The real agenda of these corporate `community builders’ and `social media strategists’ is always about positioning themselves to make money… Individuals do it to some degree.. not a problem. On a primal level, every living creature competes for resources to keep itself nurtured and safe. (Just saw a squirrel in garden looking for spots to hide a nut). And we human are no different. We all have to earn a living afterall.
Anway, big companies purporting to be adding to society do it on monu-Mental levels ..ie power-positioning themselves, They use us `members of community’.. we use them `providers of platforms’. They try to get us to spend on them and on their partner/ Affiliates’ products and services. .. we try to save by looking for short cuts and gimmicks..!
Guess what? They give us short cuts & gimmicks that look like its making our lives thrilling easy and better…but they got there by studying social psychology and patterns of our behaviour, and created those very short cuts & gimmicks. They would say it’s about providing solutions to our every problem or cause or concern. But in a blunt world, we know it as `cornering the market’!
If it’s not money, then it’s fame, or authority, or followers that are the real end results for those initiatives. And even if someone starts with the most altruistic or spiritual intentions.. they either get lost in the ocean or get swamped, stamped on, swallowed..or worse..have to start selling their souls (ie ideals) to survive and keep their altruistic ventures going..!
Everything costs and that cost has to and often does come out of us!!
I wrote this on a friend’s wall about social media..and this is the extended version.
That said, I’ll be saying more about individuals who purport to build or serve communities but again have the self-serving components that are much bigger than the social serving parts of their plans..
Trouble is.. you are doing it..and I am doing it.. we are doing it.. to some degree. So this sort of conversations put out are usually double-edged swords..that cut both ways. Then again.. it’s all about degrees.
One of the saddest problems I observe is that those of us here on the grass root levels.. swipe and snipe at one another ..for trying to earn a few hundred pounds a month.. to pay bills.. to provide for our loved ones – while the big guns out there are bulldozing the world to make millions of pounds/ dollars! We are powerless to stop them.. we are pawns in their hands.. so we helpless people take our bitterness and frustrations out on our selves and one another ..here on the grass root levels. Tell me that this is not the truth of it? !
So by NOT addressing this schism, we are letting the big ones get away..
So having a little scratch wound by our own swords is a small price to pay for opening up these topics . (and you all know that I have enough scars and bloody noses to show for it.. and am not stopping any time soon..)
Part 2 / Video soon. 8-| )
A word or three on personal disclosures:
I have always come at my contributions on facebook or my blogs etc.. with real experiences and disclosures, giving most subject matters my personal context. Rather than prod others to reveal personal things, I do it about myself ..and hope others will reciprocate..and build trust. This is NOT ego (as some perceive it as)..but a humanistic approach (instead of a dry academic approach) .
There are people – loved ones, friends, family, ex-partners – whom I protect.. Where my life stories interface with theirs, i try to keep their parts/ details somewhat vague..and focus only on my parts. This again can come across as if I am being egocentric. But it’s a balancing act.. keeping their privacy while telling my story. Not easy .
I teach by being a living example, and talk about live examples from my life. In short, I say what I do and do what I say (almost).
And I live by the principle that the Truth can’t harm me.. well..at least in the long term it can’t..(though it does in the interim, hurt me at times – when people use what I say against me). It’s all about steadily becoming more congruent with my self..and internally self-consistent.
Easier said than done of course.. It’s all work in progress!
You all know I have a Physics degree/ tech background and into all the multi-media stuff. Am also very much about nature & spirituality..and striving for tech-free time/ balance in life.
Everything is becoming hyper-real and accelerated these days.. What’s the hurry..? where do we have to get to so fast? Mars? Uranus? Death? Reincarnation? Oblivion?!
We are tumbling through our lives, transplanting & embedding our minds and emotions more and more into Cyber realms.. living our lives there too..and forgetting the shadows taking shape in the Collective.. Am not talking hypothetical. Am talking thought-forms, spirits, wraith and cyber-psychic entities (there I just invented a word).
Yes people are supposed to be connected..but NOT to 100’s or 1000’s.. however superficial that might be. At those levels, individuality blurs and gets lost. If that’s what you want..fine.
There’s another danger too!! When any more than 1-2 people gather in a group, a group shadow forms within that small collective subconscious.. and it gets projected out onto its members and outsiders.. One becomes the hero another the black sheep.. Have we forgotten `Lord of the Flies’ that we all read in primary school English?! Imagine the fears, phobias, whims, wants, power-struggles, egos and other secret obsessions within each of our minds..spilling into social media..along side our posts and pictures and status updates…sliding past any obvious `filters’ and privacy settings. It’s all gathering..coalescing..in the darkness of cyber-realms that we can’t see.. And it’s reaching out tendrils to feed.. !
Those of you energy-sensitive must have realised the shifts and tremors by now surely?!!
It is really time to slow it down.. and not fall for multimillion dollar companies’ strategies, marketing and the euphoria of quick adrenalin fixes (event junkies!). Yes I know, the fear is of not getting left behind. The curiosity is in wanting to know everything. But instead of food & drinks ..we are now consumers of pixels and info bytes. It’s feeding mass amounts of useless junk into our minds on a daily basis.. Yes humans have some 80-90% brain space unused. But it;s not a hard drive to be filled with junk.. is it? There are mysteries of the mind that we can be working to unlock.. That all requires silence and stillness ..not more electronic pixellated noise!
So.. take stock now.. as I am.. !! It’s not a static process.. We’re going to have to regularly take stock and balance our cyberlives with physical lives.
ps. I totally welcome real personal relationships and connections. 🙂 Happy to have hours of sit-downs, informal lounging and tons of teas, coffees and wines.
“The Child is afraid and angry and is lashing out.. He/she wants to claw him/herself back into the Mother’s womb. But ..in a few days, there is a very good aspect of Pluto trine Jupiter.. (Happens every 4 yrs). Seeds seldom grow on the surface. They need deeper darker places first.. Out of some deep dark thing, transformation (death and rebirth) will occur.. expansion of horizons will come..!
In the astro-aspects ahead, Saturn is NOT involved.. It’s not the time for hermitage or silence.. Venus & Jupiter are involved..They are both social planets.. 🙂 Mars goes forward..it’s all about action..and energy. Remember these ..as you go into the weekend.. 🙂
In everything we think feel and do.. each one of us (individual self) is just `one’ and everyone else…is the majority! we survive that and navigate daily…🙂 Trust that sometimes to leap up as Supermen and superwomen often do, we first have to crouch down and kick against the hard ground first..” – Mani
So the majority of the people of GBR have voted in the EU Referendum..to exit the European Union. This morning I woke up to find the mood rather sombre amongst many of my friends (judging by their facebook feeds/ posts). I know a lot of European people..friends..magical people.. So I can understand their sentiments. (Some are even worried they are going to have to `go back’).
Me..well..I have been living in the UK for 30+ years…came here as an asylum seeker..and I have what’s called an ILR.. So no one’s kicking me off UK.. That’s not the worry.
What is…is that people are harking back to some by-gone glorious Great British Empire days.. forgetting much of that was built on the plundering of other 3rd World countries…(like my native land Sri Lanka, India, Australia and so on..). I hold no grudges…as without that British occupation of my native land, my parents and myself would not have become the people who we are now.. all westernised..civilised.. educated in English Universities etc. (BTW In a modern day where the phrases `occupying another nation’ is banded about in a bad way… let’s not forget Britain dd that to many countries!!)
Leaving that aside for a moment, I return to the panic..worry and despair some of my esoteric friends are feeling.. And above are some short comments /posts I made on their various posts (on facebook)..in response to their posts..
Take it in a positive way.. It’s all fine.. Because I trust the stars and what I glimpse..I can’t believe all this is going to be bad .. It’s part of the progress..however that future unveils to us…
ps. This just in.. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said the following on his facebook page:
” I want to send a clear message to every European resident living in London – you are very welcome here. As a city, we are grateful for the enormous contribution you make, and that will not change as a result of this referendum.
There are nearly one million European citizens living in London today, and they bring huge benefits to our city – working hard, paying taxes, working in our public services and contributing to our civic and cultural life. We all have a responsibility to now seek to heal the divisions that have emerged throughout this campaign – and to focus on what unites us, rather than that which divides us.” – Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
The FRIENDSHIP TEST on FACEBOOK: (aka The EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL).
This sort of thing does the rounds..like gypsies selling their aluminium wrapped paper flower and asking for money, or chain letters that say God & Angels saved them but will curse if you don’t spread it to 29 people…etc..
We HATE these friendship tests about `who’s reading my status’ and `copy this, leave 1 words etc.
NEWS FLASH.. facebook decides whom it shows your status updates to.. So fact is, probably less than 30% of your `friends’ see your status updates ..(the rest of your friends don’t even know you are testing them!!).
And of you were thinking that ..well…your friends should mark your account for `give me notifications’ – think again. We’ll be needing 36 hrs a day to catch up on all of our friends’ status updates.. and liking, sharing or responding to them all.. .and we will never go to work, never sleep, never have sex, never do gardening..never vote and so on..
So here’s the deal…Wise up people…STOP posting those silly tests….!
Post an actual silly joke ..or a video of a kitten licking a fur blanket…or a gif of a grass hopper jumping into a cup of Soup (sorry, don’t know where that came from…probably from the lawn).. those might actually get a response from your other friends.. !!
And if you – like me – are one who gets annoyed and feels torn and partially inclined to respond but don’t like to….well, here’s your salvation trick – You know how the USA & UK governments have a policy of non-compliance to any terrorist demands.. ? Well, adopt same policy for self.. Don’t oblige any Emotional Blackmailers!
And if you are a friend who – for whatever difficult life reasons – wants to test your friends… here’s a bit of advise..
Friends don’t test friendships!! If you do plan to, it is more likely that …your friends will unfriend you…if they are anything like me, who has that `non-negotiating with Blackmailers’ policy!!
Dear all, Good news!! the reset GROUP for Pagan Federation is now OPEN (from Yule onwards..)
Feel free to join it again..or indeed feel free to join it…to have discussions and debates with other members of The PF..and other non-members/ supporters of the PF. (you don’t have to be a member of the PF to join this group).
In case anyone is curious.. this group had over 8,000 members..but some weeks ago, it was set to `secret’ with a committee view to deleting it and making more use of the PF Page.. But due to overwhelming member requests, it has been saved. (yes, I also protested/ requested for it to be saved!!).
So go on to this group..join../ re-join. It’s always been a lively place for debates…
ps. I have been a member of the PF for almost 20 yrs (lapsed only 2 yrs ago).. and a member of this group since it originated.. and I continue to do so. -Mani
Here’s the link
The experiences, knowledge, services and products YOU possess are exactly what so many other people are seeking – for their own use, their own well-being and their growth – be it spiritual, emotional or physical.
Offer them genuine quality and value to their life, and they will return the favour – either as a reasonable fee or reciprocal product or service. That is just human nature! It is the `Law of return’ in just another form. Energy is given in one form and is received in another form for universal balance.
`Esoteric Enterprises Network’ – is for Holistic & Spiritual People who are developing their own home-based or startup businesses. So, if you have a business in the following areas, this is the group for you-
- Holistic Therapies,
- Healing arts,
- Tarot /Astrology/ Psychic readings,
- Writing Books & guides,
- creating/selling Art & Crafts,
- Event organising,
- Community building,
- online Promotions & Marketing,
- and other products & services connected with Esoteric, Holistic & spiritual industries.
Aim of this group is to….
- share personal tips, tools & techniques.
- learn about e-Commerce & enterprises.
- offer encouragement & moral support.
- promote / publicise one another’s products & holistic services.
- start joint ventures, partnerships & projects.
Come Join in and network on matters of wealth creation, publicity for launches of businesses, brands, shops, sales etc.
Remember – earning a living & creating personal financial wealth – is as much a part of life, as is spirituality and holistic well-being.
We started this facebook group on 8th January 2013 (Esoteric Enterprises was launched in October 2012)- to be a Network for either Esoteric & Holistic people..or people who provide products and services to the Esoteric, Holistic & Spiritual Communities. It’s now time to shift the group towards more growth .. internally.. so that some of that sharing & support can take place. If you have esoteric Business ventures… take the time to tell the rest of us what it’s about, and where you are heading with it..and what are your hopes for it. Think of it like the `Elevator pitch’.. If you have made sales / promotional videos, slides etc.. do share them within the network / group (facebook).
And for my part, Over the coming weeks, I will also be sharing a number of business strategies, tools, techniques I have learnt and practise in my own ventures.. (all freely).
Why? Because my personal aim has always been to promote Esoteric Enterprises… so that we can all be proud and be successful in what we do.. !
Issues faced by an esoteric Entrepreneur within magical communities
One of the ongoing strands of myths and misunderstandings, difficulties and despairs, appreciations and accusations – that I observe in the lives of any Spiritual, magical or Esoteric Enterprising person is this very matter!
In the Esoteric world, many are `taught’ or pressured into being `humble’ and there is also a big push towards being seen as non-materialistic. Too much Charisma can be interpreted as sleeziness. Self-Importance can be mistaken for Ego. Ambition is mistaken (often) for Greed!!
Where as in the enterprising & business realms, one has to show confidence, self-assurance, charisma, ambition. This is especially true to stand-alone self-employed Entrepreneurs. They have no one to stand on but their own tools, experiences and expertise. After all that is what they `sell’ – as a product or as a service to others.
The Esoteric Entrepreneur does not talk about other people, products or services (unless that is what he/she is selling).
The Esoteric Entrepreneur simply comes at it from a confident, self-assured, personal experience point of view.. he or she lives by example. He or she has to live by example, using the very products and services s/he is promoting and selling.
And as I said, this often mistakenly comes across as `Egotistical, Self-obsessed’.
It is not the Esoteric Entrepreneur – the one selling a crystal wand, a new age shop, a tarot reading, a self-help magic book or other such things – who needs to change. S/he already has. – in taking that brave step to make a living out of these subjects.
It is the Esoteric, pagan, holistic & magical communities that need to change – and start differentiating between these issues.
-Mani Navasothy (Esoteric Entrepreneur)
Esoteric Enterprises – Tips, Tools & Techniques for Esoteric / Holistic business people
Esoteric Expert -e-Publishing your magical books & guides
Eco-Weaver – Websites & video promotions for Holistic ventures
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