Claiming our Power

Excerpt from The Paradigm Conspiracy, ‘Why Our Social Systems Violate Human Potential And How We Can Change Them’

Chapter One / Pain and The Power of Shifting Assumptions

Claiming Our Power

Acknowledging misery’s message empowers. Acknowledging paradigm-created pain isn’t defeat. It’s where recovery – a paradigm shift – starts. We connect with something real in us, and that reality link gives us the power to demand reality of ourselves, our systems, and our paradigm.

Rather than assuming that misery is our lot in life, we assume that pain conveys valid information about the paradigm we’ve internalized from our social systems. Instead of looking the other way, we square with how we feel in systems and stay grounded there. As we do, we trigger an inner shift. We question control-paradigm assumptions and begin to explore alternatives.

By shifting assumptions, we reclaim the one thing that’s always in our power: our inward lives. Instead of assuming that our inner voice is untrustworthy – the official, authoritarian message to us – we assume that our voice is a sure guide in helping us learn the truth.

This new assumption allows us to confront our pain in systems and to value this pain as an ally in healing both us and our systems. Investigating new assumptions, we end our tacit agreement to idolize our systems and to stay in denial about the toll they take on us. We do the unthinkable and name what’s going on.

Moment of Clarity: Truth VS. Puppy Purging: Where Do YOU Get Your News?

TRC contributor, Lee Camp

We’re in the middle of an all-out information war.  Propaganda and mistruths are thrown around like hamburger helper in a food fight.  The only way to fight the steady stream of bullshit is to know the truth, to have the facts, to grasp the reality.  But where do you go to do that??
[TRC hopes you visit us here and follow our news feeds on Twitter and Facebook, where we share news from many of the outlets mentioned in Lee’s vid below.  Also, since he mentioned it – donations from readers are what keep TRC going and growing as an outlet to combat and Occupy Mainstream Media.]
TRC Founder, Gabrielle Price


Chris Hedges – Live in Los Angeles / Part Three

A film by Michael Sosebee for Occupy
submitted by Gabrielle Price

On June 28, 2012 Chris Hedges gave an historic talk to a sold-out audience at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, in Los Angeles, California.  In this final installment, Chris talks about the struggles of the working class and poor of America who are losing unemployment benefits, their homes and food stamps.  He speaks about grassroots movements, his arrest in DC, the birth of Occupy, their demands and his successful law suit against President Obama’s unconstitutional NDAA law.

My personal thanks to Michael Sosebee for sharing this beautifully filmed footage with TRC. I applaud him for his integrity in gifting Chris’s important words and historic message to Occupy and its supporters.