May 14, 2011
I am Robert Riversong, prophet , teacher, guide, midwife 
for a world struggling to be born.
You are a spark of the universal flame. Welcome to the journey.
Rites, Rights, Writes of Passage
Crossing the Threshold – Charles Eisenstein
A More than Human World – David Abrams
The Greening and UnGreening of the World
A New Green History of the World – Clive Ponting
Gaia and the Dying of Anima Mundi – Animate Earth, Stephan Harding
Collision Course with the Future – based on Gus Speth’s The Bridge at the Edge of the World
The Lost Language of Plants – Stephen Harrod Buhner
How to Survive the Crash and Save the Earth – Ran Prieur
History, Politics, Science & Religion
Five essays on the takeover of American democracy by corporations and how we can – and must – take it back for We the People.
- The Pernicious Fiction of Corporate Personhood
- Corporations are Not People
- Justice Lewis Powell and the Rise of the Corporate State
- “A Constant Preference of Public to Private Interest”
- The People’s Rights Amendment
Algorithms and Red Wine: Is the ‘Digital Hive’ a Soft Totalitarian State? and Bitter Tales from the Massive White Underclass – by Joe Bageant
On the Perennial Conflict in Palestine:
Men, Women and the Gender War:
America’s Gun Culture
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:
My other blogs are:
 There is a generalized misperception in these modern, “post-prophetic” days about what it means to be a prophet. The most common misunderstanding is that it displays some kind of arrogance to label oneself a “prophet”. But nothing could be further from the truth.
One does not decide to become a prophet, as one might choose to take on a profession. One is given the role by the Spirit of the Universe, and can choose only to accept it in humility or to reject one’s destiny. The calling often comes in the midst of some sort of Vision Quest, as it did in my case. And to accept the role of seeing and describing what most cannot see, are afraid to confront, and spend their lives in hiding from, is to accept being an outcast. As it has been said, a prophet is never welcome in his own time.
But I was also born into a prophetic tradition. My direct lineal ancestor, Yaakov Yitzchak of Lublin (in what is now Poland but was then part of Bohemia), also known as the Choseh (seer or visionary) of Lublin (1745-1815), is considered to be among the greatest of Hebrew prophets, on par with the biblical Isaiah. And I have always accepted my destiny regardless of the personal cost.
An essay which expands on my own understanding of the role of prophet in the modern world is Of Prophets and Hope.
 Socrates, through the writings of Plato, understood that knowledge was eternal and available to every soul, that the trauma of birth causes a forgetting, and that only through an act of anamnesis (from Greek ana “back” + mimneskesthai “call to mind”) can we remember what we always knew.
The Socratic method, then, was a means of helping others re-member their dis-membered soul, of giving birth to the eternal knowledge (logos) that was corrupted by our bodily birth – and therefore a true teacher or guide is but a midwife, assisting in the rebirth of what was always most deeply and eternally real.
Knowledge, as differentiated from “true belief” (doxa, “opinion”) and from dogma (imposed belief), can be achieved through katharsis (“cleansing” or “purification”), by contemplating with the soul (noesis), and experiencing gnosis (spiritual knowing).
This is somewhat like the maxim of Sherlock Holmes: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
As a midwife in the Socratic sense, I do not traffic in mere opinions (doxa), challenge any and all beliefs (dogma), and accept as true only that which can be directly and immediately known – what some today call Heart Knowledge.