We live in unprecedented times. On the one hand, it would appear that much goes wrong on the planet. All one needs to do to support this viewpoint is to read the daily newspaper.

On the other hand larger and larger groups of people gather together in peace with the clear intention of transforming the Earth into the peaceful paradise that is her destiny. I urge you to visit the following link to join in world wide meditations for just such a purpose.

In peace,

John Haines

http://earthrainbownetwork.com/FocusArchives/MeditationFocus207.htm

1) SUMMARY

Since time immemorial, human beings on Earth have longed for an idyllic past when all beings, small and great, lived in complete harmony in a place where peace, freedom and love reigned supreme. This mythical place is in fact an archetypical memory of a state of being our souls experience between each lifetime in the physical realm. Some call this ethereal place “Nirvana”, a word that in our culture evokes a state of perfect happiness and absolute bliss. Others call it “Heaven” and in every culture, this invisible realm is said to be where souls go to rest and enjoy the most sublime rewards for their good deeds while in embodiment. It has also been said that humans create their own heaven or hell here on Earth, depending on where the focus of their attention is and what their beliefs are. As fragments of the Omniversal Being at the origin of All That Is, we are each endowed with unimaginably powerful creative powers which can be fully tapped only when we align our little will with the greater will and purpose of life. As living expressions of the Grand Design of Creator Source, we have no reason to remain confined forever by the limiting perception of ourselves as mere mortals whose ultimate fate if to live a brief existence mired in an endless struggle to survive and find a modicum of happiness in a world that is often felt as violent, unpredictable and harsh. We can free ourselves from the self-imposed yoke that prevents us from stretching our wings and flying into the skies of endless freedom and creativity, namely, fear.

To melt away and dissipate fear from our mind, heart and soul, the antidote is simply to let Love be our basic and permanent state of being and sole perspective through which everything is sensed and seen. To fully grasp how simple it is to allow Love to be our guiding beacon in everything, one has only to think of the greatest joys and moments of deepest happiness experienced so far in this lifetime, and invariably one can but come to the conclusion that, each time, Love is what made them possible. The lesson is clear and the path is well marked. Love is the key to manifest Heaven on Earth, to transform our near hopeless situation into a resounding victory over fear, born from the self-destructive sense of separation that pits us against each other. Now its the time to rise above the miasma of our self-inflicted disconnection from the Universal Source of All and to cocreate, through our own metamorphosis, the dream world of ancient lore. Now is the time to let go of our past misconceptions about ourselves and to enable, through our own self-purification, the emergence of the true state of inner peace, unconditional love and perfect harmony that is our innate nature. Now is the time to BE All that We Are.

Joining in meditation with all other souls walking this Golden Path of Light, we are to immerse ourselves during the coming four weeks, and especially at the globally synchronized moments of soul communion every Sunday, in the sense of devotional love that permeates our being when we let the Presence of Creator Source grow in us until we know, while in blissful ecstatic communion, that we are One with and inseparable from All That Is. Reaching out to each other while in that state of perfect Love, we will catalyze and magnify the global transformation now underway that will soon elevate the overall vibratory rate of this planet and of all its inhabitants up to a state of permanent fusion and mutual sentience from which a near miraculous dispensation of Grace will usher in a new Golden Era, thus transducing Heaven on Earth, for the Highest Good of all as One.

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“The pygmies of the Ituri Forest must be saved. They still represent the true human potential for love, peace and harmony, without crime or greed.” Jean-Pierre Hallet

Imagine an explorer who survived backwater fever, a knife slash in his leg, and a dynamite explosion that not only blew off his right hand at the wrist, but caused a 75 per cent loss of hearing. Though he was bleeding profusely, he swam across a lake, narrowly escaping crocodiles, and began a painful two-hundred-mile journey to reach medical aid. Jean-Pierre Hallet was that explorer and I reckon if he could live his dreams any of us can pursue ours. He was truly a giant of the 20th century. The following words summarize his life and were found at: http://www.midhudsongalleries.com/id8.html

Jean-Pierre Hallet was a man more intimately connected to Africa than perhaps any other westerner. His feats were legendary-what one expects of fiction and adventure movies. About his mission to save the vanishing Bambuti pygmy tribe in the Ituri Forest in Northeast Zaire, the newspapers and magazines of three decades reported it in various ways. He Saves Little People; A Giant Comes To The Rescue; He’s The Biggest Of The Little People of Zaire; Humanitarian Sows Seeds of Hope and Pygmies Have A Friend in Hallet.

A friend, indeed. In 1955 he lost his right hand, in an explosion, while dynamiting Lake Tanganyika for fish to feed a Pygmy tribe. In 1957 he was successful in obtaining, from the colonial government, official acceptance of his “Declaration of Emancipation” for the endangered pygmies. He lived with the Bambuti pygmies for eighteen months and learned six aboriginal languages and seventeen dialects. His extensive knowledge of the pygmy language resulted in a dictionary of more than 18,000 terms, which remains unpublished. He founded The Pygmy Fund in 1974, the only organization devoted to the preservation of the lives and culture of surviving forest dwelling Efe pygmies.

Born in 1927 in Louvain, Belgium, Jean-Pierre Hallet was the son of Andre Hallet, the famed Belgian post-impressionist painter, who lived in the Congo. Jean-Pierre played with pygmy children, north of Lake Kivu, in the northeastern part of the former Belgian Congo. At six, he left his playmates to go to school in Europe. He was already the height of an average adult pygmy in the forest. He returned in 1948 with a Sorbonne education. He was now an agronomist and a sociologist. Jean-Pierre was twenty-one. He was six feet five inches tall and 225 pounds. His incredible life was about to unfold and his reputation as “father to the pygmies” and the “Abe Lincoln of the Congo” was just beginning.

Jean-Pierre Hallet would become a heroic figure. He would become an authority on African culture and a blood brother to many tribes. He was an internationally renowned africanist, ethnologist, naturalist, author, lecturer, explorer, cinematographer, artist, African art authority and collector as well as a death-defying adventurer. He delivered more than 500 African babies, pygmy and non-pygmy. It would be difficult to find another man with such a resume.

He would author three books, the Kitabu trilogy. (Kitabu is roughly translated in Swahili as book.) Congo Kitabu, the first of the trilogy was autobiographical. It would be translated into twenty-one languages including Chinese and Russian. His own words say it best. “I grew up among the pygmies, learning everything that is their world,….making my first bow and arrow…..identifying birds and animals.”

In Animal Kitabu, he explained the odd double life of the hippopotamus, aquatic by day and terrestrial by night. “At the Rwindi Camp in the Congo’s Albert National Park, the hippos used to come on moonlit nights, walking a full mile from the Rwindi River, just to stand outside the restaurant and watch the tourists eating, drinking, chattering and playing cards. During the day, tourists went to the river to watch the hippos.”

In Pygmy Kitabu, his descriptions of the pygmies had palpable charm -“They are very amiable, warmhearted, fun-loving, sometimes mischievous but wholly non-aggressive characters, who behave more like the elves of European legend than the awful killer apes of modern myth.” He also wrote “They love to dance, sing, play the harp and flute, tell jokes, compose tongue twisters, and engage in thrilling sports like the grand old game of archery-ball.”

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Human Potential, a magazine published by The Ambassador International Cultural Foundation, featured a cover story in the September 1975 issue entitled” To Save A People”. The cover photograph was a charming portrayal of a moment of tenderness between a pygmy father and child. The man behind the lens was Jean-Pierre Hallet who captured the warmth and the sensitivity of that moment. “To Save a People” was comprised of a series of conversations by M. Hallet as told to Senior Editor Herman L. Hoeh. Following is some of what he said.

About the pygmies: “The pygmies of the Ituri Forest must be saved. They still represent the true human potential for love, peace and harmony, without crime or greed. If people are judged by the quality of their hearts and minds, the ancestral pygmies are giants of mankind. Yet, our often blind, “civilization” is now responsible for the imminent extinction of those people by systematically destroying their forest. Sophisticated technology is self-destructive. Our ultimate survival can only be inspired by saving a simple people such as the pygmies…”

On the pygmy belief about death: “God willed it. If God willed it thus, it is because He had his reasons. One does not judge God.”

On his documentary, Pygmies: “In the fall of 1972, I made a full length documentary on the Efe pygmies wanting to raise funds to help them in their struggle for survival. The Zaire government was about to rule that the pygmies could not be photographed, since they felt that because of their “primitive” appearance they “are bad public relations for the new nation.”…..I managed to produce this graphic documentary incorporating into 90 minutes the essence of a lifetime of observation and understanding-the first and last ever made. In September 1973 the film was shown, at a press preview, at The Academy Award Theatre in Los Angeles. It was a great success: standing ovation and excellent trade reviews.”

Jean-Pierre Hallet was appealing and charismatic. He charmed Tonight Show viewers appearing as a guest of Johnny Carson. He was photographed with Dwight Eisenhower. Writing his eulogy, following his death on New Years Day of 2004, family friend, Donald Heyneman, Ph.D., wrote “…he could not enter a room without arresting all attention. He could commandeer any conversation usually redirecting it towards his worthy objectives. Strong opinions, strongly-and fully delivered were a trademark. He was indeed larger than life, a powerful presence. One who led a full, unrestrained unconventional independent and important life, Jean Pierre Hallet was, and remains, a significant force in the lives of all who were privileged to have known him.”

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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

“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

I can’t be the only one in the world who’s missed this amazing young man singing an equally amazing song. I dedicate this to all the brilliant young souls who are bringing the energy of peace to this planet. It’s just in time.

John

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Peace Pilgrim has been a great inspiration to my family over the years. I’d like to share a few words I’ve put together about her and her amazing life. Once edited, this will appear in my next book, Beyond the Search.

Enjoy in peace,

John

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On January 1, 1953 a lady with silvered hair walked at the head of the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California handing out leaflets. It was the beginning of a pilgrimage that carried her across the breadth of America. In December of the same year she arrived on foot in New York City and presented a petition to the United Nations and world leaders for world disarmament and reconstruction.

Mildred Norman was starting her retirement project. That project ultimately lasted 28 years, during which time she walked six times across the continent, visited every state including Alaska and Hawaii as well as Mexico and the ten Canadian provinces.

She walked with the seasons, moving north in the spring and south in autumn. Her only possessions were what she could carry in the front pocket of her blue tunic—a folding tooth brush, a comb, a pen and paper for correspondence. She carried no money, nor would she accept any. Hers was a pilgrimage of faith. Unlike the mendicants of Asia she never asked for food, she fasted until it was offered. She seldom missed more than four meals in a row. Likewise, she slept outdoors until offered shelter.  

Her tunic carried the name that was hers from that fateful day in Pasadena—Peace Pilgrim. Over the years she spoke at thousands of churches and schools and was interviewed on radio and television nearly everywhere she went.

Always her message was the same: ‘Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth and hatred with love.’ Her message was all the more powerful because she lived it, every step of the way. She taught that peace began with the individual and that any action any of us made—to create harmony in a relationship, to create peace in a group, for one’s inner peace—contributed to the total peace picture.Peace Pilgrim book cover 160609

This woman who spoke with obvious intelligence and conviction and who moved and walked with youthful vigor inspired countless people to make positive changes in their lives.

Mildred Norman was raised in a pacifist family on a small farm on the edge of Egg Harbor, New Jersey. Although a top student in school and a daring swimmer, there was little indication in her youth to those around her that she would make such a dramatic transformation later in life and become Peace Pilgrim.

The turning point for her took place in 1938 when, mired in an unhappy marriage and lacking the deeper meaning for which she yearned, she had her first peak spiritual experience. She felt a oneness with all beings and dedicated her life without reservation to giving rather than getting. Thus began fifteen years of preparation culminating in an unshakable inner peace that remained with her throughout her pilgrimage years. During that fifteen year period of preparation she walked daily in receptive silence amidst the beauties of nature. She put into practice the inspirations that came to her and shared those steps to inner peace whenever and wherever she spoke. A friend transcribed the steps from a radio talk she gave in Los Angeles in 1966 and created her Steps Toward Inner Peace booklet.

After her death (what she called her ‘transition to a freer life’) in 1981 five of her friends gathered in Santa Fe and decided to compile the story of her life in her own words, using transcripts and recordings of various interviews and other material they had collectively gathered over the years. That book, Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words has reached hundreds of thousands of people all over the world and over a million of her Steps Toward Inner Peace booklets are in circulation.

Steps Booklet for Peace pilgrim 160609Those succinct and practical steps, including four preparations, four purifications and four relinquishments, are available to anyone who deeply desires inner peace. The steps are to be taken in the order one feels compelled to complete them. As Peace Pilgrim said, “The first step for one may be the last step for another.”

Peace Pilgrim said she would ‘remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace.’ The story of her life and her work continues to reach an ever-expanding audience worldwide, contributing to a more peaceful world, one person at a time. A feature film on Peace Pilgrim is due to be created and released soon.

For further information on Peace Pilgrim and available materials visit:

http://www.peacepilgrim.org/

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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The following words are from a song I wrote quite a number of years ago. A dream dreamt alone remains a dream. A dream shared becomes reality. Share this dream with me.

I Have a Dream

 

I have a dream where all brothers and all sisters unite.

I have a dream where the future of all nations is bright.

 

I have a dream where all races: black, red, yellow, brown or white…

I have a dream where all humans never discourage from the sight of

 

Freedom, freedom, no place left to hide.

Freedom, freedom, runnin’ with the tide of

Freedom, freedom, touches every side of

Freedom, freedom, crosses the divide.

 

I have a dream where all people treat this earth with dignity.

I have a dream where all ages live as one in community.

 

I have a dream that through our efforts is a world made whole.

I have a dream that in this healing each and every soul finds

 

Freedom, freedom, no place left to hide.

Freedom, freedom, runnin’ with the tide of

Freedom, freedom, touches every side of

Freedom, freedom, crosses the divide.

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I mentioned in a blog not long ago, Nature is My Balm, that my mother was dying. The service for her was today and I wrote the following words which were read out on my behalf by my brother-in-law. I know this is intensely personal, but I’ve decided to share this widely because ultimately we are all part of one big human family. The one certainty in life for each of us is that one day we will move on. I don’t see this as something to be saddened by. It is a time to celebrate the contribution each of us has made to this world and to wish each of us well on the next stage of the journey. May the following words have as much meaning to you as they’ve had for me and my family.

 

First, let me thank you all for being here to remember and to honour a beautiful woman, my mother, Audrey Haines. I know Mom would have appreciated…let me rephrase that. I know Mom appreciates the presence of each and every one of you. So do I.

 

What makes a woman like Audrey so special? It’s probably all the little things she did. Added up it becomes a big thing and a worthy contribution to creating a loving world.

 

I think my mother (and my father) gave a wonderful example of living out their dreams. After Dad’s early retirement from Bell Canada, they travelled each winter in their 5th wheel trailer, eventually finding a wonderful place outside of Tucson, Arizona to spend the colder months. They took up new crafts. Mom loved the connection she felt with Native American culture and she even made clay pots in the traditional way. She and Dad took over the reins of their hiking group, regularly leading people on diverse hikes in the stunning mountain scenery around their winter home. They were happy Snowbirds.

 

When Dad died in 2002, part of Mom died with him. The gap that she felt then was one none of us could adequately fill. Mom continued to live a good life and completed dreams including last year visiting the Panama Canal with Nancy. Mom had wanted to see this magnificent feat of human perseverance and engineering for a long, long time.

 

When I visited Mom in August and September last year, she was still quite healthy and she was still writing in her journal to Dad every night. He was her rock. She was his anchor. We might say she hadn’t let go and moved on. Mom had moved on—to a new way of being. love-for-mom1She had created a bridge through her belief and her writing with the other world and she continued to truly communicate with the man she loved despite their residing in different worlds. There is something quite special in this.

 

It has probably been mentioned already today but at the risk of repetition, on Mom’s last day in the Tillsonburg Hospital, she kept repeating, “Home, Jim.” I know she was met by Dad when she died and I am genuinely happy that they are truly reunited. There is no more powerful force in the universe than love and that force has brought these two special people together again. May you too realise that they are never further away than your next focused thought.

 

May we each honour my mother by doing as she did, by each day being a little more loving and by living out our dreams.

 

God bless.

 

John

John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives.

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My thanks to my Taikunping on www.gaia.com for the following listing:

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Peace Songs

We need the inspiration of music to help fulfill the dream of world peace. As union organizer Joe Hill said, “A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once. But a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over.”
 

My top Ten Peace Songs

1. “Come the Day” by Bruce Woodley, performed by The Seekers

2. “A Thousand Years of Peace” by Alchemy VII

3. “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” by Ed McCurdy, first performed by the Weavers and hundreds of performers like Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kingston Trio, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Limeliters

4. “Under the Rainbow” by Earth Mama on her Under the Rainbow Album

5. “Let There be Peace on Earth” – a hymn first composed for the United Nations

6. “My Rainbow Race” by Pete Seeger

7. “Peace Must Come” by Priscilla Herdman on her Darkness Into Light Album (see also the terrific “Walls and Windows” on the same album).

8. “Earth” by David Roth on his album Rising in Love and performed by Kim and Reggie Harris, from their Simplicity album.

9. “No Weapons, No Wars” by Elliott Madriss on his Cherish the Earth album.

10. “Simple song of Freedom” by Bobby Darrin

10. “God Bless the World” by Greg Jones
 

Here’s more about those and other favorite songs on the theme of world peace and understanding – and below that list, some important Anti-War Songs:
 
This posting of hers and a string of related comments came in response to my blog and poem United We Sing.