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August 8, 2016

J.F.K. Best Speech a U.S. President Ever Gave

Best Speech a U.S. President Ever Gave

{Thanks to WorldBEYONDWar.org for binging our attention to this. …And to David Swanson for the writing/posting.}

In planning an upcoming conference and nonviolent action aimed at challenging the institution of war, with the conference to be held at American University, I can’t help but be drawn to the speech a U.S. president gave at American University a little more than 50 years ago. Whether or not you agree with me that this is the best speech ever given by a U.S. president, there should be little dispute that it is the speech most out of step with what anyone will say at either the Republican or the Democratic national convention this year. Here’s a video of the best portion of the speech:

President John F. Kennedy was speaking at a time when, like now, Russia and the United States had enough nuclear weapons ready to fire at each other on a moment’s notice to destroy the earth for human life many times over. At that time, however, in 1963, there were only three nations, not the current nine, with nuclear weapons, and many fewer than now with nuclear energy. NATO was far removed from Russia’s borders. The United States had not just facilitated a coup in Ukraine. The United States wasn’t organizing military exercises in Poland or placing missiles in Poland and Romania. Nor was it manufacturing smaller nukes that it described as “more usable.” The work of managing U.S. nuclear weapons was then deemed prestigious in the U.S. military, not the dumping ground for drunks and misfits that it has become. Hostility between Russia and the United States was high in 1963, but the problem was widely known about in the United States, in contrast to the current vast ignorance. Some voices of sanity and restraint were permitted in the U.S. media and even in the White House. Kennedy was using peace activist Norman Cousins as a messenger to Nikita Khrushchev, whom he never described, as Hillary Clinton has described Vladimir Putin, as “Hitler.”

Kennedy framed his speech as a remedy for ignorance, specifically the ignorant view that war is inevitable. This is the opposite of what President Barack Obama said recently in Hiroshima and earlier in Prague and Oslo. Kennedy called peace “the most important topic on earth.” It is a topic not touched on in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. I fully expect this year’s Republican national convention to celebrate ignorance.

Kennedy renounced the idea of a “Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war,” precisely what both big political parties now and most speeches on war by most past U.S. presidents ever have favored. Kennedy went so far as to profess to care about 100% rather than 4% of humanity:

“… not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women–not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”

Kennedy explained war and militarism and deterrence as nonsensical:

“Total war makes no sense in an age when great powers can maintain large and relatively invulnerable nuclear forces and refuse to surrender without resort to those forces. It makes no sense in an age when a single nuclear weapon contains almost ten times the explosive force delivered by all the allied air forces in the Second World War. It makes no sense in an age when the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by wind and water and soil and seed to the far corners of the globe and to generations yet unborn.”

Kennedy went after the money. Military spending is now over half of federal discretionary spending, and yet neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton has said or been asked in even the vaguest terms what they’d like to see spent on militarism. “Today,” said Kennedy in 1963,

“the expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need to use them is essential to keeping the peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles–which can only destroy and never create–is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace.”

In 2016 even beauty queens have shifted to advocating war rather than “world peace.” But in 1963 Kennedy spoke of peace as the serious business of government:

“I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war–and frequently the words of the pursuer fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task. Some say that it is useless to speak of world peace or world law or world disarmament–and that it will be useless until the leaders of the Soviet Union adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe we can help them do it. But I also believe that we must reexamine our own attitude–as individuals and as a Nation–for our attitude is as essential as theirs. And every graduate of this school, every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward–by examining his own attitude toward the possibilities of peace, toward the Soviet Union, toward the course of the cold war and toward freedom and peace here at home.”

Can you imagine any approved speaker at this year’s RNC or DNC suggesting that in U.S. relations toward Russia a major part of the problem might be U.S. attitudes? Would you be willing to wager your next donation to either of those parties? I’d be glad to accept it.

Peace, Kennedy explained in a manner unheard of today, is perfectly possible:

First: Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable–that mankind is doomed–that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade–therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable–and we believe they can do it again. I am not referring to the absolute, infinite concept of peace and good will of which some fantasies and fanatics dream. I do not deny the value of hopes and dreams but we merely invite discouragement and incredulity by making that our only and immediate goal. Let us focus instead on a more practical, more attainable peace– based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions–on a series of concrete actions and effective agreements which are in the interest of all concerned. There is no single, simple key to this peace–no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process–a way of solving problems.”

Kennedy debunked some of the usual straw men:

“With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are within families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor–it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. However fixed our likes and dislikes may seem, the tide of time and events will often bring surprising changes in the relations between nations and neighbors. So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.”

Kennedy then laments what he considers, or claims to consider, baseless Soviet paranoia regarding U.S. imperialism, Soviet criticism not unlike his own more private criticism of the CIA. But he follows this by flipping it around on the U.S. public:

“Yet it is sad to read these Soviet statements–to realize the extent of the gulf between us. But it is also a warning–a warning to the American people not to fall into the same trap as the Soviets, not to see only a distorted and desperate view of the other side, not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodation as impossible, and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats. No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. As Americans, we find communism profoundly repugnant as a negation of personal freedom and dignity. But we can still hail the Russian people for their many achievements–in science and space, in economic and industrial growth, in culture and in acts of courage. Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union suffered in the course of the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and farms were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s territory, including nearly two thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland–a loss equivalent to the devastation of this country east of Chicago.”

Imagine today trying to get Americans to see a designated enemy’s point of view and ever being invited back on CNN or MSNBC afterward. Imagine hinting at who actually did the vast majority of winning World War II or why Russia might have good reason to fear aggression from its west!

Kennedy returned to the nonsensical nature of the cold war, then and now:

“Today, should total war ever break out again–no matter how–our two countries would become the primary targets. It is an ironic but accurate fact that the two strongest powers are the two in the most danger of devastation. All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first 24 hours. And even in the cold war, which brings burdens and dangers to so many nations, including this Nation’s closest allies–our two countries bear the heaviest burdens. For we are both devoting massive sums of money to weapons that could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty, and disease. We are both caught up in a vicious and dangerous cycle in which suspicion on one side breeds suspicion on the other, and new weapons beget counterweapons. In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours–and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest.”

Kennedy then urges, outrageously by the standards of some, that the United States tolerate other nations pursuing their own visions:

“So, let us not be blind to our differences–but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

Kennedy reframes the cold war, rather than the Russians, as the enemy:

“Let us reexamine our attitude toward the cold war, remembering that we are not engaged in a debate, seeking to pile up debating points. We are not here distributing blame or pointing the finger of judgment. We must deal with the world as it is, and not as it might have been had the history of the last 18 years been different. We must, therefore, persevere in the search for peace in the hope that constructive changes within the Communist bloc might bring within reach solutions which now seem beyond us. We must conduct our affairs in such a way that it becomes in the Communists’ interest to agree on a genuine peace. Above all, while defending our own vital interests, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to a choice of either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war. To adopt that kind of course in the nuclear age would be evidence only of the bankruptcy of our policy–or of a collective death-wish for the world.”

By Kennedy’s definition, the U.S. government is pursuing a death-wish for the world, just as by Martin Luther King’s definition four years later, the U.S. government is now “spiritually dead.” Which is not to say that nothing came of Kennedy’s speech and the work that followed it in the five months before he was murdered by U.S. militarists. Kennedy proposed in the speech the creation of a hotline between the two governments, which was created. He proposed a ban on nuclear weapons testing and announced the unilateral U.S. cessation of nuclear testing in the atmosphere. This led to a treaty banning nuclear testing except underground. And that led, as Kennedy intended, to greater cooperation and larger disarmament treaties.

This speech also led by degrees difficult to measure to greater U.S. resistance to launching new wars. May it serve to inspire a movement to bring the abolition of war to reality.

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 https://www.youtube.com/user/worldbeyondwar

OTHER JFK LINKS:
JFK ~ The Speech that Killed him 5m24s

JFK Exposes Illuminatti Traitors 2m7s

JFK’s Anti-Illuninati Speech  6m57ss

JFK Secret Societies Speech ~ Full Version 19m43s

JFK’s 10 Best Speeches {croppings from} 6m43s

***BLESS YOU AND YOU & YOUR PASSION TO FREE HUMANITY***
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March 27, 2016

To the Next Generation of Artists

“The answer to peace is simple;
it begins with you.”
~ Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock

 

To the Next Generation of Artists

~ by Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, syndicated from nesthq.com, Mar 16, 2016

We find ourselves in turbulent and unpredictable times.

From the horror at the Bataclan, to the upheaval in Syria and the senseless bloodshed in San Bernardino, we live in a time of great confusion and pain.

 

As an artist, creator and dreamer of this world, we ask you not to be discouraged by what you see but to use your own lives, and by extension your art, as vehicles for the construction of peace.

While it’s true that the issues facing the world are complex,
the answer to peace is simple;
it begins with you.

You don’t have to be living in a third world country or working for an NGO to make a difference. Each of us has a unique mission. We are all pieces in a giant, fluid puzzle, where the smallest of actions by one puzzle piece profoundly affects each of the others. You matter, your actions matter, your art matters.

We’d like to be clear that while this letter is written
with an artistic audience in mind,
these thoughts transcend professional boundaries
and apply to all people,
regardless of profession.

FIRST, AWAKEN TO YOUR HUMANITY

We are not alone. We do not exist alone and we cannot create alone. What this world needs is a humanistic awakening of the desire to raise one’s life condition to a place where our actions are rooted in altruism and compassion. You cannot hide behind a profession or instrument; you have to be human. Focus your energy on becoming the best human you can be. Focus on developing empathy and compassion. Through the process you’ll tap into a wealth of inspiration rooted in the complexity and curiosity of what it means to simply exist on this planet. Music is but a drop in the ocean of life. […]

UNDERSTAND THE TRUE NATURE OF OBSTACLES

We have this idea of failure, but it’s not real; it’s an illusion. There is no such thing as failure. What you perceive as failure is really a new opportunity, a new hand of cards, or a new canvas to create upon. In life there are unlimited opportunities. The words, “success” and “failure”, themselves, are nothing more than labels. Every moment is an opportunity. You, as a human being, have no limits; therefore infinite possibilities exist in any circumstance.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO INTERACT
WITH THOSE WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU

The world needs more one-on-one interaction among people of diverse origins with a greater emphasis on art, culture and education. Our differences are what we have in common. We can work to create an open and continuous plane where all types of people can exchange ideas, resources, thoughtfulness and kindness. We need to be connecting with one another, learning about one another, and experiencing life with one another. We can never have peace if we cannot understand the pain in each other’s hearts. The more we interact, the more we will come to realize that our humanity transcends all differences. […]

BE WARY OF EGO

Arrogance can develop within artists, either from artists who believe that their status makes them more important, or those whose association with a creative field entitles them to some sort of superiority. Beware of ego; creativity cannot flow when only the ego is served.

WORK TOWARDS A BUSINESS WITHOUT BORDERS

The medical field has an organization called Doctors Without Borders. This lofty effort can serve as a model for transcending the limitations and strategies of old business formulas which are designed to perpetuate old systems in the guise of new ones. We’re speaking directly to a system that’s in place, a system that conditions consumers to purchase only the products that are dictated to be deemed marketable, a system where money is only the means to an end. The music business is a fraction of the business of life. Living with creative integrity can bring forth benefits never imagined. […]

LASTLY, WE HOPE THAT
YOU LIVE IN A STATE OF CONSTANT WONDER

As we accumulate years, parts of our imagination tend to dull. Whether from sadness, prolonged struggle, or social conditioning, somewhere along the way people forget how to tap into the inherent magic that exists within our minds. Don’t let that part of your imagination fade away. Look up at the stars and imagine what it would be like to be an astronaut or a pilot. Imagine exploring the pyramids or Machu Picchu. Imagine flying like a bird or crashing through a wall like Superman. Imagine running with dinosaurs or swimming like mer-creatures. All that exists is a product of someone’s imagination; treasure and nurture yours and you’ll always find yourself on the precipice of discovery.

How does any of this lend to the creation of a peaceful society you ask?
It begins with a cause. Your causes create the effects that shape your future and the future of all those around you.
Be the leaders in the movie of your life.
You are the director, producer, and actor.
Be bold and tirelessly compassionate
as you dance through the voyage that is this lifetime.


The above excerpts are taken from Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock’s  letter
which appears in its entirety on NestHQ.
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August 31, 2015

Can you teach people to have empathy?

Roman Krznaric is the author of Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It – on which this article is based – and is founder of the Empathy Museum and Empathy Library.

Original article from BBC News Magazine email newslatter.

Empathy is a quality that is integral to most people’s lives – and yet the modern world makes it easy to lose sight of the feelings of others. But almost everyone can learn to develop this crucial personality trait, says Roman Krznaric.

Open Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and one line will jump out at you:

“You never really understand another person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Human beings are naturally primed to embrace this message. According to the latest neuroscience research, 98% of people (the exceptions include those with psychopathic tendencies) have the ability to empathise wired into their brains – an in-built capacity for stepping into the shoes of others and understanding their feelings and perspectives.

The problem is that most don’t tap into their full empathic potential in everyday life.

You can easily find yourself passing by a mother struggling with a pram on some steps as you rush to a work meeting, or read about a tragic earthquake in a distant country then let it slip your mind as you click a link to check the latest football results.

Can you read someone’s mind through their eyes?

The empathy gap can appear in personal relationships too – like when I find myself shouting in frustration at my six-year-old twins, or fail to realise that my partner is doing more than her fair share of the housework.

So is there anything you can do to boost your empathy levels? The good news is that almost everyone can learn to be more empathic, just like we can learn to ride a bike or drive a car.

A good warm up is to do a quick assessment of your empathic abilities. Neuropsychologist Simon Baron-Cohen has devised a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes in which you are shown 36 pairs of eyes and have to choose one of four words that best describes what each person is feeling or thinking – for instance, jealous, arrogant, panicked or hateful.

The average score of around 26 suggests that the majority of people are surprisingly good – though far from perfect – at visually reading others’ emotions.

Going a step further, there are three simple but powerful strategies for unleashing the empathic potential that is latent in our neural circuitry.

Make a habit of “radical listening”

“What is essential,’ wrote Marshall Rosenberg, psychologist and founder of Non-Violent Communication, “is our ability to be present to what’s really going on within – to the unique feelings and needs a person is experiencing at that very moment.”

Listening out for people’s feelings and needs – whether it is a friend who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer or a spouse who is upset at you for working late yet again – gives them a sense of being understood.

Let people have their say, hold back from interrupting and even reflect back what they’ve told you so they knew you were really listening. There’s a term for doing this – “radical listening”.

Radical listening can have an extraordinary impact on resolving conflict situations. Rosenberg points out that in employer-employee disputes, if both sides literally repeat what the other side just said before speaking themselves, conflict resolution is reached 50% faster.

Look for the human behind everything

A second step is to deepen empathic concern for others by developing an awareness of all those individuals hidden behind the surface of our daily lives, on whom we may depend in some way. A Buddhist-inspired approach to this is to spend a whole day becoming mindful of every person connected to your routine actions.

So when you have your morning coffee, think about the people who picked the coffee beans. As you button your shirt, consider the labour behind the label by asking yourself: “Who sewed on these buttons? Where in the world are they? What are their lives like?”

Think about all the people you take for granted

Then continue throughout the day, bringing this curiosity to who is driving the train, vacuuming the office floor or stacking the supermarket shelves. It is precisely such mindful awareness that can spark empathic action on the behalf of others, whether it’s buying Fairtrade coffee or becoming friends with the office cleaner.

Bertolt Brecht wrote a wonderful poem about this called A Worker Reads History, which begins: “Who built the seven gates of Thebes? / The books are filled with the names of kings / Was it the kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone?”

Become curious about strangers

I used to regularly walk past a homeless man around the corner from where I live in Oxford and take virtually no notice of him. One day I stopped to speak to him.

It turned out his name was Alan Human and he had a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. We subsequently developed a friendship based on our mutual interest in Aristotle’s ethics and pepperoni pizza.

This encounter taught me that having conversations with strangers opens up our empathic minds. We can not only meet fascinating people but also challenge the assumptions and prejudices that we have about others based on their appearance, accents or backgrounds.

It’s about recovering the curiosity everyone had as children, but which society is so good at beating out of us. Get beyond superficial talk but beware interrogating people. Respect the advice of oral historian Studs Terkel – who always spoke to people on the bus on his daily commute: “Don’t be an examiner, be the interested inquirer.”

These are the kinds of conversations you will find happening at the world’s first Empathy Museum, which is launching in the UK in late 2015 and will then be travelling to Australia and other countries.

Amongst the unusual exhibitions will be a human library, where instead of borrowing a book you borrow a person for conversation – maybe a Sikh teenager, an unhappy investment banker or a gay father. In other words, the kind of people you may not get to meet in everyday life.

Empathy is the cornerstone of healthy human relationships.

As the psychologist and inventor of emotional intelligence Daniel Goleman puts it, without empathy a person is “emotionally tone deaf”.

It’s clear that with a little effort nearly everyone can put more of their empathic potential to use. So try slipping on your empathy shoes and make an adventure of looking at the world through the eyes of others.

 

More from the Magazine

Parts of the NHS have come under fire in recent years, with David Cameron among those calling for health professionals to show more compassion. But Tom Shakespeare asks if there are dangers in placing too much emphasis on empathy.

How important is compassion in healthcare? (June, 2013)

Roman Krznaric is the author of Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It – on which this article is based – and is founder of the Empathy Museum and Empathy Library.

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June 6, 2015

LOVE your Mother, Earth! Nature Needs a New Pronoun…

“We Humans look rather different than a tree.
Without a doubt we perceive the world different than a tree does.
But down deep, at the molecular Heart of Life,
the trees and we are essentially identical.
~ Carl Sagan

Nature Needs a New Pronoun:
To Stop the Age of Extinction,
Let’s Start by Ditching “It”

–by Robin Wall Kimmerer, syndicated from Yes Magazine,
Jun 06, 2015

Calling the natural world “it” absolves us of moral responsibility and opens the door to exploitation.
Here’s what we can say instead.

imageSinging whales, talking trees, dancing bees, birds who make art, fish who navigate, plants who learn and remember. We are surrounded by intelligences other than our own, by feathered people and people with leaves. But we’ve forgotten. There are many forces arrayed to help us forget—even the language we speak.

I’m a beginning student of my native Anishinaabe language, trying to reclaim what was washed from the mouths of children in the Indian Boarding Schools. Children like my grandfather. So I’m paying a lot of attention to grammar lately. Grammar is how we chart relationships through language, including our relationship with the Earth.

Imagine your grandmother standing at the stove in her apron and someone says, “Look, it is making soup. It has gray hair.” We might snicker at such a mistake; at the same time we recoil. In English, we never refer to a person as “it.” Such a grammatical error would be a profound act of disrespect. “It” robs a person of selfhood and kinship, reducing a person to a thing.

And yet in English, we speak of our beloved Grandmother Earth in exactly that way: as “it.” The language allows no form of respect for the more-than-human beings with whom we share the Earth. In English, a being is either a human or an “it.”

Objectification of the natural world reinforces the notion that our species is somehow more deserving of the gifts of the world than the other 8.7 million species with whom we share the planet. Using “it” absolves us of moral responsibility and opens the door to exploitation. When Sugar Maple is an “it” we give ourselves permission to pick up the saw. “It” means it doesn’t matter.

But in Anishinaabe and many other indigenous languages, it’s impossible to speak of Sugar Maple as “it.” We use the same words to address all living beings as we do our family. Because they are our family.

What would it feel like to be part of a family that includes birches and beavers and butterflies? We’d be less lonely. We’d feel like we belonged. We’d be smarter.

In indigenous ways of knowing, other species are recognized not only as persons, but also as teachers who can inspire how we might live. We can learn a new solar economy from plants, medicines from mycelia, and architecture from the ants. By learning from other species, we might even learn humility.

Colonization, we know, attempts to replace indigenous cultures with the culture of the settler. One of its tools is linguistic imperialism, or the overwriting of language and names. Among the many examples of linguistic imperialism, perhaps none is more pernicious than the replacement of the language of nature as subject with the language of nature as object. We can see the consequences all around us as we enter an age of extinction precipitated by how we think and how we live.

Let me make here a modest proposal for the transformation of the English language, a kind of reverse linguistic imperialism, a shift in worldview through the humble work of the pronoun.
Might the path to sustainability be marked by grammar?

Language has always been changeable and adaptive. We lose words we don’t need anymore and invent the ones we need. We don’t need a worldview of Earth beings as objects anymore. That thinking has led us to the precipice of climate chaos and mass extinction. We need a new language that reflects the life-affirming world we want. A new language, with its roots in an ancient way of thinking.

If sharing is to happen, it has to be done right, with mutual respect. So, I talked to my elders. I was pointedly reminded that our language carries no responsibility to heal the society that systematically sought to exterminate it. At the same time, others counsel that “the reason we have held on to our traditional teachings is because one day, the whole world will need them.” I think that both are true.

English is a secular language, to which words are added at will. But Anishinaabe is different. Fluent speaker and spiritual teacher Stewart King reminds us that the language is sacred, a gift to the People to care for one another and for the Creation. It grows and adapts too, but through a careful protocol that respects the sanctity of the language.

He suggested that the proper Anishinaabe word for beings of the living Earth would be Bemaadiziiaaki. I wanted to run through the woods calling it out, so grateful that this word exists. But I also recognized that this beautiful word would not easily find its way to take the place of “it.” We need a simple new English word to carry the meaning offered by the indigenous one. Inspired by the grammar of animacy and with full recognition of its Anishinaabe roots, might we hear the new pronoun at the end of Bemaadiziiaaki, nestled in the part of the word that means land?

“Ki” to signify a BEing of the living Earth. Not “he” or “she,” but “ki.” So that when we speak of Sugar Maple, we say, “Oh that beautiful tree, ki is giving us sap again this spring.” And we’ll need a plural pronoun, too, for those Earth beings. Let’s make that new pronoun “kin.” So we can now refer to birds and trees not as things, but as our earthly relatives. On a crisp October morning we can look up at the geese and say, “Look, kin are flying south for the winter. Come back soon.”

Language can be a tool for cultural transformation. Make no mistake: “Ki” and “kin” are revolutionary pronouns. Words have power to shape our thoughts and our actions. On behalf of the living world, let us learn the grammar of animacy. We can keep “it” to speak of bulldozers and paperclips, but every time we say “ki,” let our words reaffirm our respect and kinship with the more-than-human world. Let us speak of the BEings of Earth as the “kin” they are.

 

This article is shared here with permission from YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. The author, Robin Wall Kimmerer, wrote this article for Together, With Earth, the Spring 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Robin is the founding director of the Center for native Peoples and the Environment at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

This article was originally brought to our attention by the kind souls at dailygood.org. It can be found at http://www.dailygood.org/story/1046/nature-needs-a-new-pronoun-to-stop-the-age-of-extinction-let-s-start-by-ditching-it-robin-wall-kimmerer/

{Thank You both. All emphasis herein added by L’iv}

 

April 15, 2015

The ART of “STILLNESS” …Treat your Self to a Moment in Peaceful Nothingness.

The Art of Stillness

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. –Hermann Hesse

“Stillness is the NO-where “from which” we “blossom” LOVE into this dimensionality” ~ L’iv

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

Acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer began his career documenting a neglected aspect of travel — the sometimes surreal disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture. Since then, he has written ten books, exploring also the cultural consequences of isolation, whether writing about the exiled spiritual leaders of Tibet or the embargoed society of Cuba.

The Art of Stillness
–by Pico Iyer, syndicated from ted.com, Feb 25, 2015

This is the link to the TED-talk (15m 42s) video:
http://www.dailygood.org/story/936/the-art-of-stillness-pico-iyer/
Youtube dierect:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUBawr1hUwo

The FULL transcript follows below:

 

Transcript

I’m a lifelong traveler. Even as a little kid, I was actually working out that it would be cheaper to go to boarding school in England than just to the best school down the road from my parents’ house in California. So, from the time I was nine years old I was flying alone several times a year over the North Pole, just to go to school. And of course the more I flew the more I came to love to fly, so the very week after I graduated from high school, I got a job mopping tables so that I could spend every season of my 18th year on a different continent. And then, almost inevitably, I became a travel writer so my job and my joy could become one.

And I really began to feel that if you were lucky enough to walk around the candlelit temples of Tibet or to wander along the seafronts in Havana with music passing all around you,you could bring those sounds and the high cobalt skies and the flash of the blue ocean back to your friends at home, and really bring some magic and clarity to your own life. Except, as you all know, one of the first things you learn when you travel is that nowhere is magical unless you can bring the right eyes to it. You take an angry man to the Himalayas, he just starts complaining about the food. And I found that the best way that I could develop more attentive and more appreciative eyes was, oddly, by going nowhere, just by sitting still.

And of course sitting still is how many of us get what we most crave and need in our accelerated lives, a break. But it was also the only way that I could find to sift through the slideshow of my experience and make sense of the future and the past. And so, to my great surprise, I found that going nowhere was at least as exciting as going to Tibet or to Cuba. And by going nowhere, I mean nothing more intimidating than taking a few minutes out of every day or a few days out of every season, or even, as some people do, a few years out of a life in order to sit still long enough to find out what moves you most, to recall where your truest happiness lies and to remember that sometimes making a living and making a life point in opposite directions.

And of course, this is what wise beings through the centuries from every tradition have been telling us.It’s an old idea. More than 2,000 years ago, the Stoics were reminding us it’s not our experience that makes our lives, it’s what we do with it. Imagine a hurricane suddenly sweeps through your town and reduces every last thing to rubble. One man is traumatized for life. But another, maybe even his brother, almost feels liberated, and decides this is a great chance to start his life anew. It’s exactly the same event, but radically different responses. There is nothing either good or bad, as Shakespeare told us in “Hamlet,” but thinking makes it so.

And this has certainly been my experience as a traveler. Twenty-four years ago I took the most mind-bending trip across North Korea. But the trip lasted a few days. What I’ve done with it sitting still, going back to it in my head, trying to understand it, finding a place for it in my thinking, that’s lasted 24 years already and will probably last a lifetime. The trip, in other words, gave me some amazing sights, but it’s only sitting still that allows me to turn those into lasting insights. And I sometimes think that so much of our life takes place inside our heads, in memory or imagination or interpretation or speculation, that if I really want to change my life I might best begin by changing my mind.

Again, none of this is new; that’s why Shakespeare and the Stoics were telling us this centuries ago, but Shakespeare never had to face 200 emails in a day. (Laughter) The Stoics, as far as I know, were not on Facebook. We all know that in our on-demand lives, one of the things that’s most on demand is ourselves. Wherever we are, any time of night or day, our bosses, junk-mailers, our parents can get to us. Sociologists have actually found that in recent years Americans are working fewer hours than 50 years ago, but we feel as if we’re working more. We have more and more time-saving devices, but sometimes, it seems, less and less time. We can more and more easily make contact with people on the furthest corners of the planet, but sometimes in that process we lose contact with ourselves.

And one of my biggest surprises as a traveler has been to find that often it’s exactly the people who have most enabled us to get anywhere who are intent on going nowhere. In other words, precisely those beings who have created the technologies that override so many of the limits of old, are the ones wisest about the need for limits, even when it comes to technology. I once went to the Google headquarters and I saw all the things many of you have heard about; the indoor tree houses, the trampolines, workers at that time enjoying 20 percent of their paid time free so that they could just let their imaginations go wandering.

But what impressed me even more was that as I was waiting for my digital I.D., one Googler was telling me about the program that he was about to start to teach the many, many Googlers who practice yoga to become trainers in it, and the other Googler was telling me about the book that he was about to write on the inner search engine , and the ways in which science has empirically shown that sitting still, or meditation, can lead not just to better health or to clearer thinking, but even to emotional intelligence.

I have another friend in Silicon Valley who is really one of the most eloquent spokesmen for the latest technologies, and in fact was one of the founders of Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly. And Kevin wrote his last book on fresh technologies without a smartphone or a laptop or a TV in his home. And like many in Silicon Valley, he tries really hard to observe what they call an Internet sabbath, whereby for 24 or 48 hours every week they go completely offline in order to gather the sense of direction and proportion they’ll need when they go online again. The one thing perhaps that technology hasn’t always given us is a sense of how to make the wisest use of technology.

And when you speak of the sabbath, look at the Ten Commandments –there’s only one word there for which the adjective “holy” is used, and that’s the Sabbath. I pick up the Jewish holy book of the Torah — its longest chapter, it’s on the Sabbath. And we all know that it’s really one of our greatest luxuries, the empty space. In many a piece of music, it’s the pause or the rest that gives the piece its beauty and its shape. And I know I as a writer will often try to include a lot of empty space on the page so that the reader can complete my thoughts and sentences and so that her imagination has room to breathe.

Now, in the physical domain, of course, many people, if they have the resources, will try to get a place in the country, a second home. I’ve never begun to have those resources, but I sometimes remember that any time I want, I can get a second home in time, if not in space, just by taking a day off. And it’s never easy because, of course, whenever I do I spend much of it worried about all the extra stuff that’s going to crash down on me the following day. I sometimes think I’d rather give up meat or sex or wine than the chance to check on my emails. (Laughter) And every season I do try to take three days off on retreat but a part of me still feels guilty to be leaving my poor wife behind and to be ignoring all those seemingly urgent emails from my bosses and maybe to be missing a friend’s birthday party. But as soon as I get to a place of real quiet, I realize that it’s only by going there that I’ll have anything fresh or creative or joyful to share with my wife or bosses or friends. Otherwise, really, I’m just foisting on them my exhaustion or my distractedness, which is no blessing at all.

And so when I was 29, I decided to remake my entire life in the light of going nowhere. One evening I was coming back from the office, it was after midnight, I was in a taxi driving through Times Square, and I suddenly realized that I was racing around so much I could never catch up with my life. And my life then, as it happened, was pretty much the one I might have dreamed of as a little boy. I had really interesting friends and colleagues, I had a nice apartment on Park Avenue and 20th Street. I had, to me, a fascinating- job writing about world affairs, but I could never separate myself enough from them to hear myself think — or really, to understand if I was truly happy.

And so, I abandoned my dream life for a single room on the backstreets of Kyoto, Japan, which was the place that had long exerted a strong, really mysterious gravitational pull on me. Even as a child I would just look at a painting of Kyoto and feel I recognized it; I knew it before I ever laid eyes on it. But it’s also, as you all know, a beautiful city encircled by hills, filled with more than 2,000 temples and shrines, where people have been sitting still for 800 years or more. And quite soon after I moved there, I ended up where I still am with my wife, formerly our kids, in a two-room apartment in the middle of nowhere where we have no bicycle, no car, no TV I can understand, and I still have to support my loved ones as a travel writer and a journalist, so clearly this is not ideal for job advancement or for cultural excitement or for social diversion. But I realized that it gives me what I prize most, which is days and hours.

I have never once had to use a cell phone there. I almost never have to look at the time, and every morning when I wake up, really the day stretches in front of melike an open meadow. And when life throws up one of its nasty surprises, as it will, more than once, when a doctor comes into my room wearing a grave expression, or a car suddenly veers in front of mine on the freeway, I know, in my bones, that it’s the time I’ve spent going nowhere that is going to sustain me much more than all the time I’ve spent racing around to Bhutan or Easter Island.

I’ll always be a traveler — my livelihood depends on it — but one of the beauties of travel is that it allows you to bring stillness into the motion and the commotion of the world. I once got on a plane in Frankfurt, Germany, and a young German woman came down and sat next to me and engaged me in a very friendly conversation for about 30 minutes, and then she just turned around and sat still for 12 hours. She didn’t once turn on her video monitor, she never pulled out a book, she didn’t even go to sleep, she just sat still, and something of her clarity and calm really imparted itself to me.

I’ve noticed more and more people taking conscious measures these days to try to open up a space inside their lives. Some people go to black-hole resorts where they’ll spend hundreds of dollars a night in order to hand over their cell phone and their laptop to the front desk on arrival. Some people I know, just before they go to sleep, instead of scrolling through their messages or checking out YouTube, just turn out the lights and listen to some music, and notice that they sleep much better and wake up much refreshed.

I was once fortunate enough to drive into the high, dark mountains behind Los Angeles, where the great poet and singer and international heartthrob Leonard Cohen was living and working for many years as a full-time monk in the Mount Baldy Zen Center. And I wasn’t entirely surprised when the record that he released at the age of 77, to which he gave the deliberately un-sexy title of “Old Ideas,” went to number one in the charts in 17 nations in the world, hit the top five in nine others.

Something in us, I think, is crying out for the sense of intimacy and depth that we get from people like that. who take the time and trouble to sit still. And I think many of us have the sensation, I certainly do, that we’re standing about two inches away from a huge screen, and it’s noisy and it’s crowded and it’s changing with every second, and that screen is our lives. And it’s only by stepping back, and then further back, and holding still, that we can begin to see what the canvas means and to catch the larger picture. And a few people do that for us by going No-where.

So, in an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. And in an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still. So you can go on your next vacation to Paris or Hawaii, or New Orleans; I bet you’ll have a wonderful time. But, if you want to come back home alive and full of fresh hope, in love with the world, I think you might want to try considering going No-where.

Thank you.
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This transcript and talk originally appeared on TED. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

We thank  DailyGood.org for bringing this TED-talk to our attention and the continue marvelous GOOD they Daily do with their inspiring messages to advance Kindness, Compasssion and LOVE upon Mother Earth.

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December 24, 2014

LAUGHTER, PEACE, GOODWILL, HARMONY, JOY & LOVE FOR ALL

movies & musical videos to
open your Hearts.

TAKE personal Responsibility for
War moving to Peace;

Bring so much Unconditional LOVE into
YOUR HEART that You can contain it no longer…

…Move it out across the planet and
into the eyes and Heart of all You meet.

YOU ARE the ONE
who can tip the scale to
HAVE PEACE FLOW IN, NOW!

Speak about Peace and Speak Peace to all.
BE PEACE!!!

“The nature of the master must be to give out Love
to inspire others to regive Love.

~ Lao & Walter Russell

The song below is “Inspired” by an actual event expressed well in the Movie
“Joyous Noel” celebrating
the World War I Christmas Truce – 100 years ago this week.

Christmas in the Trencheswritten and performed by John McCutcheon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJi41RWaTCs

Buffy Sainte-Marie – Universal Soldier 4m22s

Joan Baez-With God on Our Side 6m38s

Peter Paul and Mary, Where Have All The Flowers Gone 3m45s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QZq-wKaBWc

For a taste of the movie, see this 6 minute You tube video
The Christmas Truce of 1914
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p05E_ohaQGk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p05E_ohaQGk

To be even further moved this Holiday season,
see this You tube movie: Rated 10 on a scale of 1-5 ; >)

This is a commemoration of an American continental war event
from 1862
declared against the Native Dakota people
by U.S. government and executed by Abraham Lincoln,

This is a documentary of a horseback journey of 330 miles
during December 10th thru 26th 2009
freezing winter from South Dakota
to Mankato Minnesota where the event took place.

Keep your tissues handy for this moving Journey of Love,
Forgiveness, Compassion, Reconciliation, and more,
as riders and townspeople along the way
share feelings and experiences.
ACTUAL historical documents trace the trek.

DAKOTA 38 – Full Movie in HD – Duration: 1:18:11. you-tubed by SmoothFeather
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pX6FBSUyQI

To download the film in HD, burn your own DVD, or order a free copy of the DVD, visit http://www.dakota38.com/ . In honoring honor native traditions surrounding ceremonies, we are screening and distributing “Dakota 38” as a gift rather than for sale.

Joyeux Noel Full Movie – Duration: 1:56:01. English subtitles. uploaded by devi devana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEc63JIH6HM

Universal Soldier ~ Donovan 2m18s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A50lVLtSQik

Country Joe & the Fish —“Feel Like I’m Fixing To Die” 3m30s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dATyZBEeDJ4

Nov. 9, 1989: The Berlin Wall Falls Breaking News announcement/coverage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnCPdLlUgvo

“War” …what is it good for…by Edwin Starr
.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d8C4AIFgUg

~ Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream ~

written 1950 by Ed McCurdy.
See Lyrics below.

This song is repeated several times below
for your various artist enjoyment and

BECAUSE IT NEEDS TO BE SAID OVER AND OVER
TILL PEACE PREVAILS EVERYWHERE on our Mother Earth!!!

Recorded in 76 languages, this has become
one of the most enduring and treasured peace songs.

…a strong argument presented sweetly and with reason
& has been recorded by many artists over years.

Pete Seeger with Theodore Bikel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvyvBRfJuIE

Johnny Cash 3m3s

Using Serena Ryder‘s song, it’s a video with some non-graphic war images. 3m45s

Simon and Garfunkel 2m14s

John Denver – Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream (Live 1971) – Duration: 3:02.

JOAN BAEZ

Mason Proffit

Arlo Guthrie 2m43s

Johnny Cash-“I don’t hurt any more” Album~decades later 3m14s

Last night I had the strangest dream
I never dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war
I dreamed I saw a mighty room
The room was filled with men
And the paper they were signing said
They’d never fight again

And when the papers all were signed
And a million copies made
They all joined hands and bowed their heads
And grateful prayers were prayed
And the people in the streets below
Were dancing round and round
And guns and swords and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground

Last night I had the strangest dream
I ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war

Take Responsibility for War
Do PEACE! BE PEACE!!!

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November 11, 2014

Care to Begin Your Day in Appreciation and Gratitude with a Morning Song?

MORNING SONG

 

From the God/ Goddess of my being I give forth thanks

for the Love that I AM,

for the Love in my life and the Love that surrounds me,

thank you.

 

Thank you for the miracle of Life that I am and

thank you for the miracle of Life I see reflected all about me.

 

Thank you for the gift of Life that I am.

Thank you for this perfect body, my health and well-being,

thank you.

 

Thank you for the Abundance that I am and

thank you for the Abundance I see reflected all about me.

Thank you for the Riches and the Richness of my Life and

thank you for the River of Money which flows to me and through me,

thank you.

  

Thank you for the Excitement and Adventure of the millions

of Wondrous Possibilities and Wondrous Probabilities,

thank you.

 

Thank you for the Wonderment and thank you for the Joy.

Thank you for the Beauty and Harmony.

Thank you for the Peace and Tranquility.

Thank you for the Laughter and thank you for the Play.

And thank you for the privilege of Serving and sharing

the Gift that I AM.

 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!                                                                                                                                                                      

                                          ~ P’taah

September 11, 2014

The “New Science” confirming that You direct your Life thru LOVE, Compassion, Gratitude & Appreciation. See link: “DIVINE MATRIX” by Gregg Braden

Via “New Science”, historic cultural and religious documentation he takes us to
KNOW without a doubt
that we are all connected!

WE ARE ONE LOVE!

Grasping this information will change your Life
and challenge your belief systems.

ARE YOU BOLD ENOUGH FOR CHANGE?

ARE YOU BOLD ENOUGH TO LOVE EVERY ONE UNCONDITIONED!!!

 

Gregg Braden is internationally renowned as a pioneer
in bridging science and spirituality.

  • For more than 22 years, Gregg has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries, and forgotten texts to uncover their timeless secrets.
  •  In 1991 he became The First Technical Operations Manager for Cisco Systems, where he led the development of the global support team assuring the reliability of the internet in its early days.
  • Following a successful career as a Computer Geologist for Phillips Petroleum during the 1970s energy crisis, he worked as a Senior Computer Systems Designer with Martin Marietta during the last years of the Cold War.

 

Gregg is a master at research and presentation.
This is not a boring lecture.

It is truly a LEARNING EXPERIENCE!

In this marvelous presentment he uses many
easy understandable slides and videos.
He begins with the “New Science”
showing several examples of the “New Findings”
that shake the foundation of our old science,
then takes us on a journey across the globe
for more documemtation
from the Ancient and Indigenous cultures
and the foundings of religions,
opening the doors to former hidden secrets.
WOW!

 Make the time in chunks that work for You,
just make sure You watch it all,
then create the time to integrate the material.
Review as needed and
join in our CO-creation of  Peace on Earth!

GREGG BRADEN ~ DIVINE MATRIX 4h6m52s
Published on YouTube by AGF Miko 10.31.13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRedvbARVhM

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June 18, 2014

“Introducing Peace Pilgrim…

YOU MAY SEE HER walking through your town or along the highway— a silver haired woman dressed in navy blue slacks and shirt, and a short tunic with pockets all around the bottom in which she carries her only worldly possessions. It says “PEACE PILGRIM” on the front of the tunic and “25,000 Miles On Foot for Peace” on the back. She has walked the 25,000 miles  [before she stopped counting].

She continues to walk for her vow is: “I shall remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until I am given food.” She walks without a penny in her pockets and she is not affiliated with any organization. She walks as a prayer and as a chance to inspire others to pray and work with her for peace.

She speaks to individuals along the way, to gatherings such as church groups or college groups, through newspapers, magazines, radio, television— relating interesting and meaningful experiences, discussing peace within and with out. She feels we have learned that war is not the way to peace — that security does not lie in the stockpile of bombs. She points out that this is a crisis period in human history, and that we who live in the world today must choose between a nuclear war of annihilation and a golden age of peace. Although she does not ask to see results, thousands of letters testify that her journey has not been in vain— saying in effect, “Since talking with you I’ve decided that I should be doing something for peace also.”  

(This message was printed on a brief leaflet, a few copies of which Peace Pilgrim carried in her tunic in order to introduce herself.)”   ~ Reprinted from “PEACE PILGRIM ~ Her Life and Work in Her Own Words”  ISBN 0-943734-01-0   Compiled by some of her friends.

 

She began walking in 1952 and continued until she could walk no more, into the 1980s. Her work continues thru “Friends of Peace Pilgrim”, http://www.peacepilgrim.org, P.O. Box 2207 Shelton Conneticutt 06484 ~ 203.926.1581

Little did Peace Pilgrim know that war upon the planet was orchestrated by an international group of Banksters who bribed governments and power seekers to follow their dictates or be eliminated or have their families tortured and/or murdered, or maybe she did!  {See the works of John Perkins “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” and more, such as General Smedley Butler in “War is Hell” as they and others blow the whistle on the CIA, IMF, The World Bank, and various governments and corporations.}

 Aside from this,
IT’S THE CONSIOUSNESS OF HUMANS GOING ALONG WITH WAR,
THIS IS WHAT PEACE PILGRIM SOUGHT TO INFLUENCE.

 

A few of her quotes….

“Remember that one who does an unworthy deed
is in reality psychologically sick,
and should be regarded with as much compassion
as one who is physically sick.

Remember that no one can hurt you except yourself.
If someone does a mean thing to you, that person is hurt.
You are not really hurt unless you become embittered,
or unless you become angry
and perhaps do a mean thing in return.”

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“ONCE I WAS ASKED, “What do peace pilgrims do?”
A peace pilgrim prays and works for peace within and without.
A peace pilgrim accepts the way of love as the way of peace,
and to depart from the way of love
is to depart from the way of a peace pilgrim…”

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“Every good thing you do,
every good thing you say,
every good thought you think,
vibrates on and on and never ceases.
The evil remains only until it is overcome by the good,
but the good remains forever.”

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“Little people of the world, let us never feel helpless again.
Let us remember that if enough of us ask together
even very big things like world disarmament
and world peace will be granted.

Let’s ask together!”

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“Remember this:
Be still and know that I am God.

Don’t ever forget who you are!
You cannot be where God is not.”

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“Looking thru the eyes of the Divine Nature
you see the Essence within the manifestation,
the Creator within the creation,
and it is a wonderful, wonderful world!”

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Thank You Peace Pilgrim for your Life’s grand examples.

PEACE unto All Beings!
“War is unhealthy for Children and other Living Things!”
Live LOVE, and Prosper!!! ~ L’iv

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April 29, 2014

Would You Think It Odd?

Would You think it odd if Hafiz said,

“I am in love with every church
And mosque
And temple
And any kind of shrine

Because I know it is there
That people say the different names
Of the ONE God.”

Would You tell your friends
I was a bit strange if I admitted

I am indeed in love with every mind
and heart and body.

O I am sincerely
Plumb crazy
About your every thought and yearning
And Limb

Because, my dear,
I know
That it is through these

That you search for Him.

~ Hafiz

Daniel Ladinsky has translated much of Hafiz’s work.
Three such books are “I Heard God Laughing”,  “The Gift” and “The Subject Tonight Is Love”.

The great poet and writer
Ralph Waldo Emerson stated:
“Hafiz is the Poet’s Poet.
… If I could be anyone,
I would choose to be Hafiz.”

 

I really In-Joy Hafiz.  He is a Persian poet of the 1300s. He was of a family of meager means. Hafiz was a baker’s apprentice to assist his family financially and to put himself thru some schooling/training in various areas. But the most of his learnings and knowings came from his daily life experiences of which a big part was of the quiet time of going inward and communicating with the Source of Creation, whom he often refers to as “Friend” and “Beloved”. Ladinsky uses the word God frequently, I do not know if it is Hafiz or Ladinsky who used this word often for the “Being” called “God”. Hafiz surely uses other terms. as well. It is through his connection With-In that Hafiz’s KNOWINGs came forth and his witnessing that we truly are One with the Creative Source.  …One Humanity, One Planet, One Consciousness, One Creative Source, One LOVE!

LOVE is all there is!
Live LOVE, …and Prosper!!!

March 14, 2014

“…all whom I see do I love, for I am all I see and I love what I am.”

[ When I read this I was so moved by it that I felt I am to share it here with You! ]

“…Man is becoming to come out of limitation because there are many upon your plane who are questioning their lives and why they are slaves to the hypocrisy of government, of dogma, of society, and where in turn they lead. They are beginning to love themselves and others enough to see beyond the film of limited consciousness and to rise above it. They are awakening to the understanding that there is an essence that lies within them and within all people that is gentle, loving, and wise. They are beginning to realize that all of the prophecies  — and all of the tales and all of the fears – that have governed mankind for so long have not manifested; they have out lived them all. They are questioning who they are and why, if there are to love God, must they be frightened of him.

Consciousness on this plane is changing. The limitations of understanding which have caused man to be a beastly creature, generation after generation, after generation, are being lifted to permit man to be the sublime God essence that he is.

 It is time to have a new learning occur, which is really not new at all. Deep within your soul, you will know what the truth is because the truth will permit you to see beyond the stagnation of dogmatic beliefs into the heaven of thought and understanding that has been there all along. As the rope is removed from around your throat, and the feelings of joy begin to surface and become eminent within her this magnificent God that you are, in state of being.

This age of your is ending. This has been the Age of Flesh. The new age is already on the horizon, and it is called the Age of Light, The Age of Pure Spirit, The Age of God. It is the age when man knows that all are equal and that the kingdom of heaven has always been within him. The Age of Light shall take man back into unlimited thought, back into a sublime kingdom of love and joy and freedom in being. Those who will be the new kingdom will not be the warlords and tyrants amongst men but the heralds of peace who are rising above the stagnation of limitation to say, ”I am God, and all whom I see do I love, for I am all I see and I love what I am.” Each who comes to that understanding will lift the whole of consciousness by his one solitary light. And one by one, you will return to a state of unlimitedness, rich with the pearls of wisdom that will allow you to create more wisely in the eternity to come.

Your lives upon this plane have been a grand illusion. They have been a great dream. But you will emerge from the dream learned, understanding God. Everyone will. One day you will glance up to a sky that has become very cloudy. As you look into your heavens, you will see a blaze of brilliant lights flickering all around, and you will think the stars themselves have come to nestle with the clouds. What you will see is what all mankind is going to see. It will help you to awaken from your slumber and realize that all I am teaching you is indeed a grand truth and a wonderful [ONEderful ;>)] reality…”      from Ramtha, The White Book, Chapter 19, Opening the Mind, pages 202 & 203.

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February 14, 2014

My Sweet Crushed Angel ~ Hafiz poetry

My Sweet Crushed Angel

You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to hold hands with the Beautiful One.

You have waltzed with great style,
My sweet, crushed Angel,
To have ever neared God’s Heart at all.

Our Partner is notoriously difficult to follow,
And even His best musicians are not always easy
To hear.

So what if the muisic has stopped for a while.

So what
If the price of admission to the Divine
Is out of reach tonight.

So what, my dear,
If you do not have the ante to gamble for Real Love.

The mind and the body are famous
For holding the heart ransom,
But Hafiz knows the Beloved’s eternal habits.

Have Patience,

For He will not be able to resist your longing
For long.

You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to kiss the Beautiful One.

You have actually waltzed with tremendous style,
O my sweet,
O my sweet, crushed angel.

~ Hafiz

from “I Heard God Laughing
Poems of Hope and Joy” p.68
Translation by Daniel Ladinsky

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November 10, 2013

In tribute & exposure to the geodesic guy… R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller,

Bucky gives his answer to

“Why is there Love?”

Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller is “A Leonardo DaVinci of our times”, A Chief Evolutionary Officer* (see below), Creator, Thinker, Humanitarian, Lover & Protector of Mother Earth, Architect, Engineer, Philosopher, Social Observationist, Inspirer of Change, Aspirant for Humanity, Unifier of Human Spirit and Thought, Author, Poet, Educator, Professor, Inventor, Founder of what we now call “sustainability”, and more.

When asked, “Why is there Love?”

Bucky’s answer Is:

“Love is there to serve mankind.
Love is the guiding principle of cosmological evolution.
Love is the bounding energy.
Love is the guiding geometric principle.
Love is mankind’s manifestation of nature’s omni-directional integration.
Love is Nature’s healing generator.
Love is Nature’s steel. It is the link of infinite tensile strength.

“Man’s creation of steel [occurred] through the
synergistic union ofindividual iron ore components
defined in three-dimensional space
by Nature’s cosmological divine principle
ordering to create a new stronger substance,
here-to-fore nonexistent on earth
and with greater tensile strength
than had previously been possible.
And thus allowing the evolution of modern society
through air travel, sky scrapers and the like,
was for humanity, a beginning of another chapter
of Nature’s love story of evolution –
creating greater and greater links of physical and
mental and spiritual connectivity to propel humanity
consciously on the same magic carpet ride
that the invention of tensile strength superior steel
has done for the modern age
Love is the steel of the new millennium.”
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

*CEO Chief Executive Evolutionary Officer, Leaders Mapping The Future.” August T. Jaccaci & Susan B. Gault, 1999. The directly above and below quotes came from this CEO book, respecitively (p28&29, p6&7).}

“Regardless of your leadership position or location, if you are beginning your learning and self-defining as an evolutionary, we call You a Chief Evolutionary Officer because:

“You are the chief of your own soul
and its worldly service in an ever-growing council of chiefs
caring for the evolution of life on earth.

“You are an
officer in your willingness to carry the responsibility of learning to lead us
into enduring partnership with the natural order of successful and fulfilling evolution.

“You are an evolutionary because
You make evolve an active verb.
You work to develop and bring forth a higher order of natural grace and well-being for all life.
By seeking to evolve yourself, You help to evolve with others
their visions, values, situations, and organizations
whenever quality of life is in question and
in a state of potential for the enhancement for healthy evolution.”

In case You are unfamiliar with Bucky Fuller, allow me to first present a small glimpse of this most Magnificent Being. I was fortunate to hear Bucky, then in his 80’s, speak twice, once each during my architectural studies and then again during my engineering studies.

“I’m not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think.
And to dare to go with the truth.
And to dare to really love completely.”

~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

“Never forget that you are one of a kind.
Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth,
you wouldn’t be here in the first place.
And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be,
that one person can make a difference in the world.
In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about.
So be that one person. “         
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

He is an “Architect of the Universe” seeking to find the interfacing and balance of Humanity, Mother Earth, and the Cosmos. What a soulful and inspirational Being he is! He passed to the “other side”in 1983 at the age of 88. For more of a glimpse, at the end of this tribute, please refer to the several of his quotes (via http://www.quotationspage.com & others) and over 30 books which include “Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth”, 1963. Three of my favorite quotes are are:

”You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something,
build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

“There is nothing in a caterpillar
that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

I seem to be a verb,
an evolutionary process,
an integral function of the universe.

~ R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983)

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Bucky is the creator of the Geodesic dome structure which opens over a large space utilizing very little material in metal tubes outer covering in exemplifying his Living Philosophy of “Less is More”.

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His Dymaxion Map of the World has very little if any distortion of the north and south land and water masses to which normal 2 dimensional mapping makes Canada, Russia and Antarica look so humongous. This Dymaxion Map folds into the Dymaxion Globe keeping all land and water masses in truer perspective. I made it easy to see that WE ARE ONE large Earth island See image. This truth concept was developed into a Dymaxion Game of the World, which among other things/ concepts, tracked daily helpful use of resources.

With this truer layout of Mother Earth, he spoke to us (in the late 60s & early 70s) and showed us the global layout of a free solar energy collection and distribution system which collected the rays on the sunny side and sent them to the areas of needed electrical power. Bucky stated that it was unfortunate that this could not be built in our day and age as to the egoic energies of countries, world leaders, industrialists, and greed mongers who controlled the planet’s political and social systems.

Bucky is revolutionary for his time publicly making and “living” statements such as these:

“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.
It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest.
“The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living.
We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea
that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery
because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory
he must justify his right to exist.

“So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making
instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors.

“The true business of people should be to go
back to school and think about
whatever it was they were thinking about

before somebody came along
and told them they had to earn a living.”
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

“I figure…

”…that the people are now more deeply conscious
than ever before in history of the existence and
functioning principles of universal, inexorable physical laws;
of the pervading, quietly counseling truth
within each and every one of us;
of the power of love;
and–each man by himself–of his own developing,
dynamic relationship with his own conception
of the Almightiness of the All-Knowing.

”…that our contemporaries just don’t wear
their faith on their sleeves anymore.

”…that people have removed faith from their sleeves
because they found out for themselves
that faith is much too important for careless display.
Now they are willing to wait out the days and years for
the truthful events,encouraged individually from within;
and the more frequently the dramatic phrases advertising
love, patriotism, fervent belief, morals, and good fellowship
are plagiarized, appropriated and exhibited in the show windows of the world
by the propaganda whips for indirect and ulterior motives,
no matter how meager the compromise–
the more do people withdraw within themselves
and shun taking issue with the nauseating perversions,
though eternally exhibiting quiet indifference, nonchalance
or even cultivating seemingly ignorant acceptance.”
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

R Buckminster Fuller: History of Man Trailer ~ editing/graphics by EnochWho 3m33s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG1KqK3AhCQ

Buckminster Fuller – Whitney Museum Of American Art 6m22s In this profile, learn more about his work, much of which is currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Among other concepts, he is famous for his emphasis on using the least amount of materials for the greatest yield.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1Rq0fpdjS0

Buckminster Fuller – Democracy Now! 1/2 12m4s
…forward if you do not like music for first 2m25s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzNLlvjtjYk

Buckminster Fuller – Democracy Now! 2/2 5m2s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoQzWh6zjZo

Buckminster Fuller – Interviewed On ‘Quest Four’ – 1/3 10m10s Interviewed 1981-ish.
See Dymaxion Map and hear Bucky speak about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EySFh7y-w8

Buckminster Fuller – Interviewed On ‘Quest Four’ – 2/3 9m42s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq0JD-ODH3Q

Buckminster Fuller – Interviewed On ‘Quest Four’ – 3/3 5m34s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB7Cq0qS8j0

Buckminster Fuller – Everything I Know – 1/159 14m31s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ0lHUC_3JM

During the last two weeks of January 1975 Buckminster Fuller gave an extraordinary series of lectures concerning his entire life’s work. These thinking out loud lectures span 42 hours and examine in depth all of Fuller’s major inventions and discoveries from the 1927 Dymaxion house, car and bathroom, through the Wichita House, geodesic domes, and tensegrity structures, as well as the contents of Synergetics. Autobiographical in parts, Fuller recounts his own personal history in the context of the history of science and industrialization. The stories behind his Dymaxion car, geodesic domes, World Game and integration of science and humanism are lucidly communicated with continuous reference to his synergetic geometry. Permeating the entire series is his unique comprehensive design approach to solving the problems of the world. Some of the topics Fuller covered in this wide ranging discourse include: architecture, design, philosophy, education, mathematics, geometry, cartography, economics, history, structure, industry, housing and engineering. Note: These videos are taken from http://conversationswithbucky.pbworks

Bucky Quotes:

Dare to be naive. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and reexperience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences – “which is the mostest? which is the leastest?” They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: they heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

I am the only guinea pig I have.

~ R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983)

Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.

~ R. Buckminster Fuller

God is a verb. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Either war is obsolete or men are. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller, New Yorker, Jan. 8, 1966

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.

~ R. Buckminster Fuller, Interview, April 30, 1978

Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding
Spaceship Earth, and that is, that no instruction book came with it.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, 1963

Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors,
but possibly one of the most important is the fact that
society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to
success, not realizing that
specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, 1963

Sometimes I think we’re alone. Sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the thought is staggering.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am.
I know that I am not a category.
I am not a thing, a noun.
I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process an integral function of the universe.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

Humans beings always do the most intelligent thing & after they’ve tried every stupid alternative and none of them have worked. ~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

Never forget that you are one of a kind.
Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place.
And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be,
that one person can make a difference in the world.
In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about.
So be that one person.

~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

I’m not a genius. I’m just a tremendous bundle of experience.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity.
If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone,
a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat
that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver.
But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top.
I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops
in accepting yesterday’s fortuitous contrivings
as constituting the only means for solving a given problem.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

I am convinced that creativity
is a priority to the integrity of the universe,
and that life is regenerative,
and conformity meaningless.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

Geniuses are just people who had good mothers.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

If humanity does not opt for integrity
we are through completely.
It is absolutely touch and go.
Each one of us could make the difference.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

If you want to teach people a new way of thinking,
don’t bother trying to teach them.
Instead, give them a tool,
the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

When I was born, humanity was 95 per cent illiterate.
Since I’ve been born, the population has doubled
and that total population is now 65 per cent literate.
That’s a gain of 130-fold of the literacy.
When humanity is primarily illiterate,
it needs leaders to understand and
get the information and deal with it.
When we are at the point where
the majority of humans them-selves are literate,
able to get the information,
we’re in an entirely new relationship to Universe.
We are at the point where
the integrity of the individual counts
and not what the political leadership
or the religious leadership says to do.
~Richard Buckminster Fuller,
Only Integrity Is Going to Count: Integrity Day,
Los Angeles February 26, 1983

I just invent.
Then I wait until man comes around
to needing what I’ve invented.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

Dear reader,
traditional human power structures and
their reign of darkness are about to be rendered obsolete.
It is essential that anyone reading this book
know at the outset that the author is apolitical.
I was convinced in 1927 that
humanity’s most fundamental survival problems
could never be solved by politics.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller, Grunch of Giants

I am a passenger on the spaceship Earth.
~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

Books by Buckminster Fuller

~ Note:
Most given dates are of subsequent printings and not original publication dates.

Buckminster Fuller to Children of Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller and Cam Smith (Jan 1, 1972)

Fuller’s Earth: A Day With Bucky and the Kids by Richard Brenneman and R. Buckminster Fuller
(Mar 1984)

Tetrascroll: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, A Cosmic Fairy Tale by R. Buckminster Fuller (Jun 1982)

Buckminster Fuller Reader by R.Buckminster Fuller and James Meller (1970)

Intuition by R. Buckminster Fuller (1972)

Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure by R. Buckminster Fuller and
Jaime Snyder (Oct 29, 2009)

Only Integrity Is Going to Count: Integrity Day, Los Angeles February 26, 1983 by R.
Buckminster Fuller (Mar 1, 2004) Audio CD

Inventions: The Patented Works of R. Buckminster Fuller by R. Buckminster Fuller (Mar 1983)

Fuller Projection Dymaxion Air-ocean World by R. Buckminster Fuller (1992)

The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller by R. Buckminster Fuller and Robert W. Marks (Dec
1973)

Buckminster Fuller (Design Heroes Series) by Martin Pawley and R. Buckminster Fuller (Jun 1990)

Study of a Prototype Floating Community, A by Triton Foundation and R. Buckminster Fuller (July
1, 2005)

Buckminster Fuller: At Home in the Universe (A Delta Book) by R. Buckminster & Alden
Fuller and Over 20 b/w Illustrations (chiefly photographs); b/w Decorative title Page (1976)

Utopia or Oblivion: The Prospects for Humanity by R. Buckminster Fuller (Jun 1969)

Earth, Inc. by R.Buckminster Fuller (Dec 1973)

Untitled Epic Poem on the History of Industrialization by R. Buckminster Fuller (Mar 15, 1970)

Grunch of Giants by Buckminster Fuller (Mar 2004)

No More Secondhand God: And Other Writings by R Buckminster Fuller (Apr 1, 1967)

Our Spaceship Earth Satellite Map by Jim Knighton, R. Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao (1995)

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth 1st (first) Edition by Fuller, R. Buckminster published by
Lars M®πller Publishers…

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth Reprint of 1969 Edit edition by Fuller, R. Buckminster

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller and Jaime Snyder (Jul 15, 2008)

And It Came to Pass–Not to Stay by R. Buckminster Fuller (1976)

I Seem to Be a Verb: Environment and Man’s Future by R. Buckminster Fuller (1970)

Buckminster Fuller R.: Now and Tomorrow by R. Buckminster Fuller (Aug 2001)

Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for the New Millennium by Thomas T. K. Zung and Buckminster
Fuller (Jan 20, 2001)

Critical Path by Kiyoshi Kuromiya and R. Buckminster Fuller (Feb 15, 1982)

Critical Path by Fuller, R.Buckminster 2nd Revised edition (2002) (0100)

Cosmography: A Posthumous Scenario for the Future of Humanity by R. Buckminster Fuller and
Kiyoshi Kuromiya (Feb 1992)

Nine Chains to the Moon by Professor R. Buckminster Fuller (Mar 1, 1963)

Humans in Universe by Richard Buckminster Fuller (Nov 1983)

R. Buckminster Fuller on education by R. Buckminster Fuller (1979)

Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking by R. Buckminster Fuller, Arthur L. Loeb
and E. J. Applewhite (Apr 1982)

Education Automation: Comprehensive Learning for Emergent Humanity by R. Buckminster
Fuller and Jaime Snyder (Oct 29, 2009)

Education Automation: Freeing the scholar to return to his studies by R. Buckminster Fuller and
Charles D. Tenny (Oct 1964)

Dread & Superficiality: Woody Allen as Comic Strip by Stuart Hample, Woody Allen and R.
Buckminster Fuller (Nov 1, 2009)

Non-being and somethingness: Selections from the comic strip INSIDE WOODY ALLEN by
Woody Allen, Stuart Hample and R. Buckminster Fuller (1978)

Uncommon Sense: The Life and Thought of Ludwig von Bertalanffy (1901-1972), Fatherof General Systems Theory by Mark Davidson, Kenneth E. Boulding and R. Buckminster Fuller (Apr 5, 1983)

Charles Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained by Damon Knight and R. Buckminster Fuller (Apr 1, 1970)

Isamu Noguchi: a Sculptor’s World. by R. Buckminster FULLER (1968)

Design for the Real World. Human Ecology and Social Change. by Victor Papaneck, With an
Introduction By R. Buckminster Fuller (1973)

Expanded Cinema / by Gene Youngblood ; Introduction by R. Buckminster Fuller (Jan 1, 1970)

Live LOVE …and Prosper!!!

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October 1, 2013

What a great move forward into the Energy of LOVE for Mother Earth & Humankind!!!

Iran: New President Says

We consider war a weakness”,

‘No Nukes’,

and Releases Political Prisoners.


“…he {
President Hassan Rouhani} did respond when asked whether he viewed Obama’s decision to back away from an air strike as a sign of weakness. President Hassan Rouhani” he said. “Any government or administration that decides to wage a war, we consider a weakness. And any government that decides on peace, we look on it with respect to peace.”

Iran: New President Says ‘No Nukes’
and Releases Political Prisoners

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Iranian President Hassan Rowhani (AFP Photo)

*Stephen: A new era for Iran as President Rouhani starts making changes… going public with his policy on no nuclear arms and no war and, as sage reports, giving political prisoners their freedom. *

Iran’s President on Nuclear Issue:
‘Problem Won’t Be from Our Side’

From RT.com – September 19, 2013
http://rt.com/news/iran-president-nuclear-program-049/

Iran’s new president has said his country will never attempt to develop nuclear weapons and that, two months after being elected, he has the stature to make a deal with Western leaders regarding Iran’s atomic program.

President Hassan Rouhani told NBC News on Wednesday that Iran has stated multiple times that “under no circumstances would we seek any weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, nor will we ever.”

“In its nuclear program this government enters with full power and has complete authority,” he said. “The problem won’t be from our side. We have sufficient political latitude to solve this problem.”

Since succeeding the polarizing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this summer, Rouhani indicated a reluctant willingness to meet and negotiate with US leaders. He told NBC that he traded letters with US President Obama in which the two discussed “some issues” after decades of political hostility between the two nations.

“From my point of view, the tone of the letter was positive and constructive,” Rouhani said of a congratulatory note from Washington after the election. “It could be subtle and tiny steps for a very important future. I believe the leaders in all countries could think in their national interest and they should not be under the influence of pressure groups. I hope to witness such an atmosphere in the future.”


*Iran releases political prisoners*

(*for more detail see separate story below*)

Rouhani also ordered the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer, and a number of other political prisoners on the eve of a visit to the United Nations. Sotoudeh was in the midst of a six-year prison sentence for allegedly endangering national security and misusing her duties as a lawyer. Obama specifically mentioned her case during his annual message to Iran in 2011, saying she had been jailed “for defending human rights.”

Several journalists were also freed, although dozens remain imprisoned for their roles in a 2009 anti-government protest. “Psychologically, my condition is very good but my experience – with all the psychological pressure, the tense security atmosphere, and not have access to make phone calls – was very tough,” she told AFP following her release.

Whether the White House will be receptive to Rouhani’s gestures remains to be seen. “We should hear him out but see what the actual deal is on the nuclear dossier and Iranian support on Syria. We will judge Iran on its actions, not just its words,” a diplomatic source told The Telegraph.

*‘We consider war a weakness’* Rouhani was also questioned on his stance regarding a possible military strike against Syria, a close ally to Iran. “We are not the government of Syria,” he told NBC. “We are one of the countries of this region which is asking for peace and stability and the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction in the entire region.”

Rouhani did not explicitly voice his support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. However, he did respond when asked whether he viewed Obama’s decision to back away from an air strike as a sign of weakness. “We consider war a weakness,” he said. “Any government or administration that decides to wage a war, we consider a weakness. And any government that decides on peace, we look on it with respect to peace.”

{The fuller article continues below ~ http://rt.com/news/iran-president-nuclear-program-049/}

Peace for Middle East?

In a change of tone to his predecessor, Rouhani took a softer line on Israel, stressing that Iran wanted peace for the Middle East. However, when asked over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements that he was “a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” he answered that Israel “shouldn’t allow itself to give speeches about a democratically and freely-elected government.”

Rouhani also sidestepped questioning over the Holocaust which his predecessor had claimed was a “myth.”

“I’m not a historian. I’m a politician,” he replied. “What is important for us is that the countries of the region and the people grow closer to each other, and that they are able to prevent aggression and injustice.”

President Hassan Rouhani has sought to emphasize his position as a moderate since his June election, looking to open dialogue with the US over Iran’s alleged nuclear program. Previous President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had become notorious for his controversial speeches, threatening to wipe Israel from the map and calling the Holocaust “ambiguous and dubious.”

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{What a great move forward into the
Energy of LOVE for Mother Earth & Humankind.

What have you done today to foster Growth for Humanity
and Peace for all of Mother Earth?
…even if it’s a smile and a Loving warm intention in your Heart.

BE in Gratitude,
no matter what.
Always Live LOVE
…and Always Prosper!!! ~ Liv}

April 1, 2013

LOVE! from Anonymous

Aloha to You!  A warm welcome and appreciation is extended to You for joining with us in this moment of sharing.

As mentioned in the last blog, much of the material I use comes from the Wisdom of all types of sages and “Masters”, etc …people like You and I, and our Children, GrandChildren, Parents, GrandParents, the guy at the market, the girl at the shop, as well and those of local and world acclaim, both real and imaginary.

And All of our blogs and Guides are written with LOVE Energy being the Foundational Energy of All of Creation.
I call it “THE LOVE”.

It’s the message that is important not who the Author is.  So, the body of today’s expansion of LOVE comes from a “Master” who will, for the moment, remain anonymous due to possible cultural, religious, spiritual and perhaps political biases.  As the Sun shines and Nature rains on Every One, so does THE LOVE.

We ask You to Imagine this message coming to YOU as advice from the person YOU most revere with LOVE, who demonstrates LOVE the most, in your Life’s Journey, present day, in history and in herstory  …to be politically correct. ;>)  .
{Emphasis by L’iv.}

“LOVE! It is the summary of the {Universl} Law , and my only Message. Such a short word, yet it takes the experiences of whole lifetimes richly lived to invest it with substantial, intelligible meaning, It was my wish – and my effort – to approach all of life’s problems and situations in an attitude of love toward the self and all others involved, and to follow love’s promptings in all circumstances. I missed on some occasions, as we all do, but I tried. All other commandments, codes, customs and laws are but man-made restraints upon the immature – social habits to be followed until one has found freedom in the law of loving.

Love should be free. Let love invent its own creative forms of expression. I was free of the Law to be fully me.{Name withheld.}  So was Francis of Assisi. Two among many Americans folk-heroes whose lives were weird but wonderful expressions of love, were Johnny Appleseed (who planted trees that bore good fruit for Indians and white settlers alike and Peace Pilgrim (who walked her thousands of miles, without plans or funds, trusting in God only, to demonstrate peace through love. Their actual names are forgotten, but their lives are enshrined in the nickname which their love earned. Yet neither they not I should be copied slavishly. Let your love show you your gifts and the way You should go.

“But how do you get turned onto love? How does one learn to love love – to desire to be loving? Even those who admit its importance have difficulty here. You can’t think about it and pray for it without having some idea of what it is. You just can’t learn to love in a vacuum. There are so many things -particularly early in life – to fear and get angry with. Even after you learn to love everyone, in the sense of recognizing the divinity in them and wishing them well, there remain many who you don’t enjoy, don’t like, don’t wish to be around. This is inevitable, and nothing to feel guilty about. But learning to love is difficult.”   ~ Anonymous for now.

The Author goes on to tell the story of what worked for her/him in answer to the questions above.

We leave You with these questions for You to determine for YOUR Self, YOUR Journey in YOUR Life!

Allow me to give You 1 of the FUNdamental Steps in Unconditional LOVE.
…SURRENDER… get to Know Surrender!
Learning to LOVE is difficult until you Know Surrender.
Once You have fully Mastered this, LOVE comes easy!

For more on this see our Guide:
How to Love Every One Unconditionally …the Magic of Life!
subtitled: FUNdamental Steps in Unconditional Love.

The Author gives You a tool in obtaining these answers:
Let your love show You your gifts
and the way You should go.
Yet, the Journey is yours!
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How do I get turned onto love?

How do I learn to love love –

to desire to be loving?
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Unconditioned Love really is  …the Magic of Life!

In-Joy your Journey!!
Live LOVE
…and Prosper!!!
L’iv   ~  Thanks for showing up and exploring this.
If you feel LOVE may better some One’s Life,
tell them where You found us.

 “The nature of the master must be to give out Love
to inspire others to regive Love.”
~ Lao & Walter Russell

p.s.“Peace Pilgrim”  ~ Perhaps she has some keys for You too in these 5 quotes:

 “Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.”

“The way of peace is the way of love. Love is the greatest power on earth. It conquers all things.”

“If you knew how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought”.

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”

“We are all cells in the body of humanity”

 to order her book:
Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words
go to:   http://www.peacepilgrim.org/FoPP/htm/book.htm

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