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Does Liberation Sound Like a Bubble Bursting in Slow Motion?

You can tell that I have Greece on my mind these days. It’s also all over European media and that’s because whatever she decides regarding her financial situation sets a precedent with the EU/IMF and the European Central Bank (ECB) and its other member countries. That precedent might look a little like liberation to some who have been struggling with a bum lending situation.

You might have heard that over the weekend, the Greeks voted “No” (“Oxi” in Greek) against something. The vote was against accepting another EU/IMF loan in exchange for increased austerity measures. It seems that Germany thinks Greece should get another loan to help “stimulate” the economy and pay back her loan, continue her belt-tightening measures for another decade or so, and continue trying the restrictive measures to foster economic growth. The Greeks feel that they need to deal with their economy another, more expansive way (like by having jobs for its graduating students).

Meanwhile, the French (another strong voice in the EU) seem open to the idea of adjusting the repayment terms for the Greeks. And the Greeks would rather renegotiate their loan on more lenient terms, rather than squeeze their broken economy through a tighter belt and spend the little funds their economy has on payment installments they can’t afford.

This situation sounds all too familiar, doesn’t it? I’m sure it sounds like a lot of calls people have with their mortgage lenders and credit cards, etc. There’s a point where even the collection agencies know there isn’t anything they can do.

As I have mentioned previously, I’m no economist or financial person, but it looks like there’s a bubble. And it seems like it’s bursting… Maybe this is the sound of an economic bubble bursting in slow motion…?

Yanis Varoufakis

Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, open about his position on Greece’s acceptance of EU Bailout terms.

1) The lending institution recognizes that it can demand repayment all it wants, but if the borrower can’t repay, what can the lender really, really do?

2) This is the point where the lessee realizes she holds a certain amount of power, but also has some compassion. After all, when the lessee borrowed the money, she really did intend to pay it back.

3) The lender doesn’t want to be too soft, because he wants to be clear that he’s serious about getting his money back. BUT, the lender doesn’t want to be too hard either because then the lessee will give him a big, fat doughnut.

4) Still, the lender begins to insist, because he realizes that his power is based on the wealth that he no longer has (because he lent it to the lessee). He wants it back — he wants to restore the structure. Keep things the way they were.

5) The lessee slowly realizes that things are a little different. Sure, she’s broke, but when you have nothing, you have nothing to lose! This realization alone becomes empowering… She feels even a little bit more sure of herself from a deep, unshakeable core and does “crazy” things like… flipping the bird to her lender and threatening … a “Grexit”. Sounds a lot like the folks who were underwater on their mortgages and just walked away. Just left their homes and said, “that’s it”.

And that’s what this is boiling down to, isn’t it?

It’s not just about the economy. It’s about the symbol of power that money lends to nations and people. And also about people realizing that it’s a symbol — only as powerful as we make it out to be.

Now, if one of the original EU nations says “Enough”, “Basta” (or whatever the Greek word is for it) and steps out of the EU altogether, what does that say for the solidity of the concept of economic, political (and even patriotic) belonging? Might other lessees, such as Portugal or Spain, say, “Hey, we want out of this lousy loan, with lame repayment plans and austerity measures that are cramping our growth!”

A nation, a person, wanting to grow on its own terms. Sounds like a revolution.

Picking the short straw on your life’s calling

A few months ago, I received word in an Akashic reading conducted by FreerSpirit.com that one of my big responsibilities during this lifetime would be in the realm of fair and transparent wealth distribution. This information really resonated with me, while at the same time putting me in a real panic about what all that really meant.

In this 3D illusion-reality, I would not be the ideal candidate for working on this. My résumé is a patchwork of experience in languages and advocacy communications — not banking and finance.

Mind you, in the work I have done, I have been committed to issues and causes that would help lead people to an understanding of the inequities in our current socio-political systems. I would find and prime spokespeople for their on-air appearances and write speeches for fundraisers… those sorts of things. All the while, I would read the newspaper and keep track of what was happening on the internet. I enjoyed my politics and economics like the next guy, but I was (am) a regular Jill — just a spectator of the show that was being played out before me.

Lights, Camera, Zürich! photo by C.T. Luna

Finding myself in the financial center of things…

And then I found out that I was actually supposed to be a player in this show…

But, Banking? Really? Little ol’ me?

Yes, really. In an email conversation with Jen, she asked me casually how this information was settling into me (that this was what my higher self had chosen for me in this lifetime). That was about a month after her initial reading — and, to sum it up in a couple of words: it wasn’t.

Jen joked with a sympathetic tone that she understood that it must feel like pulling the “short straw” and thinking “oh, damn, why couldn’t I have picked clean air and water?” And the funny thing was, while I understood what she meant, I totally realized that I couldn’t have picked clean air and water — that fair and transparent wealth distribution is really the only team I’m supposed to be on. :-)

I had been googling the words “fair and transparent wealth distribution” in my browser’s search field since that first reading. And I was discovering all sorts of interesting things. Names of banks and so-called non-government organizations kept cropping up in the issue of the status quo. These were the very same international “non-government organisations” (NGOs) that my parents had been working for during all my childhood!

These NGOs were telling us that they are doing good things for the developing world — providing loans to nations, so they could build infrastructure for development and grow their economies.

Today, we know that these very NGOs play a larger role in manipulating the power structure of the world’s various economies and politics, so that the cabal can continue to retain their dynastic reign over humanity. (For example, they are the organizations that make side-deals with independent countries to adopt policies that permit other (developed) nations to set up military bases there.)

More importantly, for me, the flame of insight started to burn more brightly. I could finally see the “logic” in choosing my family that led a borderless existence, one that exposed me to (and appreciate) so many cultures and religions that it can be difficult for me to understand how people identify with the concept of “nationality” in the separatist sense.

Okay, so I still don’t know what my next steps are to “fulfilling my destiny” or at least “living up to my purpose” — but I do know that it is up to me to respond to this calling. And I also know that I called it. Knowing this helps. A lot.

So what do I do now?

I find myself asking that question all the time lately. I wish I had a ready answer — but I think not having a ready answer is sort of the point. I am supposed to be asking myself that question. Intuitively, I’m also sensing that when the question does arise, I’m actually “supposed” to BE — and not do.

In these pauses — these moments where I put “doing” on hold and allow myself to “be” — I have found clarity of intelligence, where there is complete understanding without doubt. Only in the peace that comes in this state can I come upon all the knowledge I need to do whatever it is I’m “supposed to be” doing. When I allow myself to find silence in the “I don’t know” I allow the “Do” to be as still as the “Be”.

Therein lies my understanding of what fair and transparent wealth distribution really means: We are wealth. We are the same — we are all priceless and valuable beyond our imaginations — we are all here to save the world and save ourselves, and we all here doing exactly what we chose to do. Yes, my résumé, as strange as it appears, is the straightest (most perfect) line between what my Higher Self set out to do and what my current-reality-self is doing. And I think the same can be said for just about anyone reading this.