Meditation Focus #107
Empowering The Vision of a New Earth
What follows is the 107th Meditation Focus suggested for the 2 weeks beginning Sunday, March 28, 2004.
EMPOWERING THE VISION OF A NEW EARTH
2. Meditation times
3. Peace Watch for the Middle East
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 two weeks, and especially in synchronous attunement at the usual time this Sunday and the following one, to contribute in empowering this vision of a New Earth, for the Highest Good of All.
I have a vision...
I have a vision that one day soon all humans on Earth will recognize the powerful Force that unites us all, and behave as true brothers and sisters, caring for and cherishing each other, as they contemplate the glimmer of Love emanating from the depth of their soul through the purified window of their eyes.
I have a vision that one day soon every single living organism on the face of this planet will be seen and honored as a sacred, indissociable element of the whole Matrix of Life that for aeons has endowed this world with the sublime magnificence of its infinitely intricate perfection through the multitudinous forms of Life it has designed and animated.
I have a vision that one day very soon, Peace, Love and Harmony will prevail on Earth as it is in Heaven and that the veil which for so long has prevented embodied souls from remembering their innate divine nature will be permanently lifted and all souls, along with their angelic companions, guides and protectors, will celebrate every waking moment of their lives and rejoice at their new found sense of Oneness with ALL THAT IS.
This vision of a world in perfect harmony is the very reason we came to live at this climaxing moment in our long evolutionary journey. It is not the fantasy of a single human mind, it is the carefully planned completion of our long established common destiny. The convergence of universal assistance from space-faring, enlightened civilizations and from beings of Light beaming Love and Divine Wisdom at us from their ethereal dimension of existence is making possible the vibrational shift now lifting third dimensional Earth and all its living components into its new fourth dimensional state of radiant perfection.
We must not concern ourselves with how such an amazing metamorphosis is being achieved. We just have to welcome, as the proverbial butterfly gracefully emerging from its cocoon, the warm radiance of our inner Source of Light dispensing in every moment the perfectly balanced amount of stimulation, vital sustenance and imaginal guidance to allow us to follow our Golden Path towards global Illumination as One.
As we collectively reach the Threshold of our Awakening to blissful Unity and Universal Divine Knowledge, we become in a forever more conscious manner what we have always been since the very first Spark of Life manifested Itself as an expression of the Creator's Will to Be.
Humanity is morphing from a collection of individual, fragmented and disparate elements into a unified symphony of harmonized colors shining brightly like a globe-circling rainbow of gilded Love after a long stormy history of war and destruction.
Fear no more that fear itself could prevent us from becoming Who We Are, for Love is shining like a star in our hearts and guiding our every thought, word and deed.
Let there be Peace on Earth, joy in everyone, harmony everywhere and beauty in everything.
So it is and so be it.
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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 are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:
Honolulu 6:00 AM -- Anchorage 7:00 AM -- Los Angeles 8:00 AM -- Denver 9:00 AM -- San Salvador, Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 10:00 AM -- New York, Toronto & Montreal 11:00 AM -- Halifax, Santo Domingo, La Paz & Caracas 12:00 PM -- Montevideo, Asuncion * & Santiago * 1:00 PM -- Rio de Janeiro * 2:00 PM -- London, Dublin, Lisbon, Reykjavik & Casablanca 4:00 PM -- Lagos, Algiers, Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris & Madrid 5:00 PM -- Ankara, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Athens, Helsinki & Istanbul 6:00 PM -- Baghdad, Moscow & Nairobi 7:00 PM -- Tehran 7:30 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 AM -- Seoul & Tokyo +1:00 AM -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne +2:00 AM -- Wellington * +5:00 AM
+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time.
* 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.
Leaders condemn Yassin killing
March 23, 2004
(CNN) -- World reaction to Israel's killing of Hamas movement leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin has been swift and blunt, with many condemning the action as illegal and a blow to efforts to fight terrorism.
Yassin was killed early Monday in an Israeli missile strike. Seven other people were killed in the attack (Full story at http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/03/22/yassin/index.html)
Ahmed Qorei, Palestinian Prime Minister, in Ramallah:
"The cabinet met today with (Palestinian Authority) President (Yasser) Arafat ... and the issue that dominated all the discussion was about the assassination of a prominent leader of the Palestinians, Yassin, and the way that he was assassinated by the Israeli Apache helicopters and while he was in the early morning praying without even respect to any of the villagers and to the beliefs of the Palestinian people. This was condemned strongly in the meeting, and it's been decided that we will go to the Security Council, the United Nations."
Nabil Abu Rudeneh, Arafat spokesman and adviser, in Ramallah:
"This Israeli policy is against any peace effort. So far, they are ruining every single effort to find or safeguard a political solution.
"There will never be any kind of peace or stability. This crime this early morning in Gaza is a dangerous sign for everybody, and we urge the American administration to interfere immediately to stop this escalation because no one is going to win.
"He (Arafat) is very angry and we, on behalf of the Palestinian people, we urge everybody to understand that the Palestinian people are under heavy escalation from the Israeli government and the Israeli army."
Alon Pinkas, Israeli Consul General to the United States, in Washington:
"It was the right thing to do, as crude as that sounds. He's no spiritual leader. You would think you are talking about Mother Teresa or something is a man that embodies terrorism. He was arrested twice, arrested by the Egyptians to begin with, arrested twice. He's masterminded the brutal killings of children, women, way up in the hundreds. He is a force of incitement, a force of hatred towards Israel, towards America, towards the West, toward the Palestinian mainstream for that matter."
Hasan Rahman, Chief Palestinian Representative to the United States, in Ramallah:
"It is absolutely ridiculous to allege that the man who cannot see, cannot hear and who is on a wheelchair can constitute a threat to the biggest military power in the Middle East and one of the biggest the world. That's absolute nonsense."
Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President, in Cairo:
"What happened was more brutal than anyone can imagine and it doesn't make sense. This action was not considered, and the result of the actions were also not considered, unfortunately. It is a sorrowful thing. We condemn this aggression because he is one of the political symbols in Gaza. We were putting all our efforts into the peace process. It aborted all the peace process efforts. This will have reactions all over the Middle East, not just there. They did not consider any reactions when they did this dangerous procedure."
Richard Boucher, U.S. State Department spokesman, in Washington:
The administration is "deeply concerned and deeply troubled" about the killing and that it "does not help our efforts to move toward peace."
"There is no doubt of Israel's right to self defense," he said. "At the same time we're deeply troubled by this morning's events in Gaza. ... We've made very clear our position on these targeted killings."
Kofi Annan, U.N. Secretary-General, in New York:
"Such actions violate international law and do nothing to help find a peaceful solution."
Jack Straw, British Foreign Secretary, in Brussels:
"We understand Israel's paramount needs to defend itself, but we also say for Israel to carry the full support of the international community it needs to do so within the boundaries set by international law. It's been the long-standing position of the British government that such targeted killings, assassinations, are out with international law.
"It is very difficult for all countries fighting terrorism to take a measured response in the face of the kind of outrageous terrorism which Israel has suffered. All of us understand that, but a measure of restraint is required and I don't believe Israel will benefit from the fact that this morning an 80-year-old in a wheel chair has been a target of their assassinations."
Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief, in Brussels:
"The position of the European Union has been consistently a condemnation of ... killings. In this particular case, I think a condemnation ought to be stronger. These types of actions do not contribute at all to create the conditions of peace, the conditions of dialogue, which are necessary at this moment."
Joschka Fischer, German Foreign Minister, in Berlin:
"We are very concerned about the developments. We will observe them very acutely. I am now on the way to Brussels. I am sure that the EU foreign ministers will discuss the current situation. Throughout the day we will also discuss it with our transatlantic-Atlantic partners.
"This is not about fearing something. The situation is as such that all must be done to prevent a further escalation. All sides are called upon to do their part in this effort. At the same time, we are doing everything to pursue a further initiative for the Middle East. However, as said, the current status necessitates a thorough analysis."
Dominique de Villepin, French Foreign Minister, in Brussels:
"France condemns the actions perpetrated against Sheikh Yassin. At a time when it is important to mobilize for the relaunch of the peace process, such acts can only fuel the cycle of violence."
Jan Petersen, Norwegian Foreign Minister, in Berlin:
"It is quite clear that Hamas is a terrorist organization. We certainly condemn the terrorists acts. But in my opinion this, of course, not justify the extra-judicial killing. The killing this morning is something which we condemn."
Asma Khader, Jordanian government spokesman, in Amman:
"We condemn this crime and we find a real obstacle against all political will and efforts to have a sustainable, comprehensive and just peace for all the people of the region."
Hanan Ashwari, Palestinian legislator, in Ramallah:
"There will be, I'm afraid, a very tragic recycle of violence. What more cowardly act than assassinating through the use of missile a helpless man in a wheelchair? What we needed was to introduce a whole new language, a whole new discourse. I'm afraid it will spiral out of control."
Palestinians: U.S. Veto Gives Israel License to Kill
Mar 26, 2004
By Nidal al-Mughrabi
GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinians accused the United States Friday of granting Israel a license to kill by vetoing U.N. condemnation of its assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
Israeli forces, taking action after the Islamic militant group said it would launch "earthquake-like" attacks to avenge Yassin's death, killed two Hamas frogmen who came ashore overnight near a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians denounced the U.S. veto and 10,000 people demonstrated in the West Bank to protest Yassin's killing.
"I'm afraid this U.S. veto will be taken by Israel as encouragement to continue on the path of violence and escalation, assassinations and reoccupation (of Palestinian territory)," cabinet minister Saeb Erekat told Reuters.
Hamas political leader Mohammad Ghazal, calling the United States the "chairman of the axis of evil in the world," said the U.N. Security Council veto was "Israel's green light to carry out assaults and crimes."
A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in Deheisha refugee camp near the West Bank town of Bethlehem during a confrontation between the army and stone-throwers protesting Yassin's killing, Palestinian witnesses said.
Israeli military sources said Palestinians threw stones and concrete blocks at an army jeep patrolling the area. A Palestinian threw a petrol bomb at it and a roadside bomb nearby exploded simultaneously, igniting the vehicle.
The soldiers then evacuated the jeep and opened fire at the Palestinian, the sources said.
In the West Bank city of Nablus, a car exploded, killing a 22-year-old militant who was apparently rigging it as a bomb.
At the United Nations Security Council, the United States blocked a resolution by Arab nations late Thursday intended to censure Israel for assassinating Hamas's wheelchair-bound founder in a missile strike outside a Gaza mosque.
Washington, alone among major powers in not condemning Monday's assassination as an extrajudicial killing, rejected the resolution because it did not also denounce Hamas for suicide bombings in Israel. The vote was 11 in favor, three abstentions, and the United States veto that killed the measure.
"Israel's action has escalated tensions in Gaza and the region, and could set back our effort to resume progress toward peace," U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said in a statement.
But he added: "This Security Council does nothing to contribute to a peaceful settlement when it condemns one party's actions and turns a blind eye to everything else occurring in the region."
An Israeli government official in Jerusalem welcomed the U.S. veto but expressed disappointment at the proposed resolution. "We are troubled by this cynical attempt to condemn those who are fighting terrorism without denouncing the terrorists themselves," he said.
Violence in Gaza has surged since Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stunned friend and foe alike in February with a plan to withdraw troops and Jewish settlers from Gaza.
Sharon and President Bush will meet on April 14 in the United States in a bid to complete details of the Gaza withdrawal, people involved in the deliberations said Friday.
In Tehran, 5,000 people marched to protest the assassination, chanting "Death to Israel, death to America."
PALESTINIANS DEMAND REVENGE
Worshippers at Friday prayers in the Gaza mosque where Yassin had prayed minutes before his assassination wept and demanded revenge as they looked upon the empty spot where the paralyzed 67-year-old cleric used to sit in his wheelchair.
Israel has vowed to kill more militants it sees as the masterminds behind suicide bombings that have killed hundreds of Israelis during a nearly 3-1/2 year Palestinian uprising.
Ali al-Barghouthi, a leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades militant group, part of Arafat's Fatah faction, said: "If we don't take revenge, Sharon will go even further in his aggression until he assassinates the president."
Israeli security sources said Thursday there was no immediate plan to kill Arafat and Internal Security Minister Tsahi Hanegbi said Israel did not consider him a target.
Hamas, sworn to Israel's destruction, has threatened to target Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other top officials.
Hamas said two of its fighters were frogmen who mounted a "unique naval operation" near the Tel Katifa settlement and "ascended to heaven as martyrs" after battling Israeli troops.
A Hamas videotape showed the two 18-year-olds in wetsuits, diving masks pushed back and scuba tanks strapped on, vowing "revenge against the Jews" before setting out. The tape also showed a training simulation filled with gunfire and explosions.
Bush, Sharon to Meet on Gaza Withdrawal Plan
Mar 26, 2004
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet on April 14 in a bid to complete details of Israel's unilateral withdrawal of settlements in the Gaza Strip, people involved in the deliberations said on Friday.
Bush and Sharon are expected to "finalize understandings" about the settlements and security in Gaza, rather than announce a formal agreement, one source said.
The White House sees Sharon's settlement plan as a "positive" and potentially "historic" interim step while the U.S.-backed "road map" peace initiative remains stalled.
The Bush-Sharon meeting is part of a new push by the administration to calm rising tensions in the region after the assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin by Israeli forces.
Bush has already announced plans to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, one of Washington's closest allies in the Arab world, on April 12 on the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Sharon will meet with Bush two days later at either the White House or the Camp David presidential retreat, several sources said.
Hamas threatens again to avenge leader's death (March 27, 2004)
Hamas supporters cheer threats to avenge the death of the group's founder, and Palestinian leaders say a U.S. veto at the United Nations invites further such killings by Israel.
The gloves are off in terror war, and everyone is at risk (March 23, 2004) By Robert Fisk
London - It doesn't take an awful lot of courage to murder a paraplegic in a wheelchair. But it takes only a few moments to absorb the implications of the assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin yesterday. Yes, he enthusiastically endorsed suicide bombings - including the murder of Israeli children. Yes, if you live by the sword, you die by the sword, in a wheelchair or not. But something went wrong with the narrative of the news story yesterday, and something infinitely more dangerous - another sinister precedent - was set for our brave new world. (...) If the elderly cleric really was worthy of state murder, why did Netanyahu let him go in the first place? It was not a question that anyone wanted to ask yesterday. But there was something infinitely more dangerous in all this. Yet another Arab had been assassinated. The Americans want to kill Bin Laden. They want to kill Mullah Omar. They killed Saddam's sons. Just as they killed three al-Qaeda men in Yemen. The Israelis repeatedly threaten to murder Yasser Arafat. It's getting to be a habit. No one has begun to work out the implications of all this. For years, there has been an unwritten rule in the cruel war of government-versus-guerrilla. You can kill the men on the street, the bomb-makers and gunmen, but the leadership was allowed to survive. Now all has changed utterly. Anyone who advocates violence - even if they are palpably incapable of committing it - are now on a death list. So who can be surprised if the rules are broken by the other side? The top guys are now in the firing line. Let us not say we didn't know.
Charges Reportedly Urged Against Sharon
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