Google Sin?


6 Dosa Besar Google Terhadap Bangsa Indonesia, Tapi Tak Pernah Kita Sadari

Published on 09-10-2013 08:04 PM

Ada sebuah pertanyaan besar yang ada di benak saya setelah melihat perkembangan internet akhir-akhir ini. Rupanya pertanyaan yang sama juga ada di benak European Commission (EU) dan Federal Trade Commission (US) bahkan oleh Texas Attorney General. Apakah Google memonopoli internet?

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said this in 2009: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

Google, yang pemberkasan domainnya dilansir pada tanggal 4 September 1998, mengklaim bahwa tidak ada praktik monopoli sama sekali di bisnisnya. Walaupun demikian, secara khusus, Google mengatakan bahwa sedang berlangsung review tentang beberapa bisnisnya, termasuk DoubleClick, Admob dan ITA Software.

Masih fresh ketika dahulu, bulan April 2008, dunia digegerkan dengan rencana penggabungan Google dan Yahoo! Inc. Kalau itu benar terjadi, tak pelak akan ada monopoli besar di search engine dan sistem pemasarannya. Ini jelas bahaya karena perputaran uang di search engine akan berkutat di dua perusahaan terbesar ini. Untung gak jadi. Persis tiga jam sebelum Deparment of Justice-nya Amerika memasukkan gugatan, dealnya batal.

Sampai dengan saat ini, banyak gugatan yang mengarah ke Google dan berbagai perusahaan besar internet lainnya, seperti Facebook misalnya. Semuanya berkutat di permasalahan penggunaan data pengguna. Bahkan secara terang-terangan Facebook meng-email semua penggunanya untuk mempergunakan photo-photo untuk kepentingan bisnis Facebook. Karena kejadian ini Facebook banyak di protes penggunanya. Hell no!

Yang paling gres dari Google adalah, beberapa hari yang lalu, pengacara perusahaan ini mengajukan permohonan untuk dapat membaca email dari setiap akun GMail. Yes, Google akan membaca isi setiap email yang kita kirim melalui sistem mereka. Alesannya simpel, sedikit naif juga menurut saya : “Scanning email is simply part of the business”. Whatt??

Wait. Mungkin ada benernya juga. Disetiap akun Gmail ada text-ads yang selalu muncul. Berawal dari sini, Google ‘maksa’ ingin membaca email kita. Keahlian algoritma Google yang membaca kata, tentu saja akan sangat berguna apabila bisa mendeteksi setiap kata di dalam email dan kemudian mengirimkan setiap iklan yang berhubungan dengan kata-kata tersebut. Boom! hasilnya tentu saja menjadi bentuk iklan yang sangat-sangat targeted. Masalahnya adalah, apakah akan berhenti sampai disitu saja. Wallahualam.

Walaupun sudah bersusah payah untuk menangkis berita dari Edward Snowden, mata-mata yang membocorkan rahasia Amerika ke publik, yang mengatakan bahwa Google adalah salah satu perusahaan yang membocorkan data penggunanya ke NSA melalui PRISM Program. PRISM adalah nama kode untuk program pengumpulan data via internet yang didukung oleh Protect America Act. Awalnya, program ini dipakai untuk mencegah terorisme dengan membuka data dan akses ke setiap akun yang dicurigai oleh National Security Agency (NSA) akan membahayakan bagi Amerika. Perusahaan besar yang berpartisipasi dalam program ini adalah : Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL dan Apple. Terakhir, Dropbox pun disebut akan join. Tentu saja, semua perusahaan ini membantah dengan keras keterlibatan mereka dalam PRISM.

Apapun itu, Google adalah raksasa besar. Karena besar berarti patut untuk sombong. Hanya saja, kesombongan itu tidak berarti di China. Entah kenapa, sekarang saya jadi mengerti mengapa Cnina menolak mentah-mentah Google dan men-support habis search engine domestik : Baidu. Tindakan yang dahulu dikecam banyak orang dunia, karena menghalangi globalisasi informasi katanya, sekarang menuai pujian. Hanya dengan keberanian semacam inilah, sebuah bangsa akan berdaulat besar. Kekuatan perusahaan global, yang didukung oleh Amerika, kemudian masuk menembus batas investasi dan ruang private, wajib dicurigai. Sayangnya negara kita tercinta ini masih malu-malu apabila berhubungan dengan perusahaan luar negeri. Lihat saja berapa banyak hasil alam kita yang dibawa ke luar negeri, oleh perusahaan luar negeri. Akankah, hasil intelektual kita termasuk pemikiran dan teknologi, akan dikuasai oleh perusahaan asing juga? Betulkan Google sedemikian murah hati untuk memasang muka manis dengan Pemerintah Indonesia? Ini adalah dosa besar yang sudah dan akan diperbuat Google terhadap bangsa ini.

1. Sebelum Membeli Android, Ini Harus Tahu

Setiap kali pertama kali kita mengaktifkan smartphone android, akan ada notifikasi agar memasukkan akun Google kita. Saya baru menyadari ini sedikit janggal ketika sadar bahwa akun tersebut tidak akan pernah tertutup selama kita memakai android yang sama. Artinya, semua bisnis Google : Search Engine, Video: YouTube, Maps, Gmail dan Chrome termasuk Google CheckOut (sekarang Google wallet) akan terus berada dalam posisi ‘on’. Here’s the problem : ketik kata ‘email’ maka kita akan diarahkan ke Gmail, padahal Gmail adalah layanan email yang ketiga terbesar di dunia. Yang pertama adalah YahooMail. Termasuk ketika kita ketik kata ‘analytic’ atau ‘translate’, tebak apa yang keluar pertama kali. Pencarian anda di Android tidak akan pernah fair. Google-lah yang berkuasa dan ini tidak pernah dikomunikasikan ke publik.

2. Google Maps : Intelejen atas nama Peta

Saya pernah posting di Bixbux ini tentang bagaimana Google Maps bisa sangat membahayakan. Ini sungguh terjadi. Dengan leluasa Google bisa mendeteksi dimana kita berada. Pejabat tinggi negara, lokasi instalasi militer sampai dengan lokasi rahasia akan terkuak dengan mudah. Jangan lupa, berdasarkan undang-undang kita, peta dasar sebuah wilayah hanya bisa disediakan oleh negara. Google sudah melanggar ini dengan menyediakan peta dasar setiap inchi ibu pertiwi. Pertanyaan : apakah anda yakin Google gak bisa liat berapa banyak tank atau pesawat kita yang diparkir di outdoor? Atau berapa banyak anggota militer kita dengan mengidentifikasi berapa banyak markas/barak militer yang kita punyai? Bagaimana dengan istana negara, yakinkah kalau presiden kita terbebas dari ancaman? Secara keluar masuknya kendaraan di istana negara dapat diketahui Google secara real time?

3. Adsense Publisher Indonesia? Banned!

Saya tidak menyalahkan Google karena banyak mem-banned akun adsense dari publisher asal Indonesia. Banyak banget sekarang penyedia layanan ads, baik itu ads-network atau traffic source company, yang menolak publisher dari Indonesia hanya karena banyaknya ‘fraud’ yang dilakukan. Yang tidak boleh dilupakan adalah : Google pun mencari uang di Indonesia. Pemasang iklan di Google dari Indonesia bisa dikatakan sangat potensial. Ketakutan Google ini ditandai dengan dibukanya kantor Google secara diam-diam. Sempat ada kontroversi apakah perlu Google memasang server di Indonesia, tetapi lambat laun berita itu senyap karena Google meng-klaim hanya mengaktifkan biro iklannya saja di Jakarta. Mau biro iklan atau apapun itu, uang dari advertiser asal Indonesia tetap saja ditarik mulus ke Singapore (kantor Google ada disana) sebelum dilarikan dengan senyuman ke Amerika.
Kalau perusahaan sebesar ini selalu menyalahkan Publishernya dan mendewakan Advertiser, terus mengapa setiap dollar dari akun yang ter-banned, yang selalu dibilang akan dikembalikan ke pemasang iklan (advertiser) tidak pernah terjadi. Kejadian ini pernah ditelusuri oleh rekan saya, Harrison Gervitz, yang akun adsense-nya dibanned, tetapi uangnya tidak pernah kembali ke advertiser (Harrison juga pemasang iklan di Google, pemegang akun premium Adwords).

4. Menguasai Pasar Indonesia dari Luar

Mengapa pemerintah Indonesia begitu tunduk terhadap Google? Jawabannya cuma satu : karena rakyat kita begitu bangga dengan produk yang mendunia. Lihat saja betapa orang kita sangat bangga berkenalan dengan orang-orang Google. Atau ketika terlibat dalam berbagai acara yang diselenggarakan oleh Google. They are not a God. Mereka adalah penguasa pasar search engine di Indonesia. Adakah search engine lokal yang sering kita pakai? No, gak ada. Terus kenapa tidak ada program pemerintah untuk memakai produk lokal, bahkan dalam kita berinternet? Jutaan traffic dari Indonesia saat ini betul-betul dikuasai oleh berbagai perusahaan luar negeri, dari luar negeri dan tidak ada perlindungan sama sekali dari pemerintah lokal. Apabila ada dispute, undang-undang ynag dipakai tentu saja undang-undang dimana kantor Google itu berada. Undang-undang Indonesia? Maaf ya, gak akan dipake, kecuali yang mengatur iklan digital. Eh, emang ada ya?

5. Google Play? Developer Indonesia Harap Menyingkir

Ini sangat riil. Tidak seperti Apple, Google tidak memperbolehkan developer aplikasi asal Indonesia, yang tinggal di Indonesia dengan akun bank Indonesia untuk ‘mencari uang’ di pasar aplikasi Android miliknya: Google Play. Bandingkan dengan berapa banyaknya pengguna Android di Indonesia. Di tahun 2011 saja, pengiriman smartphone Android ke Indonesia tumbuh 22 persen secara berurutan. Secara global, 48 miliar aplikasi Android yang sudah diinstal dan 2.5 miliar terakhir didapat hanya dalam kurun waktu 4 bulan saja. Untuk itu Google juga mengakui bahwa kini pendapatan mereka lebih banyak dari Google Play Store dibanding tahun lalu dan pendapatan per penggunaan juga meningkat 2.5 kali. Hal tersebut diungkap dalam acara Google I/O 2013 yang diselenggarakan diMoscone Center West, San Fransisco pada bulan Mei 2013. Jadi, operating systemnya masuk ke Indonesia (90% melalui handset Samsung), aplikasinya banyak diunduh orang Indonesia, tetapi orang Indonesia, yang tinggal di bumi pertiwi, dengan akun bank lokal, tidak diperbolehkan menjual aplikasi berbayar di Google Play. Dimana keadilan?

6. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch!

Artinya : gak ada itu namanya makan siang gratis, semua ada timal baliknya. Oke, Google di Indonesia mempunyai program Bisnis Lokal Go Online. Salah satu programnya adalah menyediakan domain dan hosting gratis untuk 100.000 pengusaha kecil yang akan menggarap pasar online. Secara khusus disebutkan, saat ini hanya ada 75.000 UKM dari 17 juta UKM yang memiliki website sendiri. Santa claus? Wait, tunggu dulu. Bantuan lain dari program ini adalah Bantuan dari Google ini secara lebih rinci yaitu: (1) Gratis domain “.co.id” untuk satu tahun pertama setelah pendaftaran. Untuk tahun berikutnya peserta UKM akan dikenakan biaya maksimal Rp 150.000 per tahun, (2) Gratis konsultasi dan edukasi bisnis yang berkelanjutan, (3) Gratis iklan online dan terdaftar di Google Maps, (4) Kupon AdWords bernilai Rp 500.000 untuk 100.000 pendaftar pertama yang telah mengaktifkan situs mereka dan memiliki akun di AdWords. Hhmm..tiga dari empat poin di atas memakai kata gratis. Oke, tetap saja gak akan gratis selamanya, tetapi kita semua tahu, mempunyai website saja tidaklah cukup bagi sebuah perusahaan. Perjuangan untuk mendapatkan ranking pertama di search engine itu yang justru menarik. Akankah Google memberikan insentif posisi hasil search engine? Kecuali produk Amazon (karena 3 board director-nya Google dulunya dari Amazon, bahkan Amazon konon mempunyai integrasi platform ads PPC yang khusus dr Google), jangan harap Google akan mengulurkan tangan. Kapitalis bernama Google ini akan terus menarik setiap rupiah yang kita punya ke luar negeri.

Terus terang, saya bukan antipati terhadap Google. Tetapi rasanya memang perusahaan ini perlu penyeimbang yang sebanding. Investasinya dipajak lebih banyak kek, atau harus bersikap ramah terhadap bangsa ini. Entah kenapa saya mempunyai keyakinan, kalau presiden kita masih Soekarno, tidak akan harkat dan martabat bangsa ini diinjak sedemikian dalam oleh perusahaan luar negeri. Sedih, tapi kita akan selalu diposisi yang kalah oleh Google. Gak percaya, yuk kita ‘googling’ lagi aja, daripada mikir yang beginian.

source: http://bixbux.com/6-dosa-besar-googl…gsa-indonesia/ By Wientor Rah Mada

Saduran tambahan pribadi….

Cuma mau menyoroti dua poin saja 3 dan 5 saja:

Untuk poin 3, untuk masalah banned publisher indonesia… dengan alasan bahwa website yang ditempal kode adsense oleh para publisher indonesia itu tidak bemutu! ANEHNYA!!!! dengan mnggunakan publisher ID warga negara AMERIKA, JERMAN dan negara negara yang kebule bulean Publisher ID tidak dibanned walaupun menggunakan website yang sama…yang notabene tidak berkualitas itu!!!

Untuk Poin 5, Ini yang paling saya kesal…!!!!
Beli boleh jual ga boleh.
Untuk sekelas APPLE, mereka mengijinkan para app developer INDONESIA untuk unjuk gigi dan cari rejeki di app store yang jelas jelas kualitas nya lebih mumpuni dibanding google play/google market. Why? statusiasi? harmonisasi? Kudeta? My age 29? I’m? kesuraman? labil ekonomi?

Source

hxxp://www.ads*id.com/forums/content.php/40-6-Dosa-Besar-Google-Terhadap-Bangsa-Indonesia-Tapi-Tak-Pernah-Kita-Sadari

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_%28surveillance_program%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_mass_surveillance_disclosures

 

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What Happens To Our Body After Drinking Coca-Cola?


What Happens To Our Body After Drinking Coca-Cola?

September 22, 2013 by Joe Martino

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Have you ever wondered what exactly Coca Cola is?

After 10 minutes: Ten tea spoons of sugar contained in a glass of Cola, cause devastating “strike” on the organism and the only cause, by reason of not vomiting, is the phosphoric acid which inhibits the action of sugar.

After 20 minutes: A leap of insulin levels in bloodstream occurs. The liver converts all the sugar into fat.

After 40 minutes: Ingestion of caffeine is finally completed. The eye pupils are expanding. Blood pressure rises, because the liver disposes more sugar into the bloodstream. The adenosine receptors get blocked, thereby preventing drowsiness.

After 45 minutes: Body raises production of dopamine hormone, which stimulates the brain pleasure center. Heroin has the same principle of operation.

After 1 hour: Phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in the gastrointestinal tract, which supercharges metabolism. Releasing of calcium through urine also rises.

After more than 1 hour: Diuretic effect of the drink enters in “the game”. The calcium, magnesium and zinc are removed out of the organism, which are a part of our bones, as well as sodium. At this time we have already become irritable or subdued. The whole quantity of water, contained in a coca cola, is removed by the urine.

Actually, when having a cold bottle of Coke and enjoying its undeniable freshness, do we know what chemical “cocktail” we pour into our throats? The active ingredient of Coca-Cola is orthophosphoric acid. Due to its high acidity, cisterns used for transporting of the concentrate have to be equipped with special reservoirs designed for highly corrosive materials.

Let’s have a look at “the anatomy” of one of the most advertised products of “Coca-Cola Co.” – Coca-Cola Light without caffeine. This drink contains Aqua Carbonated, E150D, E952, E951, E338, E330, Aromas, E211. Aqua Carbonated – this is sparkling water. It stirs gastric secretion, increases the acidity of the gastric juice and provokes flatulency – plenty evolution of gases. Furthermore, spring water is not used, but is used regular filtered water.

E150D – food coloring, obtained through the processing of sugar at specified temperatures, with or without addition of chemical reagents. In the case with coca-cola, ammonium sulfate is added.

E952 – Sodium Cyclamate is a sugar substitute. Cyclamate is a synthetic chemical, has sweet taste, which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, and is used as an artificial sweetener. In 1969 it was banned by FDA, since it as well as saccharin and aspartame, caused cancer in rats’ urinary bladder. In 1975, prohibition seized also Japan, South Korea and Singapore. In 1979, WHO (World Health Organization), “who knows why?” rehabilitated cyclamates and recognizing them as safe.

E950 – Acesulfame Potassium. 200 times sweeter than sugar, containing methyl ether, where it aggravates the operation of the cardiovascular system. Likewise, it contains asparaginic acid which can also cause excitant effect on our nervous system and in time it can lead to addiction. Acesulfame is badly dissolved and is not recommended for use by children and pregnant women.

E951 – Aspartame. A sugar substitute for diabetics and is chemically unstable: at elevated temperature it breaks down into methanol and phenylalanine. Methanol is very dangerous: 5-10ml can cause destruction of the optic nerve and irreversible blindness. In warm soft drinks, aspartame transforms into formaldehyde which is very strong carcinogen. Some number of cases with aspartame poisoning include: unconsciousness, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, palpitation, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, memory loss, blurry vision, fainting, joint pains, depression, fertility, hearing loss and etc. Aspartame can also provoke the following diseases: brain tumors, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), epilepsy, Graves’ disease, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, mental deficiency and tuberculosis.

E338 – Orthophosphoric Acid. This can cause irritation of skin and eyes. It is used for production of phosphoric acid salts of ammonia, sodium, calcium, aluminum and also in organic synthesis for production of charcoal and film tapes, for production of refractory materials, ceramics, glass, fertilizers, synthetic detergents, medicine, metalworking, and textile and oil industries. Food orthophosphoric acid is used in the production of carbonated water and for preparation of ingredients in pastry. It is known that orthophosphoric acid interfere with the absorption of calcium and iron from the body, which can cause weakening of bones and osteoporosis. Other side effects are thirst and skin rashes.

E330 – Citric Acid. It is widely spread in nature and is used in pharmaceutical and food industries. Salts of citric acid (citrates) are used in food industry as acids, preservatives, stabilizers, and in medical fields – for preserving blood. Aromas – unknown aromatic additives

E211 – Sodium Benzoate. It is used in production of some food products, as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. These products refer to jams, fruit juices and fruit yoghurts. It’s not recommended for use by asthmatics and people who are sensitive to aspirin. A study conducted by Peter Piper at the Sheffield University in Britain, found that this compound causes significant damage to DNA. According to his words, sodium benzoate which is an active component in preservatives doesn’t destroy DNA, but deactivating it. This can lead to cirrhosis and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease.

So, if you can’t imagine a life without coca-cola, take advantage of the following recommendations:

– Many distributors of coca-cola in U.S use this drink for cleaning their truck engines.

– Many police officers in U.S have bottles of coca-cola in their cars and when a car accident happens, they wash the blood out of the road with it.

– Coca-Cola is a great tool for removing rusty stains on chrome surfaces of cars. To remove corrosion from car battery, pour it with Coke and the corrosion will disappear.

– To unscrew a rusty screw, dip a cloth in coca-cola and wrap around it for several minutes.

– To clean stains from clothes – pour coca-cola on dirty clothes, add washing powder and run the washing machine as usual. You will be surprised of the results.

– In India, some farmers use coca-cola instead of pesticides for pest extermination, because it’s cheaper and the effect is completely satisfying.

So, coca-cola undeniably is a very useful product. The key is to be used for intended purposes, but not for drinking! Here is a video about Coca-Cola!


Source:

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Bottled water found to contain 24,000 chemicals.


Bottled water found to contain 24,000 chemicals.

September 22, 2013

 

Widespread consumer demand for plastic products that are free of the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) has led to some Water Drinking

significant positive changes in the way that food, beverage and water containers are manufactured. But a new study out of Germany has found that thousands of other potentially harmful chemicals are still leeching from plastic products into food and beverages, including an endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) known as di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate, or DEHF, that is completely unregulated.
Martin Wagner and his colleague, Jorg Oehlmann, from the Goethe University Frankfurt, in conjunction with a team of researchers from the German Federal Institute of Hydrology, learned this after conducting tests on 18 different bottled water products to look for the presence of EDCs. Using an advanced combination of bioassay work and high-resolution mass spectrometry, the team identified some 24,520 different chemicals present in the tested water.

But of major concern, and the apparent underpinning of the study’s findings, was DEHF, a plasticizer chemical that is used to make plastic bottles more flexible. According to reports, DEHF was clearly identified in the tested water as the most consistent and obvious culprit causing anti-estrogenic activity. Despite trace amounts of more than 24,000 other potentially damaging chemicals, DEHF stood out as the only possible EDC capable of inducing this particular observed activity, a highly concerning observation.

The study’s published abstract explains that 13 of the 18 bottled water products tested exhibited “significant” anti-estrogenic activity, while 16 of the 18 samples were found to inhibit the body’s androgen receptors by an astounding 90 percent. Additionally, the other 24,520 chemical traces besides DEHF were also identified as exhibiting antagonistic activity, which means that they, too, are detrimental to the body’s hormonal system.Water Bottles

But DEHF is apparently not alone in causing significant damage to the endocrine system, as the team was unable to identify this chemical as being specifically anti-androgenic. What this suggests is that there is some other chemical, or chemical combination, being leeched into bottled water that is interfering with the body’s chemical signaling system, which is, of course, responsible for hormone production and use within the body.

“We confirmed the identity and biological activity of DEHF and additional isomers of dioctyl fumarate and maleate using authentic standards,” report the researchers. “Since DEHF is anti-estrogenic but not anti-androgenic we conclude that additional, yet unidentified EDCs must contribute to the antagonistic effect of bottled water.”

So while these specific findings concerning DEHF are groundbreaking, the overall conclusion to be drawn from this research is that far more study is needed to determine the types of chemicals that are being leeched from plastic into our food and water, not to mention the extent of this leeching. And since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the rest of the three-letter government agencies will surely never get around to conducting this important research, independent science will simply have to take up the charge.

“This work is a ‘tour de force’ in identification of endocrine disruptors in packaged materials,” says Bruce Blumberg from the University of California, Irvine, as quoted by Chemistry World. This type of analysis, he adds, “will be very important for our future understanding of what chemicals we are routinely exposed to and which of these pose hazards of being endocrine disruptors.”

You can read the full study abstract here:
http://www.plosone.org

In the meantime, conscious consumers can avoid plastic containers whenever possible and simply use glass or steel containers instead to avoid these unknown risks.

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Original Article by WT TV

USA: 7 Tahun Lagi, Perang Beralih ke Asia Pasifik, Siapkah Negara Kita? [usa threat, is’nt? ]


USA: 7 Tahun Lagi, Perang Beralih ke Asia Pasifik, Siapkah Negara Kita?

“Pergeseran kekuatan militer AS ke Asia Pasifik bukanlah hal sederhana. Bisa jadi, pada 8 tahun ke depan, “perang” perebutan sumber daya alam dan jalur perdagangan akan beralih ke kawasan ini. Indonesia harus menyiapkan diri untuk menghadapinya.” (Connie Rahakundini Bakrie, Pengamat Pertahanan dan Militer dari Universitas Indonesia)

Rencana Amerika Serikat (AS) menggeser 60 persen kekuatan militernya ke kawasan Asia Pasifik hingga tahun 2020 mendatang, membawa implikasi besar bagi kawasan ini, termasuk Indonesia. Tahun 2020 itu tidak lama. Dalam 7 tahun ke depan, Indonesia sudah terkurung oleh pangkalan-pangkalan militer AS.

Apakah kita sudah sepakat sebagai bangsa untuk menyadari dan memahami persepsi ancaman yang sebenarnya sedang dihadapi?

Menurut pengamat Pertahanan dan Militer dari Universitas Indonesia Connie Rahakundini Bakrie, dengan kondisi seperti ini, jelas sekali, tidak tersedia waktu banyak bagi elite kita untuk segera mereposisi arah kebijakan luar negeri dan pertahanan Indonesia yang lebih tegas, strategis dalam menyikapi perubahan konstalasi politik di kawasan.

Connie menilai, pergeseran kekuatan militer AS ke Asia Pasifik bukanlah hal sederhana. Bisa jadi, pada 8 tahun ke depan, “perang” perebutan sumber daya alam dan jalur perdagangan akan beralih ke kawasan ini. Indonesia harus menyiapkan diri untuk menghadapinya.

Berikut petikannya:

Bagaimana anda melihat dinamika perkembangan militer AS saat ini? Kebanyakan dari kita, atau bangsa AS sendiri, tidak ingin mengakui, bahwa, AS telah mendominasi dunia melalui kekuasaan militernya.

Dengan alasan kerahasiaan negara, warga AS sendiri sering tidak menyadari bahwa pendudukan pasukan-pasukan AS sesungguhnya telah mengepung planet bumi ini. Kecuali kawasan Antartika. Mudah dan banyak cara dalam melacak jejaknya, seperti dengan menghitung seberapa banyak jumlah koloni milter yang ada di berbagai belahan dunia. Pada Abad-20 ini, yang dimaksud dengan koloni bisa terjelma dalam berbagai gaya, salah satunya melalui pangkalan militer yang berada di negara lain. Dengan cara ini, kita bisa ikuti koloni yang terbentuk dan menyebar ke seantero dunia dan melahirkan “kekaisaran militer” AS.

Pada perspektif dinamika politik global, kita bisa menyimak bagaimana kekaisaran militer AS semakin tumbuh menuju wujudnya tahun 2020 nanti. Saat ini tengah berproses, sejak Presiden Goerge Walker Bush menetapkannya pada 14 Januari 2004 lalu.

Bisa digambarkan seperti apa ‘Kekaisaran Militer AS’ itu?

Salah satu cara memahaminya, dengan memahami jumlah dan ukuran dari aspirasi “kekaisaran militer” AS tersebut. Lebih dari setengah juta tentara formal plus mata-mata yang terselimuti melalui jejaring lembaga donor, teknisi, guru, serta badan usaha sudah tersebar membentuk koloni di negara-negara lain. Bukan hanya di darat,  Juga mendominasi lautan hingga samudera. Mereka membangun kekuatan Angkatan Laut yang hebat dengan mencantumkan nama-nama pahlawan mereka pada kapal induknya, seperti: Kitty Hawk, Constellation, Enterprise, John F. Kennedy, Nimitz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Vinson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, John C. Stennis, Harry S. Truman, dan Ronald Reagan. Selain itu, begitu banyak pangkalan rahasia dibangun dan difungsikan hanya sekedar untuk memonitor apa yang dikerjakan masyarakat dunia.

Mereka mampu memonitor apa yang isi percakapan, surat menyurat baik lewat fax atau pun email antara satu sama lainnya, termasuk atas warga negara AS sendiri. Di Okinawa, pulau paling selatan Jepang yang telah menjadi koloni militer AS selama 58 tahun, terdapat 10 pangkalan korps marinir, termasuk korps marinir Futenma dan stasiun udara yang menduduki 1,186 Ha di pusat kota. Selain itu, di Inggris terdapat senilai US$5 miliar instalasi miliiter dan mata-mata AS yang disamarkan sebagai pangkalan Royal Air Force.

Sebenarnya berapa jumlah pangkalan militer AS di luar negaranya?

Diyakini jumlah pangkalan militer AS di luar negaranya jumlahnya telah mencapai lebih dari 1,000 pangkalan di negara berbeda. Bahkan, Pentagon sekalipun mungkin tidak tahu secara pasti jumlah setiap penghuninya. Data resmi dari Departement of Defence (DoD) pada laporan struktur tahun fiskal 2003 menyebut, Pentagon memiliki 702 pangkalan di luar negeri di 130 negara.

Jumlah itu, belum termasuk 6.000 pangkalan di wilayah AS sendiri. Pada pangkalannya di luar negeri, jumlah tentara AS yang tak berseragam mencapai 253,288 personel. Mereka juga mempekerjakan 44,446 orang lainnya sebagai staff tambahan lokal yang disewa. Pentagon mengklaim, pangkalannya mencakup 44,870 barracks, hangars, rumah sakit, dan bangunan lain yang dibeli atau disewa sebanyak lebih dari 4,844 bangunan.

Lantas bagaimana?

Gambaran itu membawa kita pada kesadaran bahwa sebenarnya hanya sedikit sekali ruang yang ditinggalkan di planet bumi ini yang tidak terisi oleh kekuatan militer AS. Dan ruang kosong itu, adalah kawasan kita, wilayah Indonesia terus menuju arah bawah melalui Samudera Hindia ke arah Antartika. Bagaimana anda melihat kaitan kondisi ini dengan reformasi TNI? Sejak reformasi 1998, pembangunan profesionalisme TNI masih menemui banyak hambatan. Tekad kuat TNI untuk menjadi militer profesional yang berfungsi sebagai alat pertahanan negara, tidak serta-merta bisa diwujudkan.

Memprofesionalkan militer, bagaimana pun juga menimbulkan konsekuensi yang harus dipenuhi oleh kedua pihak, yakni sipil dan militer itu sendiri. Militer perlu dukungan sipil atas persoalan alokasi “anggaran” dalam rangka mengatasi berbagai ancaman yang timbul. Yang perlu kita ingat, kabinet pemerintahan bisa saja silih berganti, tetapi road map pertahanan jangka panjang adalah sesuatu yang harus diisi dengan komitmen tinggi seluruh elemen bangsa untuk memenuhinya.

Apakah penyebab hambatan pembangunan profesionalisme TNI?

Bila kita realistis dan berpikir kritis, sampai hari ini, ketidaksepakatan di kalangan pemimpin sipil mengenai beberapa konsep kebijakan pertahanan keamanan negara menjadi penyebab inkonsistensi dan terhambatnya muncul regulasi yang diperlukan. Persoalan bertambah kompleks, ketika munculnya wacana bahwa demokrasi dan militer adalah 2 hal yang tak dapat disatukan. Disadari atau tidak, jika virus berpikir bahwa demokrasi dan militer adalah 2 hal yang tak dapat disatukan, dan sengaja disebarkan secara sistematis.

Akhirnya akan membuat sipil semakin tidak memahami fungsi militer untuk kepentingan eksistensi negara. Seolah-olah, militer tidak dibutuhkan lagi dalam negara berdemokrasi. Padahal, pembangunan demokrasi sebuah negara sangat butuh “pengawal”. Peran militer dalam menjaga demokratisasi di sebuah negara yang berdaulat, sangat penting. Pandangan anda soal pertentangan militer dan demokrasi itu? Militer dan demokrasi bukanlah sesuatu yang bertentangan. Lihat saja AS.

Sebagai negara yang mengklaim paling berdemokrasi di muka bumi, faktanya memiliki militer yang paling kuat di dunia. Bukan hanya di dalam negeri, tapi tumbuh berkembang, bak kecambah di musim hujan menjadi koloni-koloni di berbagai belahan bumi. Militer hadir sebagai komponen inti untuk menjaga kedaulatan negara. Tak terbayangkan apa yang akan terjadi di masa datang jika Indonesia tidak segera memperkuat TNI untuk menghadapi “perang” perebutan sumber daya alam dan jalur perdagangan. Ingat, Indonesia adalah jantung maritim Asia dan bisa menghindar dari dampak langsung dan tidak langsung serta harus dihadapi.

Mengapa militer AS bisa begitu mendominasi dunia?

Karena instalasi pangkalan militernya di luar negeri membawa keuntungan tak terkirakan untuk kemajuan industri usaha dan ekonomi sipil mereka. Mulai dari desain pembuatan senjata untuk angkatan bersenjata, pakaian untuk tentara berseragam dan pasukan tidak berseragam yang tercatat ada 253,288 personil berikut keluarganya yang belum termasuk didalamnya, stok makanan dan bisnis fasilitas liburan bagi tentara. Hampir sebagian besar sektor ekonomi AS sebenarnya mengandalkan militer untuk target penjualannya.

Satu contoh kecil, misalnya terhadap pangkalan militer AS di Irak. Untuk pangkalan itu, DoD harus memesan extra ration of cruise missiles dan depleted-uranium armor-piercing tank shells. Selain itu, DoD juga mengakuisisi sebanyak 273,000 botol sunblock yang dianggap sama pentingnya seperti rudal bagi para tentaranya disana. Belum lagi DoD harus menyediakan biaya binatu, dapur, surat menyurat dan pengiriman barang, serta cleaning services yang telah dikontrak militer dari perusahaan swasta, juga menjadi bagian dari kegiatan membangun dan mengembangkan sektor ekonomi AS. Diketahui, sepertiga dari dana US$ 30 miliar tambahan yang dianggarkan untuk perang Irak, habis untuk service layananan bagi kenyamanan tentara AS. Dengan begitu, keberadaan mereka di front-front perang tampak sama seperti kehidupan di rumah ala Hollywood.

Selain itu pengamanan juga dilakukan melalui sub-kontrak pada private military companies seperti Brown & Root, DynCorp, dan the Vinnell Corporation.

Artinya, AS memberikan tingkat kesejahteraan yang tinggi bagi prajurit militernya?

The Washington Post pernah mengkritisi kondisi yang terjadi di Fallujah, bagian barat Baghdad. Bagaimana pelayan-pelayan berkemeja putih bercelana hitam dan berdasi kupu-kupu bertugas setiap malamnya melayani makan malam untuk petugas dari 82nd Airborne Division. Beberapa dari pangkalan ini, karena sangat luasnya, membutuhkan 9 trayek bus internal untuk tentara dan kontraktor sipil di dalam area berkawat tersebut.

Pangkalan Anaconda, kantor pusat divisi brigade ke-3 dan infanteri ke-4 yang bertugas menjadi ‘polisi’ sepanjang 1.500 mil persegi di wilayah Irak, ke Utara Bagdad, hingga Samarra, menempati area besar seluas 25 kilometer persegi dan penyediaan perumahan untuk sebanyak 20.000 pasukan. Untuk keperluan spritual, misionaris bagi militer AS, mereka dilayani perusahaan penerbangan sendiri. Tentara AS juga dilayani perusahaan penerbangan dengan armada untuk penerbangan jarak jauh sehingga mampu menyambungkan langsung post dari Greenland hingga Australia. Bagaimana dengan kita? Wah, anda bisa bayangkan sendiri. Betapa jauhnya dengan cara kita memperlakukan personil militer. Untuk melaksanakan tugas negara pun kadang harus berutang hanya sekadar untuk membeli obat nyamuk di warung setempat. Atau harus terdampar di pulau terluar menjaga perbatasan dengan segala fasilitas yang sangat terbatas dan minim.

Asia Pasifik jadi target ekspansi AS selanjutnya, bagaimana anda melihatnya?

Perkembangan terkini kekaisaran militer AS, bisa disimak dari pernyataan Menteri Pertahanan, Panetta yang menyatakan bahwa 60 persen kekuatan militer AS akan pindah ke kawasan Asia Pasifik mulai 2012 hingga 2020. Reposisi pangkalan tersebut ada dibawah kendali dan tanggung jawab Andy Hoehn, Wakil Menhan AS untuk bidang strategi. Hoen dan dan rekan-rekannya mengatur tahapan implementasi akan apa yang disebut Goerge Bush dulu sebagai strategi perang pencegahan terhadap “persatuan negara-negara merah dan orang-orang jahat”. Negara-negara “persatuan orang-orang jahat” ini oleh AS telah diidentifikasikan sebagai “busur ketidakstabilan” yang tersebar dari mulai daerah Andes di Colombia terus ke arah Afrika Utara dan kemudian menyapu negeri negeri seberang Timur Tengah, hingga termasuk Filipina dan Indonesia.

Jadi, perang terhadap terorisme adalah sebagian kecil dari alasan untuk semua strategisasi militer AS di belahan dunia. Yang sebenarnya adalah untuk membangun cincin baru dari Pangkalan militer sepanjang khatulistiwa guna memperluas kekaisaran militer AS dalam mendominasi dunia.

Kebijakan pertahanan yang seperti apa, bagi Indonesia menyikapi kondisi ini?

Arah kebijakan pertahanan negara Indonesia saat ini telah berubah dari threat based planing ke capabilities based planning. Itu sudah ditetapkan. Soalnya kemudian, apakah kita sudah sepakat sebagai bangsa untuk memahami persepsi ancaman yang sebenarnya sedang dihadapi dalam waktu dekat, sebagai dampak tersebarnya 60 persen kekuatan militer AS ke kawasan ini.

Persis sama seperti saat Irak akan digempur melalui persiapan Operation of Enduring Freedom, dimana saat ini Indonesia sama juga “sudah terkurung” seperti Irak, oleh pangkalan-pangkalan AS sejak titik di Diego Garcia, Christmas Island, Cocos Island, Darwin, Guam, Philippina, terus berputar hingga ke Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam hingga kepulauan Andaman dan Nicobar beserta sejumlah tempat lainnya. Dengan kondisi ini, jelas sekali, tidak tersedia waktu banyak bagi elite Indonesia untuk segera mereposisi arah kebijakan luar negeri dan pertahanan Indonesia yang lebih tegas, strategis dalam menyikapi perubahan konstalasi politik di kawasan.

Indonesia juga harus memperkuat TNI sebagai aktor pertahanan yang tugas utamanya adalah untuk melindungi segenap wilayah kedaulatan termasuk kekayaan dan kesejahteraan penduduknya. Apa yang paling mendesak untuk dilakukan? Persoalan yang paling mendesak dan menjadi kewajiban sipil adalah perumusan dan penyusunan landasan serta kerangka hukum yang mengatur peran dan posisi TNI dalam konteks tugasnya sebagai garda terdepan bangsa untuk menjalankan misi pertahanannya.

Kondisi hari ini, TNI terbentuk menjadi tentara yang ditekankan hanya pada kemampuan stabilisasi dan rekonstruksi, tetapi tidak sebagai tentara profesional yang memiliki kemampuan outward looking defences seperti bagaimana seharusnya. Keberhasilan pembangunan landasan hukum ini, sebenarnya sangat terkait dengan visi politik dan visi transformasi militer untuk membangun kekuatan berdasarkan threat dan capabilities yang seharusnya dimiliki oleh kalangan sipil penentu kebijakan pertahanan. Konstalasi politik keamanan kawasan telah berubah signifikan dan ancaman telah muncul mengikuti trend geopolitik yang berjalan.

Kebijakan luar negeri Indonesia harus di re-shaping dalam cita-cita kita membangun keseimbangan regional yang merupakan tugas terbesar kita. Semakin cepat terjawab, semakin baik. Sehingga kita tahu TNI seperti apa yang harus dipersiapkan untuk mengantisipasinya.

Pendapat anda, apa yang paling penting dalam membangun profesionalitas TNI?

Hal yang terpenting bukan semata persoalan mana Alutsista yang perlu diganti dan mana yang masih layak pakai. Lebih dari itu, dalam membangun TNI yang profesional dan berwibawa di mata internasional, diperlukan sebuah grand strategy and design atas postur TNI. Postur TNI yang ideal untuk menghadapi segala bentuk ancaman yang segera akan terbentang di kawasan ini dalam 8 tahun mendatang. Meski dengan kemampuan Indonesia saat ini, komposisi ideal sulit diwujudkan dalam kenyataan. Namun tanpa standar ideal, kita tidak akan pernah tahu kemana tujuan negara ini 100 atau 200 tahun yang akan datang. Bagaimana TNI yang kita cintai harus dibangun untuk itu. Bagaimanapun juga, standar ideal sangat dibutuhkan sebagai panduan dalam mencapai cita-cita pembangunan akan postur TNI yang kuat, berwibawa, mumpuni dan profesional dalam menghadapi ancaman-ancaman atas kedaulatan kita sebagai bangsa yang kaya dan besar.


WRITTEN BY A COP:
Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one’s life. In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation… This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, & everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do :The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,
DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you… Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.
RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.
DON’T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head,
and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR ,
LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE..

If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat:
DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware:look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor ,
and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.
Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women
are attempting to get into their cars. C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side.. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then,
it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked ‘for help’ into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late
and she thought it was weird.. The police told her ‘Whatever you do, DO NOT
open the door..’ The lady then said that it sounded like the baby
had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, ‘We already have a unit on the way,
whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.’ He told her that they think a serial killer
has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night.

10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.

Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors! Please pass this on
This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America ‘s Most Wanted when they profiled
the serial killer in Louisiana

I’d like you to forward this to all the women you know.
It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle..
I was going to send this to the ladies only,
but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc.,
you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

Send this to any woman you know that may need
to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it
and it’s better to be safe than sorry..
Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life ora loved one’s life.

the Spiritual Path


The 15 Major Tests of the Spiritual Path

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Power

The first major spiritual test for every Light worker is the issue of power. The lesson here is either not owning it enough, or when you get it, letting it go to your head. Personal power is the fundamental first key to psychological health and spiritual growth. The ideal is to own it all the time in a considerate manner never wavering. It is through owning your personal power that Self-mastery over your energies takes place. You either own your power or give it to other people and/or your subconscious mind, negative ego, inner child, thoughts, emotions, desires and physical body.

On the other side of the coin one must have power but not to the repression of the yin aspect of one’s self. There must be the proper balance between the masculine and feminine sides. They must work together as in a beautiful dance. The real test of power comes when a person moves into leadership. Do they use their power in service totally of the Christ Consciousness and love, or does it become a manipulated power by the negative ego to control others. In essence does the power over others in the leadership they have go to their head. It is how many spiritual teachers, gurus, channels and psychics fail this first most fundamental test. One of the tests is to see if you treat people exactly the same as you did before you got the power you now hold.

Money

The next great test of the spiritual path is that of dealing with money. Each of these tests is like a false god and idol, in a metaphysical sense. The key question is whether Light workers will put the true presence of GOD always first, and put these other lessor gods on the altar of sacrifice. This is the true test of a Self realized being. How attached are you to money? I am amazed to see Light workers who are very much of the Christ Consciousness, except if you cross them over money. The Christ Consciousness goes right out of the window. It is like they are of the Christ Consciousness as long as you are paying them a client fee. This is not true spirituality.

What happens to you when someone rips you off over money? How do you respond? I am not saying that money is not important, for it is. It is not however more important than GOD and the Christ Consciousness. If all your money and material possessions were stripped away, how would you respond? Would you retain your faith and righteousness in GOD? Many of these fifteen tests dove tail together. When a Light worker or even non-Light worker moves into the position of having a lot of money, the key question is does your personality change?

Do you still treat people in the same loving manner? How do you look at people who do not have any money? Do you judge them or love them as you would GOD and the Ascended Masters? If you don’t then the negative ego’s interpretation of money has a hold on you.

GOD wants every person to have an abundant amount of money. It is not good to be poor. Being poor is a product of negative ego poverty consciousness programming. There is no judgment in being poor, but GOD would like everyone to be millionaires. The reason why, is so all His millionaires can give their money and lives to help those in need. What does having a lot of money do to your personality? How does this dovetail with the issue of power? You will pass or fail on the spiritual path with such issues.

I would like to share a personal story that really brought this home to me. I went through a lesson recently where I was potentially being ripped off for an extremely large amount of money. This came as a total shock to me. I had worked incredibly hard to develop this certain project and I was looking at losing everything that could ultimately be as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars. After recovering from a state of shock, I went through all the possible reactions. It took me a little while but I got myself to a rather divine indifferent attitude about the whole situation. I let go of my attachment and discussed the matter extensively with the Masters. If I had to sue this person I would. Ultimately, however, I really just surrendered the situation into GOD’s and the Master’s hands and put my service work and the Divine Plan first, over the money. My feeling was as long as GOD takes care of me, even though I may get ripped off in one place, GOD will make it up to me in another. I was actually surprised at my level of detachment over such a big lesson.

About three days later I had a dream where I was walking on this path kind of like in a fairy tale when I came to a metal platform where there was a deep cavern below me. I became aware in the dream that this cavern was an oracle as in the Oracle of Delphi. All of a sudden I heard a voice that said, “This is the anointed one the world has been waiting for”. In the dream I was really taken aback by such an amazing statement. I was then guided to step off the platform and before me was a table where I was guided. I had to pick one item, Kind of like the child who was the Dalai Lama had to pick to make sure they were the true Dalai Lama. In my dream at the time I wasn’t aware that this was a spiritual test I was going through.

It turned out that the object I picked was the right one. I then found myself walking with this very lovely woman and I was aware that I had chosen GOD over money and material concerns. This dream had a very profound effect on me. When I woke up I immediately had an association to this real life situation where I had let go of my attachment to money. I know for a fact that the dream was reflecting this on some level.

At the time of going through this real life lesson, I was not coneciously thinking about it as a spiritual test, but it was. As Iwas moving into major planetary leadership I was being watched to see how I would respond to such lessons. It is easy to forget at times that everthing that happens in life for everybody is a spiritual test.

I would much rather have GOD than attachment to money. This dream and lesson has really imprinted this lesson on the core of my being and I feel much more ready now for all such future lessons. These fifteen tests I speak of in this chapter remind me in many ways of the lessons that initiates went through in the Great Pyramid of Giza to become a Ptah or seventh level Meldhizedek. These are ardhetypal lessons we all must go through.

Fame

The next great test of the spiritual path is the issue of fame. The three great tests of power, money and fame are all very interconnected. The question here is what happens to the personality when fame and worldly recognition is achieved? How does this change the personality? Does one start treating others differently? Does one start treating others like lower class citizens? Does the fame go to one’s head and just inflate one’s ego? How does one use the fame – for self-glory, or as an opportunity to be of greater service? Does the fame allow for an opening for the negative ego?

The problem with Earth life is most people who move into fame and worldly recognition are not equipped psychologically to deal with it. This applies to both Earthly personages and a great many of the spiritual leaders. They often are highly developed spiritually or psychically but not as developed psychologically in terms of having control over the negative ego, inner child, desire body, emotional body and the likes. The key with all these tests is to remain exactly the same as you were before power, money, and fame were achieved. These blessings by GOD should be used for His purposes. Know that they are on loan and if they are misused they will be taken away.

Attachment

To achieve Self-realization, happiness, inner peace, success, happy relationships, and GOD-realization all attachments and addictions must be let go of. As Buddha said, “All suffering comes from attachment.” It is amazing all the things we get attached to. All negative emotions can be traced to attachment. All failed relationships can be traced to attachment. To pass the fourth initiation, in its fullest sense of the term one must become a “renunciate”, which means living in this world but not of this world. One must learn to have super-strong preferences in life but not attachments. The nature of preference is that you go after them with all your heart and soul and mind and might but if you don’t get them you are still happy.

In matters of love, that which you share and then let go of will come back if it is meant to be. If it doesn’t come back it is not GOD’s will. This is the law of life. That which you try and hold onto you lose. This is one of the key principles in understanding the laws of manifestation.

Whatever you are attached or addicted to in life no matter what it is, be it people, material things, future events, sex, money, ad infinitum, change these things to preferences. Some go too far in the other direction and become totally detached with no preferences. This is not good either for they are not involved in life. It is important to have a total passion for life and for all your goals, preferences and priorities, but the key is to be happy and have inner peace regardless of what happens, instead of fighting life. This whole lesson is truly the fourth great spiritual test of the spiritual path.

Sexuality

The fifth great test deals with the issue of sexuality. Are you the master of your sexuality or is it the master of you? Does the flow of your sexuality serve the lower self or the Higher Self? Who comes first GOD or sexuality? Are you moderate in your sexual practices? Does your sexuality serve love and intimacy or just materialistic animal pleasure? Does your sexuality serve just a selfish purpose, or a selfless purpose? Is your sexuality being used also for the raising of your kundalini and brain illumination or just for a second chakra release?

These are all key questions Light workers need to ask themselves with devastating honesty. There is no judgment if it is being slightly misused. As you become aware of this just make the appropriate adjustment and spiritual vow to correct the imbalance. Life is nothing more than making continual adjustments and attitudinal and physical corrections to bring oneself constantly back to inner peace and the appropriate Tao. Mistakes are not bad, only uncorrected conscious mistakes become a problem. The idea is to learn by grace instead of karma. To learn the easy way instead of by the school of hard knocks.

Sexuality is a wonderful thing and was created by GOD to be enjoyed as a communication device in service of love. Sexuality is not bad. It becomes negative however when it is used by the lower self, or carnal self, or negative ego. Use it in service of the Higher Self, and love, and it becomes a most sacred consecration.

One of the great tests of the spiritual path in regards to sexuality also comes when one achieves power, money, fame. How does one deal with their sexuality then? A great many spiritual teachers have fallen when confronted with this lesson. They use their position of power to have sex with their students and/or devotees. We have also seen several Fundamentalist ministers fall in this way. This lesson applies to Eastern and Western Masters alike. We have all heard stories of well-known New Age and Eastern masters who have degraded their standing in this regard. Let this be a lesson to us all!

Desire

The next great test of the spiritual path is the transcendence of desire. This is the main precept of all Eastern teachings and the main precept of Buddhism as well. This is a confusing point for many Light workers. What is meant by this is that one must transcend lower self desire, for it is the mother of all negative ego qualities.

All lower self desire should be transformed to Higher Self desire. Many Light workers being confused on this point try to block all desire which is not appropriate or good. It is good to have a desire to ascend, or a desire to achieve liberation, or to be of service. Even Melchizedek and all the inner plane Ascended Masters continue to strive for greater and greater levels of spiritual growth. Transform lower self desire into desire for GOD-realization. This is the ticket to Paradise!

Anger

The definition of anger is that it is, “A lack of control and attempt to regain it.” If you think about it this is really true. The misuse of anger deals with the misuse of power. The late, great Edgar Cayce in his source channelings spoke of positive anger versus negative anger. Everyone needs what might be called positive anger. This is like being the spiritual warrior in life or manifesting tough love with self or others when needed. Anger in essence is ego and this is a fact. Instead of getting rid of anger, it should be channeled properly, for there is enormous power in anger. This is what is meant by positive anger. It is anger channeled in Christ Consciousness directions.

Anger when not used in a completely unconditionally loving manner is an attack and for that reason it is wrong. It is never appropriate or right to attack a brother or sister. To hurt another is to hurt GOD and in truth oneself. People who are angry all the time are demonstrating lack of true personal power and consistent Self-mastery. Anger creates separation. The purpose of life is to retain oneness at all times, not separation. Cultivate personal power, a spiritual warrior attitude, and toughness in life but not anger. Chronic anger will debilitate your liver function, among other things. Anger stems from attachment and not looking at things as lessons in life. It also stems from an inability to transcend duality.

When things bother you in your relationships most definitely share them, but do it in a loving and respectful manner. Anger without unconditional love is negative anger and should be controlled at all costs. There is no such thing as righteous anger. Righteous anger is a delusion of the negative ego. Anger is such a critical lesson in life for it comes up every time life doesn’t go the way we want it to go. We all know how often this occurs. The anger is developing as Buddha said from, “Wrong points of view.” It is not in life, it is in our attitude towards life. Someone who is angry all the time is angry because they are fighting life instead of working with life and learning from life. Anger is caused by faulty thinking as all negative emotions are.

When one moves into positions of power, fame, and money the proper control of this energy is even more important, for a great many people are in your spiritual care. When anger arises channel it into cleaning your house, exercising, transformative journal writing, meditating. Use the enormous power in anger as an alchemical process to create GOD-realization. Do not judge self when anger arises but take responsibility that you are creating it. Do not take it out on others or self, or “karma” will be incurred!

Transcending Fear

This lesson should have been first on the list. If there had to be one word that describes negative ego more than any other it is fear. If there is one word that describes the Christ Consciousness more than any other it is love. There are in truth only two emotions in life: love and fear. All other positive and negative emotions at their core have these as their basis. To understand fear is to see that it is projected attack. When we attack others we live in fear by the Law of Karma operating in your own mind. This is why A Course In Miracles says to give up all your attack thoughts. Probably the greatest test of the spiritual path is to learn to release all core fear and to replace it with core love. When you have released all fear you have released and transcended negative ego consciousness. The releasing of fear is also tied to having faith in GOD and Self. This is why Edgar Cayce said, “Why worry when you can pray.”

A Course In Miracles says there are no neutral thoughts. All thoughts are either fear based or love based. This is why it is of the utmost importance to deny all thoughts not of GOD to enter your mind. It is also why it is so important to affirm and visualize only thoughts of GOD and the Christ Consciousness to enter your mind.

One of the great dispensations of the 20th century given to us by the Ascended Masters has been the “Core Fear Matrix Removal Program”. I spoke of this in my book Beyond Ascension. With the Ascended Masters help this advanced technology can remove all the core fear programs from this life and all your past lives in a matter of months if you will work with this tool on a regular basis. No lesson in life or the spiritual path is more important than transcending negative ego consciousness and replacing it with the Christ Consciousness!!! The transcending of fear is the great spiritual work of the spiritual path!!!

Selfishness

The next great test of the spiritual path is the transcending of selfishness and selfcenteredness. This is truly the scourge of the Earth. It is amazing to me sometimes to see how some of the major spiritual teachers and very high level initiates still see life through the lens of selfishness. This stems from their high level development in spiritual things. but weak development on the psychological level. They often have not learned to parent their inner child properly. When one allows themselves to be run by the inner child they are going to be very selfish as all children are by definition. This also stems from also just not ever being trained in the difference between negative ego thinking and Christ thinking. In my experience I have found most Light workers being extremely weak in this area. This is not a judgment just a clarion call I am putting out to my readers to develop this as high as possible within Self and then train others to do the same. We don’t have enough spiritual counselors doing this kind of work.

We all must learn to let go of our own selfish lens, and see the bigger picture. We must learn to wear the moccasins of our brothers and sisters. We must learn to embrace the opposite of selfishness which is selflessness and helping others. The quality of total and complete selflessness is the sign of the true spiritual Master. This doesn’t mean that at times the true spiritual Master isn’t spiritually selfish. The key principle here is that they are spiritually selfish, not negative egotistically selfish. This may come into play in terms of having proper boundaries, or the need to be impersonally loving at times, or just taking care of the physical body so one doesn’t burn oneself out in doing service work. The true spiritual Master’s consciousness sees everything out of the group body and not out of the lens of just the inner child, negative ego and physical body.

False Pride

The lesson here can be summed up in the biblical statement, “After pride cometh the fall.” This is one of the great tests that comes with power, fame, and money. Will the ego become inflated? Will the personality fill itself with self aggrandizement and selfglorification? It is in my opinion the number one cause of all fallen Light workers. It is a danger no matter what your level of initiation, and whether you have achieved your ascension or not. It is something every Light worker on planet Earth must be constantly vigilant against. What we are dealing with here is really the superiority and inferiority complex. Fritz Pearls coined this “The Topdog-Underdog Complex”.

The other side of false pride is what I call negative humility. It is just as bad as false pride. More Light workers are caught up in the bottom side of the negative ego than the top side. This is inferiority complex, low self-esteem, lack of self worth, poor self concept, feeling undeserving and the likes. It is as much an illusion as false pride is. The key to inner peace is to transcend duality in this regard. Both the superiority and inferiority must be transcended to release oneself from the negative ego’s grasp. As Fritz Pearls said, “Laugh them off the stage.” To be stuck in either one is to stay stuck in both of them.

The issue of transcending duality is one of the least understood concepts of the spiritual path. There is another way of thinking beyond the duality of ego which is called Christ Consciousness. It is so unfortunate to see on this Earth incredible spiritual teachers, seventh degree initiates, and fantastic channels, be taken over by this self-aggrandizement and self-glorification. No matter how great these teachings, channelings or books, it completely poisons the work and creates a push-pull dynamic among the students. These great spiritual teachers who are bringing through some incredible enegies and information, become synonymous with ego instead of the glory of GOD and it is tragic. It is something we all need to learn from and we all need to constantly be on guard for. The negative ego is incredibly tricky and seductive and can enter in the slightest moment any one of us goes on automatic pilot.

Greed

Greed is truly a vile quality. Instead of being satisfied with our puzzle piece that GOD has for us, the negative ego quality of greed would have us try to acquire other people’s pieces in GOD’s Plan. This can be in relationship to money, but in truth goes far beyond just money or material things. It can be greed for power, fame, spiritual things, even greed for spiritual growth. There was a book by Trungpa that was called Spiritual Materialism that spoke of such things. The negative ego and the spoiled inner child always wants. It is a product of being run by the negative ego or astral body.

Instead of focusing on what one can give, the negative ego focuses on what it can get. It can apply to spiritual information, trying to greedily save it for self and not share it with others. It usually connects with competition, jealousy and envy. In truth that which we greedily hold onto we will ultimately lose. In truth we retain only that which we giveaway. This is the law of life.

Transcending Duality

Transcending duality goes far beyond just transcending the topdog-underdog complex. It applies to all aspects of life. As I have already stated, in my opinion it is the least understood concept on the entire spiritual path for Lightworkers. The key here is to see that third and fourth dimensional consciousness focuses on duality and polarity.When one moves into fully realized fifth dimensional consciousness and beyond, it is seen that there is a way of thinking called the Christ Consciousness or Buddha Consciousness, that can transcend dualistic thinking while still being fully involved with life. Negative ego always has two sides to it. This can be seen and most clearly understood inthe Eastern teachings of such Masters as Sai Baba, ParmahansaYogananda, and Lord Krishna. In the Bhagavad Gita Krishnastates that when you have profit or loss, pleasure or pain,sickness or heath, victory or defeat, success or failure, remainthe same.

Sai Baba calls this equal mindedness. Krishna calls it evenmindedness ans equanimity. In learning to transcend duality we don’t have to be tossed around on a continual rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows. There is a way of thinking called the Christ Consciousness that allows one to be unceasingly the same, always in your power, always loving,always happy, always evenminded, always equanimous, always in joy, in inner peace, forgiving, and unchanging regardless of the fluctuation of the dualities of life. This is the consciousness of the GOD Self. This allows you to remain the same whether people praise you or vilify you.

This is possible because the negative ego does not become engaged. The storms and fluctuations of outer life do not effect the stability and evenmindedness of your thinking process. It is not what is going on outside of life which should be your concern but rather our attitude towards what is going on inside of life. One person can lose a million dollars and jump out the window of a building. This is the power of one simple thought. Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Do you see the donut or the hole?

Everything in life is perception, interpretation and your belief system. The whole purpose of this book is nothing more than a course in attitudinal healing, to create a pole shift or shift in your thinking from fear based thought and emotions, to love based thoughts and emotions. Your salvation is up to you, not up to GOD. GOD has given you everything from the beginning.The question is will you give yourself salvation by releasing your negative ego completely and fully 100% embracing theChrist Consciousness!

Jealousy

Jealousy stems from insecurity and attachment and hence the need to compete with others instead of to cooperate. Jealousy is totally of the negative ego and should be released at all cost for it is not of GOD. It is connected also with the negative ego quality of envy. We have all heard the term “green with envy”. It is very much connected with greed and selfishness. The main point here is to again be connected to group consciousness and one’s identity with all creation. One’s true identity is the Eternal Self, not the physical body and personality. This connects one with all creation, and all creation with oneself. In realizing this truth every happiness and benefit another achieves is your happiness.

Every suffering of another is your suffering and vice versa. One’s identity is GOD rather than self. This is a great lesson of the spiritual path.

The spiritual path is really quite easy to understand. If you want to be with GOD in heaven then act like Him. Would GOD be jealous if another had more leadership, power, fame, or money? I think you can see the absurdity of such a thought and the absurdity of such emotions. Would GOD compete with another over a relationship? As I said earlier, you state your preferences in life and then let go. If it is meant to be it will come back, and if it isn’t meant to be, then so much the better. Be happy for another person’s joy. The key to life is to recognize your puzzle piece, for GOD created each person differently and for a different function!

Vanity

Djwhal Khul guided me to add the negative ego quality of having too much vanity. There is nothing wrong in life with taking care of one’s physical body and wanting to look nice and attractive. The key lesson here is whether this desire to present an attractive appearance is governed by the soul or the negative ego. Truly examine your deepest motivations and intent in this regard. It is important to have good grooming habits, and to be clean, and present a nice appearance, and to wear appropriate clothes. Are you doing it to stand out and be better than others? Are you doing it as a seduction of some kinds Do you spend too much time looking in the mirror and too much time in the bathroom over vain pursuits? Some people don’t spend enough time on these matters and others spend too much time. They are both mistakes of omission and commission. Be moderate in this regard. Be clear on what you are trying to present. Are you presenting Godliness in your appearance or slovenliness or glamour in the extreme. Be honest with yourself in this regard with no judgment and make appropriate adjustments whereneeded!

Egotism

The final major test of the spiritual path is that of egotism. Egotism goes beyond even pride to really encompass all negative ego qualities and emotions. There really is only one problem in life for all incarnated and non-incarnated souls and that is egotism. There is only one answer to all the problems of humanity and that is the Christ/Buddha Consciousness. This is why Sai Baba states that the definition of GOD is, “GOD equals man minus ego” If you want to realize GOD you must transcend your negative ego with all its negative attributes, qualities and emotions.

Your ego is the source of all the spiritual tests I have mentioned, and the source of all lower self desire. It is the source of all separation, fear and selfishness. It is the source of all disease. It is the premiere lesson every soul must learn. The key to inner peace is to deny every thought that is not of GOD or is of the negative ego to enter your mind. Affirm and place your attention on every thought and emotion that is of GOD and is of the Christ/Buddha Consciousness. It is through this practice of attitudinal healing that your subconscious mind and conscious thinking will be reprogrammed and form a new habit. Your subconscious mind is as happy to be programmed with the Christ/Buddha Consciousness as it is the negative ego consciousness. It doesn’t care because it has no reasoning. It is your job as the conscious mind to reprogram your subconscious mind in this manner.

Many Light workers spend too much time focusing on the Ascended Masters and do not spend enough time cleansing their minds and emotions of the psychological or negative ego thoughts, emotions and attributes. The Ascended Masters and angels will not get rid of your negative ego. That is your job. It is done very simply by not giving your attention to it. You don’t need to get mad at it for in truth it doesn’t really exist. It is not really there. You just think it is. It is nothing more than a bad dream. It manifests on the mental plane as illusion. Its manifest on the astral plane as glamour and on the etheric plane as maya.

It has been called many things. In some schools of thought it is called the lower self. In other schools of thought it is called the “dweller on the threshold”. In still other schools of thought, the personality and in others just “ego”, as opposed to “negative ego”. In my personal opinion I think the best term to call it is the negative ego. If there is just one quality that describes it most succinctly it is “separation consciousness”. A Course In Miracles states that there is only one problem in life and that is separation from GOD. In truth we have never been or will ever be separate. This is illusion. The law of the mind however is that whatever we think is the reality we live in. The world is living in a mass negative hypnosis of separation that does not exist in reality. As A Course In Miracles says, “The fall never happened, we just think it did.” This is the great law of life. In this moment wakeup from the bad dream and nightmare you have lived for many lifetimes and realize the truth that passeth all understanding….

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Dr. Joshua David Stone

Spirituality in Cyprus: A New Consciousness

 

 


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