31 Jan 2017 My latest Tree of Life sun-catchers, We’re All in This Together (Fritjof Capra dailygood.com) and Researchers find “substantial evidence” that the universe may be a hologram (Shawn Knight Techspot.com)

Good morning family. The weather is beautiful here this Tuesday morning as I write to you. I hope wherever and whenever you are in time, that this finds you well.

Tree-of-Life Pendant Tutorial – CamilleSharon – if you want to learn how to make these for yourself, I first learned how from Camille!

This morning I woke up thinking about the subject of Property and Ownership. It came to me that Birth and Death are the great equalizer when it comes to the parceling out of Mother Earth and her resources. We all are born with nothing and we leave with nothing. Human beings, including myself, are easily deluded to think that we own the Earth and it’s resources.

Source Internet: It's important to remember this when we do things to the Earth

Source Internet: It’s important to remember this when we do things to the Earth

I was taught by my parents that when you borrow something that when you are finished with it you should give it back in as good as or better condition than when it was first loaned to you. I am trying to make good on my part of this lesson!

I found this on the Daily Good website to share today:

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1501/fritjof-capra-we-re-all-in-this-together-fritjof-capra/

Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else. –Leonardo da Vinci

Fritjof Capra: We’re All In This Together

–by Fritjof Capra, syndicated from resurgence.org, Jan 31, 2017

Modern science is realizing that the world is a living network – with profound implications, says Fritjof Capra.

One Earth, One Humanity, One Future, the theme of the recent gathering to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Resurgence, is one that has been conveyed by poets, philosophers and spiritual teachers throughout the ages. One of its most beautiful expressions is found in the celebrated speech attributed to Chief Seattle of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes of what is now the state of Washington in the north-west of the USA:

This we know: all things are connected like the blood that unites one family… Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

The same idea is at the very core of the Earth Charter, that remarkable declaration of 16 fundamental principles to build a just, sustainable and peaceful world. The Preamble of the Earth Charter states:

We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future… We must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny.

The time-honored notions of the web of life and the Earth community, or community of life, are fully consistent with a new conception of life that has emerged in science over the last 30 years. In my recent book The Systems View of Life, co-authored with Pier Luigi Luisi, I offer a grand synthesis of this new scientific understanding of life.

A new conception of life

At the forefront of contemporary science, the universe is no longer seen as a machine composed of elementary building blocks. We have discovered that the material world is a network of inseparable patterns of relationships; that the planet as a whole is a living, self-regulating system. The view of the human body as a machine and of the mind as a separate entity is being replaced by one that sees not only the brain, but also the immune system, the bodily tissues, and even each cell as a living, cognitive system. Evolution is no longer seen as a competitive struggle for existence, but rather as a cooperative dance in which creativity and the constant emergence of novelty are the driving forces. And with the new emphasis on complexity, networks, and patterns of organization, a new science of qualities is slowly emerging.

I call this new science ‘the systems view of life’ because it involves a new kind of thinking – thinking in terms of relationships, patterns and context. In science, this way of thinking is known as ‘systems thinking’, or ‘systemic thinking’. Thinking in terms of relationships is crucial for ecology, because ecology – derived from the Greek oikos, meaning ‘household’ – is the science of the relationships among various members of the Earth Household.

To present the systems view of life properly would take a whole course. In fact, I am now teaching such a course online in a series of 12 lectures. I call it ‘Capra Course’. Here I can give you only a few highlights.

Living networks

One of the most important insights of the systemic understanding of life is the recognition that networks are the basic pattern of organization of all living systems. Ecosystems are understood in terms of food webs (i.e. networks of organisms); organisms are networks of cells, organs and organ systems; and cells are networks of molecules. The network is a pattern that is common to all life. Wherever we see life, we see networks. Indeed, at the very heart of the change of paradigm from the mechanistic to the systemic view of life we find a fundamental change of metaphor: from seeing the world as a machine to understanding it as a network.

Closer examination of these living networks has shown that their key characteristic is that they are self-generating. In a cell, for example, all the biological structures – the proteins, the enzymes, the DNA, the cell membrane, and so on – are continually produced, repaired and regenerated by the cellular network. Similarly, at the level of a multicellular organism, the bodily cells are continually regenerated and recycled by the organism’s metabolic network. Living networks continually create or recreate themselves by transforming or replacing their components. In this way they undergo continual structural changes while preserving their web-like patterns of organization. This coexistence of stability and change is indeed one of the key characteristics of life.

Life in the social realm can also be understood in terms of networks, but here we are not dealing with chemical processes: we are dealing with processes of communication. Social networks, as you know, are networks of communications. Like biological networks, they are self-generating, but what they generate is mostly non-material. Each communication creates thoughts and meaning, which give rise to further communications, and thus the entire network generates itself.

Mind and consciousness

One of the most important, and most radical, philosophical implications of the systems view of life is a new conception of the nature of mind and consciousness, which finally overcomes the Cartesian division between mind and matter that has haunted philosophers and scientists for centuries.

In the 17th century, René Descartes based his view on the fundamental division between two independent and separate realms – that of mind, which he called the ‘thinking thing’ (res cogitans), and that of matter, the ‘extended thing’ (res extensa).

Following Descartes, scientists and philosophers continued to think of the mind as some intangible entity and were unable to imagine how this ‘thinking thing’ is related to the body. The decisive advance of the systems view of life has been to abandon the Cartesian view of mind as a ‘thing’, and to realize that mind and consciousness are not things, but processes.

This novel concept of mind was developed during the 1960s by the anthropologist Gregory Bateson, who used the term ‘mental process’, and independently by the biologist Humberto Maturana. Their central insight is the identification of cognition, the process of knowing, with the process of life. Cognition, according to Maturana, is the activity involved in the self-generation and self-perpetuation of living networks. In other words, cognition is the very process of life. The self-organizing activity of living systems, at all levels of life, is mental activity. The interactions of a living organism – plant, animal or human – with its environment are cognitive interactions. Thus life and cognition are inseparably connected. Mind – or, more accurately, mental activity – is immanent in matter at all levels of life. For the first time, we have a scientific theory that unifies mind, matter and life.

Systemic problems – systemic solutions

I want to emphasize that my synthesis of the systems view of life is not only theory, but that it has very concrete applications. In the last part of our book, titled Sustaining the Web of Life, we discuss the critical importance of the systems view of life for dealing with the problems of our multifaceted global crisis.

Today, it is becoming more and more evident that none of these problems – energy, environment, climate change, economic inequality, violence and war – can be understood in isolation. They are systemic problems, which means that they are all interconnected and interdependent. As Pope Francis puts it in his remarkable encyclical Laudato si’, our common home is falling into serious disrepair… [This is] evident in large-scale natural disasters as well as social and even financial crises, for the world’s problems cannot be analyzed or explained in isolation… It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected.

These systemic problems require corresponding systemic solutions – solutions that do not solve any problem in isolation, but deal with it within the context of other related problems. Systemic solutions, therefore, tend to solve several problems simultaneously, whereas systemic problems have harmful consequences in several different areas.

Let me take agriculture as an example. If we changed from our chemical, large-scale industrial agriculture to organic, community-oriented, sustainable farming, this would contribute significantly to solving three of our biggest problems:

  • It would greatly reduce our energy dependence, because we are now using one fifth of our fossil fuels to grow and process food.
  • The healthy, organically grown food would hugely improve public health, because many chronic diseases – heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and so on – are linked to our diet.
  • Organic farming would contribute significantly to alleviating climate change, because an organic soil is a carbon-rich soil, which means that it draws CO2 from the atmosphere and locks it up in organic matter.

This is just one example of a systemic solution. Over the last few decades, the research institutes and centers of learning of the global civil society have developed and proposed hundreds of such systemic solutions all over the world. Resurgence has been at the forefront of documenting and discussing these solutions for the last 50 years with the unique blend of science, art, philosophy, spirituality and activism that has become its hallmark. Happy anniversary, Resurgence!

This article is based on a paper prepared for the One Earth, One Humanity, One Future conference at Worcester College, Oxford in September 2016.

Syndicated from Resurgence.org. Fritjof Capra, physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Centre for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. He is a Fellow of Schumacher College and a member of the Council of Earth Charter International. His books include The Tao of Physics (1975), The Web of Life (1996), and The Hidden Connections (2002). He is co-author, with Pier Luigi Luisi, of the multidisciplinary textbook The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision (Cambridge University Press, 2014), on which his new online course is based. www.capracourse.net

Rh_Tea__Heart_of_the_Multiverse

In March of last year I had written about my theory of each of use being our own Universe.

https://saymber.com/2016/03/30/30-march-2015-you-are-your-own-universe/

“Each of us is a part of the multi-verse. You are your own Universe. When you go somewhere without your significant others, you have forged out into your own individual experience…your own parallel dimension. The only way your loved ones know what happened is how you relate it to them, not their own experience. While you’ve been away, they have been in their own dimension. In just one day, one single person can create multiple parallel universes. The multi-verse is not some abstract construct…it is every moment of every day…it is NOW.”

So I was pretty interested when I saw this theory published yesterday! Perspective (and I would add Perception) is a powerful thing isn’t it?

http://www.techspot.com/news/67967-researchers-find-substantial-evidence-universe-may-hologram.html (Excerpt)

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Researchers find “substantial evidence” that the universe may be a hologram

By Shawn Knight on Jan 31, 2017, 9:00 AM

Researchers from the University of Southampton in collaboration with colleagues in Canada and Italy argue in a new paper that our lives – everything we see, feel and hear as well as our perception of time – may actually be a hologram originating from a flat, two-dimensional field.

University of Southampton Mathematical Sciences Professor Kostas Skenderis said the idea is similar to that of ordinary holograms, like those found on credit cards, in which a three-dimensional image is encoded in a two-dimensional surface.

Another way of thinking about it is with a 3D film in a theater. While what you’re watching in such a setting isn’t a hologram, the pictures are perceived as having height, width and depth when in actuality, it all comes from a flat 2D screen. The difference in our 3D universe, they note, is that we can touch objects and the “projector” is “real” from our perspective.

 

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30 Jan 2017 Liberals vs Conservatives (What You Ought to Know A Show From Brothers Winn), Scratch Paper Writing Therapy Session and Standing in the Light (Jordan Smith)

Hello to you. Hope you are well as you find me here. It’s 5:15 pm in the afternoon and I’ve just come in from what I’m deeming a Scratch Paper Writing Therapy Session. I grabbed a pile of scrap paper and a pen and sat outside trying to write about some things I’m going through right now with regards to current events in our country and the world. I’m trying to find a way to move forward with my life without allowing myself to just “normalize” what is going on around me. It’s very difficult!

Kyle and I have been trying to find productive ways to channel our conversations.  We have been spending time looking into the meaning of words being used by so many people right now.  What does it mean to be a Conservative, a Liberal, a Bigot, Tolerant etc.  We are realizing why we don’t like labels for people!  We are finding out many of the people using these words, including us, don’t seem to understand what they mean.  When we don’t know something, we take the time to research and find the answers.  I wish more people would do that!

Liberals vs Conservatives – What You Ought to Know (A Show from Brothers Winn)

 

30 Jan 2017 4:35 pm

It has been 10 days now since Donald Trump was sworn into office and in just that short time, I feel like I’m watching myself from an alternate reality and can barely recognize who I’m watching.

My relationships with family and friends are rubber-bands stretching and cracking…threatening to snap in my face. Some already have and it hurts! I have become one of the “Tolerant,” a condition just above being a Bigot. Such a being I am allowing myself to become.

Where is the Love and Acceptance in my spoken and written sentences? My speech has become one long rant with gestures and loud sounds with little inflection. There is no change in tone or pitch. The pace of my typing on my computer keyboard is frantically paced and loud too…..it sounds angry.

So much energy to give the undeserving and yet I blindly allow its transference. Whatever creature lurks in the corners of my eyes and in the shadows at night is feasting on my torment now. All over the world this reality within a reality is playing out and yet I still play my part.

Here, at this juncture in time, I have a choice. I see the parasites in the shadows and can choose to continue to allow them to feast on me. I must choose where to look now.

It will not be easy to to evade the traps and bait strewn along my daily path, but I must try. They will be disguised as those I know and love but I mustn’t allow myself to be deceived.

Such a lonely fork-in-the-road in which to be forced to stand! It is familiar to me. Much of my life has meant choosing the road less traveled.

Sometimes it is a choice for such a person as myself either to walk alone or risk losing the will to want to walk at all.

Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (Official Video)

 

 

30 Jan 2017 Thank you Governors, Clergy and so many others for standing up to refugee ban order, Congressional Review Act (CRA) and This is Not America (David Bowie Song)

Hello to you family wherever and whenever you are as you visit here but chance or on purpose.  It’s 7:31 am as I start to write to you on this new day.

Yesterday I saw a couple of videos and messages that I’m sharing here today that restored some shred of hope I have for America and it’s people.  I understand it’s important to keep people safe but by doing these sorts of things, it’s become even less safe than it was before.  This is an age old tactic to manufacture consent for more of the same which is also part of a cycle to manufacture a war machine.  I don’t think people realize that consent to these kinds of tactics will soon bleed over to us and little by little everything we hold dear will be “executive ordered” away too if it doesn’t benefit those in authority.   Didn’t MOST of our ancestors flee from and or become refugees and immigrants because of Tyranny or are they not teaching that to our children anymore?!

We got to have our thinking caps on and become visionaries.  A phrase that keeps coming to mind, “Make sure we think things all the way through, now is not a time for short-sighted and hasty decisions.”

tyr·an·ny.

[ˈtirənē]

NOUN

1.cruel and oppressive government or rule:

“people who survive war and escape tyranny” ·
[more]

synonyms: despotism · absolute power · autocracy · dictatorship · totalitarianism ·
[more]

•a nation under cruel and oppressive government.

•cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control:

“she resented his rages and his tyranny” ·
[more]

•(especially in ancient Greece) rule by one who has absolute power without legal right.

Here is an example of modern tyranny in action; it’s great when all this in your “favor” but when these people start overturning regulations meant to ensure we have clean air, water and food to eat what then?   I suggest you ask the people who can light their tap water on fire what they think about it! 

Do Not Drink This Water! (Gasland movie)

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/gop-could-wipe-federal-regulations-191300532.html

How the GOP Could Wipe Out Federal Regulations in One Easy Step

Rob Garver

The Fiscal TimesJanuary 27, 2017

A new interpretation of an old law may allow Republicans to wipe out decades of federal regulations.

Congressional Republicans have been eager to dismantle many of former president Barack Obama’s regulations as they possibly can and have signaled that they are interested in using the decades-old Congressional Review Act, a relic of the Newt Gingrich-era Contract with America, to do it. However, a new interpretation making the rounds in conservative circles argues that the CRA’s reach could, in theory at least, be much longer than is commonly believed.

The bill requires federal regulators to submit a report to Congress every time a new rule, new regulation, or regulatory guidance is issued. The Congress then has 60 legislative days to review it. If they take no action, the new rules take effect. However, if they don’t, both houses can pass a joint resolution that does away with it. That resolution is protected from a filibuster by an expedited process in the Senate that automatically limits debate to 10 hours, and can be triggered by as few as 30 senators.

Related: Obamacare Hits Record Popularity as Trump Takes First Steps to Repeal It

If the bill is passed, it requires a presidential signature, which is why the CRA was rarely invoked by Republicans during the Obama administration. But with President Trump in the Oval Office, the game has changed, and the GOP sees the opportunity to begin actively rolling back everything from environmental regulations put out by the Environmental Protection Agency to restrictions on certain financial services firms applied by the Treasury Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

However, writing in the Wall Street Journal today, Potomac Watch columnist Kimberley A. Strassel reports that some influential figures in the GOP believe that the law can help them reach much farther back than just 60 legislative days.

Gov. McAuliffe: Virginia is open and welcoming to everybody

 

Washington Governor at airport: Trump’s immigration policy inhumane, cruel, ILLEGAL (Gov Jay Inslee)

Another take on it that is more resonate to many of my family and friends and not Kyle and I:

Is it ‘un-Christian’ to ban refugees?

https://www.facebook.com/FrJamesMartin/videos/10154132008256496/

Fr. James Martin, SJ

Biography

The Rev. James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, author and editor at large at America, the national Catholic magazine. His most recent books are “Seven Last Words,” The Abbey” and “Jesus: A Pilgrimage.” (HarperOne).

James Martin was born in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., in 1960, attended Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1982, where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics (B.S. Econ.) with a concentration in finance. After working for six years in corporate finance with General Electric in New York City and Stamford, Ct., he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in August 1988.

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“I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.”

President Trump has announced that he will order the construction of a Mexican border wall, the first in a series of actions to crack down on immigrants, which will include slashing the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States, and blocking Syrians and others from what are called “terror-prone nations” from entering, at least temporarily.

These measures, which mean the rejection of the stranger, the rejection of the person in need, the rejection of those who suffer, are manifestly unchristian and utterly contrary to the Gospel. Indeed, last year, Pope Francis said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the Gospel.”

But maybe you don’t want to listen to Pope Francis. Maybe you think that he was being too political. Or maybe you think Pope Francis is too progressive for you.

Maybe you think that you have a right to refuse a person in need. And that you have the right to protect yourself. Well, we do have the right of self-protection. But refusing the one in need because you want to protect yourself, especially when the other is in desperate need and obvious danger, is not what Christianity is about. It’s about the opposite. It’s about helping the stranger, even if it carries some risk. That’s the Parable of the Good Samaritan in a nutshell.

But if you still don’t want to listen to Pope Francis, then listen to Pope John Paul II, St. John Paul II, who wrote dozens of times about refugees and migrants. “Seek to help our brother and sister refugees in every possible way by providing a welcome…Show them an open mind and a warm heart,” he said. And as if predicting our current situation, he said, “It is necessary to guard against the rise of new forms of racism or xenophobic behavior, which attempt to make these brothers and sisters of ours scapegoats for what may be difficult local situations.”

For this is an issue of life or death. Migrants flee from profound poverty, which causes suffering and can lead to death. Refugees flee from persecution, terror and war, out of fear for their lives. This is, then, one of the church’s life issues, so dear to St. John Paul II.

But maybe you don’t want to listen to St. John Paul. Maybe you’re not Catholic. Then listen to the voice of God in the Book of Exodus, speaking to the people of Israel: “You shall not oppress the resident alien [i.e, the refugee] for you aliens yourselves once, in the land of Egypt.” Every American heart should be stirred by that. Other than the Native Americans, all of us are descendants of immigrants. We were aliens ourselves once.

But maybe you don’t want to listen to the Old Testament. Then, in the end, listen to Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew, he provides a litmus test for entrance into heaven. At the Last Judgment, he will say to people, “I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.” And people will say, “When were you a stranger and we did not take care of you?’ And he will say, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”

Jesus himself is speaking to you from the Gospels. It is Christ whom we turn away when we build walls. It is Christ whom we reject when we slash quotas for refugees. It is Christ whom we are killing, by letting them die in poverty and war rather than opening our doors.

“Today,” St. John Paul II said, “the illegal migrant comes before us like that ‘stranger’ in whom Jesus asks to be recognized. To welcome him and to show him solidarity is a duty of hospitality and fidelity to Christian identity itself.”

So, reject these measures and welcome Christ. Call your local legislators and tell them to care for Christ. Write to the White House and ask them to protect Christ. Show up at town hall meetings and advocate for Christ. And pray for our brothers and sisters who are refugees and migrants.

Because if you do not, and you reject Christ, then it is their prayers that you will need.

David Bowie – This is not America

This Is Not America

David Bowie, Pat Metheny Group, Pat Metheny Group

A little piece of you
The little peace in me
Will die for this is not America
Blossom falls to bloom
This season
Promise not to stare
Too long for this is not a miracle there was a time a storm that blew so pure
For this could be the biggest sky
And I could have the faintest idea snowman melting
From the inside
Falcon spirals
To the ground
So bloody red
Tomorrows clouds a little peace of you
The little peace in me
Will die for this is not America there was a time
A wind that blew so young
For this could be the biggest sky
And I could have the faintest idea this could be the biggest sky
This could be a miracle
This could be etc

Songwriters: DAVID BOWIE, LYLE MAYS, PATRICK B METHENY

© Peermusic Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

For non-commercial use only.

Data from: LyricFind

 

 

 

 

29 Jan 2017 Where is the line in the sand in these times? A question of Tolerance and Intolerant (Tolerance is a dirty word Andrew Sayer Ted Talks)

Hello again family.   I am here again…writing therapy!  I’m trying to sort out the meaning of the words being thrown around a lot right now – Tolerance and Intolerance.

Here is the Merriam Webster’s definition of Tolerance:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tolerance

Definition of tolerance
1: capacity to endure pain or hardship
:endurance, fortitude, stamina
2a:sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own
b:  the act of allowing something
:toleration

3:the allowable deviation from a standard; especially
: the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece

4a (1):the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (such as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure ; also
:the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen (2)
:relative capacity of an organism to grow or thrive when subjected to an unfavorable environmental factor
b:  the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that may lawfully remain on or in food

Here is there definition of Intolerant:

Definition of intolerant

1: unable or unwilling to endure

2a:  unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression especially in religious matters
b:  unwilling to grant or share social, political, or professional rights
:bigoted

3: exhibiting physiological intolerance <lactose intolerant>

-intolerantly
adverb
—intolerantness
noun

Examples of intolerant in a sentence

<intolerant of fools, she is not an easy person to work for>

<intolerant people who callously deny others the very rights that they take for granted>

What I’m having trouble with is thinking about where is the line in the sand when it comes to tolerance and intolerance of other peoples actions, morals, values and beliefs.  When does tolerance transition into inaction, passiveness, ignoring, wall building, exclusion, alienation….being no better than the people I am convinced are being intolerant?   Yesterday one of my family member’s made a post on Facebook that he and several of his friends thought was funny.  It was Anti-Semitic in nature.  Kyle and I were so offended by it that I unfriended and blocked him for it.  There may have been a joke I missed about this post but what I saw I perceived as Anti-Semitic in nature and far from funny!  Kyle had warned me about going back to Facebook and he was right.  I was on there for less than an hour and I was having this sort of experience!

My Mom suggested I should just Unfollow this person and try to be more tolerant of other people’s beliefs.  I don’t think she had seen the post when she said this.  She feels, and in some ways I can agree with her, that I can become quite adamant when I set my mind to something.  I told her that I am normally a very tolerant person but will never be tolerant of people who think it’s funny to belittle, harm or maim another person for who they are.

Where is the line in the sand and who is qualified to draw it?  I say it is Me.  To protect my Mind, Body and Spirit I must draw a line as to what I will allow myself to be exposed to from other people whether it’s to my face or electronic media.

I am at present justifying my actions yesterday in this way.   We may agree to disagree but here it is……

Facebook and any other Social Media tool I use is an extension of who I am as a person.  Would I allow someone to say something derogatory about a walk of life to my face repeatedly and still allow them to spend time with me without saying or doing something about it?  At some point wouldn’t it be logical for me to stop spending time with such a person?  There is another word for that set of circumstances and that is toxicity.  We teach people how to treat us and if we allow people to do the types of things being done on Social Media in tangible circumstances, it’s just like allowing them to do it in our actual presence and it’s toxic to mind, body and spirit.

A phrase my Quantum Touch Teacher and light-worker Carol Lee taught me a few years ago is the barometer I am using for this figurative line, “If it Ain’t Light, it Aint’ Right!”  If something someone says, something I see or read makes my heart fall into my stomach or elicits a negative feeling – it ain’t light! 

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All this said, I still am concerned about being perceived as just as bad as the people I am choosing to exclude from life for their behavior.  It brings me back to Tolerance and Intolerance again…a loop!  Am I being intolerant?  I would say yes.  When it comes to the act by others of hating or harming another person in mind, body and or spirit just for who they are — by choice or not I will always be intolerant.  I can’t bring myself or my heart Accept such things as a normal way of living.

Tolerance is a dirty word – Andrew Sayer Ted Talks

Another word being thrown around a lot these days also: Bigot

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/bigot

bigot

/ˈbɪɡət/

noun

1. a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

 

 

 

29 Jan 2017 Happy Birthday wish, “Quiet” (MILCK), God Help us to Remember to Remember (prayer) and my Drawing

Hello Family, how are you?  Is it just me or has someone hijacked our planet and it’s people?  That’s how I’m feeling this morning!

I want to wish my brother-in-law John a Happy Birthday today and I hope he knows how much we all love him today and every day!  We aren’t together in person today but just know you are with us in our hearts.

All the family together!

All the family together!

 

http://www.worldprayers.org/archive/prayers/invocations/god_please_help_all_of_us.html

God,
please help all of us
to remember to remember:

to love one another
forever and NO MATTER WHAT,
to forgive one another,
to forgive ourselves,
to take care of one another.

god, please help us
to remember to remember:
that you are called by many names and you answer to all of them.
that you are GOOD.
that you would never forsake us, even when we have forsaken ourselves.
that you know us even when we don’t know ourselves.
that there’s no escaping you, and no reason to.
that there is no such thing as hell except forgetting that heaven is here, now.

we forget so easily. don’t we?
life on earth can be so painful.

in our lives that are just as short as they are long,
just as precious as they are strong,
please help us to remember.
that you love us all.

no culture no religion – anonymous – 1/10/2012
I did this drawing yesterday and what I was thinking when I drew it was of the sun that shines on us being both our Mother and our Father and right now crying tears the color of blood seeing what is going on down here right now.  We can do better than this, we ARE better than this. 
28 Jan 2017 - my drawing of a Mother and Father sun crying tears of blood looking down at what we are doing to each other right now.

28 Jan 2017 – my drawing of a Mother and Father sun crying tears of blood looking down at what we are doing to each other right now.

27 Jan 2017 Why are the Men in Washington on an Anti-abortion kick again? The True Cost of War (Bernie Sanders), Ann Frank and Prayer for the White Man

George Orwell's 1984 that came in the mail yesterday....you might want to get  your own copy and start reading.

George Orwell’s 1984 that came in the mail yesterday….you might want to get your own copy and start reading.

Good morning family. What I am want to talk to you about today isn’t a pleasant topic but it is the topic that I woke up having yelled in my brain at 3:53 am this morning. I just couldn’t go back to sleep! What came to me was why all the sudden is there this urgent gear shift regarding Women’s Reproductive Rights; specifically abortion.

For me the issue of abortion is between the woman and the God of her understanding. I don’t believe that if God is trying to get here through our human process of reproduction that anything or anyone will stop them. I think it’s insane that a bunch of men my age and older have any business legislating anything to do with a woman’s body but I understand why they’ve made it their literal “business” to do so and it doesn’t have anything to do with religion.

What came to me, and in looking at this topic across the internet briefly, I didn’t see anyone say this….they need our future children for the wars they are planning. They have started a new cycle of hate with various countries and groups of people and now they’ve started to beef up the military spending. It doesn’t take rocket science to see what they are doing and what their intentions are. They are going to need “freshies” to go and fight and can’t have Women’s Rights standing in the way. You need “ovens” to bake the babies and if women have the right to say “No” in all the various ways they currently can, this doesn’t give them new recruits to put in uniforms.

I’ve been to Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day and have seen the fresh graves of people younger than myself…..I about fell over in despair seeing this. What did all these people die for?!! They died to keep things like are happening right now from ever happening again. At least that’s what we’ve been “told.”

Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

I told Kyle this morning on the walk, and I broke into tears saying it, “I don’t want there ever to be another Anne Frank.” With the way things are going right now, we are steps away from internment and concentration camps all over again.

The True Cost of War | Bernie Sanders

Spin of the World Prayer Wheel is perfect:

My drawing this afternoon -the message "We are sparks of the one flame "

My drawing this afternoon -the message “We are sparks of the one flame “

http://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html

And now, Grandfather, I ask you to bless the white man.
He needs your wisdom, your guidance.
You see, for so long he has tried to destroy my people,
and only feels comfortable when given power.
Bless them, show them the peace we understand;
teach them humility.
For I fear they will someday destroy themselves and their children
as they have done so Mother Earth.
I plead, I cry, after all, they are my brothers …

prayer for the white man – native american indian

 

Links pertaining to what I’m talking about above if your interested:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-rebuild-military-executive-action-234288

Trump order sets military buildup in motion

By Jeremy Herb

|01/27/17 04:51 PM EST

Updated 01/27/17 07:26 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Friday took the first formal step to undertake a costly military buildup, signaling what could be a major turnaround from years of relying on a smaller, more agile force and within strict spending limits mandated by Congress.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/25/politics/netherlands-trump-global-gag-rule/index.html

Netherlands moves on abortion funding after Trump reinstates ‘gag rule’

By James Masters, CNN

Updated 2:49 AM ET, Thu January 26, 2017

(CNN)The Dutch government says it wants to help set up an international abortion fund to help families across the world after US President Donald Trump reinstated the so-called Mexico City policy.

On Monday, Trump signed an executive order, widely known as the “global gag rule,” which bars international nongovernmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government funding.

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/28/512076315/anti-abortion-rights-but-not-necessarily-pro-trump-at-march-for-life

Anti-Abortion Rights, But Not Necessarily Pro-Trump At March For Life

January 28, 2017·6:00 AM ET

Danielle Kurtzleben – square 2015

Opponents of abortion rights are more likely to be Republican than Democratic. And Donald Trump was the anti-abortion rights presidential candidate in the 2016 election.

But that doesn’t mean the 2017 March For Life on Friday was exactly a Trump rally. The red Make America Great Again hats that speckled the crowd at Trump’s inauguration last week were few and far between, and marchers ranged from enthusiastic Trump supporters to people who fear what his presidency might mean — despite his opposition to abortion. Multiple attendees said the rally was not about politics. Rather, they said, it’s about one thing only.

Source Internet: A couple of identity photos taken in 1942 show the Jewish diarist Anne Frank, who died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in May 1945 at age 15. (ANP/AFP)

Source Internet: A couple of identity photos taken in 1942 show the Jewish diarist Anne Frank, who died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in May 1945 at age 15. (ANP/AFP)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/01/26/a-charity-set-up-by-anne-franks-father-has-become-a-fierce-critic-of-trumps-plans-for-refugees/?utm_term=.4464b0d039a7

The draft executive orders from the Trump administration that call for drastic reform of U.S. immigration and refugee policies have provoked biting criticism from the Anne Frank Center For Mutual Respect, the U.S.-based partner of Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House.

Steven Goldstein, the center’s executive director, wrote a lengthy Facebook message to President Trump on Wednesday, warning him that he was “driving our nation off a moral cliff.” He also compared Trump’s orders to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. “Today the Statue of Liberty weeps over President Trump’s discrimination,” Goldstein wrote.

 

 

 

27 Jan 2017 Why We Shut People Out and What To Do Instead – Robert Waldinger’s timely message for the literal and figurative wall builders in each of us

Good morning family.  I found a pretty awesome website yesterday http://www.dailygood.org and on this site I found a very timely article written in October of last year by Robert Waldinger: “Syndicated from ideas.ted.com. Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Zen priest. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever done.”  His message resonates with me very strongly in lieu of recent news headlines….

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/26/so-how-high-will-donald-trumps-wall-be-an-investigation/?utm_term=.b113d369af1c

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-mexico-wall-trade-war-234255

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-governor-abbott-threatens-austin-sheriff-sanctuary-cities-immigrants/

There are tons more where these came from.  These tactics of “us” versus “them” didn’t work before and are surely not going to work now.   The ones who will suffer the most for this Trump-headed GOP tirade against the world are the American people.  Last night a vision came to me of how the Amish will shun people out of their communities for disobeying their standards of conduct and I could see the world doing that to America just the same.

http://amishamerica.com/why-do-the-amish-practice-shunning/

What is shunning?

Social shunning occurs when an individual has violated the Ordnung (guidelines for daily living) and has been excommunicated from the Amish church (also know as being in the Bann).  Shunning is a form of social avoidance.  It is an alteration of behavior towards an individual who has willfully violated rules of the church.

Shunning may take the form of eating separately, not doing business with a person, not accepting gifts or rides from a shunned individual, and generally excluding a person from community activities.  Amish will still converse with an individual in the Bann, and will offer assistance if needed.  But for all intents and purposes, that individual, through his own choice, is considered outside the flock.

Anyhew……..on to the article:

If I had my way, I would introduce everyone in the whole world to each other. Jim Haynes

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1419/why-we-shut-people-out-and-what-to-do-instead-robert-waldinger/

We build too many walls and not enough bridges. –Sir Isaac Newton

Why We Shut People Out and What To Do Instead

–by Robert Waldinger, syndicated from ideas.ted.com, Oct 20, 2016

Remember the thrill of building walls as a kid? Forts made from snow, or a giant cardboard box. Burying ourselves in blankets and pillows. Walling ourselves off from our enemies — real or imagined — to fight heroic battles until it was time for dinner.

Even as adults, we swear undying loyalty to our local sports teams and hate their rivals. While the athletes themselves flit from one team to another in search of bigger contracts, we’re sure our home team is special. We’re passionate, sometimes to the point of violence, even though we know it’s only a game.

We make artificial divisions everywhere: Democrats and Republicans, black and white, millennials and baby boomers. Even those of us who are against building walls find ourselves pointing accusing fingers at those wall-builders.

Being human means there’s a wall-builder in each of us. Our minds naturally divide the world into me and not-me, us and them. For thousands of years, our sages have taught that we’re all one, yet we still divide wherever we look.

Why are we this way, what are the costs of being like this — and what, if anything, can we do about it?

Why are we this way?

We evolved this way. Sebastian Junger points out that we evolved as a species to survive in harsh environments. For thousands of years, our ability to band together against a common enemy (weather, wild beasts, other tribes) was life-saving. Those who were most inclined to join forces were more likely to survive and pass along their genes. Facing a common danger makes us feel close and cooperative. In fact, it can be so exhilarating that many soldiers actually miss combat when they come home.

Knowing who we are makes us feel secure. As we grow up, we’re constantly defining ourselves. In my case: Caucasian, male, born in Iowa, live in Boston, Zen Buddhist, good at learning languages. With countless labels, I build up this creation I call my self. Psychologist Erik Erikson wrote, “there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” It’s easy to ignore things I don’t like about myself and even easier to locate those qualities in others. (“I’m fine, but those people over there are the ones who are weak/lazy/ignorant.”)

(False) certainty about others is reassuring. Putting labels on entire groups of people makes things much simpler. If all New Yorkers are pushy, or all politicians are dishonest, we don’t have to do the hard work of figuring out who’s who. George Orwell, whose book 1984 depicts this with terrifying accuracy, defined nationalism as “the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labeled ‘good’ or ‘bad.”‘

What are the costs of walling ourselves off?

Once we slap a label on others, we don’t bother to look more closely, and our fears grow. With social mixers like the military draft long disappeared, and news media like Fox and MSNBC growing ever more partisan, it’s easy to restrict ourselves — without even realizing it — to people like us and to views we agree with. The result is that we’re mystified by the beliefs of those on the other side of social and economic divides: “those Trump supporters”; “those Hillary supporters”; “those Brexit voters.” Our fears about others increase, with no chance to see how much of our basic humanness we share.

We are actually less safe. Labeling entire groups of people as good guys or bad guys is dangerous, because we end up accidentally putting white hats on bad guys and black hats on good guys. If all Muslims are terrorists, we don’t pay attention to exactly who it is who’s heading toward extremism — whether Muslim, Christian, vegan, or carnivore. And calling millions of people terrorists pushes them away just when we need them most.

We waste precious resources. Trying to wall ourselves off from entire groups of people is exhausting and inefficient. We’ve spent a trillion dollars protecting the United States since 9/11, and Steven Brill notes that we are arguably no safer than we were 15 years ago.

Help! What can we do about this?

Embrace our inner wall-builder. The more we know about our own impulses to find enemies, the sooner we’ll recognize it when people are trying to manipulate us for their selfish ends.

Give our wall-builder a place to play. Whether it’s barricading ourselves off in snow forts or rooting for the Red Sox, we can channel the urge to find heroes and enemies into healthy competition.

Choose our real-life villains wisely. We can target bad actors and real social problems, instead of indulging in the dangerous temptation to paint whole groups of people with the same tarring brush. This means targeting terrorists, not Muslims. Poverty, not poor people. Brutality and racism, not police officers.

Find ways to know the people who seem alien. This may be the hardest task. Immediately following the Brexit vote, Oxford professor Alexander Betts gave a talk in which he showed a map of Britain highlighting all the counties that voted in favor of leaving the European Union. He realized he’d spent less than four days of his life in any of the top 50 of those counties, pointing out how little he knew about the people who were on the other side of a growing social and economic chasm. Robert Putnam writes about a similar class divide in America.

Perhaps we need something like the great social mixer we experienced during WWII — not war, but a kind of universal national service where young women and men from all corners of society work together to fight real common enemies like homelessness, poverty, illiteracy — and in the process get to know the best of our shared humanness.

There is tremendous energy behind our dissatisfaction and desire for change. Energy we can harness in ways that either make us feel more isolated and afraid, or make us feel more connected and engaged. We have the freedom to choose. And our choices could not matter more.

Source Internet: Robert Waldinger

Source Internet: Robert Waldinger

http://robertwaldinger.com/about/ – Link to Robert’s web page

https://www.ted.com/speakers/robert_waldinger – Ted Talks

Syndicated from ideas.ted.com. Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Zen priest. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever done.

Spin of the World prayer wheel today….I have to keep working on the there must be peace in the heart part….

http://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

chinese philospher – lao-tse – 6th century bce

26 Jan 2017 My Self-Examination Drawing, why I’m avoiding social media right now, Comfortably Numb and US downgraded to a flawed democracy

Hello family, it’s 6:18 pm on this Thursday evening as I start to write to you.  How was your day?  I hope you heard something nice about yourself today.  I hope that someone looked you in the eye and smiled at you today.  I hope that somehow, some way you realized your worth today.  You are Awesome Sauce!  If no one told you that today, I am telling you that!

My Mom texted me today asking about why she hadn’t seen me of Facebook lately.  Mind you, and she knows this, I don’t ever see her on Facebook and she seldom, if ever has “liked” or commented on any of my posts.  So if she is reading my stuff, I never know about it.  This is her choice and may be her kind way of not hurting my feelings as she and I differ in opinions about most everything except food and drink lol.  Anyways, I told her I’m not on it because it’s not a good place for me to be right now.  I am in what I call “retraction” mode……the mode of retreating within myself to heal my wounds.   Honestly I will admit I am being a sore loser and butt-hurt about how the election turned out.  I’ve moved beyond the stance, “Well we voted differently, let’s still be friends and love each other” to “what the fuck did you do that for?!” and “I still love you but I can’t fucking associate with you right now” phase.   It’s me, not them right?!  LOL!  UGH!

I’ll get over my hurt and anger but I’m not sure what will take it’s place.  I know this is a strategy unto itself….divide and conquer….get us to turn on each other.   I love all of my family and will keep working to focus on that love and less on how we have failed each other.

My friend from Inner Whispers, Margarita, talks about the campaign she intends to wage with letters to her representatives and I commend her spirit.  I told her I’ve done such things but all I get back typically is form letter emails and letters basically blowing me off.  I’ve even called on various things….same thing.  I just have this sense of futility when I think of attempting to do anything more to make myself heard!  Like the phrase from Pink Floyd, “Is there anybody in there?  Is there anybody at home?”

 

Comfortably Numb

Hello? Hello? Hello?

Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home?
Come on now
I hear you’re feeling down
Well I can ease your pain
Get you on your feet again
Relax
I’ll need some information first
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts?

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
Now I’ve got that feeling once again
I can’t explain you would not understand
This is not how I am
I have become comfortably numb

Okay
Just a little pinprick
There’ll be no more, ah
But you may feel a little sick
Can you stand up?
I do believe it’s working, good
That’ll keep you going through the show
Come on it’s time to go

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship, smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
I have become comfortably numb

Songwriters: DAVID JON GILMOUR, ROGER WATERS
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC, IMAGEM MUSIC INC
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind

This article today echo’s my feelings and that of many of those living in this country (and I’m forced to admit it’s not Trump who is to blame for this rating, he only benefitted from a pre-existing condition! ):

http://www.businessinsider.com/economist-intelligence-unit-downgrades-united-states-to-flawed-democracy-2017-1 (excerpt)

The US has been downgraded to a ‘flawed democracy’

Elena Holodny
Jan. 25, 2017, 3:15 PM

• The US has been downgraded to a “flawed democracy” by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
• The downgrade reflects Americans’ drop in confidence in governmental institutions, according to the EIU.
• Americans’ trust in government has been declining since the late 1950s, according to data from Pew Research. Moreover, inequality in the US has been on the rise, according to data from Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.
• Populist politicians have tapped into these trends, the EIU said.

The US has been downgraded to a “flawed democracy” from a “full democracy” by the Economist Intelligence Unit in its 2016 “Democracy Index” report.

Although the report’s publication comes shortly after the election of President Donald Trump, the EIU analysts write that the US was not downgraded because of him. Rather, they argue, his surprise election was an effect of the underlying causes that led the EIU to downgrade the US.

According to the EIU, “full democracies” are countries in which basic political freedoms and civil liberties are respected, and are “underpinned by a political culture conducive to the flourishing of democracy.” The government functions satisfactorily; media are independent and diverse; the judiciary is independent and their decisions are enforced; and there’s an effective system of checks and balances.

Meanwhile, “flawed democracies” have free and fair elections (with possibly some issues such as infringements on media freedom) and respect basic civil liberties. However, there are governance problems and low levels of political participation.

Sigh……………………..

I thank you reader(s), besides me hopefully, for walking this walk with me these days.  May be there is something in this rambling that resonates with you and or taps into something you are feeling too.  Guess that means we aren’t alone…..that is a blessing.  Thank you for being my family.

The drawing today is called Self Examination and that’s exactly what I’m doing right now…..what our country seems to be doing in part.  Who, What, Where and Why is Me?  Who am I accountable to?  In the drawing, the answer seems to be, myself first.  If I can’t live with me than no one else will be able to either.

26 Jan 2017 Self Examination drawing by Jackie Wygant

26 Jan 2017 Self Examination drawing by Jackie Wygant

 

26 Jan 2017 Drawings, an America of Veruca Salts, President-Elect Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) “This is not Normal” and We Interrupt This War (cappy hall rearick – 2001)

Hello family, how are you? It’s 12:20 pm here as I begin to write to you. I hope you and yours are well and if not, please do not lose hope that things can and will get better!  Hope is one of those things that still belongs to each of us that no one can take away unless we allow them to. 

I’m trying my best in to find ways to work out the torment that is raging within me about what I’m watching happen to this country only 6 days after Donald Trump was sworn in to office!  I am trying so hard to work on mindfulness, focus on what I want and less on what I don’t…..it’s not as easy as it sounds!

Some of us decided (not Kyle or I) to give the keys to the family car to the most unreliable, unstable and dangerous person living in our house and there are no reasonable adults stepping up to take them back. Watch how he runs over the bushes, destroys the newly painted picket fences and smashes out all the street lights….”Oh that’s just Trump! Isn’t he funny?! I wonder what he’ll do next!” At our house we been going through the stages of grief with this whole thing. Right now we are in Stage 4, Depression, reflection and loneliness. We are calling it, “What the Fuck has he done now and why are they letting him do it?!” stage.

http://www.recover-from-grief.com/7-stages-of-grief.html

Stage 4 – “DEPRESSION”, REFLECTION, LONELINESS- Just when your friends may think you should be getting on with your life, a long period of sad reflection will likely overtake you. This is a normal stage of grief, so do not be “talked out of it” by well-meaning outsiders. Encouragement from others is not helpful to you during this stage of grieving. During this time, you finally realize the true magnitude of your loss, and it depresses you. You may isolate yourself on purpose, reflect on things you did with your lost one, and focus on memories of the past. You may sense feelings of emptiness or despair.

I’m watching many of my fellow citizens, politicians and corporate CEO’s acting like a mob of Veruca Salt’s let loose in Charlie’s Chocolate Factory that is our Earth all screaming “I WANT IT NOW!” The addiction to money and material possessions is so great in our country!  Sadly far too many generations of  Mr. and Mrs. Salt’s and too few of  Mr. Wonka.

Veruca Salt – I Want It Now (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

Something my Mom and I had to get on my own Dad about a few visits ago was his believing everything that is on the Internet is true. Someone had my Dad believing that President Obama never attended Veteran’s Day events and there is documented proof that he did. Apparently my Dad isn’t the only one who believes the Internet, so does Donald Trump and that is some scary shit right there.  John talks about this in the video below as he focuses on one of the main reasons he believes Trump won this election – social media and “alternative facts.”

President-Elect Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – it is terrifying to think Donald Trump might be the sort of person who believes everything the internet tells him!

Something the Doctor Who might say to Americans right now: “I need you to remember this one thing! No matter what they tell you or try to make you believe, what is happening to you and your country is not normal!”

Spin of the Prayer wheel today.  I felt it was appropriate because I feel we are at war with each other and we are wasting precious time and resources doing so:

http://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html

We interrupt this war for doctors to heal,
teachers to teach, and students to learn.

We interrupt this war to marvel at sunsets,
listen to music, and to laugh.

We interrupt this war for poets to rhyme, sculptors to
chisel, and writers to paint pictures with words.

We interrupt this war to plant tomatoes, mow
the grass, and to smell the roses.

We interrupt this war to feed the hungry, build
new schools, and to stamp out ignorance.

We interrupt this war to clean up the air, save
the whales and to find a cure for cancer.

We interrupt this war to rebuild New Orleans,
tickle babies and for world peace.

We interrupt this war for PTA meetings, band
concerts, and high school graduations.

We interrupt this war for Girl Scout Cookies,
church bake sales, and the Special Olympics.

We interrupt this war for Disneyland, the
World Series, and the Super Bowl.

We interrupt this war for Halloween candy,
Thanksgiving Turkey, and 4th of July fireworks.

We interrupt this war for Hanukkah,
Christmas and Kwanza.

We interrupt this war to bring sons,
daughters, sisters and brothers home.

We interrupt this war to hear a message from
Our Sponsor: THOU SHALT NOT KILL.

we interrupt this war – copy hall rearick – 2001

From the author’s book, Simply Said.

25 Jan 2017 Chalk drawing, “The world you see is just a movie in your mind” (letter to ex-wife – jack Kerouac) and losing yourself in moving colors

My chalk drawing yesterday.  Kyle complimented me on it and said I should share it!  The "circles" is an example of how I envision the God of my understanding sees me and the rest of the world....in pixils, particles of light.

My chalk drawing yesterday. Kyle complimented me on it and said I should share it! The “circles” is an example of how I envision the God of my understanding sees me and the rest of the world….in pixils, particles of light.

Hello family, just a short note today.  I am working on mindfulness and  staying within the light of positive consciousness despite what I’m seeing unraveling before me in the headlines.  I am grateful for getting good sleep last night and I think that due in part to finding out my neighbor and Buster are ok!  Anyhew, I found this on the World Prayers site in their meditations section and it resonated with me today so I’ll share it.  I hope this finds you  loved and loving today.  No matter what the world puts before you, choose kindness, choose to preserve a loving heart within you….the source of your personal power and lightness of being:

I drew this today with all those who think there is not hope left in mind.  We must never give up Hope.

I drew this today with all those who think there is not hope left in mind. We must never give up Hope.

 

14 OCt 2016 - this seems to be a mountain based energy system

14 Oct 2016 – this seems to be a mountain based energy system

I have lots of things to teach you now,
in case we ever meet,
concerning the message that was transmitted to me
under a pine tree in North Carolina
on a cold winter moonlit night.

It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry.
It’s all like a dream.
Everything is ecstasy, inside.
We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds.
But in our true blissful essence of mind is known
that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.
Close your eyes,
let your hands and nerve-ends drop,
stop breathing for 3 seconds,
listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world,
and you will remember the lesson you forgot,
which was taught in immense milky ways
of cloudy innumerable worlds
long ago and not even at all.
It is all one vast awakened thing.
I call it the golden eternity.
It is perfect.
We were never really born,
we will never really die.
It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea
of a personal self,
other selves,
many selves everywhere,
or one universal self.
Self is only an idea, a mortal idea.
That which passes through everything, is one thing.
It’s a dream already ended.

There’s nothing from staring at mountains months on end.
They never show any expression,
they are like empty space.
Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away.
Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space,
which is the one universal essence of mind,
the one vast awakenerhood,
empty and awake,
will never crumble away because it was never born.

The world you see is just a movie in your mind.

letter to ex-wife – jack kerouac

 

Psychedelic Sacred Geometry Mandala 3D Animation [Trippy Kaleidoscope] Healing Trance Meditation (4 min)

 

The Splendor of Color Kaleidoscope Video v1.1 1080p (2hrs)