Seizing Control of Our Destinies

Power-To-The-PeopleJulian Rose, Contributor
Waking Times

In 1381, at a time of great repression for the British agricultural work force, an extraordinary people’s revolutionary named Wat Tyler sprang to his feet and announced, “England should be a nation of self governing communities,” to which he added, “ No lord shall exercise lordship over the people, and, as we are oppressed by so vast a hoard of bishops and clerks, the property of the holy church should be taken and divided.”

His colleague, the priest John Ball, spoke out with equal fervour, “The lords’ claims to be more lords than we are rests solely on their power to force us to labour that they may spend.”

A great surge of support for these proclamations swept through the farming communities of South East England, quickly spreading further North. The farmers took up arms – whatever appropriate implements they could find in the farmyard – and set out on their mission to free themselves from the wicked landlords and clerks, who between them were taxing the life out of the farming communities throughout the land, destroying the livelyhoods of thousands of countryside families.

Many a pernicious bureaucrat was confronted by this motley army, with the brave farmer, Wat Tyler, proudly riding at its head – and many a selfish landlord was forced to concede his greedy rental regime and bow to the demands of the British peasants.

And yes, blood was shed in the struggle to gain respect for basic human rights.


A great quest for liberation, justice and equality blazed amongst the downtrodden land-workers and villagers of fourteenth century England during those famous months of The Peasant’s Revolt. Only an act of royal treachery finally stopped this revolution from fully undermining the corrupted power of the State and the intransigence of King Richard II.

Why do I tell this story?

Because more than six hundred years after this peasant uprising shook the nation, we have come full circle. Once again the call is going out for peoples and regions under the hand of oppressive, dictatorial regimes, to cecede from the nation state and become ‘self governing communities’. Wat Tyler’s heroic stand echoes down the ages and nourishes the cause of non-compliance and community actions that stand up against the ever more insidious tentacles of centralised power.

Right now there are one hundred and fifty communities in the United States redefining their right to self govern and pushing forward their programmes for localised renewable energy and ecological food security. Not only this, they are also rewriting the laws that govern their communities and declaring citizens’ charters – banning GMOs and initiating local seed saving actions. They are also declaring the right to clean water and are making ‘fracking’ a criminal offence.

In the process, through collective acts of civil disobedience, they are stripping the corporate world of its powers. These communities are able to show how the notion that corporations have some form of sovereign power – is a facade – how it is people who hold sovereign power, as Wat Tyler made plain all those years ago. And it is people who must again exercise that power.

All over the World such stirrings are gaining momentum. Actions to reclaim powers usurped by that toxic cocktail of government and corporate collusion, are breaking out. If such stands are being taken in the US heartlands of corporate and government connivance – then it proves that the will of the people is more powerful than the will of the heirarchical cabal whose ambition it is to control all aspects of our lives. We should draw strong inspiration from these game changing actions – and increase our own determination to go in the same direction.

The time has come for all awakening individuals to hone a definite life strategy. A strategy that puts us in the driver’s seat and empowers us to set a new course – one imbued with creative inventiveness, courage and mutual support.

We have arrived here because of the accumulated evidence which overwhelmingly proves that the status quo is a fraud – designed to strip us of our powers of judgement and the determination to act on that judgement. There is no time for further deliberation of the pros and cons of this or that political polemic. It’s all a miasma. A massive sham. A sham which we continue to uphold as long as we go on playing along with its sense of self importance; giving it a status it does not actually possess, and then sheltering under its poisoned wing.

Everyday that goes by without putting into place a strategy to step out of this straight-jacket – is a day wasted – a sacrificial offering to to all that is sucking the life out of humanity.

Self government starts by taking control of the self. By shaking off the doubts about one’s capabilities and taking specific steps to enhance one’s powers: spiritually, mentally and physically. We need to be aware that there is no predestined design for this life that will fatalistically play itself out while we bury our heads in the sand.

Yet we are indoctrinated to believe that there is some kind of inevitability to the way the world lurches from crisis to crisis, war to war. That suits the cabal very well – because it is their war game that is being enacted on planet Earth – and the more people that see that war game as somehow ‘inevitable’ – the longer will it go on desecrating the fabric of life.

Just now, many are falling into the trap of declaring that we are inevitably heading for a Third World War. But in so doing they are merely fulfilling the ambitions of those craven agents of death whose game design includes that scenario. Our role is not to prophecy, but to change the goal posts so as to ensure that such horrors never take place. That is the meaning of ‘seizing control of our destinies’.

If, in spite of our efforts, such a war breaks out, it is simply because there is insufficient energy focused on the true path of life. Insufficient self discipline to steer against the tide of doom. But every person who gives in to a sense of doom when confronted by the machinations of the war machine has failed to grasp the powers with which they are endowed. Powers to change themselves as well as the assumed course of events. Forging a path of truth where presently are deserts of desolation.

Wat Tyler, and his gallant peasant followers, did not stand back and allow repression to rule. Nor should we. He proclaimed that no heirarchical figure should rule over and repress the people. So should we. He called instead for England to become a nation of self governing communities. So should we – in whatever Country we reside.

Because this is surely the only practical antidote to the super centralisation of our lives and absolute rule by the despotic fiefdoms of the 21st century.

Self governing communities turn out to be our most instinctual socio economic model of survival and create the right setting for a fertile organic expansion of the spiritual and artistic path. Because to be ‘spiritually aware’ ‘self governing’ and a ‘caring community’ is fundamental to the growth of responsible and cohesive shared living.

Everything else that poses as a solution is already shot full of holes.

Humanity is an extended family. But as in the present tragedy which is Jew-v-Arab, Israel-v-Palestine, this truth has been riven with lies and ripped apart by ulterior motives. Modern ‘democracies’ are now simply a perpetually repeating expression of this divide and conquer holocast. It is impossible to become awake and then continue to put both feet back into such a deeply compromised and incongruous system as we have today. Therefore we must change the script.

Everyone who follows my writings and the parallel concerns of others who contribute to this site, should already be concentrating themselves on the process of building – or contributing to the building of – self-governing communities. Increasingly freed from dependence on the fallen model.

As the foundations of the status quo continue to crack apart, so do the seemingly reliable sources of life dependencies to which we are accustomed also go with them. There is no more time to sit on fences. They are themselves rotting away underneath us and will soon turn to dust.

We who have become ‘aware’ – are the leaders of the age. We must live up to this reality. We know that the status quo is beyond redemption. So we must take this knowledge to be the signal to build that which will redeem our collective Human status; which will carry us through the apocalypse. We know what the ingredients are that will make our arks self sustaining. We know what we need in order to come alive again. Now we must put them all together – for that is where they belong.

If we are to overcome that which oppresses us we must unite our creative powers and imaginations in common affirmation of the life force with which we are each endowed.

The quest for liberation, justice and basic equality so nobly fought for by Wat Tyler and the peasant’s revolt six hundred year’s ago is now our revolution.

About the Author

Julian is an early pioneer of UK organic farming, an international activist and author. He is president of The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside. His widely acclaimed book In Defence of Life is published by Earth Books and available on general retail and on Julian’s website: www.julianrose.info.

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  • Truth, not belief

    @(Un)HealthyEgo

    Focusing on, giving attention to what one does not want Monsanto fx. (just one out of countless examples) – and acting upon it makes the influence of what one does not want decrease (activists, media exposure, etc.) – objectively.

    The result? Monsanto is being banned in many countries, expelled, exposed, etc.

    So that means that the sum of people giving it a lot of attention and acting to stop Monsanto by informed preference of what they don’t want is working.

    Why? Because love, reason, and discernment inform us that war, human slavery, sex pedophilia traffiicking, genocide, and other horrible conditions are terrible! It’s terrible by their own admission; the narrative of the victims – not only adults but also babies screaming in pain – and babies have no belief structure since that would pre-suppose structured thought-knowledge about the world which they do not have.

    By giving these issues a lot of attention and bringing the darkness into the light (consciousness) for millions to see, and even more people can focus their attention on it to avoid it.

    Result? The power of Monsanto is thus objectively decreased by focusing and educating others about it. The proof is in the subsequent events themselves where their power is decreased.

    “You are attracting that reality” – does not hold up to reality, so to speak.

    If such claim was true, then the perception of Monsanto’s influence as terrible would increase Monsantos power by attraction. But it doesn’t.

    On the contrary; it decreases – not by being neutral either – but by focusing on what one does not want and acting on it. It thereby decreases on an objective level (no more GMO in Russia, Hungary, etc.) but might increase in me subjectively in terms of discomfort (depending on the degree of mindfulness)..

    I don’t prefer war, human slavery and sex pedophilia traffiicking, and other horrible conditions. And the effects of focus ==> discernment ==> informing, being activist about it, etc, are not attracting its power by focusing on it in the real world objectively, but diminishing its power. The proof is in the pudding. I am therefore attracting the reality I want (abolishment of GMO) by focusing on what I don’t want (Monsanto), and acting upon it by informing and educating others about it leading to protection, if not abolishment.

    “The first is to open our minds, start taking responsibility back, and remove this edifice of control and suppression of information which will allow the full flow of knowledge of who we are to flood into the public arena.

    Once people start to realize who they really are and the nature of life, then we can go into stage two which is the incredible consciousness shift that is going to happen, and is happening for many people already, but can happen for everybody if we open up to the knowledge of what’s going on
    and to do that the edifice of suppression has to go.

    And what I see so often in what we call New Age movement is that they’re focusing on the second bit and they’re in DENIALl about about the first. And the second is not going to happen for many people unless we remove the edifice of suppression cause most people are going to think what the heck’s going on and they’re going to go through this great change in a complete fog of what’s happening. Two things to do here. One is to start focusing on how the world’s controlled, identify it and remove it. Secondly, then we can concentrate unhindered on the transformation spiritually.”
    – David Icke

    Also:

    The following is an example of scepticism by very progressive and goodhearted people whose disbelief is ending up in a rationalized stockholm-syndrome in regard to the more extreme claims in the documentary film Thrive:

    “…theories at the heart of Thrive are based on an ultimate division between “us” and “them.” “We” are many and well-meaning but victimized. “They,” on the other hand, are a tiny, greedy and inconceivably powerful few who are masterfully organized, who are purposefully causing massive disasters in order to cull the population, and who are deliberately destroying the world economy in order to achieve total world domination.

    This way of thinking has an allure, for it distracts and absolves us from the troubling truth that the real source of the problem is in all of us, and in the economic systems we have collectively produced. If the ills of the world are the deliberate intentions of malevolent beings, then we don’t have to take responsibility for our problems because they are being done to us. Thinking this way may provide the momentary comfort of feeling exonerated, but it is ultimately disempowering, because it undermines our desire to be accountable for the way our own thoughts and actions help to create the environmental degradation and vast social inequity of the world in which we live. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote, “The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart.”
    – from John Robbins’ Critique of THRIVE

    If the thinking above was true in regard to Monsanto fx. then nothing would be accomplished (regardless of whether we ourselves have ṕositive thinking, are compassionate, have integrated our shadows, worked on ourselves internally, etc).

    The inner journey does not exclude the awareness of the external landscape. We could have the best perfect decentralized spirtual community with highly individuated people, high interpersonal social intelligence, integrated shadows (in the Jungian sense), etc. and still be unaware of Monsanto’s stealth GMO technologies polluting the beatiful crops and gardens of such eco-villages for example.

    Monsanto’s destructive technologies will then still be operational whether we meditate or not. Being aware of their agenda is the prerequisite for overthrowing/stopping them. This has nothing to do with self-victimization, ‘us VS them’ in terms of emotional judgment (albeit understandable, given their psychopath disregard for farmers, life, etc.) or lack of own responsibility but with pure mental discernment (minus the emotional aversive component – oh well, that will probably require an enlightened mind) and concrete knowledge in order to change the situation. Otherwise we risk being in denial, ignorant and/or useful new age idiots in regard to many things. We have to work internally and externally with the right action and discernment hand in hand.

    Many are aware now; both socialists, anarchists, libertarians, liberals, conservatives, new age people, etc. across the board agree that there is an agenda at foot. The stumbling block is unfortunately the cognitive dissonance and disbelief of many well-intentioned goodhearted (but ignorant) people. As such, disbelief becomes the inadvertent ally of evil (for a lack of a better word).

  • FlanObrien

    @HealthyEgo
    Fear and aggression is not evidenced in the article at all. This is a fantasy of your creation.
    Fuzzy porridge words do not feed, shelter, educate, assist family and neighbour.
    Hope you never fall on hard times.

  • HealthyEgo

    Fighting anything simply feeds the perceived enemy at the expense of the fighter. Continually writing these articles is feeding the energies of those who have wielded “control.”

    When we awaken to this, we re-discover a deeper wisdom and understand that we have been conditioned to “play the game.” No one expressly forced us to be a player. Our participation arose out of a need to be accepted by others as a means of avoiding fear of rejection (which is a dominating unconscious belief of the Collective). These are acts of disempowerment – believing that our lives are at the whims of others or that we are victims. The ego’s need for control is in essence the very energy that is feeding the larger control of the masses.

    Surrendering our individual need for control is an act of re-empowerment (as contradictory as this sounds – but – this is exactly how the ego operates). As we regain our self-empowerment, we have no need for control and the food for the larger collective need for control will fade away as the illusion it is. And eventually, it is “game over.”

  • dimitri

    Who or what is “we” and “us”? It is a collection of INDIVIDUALS all having widely different corporeal and spiritual experiences. Hard as one tries, it is difficult to imagine that many of them share a “basic equality”. If anything, they share a basic inequality. Recognition of this fact is act number one on the path to liberation. So it behooves “us” to be careful with how “we” sling the rabble rousing message of “revolution” about, lest we find ourselves traveling over the ruts of previous generations.

  • This sounds like an admirable tribal-related approach, which has been previously tried, to some extent by the various Communes that sprang up in the 60s and 70s, in diverse parts of the US. Most of them have failed by now, handcuffed by local and state legalities, seemingly designed to make them fail. But some still live along lines similar to those outlined in your article. Surely other readers of this article want to know, where are some of these self-reliant communities located, today? Contact information?

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