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Presidential Debate

Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.

Presidential debates can sometimes lack substance. This presidential Democratic debate night was very much full of substance and much more clarity was given on what divides the Democratic presidential candidates. This debate was indeed substantive and well worth watching. Bernie and Hillary had quite a night. This debate was informative, at times combative, even though primarily civil as opposed to the recent Republican presidential debates. Bernie did well and clearly won the debate by all accounts.

The question before Democrats in the Presidential primary race is about whether we want evolutionary or revolutionary change. O’Malley did himself proud but the debate clearly goes to Bernie Sanders. Despite a moment when he was on the defense concerning gun control he dominated the debate. This attack launched by Hillary against Bernie was a rather unsubstantial. This attack with all the facts considered wasn’t much of an attack.

Hillary was very much on the defensive regarding her reception of funds from Wall Street. Bernie was very strong regarding this issue and spoke well considering health care as a right and moving toward a Medicare for all approach.

Hillary’s attacks against Bernie seemed to fall short of anything truly effective. O’Malley seems, on the issues, a better version of Hillary but his lack of traction so far leaves him a very very dark horse in the race.

Bernie was acclaimed as the “winner” of the debate by the pundits. Given the mood of the country and Bernie’s ability to swiftly come from behind and actually overtake Hillary in these early races I believe that this contest may swiftly come to be “his to lose or win”.

The internet was definitely showing more interest in Bernie Sanders. Those physically present at the debate seemed to be leaning pro Hillary. Nevertheless, Bernie got a great share of the applause in the room.

Many have probably wished that they could have heard more from Martin O’Malley. He did speak well. He can’t be counted out yet. He could still come from behind. However he would have to depend on people seeking another option. They might just tire of the two leaders but that would have have to happen soon. However, due to the internet, I think that the volatility in this race will be high. We should watch for possible surprising twists and turns as the race continues. The leaders, though unlikely, could still stumble and fall.

Again the issue is whether we want a mere evolution of good trends or a revolution. Do the American people want evolutionary change? Do they want instead a more substantive revolutionary change? When we consider revolution we have to look at Hillary’s view of the American people. She seems to think that Americans just aren’t ready. Does she think that America is not courageous enough or smart enough to push for revolutionary change? Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, seems to believe in the ability of the American people to stand up for real change. He seems to believe that Americans can understand the importance of it. We might say that in this instance Bernie Sanders believes more in an America whose greatness lies not just behind it, but now and in the future.

O’Malley to his credit mentioned more about climate change than either Hillary, or surprisingly, even Bernie. However Bernie has made it a major topic in many of his speeches. It is definitely the most important issue of our times. Not addressing it would seem to be “fiddling while Rome burns”. Perhaps we should rather say “while the planet burns”.

Be sure to watch the commentaries at the end of the debate, they are very informative.

Feel the Blue

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Conservatives and Liberals

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Conservatives and Liberals
The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!

Earlier I had posted something from Ted Talks on Face Book, concerning how we must understand conservatives as holding just different and appropriate, or at least useful in various circumstances, forms of our common human “values”. I have thought about it and listened to the video many times.

I first of all do not agree with his concepts of “values” and see them as tendencies that have been sometimes useful to our survival as a species. Why? Because values should be values useful in all circumstances, they should be ways in which we process information and not “rules to live by” or else they are very much lacking in luster.

Secondly what I see in conservatives in relationship to these tendencies is a greater amount of anxiety which would come from deprivations and traumas, that is to say “primal pains” or “pained needs” which give rise to “false comforts”. This was plainly evident in the first minutes of the video where the presenter contends that conservatives are less “comfortable” with being open to new experiences, which is of course also the ability to see things from many perspectives and put them together meaningfully, that is to say: “creativity of perspective”.

He then went on to say as to how liberals see conservative states as “dumbfuckistan” and how this was inherently a wrong perspective. It was a rather intellectual and unfeeling perspective lacking in empathy and some insight, but still, it is clear that as to creative perspective, the rural and southern states seem to be lacking in this quite natural ability, a deficit derived from a lack of stimulation of that ability in their “minds” which is to say their “brains”. (How early this stimulation needs to take place is something of which I am ignorant, but I would say early childhood if I were to guess.)

This is in fact a kind of lamentable retardation of sorts, and even though, as he points out, conservatives also call liberals “stupid” it is more because they can’t handle the anxiety of embracing new experiences, and thus feel it is against survival and therefor “stupid”. It is not… So their claim against the liberals holds more anxiety than meaning. They can fix their kind of lamentable inability with the courage it takes to face their anxieties thus freeing their minds to be “smarter” in this creative sense, which is far more likely to help the human race survive than cowering and clinging to the past as a baby does with it’s favorite blanket.

Creativity, the ability to embrace new experiences, when coupled with objective analysis which liberals almost always do, it not in any way something to be feared, and those well grounded in their ability to be objective in the first place have no problems with creative thought and its ability to give us the power to embrace and enjoy change. furthermore, to excuse the conservative mind from being seen as less thoughtful, by saying that tribalism is a “virtue” neglects the fact that a greater degree of intelligent thoughtfulness and creativity of perspective allows us to see the whole race as a “tribe” and to work on making it so.

Plus, after all, when you consider that the terms “liberal” and “conservative” do not fit any individual perfectly, we being a blend of such abilities and inabilities of various sorts, it is evident that we should strive to improve communication by eliminating unnecessary anxieties and addressing real issues that affect the whole human “tribe” and the health of our earthly home. (Two things that those who tend to embrace the term “conservative” seem lacking in.) Now, to the presenter’s credit, he did mention that we leave any blinders of embracing such terms. However, the term liberal shouldn’t be something to abandon as it promotes the best and truest “values” for the human race.

Period, exclamation point.

Healing the mind of such “inabilities” can be well addressed by two sites: The Primal Mind and Primal Therapy.

Sincerely Yours,

The ever less than perfect, but liberal embracing,

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Hillary Clinton and Big Banks

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The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!
The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!

Hillary Clinton and Big Banks

Regarding Hillary Clinton and the big banks we can expect her to be in their service as President, if we allow her to get the job.

I highly expect this to be true, from many of her statements even recently. Her only argument for being in the hip pocket of big banks would be the growing creation of a one world corporate government and system of trade which might lower some conflicts around the world, but corporate run government is highly prone to being insensitive to real human need and long term benefit due to their profit driven internal forces from their stock holders, and war like skirmishes between the east and west world banking forces would still exist.

She has erroneously given capitalism the thanks for the creation of a healthy large middle class, something that had more to do with new technologies which simultaneously threw many low skilled workers out of work, and which would still have not raised up a strong middle class without the power of unions, a power which is dwindling.

Without unions corporations will continue to act just like WalMart where Hillary served on the board without q single protest concerning how workers were being treated, workers who, by and large, had no chance of becoming middle class. Meanwhile big banks, being too big to fail, will garner more and more power at the expense of people not just here in the United States but around the world.

For more information on the problems with corporate styled capitalism read some of the posts by Professor of Political Science Peter G. Prontzos, some of which can be found here: The Primal Mind.

It’s time for a change in the USA, and I hear that wise and good hearts from Canada have been crossing their fingers for us to elect U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders as our next president…

I am crossing my fingers with them.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Ordinary Insights, Visions of Love, Angels Without Wings

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The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!
The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!

Ordinary Insights, Visions of Love, Angels without Wings

Those out of touch with their core feelings and needs are out of touch with their motivations, and their lost motivations cannot realize virtue. Those in touch are healthier and have nothing to brag about, those that brag about virtue present a shallow pretense of virtue born of fear and the need to please.

There is no room for blame in either case and each need the other to create a better world, both the one lost and the one who can love their soul.
From the love of the feeling soul of humanity comes the songs of love’s heaven: high and lifted up within the brain, earthy, born of no miracles, and wondrous as the skies, beautiful as a newborn smile, and sweetly fragrant as the breath of freedom loved by all life.
This life, this ordinary life, watching a soft snow fall, feeling a warm rain, and the soft breath of a child asleep in your arms, listen, you can almost hear the music of life, so soft, so uplifting.

Shout to the world, dance without music, feel the love, stronger than wars, calm beneath the storms, and rise, rise with heart, you have found heaven and death can have no sting, as time has stopped to watch life at play, here, now, in your everyday life.
There is a love higher than all the pain, a kindness surprising, not supernatural, the beauty of life in you, in your breath in your heart.

The progressives hear the music of life in their hearts, and with no urge to punish or to blame, on bended knee they serve the lowly, and in courage they stand unafraid before oppressive powers. They fulfill their lives in a joyous sacrifice and find time to smile and sing in the depths of despair.

Oppressed peoples, their children called early to be heroes, are the only way the world sees how to turn hell into heaven. Listen to those who endured the hatred of humanity, their stories heal souls and liberate hearts.

Recently I saw on PBS brave black children sent to integrate schools in the sixties, with hate all around, and I thought of my friend Bob Ray Sanders, and realized he had lived through it, and I cried and I knew how silent heroes can be.

When children have to be brave to stand against despising hearts, we know who the angels are and we know who the spirit of love will never forget, while singing words of love softly in their ears, during the din of hateful shouts, and the hurt of cruel blows.

You don’t have to go to heaven to see angels, and when your tears join theirs, and you act, you don’t need to search for a saint, they will join you when they see you alone and bravely standing firm against injustice and cruelty.

Look within and let love touch your pain, then your eyes will see, and your heart will be free, and when angels can’t fly you will lift them up, from poverty, from prison, from despair, and your life will be full, and love will hold you through the storms and guard you through your darkness.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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God Rationality Love and Primal Pain

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The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!
The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!

Things that aren’t relative can’t be argued effectively to be real. Therefor God then can only be considered a connection to virtue, or the experience of it. What you find in that experience, you find, what you don’t, you don’t. It cannot be argued or debated, only experienced. This is the domain of faith or trust in a world that moves toward love.

I find no discordance between the evil in the world and the idea that the world moves toward love, as love would not judge but allow all that could exist to exist, and let it spin toward it’s ultimate destiny.

God could exist as a kind of gravity of love toward which all moves, a mystery that can only be embraced with trust or faith that comes from better communication by and from love.

Thus I am about the yoking of higher reflective abilities that evolved to meet social and individual needs from an honest feeling heart of optimism.

The joining of these reminds me of the concepts in Yoga of the Super Soul and the Soul, the Paramatma and the Atma, which Yoga attempts to merge. I call such merging “optimistic integration” and the process to get there an improving communication between love and an honest trusting heart.

An honest trusting heart cannot have learned helplessness in connection to vital feelings and needs (primal pain), so primal therapy, that seeks to slowly and safely unlearn the helplessness surrounding such needs, is a vital part of this process, in fact, the central part of this process.

Attempts to love with creative, empathetic and objective perspectives will break down anxious defenses against feeling and help the integration of primal pain, but the message of the pain longing to be set free from symbolism, longing to be what it is, must lead the way.

Arthur Janov, Bruce Wilson,and Peter G. Prontzos are champions of this “cause” without which I see no hope for a more progressive, better, and more sustainable world to evolve.

A Progressive Movement has begun. Our world is worth trying to save. Progressives unite, and understand that integration, that win/win solutions, are love, and love is all we need.

When the heart educates the mind we love more intelligently.

Namaste y’all,

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Progressives Unite!

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The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!
The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!

The truth the world is confronting during this communication age is simple and very spiritual: Integration is love, and love creates more and more win/win situations.

A Progressive Movement​ is happening world wide, this movement is about expanding and improving the middle class, so that the poor can have hope and justice, and the rich can have richer meaning in their lives.

Where do you stand?

Create history stand with Progressives support and improve the parties who stand for improving and expanding the middle class whose source is from those with the respect and fair wages that unions bring, and from the ability to start a business and not have all the power and resources owned by a few large corporations.

Progressives unite, and improve and expand the political party in your country those is most progressive. Decide to organize decide to vote and relegate what is standing in the way of true human progress to history and let our world find a better and more prosperous future for all humankind.

You can do this. Come out of the shadows of the voiceless non voting, come out of the minority status in any other Party, vote and stand up for justice and prosperity. History will record the efforts of your heart with pride.

The future you save will be the world of your children. The present you bless, with the light of courage and justice and hope, will light the way.

Draw Excalibur from the stone, hear the angels sing, this is your fight, this is the age of heroes, let the greatest generation know their greatness never died, and don’t look for the heroes to come, look for the hero in your heart.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Life

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The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!
The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!

My friends it is always later than you think in life but don’t be preached to by those who have had success because they have found a niche in life more comfortable than your own. They are probably there because their mother drank just the right amount of juices and was never drunk or upset during her pregnancy with them. Keep it light and go with the flow.

Welcome darlings to the Planet of the Cousins of the Apes, your ticket to the show is your soul, and it’s only worth the price of admission if you can laugh your way through the movie.

One day you will realize you were luckier than you thought you were just to be alive, and never more of a failure or success than anyone else even if you were working all your life for WalMart, and could only afford to shop without stress at the Salvation Army thrift store, or if you were to become a Steve Jobs and a billionaire pontificating with trite sayings about what everyone else should do.

Have a blessed day children, the kind where you wake up still breathing and worrying and laughing right up until bedtime.

Just feel your life and it will be ok.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Defining “Progressive”

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The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!
The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!

When we consider the term “progressive” we have to consider what the word “progress” means. Progress means improvement, improvement in human terms means the better answering or fulfilling human need and desire. This relates heavily on our ability to communicate well, and better communication very much depends upon mental and emotional health and intelligence.

When we consider improving things we have to consider what is blocking improvement, either the lack of essential elements to the improvement, or the presence of things blocking that improvement.

We can’t see what improvement is without being aware and feeling our essential needs as human beings. What blocks this awareness are the traumas and deprivations that led to associating needs with helplessness through deprivation, or creating needs attached to helplessness through traumatic events experienced as a witness or a participant. Such needs create a level of panic or stress that they can’t be integrated at the time of the felt helplessness, the now “pained” need is a force within the brain that can’t be felt but whose force with which the brain needs to cope.

How does the brain cope with this force without feeling the anxiety and panic attached to overwhelming helplessness? Picture yourself slamming into an air bag in an accident, you are saved by the force being distanced from you and spread out within the air bag. The upper more reflective areas of the brain step in to act like the air bag would do in an accident. The pained need is distanced from the original contexts of the trauma, or deprivation, by approaching it symbolically in other contexts, (for instance seeing it as in the present where there might be choices and therefor less attached to feelings of helplessness) while the need itself is symbolized so as to allow a hope for fulfillment.

Confused? Consider someone traumatized by a cat. The need was to escape the situation, to flee, or to attack, but the need was not integrated in a way to see it as a past event associated with the cat in question. Until that event can be experienced with it’s need as something past, a “loss” of sorts that is no longer a threat, it will keep sending it’s message of intense need. According to the degree of force of the anxiety involved, it will be symbolized and generalized to any cat in the present, and if severe enough, symbolized more broadly and distantly. The symbology might end up quite bizarre as in having a fear of, or disdain for, those who love or own a cat.

Symbolic need creates symbolic attempts to fulfill them, or symbolic love. Symbolic love can’t be fulfilled, so you can never get enough symbolic need fulfillment. This can create a harmful level of greed for money or power or both. Billionaires who sit on wealth and deprive the poor and middle class to get it, are suffering from the effects of “pained need”. Their lives will feel less fulfilling than they should, and some turn to philanthropy to find greater fulfillment, but what is needed is a better more equitable flow of money and power, which can only come from an educated mentally healthy electorate in a healthy democracy.

We can only cure pained need from a safe perspective firmly rooted in an awareness of the present. However, forcing people or society to deal with their irrational concepts and behaviors, or their greed, is not a good idea. You can’t simply talk or reason people or society out of their pained need, which was once life threatening to feel. You must, through healthy caring communication and improving of conditions, gradually provide the means for cure of the core problems. This will require the promotion of so many perspectives that the symbolic needs and forms of fulfillment begin to have no place. This is currently occurring in regard to irrational concepts within religions, but only in more advanced countries with a healthy middle class. Tolerance of one another, becoming a growing necessity for the survival of the human race, is an example of many needs and attempts to meet them colliding, leaving increasingly only what is useful and real.

Improving and increasing the middle class is the effective way to make beneficial change, which means not too far to the left or the right politically, and doing things that increase freedom of expression within this more peaceful and satisfied middle class. This increasing communication and tolerance will allow the age of communication to reach within the mind where healing can occur from the age old problem of pained need. Those more at ease can doubt what they think and dare to feel what once might have needed repression, they can become more healthy and in touch with their emotional and physical needs and the needs of others, they can dare to care about families not their own.

Progressives are focused on the welfare of the middle class, from which we can expand effective help to the poor and greater meaning to the lives of those who are wealthy. This is what is necessary to make real progress, real progressive change. This can’t be forced and repressing symptoms of pained need will only make things worse over time.

Let us now consider the concept of a “punishing attitude” as something that is seen as useful or beneficial to society. Our punishing system consistently fails to lessen crime and instead seems to increase it and make it a profitable industry on the backs of tax payers. Punishment is a symbolic approach to crime, it is not a protective or remedial approach, and it does not consider or address the underlying causes. It seems that the far right is lost in such symbolic approaches, and the far left wants to use forceful repression of our world’s insanity, rather than fix the underlying causes of cruelty, violence and poverty in our world in a reasonable way that is paced appropriately. Such punishing attitudes are not the way a truly progressive healthy mind addresses social or individual problems.

How do we attain a more progressive healthy mind? We must allow many variously caring perspectives within our inner mental dialog so that the symbolic thinking is revealed as based on illusions. (Delusions are purposeful, our reactions to pained need were never fully conscious or purposed.)

The progressive revolution is A Progressive Movement​ of sensitively and gradually improved communication in society that treats the causes of problems, a society that creates greater more sustainable win/win situations, and more healthy rational minds.

This is why I am Ready For Hillary​, a true progressive, to be the next president of the United States of America. Yes, she is a centrist, but centrist approaches that improve our living conditions and peace in the world is our only hope.

We must move forward, for we have nothing to fear except not caring, we have nothing to repent except harmful greed, we have nothing to change except intolerance. For God sends the rain and the sunshine on the just and the unjust, God gives real life to those who abandon greed, and God will always bless those who care as He does: for all humankind.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Progressive Joy

The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!
The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!

 

Welcome to the primal mind of real hope for humanity, to A Progressive Movement, a world wide hope so beautiful, that like a celestial song, softly sung from the core of our cosmos to the depths of all hearts, so very beautiful, that it lifts us up like a joyous parent seeing their priceless child for the first time.

I say all of this in praise of a wonderful man Arthur Janov, oh yes and two of his friends Bruce Wilson and Peter G. Prontzos, I owe so much heart and depth of experience to reading their blog and following this wonderful discovery, this primal movement, this progressive vision for the world, that I find myself either speechless or moved to lift my joy to poetic song.

I am a Democrat and flying on progressive gossamer wings into a sky so full of promise that even death cannot ground me in despair.

Let me say now “Let’s go, let’s rise together, let’s get Ready For Hillary, and a new rainbow of dreams for the greatest country in the world.”

Let’s find a new sanity of purpose, let’s expand and improve the middle class, from which the poor are blessed and the rich find meaning that no money can buy. Socialism and capitalism have failed us, greed and ignorance have damaged our world. Conservatives have embarrassed the human race, liberals have been the visionaries, but in the midst of this progressives have rolled up their sleeves and put their gifts to work.

Let’s rise together to the greatness in humanity, a humanity of love that was born to live and give with purpose drive and courage, a love without war, and without prejudice against any heart, a world without hate and war.

I am David “Mitch” Sotelo, and if I am the only voice for this, and if my hope can be seen as only an impossible dream, then I think I will soon see an elephant fly. What do you think “Prophets” David Sotelo, Sajeel Khaleel,Medrick Yhap, Mike Rawlins, Michael Handley, Deborah Angell Smith?

To all my friends and loved family, this is a new age, and if humanity is meant to fail let’s not let our hearts shy from being homes for bravery and wings for the freedom to love. (Do what’s right SCOTUS, love should be honored in all it’s forms, history is taking notes.)

The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!
The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!
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Progressive Event in Collin County

The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!
The Lion of Jesse was a Progressive!

One meeting of many to come, organized by the United Progressive Group, will be held in Collin County Texas.

It is time to reorganize and revitalize the Wylie Area Democratic Party for the year 2015. We need your input and ideas as to the best way to reach our progressive neighbors in the Wylie/Sachse/Murphy area of Collin County.

Please join us March 14th 2015 in the morning at 9 am (Meet and greet) followed by several area speakers as well as speakers from the Collin County Democratic Party of Texas.

Where: Villa Vinci Restaurant
117 N Ballard Ave
Downtown Wylie

Menus are available to order individually. PLEASE COME! We need your ideas and thoughts.

Sincerely,

The United Progressive Group

The UPG is an international social club attempting to bring all progressives together to help save our world.

Statement of purpose and agreement:

The United Progressive Group is a social group that believes that when we focus first on issues that matter to the ones we communicate to, we win hearts to the Democratic Party or other progressive political parties around the world.

We are dedicated to building up progressive parties and bringing in all possible allies to help us work for a better world.

Those that agree with progressive values, no matter where they live, those dedicated to achieve liberating goals, are all welcome to join us.

Progressives may not call their party the Democratic Party in their country, but all progressives welcome new ideas, and the United Progressive Group will work with all progressives on global issues, while working diligently to help progressive groups and individuals locally.

We believe in what helps to create a healthy world, healthy nations, and healthy families, where all have hope, and none are in despair without caring hearts to embrace them.

The United Progressive Group

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