March 12, 2001

Miscellaneous Subjects #66: Feedback on the situation of women in Afghanistan + Reframing our Perspective as Healers + The Sun Does a Flip + The Fair Trade Federation & "Food for Thought Campaign" + IS THIS BUSH GREEN? + 'CIA's bastard army ran riot in Balkans' backed extremists' + The Celestial Voice of Diana + Change the consciousness; The Art of Blessing; Not a Petition + Silent Partners

Hello everyone

Believe it of not, I already have 6 other compilations in the process of being completed on a good number of HOT topics that may very well blow your mind. So expect possibly more than 3 compilations this week...

Enjoy! ... as best as you can ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

From: "JennyHabib" <>
Subject: Re: Meditation Focus #34: Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2001

Dear All

I have lived in Pakistan for 35 years, during which time I visited Afghanistan before the Russian invasion. As you say, the people I met there were charming, handsome and polite, and their children both boys and girls were very beautiful. I never saw any women because even before the Taliban they were kept in 'purdah'. The only ones I met were highly educated, daughters of the rich. They have all left or been murdered long ago. The Taliban are a set of young men, many of whom were taken from their mothers at the young age of 3 or 4 years, kept by their teachers in miserable conditions, forced into buggery in many cases (the Mullahs are very often also homosexual paedophiles) and taught only to hate women, regard all sex as sin and to kill. They believe all religions other than their own, very inaccurate, version of Islam are from the devil; so to destroy the unbelievers and their idols the beautiful Buddhas is an act for God. To change their minds on most of their beliefs is needed but will be very difficult. What has been cruelly indoctrinated through childhood, without any kindness or loving mother's care, is the problem.

I hope this will make it easier for you to meditate on the reality.

Peace and love



Dear Jenny

Thanks a lot for sharing your first-hand experience and perspective on the unbearable situation of women in Afghanistan (which is similar in many ways to what is experienced in several other Islamic countries, including Pakistan as you are well aware) and also of those young Pakistani men (in most cases) whose souls have beed abused and perverted in their sanctity by the extremist and politically-manipulated Islamic clergy. Your comment (which is now included in a forthcoming ERN compilation later on this week) will hopefully help people better visualize some of the needed changes in this country - although we must also remain aware that whatever positive energy and love is directed towards alleviating the problems experienced in this part of the world will naturally flow, if unimpeded by too narrowly focussed thought-forms, to where it is most needed, in accordance with the law of karma and through the all encompassing perspective of God and the Light Beings manifesting Its Will in this earthly dimension. Actually the less expectations we have about specific results when meditating, usually the better it is to facilitate the most positive outcome whenever we visualize the peaceful and harmonious resolution of any given conflictual or negative situation in the world.

Love and Light


Note: See also "More on the Situation of Afghan Women" in a coming compilation.


Reframing our Perspective as Healers


It can sometimes appear to us, in our personal lives and in the world at large, that life is fraught with suffering and difficulty, and that there is little we can do about this, despite our trying. What is happening here is that we are identifying with the victim archetype, and are judging the world from our own perspective of powerlessness. The more we believe that we are powerless, the more our expectation of powerlessness shapes our reality so that it appears to confirm our beliefs. We then move into a state of depression and eventually resign ourselves to our perceived powerlessness. We choose to label events in the world and in our personal lives as 'disasters', as if life is somehow cruel to us, and conspiring against us and the ideals we hold.

All this is an illusion. While there is indeed a lot of pain and suffering in the world, this is just a response to how people create their reality. The cause of suffering is always rooted in illusion. This illusion is created through an act of personal choice, when we choose to perceive life in an incomplete way as a result of the unprocessed beliefs and emotional trauma that distort our vision.

Life gives us everything we need to grow. It is wonderful! How can the Source of our being, and the Source of all that is, which is pure and unconditional love, deny that love for us? We have never been deserted or let down by life, even in our darkest hour. When we think this has happened, we are choosing to isolate ourselves from the flow of life because we have identified with the victim and are feeling sorry for ourselves. In short, we have a poor self-image and with it low self-esteem.

When we develop a fuller perspective of life, no longer distorted by limiting beliefs and emotional trauma, we realise that life is actually conspiring to give us what we need in order to grow and become self-realised as a spiritual being. This fuller perspective of life also enables our self-image and self-esteem to rocket. We will experience the joy of being back in the flow of life, and will regain the integrity of our soul and the creative power and magic this gives us.

When we are working on planetary healing, we therefore need to be working on our own personal healing. Otherwise our own judgements about the world can get in the way of the healing, and even reinforce patterns of suffering in the world. When the media presents an image of the world to us, and when our friends and contacts present a similar image of the world to us, we should not assume that we are getting the full picture or interpretation, and remember that the original experience has been filtered through the mindset of those who are commentating on that experience. So focusing love and healing on a particular image of a world situation is not enough, and may even be dishonest. Planetary healing is not simply about changing how we react to world events by developing love towards those involved: it is about changing how we perceive world events.

In the planetary healing community, people have been caught up in a debate over whether it is beneficial to focus on the negative as well as the positive, or whether we should be focusing on the positive only. The argument to focus on the negative as well as the positive is based on an unwillingness to deny suffering. The argument to focus on the positive only is based on the principle that what we focus on expands, and the conclusion then formed is that if we focus on the negative we give it more power. However, neither argument is focusing on the real issue of healing, and so the debate is to some extent an unnecessary diversion that will create conflict amongst healers and even break up healing groups.

Successful healing is about identifying the false image that is held of a situation and seeing past the veils of illusion that are at the root of all suffering in our world. When the whole world can see past the illusion that separates us from unconditional love and unity-consciousness, the world will be healed very quickly.

In terms of energy dynamics, if we reveal to ourselves the illusion behind a situation in the world that is giving us despair, we will not give the illusion power, precisely because we have recognised it as an illusion; but if we do not recognise the illusion behind the situation, we still give the illusion power even if we send all the positive thoughts in the world to it.

To finish I would like to suggest that the focus of any directed healing be based on the prayerful and loving intention to facilitate an end to the illusion behind the suffering that holds people in conflict with each other and the Earth and in opposition to their spiritual nature, and that we are never so arrogant or self-denying to leave ourselves out of this healing too.

NOTE FROM JEAN: As a follow up to the information contained in the The Mayan Prophecies book recommended to your attention last week (see, in which it was theorized that the Earth's magnetic field could flip in 2012, we can find some corroborating scientific evidence of this possibility - not necessarily in 2012 though - at:

The Sun Does a Flip

NASA scientists who monitor the Sun say that our star's awesome magnetic field is flipping -- a sure sign that solar maximum is here.

February 15, 2001 -- You can't tell by looking, but scientists say the Sun has just undergone an important change. Our star's magnetic field has flipped. The Sun's magnetic north pole, which was in the northern hemisphere just a few months ago, now points south. It's a topsy-turvy situation, but not an unexpected one.

"This always happens around the time of solar maximum," says David Hathaway, a solar physicist at the Marshall Space Flight Center. "The magnetic poles exchange places at the peak of the sunspot cycle. In fact, it's a good indication that Solar Max is really here."

The Sun's magnetic poles will remain as they are now, with the north magnetic pole pointing through the Sun's southern hemisphere, until the year 2012 when they will reverse again. This transition happens, as far as we know, at the peak of every 11-year sunspot cycle -- like clockwork.

Earth’s magnetic field also flips, but with less regularity. Consecutive reversals are spaced 5 thousand years to 50 million years apart. The last reversal happened 740,000 years ago. Some researchers think our planet is overdue for another one, but nobody knows exactly when the next reversal might occur.


On another subject, note also that any parent in the US considering whether allowing that his/her baby receives the new, and extremely dangerous - and useless - Prevnar vaccine is a good idea or not should read what is posted at

Read also from
Prevnar, Pneumococcal (Strep) Vaccine Does NOT Prevent Ear Infections and Has Major Side Effects

And if you are - or know - someone in the US military...


Someone also recommended:


In summarising the current FMD ‘crisis’, this simple extract from Abigail Wood’s account of the 1920’s Cheshire FMD outbreak is most revealing. Trawled from Cheshire local newspapers available at the Cheshire Records Office we read “Ministry teams were so far behind in their slaughtering that on many farms the cows had recovered before the slaughterers had arrived. Farmers looked at their now-normal cows in bewilderment and asked “Was that it? Was that trivial illness what all the fuss was about?”


The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide. FTF directly links low-income producers with consumer markets and educates consumers about the importance of purchasing fairly traded products which support living wages and safe and healthy conditions for workers in the developing world. FTF also acts as a clearinghouse for information on fair trade and provides resources and networking opportunities for its members. By adhering to social criteria and environmental principles, Fair Trade Organizations (FTOs) foster a more equitable and sustainable system of production and trade that benefits people and their communities.


Frequently Asked Questions (FTF FAQ)

We often receive email with questions about the Fair Trade Federation, Fair Trade practices, Retailing and Wholesaling. Here are some answers to
Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What is a fair wage?
Producers receive a fair wage when they are paid fairly for their products. This means that workers are paid at least that country's minimum wage. Since the minimum wage is often not enough for basic survival, whenever feasible, workers are paid a living wage, which enables them to cover basic needs, including food, shelter, education and health care for their families. Paying fair wages does not necessarily mean that products cost the consumer more. Since fair trade organizations bypass exploitative middlepeople and work directly with producers, they are able to cut costs and return a greater percentage of the retail price to the producers.

Q. Why do fair trade organizations support cooperative workplaces?
Cooperatives and producer associations provide a healthy alternative to large-scale manufacturing and sweatshop conditions, where unprotected workers earn below minimum wage and most of the profits flow to foreign investors and local elites who have little interest in ensuring the long term health of the communities in which they work. Fair trade organizations work primarily with small businesses, worker owned and democratically run cooperatives and associations which bring significant benefits to workers and their communities. By banding together, workers are able to access credit, reduce raw material costs and establish higher and more just prices for their products. Workers earn a greater return on their labor, and profits are distributed more equitably and often reinvested in community projects such as health clinics, child care, education, and literacy training. Workers learn important leadership and organizing skills, enabling self-reliant grassroots-driven development.

Q. How do FTF members practice environmental sustainability?
Many FTF members work directly with producers in regions of high biodiversity to develop products based on sustainable use of their natural resources, giving communities an incentive to preserve their natural environments for future generations.




Fair not Free trade!

For the years 1999-2001, The World Shops in Europe are campaigning for food producers in developing countries. In the Shops you can find background information and fairly traded food products from developing countries. NEWS! and its member associations are concentrating their educational and lobbying campaigns on the effects of trade liberalisation, in the context of the review of trade agreements by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

In co-operation with other organisations the World Shops organise - among other things - lobby actions addressed to the European Commission, which prepares the point of view the European Union will take in the WTO negotiations. On the national level the lobby addresses the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Foreign Aid.

In particular, the focus of NEWS! is on the effects of trade liberalisation on small-scale food producers in developing countries. While drawing attention to the marginalising effects of the WTO's control over processes of trade liberalisation, the NEWS! campaign is focusing on an alternative system of trade which puts people before profit, a system based on a fair set of values which benefits small-scale producers in developing countries. These activities all provide "food for thought" to consumers in the North.


European World Shops' Day
The "Food Box" Action
Video available
The WTO is undemocratic!
New Agricultural Agreement
NEWS! position on WTO's Agreement
Our Demands
Made in Dignity

12 Mar 2001
Environmental news from GRIST MAGAZINE


Loud cries to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge aside, the
Bush administration has taken some steps to make industry edgy, and
some right-wingers are growing nervous that Dubya's environmental
policies will differ very little from former President Clinton's.
Said one anonymous industry lobbyist, commenting on the Bush
administration, "If their goal is to keep sticking it in the eye of
business, they've done a good job." For example, U.S. EPA
Administrator Christie Todd Whitman has pledged to move forward with
a campaign promise by President Bush to seek a bill to control
power-plant emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen
oxides, and mercury.

New York Times, Douglas Jehl, 11 Mar 2001

New York Times, Andrew C. Revkin, 10 Mar 2001

Bush whacked -- a cartoon by Suzy Becker

NOTE: It may also be just a green smokescreen as Bush actually vows to cut the tiny $7.3 billion EPA budget by 6.4% in his budget proposal and hike the Defense budget by 4.8% to a whopping, bloated ("officially") 310.5 billion dollars... (according to Time Magazine, March 12 edition)


Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001
From: Richard Sanders <>

'CIA's bastard army ran riot in Balkans' backed extremists'
Special report: Kosovo
By Peter Beaumont, Ed Vulliamy and Paul Beaver
Sunday March 11, 2001, The Observer

The United States secretly supported the ethnic Albanian extremists now behind insurgencies in Macedonia and southern Serbia.

The CIA encouraged former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters to launch a rebellion in southern Serbia in an effort to undermine the then Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, according to senior European officers who served with the international peace-keeping force in Kosovo (K-For), as well as leading Macedonian and US sources. They accuse American forces with K-For of deliberately ignoring the massive smuggling of men and arms across Kosovo's borders.

The accusations were made in a series of interviews by The Observer. They emerge as America has been forced into a rapid U-turn over its support for Albanian extremists in Kosovo seeking a 'Greater Kosovo' that would include Albanian communities in Serbia and Macedonia.

CLIP - read the rest at,6903,449923,00.html



The Celestial Voice of Diana
Her Spiritual Guidance to Finding Love
By Rita Eide

For more information on this intriguing title, please visit

Review Quotes

“A rare account, filled with wisdom, clarity, love, and higher vision. Many important principles are brought to light in this inspiring text. One to be savored." — Alan Cohen, author of A Deep Breath of Life

"There is a beautiful vibration in this channeling which connects readers with the archetypal mother of the universe." —William Bloom, author of Money, Heart and Mind

"I could not put this book down, it contains words of universal wisdom which I found of great help and I am sure will help everyone who reads it" —Eileen Caddy, author of Opening Doors Within, co-founder of the Findhorn Foundation

"For those who accept that "A Course in Miracles" originate from Jesus for the benefit of todays world and that "Conversations With God" originate from God, it should be easy to accept that this book actually is the "spiritual legacy" of Princess Diana. This is channeled material of exceptionally high standard." —Roald Pettersen, editor of Alternative Network

Table of Contents

The Lady Diana Cosmogramme

Foreword to the Findhorn Press Edition

Preface: How the Diana connection started

Introduction: the initial channelled speech that Diana gave in public on September 10th, 1997

Part 1: Changing Perspectives

Part 2: Higher Education

Part 3: Personal and Global Responsibility



Ambassador of love... “If you see a political ambition in me, it could be that I do indeed intend to be a guardian of the growing heart wave that is to develop on earth. An ambassador that has come back as a messenger from beyond to give you the proof or understanding that you need, in order to go by the will of your own heart instead of being led by the outside authorities. You just wait and see, as you start to believe, the manifestation of miracles can begin...”

On her death... “My dearest brothers and sisters on earth, the time has come to give you some comments on my own death experience. A couple of months have passed, and I am beginning to be able to see it from within without too many emotions. You see, initially I was totally in shock, but not for long, as I was graciously met with the all-encompassing love and light emanating from our own brother Sananda, the cosmic name of the man known as Jesus. Who also happened to be my grandson, the first born son of my daughter Mary, as I was also living amongst you at that time, in Israel around 2000 years ago. I just sort of flew into the light, because this is how I have to describe it. At that particular moment, as the car crashed into the tunnel wall, I just continued on straight into the arms of the most wondrous light you can ever imagine. And standing in the middle of this light with his arms outstretched was Jesus the Christ who embodies the Christ Consciousness on earth. For he is indeed the Son as you have always been told, but so are you and so am I. He embodies Oneness, but he is also, at the same time, one of the many. He was trying to show you that he and the Father are one, and so are you. In the moment of the car accident, as I myself flew out of my body, I changed my very appearance. I changed my energy patterns, from being captured in a physical body to embodying the ‘Christ Outfit’. Which has the form of two 3-sided pyramids interlocked into a three-dimensional Star of David formation, or what is called a Star Tetrahedron, which is the universal form of the light body.”

On leaving her children... “But then I hesitated, and in the next twinkle of a moment I realized what was going on. And in agony I inwardly screamed that I had to go back, that I needed to go back and take care of my most beloved babies, my darling sons, who are indeed two very, very precious little boys to me. Then I was told that it was not possible, that my injuries were too severe and I would need to leave the body and discard the present earthly life. However, I was actually able to return for a little while until the agony of my pain got too intense and I closed my eyes to the physical world, and willingly passed on.”

From: "Barbara Antrobus" <>
Subject: Change the consciousness; The Art of Blessing; Not a Petition
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001

Dear Jean

Here are three very profound positive messages that I'm about to send to those on my list and thought you two would also be keen to pass them on.

Blessings Barbara


Dear All

I received these three inspirational messages in as many days and feel that the more people who read and get inspired to put these positive energies out, the quicker the world we live in will be a better place. Because, of course, we all know that the world we live in is not "out there", it's in here (touching the heart), don't we? Blessings of love, light and laughter, Barbarra Editor: "CentrePoint" networking / magazine



My name is Andrew. A simple thought came to me with such clarity I have now to share this with as many caring, loving people as possible.

a.. We need to change the consciousness in this country and on our planet, i.e. our reality.
b.. We know that "thought is" and that our thoughts create reality.
c.. We need to activate thoughts of love with speed and direction.


1.. We choose five different people to send thoughts of unconditional love, good wishes and prosperity.
2.. We give each person one minute of our day, i.e. total of five minutes.
3.. We select five different people every week.
4.. The people we choose could be anyone, ranging from politicians, loved ones, people we dislike, successful people and people failing. Basically anyone you think of.
5.. Our minds must be free of any negative thoughts when we enter this exercise.
6.. If you decide to proceed with this exciting cycle of positive thoughts please fax or email this message to as many people as possible. Pass this message on with the knowledge that only love and good will come to the recipients of this message and NO negativity.

Best regards Andrew - via Linda Smith (06/03/01)



On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessings will call forth; for to bless is to acknowledge the unlimited good that is embedded in the very texture of the universe and awaiting each and all.

On passing people in the street, on the bus, in places of work and play, bless them. The peace of your blessing will accompany them on their way and the aura of its gentle fragrance will be a light to their path.

On meeting and talking to people, bless them in their health, their work, their joy, their relationships to God, themselves, and others. Bless them in their abundance, their finances... bless them in every conceivable way, for such blessings not only sow seeds of healing but one day will spring forth as flowers of joy in the waste places of your own life.

As you walk, bless the city in which you live, its government and teachers, its nurses and street sweepers, its children and bankers and its priests.

The minute anyone expresses the least aggression or unkindness to you, respond with a blessing: bless them totally, sincerely, joyfully, for such blessings are a shield which protects them from the ignorance of their misdeed, and deflects the arrow that was aimed at you.

To bless means to wish, unconditionally, total, unrestricted good for others and events from the deepest wellspring in the innermost chamber of your heart: it means to hallow, to hold in reverence, to behold with utter awe that which is always a gift from the Creator. He who is hallowed by your blessing is set aside, consecrated, holy, whole.

To bless is yet to invoke divine care upon, to think or speak gratefully for, to confer happiness upon - although we ourselves are never the bestower, but simply the joyful witnesses of Life's abundance. To bless all without discrimination of any sort is the ultimate form of giving, because those you bless will never know from whence came the sudden ray of sun that burst through the clouds of their skies, and you will rarely be a witness to the sunlight in their lives.

When something goes completely askew in your day, some unexpected event knocks down your plans and you too also, burst into blessing: for life is teaching you a lesson, and the very event you believe to be unwanted, you yourself called forth, so as to learn the lesson you might balk against were you not to bless it. Trials are blessings in disguise, and hosts of angels follow in their path. To bless is to acknowledge the omnipresent, universal beauty hidden to material eyes; it is to activate that law of attraction which, from the furthest reaches of the universe, will bring into your life exactly what you need to experience and enjoy.

When you pass a prison, mentally bless its inmates in their innocence and freedom, their gentleness, pure essence and unconditional forgiveness; for one can only be prisoner of one's self-image, and a free man can walk unshackled in the courtyard of a jail, just as citizens of countries where freedom reigns can be prisoners when fear lurks in their thoughts.

When you pass a hospital, bless its patients in their present wholeness, for even in their suffering, this wholeness awaits in them to be discovered.

When your eyes behold a man in tears, or seemingly broken by life, bless him in his vitality and joy: for the material senses present but the inverted image of the ultimate splendor and perfection which only the inner eye beholds.

It is impossible to bless and to judge at the same time. So hold constantly as a deep, hallowed, intoned thought that desire to bless, for truly then shall you become a peacemaker, and one day you shall, everywhere, behold the very face of God.

- from a book by Pierre Pradervand



Brian Sheldon
Sent: 09 March 2001
Subject: Not a petition

Greetings one and all

It seems to me that the number of petitions going around these days is increasing, and the frequency of there repetition is also increasing. These petitions are all against this & that, one thing or another.

What this seems to be telling me is that the people sending these petitions are telling the world

WHAT THEY DO NOT WANT in their lives.

This reminds me of an old saying, which I am sure many of you know:

How about us all sending out petitions to GOD, Great Spirit, or whatever form of address you use, (look in the mirror), co-creating what WE DO WANT in our universe.

I want my Universe to be a place of peace and harmony, does not mean every one has to agree with me. I would like, for example, the people cutting down the Amazonian forests to come to the realization, without pressure from others, that they can reap even greater benefits by cultivating the forests. Not that cutting down the trees is wrong, simply this could be another way to go.

Are not all these previous petitions meant to create awareness? Then let us put out the awareness that this is a great place to be and what else can we do with the beauty of our garden.

Since all of you are a reflection of me, and vice versa, think of all the different ways we have of "doing things" the good, the bad and the indifferent.

Wow isn't love grand?

Love from us,


From: "Hugh Perry" <>
Subject: Fw: Silent Partners
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2001

Hello Jean:

It is great to read a newsletter that offers spirit minded people an opportunity to share their interests in securing the planet. I would like to inform members of a novel that attempts to do the same. It is entitled Silent Partners . . . an eco-spiritual adventure novel.

The main character has a vision that leads him on an environmental mission which calls on all his inner strengths to achieve. Readers will be treated to concepts like share vision, altering destiny, and the strengths of connections, just to name a few. There is a complete synopsis and free chapters at


Hugh Perry

From: "Gerda Wout" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2001

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry