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The SOA Watch site is a veritable moonbat's cornucopia.
I particularly like this Columbus Ledger-Enquirerarticle linked at the site:
Puppetistas combine art, fervor
Some faces take longer to get ready than others.
The face of "Democracy" is taking a couple of days.
That's understandable, since it's 16 feet from the top of the head to the chin.
"When finished," said David Solnit, "it's going to be the largest puppet of its kind in the world."
As he spoke Thursday, he was standing on Democracy's face applying a gallon of red paint with a long-handled roller brush.
This puppet, which will have a 20-foot arm span, is one of about 200 that will be on display Sunday at this year's SOA Watch protest procession outside the entrance of Fort Benning.
"This puppet is going to be so big, so colorful, that 10,000 people will see the image and be drawn to the message that, in a true democracy, everyone has a voice," said Abi Miller of Virginia, one of the self-proclaimed puppetistas in town for the annual event.
Fifteen people will be needed to carry Democracy down the road.
Grounding: before ritual, during action, as a daily practice so you can do it instantly. Together with breathing from the belly, it's a prime "Don't Panic!" technique. Moving while grounding. Wide attention, eye contact -- staying present.
Casting a circle: Both for making sacred space, and for protection, with variations for invisiblity, changing the energy in a rotten place (like jail).
Calling the elements: Basic familiarity with correspondences of air, fire, water and earth, calling them in in tense and difficult situations, drawing vitality and energy (even through concrete), working with the elemental powers.
Invoking the sacred/deity: Finding your personal allies and the allies for the work of the action, getting to know them, invoking under stress.
Visualization: Clarifying a ritual/action intention Developing an image/anchor to hold that intention Visualization practice__being handcuffed
Energy work: Basic energy sensing Identifying how we already do sense energy
Shifting group energy: songs, chants, story telling Building a cone of power/grounding Hands on healing
"Changing consciousness at will": Anchoring to a core state of being
Inflated/deflated self practice Speaking/acting from core
Closure and cleansing: Returning from intense states Cleansing techniques: brushdown, salt water Caring for the body/ food and drink Devoking. letting intensity go