The latest intelligence briefing has got me thinking.
I'm a life skills coach. Basically that means I get paid to come up with stuff to teach people. It does not target the academic circles but it has a much higher level of freedom. For some time I've asked myself if two of my worlds really need to be so separate (the conspiracy theory stuff and the work stuff). But Farsight's shifting interests, I see a way through.
The new age fluff that shrouds the conspiracy theory movement today is fuelled largely by one particular thing: People who want their lives to get better. It's really not something new. It's the reason behind much of the success of the world religions. People are sick, their kids are sick, their parents and loved ones are sick, they can't get the right foods the right medicine. They get desperate. They turn to anyone whom can claim to heal them. Because when you fear you're on the verge of death, you're ready to believe just about anything. When conventional wisdom suggests you or your kids are going to die soon, you rebel. The more radical ideas the better. The same is true today. The desperation comes out much more clearly for health than it does for vengeance or freedom. When people are mad, or want to be free, they fight a little. But when they think someone they love is out on the edge of the cliff: They start to take CRAZY actions toward anyone boasting an answer. So the organizations that become successful are the ones that claim to heal you. They heal you with God's love, they heal you by helping you get spiritual merit in your life, they heal you from the Blarggie Blarggie group of planet 9. They heal you because it turns out that watermelon seeds doused in lemon oil turns out to be a "super food" (I'm just making stuff up) Anything that sounds new, and suggests it brings healing. And has a pseudoscientific sound: It succeeds. So of course: "Positive vibes. Energy healing" and so on becomes the thing. But why fight it when you can work with it??
Well the fringes are not necessarily where all the big bucks are because people are still paying privately. But the more conventional world, like life skills coaching, still goes strong without a lot of effort. Addiction is taking the world by storm and anything offering both science and down-to-earth sensibility to heal that problem is getting both government and private money. Spirituality too.
I deal with a lot of models and ideas developed in the 70s and 80s. Nonviolent communication, Thomas-Killmann conflict management, SMART Recovery (which is an offshoot of SAHMSA, an offshoot of Human Health Services). I also know of a lot of spiritual based ideas (AA, NA) that are widely accepted. But these ideas are very old and audiences are now eager to pick up new things that have even just a loose foundation in academics. They really don't need a lot of weight behind them (because people are desperate to heal their addiction)
About 10 years ago, the idea of talking about aliens and prison planets etc was ludicrous. But the arena has changed, and I can feel it in the groups I run. People are interested in these topics, but you need to tread lightly because once it can be interpreted as sort of a religious thing (especially a fringe one that hasn't been widely adopted), you lose the interest of the social service funders and the audience at the same time. And things like Farsight, regardless of how scientific or academic we might interpret it, is still seen on the world stage as basically (currently) religious ideology or "way out there." So what, we can work with that.
More to the point of my forum post: Come up with a model of help that is meant to heal addiction, and other issues that pretty much anyone can struggle with (life skills stuff), and link it back to the original initiative (to free ourselves from the prisonplanet): and you end up merging the two worlds.
The key is that you can't do it with someone from the inside. If I come to a group and I say: "I'm introducing a new idea that I came up with all by myself. I made a blog about it." I immediately lose credibility. But when I say: "I'm introducing a new idea that someone else came up with, and they have a website and a book" , even something very fleeting and not well known, it is still enough credibility to get the ball rolling.
The key idea is simple: Be an organization that does like Farsight does. UFOs, Remote Viewing, all that stuff. But make a separate entity that is all about coaching people to better their lives. People aren't stupid in this regard, they will research your model back to its source, and some of them will be interested in both how to better their lives, and how to better the planetary situation. They won't mind that it sounds "way out there" because you came at it with the right angle. It's two steps instead of one. It's not: "This is how we all free ourselves from a prison planet." It's . . . "this is a few techniques that will help free yourself from your typical struggles of life" . . . and then "by the way, if you want to know more about us, this is how we will free ourselves of a prison planet."
People do this two step routine all the time. Let me give you some examples. We have nutrition experts come in, they offer it to us for free, and then they go "by the way. We're a vitamin and herb supply shop. If you're interested in our stuff here's where you can buy from us." We have financial experts come in and teach about budgeting. And they end with a little bit of "by the way. We're a bank. If you want to open an account with us, here's where you go." We get counsellors coming in on practicums and as guest speakers teaching about emotional regulation and cognitive behavioural therapy. And of course at the end there's a little bit of "by the way. I'm a counsellor. If you'd like a private session, here's how to contact me." Nothing is free. The free stuff comes with a plug, and the social service industry knows that. But the social service industry wants cheap solutions, they get the short end of the stick when it comes to tax revenue. So they'll jump at it.
Again, I reiterate: Make a simple product, and target a NEW audience. Target the clientele of the social service industry. Addiction, depression, suicidal ideation. These are very real world problems with very real solutions that can be made available. But when you link these problems to the bigger collective whole. The "by the way, this is also who we are" part - you multiply the target audience that we're talking about. Right now, we are a tiny little echoe chamber on the internet fringe. If you come up with a therapeutic model to help people directly, and you make it part of the bigger "conspiracy theory world" let's say: You make it that much more powerful.
Let me give you some more examples of what I mean before I close this off.
A lot of religious groups offer childcare services. Why? Well for one thing the government gives them tax breaks. But why else? Because parents like a cheap place that's reasonably nice to take their kids off their shoulders (often literally) and the parents can go work or whatever. They don't mind that maybe there's a little indoctrination thing, it's probably somewhere around what the parents believe anyway. But now they're paying the religion for childcare and then some.
Religious affiliates offer addiction treatment programs. Why? Because well for one thing the government gives them tax breaks. But why else? Because family friends and patients everywhere are begging for some treatment centre that can offer to get them out of their addiction. Hospitals want their bed back and they will jump at any excuse to get them out somewhere else. Parents want their house back, they'll jump at any chance to get their drug addicted kid out at least for a while and maybe get better.
These religious affiliates could be largely true or largely false, I don't know. But the point is they're being smart about it. They're working with the market sector instead of against it. They're looking for employment not just volunteering. They're looking to make ongoing services not only the "wake up the world" attempts -- even though the latter does become fundamentally based on what they do.
Ok . . . even more to the point. Come up with a program. Call it 6 sessions. Call it 12. Whatever, I don't care. Make it systematic, with things like worksheets and handouts and videos, whatever. Focus the curriculum entirely on "how we can make you better" - don't touch a single nerve on . . . "by the way, we're ruled by evil reptilians."
BUT . . . make it an offshoot of your own personal organization. Let them research who you are as a parent company if you want. And that parent company says "by the way, we're ruled by evil reptilians" etc. And when I say "company" or organization, don't let that language fill your mind with fears about corporate enterprise and CEOs and blabla. I mean, shoestring budget licensed organization of one or two people. Nothing fancy.
The internet changes the paradigm when it comes to image. You can be a lonely geek, and make yourself look like a big credible organization, and people will thank you for it. Because even if they know it's like one lonely guy or gal behind it all, they will appreciate that you gave it a sleek look.
Stop pushing against the world. Employ some radical acceptance, and levy the things that are already here to work to your advantage.
So again: A treatment or life skills program. Come up with things that directly help someone today. Give it a bit of curriculum, make it sound at least a little bit sciency, technical, or spiritual. They will deep down know that you're largely tailoring an image, but they'll thank you for it. Because believe it or not, a powerful image is still therapeutic. THAT is how you get people's attention. THAT is how you can lead them back to the thing we want to tell them the most.
I hope this is making sense.
All comments welcome, both critical and encouraging. Thanks.