by Richard C. Cook
March 19, 2009
We Hold These Truths by Richard C. Cook
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People who have been reading my books and articles can probably tell that I try to approach my writing on world affairs from a spiritual perspective. Not that I am any more “spiritual” than anyone else, because I believe that in our core we are all One with God. Rather I have always felt that action in the world is a duty for at least some of those who strive for enlightenment. I guess one term for this is “Karma Yoga.”
In the field of economics, for instance, I believe that the purpose of business is not to “get rich quick” but to perform an honest and useful service for our fellow human beings while earning a fair recompense to support ourselves and our loved ones. This is why Dividend Economics and a Basic Income Guarantee are such important concepts for me, because they show the way to provide everyone in the world with a decent living.
But for me to maintain this vision has required periods of withdrawal. So for many years I have meditated every day, have met many spiritual teachers, and have attended various spiritual groups and gatherings. I also got a great deal from my retreat last winter and plan to continue periodic retreats. And I respect those who sincerely practice any organized religion that embraces the inner search and values the fellowship of all people.
In the last couple of years I have come into contact with several teachings that have meant a lot to me and that I would recommend to others to investigate. One is the Infinite Way as practiced and taught by the late American spiritual teacher Joel Goldsmith. Recently I have been reading the writings of Eckhart Tolle, including his book The Power of Now. I am also working closely with Australian mystic Omna Last, who has a page now on my website. Omna has sent me a shipment of his book The LITE in the Heart which is due to arrive any day and will be available through my website and on Amazon.
Finally, I have always wanted to be part of a community of people who combine their inner search with service in the world, including political and social action. I have never felt comfortable among those who feel that spirituality places them “above” such endeavors. I feel it is noble to want to help the Earth become a better place to live for human beings and others of Mother Nature’s creation.
Retirement from my career job gives me a lot more freedom than I used to have, so I have been engaged with friends in seeking a place in the Appalachian Mountains where such an endeavor might bear abundant fruit. In following this inner impulse, we are trying to “turn it over” to the Spirit to show the way. But we feel we are getting some hints about when and where to make the move. If this happens, there may be interest among the many people I have gotten to know through my writings, so we’ll keep you informed. Please stay tuned!
© 2009 by Richard C. Cook
Richard C. Cook is a former federal analyst, now a writer and consultant on public policy issues. His new book is We Hold These Truths: the Hope of Monetary Reform. His website is www.richardccook.com. He recently made a series of six videos that will be available soon on Google and DVD. The title: Credit as a Public Utility: The Solution to the Economic Crisis. He will also be appearing in a new feature-length documentary Future for Sale directed by award-winning European filmmaker Maja Borg. See http://futureblog.net/wordpress/.
Richard C. Cook on Alex Jones 03.03.09
Bailout for the People: “The Cook Plan” by Richard C. Cook
When spirituality, in any form or shape is pursued, it’s a special calling that, usually, leads to betterment and enlightenment of that person’s mind and soul. It’s a road that I believe we all, at some point in our lives, must attempt to explore with open mind and courage. If the premise we seek is based on respect for other forms of spirituality, other schools of thought, and that no one is closer to God than any other, and that we are equal in our virtue, goodness and closeness to God, or whatever Deity we choose, or even none at all, then two thirds of the road, in my opinion, has already been explored and learned from, the right way. Religious or spiritual choices are, and should be, mostly personal in nature, and should never be assumed to be the way that any others must adopt and follow to be right. We all have our journeys to take, worlds of thought to explore and Gods to ponder and consider, and at the end, none of them is all right or all wrong. History has taught us that it’s best to keep God as personal as possible, and keep him/her out of politics, economics and other people’s business. Let God stay God, and let’s not humanize him/her with what we think God should be or is like. The closer God of goodness and compassion is in the heart and far from our mundane affairs, the better things are for God and man.
I know from our past discussions that you are a prolific
writer and a good communicator and I agree with all your writings
concerning monetary reform. I also respect your religious and or
spiritual beliefs, however, I think your quest for monetary reform
would be better served if you kept religion and politics separate.
I do believe that there is something in your constitution that
alludes to “The Separation of Church and State.” Please
correct me if I’m wrong! I truly believe that you would
garner more support for the cause if you didn’t bring religion into
Without malice or prejudice