September 21, 2001
Crisis in America #9: Love is the Answer
As millions of people watch and listen to the tribute to the heroes of the WTC tragedy given by North American artists, never has the Spirit of Peace and Compassion been shining brighter in so many hearts around the world. Yet at the very same time never have so many people been led to believe that yet more violence and war could be the proper response to the criminal and horrific deeds perpetrated by fanatics on behalf of those who, behind the scene, try to manipulate the world for their sole benefit. The millions of Afghani children, women and men who live under the constant threat of the religious wrath of their ultra-fundamentalist Taliban rulers and who don't know where their next meal, if any, will come from, are now trapped, unable to escape the vengeance that American warplanes are about to rain on them - *if* no peaceful resolution is found in time to avert yet more bloodshed and terror to a people who have been suffering through hellish wars and persecution for the last 20 years.
Let us all pray and channel through our meditations the powerful healing vibrations of Love towards all those who have suffered or may suffer because of these terrible acts of terror in America.
We are all in this together... as brothers and sisters.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
"The lesson is for us all to think for ourselves, and to not hand our responsibility for knowing the truth over to external authorities - whether they be governments, education systems, media outlets, or religious institutions. Throughout history this single act has caused many in the world to become disconnected from their inner source of wisdom, and to reject that which is not consistent with the materialistic worldview. - SNIP - The more that we can offer ourselves as channels for spiritual energies, and work on our own spiritual development, the easier it becomes for others to awaken to their inner truth, for we create the resonance for this to happen."
Taken from the World Healing Website's extensive and excellent Commentary on the current situation, to be partly included in a forthcoming compilation. To get a copy, simply request the Global Meditation Bulletin 10: Part 2 of 2, issued on 19 Sep 2001, at www.worldhealing.co.uk
1. A Feedback
2. A Most Profound Affirmation
4. Scenarios for Life
5. The Media is Lying!
6. A WORLD OUT OF TOUCH WITH ITSELF
7. Bomb them with butter, bribe them with hope
8. The War and the Enemy
9. BBC Reports US Was Already Planning to Attack Afghanistan
10. RALLY FOR PEACE IN AUSTRALIA
Other recommended readings:
An Afghan refugee addresses the people of world
On August 8, 2001, while RAWA was distributing food among refugees in New Akora Khattak camp, Mohammad Akram, the representative of Afghan refugees in the camp asked RAWA to film his remarks and send them to the people of world. He made this request to RAWA because nobody listens to their horrible stories, takes care of the ill-fated refugees who are struggling with hunger, illness, lack of shelter etc, and who will share his story with the world. Here is a translation of parts of his emotional remarks. The original is in Pushto, recorded on videotape. - CLIP (Very moving!)
Secret memo reveals US plan to overthrow Taliban regime - THIS IS A MUST READ!
MYSTERY OBJECT CAUGHT ON TAPE MOMENTS AFTER SECOND TOWER HIT - Dumbfounding!
Another Twin Tower Observation - I think we have a REALLY serious problem - and lots more!
Towers' collapse shocks engineers
Taliban defy Bush ultimatum
Egypt rejects U.S. coalition, upgrades ties with Iraq
Pentagon said to eye nuclear attack against terrorists
(Note from Jean: And you can bet they'll keep it secret if and when they decide to use so-called "tactical" nukes - thus lowering the threshold of acceptability for other nations to do likewise. What an infamy that they even consider this...)
Depression Strikes After World Trade Center Attacks
The deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have taken their toll on ordinary Americans who feel depressed or find it hard to sleep or concentrate, according to a survey released on Wednesday. CLIP Almost half the adults, who were surveyed on Sept. 13-17, said they were finding it hard to concentrate, and one in three said they had trouble sleeping. ``Americans ... are reporting a heavy psychological toll from those extraordinary events,'' the pollsters said.
In-depth coverage about Grief and Remembrance
Dow Headed for Worst Week Since Depression
Many more news at http://www.drudgereport.com/
Here's another petition where everyone can post their comments and all are being sent to military, media US Officials and world leaders:
Someone recommended the following link because it "has a good collection of reflections from many thoughtful people on the events of the past week." http://www.newconnexion.net
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001
From: Patricia Mueller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I want you all to know, everyone who has posted a message, that without you I would be lost. Your messages are my very support. How else would we know what everyone is thinking and that there are others who think like us? What a blessing is the internet, it is the true link in the Aquarian Age. How would I know all of you otherwise, how would I know Jean Hudon and his work, and all of your supportive thoughts? Bless you all, I love you all. Please, we are the messengers of the Messengers from above! Send your messages, and Bless Jean to have the strength to sort them all out and place them on the web. Jean, you must be exhausted. I love you, I bless you, let me know how I can help.
Bye, and blessings
Rev. Patricia Helene
NOTE FROM JEAN: Of course restraint on everyone's part is needed at this time as to what you may all want to send me because I'm indeed overwhelmed by the task and there is just so much I can circulate every week and just so much that people can have time to read at the receiving end.
A MOST PROFOUND AFFIRMATION... AND COMMITMENT
From: "Ariel Ky" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Crisis in America #7: The End of Innocence
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001
l can't even contemplate the horrors ahead if this administration and the U.S. military is permitted to take the U.S. further along the road of retaliatory violence. I keep thinking about leaving this country, escaping the war frenzy around me which is so repellent. Does anyone on your list know of a safe harbour? Perhaps a way to another planet?
No, I am staking my claim HERE and NOW to this planet, to my country and my place in it. I will hold the light and I will continue to pray and stay anchored in love. I will go on shopping at the corner market run by Arabs with a large picture of thousands of worshippers assembled at Mecca on the wall behind the counter and the TV over the door showing newscasters speaking in Arabic. I will remain a friendly neighbor as a white person in a predominately inner city black neighborhood in Oakland. I will send a wave of love, best wishes and goodwill to my neighbors living in Afghanistan. I will bake a honey cake to sweeten the next year in solidarity with the Jewish people celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
I will become more politically astute, especially after reading part of the "Unofficial Biography of George Bush" that traces the corporate connections of the family money that financed the Nazis in Germany in WWII from Wall Street, knowing that his son's theft of an election isn't the worst that can happen.
I will apologize for not speaking out more to the many people of so many countries that our military has bombed because I never supported bombing anyone. Not in Hiroshima or Nagasaki, not in Vietnam, not even of Khaddafi. Not in the Gulf War or the continued bombing in Iraq. I am profoundly sorry for all the deaths and terror unleashed from the skies and in so many manipulative ways by my country.
I will face my dark side, the tendency towards expressing ungoverned anger, to making unfavorable assumptions, the failure to see the glory in every individual, the self talk that is so unrelentingly critical, and address the disaffection and alienation that I often feel towards my fellow Americans.
I am an American, but even more, I am a daughter of this Earth, an intergalactic citizen, a light being of spirit. I want to acknowledge and thank the outpouring of condolences from people around the world who prayed and grieved along with Americans in the horror of this terrorist attack. For a little bit I felt comforted and healed of this terrible burden of being an American. I want to hold onto that.
And I want to thank you for holding the light on the Internet with the Global Visionary newsletter. Who knows what the truth is anymore with so many lies being told? We must trust our discernment and intelligence to sort out what's happening with our hearts and our heads and our souls.
Thank you for your efforts to get at the truth.
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001
From: Larry Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thanks for all your compilations about everything. It's all good and well to have all this info from around the world, and of course to know what is going on for knowledge protects and ignorance endangers.
The real problem I see is how are we going to shut these people down or off? I can see that massive emails have done the job for other causes and massive praying too, but these guys are bent on achieving their aims and have probably taken this into consideration in their planning? Talking to my congressman or senator or attempting to get something into the media, which is all programmed, is a waste of time.
There must be something we can do?
From: "Helen Jandamit" <email@example.com>
Subject: Scenarios for Life
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001
Each and every one of us can make a difference. Let's do it!
As the sun rose this morning, you sat quietly, delighting in the new day. You usually arrange some time in your day to be in tune with your whole self, perhaps through meditation or contemplation or just being in the moment. You feel calm, poised, assured of available energy and resources. You walk into a room. People sense your state of mind. On some level of awareness, they note your words, your tone of voice and your actions. They react to that sometimes consciously, sometimes not. The way they signal their being in the world has changed. Others who meet them are in turn changed. The ripple spiral of positivity spreads.
You listened to the news on the radio as you had your breakfast and you scanned the headlines on the way to work. You feel suppressed fear, anger, anxiety. You are not sure how long you can "hold it'. You walk into a room. People sense your state of mind. On some level of awareness, they note your
words, your tone of voice and your actions. Somebody says something to you. You interpret it through your pre-disposition. You react irritably. Others in turn react to that, sometimes consciously, sometimes not. The way they signal their being in the world has changed. Others who meet them are in
turn changed. The jagged spiral of negativity spreads.
Suppose for a moment, that you are a puppeteer of people. Your job is to control people. You send out disturbances - thoughts - words - an overload of sensory impressions, not allowing space between them for processing or for rest. People must be in so much of a hurry to 'get' and to 'become' that
they do not appreciate who they are right now. You specialize in thoughts of limitation, lack and powerlessness and your second product line is giving transitory and illusory rewards for those who successfully follow the primary system of illusion and delusion.
One of your tools is a communication system which is designed to spread these concepts and news of fear-engendering incidents instantly and worldwide.
The puppeteers who pull emotional strings are themselves caught up in the system, and as much victims of it as those who are manipulated.
But you can turn off the fear engineers.
Turn off the TV and the radio. Cut down on newspaper time. Choose not to add to reactionary chatter. Turn your mind inwards and reconnect with your inner truth. Deliberately speak out whatever is of benefit to you and others. Allow compassion and wisdom to guide your actions.
Spread your Light.
>From your sister in the human family,
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001
Subject: The Media is Lying!
Thank you so much for all you have done. The clear and balanced information you send helps so much to stay focused on truth and love. I sent this mail out yesterday to all I know and love.
As I sit in process of all the events dawning within and without I am guided deeper and deeper to the truth that we are the directors of this play.
Look around you, if you think you are separate from events you are fooling yourself. As I take more responsibility for my part in the play I'm aware that I'm not a victim to anyone outside of myself, only to my own consciousness. What I've realized is that the media and the press would have me believe that I don't have choices. We can choose to react with fear, anger, hopelessness, and victimhood. Well, I don't choose that. I can look at the media/myself and say "hell no or no to hell!" I am saying no to any and all parts of myself that even think that I can be a part of this play. A karmic drama is trying to distract us from the truth! When fear is in charge we forget our planet and its people are in pain. We need to remember there is only love!
Love is the only true power! So I made a choice and it is no! I have turned off the TV as many of you have. But for those who are having difficulty letting go we are holding a vibration of truth and love for all who cross our path. Receiving Love from the Highest vibration and sending this love out is a power that can move mountains, how do you think the earth was created, with The consciousness of Love/Power. I give thanks this day for the Love of All that Is (God).
The power of LOVE is transforming of us, NOW! Know it, breath it, share it. Some say what can I do, I'm just one person. One person can start separation and one person can bring us back together we have seen it hundreds of time. Martin Luther King was one person, he changed our world. And as you know there have been many others. The one always leads to many, guaranteed. We are changing the world everyday by choosing healing, joy, prosperity and love. By surrounding ourselves with truth and information filled with love we are encouraged and gather our strength to transform. Strength and courage is what we need, open you hearts to the strength and the healing that is here for of us.
Call Love into your hearts and minds to replace fear and LIES! It is your birthright.
I Love you all so much,
Cheryl Castillo, I AM that I AM I
A WORLD OUT OF TOUCH WITH ITSELF
Where Does the Violence Come From
By Rabbi Michael Lerner
Editor, TIKKUN Magazine
There is never any justification for acts of terror against innocent civilians--it is the quintessential act of dehumanization and not recognizing the sanctity of others. The violence being directed against Americans today, like the violence being directed against Israeli civilians by Palestinian terrorists, or the violence being directed against Palestinian civilians by the Israeli army occupying the West Bank and Gaza, seem to point to a world increasingly irrational and out of control.
It's understandable why many of us will feel anger. Demagogues will try to direct that anger at various "target groups" (Muslims are in particular danger, though Yasser Arafat and other Islamic leaders have unequivocally denounced these terrorist acts). The militarists will use this as a moment to call for increased defense spending at the expense of the needy. Right wing may even seek to limit civil liberties. President Bush will feel pressure to look "decisive" and take "strong" action--phrases that can be manipulated toward irrational responses to an irrational attack.
To counter that potential of mass panic, or the manipulation of our fear and anger for narrow political ends, a well-meaning media will instead try to narrow our focus solely on the task of finding and punishing the perpetrators. These people, of course, should be caught and punished.
But in some ways this exclusive focus allows us to avoid dealing with the underlying issues. When violence becomes so prevalent throughout the planet, it's too easy to simply talk of "deranged minds." We need to ask ourselves, "What is it in the way that we are living, organizing our societies, and treating each other that makes violence seem plausible to so many people?"
It's true, but not enough, to say that the current violence is a reflection of our estrangement from God. More precisely, it is the way we fail to respond to each other as embodiments of the sacred. We may tell ourselves that the current violence has "nothing to do" with the way that we've learned to close our ears when told that one out of every three people on this planet does not have enough food, and that one billion are literally starving. We may reassure ourselves that the hoarding of the world's resources by the richest society in world history, and our frantic attempts to accelerate globalization with its attendant inequalities of wealth, has nothing to do with the resentment that others feel toward us. We may tell ourselves that the suffering of refugees and the oppressed have nothing to do with us--that that's a different story that is going on somewhere else. But we live in one world, increasingly interconnected with everyone, and the forces that lead people to feel outrage; anger and desperation eventually impact on our own daily lives.
The same sense of disconnection to the plight of others operates in the minds of many of these terrorists. Raise children in circumstances where no one is there to take care of them, or where they must live by begging or selling their bodies in prostitution, put them in refugee camps and tell them that that they have "no right of return" to their homes, treat them as though they are less valuable and deserving of respect because they are part of some despised national or ethnic group, surround them with a media that extols the rich and makes everyone who is not economically successful and physically trim and conventionally "beautiful" feel bad about themselves, offer them jobs whose sole goal is to enrich the "bottom line" of someone else, and teach them that "looking out for number one" is the only thing anyone "really" cares about and that anyone who believes in love and social justice are merely naive idealists who are destined to always remain powerless, and you will produce a world-wide population of people feeling depressed, angry, and in various ways dysfunctional. Luckily most people don't act out in violent ways--they tend to act out more against themselves, drowning themselves in alcohol or drugs or personal despair. Others turn toward fundamentalist religions or ultra-nationalist extremism. Still others find themselves acting out against people that they love, acting angry or hurtful toward children or relationship partners.
Most Americans will feel puzzled by any reference to this "larger picture." It seems baffling to imagine that somehow we are part of a world system which is slowly destroying the life support system of the planet, and quickly transferring the wealth of the world into our own pockets. We don't feel personally responsible when an American corporation runs a sweatshop in the Philippines or crushes efforts of workers to organize in Singapore. We don't see ourselves implicated when the U.S. refuses to consider the plight of Palestinian refugees or uses the excuse of fighting drugs to support repression in Colombia or other parts of Central America. We don't even see the symbolism when terrorists attack America's military center and our trade center--we talk of them as buildings, though others see them as centers of the forces that are causing the world so much pain. We have narrowed our own attention to "getting through" or "doing well" in our own personal lives, and who has time to focus on all the rest of this? Most of us are leading perfectly reasonable lives within the options that we have available to us--so why should others be angry at us, much less strike out against us? And the truth is, our anger is also understandable: the striking out by others in acts of terror against us is just as irrational as the world-system that it seeks to confront.
When people have learned to de-sanctify each other, to treat each other as means to our own ends, to not feel the pain of those who are suffering, we end up creating a world in which these kinds of terrible acts of violence become more common. This is a world out of touch with itself, filled with people who have forgotten how to recognize and respond to the sacred in each other because we are so used to looking at others from the standpoint of what they can do for us, how we can use them toward our own ends. No one should use this as an excuse for these terrible acts of violence--the absolute quintessence of de-sanctification. I categorically reject any notion that violence is ever justified. It is always an act of de-sanctification, of not being able to see the divine in the other.
We should pray for the victims and the families of those who have been hurt or murdered in these crazy acts. Yet we should also pray that America does not return to "business as usual," but rather turns to a period of reflection, coming back into touch with our common humanity, asking ourselves how our institutions can best embody our highest values. We may need a global day of atonement and repentance dedicated to finding a way to turn the direction of our society at every level, a return to the most basic Biblical ideal: that every human life is sacred, that "the bottom line" should be the creation of a world of love and caring, and that the best way to prevent these kinds of acts is not to turn ourselves into a police state, but turn ourselves into a society in which social justice, love and compassion are so prevalent that violence becomes only a distant memory.
-- Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of TIKKUN Magazine and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in San Francisco. He is the author of "Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation", "Spirit Matters: Global Healing and the Wisdom of the Soul", and several other books.
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001
Subject: Bomb them with butter, bribe them with hope
A military response, particularly an attack on Afghanistan, is Exactly what the terrorists want. It will strengthen and swell their small but fanatical ranks.
Instead, bomb Afghanistan with butter, with rice, bread, clothing and medicine. It will cost less than conventional arms, poses no threat of US casualties and just might get the populace thinking that maybe the Taliban don't have the answers. After three years of drought and with starvation looming, let's offer the Afghani people the vision of a new future. One that includes full stomachs.
Bomb them with information. Video players and cassettes of world leaders, particularly Islamic leaders, condemning terrorism. Carpet the country with magazines and newspapers showing the horror of terrorism committed by their "guest". Blitz them with laptop computers and DVD players filled with a perspective that is denied them by their government. Saturation bombing with hope will mean that some of it gets through. Send so much that the Taliban can't collect and hide it all.
The Taliban are telling their people to prepare for Jihad. Instead, let's give the Afghani people their first good meal in years. Seeing your family fully fed and the prospect of stability in terms of food and a future is a powerful deterrent to martyrdom. All we ask in return is that they, as a people, agree to enter the civilized world. That includes Handing over terrorists in their midst.
In responding to terrorism we need to do something different. Something unexpected..something that addresses the root of the problem. We need to take away the well of despair, ignorance and brutality from which the Osama bin Laden's of the world water their gardens of terror.
From: "Wayne Umbertis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: The War and the Enemy
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001
Don't know if I sent this to you but in case not, I'm passing on. I do believe that a grass roots efforts to move governments around the world to address the root problem as well as the obvious symptoms/solutions is vital.
The War and the Enemy
As my paralytic numbness, pain and sorrow ever so gradually recede, a vacuum inside searches for substance...meaning. The same screen keeps appearing. It is a new world. For the first time in history, the residents control the evolution of planet Earth.
We're it dear friends. Not the US, not the industrialized nations, not the developing countries, not the religions; the It is all of us...the whole human race.
First stunned and then horrified as the valiant workers sift through the remains of the grizzly scene, a rage wells up in us to stop these barbarians. I am certain that we will identify the terrorists and those who harbor them. A world galvanized by this atrocity will see all of them brought to justice. And, if we're to have a world of law, we must. But that is not enough. Others will follow them with deadlier assaults until we confront the enemy, not just the foot soldiers. To do that, we have to change.
Throughout human history there has been war. War has traditionally been synonymous with championing a cause. It was a unified effort to overcome forces that were perceived to be a threat to some tribe's, or religion's, or government's or country's way of life.
We are now at war and, contrary to what the politicians are saying, there is a way to fight this new, insidious enemy. The enemy is not in the shadows, it stands clearly before us. The enemy is ignorance and isolation.
While we will never rid the world of fanatics we can erode 'community' support for them through education and connectedness. Obsessive evil can only prey on the ignorant and the disenfranchised. It will find succor or attract followers from an enlightened, unified world citizenry.
How do we fight this war and defeat this enemy? The weapons that can overcome ignorance and isolation are education, friendship, help, connectivity and respect.
The great books of the world go unread by billions of people. Science that changes our world goes undiscovered and unused by billions of people. Medicines that can cure fatal diseases are unavailable to billions of people. Democracy and freedom are denied to billions of people. These are the incubators for terrorism...the enemy.
We repeatedly bring multi-national forces in to stop the slaughter of human beings or to protect our interests in trouble spots around the globe. However, outside of crises, there is yawning apathy. This new enemy is too dangerous for detachment.
We can afford to put our military forces in trouble spots, with our tax dollars, why can't we put our peace forces there and defeat the real enemy?
This is war. We must conscript young people from all of the NATO countries, Russia and Pacific Rim nations to serve in an expanded peace corp. We must bring our armies of peace and ideas to the front to connect the disconnected. Instead of constantly focusing on what's wrong with our young people, give them room to champion this cause. Let them go to the battlefield with books, computers, cellular phones, wireless towers, community Internet centers and friendship. Will there be casualties? Of course, it's a war.
As the world economy struggles to fuel growth from the sale of a few more bells and whistles to consumers in the nations of abundance, the great majority of people are in need of basic commodities. As we rebuilt Germany and Japan after WW II to rousing successes, we have to build the educational/connective foundation for all people.
A robust global economy that can overcome hunger, disease and ignorance will come from expanded markets, new businesses, new entrepreneurs and universal education and participation.
If we and our allies are committed to a free, safer, friendlier, healthier world we must take the blinders off and look the enemy in the eye. Our arsenals of education, friendship, help, connectivity and respect are overflowing and our forces are at the ready. It is a war we must fight. a foe we must defeat, a cause we must champion.
Subject: BBC Reports US Was Already Planning to Attack Afghanistan
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001
US Planned To Attack Taliban BEFORE WTC/Pentagon Attacks
- Report By George Arney
BBC News Online: World - South Asia 9-18-1
A former Pakistani diplomat has told the BBC that the US was planning military action against Osama Bin Laden and the Taleban even before last week's attacks.
Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October.
Mr Naik said US officials told him of the plan at a UN-sponsored international contact group on Afghanistan which took place in Berlin. Mr Naik told the BBC that at the meeting the US representatives told him that unless Bin Laden was handed over swiftly America would take military action to kill or capture both Bin Laden and the Taleban leader, Mullah Omar.
The wider objective, according to Mr Naik, would be to topple the Taleban regime and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place - possibly under the leadership of the former Afghan King Zahir Shah.
Mr Naik was told that Washington would launch its operation from bases in Tajikistan, where American advisers were already in place.
He was told that Uzbekistan would also participate in the operation and that 17,000 Russian troops were on standby.
Mr Naik was told that if the military action went ahead it would take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.
He said that he was in no doubt that after the World Trade Center bombings this pre-existing US plan had been built upon and would be implemented within two or three weeks.
And he said it was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if Bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taleban.
RALLY FOR PEACE
Saturday, 29th of September -- Noon 2pm
In Park next to SURF CLUB MAIN BEACH, BYRON BAY
Say NO to further VIOLENCE!
NO! To Violence & Terrorism!
NO! To American Murder of Innocent People in Afghanistan!
NO! To Australian Involvement in USA Violence!
NO! To American Thirst for Revenge!
NO! To Discrimination!
Say YES! To Democratic Justice!
YES! To a Democratic Trial for the Perpetrators of Genocide in USA on September 11th.
MAY THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH!
LIGHT A CANDLE FOR PEACE!
AUSTRALIANS OPPOSING VIOLENCE!