Opinion: (John Kornblum, Senior Counselor, Noerr Stiefenhofer Lutz, Berlin and Former US Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany): “For the fathers of the euro, the end of the Cold War in 1990 was a time for worry as well as celebration. As they looked to the future, they were also obsessed with the continent’s bloody past. Would a new Europe, and especially a reunified Germany, reawaken old nationalist sentiments and lead again to the danger of war?
“Germany’s Helmut Kohl and France’s Francois Mitterrand—and just about every European leader since—saw a common currency as essentially a political project, meant to cement European unity and remove that danger. For them, a world without the euro would have been a world increasingly threatened by conflict and perhaps even war.
“Because of these fears, the euro project was rushed through without key agreement on the common political institutions that would have turned Europe into a truly unified economic zone. As a result, each country follows its own economic policy; Greece spends, while Germany saves. And markets have been quick to focus on the weakest links, threatening the entire euro by nearly driving countries such as Greece and Portugal to bankruptcy.
“Instead of acting decisively, … European governments feel limited by their commitment to ‘Europe’ to taking small steps that will not endanger the balance within the E.U. This overwhelming fear of internal conflict is the real legacy of World War II, one that has burdened the European Union since its birth in 1957. European politicians may not be experts on finance, but they do know their voters. Doing nothing is better than risking hard-won stability.
“Because in the end, such decisions are still about the war.”
My Comment: In any case, until people become aware of their total mutual dependence, the fear of war will not disappear from their consciousness. Only mutual guarantee will save the world from the fear of war and raise us to the sensation of eternity.
The Crisis Is In Understanding What Is Happening
The EU In Decline, The World Heading Toward War
The European Union Has No Future In Its Present State
Opinion (David Galland, Casey Research): “Lost in all the noise, however, is any recognition that the US monetary system – and by extension, that of much of the developed world – may very well be on the verge of collapse. Falling back on metaphor, while the world’s many financial experts and economists sit around arguing about the direction of the ship of state, most are missing the point that the ship has already hit an iceberg and is taking on water fast.
“Honestly describing the current monetary system of the United States in just a few words, you could do far worse than stating that it is ‘money from nothing, cash ex nihilo.’
“That’s because for the last 40 years – since Nixon canceled the dollar’s gold convertibility in 1971 – the global monetary system has been based on nothing more tangible than politicians’ promises not to print too much.
“Unconstrained, the politicians used the gift of being able to create money out of nothing to launch a parade of politically popular programs, each employing fresh brigades of bureaucrats, with no regard to affordability…
“Given the role the US dollar plays as the world’s de facto reserve currency – with all major commodities priced in dollars, and dollars forming the bulk of reserves held by foreign central banks – the dismal shape of the US monetary system spells trouble for the global monetary system.
“It is worth noting that the dire condition of the United States now leaves it in the same muddy wallow as Europe’s desperate PIIGS.
“Desperate, debt-laden governments around the globe – the bulk of their reserves composed of fiat US dollars and euros at risk of going up in smoke – turn to the only thing they know, printing more money and issuing yet more debt. The global monetary system cracks and heads toward failure with no workable alternative on the horizon.
“Governments, corporations and investors alike are caught unprepared in the downward spiral of failing fiat currencies and are wiped out by a combination of frantic currency debasements, higher taxation, exchange controls and worse. Social unrest spreads, with the public paradoxically demanding that governments do more, not less.
“That’s because all the world’s major currencies are at risk, simultaneously, as the issuers engage in a dangerous race to the bottom. As the monetary system moves inexorably toward terminal debasement and collapse, the results will be catastrophic for the unprepared.
“Importantly, while the list of historical attempts to re-jigger the US monetary system have, to this point, more or less succeeded in kicking the can a bit further down the road, the sheer scale of today’s government obligations has driven us into a box canyon, with no way out. As the government’s debt and spending obligations are mathematically impossible to resolve, it is now a certainty that a lot of people are going to wake up one morning to the reality that they are a lot poorer than they thought.
“Fortunately for those now paying attention, the collapse of a monetary system doesn’t happen in a flash. It is a progression, like the spiral of water down a drain. Thus, while no one can predict exactly when the downward spiral will accelerate out of control, there is still time to prepare.”
The World Of Fake Money
The Cost Of Euro Break Up
Gordon Brown: The World Is Drifting
Opinion (Francois Fillon, French Prime Minister, from itar-tass.com): “The summit in Brussels led to a compromise. The ultimate rejection of the possibility to exclude any country from the euro zone is among its achievements. But the acceptance of an anti-crisis plan is a step towards the unity of the EU, the first convergence of French and German economies.”
Decisive Times For The Eurozone
The Lehman Brothers Effect
We Need Unity, And It Is Not There
Opinion: (Michael Khazin, an economist, from km.ru): “Modern political and economic life is largely determined by internal and external contradictions. The modern political class refuses to recognize the existence of the crisis. The politicians are ready for anything, but on condition that their position and profits are not hurt in any way.
“In the last ten years the politicians fought with courage against any personal responsibility, whereas a crisis is always a responsibility. The crisis brings about leadership changes, but in the last ten years all the leaders where appointed by financial magnates, thus there was no one to pass the reins of leadership on to… Financial magnates determine our politics…
“The demand to maintain the system in which the present financial and political sector are dominate doesn’t allow for exiting the crisis. It is forbidden for the elite to even talk about the existence of the crisis. Any economic advice must be coordinated with a large number of lobbyists organizations.
“In other words, the present situation of the economy and the financial system is simply not understood. But the fact that people in such responsible positions allow themselves to speak nonsense tells us about the situation in the world more than any numbers: “When the gods want to punish people, they take away their reason.”
Global Economy: Is Anybody In Control?
There Won’t Be Any Changes For The Better
Austerity Sets In Motion A Downward Spiral
Opinion (from theeconomiccollapseblog.com): “George Soros: ‘Financial markets are driving the world towards another Great Depression with incalculable political consequences. The authorities, particularly in Europe, have lost control of the situation.’
“PIMCO CEO Mohammed El-Erian: ‘These are all signs of an institutional run on French banks. If it persists, the banks would have no choice but to delever their balance sheets in a very drastic and disorderly fashion. Retail depositors would get edgy and be tempted to follow trading and institutional clients through the exit doors. Europe would thus be thrown into a full-blown banking crisis that aggravates the sovereign debt trap, renders certain another economic recession, and significantly worsens the outlook for the global economy.’
“Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy, global head of securities services at UniCredit SpA (Italy’s largest bank): ‘The only remaining question is how many days the hopeless rearguard action of European governments and the European Central Bank can keep up Greece’s spirits.’
“Stefan Homburg, the head of Germany’s Institute for Public Finance: ‘The euro is nearing its ugly end. A collapse of monetary union now appears unavoidable.’
“EU Parliament Member Nigel Farage: ‘I think the worst in the financial system is yet to come, a possible cataclysm and if that happens the gold price could go (higher) to a number that we simply cannot, at this moment, even imagine.’
“Carl Weinberg, the chief economist at High Frequency Economics: ‘At this point, our base case is that Greece will default within weeks.’
“Goldman Sachs strategist Alan Brazil: ‘Solving a debt problem with more debt has not solved the underlying problem. In the US, Treasury debt growth financed the US consumer but has not had enough of an impact on job growth. Can the US continue to depreciate the world’s base currency?’
“International Labour Organization director general Juan Somavia recently stated that total unemployment could ‘increase by some 20m to a total of 40m in G20 countries’ by the end of 2012.
“Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackerman : ‘It is an open secret that numerous European banks would not survive having to revalue sovereign debt held on the banking book at market levels.’
“Alastair Newton, a strategist for Nomura Securities in London: ‘We believe that we are just about to enter a critical period for the eurozone and that the threat of some sort of break-up between now and year-end is greater than it has been at any time since the start of the crisis.’
“Ann Barnhardt, head of Barnhardt Capital Management, Inc.: ‘It’s over. There is no coming back from this. The only thing that can happen is a total and complete collapse of EVERYTHING we now know, and humanity starts from scratch. And if you think that this collapse is going to play out without one hell of a big hot war, you are sadly, sadly mistaken.’
“Lakshman Achuthan of ECRI: ‘When I call a recession…that means that process is starting to feed on itself, which means that you can yell and scream and you can write a big check, but it’s not going to stop.’”
The World Is One Step Away From A Full-Blown Crisis
The Opinions Of Scientists
20 Signs That The World Could Be Headed For An Economic Apocalypse In 2012
Man only advances through the Light. We cannot advance in spirituality through our own efforts.
In our world a person progresses through his mind, feelings, society, books, teachers, different teachings, and learning by example. Although in reality, the Light that Reforms also operates within all this because a person puts effort into development, even if the reasons are egoistic. This way we advanced over thousands of years.
But if we want spiritual advancement, we must consciously awaken the influence of the Light over us. Otherwise, without this intention, we will be advancing in the same natural way as the entire world. This is why it is written that everything depends on the intention.
We need to organize ourselves, the goal, and the means to attain it step by step. On every stage of my advancement there needs to be a change made through the Light that I attract, which operates and changes my inner qualities, desires, and thoughts.
Thanks to being in this world, due to his detachment from the spiritual world and the concealment, man receives the opportunity to be free and to evoke the influence of the force of Light that Reforms through one’s own choice and desire.
This can be done through actions that do not require us to have a correct intention and be in the spiritual world. This is because even if I do not have much of a desire or understand this fully, I can do these actions and organize myself an environment that will influence me. It is specifically through love of one’s neighbor, following the same line, that we attain love for the Creator.
We awaken the Light and come closer to adhesion with the Creator through the strength of our unity. This is why there is no place more important where we can make an effort, but our environment. Even study, dissemination, and all other business are nothing more than auxiliary means, even though they are necessary on the path towards group unity, where the Light will be revealed according to the strength of the group’s connection.
We accelerate the revelation of the Light with our actions in our world so it would manifest sooner than it would if we develop naturally, which is called “at its own time” (Beito). We attract the Light with our connection in the group, and the more we strive to unite, the more it manifests. This development is called “hastening time” (Achishena), according to which we advance.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/30/2011, Writings of Rabash
Freedom Is Voluntary Dependence
Asking The Light For Acceleration
We Start From A Distance
The matter of creation is divided into several levels: the still, the vegetative, the animate, and the speaking. Within the level of the speaking there are also several levels. There are people who exist passively, similar to the beastly level. There are more advanced people, as well as those who are looking for a goal that is beyond ordinary corporeal life.
However, everyone eventually should reach the same goal of creation, and then every person will feel and understand his own special desire. One will yearn for a good corporeal life, while another will want to attain something beyond corporeality, and still others will want to transcend this life. The advancement towards the same goal will be varied since everything, including the human degree, is divided into four levels, which will exist until the end of correction.
Only when everyone is connected will the one perfect common desire be created. In the meantime, during the process of correction, there are great differences among all the parts. Most importantly, each kind and type will discover the goal of creation and will reach its end of correction.
One must connect with others on his level, as the prophets said: “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb.” All of creation will receive such power of unity and bestowal, and there will be peace at all levels of creation. All this will be possible thanks to the correction of man.
This “the love of friends” is not just a nice slogan, but the main place of our work. A person should understand that his struggle, his attack, and the main point of his exertion to attain the goal is “the love of friends.” This is the vessel in which he will discover the upper force, the Creator, the essence of life.
We should focus our attention only on this. Everything else, the studying and the other activities, are only in order to attain this spiritual vessel: the love of friends.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/27/2011, Writings of Rabash
The Entire Universe Is In The Drop Of Our Unity
Love Of Friends Is Our Common Treasure
What Do We Gain From Love Of Friends?
There are different parts in The Book of Zohar, and we do not know which ones are more effective, and which ones are less. But it is not for us to judge and understand it; this will be revealed only later. That is why The Book of Zohar was not written in one sentence, which could be repeated all the time like some mantra. On the contrary, the Book describes the whole relationship that exists between us from this world and to the world of Infinity, in various forms and manifestations for every soul.
This is called the “Torah” (from the word “Oraa” or “instruction”) because it reveals before us the entire network of connection between all the souls in its corrected form. It describes the desire (vessel) in which the Light is revealed. By revealing the Light, the vessel becomes similar to it in its properties, and that is why it is called the “Torah.” Therefore, when you evoke its actions through this vessel, you receive the Light that Reforms.
All that is written in all the “holy” books (“holy” means “the one who bestows”) is the forms of connection between us, which Kabbalists attained. But what they did not attain was not written, and we will discover this together. They attained this in their personal final correction.
Therefore, everyone updates and writes the Torah himself. And the Torah of one person is not like the Torah of the other because everyone’s desire (vessel) is different, and thus he reveals the form of connection from his angle, from his spiritual spark, the point in the heart, relative to the entire vessel of the collective soul. That is why everyone writes a new Torah for himself and does not reveal the same.
Moses described the general system. But when a person reaches this general system, the general network of connection, and activates it by his desire, his personal involvement, he sees that it sparkles and works the way he sees and reveals it. He does not reveal what happens the way that King Solomon, King David, Rabbi Shimon, Rabbi Akiva, Baal HaSulam, the Ari, and so on did it. He discloses it from his desire (vessel), and he does not have the possibility to dress in somebody else’s vessel. No one can do this.
And what we attain later, we attain due to the unity between us. No one penetrates the spiritual spark of the other. But in unity, all our sparks are so connected that they all seem to reside in one spark.
This does not mean that someone is closer to me, and someone is further like in the field of network. On the contrary, we are so united with each other that this network loses its multidimensional form, and we become one point. If you are connected to everyone via the shortest path, directly, everything turns into one point, one drop. Let us hope that we will achieve such unity.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/30/2011, The Zohar
The Building Blocks Of Creation
In The Radiant Sphere Of The Soul
Between The Desired And The Actual
Bina of Arich Anpin purposefully comes out of its head and descends downward to help the children, ZON. Bina itself becomes filled with the Light of Hassadim (Mercy), which was not restricted, and this is why it is completely free and can be anywhere. ZON clothes Bina, and since the latter has split into two parts, ZON also splits into two parts: an upper and a lower one, GAR and ZAT.
This separation begins in Bina with the four phases of the Direct Light, where Bina is obligated to separate its lower part, to use it to bestow. The upper part, which wishes to bestow, produces the lower, receiving part, ZAT de Bina, as well as ZON, where this bestowal is realized.
When the Creator creates reception on the first phase, the creature does not agree with it. And when the creature wishes to become like the Creator, in GAR de Bina, it has no choice but to return to reception, but this time at its own will. It begins to use its nature in order to bestow.
GAR de Bina is an independent point that tells the Creator: “I do not use the desires You have given me!” And then it returns and says: “All right, I will use them, but because I choose to.” This is the place of a point where this decision is made—a boundary, a section. This point in the middle of Bina is called the point of freedom of choice: the middle third of Tifferet.
And this is why we also always divide in two, GAR (Israel) and ZAT (the nations of the world), with the section between them. Below are the desires to receive, above are the desires to bestow. This ladder never changes.
In our days, when AHP, the so-called 99%, is beginning to reveal itself, we need to know how to work with it. This is the first time that the full structure of the entire ten Sefirot (Galgalta ve Eynaim and AHP together) is becoming revealed, and this is why the time of correction is coming. Now Galgalta ve Eynaim can actually act because until now it was only the period of preparation, with no opportunity to actually realize it in action.
Galgalta ve Eynaim only exists to correct the AHP. These desires belong to Bina from the beginning, which is called upon to take care of AHP.
We should know about this separation as we use it to attract the upper Light, as well as have a better understanding of what is happening around us. We will soon see with our own eyes how all these things materialize because this upper structure has started to reveal itself in our world in practice. Who knows how long this will take, whether it will be months or years, but we are on this track because the first revelation already happened.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/23/2011, TES
Connection Attracts Light, Separation Darkness
An Adapter Between The Creator And The Creature
The Spiritual Division Of Labor