MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH


April 7, 2003

Rising Phoenix Series #23: Staying Heart-Centered and Forward-Looking


Hello everyone

At a moment when so many of us are literally bombarded with news of the war in Iraq, it is important to keep our spiritual eyes on the ball of a Light-filled peaceful future for all... which is not necessarily easy to do.

Some of the material included below may be of assistance in this regard.

Love and Light will prevail

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com

This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/RisingPhoenix23.htm

P.S. As you may notice, this compilation is somewhat larger in size than what I used to send out. This is due to a new emailer software I'm now using which allows me to go beyond the length I could do before. I'll try to not go "overboard" with this new possibility - well... as much as possible ;-)

Check also my latest Media Compilation #128: The End of Suffering is in Sight - Or Is It? archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/MediaCompilation128.htm


CONTENTS

1. I met Dennis Kucinich today
2. Ariel Ky helping someone deeply discouraged
3. I AM your future and Your future is Now
4. KidCast for Peace: Solutions for a Better World
5. Donna Human Shield in Iraq
6. Letter to a Young Activist During Troubled Times


DECIDE TO FORGIVE

Decide to forgive for resentment is negative. Resentment is poisonous. Resentment diminishes and devours the self. Be the first to forgive, to smile and to take the first step and you will see happiness bloom on the face of your brother or sister. Be always the first. Do not wait for others to forgive, for by forgiving you become the master of fate, the fashioner of life, the doer of miracles. To forgive is the highest and most beautiful form of Love. In return you will receive untold Peace and Happiness.

Robert Muller
Former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, wrote this poem for International Forgiveness Week, held annually February 8-14.




1.

Date: 5 Apr 2003
Subject: I MET DENNIS KUCINICH TODAY
From: "Liz Daly" <dalyreiki@adelphia.net>

...absolutely amazing experience. There was a Town Hall Meeting at a church near my home. 1500 people came. He spoke for an hour and then he answered questions for an hour. He is one of the most brilliant rays of Light I have ever met. I am officially campaigning for him as he is officially running for Peace President on the democratic ticket in 2004.

This was truly a breath taking day. He spoke so eloquently on the illegality of the war and the suffering caused by it and he spoke of so many important issues pertinent to helping the U.S. change from a warwonger to a Peace country. His eyes are bright and filled with so much love and his heart is wide open.

A'keara

IN ANOTHER LETTER A'KEARA ALSO WROTE:

I will get very active in campaigning for Dennis. I already have envelopes to give to people for campaign donations. He will not take corporate donations. He is asking that we help to get millions of Americans to make small donations to his campaign. He does not want to be owned by corporations. Of course, he is not getting any press here in the U.S. So those of us working for him have our work cut out for us.

NOTE FROM JEAN: Now let's hope thousands of other dedicated Light and peace workers will also step up to the plate and help create a groundswell of support for a new U.S. president that will truly reflect the hard-core values and ideals of what America should and will come to embody in the 21st century.

A'KEARA ALSO URGENTLY RECOMMENDED THIS TO OUR ATTENTION

Department of Peace
http://www.dopcampaign.org/
KUCINICH AND 38 OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE BACKING THIS BILL. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE PEACE MOVEMENT IN THE U.S.

FINALLY SHE ALSO SENT THIS:

May all beings have bliss and the cause of bliss.
May all beings be freed from suffering and the cause of suffering.
May all beings never be without the supreme bliss, which is free of all suffering.
May all beings reach the limitless equanimity, which is free of near and far, attachment and aversion.

- The Four Immeasurables -- Excerpted from Paula Horan's new book, The Ultimate Reiki
Touch




2.

From: "Ariel Ky" <drumbeatdeva@california.com>
Subject: Re: [EarthRainbowVillage] deeply discouraged 
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003

Dear Light Grrl,

I am listening to you very intently because I crashed into despair very much like you have about 10 days ago and have been coming out of it since then, so I do have something to share which I hope will encourage you.

First, let me say if you feel that by standing for peace, you are being ridiculed, ostracized, and vandalized, look at the source. I, for one, do not ridicule you. Nor do I think any of the 10-11 million people who marched for peace in the rallies around the world on February 15 consider you ridiculous. Quite the contrary. We are the voice of the masses. I believe this tremendous solidarity for peace shown around the world (never, never before have we seen people unite like this!) shows that the greater consciousness of humanity desires peace.

I embrace you, dear devotee of peace. I welcome you into our midst. And though you may feel that your light has been dimmed or even quenched, with the power of the Earth Mother vested in me, I share my light to rekindle your flame. I am sending you light to hold you, to heal you. I am sending you light to hold you in love.

This was done for me by many kind people, chief among them, Jean Hudon who most of you know. In a long phone conversation he helped me to see that I had moved into fear and out of love. His kind words helped me find my center even though I resisted the truth he gave me as we were talking.

I did get a cookie tossed out by a higher being, too, even though I forgot it when I went through my dark night of despair. I have been making contact with ET's through meditation with a crystal and receiving coded messages that I have not known how to understand. There are other people on the Atlantispyramid chatroom in yahoogroups who have also been receiving such transmissions. The other week I received a flood of transmissions, but was frustrated that I could not understand what I was receiving until an image surfaced that I could understand. I saw a peace symbol filled with millions of people and felt a flood of approval.

So even if Bush and clan have refused to take notice, there are beings who have seen and heard us and that is all for the good. The Sunday morning after the Saturday peace rallies of February 15 when I was meditating with the Global Visionary group, I saw a glowing orb of golden light surrounding the earth and I thought, if there are extraterrestrials watching, which I believe to be true, they can't miss this sign of the spiritual unity happening among people on earth.

Are you remembering to pray and ask the higher beings you work with for assistance? They are with us when we ask, very much there for us. Do you remember to honor your body temple? Do you have people who you can gather with in circle to pass the talking stick, meditate, sing, dance, celebrate life with? If you don't, join the dance of power and create a circle for yourself.

I find a simple formula for moving from fear into love. Fear is basically a reaction. When you find yourself reacting, respell the word to creating. Instead of reacting with fear, shift your energy into creating from love what you want to see in your community. If you do not feel the love in you, then it's okay to ask for it from the loving people you know, even if it's someone like me you only have contact with through the internet. A loving message is a loving message no matter how it's delivered, whether in a dream of an e-mail message, or a prayer or a book or a moment.

Lightworkers are everywhere, perhaps relatively few in number, but as we all know, it doesn't take much light to dispel the darkness. Never fear that lightworkers are not well known in the world at large because we work for the most part, under the radar, without applause or monetary reward. When you need someone, a lightworker will appear in your life. Guaranteed. That's a promise. And we're like Santa Claus. We can go all over the world in a night, in a twinkling, because most of our work is done in spirit. And we're magic.

In the dark night of my despair, many lightworkers visited me in my dreams and helped me remember who I was and let me know that we do make a difference, my dear Light Grrl.

When people are in pain and suffering torment because of this war, they need us more to inspire them with hope and to remind them that a gentler world beckons.

Practically speaking, if we tend to healing ourselves and creating the new as we become whole and connected with others creating the new, and this is very logical if that's the way your mind works, then we will prevail in creating a new world. Creation happens in the midst of destruction. I know that's a contradiction, but it's the truth. Construction can look downright chaotic if you only see the destruction that goes before building the new.

Perhaps the United States must be destroyed in its economic power before we can create a better world. That seems to be the path that our leaders are taking us down when you assess all the unforeseen consequences their myopia have not taken into account with this unilateral action.

Just in the past two days I've seen messages that people are beginning to boycott the products of American multinational companies, Coca Cola, McDonalds, etc.

That's okay with me. I don't own any stock anyways. The war turned my world tipsy turvy. We're in a heavy storm, there's no doubt about it. Batten down, clear the decks of whatever's extraneous. Hold to your center.

My take on this war in Iraq is that the present U.S. administration has set itself up as the dominant world power with the intention of ongoing war as a means of control of oil and other resources. Just because the rest of the world have not formed a coalition to take down the U.S. by military means (yet!) does not mean that world opinion does not have any significance in how this all plays out. Because bottom line this war is about money and control.

When you act from your heart, you are not being controlled. When you speak your truth, you are not being controlled. When you choose to buy according to conscience, you are using free will to shape your world.

This is all about free will and understanding how we are all one and impact each other and that none of us, not one of us, is powerless in the greater scheme.

The first lesson I learned as a feminist in the early 70's was that the personal is political. The next lesson I learned was that if you witness someone being harmed or exploited, speak out on their behalf or you are with your silence giving away your power to the aggressor. You give support to the person being harmed when you speak out on their behalf. If nobody says anything, the agressor feels that they can act with impunity. Speak out on behalf of the Afghanis and the Iraqis and prisoners everywhere. A snowstorm that blankets the earth overnight and magically transforms the landscape begins with a single snowflake and continues flake by flake by flurry of flakes.

We are being whipped about in the storm. Hold course. Hold fast. There's more to come. Are we strong enough? We will see. It's not over yet. It's not over until it's over. I feel your pain. I, too, do not want to see any more deaths or hatred or harm done to our beloved planet and its people.

Spirit is not in form. Higher energetic beings can inspire us, give us courage, hope and love when we ask, but we are the ones who have chosen to be born in human form during this time so that we can physically contribute to the overconsciousness by our thoughts, words and actions in this physical plane.

Actually, when we are free from our physical form while we sleep, we are spirit. And we are made of stardust, the same energy that created the stars and binds all of us. What can't we do when we waken into our true nature and the power we hold?

Light Grrl, you are very loved. Know this. Hold this truth in your heart and soul.

Ariel Ky
Daughter of the Earth




3.

From: "Jasmine Zidaric" <mblumenthal@securenet.net>
Subject: I AM your future and Your future is Now
Date: 7 Apr 2003

Dear friends,

Here is a beautiful message to rejoice your heart.

May you always be in Love's embrace.....

Jasmine

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I AM Your Future and Your Future is NOW

You have asked for Clarity with regard to your Life Purpose and Destiny, and the Missive you took Birth for.

You have this Clarity already, Childe - it is but your fear and doubt that keep it as yet unclear.

You have seen Visions of your Highest Truth, just as others who are strongly connected to you have seen and hold the template for you to step into.

Mastery and Divinity is your Life Purpose - to achieve the Mastery of Divinity, and to guide others in attaining the Vision and Manifestation of theirs.

You will lead the Way for many to step into their roles and define their Missives through the haze of fear and doubt that befalls them, as well.

Learn to speak of your past experiences dispassionately and in a much detached way, that you may clearly state the facts without dramatizing the events. And, thus will you create the sense of having risen above the adversity, the challenge, and the struggle that was but your training for the Missive you took Birth for.

Believe not the Vision and Interpretations put forth by others as to Who you Are and what you have come to do, unless you have seen these for yourself and already Know them to be Truth.

You are indeed a Messenger of Light, an Emissary of the One Who brought forth All of Creation. You are by choice and by decree, the Law of the Cosmic Voice that speaks to All of the Whisperings Within the Innermost Part of their own Hearts, where All is Light and All is the Love that you are.

Bring forth this Love in Greater Truth - in greater Kindness and in greater Abundance; and Know that the Love you now learn to remove the limits and boundaries of judgment and conditions from springs forth from none but the Divine Nature of the God/Goddess you truly are.

Speak of Love. Speak of Appreciation and Gratitude. Speak of All that IS Good - All that IS God Within All that you come in contact with.

Speak to the Sun of its Radiant Light; and to the moon of its glow that illumines all darkness.

Speak to the Trees of their Strength; and to the flowers of their Beauty

- to the Birds of their fine Song; and to the People of God, of the Light they are brought forth from - not of the wounds in their sides; nor the crown of thorns upon their heads.

It is for you to see the Light Within as it illumines the behaviour and the activities that would but snuff it out, if not that it is but this Light alone that allows Life to move beyond the fear of death; and the death-wish deep within that has evolved from the abuse brought forth from the hand of Man.

See not the victim; hear not the victim; spare not a word or thought, not a moment of sympathy for the victim One may claim to be. But, see the clearest Vision of the Law of the Victorious Christ that is the Truth that can and will take Command the moment each individual becomes aware of Its Presence at the Core of his or her very Nature.

You have risen above your own victim mentality. Speak of it no more. For, as you give Voice to it, you give rise to the feelings which lend it power.

Speak only of the Power that sparks the Love in your Heart and the Light of Your Presence, and this will be all that you present to others; and all that you re-Mind them of Within themselves.

You have been Given the Vision of an Eagle; and the Strength to rise above adversity and challenge as the Phoenix.

See with Eagle eyes now, the Phoenix rising Within each Soul.

See Wings outstretched; and pay little mind to the remnants of dust and ash as they fall from each Wing.

See not and bond not with the pain and Suffering of Humanity - but, see the Vision of the Perfected Self in All.

Know that this IS to rise Within All; but, be not blind to the level of evolution currently attained, and what is manifest in the present behaviour of the individual Soul as it journeys toward the Source of All that lies Within.

See Within yourSelf all that you have become; and do not focus on that which is yet to manifest as being greater than that which IS. For, when you see yourself as less than all that you are - all that I AM - you make your existence less than the Perfection it IS; and hinder your progress of Becoming.

See yourself in the Light of your inherent Perfection, and as the Divinity you are, and you will see no less in others as you reflect this Rememberance back to all you come in contact with.

See Within yourSelf All that is Good - All that is God - and, All that you will meet and know will see only this, as well.

There will be times when you are not recognized, acknowledged, appreciated, and admired for that which you are; but if you are able to hold fast to your own Center of Truth and Love, this will bring no reflection upon your perception of the Truth of your BEing. For, I AM the Truth of your BEing; and only those who do not know I AM the Truth they are, as well, will refuse to see the God/Goddess you are.

Be not effected by their temporary amnesia; and be strong in your Vision and your Faith in the Power of the Light to transform the darkness of ignorance within their perception of themselves; that they will once again know their own Divinity, and thus be able to have greater respect for yours.

The test you now face is to hold fast to your Vision, even in the face of challenge from others for behaviour they feel may separate and distance you from them.

This Path you have chosen will lead you to that which you desire; and that which is desired by All Men - the Kingdom, which IS the Truth of God Within.

Be not tempted to bond with behaviours that bring you back into a fold you have chosen to move beyond.

Your Family awaits you; and your Future is here for you now.

It is the Open Threshold you now stand before, and make your Way beyond.

Leave no doors open that lead to rooms you do not care to visit, or to make your bed within.

Leave no doors closed that you cannot see those that call to you from the beds they have chosen to lie in.

Merely walk forward into the central dining hall within the Palace wherein lies the Feast that has been placed upon the table before you, that you may partake in every deLight that has been Lovingly prepared in your honour, and to your specifications.

Walk not in meekness, but with the dignity and grace of the Monarch you are; for, thine IS the Kingdom and the Glory of God.

As you invite Us to dine with you, so shall We feast on your deLights, as well.

For, We will All be nourished by the Table set before you and the pleasures you choose to partake in.

As you are full-filled, so is the Heart of All that is Divine. For, in the Fulfillment of One is the Promise of All Fulfillment and Joy.

The Heavens resound in Everlasting Harmony, and the Music of the Spheres pours forth in peals of Glory as you make your Way to the tabernacle of the Temple you are ever more quickly becoming.

Be in God - Be All that IS God. For, All that you are, I AM!

Hold the Vision of your Truth for All Humankind; and the Blossom that flowers Within you will spread throughout the Garden, and all across the Land.

I AM the rain that nourishes All Growth.

I AM the Sun that Lights the Way for All to reach toward the Source of All Nourishment.

I AM the Earth that holds the promise of Everlasting Creation Eternally Sustained and Ever Expanding.

I AM that which is All that I AM!

See that I AM the Voice Within you that will never cease to be heard.

I AM the Law of the Cosmic Voice of the Victorious Christ that speaks in ALL!


August 22, 1998 - to the Glory, and by the grace, of God! As written through Roseanne Longobardi, Email: IAMUNLTD@aol.com




4.

Date: 3 Apr 2003
Subject: KidCast for Peace: Solutions for a Better World
From: Peter H Rosen <kidcast@maui.net>

Jean,

Please pass this on to your subscribers!

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KidCast for Peace: Solutions for a Better World

Kids Foster Positive Values Honoring Mother Earth In Celebration of Earth Day

Maui Hawaii - March 31, 2003 - Children from all over the world can again win top honors and prize awards for their participation in "KidCast for Peace; Solutions for a Better World," happening for the 12th time on April 20 and 22. The videoconference and gatherings will connect those in schools, at home and global Earth Day events. All children-at-heart are invited to participate by creatively responding to the question they put to adults: "How would you make Earth and its peoples, happier, healthier, and more peace filled?" You can share suggestions in any form of art, prose, poetry, song, music, performance, etc. and participate with (or without) free videoconferencing software at any time. Instructions and gatherings will be announced in KidCast Central: http://creativity.net/kidcast2.html. Global Community participation is encouraged as always in this "living art gallery" event on both days. For more information contact: kidcast12@creativity.net, visit the web site or call the KidCast for Peace office: (808) 875 4747.

KidCast for Peace is a live interactive edutainment event, multimedia art show, Web site competition and experience/happening that dissolves boundaries of time and space. KidCast For Peace was the first ever World Wide Web videoconference for children, sanctioned by educators and corporations. The project now in its ninth year has connected over 200 children in schools, homes and cyber cafes from California, Texas, Amsterdam, Singapore, Croatia, Belfast, Hawaii (in a submerged submarine no less), and elsewhere since 1995.

Prizes will again be awarded for best videoconference participation and submission of KidCast Web sites created specifically for the "Gallery of Solutions." Maui children recently taped a KidCast For Peace TV show with their solutions, to air on cable television and stream on the Internet. Sponsors for this year's broadcasts include: Maui.net, Maui Sky Fiber, Creativity Cafe, Four Star Mortgage, Whalers Realty, Akina Aloha Tours, Ministry of Fun, Ceeds of Life, Maui Individualized Learning Center, ERA Maui Realty, The Sign Source, Island Honda, Maui Toyota, Cutter Automotive, Dr. Vallejos, Esteban Construction, Bounty Music, Cruiser Philís, David Cain, Inspiration Software, Mark of the Unicorn, No Ka Oi Foundation, Dream Makers Foundation, V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media and many others.

"KidCast for Peace is helping to build smart kids, not smart bombs," offers KidCast Coordinator, Peter H. Rosen. He founded Visionary Artists Resources Including Other Unique Services (V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media, 501c3) to produce edutainment experiences for a prototype "New School for the Next Millennium" called Creativity Café. Rosen say's, "Let's install life affirming values and breed "optimal humans" to offset current fear and violence inducing television programming with something more meaningful! We are delighted to see desktop broadcasters and multimedia producers everywhere (the new media storytellers) creating more positive edutainments that help us evolve in fun and friendly ways!"

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Keep up the good work Mr. Peace Child.

Peter




5.

Forwarded by Estelle <emyers20@scu.edu.au> on April 5

From: Edwina Enderby <chantoosie@yahoo.com.au>
Subject: Donna Human Shield in Iraq
Date: 27 Mar 2003

Hi Folks, Jeannie sent me this, from friends of a friend in Iraq.
The writer is someone who has chosen to stay on as a human shield.
An extraordinary experience, one I hope she survives.
Love to you all, Ed

Begin forwarded message:

----- Original Message -----
From: Bill Jones and Josette Wunder
Sent: March 24, 2003

This is a friend of one of the academics here.

Andrew

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Friends,

This could be my last e-mail. We're expecting the bombs tonight.

We've spent the afternoon frantically boarding up the windows in the place that I'm staying. We're using blankets, wardrobes, anything that we can find to put in front of the windows to reduce the effect of the shattering and shrapnel.

Preparing for war is busy.

We drove into Baghdad this evening to make last minute calls and e-mails. The streets were deserted except for soldiers and police. A far cry from the bustling, vibrant city I have enjoyed this past month.

Businesses have closed down. Livelihoods are under threat. Families under great stress.

Preparing for war is sobering.

We see the tanks, the machine guns the machinery of war all around us now. It's hard to imagine what it's going to be like when this machinery is used and bombs and gunfire will be around us.

Preparing for war is frightening.

When I came to Baghdad I told a journalist that I wanted to be here in solidarity with the Ireaqi people. That I wanted to know how it felt to be under siege with no escape. This is my situation now. It makes me feel sick.

I think of my friends here. the neighbours, the children. The mothers who are lining up in the pharmacies buying bandages in the case of their families being ripped apart by shrapnel.

I think of this and my heart is so heavy.

Preparing for war is heart-breaking.

The monks have gone. I felt lost and alone when I heard the news. But as many foreigners are leaving, I have decided to stay.

I stay for the man in the photo store.

He said I was his last customer. He has closed down today. His business, his livelihood gone. He doesn't know when he will open up again. The future is uncertain for these people here. When will their lives be normal again?

As I was leaving he said thank you for being here and took his prayer beads out of his pocket and gave them to me. I carry them with me now.

I stay for the young woman in the office. She saw me upset today after I spoke to my Mum. She gave me a fresh red rose with a strong, beautiful fragrance. "I want to see you smile, my friend" she said. I've hung the rose in my room.

I stay for the taxi driver who offered that I come and stay with his family if I find myself in trouble.

I stay for the kids at the orphanage, the neighbours, the ordinary people here.

I stay so that I can tell them: "You are not alone". There are millions of people around the world who do not believe this war should happen. I'm sending a message from those people to the Iraqi's.

We show them that by our presence that they are our friends.

Some call me naive. To comfort another in a time of trouble, is that naive? To be in a place of chaos to witness and record what happens and then communicate that. Is that naive?

I think these things are important.

If I'm naive then so was Gandhi, Martin Luther King and all the others who believe in non-violent resistance to aggression.

Friends, I'm living off pure faith now. It's all that's left.

Faith and the hope of your prayers, which I know you are offering.

Love to all your pilgrim Donna

PS: Thanks so much for you e-mails from today. Sorry if I didn't get a chance to reply....if we don't have attack tonight, I may be able to touch base again tomorrow???

PPS: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God". Mathew 5v9

HUMAN SHIELDS IRAQ
E-MAIL: andalus206@warkaa.net

PHONE: +964-1-816-4400 ext 4666
(it can take a long time to get through to us on the phone, be patient)




6.

Letter to a Young Activist During Troubled Times

by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.

Do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered.They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world right now Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is - we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plane of engagement... I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able crafts in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind... Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless. We have been in training for a dark time such as this, since the day we assented to come to Earth. For many decades, worldwide, souls just like us have been felled and left for dead in so many ways over and over brought down by naivete, by lack of love, by being ambushed and assaulted by various cultural and personal shocks in the extreme. We have a history of being gutted, and yet remember this especially - we have also, of necessity, perfected the knack of resurrection. Over and over again we have been the living proof that that which has been exiled, lost, or foundered can be restored to life again.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency too to fall into being weakened by perseverating on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails. We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer? Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?... Understand the paradox: If you study the physics of a waterspout, you will see that the outer vortex whirls far more quickly than the inner one. To calm the storm means to quiet the outer layer, to cause it to swirl much less, to more evenly match the velocity of the inner core - till whatever has been lifted into such a vicious funnel falls back to Earth, lays down, is peaceable again. One of the most important steps you can take to help calm the storm is to not allow yourself to be taken in a flurry of overwrought emotion or desperation thereby accidentally contributing to the swale and the swirl. Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.

Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take "everyone on Earth" to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale. One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these -- to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both, are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.

If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do. There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it; I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate. The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours: They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for. This comes with much love and prayer that you remember who you came from, and why you came to this beautiful, needful Earth.

-Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Author, Women Who Run With the Wolves Heather Wilkinson (250)334-3383




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