lives begin to end the day we become
about things that matter."
Luther King, Jr.
* * *
"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
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
from a brother
* * *
"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 from: Philip A. Kratzer /
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
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"Well, war is obsolete you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.
* * *
"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
* * *
A native American grandfather was
talking to his grandson about how he
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
The grandfather answered:
"The one I feed."
* * *
* * * * * * * *
the Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
"Gratitude for the
present moment and the fullness of life
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
This is the realization of oneness. This
are not here to make you happy
or fulfilled but to make you
"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."
offer no resistance to life is to be in a
state of grace, ease, lightness. You are
no longer dependent upon things being a
"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
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."
from the Power of
Now by Eckhart
"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
"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
"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
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
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."
* * * *
(Does anyone know who that is please?)
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."
* * * *
"Beware the leader who bangs
the drums of war
in order to whip the citizenry into a
for patriotism is indeed a double-edged
It both emboldens the blood, just as it
narrows the mind....
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
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
building on Senate leaders to succumb to
the emotions of the moment.
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
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,
"summer of blackouts" in
California never happened, largely because consumers
and businesses made dramatic cuts in
by launching the most successful
statewide conservation campaign in history. With no energy crisis to
scare us with, the administration and
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
fully 25 percent of the world's oil
could drill the Arctic Refuge, Greater
Yellowstone, & every other wildland
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
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
the Persian Gulf or the Arctic Refuge,
practically guarantees national *insecurity*.
And we know that it will bring more
more oil spills, more air pollution, and
more global warming.
The public health implications will be
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
We could launch an "Apollo
Project" to bring fuel cells and
hydrogen fuel down
to earth, allowing us to begin the mass
vehicles that emit only water as a
by-product. The list goes on and on.
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
been more appreciative of the wisdom of
that value than during these past few weeks.
When we are filled with grief and
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
of a grassland, we can touch a timeless
force larger than ourselves and our
all-too-human problems. This is where the
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
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.
Americans need to know about this cynical
attempt to promote the interests of energy
companies at the expense of everyone
* * * * * * * * * * *
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."
* * * * * * * * *
"A human being is part of the
whole called by us
the Universe, a part limited in time and
We experience ourselves, our thoughts and
something separate from the rest - a kind
delusion of consciousness. This delusion
is a kind of
prison for us, restricting us to our
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
living creatures and the whole of nature
in its beauty."
* * * * * *
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
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
from the Legions of Light serving this
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
from Mahatma Gandhi:
You must BE the
you wish to see in the world.
* * * *
In song and dance a man expresses
as a member of a higher community:
he has forgotten how to walk and speak
is on the way toward flying up into the
Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 - 1900
* * * *
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.
* * * *
not you can direct the course of love,
for love, if it finds you worthy, directs
A Zen proverb:
"Use your mind
like a mirror: accept all, reflect all.
Receive, but do not keep."
"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
"Start by doing
whats necessary, then whats
and suddenly you are doing the
from Swami Muktananda - Siddha
Meditate upon your Self
For God Lives within you as You
are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off your
Henry Ford -