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MACHIAVELLI AND THE

POWER ELITE

MAY 30, 2009

In This Issue
MACHIAVELLIAN CONTROLLING DEVICES
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF SOUND PRACTITIONERS
BHADRA LIGHT IN TORONTO
BHADRA IN TORONTO
CHANT CLUB
UNICAMP WEEKEND
Quote of the Month
"One love, one heart, let's get together and feel alright."
Bob Marley

GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDS

Hello friends. We have some exciting things to announce - after two years of hard work and collaboration we are launching an exciting new organization - the Canadian Association of Sound Practitioners (CASP). If you are interested in learning more and/or in becoming a member, please visit casp.com . We are celebrating with an exciting event on June 5 in Toronto. Read more in the sections below.

With the release of the movie 'Angels and Demons' by Dan Brown and with some of the wealthiest institutions being 'bailed out' by taxpayer money, I thought it would be timely to take a brief look at some of the ways that the 'power elite' seeks to control and manipulate us. The next few newsletters will deal with this topic as well as the notion that ruling elites throughout the ages have been well aware of such concepts as the power of consciousness, magic, the law of attraction, etc. This month we'll look at something that I call Machiavellian controlling devices.

If you'd like to access past newsletters containing the ongoing articles on the Physics of Mysticism,  Magic, the Power of Mantra and other topics, please visit the 'newsletter' page of my website:  whyislife.com

Peace and love, Dennis.
MACHIAVELLIAN CONTROLLING DEVICES
           by Dennis Gaumond

With the release of the movie 'Angels and Demons' by Dan Brown and with some of the wealthiest institutions being 'bailed out' by taxpayer money, I thought it would be timely to take a brief look at some of the ways that the 'power elite' seeks to control and manipulate us. The next few newsletters will deal with this topic as well as the notion that ruling elites throughout the ages have been well aware of such concepts as the power of consciousness, magic, the law of attraction, etc. This month we'll look at something that I call Machiavellian controlling devices.

In 1513 AD, a political philosopher named Niccolo Machiavelli wrote 'The Prince', 'Discourses on Livy' and other books that discuss the most efficient methods by which a ruler could acquire and maintain power. These methods are often cunning and underhanded, devoid of ethics or morality. Although there is controversy over the true meaning of these works, the adjective, 'Machiavellian', has evolved to describe any ruthless and deceitful means by which a ruler has maintained control and power over the masses.

It is easy to see how these methods have been employed throughout the ages. It is also easy to see such a list of controlling devices at work today, diverting attention from the real enemy and keeping the majority from taking power away from the elite few. A list of points of advice given to some ruling elite could read as follows:
- keep factions of the populace fighting amongst themselves; emphasize the differences rather than the similarities between belief systems and ideologies.
- keep the masses in a state of fear - terrified people are easy to manipulate
- keep the masses impoverished, focused on the struggle to make a living.
- prevent the masses from recognizing the real sources of their problems by constantly creating 'red herrings' and directing their attention away from important concerns.
- keep them in poor health.
-  promote values and standards that keep the masses too busy to see clearly.
- stay out of sight; have puppets and fall-guys to do your dirty work.
- profit by creating problems and then profit by selling the solutions.
- control the way people think by promoting certain mindsets, ideologies and bodies of 'knowledge'. Discourage anything that questions such doctrine.
- retain control of the machinery that dispenses information, i.e. the media, the education system, etc.

The list could go on and on. If explanations and examples embellished each of these points, this little blurb could easily become a very long book. In this day of processed information, spin doctors, greedy corporations and corrupt politicians, it is important to challenge whatever the media wants us to believe. There exist many corporate think tanks where very bright people are paid to sit around and conjure up some very clever strategies for advancing the corporate agenda. In my opinion, however, the masses are also becoming much more clever and resourceful. I believe that we are seeing more clearly now than we have in thousands of years. This trend will continue.

Introducing
The Canadian Association of Sound Practitioners
(CASP)


CASP is proud to announce its formal entrance into the online world. To celebrate the launch of the Canadian Association Of Sound Practitioners organization and website

a special inaugural launch party
is being held at
"The Music Gallery"
197 John Street
Toronto, ON
musicgallery.org
on June 5,
8pm
(doors open @ 7pm)

It will feature performances, by the founding members including:
Gary Diggins
Dennis Gaumond
Ann-Marie Boudreau
Diana Atherton Davis
Jocelyn Drainie
Pamela Gerrand
Lisa Hartt-Spillane
Stephen Hudecki
Bree Leggett
Liz Levine
Barbara McKell
Gina Marie Sky Tomé
Craig Trendell
Hazel Walker 
Michael Moon 

Join the founding members of the newly formed Canadian Association of Sound Practitioners for an evening of musical celebration, sound co-creation, information and inspiration!

Tickets $20 Available at the door/RSVP  gina@ginatome.com or info@pamgerrand.com


~Reception with light refreshments to follow~

For all the details please visit the official page here:
 Bhadra Light In Toronto

A smaller version of the Bhadra Collective
featuring
Dennis Gaumond and Jen Gillmor


"from jazzy blues to Sanskrit chants and beyond!"

WHEN:  Saturday, June 6, 9PM

WHERE:  Gate 403

403 Roncesvalles, Toronto
416 588-2930

"Gate 403 has great food."

for more info:
gate403.com


The Bhadra Collective in Toronto
Sunday, June 14.

doors open at 7PM, performance at 8PM


with special guests:
Gary Diggins - didgeridoo, flugelhorn, hang.
Ann-Marie Boudreau - vocals, hang



GUELPH CHANT CLUB
 

DATE                                             CITY                                        VENUE               ______________________________________________________________________
WED., JUNE 3, 09                  Guelph,                              Unitarian Church
7:45 to 9:30 pm                        Ontaro                   

The Unitarian Church is on the corner of

Harris and York Streets in Guelph.

For more Detailed directions, check out 
guelph-unitarians.com

SUGGESTED DONATION - $10


AN AFFORDABLE AND MEMORABLE WEEKEND GETAWAY!!
 'Sign up soon - spots are filling fast'.

Join Dennis Gaumond for
A WEEKEND OF SACRED SOUND and SACRED GEOMETRY
at 
UNICAMP

  Friday, July 3rd   to   Sunday, July 5th

"Don't miss this opportunity to experience the healing power of Sound in a beautiful natural environment - hiking, swimming, canoeing and more."
 -   Learn how to access your Sacred Voice for healing and transformation.
ˇ         Experience the healing power of chanting and toning
ˇ         Learn the ancient art of OVERTONE SINGING
ˇ         Allow the sound of the crystal bowls to sooth and transform you.
ˇ         Share your open heart in a respectful, loving space

This year the Sound program will be augmented by a slide presentation and lecture on Sacred Geometry. Sacred geometry can be thought of as a 'language' by which we can better understand our reality and recognize the ordered design that underlies creation. Understanding the 'blueprints of the universe' will enhance the transformational power of sound and its capacity to heal, to open up the heart and to attract abundance.

 COST: Only $75 for the entire weekend

Unicamp is a Unitarian Universalist camp that is committed to providing a safe and welcoming seasonal camp and spiritual retreat to a diverse community. 
Unicamp is located within the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve and boasts 50 beautiful acres of meadows, coniferous and deciduous forests, marshes, streams, caves and a 5-acre spring fed pond with two beaches. (one is clothing optional)
It is located near Honeywood, just north of Shelburne, 90 minutes from Toronto, Barrie or Guelph.
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT UNICAMP, INCLUDING ACCOMODATION, REGISTRATION, ETC., VISIT:
 



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