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The Devil, Temptation, and the World of Thought . from the School of Theosophy . referral by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 10 June 2019

  • Introduction
  • How Our Thought Forms Sometimes Travel to Other People, and Sometimes Stay in Our Own Heads
  • How Other People’s Thought Forms May Drift Through Our Heads
  • How Our Thoughts Create Mental Filters Through Which We View the World
  • How the Stored Energy of Other People’s Thought Forms May Abide in Our Own Minds and Not Discharge Until Our Minds Are Still
  • How Our Samskaras, or Latent Tendencies, May Abide in Our Own Minds, and Not Discharge Until Our Minds Are Still
  • How These Samskaras May Seem to Take on a Life of Their Own
  • On the Nature of the Astral Body, and the Importance of Resisting its Urges
  • Are Humans Evil? Does the Devil Tempt Us?

Dear Ones,


Here are passages from “A Textbook of Theosophy” by C.W. Leadbeater, to do with thought-forms, and how they operate within our own minds, and what happens when we send thought-forms to other people’s minds.

Mention is made of how our thoughts create what in my work is termed ‘mental filters’ that blind us to true reality, until we make the conscious effort to clear our minds and elevate our thoughts.

Also addressed are what I term ‘samskaras’, or latent mental tendencies; the importance of overcoming them; and how samskaras may seem to take on a life of their own.

After that are passages from the same book explaining the nature of the astral body, whose urges may make it seem as if there is a devil tempting us, or may lead us to mistake the ‘shadow of the personality’ (as I term it) for the man himself, when in fact these urges are ours to curb and subdue. 

In my own work, these last passages on the astral body might be said to apply to the gut brain, the lower triangle and the Lower Mental Body; and to the life of the Martian bacterial colonists of the human colon …


“Every thought builds a form; if the thought be directed to another person it travels to him; if it be distinctly selfish it remains in the immediate neighbourhood of the thinker; if it belongs to neither of these categories it floats for awhile in space and then slowly disintegrates. Every man therefore is leaving behind him wherever he goes a trail of thought forms; as we go along the street we are walking all the time amidst a sea of other men’s thoughts.”


“If a man leaves his mind blank for a time, these residual thoughts of others drift through it, making in most cases but little impression upon him. Sometimes one arrives which attracts his attention, so that his mind seizes upon it and makes it its own, strengthens it by the addition of its force, and then casts it out again to affect somebody else. A man therefore, is not responsible for a thought which floats into his mind, because it may be not his, but someone else’s; but he is responsible if he takes it up, dwells upon it and then sends it out strengthened.”


“Self-centred thought of any kind hangs about the thinker, and most men surround their mental bodies with a shell of such thoughts. Such a shell obscures the mental vision and facilitates the formation of prejudice.”


“Each thought-form is a temporary entity. It resembles a charged battery, awaiting an opportunity to discharge itself. Its tendency is always to reproduce its own rate of vibration in the mental body upon which it fastens itself, and so to arouse in it a like thought. If the person at whom it is aimed happens to be busy or already engaged in some definite train of thought, the particles of his mental body are already swinging at a certain determinate rate, and cannot for the moment be affected from without. In that case the thought-form bides its time, hanging about its object until he is sufficiently at rest to permit its entrance; then it discharges itself upon him, and in the act ceases to exist.


“The self-centred thought behaves in exactly the same way with regard to its generator, and discharges itself upon him when opportunity offers. If it be an evil thought, he generally regards it as the suggestion of a tempting demon, whereas in truth he tempts himself.”


“Usually each definite thought creates a new thought-form; but if a thought-form of the same nature is already hovering round the thinker, under certain circumstances a new thought on the same subject, instead of creating a new form, coalesces with and strengthens, the old one, so that by long brooding over the same subject a man may sometimes create a thought-form of tremendous power. If the thought be a wicked one, such a thought-form may become a veritable evil influence, lasting perhaps for many years, and having for a time all the appearance and powers of a real living entity.”

–The above six sections are from Citation: “A Textbook of Theosophy,” by C. W. Leadbeater, 1912, Chapter V. The Constitution of Man, paragraphs 25-28 [Subheadings and paragraphing are my own. –Alice]. In Project Gutenberg … http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12902 … This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net ..

Here are other passages from a different chapter of the same book …


This passage might be said to apply to the Gut Brain and the Lower Triangle, and to the life of the Martian colonists of the Human Colon …

“The molecules of the astral body are constantly changing, as are those of the physical body, but nevertheless the life in the mass of those astral molecules has a sense, though a very vague sense, of itself as a whole—as a kind of temporary entity. It does not know that it is part of a man’s astral body; it is quite incapable of understanding what a man is; but it realizes in a blind way that under its present conditions it receives many more waves, and much stronger ones, than it would receive if floating at large in the atmosphere. It would then only occasionally catch, as from a distance, the radiation of man’s passions and emotions; now it is in the very heart of them, it can miss none, and it gets them at their strongest.

“Therefore it feels itself in a good position, and it makes an effort to retain that position. It finds itself in contact with something finer than itself—the matter of the man’s mental body; and it comes to feel that if it can contrive to involve that finer something in its own undulations, they will be greatly intensified and prolonged.”


“Since astral matter is the vehicle of desire and mental matter is the vehicle of thought, this instinct, when translated into our language, means that if the astral body can induce us to think that we want what it wants, it is much more likely to get it. Thus it exercises a slow steady pressure upon the man—a kind of hunger on its side, but for him a temptation to what is coarse and undesirable. If he be a passionate man there is a gentle but ceaseless pressure in the direction of irritability; if he be a sensual man, an equally steady pressure in the direction of impurity.”

“A man who does not understand this usually makes one of two mistakes with regard to it: either he supposes it to be the prompting of his own nature, and therefore regards that nature as inherently evil, or he thinks of the pressure as coming from outside—as a temptation of an imaginary devil. The truth lies between the two.

“The pressure is natural, not to the man but to the vehicle which he is using; its desire is natural and right for it, but harmful to the man, and therefore it is necessary that he should resist it. If he does so resist, if he declines to yield himself to the feelings suggested to him, the particles within him which need those vibrations become apathetic for lack of nourishment, and eventually atrophy and fall out from his astral body, and are replaced by other particles, whose natural wave-rate is more nearly in accordance with that which the man habitually permits within his astral body.”

–The above two sections are from … Citation: “A Textbook of Theosophy,” by C.W. Leadbeater, 1912, Chapter VI. After Death … paragraphs 8-10 [Subheadings and paragraphing are mine. –Alice] … from Project Gutenberg … http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12902 …This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars


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Stories We Tell Ourselves … by Alice B. Clagett

Revised; originally published on 2 February 2014

    • On Mental and Astral Stories
    • Astral Stories of Lament
    • Astral Stories about Food Addiction
    • Astral and Mental Stories or Daydreams about the Act of Sex
    • Astral Story about Telepathic Attack
    • Dreamtime Stories or Skits That Feel Like Reality
    • The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Our Lives
    • Conclusion

Dear Ones,

Here’s an audio about the stories we tell ourselves and others, mental addictions, and the eternal Now. There’s a Summary after the audio; text not in the audio is in green font Continue reading

On Surviving Clearing Through Soul-Destroying Mental Filters . by Alice B. Clagett


Dear Ones,


I recall several years ago I was confronted with an awesomely Soul-destroying mental filter, which welled up from my subconscious mind … what you might call malware or borg-ware … More on all that in the Ascension Glossary online …

Link: “Ascension Glossary,” http://ascensionglossary.com/index.php/Category:HGS_Manual … This is the link to the Hieros Gamos System manual ..


Anyway, the thing that came up, was a notion that, if I opened my heart up, there would be a big explosion, and everyone I loved would be blown to smithereens. I have no idea why it happened, but when it arose from my subsconscious mind, I was utterly convinced of it.

A very deep despair came upon me, and I thought:

Why stay alive?
What’s the point?
If by opening up my heart, I will destroy everyone I love?

It was one of those moments they term the “Dark Night of the Soul.” I asked people for help, and fortunately, help was there, in the form of making sure I was safe and sound until this horrible, nightmare mental filter lifted off and floated away.


Just today I heard, on the psychic plane, someone talking about a simular Soul-destroying mental filter, of which they had become utterly convinced. Here’s what their malware was about:

They had become utterly convinced that, unless they were to sacrifice their life within a month, that everyone they loved would suffer for it, and be consumed by the demon realm.

Go figure! Like the demon realm will stop tormenting humankind, simply because one person gives up his life in despair!

Au contraire! This would be a win for the demon realm, and they would consolidate their claw-holds in the bodies of Light of that person’s friends and family.

In fact, I peg this malware to the distortion of Light in the Christian creed that has Christ dying on the cross to save humankind. Not! Christ’s death on the cross was a big mistake. That’s how I feel about it!


Keeping in mind: If you hear voices in the air, and they’re filling you with despair, then de rigeur, they are voices from the demon realm. They are pretty good at fake IDs, and particularly good at pretending to be human beings with awesome, incontrovertible authority.

Such as …

  • the IRS,
  • the CIA,
  • the FBI,
  • Homeland Security,
  • or the Secret Service.

That’s just for starters. They may sound like …

  • your mom or dad,
  • or your guru,
  • or your most respected spiritual teacher,
  • or your boss at work,
  • or your spouse,
  • or even God himself.

But if these voices fill your heart with despair, they are, without any doubt, not what they purport to be.

These voices have no authority over you. They are simply the mind control bedevilments of the demon hordes … what is called, in the “The Law of One: The Ra Material” the “Orion Crusaders” …

Link: “The Law of One: Ra Material,” https://www.lawofone.info/results.php?q=Orion+Crusaders … search term: Orion Crusaders ..


So, if you want to help your friends and family, then I say:

Live on!
Live on and prosper,
in joy, and hope,
and faith in the future of humankind!

You can do it! Don’t let one or two lousy demons get you down!

They have very bad breath, you know. And they don’t shine their shoes all that well.
Let them know how you really feel about their coiffure and their habiliments.
Don’t mince your words!

As well, ask for help from the people around you.

Then later on, when they’re in the same boat, you can help your friends out.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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The Antisocial Personality and the Reptilian Mind … by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 28 December 2017

    • The Cultivated Field and the Field Gone Wild

Dear Ones,

This video is about a therapist’s approach to treating the antisocial personality. There’s a Summary after the video; text not in the video is in green font …

After the Summary is a visual simile entitled “The Cultivated Field and the Field Gone Wild.”



Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

And, just a few words for those who are attempting to socialize the antisocial personality, and who may or may not know, actually, what they’re dealing with. This is like a caution …

As I understand it, the situation with the antisocial personality is that they’re dealing with the world through the mental filter of the reptilian brain, and the reptilian instincts and responses. And they’re looking at a world that’s foreign to them, because of the fact that other people are walking around with the socialized mental filters that they learned from their parents in early childhood.

So, let’s say you’re the therapist. And you’ve come across a person who is behaving somewhat oddly. You can’t quite peg it. And you don’t know, yet, that they’re an antisocial personality.

So, let’s say you’re approaching the issue from the point of view of maternal concern for someone who has not learned all of the childhood lessons. Say, they appear to be inordinately shy, or somewhat defensive, or perhaps prone to outbursts of rage.

And you feel that the proper inculcation of motherly teaching, although at adulthood age, will do the trick, right? You’re the therapist; and so, you’re attempting to teach them, over and over again, the same lessons that you’ve taught your children when they were young.

So, from the point of view of what your parents taught you, you’re looking at this person that never learned the lessons that parents teach … he’s a feral child … a feral child who has reached adulthood. This person has nothing here [points to head] but reptilian reflexes. Nothing.

He sees you responding to his reptilian impulses in an inexplicable way. He is trying to find a way to dovetail his feral impulses and reflexes with your socialized impulses and reflexes.

He does this by manipulating your suppressed reptilian impulses and reflexes.

Because they are unconscious … because they are excluded from your consciousness by your socialized mental filters, you are unaware of what is going on.

You have to find a way to ask the kind of questions that he can understand. You have to start by listening, in perfect neutrality and stillness, to what he says.

So, when he says something that doesn’t fit your notions of how the world is, ask him leading questions about it. Ask him to explain. Ask him to describe. And with each further response that doesn’t suit the social norm, ask for further explanation.

Don’t just smooth it over and say: Oh! He’s a little bit shy … Oh! He’s a little bit a temper tantrum guy. You know?

Try to find out what’s really going on. What the underpinnings are, there. Ok?

We don’t yet have a solution to the issue of the genetic suppression of the neocortex that results in antisocial personality syndrome. We don’t have that.

All we have is the ability to recognize the syndrome, and protect society from the actions of the antisocial personality … which are totally unpredictable. Which often result in rape and mayhem and murder, and so forth. And repetitively so.

So your job, as a therapist, is to single out, or identify, this syndrome, and set it aside from society right now.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

The Cultivated Field and the Field Gone Wild

Note the difference, below, between a cultivated field and a field gone wild. The cultivated field is like your own socialized mind. The field gone wild is like that of the antisocial personality … the feral human …

Image: “Field Gone Wild,” by Ursula Coccomo, https://render.fineartamerica.com/images/images-profile-flow/350/images/artworkimages/medium/1/field-gone-wild-ursula-coccomo.jpg ..

Image: “Monculture,” … a ploughed and cultivated field, by NightThree, CC BY 2.0, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/Tractors_in_Potato_Field.jpg ..


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Controllers . God the Father Mental Filter . by Alice B. Clagett

Revised; originally published on 24 November 2014 

  • Timeline Shift Last Night
  • Angst over Controllers and  Puppeteer ‘Pulling Our Strings’
  • God the Father Mental Filter: Hallmark of the Guru-Disciple Relationship
  • How the Guru Disciple Relationship Limits the Flow of the Now
  • Fear of Change as Body Cell Resistance to the Flow of the Now
  • The Lemurian Word Espavo: Gratitude for Personal Empowerment
  • On Acknowledging Our Power to Co-Create Reality

Image: “God the Father,” by talented Italian Renaissance painter Cima da Conegliano, circa 1510-17, public domain

Image: “God the Father,” by talented Italian Renaissance painter Cima da Conegliano, circa 1510-17, public domain

Dear Ones,

Timeline Shift Last Night

For me, that was one slalom of a timeline shift last night! Did anyone else feel it? I got home after a stellar Rumi and Meditation meetup and found out Sandra Walter has mentioned an amplification wave on 25-26 November 2014:

Link: “November 25 – 26: Leveling Up,” by Sandra Walter of Creative Evolution, 22 November 2014, http://www.sandrawalter.com/november-25-26-leveling-up/ ..

I continued to feel the Shift on into the night, physical changes and body of light changes, with frequent noospheric upgrades and clearings.

Angst over Controllers and  Puppeteer ‘Pulling Our Strings’

Then this morning I woke up considering that oft-mentioned lightworker concern about controllers, puppeteer ‘pulling our strings’ and so on…. mainly because that was what I was hearing on the clairaudient plane well before dawn.

God the Father Mental Filter: Hallmark of the Guru-Disciple Relationship

I realized that, for me, this ‘controller’ chatter represents clearing of the God the Father mental filter. That’s an easy one to deal with … a gentler notion than that of the evil puppeteer, the Machiavellian Controller of humankind.

How the Guru Disciple Relationship Limits the Flow of the Now

The God the Father mental filter, I’m thinking, could be thought of as the hallmark of guru-disciple and teacher-student relationships … well meaning, for sure, but limited as to acceptance of the flow. (1)

In these startlingly changing times, the guru-disciple relationship … which proved so helpful to the upliftment of humankind pre-Shift … seems to be putting a brake on the process now taking place. In fact, that may be its function: to dim fear by slowing the process.

Fear of Change as Body Cell Resistance to the Flow of the Now

Aisha North and her constant companions (CCs) threw further light on the topic of control and bodily fear of change, and how that would soon be a thing of the past:

LInk: “A short update on the energies,” by Aisha North, 27 November 2014, https://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/a-short-update-on-the-energies-74/ ..

The Lemurian Word Espavo: Gratitude for Personal Empowerment

I was introduced to Steve Rother, Beacons of Light, today, and noticed the signoff on his post included the Lemurian word Espavo, which expresses gratitude for acceptance of personal power. Here’s Steve’s story about the word Espavo:

Link: “Espavo, a word to Re-member,” by Steve Rother and the group, https://www.espavo.org/espavo/ .. 

On Acknowledging Our Power to Co-Create Reality

What I’m cogitating on is this: Maybe it’s time, today, right Now, for each of us to Take our Power. To let go the God the Father mental filter … the notion of deus ex machina.

Say, we have that power of co-creation right within us! Why, it’s the very nature of our Soul!

Here are a poem and a song that extol our power of personal transformation:

Poem: “Are You God Almighty?” by Alice B. Clagett, http://www.2u3d.com/chalice-and-crucible/are-you-god-almighty.htm ..

Song: “I Have the Power”, by Alice B. Clagett, http://www.2u3d.com/little-songs/I-have-the-power.htm ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars


(1) In a way, the God the Father mental filter is also characteristic of our relationship to small groups in general … our community or ‘tribe’, our church, our nation, our culture, our particular planet Earth. They put an energetic ‘cap’ on our hearts. As we step out beyond these many ‘caps’ or roles, we allow ourselves to come into our own Remembering. Our own relationship to the All.


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Astral Rape and Peach Pie . by Alice B. Clagett

Revised; originally published on 28 June 2014 


Dear Ones,

Lately on my telepathic frequencies there’s been a big to-do about reception of unwanted sexual vibes, which are sometimes pejoratively referred to as ‘astral rape’. These vibes are transmitted unwittingly through the ‘gut brain’ of which I’ve spoken at length in past blogs.


We in the Western world tend to place negative energy on sexual vibes, and so, when the vibes are brought to the attention of higher consciousness of those of us unconsciously transmitting them, we tend to be defensive. And moreover, those on the receiving end of the vibes … when they reach the point of conscious recognition … tend to blame those on the sending end. (1)


Being defensive or pointing the finger are, I think, automatic responses that are not as helpful, in the ascension process, as simply accepting all the physical and energetic feelings we have, and knowing they are a way that the Divine is alerting us to the need to transform the cells and balance the chakras in the affected areas.

So for instance, the second-chakra sensation experienced through third chakra (navel point) awareness as ‘raping’ or ‘being raped’ might be processed through the heart chakra as an opportunity to transform and transmute the cells and energies of the ‘lower triangle’ … the first, second and third chakras.


One way to grant leniency and forgiveness to myself and others in this situation, I’ve found today, is to understand that I’m dealing with a negative energy of the gut brain. The gut brain deals with some instinctive drives … the desire to survive, the desire to have sexual relations, the desire to control one’s environment, the need to eat and drink, and so on. I’ve tried ‘threat energy’ and ‘domination energy’ to counter what may be perceived as ‘rape energy’  …. with astounding lack of success. This because negative energy is only compounded by addition of more negative energy to gut brain interactions.

I ought to add that gut brain interactions among individuals, which are now coming to conscious awareness, are part of a process I used to term the ‘unconscious thought cloud of the world.’ Others call it the ‘collective unconscious’. The energies of the collective unconscious consist of many ‘flavors’ or energy strands circulating about in the noosphere (the sphere of human consciousness). Like seeks like, so the ‘conquistador’ energies of men will combine and surge onward together for a while, later dissipating.


Energies also seek their complement, and in the case of negative sexual energies, the desire to conquer or overcome sexually (a linking of the third chakra to the second chakra energies, more typical of men than women in the current Atlantean society) seeks the desire not to be conquered or overcome sexually (a linking of the second chakra to the first chakra energies, more typical of women than men right now).

So the unconscious conquistador energies of several men, combining, might momentarily connect with the ‘Oh no!’ energies of several women, also momentarily combining. The flavor of which has been for me, lately, distressingly warlike. So this is what’s apparently been causing the to-do I’ve been hearing clairaudiently lately.


Today I tried something new when confronted with this ‘sexual conquistador’ energy strand … I sent back telepathically “Peach Pie!”  It worked! It redirected the telepathic sender’s unconscious, instinctive negative energy to the positive energy of finding something good to eat! All this took place on an unconscious level for them, in the flash of an eye! And, all in an instant, it made my telepathic interactions so much lighter and more heartfelt!


When I am affected by telepathic energies perceived as negative, another healing technique I’ve used is to expand my energy and my perception around and beyond the area affected, creating a ‘healing envelope’ of energy. The thing is, when I dislike an energy, I tend to make the energy dense and compact.

When an energy is dense and compact, as in the case of a physical pain, or of painful cellular memories from the current or past lifetimes, then it can’t heal. When I consciously expand the energy at the ‘pained’ place, my body of light can clarify and transform the painful inconsistence in this, my beautiful body of Love and Light. And so, the song I sing will be more consistent with the Love and Light of the Divine, the All.

This acceptance and expansion are a sure route to clearing and transformation of my body of light. So in the case of crown chakra, third chakra, ear-based, and throat chakra incoming telepathic transmissions, I visualize the energy around my head and throat as, say 1/3 larger than my physical head and throat. In the case of first, second and third chakra incoming telepathic transmissions, I do the same.

For me, cellular clearing (called by some, clearing of morphogenetic field distortions, or transformation of DNA from 2 to 12 strands) feels like a burst of energy in the affected cell groups. Amazing, really! As if they’re saying, ‘Yay, free at last!’ And then after this transformation takes place, telepathic input, of whatever sort, is no longer received negatively.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

See also: “Magnetic Repulsion and Telepathic Avoidance,” by Alice B. Clagett, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5e5 ..


(1) Matt Kahn on facebook has had some excellent short blogs recently to do with the importance of not blaming others, and of forgiving others. The main thing about this is that I can then concentrate all awareness on my own personal clearing and transformation. After all, the Divine is creating for me, instant to instant, my own personal hologram through with I can arrive at my own life lessons, and carry out my own Soul’s mission. Whatever anyone else is experiencing, though they may feel a cause-and-effect relation, is to me just a synchronistic event.

Also, Linda Robinson, channeling Archangel Zadkiel, has a blog on nonjudgment, forgiveness, and clearing negative energy: “Keeping Your Energetic Channels Clear,” July 2014, http://thegoldenlightchannel.com/keeping-your-energetic-channels-clear-archangel-zadkiel-thru-linda-robinson/ ..

And here is Ram Dass “On Judgment of Others,” 25 June 2014: http://www.ramdass.org/judgment-others/ ..


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Prison Reform and Childhood Mental Filters … by Alice B. Clagett

Revised; originally published on 15 January 2015

Image: “The First Mourning,” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1888, public domain … This shows the parents of Abel grieving over his lifeless body

Dear Ones,

I just read a thought provoking article. This short article is a great read:

Link: “Are We Chicken about Prison Reform?” by Steven Greenhut,  http://humanevents.com/2013/07/25/are-we-chicken-about-prison-reform/ ..

There’s a point I liked especially, about how California Proposition 2, which decried cramped quarters for chickens, passed and became law in 2008.

Yet many prison inmates live in Security Housing Units (SHUs) — 7½-by-12-foot windowless concrete cells. It’s not like they have a bookshelf in there, for furthering their education. Au contraire, it looks like this:

Image: 7½-by-12-Foot Security Housing Unit, looking down from above, http://humanevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/get_img.jpg ..

So basically, we Californians are interested in prison reform for chickens, and we’re overlooking the humans in the same predicament.

Compute, compute?

It seems to me, the thing that might make the most difference might be a simple shift of emphasis, from punishment to rehabilitation, instruction in a well-paying trade, and a chance for education in the realm of spirit, whether it be a traditional faith, meditation, or another path of their choosing.

And then, why make upset, angry men more upset, more angry? Why not allow conjugal or even sex worker visits, as in Mexican prisons? We could quibble over details, but the thought’s the thing. Upliftment, a chance to live a happy life on the outside.

Remember when we were children, and a quarrel came up? Was there a time when a parent smacked you? What did you feel? Did you feel like being a productive member of your family? Or did you feel like hitting your parent back?

The very next step, psychologically speaking, is ‘projection’ … the little child walks out and smacks the dog ….

So smacking just makes matters worse. Why should we Americans continue an ineffective mental filter instilled in us before the age of 5? We’re brighter than that!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Link: “Redemption,” a poem by Anna Naveed, 2e5 October 2011, http://www.watercoloredsky.com/redemption/ ..


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