Complement to the Meditation Focus #107: Anchoring the Vibration of Unity
What follows is a complement to the 107th Meditation Focus suggested for the 2 weeks beginning Sunday, March 28, 2004.
ANCHORING THE VIBRATION OF UNITY
2. Meditation times
3. Peace Watch for the Middle East
IMPORTANT NOTE: The meditation times for the Meditation Focus will change this Sunday, April 4, as most countries around the world change (or have already changed) either to or from Daylight saving time. In the Northern hemisphere this means the globally synchronized meditation will take place an hour later (at noon instead of 11 am on the East Coast, for instance) and an hour earlier in the Southern hemisphere wherever local times shift from winter time to summer time or vice versa. See the chart below for your local time for the suggested Global Meditation time this Sunday.
Please use the following inspirational text as the backdrop of this special Meditation Focus and dedicate your prayers and meditations, as guided by Spirit, in the coming week, and especially in synchronous attunement at the usual time this Sunday, to contribute in anchoring the vibration of Unity, for the Highest Good of All.
Anchoring the Vibration of Unity
More and more people are becoming aware that we are entering into a time of Great Changes. Violence and wars are gradually subsiding around the world despite occasional flares duly reported by the media. Benevolence and a sense of common responsibility for our future is demonstrated by so many people and organizations today that one would be hard pressed to try to fairly account for all the goodwill done by men and women around this magnificent planet. Yet the threats posed by seemingly overwhelming odds against us - continuing demographic growth in the poorest parts of the world, environmental damages inflicted on an unprecedented scale, apparent carelessness of politicians and mega-corporations for the harm they do unto others, and so on - appear to stack the cards against us and our children, their children and all future generations.
From the outside, one may think no individual effort or initiative has any chance of affecting the outcome. But seen from inside, from the vantage point of the Creator of this universe, if one can assume for a few moments this quite unique perspective, all things appear in a much different light. Through the exercise of its own free will, humanity is charting a new course towards a marvelous future of untold happiness and spiritual wealth. Man is learning to let go of centuries of hatred for his kin and misconceptions about his role and place in this material world. A new fountain of Love is profusely flowing from the hearts of millions and millions of beings and this expression of the divine nature of man is slowly transforming this world into a place of harmony, equity, sanity and common perception of what holds all Life forms together in a symphony of balance and unity.
This inner awareness is now being expressed through a growing number of channels and will soon be at the forefront of human affairs. Guided by inner promptings and hundreds of small yet miraculous chance happenings, those channels are discovering how easy it is to serve the Grand Purpose of Life when the uncluttered desire to assist God is the true motivation of their decisions and actions, and not the earthly desires of an ego still untamed by selfless devotion to the One Being of Light. Synchronicities abound so much in fact today that books are written to demonstrate their existence as for any other natural Law of this universe. We are conquering the last redoubts of fear and separateness and soon the world and our very inner sense of being in this world will be entirely reborn.
At this very moment, streams of energy and willpower are being anchored through magnificent initiatives all dedicated to uplift and heal this world. Not only is our world going to be healed from its physical scars, but most importantly, our souls will spiral back into the womb of Creation to reunite with the plane of Reality from which they all emerge aeons ago. Separateness will be no more. Illusion will be no more. Only Unity, the eternal vibration of Unity will be. And to this simple yet unfathomable Reality, we are all called to converge, like the rays of a star converging back to the center from which they were emitted to implode into a perfection of blissful unity.
This complement to the Meditation Focus #107 has been archived for your convenience at http://www.aei.ca/~cep/ComplementFocus107.htm
2. MEDITATION TIMES
i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes.
ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.
These times below will corresponding next Sunday April 4 to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:
Honolulu 6:00 AM -- Anchorage * 8:00 AM -- Los Angeles * 9:00 AM -- Mexico City, San Salvador & Denver * 10:00 AM -- Houston * & Chicago * 11:00 AM -- Santo Domingo, La Paz, Caracas, New York *, Toronto *. Montreal *, Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 AM -- Halifax *, Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 1:00 PM -- Reykjavik & Casablanca 4 PM -- Lagos, Algiers, London *, Dublin * & Lisbon * 5:00 PM -- Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Geneva *, Rome *, Berlin *, Paris * & Madrid * 6:00 PM -- Ankara *, Athens *, Helsinki * & Istanbul * & Nairobi 7:00 PM -- Baghdad *, Moscow * 8:00 PM -- Tehran * 8:30 PM -- Islamabad 9:00 PM -- Calcutta & New Delhi 9:30 PM -- Dhaka 10:00 PM -- Rangoon 10:30 PM -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 11:00 PM -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur +12:00 PM -- Seoul & Tokyo +1:00 AM -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne +2:00 AM -- Wellington +4:00 AM
+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time. à
* means the place is observing daylight saving time (DST) at the moment.
You may also check at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html to find your current corresponding local time if a closeby city is not listed above.
3. PEACE WATCH FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
Here are some of the latest developments in the Middle East. Please also keep this situation in mind during your meditations in the coming two weeks to help ensure that peace prevail there as well.
UN suspends food aid to Gaza
Food deliveries to the Gaza Strip have been halted because of Israeli restrictions, the United Nations says. The UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) said an Israeli ban on moving empty containers out of Gaza had forced it to suspend delivering 11,000 tons of food. Peter Hansen, UN chief responsible for Palestinian refugees, said the 600,000 people in Gaza could face real hunger.
An Israeli spokesman said suicide bombers had used containers for hiding in. He said the perpetrators of a double suicide attack on March 14, which killed 10 people in the Israeli port area of Ashdod, hid in containers to slip out of the Gaza Strip. "At the moment we cannot trust anything, especially since the death of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. We are exercising extreme caution", the spokesperson said.
An Unrwa statement said Israel's refusal to allow empty freight containers out of Gaza meant it had to pay prohibitive rental payments to shipping companies that own them. Unrwa has stopped distributing rice, flour, cooking oil and other essential foods in Gaza, where nearly two out of three families live below the poverty line and more than half the workforce are unemployed.
Unrwa will hold a conference in Geneva in June to discuss humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees. Up to 70 countries and aid organizations are expected to attend - the first time in the agency's 54-year history that such a meeting has been held.
April 1, 2004
UNRWA suspends emergency food aid in Gaza
Blaming Israeli restrictions at the Karni commercial crossing, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) suspended emergency food aid for 600,000 Palestinian in Gaza, the agency announced Thursday.
"If the new restrictions in Gaza continue, I fear we could see real hunger emerge for the first time in two generations," UNRWA commission-general Peter Hansen said in a press release.
Israel has increased security measures in Gaza following an increase in terrorist attacks, including a double suicide attack in Ashdod carried out by Palestinians who arrived at their target via a Gaza cargo container, and a March 6 gun and bomb attack at the Erez crossing that killed two Palestinian policemen.
A joint statement last issued by seven UN agencies warned that humanitarian aid to more than 1.3 million Palestinians in Gaza would be cut back or halted if Israel did not ease up on restrictions.
"Israel's legitimate and serious security concerns will not be served by hindering the emergency relief work of the United Nations," Hansen said. He noted that an 11,000-ton food delivery from the Ashdod port was halted in order to prevent a bottleneck, and prohibitive costs, on the journey to Gaza, and that UNRWA's stocks of rice, flour and cooking oil have been fully depleted.
If Sharon is toppled, will his Gaza plan survive? (March 30)
In virtually his first act as Israel's attorney general, Menachem Mazuz faces a decision of historic significance.
If the newly installed attorney general accepts State Prosecutor Edna Arbel's recommendation to file bribery charges against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Mazuz' ruling is likely to bring Sharon's long career to an abrupt end.
But if Sharon - architect, chief proponent and tireless lobbyist for the Gaza disengagement initiative - falls from power, can the withdrawal on which he staked his legacy survive him and reach the stage of implementation?
The answer - an apparent yes - derives from the main variables in the current Israeli political equation:
-- The sprawling maze of corruption allegations surrounding Sharon's family, and the possibility that at least two of the affairs could result in the prime minister's resignation.
-- Sharon's scheduled April 14 visit to Washington, where he is to formally unveil for President George Bush the plan to uproot nearly all settlements in the Gaza Strip along with a small number of West Bank enclaves.
-- Growing indications of the willingness of the Labor Party under Shimon Peres to join a Likud-led unity government soon after the attorney general makes public his decision in an announcement expected within two months.
-- Implacable opposition to the Gaza withdrawal from the far-right wing of the Sharon coalition, made up of the National Union, the National Religious Party, and hawks within Sharon's Likud.
-- A surprise move Tuesday, in which Sharon declared support for a referendum over the Gaza withdrawal among the some 200,000 members of the Likud rank and file.
The following are a number of scenarios and their possible bearing on a future Gaza withdrawal: CLIP
Sharon says Arafat may be assassination target, earning strong US rebuff (April 2)
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon turned up the heat on archfoe Yasser Arafat, warning the Palestinian leader was "not immune" from assassination, a comment which earned a strong rebuff from Washington. At least 20 Palestinians were meanwhile wounded in clashes with Israeli police who stormed one of Islam's holiest sites to tackle stonethrowing demonstrators. In interviews published ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, the hawkish Sharon said he did not rule out assassinating the Palestinian leader. The Israeli premier was asked by the liberal daily Haaretz whether Arafat and the head of the Lebanese fundamentalist militia Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, might be on Israel's list of leaders to assassinate. "I wouldn't suggest either of them feels immune ... Anyone who kills a Jew or harms an Israeli citizen, or sends people to kill Jews, is a marked man, period," said the Israeli premier, in one of his most threatening remarks to date. Washington swiftly recalled its opposition to any new Israeli move against Arafat, who has been confined to his battered headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah since December 2001. CLIP
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