their stories, and I am hopeful that these authors are as illuminating to you as they have been to me.
Caroline Crockett Brock
May 30, 2020
I am a 45 year old white woman living in the south, and today was the first time I spoke frankly about racism with a black man. When Ernest Skelton, my appliance repairman, came to the front door, I welcomed him in. As this was his second visit and we’d established a friendly rapport, I asked him how he was feeling in the current national climate. Naturally, he assumed I was talking about the coronavirus, because what white person actually addresses racism head on, in person, in their own home? When Ernest realized I wanted to know about his experience with racism, he began answering my questions. What’s it like for you on a day-to-day basis as a black man? Do cops ever give you any trouble? The answers were illuminating.
Ernest, a middle-aged, friendly, successful business owner, gets pulled over in Myrtle Beach at least 6 times a year. He doesn’t get pulled over for traffic violations, but on the suspicion of him being a suspect in one crime or another. Mind you, he is in uniform, driving in a work van clearly marked with his business on the side. They ask him about the boxes in his car–parts and pieces of appliances. They ask to see his invoices and ask him why there is money and checks in his invoice clipboard. They ask if he’s selling drugs. These cops get angry if he asks for a badge number or pushes back in any way. Every time, he is the one who has to explain himself, although they have no real cause to question him.
Ernest used to help folks out after dark with emergencies. Not anymore. He does not work past dinnertime, not because he doesn’t need the business, but because it isn’t safe for him to be out after dark. He says, “There’s nothing out there in the world for me past dark.” Let me say that again. Ernest, a middle aged black man in uniform cannot work past dark in Myrtle Beach in 2020 because it’s not safe for him. He did not say this with any kind of agenda. It was a quiet, matter of fact truth. A truth that needs to be heard.
When I asked Ernest what ethnic terms he gets offended at, he said that the most offensive term people use is ‘boy.’ Ernest has a Bachelors in electronics and an Associates in HVAC. He is not a ‘boy,’ and the term ‘boy’ in the south implies inferiority in station and status. He came to Myrtle Beach and got a job at Hobart. The supervisor repeatedly used the term ‘boy.’ Ernest complained. After several complaints Ernest was fired.
Ernest says most white people are a little scared of him, and he’s often put in a position where he has to prove himself, as though he’s not qualified to repair appliances.
After a job for 2 years at Sears Appliance, Ernest started his own company, one he’s been running for several years. He is the best repairman we’ve had, and has taught me about washer/dryers and how to maintain them myself, even helping me with another washer/dryer set and a dishwasher without charging me. I highly recommend his company, Grand Strand Appliance.
I asked Ernest what he thought of “black bike week” in Myrtle Beach, where thousands of black people come with bullet bikes and trash our town. He says it hurts black people in our city, and he disagrees with the NAACP coming in to sue businesses that close on black bike week. He hates working that week. Ernest doesn’t have hope that racism will change, no matter who the President is. His dad taught him, “It’s a white man’s world,” and he’s done his best to live within it. When I asked him what I could do, he said, “Everyone needs to pray and realize we’re all just one country and one people.” I can begin healing our country by talking frankly with African Americans in my world—by LISTENING to their lived experience and speaking up. I can help by actively promoting black owned businesses. That’s what I can do today. Let’s start by listening and lifting up. It’s that simple. #listenandlift
Edit: I asked Ernest if I could take his picture and post our conversation on facebook. He thought it was a great idea. As he left my house an hour later, he looked me in the eye and said, “If you ever march, or have a meeting on this topic, or want to change things in Myrtle Beach, I’ll stand with you.” What a great idea. Let’s begin standing together. (Ernest’s Facebook page)
Edit: 1pm EST on 6/1. Ernest just called me and we had one of the sweetest moments, both laughing and crying about the response to this post. He started the conversation by saying, “Caroline, I don’t know if I should kill you or kiss you–my phone is ringing off the hook!” He doesn’t have a FB profile, so he’s coming over later so I can help him set one up. He’s been absolutely overwhelmed, as have I, with the response. We’re going to be sitting down together to read your comments. They mean so much. In addition, the Myrtle Beach city manager has contacted me and I’m getting all of us together to be sure this doesn’t happen in our city any longer. THANK YOU WORLD.
Edit: 6/2, 9 am. Just got off the phone with Ernest and the local news. They will be interviewing us today, and it will be on the local news in Myrtle beach tonight. I’ll post it on my page later.
Edit: 6/7.Ernest and I ended up marching together at a peaceful protest in Myrtle Beach! It was a lovely day and we went out to lunch with our spouses afterwards. What a whirlwind of events! Check out my FB live of the protest!
Edit: 6/8: Ernest and I met today with a web designer to make sure his Facebook and business pages are linked, so he’s good to go there! I spoke with an investigator at the MB police department who was top notch. More to follow.
This is how we change our country. Normal folks. One town at a time.
June 6, 2020
I was a police officer for nearly ten years and I was a bastard. We all were.
This essay has been kicking around in my head for years now and I’ve never felt confident enough to write it. It’s a time in my life I’m ashamed of. It’s a time that I hurt people and, through inaction, allowed others to be hurt. It’s a time that I acted as a violent agent of capitalism and white supremacy. Under the guise of public safety, I personally ruined people’s lives but in so doing, made the public no safer… so did the family members and close friends of mine who also bore the badge alongside me. READ MORE
Dr. Larry Dossey is one of the most interesting and most valuable people on the planet. He’s a highly respected physician, where being an authority in medicine gives credence to what he talks about where oneness and consciousness trump the materialistic, self-serving worldview we now entertain. Larry was very gracious in flying into L.A. to give a moving talk at an event I was producing for TED a few years ago. And, his interview by Oprah, that we talk about in this podcast episode, was revelatory in authenticating the power of prayer to heal people. Plus, credentials aside, he’s an absolutely lovely human being!
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Please do yourself the favor of listening to my podcast with Brian Swimme. He has the map, from the origin of the universe till now, where humanity is the first species that could change Earth – for the better or for the worse. The Christian story, predominant in America, would be supplanted by the universe story for how to live our lives for the better.
A mathematician by training, Brian is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco, where he’s a brilliant teacher of evolutionary cosmology in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. By my lights, he’s the most valuable voice on the planet. He gives us a way to perceive the human situation so we see what we are doing here and what our destiny is. His understanding is so inspirational that if I got the world to tune into what Brian delivers I would feel like I had fulfilled my mission in life.
The Universe is a Green Dragon is his masterwork. Do you know anyone who has bought 1,000 copies of any book? That would be me, since 1989, when I shut myself into my bedroom for two days to finish reading it. And, Brian’s gifts as an author are matched by a personal style that makes him a candidate for being my favorite human I didn’t give birth to.
What a sweet surprise it was to discover this on Brian’s Wikipedia page: “Suzanne Taylor, founder of Mighty Companions, says Swimme is a charismatic person who seeks to place scientific technology in its context of the infancy of the earth community as it struggles for reconnection to its sacred source. She believes that he sweeps us into the grand picture of human beings as the current culmination of the still-evolving universe.”
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It’s thrilling that 100,000 more viewers every month watch a TED talk about remote viewing that my friend, Russell Targ, did for me: click here to watch. It’s up to 5 million views as of this writing. It’s full of the “Ideas Worth Spreading” that TED presumably is all about, yet it caused TED to cancel the license they’d given me to produce TEDx West Hollywood so that I ultimately delivered my program, Brother Can You Spare a Paradigm?, or, Making the Quantum Leap, on my nickel.
You can learn a lot about remote viewing, a capacity we all have to “see” what exists in a distant place we’ve never been to, in Third Eye Spies, a documentary about his work that Russell finished this year and is streaming now on Amazon Prime. Tune in and find out about the lab Russell had at Stanford Research Institute (SRI), funded by the CIA to use remote viewing to spy on the Russians during the Cold War. The lab also had some victories that are beyond belief yet they occurred, like finding the trail to Patty Hearst after she was kidnapped and working with Uri Geller doing some “mind reading” that seemed impossible.
In my quest for what could shift our worldview to where we care about each other as much as we care about ourselves, remote viewing and the ESP that Geller is so adept at give evidence of how connected we are in one cosmic soup. Russell, a physicist of some renown who worked on developing the laser, helps us get beyond our cultural attachment to old Newtonian ideas of a universe running on cause and effect where separation is the name of the game.
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