Woman's Eye and World Globes

On the surface of the world right now there is war and violence and things seem dark. But calmly and quietly, at the same time, something else is happening underground. An inner revolution is taking place and certain individuals are being called to a higher light. It is a silent revolution. From the inside out. From the ground up. This is a Global Operation, a Spiritual Conspiracy. There are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet.

You won’t see us on the T.V. You won’t read about us in the newspaper. You won’t hear about us on the radio. We don’t seek any glory. We don’t wear any uniform. We come in all shapes and sizes, colours and styles.

Most of us work anonymously. We are quietly working behind the scenes in every country and culture of the world;  in cities big and small, mountains and valleys, in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands. You could pass by one of us on the street and not even notice. We go undercover. We remain behind the scenes. It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit but simply that the work gets done. Occasionally we spot each other in the street. We give a quiet nod and continue on our way.

During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs but behind the store front and at night is where the real work takes a place. Some call us the Conscious Army. We are slowly creating a New World with the power of our minds and hearts. We follow our inner guidance with passion and joy. Our orders come from the Central Spiritual Intelligence. We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking:

Poems ~ Hugs ~ Music ~ Photography ~ Movies ~ Kind words ~ Smiles ~ Meditation and prayer ~ Dance ~ Social activism ~ Websites Blogs ~ Random acts of kindness … . We each express ourselves in our own unique ways, with our own unique gifts and talents.

Being the change we want to see in the world. That is the motto that fills our hearts. We know it is the only way real transformation takes place. We know that quietly and humbly we have the power of all the Oceans combined.

Our work is slow and meticulous, like the formation of mountains. It is not even visible at first glance and yet with it, entire tectonic plates shall be moved in the centuries to come.

Love is the new ‘religion’ of the 21st century. You don’t have to be a highly educated person or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it. It comes from the intelligence of The Heart, embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings.

Be the change you want to see in the world. Nobody else can do it for you. Perhaps you will join us, or already have.

All are welcome. The Door is Open.

~ Author unknown

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“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

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Jean Beliveau in the BC Cold

One of the most inspiring interviews I’ve done in my five years on the radio was with Canadian peace walker Jean Beliveau. Jean left his Montreal home to walk around the world 11 years ago. Today he’s still walking and on August 18th celebrated his 56th birthday. He’s now roughly 1000 km from his return to Montreal and a long-awaited reunion with his wife, Luce. What a journey it has been. Read the latest newsletter on Jean’s walk and follow him as he discovers what it’s like to camp in his own country with bears, squirrels and other forest inhabitants.

http://wwwalk.org/en/newsletter/20110817/newsletter-65.html

I encourage you to listen to the interview I did with Jean.

https://insearchofsimplicity.com/2011/01/20/jean-beliveau-%E2%80%93-a-dream-walk-around-the-world/

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

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The last two days I’ve thoroughly enjoyed a couple of long walks with a dear friend. We were chased inside today by a fierce rain just as we each finished collecting a couple of bags of beautiful peat-like composty stuff from the beach (the part of the beach you see at the top of my website). This friend, a former Thai Buddhist monk and qualified Steiner teacher, is keenly interested in intentional communities. While we waited for the weather to clear he and his lovely partner (and another dear friend) Suzanne showed me links to various communities here in New Zealandand also to Tamera in Portugal.

I was extremely inspired by the vision of the founders of this example of how the world can be, so I share a little on the community below (from http://directory.ic.org/3854/Tamera___Healing_Biotope_I )

Tamera is an international project for a future without war, with a site that comprises 331 acres, 30 kilometers inland from the Atlantic coast. The project sees itself as an international training and experimental site for the development of peace research villages and healing biotopes worldwide.

In the Monte Cerro Peace Education, students learn in theory and practice how to implement Peace Villages in the context of a global healing concept. An important aspect of the education is Tamera’s experience and knowledge about community and building trust, truth, and transparency, including in the area of love and sexuality. Another main aspect is the study of the political theory of Dieter Duhm that shows up the possibility of global changes through local work.

Based on 30 years of peace research and community experience, Tamera was founded in 1995 by the sociologist, psychoanalyst, and author Dieter Duhm, by the free theologist and author Sabine Lichtenfels, and by the physicist Rainer Ehrenpreis.

Tamera´s aim is to build up a pilot model for nonviolent co-existence of people and between people and nature. The main tasks of Tamera are the education of young people in the Monte Cerro Peace Studies, the development of a village model calledSolarVillagewhich produces its own food and solar energy, and the development of a global political network under the name of GRACE. An Animal Sanctuary for horses, sheep, pigs, and others is being created.

For its projects Tamera cooperates with networks and specialists from many areas: permaculture, solar energy, peace work, nonviolence, animal rights, economics, media, and education.

The community ethics is guided by honesty in relationships, truth in love, and transparency in the community, and above all by taking on one’s own responsibility and thus steering free of leadership cults.

Currently about 200 staff members and many students live and work in Tamera in the areas of social design and community building, ecology, alternative technology (the Solar Village project), and international peace work and conflict resolution (mainly in Israel/Palestine, Colombia, and India).

Tamera is looking for support and cooperation with other committed peace workers and future communities world-wide. Our main meeting point for contact and network is the annualSummerUniversityin Tamera.

Do visit their website at http://www.tamera.org/index.php?id=1&L=0

These are true visionaries intent on living the dream and educating others to do the same. I’m impressed and inspired.

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“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.”

 

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“We must make every effort for the promotion of peace and inner values.

I fully support [Peace One Day].”

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate 

Each of us, with every breath we take, is able to contribute to peace. Last night, while recording some things for the radio, my friend Gay alerted me to the following:

In 1999, preoccupied with questions about the fundamental nature of humanity and the most pressing issues of our time, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley launched Peace One Day and set out to find a starting point for peace. He had a mission: to document his efforts to establish the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date.

Remarkably, two years on, he achieved his primary objective when the 192 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted 21 September as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace. We call that day Peace Day.

The UN International Day of Peace on 21 September every year is not only about creating peace between nations, it’s about non-violence in our homes, communities and schools. Therefore Peace Day is relevant to every human being on the planet.

Now the next major objective is to introduce 3 billion people to Peace Day by 2012. To do it, we need the help of all people regardless of age, race, nationality, religion or gender; people who are willing to stand up for peace. 

Jeremy Gilley on Right

“My experience of conflict is that those who are involved in it long for even a day of peace. To have a day of cessation of violence, that to me is an idea whose time has come.”

 Mary Robinson, then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, from a filmed meeting with Jeremy Gilley.

The above information was found at: http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/welcome

I urge you to visit the site, get involved and, especially, to think about what you will do today to create peace and harmony in your life and in the world.

Peace, John

P.S. Below is the recording we’re playing on the radio here in New Zealand’s Far North today. I recorded it last night:

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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.”

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 “The man who speaks of the enemy / Is the enemy himself.”

Bertolt Brecht

Here’s another one that just arrived in my inbox. Think about the kind of world you want to live.

In Unity,

John

By Michael Moore, Michael Moore.com
11 September 10

If the ‘mosque’ isn’t built, this is no longer America.I am opposed to the building of the “mosque” two blocks from Ground Zero.

I want it built on Ground Zero.

Why? Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice. I believe in an America that says you have the right to worship whatever God you have, wherever you want to worship. And I believe in an America that says to the world that we are a loving and generous people and if a bunch of murderers steal your religion from you and use it as their excuse to kill 3,000 souls, then I want to help you get your religion back. And I want to put it at the spot where it was stolen from you.There’s been so much that’s been said about this manufactured controversy, I really don’t want to waste any time on this day of remembrance talking about it. But I hate bigotry and I hate liars, and so in case you missed any of the truth that’s been lost in this, let me point out a few facts:

1. I love the Burlington Coat Factory. I’ve gotten some great winter coats there at a very reasonable price. Muslims have been holding their daily prayers there since 2009. No one ever complained about that. This is not going to be a “mosque,” it’s going to be a community center. It will have the same prayer room in it that’s already there. But to even have to assure people that “it’s not going to be mosque” is so offensive, I now wish they would just build a 111-story mosque there. That would be better than the lame and disgusting way the developer has left Ground Zero an empty hole until recently. The remains of over 1,100 people still haven’t been found. That site is a sacred graveyard, and to be building another monument to commerce on it is a sacrilege. Why wasn’t the entire site turned into a memorial peace park? People died there, and many of their remains are still strewn about, all these years later.

2. Guess who has helped the Muslims organize their plans for this community center? The JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER of Manhattan! Their rabbi has been advising them since the beginning. It’s been a picture-perfect example of the kind of world we all want to live in. Peter Stuyvessant, New York’s “founder,” tried to expel the first Jews who arrived in Manhattan. Then the Dutch said, no, that’s a bit much. So then Stuyvessant said ok, you can stay, but you cannot build a synagogue anywhere in Manhattan. Do your stupid Friday night thing at home. The first Jewish temple was not allowed to be built until 1730. Then there was a revolution, and the founding fathers said this country has to be secular – no religious nuts or state religions. George Washington (inaugurated around the corner from Ground Zero) wanted to make a statement about this his very first year in office, and wrote this to American Jews:

“The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy – a policy worthy of imitation….3. The Imam in charge of this project is the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet. Read about his past here .

“It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens …

“May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants – while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

4. Around five dozen Muslims died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Hundreds of members of their families still grieve and suffer. The 19 killers did not care what religion anyone belonged to when they took those lives.

5. I’ve never read a sadder headline in the New York Times than the one on the front page this past Monday: “ American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong?” That should make all of us so ashamed that even a single one of our fellow citizens should ever have to worry about if they “belong” here.

6. There is a McDonald’s two blocks from Ground Zero. Trust me, McDonald’s has killed far more people than the terrorists.

7. During an economic depression or a time of war, fascists are extremely skilled at whipping up fear and hate and getting the working class to blame “the other” for their troubles. Lincoln’s enemies told poor Southern whites that he was “a Catholic.” FDR’s opponents said he was Jewish and called him “Jewsevelt.” One in five Americans now believes Obama is a Muslim and 41% of Republicans don’t believe he was born here.

Armenian World Peace Symbol

8. Blaming a whole group for the actions of just one of that group is anti-American. Timothy McVeigh was Catholic. Should Oklahoma City prohibit the building of a Catholic Church near the site of the former federal building that McVeigh blew up?

9. Let’s face it, all religions have their whackos. Catholics have O’Reilly, Gingrich, Hannity and Clarence Thomas (in fact all five conservatives who dominate the Supreme Court are Catholic). Protestants have Pat Robertson and too many to list here. The Mormons have Glenn Beck. Jews have Crazy Eddie. But we don’t judge whole religions on just the actions of their whackos. Unless they’re Methodists.

10. If I should ever, God forbid, perish in a terrorist incident, and you or some nutty group uses my death as your justification to attack or discriminate against anyone in my name, I will come back and haunt you worse than Linda Blair marrying Freddy Krueger and moving into your bedroom to spawn Chucky. John Lennon was right when he asked us to imagine a world with “nothing to kill or die for and no religion, too.” I heard Deepak Chopra this week say that “God gave humans the truth, and the devil came and he said, ‘Let’s give it a name and call it religion.'” But John Adams said it best when he wrote a sort of letter to the future (which he called “Posterity”): “Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.” I’m guessing ol’ John Adams is up there repenting nonstop right now.

Friends, we all have a responsibility NOW to make sure that Muslim community center gets built. Once again, 70% of the country (the same number that initially supported the Iraq War) is on the wrong side and want the “mosque” moved. Enormous pressure has been put on the Imam to stop his project. We have to turn this thing around. Are we going to let the bullies and thugs win another one? Aren’t you fed up by now? When would be a good time to take our country back from the haters?

I say right now. Let’s each of us make a statement by donating to the building of this community center! It’s a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and you can donate a dollar or ten dollars (or more) right now through a secure pay pal account by clicking here. I will personally match the first $10,000 raised (forward your PayPal receipt to webguy@michaelmoore.com  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it). If each one of you reading this blog/email donated just a couple of dollars, that would give the center over $6 million, more than what Donald Trump has offered to buy the Imam out. C’mon everyone, let’s pitch in and help those who are being debased for simply wanting to do something good. We could all make a huge statement of love on this solemn day.

I lost a co-worker on 9/11. I write this today in his memory.

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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.”

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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

 

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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Appalachian Trail Scenery

We become what we believe. The state of the world reflects our collective beliefs.

The power of love will ultimately overcome the love of power in this world and peace will prevail. Physical violence will stop. Psychological violence will take a little longer, but it too shall melt away. Peace will prevail. Inner peace is our natural state. Unfortunately in many of us it is obscured by a perceptual blanket of false and negative beliefs.

We share the same planet but we all live in different worlds. What you see is different from what I see. What we each see is not delivered from some outer source, independent of our choice. No, what we see is a direct result of the lens of perception we each choose.

Our individual experiences reflect our deeper beliefs. If we choose to see violence, hatred and war, we invite these scenarios into our lives. If we choose to see gentleness, love and peace we shall in time experience a world reflecting these chosen perceptions.

I received an email a couple of days ago from a Zen monk living alone in a redwood forest near Santa Cruz, California. He found me on the internet by doing a google search for ‘World Peace is Inevitable’. Here’s part of what he wrote:

I’ve greatly enjoyed reading your endorsement of the fact that world peace is inevitable. A few of the organizations I’m involved with here in the States as well as in Europe are beginning a global movement to spread the phrase “World Peace Is Inevitable,” and I figured I’d email you to tell you about it. 

Here’s some interesting information that you may not have been aware of: If you google the phrase in quotes “World Peace Is Inevitable,” there will be about 435,000 results that come up initially. However, this is extraordinarily misleading. If you click on page 10 of the results, you will see that in fact there are only 85 to 90 worldwide uses of the phrase on the internet. 

Now, if you google in quotes the phrase “the world is going to end,” there are 226,000,000 world wide uses of the phrase on the internet. I think we can both agree that this royally sucks!

So what we are doing is beginning to write the phrase on money bills, creating t-shirts, stickers, and encouraging people on the internet to use the phrase as much as possible. We are connecting with university students in Europe and here in the States and getting a lot of students on board for this world wide movement. 

Over the years when I’ve spoken about the inevitability of world peace I’ve more often than not received responses such as, ‘We’ve always had war and always will have.’ When we think and speak in such a way we are not acknowledging the immense power we have to affect change. If we all think that way, war is what we’ll get. There’s an expression that says, “If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Likewise, if you always think how you’ve always thought, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. We are the creators. Our collective expectations do, in fact, shape this world in which we live. Change our thoughts, beliefs and expectations and the world around us changes. It’s as simple as that.

I invite you to join this monk, Billy Guilfoyle, and me and a growing group of people worldwide who embrace a brighter future for humanity and this planet. The future is our choice. Let’s jump on the Peace Train together and recognize that peace in ourselves, in our families, in our communities, in our countries and in the world is not only possible, it is inevitable. The timing is up to us. Let’s share the dream!

 Peace,

John

I’ve pasted below the YouTube Video Billy made:

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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