June 2010


I received the following note in my inbox today. Once again, it is extraordinarily gratifying to see  what can come out of global citizens around the world standing together in support of worthy causes. Feel free to stand up and be counted the next time the whales call out for our help. They no longer need to be part of school lunches in Japan. The fact is that Japanese school children don’t even like whale meat.

Cheers, John

Dear friends,

We did it! The proposal to legalise whale killing went down in flames in Morocco — and our campaign helped to tip the balance.

In a few short weeks, we built the biggest whale-saving petition in history, signed by an extraordinary 1.2 million of us worldwide, and delivered it directly to key delegates at the International Whaling Commission meeting. In the end, the 24 year old whaling ban was upheld.

The pro-whaling lobby tried to use political favours to win a so called ‘compromise’ that amounts to a quota for hunting whales, but as tension grew in the closed-door talks, our massive petition became a top story on the BBC’s world news, and we worked with friendly negotiators and other allies to put pressure where it was most needed and draw greater global attention.

To see highlights of this victory and help take our campaigning together to the next level, click here now:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/whales_reportback_3/?vl

The Australian environment minister Peter Garrett received our petition for like-minded governments in front of the world’s media and said “Thank you very much Avaaz. It is a great pleasure to be here and accept this petition…I believe the people of the world’s voices need to be heard. I certainly hear them today.”

The US delegation greeted us saying — “Avaaz! We saw your billboard at the airport!” and delegates were overheard excitedly discussing our giant real-time petition counter outside the meeting as it blew far past the million mark.

After the meeting, one European negotiator told us: “We’ve managed to keep the ban in place…I’ve been checking the petition online. I was very impressed by how fast the numbers are rising and seeing people signing from across the world.”

This is an important victory for whales — and for global people power — together we demonstrated that international decisions can be shifted by a little bit of well-placed effort from a lot of people everywhere.

But winning this battle won’t guarantee the whales’ safety yet — Japan’s “scientific” whaling fleet is already sailing out of harbour through IWC loopholes to kill hundreds of whales.

To win for good, we’ll need to campaign to strengthen and reform the IWC, and to mobilise in countries with pro-whaling governments like Japan — where the Cabinet knows Avaaz and we have changed environmental policy in the past.

We can do it if enough of us chip in just a small amount. Avaaz campaigning will be entirely member-funded this year, so every donation makes us more effective. Help fund campaigning in Japan and other key nations now – click here to donate and make it happen:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/whales_reportback_3/?vl

Over its short lifespan, our movement has exploded through a simple democratic idea: that people power can stand up and win against powerful special interests. Whether it be protecting whales, countering corruption, supporting authentic democracy movements or fighting for a global climate deal, we are coming together to bridge the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.

Now, if enough of us chip in just a small amount for Avaaz’s member-funded campaigning, we’ll have the strength to win even more victories. Click here now to donate —

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/whales_reportback_3/?vl

With hope,

Ricken, Alice, Paul, Mia, Ben, Luis, David, Graziela, Milena and the whole Avaaz team

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In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.

The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, James M. Kauffman. It’s very funny, as well as informative. My only concern is that I’m a Canadian and a Kiwi and it might be that I can be sold into slavery. I may not sleep tonight. Do enjoy, John

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Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination  … End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

    1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

    2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it? 

    6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

    7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

   8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die? 

    9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

    10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan.

James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education –University of Virginia

P.S.  It really would be a damn shame if we couldn’t own a Canadian.

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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing,

there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.

 

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

 

Ideas, language, even the phrase each other

doesn’t make any sense.

From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks

Have you ever stopped to reflect on the fact that we get exactly what we ask for? All desire for experience, every answer to every question is given freely. What questions are you asking? What are asking for in your life?

The Buddha said that all desire leads to suffering. Why? All desire draws us deeper into the dense world of materiality and the relative perspective of the personality.

So what is our real job here in this world? What is the solution? I suggest it is to reach that point where we stop asking. And when we do this, everything is given. When we rest in the stillness of the Absolute, there is nothing that is not possible. Mountains can be moved; waters can be parted. Whole worlds can be created.

But do we need to do that? No. We then rest so deeply there is absolutely nothing to do. This is, by definition, the Absolute. There is no desire to gather experience or knowledge. There is certainly no desire to gather things. There is only rest, only silence, only stillness. From that immeasurable, infinitesimally tiny point we call the Absolute, our perspective is transformed. Now, we are able to give from a place of stillness and rest. This giving is huge. It is unquantifiable. It is the embodiment of infinite love. It is why we are here. Now, truly, all things are possible and magic is inevitable.

I urge you to find this place of unconditional giving. All other experience pales in comparison with it.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

 

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

 

People are going back and forth across the doors

where the two worlds touch.

 

The door is round and open.

Don’t go back to sleep.

From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks

Rumi

Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century mystic poet, was truly one of the most passionate and profound poets in history.  Now, today his presence still remains strong, due in part to how his words seem to drip of the divine, and startle a profound remembrance that links all back to the Soul-Essence.  Born in what is present day Afghanistan in 1207, he produced his master work the Masnawi which consists of over 60,000 poems before he died in 1273.  The best way to fully say in words his impact, is that he has the ability to describe the

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Cheers,

John

BP: Illusion of a False Spill
http://shtf411.com/bp-illusion-of-a-false-spill-t7065.html

The ‘disaster’ in the Gulf of Mexico is beyond a false
flag; it’s an illusion.
What I’m about to reveal will more
than likely go by the wayside, and the charade will
continue. The reason for writing this is not for
attention, games, or folly, but to expose the biggest scam
in the 21st century, and to relieve some aching hearts.
There is no need for fear as this is a staged event. I
cannot reveal my sources, they do go straight to the top,
but hopefully what I write will echo inside of each person
reading this as the truth.

Much of the information I present here cannot be easily
verified, fast checked, or ever presented as anything, but
hearsay, as they are just words of an anonymous online
entity. The Government, corporations, and the people behind
them have pulled out all the stops to insure the truth
doesn’t come out. They are the reason why the beaches have
private security contractors, insuring no one is able to
gain access to the oil on shore. They are the reason the
Gulf of Mexico is a no fly zone. They are the reason why the
gulf states are being locked down by military. They are the
reason why the well head you see is different in many videos
that BP releases. Without this measure of control the
illusion would fail. In this post, what I can do is provide
leading evidence, or give clues to the truth; from there you
can use something that has gone by the way side, common
sense.

The large oil spills washing up on the shores are not from
BP Deep Horizon. They are indeed from surrounding wells,
that were already leaking by design.
These wells can be
verified through a simple online search. You’ll notice that
much of the oil is actually in the form of tar. Usually tar
balls; sizes of these have reached 2000+ pounds.

From the start, BP, Haliburton, and co-conspirators knew
where they were drilling. Using specific equipment, such as
the German ship RV Sonne, they had detailed maps of the
ocean bottom. The ship, and a specific college study from
2005, in the Gulf of Mexico, are your starting points to
what’s really happening in the gulf. Here’s a link to what
the study synopses
http://geology.about.com/cs/volcanology/a/aa051604a.htm

What BP, Haliburton, and other co-conspirators
intentionally drilled into was an Asphalt Volcano. Sounds
scary doesn’t it? It really is not. In fact, after you read
the above link you’ll know that the Gulf of Mexico is
literally coated in oil, tar, and methane hydrate at the
bottom. The study went on to find that massive aquatic life
has specifically adapted to living off of the hydrocarbons.
That in fact these asphalt volcanoes are a natural part of
the ocean ecology, and their eruptions actually benefit the
sea life over the long duration of time.

Another aspect to what I was directly told is that BP,
Haliburton, and other co-conspirators drilled intentionally
into the ‘mid side’ of this particular asphalt volcano.
Basically from what I understand, it is a soda bottle
effect. If they had drilled into the top of the volcano,
then all the gas would rise out, and explode as would
bottled carbonated liquid. The effect of drilling into the
side permits a safely controlled release of gas, tar,
liquified asphalt, and other related gases. What was done is
a more or less controlled release; almost natural in fact!

The Asphalt volcano was a win win situation for this false
flag: as it presented the best illusion to all outside
parties. Not only do the conspirators need to fool the
general public, but also the oil industry, and scientific
community. The public is easy to fool, but the latter two
groups take a little more effort; this is the main reason
why the Gulf is being isolated by security contractors, and
military. Anyone well versed on this giant debacle in the
Gulf knows that it is surrounded with stories, and claims of
negligence. This was the first purposeful aspect to make the
story seem credible to all outside parties; as the story is
more easily believed, when it is chalked up to human error,
or incompetence.

Besides using inferior, shotty, or flat out negligent
craftsmanship, as the well was intended to fail from the
onset, the conspirators knew that the pressure produced from
the volcano would blow out even better equipment. This was
the second mechanism to fool other industry experts. All
experts, and scientific communities only know what they are
told, and that is the well tapped into a large high pressure
hydrocarbon pocket. To even a trained eye, what they are
being told appears to be a massive oil gusher, when in fact
it’s a controlled event.

In watching the videos, or live feeds looks horrible, and
very ominous, but upon closer examination the tell tale
signs of what it really is shows through, what you are
actually viewing is a man made(well bore) large “Black
Smoker”. You should take note, as the evidence has built,
the live feed appears to have been tampered with. I suspect
it is because of the video below. The man narrating the
video has it correct, it is a volcano! But those aren’t
flames. From the link provided above, they are a combination
of gases; specifically Sulfur, and Iron are what create the
flame effect. Since the airing of that video, several of the
live feeds have been proven to be tampered footage, or
faked.

OIL SPILL is fake !! its a volcano look at the flame’s !! proof here
http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Den9CoYb0OHs

You need to realize that an illusion is only as good as
it’s weakest link. All scientific evidence on paper coming
from the government, and corporations is being fudged. In
the case of this staged, and controlled event that weak link
is the oil, or more specifically the tangible tar that can
be collected. As I mentioned much of the oil that has been
seen, or noticed is tar rather than heavy crude oil. Out at
sea closest to the Deep Horizon site, “shrimpers” have been
hired to boom the oil/tar together, and set it ablaze. There
are several huge fires right now out in the Gulf. The reason
is for this is to hide the evidence. The distinct asphalt
volcano tar, is actually coated with naturally produced oil
eating microbes, and other natural safe guards produced by
Mother Earth; these types of organisms are not present in a
regular oil well, but commonly in the Asphalt Volcanoes, and
large tar flows at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

To continue with why the asphalt volcano was a win win to
drill into, is the heaviness of the tar. Read the linked
article provided above, the tar will cling to lighter oil,
and fall to the bottom of the Gulf at some point, near in
the future. Also, the microbes, and other organisms that
naturally occur from this will multiply. They will not only
eat the tar, but the other control released oil that they
are pumping into the Gulf.

We’ve all seen the videos of beaches not lined so much with
oil, but with tar balls of varying sizes. Also, we’ve all
noticed BP’s overall lack of concern for cleanup. We’ve seen
booms which aren’t tied together. We’ve heard first hand
account of staged clean ups on the beaches. As soon as a
press conference, or media event is done BP stops work. The
reason is simple, it’s not that they don’t care, but that
they already know what’s gonna happen. The oil will start
naturally being cleaned up via decomposition, oil eating
organisms, and falling to the already naturally tar covered
bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

What’s the benefit of this scam? MONEY, and population
control. Read this article http://theintelhub.com/2010/06/18/gulf-
ized-plan/
If you’re still reading this article, and even beginning to
grasp the sinister nature of the fraud being perpetrated,
then you’ll realize that the corexit9500, and other
dispersant’s are not needed. They are purposely being
sprayed by Evergreen Air/CIA to cull the population along
the Gulf Coast.

Also, explained to me, is the large amount of useless
eaters, pond scum, or undesirables living along the gulf
coast. These would be the Americans living off of the
government. I will not beat around the bush with
pleasantries, or politically correct statements here. This
coastal area from Texas to Florida has the highest, or most
dense population of targets of illimination by the US Govt.,
and corporations. These are the populations living on
welfare(in this area dominated by African Americans), and
the older population living on Social Security(mainly
Florida). These people are going to start dropping like
flies over the next few years, and greatly reduce the burden
to government coffers.

In this respect this is a doomsday event, but it’s not the
end of the food chain, death of the oceans, or as some have
warned an extinction level event. It’s only bad for the
targeted populations.

To cover the money aspects of this fraudulent event, are
somewhat self evident. Primarily, as President Obama (note
he’s not very worried, think about it) has just pointed out,
they are using this false flag to move forward with the
Carbon Tax, followed by Cap, and Trade. Another aspect of
profit is the clean up of this disaster; those boats aren’t
running around for free in the Gulf. From there, is the very
real aspect of banks calling their notes on the remaining
mortgaged properties along the Gulf, and peninsula of
Florida. Remember Katrina? They never gave the land back,
but sold it to casinos, and other businesses. Almost all
beach front property will end up in the hands of the banks,
and government. They’ll play this disaster off for a few
years, and explain the mysterious disappearance of oil on
kindness from mother nature.

The side effects of this scam are negligible; in the eyes
of the perpetrators, they’ve done nature a favor. They’ve
opened up an asphalt volcano from the side, and will shut it
down in the next few months by equalizing the pressure. The
equalization of pressure will come by way of the two relief
wells; which are not wells, but vents. when they do this, I
have no clue what excuse they’ll use, but the current gusher
will stop. I said stop, it will not slow down, but literally
stop. Remember, all they have done is aided nature in
something that is a very common, and naturally occurring
event at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

That’s about all I have to say. I will pop in to answer any
if at all questions. The reason I came forward with this
information is that I myself was worried about the level of
this event. Honestly, knowing the reasoning of what, why,
and how has given me peace. Anyone who has family anywhere
near where they are spraying these chemicals need to alert
their family to leave; they are the target of this false
flag. To anyone who finds credence, or a shred of truth in
what I’ve written, please pass this on; as we all are the
target on the grand scale. The target by way of the coming
carbon tax, cap, and trade.

God Bless,
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While volcanism is common under the sea, nobody dreamed that in some
places, vents erupt not lava but asphalt. That’s what a 2003 research
expedition found in the Gulf of Mexico on a seafloor hill the
scientists named Chapopote, the Mexican Spanish name for tar. It’s the
world’s first known asphalt volcano. There are more being found all
the time.

The geologic setting at the site, west of the Yucatán in 3000 meters
of water, is a field of salt domes called the Campeche Knolls. These
tall, steep hills grow as ductile salt bodies rise into the overlying
seafloor rocks; as is common around the Gulf, oil and gas leak upward
with the salt.

The Asphalt Volcano Locality
http://geology.about.com/cs/volcanology/a/aa051604a.htm

URGENT!! BP SPILL – VOLCANIC TSUNAMI AND POISON GAS ALERT!!
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/bp.htm

http://libertynewsradio.com/wire/ads/00052_freedomsphoenix.jpg
http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/

Are There More Asphalt Volcanoes?
Surely there’s a lot more asphalt in the Campeche Knolls and
elsewhere. In fact MacDonald, in the 14 May 2004 Science, pointed out
that tar flows had been photographed 200 km to the north of Chapopote
in 1971. He suggested that others might locate more occurrences by
doing what his team did: looking for oil slicks in satellite images of
the sea surface.

In 2010, researchers reported extinct asphalt volcanoes in the waters
off Santa Barbara, California that stand 30 meters high above the
seafloor. Each new deep-sea oasis we find—joining black smokers,
carbonate smokers, cold seeps and whale falls — makes the ocean floor
a still more lively place.

PS: Like many scientists these days, MacDonald has put his team’s
papers online. Also on his site is a photo gallery from the
history-making 2003 cruise. And I like what he told a university
journalist: “Chapopote is more evidence that this planet is alive from
top to bottom. There is no place on Earth where life is absent;
wherever life gets the slightest foothold, it will adapt and blossom.”
http://geology.about.com/cs/volcanology/a/aa051604a.htm

Gulf Oil Spill April 2010 was planned here is the proof
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmy1Mq0l7yU
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmy1Mq0l7yU&feature=related>
&feature=related

Oil spill is a conspiracy?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWqlinla1j0
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWqlinla1j0&feature=related>
&feature=related

Goldman Sachs and the BP CEO sold off major stock holdings in BP
before the fire.
Haliburton buys a oil fire fighting company before the fire.
This ant a fake. Saudi Arabia will benefit from this event . That is
why there are no supertankers with pumps out there cleaning up. You
know the country Obama bows to. Remember “never waste a good crisis)
came from this administration.
The President told you he would “change” America
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWqlinla1j0
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWqlinla1j0&feature=related>
&feature=related

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Hiker on the Appalachian Trail

 “In the summer of 1952 Mildred Norman hiked the entire length of the 2,050 mile Appalachian Trail. She was the first woman to accomplish this feat….On January 1, 1953 Mildred became the Peace Pilgrim and began her first walk across America from coast to coast. Over the next 28 years she was to walk more than 25,000 miles, carrying in her blue tunic her only possessions. She lived a pilgrim’s life, in utter simplicity and spiritual trust. She walked and talked her message: ‘This is the way of peace—overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth and hatred with love.’ The Peace Pilgrim’s life was born in a vision that came to Mildred Norman at the end of the Appalachian Trail and it was to be her life mission: a pilgrimage for peace.”

The above words are from (or inspired by) the booklet Peace Pilgrim: An Extraordinary Life by Ann Rush with John Rush

Some years ago, while living in Peria in the Far North, I received a vision. It is a vision in which every land is traversed with walking trails, trails which transcend borders. Along each trail are planted (by the children of each country) durable species of fruit and nut-bearing trees. These trails will be part of a worldwide network of Paths for Peace. Imagine young men and wome – instead of seeking initiation into adulthood through alcohol, drugs, thrill-seeking or war – walking the length and breadth of their countries for peace. They shall be sustained along these walks by the edible foods planted there.

Peace Pilgrim was one woman working for peace with single-minded purpose. Imagine thousands or even millions of similarly dedicated souls collectively creating a world of peace—with their hands (planting) and their feet (walking). Imagine a world without borders united by carefree, healthy, happy hikers singing songs of peace.

Imagine a multitude of Paths for Peaceresplendent in beauty and diversity of flora and fauna, climate and terrain – representing the incredible diversity of the human family. These diverse Paths for Peace will represent the unique path towards peace each of us walks daily and the unique paths to peace each of the world’s religions represent.

This is my vision for peace. Will you help it to manifest by holding it in your heart?

 

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World Peace is Inevitable

 

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Appalachian Trail Scenery

 

A Lily called Garden Symphony

So long as I listened to the whisperings of the garden there was little room for neglect and boundless opportunity for respect. 

Here’s a brief extract from my upcoming book, Beyond the Search. It may be brief, but it accurately reflects the way in which I work in the garden. This methodology gives me peace. I hope it inspires you, for these insights apply to much more than gardening. They are metaphors for the journey of life.

Enjoy, John

Have you ever noticed the way a good symphonic song builds? First, there may be just a few members of the orchestra, perhaps a trumpet and some strings. Next, the wind section and some percussion add to the sound. Eventually, effortlessly, the song builds until all the musicians are actively engaged and so is the listener with a wholeness of sound.

I was raised to begin a task, stick with it and see it doggedly through to completion. My initial methodology in the garden was to prepare the soil and then plant everything in one intense period of activity.

This didn’t last long. In the mystical realms of the garden, I was guided by nature to work in a totally different way; to go with a flow that knew no schedule I could make sense of. I’d be asked one day to plant a few seedlings of, say, cauliflower on one side of the garden and maybe a few leeks on the other. I soon discovered it wasn’t about my conditioned way of completing one job and then moving onto the next. It was more about listening to the building orchestra. I found I would work for a few hours in one part of the garden and then flow easefully to a completely different area. I felt part of the dance; one with the music. If God was the painter, I was the brush, the garden the artwork. The painting took shape in a way that defied logic. It was as if the gods of the garden ensured no part of it could be left untouched for long. There was a subtle justness and beauty to the painting so long as I went with the flow. So long as I listened to the whisperings of the garden there was little room for neglect and boundless opportunity for respect.

I still work this way. It is second nature to me today. I’ll set the spade down in the middle of a job to taste a leaf or a berry, to drink in the sweet fragrance of a flower. Remarkably, I’m always invigorated and refreshed by the meanderings from the task at hand. I feel as though I’m part of an illustrious symphony only I’m not in charge. I’m simply the baton in the hands of the conductor, an extension of a thought and an intention. My job is to listen and fine tune and allow the natural harmony to grow.

If we are not gentle with life, the garden within us dies.

In some ways it is like when I was a young manager of people with far more practical experience than I. My job was to allow them to express their best. My job was to facilitate and encourage rather than to direct.

So it is in the garden. What a privileged position to be in.

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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True success is measured by peace of mind.

Peter Bligh

Peter Bligh was my special guest last night on Voices from the North. From Hastings to Herekino, with many hallowed stops in between, Peter Bligh’s life journey has been more than one of physically moving north and west on New Zealand’s North Island. It has been a journey of awakening to the reality that success is not necessarily measured with dollars and cents or with rungs on a career ladder, but by the peace of mind felt in daily life. His school days saw him rubbing shoulders with people who’ve become household names. Paul Holmes was a classmate. Paul is indisputably the most well known of this country’s media stars. Paul has been successful in a traditional sense. Peter Bligh’s life has been a success in another less tangible way.

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Today Peter is a teacher of yoga and meditation. Yesterday he was a professional fundraiser. He sees no dichotomy between these two functions. For centuries Indian holy men have answered the call to move to forest or mountain to establish ashrams: places of retreat from the pulls of everyday existence; places specially designed for immersion in the ancient arts of yoga and meditation. The building of such ashrams requires external input and money. So, perhaps, these Indian saints have been the originators of what is called fundraising today.

Vivekananda in London in 1896

Thou art He that beareth the burdens of the universe;

help me to bear the little burden of this life.

Extract from a prayer Swami Vivekananda delivered at the Chicago World’s Parliament of Religions September 1893.

In our hour together Peter told the story of how the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s largest and best known philanthropic charities, was seeded through a meeting of John D.  Rockefeller with one of India’s greatest yogis, Swami Vivekananda, in the last years of the 19th century. When Rockefeller foisted a huge sum of money on Vivekananda, he was surprised to hear not even a word of thanks from the saint. Swami Vivekananda’s only words were, “It is for you to thank me.” Perhaps the pundit was pointing out through his actions that through receiving the monetary gift from Rockefeller, he was giving the wealthy industrialist the joy of giving. For more on that famous story visit here. 

Sometimes the greatest act of giving you can make is to wholeheartedly receive the gift of another.

Mandala Yoga Ashram

Peter Bligh has spent years working, studying and teaching overseas: at Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales (the UK’s largest ashram), at Satyanandashram Hellas in Greece, throughout northern Europe and in India. He initially came to the relative remoteness of Herekino in the Far North to deepen his own spiritual practice.

He teaches yoga and meditation because he sees these skills as indispensable means for improving flexibility of body and mind and for training one to overcome the fears innate to the human condition—fears which often motivate us to turn to temporary antidotes like alcohol and drugs or to indulge in the over-busy-ness we in the West tend to turn to. Peter wonders if this tendency to over-activity represents a running-away-from or masking of the innate fears chasing us all. I wonder too. I am grateful for the hour I had with Peter Bligh on the radio. Once again, you can hear it below:

 

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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