Catherine Austin Fitts, Spirituality, Economic Reality And Our Progress

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Recently I came across a five minute video of Catherine Austin Fitts talking about her experience of speaking at a spiritual conference to which she was invited. For those not familiar with Catherine Fitts, she has served as managing director and member of the Board of Directors of a major Wall Street investment bank and as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the first Bush Administration. Ms. Fitts has been extensively interviewed on KPFA radio, an alternative media outlet, and is currently the publisher of The Solari Report. (Access the video here.)

I found what she shared in the video (uploaded May 30, 2013) about her experience interacting with participants at the spiritual conference extremely compelling, enough to make it the focus of at least a couple of articles on my blog. Ms. Fitts stated,

“I have been asked by a friend to speak to a group called Spiritual Frontiers Foundation. They have a conference once a year where they explore how they can help our society evolve spiritually. They’re very committed to a higher spiritual life. And I have been asked to give a speech called “How The Money Works In Organized Crime” which later became a very funny, a famous article, “Narco-Dollars for Beginners.”

So I’m in the middle of the speech talking about how the U.S. Congress had had hearings about allegations of narcotics trafficking by the intelligence agencies into South Central L.A. It’s called the so called “Dark Alliance Allegations.” At that time the Department of Justice had told a reporter who I was working with that the U.S. Economy launders five hundred billion to a trillion dollars a year in illegal money. That’s not just narcotics trafficking, it’s financial fraud, illegal gambling, everything. So I said to this wonderful group of spiritually evolved committed people, “What would happen if we stop being the global leader in money laundering?”

They said, “Well, you know, it would be a problem because that money would not go to the New York Stock Exchange. If we stopped, you know, the money would leave and go to Hong Kong or Zurich and we’d have trouble refinancing the government deficit.”

So I said, “Well, let’s pretend there’s a big red button up here on the lectern. And if you push that button, you can stop all hard narcotics trafficking in your county, your community, your neighborhood, your state, your country, tomorrow, thus offending the people who control not only a half a trillion to a trillion dollars a year of dirty money but the accumulated capital thereon. Who here will push the button?” And out of a hundred people dedicated to evolving our society spiritually only one would push the button.

I wouldn’t let him answer so I said to the other ninety-nine, “Why would you not push the button?” And they said, “We don’t want our IRA and 401(k) to go down in value. We don’t want our mutual funds to decline and we don’t want our government checks to stop because we don’t, you know, if you had trouble financing the government deficit, our government checks would stop or our taxes would go up.”

And so I said, “So you want the powers to continue to market drugs to your neighbor’s children to keep your taxes low and your 401(k) up.”

And they said, “Yes, that’s right.”

And what was interesting, the epiphany I had that day was that everyone was so afraid to face that, or talk about that, that we couldn’t get to a point where we could do what I call, “turn the red button green.” Because the right question is not, “How do we push the red button? The right question is how do we make money pushing the red button? How do we turn the red button green?” Because if you can make money pushing the red button, then you can push the red button. And no one feels safe enough or comfortable enough to talk about this.

It’s a little bit like…when you take methadone. Methadone or drugs makes your body weaker and weaker and weaker so it can’t possibly be profitable. It’s the same with an economy. The more the economy depends on criminal enterprise the more you’re making money at things that make you economically stupid. Okay? Because you’re doing, you’re getting good at criminal enterprise. You’re getting good at financial fraud instead of getting good at things that really are useful and have some real economic productivity to them. So you’re making your body politic weaker and weaker the more dependent you get on this money. So it can’t lead to anyplace good.

So there is a way to turn the red button green but it starts by being honest with each other. And one of the reasons I wrote the article “Coming Clean Beyond the Fiscal Cliff” is, we’ve got to face this. We’ve got to look at that if we’re going to turn the red button green. In that sense we have all been complicit because we’ve been letting the leadership draw us in a more and more perverted and criminal way and as we’ve done it we’ve made the body politic weaker and weaker and weaker because we’re all spending our time doing things that are making us stupider instead of spending our time making things that make us healthier and stronger.”

Ms. Fitts posed those questions to the audience in the spiritual conference during the Summer of 2000, and it is my hope that in the Summer of 2013 (13 years later, and after 9/11) that there are more than just one in 100 “spiritually conscious” people that are not only willing to talk about how to “turn the red button green,” but are actively pursuing ways in which to do so.

Is it actually true that for our economy to prosper, we need to turn a blind eye to the illegal drug trade, we need to hook the neighbors’ kids on drugs? No way! It’s like saying we need to keep selling land mines otherwise our way of life and our economy will collapse, we need to sell more weapons. The truth is, selling land mines is extremely profitable for the manufacturer of land mines and those directly involved in land mine sales, but certainly not for the average Joe Public.

It is my hope that 13 years later, more and more people are acknowledging the lies, more and more people are realizing that the fears that were keeping them aligned to the old systems and the old ways of being are based on false assumptions, propaganda and downright lies.

And it’s not just the illegal drug industry that is full of lies, many other industries are as well: the pharmaceutical industry, the cancer industry, the defense industry, the energy industry, the processed food industry, among many, many others.

It is my assertion that “spirituality” is about becoming socially and spiritually aware, becoming conscious to the lies we bought into, and taking the steps necessary to fulfill our higher purpose. In fact, fulfilling our higher purpose is how we “turn the red button green.” Everything else is just fluff. (Find my latest article on fulfilling your higher purpose here.)

No matter what happens around you it is not the end of the world, it is just a transition and each one of us has a unique contribution to creating a world that works for everyone, a “Golden Age.” Getting that message out and sharing helpful real-life experiences and insights via my books and my blog has been my main focus for the last several years, and it seems to have made some difference. Thirteen years ago, when Ms. Fitts was speaking at that spiritual conference, the possibility of turning the red button green was not even in the conversation, not even on the radar, but now it is. And that is indeed progress.

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10 Comments

  1. Joseph O'Connor said:

    Unfortunately, the vast percentage of humanity is not there yet. I believe the only way to change our world is by changing ourselves, one by one. If we can each get one friend or acquaintence to become aware and make personal changes, we will achieve real change. As for a Golden Age, it will come, but only after the old, corrupt, selfish systems collapse. We are the determining factor as for when this will happen.

    August 26, 2013
    • adminch said:

      Hi Joseph,

      I totally agree that it is an individual process, but it is helped along and made easier when the experiences and insights of others who have made changes are shared. This is why I have written my books and have been doing this blog. When fear around what’s going on is reduced, it helps the process along. Otherwise people just dig in their heals, kick and scream.

      Also, we each have our own contribution that “turns the red button green.” We aren’t here just to work at some random job. If we pay attention to what’s in our environment and develop inner awareness and learn to marry the two together, we’re on our way to fulfilling that contribution.

      Thanks for sharing!
      Christine

      August 28, 2013
  2. Kenny Zee said:

    Society needs a makeover. That’s the green button. Most peoples values, I feel, are misdirected. Everyone wants happiness , in fact, work hard to get it. However, most of the time, if one is pursuing happiness they’re called unproductive or lazy because they’re having fun doing what they love doing. In other words society wants you to be unhappy so you can be happy like they are. Do what you love & love what you do. If you can make a few bucks doing it all the better. When your in joy it rubs off. That effects positive change. Remember the only one you can really change is you. So be happy and don’t fear the unknown. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Honest. Joy and peace to all.

    August 26, 2013
    • adminch said:

      Hi Kenny,

      Society wants people to feel inadequate / unhappy so that it can market things to people (diet pills, anti-depressants, electronic toys, etc) that really don’t make a difference and that are a distraction. Eventually people discover that what they use to numb or distract themselves does not really work, the things don’t make them happy, and that what makes them happy is when they begin to “follow their heart.” You get little bursts of happiness when you follow your heart, and over time, this gets bigger and bigger, especially when you’re fulfilling your higher purpose. What makes your soul sing more than you fulfilling your higher purpose?

      Many Blessings,
      Christine

      August 28, 2013
  3. Linda said:

    I agree with the two previous comments, we can only change ourselves and hope it rubs off onto others.Unfortunately, our world has taken a long while to become so “corrupt” therefore common sense tells us that it will take time to reform.Greed for money and possessions has become the way of life for so many, and they think that will make them happy. They think that they cannot live without their possessions so that’s why they won’t push the red button.Fear of living without holds them back, therefore corruption carries on. I have said to my friends , many times, that possessions own us, not the other way round , and anything we can’t take with us when we pass over isn’t worth much.Relationships and experiences stay in our souls forever, that’s what is important. Some understand what I say, some think I’m mad, but I know what’s important.Let us continue in our own part of the world ,to change what we can and hope for a better future. Love to all.

    August 27, 2013
    • adminch said:

      Thanks Linda, yours is a beautiful and insightful comment!

      Yes, I totally agree that relationships and experiences stay in our souls forever and grow us, and that’s what is important. T!hank you for your insights!

      Love,
      Christine

      August 28, 2013
  4. Toni Barnett said:

    Amen to positive progress!

    August 27, 2013
    • adminch said:

      Thanks Toni! We are on our way!

      Christine

      August 28, 2013
  5. One truth that can give us all hope in this is the fact that just one’s persons conscious actions have a much bigger affect on the world than we could ever imagine. We can be grateful that things are changing drastically. In order for change to happen, exposure must happen. It seems depressing at first because the exposure makes the evil in the world seem monumental. But the exposure step will eventually run its course and help many people to become conscious. Thanks for your blog, Christine!

    September 2, 2013
  6. Christine, I was shocked to read the article by Catherine Austin Fitts on the state of the world’s consciousness in 2000; I certainly hope that perspective has changed. I agree with your description of a spiritual society and I would add the following. If we hold on to our fear for the economy and our well-being and focus our concerns on possible lack and loss, we will bring more of that into being. Those of us who are conscious, awake and aware have a responsibility to constantly reflect to others that energy follows energy. Where you put your attention, gets momentum. What you fear, manifests. Let’s all put our hearts, minds and our focus on affirming the positive. Affirm it as if it exists today. Affirm it with commitment and belief for truly it is possible. Look around you. Do you see some folks experiencing joy and abundance while others are wallowing in loss and despair. We each created our world,. And, don’t forget, some of that loss and lack, is teaching essential lessons that must be learned before we can ‘shift’ gears and move to the trust and positivity that is our birthright.

    September 15, 2013

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