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Friday, April 15, 2011

Thoughts on Libya and the Middle East

            First Egypt, now Libya, and of course, the continued conflict between Israelis and Palestinians; as well as many other areas of discord in the Middle East – What can we contribute as individuals, who are all the way on the other side of the world?   If we’re bothered at all by what’s going on, how can we feel more helpful and  empowered to make a difference?  We may say, “I am only one person.  I have little effect, so why try?”   But I believe we’re much more powerful than we think and our behavior is both influential and significant!  What we choose to do and think counts!
            Peace is a process, something that’s obviously not going to happen over night, but every step along the way brings us closer.  Sometimes military intervention is needed, such as in the case of Libya right now.  But there is more we can do one by one.  Our minds are contained within a Divine Spirit energy that lives within all of us, whether we live in America, Libya, or elsewhere in the Middle East. This is an ocean of energy in which thoughts play an important role.  They move back and forth freely in this energetic field, affecting everyone and everything.  Our thoughts here can influence the behavior and thoughts of people millions of miles away.  If we’re thinking hateful, judgmental or condemning thoughts, they are received by every other being on this planet.  We all contribute to the wellbeing or ill health of our planet just by what we choose to place in our minds.  How can we best use our individual minds to help bring about peace in this war torn region?  We can choose thoughts of compassion, forgiveness, and wishes for freedom from strife for the Libyan people, Gaddafi included.
            The fearful and angry states of mind that accompany us many of our days, affect others.  As we learn to uproot any disturbing thoughts we may have, and replace them with peaceful ones, we are freed to extend hopeful, caring thoughts into the regions of the world, like Libya, that so critically need our nonviolent harmonic energy.  Even as we connect with those close to us in our own hemisphere, state, city, office and home, the offer of loving thought or compassionate, healing energy, creates a ripple effect which just keeps on spreading.  Each person touched by such thought will touch another and so on until large masses of consciousness have been transformed.  With the swell of social media, we are in a more powerful space than ever before, for the additional strength of words written or spoken, can affect a mighty impact on the whole.
            But peace begins within.  If our own minds are filled with resentment, anxiety, annoyance, self-pity or criticism, what will we offer?  We cannot give what we do not hold inside.   We are contributors to the world’s ills.  Until we clean up our own act, how can we expect peace in Libya?  In Israel?  In the Arab world?  Two vital questions enter my mind: “What can I do to cleanse my inner world of negative emotion today?” and “What would it take for me to commit myself to participating in an ongoing manner?”  The answers can only be found inside of each of us, and there is no wrong or right response.  We already know deep down at some level what we want for ourselves and our world.  There is a spiritual, moral, nonviolent movement brewing now.  I want to get on that boat!

                        A Prayer for All

May I find my way to a peaceful heart;
One full of forgiveness and compassion for my fellow man,
One bursting with love and kindness,
One plump with generosity and affection,
And one packed with tenderness and friendship,
            encouragement and hope.

And may our earthly companions in other parts of the world
Reside in peace, harmony and brotherhood,
Knowing that they are safe and free from the conflict that destroys;
That they are loved beyond anything they could ever imagine,
And that they are powerful creators of democracy and freedom.

May we all know the joy of unity,
May we know the ecstasy of service,
May we know the delight of concord,
And may we each know the grace of God.



Thursday, April 14, 2011

Abraham's Teachings

            Lately, as I’ve been listening to Abraham (Esther and Jerry Hicks), I’ve become so inspired at times, that I lay in bed in the middle of the night, going over and over in my mind how incredible these teachings are, and how we can each create exactly what we want to see happen in our lives!  Each aspect of my life flashes in front of me – all my dreams and hopes and wishes, and I am beginning to see that I have already made great progress toward life goals I held long ago, even as a young child.
            I remember when young, wishing to be peaceful and then somehow being a force for peace in the world.  I recall wanting the world and my family to awaken – to cut out the fighting and recognize that peace was the only way.  And I recollect desiring to see the good in everyone and everything, and loving from deep in my heart.  I wished everyone was out of pain and able to love deeply also.  Funny thing is  . . . . . I find myself wishing the same thing now, only now I feel so much more able to do something about it, and to offer something substantial to others, whereas when I was young, I felt only confused, unhappy and inept.  I guess that must be a sign that I’ve come a distance since then.
            Long ago I had not the foggiest notion of how our thoughts play such an important role in creating our lives.  Not only did I feel as if I had no control over my thoughts, but I had no understanding whatsoever of the power I had within me to manage and choose my thoughts.  Little by little, through education and practice, I’ve been learning that I’m in charge of where I put my focus and that I’m perfectly capable of developing greater mastery over this.
            By listening to Abraham’s teachings repetitively, being mindful, mindful, mindful, and practicing, practicing, practicing, I’m realizing that the mind is indeed a powerful instrument and if it’s peace I’m wanting to create, it’s all doable within the confines of the mind.  I’m learning that anytime I’m feeling poorly, I can reach for a thought that feels better than the one I’m having.  And the more I do this, the more empowered I feel.
            I’m trying out new concepts, experimenting with such thoughts as, “You are a God-Form; I am a God-Form.”  “You no longer are named _____________, just Divine Spirit.”  “We are One in the same.”  “I honor you and recognize the God in you.”  “I honor me and recognize the God in me.”  And for a time period each day, I contemplate this new way of seeing.  It’s truly a joy to feel connected – to feel our unity as Divine source energy (as Abraham would say).  It’s this practice of contemplating life in this way that’s changing me, from the inside out, and I’m hoping that I will feel as if I’ve been a real force for good before I leave this place.  I’m truly grateful for these teachings, as I continue to discover that whatever I give my attention to, creates, and that if I don’t like what I’m creating, I can switch course with the thoughts I choose.     

Press Release, April 13th

For all who have an interest, please take a look at this press release from April: