Friday, February 15, 2008


Lost in the clutter of the American presidential election, and the Obama love affair, is some important developments along the lines of human conciousness raising.

Of course it took an American Queen to bring it into mainstream America. When Oprah talks, everyone listens, when Oprah annoints, the masses worship. Oprah, for better this time, has annointed a local spiritual author, Eckart Tolle. Reminds me of the old EF Hutton brokerage firm commercial, "When EF Hutton talks ,everyone listens". This is symbolic on two fronts.

One, this is America's wake up call. As I have said in my book, America has lost it's soul and is desperate for anything or anyone that can fill the void, left by a President the likes of which has defied logic in every humanly way possible; from an unjustified war based on lies and deceit to his failures in New Orleans. He will go down in history as the worst President ever. When Bill Mahr, the comedian was asked how he would rank Bush in terms of 13 Presidents before him, he said, 14th. But the big picture in America is all about honesty and integrity. No one knows what or who to believe anymore, whether its' sports heroes like Roger Clements or business leaders like Lee R. Raymond at Exxon Mobil, Richard D. Parsons at Time Warner or Ivan G. Seidenberg at Verizon.

Maurice R. Greenberg of the American International Group, for example. (A.I.G. paid $126 millio to settle federal investigations into whether it helped other companies to inflate their earnings. Then there is Franklin D. Raines of Fannie Mae, forced to resign amid allegations that Fannie had fudged its books, and Henry A. McKinnell Jr. at Pfizer, under fire for keeping the drug Celebrex on the market despite research linking it to increased risks of heart attack and stroke.) . When he joked that it was good to be king, Mel Brooks couldn't have imagined how good some corporate kings have it. Consider Charles K. Gifford.

Mr. Gifford (Chad to his friends) spent almost four decades at what was Fleet Financial, the last two years as C.E.O. Luckily for him, he was in the corner office when Bank of America bought Fleet in 2003.

That opened the taps on executive benefits that go beyond mere cash, though there is plenty of that: a bonus of as much as $8.6 million and $3.1 million a year for life. Mr. Gifford, now 62, also gets a host of perks, like free use of the corporate jet and the option to buy tickets for 15 Red Sox games from the bank, which has season tickets. That may seem plenty, compared with the severance of two or three months' pay for the 12,500 others who lost their jobs in the merger.

So are the American people ready to hear about the message of climbing the consciousness ladder rather than the corporate ladder. Well judging by the new TV Shows; "Cashmere Mafia" and "Lipstick Jungle" there is still a struggle going on between the two. Will enlightenment ever be viewed as profitable by the media giants?

And then there is "Eli Stone" on ABC , the story of a corporate lawyer who keeps hearing voices from above with messages, that he has a mission and it's not about greed and the pursuit of the American dream, it's about the pursuit of compassion, purpose and service.

His boss and potential father-in-law who is head of the firm, thinks differently. And so you have the battle between a toxic learned pattern of behaviour and a new way of thinking. The timing of Eckart Tolle's re-awakening with Oprah and a "New Earth", also means that the stars are aligned for a "NEW WORLD OF BUSINESS", meaning the timing of the release of "Zentrepreneurism"
to the American public is no accident.

Let the Zenning begin!

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