EXPLOITATION AND SEXPLOITATION: Beyond Shame and Blame, Victims and Villains

December 12, 2017
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Aired Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 5:00 PM EST

EXPLOITATION AND SEXPLOITATION: Beyond Shame and Blame, Victims and Villains

A Conversation With Relationship Specialist, Sexologist and Empathy Expert Veronica Monet

Why is it that so many self-righteous males who claim to be following the Big Guy Upstairs are really following the little guy downstairs? — Swami Beyondananda

It started with Harvey Weinstein… and has now turned Al Franken into Frankenstein.

Over the past month, more and more men in high places have been accused of inappropriately touching women in private places. This obviously has been going on for centuries, so why is it coming to the surface now? Is this backlash against the groper-in-chief currently in the White House? Is this the new Inquisition against abusive male power? Will it lead to more retribution, or will there be a breakthrough?

This week on Wiki Politiki we interview Veronica Monet, a one-time sex worker who now offers perspective and wisdom through her platform, The Shame-Free Zone. A wise woman who has earned her wisdom through experience, Veronica will take us beyond the shame (psychiatrist James Gilligan says that shame “is the primary or ultimate cause of all violence, whether toward others or toward the self”) to a deeper awareness of how we got to this point, and ways we can heal.

So many awakened people I’ve spoken with have been having mixed feelings about the shame-fest / blame-fest that has been fueled by the #METOO movement. On one hand, obviously those who’ve used the privilege of power to exploit and hurt women (or other men) need to be called out, and this behavior must stop. On the other hand, there has been an orgy of blame and retribution that like so many media-fueled campaigns create more heat than light. Ironically, progressive icons like Al Franken and Garrison Keillor have been toppled, while Emperor Copious Gropius and his sidekick Roy Moore remain unmoved.

So, how DO we turn the heat down and the light up? What are the lessons learned, and what is the new field we establish? How do we relate male exploitation of the feminine to the “rape” and violation of Mother Earth? How do we transform shame into something more generative?

Tune in this Tuesday to discover how we shift the “scared” masculine and feminine into sacred dance partners.

Defying Gravity: How the Power of Levity Can Uplift Us in Unfunny Times

December 5, 2017
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Aired Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 5:00 PM EST

Defying Gravity: How the Power of Levity Can Uplift Us in Unfunny Times

A Conversation With Firesign Theatre Co-Founder Phil Proctor

We must all laugh together, or else we will cry separately. — Swami Beyondananda

It was the summer of 1969, and I found myself in Berkeley visiting a friend. I had just smoked some particularly strong California weed, and that put me in an altered state. What happened next would alter my state even more …

As I walked into her house, I heard a strange radio show playing, a quiz show called “Beat the Reaper”… it sounded so real, and yet the premise was entirely bizarre: The contestant was injected with some deadly disease, and if he or she guessed the disease in time, they’d be given the antidote. After a while it became apparent I was listening to some dark parody, kind of Bob & Ray meet the Twilight Zone. I soon discovered I was listening to the Firesign Theatre, and from that moment on I was hooked.

Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers… All Hail Marx and Lennon… I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus… Everything You Know Is Wrong… and more. Rolling Stone magazine called the Firesign Theatre “the Beatles of Comedy”… the “M.C. Escher of Comedy” would fit just as well.

That’s why I am thrilled that this week’s guest on Wiki Politiki is Phil Proctor, one of the founders of Firesign Theatre, as well as a prolific and sought after voice talent (name any Disney animation, he’s in it!). Yes, he’s funny. And he’s more than a wise guy. He’s a wiser guy.

He’ll share some of his wisdom on the uses of comedy to “go sane” in crazy times, and include some of his own stories of “guerilla comedy” during the Vietnam War years, and a mind-blowing story of someone you would least expect to be a Firesign Theatre fan.

Phil Proctor also publishes Planet Proctor, his monthly comedy digital zine and continues to write and perform comedy in LA and around the world.

Tune in … you’ll laugh while you learn, and learn while you laugh!

As a special treat, this show will have a call-in segment in the second half, so you can CALL IN and ask Phil questions… and maybe even get some answers. Here is the number to call 202.570.7057

Join us Tuesday, December 5th at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET right here: http://omtimes.com/iom/shows/wiki-politiki-radio-show/

What the Alt Right and Alt Left Both Know - That We ALL Need to Know

November 28, 2017
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Aired Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 5:00 PM EST

What the Alt-Right and Alt-Left Both Know - That We ALL Need to Know

A Conversation With Alt-Left Journalist Mark Crispin Miller and Alt-Right Commentator Paul Craig Roberts

“We need more forums, and fewer againstums.” — Swami Beyondananda

Friday … March 6, 1981.

A notable date, and I’m willing to bet no one recognizes it or its significance. I only know it because I looked it up. It was the last broadcast Walter Cronkite made as anchorman on CBS Evening News. It was the last time he would say, “And that’s the way it is…” and have the majority of Americans regardless of which party they favored believe him.

It was the beginning of the end of an era where Americans shared a common narrative, and a commonly-sensed faith in the “goodness” of America, its institutions, and its people. It was before the polarization brought on by the weaponized politics of Newt Gingrich, and the betrayal of America’s working people by neoliberal Democrats. It was 20 years before the 911 attacks that recalled other perpetrations against the American people like the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations.

It was back there — way, way back in almost ancient history — when “fake news” was called by its real name, “lies”.

A key purpose of Wiki Politiki — quixotic as it may seem — is to bring awakening elements of left and right front-and-center in a conversation to go above and beyond both mainstream news and fabricated disinformation, and to find a likelier story that will help us metabolize the past and move forward as a healed and healthy body politic.

The question isn’t “Can we do it?” but “HOW can we do it?” A common sense consensus of “what’s so … so what … and now what” is REQUIRED for the survival and thrival of our experiment in self-governance.

In the first of what I hope will be many such conversations for possibility, I am bringing together two courageous outside-the-box thinkers, alt left journalist Mark Crispin Miller and alt right commentator Paul Craig Roberts in a conversation for co-creation. What DO the alt left and the alt-right agree is “so”, and how can this become the foundation for a new, truth-based narrative that will heal the disheartenment in the heartland and move us toward the future the vast majority of us desire?

Mark Crispin Miller and Paul Craig Roberts have one significant thing in common: They’ve both held prestigious positions in mainstream journalism and politics. Miller is a communications professor at NYU and wrote a humorous and mainstream book in 2002 called The Bush Dyslexicon. However, two years later his book Fooled Again, provided ample proof that both the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen by hacked voting machines — and he became less of a mainstream darling.

Paul Craig Roberts served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during the Reagan Administration and was an editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He has been a critic of neo-conservativism and neoliberalism since the Iraq War and has been outspoken in his critique of the official 911 narrative.

In addition to finding out how each of these individuals found the perspective and courage to venture outside the mainstream narratives, we will also discover what common ground they share, AND how we the people can call forth and empower a media we can rely on, and a government that does the bidding of the people, not the bidding of the highest bidder.

Forgiveness and Healing the Body Politic

November 21, 2017
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Aired Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 5:00 PM EST

Forgiveness and Healing the Body Politic

It might seem a bit strange for a program called Wiki Politiki to do a show on something as personal and spiritual as forgiveness.

And yet it makes perfect sense, particularly if we want to go above and beyond the current level of polarized discourse, where each side has dehumanized the other. If we truly want a healthy, thriving, vital, and wise body politic we have to metabolize the toxins of 5,000 years of the Rule of Gold: Doo-doo unto others before they can doo-doo unto you.

There isn’t an ethnic group, religion (with the possible exception of the B’hai faith) or other tribe that hasn’t “done unto” some other group, and had it “done unto” them. The history of man(un)kind is filled with atrocities and silent holocausts that have left just about all of us with some form of PTSD.

Seriously.

South Africa took steps to heal (i.e., restore wholeness) through their Truth and Reconciliation movement a quarter century ago so that they could acknowledge and forgive the wrongs perpetrated by both sides, without revenge, retribution and punishment. If we want to heal the body politic in the USA and elsewhere, we now must do the same.

This week’s guest, Dr. Leonard Laskow, offers a deep and practical wisdom on the power of forgiveness, personal, tribal and global. Dr. Laskow is the author of For Giving Love: Awakening Your Essential Nature Through Love and Forgiveness, and offers scientific evidence that the process of forgiveness yields positive physiological benefits!

We’re also featuring the healing work of Celeste Yacoboni, author of “How Do You Pray?” who offers a Hawaiian forgiveness ritual, Ho ‘opono Pono (making the right, right) as a way of forgiving yourself and others. Tune in and find out about how a medical doctor at a mental health hospital in Hawaii helped “heal” the inmates — by doing the process on himself!

Please join us Tuesday, November 21st for this enlightening and heartening show.

Conscious Evolution: Antidote to Mass-Extinction with Bruce Lipton

November 14, 2017
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Aired Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 5:00 PM EST

Conscious Evolution: Antidote to Mass-Extinction with Bruce Lipton

“Crisis precipitates evolution, and if we look at our world in crisis, we see the chances of precipitation are 100%.” — Swami Beyondananda

As we create a new foundation for “political climate change”, what better place to begin than biology itself, evolution, and where we humans fit (or don’t fit) in the web of life? So it’s “fitting” that my first interviewed guest on Wiki Politiki is my friend, colleague and co-author, Bruce Lipton.

Bruce is a pioneer in epigenetics, and the author of bestseller and classic, The Biology of Belief. He and I co-wrote Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here, a book that suggests that the next phase of human evolution is seeing ourselves as cells in the body of a super-organism called Humanity — or as I prefer to call it, Humankind, because the currency of this new and evolved organism is human kindness.

So, how are we doing?

For one thing, Bruce and I agree that when we published our book in 2009, “spontaneous evolution” was a noun in the future, and today it is a verb in the present. Burgeoning crises are making evolution necessary.

Among those crises is what is being called the Sixth Great Extinction, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that our own species tops the Endangered (and Endangering) species list.

Please join us for this lively, informative, and ultimately heartening discussion of how our human conditioning has impacted our human condition, where we are now, and what we can do to create what Charles Eisenstein calls “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”

Half a century ago, inventor and visionary philosopher Bucky Fuller wrote a book about humanity’s future called, Utopia Or Oblivion. In a shrinking world that could surely use a “good shrink”, these were the two stark choices he saw. Given the option for “oblivion,” perhaps we should consider utopia more carefully. And … as we explore the amazing similarities between the human body and the body politic, we recognize that what we consider “utopia”, the 50 trillion cell community beneath our skin would merely recognize as “health”.

Website: https://www.brucelipton.com/

Wiki Politiki Launches

November 7, 2017
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Aired Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 5:00 PM EST

Wiki Politiki Launches on OMTimes Radio

At a time when political polarization, dysfunction, and confusion seem to be at an all-time high, and when noise and static seem to be drowning out sane discourse … the Wiki Politiki Radio Show offers a heartening alternative: Fun, laughter, constructive conversation, and insight.

Join internationally-known author and humorist Steve Bhaerman and his alter-ego, the cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda, as they bring two “visionary, solutionary” voices to the show to offer their viewpoints, and then collaborate to find a wiser way forward. As the Swami would say, “Let’s bring left and right front and center to turn the funk into function, and leave the junk at the junction.”

Learn more about the Wiki Politiki Radio Show here.