Playing Football for Peace

We are indeed fortunate to have a Pacific Rim Bowl football game between the Japan All Stars and the Ashland High Grizzlies this Friday, July 31st, at SOU’s Raider Stadium.  The opening ceremony begins at 7 and the game at 7:30.  The ticket price of $8 will go towards Ashland High returning to Japan for a game in the future.  Support football for peace at SOU!

What a beautiful expression of peace through playing, joining, sharing and yes competing but with good will as the base, the touchstone of hope.

You can also join the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in a week of ceremonies and remembrances coming up in Lithia Park, the Ashland Plaza and other sites to mark the deaths of 129,000 Japanese caused by the attack on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, resulting in the end of World War II within a week.  

Observances begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the grassy area at the entrance to Lithia Park. 

Perhaps by memorializing the past and playing games for good will, could cause a war free future.

Sally McKirgan lives in Ashland and facilitates the Ashland Daily Tidings Inner Peace Column.  Send 600 to 700 articles on all aspects of peace to her at


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The Ego Challenge

EGO by Jim Hatton  (Excerpted from Ashland Daily Tidings Inner Peace Column)

Your Ego is a set of thoughts that define your universe.  It likes a familiar room built of thoughts you see the Universe through its windows.  You are secure in it, but to the extent that you are afraid to venture outside, it has become a prison.  You ego has you conned.  You believe you need its specific thoughts to survive.  The ego controls you through the fear of loss of identity.  To release these thoughts, it seems, would annihilate you, and so you cling to them. –unknown.

Sometimes it seems like the ego will fight to the death to hold on to its existence, to this extent it has the appearance of a life of its own.   Could this be the real, or at least contribute to, the survival instinct?

Indeed the ego is a familiar set of thoughts, a sort of inward set of mirrors reflecting back to us what we think we are.   This is much like our outward mirrors comprised of the people and situations around us.   Both reflect back to us that which we call “I” in the physical experience, the personality.  This is both good and challenging news.

Read the entire article in the Ashland Daily Tidings July 25, Inner Peace Column to find out what is both good and challenging.

Jim Hatton lives in the Rogue Valley and is the author of “A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life,” available at  

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The Love Hormone


The Love Hormone by Dorothy Vogel

Have you heard about the “love hormone?”  

I, for one, had not heard of this phenomenal little hormone, tucked somewhere in the hypothalamus, until last week.  Ordinarily I am not the type of person who goes running to WebMD to find out what’s going on in my hypothalamus, but when I heard it hid a love hormone, I suspected it might hold a secret to further happiness. 

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Choosing not to condemn

My condemnation injures me!  Really?

Realizing that the condemnation I might heap on another can injure myself is hard to believe but let’s investigate it further.

If I hold a grievance against someone for something they did or didn’t do and I avoid that person, crossing the street, or going to the other end of the store to avoid them means I am not free.  

I am in a sort of pain and don’t want to recognize it.  As long as I see someone as ________ (fill in the blank) my mind is locked and a locked mind is suffering  and it is not free, even though it may not realize it. 

When I condemn someone I am the prisoner.  I am the prisoner of my own judgment.  I am projecting _______on them rather than recognizing it in myself.   I project out onto someone else, something distasteful; not recognizing it is within me as well.

When we decide to choose peace, we commit to be being truthful with ourselves and acknowledge the condemnations when they come up.  And they always do!   Do I want to give up the condemnations/judgments in order to have peace?  Yes I do!

Crossing the street to avoid someone is a wakeup call.  It is a call to stop the condemnation and recognize it is time to change my mind about this “enemy” that I have not wanted to recognize.   We look at the problem, see it, let it go and do not UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES accept guilt in its place.  Then laugh! 

The book A Course In Miracles, says in lesson 198. Only my condemnation injures me. 

“Condemn and you are a prisoner of your thoughts.  Forgive and you are freed.  This is the law that rules projection.  Forgiveness sweeps dreams away.  Forgiveness is a dream too but it breeds no others.  Illusions now end.  Forgiveness is the dream of waking.  It is God’s plan.  You hold the answer to your problems in your hands.”

The method of forgiveness that works for me is to sit quietly, eyes closed.  I visualize the person in my mind.  I see myself embracing them and saying

“You are loved along with me.  We are equals; we are equally loved by our Creator. I hold you in the light of love.” 

When we commit to choosing peace we are vigilant for the little condemnations that arise in the mind.  When one comes up say:  

“Ah ha! Gotcha ego.” And do the work to free yourself from the silliness it is. 

To read or hear lesson 198 go to and click on workbook lessons and then the list.  When the lesson comes up click on “hear”

Keep watching your powerful mind and thoughts.

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Give Love; Receive Gratitude

Have you ever given something away and then received very little thanks?

How do you feel?  A little slighted, annoyed, or angry at the ingratitude?

We all have, but when you stop to think about it, it is up to you, to decide “how” to feel.

When you realize that your thinking and or feeling about the ingratitude

is ALSO being given to yourself….STOP!

When we give – we also receive!  You are holding yourself prisoner if you

decide you cannot be happy unless you receive lavish thanks.

You are giving release to yourself if you decide it does not matter if your

gift seems lost and ineffectual.

The only part of your mind that cares is the ego and it is not who you are.

The gifts given were also received in your Heart;

the Heart your share with God and they were acknowledged there!

God blesses every gift you give because every gift contains Love and that you share with God.

When you give a smile to someone, whether it is received and appreciated and returned  does not matter.

It was received by your Mind .  When you give Love, it is received by you because it is in your Mind.

When you give you receive.  When you give disgust you receive disgust.

When you give forgiveness you receive forgiveness.

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Grievances hide your Light!

Grievances hide your light!

A grievance, an upset, anger, frustration or any annoyance hides the light that is within. 

When you see an angry person what do you perceive, their light or darkness?  Grievances and light cannot go together and vision is impaired when darkness runs rampant through the mind.  In order to see clearly the grievance must be laid aside.  Whatever it is that is bothering you – it will show.  Do not let it block the beauty within. 

Let it go.  Holding onto it causes ulcers!  Holding on to it causes illness.  Just say “I have no need for this. I choose inner peace as my goal and I cannot have peace and hold a grievance in my mind.”   Sometimes holding on to something makes us feel powerful but it takes a toll on the immune system. Holding on to something burns us inside. 

The Buddha said: “One who holds onto a coal to throw, burns own hand.”

One day at work I saw a woman with an angry look on her face.  She was looking at me so I wondered what I did to upset her.  Her grievance was apparent.  It turned out it was not me but something else that caused her upset but her light was “out.”  Don’t let your light go out!

The world, your friends and family need to see your light!  You need it for health and people are always attracted to LIGHT.

 Sally McKirgan facilitates one of several A Course In Miracles study groups in the Rogue Valley.  Contact her at

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Celebrate 4th Interdependence

The 4th of July marks the time when the Declaration of Independence and separation from England and the tyranny of the King and the old world, was signed in Philadelphia in 1976.

On the Fourth we celebrate with fireworks and merrymaking and claim ourselves to be free.  Do you feel free?  Free from what?  What is it we want to be free from?  What do we want to separate from?  Perhaps we need to celebrate the freedom to join with others instead of separation.  When we join in the Oneness with all living things and everyone including our perceived enemies, we have peace, true peace.  We as a nation are in the process of “joining” with Cuba.  Let’s join with all Nations!

We will  continue to have wars until we declare ourselves free from enmity.  Why do we need enemies? 

President Lincoln said “ To defeat an enemy, make him your friend.” We cannot be free or happy when we exclude ourselves from others

This 4th of July celebrate Oneness with everyone in your life, your acquaintances, even those who may have moved beyond in space and time.  Instead of feeling separate join with them!  All minds are joined.   Join in the celebration that we are here at this place and time, on this tiny fragile speck in space.  Join in interdependence on the only mother we humans have, Mother Earth.

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The Ruler of my Mind

If I look at all things that “seem” to hurt me I can DECIDE… I really hurt?

What hurts?  If I am spirit I cannot be hurt.  If I am an ego I will drive myself

crazy with negative ”self” talk.

The Dalai Lama says: ”In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with

current situations.  Don’t bring up the past.”

Remember silence is sometimes the best answer.  When confronted with

something just STOP – take a deep breath

and go within and let your higher Self decide how to respond…..if needed!

Remember YOU are the ruler of your

thoughts not what someone else tells you to think or do.

Just Be Kind and Be the Ruler of your Mind.

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World Peace and Prayer Day at Howard Prairie

                                                 WORLD PEACE AND PRAYER DAY

    When we talk of inner peace we may forget the social imperative of seeking peacefulness in our lives.  In order for us to experience it in our daily lives peace must find expression in the political, social and relational affairs of mankind.

     There is an unprecedented opportunity to further this goal by participating in the 20th annual World Peace and Prayer Day, being held at Howard Prairie Lake from June 18th to June 21st.  The event is being hosted by the Ashland indigenous non-profit Red Earth  Descendants.  It is a cross-cultural gathering that will feature speakers from around the world sharing traditional teachings, addressing critical concerns for the planet and offering inspiring solutions.  There will be music, dancing, storytelling, workshops, as well as feasts and ceremonies designed to bring all people together in recognition of our shared responsibilities for the health of the world and for future generations of mankind. 

    The event will be presided over by Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse, who founded it 20 years ago.  Speakers will include the beloved Siletz elder Agnes Baker Pilgrim, chairperson for the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Roy Hays Jr., great great grandson of Chief Joseph, representatives of the Maori Nation, Rabbi David Zaslow, and many others.

    The event is completely free and is being conducted as a “green event”.  People are asked to bring their own utensils and recyclable or reusable dishes if joining in the mid-day meals.  Camping may be arranged with Jackson County Parks (541-774-8183) and the website offers guidelines on how to respectfully participate in this landmark event.  It is also  drug-free and alcohol-free.   You can call 541-631-1769 or 541-890-3529 for more information.

    Red Earth Descendants founder Dan Wahpepah says : “…It would be good to walk our lives as a prayer for our future generations, as we believe that is what it truly is.  To walk gently on our Mother for the sake of our grandchildren is our responsibility.  Let us recognize the truth of this and do our part…  If you are doing work for the continuation of all life, this is the place to come.”

 Avram Chetron lives in Ashland


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Graduates: Be Kind

Hurrah! Graduation time!   What a thrill for graduates, their family and friends to see dreams accomplished.   Will they graduate knowing how to attain inner peace in this unpredictable world?

His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, spoke at the University of Oregon on May 10th, 2013.  He said:

“Peace must come through inner peace.  Frist inner peace starts from each individual and not society.  We change society when each one makes an attempt to change themselves – then society change.  The Individual is most important.  Individual freedom is important.  Society must change to a peaceful society.  Can Self- centeredness be overcome? The practice of altruism and helping others makes one happy.” 

 He asked educators to help saying,

“The education system very much oriented about material world – not sufficient.  Now today we can shift our responsibility to global warming and warm heartedness, more inner values and care for others well-being. Pay attention about inner value.” 

You may be able to read more about his presentation online at:

Do schools, colleges and Universities teaching anything that might resemble understanding or kindness?  If not, Kindergarten or first grade would be a good place to start like the huge billboard sign on the playground at Caughlin Grade School in Reno, NE.  To see a picture go to

Let’s tell our Graduates to remember:  Kindness is the Best Policy for a Happy Life!

Sally McKirgan facilitates an A Course In Miracles study group in Ashland and the Tidings Inner Peace column.  Send 600 to 700 word articles to

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