- July 4, 2015
rat haus reality: celebrating 20 years wide — Increasing
Consciousness, Outgrowing Our US Exceptionalism Myth.
The U.S. origin story is based on an unconscious acceptance of
and belief in the inevitability of Manifest Destiny, the
idea that Europeans and later Anglo settlers were destined
by God to take the land from sea to shining sea. Inherent in
the origin story was the implication that the land had previously
been terra nullius, a land without people. In this way,
“the frontier” was ready for God’s chosen
people to first “tame” it and then found a nation
of dominion and freedom for all. This is the source of U.S.
Americans’ belief in their unique exceptionalism. In
fact, the historical reality is how the theft of lands that are
today called the United States came to be claimed and owned by white
men, revealing the processes and characteristics of settler colonialism.
This specific brand of colonial usurpation is founded upon
institutionalizing extravagant violence through unlimited war and
irregular war. Extreme violence was carried out by Anglo settlers
against civilians in an attempt to cause the utter annihilation of
the Indigenous nations and communities of people existent across
the continent for thousands of years before it was
“discovered” by Europeans. The goal of this
extermination was to enable the settlers’s total freedom
to acquire land and wealth. Increasing consciousness of this historical
reality is, as historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz writes, “both a
necessity and a responsibility to the ancestors and descendants of
- February 2015 full moon
rat haus reality: celebrating 20 years wide — Keep the Balance.
September 2014 to September 2015 marks rat haus reality’s
20th revolution around SOl. This ratitorial highlights
John Trudell’s 2001 explication of What It
Means To Be A Human Being. Trudell submits that responsibility
is the liberator’s word, “because then we are
taking direct action with our intelligence.” To honor and
serve Life’s needs contains and expresses profound
significance, value, and purpose.
- December 2004 solstice
What To Do In Our Crazy Life? Attend Democracy School.
This ratitorial recounts participating in a three day
symposium of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School
presented by Thomas Linzey and Richard Grossman.
It explored the systemic historical and legal analysis
of corporate power and democracy, and why democratic
self-government is impossible when corporations wield
constitutional rights against communities to deny the
rights of people. Many instances of grass roots programs
were presented that are altering this situation.
- September 2004 equinox
Moving Toward Thinking "like a mountain" looks out beyond
the confrontation over corporate claims to constitutional
rights towards framing rights to include everything not
represented in our current structure and system of law. By
framing rights in terms that "the right to exist is innate
for the nonhuman world because it is grounded in the
universe, not in any act of human law," we can envision
and explore the dimension of being and belonging that
supersedes the human-centric universe we have fashioned
for ourselves in recent millenia.
- September 2003 equinox
We're All In Prison, And Most Of Us Don't Know The Door Is
Unlocked considers how many illusions we began learning as
children condition our perceptions to collude in our own
social imprisonment. The door out of this prison is wide
open and most of us do not see it. Closely examining the
ways of our world and how it works will open the door to
our living more fully and creatively in the life of our
- March 2003 equinox
Living On The Creative Edge shares moving into life with
Nina Vansuch and how we exist not for ourselves alone.
We are all part of a Great Conversation going on
throughout our universe. It for each of us to choose
how we participate in the specific ways we trust our
lives and our future.
- september 2001 equinox
The New Myth For Our Species: The Creation of Consciousness
explores the the need in human society for a new central
living myth, grounded in the creation of more and more
consciousness. Such a new myth can serve to resurrect our
human family from the apparent ashes and darkness that, on
the manifest level, we appear to be evermore attracted
to. Instances of human activities are listed in the latter half
that signify experiences lived in awareness that augments the
sum total of consciousness in the uni verse. Such a fact
of the creation of more consciousness provides a tangible
"meaning for every experience and gives each individual
a role in the on-going world-drama of creation."
- september 2000 equinox
Lessons at the Edge of the World describes recent inner
and outer events I felt were especially significant.
- december 1999 solstice
Seattle Journal of November 26-December 3 recounts my
journey to learn from and participate in the workshops,
teach-ins, services, marches and rallies, as well as the
group mind I knew would be manifesting there.
- september 1999 equinox
Four as a Symbol of Wholeness celebrates completion of ratical's fourth
revolution around SOL, four significant new additions, thoughts on Y2K
and manifesting psychic wholeness.
- march 1999 equinox
Expanding the Song of Life outlines some of what
offer in the area of building a sustainable civilization, the gift of
helping kids learn to play piano, and living life heroically.
- december 1998 solstice
The Biological Debt We Are Accruing By Continuing The Development and
Promotion of Nuclear Power heralds the electronic availability of the
classic lay-person's primer,
- september 1998 equinox
3rd Revolution Shift marks the changing o' the guard from
.org. And we've decided
not to go for 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
- june 1998 solstice
Planting Seeds of Transformation considers some of
the bountiful gifts life bestows upon us and how dynamics
of inner transformation provide ways to manifest
change within which, in turn, changes the world without.
- march 1998 equinox
HELP STOP THE WAR IN CHIAPAS --
send e-mail to keep the pressure on officialdom.
- december 1997 solstice
"Independent Watchdogs: An Antidote to Nuclear Pollution"
focuses on ways you can be a Common Sense Expert on behalf of the
health and well-being of your community and the world.
- september 1997 equinox
celebrating completion of ratical's 2nd revolution around SOL
with a transcript of a talk given by Laurens van der Post in
1961 on The
Psychological Origins of Racial Prejudice .
- vernal equinox, march 20, 1997
Highlighting the Committee For Nuclear
Responsibility's Health Effects of Ionizing
Radiation (HEIR) Reports with particular emphasis on
Preventing Breast Cancer:
The Story Of A Major, Proven, Preventable Cause Of This Disease .
- beaver moon, november 24, 1996
november's beaver or frosty full moon was the occasion for
launching The Six Nations,
Oldest Living Participatory Democracy on Earth.
- september 22, 1996 equinox
observations on the occasion of the completion of rat haus reality's
1st revolution around SOL; feelings of blessing and excerpts of
Laurens van der Post .
- september 19, 1996
approaching completion of rat haus reality's 1st year revolution
around SOL: bumpy traveling and preparation to pick up many
threads . . .
- new moon, june 16, 1996
Focus on the addition of
Techhnology: The Inappropriate Exercise of Human Intelligence,
-- and Given This, What Is Appropriate?
- spring equinox, march 20, 1996
Focus on the addition of
Disproof of Any Safe Dose or Dose-Rate of Ionizing
Radiation, with Respect to Induction of Cancer in Humans
from Radiation-Induced Cancer
from Low-Dose Exposure: An Independent Analysis