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Trump’s Generals

Trump’s Generals

“Democrats are growing uneasy with the number of generals President-elect Donald Trump has tapped for his administration, citing concerns about the amount of sway the military will have in the government. Trump has so far named three generals to top positions –– and there’s the potential for more.”

Read the full story here

music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAkGL-roQig 



There seems to be a great degree of uncertainty, concern, queasiness or even disdain for the fact that Donald Trump appears to be surrounding himself with generals. The degree to which these people are accepted or cleared into key positions within his administration remains in the future; he hasn’t even been sworn in yet and there are a lot of people floating scenarios, ideas and suggestions for preventing that occurrence.  

While you wait for the calendar to flip, consider what a general must have learned by the time stars arrived for shoulder boards.

“Generals understand the scope and scale of large problems.”


Generals are “able and willing to coordinate their activities with a number of other” high-level and highly-capable individuals.


It’s a maxim that a good general must understand logistics. Logistics must certainly be a major consideration in making a nation function efficiently. 


Generals have significant experience in the management of large and diverse organizations. 

“The willingness to allow yourself to be influenced by other people and to share your ideas openly enhances the know-hows, while being psychologically closed can cause problems. Leaders who are psychologically open seek diverse opinions, so they see and hear more and factor a wider range of information into their decisions. Their openness permeates the social system, enhancing candor and communication. Those who are psychologically closed are secretive and afraid to test their ideas, often cloaking that fear under the guise of confidentiality. They’re distant from their direct reports and have no one outside to bounce ideas off of or to provide information that counters their own beliefs. In the new environment of complexity, being psychologically closed makes it particularly difficult to reposition the business, because the leader lacks perspectives from diverse disciplines, functions and cultures….”


Generals know how to recruit (enroll into his assigned mission), manage, trust, motivate, respect and push teams.



If you want to study military leadership, start with this book by this man.  


Qualities of an Effective Leader 

There are five personal attributes or qualities of an effective leader: courage, will, intellect, presence and energy. Courage can be described as both physical courage and moral courage. Will is defined in terms of both boldness and tenacity. Intellect is explained as the use of innovation, flexibility and judgment. Presence is used to rally and to inspire. And energy is a characteristic that provides dynamism to the other qualities, animates those who are following, and as an intensity that gets things accomplished.

Physical courage in warfare is more important than it is in athletics. But if we think of danger less in terms of personal physical harm than as a threat to the competitive presence of the team, then courage in sports has more to do with hanging tough, sucking it up, sticking it out, taking one for the team, stepping up, and so on. Among soldiers and athletes, phoniness and the lack of guts are soon discovered.

In warfare, we think of physical courage in terms of the officer leading the charge up the hill. In sports leadership, we must think more in terms of moral courage. We must recognize and appreciate that the leader is under the scrutiny of everyone in or observing the contest. The leader has the ability to make a decision, and the courage to act on the decision. With time and experience, those decisions will increasingly be the right ones. The leader is one who, having made a decision, has the resolution and the determination to stand firm and not waver when the issue remains in doubt.

Leadership is, in part, visibility. But moral courage is quiet, the calm determination that exists in and operates in the minds — and hearts — of the team, and strengthens the will against uncertainties and frustrations. It is what makes the strong-minded appear that way and enables you to stand against anything the opponent can muster up against you.

Leadership and moral courage have to do with responsibility. In warfare, that responsibility is sobering. In sports, life itself does not hang in the balance. In a team context, the leader must be capable of making others accomplish their mission in spite of their shortcomings. Two opposing elements of will are boldness and tenacity.

Boldness suggests a daring action, one that balances the risks with the outcomes. Boldness suggests flair, and perhaps impetuous action, but boldness without effective use of the mind is rash behavior with potentially disastrous consequences. When is the time for boldness and when is the time for caution? How does the leader go about deciding where and how to be bold?

Proper boldness is a calculated risk. The situation has been carefully reviewed. Meticulous planning has been involved. Risk and potential have been weighed. The opponent’s situation, resources and weaknesses have been assessed. Thought has been given about what can be done. Wishful thinking has been eliminated. Every means available has been used to eliminate the possibility of error. Then a time and place for a bold action is selected, when conditions will be favorable. This is not to say that bold action cannot be instant. It can, but it must be based on skill, experience and knowledge, on awareness and intuition.

Tenacity is the characteristic that enables the leader and his or her followers to hold out, no matter how adverse the odds or conditions, until the mission has been accomplished. Tenacity arises from an underlying sense of duty, rests squarely on discipline, and is aided by will.  At such times, it seems the team cannot go on, but it must. Everyone has been pushed to their limits. Relief is nowhere in sight, unless quitting provides it. If you’re the leader, you can’t tell your group any baloney; they know what they’re up against. You can’t let talk or even thoughts of defeat creep into your mental fortress. You will improvise. You must continue to think, to strategize, to communicate. You

will squeeze every drop of value out of what your team has to offer.

Leadership in any major sphere is a clearly-defined professional discipline, but it is also a highly-personalized art.

Leadership is embodied in the individual, and no where is this more evident than in the area of presence. Presence in a military setting is again dominantly a physical and geographical concept; face-to-face contact is important in any relationship, but when the general shows up at the front, it has an immediate and visible impact. Presence as a means of rallying means using personal example and force

of character to bring order out of potential chaos during a critical turn of events.

At all times, the leader must be sincere. Insincere and repetitive appeals soon lose their value. A leader’s “presence” is best used when it is absolutely necessary to get people’s attentions, when it is useful in terms of changing people’s mindset or attitude, when it is essential to accomplishing the mission. In its most practical sense, the leader’s inspiration must produce the results he seeks before he arrives at the place and time where he thought his “presence” would turn the trick.

Pure brainpower is a critical element in leadership. In order to make judgment, flexibility and innovation work for you, you’ve got to be able to think clearly, you have to have done your homework, and you must develop and update an accurate assessment of and insight into what is happening in front of you.

Any of those qualities of intellect can help you produce a successful result.

Judgment is the ability to make a sound assessment of what is known about the opponent, the situation and capabilities of those on your team, to decide upon a practicable course of action, and to act.

Flexibility is the ability to shift mental gears under pressure without confusion of purpose. An accomplished leader has learned all of the principles or maxims of his craft. But the leader with experience learns to recognize the moment when the game’s maxims can be bent or disregarded. Innovation, of course, is the creation of change, of finding a new way of attacking the same problem. Having scouted and studied the opponent in front of him, having charted his tendencies, strengths, weaknesses and character, the leader has the information that will enable correct judgment when it is required. Having drilled his own team, with a clear and effective system of signs and signals, he is better assured of flexibility.

Energy does not stand alone as an attribute of leadership. It is the foundation and the cement that provide continuous support to the leader’s expression of courage, will, intellect and presence. Indeed, an energetic leader who cannot express the other four attributes will not achieve her goals; the followers will be aimless, or soon absent.


Spend a few dollars and a few hours; order the book and sit by the fireplace.

Leaders and Battles: The Art of Military Leadership, Lt. Col. William Wood, U.S.Army War College, Carlisle, PA.


The whole idea of emotional intelligence comes into focus too. You need not spend a lot of time reading the history of battles past; you are immersed in a massive battle right now.  Look around you, and open your eyes.

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.


doing reverse psy-op

I have been building on a concept expressed by Bernie Suarez here: I have been straddling the matrix. I have one foot back in the research I did for alarumed — on what others may be doing to you, in particularly zeroing in on the themes of viral receptor mapping, genetic modification, and programmable behavior as explained by the mythical Dr. Marta Shearing in the film The Bourne Legacy — and I have the other foot looking for a place to firmly plant itself amidst the research I am doing to extend the concepts expressed in my e-book called “Summon the Magic” whose excerpts suggest strongly that you can program your own mind. At least one person agrees that you can create a firewall in your own mind and body against the intrusions of others.

My recent reading has dominantly zeroed in on the three books by Dr. Joe Dispenza, noted previously in Je Ne Sais Quoi, especially the sixth day of that virtual symposium.

In the second book Breaking the habit of being yourself, he introduces the topic of epigenetics.

I’d just viewed this old two-hour PBS show on the human genome project and a simple search popped up  a number of relevant videos that promised to help me get more centered in my straddling.

I remembered having read something, probably in Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra, M.D. (Bantam New Age Books, 1989), in which this Ayurvedic physician said that our body is a factory made out of bricks in which each brick had the ability to make an entire factory.  Here are two more quotes, also relevant:


“The human body is not an anatomical structure that is fixed in space and time. The human body is more like a river alive with energy, information and intelligence. It has a cybernetic feedback loop and can influence its own evolution and its own expression. It has the ability to learn from mistakes and the ability to make choices.  The human body is an astronomical amount of raw material that comes from everywhere. In the last three weeks, a quadrillion atoms have circulated through our bodies that have circulated through the bodies of every other living species on the planet. We could think of a tree in Africa, a squirrel in Siberia, a peasant in China…. In less than one year, we replace 98% of our physical bodies… a new liver every six weeks, a new skin once a month, a new stomach lining every five days, a new skeleton every three months. The bones that appear so hard, solid and permanent are dynamic structures. Even the DNA, which holds the memories of millions of years of evolution, comes and goes every six weeks. The physical body is recycled elements — recycled earth, water and air — matter in all of its solid, liquid, gaseous and quantum mechanical forms.

Any time I explain the quantum mechanical model to my friends and colleagues, they ask me this question: “If it is really true that the human skeleton replaces itself every three months, then why is the arthritis still there?”

The answer I give is that, through our conditioning, we generate the same impulses of energy and information that lead not only to the same behavioral outcomes but also lead to the same biochemical processes, and that these biochemical processes are under the influence of our consciousness, our memory and our conditioned responses.”


“Quantum Physics and Consciousness”, by Deepak Chopra, M.D., in The Emerging Mind, ed. by Karen Nesbitt Shanor, PhD, Renaissance Books, Los Angeles, CA 1999.


“The most creative act you will ever undertake is 

the act of creating yourself.”

Deepak Chopra, The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want



Here is a series of videos that will provide further understanding. 

The first two are 50 minutes each; the others are short TED talks of less than 20 minutes each.



“Ghost In Your Genes”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDi3VW8ekjw (49:40)



Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. Epigenetics: The science of Human Empowerment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqG5TagD0uU [42:40]

Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology, that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts.

He demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.

[Note the title of the research article he shows on the slide at about the 40-minute mark — “behavioral epigenetics” — and compare that to the explanations given by the mythical Dr. Marta Shearing in The Bourne Legacy, and the functional thesis inherent in the collection of excerpts I have entitled “Summon The Magic” on how you can use your mind….]






How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains

“It’s more like “body-mind plasticity” than “neuroplasticity” because it’s not just the brain. The body is a holistic system.

There are about 4 input channels: stomach e.g. for recycling RNA, small intestine e.g. for absorbing water-based nutrition, the colon e.g. for fermentation of solid waste by gut bacteria, and the lungs e.g. for the absorption of airborne nutrition. There are a couple of output channels: solid waste elimination, liquid waste elimination, skin (sweat), and the lungs.”


Change Your Mind, Change Your Life


Bodhin Kjolhede weaves metaphor and allegory together to explain the importance of meditation. He will deliver several tangible benefits of meditation that would go unrealized without personal experience.


How mindfulness meditation 

redefines pain, happiness & satisfaction


This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat teaches and presents on the use of mindfulness for creating healing, transformation, and peace. He is passionate about enhancing people’s sense of joy, authenticity, and presence. Kasim also teaches and speaks about the use of laughter and laughter yoga for improving wellness.

Kasim is a therapist with interest in fostering positive change in mental health both inside and outside the therapy room. He recently returned from completing a challenging six-month meditation retreat in silence, in a forest monastery in South East Asia.



Is There Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves?

Lissa Rankin, MD explores the scientific literature, reviewing case studies of spontaneous remission, as well as placebo and nocebo effect data, to prove that our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well.




“… In my search for a different approach to the power of individual consciousness, I came upon the history of early Tibet, before the society hardened into a theocracy.

Several sources were particularly helpful. The work of author John Blofeld (The Tantric Mysticism of Tibet), the writings of the intrepid explorer, Alexandra David-Neel, and a quite unconventional healer, Richard Jenkins, with whom I worked in the early 1960s in New York.

Jenkins once wrote to me: “There are people who want to tell us what consciousness should perceive. They’re blind to the electric, alive, and free nature of awareness.

They’re wrapped up in content and addicted to it. Their biggest mistake is omitting the creative nature of human beings…”

That creative nature was the intense focus of the early Tibetans.

These practitioners, teachers, and students, some 1500 years ago, realized that most people viewed consciousness as an accumulator of knowledge. A searching tool, or a receiving apparatus.

Instead, the Tibetans embarked on a far more adventurous course.

Their many images (e.g., mandalas) weren’t meant as depictions of what finally exists in higher realms. Those realms were just as provisional and changeable as the physical world. You might call the multiple locales and dimensions representations of “what humans in certain Asian cultures would expect to encounter in their journeys of spirit.”

In other words, the Tibetans consciously treated their pantheons of gods and semi-gods as convincing illusions.

Several of their key exercises and techniques were all about having students mentally create these illusions in voluminous and meticulous detail. That was difficult enough, to be sure. Far more difficult was the next aspect of their practice: get rid of these creations.

Put them there; take them away.

The Tibetans were committed to living life on the level of imagination, with all that implied.

And what does it imply?

A new psychology. A psychology of unlimited possibility:

A person’s past, his history, his problems, his relationships are all framed against the wider context of what he can imagine and then invent, create, in the world.

Living through and by imagination long enough, the individual discovers that his prior relationships are transformed. They no longer set themselves up as questions or problems.

He is operating from a platform that affords an utterly different, original, and unexpected outcome.

A psychology of possibility not only looks forward to the future, it has a reason to do so. Bringing electricity back into life depends, initially, on viewing possibilities in the space of one’s own imagination.

It may strike you at this point that our current civilization is bent on lowering possibilities; and that is true. That is the psychology of the psyop.

There is a good reason for this programming, as well as the staging of events that seem to give the programming validity. Those who aim to control the destiny of humankind want to shrink the “size of humans.” That is their intent.

A psychology of possibility would reverse that trend and expose it…..”



magic energy mind

Music video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbdpQ2pPlD8  (4:42)

I am going to address a theme that has been troubling me for some time.

I just spent about 45 minutes looking for one of those quotes from within my performance psychology archives; they go back 18 years now and sometimes I misplace things because I haven’t yet developed the IT skills and systems that hyper-linking allows to cross-catalog everything. But my mind works well enough and by just by placing the thought into my reticular activating system (the RAS is your mind’s own search engine), eventually something will pop.

It just popped.


I didn’t know whether I should post this at Boy Down The Lane(“on the topics of life…, learning, choices, paths, fitting in, conformity and non-conformity, social ostracism, dysfunctional families (and society), complicity versus compliance, and … intimidation, destruction, and psychopathology”) or at The Sullen Bell (“media, social media, culture, perception management, mind control…, personal sovereignty, … cultural observation and reflection, and freedom of thought and mind”).

What I want to riff about is faith, religion, belief, and doubt. That topic grouping as I will express it will fit under freedom of thought and mind.


Out there in Internet-ville, I have encountered (and so have you) all manner of people who will tell you what’s wrong with your belief system.

We’ve been exposed for a long time — since we were about five or six — to the proselytism of family, community and the locally-dominant communal belief system through its teachers.

In America, people knock on your door to ask if you need to be saved, or to offer you gifts, seeds, literature and opportunities to be saved in their own special methodologies.

You can shut the door and turn on the TV and, on 10% of the channels on your particular system of delivery for “hot and cold running images”, you can have fundamental Christianity, mega-church services, local church services, the Jewish/Zionist point of view and, if you are lucky, perhaps another choice or two — though Taoism, the Buddhist practices, and others eschew the use of technologies for ritual celebration.

On the Internet, though you can choose an avenue of inquiry (or several of them) that will serve your own need for exploration, or to research and answer what appear to be unsettling questions for how what was yours or what is now offered clashes with science, or the arguments of agnosticism and atheism.

My point is not to argue that there is or isn’t a God, or never was a prophet in sandals, or that one such icon or symbol is better than another.

My point is to offer what someone once wrote — a grouping of materials and a core concept which have formed a cornerstone for my understandings — for everyone to consider as they encounter the proselytism of the dis-believing crowd.

Clearly one of the reasons that the agnostics and the atheists post so much information — noting the empire’s harnessing and shaping of religion, the Councils, the parallels with older indigenous belief systems or ancient myths, sometimes even citing chapter and verse from the Bible or other forms and formats,sometimes stating that Jesus never existed— is because of the violence and those who perpetrate the violence. They cite, and with a high degree of accuracy and surety, that passages from within the remaining or properly-approved verses, chapters and books incite genocide, or hatred, or behaviors we find — much later in our own evolution — to be uncivilized, tainted, and evil.  Comparative religion on its own is fuel for violence and warfare; when religious hatred is purposefully incited to achieve control, profit or to re-structure cultures, re-draw maps, or destroy the centers, icons and social systems of a hated belief system, it becomes evil. Here we can see as examples the Sunni-Shia split, the ostracism of Yazidism, the use of fundamental Christianity as false allies for Zionism, the infiltration of the Khazarian banksters for the enrichment of the elite, the introduction of the Noahide laws, forms of occultism, collectivism, and Marxist-based-or-related efforts to degrade or destroy religious beliefs as well as the other “glial” matter of the social culture like movies, music and art. There are belief systems within all world-views that must be addressed and understood.

To suggest widely and repetitively that it is wrong-headed to believe in something, or to embrace a practice that the author of the suggestion finds repellent or appalling, is to engage in a certain form of violence.

To attack one’s faith, or the idea of believing in something, is to introduce doubt.

Here is the quote for which I went in search.  It seems to be drawn from within the very narrow world of sports, but I submit that it has infinitely wider application. Note that I have changed the order of the paragraphs in order to demonstrate that wider application.

The quote is from Timothy Gallwey, the author of a series of books devoted to the development of personal and professional excellence in a variety of fields, what he calls The Inner Game.  This particular quote comes from the inner book of tennis. One of his books is The Inner Game of Work.  (As John Janovy Jr. says, “When your business is the conversion of human potential into reality, you can find work anywhere….”)

To perpetrate doubt”, says Gallwey, and in the quote he refers to the educational system, the parent-child relationship, or manager-employee relationships, “is one of the most debilitating — though often unconscious — crimes against human potential.”

I don’t think there is much room for doubt about the fact that our inner game of work includes improving society, limiting interpersonal conflict, reducing warfare, improving well-being, increasing human potential; we have a lot of work to do. And we must work together because, as individuals, we cannot do it alone no matter how much we embrace the tools of the noetic sciences.

Belief and discipline are closely related.

The cost” Gallwey goes on to say “of not recognizing” [and counteracting] the creation in another of doubt “is high, not only for the individual but for the group of organization [or community or society]. When doubt becomes an internalized norm, the spirit suffers, a sense of purpose decays, dignity declines, excellence and greatness go into hiding, and the seeds for decadence and failure are germinated.”  The perpetration of doubt about belief is destructive; it’s like dropping phosphorus bombs into the spirit.

The reason that doubt is such an enemy is that it attacks the will itself. Anxiety and fear are emotional and psychological disturbances that make functioning more difficult, doubt weakens the will, which is at the center of our being. Doubt can cripple a person’s desire to act, think or even to live.”

And, as stated in the book “The Art of Possibility”, “an individual’s unique expression plays an integral and constructive part in setting a direction for the group.”

So the next time you encounter someone who feels obligated to preach at you endlessly that that belief system that got internalized into you through repetition is worthless when subjected to objective analysis, tell the evangelist of agnostic atheism to spend his time knocking on other doors, change the channel, and tell him to believe in himself.

With a little practice at that, he’ll eventually believe in something bigger than himself.



“In the midst of setbacks, what is faith if not the call to rededicate oneself to a hard-won personal vision? To espouse faith is to practice some kind of knowingly lunatic alchemy by which the lead of randomness is converted to the gold of meaning.  I am not saying that the idea is not entirely paradoxical or nuts.  Maybe it is.  But maybe it is fox crazy.  Maybe there is also real magic in magical thinking, the loom that weaves itself into being, the artist’s hand that draws itself into the world.”


Chip Brown, in a book called

Afterwards You’re a Genius: Faith, Medicine and the Metaphysics of Healing.




Dion Fortune says, “Magic is the art of changing consciousness at will.” You could also say that magic is the art of evoking power from within. Magic is first of all about an inner shift. That, in turn, may produce effects in the outer world. But the real focus is the inner change, the consciousness change.

When you do magic, one of the things you learn is to become responsible for your own mind. You learn how to take charge of it, how to visualize, how to be aware of the energies around you, how to shift and change them.

In my tradition, we do that particularly through ritual, which you could define as a set of actions designed to orchestrate a movement of energy,

In the Catholic mass, for example, a priest holds up a wafer and consecrates it. What that is meant to do is to draw in the Christ energy, which presumably the priest has contact with, and infuse the wafer with it. Through the wafer, then, people can physically connect with that energy It’s a very powerful magical ritual if the people doing it are aware of what they are doing. If they’re not, it’s just some guy saying words and holding up a stale piece of cracker.”

Starhawk, pages 178-179,

“Listening to the Land: Conversations About Nature, Culture and Eros”, by Derrick Jensen.

The next time you see someone just saying words and holding up a stale piece of thought, ask them if they are aware of what they are doing. 

Ask them what energy it is that they wish their reader to connect with.


Music video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0AlLSUmbzs (6:18)

Piano: Jean-Michel Rousseau, Violon: Marie-Soleil Bélanger,

Contrebasse: Jean Cyr , Batterie: Vincent Dionne,

en concert à la maison de la Culture Rosemont-La Petite Patrie à Montréal le 12 / 04 / 2012.