Caterpillar, Cocoon, Butterfly. Believe in Miracles!
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749- March 22, 1832)
About the Conception Dollar
by Carol Brouillet
In October 2002, in collaboration with artist, Blaine Machan, we printed and and began distribution of 10,000 Deception Dollars. We passed them out at an anti-war rally in San Francisco, they were extraordinarily easy to give away. They were made to overcome censorship of the most vital information about the events of September 11, 2001, an event which plunged humanity into "an endless war of terrorism."
We saw that the official story of 9/11 was full of holes, a fabrication, a lie, used to terrorize Americans and the world. The Dollars featured websites which exposed the lies and sought truth. Armed with little more than courage, truth, art, we challenged the lies and nurtured the 9/11 Truth movement, which continues to grow.
Over the years, we have distributed over 6,500,000 Deception Dollars (including Election Deception and Media Deception Dollars), People have discovered the joy of giving away "money." Our greatest obstacle has been "fear" and overcoming the psychological barriers to looking at painful information.
Personally, I have oscillated between exposing problems and nurturing solutions. Many people would rather not look at what is not working, and would prefer to focus on creating something to replace failing systems. I have been wanting to print a Conception Dollar for a long time, to help people overcome fear and find the courage and strength to create a much better future for all of us.
In June, 2006 I was inspired by Anodea Judith's book and a presentation that she gave:
Waking the Global Heart-
From the Love of Power to the Power of Love"
(click on the book image for the June 27, 2006 review)
Originally I had hoped to publish the Conception Dollar last year, but we couldn't get the art done in time. This year a number of convergences happened, including a powerful conference held in Colorado in August that brought together artists, musicians, storytellers, filmmakers for the First Annual Story Field Conference The stated intention was-
"We believe that changing the stories of the defining culture is a key to the social transformation of humanity now at hand. Our intention is to gather a diverse group of creative artists, media people, thinkers, and doers engaged in story-work to share our stories of what we are doing and learning in our own work, to deepen our collective insights into the story change process, and to grow the relationships of new alliances."
Anodea Judith was one of the story-tellers who came, so was David Korten, author of:
Another author who spoke on a similar theme was Michael Dowd, author of:
The Great Turning- From Empire to Earth Community
Organizing the conference was an old friend of mine, Tom Atlee, founder of the Co-Intelligence institute and also the author of:
Thank God for Evolution!
How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World
I posted a draft of the Conception Dollar on the Story Field Creations Blog in hopes that The Conception Dollar would help us to reach out to people and change the dominant narrative. I have tried to include some of the links to websites and participants of the conference whose work is inspirational.
The Tao of Democracy-
Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World that Works for All
I was also inspired by others. On this bill are six round symbols that were taken from the book- Bearer of Light- A Catalyst for Global Change. The symbols capture some useful teaching points for individuals and groups, seeking truth.
The bill features the smiling face of peace activist Cindy Sheehan, often called the "face of the peace movement" because of her courageous, valiant efforts to stop the war, after her son Casey was killed in Iraq. Cindy was arrested in Washington DC last summer after she spent an hour imploring John Conyers to launch impeachment proceedings against Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
"The Democrats will not hold this administration accountable, so we have to hold the Democrats accountable," Sheehan said outside Conyers' office after the meeting. "And I for one am going to step up to the plate and run against Nancy Pelosi."Cindy Sheehan has couageously championed an end to the war in Iraq, impeachment, and peace. She continues to speak out, organize, and will hopefully be on the ballot in November. The San Francisco Green Party has endorsed her Congressional campaign.
Last year, I ran against Democrat Eshoo, who also oposes impeachment, on a 9/11 Truth, Impeachment, Peace platform. I feel passionately that impeachment is the best hope for the country.
(I also must admit that the date on the bill is Goethe's birthday, as well as my 50th birthday, and my third child's birthday, and Camilo Mejia's birthday, as well. It's nice to have a date that symbolizes "Birth" to me, and is not a reminder of death, disaster, and war...)
I hope these bills will help people to "be the change" we all would like to see. There was not room, space, or time to list every hopeful website on the bill. We did include some key words, some of which have obvious meanings, but some which deserve to be explored on the internet-
Appreciative Inquiryare just a few of them. I hope that people might also be inspired to find greater solutions, construct better websites, and send them our way. I hope that we have reached a tipping point, the Great Turning, the shift that we have been working towards.
(Link to the new movie- What a Way to Go- life at the end of empire)
Our goal is to end war, end state sponsored terrorism, redirect human resources towards healing and creating a better future for all life- to move us from a paradigm of terror, war, fear towards compassion, peace, love.
You can support this effort, and only you can decide how and where your talents, skills, energy can be best deployed to further the cause of truth, peace, justice, life. We are all in this together, and welcome you to join our community!
If you would like to support the publication of Conception Dollars and help distribute them, please contact me (Carol Brouillet- 650-857-0927). We just printed them on August 28th, 2007 and passed them out for the first time at the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love and at the 911 Power to the Peaceful Concert and at the 9/11 Truth Film Festival. they can be ordered via these websites: