Feb 28, 2011

Black Swans Overtake the Middle East

Last night Natalie Portman took home the Oscar for her performance in The Black Swan. The excitement around this film has been building since it hit the screens to great critical acclaim and then won the Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Awards for Portman. I haven't seen The Black Swan yet but the buzz has been hard to escape. As with any phenomenon that captures headlines and imaginations, recognizable archetypes emerge. Even in the worst of pop culture, there are insights into the collective psyche and shared vision.

Several years before the Portman vehicle began making the news, a bestselling book by the same name created a different sort of buzz. Nassim Nicholas Taleb makes the convincing argument that events that create the greatest impact are unexpected and unpredictable based on past patterns. He uses the black swan as a metaphor for these unexpected events. Before the discovery and colonization of Australia, the black swan was a metaphor for something non-existent and, therefore, inconceivable. It was common knowledge throughout Europe and its colonies that all swans were white. But in 1697 the great birds were discovered by Willem de Vlaming's expedition along Australia's Swan River. With the discovery, a fundamental assumption about the world collapsed and a colloquialism was turned on its head.

So the black swan emerges as an archetype for radical shifts that fly in the face of our assumptions about our reality and have the greatest potential to create change in the world. And, it is against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world that Natalie Portman has been picking up her awards and accolades. Which, of course, brings me back to the Time Monks tipping point prediction.

Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

~ from The Princess Bride

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility"I think it's fair to say, at this point, that the tipping point prediction and other information I was gathering last November have turned out to be scarily accurate. In particular, the completely stunning eruptions across the Middle East are like a whole flock of black swans. Especially, according to Clif High, the way this is playing out has totally upset the apple cart for "the powers that be." High started referring to them as "the powers that were" a while ago because he saw an emotional shift coming up for this subset. He says now that the fulfillment of the "global rev" language is a paradigm shift beyond their control. I, personally, am agnostic on High's belief in "the powers that be," but it does seem evident that what is happening in the Middle East has overwhelmed a lot of the visible power structure and that they are having a very hard time figuring out how to frame it and how to respond to it.

My sense in watching all this unfold is that the world is irrevocably changed and what we are watching is, in a sense, an apocalypse. I mean this in the sense that much of what has been hidden from the hoi polloi is being revealed. As discussed here the message I was getting from spirit was that the earth would give up one of her secrets. Of course, thanks to Wikileaks and other other sources there have been many revelations but I think the specific thing I was getting as financial disclosure tied to government conspiracy turned out to be in Tunisia, where the "global rev" started. (It only takes a spark...) Called the Wikileaks revolution, the Tunisian people, who are struggling with falling employment numbers and spiking food prices, learned that President Ben Ali was amassing a fortune for himself and his family at the public's expense. The rest, as they say, is history in the making. Similar wealth gap and exploitation issues also figure heavily into the Egyptian revolution, and Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Oman (as of yesterday) etc., etc., etc....

In retrospect, it makes sense that the massive public uprising would be somewhere other than the US where nothing seems enough of an outrage to wake up the majority; not even the fact that the banksters who tanked our economy and put most homeowners under water have never and will never see a day of jail time and that our government agencies have enabled this literally criminal transfer of wealth. You never know. Matt Taibbi's latest article could be the spark that finally ignites a genuine uprising against the power structure in this country... but I'm not holding my breath. But with or without us the global revolution has started, the black swan is flying, and nothing will ever be the same.

I got this message in my email the other day and was a little amazed at how much it resonated with what I was getting. The old world is passing away and that fabric of light I saw unfolding, or what the Grandmothers refer to here as a "net of light," is the new reality.

Hold to the light within you, and do this more and more. Hold. Hold to the great Net of Light that is anchoring and supporting the earth. From now on there will be a great deal of shaking. This shaking, rocking and rolling that we mentioned several years ago will become a fact of life. The world as you have known it is shifting. You will hear about it, read about it, and you will experience it in your own life. The time is now. There will be destruction and upheavals of every sort as foundations crumble. All over the globe governments, institutions, and nations will crack. You, however can hold steady and hold to the Net of Light. Taking this action will support the earth and all life on it.

Listen to our words. At this time there is no 'safe place'. There is no safety but this: turn within to the truth of your being and experience deep peace and security and know that you ARE safe. THIS is your foundation and it is within you. You cannot be moved-not really. The world, as you have known it, is falling apart. Let it. Let it fall while you hold to the light. Call on the Net of Light and let the Net cradle and support you. It will.

I'm posting two interviews with Time Monk Clif High. He's done a number and there are more on my YouTube page, but these give a good summation of how the tipping point prediction has played out. The second, I find particularly interesting because the interview took place in early January, before the most dramatic events had occurred. But High's description of what was about to transpire was prescient. He was less than a day off in terms of the flood of release language that turned out to be the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. And he eerily presages the events in the Middle East as a "blood wash" (not a "blood bath") that would rock the preconceptions of the powers that be/were.

And while we're on the subject of strange bird phenomena, I must mention again the bizarre bird and fish deaths that started out the new year. The latest information I have -- and please, if anyone has something more current pass it along -- comes from Arkansas. The official cause of the deaths of thousands of birds there was, wait for it, blunt force trauma. That's it. No explanation of what could have possibly thwacked into roughly five thousand birds in flight but something (???) did.

The most interesting theory I've heard thus far regarding the bird and fish deaths is that it's tied to the magnetic shifts that now seem to be well underway. I would pay particular attention to what High says in these interviews about the potential for pole shift and our migrating magnetic poles. Pole reversal. It's inconceivable isn't it?

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