Meditation Focus #113
A Communion of Souls For The Highest Good of All
What follows is the 113th Meditation Focus suggested for the next 2 weeks beginning Sunday, June 27, 2004.
A COMMUNION OF SOULS FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD OF ALL
2. Meditation times
3. More information related to this Meditation Focus
4. Humanitarian Vigil for Darfur, Sudan
As our world enters a critical time in its turbulent history with several crucial elections ahead and with the fate of the world literally hanging in the balance, awakening souls of Light Servers around the world are called upon, once again, to unite in concerted spiritual activities so as to create a potent field of loving compassion strong enough to enable a shift in the general population towards empowering only politicians and political organizations truly representing the highest ideals of truth, justice, peace and caring concern for all living beings. The numerous situations, conflicts and humanitarian crisis that have been evoked and recommended as the focus of our collective healing and peace-fostering meditations and prayers since this initiative was launched over 4 years ago have in many cases improved markedly as a new consciousness dedicated to peace, environmental sustainability and humanitarian solidarity has grown ever stronger in humanity's awareness and collective soul. Yet some of the forces arraigned to counter the Will of Good that is innate in the vast majority of humans have also been persistently gaining ground in governmental offices and vigorously campaigned to perpetuate the status quo that benefits a tiny minority of greed and power-driven people, with catastrophic consequences for millions of our fellow brothers and sisters and for countless life-forms.
Our responsibility to ensure that Light, Peace and Love ultimately prevail on Earth is undeniable, even if untiring assistance is provided from the invisibles realms of existence and from highly advanced benevolent civilizations that also have a stake in ensuring the success of our epic struggle to make this world into a renewed paradise of harmony, peace and beauty, as planned at the highest level of this universe. In unity of purpose and through global communion of souls, we cannot fail for the combined healing and Light-rejuvenating power of collectively attuned beings of Love is unsurpassed and unstoppable. In the presence of Light, darkness instantly recedes and vanishes. It is with this very consciousness of such a blazing reality that our common efforts on behalf of humanity reach their zenith and ensure victory.
Please 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 Sunday, to foster an ever greater sense of goodness, kindness and love in the heart of every single human being on the face of this planet. Let us kindle a global bonfire of compassion, trigger a global awakening to the sacredness of all life, and become, from head to toes to tingling heart, a communion of souls, for the Highest Good of All.
This whole Meditation Focus has been archived for your convenience at http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus113.htm
2. MEDITATION TIMES
i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes. Please dedicate the last few minutes of your Sunday meditation to the healing of the Earth as a whole. See the Earth as healthy and vibrant with life, and experience the healing of all relations as we awaken globally to the sacredness of all Life and to our underlying unity with All That Is.
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 * 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.
* 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. MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO THIS MEDITATION FOCUS
This complement of information may help you to better understand the various aspects pertaining to the summary description of the subject of this Meditation Focus.
A CRITICAL TIME
by Patricia Diane Cota-Robles
This is a critical time for the United States of America and for all governments throughout the world. This year important elections are taking place, which have the potential of changing the course of history and the direction in which Humanity is headed.
It is impossible to overstate how vital it is for awakened people to be elected into public office. These must be people who are consciously aware of the Oneness of ALL Life. They must be people who realize that Humanity is totally interrelated, interdependent and interconnected to one another.
It is time for governmental officials everywhere to understand the Divine Truth that what harms one Human Being harms all Human Beings; what harms any part of life harms ALL life. Consequently, what genuinely benefits and blesses one person assists all people; what is healing and nurturing for one part of life lifts up and blesses all life. When that reality registers in the hearts and minds of leaders throughout the world, the concept that anyone can benefit from killing another person will seem preposterous. Governments will then know that killing people only perpetuates the problem. It never solves the problem.
With an awakened consciousness, governments will join together and search for viable, peaceful solutions to the maladies existing on Earth. They will create mutually beneficial options and make decisions based solely on the highest good for all concerned. A win-win consciousness will then be the basis for all global interactions, and Humanity's lives will be transformed.
Like attracts like is a Universal Law. It is an irrefutable fact of life. War begets war; hate begets hate; peace begets peace; love begets love. It is just that simple. Nothing will change that Divine Truth.
In order to correct what is happening in this country and on the planet, all conscious people must get involved in the election process. We must vote whenever it is possible. Unfortunately, things are sometimes different than they appear. Politicians running for elected office usually say whatever they think people want to hear in order to get their votes. It is very difficult to really know someone's heart in the current political arena, but we need to try and find out as much as we can about each candidate running for office. Then we must ask our God Selves for assistance.
Our God Selves are able to see the bigger picture, and they can see the Divine Intent of every evolving soul. If we carefully listen to our hearts and ask our God Selves to guide us when we enter the voting booths, we will be inspired to vote for the most awakened candidates.
We are in a transitional period, and new frequencies of Divine Consciousness are flooding into the mental and emotional strata of Earth. It may seem as though there are very few awakened people available to vote for at this time, but that is rapidly changing. You and I have the ability to accelerate this process.
Through our thoughts, words, actions and feelings we are cocreating this reality. If we will join our hearts and minds together and invoke the Light of God into all of the political systems on Earth, we will transcend the old, corrupt, greed-infested, power-hungry, special-interest, politics-as-usual consciousness that got us into this mess, and we will establish a new global political system that is based on Oneness and Reverence for ALL Life.
Don't ever underestimate your ability to make a positive difference. You are powerful beyond your knowing. The following affirmations, decrees and visualizations have been given to us by the Company of Heaven to assist us during this critical time. Together, we can transform the governments of the world and change the course of history.
For your convenience, I have included the following visualizations, decrees and affirmations, along with many more positive sharings from On High, on a new CD titled THE POWER OF ONE. You certainly do not need the CD to join in this unified activity of Light, but there is a very important reason why the Beings of Light asked that we make the CD available for anyone who is interested.
Together, we are creating a living Forcefield of Light that contains the matrix and archetypes for Divine Government and Humanity's awakening into Divine Consciousness. Divine Government is a government orchestrated BY the God Selves of Humanity, OF the God Selves of Humanity, FOR the God Selves of Humanity. Lightworkers all over the world are joining in this project. When we all empower the visualizations, decrees and affirmations the same way day after day, our Forcefield of Light grows exponentially and will reach critical mass infinitely faster than if each of us is doing our own thing and changing our visualizations and affirmations everyday.
Read the suggested visualizations and more at http://www.harpofgod.org/Harp_of_God_SPECIAL_Bulletin_6_20_04.html
4) HUMANITARIAN VIGIL FOR DARFUR, SUDAN
Here are some of the latest developments in Darfur Sudan. Please also keep this situation in mind during your meditations in the coming weeks to help ensure that peace prevail there as well and humanitarian assistance is provided in a timely manner to everyone in need of such assistance.
26 Jun 2004
The world averts its eyes from the tragedy of Darfur
HOMELESS, hungry, hopeless. The people of Darfur, those whose skin is the wrong colour for their governments liking, huddle in makeshift camps, driven out of their villages, many driven from their own country. They have run from the death squads and they have cowered as the bombs exploded around them. They wait for the world to help them. And the world looks away.
After all, there are football matches to watch, Big Brother contestants to gossip about. There is violence in the Middle East, and Henmania at Wimbledon. And is it not the case that there is always another African disaster looming? It is such a busy world. Who has time to spare for another tragedy?
Many, though, are going to die. Those faces looking into the camera; they are the faces of people who will no longer be alive this time next year. Already, it is too late for some. In some of the refugee camps inside Darfur, almost half of the women and children are already suffering from malnutrition. The rains have started, cutting off the camps. The United Nations world food programme only has food for 500,000 of the 800,000 it planned to help. Even that figure bears little relation to the true number affected. The US Agency for International Development has warned that time is running out to get aid to Darfur. It talks of a death toll of 350,000 people as "conservative".
Ten years ago, the UNs reluctance to act allowed the Rwandan genocide to proceed unchecked. Hundreds of thousands of people were slaughtered. This is the UNs opportunity to make amends. Yet still, it seems, there is no sense of urgency.
The Scotsman has tried to play a part in highlighting this unfolding tragedy. Gethin Chamberlain and photographer Ian Rutherford travelled to the border between Sudan and Chad to speak to those who had experienced the murderous attacks of the Janjaweed militias and the Sudanese government forces. It is a story that too many have chosen to ignore. We trusted that our readers would share our concern.
The response has been heartening. Donations for the UNICEF appeal that we ran in conjunction with the coverage have poured in. UNICEF says that such an appeal in a single newspaper would normally be expected to raise no more than £10,000. The Scotsmans readers have already donated in excess of £33,000, and the figure is rising by the day. Decent people are not prepared to stand idly by while others suffer.
But such generosity is not enough if those with the political power do not act quickly to stem the killing. The aid agencies need to be able to get into Darfur to use the money that has been donated. Instead, Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General, will not even accept that what is happening in Darfur is genocide or ethnic cleansing. He will only say that it is "a tragic humanitarian situation".
A report issued by the UN in May describes the situation in Darfur as "an ethnically based rebellion [which] has been met with an ethnically based response, building in large part on long-standing but largely hitherto contained tribal rivalries".
The Sudanese government has set out to destroy a people. It has backed one ethnic group against another, determined to wipe out the black African population of Darfur, leaving only Arabs behind. If that is not genocide, what is?
Mr Annan and Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, intend to visit Khartoum next week to speak to the Sudanese government. It is to be hoped that they do not pull their punches, though in the case of Mr Annan, it may be a vain hope. He has previously stated that there may need to be military intervention to resolve the crisis. But he will not risk upsetting members of the UN Security Council. And the council is hopelessly split.
Despite finally approving the use of UN peacekeepers for the long-running conflict in southern Sudan, some council members continue to block a resolution to enable the UN to act in Darfur. Algeria and Pakistan do not like the idea of interfering with the sovereignty of a fellow Muslim state. France and China have oil interests in Sudan which they are loathe to jeopardise. It creates the obscene possibility that UN forces will be present where genocide is taking place, unable, yet again, to intervene.
THE solution is not complicated. The Sudanese government must open up the Darfur region to aid agencies immediately. It must disarm and cease to fund the Janjaweed militias who it has used to do its dirty work.
The rest of the world should dispense with platitudes and face down the Sudanese government. Those responsible for this slaughter must be identified and brought to book. The militias must be disarmed and the Sudanese airforce grounded, by no-fly zones if necessary.
A swift and explicit UN Security Council resolution is the starting point; action to back it up must follow. And it would be helpful if those with commercial interests in Sudan could rediscover the moral certainty they felt over Iraq and stop prevaricating.
But what is needed, more than anything, is for ordinary people, not just the politicians, to start taking notice; to say that, in 2004, it is no longer acceptable for hundreds of thousands of people to die because they are the wrong colour, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
The Scotsman has done its best to help bring this tragedy to the attention of those who can make a difference. Our readers have shown, through their generosity, that they care deeply. It is the time for the rest of the civilised world, to stand up, be counted and demand action from political leaders.
Update on Darfur
Covering an area of one million square miles, Sudan is the largest country in Africa, located in the northeast just south of Egypt. Around 200 different languages and dialects are used by the 33 million Sudanese people. Early in 2003, an armed conflict started in Darfur, a very poor region about the size of France in the west of the country. Warfare erupted when the non-Arab African rebel group the Sudanese Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/SLM) later to be joined by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) attacked the Sudanese government forces and ethnic Arab militia. According to a briefing note from the British Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG), both groups have similar demands: "an end to the region's chronic economic and political marginalisation; and protection for their communities against attacks by armed nomadic groups."
However, as Human Rights Watch (HRW) puts it (at http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/darfur/index.htm), "[i]nstead of fighting the rebels, the government forces have waged a systematic campaign against unarmed civilians belonging to the same ethnic groups as the rebel groups mainly the Fur, Masaalit and Zaghawa." An Arab militia known as the Janjaweed (literally "armed horsemen" according to Carroll Bogert in the LOS ANGELES TIMES) have joined forces with the Sudanese government as a counterinsurgency force. Human Rights Watch believes that the Janjaweed focus their attacks on looting, burning, and plundering civilian villages and killing villagers, and that they have complete immunity from government prosecution for criminal acts they may commit.
Various humanitarian groups are focusing on the crisis in Darfur in an attempt to attract international attention and action. Many of these groups have compiled statistics and background information on the situation in western Sudan to help those new to this complicated issue better understand the forces at play. The links provided below will lead you to reports, maps, videos, and more on Darfur.
The aforementioned Humanitarian Policy Group at Britain's independent think-tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI) published Humanitarian issues in Darfur, Sudan in April 2004 (see at http://www.odi.org.uk/hpg/).
HPG's introduction to the report reads: "Darfur has been described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Thousands have died as a direct consequence of violence, and many more as a result of conflict-related disease. This HPG Briefing Note (PDF) draws on a variety of sources and on thematic research by HPG to highlight some of the key issues."
An editorial by Samantha Power and John Prendergast in the June 2, 2004 LOS ANGELES TIMES emphasizes the urgent need for united and sustained international action:
The stakes cannot be overstated. Some 30,000 Darfurians have already been murdered, and nearly 1.5 million have been ethnically cleansed from their villages and farms. Hundreds of thousands have been penned into concentration camps, which are patrolled by government-supported janjaweed militiamen who rape women nightly and murder men who try to leave to gather food for their families. Other displaced people roam the region in search of food and water. Meanwhile, Khartoum has blocked and manipulated international food aid."
The commentary goes on to outline steps that the United States could take to ameliorate the emergency.
Nicholas D. Kristof's opinion column in the NEW YORK TIMES for June 16, 2004, "Dare We Call It Genocide?" suggests that maybe the international community has neglected the crisis in Darfur because "320,000 deaths this year (a best-case projection from the U.S. Agency for International Development) seems like one more boring statistic." He goes on to present the story of one woman whose village was attacked by the Janjaweed militia, noting that it appeared the raiders had a "deliberate strategy to ensure that the village would be forever uninhabitable," poisoning wells, destroying access to water supply, and burning all the homes.
The BBC News Country Profile: Sudan provides a good overview of the country (at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/country_profiles/820864.stm), its leaders, and its media. The page links to BBC coverage of news in the region.
Center for the Advancement of Democratic Awareness in Sudan
Human Rights Watch
Humanitarian Policy Group
International Crisis Group
Annan to meet Powell over Sudan (25 June, 2004)
Annan says sanctions are one of the possible options - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said he will meet US Secretary of State Colin Powell in Sudan next week to discuss the Darfur conflict. Mr Annan urged the world community to act immediately to stop what he called the catastrophe in western Sudan. He said both he and Mr Powell would be pressuring the Sudanese government to carry out its obligations. Human rights groups accuse Khartoum of backing Arab militia groups that have killed thousands of Africans in Darfur. The fighting has driven more than a million people from their homes. Mr Annan said he was going to Darfur to see the situation for himself and to put additional pressure on the government. He said terrible crimes and serious human rights violations had been committed against the people there. Mr Annan stopped short of blaming the Sudanese government directly for the violence and said it had to disarm the militias, protect the people and allow them to go home. He said that both he and Mr Powell would be pressuring the Sudanese government to deal with the humanitarian crisis, and if it could not protect the population, the international community should be prepared to assist. CLIP
The desperate plight of refugees in Darfur (20 June 2004)
"The toll on children is most worrying," says James Elder, communications officer for the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), about the situation in Darfur, western Sudan.
He noted that "There are high levels of malnutrition, especially among children. Many of them have died of malnutrition, but it is difficult to get the number of those dead due to the lack of monitoring logistics." On World Refugee Day, there seems little relief in sight for Darfur -- where Arab militias are said to have launched a scorched earth campaign against the members of three black ethnic tribes: the Fur, Masaalit and Zaghawa. (...) According to Kitty McKinsey, the organisation's regional public information officer, the situation of the refugees is appalling, "and is likely to get worse as more refugees continue to cross into Chad". "The refugees are in a desperate situation after walking for long [distances] without food. Most of them reach the Chad-Sudan border when they are almost collapsing," she said, shortly after returning from a visit to the area. McKinsey said the UNHCR had not yet been able to get enough equipment and supplies to the eight camps that are housing the Sudanese refugees: "We have had to create temporary shelters with twigs. There is basically no water." But, in an ironic twist, this situation may now be disastrously reversed. "We are now worried because the rainy season is soon starting and the people have no proper shelter," she noted. CLIP
Chad fears spread of Darfur war (June 18)
The Janjaweed are accused of chasing black Africans from their homesChad's government is worried that Sudan's Arab militia is trying to export ethnic violence from Darfur. Chad says that it killed 69 Sudanese "Janjaweed" fighters on its territory. The pro-Sudanese government Janjaweed have been accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing against Darfur's black African population. Some 10,000 people have been killed and more than a million have fled their homes. Chad's border region has the same ethnic make-up as Darfur. 'Hidden force' The BBC's Abakar Saleh in the Chad capital, Ndjamena, says the authorities there are "very worried" that the Janjaweed are trying to stir up trouble amongst Chad's Arab population. "There is a hidden force trying to export the conflict between the Sudanese into Chad," said Allami Ahmat, diplomatic advisor to Chadian President Idriss Deby. CLIP
Q&A: Sudan's Darfur conflict
Just as a long-running civil war in Africa's biggest country inches towards a conclusion at talks in Kenya, a new conflict has emerged in the western region of Darfur.
Never Again: Act Now To Stop Genocide In Sudan (June 19, 2004)
Sudan: How You Can Help (June 19, 2004)
We Provide A Directory Of Charities Coordinating Aid To The African Country Hit By A Humanitarian Crisis The UN Describes As The World's Worst
The Crisis In Sudan (June 19, 2004)
When Ethnic Cleansing Becomes Respectable
Time for Action on Sudan (June 18, 2004)
The United States and the U.N. secretary general have strongly condemned the vicious ethnic cleansing campaign sponsored by Sudan's government, which threatens hundreds of thousands of people with starvation before autumn. That's not enough. The situation demands strong action. The civil war of the last two decades between Sudan's Arab Muslim rulers and the partly Christian south now appears to be ending, after a cost of some two million lives. But just as a peace agreement was being worked out, a new war erupted in the mainly Muslim region of Darfur, where non-Arab residents rebelled against Arab domination. To suppress this revolt, Khartoum's autocratic clique of generals and politicians has backed a thuggish militia known as the Janjaweed, which has terrorized non-Arab communities. Women have been raped and branded, villages razed and crops destroyed. More than 15,000 people have been killed and about a million more driven from their homes. Bush administration lawyers are busily studying whether this meets the legal definition of genocide, but that misses the point. Whatever you call it, the rising death toll could soon evoke memories of the tragedy in Rwanda a decade ago, when both the United States and the Security Council found excuses to stand aside while 800,000 died. That shameful failure must not be repeated. CLIP
The Darfur Catastrophe (May 30, 2004)
Ten years ago CNN ran footage of bloated corpses floating down Rwanda's rivers, while Washington debated whether to call it "genocide." As U.S. officials who later were responsible for U.S. policy toward Africa, we helped plan several subsequent military interventions in Africa. But, like many others, we remain haunted by the Rwandan genocide. So it is with some humility and a full appreciation of the complexity of decisions to deploy U.S. forces that we hazard to recommend how to deal with a new Rwanda now unfolding in the Darfur region of western Sudan. (...) First, the United States, acting through the U.N. Security Council, must pressure the government of Sudan to halt the killing, disarm the militia and allow full, unimpeded access for humanitarian workers and supplies. This pressure should include travel and financial sanctions, as well as a ban on the purchase of Sudanese oil, effective automatically within 14 days unless the government takes immediate and effective action. Many foreign governments will resist such sanctions. Some might accuse the United States of hypocrisy in light of the Abu Ghraib scandal. We should have none of it. Instead, we should challenge fellow Security Council governments to live with their consciences if they choose to acquiesce in another genocide. Simultaneously, the United States should tell Khartoum no current U.S. sanctions will be lifted unless and until the government relents in Darfur. CLIP
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