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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"To be in unconditional love, as I understand it, is to be willing to accept all that occurs around and inside of us. There is an epic drama taking shape, but it is not really about this foray into warfare. That is a sideshow, but--as I recently read in the Vajra Chronicles (you know of this work?)--we have, as a race, been engaged in one big war for centuries with little breaks in between. It is apparently necessary to our progress. The main event is nothing short of a world being recreated at the cellular level on up. That's what we must hold onto as events unfold and explode in the next decade.
At the moment, in the so-called seat of power sit immature beings who require lessons in submission/dominance, and separation. Whatever havoc they wreak, it is they who are setting karmic tides into motion that they will ultimately have to balance. Without condoning it, we must nonetheless
allow it. Love requires it. If it is a world of love you wish to inhabit, create it within you. There is no other way. This dream will be over before long."

from a brother

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"It is important for people to realise that we create our probable futures in the present moment and nothing is set in stone, so crucial we centre on love, light and harmony as so much fear is being projected via mainstream papers and media."

from Amethyst

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and from: Philip A. Kratzer / Bobbie Rose
To share something the Dalai Lama said
in Los Angeles a couple of years ago.
The stage was set for his appearance.  There was a Tibetan rug on the floor, a beautiful flower arrangement and a grand Louis XIV chair. The Dalai Lama entered, blessed us and sat down.  The chair was so big that his feet did not quite touch the ground. He looked down and began to swing his legs.  He looked up at us and sat there grinning and swinging his legs for a few minutes.

At the end of the talk someone from the audience asked him, "Why didn't you fight back against the Chinese:"

The Dalai Lama looked down, swung his feet just a bit, then looked back up at us and said with a gentle smile, "Well, war is obsolete you know." Then, after a few moments, his face grave, he said, "Of course the mind can
rationalize fighting back... but the heart, the heart would never understand. Then you would be divided in yourself, the heart and the mind, and the war would be inside you."

At that moment I understood what darshan is. These words entered into my very being. I understood the Dalai Lama to be saying to us that whether or not we knew it we have progressed, individually and collectively, in capacity in being conscious to a degree that we are capable of responding in new ways. It seems to me that he knew then the long arc of import those prescient words would have. And it seems to me that that is what is calling us now and in every moment of our lives as human beings... to observe and reconcile both heart and mind lest we be moved to action without heart.

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"NEVER say you NEED or WANT something. Those words indicate you lack it and you are only reinforcing the fact that you don't  have it. ALWAYS thank the Universe for having ALREADY provided it."

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TWO WOLVES

A native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt.
He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. 
The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.
 
The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?"

The grandfather answered:  "The one I feed."

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from Practising the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

"Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now
is true prosperity."

&
"In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own
formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that
animates your physical form. You can then feel the same
deep life within every other human and every other creature.
You look beyond the veil of form and separation.
This is the realization of oneness. This is love."
&
"Relationships are not here to make you happy
or fulfilled but to make you conscious."

&
"Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside, it is deep
within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.
It is not dependent on some other body, or external form."
&
"To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, lightness. You are no longer dependent upon things being a certain way."
&
"The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not
THE THINKER. The moment you start watching the thinker,
a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.
You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of
intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect
of that intelligence. You realize that all the things that truly
matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from
beyond the mind."
&
"When you accept what is, every moment is the best moment.
That is enlightenment."


and from the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

"BEING can be felt as the ever-present I AM that is beyond
name and form - you become free from the illusion that you are
nothing more than your body and mind - this illusion of the self
as the Buddha calls it, is the core error - free from fear in its
countless disguises (as the inevitable consequence of that
illusion) - the fear that is your constant tormentor as long as you derive your sense of self only from this ephemeral and vulnerable form - and free from sin, which is the suffering you unconsciously inflict on yourself and others as long as this illusory sense of self governs what you think and say and do."
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"When you live in complete acceptance of what is, that is the end of all drama in your life. Nobody can have an argument with you no matter how hard they may try. You cannot have an argument with a fully conscious person. An argument implies identification with your mind and a mental position, as well as resistance and reaction to the other person's position. The result is that the polar opposites become mutually energized. These are the mechanics of uncosciousness. You can still make your point clearly and firmly, but there will be no reactive force behind it, no defence or attack.
.....&... Conflict within yourself ceases when there is no longer any clash between the demands and expectations of your mind and what is."
&
"If you stay present and in touch with BEING you are able to look beyond the illusion of form (mind & body) and feel the other person's radiant and pure being."
&
"Your primary task is not to seek salvation through creating
a better world, but to awaken out of identification with form.
You are then no longer bound to this world, this level of reality.
You can feel your roots in the unmanifested and so are free of
attachment to the manifested world. You can still enjoy the
passing pleasures of this world, but there is no fear of loss,
so you don't need to cling to them. Although you can still enjoy sensory pleasures, the craving for sensory experience is gone,
as is the constant search for fulfillment through psychological gratification, through feeding the ego. You are in touch with something infinitely greater than any pleasure, greater than any manifested thing. In a way, you then don't need the world anymore. You don't even need it to be different from the way it is.
It is only at this point that you begin to make a real contribution
toward bringing about a better world, toward creating a different order of reality. It is only at this point that you are able to feel true compassion and help others at the level of cause. Only those who have transcended the world can bring about a better world.
Everybody you come in contact with will be touched by your presence and affected by the peace you emanate. Your peace is so vast and deep that anything that is not peace disappears into it. You teach through being, through demonstrating the peace of God. You become the light of the world, an emanation of pure consciousness. That does not mean that you may not also teach through doing, but who you are is always a more vital teaching and a more powerful transformer of the world than what you say and do. When giving a hungry person bread, what matters is the moment of shared being, of which the bread is only a symbol.
In that moment there is no giver, no receiver."
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"The ego believes that in your resistance lies your strength,
whereas in truth resistance cuts you off from Being, the only
place of true power. Resistance is weakness and fear masquerading as strength. What the ego sees as weakness is
your Being in its purity, innocence, and power. What it sees as
strength is weakness. So the ego exists in a continuous
resistance-mode and plays counterfeit roles to cover up your
'weakness', which in truth is your power.
Until there is surrender, unconscious role-playing constitutes
a large part of human interaction. In surrender, you no longer need ego defenses and false masks. You become very simple, very real. 'That's dangerous' says the ego. 'You'll get hurt. You'll become vulnerable.' What the ego doesn't know is that only through letting go of resistance, through becoming 'vulnerable', can you discover your true and essential invulnerability."

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from RAMTHA
(Does anyone know who that is please?)

"To become unlimited is to be without fear, without guilt, without hate, without bitterness. To become unlimited means you can love no matter what you see before you. That is becoming God."

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"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war
in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor,
for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword
It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind....
"William Shakespeare

 
An important message from Robert Redford

Dear Friends, It is understandable that we Americans feel an almost reflexive need for unanimity in trying times like these. As a nation, we are rightly consumed with responding to the terrorist attacks on September 11th. But, at some point -- and I think we're beginning to get there -- we need to take a long-term view even as we are reacting to the current crisis. Really important domestic issues facing us before all of this happened -- education, energy and the environment, health care -- still have the same dimension and consequence. But we have to recognize that it's much more difficult to discuss and debate them in the aftermath of Sept. 11th. Unfortunately, disagreement is sometimes characterized as unpatriotic during times such as these and open, thoughtful discourse is somewhat muted. The gravity of the current situation is not lost on any of us and we all want to do what's right to insure our national security. It is with this in mind that I felt compelled to write you today.
A handful of determined U.S. senators, encouraged by the White House, are arguing that national security requires the Senate to rush a pro-oil energy bill into law.
They have vowed to hold up normal Senate business and attach the bill to every piece of legislation that comes to the Senate floor. So far they have failed in what The Boston Globe is calling "oil opportunism." But with President Bush, himself, now calling for rushed passage of this disastrous bill, intense pressure is building on Senate leaders to succumb to the emotions of the moment.
Using our national tragedy as an opportunity to advance the narrow interests of the oil lobby would not be in the best interest of the public.
This bill, already passed by the House, would not only
open the Arctic Refuge to oil rigs, it would also pave the way for energy companies to exploit and destroy pristine areas of Greater Yellowstone and other gems of our natural heritage. As important, it would do nothing to address energy security.
I'm asking for your immediate help in stopping this legislation. After reading my letter
I hope you'll take action at

http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic/index.asp?src=ab0110a and then forward this to your friends and colleagues.

Last spring, the Bush administration and some members of Congress said we had to pass the president's oil-friendly energy bill because we were facing the most serious energy crisis since 1973. But here we are, a mere six months later, and the energy crisis has vanished. Due to a slowing economy and falling demand, the prices for gasoline, natural gas and home heating oil have plunged. Meanwhile, the much-feared "summer of blackouts" in California never happened, largely because consumers and businesses made dramatic cuts in energy use by launching the most successful statewide conservation campaign in history. With no energy crisis to scare us with, the administration and pro-oil senators are now promoting their "Drill the Arctic" plan under the guise of national security and energy independence. Don't buy it. It would take ten years to bring Arctic oil to market, and when it arrives it would never equal more than two percent -- a mere drop in the bucket -- of all the oil we consume each year. Our nation simply doesn't have enough oil to drill our way to energy independence or even to affect world oil prices.
We possess a mere 3 percent of the world's oil reserves, but we consume fully 25 percent of the world's oil supply. We could drill the Arctic Refuge, Greater Yellowstone, & every other wildland in America and we'd still be importing oil, still be paying worldwide prices for domestic oil, and still be vulnerable to wild gyrations in price and supply.
As The Atlanta Constitution put it: "Burning through
our tiny oil supply faster will not make our country more secure." I'd go further: increasing our dependence on oil, whether that oil comes from the Persian Gulf or the Arctic Refuge, practically guarantees national *insecurity*. And we know that it will bring more habitat destruction, more oil spills, more air pollution, and more global warming. The public health implications will be devastating.
If our nation wants to declare energy independence, then we have no choice but to reduce our appetite for oil. There's no other way. We need to rely on smarter and cleaner ways to power our economy. We have the technology right now to increase fuel economy standards to 40 miles per gallon. If we phased in that standard by 2012 we'd save 15 times more oil than the Arctic Refuge is likely to produce over 50 years. We could also give tax rebates for existing hybrid gas-electric vehicles that get as much as 60 mpg. We could invest in public transit. We could launch an "Apollo Project" to bring fuel cells and hydrogen fuel down to earth, allowing us to begin the mass production of vehicles that emit only water as a by-product. The list goes on and on.
In this climate of national trauma and war, it is up to us -- the people -- to ensure that reason prevails and our natural heritage survives intact.
The preservation of irreplaceable wildlands like the
Arctic Refuge and Greater Yellowstone is a core American value. I have never been more appreciative of the wisdom of that value than during these past few weeks. When we are filled with grief and unanswerable questions it is often nature that we turn to for refuge and comfort. In the sanctuary of a forest or the vastness of the desert or the silence of a grassland, we can touch a timeless force larger than ourselves and our all-too-human problems. This is where the healing begins. Those who would sell out this natural heritage -- this spiritual heritage -- would destroy a wellspring of American strength. What's worse, their rush to exploit the wildness that feeds our souls won't do a thing to solve our energy problems.
There are plenty of sensible and patriotic ways to guarantee our nation's energy security, but destroying the Arctic Refuge is not one of them. Please tell that to your senators. They urgently need to hear it because the pressure is on to move this pro-oil bill to a vote in the next few weeks. It will take you only a minute to send them an electronic message from NRDC's SaveBioGems website.
Go to http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic/index.asp?src=ab0110a And please pass on this message to your family and friends. Millions of Americans need to know about this cynical attempt to promote the interests of energy companies at the expense of everyone else.

Sincerely yours, Robert Redford 



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and here's a bit from slam poet extraordinaire - MC Jabber

"The meaning of life can be summed up in one word - Create
Cos a C is like a broken egg from which we all originate."


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"A human being is part of the whole called by us
the Universe, a part limited in time and space.
We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as
something separate from the rest - a kind of optical
delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of
prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires
and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by
widening our circle of compassion to embrace all
living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."


Albert Einstein

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From PROSPERITY IS THE KEY TO PEACE
by Patricia Diane Cota-Robles

New Age Study of Humanity's Purpose, Inc.
www.1spirit.com/eraofpeace
Era of Peace Welcome Page
E-mail: PattiCR@aol.com; FAX: 520-886-4897; PO Box 41883, Tucson, Arizona 85717; Phone: 520-885-7909.

I now focus on the sacred essence of my Holy Breath.
I realize that with every inbreath, I extend in consciousness
through my eternal journey into Infinity to the source of
never-ending perfection. With every outbreath, I magnetize the
full momentum of that perfection and radiate its blessings
forth to all life evolving on Earth.
My inbreath is the open portal to the Pure Land of Boundless
Splendor and Infinite Light, and my outbreath is the source of
all Divine Blessings for Humanity and the planet. I understand
now that the Divine Gifts being presented to Humanity
from the Legions of Light serving this sweet Earth
will be drawn into the world of form on the Holy Breath.
I consecrate and dedicate myself to be the Open Door for these sacred gifts of Light.

from Mahatma Gandhi:

“You must BE the change
you wish to see in the world.”


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In song and dance a man expresses himself
as a member of a higher community:
he has forgotten how to walk and speak and
is on the way toward flying up into the air, dancing.
Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 - 1900

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from
www.theQuantumAwakening.com (in an email)
When people in our life are choosing a path we are not in agreement with, we cannot magically wave our wand over that situation and change it! We can however hold for them a vision of there highest potential, as we see it in our heart. Holding it lovingly until they awaken and see it for themselves.

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From Kahlil Gibran:

"And think not you can direct the course of love,
for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course."

A Zen proverb:

"Use your mind like a mirror: accept all, reflect all.
Receive, but do not keep."

From Paramahansa Yogananda:

"Try to realize you are a divine traveller. You are here
for only a little while. Remember the vastness of the Spirit
that dwells within you."

from Saint Francis of Assisi:

"Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."


from Swami Muktananda - Siddha Yoga:

Honour Yourself
Meditate upon your Self
Respect Yourself
Love Yourself
For God Lives within you as You

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off your goal."


- Henry Ford -

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