Predicting Peace – Part 5 of 7

Predicting Peace, Part Five of Seven

By Will Wilkinson


 
I’m having fun with this series of blogs on historical prophetic predictions. Another one mentioned in the link I reference below seems to connect to the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés. His 1519 arrival in Mexico coincided with the year the Mayan calendar said Quetzalcoatl would return and reclaim the city of Tenochtitlán. So, apparently the native Aztecs believed Cortés was this being. That helped Cortés capture Mexico.

The same habit of “savior thinking” can defeat us today, prophecy or not. Who do we expect to save us? With deep respect and appreciation, we honor the Gandhi’s, the Martin Luther King’s, the Mother Theresa’s of the past. And the peacemakers of the 21st century. But we’ve moved beyond celebrity leaders. It’s up to all of us, acting on the small stages where we live. And, in fact, every day presents us with tiny opportunities, moments that will never be glorified on HuffingtonPost, that won’t lead to a Ted talk, that won’t appear in any New York Times best seller, and won’t propel us into fame.

We simply live with peace in our hearts and it overflows. Our cup runs over. Peace, the real deal, is like that. It can’t be contained, hoarded, bartered. It’s generative. It grows and distributes itself selflessly.

Tomorrow can be another ordinary day OR it can be the day you (and I) choose to be peacemakers and seize every opportunity to do our small service. It might seem futile, that all we can do is like a drop in the ocean but, then, that’s what the ocean is made of!

Referenced from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/future-predictions-book_n_5635631.html  

 Will Wilkinson is a local author, filmmaker and director of a Happiness campaign. www.wakeupandbehappy.com

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Wars begin in the minds of men

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds

of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”

Preamble to the UNESCO Charter adopted Nov. 16, 1945

Many will disagree, but I believe that choosing peace is allowing the Muslim fanatic’s to have their own society and determine their own laws and rules.  Yes, of course killer’s should be brought to justice but beyond that they need a world that allows them the freedom they want.  We have our freedom, now the people of the Middle East need to adapt their own government according to their religion, culture and customs.

Their ways are not our ways. We live according to our laws and they need to live according to their laws, in their own Country, peacefully.

The world is big enough.   Other cultures may not like or agree with them.  The Jew’s have Israel; the Egyptians Egypt; The German’s Germany; The Vietnamese have Vietnam and their own government.  China, Cuba, North and South Korea have their own laws and culture.  Christian extremists live in peace in America.  Even Nazi’s have freedom of speech.

Muslim extremists, once they choose peace need to join the United Nations.

I believe peace will come to America when we allow other forms of government to live in peace according to their religion and customs.  Peace really amounts to a change of mind.  Can we do that?

Sally McKirgan, facilitates the Tidings Inner Peace Column and  A Course In Miracles study group in Ashland.

Her blog: www.innerpeaceforyou.me

 

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Predicting Peace – Part 4 of 7

Predicting Peace, Part Four of Seven

Another prediction from sixteenth century seer, Nostradamus, was thatVolcanic fire from the centre of the earth Will cause trembling around the new city: Two great rocks will make war for a long time. Then Arethusa will redden a new river…


This has been interpreted to refer to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The trade center is supposed to be the “centre of the earth,” the “new city” is New York and the towers are the “two great rocks.” This one is a real stretch for me. It reminds me of Abraham Maslow’s famous saying, if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”  If you believe in Nostradamus, then you will tend to validate his predictions and can convince yourself it’s logical.  Look at the millions of people who think the earth is 6,000 – 10,000 years old, not the 4.5 billion years scientists believe.  Who is right?  Everyone looks through their lens of conviction and that influences what they see.

When it comes to peace, what sort of smudges do we have on our own lens of perception?  A popular one relates to “the other” needing to do something before we do.  “They need to stop firing rockets,” for instance.  What’s the problem with his? Both sides see it through their own lens and both sides say, “They started it.”

Who is going to start the peace process?  How about me, you, any of us who refuse to see peace as a negotiation.  It’s a state.  Am I, are you, peaceful?  If so then that’s how we will behave.  Any revenge is not part of peace.  Forgiveness and compassion are.

An old school friend recently commented on one of my books, Forgiving the Unforgivable, which tells the true story of meditators who forgave the terrorists who killed two of their friends in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack.  My friend said he could never do that, that the terrorists needed to be punished.  Well, an eye for an eye makes the world blind. Let’s take the first step today.  And if you don’t think you have anyone to forgive, just look in the mirror.

Referenced from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/future-predictions-book_n_5635631.html  

 Will Wilkinson is a local author, filmmaker and director of a Happiness campaign. www.wakeupandbehappy.com

 

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Stay With It – by Leslie Caplan

Stay with it, darling.

You can do this.

This life, this road, this twist in it.

Stay with it.

Get onto its strong bare back

And go for a ride

with all your might

 

Dig into it.

Feed off it.

Ingest it.

Become it

If abandon gets the best of you,

You will misplace yourself.

And time spent

becomes a loud, echoed voice

calling out your name

hoping for a reply

 

Stay with it.

Bring it back to here.

Right here.

In all that you know, have seen and lived

Stay with it.

Follow it until

the grand gesture of its gift to you

is opened and received. 

All the way.

 

Stay with it.

Look how strong to the bone you are

That warrior-hood of being alive

Turning shit into fertilizer

 

Roots inside of roots inside of roots,

Stay with it

This courage in you,

this companion who

will take you through

the rest of your life.

Stay.

 

Let it linger on your breath,

orchestrate the rhythm of your

footsteps

Let the steam rise and enter in through

the breath of a deep life lived

 

Let the weather do its thing

Let the heart lead

Thrive because of it

And let Discovery

be the driving force

 

Forget the end result

It does not exist

Not here, not now,

Not today.

 

Stay with it

Lick those beautiful wounds,

taste the iron in their blood

Write with it, paint with it, walk with it

Your feet are on the ground

Your arms are winged

And your depth compares only

to that of the ocean.

 ©Leslie Caplan is an artist and writing coach living in Ashland, OR

www.courageousheartinmotion    contact her at : courageousheart@live.com

 

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Predicting Peace – Part 3 of 7

Predicting Peace, Part 3 of 7
 

I’ve been blogging about sixteenth century seer, Nostradamus. He wrote:  “From the depths of the West of Europe A young child will be born of poor people, He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; His fame will increase towards the realm of the East.
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This has been connected to Hitler and the rise of socialism. Maybe that makes sense, maybe not, but it certainly attests to our meaning-making ability. It’s something humans are great at. We interpret according to our personal beliefs, to concoct what we then believe is “reality.” These beliefs then congregate into what are called “assimilation biases,” which relates to our resistance to new viewpoints that would require change. The assimilation bias, with it’s resistance, serves to protect us from what’s known as “cognitive dissonance.” This refers to what happens when we hold two conflicting beliefs at the same time. Not fun. We avoid it. Yet, as I recall from first year English studies, F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

I call this blog Predicting Peace. Try this: “Israelites and Palestinians have been fighting for years AND peace is available in this moment.” Two opposed ideas… can you entertain them and continue to function? Can you believe in the possibility of peace in the face of such long-standing conflicts and war?

Some can, and do. Throughout history they have risen as peacemakers. We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Referenced from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/future-predictions-book_n_5635631.html  

 

Will Wilkinson is a local author, filmmaker and director of a Happiness campaign. www.wakeupandbehappy.com

and website at:  http://imagifi.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

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From Deficiency to Contentment

FROM DEFICIENCY TO CONTENTMENT by Ed Hirsch  

The inner sense of the lack of peace is the inability to rest contented with the present moment. We all can experience contentment, but it gets lost in the ongoing story and context—perhaps you got your needs met for now, or you are simply taking a  needed break from work. Even then, thoughts, memories, plans, etc. tend to crowd in and replace the peace.

 If you were to experience the contentment directly, you might discover that it is inherent in you and is not dependent on circumstances. Realizing that, you would bring this back with you to your circumstances.

 From this space of inherent abundance and its peace, you can see the root sense of separation, vulnerability, and danger. It carries the sense of deficiency, whether we succumb to it as victim or defend against it through power and control. The sense of something missing is surely supported by enough evidence, whereas the peace of inherent sufficiency is not based on evidence but by direct experience of the moment.

 You can recognize the sense of things not being enough, of ourselves not being enough, as just a belief, a thought, not necessarily reality. Investigate the inner evidence: what is not enough in the present moment? What is deficient in yourself? Aside from the stories and beliefs, you can discover that whatever is found deficient, is not who you are. You are not any of that stuff. Your own being, and the being of what is in this moment, are not deficient or separate.

 The sense that nothing is really enough can be recognized as the deep longing for Home, for Presence, which alone really satisfies. Recognize that Presence is always right here and now, and that what is, is essentially and inherently complete in itself. This is true in and of every moment of experience.

Attend to your present experience, your body sensations and energies, your emotions, your thoughts, your self-sense. Notice if there is basic contentment with it all, a basic welcoming and peace with it, or if there is any reactivity, resistance, or judgment that it is not basically OK right now. Now whether or not there is reaction even to this, can you recognize the presence of a fundamental Awareness which does not react, in which it all is held in fundamental OKness? That is the peace of your fundamental being.

 

Ed Hirsch resides in Ashland – contact him at: presenceofone@yahoo.com

 

 

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Predicting Peace – Part 2 of 7

Predicting Peace, Part Two of Seven


 
Sixteenth century seer, Nostradamus, wrote: “From the enslaved people, songs, chants and demands, The princes and lords are held captive in prisons: In the future by such headless idiots These will be taken as divine utterances … Before the war comes The great wall will fall, The King will be executed; his death, coming too soon, will be lamented. [The guards] will swim in blood, Near the River Seine the soil will be bloodied.
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Two hundred years later, in 1789, The French Revolution happened. Aristocrats and royalty were arrested and beheaded, the Bastille was stormed and demolished, and King Louis XVI was executed. Nostradamus fans offer this as further proof of his prophetic powers, even without a date. What’s the point for us in 2014?

Let’s predict a peaceful revolution. All we need is imagination, commitment, and perseverance. And we can pick a date.

Mine is going to be New Year’s Eve. It’s been a challenge for me over recent years. Parties are great but they seem increasingly irrelevant, as global problems mount and denial of our human predicament becomes increasingly difficult. What might a meaningful New Year’s Eve celebration look like?

I predict that I’m going to find out this year. Here’s my plan: whatever I’m doing, whoever I’m with, I’ll be declaring my one man revolution of peace, dedicating the next year to being consciously peaceful.

Typically, New Year’s resolutions don’t last more than a month. I look forward to finding out how long I’ll be able to sustain this one. If this appeals to you, plan ahead and join the revolution!

Referenced from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/future-predictions-book_n_5635631.html  

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Third Chakra Development by Angelica Rose

Third Chakra development   by Angelica Rose

As an Angelic I got to shift from a participant to an observer in relationship to the dynamics of the way the ego operates. We all know that Love is the highest vibration of inner spirit that comes from a place of pureness and unconditional love.  It is with Gratitude, Appreciation with a higher mental and emotional vibration of LOVE rather than Fear, Insecurity, Negativity, Limitation and lower vibrations.

 As you move through lessons to grow and become wiser,  you start to strengthen the 3rd chakra. You will either experience feeling of insecurity or confidence based on how you perceive the lessons you are learning If you attach emotionally to the programs or beliefs that necessary to let go of or personalize others’ behaviors you will experience greater feelings of insecurity.

 Strengthening the 3rd chakra can be a playful path or a more struggle oriented path based on how nurturing you rare with yourself. When the Ego feels separate from fear and insecurity, it creates a string of limitation, negativity and judgment a denser vibration. The people you encounter can be  authentically loving, nurturing and supportive in helping you process in a more positive way thereby strengthening confidence in a more playful manner.   Alternatively you can attract those less awakened to positive nurturing love where they are more judgment and have destructive behaviors making it more difficult to rebuild confidence and learn.

As you enhance self love and feeling of worthiness, you feel a deeper love within. This moves you away from personalizing, thereby not taking in the emotions of others and shifting your perception to a place of compassion. This helps you to stay in a higher vibration of love, joy, peace solidifying a stronger connected bond to the Universal Love and Inner spirit. As you commit to taking better care   of yourself and love deeply inwardly, you start to create a stronger connection to the inner Spirit and Universal place of LOVE which helps to create a higher vibration and thereby greater love, joy and peace.

2014 Angelica Rose – The Heart of Motivation, all rights reserved

Angelica Rose, http://heartofmotivation.webs.com/ a national gifted Angelica Inner Essence Specialist since 1991 is a Certified Hypnotist.  Angelica’s gifts include Providing Angel, Your Guides, Medium Messages on the Angelic Plane without human filters.  Reading Energies in the 8 Chakra points stored in the emotional, mental and physical body from the Angelic Realm- and Waking up the Inner Spirit through Energy Activation from YOUR Guides and the Angelic Realm. Angelica is the author of * 2 books, * 4 relaxation CDs, Spiritual Journey talk CD,  2 DVD Relaxation CD’s, and 3 Inspirational stickers 

 

 

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Predicting Peace – 1 of 7

Predicting Peace, Part One of Seven
 

A recent book by Michael O’Mara, Unblelievable!: The Bizarre World of Coincidences, chronicles a series of predictions that proved true, challenging our sense of linear time as an inviolate reality. How is it possible to predict what’s coming? In my next few blogs I explore that question, relative to our topic of peace, in order to discover practices for creating a more peaceful future.

O’Mara begins with Nostradamus, the sixteenth-century French seer known for his book, The Prophecies, published in 1555. The first prediction O’Mara highlights is quoted this way: “The blood of the just will be demanded of London, Burnt by the fire in the year 66.”
 What actually happened? The Great Fire of London. When? Over a hundred years later… in 1666. So, fire did destroy London and on the exact date Nostradamus predicted.

We can wonder, as millions have, how a seer accomplishes this. Instead, why not explore how we can make our own predictions… and then make them stick. And, let’s choose something better than fires and assassinations.

Example: I have a birthday coming up this month. Here’s my prediction. All day long I’m going to be especially generous, gifting whoever I happen to come into contact with my full, loving attention. It will be the most peaceful day of my life so far.

As of this writing there are 16 days to go so, now that I’ve made this bold prediction, I have time to prepare. When it happens, just as I’ve predicted, will it be a miracle any less astounding than Nostradamus’s feat? It’s easy to scoff at the comparison, since I just decided to do something and then carried it out as planned. But, why not? Imagine if everyone in the world decided to make a similar prediction, decided to BE the answer we’ve been looking for, instead of waiting for others or changes in circumstances.

Here’s the real miracle, taking charge of our own lives and deciding what kind of impact we want to have in the world. I used the excuse of a birthday. Pick your own. Next blog, I’ll talk about starting a peaceful revolution.

Referenced from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/future-predictions-book_n_5635631.html  

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Communication is an Art

Communication is an Art
by Barbara Casey

Recently I was in the restroom at the Salt Lake City airport, between flights. I started talking with a woman who asked where I was going. When I replied, Santa Fe, she said, “Oh, are you an artist?”

This question has always stumped me because, though I am not a painter or a sculptor or an actor, since my early 40s I have considered myself an artist, creating how I choose to spend, or at least respond to each day.

In creating the palette of our lives through each small choice we make, one of the mediums we all use is communication. We are inextricably bound to one another in relationship, living within a network of communication. The ability to communicate well makes the flavor of our lives sweeter and more satisfying. Our experience of each day can then be one of shared joy, rather than confrontation, frustration, and sometimes even hurt. The end result of skillful communication is a feeling of connection; unskillful communication tends to leave us feeling isolated.

The elements of communication are listening and speaking. Of course, there is also non-verbal communication, like body language, and we can learn much about this when we learn to listen.

Do we actually know how to listen? Are we able to listen to someone without forming a response in our minds before they have finished speaking? Can we give someone our complete attention and respect, not assuming anything about them? Do we understand that our complete loving awareness while listening will help them find their own response, their own answers?

Are we able to speak …
• Without a hidden agenda?
• Without giving unsolicited advice?
• Without the flavor of our words pricking and poking at the other, instead of in a spirit of open-hearted curiosity?
The art of kind and effective speech is sometimes called loving speech, and this gives us a clue in how to examine our speech: is it coming from love?

The first place we need to examine our ability to listen and to speak is within ourselves. Do we listen when our bodies tell us that they need to rest, or to move, to eat or drink, or not to eat or drink? Do we listen when stories of anxiety and worry repeat themselves over and over in our minds? Do we call ourselves names, criticizing and judging ourselves? Are we as kind to ourselves as we would be to a beloved child?

It has been said it takes 21 days to change a pattern. Some of us are spending 21 days in September practicing the art of loving and effective communication. This time of exploration will help us know how to change old patterns and to cultivate new, more effective ones. All are welcome to join.

Three classes in the Art of Communicating.

Sundays, September 14, 21, and 28; 3:45-5:30 pm
Gresham Room, Ashland library
Taught by Barbara Casey, Dharmacharya

For information and to register, go to http://www.peacefulrefugesangha.org   click on Upcoming Events page for more information and a suggested donation but not one turned away because of inability to pay.

 

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