Monday, November 29, 2010


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My columns are reflections of my true feelings and are always from my heart whether they are political, scientific, humorous or spiritual. They are really written for myself and the fact that they often deeply touch or effect others always fills me with gratitude: Allen L Roland

I love writing my columns and am extremely grateful for not only my gift as a writer but that many people seemingly enjoy my rants and musings. In that spirit here is my holiday donation request along with some of my favorite short poems of gratitude, as well as a musical gift for you.

Let me arise and open the gate,
to breathe the wild warm air of the heath,
And to let in Love, and to let out Hate,
And anger at living and scorn of Fate,
To let in Life, and to let out Death.
- Violet Fane

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
- Chinese proverb

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
- James M. Barrie

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
- William Blake

The great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart.
- Mencius

When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
- Mary Oliver

Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all the others - Cicero


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Now here's my gift of gratitude for you, dear reader ~ Diana Krall, live in Paris, singing " I Love being here with you "

Allen L Roland

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and psychotherapist Allen L Roland is also available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations ( )


Sunday, November 28, 2010


Slowly but surely the fear driven Orwellian noose closes as civil liberties and freedoms which were once taken for granted are gradually restricted or ended and always for the same reason ~ National Security: Allen L Roland

George Orwell's 1984 revealed that the key to social control is a never ending war, such as Afghanistan; for it keeps the masses fearful, silenced and obedient as there freedom and civil liberties gradually vanish.

In that regard, as I watch the TSA security fiasco unfold as well as George W Bush’s book tour where he rationalizes his illegal war and economic rape of Iraq as well as justifying torture as a means to this criminal end ~ I think of Milton Mayer’s classic THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE ( The Germans 1933 – 1945 ).

For German exceptionalism in the 1930’s was really not too different, in many ways, than American exceptionalism in the last decade and very likely headed for the same disastrous fate.

Mayer’s book describes the slow but sure seduction of the people as their liberties, freedoms and moral values were gradually stripped away by Hitler’s fascist government while waving the flag of national security and patriotism.


But Then It Was Too Late ~ "What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it this separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.”

Apathy sets in with each step, as it most certainly has in America, and Mayer knowingly describes the consequences for Germany in the early 1930’s~


In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C? And so on to Step D ~ and one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying 'Jewish swine,' collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in ~ your nation, your people ~ is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way… You have accepted things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago, things that your father, even in Germany, could not have imagined Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven't done (for that was all that was required of most of us: that we do nothing).”

And that is Mayer’s main point ~ it is the spirit that dramatically changes when we accept if not condone the disintegration of our national moral values through illegal wars and occupations as well as crimes against humanity such as torture, secret renditions as well as intrusive full body scans and pat downs, which will soon be extended to trains, boats, schools and court houses.

What is the Cheney/Bush and now Obama/Biden administration afraid of?

They are obviously afraid of the Truth and, in particular, an informed public in possession of the truth.

We thought we were free but, in reality, like the Germans in the 30’s, we are being manipulated and conditioned by fear to slowly give up our rights, liberties and freedom ~ and all in the name of National Security.

If you’re not concerned, you’re on life support.

Allen L Roland

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and psychotherapist Allen L Roland is also available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations ( )


Friday, November 26, 2010


Chalmers Johnson ( August 6, 1931 - November 20, 2010)

Take a few minutes to watch and listen to the late Chalmers Johnson condemn America’s fading empire of military bases, its evaporating status as the world’s lone superpower and its unchallenged and unconstitutional Imperial presidency, which answers only to the corpocracy ~ a society dominated politically and economically by large corporations: Allen L Roland

Take a few minutes this thanksgiving weekend, settle down in front of your computer and sip an eggnog while you watch one of America’s great minds, the late Chalmers Johnson condemn American Hegemony or quite simply, Empire Building.

Author of Blowback, The Sorrows Of Empire and Nemesis and The Last Days Of The American Empire, Chalmers Johnson has literally written the book on the concept of American Hegemony. Filmed in July of 2007 at his home in Cardiff, California, Chalmers is relaxed and expressive as he explains his previous cold war warrior days where he felt the military/Industrial complex propelled America into seeing itself as the new Rome ~ capable of conquering the world through economic and military force. He then expands on our current empire of military bases as well as the concentration of power in the Executive branch of Government ~ which answers to the military/Industrial complex which is now close to being out of control.

Chalmers then spells out how the world’s lone superpower has now become the world’s largest debtor nation and that our economic collapse is inevitable ~ saying “Things that can’t go on forever, don’t“.

He uses the example that if Saudi Arabia decided to be paid for its oil in Euros instead of dollars ~ the stock market would collapse. Please note that Russia and China recently agreed to dump the dollar and trade in their own currencies ~ the handwriting is on the wall.

Chalmers points out that America is currently spending I trillion dollars a year on its military establishment which is not sustainable. His major concern however is the unchallenged authority of the executive branch and that the Pentagon and CIA are the foundations of this Imperial Presidency. He ends his dialogue talking about the failed press and public apathy while the corpocracy rules “The public is scared to death, they know we are heading over a cliff and they don’t know what to do about it … The United States today is like a cruise ship on the Niagara River upstream of the most spectacular falls in North America," Johnson warned. "A few people on board have begun to pick up a slight hiss in the background, to observe a faint haze of mist in the air on their glasses, to note that the river current seems to be running slightly faster. But no one yet seems to have realized that it is almost too late to head for shore. Like the Chinese, Ottoman, Hapsburg, imperial German, Nazi, imperial Japanese, British, French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Soviet empires in the last century, we are approaching the edge of a huge waterfall and are about to plunge over it."

In this exclusive interview, you will find out why the practice of empire building is, by no means, a thing of the past. As the United States, under President Obama, continues to expand its military forces around the globe, the consequences are being suffered by each and every one of us. Video / 52 engrossing minutes

As Steve Clemons writes about Chalmers in the Washington Note ~He is and was the intellectual giant of our times. Chalmers Johnson centuries from now will be seen, I think, as the intellectual titan of this past era, surpassing Kissinger in the breadth of seminal works that define what America was and could have been.”

Allen L Roland

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and psychotherapist Allen L Roland is also available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations ( )


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


God is love, an evolutionary process with which we all participate as co-creators. The engine of this process or loving plan in action is gratitude which always begins with ourselves: Allen L Roland

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity:
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today;
and creates a vision for tomorrow."
Melody Beattie

Gratitude is the only antidote for unworthiness for gratitude helps remove the stifling blanket of self-negating unworthiness ~ which allows a closed heart to open, to love and be loved in return.

May your heart be filled with gratitude this Thanksgiving ~ beginning with yourself!

Here's an appropriate Thanksgiving day gift for all of you and especially our troops overseas ~ Bruce Springsteen Performs Pete Seeger's Classic: Bring 'Em Home

Allen L Roland

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and psychotherapist Allen L Roland is also available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations ( )


Monday, November 22, 2010


The basic underlying and uniting force of the universe is a psychic energy field of love and soul consciousness ( the Unified Field ) which lies not only beyond time and space but also beneath our deepest fears ~ and whose principle property is the universal urge to unite: Allen L Roland

Lincoln Barnett once wrote ~ " The great philosophical triumph of any Unified field is implicit in the first word of its title. It will carry to logical fulfillment the long course of science towards the unification of man's concepts of the physical world. For from its august perspective, the entire universe would appear as one elemental field in which each atom, each flying electron, each star, each wandering comet and slow-wheeling galaxy is seen to be but a ripple or tumescence in the underlying space-time unity. And so a profound simplicity would supplant the surface complexity of nature. Thus all man's perceptions of the world and all his abstract intuitions of reality would merge finally into one, and the deep underlying unity of the universe would be laid bare."

Let me once again state that the deep underlying unity of the universe is a psychic energy field of universal love and soul consciousness ( the Unified Field ) which lies not only beyond time and space but also beneath our deepest fears ~ and whose principle property is the universal urge to unite.

As such, the universe does appear, to me, as one elemental field of love wherein each atom, each star and each slow-wheeling galaxy is but a ripple or tumescence in the underlying space-time unity.

With the acceptance of this unified field of love, a profound simplicity would indeed supplant the surface complexity of nature and a profound responsibility would be asked of each one of us ~ LOVE ONE ANOTHER !

Love in all its subtleties is nothing more, and nothing less, than the more or less direct trace marked on the heart of the element by the psychical convergence of the universe upon itself. This, if I am not mistaken, is the ray of light which will help us see more clearly around us: Teilhard de Chardin

Yes, it really is this simple, and it is also Teilhard's ray of light. Einstein would surely be delighted with this truth for he is said to have mistrusted complicated theories and to have felt that the simplest explanation of any physical phenomenon was sure to be the right one. As Joseph Bronowski wrote in The Ascent Of Man: " Einstein was a man who could ask immensely simple questions. And what his life showed, and his work, is that when the answers are simple too, then you hear God thinking."

One of the simple truths that Einstein observed is that whether you are dealing with time, space, matter or energy ~ the speed of light is inextricably involved.

However, it is my observed truth ( through the eyes of love ) that whether you are dealing with time, space, matter or energy ~ the speed of light is actually a condition of state within a Unified Field of love and soul consciousness.

Can it really be this simple ?

That deepest within us is a field of universal love and soul consciousness that we ignore at our peril.

That the universe is constantly saying yes to us and we persistently say no.

That the universe asks only that we find and express our own unique gift within a universal loving plan.

That the universe incessantly demands that we fully open our hearts and become one with that universal loving plan.

That we are continually being called from within to the path of the heart but few listen and fewer still respond.

That we are, in essence, afraid of the love and joy that is deepest within each one of us.

That saying yes to myself is giving full expression of my deepest feelings regardless of the risk .

That fully opening my heart in relationship is the shortest path to soul consciousness ~ and it is the ultimate yes to myself.

That the ultimate aim of love is to become a fragment of life's heart and in so doing ~ become one with the Unified Field and a state of soul consciousness.

Can it really be this simple ?


This Unified field would also seem to fit within Einstein's grand aim of science which, he said, is " to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms "

Let me share an axiom, from Teilhard de Chardin, which would fit within Einstein's grand aim of science and which serves as the foundation of my Unified Field.

Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest within themselves.

As I have stressed throughout my life, the path of transformation is not easy ~ there are no shortcuts to soul consciousness. Furthermore, this path is not through the mind but through the heart. Teilhard called this difficult process of transcending the ego the crisis of Conversion and it is never painless ~ for it is the path through our deepest fears.

And I prove this every week in my work with Veterans with PTSD where by jump starting their hearts ~ they begin to truly heal themselves. Once their hearts are touched ~ the fears and fears that keep them from loving or being loved are pushed to the surface of their consciousness and can be dealt with.

How comforting it becomes when we realize that deepest within us, beneath the pain and fear, is joy, intention and purpose as well as our original loving state of soul consciousness ~ the Unified Field of love.

It really is this simple!

When the heart achieves its desire, you shall transcend time and space.

These words by Mahfouz, the great Egyptian poet who won the Nobel Prize for poetry, state a profound truth that I have been aiming to demonstrate ~ for the heart's desire is to love so deeply that we become a fragment of life's heart as well as one with the Unified Field.

I knew this at four years old when, filled with love and joy, I leaned out that window in Newtonville, Massachusetts and realized I was not alone. I felt and saw my oneness with all for I had, indeed, transcended time and space and was in a blissful state of soul consciousness.

My heart's desire has always been to feel and love that deeply again, to feel once more my oneness with all, to see through those same eyes that had transcended time and space ~ and to share the truth of what I see from a place of gratitude and service, as I am now sharing with you.

Only by fully surrendering to love did I find this holy grail ~ as you will to. In the end, this is our common journey ~ to reunite with a state of soul consciousness that we all once knew as children ~ a state of consciousness that binds the universe with its universal urge to unite ~ a state of consciousness that lies beyond ego consciousness ~ a state of consciousness that lies beyond death ~ a state of consciousness that can truly be experienced only by surrendering to love.

Can it really be this simple ?

Yes, it is ! And, as Teihard predicted, this is the truth that shall set everything ablaze.

Sooner or later there will be a chain reaction ~ for the truth has to appear only once, in one single mind, for it to be impossible for anything ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze.


Allen L Roland

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and psychotherapist Allen L Roland is also available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations ( )


Saturday, November 20, 2010


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When a country is driven by fear and greed, the people become cattle and learn to bear their constant degradation and humiliation ~ for that is the price of their so called security from unknown threats and enemies: Allen L Roland

The American people have become willing cattle by refusing to stand up for their rights and allowing themselves to be bamboozled by the financial elite ~ who use fear and greed to humiliate them and lead them to financial slaughter.

No where is this more evident than the TSA Scan or Pat Down outrage where Former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff ordered the full body x-ray scanners before the so-called "underwear bomber" scare. The House actually voted down the use of body scanners, but the TSA ignored the will of Congress and bought the machines anyway ~ wasting $25 million in stimulus funds.

TSA’s (Janet Napolitano says) that the backscatter X-ray machines in the Airports are safe: The reality is that according to doctors at Columbia and Johns Hopkins the radiation at airports is twenty times what you would get from an x-ray in your doctor’s office.”

Now Chertoff personally profits from selling them to the
Department of Homeland Security he used to head
. The new government mandated hands-on pat down searches are used for passengers who find naked body scans inappropriate, when something suspicious appears in screening, or randomly. They can take two minutes per passenger and involve sliding of the hands along the length of the body, along thighs and near the groin and breasts, according to the Associated Press

Ron Paul has introduced a bill to rectify this outrage and suggests ~ “ Imagine if the political elites in our country were forced to endure the same conditions at the airport as business travelers, families, senior citizens, and the rest of us. Perhaps this problem could be quickly resolved if every cabinet secretary, every member of Congress, and every department head in the Obama administration were forced to submit to the same degrading screening process as the people who pay their salaries.”

Here’s Congressman Paul’s five minute impassioned speech on this subject ~

And while we’re at it, let’s require that every cabinet secretary, every member of Congress, and every department head in the Obama administration is on social security as well as Obama’s so-called health care plan.

There are other options ~ I understand that Orlando is throwing the TSA out of its airport and replacing them with private security, an option open to EVERY airport in the US.

We Americans have been increasingly scanned, patted down and scammed by both the Bush and Obama administration so let’s not only opt out of flying on November 24th but turn the table on the financial elite by not playing by their rules and self serving regulations ~ most of which are based on greed and fear.

It was James Madison who correctly wrote ~ “ A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people."

Contact Congress today and tell them you’ve had it with the TSA! Urge them to follow Dr. Paul’s lead by immediately cosponsoring H.R. 6416 to restore the dignity of American citizens.

Allen L Roland

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and psychotherapist Allen L Roland is also available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations ( )