The Baby and the Bath Water

“A general understanding of the suppressive power potential within tradition does not liberate us, except from the superficial aspects of behavior that form the outer shell of any actual tradition in operation. Great play is made by power greedy theorists and acting political leaders of the concept of ‘freedom.’ Freedom for its own sake is as suppressive a mode of control as rigid rule. At one extreme the rigidity of an arid tradition imprisons, while at the other, the unfocused random energies of spurious freedom allow the individual to dissipate and be consumed by hidden, greater, unperceived patterns.” ~ R.J. Stewart

There’s been a lot of talk in 2013 and 2014 about various boogie men, conspiracies, and deceptions. With Pluto, Lord of the UnderWorld, still in Capricorn, revelations and exposures will likely continue to increase. After millennia of secrecy, lightning has struck the fortress, ejecting old paradigms left and right, just like the dreaded Tower Card:

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck, Tower Card

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck, Tower Card

We live in a time of chaos, as the same-old, same-old unveils itself in some instances as evil in our midst. Slavery in our midst. Divide and conquer. Spiritual oppression. “Divine retribution.” “Fate.” Uncontrollable, radical change.

Few people know that the Tower card was poet W.B. Yeats’ very favorite card in the entire deck. Though scary to the unwilling and unprepared, for the focused person, the Tower card represents enormous energy suddenly liberated from old restraints. The conscious person knows how to harness such energy into an integrated Chariot card (Tower card = 16; 1 + 6= 7; 7 = the Chariot). (Thanks to Tim Glenn for that insight.)

Rider-Waite-Smith deck, Chariot card

Rider-Waite-Smith deck, Chariot card

See how the driver of the Chariot commands the mysterious opposites? He’s got that big, bad “Annunaki” symbol on the Rider-Waite-Smith Chariot, but rather than burning the evil card let’s look at what it represents: a man, under a starry canopy, driving a Chariot, with polarized Sphinxes available to pull him where he wants to go — all under the auspices of the VII (magickal 7), acknowledging initiation into the Mysteries. We see on the Chariot card, one who knows what he wants, aligned with cosmic energy, who … through esoteric wisdom … has learned to harness opposite paradigms and chaotic emotions to do his bidding. We see a responsible adept, ready and willing to journey into and exert influence upon this world.

Robin Wood’s deck pictures the Chariot pullers as black and white unicorns, pulling a Chariot with a Tao (yin-yang) sign and the driver playing a lyre and singing instead of holding the reins. He confidently aligns himself under a starry canopy, and the magical unicorns follow the intention he sings.

In either version, we witness the powerful integration of two opposite forces. Rather than throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water, the Chariot card models magickal manifestation, as the driver calmly and intentionally reclaims and redirects into positive, preferred ends any useful power ejected from the sudden changes of the Tower card.

Without that reclamation, the driver would have a chariot, but no force to pull it. No horse power, no Sphinx power. The driver would embody instead what I hear so often from well-meaning students of watered-down New Age platitudes and half-revealed “Secret’s”:

“I know what I want, but I never get anywhere. I try all those techniques, and I read all the books and listen to all the channels and (now) all the anti-channelers. I tell all those bad “Annunaki’s,” “Archons,” “False Light Arch-Angels,” demons, “negative ET’s,” “fake positive ET’s,” Illuminati, fundamentalist religions, bad gods and goddesses, pretend-good gods and goddesses, MK Ultra programmers, 4th dimensional or 4th density energy parasites, and nano-technology to go away. I’ve done my best to eliminate all emotions, because I know they feed off them … But somehow I just can’t get over this hump. I’m stuck. I’ve been stuck for years. I’m not even sure if I know what I want anymore, because if I really wanted it, wouldn’t I already have it? I mean, I’m onto all the illusions. Nothing’s real. That should free me, right? Why aren’t I free? Why don’t I feel happy?”

Simply put: you’re not free because you threw the baby out with the bath water. In your shock at recognizing how humanity has been manipulated, you tossed away your greatest power, forgetting that if beings derived great strength from slurping up your emotions, then those emotions hold great power. Certainly, you don’t want to feed your controllers, but discarding that source of power falls short of true liberation. Completely rejecting anything that has been used against you in the past does remove that source of power for vampires; however, it also wastes an important source of power for you.

Living without emotions, you lose not only your own power, but a huge piece of your humanity. Do you really think the would be controllers of this world would spend so much energy trying to pathologize every human emotion in the DSM-5 if they didn’t feel threatened by human emotions? Do you really believe the powers that would remain would invest so much time, money and obsession in the transhuman agenda if they didn’t want humans to react more like machines? Here, have an RFID-chip … or this nanoparticle … or Morgellon’s fibers … we’ll radio signal you into compliance like a good little android.

The would be controllers got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. People are onto them, sort of. Their rather effective counter-offensive involves convincing humans that those cookies taste horrible and will leave people with really bad gas:

“Nope! Nothing valuable here. Drop. The. Cookie. Now. For your own protection. There are COOKIE MONSTERS in them ethers! Quick, destroy your cookie, but not by eating it. Ohhhh, no. Just drop that cookie on the floor and let the cockroaches eat that worthless thing. Whatever you do, don’t eat the cookie. A moment on the lips, millions of lifetimes on the karma. You’re smarter than that. Drop. The. Cookie. Dropthecookie. Dropthecookiedropthecookie.”

Meanwhile, back at the Chariot … no cookies/no emotions = no fuel for your horse-unicorn-sphinx pullers. You can hitch your intentions to the “beasts,” but, to quote Bob Dylan: “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.”

Discarding all emotions and all possible alliances with inter- and extra-dimensional friends makes about as much sense (and maturity) as closing your heart and swearing off all future relationships and friendships because a narcissist broke your heart. It happens. Not every human, angel, ET, faery and/or herb is a good match for every person every time. Some of them are downright self-serving sociopaths. Does that mean everyone is? Does that mean you can never love anyone or anything again? Does that mean you should never trust anyone or anything again?

As Tennyson said, “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Shakespeare also chimed in with “Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.” The key is not to stop loving, feeling, and trusting but rather to learn and practice better discernment in how you invest your love, trust and feelings.

The best way to begin practicing better discernment is to Know Thyself.

Start here. Learn what makes you tick. Pay attention to your feelings before discarding them. Discover what those preferences and aversions tell you before you hide them from the Cookie Monsters and thus, yourself.

I’m copying a comment I made to someone’s questions about whether or not we should completely shut ourselves off from angels “just in case”:

“In my experience, there ARE good, kind angels who ARE willing to help. The red flags would be if there’s an icky aftertaste of giving away all your power to them, rather than working as co-creators. There’s a lot, lot, lot of fear porn happening right now. There are also a lot of channeled writings CLAIMING to be from archangels that often aren’t. It’s a pretty big mess. Best to go inside and feel who you align with. There are some gods and goddesses that I personally wouldn’t opt to work with either!

“I posted this particular Doreen Virtue, because I loved her dedication at the end, as well as her encouragement to get out there and DO some of the co-creating, not just sit inside imagining and praying.

“People are really struggling right now and really afraid, because they’ve gotten suckered into giving away their power to disempowering beings. Here’s a clue: if the message robs you of your own agency or intellect, then it’s probably not a good message. If a message encourages you to take responsibility for your own life, get INTO Divine flow and allow yourself to receive natural, loving support, then it’s probably a good message. It’s important to check in with how you’re feeling before, during and after interactions.

“I think much of Cameron Day’s [and others’] material is good, but there’s also such a thing as throwing the baby out with the bath water. We can use sincere assistance at this time, keeping in mind that we do not need to make oaths and sign away our agency in order to have friendly support. If anyone asks/requires you to do that, I’d suggest running in the opposite direction.”

Do you see the difference between black or white reacting vs. considered responding vs. the potential for embracing whatever does empower and aid positive creation?

This baby and the bath water issue pervades much of our lives and has for millennia. It’s one way those wizards behind the curtain have managed to maintain so much control, despite their extreme disadvantage in terms of numbers and humane-ity. The “Holy” Roman Empire used a neutered version of Christianity to conquer vast cultures and land, all the while hoarding and publicly demonizing all the traditional esoteric wisdom from those they conquered. Advertisers use secret symbols to trigger the masses’ unquenchable thirst for mythology and meaning — projecting those longings onto empty products or wind bag politicians. Meanwhile, education and indoctrination assure everyone that any of the real “stuff” is “occult” (which simply means “hidden”), “evil,” “silly” (from the original “Seelie”) or a sign of ignorance (ignore-ance of what’s actually there to perceive). Discerning bodies, minds, hearts and souls would be wise to wonder why something so “worthless” warrants such concerted misdirection and attack.

Secrets only remain secret for so long, before some force or the kind intentions of an initiate who realizes the imbalance tries to level the playing field with leaks. When that happens — whether via Secret Societies (sometimes themselves watered-down, co-opted versions of “Truth”) releasing their “wisdom” or via Snowden and the Guardian revealing the NSA workings — watering down and misdirection become the best ways of managing a complete breaking of the dam. The entire Snowden saga reads like a mythological journey, complete with its own subterranean exploits, chase scenes and Guardian.

Beware and be wise: guardians often speak in riddles. What seems most important may obscure real entrances to Other Worlds.

When it becomes clear that Toto has pulled back a bit of the curtain, the wizards behind that curtain purposely allow themselves to get busted on lesser things, so that the peons feel vindicated enough to stop searching — and outraged enough to distance themselves from anything related to the wizards, especially the wizards’ powerful tools and knowledge. This applies to the NSA revelations just as much as it applies to all the warnings to sever any and all contacts and contracts with spiritual allies.

One should reexamine and sever unfair contracts, but refusing any and all contact is sometimes less than wise. “Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.” Know your own limits and goals, and recognize and respect that other beings have their own limits and goals, too. To the extent that these mesh, you can work together. To the extent not, no, it’s not a match.

The decision to work with or not can be situational, just as different human individuals and groups sometimes align when they have common goals or part ways when their interests diverge. Just as not all human beings are “good” or “evil,” so individuals of any given species — on or off world — can vary. Pigeon holing every individual of a particular group or race as good or evil is a covert form of inter-Galactic and inter-dimensional racism. Sure, you can save yourself from working with that evil “Archon” out to rob your soul, but such blanket bigotry also deprives you of other, potentially valuable and mutually beneficial connections with beings your fear might blindly lump into the “Archon” or Annunaki category. Humans aren’t the only ones evolving in this Universe.

(On a different note, if you don’t want them to be your Masters, then why do you honor them with the title “Archon,” which means “Master”? Call them vampires; call them cosmic weenies … but if you want to reclaim your power, then stop giving it to them in your fear and creative words.)

With betrayal and paranoia running high, the wizards behind the curtain can offer the merest hints of such tools’ and wisdom’s depravity … and then their well-meaning opposition will do the rest of the work, disseminating increased levels of paranoia, fear and a desire for “protective” isolation. Because God/dess forbid the peons discover they have both power and real allies. God/dess forbid the peons delve into their own Shadow side enough to recognize not only their own power but also their responsibility to use that power for the Good.

When caught surfing off someone else’s energy, first rule: deny.

When denial no longer works: neutralize. Convince the peons that all occult powers and potential off-world or interdimensional contacts are inherently evil.

Sure, those wizards won’t get to surf off as much raw emotion, but at least they won’t need to face it turned against them. At least they won’t need to face that emotion and those tools and alliances united in the creation of a more positive Reality. Nope! They just need to go on a little diet until they can manufacture some other outrageous trigger for an unbridled, uncontrolled emotional feast. “Hey, how ’bout a Fear Fest?! Mmmmmmmm, paranoia! Tastes almost as good as pitiful whimpering, simpering depression and psycopathic rage. Variety is so scrummy sometimes.”

More wise words from R.J. Stewart, who, imho, realllly gets it:

“We are not suggesting that so-called demons appear in human form and cause illness and accident, but that the demonic response is generated within the human psyche from a deeper source, and it is at this deepest level that it must be resolved.

“If the magician is unable to relate to Innerworld beings correctly, then their effect upon his or her limited or unbalanced psyche may be demonic — confusing, restricting, wild, uncontrolled, self-destructive, dangerous to innocents, and so forth. This is directly comparable to passing excessive energy through a weak or faulty conducting medium or component.”

The key, therefore, is less about tossing out all the energy, than about refining the vessel (i.e. you) that such energy runs through.

“It takes a deeper perception to realize that the old images are still powerful within us, but from a very specialized and highly disguised origin. The imagery was willfully and immorally poisoned during the formative years of the state-Church in the West, leaving psychological weaponry for later cults and variants of the religion according to their cultural expression. Although our subservience to the perverted imagery is due to ignorance, there can be no doubt that the original twisting and tangling was a series of acts of deliberate will and wisdom. Wisdom is not necessarily compassionate.” ~R.J. Stewart

Just because some psychotic control freaks decided to pervert sexuality, esoteric symbols, emotions and magick does not mean that those things are inherently worthless, powerless or evil. On the contrary, they can each serve as powerful initiators of the Good — when used with discernment, compassion and respect. Complete rejection or compartmentalization seems more attractive to the lazy coward in each of us, because, face it, untangling the miasma of watered-down teachings, manipulated responses and strategic sleights of hand takes work. It takes dedicated study, self-exploration, commitment and effort. Many would rather avoid such things, assuaging their conscience by lumping the entire “Left Hand Path” into a hermetically sealed Hefty bag, self-righteously kicked to the curb for trash collection.

And you are completely “free” to do so.

The only catch? You will never liberate yourself if you refuse to accept the responsibility that freedom and empowerment rightfully entail. Most people fight consciousness and personal power because they don’t want to make difficult decisions. They prefer to outsource moral and existential dilemmas to religion, government, philosophy or a well-meaning “helper” who relieves them of that quintessentially human responsibility by short-circuiting power. Patrick Henry famously said, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Indeed, something worse than death awaits those who reject liberty: insanity and endless boredom.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” ~Albert Einstein

“Boredom rests upon the nothingness that winds its way through existence; its giddiness, like that which comes from gazing down into an infinite abyss, is infinite.” Soren Kierkegaard

Yes, humanity, it’s time to grow up:

“The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.” J.K. Rowling

28 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary on January 16, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Wow. Laura, thank you for standing up and getting this out there.

    Brilliant piece, imo. Well done.


  2. Posted by Mitch Mattraw on January 16, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Another sizzling article Laura, thank you. Love that the Tower card was Yeats favorite ,an artist unafraid to mine from his shadow. The fear porn out on the blogs now is really getting to be almost comical, it’s a little like the McCarthy ‘red’ era, there’s an Archon under every rock! He/she is not a seeming humble janitor at the Hay House headquarter’s but really a CIA op disinfo agent who blogs at night under the name of Python! That so and so is an ambassador/apologist for the Annunaki, cut to: scene from Tim Burton’s “Mar’s Attacks” when the goofy ET’s shoot up everything in sight instead of shaking hands. That we can’t trust info from this blogger because he forgot to close an old checking account with Chase Bank worth $1.99, therefore he must be a high level op with the Rothchild’s! That the great Edward Snowden works for the CIA and this whole NSA drama is a little sideshow to cover up a much bigger problem….wait a minute this is true, lol.

    I admit to buying into this hardcore stance of do’s and don’t’s being that I;m the one quoted here about being wary of enlisting the help of angels, archangels because a well known blogger says they’re ALL powerful demiruge, false light beings ready to suck every last drop of your vitals if you so much as give em a look see, you also better get busy canceling all the millions, billions of contracts and agreement’s you have with various false light being’s or else, come drop body time, even if you’ve lived a life of service, with passion working from your heart space, you’ll be doomed because you forgot to cancel that mirror copy of an agreement you made to an entity when you were 14 and got caught masturbating with the neighbor boy by your preacher father, ok, we got this one, you have to come back to Earth and reincarnate, next in line!!! Of course we have to use discernment! But the sheer volume of fear and separation coming from co called spiritual/truther blogs has to chill and grow up… or not, it will eventually just collapse on itself and we move forward with solution based actions not this divide and conquer fear based polarization all wrapped up in reclaiming our sovereign power lingo. Uh oh, I forgot to cancel that agreement while helping build Stonehedge, I knocked a quarry foreman out with a pumice stone who was running around screaming we had our lay line alignment’s off by a hair, that the Paledian’s would get pissed off, so we better get it right or else…. I let him have it.


  3. Thanks, Mary. 🙂


  4. It does all rather read like a reality tv show, doesn’t it? Ohhh, the drama. I don’t like to jump into the fray, but sometimes things reach such a hysterical pitch that someone needs to say, as my friend Toni does: “Take a breath of God.” Calm down, recenter, and THEN see how you feel. Humans are so powerful– even with all the “handicaps.” Someone needs to whisper or shout reminders every once in awhile. 🙂


  5. Posted by Tracy on January 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    This article is a Blast! I am both speechless and incited to blather! Wondering when the words magical, adept, mystery and alchemy will enter our general vocabulary, whether in dinner conversation or on blogs?? I much prefer to discuss all these ‘new’ or rather recently revealed topics rather than hear again about the Fakers. The whole point, regardless of what name you give them is that they are Fakers. There is no more need for discussion. If something is artificial, pretend or fake….why give it any time or energy anyway? This is when you just say NO, bringing your heart and mind together at the 5th chakra to express how you really feel. PS When I am really annoyed, I amp it up just a little to express my vehemence in denying them the right to My Life, My Energy or My Experience. “u” inserts ‘splain it all!
    Your Brilliance is True Gift!! xo


  6. Posted by Janet C on January 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I love this–epic is the only way to describe it, and I’ve had my own journey to discover the power of emotion, and that even fear has its purpose: anyone using it to sway you is pretty much showing their hand, and it almost makes discernment easy once a person can see that. I once suffered under two illusions: that only dark entities existed and that those of the highest light were false/imagined–it was a world of misery, but one I know many still struggle with. The other illusion was that anything could solely be conquered by the mind and by controlling one’s thoughts and ignoring emotions, something I still see in the Buddhist circles I used to be in–that one’s really sticky persistent, and led me to deny myself–I really only started healing and feeling more whole and complete once I figured that it wasn’t working. The only way to describe my learning journey after that was that I kept integrating my emotions, good and bad, into my path, and I know somehow that solving real-world problems involves the same: one cannot ignore, deny, run from or even keep railing against the evil. It has helped me to try and understand them, their purpose, and the fear and limited perception that drives them. Somehow, after this, little fear/anger remains. Of course, after typing this out, I’ll probably be tested on it again … 😉


  7. Thanks Laura for this post. If people take the responsibility to work on real-life problems that are worth working on they will experience their power firsthand and their power will grow and all the fear porn that’s out there (wherever it is, I don’t know cuz I haven’t been reading it) will not have an iota of power over them.


  8. So true, Christine! That’s why I keep suggesting that people get their hands in the dirt or their hearts and actions into their community — both are grounding and then you just don’t have time for all that paralyzing fear stuff. 🙂


  9. Posted by Ed on January 18, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Uh-huh. Well done.


  10. Brilliantly written & I am so pleased to have found your article! I was drawn to create a process for 15 Jan which was a ’77’ day & it ended up being a powerful exercise in rebalancing our root chakras and reclaiming our power!! Such beautiful synchronicity to find your blog with eloquently written insights into the Chariot Card – No. 7 ! Thank you…..


  11. Thanks for your comments and sharing, Tracy, Janet, Ed and Jules. Nice synchronicities and opportunities for empowerment, fun and liberation!


  12. Thanks Laura. If anyone is interested in the process, I call it “The Power of Presence” & it is accessible via my website at–the-power-of-presence.html
    I think there was a HIgher Impulse at work last week that those who could ‘hear it’ were disseminating in their own ways…


  13. Thanks, Jules, looks like a great exercise even if people missed the actual date! I agree, last week was a real influx of energies and inspiration. I know of many people who suddenly found themselves kicking things up a notch. Or three. 🙂


  14. Hey, Sister Laura! Here is a fun one: compare the Waite Chariot card and the Robin Wood Chariot card. Focus on the starry canopy behind the Charioteer. In the Waite, the canopy looks like a nice piece of cloth with stars sown on it. But as you look at the Robin Wood card, soften your gaze and allow yourself to see the canopy as a portal.

    More than half of my clients can see it within a fraction of a second, often accompanied with an exclamation like “Whoa!” Most of the rest can see it within a second or two. A basic application is that you are to be a living portal for energies and insights from the celestial realms.


  15. Reblogged this on N.S. Alternate News.


  16. Freedom is the recognition of necessity.
    Friedrich Hegel

    This recognition can only take place from an elevated perspective. This elevation is a result of Love which has more degrees of freedom and motion than fear.


  17. Yes! It reminds me of this Rumi poem:

    There Is a Way

    The intellect says: “The six directions are limits: there is no way out.”
    Love says: “There is a way. I have traveled it thousands of times.”
    The intellect saw a market and started to haggle;
    Love saw thousands of markets beyond that market.


  18. Exactly, I agree and would like to add what Heraclitus found out 2,500 years ago: “Panta rhei” Everything Flows! Being that everything flows, so do we, our lives are a “course”. Everything is on a Way, including Love. Every way is by nature directional. If Love is the “way out”, we certainly don’t want to through it out with the bathwater, at least I don’t.
    That baby you don’t want Cameron to throw out has a name.
    I’m not sure if that is what inspired you to write this article.




  19. Hey Tim! Thanks for sharing this here. Yes, I remember when you showed ME that. 🙂 It is very cool, indeed … and a wonderful concept for us all. Hugs, Laura


  20. Wonderful insights, Morgan! Cheers and the ever flowing Love … that’s exactly what I’m referring to. Love isn’t just for fluff bunnies; sometimes tough love backed by courage is the order of the day.


  21. Great article and perfectly written. Here is something from me
    Water, women and girls in Uganda East Africa

    Without safe water in their homes, many women and girls become victims of physical attack and sexual violence as they walk long distances to collect water; families are hit by frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery because of sharing open water sources with animals; and girls dropout of school as they spend, on average, between 30 minutes to 90 minutes walking to look for water. Women and girls are the main providers of household water supply and sanitation in Uganda, and also have the primary responsibility for maintaining a clean home environment.
    We are working to end this by providing safe water to families affected by HIV/AIDS here
Please support and share on your networks too.


  22. Excellent discussion about how certain fictions regarding the power of the archons and Annunaki here:


  23. […] I don’t even know where to begin with this post, because I’m just shaking my head at what passes for “revelations” these days — at what people gobble down because it paints the current “leaders” as the bad guys and reveals supposed “exact opposite” as the solution. Nevermind that these kinds of revelations trigger revolutions that take us nowhere. Nevermind that the Middle Way offers far more freedom. People continue to outsource the responsibility of freedom in favor of security. When they finally break out of that program, they’re happy to outsource the responsibility of freedom in favor of victim mentality and witch hunts. Nevermind stepping into strength. Nevermind exploring the Mysteries. Alternative media has spoken: “Throw the baby out with the bath water.” […]


  24. […] On the world stage, 6/14/14 marked an uptick of NWO shenanigans in the Middle East. Since history tends to repeat itself, the US puppeteers very likely are fomenting both sides of the conflict in an effort to destabilize the region and start World War 3. June 14th is Flag Day, and it appears that this year, it was False Flag Day. Various people have noted the ISIS acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a hallmark of “Illuminati goddess worship.” If this is so, then I find it crucial to note that certain groups have perverted and inverted understandings of the Goddess — taking a life-giving mother figure and turning her into a blood-thirsty, sacrifice-demanding, hungry beast. The impotent patriarchy running roughshod over our planet has stoked such fear of the Divine Feminine that we must guard against throwing out the Baby and the Bath Water. […]


  25. […] observed much of what he shares in his articles. For that reason, I choose not to throw this baby out with the bath water. Anyway, here’s my comment, as submitted. Make of it what you […]


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