January 2008

Bond Street PhotoRecently on one of the listserves about (mostly) metaphysical issues, that I subscribe to, there was a discussion about taking a stand for a cause versus standing down. It was very disturbing to me. I recall some time ago reading a criticism of the so-called New Age movement that alleged that members of the movement were being duped into mindless submission and inaction by others with ulterior motives. The critic said that these others were pushing a philosophy which involved inaction in the physical world in favor of positive thinking and mental manipulations, to replace protests and civil disobedience, making it easier for people with totalitarian ambitions to seize control. I do not know that that is true.

In any case, many on this listserve were in favor of nonaction. I am not talking about peaceful resistance of the sort that Gandhi preached, but standing back and playing it safe in order to survive. And they were expounding metaphysical reasons for doing so. I humbly disagree. If you are a person who believes that this life is all there is, only one time around and then the light is extinguished, you might argue for playing it safe in order to extend existence as long as possible. But you could also want to savor the gusto of being immersed in life’s adventure to the hilt. If you are a traditional Christian, one suspects you believe you were put here for a Divine Reason and you should fight the good fight for what you perceive as right and help your fellow man, and not shrink into your safety zone. If you are a believer in some form of reincarnation it usually involves learning lessons and burning karma in each successive life and that means participating. I am aware that this is a vast generalization.

I myself do try to stay involved and feel a bit guilty when my inner journey takes precedence for too long . So partly to assuage my guilt but really because it is the right thing to do, I would like to introduce you to some people who are trying to make a difference in this space time continuum here on Earth.

The Bond Street Theater Coalition, headed by Michael McGuigan and Joanna Sherman, brings theater and clowning to places of strife around the world and in that performance venue they address social, political, and environmental issues that are substantive to the audience. They say about themselves that they are “A physical theatre company with a social consciousness, a global view, and a sense of humor.” At great personal cost and risk they have gone to the Balkans, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan to promote cross cultural understanding. Please do yourself a favor and check out their work.

Changing the world really does happen one person at a time.

On the morning of January 10th I awoke abruptly from sleep with an image clearly emblazoned in my mind. The image was of a piece of white paper, slightly crumpled but unwrinkled and untorn, as though it had been outside a bit. On it was written, I believe, a quote from the Bible. It was written hastily in dark black pencil or ink by someone who printed in a manner that, graphologically speaking, would seem to be a vigorous man with mechanical talent. I could not read what it said. It flashed before my newly conscious mind the way a remote viewing sometimes does, as a camera lens aperture snaps a quick shot. I did see the book of the Bible though and it was John. I got the strong feeling that the paper was left at the scene of an occurrence for which the writer was responsible. I got the feeling that it was in the Southeast of the USA.

I got up a little while later and while making coffee, noticed not for the first time, the smell of cigar smoke. No one here smokes cigars.

Later on that morning I fell back asleep briefly. Again I woke with a start to the sound of people outside. I got up and ran down and opened the door, where I saw people standing staring at thick smoke of a yellow grey variety in the distance moving towards me and them like a wall. I quickly slammed the door shut. And then I woke again to this reality. I’ve had some trouble sleeping for the last couple nights due to being very awake at bedtime. This departs from my typical insomnia in which I wake up in the middle of the night after several hours. I am looking at the Book of John to find clues.

I am sure that many people who read this are aware of additives which are added to our food and cosmetics supposedly for our own good. Many of us apply sunscreen, or wear makeup with vitamins, or eat yogurt with added cultures all in the hopes that we will remain attractive or healthy longer. But how many of us know that some additives are made of bits so small that they are 80,000 times thinner than a human hair and that these bits easily penetrate human organs including placenta and fetuses thereby also entering into children before they are born. These nanoparticles do not seem to be as carefully regulated as they ought to be. This could be cause for great medical concern in the future when we are all filled up with the stuff and our bodies react in an unexpected way. Yeah, I know, you didn’t need something else to worry about. Sorry.

The links below were sent to me by my friend Bill formerly of Superior:
Britain’s Daily Mail

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