911: The Alarm Clock of Human Consciousness

911: The Alarm Clock of Human Consciousness

5th September 2016

By Irwin Ozborne

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Make no mistake about it – Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or becoming happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It is seeing through the façade of pretense. It is the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” ~ Adyashanti

It has been repeatedly demonstrated by quantum physics that the world we live in is an illusion, or a dream. So, if the reality that we perceive to be ‘real’ is actually an illusion and the entire world is actually dreaming, how can they be woken up? The same way most of us wake from our sleep every morning… by the sound of the alarm clock.

September 11, 2001

It was my junior year of college; I remember being stuck in some psychology class watching a boring video, which gives me a chance to sleep off my hangover from the night before. The kid in front of me has tuned out and is listening to the radio through some headphones, and nodding in-and-out of wakefulness. Then suddenly he pops his head up and says out loud, “A plane just hit the World Trade Center.”

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What If We Are The “Bad Guys”?

What If We Are The “Bad Guys”?

By Irwin Ozborne

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“We were told to just shoot people, and the Officers would take care of us” – Iraqi War Veteran

Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, was a 14-year-old girl who was gang-raped by U.S. Soldiers while they killed her family before ending her life. It was all pre-meditated, and they targeted her because there was only one male living in that house.

“During the time me and Barker were raping Abeer, I heard five or six gunshots that came from the bedroom,” Sgt. Paul Cortez admitted. “After Barker was done, Green came out of the bedroom and said that he had killed them all, that all of them were dead. Green then placed himself between Abeer’s legs to rape her,” he added, “When Green was finished, he stood up and shot Abeer in the head two or three times.”

The entire crime took about five minutes and the girl knew her parents and sister had been shot while she was being raped.

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss – The Truth About the Diamond Industry

Ignorance Is Not Bliss – The Truth About the Diamond Industry

By Irwin Ozborne

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“For every hand in marriage, another hand is taken away. For every finger to receive a ring, another finger must pull a trigger.”

We all know the story. It is the classic love story. The man gets down on one knee, grabs hold of the girl’s hand and she covers her mouth as she is overtaken by emotions. The man pulls out a tiny box and opens it up to show off the sparkling diamond engagement ring before asking the question, “Will You Marry Me?” They are officially engaged once he pops a diamond ring on her finger.

However, there is another side to this story that never gets covered in the media. It is the dark side of the diamond. And if the public knew about the horrors and atrocities that take place to produce this mineral, perhaps we would re-think the way we celebrate “love”.

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The Other Side: The Spiritual Gift of Borderline Personality Disorder

The Other Side: The Spiritual Gift of Borderline Personality Disorder

30th January 2016

By Cortland Pfeffer & Irwin Ozborne

Contributing Writers for Wake Up World

She was crying like I had never seen anyone cry before. As she sat with her head in her hands, the large, clear tears rushed down her cheek and dripped on the floor. Her husband had just informed her that he would be leaving her and taking their six-year-old daughter with him, with the parting words “until you can change.”

The look on her face in that moment is forever engrained in my memory as the pain and anguish which this woman was experiencing was nothing I had ever seen before. She leaned towards me and it took every single ounce of energy left to attempt to speak to me but no words could even make it to the surface. But the look said it all; “Do something! Help me! What is happening to me?”

“All I want to do is lie down and go to bed,” she finally muttered. I knew that there was an implied “forever” at the end of her statement. She was experiencing pain in the form of shame. She has been repeatedly told that she is not OK, she is sick, and she needs to change. Now, everything she has ever loved was going to be taken away from her due to her “illness.”

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Over The Rainbow: The (Yellow Brick) Road to Enlightenment

Over The Rainbow: The (Yellow Brick) Road to Enlightenment

By Irwin Ozborne

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

In junior high school, I was a painfully shy student. It was to the point I would go through an entire week without peeping a single sound. While it was quite easy to shield my anxiety during most classroom activity, the lunchroom was always my greatest test. How could I possibly hide myself in a crowded cafeteria?

There was always one table in the back of the room which only had about five kids sitting there (the tables sat about 20-30 people). With so many empty seats at the table, it was the perfect spot for someone with severe, debilitating social anxiety. This group was the outcasts of the school. They wore the same clothes every day, never paid attention in class, didn’t follow the rules, had long straggly hair, and were already experimenting with drugs and alcohol. But, they were also different in the sense that they had no desire to fit in with the “cool kids.” They were perfectly content being in their own skin.

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Compassion, Christianity or Consumerism? The True Meaning of Christmas

Compassion, Christianity or Consumerism? The True Meaning of Christmas

17th December 2015

By Cortland Pfeffer and Irwin Ozborne

Contributing Writers for Wake Up World

Christmas has become symbolic of all that is wrong with our society. Much like the Grinch, whose heart was three sizes too small; our hearts have diminished in size due to the culture of fear, conformity, and consumerism in which we reside. As a result, we have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas, and celebrate it in ways that are in direct opposition to its original intent.

This year, on Black Friday, I was reminded about the true meaning of Christmas. I choose not to celebrate Thanksgiving, but rather honor the Day of Mourning for our Native American brothers and sisters. I surrounded myself in nature and spent time at a cabin in small-town Western Wisconsin. The sights and sounds were serene. It was a true “silent” and “holy” night with no one around, yet I was far from being alone as I was immersed in the thriving and picturesque landscape provided by mother earth. And it was there, at the local gas station, that I re-discovered what the meaning of Christmas is really about.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Implicit Oppression of Women

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Implicit Oppression of Women

By Irwin Ozborne

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“If tomorrow, women woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business.” ~ Dr. Gail Dines

A mother comes home after a stressful day at work with many tiny worries racing through her mind. She pulls in the driveway and opens the garage door to see her 16-year-old daughter hanging from the rooftop, lifeless, dead, from suicide. She was too fat, so she developed an eating disorder, then was too skinny and “sick” and eventually she gives her reason in a note that is summed up with the words, “soon the pain will be gone.”

Who is at fault? The parents, counselors, school, bullies at school? Partially, all of the above are to blame. But the greater culprit that allows this to continue is the media and beauty industry, and all of those who buy into their unnatural notions of beauty and body image.

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The War On Drugs: How the “Land of the Free” Became the “Home of the Slaves” for 2.3 Million Americans

The War On Drugs: How the “Land of the Free” Became the “Home of the Slaves” for 2.3 Million Americans

By Cortland Pfeffer with Irwin Ozborne

Guest Writers for Wake Up World

“Prisoner number [XX]… It is time to go home.” The most beautiful words she had ever heard. She had dreamt about the day that phrase would be uttered for the past ten years. Today, she will get to see her daughter that has been out of her life and begin the process of reunification.

As she takes her first steps outside the prison walls in a decade, it is like stepping into a foreign land. Outside the concrete confinement she is overwhelmed by the simplicity of feeling the fresh breeze, the sunlight, the green grass, and of course her family. Her daughter, mother, and brother await her release in what feels like another world away. Her lower lip starts to tremble uncontrollably – which it always has done when she becomes emotional – only to see her 13-year-old daughter’s lower lip mirror that of her own. Mother-and-daughter are able to embrace for the first time in years as they share an electric bond that cannot be broken, despite so many unanswered questions over the years.

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Celebrating Genocide – The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Celebrating Genocide – The Real Story of Thanksgiving

25th November 2015

By Irwin Ozborne

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Thanksgiving: Celebrating all that we have, and the genocide it took to get it.

Thanksgiving is one of the most paradoxical times of the year. We gather together with friends and family in celebration of all that we are thankful for and express our gratitude, at the same time we are encouraged to eat in excess. But the irony really starts the next day on Black Friday. On Thursday we appreciate all the simple things in life, such as having a meal, a roof over our head, and the connection with those close to us. But in less than 24 hours, we literally trample over others in a mad dash to accumulate as many material possessions as possible at bargain-prices.

So what is the true history of Thanksgiving? Well, just like we have stories of Easter in which a magical bunny hops around the world and hides baskets of goodies for us to find, or stories of Christmas where Santa Claus travels the globe in one night to leave presents under the tree for good boys and girls – Thanksgiving, too, has its traditional myth which we share with our children. We recount stories of the Indians and Pilgrims getting together for a magical feast of brotherly love and appreciation. The only problem is that, unlike the other holidays, we never reveal the truth about Thanksgiving to our children as they grow older. In fact, most of us don’t understand its bloody history ourselves…

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Licensed to Kill: Psychiatry, Big Pharma and the State-Sanctioned Drug Cartel

Licensed to Kill: Psychiatry, Big Pharma and the State-Sanctioned Drug Cartel

By Cortland Pfeffer (with Irwin Ozborne)

Guest Writers for Wake Up World

I just think it is time we try something new,” said the doctor to his patient, “It’s called Abilify.”

But I’ve been doing well,” the patient pleaded, “I have had no problems for over six months and I am feeling fine.”

Well, you are on an involuntary (civil) commitment and I would hate to have to extend that 18 months,” said the doctor, “You understand that the court will always do what the doctor recommends, and I think that you are in need of a switch to Abilify.

This is a conversation that I overheard when I first started working at a county hospital. I was new and trying to learn from these wonderful doctors that I believed were there to help people. This facility saw the “sickest” patients in the county, and I thought this would give me an incredible opportunity to learn. As this was one of the first conversations I heard, I was certainly learning… and slowly discovering that the label of “sick” is being placed on the wrong individual in this context.

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Celebrating Genocide – Christopher Columbus’ Invasion of America

Celebrating Genocide – Christopher Columbus’ Invasion of America

11th October 2015

By Irwin Ozborne

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

“In 1492, the natives discovered they were Indians, discovered they lived in America, discovered they were naked, discovered that the Sin existed, discovered they owed allegiance to a King and Kingdom from another world and a God from another sky, and that this God had invented the guilty and the dress, and had sent to be burnt alive who worships the Sun the Moon the Earth and the Rain that wets it.” ~ Eduardo Galeano

A good friend of mine, a member of the Republic of Lakotah, had a meeting with her first grade son’s elementary school principal. Apparently, her six-year-old was being defiant in classroom. What were these defiant actions? Well, upon his teacher explaining Columbus Day and honoring the courageous and brave sailor who discovered this land in 1492, he had a couple of questions for the teacher. He wanted to know how it was possible that Christopher Columbus discovered a land in which his ancestors had lived for over 30,000 years, he wanted to know what happened to all the people who lived here in 1491, and he wanted to know why the man responsible for invading his native land and slaughtering his ancestors was being honored.

I would love to just be a fly on the wall of that meeting with the elementary school principal.

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The Craving Behind the Craving: Addiction as a Spiritual Disease

The Craving Behind the Craving: Addiction as a Spiritual Disease

By Irwin Ozborne

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.”

As a child, I remember walking in my grandmother’s backyard and one day noticed a litter of kittens near her garage in the alleyway. They were hissing, crying, and yelping with the hair sticking up on their backs as their frames were so thin you could see their skeletons.

“I want to pet them,” I told my grandmother.

“Oh no. They are not ready for that,” she insisted, “Someone must have dropped them off and they need food and water first.”

“Why not?” I asked, “Are they bad kittens?”

“Of course not, “ she laughed, “there is no such thing as bad or evil. There is only misguided love. These kittens were abandoned and they just need love. But they are also starving so we need to first feed them so they can refill what is missing.”

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