As Many Paths in Truth as People
The paths to truth are numerous. Most of us in the "Truth Movement" got started from personal experience. Something happened to us that is not supposed to happen, according to the conventional view of reality.
Maybe we bumped into corruption in the workplace. Maybe we found, as soldiers, that the reality of war is absolutely nothing like what's in the news. Maybe we saw an election get stolen. Perhaps a UFO showed up one night. Maybe we saw that non-FDA-approved treatments worked very well for us.
Whatever it was, it made us realize that the truth is often actively hidden in our modern world and we need to really dig to get to it. We became thirsty for truth and as we pursued it, one thing led to another and soon a whole panorama of hidden truths opened up to us.
It Takes a Community of Voices to Overcome Denial
The problem is that, at some point, we naturally want to tell others about the exciting, shocking, alarming and sometimes liberating truths we've discovered. To our surprise, people we always trusted, friends we were always close to, family members we've gotten through the most difficult hardships with and colleagues we've enjoyed mutual respect with for years-- they were not happy to hear about our discoveries.
They said they didn't want to discuss it. They looked at us like we were crazy. They suggested maybe we needed a vacation or medication. They distanced us. We became a "problem".
The biggest problem is that, when you are faced with 99 people telling you one thing and only one person telling you another, it's only natural to discount the one person in much the same way that scientists reviewing experimental data might discard a measurement that was completely out of the range of other results. Proponents of a more conventional view of reality do an amazing job of silencing and marginalizing inconvenient truth-tellers and getting their own talking suits with good hair and/or ivy league credentials onto television to "stay on message", "deliver their talking points" and "catapult the propaganda out there".
So, a key and important strategy is to introduce your friends, family and/or colleagues directly to highly credible sources instead of trying to paraphrase or reiterate those sources to them. No matter how good you are at summarizing, what you can provide will always be second hand. Send your friends articles and links on a regular basis, giving them time to read and reflect in between. Then ask them what they thought. Adapt your pace and subject matter to their feedback.
Over time, they should gradually come to know names and faces like Chris Hedges, John Pilger, Greg Palast, Dr. Rima Laibow, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Russell Blaylock, David Griffin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Thom Hartman, Gary Null, Dylan Avery, Cynthia McKinney, Bev Harris, Gregg Braden and too many others to list here. As you and your friends become more accustomed to these worthy voices, they become a contextual community-of-truth to support and reinforce your research and discovery process.
The Power of Your Story
Just because it's better to refer your friends to original sources for scientific and historical information, doesn't mean that you don't have a big contribution to make to their process. The way that most people process new information is quite different from what is widely supposed. While facts, logic and rational deduction are often sufficient for minor information that fits into someone's existing understanding of reality, when the information is "big" or challenges their current understanding of reality-- when it threatens their current paradigm-- something much more basic is necessary.
If you just tell someone "I know that the AMA, ADA and FDA are frauds because of the following facts-- blah blah blah", you probably won't get through. Although we have excellent rational deductive arguments for our positions, that's just not really how people are persuaded. They've probably looked to these agencies as caretakers of public health for most of their lives. They literally "have no place" to put the information you're offering them.
For most people, logic and facts are fine, but secondary for major new information. Where paradigm-shattering truths are concerned, the first thing someone really wants to know is not why you're convinced of a certain truth, but, more basically, what was your journey, beginning from a point as close as possible to their own experience, and proceeding, step by step, to your present "position". They want to know "where you're coming from". They want to know if they "can get there from here". There are doubtless many aspects of spatial learning that I'm unaware of, as I'm writing this, that tie into this technique of persuasion. Nonetheless, it appears obvious that our brains are wired, as a lowest common denominator, for journeys. Journeys might be as simple as showing up at fruit trees at the right time of year or complex like Homer's Odyssey, or Kubrick's "2001".
The most basic unit of thought originated around campfires aeons ago-- the story. The story, complete with a beginning, a middle, and an end, endowed with a protagonist, challenge, struggle and outcome is a far, far more natural way for people to receive new information. They might go back later and buttress their new beliefs with logic and deductive reasoning, but first they need a persuasive story to understand where they're going and why. The rational details about "how" come later.
Returning to our example about the AMA, ADA and FDA, imagine telling your friend a story like this:
"About five years ago, I thought the government and big medical organizations existed to protect the public and to ensure quality care, much as you do today. Then I got cancer and my prognosis was terminal. A friend introduced me to the Gerson treatment. I went to Mexico because even though the treatment consists entirely of legal foods, it's illegal to talk about its beneficial effects in the U.S. because of persecution by the FDA. In Mexico, I met many people who were cured by this regimen and within 4 months of starting the diet and practices, I went for my check-up and was cancer free."
Of course, you'd embellish it with more personal details, but isn't that much more engaging and thought-provoking that making a flat statement that these agencies are frauds because of a bunch of scientists who disagree?
This kind of narrative is much more effective than statistics. While these narratives are derided in academic circles because they're "anecdotal" and "unscientific", the very fact that the organizations that are supposed to exist to benefit us have not made a penny available to statistically study these techniques after fifty years in spiite of hundreds or thousands of full recoveries is really quite damning. In the case of the Kennedy assassination, the simple fact that the papers related to the investigation are still classified until 2070 is damning. In the case of the events of 9/11, the fact that the investigation was stonewalled for nearly a year is, again, rather damning. All the myriad details tend to obscure these simple indicators. Your story's power comes, in part, from the simple fact that it is one person's authentic experience.
Your own story is unique and far more persuasive, as a story, to your friends and family than any expert testimony could be. Your own story probably began, not by reading an article in a magazine, but more likely from some form of jolt to your life-- a health problem, a near-death experience, some form of government or business corruption crossing your path. I could be wrong about that-- you may have exceptional intellectual gifts that allowed you to realize truths in a new paradigm without such a jolt. I think it's safe to say, however, that most peoples' transformations from a more conventional paradigm to a "truth movement" paradigm began with a jolt of some kind. Jolts are often painful and remembering them and talking about them is difficult. It makes you vulnerable. It can reopen old wounds that haven't really healed. In some cases, your story might be used against you. But, your story is the most important thing you can offer to your friends and family to help them see through the lies that surround us.
As the native american Manitonquat put it, "No one was ever like you in all the universe, and there will never be another one like you again. Therefore only you have your special gift, and you are the only one who can give it away. You will not feel right, will not fulfill your purpose until you give it away. The rest of us need to receive your gift and hear your story."
Guideline: Start with Health-Related Truths
While each person's path is different and presents different "targets of opportunity", so to speak, with regard to what subjects to introduce them to when events in their own lives are informed and reinforced by the knowledge you lead them to, there are some general guidelines that are good to keep in mind.
One does not think well when intoxicated.
As we've learned, conventional systems in our society are poisoning us with a variety of toxins. These impair our ability to think and learn. Therefore, it is well to put reduction and/or elimination of toxins among the first "truther" topics that you raise with your friends and family. Among these topics are fluoridated water, aspartame, toxic additives in processed foods, destructive medicines and air pollution. This guideline has multiple synergistic and positive results:
1. Most of this information is immediately actionable at an individual level which gives your friends and family a sense of empowerment, unlike other topics that can only be remedied by high level government decision makers. Putting a water filter on your tap water is much easier and immediately rewarding than fighting city hall to stop putting fluoride in the water in the first place.
2. Your friends and family will feel healthier and think more clearly, providing them direct experience reinforcing the truth of the information you've provided.
3. By providing this information to your friends and family, you are directly communicating your love for them and concern for their well-being. This is, of course, a good thing in itself, but the icing on the cake is that you will be even more trusted and your opinions and suggestions will be given even more weight going forward.
4. As it dawns on your friends and family that you've provided simple and truthful information, they may begin to wonder why nobody ever told them this information before. Why wasn't this on the news? Why weren't they taught this in school? Why are the powers-that-be not pursuing this information and acting to provide healthy alternatives to the status quo? Suffice it to say, the emergence of these questions makes further progress much, much easier.
Guideline: Media Distortion-- How, When, Who and Why?
Next, you'll want to choose topics in current events or retrospective anniversaries of current events (such as 9/11) to help your friends and family become aware of the extent to which media has been compromised. Save the reasons for the compromise until later. Focus on the discrepancy between reality and what is reported. Repeat as often as is needed. This is a difficult part for most people to grasp. You are gradually proving to them that the sources they've relied on and trusted for most of their lives are, in fact, untrustworthy and unreliable.
I doubt that there is any alternative to almost endless repetition on the theme of discrepancies between actual and reported reality, because there has to be a sufficient accumulation of examples not only to drive home the point that discrepancies occur, but that they occur regularly, that they are not mistakes but policy and that there are discernible patterns to these discrepancies that relate directly to the structure of behind-the-scenes power in the modern world. I don't believe you can just tell people the answers to these questions. All you can do is help them to ask the question, over and over until they begin to figure out the answers themselves.
Once your friends seem to fully grasp that power regularly influences media to cover up what they choose to hide, to distort enemies' public images, bolster their friends' and fabricate lies useful to their agenda, you can begin to talk about some of the power structures-the military industrial complex with it's imperative to make war for profit, the CIA and NSA, the Council on Foreign relations and its heavy influence on reporting, Bilderbergers, Rothschilds, Illuminati, Masons and other groups, but only after they have seen discrepancies and have begun to wonder what the unseen forces behind the news are that create the distortions.
Guideline: Balancing Dark Conspiracy and Light Spiritual Truths
About this time, your friends and family make begin to become fearful or depressed as the full impact of this knowledge hits them. This is a delicate time. I find it extremely helpful to let them know, at this point, that the powers-that-be have not only been hiding information that could be damaging to them if known, but they have ALSO been hiding information that could be empowering to the rest of us, if known.
I am speaking here of the compelling information that is now available that speaks to the infinite nature of the human essence-our spiritual dimension, our transcendent potential powers of consciousness, and the possibility of influencing the world with our thoughts as per quantum physics. It is important to know that our essential spirit continues after death, that there are many, many inhabited planets in the universe, that we have the potential to focus energies in our bodies that are unknown to present science, to heal diseases with our minds, to see and even influence people and places at a distance.
Forgive me if I'm getting too far outside the box by mentioning these possibilities. It's not important whether you agree with all of them now, but it helps to understand that some of them are real and these light-spiritual truths can do much to balance and offset the dark-conspiracy truths such as assassinations and false flag operations. People are best able to take effective action when their outlook is in between complacency and despondency-not too comfortable and not to depressed. We live in exciting times! Knowledge of our spiritual nature is a game-changer that the powers that be probably cannot handle. It may be the factor that turns the tide, so keep in mind the importance of balancing light and dark information so your friends and family can stay on the path to truth that works for them.
Perhaps, the Star Wars movie was not about a time all that long ago or a place nearly so far away. Jedi knights up against an evil "Empire" makes a power allegory, but I wonder how close to reality the symbolism might be.
Just a Start
That's all I purport to know on the subject of "Where to Start?" for now. This is my start. I hope it is helpful to you in your efforts and that you'll feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with me as you pursue your own efforts at "Waking people up".
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1. from Manitonquat, a Native American elder who ran a program in New England prisons. He was a spiritual leader and Keeper of the Lore for the Assonet band of the Wampanoag Nation in what we now call New Hampshire. This re-telling was from pp. 25 of "The Tao of Democracy" by Tom Atlee, published by The Writer's Collective, 2003.