Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Occupy Liberation

The spirit of justice is nothing other than the supreme and perfect flower of the madness of love. - Simone Weil

I heard Chris Hedges say, "true spirituality is always an act of rebellion." So I made this.

A collage of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, interfaith and post-religious services at Occupy Wall Street, the faces of Spanish Indignants, and images of police brutality and mass mobilization from Oakland, set to the music of Martyn Bennett's "Liberation."

All credit to the original videographers, the late Martyn Bennett, and the Occupiers and Indignants of the world.


Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

A golden calf was rejected.
A "golden bull" is rejected.

11/10/2011 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


In 1987, John Alton landed in the midst of this obscure but historically significant time, as a visiting English professor at Beijing University. What he saw and learned was something for which his previous fifteen years of East Asian martial arts training had not prepared him. Stricken with a broken wrist that had been diagnosed as necrotic, Alton sought to heal his injury with TCM. Within weeks he became the private student of one of Beijing University’s top Qigong masters, who was also the head coach of the martial arts team. Alton experienced early success with sensing a pulse that traveled with his breath up and down a ventral pathway from the abdomen to the head. He used the pulse to heal respiratory infections as well as his necrotic wrist bone, and so was rewarded with visitation rights to Qigong classes that consisted exclusively of Beijing University student practitioners, numbering as many as 500. He also attended classes of rival Qigong masters, who tried to entice him to embrace their methods, which resembled those of the martial arts coach. In time he would learn that the various masters sent spies to their rivals’ classes to pilfer ideas and techniques, resulting in innovation and quicker results.

Between 1987 and 1988, Alton witnessed many of the students of these masters grow disaffected with Qigong and turn to more politically and secularly driven student groups. In the spring of 1989, galvanized by a series of politically provocative events, these groups evolved into what became know as the “Democracy Movement,” which staged a mass demonstration in Tiananmen Square that brought Beijing to a standstill for almost two months. The now infamous military crackdown on June 4, 1989 put an end to the Democracy Movement. A few days after the crackdown, Alton fled the country and returned to the U.S., where he opened a martial arts and Qigong studio based on his combined experience with martial arts in the West and what he had learned from his Chinese teacher.

Following the decimation of the student protest of 1989, the government banned all public gatherings, including those of Qigong practitioners. While restrictions on Qigong were lifted after a few years, officials began a protracted effort to standardize and regulate what had grown to become a daily routine for an estimated 60 million Chinese citizens, making Qigong the most popular form of exercise in the world. By the middle 1990’s, the Ministry of Sport took over the task of regulating Qigong and established criteria for official recognition, including the requirement that a Qigong system explain its methods and effects in terms of both science and classical Chinese philosophy, which also left intact Qigong’s stealth spirituality. The Ministry of Sport created the China National Qigong Institute (CNQI) and tasked the organization with regulating Qigong. By 1999, the CNQI recognized thirteen Qigong systems as legitimate.

In January 1999, the Beijing Health Promotion Society (BHPS), a consortium of China’s leading medical and health professionals (including the Minister of Sport), invited John Alton to return to Beijing to discuss his ideas on how to westernize Qigong, contained in his book Living Qigong: The Chinese Way to Good Health and Long Life (Shambhala Publications, 1997). By the time Alton left Beijing, the Minister of Sport recognized him as the first non-Chinese Western Qigong master, and the BHPS formed with him Health Masters International (HMI), an international corporation for combining Chinese and Western medicine.

11/13/2011 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11/15/2011 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Frederico Elton said...

#JeffWells...is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

11/15/2011 09:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Raymond Shaw said...

Where's the guy with the third eye?

11/17/2011 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Will Occupy be able to occupy more places than there are police? Stay tuned...

11/17/2011 11:43:00 PM  
Blogger ericswan said...

A voice in the wilderness, er..hinterland? concrete jungle?

11/25/2011 07:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Mohandas Karamchand G?

11/30/2011 01:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked your blog a lot better a couple of years ago, before it got scary. Back when I thought you were crazy.

12/01/2011 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

Have a happy birthday.

12/04/2011 06:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Frederico Elton said...

Hey Jeff,

What do you think of the late Jim Keith? Don't wish to speak ill of the dead, perhaps he was murdered? Dead at age 50.

Seems his research was pretty solid from what limited exposure I've had of him..drawing from Mae Brussell, etc.

Another Scientology related guy, but then again, so was Bill Burroughs for a while.

Thanks in advance, don't have the time (actually I'm too lazy) to join the discussion board...


Freddy Elton

12/15/2011 08:44:00 PM  
Anonymous gnosticheresy said...

forum down, any eta when it'll be back up?

12/17/2011 04:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss you all so much:(


12/17/2011 07:30:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

Sorry the board's been down today. Drew tells me he's found the error and is reimporting the database. We should be good in an hour or two. (And let's give Drew lots of love when we're back!)

12/17/2011 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous 82_28 said...

You know what? I'm done with this dump. There needs to be far more done to ensure the uptime and user experience. I'm going elsewhere.


Merry Christmas, everyone, and can't wait to see you all on the flipside. Good job again, Drew.

12/17/2011 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't love Drew any more than I do already. My faith in his ability is unbounded. I know he will fix it as soon as he is able.

And your video made me cry Jeff. It was very beautiful. Thank you.

God bless you and your kin.

And God bless the peaceful revolution.


12/17/2011 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you see the line between
2011 and 2012?
Today and yesterday?
There is the old day -
To measure, to delve and record.
The archeological mind
Sorts out its reasons,
True in their seasons,
Assigning a meaning to feel,
And a form and dimension
And colors to shape the unseen
Into a story complete
And a world understood,
Until the line moves…

There are no tools
To hold the line intact.
There are no rules
That make the line a fact.
Each word here,
Each word that moved the mind
And changed the story
Changed the world.
Here is the new day -
Happy New Year!

1/01/2012 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous ¡Fashionismo o Muerte! said...

RI "inspired" graphic:


1/02/2012 11:03:00 PM  
Anonymous What's news on the board? said...

What's news on the board?

9/07/2012 06:50:00 AM  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

We're switching servers. There's a more recent blog note about it.

9/07/2012 07:04:00 AM  

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