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Whether it's about the political trauma-drama of the Bush years, or about the
current intrigue over the "what change is really next?" tone that emerged in us with Pres.Obama
- all providing a test or a vehicle for GETTING BEYOND our usual selves -
I figure our basic choices are still these

* we can focus on what we have done     * we can focus on what we could have done
* we can focus on what is being done     * we can focus on what we CAN DO from here
* If it's a test, then we can use it    * to get where we really want to go!
       Who wants to see that "Hundreth Monkey" effect where enough of us push the rest of us through that threshold? Ok! So... There are a number of pages at this site based in "Pragmatic Idealism" - I BELIEVE that WE CAN GET BEYOND what seems to be the current or impending "Doom & Gloom" scenario orientation, and that "This test" IS the vehicle for doing that - whether one believes that we've created that "vehicle", or that it's been handed to us. (But the *who* that wants to see it ...still has to make it happen.)        For all of those - whether we see politically, socially, or psychologically - there are pages or sections at this site. In spite of tough challenges, we've proven our capacity to learn -- especially to learn to persist in learning. And because we can (inspite of would-be progressives apparently falling back into that sleep habit...). AND if it's true that God intended for us to evolve on this planet - to the point of success - where humans actually get along with each other (while still in human body form) -- then we will evolve through persisting in *learning how* to do that.

In "Awareness-Maintenance"...
       ...Just as in health maintenance, we need both builders and cleansers, to be able to respond healthfully to the input our awareness brings us. That is, we need to get "filled" with things that empower us, and relieved of things that congest, depress, or delude us. Not all those things that we clean out were bad or wrong when they went in. As in the body, the principle of "flow" requires us to keep things moving and refreshed. In awareness, 'flow' keeps us current with the times. Sometimes we need "good" or "positive" news and resources for maintaining our mood and productivity, and sometimes we need to "get real" with the challenges no matter how difficult they may be to take in, or how sad they may make us. Appropriate expression of emotion helps us cleanse, as well as reinforce or re-empower ourselves. That also facilitates integrating and balancing the information. Everyone has a different need for and style of managing those two elements of awareness - building and cleansing - to maintain balance or equilibrium in relationship with our environment, as well as internally. Thereby we can more readily respond appropriately and responsibly to our environment.

'Beliefs in Potential & Transition', 12'08 Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
"Beliefs in Potential «§» Transition"
(Large Version & more on it's symbology)
at World Healing Prayers Page,
also Includes a "Happy New Era" Card
born out of the 2008 momentum & hope for further awakening.

In the dimension of space and time it's not a crime,
maybe part of the design to learn one pace at a time
- even start out blind or tripped in a bind
but learn that we work best (benign)
when we work together. (Sublime?)
getting over the social/capital/commun *isms*
creating what works -- not title-biased schisms -
maybe calling what truly works locally: "Localisms"
or until then, maybe, "Transitionisms"
Basis of Positive Change (and Theme of this site)

        As far as the steps that we can take (those covered or referenced here) - it is mostly about what many average individuals CAN DO (as the 2008 election proved CAN work) - taking small but steady steps toward sustainable global health - if only spending 5 minutes a week by each citizen (add 2 minutes to make-up for those who persist in feeling absolutely hopeless about most everything)...
and then we could accomplish what ?
ANYTHING, Baby ! ! !    smile
I said that and meant it years before November 2008!

       Here, you'll find: well-backed facts and information resource links here, and means of action/activism of all degrees of involvement, as well as my own editorial commentary and suggestions for personal and/or community healing on various levels. This site, to paraphrase Mark Satin in describing "3rd Way" politics, attempts to transcend the old political “ism's”, by focusing on the psychocultural roots of our problems, reconciling people to each other's needs, working *together* to meet them.

       This page is not always up to date, but through the resources provided, you can find updated information and resources for letters and petitions to sign, protests and rallies to go to, and as much else as you have time for - including how not to burn out. There are various mailing lists through Rise Ups for the most recent postings on what's going on (particularly as regards peace & justice, citizen effectiveness and action resources - local, national, Mid-East). You can join one or more lists or (for some lists) just peruse the archives.

       There is A LOT at this site. There are plenty of section links to help you navigate these very long pages. [Suggestion: if your browser doesn't support the *Open-in-New-Tab* option via right-click, then grab the scroll bar, brief the whole page, note the sections and links that stand out for you, then come back and read - and then hop a link when ready, knowing your browser's *Back* button is at hand).
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CONTENTS  &  LINKS  at  PolyPsyArts (Adjunct to vUSPA)                    

On PolyPsyArts Political page:
"Politics, Psychology, & ...Mirrors..."

¤ From Marine to Veteran for Peace (a bio)

¤ "The Four Governments"
beliefs, fantasy, & realities - working & not

¤ Notes, Quotes, & Art [2013]
On separate pages:
¤ ISIS / ISIL, Syria & Iraq [NEW 9'14]

for An *Exitable* Strategy for
Afghanistan / Pakistan ( "Tribalistan" )

& Post 9/11 Reality Chk (mostly Iraq War)
Now OCCUPYing separate pages:
Responsible Buying & Economic Mgt

Voting Systems & Election Issues
Including Instant RunOff Systems & "99%'ers"

¤ Collected Essays on
War-Related Economics & Inequality
On PolyPsyArts Political page:
¤ "Memory, Tracking, & Forgiveness"
Credibility and *HOW & When* to Trust

¤ Getting Real About Conspiracies,
belief systems of the power elite, Neo-Con Revival, etc

¤ Handling Conspiracy Theories
"Roberts Rules for Ordered Conspiracy Theories", items unconsidered, "Theory Stacking", etc
On separate pages:
Structure & Dissolving Extremism 101
"Spiritual Battles," Socio-Political Empathy, Attitudinal Healing
Revised (was "Machiavengelicals Exposed" re: abuse of evangelical fervor, rev'd & renamed [2008-'10-'14])

"The Citizen Momentum"
Blog on Current Events (10'08 to Present)  ¤  An *Exitable* Afghani/Pakistan (or "Tribalistan", 4'09 to 3'10)
[ was "The Obama Momentum" ]
On separate pages:
¤ The Efficient Vehicle Page
Practical Energy Efficiency -
Ideas, Resources, Links

Genetically Engineered Foods

On THIS page:
¤ Socially Responsible Activism

On a separate page
"Poly-Psy & Citizen Health - Discussions & Charts on Political Participation, Empathy, Apathy, & Healing"
Introducing a study in current "Poly-Psy" (not just "Poly-Sci") including 3 graphic flow charts and discussion points,
strategies for the healing & preventative maintenance for our creating & sustaining a working democracy. And Essays about ...
¤   Cause and effect patterns related to conscious choices for sustainable living on the planet (a long term project)
¤   Government Styles (Isms) and the WAR ECONOMY: Designing effective structure & process ('ism's & not), the economy as artform (metaphor?)
¤   Clarifying "empathy" (where it's definition has come to be redefined to apply in limited ways and directions)
¤   Relationships in "Beliefs, Paths, & Service": a chart that visually relates various philosophical origins, coping styles, roles in active citizenry...
¤   Overall, this page provide a good intro to the (below linked) "OverComing Political Disillusionment" outline/study.
¤   Favorite Solutions Sites Section
On a separate page

The Political Reference Page

A Would-be Endless Collection of annotated links that document much of the
history relevant to current events -- Incl. "Favorite Solution sites" section.
But don't forget the PolyPsy mailing list Archives and Facebook postings,
and the PolyPsyArts Updates Section (see at right)

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at the "Updates" page,
(new, edits, charts, artwork, etc) organized into (4) separate sections: Mind-Body Health,   Artwork,   Poly-Psy,  and 
Misc. Improvements.
On a separate page
Pragmatic Balance
on Mankind Evolving in a Complex World
including " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening ...An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context"
("I salute the divinity within you")
And I honor our capacity to rock and roll with life, to see and utilize the opportunities that exist to make things better when we can.
On a separate page
World Healing Prayers Page
on Sacred Geometry Backgrounds
On a separate page
Now (since Nov'08) We know What can be accomplished when more than 40% of Americans feel empowered enough to Vote! Did we create a government that actually represents our highest values?

(Well, if we didn't, practice makes perfect. And...)

"OverComing Political Disillusionment"
¤   current political challenges effecting American citizens and our changing government
¤   the basis of democratic participation & the power to make a difference for the world
¤   attitudes, beliefs, and resulting momentums that contradict our self-stated values while pushing us dangerously deeper into denial

"Questions for Healing Disillusionment" (on a separate page)
Has Selected Questions for Consideration regarding how effectively we use the democratic process, or let totalitarian forces rise to destroy it. Includes "Questions for Personal Empowerment," "Development of One Questioning Mind," and "Preventing/Overcoming Burnout for Activists" (a suggested class outline).
Chalice Bridging & CDC Logo 200px, Chris Pringer 2008
On a separate page

Chalice Bridge
Site Map & Organization Chart

and "How and Why this Site Is Different"
A study in Cross-Discipline Knowledge Sharing, Utilization, and a much needed integration of diverse talent - as related to *Chalice-Bridging* on world level.
(includes full-size graphic)

Editor Contact Info                  Web Site Support System & Feedback Page                 Site Map & Organization Chart


I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, as only one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
...Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

-Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)

Bumpersticker from VFP's national campaign, "How's the War Economy Working for You"

One Definition of Insanity (paying for war when peace costs so much less)


How much is spent on military budgets a year worldwide?

How much of this is spent by the U.S.?

What percent of US military spending would ensure
the essentials of life to EVERYONE in the world ?
(according the UN, & includes education, of course)
$900+ billion

10% (That is about $40 billion, the amount of funding initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan in 2002). National Priorities .Org

      Q1:    "The main rationale for war generally boils down to lack of sustenance" - ie: due to the planet not having sufficient resources ?
      Q2:    "It's about Terrorism" ? Or, how many people would support extremists, IF everyone already had all they needed (basic needs and much more, which obviously could be afforded, were it not for the addiction to arms) ?
      Q3:    About someone's lifestyle, RELIGION, or values being threatening to "our own"?


     A1:   The above stats clearly do not support that notion shaking out with Reality. That is, the claim about planetary resources has been a lie, certainly for the last 150 years. In fact, that will only be true if we don't prevent climate change before it has gone on too long. But indeed, poverty and fear-of-lack has almost always provided the basis of war, and/or the excuse of the power-addicted, as well as sufficient circumstance, desparation, and fodder for terrorism.
      A2:    No and very few (not near enough to give cause for the risk). This assumes (after these needs are met) that there would be some amount of cooperative international policing capability, of course, with substantially reduced redundancy (not to mention "over-kill" capacity). When will we realize that EVERY basic *need* [that] EVERY person on this planet has - could be paid for many times over - for a fraction of what we spend - to fight those who feel so underfed, that they have to join extremists to make themselves heard (???), since that is when the recruiters will fail to meet the power-brokers' requirements for war-making -- which is much more expensive, ANY way you count it.
      A3:    Any psychologist, let alone anthropologist, will tell you that we cannot survive on this planet without diversity, and thence the respect for it. Scientists will tell you that goes for plant and animal species as well. (Q: Have we not yet learned from politicians who play with religious fervor and the freedom jealousy thing - on the emotions of the emotionally led?   A: One only hopes so!)
      A1-3:    The main point being, *Need* is NOT what motivates war - By about 90% or $800 Billion !!! (per the U.N., pre-Iraq War!) The real cause of war or terrorism is "Desire" by those who don't know when enough is enough (things or power), who don't know the difference between *Need* and *Desire,* and thus fail to deal appropriately with HOW the resources are distributed - and NOT. And to thus continue using problem-solving methods that increase the number and size of problems - is that not one definition of insanity? Vs such as those as could be accomplished by those discussed in "Providing the INFRASTRUCTURE for Cooperation" and the awareness and momentum as garnered by the Bernie Sanders campaign, the Peace Tax Fund legislation (H.R. 2377, originally H.R. 2037 by Senator Hatfield), & via the below links.

Do you want to make a difference in the politicized economy? Please consider these VIEWS and RESOURCES as needed (on other pages at this site)
[Parts Added 12'15, 2'16: a) about planetary resource availability in A1; after "When will we realize" in A2; & after "By about 90% or $800 Billion!!!" b) re: "Providing INFRASTRUCTURE..." and Bernie Sanders, Peace Tax Fund in A1-3 c) CostOfWar.Com became NationalPriorities.Org ]
Wanna   Get   Back?   (By Bringing us back to Reality, that is ?)
V O T E     W I T H     Y O U R     D O L L A R !
Please Use These Resources As Needed

Bumpersticker from VFP's national campaign, "How's the War Economy Working for You"


F a v o r i t e   A l t e r n a t i v e   S o l u t i o n   S i t e s

The next 2-3 sections provide many solution oriented resources (within the blue background bordering).
For complete list see Political Reference Page. A chronology of updates for all PolyPsy pages (edits, additions, etc) is at the ChaliceBridge.Com Updates page, PolyPsy section, often with a summary annotated description.

          Why Instant Runoff Voting?
Quick Answer: for the "99%"

For those who've lost faith in the two-party system (updated Oct. 2011)
Perhaps the perfect dream would be the Green Party and the Natural Law Party (see below) joining up and replacing the Democratic Party. Add to that the party of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) "99%'ers". And since that won't happen, if even one '3rd' Party won't being taken seriously by the voting public... So, HOW can we get the platforms of these parties taken seriously? By putting in the "conscientious" 'spoiler vote' -- under circumstances where the result would be more fascism in the White House? And then we'd be REALLY motivated for a bottom-up action, Right? Sorry, yes, that was sarcasm. But why encourage 3rd parties to strategize badly? IMO, when '3rd' parties become truly egalitarian -I'm thinking now of the "99%'ers" - they will join forces to establish instant runnoff voting systems (now being termed 'rank-order voting'), locally, then nationally.)
A good resource list at FairVote Minnesota And their Press Articles page is not just about Minnisota :-)

    Collateral Repair Project
      COP "is a grassroots movement, created to address the catastrophic displacement of the five million Iraqis who had to leave behind their homes and communities because of the violence and instability that is the result of the invasion and occupation of their country. As such, we work in partnership with an Iraqi team who determines how we can best help improve the stability of some of the millions of Iraqis whose lives have been devastated by the US led invasion. We bring together the small, overlooked, incidental persons on both sides of the conflict who grieve and ask: What can we do?"
      What does the Boston Marathon tragedy have to do with Iraqi Refugees? It has to do with the question of what we are doing with the very young Iraqi refugees, those who have seen their homes and families destroyed or disrupted, and who have come to America, and who will be coming "of age" in the next few decades. That is, of that age where they are learning to deal with authority figures. And speaking more directly about those who are not learning that so well. I ask this the day that the young Chechnyan men have created such havoc in the Massachusetts area, a few days after having set off the bombs at the Boston Marathon. I am Speaking as a therapist, thinking of about 10 years from now, with the implication being there is a real need to assist in the healing of psychological damage to young Iraqis, where, how, and to the extent this applies, perhaps especially with those here(?), and before it's too late. How about Iraq War Veterans who have healed themselves sufficiently and have skills in working with others in the social sciences arena? The organization, Soldier's Heart (which actively works with veterans) also comes to mind. [- cp, 4/19/13]

      Evolutionary Leaders
A great storehouse of timely resources. "At this crucial moment in history Evolutionary Leaders from all walks of life are engaging our collective field of potential in a movement to ignite an evolutionary leap to the next level of human consciousness". "On July 26, 2008 the Chopra Foundation, the Source of Synergy Foundation and the Association for Global New Thought invited a group of renowned Evolutionary Leaders to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California, to explore their extraordinary potential as a collective. Out of this gathering came A Call to Conscious Evolution: Our Moment of Choice. Since then, additional leaders have joined this effort and together they have established a collective platform that is generating various exciting projects to connect with other conscious evolutionaries in the movement to more profoundly accelerate the shift in consciousness together." A few of many Resources: "Evolutionary Leadership Toolkit" and Map for Exploring the Call to Conscious Evolution; "a politically-focused think tank called Institute for Cultural Evolution ...will use the insights of the integral/evolutionary approach to address some of the pressing issues we face today."

          The Declaration of Peace
The Declaration of Peace is a grassroots nonviolent action campaign calling on the U.S. government to establish a comprehensive plan to end the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq. The nationwide campaign is working to move Congress to defund the U.S. occupation of Iraq, to initiate the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors from Iraq, and to support an Iraqi-led peace process. In September 2007, the DoP Education Committee published a document “fleshing-out” the 9-point Peace Plan framework. The Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq and accompanying Talking Points continue to be updated and are designed for public education and for Congressional lobbying.   Please Sign the Declaration of Peace. Hans von Sponeck, former UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, presenting the proposals at the World Against War conference in London in December '07. Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research put those in PDF format on the web in March '08.

      Tom Hayden on "The Long War": Sign up for Tom's Free Online School of Activism "Long-time antiwar activist Tom Hayden ...taught the first of four sessions in his School of Activism. Tom describes this series as a 'workshop on the long war and our future.' He explained that the long war is projected to last fifty to eighty years ... 'a sequence of wars in the context of the long war.” He said that we must end the long war ["a war against Muslims in many countries"]. He said that it does not make us safer, that the wars are 'strangling our ability to invest in our domestic priorities,' and could lead the country to being pushed ...'into a deeper national security state.' [That] 'The long war … requires a long peace movement.' When speaking of local peace activists that he has met, across the country, he says that we 'may not be so visible these days, but I know that you're not going anywhere, and neither am I. You are the heart and soul of the peace and justice movement.' [Feb 2011]

      Apollo Alliance Project
The Apollo Alliance is a growing coalition dedicated to a just and sustainable economy. We are bringing together a broad partnership to rebuild America and face the challenges of conservation, freeing ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, and creating millions of good jobs in the industries of the future. Apollo Alliance launches at Campaign for America's Future "Take Back America" conference in Washington, DC. June 5, 2003.
Their set of web pages include "Our Ten Point Plan for Energy Freedom."

          Paul K Chappell Waging Peace:
Paul is author of two books on creating peace, including *The End of War* and *Will War Ever End?*, and is soon (Spring 2012) to complete his 3rd, *Peaceful Revolution*. Other websites include American Unity Project, and Waging Peace .Org. Paul Chappell discusses a new and more effective strategy for ending war In this interview (pdf), fixing our economy, combatting terrorism, and providing a secure and prosperous future for America and the world. "Paul K Chappell has given us a crucial look at peace and war from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show is why peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st Century." -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize

          Bioneers - Collective Heritage Institute: An organization of some of the most intelligent and long-time dedicated people on the planet (IMHO), developing and implementing "sustainable" solutions throughout the world, including much for rebuilding the ECONOMY on both micro and macro levels. Some great examples are presented via - "Solutions in nature consisitently surpass our concept of what is possible." Also see the Collective Heritage Institute of Santa Fe, NM. Sample articles, include "The Hidden Connection: A Science for Sustainable Living" by Fritjof Capra.

      The Small Planet Institute - Tools and Links for Living Democracy: offers downloadable learning tools, including: "Getting a Grip: Handouts for Group Discussion, "The Spiral of Powerlessness & The Spiral of Empowerment," "Thin Democracy vs. Living Democracy," "Doing Democracy: Ten Practical Arts by Frances Moore Lappé," "Citizen Power 101—Lessons of Community Organizing"

         *The Great Turning - From Empire to Earth Community* by David Korten
Summarized in YES Magazine. Find more at PCDForum Bulletin #5. Two more of his books include "When corporations rule the World" and "Post Corporate World" - insightful and important when contemplating responding to current challenges and the healing of the planet. You might also enjoy the transcript of Korten's keynote address at the 2002 EARTH CHARTER COMMUNITY SUMMIT. Timely articles include "What to Do Now That the War Has Started." A related sites include and The Fourth Freedom .Org/.

   Select Resources/Links for a Sustainable Planet

at the "Vehicle Efficient" Page at this page

       The virtual U.S. Peace Academy @Seattle    
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For students choosing alternatives in peace, to facilitates resources and connections to institutions of higher learning for lasting global peace. Here you may create a vital and permanent record of their sincere desire and choice to learn and wage the arts of peace, rather than the art of war - as well as establish Conscientious Objector Status. Includes the "James George Peterson Library at vUSPA - Suggested Courses and Books, suggested/sample outlines, prerequisites, links to solution-oriented organizations and resources.

          Tikkun .Org and Spiritual Progressives .Org
Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP), and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue Without Walls in San Francisco and Berkeley, Ca. He is the author of 11 books including The Poltiics of Meaning, Healing Israel/Palestine, and the 2006 national best-seller The Left Hand of God. "Our Vision: 1) Changing the Bottom Line in America; 2) Challenging the misuse of religion, God and spirit by the Religious Right; 3) Challenging the many anti-religious and anti-spiritual assumptions and behaviors that have increasingly become part of the liberal cultureSite." includes "A Global Marshall Plan," "Affirming the Sacredness of All Human Beings," "A New Spirit of Openheartedness and Reconciliation," and
    "A Call for Lasting Peace" w/Respect to Gaza, Palestine, and Israel
    New article at Tikkun Magazine (Jan'09): "Trusting Obama". Many other "Memos to Obama" are Ref-Linked from the Tikkun Magazine home page.

          The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
PJSA is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). Both organizations provided leadership in the broadly defined field of peace, conflict and justice studies. We are dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for social justice and social change. PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies. [Local ref: The Evergreen State College in Washington State has one of many ongoing Peace and Justice Studies programs, by the way, as well as ">regular current-topic conference events.]

          Citizen Works has assembled 10 actions you can take to change corporate power in your home town. To see the list, visit "Citizen Works .Org - Local Corporate Crime & Citizen Action

          Jean Houston was the protégé of the late anthropologist Margaret Mead, who instructed her in the workings of organizations and power structures in many different cultures. With the late mythologist Joseph Campbell, she frequently co-led seminars and workshops aimed at understanding interrelationships between ancient myths and modern societies. Her specialty is in the development and application of multiple methods of increasing physical and mental skills, learning and creativity. She has presented the results of her work and studies in some 17 books, as well as in person through speeches and conferences at educational institutions and business organizations in over 40 countries. She is often invited to work personally with leaders of such groups, as well as heads of governmental and non-governmental agencies, to assist them in rethinking their goals and agendas.Wisdom University includes the courses of Dr. Jean Houston.
      A special preview course for her 2007 Mystery School was held in San Francisco November 17-19, 2005. In 1985, Jean was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Association of Teacher Educators. In 1993, she received the Gardner Murphy Humanitarian Award and the INTA Humanitarian of the Year award. In 1994, she received the Lifetime Outstanding Creative Achievement Award from the Creative Education Foundation. Presently, she is working closely with the United Nations Habitat Program creating programs in social artistry for training leaders around the world.

       The Alliance for a Caring Economy (ACE)
The newest (2007) of initiatives from Riane Eisler and The Center for Partnership Studies, ACE is a network to develop the foundations for a caring partnership economics is being formed with representatives from government, business, civil society, and academic sectors. ... Riane Eisler's speech to the World's Women Forum Plenary July 29, 2004 was *Revisioning The Economic Rules: Empowering Women And Changing The World*

       the "Alcohol Can Be A Gas" page at Permaculture .Com:: "With alcohol fuel, you can become energy independent, reverse global warming, and survive Peak Oil in style. Alcohol fuel is "liquid sunshine" and can't be controlled by transnational corporations. You can produce alcohol for less than $1 a gallon, using a wide variety of plants and waste products, from algae to stale donuts. It's a much better fuel than gasoline, and you can use it in your car, right now. You can even use alcohol to generate electricity. Alcohol fuel production is ecologically sustainable, revitalizes farms and communities, and creates huge new opportunities for small-scale businesses. Its byproducts are clean and valuable. Alcohol has a proud history and a vital future." David Blume has also provided a means for everyone's individually converting their own vehicles.

          Vehicle Efficiency Compendium
here (at and abroad, developing ideas and on-going projects we can support for the greater and common good.

          See True Majority Principles worth working for: see TrueMajority.Com for a full description of each principle)

          Orion Online offers "Thoughts in the Presence of Fear" by Wendell Berry, Already reprinted in 73 countries and 7 languages, this powerful and poignant essay has been made available in print form, along with two related essays by Mr. Berry; another essay on the crisis of globalization by Wendell Berry: "The Idea of a Local Economy"

          "Inspiring a New Human Agenda." A humanistic approach to governance & public policy. The POLITICS OF TRUST NETWORK is sponsored by its members and by The John Vasconcellos Legacy Project. Called a pragmatic idealist, John Vasconcellos is considered a leading visionary in the convergence of psychology, politics, and the human potential movement. His ground-breaking efforts in promoting self esteem, authentic leadership, and social diversity have distinguished his 35 years as member of the California Legislature.

       Politics of Hope By Donna Zajonc
"The Politics of Hope is a powerful reminder of what could be, and a guide to making it happen." -- Marianne Williamson, author Healing the Soul of America. Articles include "The Politics of Hope: Healing Post-Partisan Depression" and "The Six-Second Secret to Leadership." Articles Index. You can subscribe to Donna's newsletter by sending an email to:
          What the Mayan Elders Said About 2012 by Carlos Barrios"
Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq'ij (is a ceremonial priest and spiritual guide) of the Eagle Clan. Carlos initiated an investigation into the different Mayan calendars circulating. Carlos along with his brother Gerardo studied with many teachers and interviewed nearly 600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge. Carlos found out quickly there were several conflicting interpretations of Mayan hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, Sacred Books of 'Chilam Balam' and various ancient text. "...All was predicted by the mathematical cycles of the Mayan calendars. -- It will change --everything will change. Mayan Day-keepers view the Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth ...The date specified in the calendar Winter Solstice in the year 2012 does not mark the end of the world. Many outside people writing about the Mayan calendar sensationalize this date, but they do not know. The ones who know are the indigenous elders who are entrusted with keeping the tradition. ...Now is the time to awaken and take action. ...Everyone who is here now has an important purpose. This is a hard but a special time. We have the opportunity for growth, but we must be ready for this moment in history. ...Meditation and spiritual practice are good, but also action. ..."

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(where, "At the Rally for World Change, a number of groups of people holding unusual signs converge into a huge circle...")... and a short essay...
    About "Choices: It may not be about WHAT WE WANT the most, but about WHAT WE BELIEVE IN the most. Some of us might WANT to believe world change can happen. But our other beliefs, born of disillusionment, fear, and shame, may be stronger. Signs4WorldChange[Cartoon], 12'11 Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
      Hence, the essay title, "World Change or World of Addiction ?". Wait, did I just relate global peace and sustainability to addiction?..."   Well, inversely, but yes, AND the essay transitions to a very pro-active and hopefully motivating ...momentum? More at the "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health..." page. Thank you!

    How are we to find *The* solution, and *the path* to it, when our simply defining the problem -- "pragmatically" considered the "first" objective -- can be difficult enough in collaborative efforts these days? Sure, great thinkers provide inspiration, but which to choose from now? When in their presence, it's easy to submit to such experience, but what about when their guidance escapes our grasp?

    How to develop means to "Centeredness," a balance of analytic and intuitive capacities, a grounded pragmatic understanding of the challenges at hand - your own as well as those of the individuals and community involved - as well as possible longer term outcome scenarios of the various potential solutions? But wait, what if "I'm not an expert" and "what the heck am I pretending to be and do...?"

    All this sound familiar? Lao Tsu said a thousand mile journey begins with the 1st step. And there's more quotes around this site that basically says that *the* solution to socio-political problems begins "with you and me," that *we* might as well get with it, and that representatives, by definition, are the ones who put forth your and my thoughts and feelings - into the process of governing you and I.
    And *ideally* ...Ahhhh, such a loaded word. But right now we are looking at global warming scenarios, or figuring out how to get people to the table and refrain from polarizing the discussion. The approach initiated at beginning of the "Machiavengelicals Exposed" likely would not be very useful here, I admit [page since revised & renamed to "Structure and Dissolving Extremism" 2008-'10; Jan'14]. That approach was designed to get certain mind-types to begin to focus on the site's topics and viewpoints. But I digress.
    The gestalt view of facing challenges is not about the rose-colored glasses approach, but about honoring of the emotional dilemmas, the pain, and the elephant in the frontroom (not to mention the baby, the furniture, and the weather outside). And about human skill, capability, and potential for growth and change.

    Yeah, but "Common Means," did I say? Yes, there are certain commonalities in how humans solve problems (and create them), not to mention perceive them and define them. And yes, there ARE different means for different individuals to FIND those common means. And here we come to the crux of this writing and many of the writings and charts you find at this website. The first useful, response to any challenge, certainly one that is efficient for the long term, depends greatly on the nature of an individual or group facing the challenge. Ahhhh... the big "depends on..." stance that intelligent leftist politicians are so hated for by people demanding soundbytes and simple solutions.

    One way of laying out those "common means" is put forth in "the Goals Chart - "Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work ...". "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11, on same page) is About clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss. That way would seem to be more geared for the individual, but how often has an individual ever been totally responsible for his own, let alone his community's development? eg: It becomes an integrated individual and group effort. It's one thing to solve one's own problems, but when it comes to people solving problems together, Riane Eisler [see descriptive link at left] is a well known teacher/ facilitator who thoroughly covers the basic and advanced dynamics in listening, clarity, and objectivity for relationships or *Partnerships*, as well as in socio-political realms.

          "Is there a Relationship between the Holy Grail, Extremism, and the Desire for Pragmatic Balance?" kicks off the the "Pragmatic Balance" section of at the Chalice Art & Science Integration page which includes a number of pieces of Chalice Art (by yours truly). Also in that section is "Teach The Truth, And Change Will Come From Within" (with a title that paraphrases my best teachers). Also on that page is "Empathy & Co-Existence including The Empathy Movement..." , as well as a metaphorical-become-pragmatic approach put forth in " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening" (and Emotional Intelligence, but more on that below). All as part of "A Kind of Summary for Pragmatic Balance" (of this and other pages at the site), about our psycho-spiritual evolution.
          Related to the above, especially as related to Trends, Memory, and Tracking: Forgiveness and Trust (or "Discrimination: Whether, When, or How to have Expectations of ...").

    I believe things work best when things work together, and that people work best when people work in concert. And that would be whether they work together or separately in healthy competition (that does not degrade others or impede their efforts). MORE SPECIFICALLY: If we begin by
      a) looking at (a visualization of) what we really want, and
      b) consider some basic routes for how we might get there from here,
      c) work backwards from the end product to understand what key and core physicalities that would have to be created in the latter time periods prior to achieving what we really want, then
      d) do the same for the physicalities preceding those...
      e) do the same eventually for the attitudes that would be necessary to allow for all the above accomplishments...
      f) From here a basic flow chart of required tasks and conditions are established. (This approach greatly influenced the development of many of the pages at this site. Which are, admittedly, tempting most people to consider them as "overly dense compilations of means to ideals too rich for human consumption."

    So... what happened to that "give me a challenge" attitude? smile "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11) is about clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again - the *how* that can MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

    Note that some of the most experienced people in examining cause and effect scenario's are in the healing trades, and most apparently not always in the government related professions. Cross-discipline Inter-Relations and Approach would be the order of the day (make that *of the century*), which implies the need for scholastic leaders in every school of thought, as well as the social sciences, to share knowledge and work together.
    I'm also referring, in part, to one of our current challenges. And that is the relationship between a) monetary support for research, b) who or what determines the direction or purpose of research (ie: as related to humanity's true needs and who determines those for any amount of research), and c) how the results of research are employed and/or accessed.
    And I'm referring to the relationship between any person's aptitude, attitude, talent base, and "True Calling" (and one's hearing that calling), and to the likelihood of the most efficient application of management/worker resources in industry, government, and social development.

    But what about "real" solutions right NOW? Well, how fast do you truly expect to be rescued or fixed by someone else? I want to say that there truly is a place for immediate gratification. And for structured simplicity, mainly because some individuals truly require for their health - and that of others around them. And "representatives" worry about their image, so feel pressure to substitute wisdom with expediency (if "tempted" with wisdom in the first place). To those who still ask for here and now spelled-out solutions, I have two answers: read the above, and read the below (referring to the links below).
    [Most currently, for solutions to begin applying: I'd go with Dennis Kucinich (almost always good for the relatively short term pragmatic), Al Gore and Dennis Hayes (for the current and intermediate), with David Korten and Riane Eisler (into the longer term pragmatic). - cp, 8/24/08]

    Favorite Solution links above or at Political References Page

"Our Children Will Save Us"

    A day after writing the above, As I watched the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics and remembered the other great choreographies therein, I came to understand that it will be the young people of the planet who come together - literally and in many other ways - and from there most powerfully persist and succeed in petitioning the leaders of the nations for the sake of mankind and the planet. And due to their determination and courage, the leaders agree (and basically get out of the way) so that the terribly needed changes are rapidly facilitated - which brings the world's people together, leading to the healing of Mother Earth. 2012 may indeed be the death of the planet as we know it, but also the re-birth of the planet as we truly know Her deeper inside - where we, who are also transforming, begin to know ourselves. [8/25/08]; All things considered, particularly those noted in the PolyPsyArts Home page intro...

All things considered, particularly those noted in the intro... if GREAT changes do [did] occur *in* year 2012 - compared to the years before and after - it will definitely be a threshold effect (and surprising to most people, including myself.) [Indeed, if they did, it was subtle, inspirational, and perhaps only beginning to manifest effects - ie: in Bernie Sander's building and coalescing of awareness in many of our youth, in the significantly greater applications of climate awareness. -cp 6'16] I do believe 2012 IS [was] a likely time limit upon the *beginning* of earnest changes required for even the later. Have we *earnestly* begun those changes yet? Depends on one's perspective, of course... - cp, June'11, Jan'12] I believe in the "100th Monkey" threshold effect, where, in this case, what we might now call "Miracles" would be (events) described simply by enough of us beginning and/or continuing to do what we know in conscience that we need to do - until that threshold effect makes it relevant to us that we have brought the rest of humanity on board the Earth Steward Ship. [- cp, Dec'11]

Related: "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at Evolution Trends Page which includes refs to (the law of) karma, reincarnation, and the "updated" prophecies for the year 2012.

'Beliefs in Potential & Transition', 12'08 Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
"Beliefs in Potential «§» Transition"
(Large Version & more on it's symbology)
at World Healing Prayers Page
Including a "Happy New Era" Card

Notes on Hope, Balance, & Opportunity

          Gateway to Conscious Evolution with Barbara Marx Hubbard.
This author and futurist is also featured in the groundbreaking documentary series, "HUMANITY ASCENDING: A New Way Through Together". In this transformational series each DVD presents vital elements to awaken the codes for our own conscious evolution and offers direction, meaning and a vision toward our birth as a new humanity. "The Humanity Ascending Series is breathtaking in its scope, startling in its clarity and gloriously hopeful, demonstrating why Barbara Marx Hubbard is a global treasure and one of the greatest visionaries of our time." —Neale Donald Walsch

       "Visions of the Future"
The SuperConsciousness Winter 2010 – 2011 issue at Super Consciousness .Com ("SC") is focused on our innate ability to peer into the mysterious future and bring back to the present what we see. Social conditioning would have us believe that to extend our perceptions into the future is evil or even dangerous, but are those subtle allusions of risk based on fact? In the INTRODUCTION to this issue’s main content, we present the argument that the fear attributed to knowing the future is nothing more than the growing pains of a species that is expanding their collective awareness beyond long-standing, limited belief systems. ...thirteen interviews, articles, and excerpts from researchers, scientists, spiritual adepts, and visionaries ..."

          The Peace Week Site includes video recordings of those who are likely the most illustrious group of peace pioneers ever assembled on the planet! [Sept 2010]

         Buddhist Peace Fellowship website is a very well done website that includes a range of Buddhist Peace Fellowship activities as well as an archive of reports from David Berrian in Iraq.

         Yamas and Niyamas - the ten living principles, © 2002 Swami Avinashananda Saraswati, at

      "IMAGINE: What America Could be in the 21st Century"
About Realities We Can Create (These are practical, accomplishable given a little re-education about our actual capabilities and resources, and NOT "new age" dreams) Featuring (in alphabetical order): Ed Ayres * Sarah Ban Breathnach * John Bradshaw * Fred Branfman * Denise Breton, Christopher Largent and Stephen Lehman * Deepak Chopra * Kokomon Clottey and Aeeshah Ababio-Clottey * Peter Coyote * Stanley Crouch * Sam Daley-Harris * David Deida * Dee Dickinson * Riane Eisler * Debbie Ford * Peter Gabel * * John Gray * Thom Hartmann * Paul Hawken * Hazel Henderson * bell hooks * Barbara Marx Hubbard * Daphne Rose Kingma * David C. Korten * Dennis Kucinich * Michael Lerner * Paul Rogat Loeb * Gay Gaer Luce * Thomas Moore * Caroline Myss * Dean Ornish * James Redfield * John Robbins * Vicki Robin * Robert Roth * Lance Secretan * Peter Senge * Judith A. Sturnick * Eric Utne * Neale Donald Walsch * Margaret J. Wheatley
All author proceeds go to the Global Renaissance Alliance,
P.O. Box 3259, Ceneter Line MI 48015, office: (586)754-8105, Fax: (586)754-8106

     [Most currently, for solutions to begin applying: I'd go with Dennis Kucinich (almost always good for the relatively short term pragmatic), Al Gore and Dennis Hayes (for the current and intermediate), with David Korten and Riane Eisler (into the longer term pragmatic), and hopefully via O'Bama. Not to dismiss the others in the least - many of whose views I am very familiar with. - cp]

   "Poly-Psy Citizen Healing Page
Discussions & Charts on Political Activism, Empathy, Apathy, Healing & Recovering Democracy"
Thumbnail of Activism & Healing Chart, Chris Pringer - click to go there
   "Political Activism, Apathy, & Healing"
Cause and effect patterns related to conscious choices for change toward sustainable living on the planet (a long term project)

Introducing a study in current "Poly-Psy" (not just "Poly-Sci") with 3 graphic flow charts

Thumbnail of Intro-Overview Chart, © Chris Pringer - click to go there
   Overview Chart for Introducing a Study in Poly-Psy
What brought us to the *current crossroads* Socially and Psychologically; Citizen Roles and Choices
Thumbnail of Beliefs, Paths, & Service Chart, © Chris Pringer - click to go there
   "Beliefs, Paths, & Service"
Visually relates various philosophical origins, coping styles, roles in active citizenry...
      Includes the essays: "Healing the Citizenry" - guides pragmatic discussion for recognition of our current situation, examination of related cause-effect patterns, transitioning out of political apathy, and making conscious choices for change toward sustainable living on the planet - a long term project (Fall 2002);     "An Introduction to Subjects in 'Poly-Psy'" - about Poly *Psy*, not "Poly-Sci";     "A Re-balancing Transition Process for Healing Governments" - Daunting Questions about designing effective structure & process - 'ism's & not ('08-'10);     "The Economy as Artform and not Science" - a compassionate view ±?" (3'09); and      "'Empathy' or 'Armor' by Definition..." - Clarifying where the definition has come to be re-defined to apply in limited ways and directions (4'10)

Why these "Poly-Psy" charts and essays?

               Because our government has been greatly influenced by the 60-80% of the citizens NOT participating.
         We (speaking of Americans over the last five centuries or so) have allowed/created our current condition -- in terms of various attitudes, beliefs, and values - and some interesting times wherein we re-defined certain values. And this implies, therapeutically speaking, we can therefore can *heal* our socio-political condition by changing those attitudes and re-clarifying some values over more time. That implies potential for a form of continuing *preventative health maintenance* curriculum at schools and colleges. Paradigm shift tension, anyone? How much are we ready for? But doesn't every writer asks that question - or just those who want us to "bridge" - to encourage exploration of our potentials and what we perceive as our limitations?
          Many writers note the incredible degree of short memory and denial that is going on in America. Perhaps that is because we want so strongly, even tenaciously, to believe in our "good guy" image of ourselves - certainly more than we want to acknowledge our attachment to our standard of living. "Our national denial" happens apparently because of that. Well, I believe it essential to the planet, considering the power of the United States, that the citizenry wake up, suffer the inevitable heartbreak, get a hold of ourselves and heal that, get real AND learn to use our anger constructively, and get in charge of what we can be proud of, and create much more of same. An elaboration on "Trends, Memory, Tracking, Trust, and Forgiveness" can be found here.
         All in all, the Poly-Psy charts page provides a good introductory, if not prerequisite, to the "OverComing Political Disillusionment" outline/study page (see next Link).

What would be accomplished if more than 40% of Americans felt empowered enough to Vote - Repeatedly. Over time, would we create a government that actually represented our highest values?

          See "OverComing Political Disillusionment" for an outline of study of current political challenges and psychological considerations effecting American citizen potentials for stirring democratic participation, and the power to make a difference for the world, as well as suggestions for the healing & preventative maintenance necessary in so many arenas to get us there.

          Questions For Disillusionment: A kind of Summary of parts of Overcoming Political Disillusionment and Christopher's Political Page. Also includes Guidelines and a class format for "Overcoming Burnout for Activists", and my pre-sentencing statement in trial for civil dissobedience, "The Development of One Questioning Mind"

Resources at vUSPA

    Home Page of virtual US Peace Academy

    The Great Hall of the Peacemakers
    James George Peterson Library at vUSPA - Suggested Courses and Books, etc
    The Economics of War & Peace - the Iraqi War Example
    The Economics of War & Peace Part II
The 'Neo-conomy' in War, deep effects and future implications
    The Economics of War & Peace Part III
Considerations, Innovations, Accountability, Solutions, Resources
      Health Care Related (Petro-Pharmaceutical) Economics
Considerations in the cause of Seeking Accountability and Solutions - both nationally and internationally
    Resources for Sustainable Peace (Selected Links)
    Resources for Sustainable Peace (Selected Links) Page 2
    Some Highly Suggested Studies & Activities for vUSPA Students
- that will also serve well for Documentation of Intentions in Conscientious Objection.
     "Summary of 'Lawyers Guild Report on Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Dissent'"
Legal Resource on Civil Rights and Civil Disobedience

    Poly-Psy & Citizen Health - Problems & Solutions for Discussion:
Introducing a Chart-illustrated Study in "Poly-Psy" - including re: what brought us to this critical crossroads, socially and psychologically, and a look at current citizen roles, beliefs, coping styles, and choices - for society's waking up, healing itself, and recovering Democracy. Mental & emotional re-education for long-term solutions to national & international troubles, as well as implications for short-term problem-solving applications.
    Assisting in the Healing of Veterans
For now, at the JPG Library page is a listing,
PTSD: Integrating Approaches & Paradigms, Mediating Politics
-- Suggested Class and/or Topic for Discussion.

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If you especially enjoy art, music, and dance,
you might really have fun checking out the
v. U.S. Academy of Peace Through Art.
As Alana Lea, creator of the site, likes to quote:

      "Children, everybody, here's what to do during a war; In a time of destruction, create something.
A poem. A community. A school. A vow. A moral principle. One peaceful moment."

      - from The Fifth Book of Peace by Maxine Hong Kingston

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Artistic rendering of concepts & ideals as related to Purpose and eventual goals of vUSPA, including:

      * Eagle: integrative overview and foresight, as well as clothed by the more peaceful of the traditional symbols in the original seal of the United States (olive branch, banner "E Pluribus Unum" - meaning "Of Many, One").
      * Dove: peace, non-violence, gentleness.
      * Olive Branch: ages old symbol for Peace. In "the Great Seal," where the eagle is also holding arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other, the eagle has its head turned towards the olive branch, said to symbolize a preference for peace.
      * Globe: global citizen oriented.
      * Open Book: Right Use of Knowledge, Right Parenting, Right Use of Science
      * Circle of Symbols of World Religions: Ecuminicism of Beliefs.
      * 4 Directions Hoop: a symbol common to almost all Indigenous people of the Americas, but of other world cultures as well, The four cardinal points of the medicine wheel can be used to explain the complex reality of personal and community development.

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