Cannabis legalization proponents have argued for years that the cannabis plant offers numerous medical applications. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally joined the bandwagon. The agency issued an official report declaring Cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound found in cannabis, to be a safe and effective medicine.
CBD Cannabis Compound
CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoid compounds in cannabis that give the plant its medicinal properties. This particular cannabinoid stands out because it is both non-psychoactive and displays a broad range of potential medical applications.
Here’s what the pharmaceutical industry has to say about CBD:
“CBD, the second major cannabinoid in marijuana after THC, has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, but no psychoactive effects. However, recent research shows that CBD can be an effective treatment for many kinds of pain. Inflammatory pain has been treated effectively with CBD as well and some studies have shown that CBD may be more effective at treating inflammatory pain than traditional medication.” (source)
WHO’s Declarations on CBD
The United Nations and the WHO have spent a good part of 2017 seeking information about CBD, and how it should designate it under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. As a result of its research, the WHO has issued a report that makes some very important statements:
In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.
CBD has been demonstrated as an effective treatment of epilepsy in several clinical trials…
There is also preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions.
CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.
To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.
Law Continues to Lag Behind Medical Research
Sadly, antiquated laws in regards to drug enforcement continue to classify cannabis as a dangerous drug in many countries. In the U.S., the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency has gone as far as to create a new classification of schedule I drugs for cannabis extracts in an attempt to stop the sale and consumption of CBD oil. As of mid-2017, the DEA continues to believe the following about CBD oil:
Because this extract is a derivative of marijuana, it falls within the definition of marijuana under federal law. Accordingly, it is a Schedule I controlled substance under the CSA. (source)
Research continues to mount evidence regarding the powerful therapeutic properties of cannabis. The cannabis plant seems to fill the gap in treating a number of illnesses for which mainstream treatments remain unsatisfactory. Hopefully, the WHO announcement helps thousands seeking alternative treatment to existing pharmaceuticals to obtain CBD medicine without legal repercussions.
About the Author
Anna Hunt is writer, yoga instructor, mother of three, and lover of healthy food. She’s the founder of Awareness Junkie, an online community paving the way for better health and personal transformation. She’s also the co-editor at Waking Times, where she writes about optimal health and wellness. Anna spent 6 years in Costa Rica as a teacher of Hatha and therapeutic yoga. She now teaches at Asheville Yoga Center and is pursuing her Yoga Therapy certification. During her free time, you’ll find her on the mat or in the kitchen, creating new kid-friendly superfood recipes.
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There are many definitions of “sovereign” floating around on the web. Some view it as a title of nobility for a monarch, such as a king or a queen. Others contend that we’re sovereign by default: we simply must claim it and that’s it. According to yet many others, sovereignty seems to mean that one can do whatever one wants at any time; that rules and the law don’t apply to them; that all forms of hierarchy are somehow unjustified and evil, and that any system of justice or law, or government is also inherently evil.
So what is the correct definition? Please allow me to guide you into a comprehension of the concept, first by way of showing you what sovereignty is not, so that you can come to better understand what it really is. This is vitally important because ultimately, you, yes you, have a role to play in restoring the rule of law by becoming a true sovereign.
The word sovereignty indeed means many things to many people. And there are certainly more than enough folks out there willing to claim themselves as “sovereign” for any number of well-intentioned reasons. For example, some people, usually following a legal/law guru, understandably, want to get out of a problematic legal situation by transcending it through claimed “sovereign” status; others feel that the world owes them a high-ranking position at law simply because they exist. But without the competence to support your claim, it is null and void, even if it was made to the Secretary of State or via the UCC. And the powers that be encourage these fallacious actions because it gives their claims to power more weight.
In such cases, these false sovereigns muddy the waters for the people, confusing those trying to understand what sovereignty really is and how it can benefit humankind. What’s worse, the powers that be use encourage incorrect and misguided claims of sovereignty so they can paint all would-be freedom lovers as irresponsible fools with antisocial tendencies. Consider this statement from the Southern Poverty Law Center regarding sovereign citizens.
The strange subculture of the sovereign citizens movement, whose adherents hold truly bizarre, complex antigovernment beliefs, has been growing at a fast pace since the late 2000s. Sovereigns believe that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials — get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore, and they don’t think they should have to pay taxes. Sovereigns are clogging up the courts with indecipherable filings and when cornered, many of them lash out in rage, frustration and, in the most extreme cases, acts of deadly violence, usually directed against government officials. In May 2010, for example, a father-son team of sovereigns murdered two police officers with an assault rifle when they were pulled over on the interstate while traveling through West Memphis, Ark. (source)
As if the issue of asserting our freedoms in a lawful manner wasn’t complicated enough, half-cocked “sovereigns,” often led by false sovereignty guru’s online, make anyone declaring their lawful rights seem crazy. Freedom is quickly being rebranded by the powers that be, via various social engineering programs, as nothing more than a childish desire by a rabble of irresponsible people who want to ignore laws and do whatever they want. But to those who understand what true sovereignty is, nothing could be further from the truth.
So for the sake of the freedom of all people and the great work of our age to regain our truly sovereign status in law and society, a discussion about what a true sovereign is will be most helpful.
You might be wondering: “Well aren’t you claiming to be a guru by telling us what a sovereign is or is not? Where does your definition of sovereignty come from, and why should we believe you?”
Let me say, you shouldn’t believe me, not blindly. I’m not asking you to believe me because I am an authority in law, I’m asking you to think about what I am saying, and draw your own conclusions. If my knowledge is accurate, it should be obvious to those who take the time to verify via their own research. And if it isn’t accurate (which is certainly possible) please share as much so as a community we can have the best information possible. These aren’t the words of a false guru who wants blind obedience.
Where Does This Information Come From?
As a fellow truth-seeker and freedom-lover, I have spent a great deal of time and energy reviewing the law, sources of lawful research (such as official and alternative sources of history and philosophy in the freedom movement) as well as thinking carefully and honestly about everything I’ve uncovered. In other words, my knowledge doesn’t come from an external authority, it was built from within, as a result of careful study and discernment.
I will present my findings in a simple fashion, but I don’t want you to blindly accept what is offered. I encourage you to think carefully about the arguments presented herein, and of course, to do your own research. If you think you have a better argument, then please share it in the comments. In law, like in science, the best theory or argument is accepted as fact (for the time being), not a person with a bigger stick or certificate of authority. In this sense, we’re all in the pursuit of the knowledge of sovereignty together.
Let’s cut to the chase--a sovereign is, first a custodian of the truth, the law, and the rights of others in the realm. Unless you live an honorable and solution-oriented life for your world, you cannot describe yourself as sovereign. And we’ll elaborate on this statement in great detail below.
Now, I apologize to everyone I’m about to offend, but the following needs to be said: merely existing does not make you sovereign in law.
I can assure readers that the last thing a sovereign does is proclaim him or herself “sovereign” without having first earned the title through diligence, discipline, the pursuit of a comprehensively moral and constructive existence. That said, it should also be understood that we each have the potential to be sovereign if we’re willing to do the work it takes to master ourselves and act within that mastery to benefit others.
So let me be clear that this article is written in response to the widespread misuse of the word and concept of “sovereignty” within the truth movement.
The legal concept of sovereignty is a separate matter that this article does not discuss in detail—though everything herein is important to know for those looking for “legal” remedies. The misuse of the concept of “sovereignty” in legal matters almost always causes one more harm than good, as will be detailed below.
As an aside, it also needs to be said, in no uncertain terms, that the contents of this article should not be construed as “legal advice.” No—instead, this is about research, education, and empowering ourselves, which is altogether different from offering legal advice. This is my own personal take on the matter, based on years and years worth of research, contemplation, and nothing more.
Problems Assertin Sovereignty in Legal Matters
The reason why asserting sovereignty in a legal matter is problematic is primarily because the existing legal system is essentially an elaborate fraud that has co-opted valid lawful ideas, like sovereignty—preventing the people from using these good ideas to their advantage. Those in the legal system, such as lawyers, judges, and clerks, generally aren’t taught about true law; therefore, asserting your sovereign status to the system often results in more confusion and even greater prosecution.
Given that there is no rule of law, it is still essential to take the time to learn what real sovereignty is and how it can be used to improve your life.
Again, I can’t explain the whole legal and lawful situation in this article, but suffice it to say, the world needs real sovereigns—those who take the time to learn the law, act with honor, harmlessness, and in defense of the rights of others--so that the rule of law and true justice can finally be restored to our darkened world.
I know for a fact that many people who follow online truth/sovereignty gurus are mostly good people.
Unfortunately, I also know for a fact that a great many “law or freeman” movements out there are fraudulent, dangerous and promote false and/or incomplete information to many thousands of desperate people.
Indeed, one of the most destructive false-narratives promoted by these groups is the idea that you’re “sovereign” because you exist—that somehow, merely being born has imparted some magical esoteric, vaguely defined “right” to wield incredible decision-making power over the law and society in which you live. Some have even suggested that such lunacy is “the secret” to knowing how to deal with the legal system.
But as will be revealed, sovereignty is a status attained by hard work and dedication, not unlike the mastering of any other skill such as music, art, science, philosophy, or farming. If it isn’t reasonable to expect you can be a master blacksmith because you said so, then it should be easy to understand why sovereignty isn’t a frivolous label.
The purpose of this article is to provide a counter-narrative designed to undo the above psy-op—which is the belief that we can get out of legal trouble by saying the words “I am sovereign” in court. Again, this is not a legal discussion nor is it legal advice.
A suggestion I’d like to offer is to be extremely skeptical regarding the far-fetched promises sold to you by internet gurus. Please, please, please recognize that there is no simple way to convey detailed “legal know-how” in bite-sized chunks without comprehensive study to go with said chunks. Nor are there any silver bullets that will solve any and all of our problems with one fell swoop. There is no sense in jumping off “legal cliffs” because a charismatic online figure said that it would work; and I know firsthand, having been duped by such con artists in the past myself.
The Historical Misuse of Sovereignty
What should be clear at this stage is that a true sovereign is the very best among us, one who has knowledge and wisdom, using that power for the benefit of all. A true sovereign recognizes that the people are not their subjects, they are equals in sovereign potential. And that it is the duty of that true sovereign to slowly and carefully educate the people so they can one day be sovereigns in their own right. Keeping this in mind, we’ll now briefly examine contemporary governments with the aim of demonstrating that they too misuse the term.
From a social point of view, it could be superficially believed that a “sovereign” is one who influences a society or civilization via a claim of authority—someone who wields power that can be used to direct large groups of people. Usually, such “sovereigns” use genealogies to assert they have a “divine right to rule” by tracing their lineage to some historical figure, like Jesus, Mohammad, David, and so on. But this is not a sufficient definition of what makes a true sovereign, as birthright might make someone an influential by virtue of culture, but sovereignty status is only valid by virtue of what they do with said influence—namely, acting with honor to defend the rights of all people. A true sovereign is the embodiment of true law, justice, fairness, morality, and ethics—leading the people into greater states of freedom by their example.
When you ask the average person to cite examples of a sovereign they might answer: the Queen of England or King of Morocco—actual monarchs. But these so-called figures are more akin to tyrants than true sovereigns, mainly because they abuse their influence and promote ignorance in the people to maintain their power; they do not embody true law.
From an international law perspective, nations are considered sovereign because they oversee the affairs of a people, maintain records (registers) and provide a venue for justice (courts and congress). But again, the same logic applies here because every nation on earth also seeks to oppress the freedoms of their people—in one form or another—which is the antithesis of what a true sovereign does.
Side note: almost every nation on earth is a registered corporation that draws its legal authority from the Roman Curia, the ecclesiastical laws of the Holy See or Vatican. Recall that the Vatican claimed that all people are completely incapable of using their rights, and as such, “salvaged” these rights and placed them in express trusts, which later became the basis of modern day governmental structures. Given that your average person doesn’t have a clue about the law or how to manage their rights in honor, this is sadly a fairly valid claim. How can we use something responsibly when we don’t know it exists? This means that all nations trace their legal authority back to the Vatican, and as such, all nations also presume the people are insane, irresponsible, dead things with no rights—no better than cattle. This is one reason why our inalienable rights under natural law become statutory privileges within any legal system. And this also underscores why gaining competence via knowledge in law is of prime importance. Without knowledge of law and the wisdom to use your rights in trust and honor, any claim of sovereignty is only an empty gesture—and the powers that be know it.
Given the conduct of monarchies and so-called sovereign nations, it should be clear to you that even within well established legal circles, the term sovereignty has been watered down. The fact is the knowledge of what a true sovereign is may be one of the biggest secrets on earth. As you will discover, this is because if people took developing their sovereignty seriously, the powers that be would be rendered obsolete in short order.
So what makes a true sovereign?
As was mentioned briefly above, a sovereign is one who conducts all their affairs with honor, in trust, and without harm—whether with a fellow sovereign or a nefarious party, like a tyrannical government. They have spent time learning as much as they can, especially about how to maintain honest, supportive, and trustworthy relationships with others and the environment—embodying true law. And finally, a sovereign uses their knowledge in a moral and ethical fashion for the benefit of others.
The truth is a sovereign’s guide and they strive to honor it with every fiber of their being.
A Sovereign proactively seeks solutions to problems in his or her “kingdom”— who always comes up with a solution or at least a plan for acquiring a solution when a problem befalls their sphere. They are optimistic, not cynical. They recognize that any situation can be made better with dedication to the truth, wise planning, and honorable cooperation.
A Sovereign attains such status only through the voluntary adoption of massive responsibility on their part, in the development of self-mastery for the state of their “kingdom.” One must get their own affairs in order to the extent that one can lend time, energy and attention beyond the upkeep of their life and house. And although one need not be omniscient, one must be at least be comprehensively aware of the nature and origin of societal breakdown, and one must be diligent and methodical in attending to societal repair. The life of a sovereign is a life of complete and unwavering service to ALL.
How Can We Become Sovereign?
Again, there is no “silver-bullet recipe” of paperwork, magic ritual, or god-like snap of the fingers that makes someone sovereign--who hasn’t already qualified themselves beforehand via dedication.
In essence, when you take responsibility, in all ways that you reasonably can, you’re on the road to sovereignty. Without accepting complete responsibility and liability for your actions, there is no sovereignty. Once you make that choice, life becomes a school and you become a detective—you’re constantly seeking to realize the ideals and principals of sovereignty, reflecting on your experience to see how you can improve and further your mastery. In this sense, sovereignty is a philosophy of life (a philosophy of personal excellence and social benevolence) just as much as it is a fancy title that affords one legal or lawful powers.
Sovereign ideals are important to understand because they help guide our behavior and motivations. Without a clear definition of sovereignty in mind—without a destination and a map to get there—we can’t change ourselves over time to become more sovereign.
This is mainly because sovereignty is a “razor’s edge” path or a high and lofty goal, requiring incredible dedication—not unlike mastering painting or the piano. This is made evident by the stringent qualifications needed of one who seeks it. Similarly, playing a piece of music requires precision and skill, where one mistake can ruin a whole composition. In the same way, sovereignty requires vigilant dedication, as one infraction or mistake can cause a dishonor that can only be restored by an act of restitution. A benevolent king, queen, or ruler can tarnish their entire legacy by a single act of tyranny.
Attributes and Traits of Sovereigns
As you read the following incomplete list of character traits of a sovereign, it will likely become clear that spiritual masters throughout history are, for the most part, the meta-model or blueprint for the sovereign individual. Hence, many governments attempt to trace their right to rule to a spiritual figure, like all Christian nations. Virtues are also a good example of the characteristics of a sovereign, although certain lists are not perfect.
In summary, a sovereign has sacrificed their personal time in the moment for the purpose of gaining knowledge and wisdom so they can be the best they can be in any situation.
They honestly seek to help others through the application of the truth (wisdom), and as such, sovereigns gain more knowledge over time.
They dedicate themselves to self-mastery (gaining competence) through work, self-reflection, and self-discipline (building wisdom), qualifying them to help others to do the same.
And most importantly, a sovereign takes a “vow of poverty” or recognizes that wealth beyond what can be reasonably used is an offense to a progressively moral and benevolent society; a sovereign would never horde goods or refuse to offer services for selfish gain or aggrandizement. They really want to help others and dedicate their lives to that purpose, shedding egocentric desires so they can be impartial ministers to all life. They want the highest and best good for all.
All of the aforementioned qualities of sovereignty were discovered by researching the true foundations of law. And although it doesn’t appear this way on the surface, the legal system actually acknowledges these tenets and has built the hidden side of the legal system around them, namely the Trust/Canon/Ecclesiastical aspect of law.
This is one reason why the powers that be had to declare every man, woman, and child on earth an insane and irresponsible ward of the state because that presumption labels us incompetent—the antithesis of sovereignty. If we act that way, it proves their claim and gives them power. Hence, gaining a clear understanding of sovereignty is essential, so we can act as such and thereby dispel their presumption of our incompetence.
If one takes a moment to consider these qualities of character, it should be clear that a true sovereign is an ideal man or woman. And as was suggested earlier, various religious figures can embody these qualities, like Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and so on. Whether or not these figures existed doesn’t matter—we can reflect on the stories like a child reflects on a fable, acquiring knowledge in the process.
On Authority and Social Cohesion
It is not the cleverness of this or that set of laws and rules alone that makes a coherent (or just) civilization; rather, it is the character of the people that make up said civilization, which determines the level of coherence (prosperity) or dissonance (hardship) it experiences.
Within this framework, a great challenge is placed at the feet of any who would call themselves “sovereign”: how does one operate a truly moral society? How does one acquire and wield power for the benefit of many? What makes an honorable and effective problem solver and leader?
I am not talking about coercion or ad-hoc, top-down forms of pseudo-authority when I use the word “sovereign” to describe benevolent governance. Consider that every nation on earth has a top-down power structure, where the state uses threats and fines to coerce the citizens into obedience—which can be understood by the fact nations presume citizens are incompetent. In contrast, the essence of sovereignty is to lead by demonstration of your competence in a given area of endeavor.
Think about it this way: if someone had played a musical instrument for decades of their life, would you not consider them a bona fide authority on how to play that instrument? Put another way: If you had the option of taking guitar lessons from a professionally trained musician or a random guy who has never played before, who would choose to be your teacher?
Obviously, authority, in this sense, rests with the one who is skilled—not the person who makes the biggest claims. To be even more precise it rests with the one who is skilled in educating others.
A music teacher doesn’t become a better authority in music because they use intimidation or threats of violence. Similarly, sovereigns have authority because they have real working knowledge (about many things) and can use it effectively and honorably.
When your knowledge, skillset, and ability to work with others becomes comprehensive enough to solve real-world problems—without hurting others in the process--that is the moment you step into true sovereignty.
The Irrevocable Link Between Rights and Responsibility
The connection between rights and responsibilities has become hazy over the years, likely because it’s easier to control people who can’t use their rights responsibly.
In law, when someone acts with dishonor, when they harm another and avoid justice, when they fail to use their rights responsibility, this is called incompetence, and it is the antithesis of sovereignty. The powers that be encourage us to act irresponsibly so they can support their claims of authority. In light of this, learning how to be truly sovereign is beneficial for yourself and the world.
The reality is, we cannot have rights without the responsibility. Consider when a group of “activists” take to the street to demand “rights” without the concept of responsibility entering into their discourse or lexicon--are such demands valid without also accepting the responsibility to use them well?
A right is the recognition of capacity—that we can do something—which is usually endorsed by another or society in some way. Generally speaking, valid or moral rights are actions that do not harm others, as well as actions that are the most beneficial for all involved.
For example, I benefit from the right to life, and so do others when I do things that they appreciate. The fruit of my labors is enjoyed by others. Another example is the right to free speech, which allows me the benefit of sharing my ideas and engaging with others. But I have to use this right without harming someone else. And this where responsibility comes in.
Responsibility means the ability, or more often the duty, to respond or take care of something—an obligation or debt. In this sense, responsibility is the negative side of the rights and responsibility coin, because we have to do something to restore balance if harm or damage occurs. For example, if we caused a car accident then we’re responsible for the damage—we have to do something to make things right.
When one person conveys or transfers rights to another, the person that receives the rights is responsible for using them per the instructions that were given, so long as those instructions are lawful. For example, if you lend your friend a car, they are responsible for giving it back to you after the specified time has expired, and usually, we ask for it to be returned undamaged. The positive benefit of using the car (the right of use) is balanced by the negative responsibility (obligation) of using it properly.
You may think that you have “unlimited” access to the vehicle that is your mind and body, but if you use these things in such a way that results in undue harm upon others, then they have the right to restrain you. In summation: if you are not willing to approach life in a virtuous, sane, and constructive manner, then others have the right to subdue you—forcefully, if necessary—when your behavior runs the risk of harming innocent bystanders.
This might sound harsh, but it’s essential to understand for those seeking true sovereignty. And it also underscores a key theme: a true sovereign upholds true law, effectively becoming a law enforcement officer, while also protecting the people from tyrannical persons and governments. In this sense, the more people who embody sovereignty the more just, fair, and prosperous our world becomes.
Defenders of Life, Law, and the Realm
The ability to take actions in the world means that what we do will affect others in some way—our responsibility is to ensure these effects will be as beneficial as possible.
If we can’t use these powers harmlessly, then a sovereign (a defender of the law and the realm) will take steps to prevent us from harming others. In this sense, one who polices themselves is a true sovereign, recognizing that freedom can’t exist harmoniously without responsibility. In a world populated by sovereigns, everyone is their “brother’s (and sister’s) keeper”—everyone defends the truth, justice, and the rights of others.
A Sovereign not only operates with good intentions but is also required to be diligent, rational, and methodical in their role as custodian. One who wishes to feed the world but has no knowledge about the underlying causes of poverty and hunger cannot easily achieve their goal. Therefore, the onus is on the sovereign is to constantly learn and improve their knowledge and skill sets so that they can benefit the world around them.
Can you describe the true causes of poverty? Do you know how social structures are built and broken, truly? Can you diagnose the causes of hunger in your community, and are you willing to address them methodically and empirically? Only if you can answer those questions in the positive, with a coherent argument and evidence, can you begin to imagine yourself as “sovereign” because working knowledge is required to avoid making things worse.
If you’re thinking “I just ‘go within’ and let my heart tell me the answer and let the details take care of themselves” then this is certainly a good start, but you need more. It isn’t enough to rely on intuition alone because it can be manipulated. Such insights need to be cross-checked against reality, using a logical, empirical process whenever possible.
How do you know this heartfelt action won’t cause harm? How do you know for certain that your emotions aren’t being manipulated via social engineering and electromagnetic influencing technology? Without conscious analysis and critical thought, any emotionally charged choice is basically blind faith that you know what you’re doing. But a sovereign goes beyond simple emotional resonance and blind faith, they seek the truth and ask hard questions so as to support their ideas with key knowledge and understanding—holistic consciousness. A sovereign wants to know, in detail, what the problem is, who is affected, how to solve it and what needs to be done without harming anyone else—all of which requires dedication, investigation, and persistence—not blind faith in your heart.
You need to be comprehensive, accurate and specific with your knowledge (because that’s what responsibility requires).
It is also very important that you know how to communicate with a wide variety of people—not just those who have been nurtured in the same cultural echo-chamber as you have. It is all too easy for well-intentioned people to set aside the hard work of personal due diligence for easy groupthink answers and ideologies. We need only look at the divide and conquer mayhem sweeping the planet, as well-intentioned people are recruited into quasi-terrorist organizations like Antifa, which justifies all manner of violence in the name of “social justice.”
It was said of Neo, at the end of The Matrix Trilogy that he would fight for the benefit of the world and of all people, not new agers, not conservatives, not liberals, not truthers, but all, period, “to the very last breath.” Ultimately, this is that attitude you must adopt if you are going to apply the label of “sovereign” to yourself.
You Have a Right to Learn and Grow—Being Sovereign is Hard, and There’s No Shame In Having a Lot to Learn
If you couldn’t answer the above questions then don’t sweat it—the whole point of this article is to help you see that the word sovereign has profound and, some could say, dire implications. Not everyone is going to be able to achieve all of the above, and that is completely okay.
Sovereignty is not some quick and easy thing to accomplish in a single afternoon, like earning a metal in a video game. It’s also not something we mindlessly suffer through, thinking we’ll earn our status even if we haven’t learned anything in the end. It is a lifelong pursuit, measured by definitive markers of progress, with ever-expanding and increasing degrees of competence, skill, and benevolent power. It might take you years to make one step forward, or it could take days—but it’s not a race. Don’t look around you to measure your progress against the achievements of others—it is a decidedly self-focused work. The sooner you start the better but don’t beat yourself up if you only make small leaps forward after long times of struggle.
You should never feel bad if you have a lot to do and learn, because, among other things, the act of learning itself is one of the greatest joys there is, and you have a right to experience that joy to the fullest no matter what “stage” of growth you may be going through.
Living the life of a sovereign is very hard—especially in a world where dishonesty, malevolence, and coercion are endemic. No one has the right to prejudge you for not living up to such high standards.
Indeed, one of the central tragedies of our modern world is the fact that accurate knowledge and competence have been deliberately robbed from generations of men and women by a parasitic banking-government-prison-complex—effectively orphaning humanity from the wisdom of its forebears. Our challenges are proportionately greater to the extent that the truth has been hidden from us—yet this does not negate the necessity for finding the truth and living in accordance with it.
Nonetheless, every little bit of healing and repair counts, and that which has been forgotten can be remembered. We do not need “sovereign status” to contribute vitally to the upliftment of ourselves and our world—and yet, the more we learn, grow and share with others, the more we mutually enable each other to achieve sovereignty, as it has been described herein.
Again, this is not a race—you do not need to become “sovereign” to be a good person or to be happy. Just please, for the sake of clear communication, so as to not muddy the waters—don’t misuse the word if you’re not prepared to lead a life of intense dedication and egoic sacrifice for the benefit of ALL.
As was said in the beginning, this article is specifically meant to undo the toxic notion that sovereignty can be treated like a conceptual free-for-all, because such a notion does not help our world heal but rather appears to give license for all sorts of self-aggrandizement. Tragically, and most pertinently, it often tricks well-intentioned individuals into behaving in ways that get them into trouble with the law and with society, not to mention giving another reason for the unaware masses to think people in the truth movement are crazy. And finally, our inability to be responsible, sane, rational and compassionate people provides support for claims of authority on the part of the powers that be.
To many out there, sovereignty means a free pass to do whatever they want. But as was just described, the true meaning of sovereignty is much deeper, more important and sacred.
The true concept of a sovereign is the ultimate world healing guide for all those who love truth, freedom, justice, and prosperity. Is it any wonder, then, why the term has been marginalized and diluted? If even 1% of the population adopted a truly sovereign way of life, arguably the world would change for the better very quickly.
With one sovereign, a man or woman can somewhat protect themselves from oppression. With ten sovereigns, a growing micro-community of wealth and benevolence can be created. With one hundred sovereigns, slow and steady work to restore law and order can begin. With one thousand sovereigns, criminal governments can be held back from doing as much harm as they have in the past. And with one million sovereigns and a culture of sovereignty, we can restore the rule of law, create prosperity for ourselves and the future, and ensure the insidious powers that be never again enslave the people.
We are all in this together. So let’s join forces to heal the planet.
By knowing the hard-core demands that befall the one who calls themselves sovereign, you’ll be able to see through the lies promulgated by fake “sovereignty” gurus—specifically those who would try to convince you that you’re already “sovereign” by virtue of the fact that you are alive and can spell the word in a document or two.
No amount of UCC1 Financing Statements, notices to the Secretary of State, or claiming of one’s birth certificate will make you sovereign—if you aren’t truly embodying the above-mentioned qualities. Even more, by having respect for the concept you are that much more empowered to both recognize and embody it.
So please, the next time someone tells you that you are “sovereign” merely because you exist, then ask them: what would you do if someone handed you a billion dollars?
If the person replies back “I’d get a nice yacht” or “I’d buy a futuristic car and giant house”, then you know you’re dealing with a sovereign in name only.
For a true sovereign, an appropriate answer is: “If I had a billion dollars I’d use it to settle my valid needs, while also starting massive restoration programs for the sake of healing our ecosystem and our society after having performed enough research to know for a fact—bypassing all personal prejudice and dogma—that said programs are viable. These programs would be as omni-comprehensive as possible, taking into account the full spectrum of human and planetary needs. Furthermore, they would be voluntarily adopted, managed in transparency and in trust, under administrative structures of necessary sufficiency to implement them.”
Any answer less than that is not worthy of a sovereign.
I hope you’ve gained an understanding of what true sovereignty is, and that you can start working toward this high goal right now.
Remember, you don’t need paperwork to be sovereign—paperwork is only a record of something that already exists in reality.
Ultimately, the nature of your character makes you sovereign. So for the sake of a better life for yourself, and a more just and prosperous world for others, take the time to gain competence, knowledge, and wisdom so that all your actions and pursuits are affected with honor, grace, and benevolence for all.
About The Author
Conscious Optimist – I am nothing more than an example of someone who decided to make an honest effort to become accountable to the Truth, and to see what I could do to help improve my life and the conditions of the world beyond myself. One fateful day, roughly a decade ago, I realized that I knew absolutely nothing about the world or myself and decided that this was unacceptable. I began amassing a pile of books on every subject I considered important to the world and to myself. I have been reading, experimenting, and contemplating ever since, having categorically rejected the premise that it is “good enough” for other people to be “smart on my behalf.” Today I possess somewhat extensive knowledge on subjects as diverse as Law, Music, Hypnosis, Ecology, the Occult, Theology, and Politics, and do the best I can to synthesize this knowledge into articles and presentations for the benefit of all knowledge-seekers, self-helpers, and world-healers who may, from time to time, stumble upon my work.
If you’d like to reach me, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, though unfortunately I cannot promise I’ll respond since my time is very limited.
Co-Authored by Justin Deschamps.
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A lot of people are writing and talking about spirit, higher self, personal enlightenment, shining health, transformation and the attainment of the Godly. A lot of people are following the words of those who proclaim knowledge of the above.
It is clear that many are searching for the security of a sound spiritual path to lead them through the material and mental chaos. Something that will bring with it a new awareness and sense of reality.
But this immediately raises the question: once having set off down this road – what will one do with the new-found power which comes with traveling it? This opening-up of a new dimension of personal awareness and inner freedom.
Will one be content to simply carry on with ‘life as usual’ basking in the sense of uplift generated by this elevated sense of being? Perhaps one will change one’s diet. Buy a purer toothpaste. Take a brisk run each morning. Get a better juicer. Practice regular yoga and positive thinking. Even maybe seek to move to the fresher air of the countryside?
These are the ‘life changing’ messages that emanate from ‘Enlightenment plc’: the glossy mind, body, spirit periodicals; the earnest conferences; the retreats and the copious on-line sites devoted to self-improvement. Nothing exactly wrong with any of these, of course, except that they mostly simply offer bolt-on ‘improvements’ to the existing status quo. More a kind of self enhancing escape route than a going forward to build something entirely different. Which, of course, is what is actually needed.
What is so evidently missing here, is instruction to the initiate todirect this new-found energy outwards – into actions that help transform the dire state of life and of people on this planet. We cannot escape this material dimension in which we find ourselves, but we can help to transform it, by bringing our newly acquired four-dimensional insights to bear on the largely static status quo.
To become aware, and therefore in a certain sense ‘to be free’, carries with it responsibility. A responsibility to help bring about a radical change (in society). A change informed by the bigger awareness achieved by our new-found consciousness. This is the pay-back we are bound to make. For having ‘seen the truth’ one cannot then hide from it. One cannot simply sit crossed-legged and dream of a better life.
Once blessed with a little enlightenment, we are in a position to recognize that inner personal development and outer actions for positive change – are two parts of one whole. Just as inhaling and exhaling are also two parts of one whole. Only when the two are united – and made one – can we truly express our God-given potential.
There is no spiritual ‘enlightenment’ without complementary grounded actions in which to pour our greater vision for the betterment of humanity. Such outward actions can also be termed ‘service to humanity’.
‘Enlightenment plc’ has tried to deceive us in this. Enlightenment plc says “No problem, you can escape from the material third dimension by seeking higher consciousness in the fourth dimension and leaving the problems of the world behind you. Pay your dues and tune in to us – and you will be healthy, happy, untainted by the greed, violence and destruction going on around you!” Yes, there is no doubt about it, the self-salvation road show is booming. Millions, who can afford to pay its fees, swear to its efficacy and personal rewards.
How tempting then, to jump in and turn one’s back on this deeply wounded world; leaving the 0.2% control freaks to carry on their take-over, unopposed and unnoticed.
How easy it is to leave the management of this jewel into which we were born and of which we are trustees – to those who are totally indifferent to its fate. Those whose only interest is money, power and control. Complete control over everything. Yes, it’s oh so tempting to evade our responsibilities as guardians of planet earth, and escape into this chimeric deception called ‘freedom’.
Real freedom is wholeness. And wholeness is the putting back together of that which has been made separate. The spiritual is all too often seen as disconnected from the physical and practical. And the practical and physical seen as separate from the spiritual. Separate entities. The powers of the spirit plane remain divorced, and even in opposition, to the powers of the material plane. Indeed, one is often considered superior to the other. As two halves, neither one is whole. Without integration, both remain only half of what they should be. Only half of what they are.
The maintaining of this division is the key trick played on us by our oppressors. It is the Ace card in their control pack. We need to recognize this and act on it.
There is a deeply disquieting mismatch between what aspirants get high on and the actual state of life on earth. The tens of thousands who diligently work on their asanas; who meditate daily; who keep only to the obligatory diets; who purify their drinking water and try to do the same to their souls. Supposedly ‘awakened ones’ who turn a blind eye on reality, choosing to remain ‘politically correct’ and aloof from the fray.
Such individuals strive to remain untouched by the contaminated world around them. Not daring to face the fact that the contamination is there because they make no effort to prevent it. That the wars carry on because they make no effort to stop them. That people are abused because they make no effort to defend them. That the main abusers continue to push open the doors, because it is not considered ‘spiritually correct’ to block them.
Is this really the great road to human emancipation?
When, I dare to ask, will such individuals be willing to channel the fruits of their awakening into bringing down the despots of destruction ? Those who continue to hold them and this planet to ransom. When will they dare to face the truth and act on it?
For at present too many are living a lie and calling it truth. They are simply perpetuating the failings of those who are always on the look-out for ‘a great escape’.
To make life whole, the spiritual/mental plane must be fully integrated into the physical/practical plane – and visa versa of course. Our true power lies in the marriage of social activism and spiritual aspiration. For in essence they are One, but have been divided against each other. Divided in two by powers that seek to derail humanity and capture the planet for their own despotic ends.
By integrating a steadily awakening spiritual awareness with a determination to bring deep social change – we can and will – overcome the divisive hold exerted by our oppressors. This is the only, yes only, way to achieve true liberation. Now is the time to unite.
Time is short. We are very far down the road of divide and conquer. This blood and war stained road to ruin. A state, we can now admit, which has been brought about through our own passivity and abstention, and through the control system capitalizing on this abstention. Let us not pretend that we are so delusional to imagine we can live-out our lives as enlightened slaves. One day, those who persist in turning their backs, may be rudely reminded of their selfish indifference by a uniformed thug with a gun in his hand. By then it’s too late.
Now is the time to take control of our destinies – to get on the front foot and seize the initiative. Words alone will not cut the ice, neither will prayers alone. In the end actions always speak louder than words. All those who claim the sanctity of the spirit, cannot forever turn away from confronting those who continue to systematically destroy the very air we breath, the very food we eat, the very water we drink, the very earth we live on.
We are fully equipped with – but have as yet failed to manifest – the courage necessary to turn the tide of history and to block the despots from tearing apart the uniquely precious soul of man and the beating heart of our living planet. True acts of love and of freedom manifest as bold and defiant determination. A far cry from the call for ‘love and light’ to sweeten one’s self-satisfied journey to a chimeric salvation.
There is no time to lose. A totalitarian jack-boot is about to crush our deepest and most precious aspirations. We must rise up and stand firm against it.
By bringing together, into unity, spiritual aspiration and social activism, we will be taking a quantum leap towards true empowerment. We will be instrumental in catalyzing a great turning point in humanity’s struggle to throw off its adversaries and lay the foundations of genuine freedom.
By braking the chains of divide and conquer we can – and will – bring to our doorstep the great victory we long for.
A victory which, at this very moment, lies right in the palm of our hands.
About the Author
Julian Rose is an early pioneer of UK Organic farming, a writer, actor, social entrepreneur and international activist. During the 1970’s he worked in experimental theatre as actor and assistant director, co-founding the The Institute for Creative Development, in Belgium, teaching holistic thinking and dramatic art. In the 1980’s he returned to the UK to take over the family farm and convert it to an organic system. His experience as a leader in reviving rural economies throughout the 1990’s, led him to be invited to join the advisory board of the South East of England Development Agency, and the Country Land Owners Association. He also served on the Oxfordshire Economic Partnership and was founder-chairman of The Association of Rural Businesses in Oxfordshire. In 2,000 he led an innovative project to revive regionally important market towns as centres of vibrant local activity and hubs for rejuvenated local food initiatives.
Julian is a prolific writer and broadcaster, his articles appear in a wide diversity of journals and on-line sites. Visit www.julianrose.info to find out about Julian’s highly diverse life and acclaimed books ‘Changing Course for Life’ and ‘In Defence of Life’.
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