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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Obama the "Lightworker"

According to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford:

Many spiritually advanced people I know identify Obama as a Lightworker, the rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

I noticed the "Lightworker" reference in Morford’s article, and decided to read up on it a little bit, so I consulted The Lightworker’s Handbook.

The first two parts of the "Handbook" are a pretty good example of what would happen if you lifted the "Do unto others..." and "You reap what you sow" and The Beatitudes out of Christianity, rephrased them in some vague and somewhat hazy way, and packaged them with a New Age-y "connection with the universe" theme. There’s not much to object to, as there’s really not much of substance said at all, but there are some interesting logical leaps.

For example, the first of the Two Laws is "You Exist". Well, I’m glad they settled that and it is certainly good information to have. From there though, it is reasoned that since you exist, it was necessary for you to exist. And not just your existence, but your every thought, feeling, idea, possibility, probability, point of view, etc., since they exist, were also necessary. From that, it is put forth that everyone’s existence is necessary, which leads the author to conclude that “Every individual’s desires and feelings and ideas and points of view are valid.” My inner Thomas Aquinas’s head just exploded.

The third part of the "Handbook" is where the whole "Lightworker" concept really goes off the rails. The first little article about "Destiny" presents what is possibly the most unlikely description of human life I have ever read:

Before living in the “physical universe,” you had a much broader focus and you had a few or no limitations. You decided that you wished to experience physicality. You made decisions determining what you would do in the physical life, the type of surprises you would experience, the things you would learn, and how your life would unfold.

You had much more freedom, much less limitation — a broader and more inclusive perception — when you made those decisions.

Trust yourself. You knew what you were doing.

So much for “Before you were born, I knew you”; apparently you knew you too, you decided to become human (how, exactly, did you get your parents meet, date, marry, and have sex? And if you did, ewwwwwww), you chose every experience , and, it would logically follow, pre-made all your life decisions. A couple of sections later, however, you are informed that:

The environment you are in, the friends you hang around with, the television shows that you watch, the joy or lack of joy you perceive; all those things together largely determine the type of person that you are.

The vibrations you perceive is what you are. What you are determines the vibrations you perceive. It works both ways.

Pick and choose. You have free-will. Choose the environments that most represent the type of person you want to be.

So did you decide who you would be and what your experiences would be before life or during it? Should you trust your pre-birth self’s decision about your present environment or not? If you get drunk and hit someone with your car, should your pre-birth self get put in jail or your present self? If your present self goes to jail, this is an experience your pre-birth self decided you wanted to have? And in all this choosing, whether before being born or during life, where did the notion of every single aspect of your life being necessary go?

And let’s not overlook this little nuggett from the quote above: “The vibrations you perceive is what you are”, which gets expounded on at greater length in “Destiny - Who Am I”:

Who you are is the sum total of all the vibrations you are aware of — yes, all those vibrations as a whole; as if you took those vibrations, put them all in one container, and then stirred the whole lot until they were well blended. The result of the blending is who you are.

OK, so if Obama is a Lightworker, and he’s really just a walking blend of vibrations, does this explain Chris Matthew’s experience of getting a “tingle down [his] leg” when he’s in his presence? Or is it more probable that these “spiritually advanced” folks from Morford’s article are a collection of mush-brained psuedo-spiritual babblers whose vision of Obama is equally mush-brained?

Just askin’.


  • I would like to suggest that the person making the comment didn't actually read the book...Perhaps they read the synopsis and it sounded really cool. I appreacite your taking the initaive to set us straight on the meaning of "Lightworker". However, if I could have made all my life's choices before I was born instead of relying on God and his infinate wisdom....I would have chosen to find you sooner. If you had only one pre-choice would it be for me or Norte Dame to win more games?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, August 04, 2008 7:37:00 PM  

  • [To those unaware, the above 'anonymous' commenter is Lynda...]

    The person writing the article was quoting the "spiritually advanced" folks he knew, and I would imagine that they would have some concept (however much of a muddle it may be) of what a "Lightworker" is.....

    As to your question:

    Let's see.....

    Lynda vs. Notre Dame winning more?



    Give me a minute.....

    By Blogger Jerry, at Tuesday, August 05, 2008 12:53:00 PM  

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