MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH
April 22, 2003
The Light Series #51: A New Earth Day is Dawning
Once again, I have no choice but to send you a double-length compilation. It seems it's going to be the new standard. I don't know if I should apologize to you or simply cheer at the amazing amount of networking-worthy material I receive from many of you. But the fact is that this is getting richer, denser and deeper by the minute.
Because it is global Earth Day today - the other original Earth Day being John McConnell's March Equinox Earth Day celebrated since March 21, 1970 - more details at http://www.earthsite.org), I've included below some related actions and articles.
Some pretty amazing/interesting stuff in this one. Feel free to share ;-)
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
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P.S. Some people wrote to me saying they receive 2 copies of each new compilation. As I explained them, they simply did not notice that each new compilation is now sent in 2 parts, which is why the title is repeated twice with only (PART 1) and (PART 2) changing in the subject line. Hoping this will suffice to clarify the situation.
This compilation is archived at
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."
- Jimi Hendrix
"Whatever we think is so terribly, frightfully important in our lives and self-defensive beliefs and attitudes, is really inconsequential and ephemeral, in the greater scheme of the cosmic - and local planetary - drama that is now unfolding in front of us!"
- Anni von Maltzan <MerFaeriel@aol.com>
"A man of peace is not a pacifist; a man of peace is simply a pool of silence. He pulsates a new kind of energy into the world, he sings a new song. He lives in a totally new way. His very way of life is that of grace, that of prayer, that of compassion. Whomsoever he touches, he creates more love-energy. The man of peace is creative. He is not against war, because to be against anything is to be at war. He is not against war; he simply understands why war exists. And out of that understanding he becomes peaceful. Only when there are many people who are pools of peace, silence, understanding, will the war disappear."
- Osho - Sent by "Fred Burks" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"I believe that there is a greater power in the world than the evil power of military force, of nuclear bombs-there is the power of good, of morality, of humanitarianism. I believe in the power of the human spirit. I should like to see our great Nation, the United States of America, take the lead in the fight for good, for peace, against the evil of war. I should like to see in our cabinet a Secretary for Peace, with a budget of billions of dollars per year perhaps as much as 10 percent of the amount now expended for military purposes. I should like to see set up a great international research program involving thousands of scientists, economists, geographers, and other experts working steadily year after year in the search for possible solutions to world problems, ways to prevent war and to preserve peace. During the past hundred years there have been astounding developments in science and technology, developments that have completely changed the nature of the world in which we live. So far as I can see, the nature of diplomacy, of the conduct of international affairs, has changed very little."
- Linus Pauling - Nobel Peace Prize winner and peace activist.
From his book NO MORE WAR pages 216 and 217 (Dodd, Mead, and Company NY)
Sent by Stan Penner" <srp33@SoftHome.net>
In the current issue of the Padre Pio web site there is new information regarding crib deaths. Apparently an infant of crib death remains in limbo for a few hours, and it is possible, by contacting the Celestials, to reverse it. Read about it in http://www.padrepioteachestheworld.org - Also see some beautiful graphics by "Damian Keenan" <Keenan@t-online.de> accompanying the article on the page entitled Miracles.
Recommended by Helen Engel <email@example.com>
1. Feedback Re: AmerIsrael Series #1
2. The Web of Love
3. The Intenders Circle
4. The Old Trees and the Wisdom of the Earth
5. The Shambhala Warrior
6. I am one with the Eternal Spirit
7. The Peace Game
8. Some images for your contemplation
9. "The Hidden Connections" Book Review
Underwater Stone Platform Discovered at Andros Island in Bahamas
Atlantis Rediscovered? Include a full press release on the April 2003 discovery of a huge underwater stone platform at Andros. (...) It appears to be composed of three flat tiers, Greg stated. Each tier is 50 feet wide and rises two feet above the level below it.
The bottom tier has well-preserved two-foot-thick rectangular blocks on its front edge. The blocks are mostly 30- by 25-feet and are lying side by side in rows. CLIP
Recommended by Adi Gaia <firstname.lastname@example.org> (3 PICTURES ON THE SITE)
Recommended by "Krista Herring" <email@example.com> who wrote "It's pretty powerful."
Check also http://www.FiveStepsToPeace.com/ AND http://www.HumanitysTeam.com
Earth Day Action from NRDC
Although more than 80 percent of Americans want vehicles to be more fuel efficient, Detroit keeps dragging its feet. Instead of using technology that already exists to give us cars, minivans and SUVs that consume less gas and spew less pollution, U.S. automakers continue to build gas-guzzlers and to fight against fuel economy standards. The result is a dangerous dependence on oil. Tell General Motors to break the chain! (at the URL above)
Stop plans to start drilling for oil in Alaska
Very strongly recommended in "This Love in Action" E-letter posted at
Take Action! Emergency Campaign on Global Warming
Anything into Oil (REALLY AMAZING DISCOVERY - A *MUST* READ)
Technological savvy could turn 600 million tons of turkey guts and other waste into 4 billion barrels of light Texas crude each year. (...) Unlike other solid-to-liquid-fuel processes such as cornstarch into ethanol, this one will accept almost any carbon-based feedstock. If a 175-pound man fell into one end, he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water. While no one plans to put people into a thermal depolymerization machine, an intimate human creation could become a prime feedstock. "There is no reason why we can't turn sewage, including human excrement, into a glorious oil," says engineer Terry Adams, a project consultant. So the city of Philadelphia is in discussion with Changing World Technologies to begin doing exactly that. CLIP
SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT
Excellent Activist Network. Coalition of many of the leading Environmental Activist Groups serving to protect our environment. We urge you to visit this excellent website. Take action send a message to the Bush Administration. Recommended by Da Vid <Lightparty@aol.com>
The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World that Works for All
THE TAO OF DEMOCRACY re-visions democracy as something as something we can do that's vibrantly alive and refreshingly workable. It details how to increase the capacity of "We the People" to see where we're going and to govern ourselves wisely. It shows how we can move beyond unproductive battles to co-create futures that make sense. Frances Moore Lappé, author of DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET and HOPE'S EDGE, calls THE TAO OF DEMOCRACY "an important gift for our small, challenged planet." She says Tom Atlee "paints a vision not of some distant, ideal democracy but of here-and-now practices showing us what's possible in our immediate future...to solve our common problems and meet deep human needs."
Rainforest Beach Centre & Ethnobotanical Gardens on the OSA PENINSULA of COSTA RICA
"The Little Amazon" of Costa Rica described by National Geographic as "the most [biologically] intense place on Earth." This new ecological resort welcomes the global community of teachers and facilitators who wish to hold their own creative workshops, yoga and movement arts retreats, conferences, academic field trips; a perfect location for bird-watchers, scuba divers, surfers; families, travelers and artists who cherish Nature, cultural and scientific exploration; exhausted activists. (BEAUTIFUL PICTURES - A PERFECT SPOT FOR YOUR NEXT VACATION OR SPIRITUAL RETREAT)
John Seed: The "Amazon Oil Pipeline: Pollution, Corruption and Poverty" video is available
Decency: The key to personal peace, world peace, and eternal peace - by Mark Macy
http://www.worlditc.org (See under 'decency')
Our future happiness depends on decency. That's true in every sensenot just in worldly affairs (people getting along with other people, nations getting along with other nations), but also in other-worldly concerns (What types of spiritual influences do we attract? What will happen to us after we die?) After we die, what then? Our research indicates clearly that when we die and leave the Earth, most of us spend some time in a subtle place called the astral realm that's a lot like the Eartha sort of buffer zone between our rough-and-tumble physical realm that's driven largely by egos and hormones, and a beautiful place of pure love and wisdom (the ethereal realm) shaped by the soul. The astral realm is like a hybrid state of existence between nature (rugged life forms on Earth with short life spans behaving and evolving erratically because of genetics, inner chemistry, and reactions to a hostile environment) and our true timeless nature (wise, unconditionally loving beings of pure consciousness free of form and structure inhabiting inner realms where centuries can pass by in a heartbeat). So, there is the physical you with a small spark of intelligence experiencing this fleeting life on Earth, there's the ethereal you (your "higher self"), a brilliant flame of ageless wisdom which is virtually perfect and lives forever, and there's the astral you that comes out to play after you shed the physical body. The astral you still has many of the rugged patterns of thought and behavior that became instilled in you during a lifetime on Earth, and it is these patterns that prevent you from making a quick, smooth transition from physical being straight to ethereal being. You'll have to hang around in the astral realms for awhile after you die, processing the imperfections of your humanness, before you can move into that perfect state of ethereal bliss. CLIP
Subject: Feedback Re: AmerIsrael Series #1 (PART 1): Big and Small Brothers in Cahoot archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/AmerIsrael.htm
Date: 22 Apr 2003
From: Larry Morningstar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I love you brother!
I appreciate your dedication, and our views on most issues are similar.
I am not aligned with the Israeli government of Ariel Sharon, even though I am a Jew, just as I am not aligned with the United States government of George Bush, even though I am an American. These governments -- and others -- have a perverted and dangerous agenda. That does not mean that all Americans, or all Israelis share this same agenda or support these governments. It also does not mean that all Jews, or all Christians, support them.
No nation, no religion, no race, and neither gender, holds a monopoly of either good or evil, wisdom or stupidity, sanity or craziness. Within any large group there is a divergence of views and allegiances.
In as much as many, many people read your excellent newsletter, I encourage you to rephrase the statement: "...exposing the largely hidden agendas of the Jewish intelligentsia... " No doubt you had the best of intentions when writing this, however it may be interpreted in an anti-Semitic way. Any form of hate is counter-productive in this world. It is a time in our evolution for love and inclusion, not hate or exclusion. There are many Jews working diligently for peace... American Jews, Israel Jews, Canadian Jews, and others, just as there are Moslems, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, and others doing the same. We are all in this together.
Peace Shalom Salaam,
AND MY REPLY WAS:
I do happen to share the very same view as you and know that there are many REALLY courageous Jews (such as Starhawk and other peace activists in Israel) doing a sterling job for peace and a better world. This is precisely why I wanted to make a specific distinction with regard to who is responsible for and supportive of these shenanigans to further the political ambitions of extreme rightist politicians in Israel and in the US. This is why I referred to "interconnections between the U.S. and Israeli governments" and used the word "intelligentsia" which, in my Oxford dictionary is defined as "the class of intellectuals regarded as possessing culture and political initiative." To me right now it seems that such an intelligentsia does indeed have the political initiative in influencing the US government's agenda.
If this reference is to be construed by some as being "anti-Semitic" then so be it. For me, such a prejudice is in the mind of the reader, certainly not in mine and I do not believe there is any pattern of racist in my writings that could lead any assiduous reader of my compilations to come to such a conclusion about me.
The fact though - if you are not satisfied with my reply - is that I read precious few intellectuals with any clout in the media who are clearly identified as Jews and who are taking a strong, uncompromising stance against the litany of horrors and human rights abuses of all kinds the Israeli government has been consistently doing since the forced birth of this country in Palestine. Because of this, I'm sure most people understood that by "intelligentsia" I meant, for instance, Kissinger, Netanyahu and the Jewish-owned media in the US doing so much to shape the public perceptions in favor of Israel, no matter what Israel does.
I also believe the accusation of anti-Semitism has been and is still widely used by proponents of the tormented Israeli policies - and I know you are not one - as a convenient and often cunning method to silence opposing voices and even enforce a near complete censorship in the U.S. media of anything overtly denouncing the criminal and often atrocious acts of the Israeli government. Anyone who actually took time to read through and assimilate the content of this AmerIsrael Series #1 compilation understands perfectly why such words are warranted... I think it is time people start opening to these realities as well - despite the emotional difficulties it may entail - and stop treating Israel and all those who support its current policies against the Palestinians with a different set of moral standards as those we apply to the rest of the world.
Imagine for a moment that the Canadian government would apply a similar policy against a part of its population in an attempt to crush it into complete submission... Wouldn't the rest of the world be horrified and do everything possible to try to influence the government towards a more lenient, humanitarian policy? Shouldn't the entire world also implement a boycott similar to the one applied against the white government of South Africa at the time of the Apartheid to coerce it into changing its policies? Surely the U.S. government would not be - and would not want to be seen as - financing it to the tune of at least 3 billion dollars every year and providing overt and covert assistance to further the policies of such an "immoral" Canadian government?
Of course this example sounds unrealistic for no one could imagine the good, peace-loving Canadians doing horrific things such as torturing/repressing/killing at will poor, defenseless people with no means of defense, years after years, despite universal condemnations and countless UN resolutions. So again why should we applying a different set of moral and ethical standards to the Israeli government? Because they are Jews?... Certainly not!
Like the rest of humanity, all our Jewish brothers and sisters must also come to term with the spiritual evolution sweeping the world and upgrading our standards as to what are unacceptable and acceptable human behaviors. It would be a disservice to do otherwise for they deserve as much as anyone else to be forgiven for their past misdeeds and encouraged - firmly and resolutely - to shift their consciousness out of fear and revenge mode into love and compassion mode for ALL human beings no matter their religious beliefs, ethnic origins or past misdeeds. This is THE only way ahead towards a saner, healthier and livable world filled with loving, peaceful people and a vibrant, ecologically restored environment.
Light and Love will prevail
MSNBC Reveals Facts on Israel's Weapons of Mass Destruction (April 21)
Most astounding web page of the week!
Here is MSNBC, giving us more information on Israel's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) than I've seen in any left-wing or peace-activist news source. Here is the mainstream U.S. media, that beast we love to hate, giving us a story that gives away the store. It's a story we expect the elite media to hide, because it is so embarrassing to U.S. policymakers. How could anyone cheer for the carnage in Iraq, where no WMD have yet been found, if they knew that Israel is the only Middle Eastern nation with a proven WMD arsenal? How could anyone approve of a U.S. policy that kills where WMD don't seem to exist and turns a blind eye where they obviously do? Far from hiding the story, though, MSNBC uses its graphic skills to put all the details just a mouse-click away. What's going on? Supporters of Israeli policy will give you an answer in a single word: anti-semitism. These folks are always amazing us with their charges of anti-Israel bias in the U.S. media, which they insist proves anti-semitism. It's silly, of course. If the media were biased against Israel, the facts about Israeli WMD would have been headline news every day during the debate about the Iraq war. Those facts were headline news in the Arab world. They were absolutely crucial, because they undermined the Bush administration's principal justification for war. But mainstream news sources here paid very little attention. See all these revelations at http://www.msnbc.com/news/wld/graphics/strategic_israel_dw.htm
Web of Love
Strengthening the Love that Flows Between Us All
We warmly welcome your ideas and contributions!
The Web of Love is an energetic web which connects the divine essence of all beings on this planet. In that deepest part of our beings, each of us is a beautiful, divine essence filled with love. The Web of Love, though invisible to our eyes, literally surrounds and envelops our planet and all who live here. We are all interconnected by divine love. It is up to each of us how much we choose to be aware of this connection.
We are all capable of giving and receiving limitless amounts of love. Many of us have forgotten this and ended up feeling alone or uncared for in our lives. This website is a call to remember our true nature. It is a call to join together in sharing the abundance of love that flows within and between us all through consciously connecting with the Web of Love!
Connecting with the Web
Breathing the Web. Here is a simple, yet powerful way of connecting with the Web of Love through breath. Close your eyes for a minute and visualize or feel the web connecting the deepest essence in all beings on the planet. We recommend placing your hands over the center of your chest as you do this.
Now, while taking a slow, deep inhale, say to yourself: Your sacred love flows in to me. Then slowly exhale while thinking and feeling: My sacred love flows out to you.
Repeat this a few times now while opening your heart fully to all the love present. Notice how you feel afterwards. Yes, let the love flow!!! Doing this for just a minute or less can really shift us into a more loving space!
There may be times when you want to breathe with the web, but cant remember the words used above. Love me, love you, is all you need to feel the web. You can create your own sayings, too, with words that are more meaningful to you. The most important element is your intention to connect with all people on this good planet through the Web of Love.
Bringing the Web into the World. If you are ready to deeply transform your whole life, consider taking the Web of Love out into your every day world. You might start your day upon awakening and end your day just before sleeping with the above exercise. Throughout the day you can breathe the Web of Love while doing your daily activities. As you start your day at work, or whenever you feel stressed, take a minute to stop and breathe in the love of the web and of everyone around you. Then on the exhale, breathe your love out to all. You can do it with your eyes open or closed.
You can breathe the web while waiting at a stoplight, with the checker at the checkout stand, or as you pass someone on the street. Simply open to feeling the web and the love deep within anyone you meet and breathe that in. Then, on the out breath, send your love out to the web and to anyone around you. Each time we open to this connection and practice it, we strengthen the love both in ourselves and in the web! All of this can be done in less than a minute, yet as you practice it more and more, dont be surprised if you find your life transforming in big ways!
Breathing the Web With a Friend
Once you are comfortable with this exercise on your own, consider going to greater depth with a friend. You can do it with your eyes closed, but its even deeper when you both keep your eyes open. Gazing into each others eyes, feel the love while breathing together: Your sacred love flows in to me. My sacred love flows out to you. It doesnt matter that you might both be breathing love in or out at the same time. Just let it flow however feels best to you both. Once you feel complete with your friend, dont forget to take a minute to close your eyes and share the love youve just generated with all beings on the planet! Great stuff!!!
For a variety of other empowering exercises and interesting ways to strengthen your connection with the web, go to Ideas and Exercises at http://www.weboflove.org/ideas
Together, we are transforming ourselves and our planet with love!
The Web of Love website was designed to be a joint effort by all who feel a resonance with this loving connection. Though the Web of Love is eternal, this website is still very young. We warmly welcome any ideas and suggestions you have on developing this empowering project. We know that there are infinite ways that we can strengthen this web around the planet and strengthen our personal connections with the web. Please help us to develop it.
Wed love to hear from you! Contact us at email@example.com
I ALSO RECEIVED THIS FROM FRED WHO CONCEIVED THE WEB OF LOVE WEBSITE ABOVE
From: "Fred Burks" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Yes to your website and your great work!
Date: 16 Apr 2003
I'm on the mailing list and very much enjoyed exploring your website yesterday. I've been on a deep spiritual journey since age 19 (I'm 45 now). Spirit has filled me and my life with countless miracles and blessings. My work these days is focused largely on two things: love, healing, and empowerment, like the Web of Love website; and researching and spreading the word on what is really going on here on Earth. I have another website which gets thousands of hits a day on this second aspect at http://www.wanttoknow.info
You might enjoy taking a look there. I will be joining your group in frequent meditations sending out love and empowerment to all beings on this planet and in the universe. Together, we are transforming this planet! Thanks so much for your wonderful, empowering work!
Love and blessings,
AND THEN FRED SENT THIS MOST INTERESTING COMMENT IN REFERENCE TO The Green Holocaust Files #11 (Part 1): Ape Extinction - Oil Addiction - Water Scarcity - Sludge Dumping - Dolphin Slaughter - UK CO2 Cuts ARCHIVED AT http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/GreenHolocaust11.htm
Subject: Info on sludge and more
Hi again, Jean!
Thanks for the great info! I actually worked on a court case last year involving sludge dumping in international waters. I'm an Indonesian interpreter and a number of Indonesian sailors were involved. The case was tried in a US court and the accused shipping firm agreed to a settlement thanks to the hard work of the DA's office who I assisted. The DAs said that this was the first case of its kind and will likely set the precedent to stop this practice which has been going on for decades. So it's actually good news! Not good that this has been going on for decades, but great that we now know about it and are doing something.
I've worked as an interpreter at very high levels--including for several presidents--so I have a lot of inside information. The website I mentioned to you at http://www.wanttoknow.info is my effort to get the info out to as many people as possible. If you go to the resource page at http://www.wanttoknow.info/resources, you will see that I have info on HAARP, 9/11, mass media, energy cover-ups, and lots more. The site is designed as an introductory site, though it has information even for the seasoned researcher. There's a whole lot I don't put on the site, too. Let me know if you are interested in more.
Lots of love and best wishes,
THEN FRED FURTHER WROTE (in part) IN RESPONSE TO ANOTHER EMAIL FROM ME - AND THIS IS SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER:
I want to add one comment about Iraq. I feel that the group I call the controllers very much wants everyone to focus on Iraq. They want to split us into the pro and anti-war groups so that it becomes clear who supports them and who doesn't. This also helps them by getting pro and anti feelings going; us vs. them, good vs evil--with both sides, of course, believing they are good. As you know, on the deeper spiritual levels, it's not about this. It's about remembering our oneness with all. It's about finding love even for Bush, Hussein, or whoever else we might view as the enemy. By overly focusing on the war in Iraq, or whatever current machinations the controllers are propagating, it's very easy to forget that the deepest answers to all the world's problems lie within each of us.
From: "Marilyn Edwards" <email@example.com>
Subject: The Intenders Circle
Date: 15 Apr 2003
I wanted to ask you if you would consider letting people know about the Intenders Circle information located at http://www.intenders.com
We have formed a circle here (we have met the last two weeks) and already people are having miracles in their lives. I see people leave the circle uplifted and eyes shining. It is a very simple format that any group of friends could join together and do. AND it is very empowering. We have all focused on world peace, clean air, honoring of the Earth, gratitude as well as any personal needs we have had at the time. The whole process is really about forming "Community" and, while the precepts are ones that many of us are familiar with, the material is simple and very "user friendly". It brings people together to practice what we know. Very powerful. Very simple. Lots of Love.
Much love and many blessings to you.
Forwarded by Sharon Alder <firstname.lastname@example.org> on April 16
THE SHAMBHALA WARRIOR
by Lois Todd (a Tibetan legend told to Joanna Macy by Choegyal Rinpoche)
"There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. Barbarian powers have arisen. Although they waste their wealth in preparations to annihilate each other, they have much in common: weapons of unfathomable devastation and technologies that lay waste the world. It is now, when the future of all beings hangs by the frailest of threads, that the kingdom of Shambhala emerges. "You cannot go there, for it is not a place. It exists in the hearts and minds of the Shambhala warriors. But you cannot recognize a Shambhala warrior by sight, for there is no uniform or insignia, there are no banners. And there are no barricades from which to threaten the enemy, for the Shambhala warriors have no land of their own. Always they move on the terrain of the barbarians themselves."
"Now comes the time when great courage is required of the Shambhala warriors, moral and physical courage. For they must go into the very heart of the barbarian power and dismantle the weapons. To remove these weapons, in every sense of the word, they must go into the corridors of power where the decisions are made. "The Shambhala warriors know they can do this because the weapons are manomaya, mind-made. This is very important to remember, Joanna. These weapons are made by the human mind. So they can be unmade by the human mind! The Shambhala warriors know that the dangers that threaten life on Earth do not come from evil deities or extraterrestrial powers. They arise from our own choices and relationships. So, now, the Shambhala warriors must go into training." "How do they train?" I asked. "They train in the use of two weapons." That is the word he used -- weapons. "What are they?" I asked. And he held up his hands the way the lamas hold the ritual objects of dorje and bell, as they dance.
Compassion And Insight
"The weapons are compassion and insight. Both are necessary. We need this first one," he said, lifting his right hand, "because it provides us the fuel, it moves us out to act on behalf of other beings. But by itself it can burn us out. So we need the second as well, which is insight into the dependent co-arising of all things. It lets us see that the battle is not between good people and bad people, for the line between good and evil runs through every human heart. We realize that we are interconnected, as in a web, and that each act with pure motivation affects the entire web, bringing consequences we cannot measure or even see. "But insight alone," he said, "can seem too cool to keep us going. So we need as well the heat of compassion, our openness to the world's pain. Both weapons or tools are necessary to the Shambhala warrior."
I thought that this story was appropriate given our times. I hope there is a perspective in it for you.
Taken from page 56 of the Guiding Manual for a New World (published in 1986 by Jean Hudon). Something important to remember on this Earth Day 2003.
THE OLD TREES AND THE WISDOM OF THE EARTH
The following text is an excerpt from the French Magazine, Spirale, France
It is hard to imagine a world without trees. Since the dawn of times, the trees have nurtured Humanity and most of the Earth's creatures. They have provided us with fruits and nuts, shelter, material for nearly all manufactured objects, beauty and their appeasing presence. But above all this, and quite unnoticed, the trees are essential organs of the living body of the Earth. Without the trees and other forms of vegetation, our world wouldn't have been able to develop the intricate biosphere so beneficial to us, it latest inhabitants. We begin to acknowledge it, but what is not sure is how much of the world forest can be destroyed before tremendous disruptions occur in the biosphere.
Today about 60 acres of forest are cut down every minute. Since 1950, we have lost more than half of all trees in the world. Most of the individuals and groups surveying this issue think that the Earth has already overstepped her threshold of tolerance and they wonder how long it will take to make the populations fully aware of the impending dangers. For instance, perhaps in less than 20 years we could reach the reality of a global warming because in part of this unabated deforestation.
The decay of the forests because of the acid rains and the increased acidity of the environment in general is one of the most serious and persistent problems for North America and most of the European countries. To sensitize the public to it, we want to show that there are other ways than the activist approach and the scientific arguments - which are very useful too. Without an awakening of our poetic and artistic sensitivity with regard to Nature, the current measures to protect it won't be enough. Nature has to be acknowledged for its sacred value and transcendental meaning, reflecting an order beyond human values. What is required is listening and attuning to the "magical song" of Nature. In our urbanized and suffocating world, to evoke the tree and the forest is to get in resonance with a deep nostalgia for previous times. The old trees, these noble witnesses of the past now at risk, still have peaceful messages to convey to us.
From: "Aannsha" <email@example.com>
Subject: I am one with the Eternal Spirit - Re: The Immortal Child
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003
After reading part 3 of your wonderful story, I wanted to share the following message I got from Spirit. This is one of over 100 I received while I was in California (after having visited Mt. Shasta!) in 1990.
I would like to mail you a CD of 17 of these messages from Spirit that I put together (with wonderful music/sound effects backing thanks to three wonderful guys I met synchronistically) several years ago. I think you will enjoy it, and it is so in line with what you are sharing in your own story I just want you to have a copy.
Love and light,
I am one with the Eternal Spirit
Oh sweet reality! My thoughts soar like a seagull flying high above swirling green oceans as I stand here, waiting for our union.
I am standing on a hilltop; a gentle breeze lifts my long hair and then lets it fall softly back onto my shoulders. I am with a group of people, in a circle all holding hands, silently praying. Meditating. Waiting.
I look at each face, framed by the backdrop of golden green pastures - new growth springing from fertile soil. Each face - eyes closed - a picture of blissful peace, calm anticipation of His return. My heart bursts open with love for these people - brothers, sisters, friends who have worked together for so long towards this Day. My heart expands, completely enveloping this circle; welcoming, warming each precious Soul standing here.
This Day has been our focus ever since I can remember - it has brought us together and carried us through many difficult circumstances.
This Day - prepared for lovingly by each of us in daily meditations; longed for collectively in our waking thoughts; dreamed of prophetically in our nocturnal slumbers.
This Day - the point of our existence.
Suddenly, I feel the energy changing all around me. The air is becoming charged, rarefied; the surroundings seem visibly less dense, shimmering in a golden/white light that is diffusing through the clouds and streaming onto the Earth.
The sound of music fills my ears. Angelic voices ring in melodic harmonics that lift my consciousness to breathtaking heights.
I take a long deep breath, drinking in this amazing prelude to His arrival and my lungs become filled with exotic jasmine perfume - perfume that filters through my whole being, until I feel like the petals of a delicate flower opening to the radiance of pure sunlight for the first time.
The breeze now feels like Angels wings caressing my cheeks with a touch so soft, so delicate that my whole body becomes sensually, vitally alive.
The Angels voices soar to a climatic height, accompanied by ethereal trumpets playing clear, light-filled notes. And then it happens.
Suddenly. Like heavenly waters breaking upon the Earth's shore - pouring through an invisible hole from the highest dimension, flows a wave of pure Love. Invisible, yet visible, it washes over each of us.
For all my preparation, this influx of divine energy is so powerful, it nearly knocks me over.
Sheer God Force streaming through into my reality. Total unconditional love pounding at the door of my heart, which yields with a graceful bow as The Christ enters my being.
I stagger slightly and take in a sharp breath, and as I do so, I am filled with total knowing. We are one. My whole body feels so alive, so electric, I feel I will explode in a myriad of heavenly colors. My heart, so filled with love, is momentarily overwhelmed and beats as fast as the wings of a hummingbird.
My mind explodes outward, expanding on, on, further and further to the unending limits of Space. My internal eyes see stars, planets, exploding nebulae all in the flash of a split second as I am joined with the mind of God - The Vast Knowingness of the All That Is.
All I know is that I exist. All details explode into the oneness of It All. My whole body/mind/soul shudders in the ecstasy of being at one with the heart and mind of the Creator.
And now the wave recedes. Not completely - it laps against the shore of my reality - bathing, cleansing, caressing my stunned consciousness.
My eyes focus again on my shimmering surroundings.
I breathe out a long, calming breath. And I just stand there - still riveted to the spot of land that anchored me on Earth; that received the aftermath of the electric jolt as it surged through me to the core of the planet.
I become aware of myself - my slow breathing, the grateful tears streaming down my face. The feeling of peaceful completeness that I have never experienced before. The absence of the always-present longing for something-someone. I become aware of a new presence within me. Coloring my vision, my thoughts, my emotions. I'm still me, but now I am infinite in this finite body.
He is here.
Living. Breathing. Experiencing life through me. With me.
My earthly body falls to its knees, weeping with relief - thousands of lives and lifetimes sobbing their thanks through me.
I touch the Earth with my hands. The soft green grass feels good to my touch.
I am Conscious.
I am Present.
I am Home.
I LOVE THIS SIMPLE IDEA - CREATE PEACE LOCALLY AND IT WILL MANIFEST GLOBALLY
Forwarded by "Doreen Agostino" <firstname.lastname@example.org> on April 17
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
Sent: April 10, 2003
Subject: The Peace Game
I felt that now that I was back in town it was important to reset and requalify the energy of the work we are doing together, for there was always a divine plan for the work of this group, and the feeling of unity is important. Last night I was surrounded in my dreams by the energy of the Global Peace Council and the Psychic Children, and they shared with me a new message that carries just such a sense of unity. Though I had thought I would be writing more about The Safety of Being in this next message, Spirit had something else in mind, and we have been given a game we can all play to shift the world into Peace. "Come play with us", the children say. From the energy of Total Safety, our game will unfold the truth.
The Peace Game
The energy of the Global Peace Council is now being stepped up to a new level. We are being called to strengthen again and become even more unified in our consciousness than ever before. A new level of Peace is being given at this time to be used in specific ways to unfold the work of the Council in claiming the world for everlasting Peace.
The Peace Game is simply this: claim everything you see in the name of Peace, by calling everything you see in the name of Peace. Last winter I came across a stuffed animal dolphin in my partner Tanja's apartment. I named it the Peace Dolphin and we took it on our journey to the Psychic Children's conference in Hawaii where we swam with the dolphins. Along the way, I started playing the Peace Game. The Peace Dolphin gave me the idea to start naming everything in the name of Peace. I would point at birds and call them Peace Birds, or smell flowers and call them Peace Flowers. I didn't realize the significance of this until my dream last night.
In the dream, I could feel the Children and the Council, and they said it was time for a new level of energy, and we could use the Peace Game to unfold it. Imagine 100s of 1000s, even millions of people, both children and adults all over the world, linked together through the frequency of Peace. We are the Global Peace Council, and our victory is assured as part of the Divine Plan. Now that enough of us are here, and we are ready to play, a new level of energy is coming in for us to play with. Here is what we do.
Whenever the phone rings, tell yourself it is Peace calling. If you need to write something down you will need to grab your Peace Pencil. When you go to work you get in your Peace Car. When you have your breakfast, you can drink your Peace Juice. Those of you committed to this work will find that a new level of energy is coming in, and it wants to have its space on the planet through your life. You are guided to claim a place for this new Peace Frequency.
Your bed is the Peace Bed. You are now living in a Peace House. You are part of the Peace Family. Your dog is a Peace Dog, and your cat is a Peace Cat. Claim everything you think of and touch in the name of Peace. We are the authors of meaning! We are programming the world with the light and vibration of Planetary Peace! We are like a great army of Peaceful Warriors, and we are expanding our territory and claiming new ground in the name of Peace. Your space is your space, and you have a right to claim it in the way that you choose. When you go to work you are doing Peace work, and you can claim your parking spot in the name of Peace! Take a drink from the Peace Fountain as you walk in the door. Let Peace flow through you in this game and fill the space within you and around you. Invite the Children and the Peace Council to play with you as you play this game. Let Peace come into your body.
What we are actually doing is claiming a space for this new frequency, by making it part of our lives, and thus part of this world. Playing this game will have an effect on your consciousness if you give permission for new collective Peace energy to come through you. With many 1000s of people throughout the world agreeing to share in this game, it will create a resonance that many will pick up on. It will spread throughout the entire Peace Council and beyond. People will begin to dream of this game as I did. Your connection to those holding the frequency of Peace will increase, and there will be a greater unity between all of our minds and hearts, for we will act like a single organism claiming a place for itself, making the world a home for Peace.
As we create space for Peace in our personal lives, and begin to claim more and more of this reality for Peace, the frequency of Peace will build until we begin to feel that we can consciously project it ahead of where we are going, so that we always arrive in a world of Peace. Send the energy ahead to your home or workplace before you get there, and choose to arrive in a Peaceful environment. Call upon the Peace Angels and they will be happy to cocreate this with you.
Choose to always arrive in moments of Peace. As we learn to playfully tap this new level of the collective Peace, we will become powerful enough to claim whole cities for Peace, and whole countries. We will be able to simply claim world leaders in the name of Peace. We will playfully claim our media spokespeople in the name of Peace, and they will feel a feeling they will want to surrender to. The honest truth is that in the presence of true Peace, all one wants to do is surrender and join the Peace.
As we play this game to first claim our personal physical, emotional and mental space, we will build enough Peace to begin claiming our time and our relationships in the name and vibration of Peace. Then we will be able to claim every conversation in the name of Peace, and soon every moment will be part of the Peace. We will build enough Peace to lay claim to all the lands, and when we see a person struggling with no sense of Peace, we can take them in our hands and look them in the eyes and think softly and peacefully the invitation "Choose Peace. Join us and Choose Peace."
As countless people throughout the world share in this game to help create a space for the new frequency and unfold the work of the Global Peace Council, we will begin to experience a new unity in our minds and hearts through Peace. We will be as one mind and heart, playing this game and claiming the world. I recommend all who are registered for the upcoming Peace conference to begin playing this game so we can each build up more Peace leading up to our meeting.
Part of the purpose of this game is to build Peace. You start with your life and your immediate space and physical reality. When you are really in the spirit of the game it will feel fun and playful to do this. Let the child in you come out. Laugh at what you are doing. Play! When you have begun to build up more Peace in this way, move on to bigger things, again with the energy of playfulness. We are all the children, laughing Peace at the world, until it is laughing with us. Remember, laughter is highly contagious! We are each moving towards being able to access the energy of the collective family of Peace so purely and clearly that each one of us can bring the energy of the entire global Family of Peace wherever we go. One of us should be able to walk into a public event full of 1000s of people and declare Peace, claiming the very space itself for Peace at a subquantum level of reality, and everyone in it will feel waves of Peace coming from the global group.
Once a great amount of space has been claimed for the new Peace Energy through our lives, each one of us can tap the collective space of the group and invite it to expand into the new territory of wherever we go. Remember, this energy is the energy of the New World and the New Being that is being born, and it is only a matter of time before it reaches every person and every place. We have the winning way in our work and play! Visualize countless people throughout the world playing this game, and painting the world with Peace. Parents consider playing the Peace Game with your children. Together we can get the collective mind buzzing with the word Peace, and the collective reality will be infused with the frequency and vibration of World Peace. Play Peace! Be Peace!
A beautiful new plan is unfolding for our group, and there are many gifts coming to us to receive that will inspire us and transform us. I foresee new additions to the Peace Game coming later on when we have build more energy. I encourage you to print copies of this short message and share the Peace Game with people. Invite them to join a winning global team. Invite the child in them to come out and play! More messages on the way!
In Peace and Love,
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MARK (a long-time ERN subscriber) EMAILED ME SOME OF HIS MANDALA PICTURES. THEY ARE TRULY AMAZING. GO SEE THEM ALL AT THIS WEBSITE at http://www.image-maya.org - CHECK ESPECIALLY HIS "Turning of the Ages" PAINTING. THIS COULD BECOME AN EMBLEM FOR ALL THOSE PREPARING FOR THE 2012 GREAT SHIFT.
Date: 17 Apr 2003
Subject: Some images for your contemplation
From: Mark Gilliland <email@example.com>
I am an artist in the NYC area who gets your digest via email
I have a show going on of Mandalas. Here are a couple images for you.
Peace, love, light
"Victory of the Light: Turning Point Mandalas" by Mark Gilliland
April 2nd - April 30th
Irvington Public Library - Exhibition Space
12 South Astor St., Irvington, NY 10533
Hours: M,W,F,Sat 10-5 -- T, Th 10-9
Mark Gilliland is an artist living and working in Irvington, NY. He has been making and exhibiting personally-inspired thangka and mandala work for the last several years. Utilizing digital imaging and composition techniques, the pieces are output on a wide-bed commercial inkjet printer and mounted for wall hanging.
In the fall of 2002 he had a lucid dream presenting an iridescent mandala filled with shifting, morphing collections of Tibetan Buddhist icons and symbols. The multi-hued seven-part matrix of the mandala would form the framework of a new series of images the Turning Point Mandalas.
The name of this mandala series, as well as the exhibition tile, comes from the I Ching Hex 24: Return (Turning Point) Thunder within the Earth. Turning Point. The time of Darkness has past. Winter Solstice brings victory of the light. Return is a natural cycle. Good fortune.
http://www.image-maya.org (art blog)
Date: 17 Apr 2003
Subject: FW "The Hidden Connections" Book Review
From: Bill Ellis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"The Hidden Connections" by Fritjof Capra (Random House New York, 2002)
This book is about creating learning communities, but that is not it's topic. Its topic is networking, or in Capra's words "connections." It's a comprehensive review of all cosmic networks that make up "life, mind, and society."
Capra moved beyond his profession, physics, with 'The Tao of Physics" that explored the parallels between quantum mechanics and Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu thought. With "Turning Point," "Uncommon Wisdom." and "The Web of Life" he explored the science/social nexus further by showing the relevance of chaos, complexity and Gaian theories to philosophy and to society. In "The Hidden Connections" he expands again his science/social analysis to link new concepts arising from brain research, genetics, neurobiology, and bioneering to the understanding of the cosmos and the natural laws society must obey if humanity is to continue to exist.
This is a good layman's primer of current scientific breakthroughs and their implications to everyday life. Only occassionally does it become more involved in the intricacies of science than this reviewer thinks necessary to meet the author's goal of "integrating the biological, cognitive, and social dimension of life into the science of sustainability." Two concepts that he seems to consider too lightly are "emergence" and "downward causation." They are particularly relevant to both the brain/mind and the gene/DNA networks.
All steps in cosmic evolution, as Capra clearly explains, result from simple entities linking to create more complex ones. The emergence of each new entity is the emergence of a physical or organizational form. With the new emergent system, new properties or "qualia" also emerge that are not included in, nor predictable from, the component parts of the new system. Capra uses "sweetness" as a simple example. Carbon, hydrogen and oxygen combine to create sugar. The emerging new physical entity has the emerging new unpredicted property or "qualia" of sweetness.
Similarly as the networking of genes produces DNA, a new "qualia" emerges that is more than just the connections of genes. It is this wholeness of this DNA network that determines the kinds of people we can become. As Capra masterfully points out, replacing one or more genes here or there in the complex DNA chain may, or may not, change that emergent "qualia" of the person. In like manner, the "qualia" of mind, thinking or consciousness, emerges with the emergence of the neural networks of the brain.
The critical characteristic of any emergent complex network is "downward causation." Nobel Lauriate, brain researcher Roger Sperry, enunciated the principle that newly emerging qualia of any new complex entity may take over partial control over its parts. Sperry suggested that this is somewhat like a wheel. The spokes of the wheel are governed by the wheel, and so are the molecules and atoms within the spokes. More exactly, he believed that the mind is a qualia of the brain. The mind is able to activate neural networks and thereby control the body itself, and all the effects that humans have on society.
"Learning" is a hidden connection in Capra's "The Hidden Connections." The book makes much of the "creation of knowledge." It recognizes that "knowledge creation is an individual process." It is a unique emergent property of the mind/brain of each individual. It comes from the networks of communites in which the individual is embedded. The value of the book is not in any formula given for creating learning communities. It is in the symbionic feedback loops it calls for from which learning communities will emerge, and that will emerge from learning communities.
Capra sees "a system of education for sustainable living, based on ecoliteracy, at the primary and secondary school levels, (...) with a pedagogy that puts the understanding of life at it very center; and experience of life in the real world..." He notes "that life, from its beginning, did not take over the planet by combat but by networking."
Bill Ellis Rangeley, Maine
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