by Eric Geiermann
I graduated from Michigan State University in 1990 with a major in Psychology. I was the first in a working class family to make that move. The death of Detroit was well under way when I graduated high school in 1983. I’m still paying for the education. I tended to wander somewhat on a whim. I had already rode a bicycle from Detroit to Yellowstone in the summer of 1985 at the age of 20. My first notable act after graduating from Michigan State was to sell my car to come up with gas money and go to Alaska with a friend to look for work. We arrived in late April. I was living in a tent and down to my last $20 before landing a job with the Department of Fish and Game. My main qualification was “Yes, I can shovel snow.” We set up a salmon tagging operation in the Alaskan wilderness to collect data related to the Exxon Valdez disaster. That lasted a few months until a co-worker began to get homicidal and nearly killed the lot of us on one rare sunny day. So I flew back to Detroit. Soon thereafter, I was working in Southwest Detroit training chronically mentally ill adults to earn money doing custodial work. A part of me became a Black man that year. A year later, I was a rolling stone again. This time, I was headed to Portland with a girlfriend. I found that it was not Ecotopia, yet. But there were jobs selling coffee. We left and came back to Detroit. She was pregnant, and I was under the gun, so to speak. So we got married. It wasn’t long thereafter that I was working as a prison guard and then a probation officer for the health insurance and a steady check. I stomached that for nearly five years. I still dream of prisons. Sometimes, I am the inmate. In fact, I was in jail again last night in one of my dreams, but we were all humans. I then became a house painter and worked when I felt like it. Now, my son is 18, and I do as little as possible except things like gathering wild edibles, observing Nature, and maintaining my spirit. I worry little about my future.
Guy invited me to write something for his blog. I was impressed that he asked me. To me, Guy has been in fearless pursuit of the truth. He brings it in spades, and none can validly renounce the truth he has revealed regarding our current predicament. We can all stand on his shoulders. If only I could add something that is not redundant? I think Michael Ruppert is on to the next step and the right path. It is the spiritual one. It has resonated deeply with me since I first learned to walk and meditate at the same time in Nature in around 2005. I found oneness with Creatures and Creation. I moved with such ease and peace that doe and fawn would continue browsing within an arms reach of me. They knew where I was at spiritually. I think it is time that we all share in the Awakening.
A recurring theme these days is that people seem to turn more to the spiritual side as things unravel. I’m seeing evidence of this on Facebook where I have regularly posted articles related to the topics we discuss here. Instead of responding to me or my gloomy irrefutable reality, they post wise words, in another thread of course, in a religious context often associated with some beautiful image from Creation. There is a growing positive energy in that. I am beginning to see the truly religious as potential assets to the future in the sense that they seem to be taking a spiritual turn within the context of their religion that incorporates Nature in response to doom. Maybe that will be the impetus to mass awakening to the laws of Creation and its Miracles? From that, we may begin to see that we owe the Creator and Creation a great deal more respect than we have given from the material paradigm? As people lose the material, they seem to naturally turn to both the Natural and Spiritual. The big picture of redemption seems to be coming into focus now, and it is the picture of Peace in Nature, or the Garden of Eden. Even the bible thumper sees that message in a flower as the rest of the world darkens, and that flower holds their spirit in awe while the cross on the wall collects dust in the shadow.
Most people are far from intellectual, but they have given their spirit to religion in these dark times. This time around, the spirit knows its connection to Nature in the grave context of Nature’s current decline. It is an inescapable truth now. Rush can play on the radio. Fox can disseminate unending propaganda. People can continue to shop while they still can. But none can completely ignore the greatest sin of all when they leave their homes and look at the world around them. The great sin gnaws at them unconsciously, and they learn to find solace and hope by wrapping their religion in Natural Beauty. That may be the seed taking hold in the cracks of old sidewalks and parking lots?
So while they are vastly quiet when I post articles that clearly point toward the doom we face, I respond by “liking” the spiritual beauty they are expressing in the best way that they can. And they post more of it. It is a unifier. They soon begin to give thanks for the rising of the sun and enjoying the beauty of the day. I think an ethic on behalf of Creation is evolving beneath the surface. It may turn out to be one step above the land ethic Aldo Leopold hoped for? They cannot articulate it. But their spirits are finding the compass. The heart is being directed to Creation and its Miracles in these dark times.
From this ethic and concurrent resource decline, I believe that tyranny/fascism will be defeated. It will have not the energy nor the will of the people. The power structure may play whack a mole with us for a time, but it will be supremely transparent, and more will rise and gladly choose whole spirits in the place of dreary oppression for the sake of mass death to enrich those upon the throne of the pyramid. On the one hand, we are shown the greatest darkness. On the other, we are shown the salvation of Nature and Us. Intellectual understanding is not needed. It is simply a great unfolding of our true Nature under the impossible circumstances that seek to make humans nothing but complete consumers and cattle on a dying planet. We are of this Creation. We know it deep down, 99% of us. The greedy could never be satiated, and their hand is now laid bare, visible through all the propaganda and ideology of consumption. It need not be articulated. It is simply there before us for all to see. The hologram was killed by unlimited greed. The spirit was prepared to fill the gap, and it is already pouring in.
I am still learning about the Beauty of Creation from things I have long taken for granted. I am still learning from the Robins, the House Sparrows, and the Cardinals outside of my most recent window. The Robin and the Cardinal have a beauty in their song that I never tire of. The Cardinal’s song changes with the time of day, and there are variances within these changes. His morning song is followed by the afternoon song. There is a spirit that moves within his utterances. The one outside my window has been informing me for a couple of weeks now. And when I went off on a meditative walk at night with the cardinal imprinted on my soul, a cardinal awakened nearby. Or, perhaps he was in a dream, and he sang his afternoon song at night while I passed by. My spirit enriched again! Energy absorbed and disseminated. Who else noticed? More will in the future.
We will come to fully love again that which created us, even if we cannot say it now. Even if we are too late, it is the good fight that lies before us. Material Death before Spiritual Dishonor. It is my M.O.
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McPherson’s latest conversation with Sherry Ackerman for Transition Voice was published 23 May 2012. It’s here.
Next-day update: McPherson will be interviewed on Shift Shapers radio Wednesday, 30 May between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The interview will be carried in the San Francisco bay area by KBBF 89.1. Podcast will be posted in this space within a week or so.