Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt on “The Power of the Postive NO”

Posterized image of farmer Michael Schmidt

The passionate debates about lost rights, corruption, freedom, and responsibility is just that . . . a debate with few consequences and results unless, that is, one begins to understand the interesting dynamics of the human soul within these current debates.

The empowerment through position and mandate is very often mistaken as real authority. Authority in the current common understanding simply means that someone can tell you what to do. This fake authority, assumed through position or mandate, very often creates a strange dynamic where one must struggle to look behind the mask in order to find the human being. It is truly remarkable how many bureaucrats gain power through this anonymous process.

Connecting on the human level can expose a vulnerable side that undermines and even erodes the artificial authority that too often comes with position and mandate. The typical power play of government agents demands a detachment from their inner realm in order to overcome those moments of weakness when they have to face the despair of farmers trying to feed people, mothers trying to feed their children, and all of those others who are demanding and expecting justice and respect.

Understanding the emotional disability of many individuals in powerful positions is key if we are to find a way to co-exist without becoming frustrated or disillusioned. To accept emotional disability is a precondition for qualifying as an investigator and bureaucratic law enforcer, although the realm of criminal investigation does not necessarily attract such personalities. However, regulatory law enforcement has taken on a quasi- criminal nature, an example of which is the way people gradually become objects of interest for infringements that cut deeply into the personal realm of natural justice.

More and more, society is being pushed into the mindset of collateral “guilt until proven not guilty”, a decided reversal of the intention of one of the Constitution’s pillars.

Regulatory law has taken on it’s own destructive dynamic which requires and recruts people with emotional disability and very often a lack of inner authority.

Unless people surrender out of apathy  their independence we need to make a conscious effort how to learn to resist. We need to learn how to survive this ever growing pressure of lingering threats by Government agents and self indulgent bureaucrats with an never ending thirst for power.

As strange it sounds the element of unconditional love suddenly becomes an interesting force. The practice of saying NO with love, with compassion and positive energy has become a practice of mine with surprising results.

Considering the length of some court proceedings and battles with the Government, this mindset and inner practice of peaceful and loving resistance creates a positive energy as you battle it also raises your awarness about the learning process you are going through, which takes away the adverserial nature of this battle for justice.

The incredible power of a “Positive NO” can only be understood and experienced through it’s implementation. It provides you with the wisdom when to act and when to let go.

The “positive NO” encompasses an all embracing approach to balance the powerstruggle between you and “them.” The “positive NO” creates the necessary equilibrium to turn tension into a creative process without creating victims.

There can be no victims  because you managed to direct the powerstruggle from adverse energy into embrace.

The only thing left for you is to look forward to this incredible journey of real change if you have the courage.

Michael Schmdit relaxes after a Symphony in the Barn performance last summer.



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6 responses to “Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt on “The Power of the Postive NO”

  1. Where can we get these posters? The Milkman will use them to post on his trucks.


    Milkmen USA

  2. nedlud

    When you are one and you meet an advancing army and you shoot back, or perhaps even shoot first, it is generally regarded as stupid because you are so thoroughly outnumbered. You end up dead (by bullet) and so it is said you should have used diplomacy and surrendered.

    But diplomacy with an invading army leaves you just as dead (by surrender), only slower. Is this an advantage? For the ‘surrenderers’, in the meantime, feed the army, with their labors, until of course, they die of abuse and exhaustion. Again: Is this an advantage? ??

    I still regard this as a pretty good piece for thought, though.

    Nice job, Michael.

    • Michael

      Let me explain Nedlud

      in our case we have a huge army of individuals demanding and defending their rights. You and I are not alone.
      The reflection is done with the awarness that I and you and others are thrown into the front rows and we need to develop a strategy, which empowers all of us.
      We are not aware yet how strong we are.
      I do see your point if it comes down one to one. I was never alone. Inever could have done it alone.
      The energy of embracing the other side becomes an engaging tool of resistance.

      • nedlud

        I understand you Michael.

        And I’m just saying when evil reaches a certain point in the ‘power initiative’, you can’t negotiate with it anymore. It has become pure, so to speak; pure evil. You then have to use deadly force against deadly force, even if it kills you. This is for each person to decide.

        Peace to you, this Christmas. Sounds like you have some loving family, where you’re at. Fortunately, so do I. 🙂

        your friend,

  3. Great thoughts here. The compassionate and loving “NO” is indeed desperately important.

    But I have to add that I feel our “army”, growing as it is, remains tiny compared to the one assembled against us. I worry that a physical “NO” is inevitable, though I very much hope I am wrong about that.

  4. thebovine

    Revised version posted in place of earlier version 2:53 pm Dec 9, 2010

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