Meditation Focus #106
Mobilizing for the Imminent Shift
What follows is the 106th Meditation Focus suggested for the FOUR weeks beginning Sunday, February 29, 2004.
MOBILIZING FOR THE IMMINENT SHIFT
2. Meditation times
3. More information related to this Meditation Focus
4. Meditation Vigil for Dennis Kucinich
5. Celebrate the Spring Equinox on March 20, 6:49 GMT
A rare convergence of events, both on Earth and beyond, is in the process of tilting the balance definitely towards the side of the Light and is boding very favorably for the mid and long term future of this world and its billions of inhabitants, not to mention the millions of species sharing this planet with humanity. Right now, from a superficial and ill-informed perspective, things may not seem to be moving in the best direction for the highest good of all, but from a higher, more spiritual standpoint, it is possible to see that a gathering momentum of individual spiritual awakening, global citizenship mobilization and universal cosmic assistance is headed towards a massive shift on this world. Yet, those whose long-standing choice to allow darkly inclined beings to reign over their lives are not about to give up their desperate attempts to cling to the illusory powers they have aggregated around themselves. Their seemingly mighty citadels are crumbling from under their very foundations and no amount of shenanigans, trickery and duplicity will prevent their imminent crash from happening as the combined efforts of the Forces of Light are gaining ever more traction and succeeding in turning around a global situation that, to so many, still looks hopeless.
The Key lever from which all this is being made possible is simply the enduring faith, embedded in the very fabric of each soul, that in the end, only Good will prevail and that Love, compassion and unstoppable spiritual vigor emanating from the Source of All That Is Within are simply too powerful and too radiantly blazing for any shadow of darkness to remain untouched by its Light. The coming four weeks will see an unprecedented expansion of Light activities that will culminate on March 20, during the northern hemisphere Spring equinox, with some of the most positive developments this world has experienced in a very long time. The specifics of what will transpire from these coming global events will soon become evident for all to see. What matters above all right now is that each individual Light Server chooses to permanently align with the Higher Purpose he or she came here to serve and just resolutely moves ahead with the tasks at hand, continuously aware that the lower self is to accept total allegiance to the wise, enlightened guidance of the Higher Divine Self, and never allows his/her heart to be clenched ever again into a tight fist of fear, doubt and anger.
Please dedicate your prayers and meditations, as guided by Spirit, in the coming four weeks, and especially in synchronous attunement at the usual time this Sunday and the following ones, to contribute in mobilizing the infinite resources of Love, Courage and Light that are available through our Inner Connection with the Universal Light emanating from the highest dimension where the Will of God is known. Let us become permanently attuned to our Oneness with each other and with All That Is so as to help manifest Perfection, for the Highest Good of All.
This whole Meditation Focus has been archived for your convenience at http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus106.htm
2. MEDITATION TIMES
i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes.
ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.
These times below are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:
Honolulu 6:00 AM -- Anchorage 7:00 AM -- Los Angeles 8:00 AM -- Denver 9:00 AM -- San Salvador, Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 10:00 AM -- New York, Toronto & Montreal 11:00 AM -- Halifax, Santo Domingo, La Paz & Caracas 12:00 PM -- Montevideo, Asuncion * & Santiago * 1:00 PM -- Rio de Janeiro * 2:00 PM -- London, Dublin, Lisbon, Reykjavik & Casablanca 4:00 PM -- Lagos, Algiers, Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris & Madrid 5:00 PM -- Ankara, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Athens, Helsinki & Istanbul 6:00 PM -- Baghdad, Moscow & Nairobi 7:00 PM -- Tehran 7:30 PM -- Islamabad 9:00 PM -- Calcutta & New Delhi 9:30 PM -- Dhaka 10:00 PM -- Rangoon 10:30 PM -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 11:00 PM -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur +12:00 AM -- Seoul & Tokyo +1:00 AM -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne +2:00 AM -- Wellington * +5:00 AM
+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time.
* means the place is observing daylight saving time (DST) at the moment.
You may also check at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html to find your current corresponding local time if a closeby city is not listed above.
3. MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO THIS MEDITATION FOCUS
This complement of information may help you to better understand the various aspects pertaining to the summary description of the subject of this Meditation Focus. It is recommended to view this information from a positive perspective, and not allow the details to tinge the positive vision we wish to hold in meditation. Since what we focus on grows, the more positive our mind-set, the more successful we will be in manifesting a vision of peace and healing. This complementary information is provided so that a greater knowledge of what needs healing and peace-nurturing vibrations may assist us to have an in-depth understanding of what is at stake and thus achieve a greater collective effectiveness.
March 20: The World Still Says No to War
MOMENTUM BUILDS FOR GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION - More Than 100 Events Now Scheduled - World Social Forum Backs March 20 Global Day of Protest - Over 400 Groups Endorse Call to Action - Momentum is building around the world for the Global Day of Action against War and Occupation on March 20, the one-year anniversary of the U.S. bombing and invasion of Iraq. On that day, people on every continent will take to the streets to say YES to peace and NO to pre-emptive war and occupation. Joining with growing numbers of military families and soldiers, we will call for an end to the occupation of Iraq and Bushs militaristic foreign policies, and highlight the linkages between the occupations of Iraq and Palestine. March 20 will be the first time the world's "other superpower," as The New York Times described us, will take center stage since February 15, when more than 15 million people across the globe expressed their opposition to Bush's looming war on Iraq. The March 20 Global Day of Action has been endorsed by the Global Assembly of the Anti-War Movement, the World Social Forum, and the 3rd Hemispheric Forum Against the FTAA. A vast and diverse array of organizations worldwide are hard at work mobilizing for the day. In the United States, there will be a massive protest in New York City plus dozens of local and regional demonstrations across the country, including a major protest in Fayetteville, NC, the home of Fort Bragg. Politically, the U.S. protests will also take on the domestic impact of Bush's foreign policieswhat some people call "the war at home." We will express the growing opposition to the USA PATRIOT Act, which has authorized political arrests, indefinite detentions, domestic spying, and religious and racial profiling. We will call for an end to the mass detentions and deportations of innocent immigrants in the name of fighting terrorism. We will say no to massive military spending amidst vast cuts in vital domestic social and economic programs. CLIP
GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION - Saturday 20 March
On the first anniversary of the U.S. bombing and invasion of Iraq
If you are in the UK check also http://www.j-n-v.org/events.htm
From: "James Twyman" email@example.com>
Subject: Journey to Baghdad
Date: 27 Feb 2004
On March 16, I will lead a group of spiritual leaders from around the globe to Baghdad, offering one of the most important ceremonies of peace in history. Everything points to the critical importance of this small window in time, and that is why we are traveling to Iraq. And yet, this vigil is not for Iraq alone, but for the whole world. It will be a massive worldwide demonstration that we have the power to create a new world based upon the laws of compassion and love. Religious leaders from Iraq will join us at the National Theater in Baghdad to offer their own prayers, and millions of people from around the world will focus at the same moment. The vigil will take place on March 20th, the one year anniversary of the war (and my birthday). Please, Please, Please help us pass the word. Over the next several weeks we will send you updates and let you know how you can be involved. The most important thing is for you to pass the word so everyone can participate.
This is the reason we were born!!! We are here to be used by God (or however you define that reality) to heal and bless all beings. You are here to be an instrument of peace! Let this be a peace project that transcends all boundaries, touching the hearts of every person on this planet.
Fear and confusion come from not knowing what is happening, calmness can come from knowledge. Calmness starts with one person and extends through successive individuals coming to grips with their survival modes. Thinking beyond the confusing feelings is critical. Visualizing light surrounding Earth is a positive energy influence that I cannot emphasize too much. It does not help those who are fearful and hurting for you to feel grave concern to the extent that it takes your own energy out of balance, out of harmonious flow. I surely do not mean that people should be without compassion or caring. Balance NEVER means indifference! Indifference would only spread negativity. But it is not beneficial to you or the sufferers or the benevolent energy forces if you become so emotionally caught up in the negative aspects of happenings that you become bound by them. That is precisely what the malevolent forces are working with all their might to achieve!
- Matthew Ward through his mother Suzy in 1996. Taken from Revelations For A New Era
Death toll from war
Clearly, people will not continue to accept their exploitation peacefully. That is why war and repression are also inherent components of imperialism. In order to keep the exploited from fighting for what is theirs, the imperialists must create atmospheres of fear and hopelessness. This has been manifested in a combination of low-intensity warfare and all-out bombings and invasions of people who step out of line and threaten imperialist profits. Below are some of the best data on some of the hottest areas of U$ military involvement since 2001. Also check out our map of U$ invasions since WWII.
A new survey of central and southern Iraq by the United Nations agency UNICEF shows that half a million children under five years old died as a result of the U.$. war and sanctions from 1991 to 1998. (1) The UNICEF survey covered the parts of the country that are not under direct foreign control. These regions are home to 85% of the population. It showed that "under-5 mortality more than doubled from 56 deaths per 1000 live births (1984-1989) to 131 deaths per 1000 live births (1994-1999). Likewise infant mortality -- defined as the death of children in their first year -- increased from 47 per 1000 live births to 108 per 1000 live births within the same time frame."
To this day more people die in Iraq as a result of sanctions each month than died in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
MARCH 2003 INVASION
Operation Iraqi Freedom has only worsened the conditions in Iraq, compounding the effects of the sanctions. It has claimed the lives of an estimated 21,700 to 55,000 people, including thousands of civilians(see below), thousands of Iraqi soldiers and hundreds of invading soldiers. Deaths have been significantly less for the invading troops, who reportedly stepped up their attacks on civilians in the spring. The Guardian reported on March 31 that 3 British soldiers had been sent home for questioning military operations that targetted civilians. (3) On the same day 7 to 10 (reports vary) out of 15 people riding in a taxi were shot dead at a checkpoint by invading troops. (4) By the end of April, the u$ prepared to declare victory as violence continued to repress Iraqi opposition to the occupation. u$ soldiers open fired on protesters repeatedly resulting in 13 deaths on April 28 and 2 deaths on April 30. (4)
March 2003 Invasion Death Toll tallied for Iraqi civilians(confirmed) to be between 8000 and 10,000. CLIP
'We Don't Want The Army USA' (2-5-4)
(...) From Amman, we had a 13-hour drive to Baghdad, since no commercial airlines are flying into Iraq. On the road, our driver Tareq told us of the frustration and anger that he and other Iraqis feel toward the U.S. occupation of their country. Like many other Iraqis I would meet, Tareq initially felt hopeful that the U.S. invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime would bring an end to years of war and suffering.
Since the invasion -- in which one of Tareq's brothers was killed -- he has become bitter and angry as the U.S. failed to reconstruct the infrastructure, bring work, provide stable access to electricity or clean water, or create any security for Iraqis. Tareq told me that he and other Iraqis "just want to live."
"I love my home, and I want to live here," he said. "But we don't want the Army USA."
After crossing the border into Iraq, we got our first sighting of U.S. troops. Sticking out of the top of an armored vehicle, sitting behind a huge gun and wearing a ski mask, the first soldier I saw looked terrifying. I could only imagine how Iraqis felt to see these troops patrolling their country.
There was another such vehicle in front of the first, and we soon saw the reason for the troops' presence on the road -- stretched out in front of them was a long convoy of oil tanker trucks. Two more Army escort vehicles drove in front of the convoy.
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As we neared Baghdad, I began to see more and more with my own eyes what this occupation looks like. Not far from Baghdad is the Abu Ghraib prison, which was notorious under Saddam Hussein's regime. It is now a main detention facility for the U.S. Seeing the prison -- with its high walls, guard towers and rows of razor wire -- took my breath away.
Activists at the Occupation Watch center in Baghdad have spoken with detainees released from Abu Ghraib, who tell of the misery inside the prison. Essentially, the prison consists of four walls and a huge yard inside, which is filled with plastic tents. These are where the prisoners stay -- in the 120-degree days of summer, and the 30-degree nights of winter.
We would pass Abu Ghraib again, and each time, we saw groups of Iraqi men and women gathered outside, looking for loved ones who might be detained inside. Entering the city, the first thing that I saw was a long line of cars waiting for gasoline.
In Baghdad, it is not unusual for drivers to have to wait hours for gas. According to several people I met, many people show up at gas stations at night with blankets, so that they can sleep in their cars to get gas in the morning. This would be hard to imagine in the U.S., and until the occupation, it was inconceivable in Iraq, which has the second-largest proven oil reserves in the world.
Iraqis are well aware of how oil-rich their country is -- and are infuriated with the fact that they must wait hours for gas that is imported from outside of the country by the U.S. "This is why Iraqi people are angry at Army USA," Tareq said, as he pointed at the line of cars. "Why?" he asked.
Once inside Baghdad, the havoc caused by the U.S. invasion and occupation was overwhelming. Traffic is completely chaotic, with most of the traffic lights I saw out, due to a lack of electricity -- and the few that were on are disobeyed. There is barbed wire everywhere, as shopkeepers surround their businesses with it to ward off criminals and looting -- another sign of the lack of security.
We passed the "Green Zone," headquarters of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and home of U.S. overseer Paul Bremer. There were rows of barbed wire, tanks, machine gun nests, and signs saying "NO PHOTOGRAPHY." The sight exposed the notion that the U.S. has come in peace for the purpose of bringing democracy -- and made it clear what the U.S. presence in Iraq really is: a dictatorial military regime.
What overwhelmed me most upon entering Baghdad, though, was seeing bombed-out buildings everywhere -- among them, a supermarket, a building for theater and television production, an apartment building. The evidence of economic sanctions -- the 13-year-long trade embargo that the U.S. imposed on Iraq through the United Nations -- was also everywhere, and more widespread than the damage from the invasion.
Under the sanctions, all kinds of basic goods -- from medicine to construction materials -- couldn't be imported into Iraq. The result is that Baghdad, clearly once a majestic city, is falling apart. Buildings are crumbling, and there are pools of sewage in the streets because of damaged sewer systems. Instead of reconstruction, this is what people in Baghdad see every day: incredible destruction.
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We met with people from the Occupation Watch center, who designed our itinerary and accompanied us during the week. Our first arranged meeting was with an Iraqi family who lost a loved one to U.S. forces. The family invited us into their home, and the brother of the man who was murdered told us the story.
The U.S. troops came at 3 a.m. They used two tanks to block off the street where the home that they planned to raid was. The soldiers moved in, one of them kicking down the outside door of the house.
The man who lived there, Ahmed Khalif Salman, opened the front door, and a soldier shot him in the chest immediately. The soldiers brought him -- still alive -- outside to lie bleeding in the front yard. Then, the soldiers ordered everyone out of the house and ransacked it, stealing money and jewelry, and breaking furniture.
One of Ahmed's sons told us how the soldiers tied him up while his father lay in the yard. When they were done, the soldiers wrapped Ahmed's wound, dragged him by his feet to a vehicle, threw him in and drove away. The family didn't know where their husband and father was taken, and they searched for him at detention centers and hospitals.
They finally learned that Ahmed had died, and that the soldiers had dropped off his body at a hospital. Ahmed was 46 years old and had five children. Fadela, Ahmed's wife, told us, "Every family is suffering from this occupation."
Throughout the week, we heard other stories about U.S. raids and Iraqis being detained. The details are all the same: the soldiers come in the night, kick down the door, order everyone outside, loot the house, take the father or son, and leave. I thought of the families that I spoke with as I watched President Bush's State of the Union address and heard him talk about U.S. forces conducting "midnight raids" in Iraq.
All the army needs as grounds for a detention is an accusation that an Iraqi is part of the resistance. These families don't know where to go to find their loved ones, and there is no recourse for U.S. abuses. Ahmed Khalif Salman's family, for example, went to the Coalition Provisional Authority to make his murder known -- and the CPA did nothing.
In addition to meeting with the families of loved ones who have been detained or killed under the occupation, we met with others who told us horror stories from the U.S. invasion last spring. In the U.S., we were told that the invasion was conducted with "surgical" precision -- and that while mistakes were made, civilians were safe for the most part.
Not according to Vivian Salim. On April 7, 2003, Vivian's neighborhood came under attack by U.S. bombers. She and her husband Nadeem got their children together and fled the area by car. As they turned down one street, though, they found a U.S. tank in their path.
The tank opened fire on the car, killing everyone except for Vivian. When we asked if the tank had fired any warning shots, Vivian broke down crying -- as she told us that the tank's first shot landed in her son's face.
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During the week, we had the opportunity to visit two hospitals and meet with several doctors. We met a young surgeon while touring Khadhimya Hospital, one of the best in Iraq. He told us of the horrors of running the hospital during the U.S. invasion, when the majority of civilians who he operated on were victims of cluster bombs.
The hospital would lose power at times -- and at one point during the winter, it lost heat. The hospital is located in an area at a low elevation, so the sewer system was designed to pump sewage uphill. But after deteriorating from neglect under the sanctions, the pumps broke one by one. At one point, the doctor said he found himself operating as he stood in a pool of sewage.
The hospital lacks some of the most basic equipment -- including that needed for the sterilization of instruments, so the doctors wash their tools in tap water. They have pleaded with the Ministry of Health for assistance, but are still deprived of basic necessities.
One of the most striking things about the occupation was the contempt of U.S. authorities. A clear example came when we drove past Baghdad's Shaheed Monument. This powerful sculpture is a memorial to Iraqis killed in the Iran-Iraq War, a catastrophic conflict that affected every family in Iraq.
The monument is very significant to Iraqis -- the only thing comparable in the U.S. is the Vietnam Wall memorial in Washington. But now, the monument is occupied -- and used as part of a U.S. base.
The arrogant, all-powerful attitude with which the U.S. Army brass is running its occupation infects U.S. soldiers, too. Far from home, stuck in a foreign place and living in constant fear of the people who they're told that they are "liberating," some troops are directing their frustration at Iraqis. I saw, for example, soldiers driving down the street on patrol and pointing their guns at children.
Others, though, are just tired of being in Iraq and are counting the days until they can return home. I spoke with one group of military police, resting between dispatches. They were from the Missouri National Guard Reserve, and never expected to be deployed.
Most of them were fathers, with jobs and lives back home, and they were waiting to get out of Iraq. A couple had already done tours of duty in Germany, and now were doing another in Iraq.
I also spoke with some soldiers at the Green Zone, and they seemed tired and bored, wanting to go home. I saw something interesting, though. There were big barricades all around the entrance of the Green Zone, where many soldiers hang out and stand guard.
Written on one of the barricades in permanent marker were the letters "FTA". During the Vietnam War, "FTA" -- which stands for "fuck the army" -- was a slogan of resistance to the war among soldiers. It came to embody the anger of young men who were being used as cannon fodder for Washington's ambitions around the globe.
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Among Iraqis, the feeling overall is a sense that they have no control over their country or their lives. Whenever they drive, they are subject to U.S. checkpoints -- or are forced to defer to the constant U.S. patrols. Their electricity comes and goes. With unemployment around 70 percent, work is scarce.
I saw no evidence of reconstruction whatsoever, and it appears that all U.S. forces are doing in Baghdad is conducting patrols and house raids, killing and detaining people. The only aircraft in the sky are U.S. helicopters or airplanes, flying overhead with guns aimed at the people below.
I don't mean to portray the Iraqi people I met as one-dimensional victims. On the contrary, they do the best that they can to go about living their lives -- and they do so with warmth, laughter and dignity.
The problem is that the U.S. occupation places obstacles in their way at every turn, and these confront Iraqis every day. People who have tried to avoid conflict, or who have given the U.S. the benefit of the doubt, feel betrayed and confronted by the occupiers on a daily basis.
Such is the logic of colonialism: it breeds anti-colonialism. As one professor told us after lamenting the indignity of living under occupation, "Sooner or later, we will all join the resistance."
Most of the Iraqis I met told me that the occupation has gotten much worse since the invasion, and they believe that there is still worse to come. This is why we in the United States must demand an end to the occupation. There can be no compromise: U.S. out now!
- Khury Petersen-Smith visited Iraq at the beginning of January as part of a peace delegation organized by United for Peace and Justice, Global Exchange and Occupation Watch. A member of the Campus Antiwar Network, Khury spent a week in Baghdad, where he talked to families whose loved ones have been detained or killed in the U.S. occupation -- as well as students, professors, labor leaders, doctors, lawyers, U.S. soldiers and others. He wrote this report about his visit for Socialist Worker.
A lesson in 'disappearing the dead'
When planning war, military officials have various targets: enemy combatants, their support forces, the surrounding civilian population, and their national infrastructure. But there are other targets as well, although these are not always discussed publicly. Among the most important of these is public opinion, both the world at large, and the highest priority - that of their own public. This holds true especially in a democracy, when one is fighting a war of choice - as in invading another country - instead of fighting a war of national survival. In such wars, issues like human rights and civilian casualties loom larger. Since such casualties are inevitable, special pains must be taken to explain them away. But how to do so? In a word, spin. Such is the conclusion of a just-released monograph, "Disappearing the Dead: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Idea of a New Warfare" by Carl Conetta of the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA). (...)These facts, despite precision attack capabilities and specific targeting procedures, help explain why US military operations have claimed the lives of 50,000 people worldwide (combatants and non-combatants) during the age of precision warfare (beginning with Desert Storm in 1991, while during the preceding 14 years overt US operations claimed the lives of approximately 2,000 people). In fact the goal of limiting civilian casualties has not been met. The PDA study notes that the non-combatant fatalities during the one month of major combat operations in Iraq last year actually outnumbers those suffered during the three years of the ongoing intifada by the Palestinians against the Israelis. Insofar as the claim by the US that civilian casualties cannot be known, the study calls it "casualty agnosticism". It found that the US administration distorted the casualty issue by depreciating the value of information flow from recent battlefields, categorically dismissing hundreds of detailed casualty reports and positing an unnecessarily high standard for what constitutes a useful degree of precision in aggregate casualty estimates.
Analysis: Civilian Casualties
In every war civilians die, usually in untold numbers. Despite the Pentagon's assurances that U.S. forces would do as much as possible to avoid civilian casualties, it's estimated that somewhere between 4,000 and 10,000 Iraqi civilians died -- a startling number compared to the less than 150 U.S. troops killed in the six-week invasion.
U.S., Britain "Created Facts" Before Iraq War: Blix (Feb 24)
BERLIN - The United States and Britain "created facts where there were no facts" in the run-up to last year's war in Iraq, the former head of the United Nations' weapons inspections team in the country said in an interview published on Tuesday. Hans Blix, whose teams did not make significant weapons finds during months of searching Iraq before the war, has repeatedly criticized in recent weeks US and British handling of information ahead of the war.
How Britain and the US keep watch on the world (Feb 27)
From the National Security Agency's imposing headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, ringed by a double-chain fence topped by barbed wire with strands of electrified wire between them, America "bugs" the world. Nothing politically or militarily significant, whether mentioned in a telephone call, in a conversation in the office of the secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, or in a company fax or e-mail, escapes its attention. Its computers - measured in acres occupied by them rather than simple figures - "vacuum the entire electromagnetic spectrum", homing in on "key words" which may suggest something of interest to NSA customers is being conveyed. The NSA costs at least $3.5bn (£1.9bn) a year to run. It employs at least 20,000 officers (not counting the 100,000 servicemen and civilians around the world over whom it has control). Its shredders process 40 tons of paper a day. Its junior partner is Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the eavesdropping organisation for which Katharine Gun worked. Like NSA, GCHQ is a highly secret operation. Until 1983, when one of its officers, Geoffrey Prime, was charged with spying for the Russians, the Government had refused to reveal what GCHQ's real role was, no doubt because its operations in peacetime were without a legal basis. Its security is maintained by massive and deliberately intimidating security. Newspapers have been discouraged from mentioning it; a book by a former GCHQ officer, Jock Kane, was seized by Special Branch police officers and a still photograph of its headquarters was banned by the Independent Broadcasting Authority, leaving a blank screen during a World in Action programme. As with NSA, the size of GCHQ's staff at Cheltenham, about 6,500, gives no real indication of its strength. It has monitoring stations in Cyprus, West Germany, and Australia and smaller ones elsewhere. Much of its overseas work is done by service personnel.
World's Military Spending, US Defense Budget Actually Around $800 Billion (2-26-4)
To measure actual spending by the United States on defense, take the federal budget number for the Pentagon and double it. That's the "rule of thumb" advocated by economic historian Robert Higgs. Early this month, President Bush requested $401.7 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD) for fiscal 2005. So doubling that would make total defense/security spending close to $800 billion out of a total federal budget of $2.4 trillion. In his budget message, Mr. Bush repeatedly notes the "war on terror" in referring to defense, though most of those outlays have little to do with that, according to Mr. Higgs, editor of the Independent Institute's quarterly review. Like other defense analysts, he adds to the Pentagon cost number the nuclear-weapons activities of the Department of Energy, including cleanup of radiation-contaminated sites. Bush wants Energy Department scientists to develop nuclear "bunker busters" and other new weapons. Energy's total defense spending: at least $18.5 billion, reckons Higgs. An oft-noted omission from the DoD's 2005 budget is the extra costs for activities in Afghanistan and Iraq. For fiscal 2004, a supplemental appropriation last November provided $58.8 billion for that purpose. The Defense Department hasn't yet put a number on 2005 costs, arguing before Congress that it was unknown. "They wanted to avoid sticker shock prior to the election," says Christopher Hellman, an analyst with the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. But the White House's Office of Management and Budget indicates the 2005 cost would be about $50 billion. Monthly defense expenditures in the two nations - the "burn rate" - are running between $3.5 billion and $4.5 billion per month. There are more hidden defense costs. Higgs includes some $4 billion in "foreign military financing" plus other foreign aid made with defense goals, rather than economic development, in mind. For example, the US offered Turkey $6 billion to defray the cost of an Iraq war if American troops were allowed to pass through the nation - a deal the Turkish parliament rejected. Higgs estimates the State Department and international assistance programs "arguably related" to defense add at least $17.6 billion to defense costs. Other defense-related costs include care of veterans - hospitals, nursing homes, disability payments, pensions, etc. The Bush budget calls for $67.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2005. Another cost Higgs sees as a matter of defense is the Department of Homeland Security. Bush wants $31 billion allocated here next year. The largest item noted by Higgs is interest on the national debt related to defense spending. Higgs calculates that the proportional amount for every year from 1916 - when the debt was nearly zero - through 2002 comes to 81 percent of the total debt held by the public. The interest charges he attributes to defense came to $138.7 billion in 2002.
The Exuberance of American Military Spending (Feb 27 - Le Monde FR )
When he presented his proposed budget for 2005 to Congress at the beginning of February, George W. Bush proclaimed: "Our nation remains at war...a long war against terror." Since he decided to intervene in Iraq, the American president appears to set no limit to action to produce a durable peace in the region. Therefore, military expenses will increase by 7 % over the course of the 2005 budget year (which begins in October 2004) to 401.7 billion dollars (520 million Euros, that is, 3.29 trillion francs). Military spending is projected to increase 15% between now and 2008. Meanwhile, George Bush has also promised to reduce the total budget deficit by half over the same period...
The unseen cost of the war in Iraq
The true extent of US casualties in Iraq are still unknown. This has fuelled suspicion that the administration may be hiding the true human cost of the war and its aftermath. Channel Four News has been allowed a rare opportunity to meet some of America's wounded soldiers. In a dark corner of Andrews Air Force base on the outskirts of Washington DC, America's war-wounded come home. The human cost of humbling tyrants. No ceremony, no big welcome. More than 11,000 medical evacuees have come through Andrews in the past nine months, the Air Force says. Most, we suspect, from Iraq. But that's 8,000 more than the Pentagon says have been wounded there. Most of those wounded in action come through the vast Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington. The American public is, for the most part, unaware that the true casualty count of the war in Iraq may actually be higher than official figures suggest. The apparent discrepancy is fuelling suspicion that the US government's got something to hide. CLIP
(This above is also available from http://truthout.org/docs_04/022804I.shtml)
The Rumsfeld-Bush Legal Black Hole (Feb 27)
Losing our humanity (Feb 28)
My biggest fear about our conquest of Iraq is that it is desensitizing us to death, destruction and deception. Rarely a day passes without American forces being killed in Iraq. Yet, as the steady stream of tragic news seeps out of that country, we appear to be growing less concerned - not more - in the face of a rising death toll for Americans, Iraqis and others. (...) The intentional misrepresentations and outright fabrications from the Bush White House have been so continuous and voluminous that we've come to tolerate them, even though we know they are not true. When one's desire to believe something becomes largely incongruous with reality, his or her behavior is likely to turn irrational and detrimental. Sustaining such irrational thinking and behavior requires the rest of us becoming desensitized to events and actions that should normally trigger outrage or compassion. Countless conflicts around the world in recent times have shown us that once they become desensitized to war, violence and lies, entire societies can behave in patently irrational and destructive ways. I worry that the steady flow of violent reports from Iraq, coupled with our increasing tolerance for outright fabrications, may cause our normal human sensitivities to fail and trigger a collective loss of touch with our innate sense of what is right and wrong. It's happened before. And, unless we are vigilant and restore our human sensitivities, it may happen again.
A War in the Planning for Four Years (Nov 2001)
The U.S. government had foreknowledge of the World Trade Center attacks and chose not to stop them because it needed to secure public approval for a war that is now in progress. It is a war, as described by Vice President Dick Cheney, that may not end in our lifetimes. What that means is that it will not end until all armed groups, anywhere in the world, which possess the political, economic or military ability to resist the imposition of this dictatorship, have been destroyed. (...) World events since the attacks of September 11, 2001 have not only been predicted, but also planned, orchestrated and as their architects would like to believe controlled. The current Central Asian war is not a response to terrorism, nor is it a reaction to Islamic fundamentalism. It is in fact, in the words of one of the most powerful men on the planet, the beginning of a final conflict before total world domination by the United States leads to the dissolution of all national governments. This, says Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member and former Carter National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, will lead to nation states being incorporated into a new world order, controlled solely by economic interests as dictated by banks, corporations and ruling elites concerned with the maintenance (by manipulation and war) of their power. As a means of intimidation for the unenlightened reader who happens upon this frightening plan the plan of the CFR - Brzezinski offers the alternative of a world in chaos unless the U.S. controls the planet by whatever means are necessary and likely to succeed. This position is corroborated by Dr. Johannes B. Koeppl, Ph.D. a former German defense ministry official and advisor to former NATO Secretary General Manfred Werner. On November 6, he told FTW, The interests behind the Bush Administration, such as the CFR, The Trilateral Commission founded by Brzezinski for David Rockefeller and the Bliderberger Group, have prepared for and are now moving to implement open world dictatorship within the next five years. They are not fighting against terrorists. They are fighting against citizens.
Bush accused of supporting Haitian rebels (Feb 27)
"The Bush administration is again engaged in regime change by armed aggression," former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark said. "This time, the armed aggression is against the administration of the democratically elected president of Haiti."
Dozens more headlines at
Mother Nature, The Hate Crime
More than 60 world-class scientists agree: BushCo just really, really loathes this planet
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
February 27, 2004
Today's question: What do you get when more than 60 of the world's top scientists, 20 Nobel Laureates among them, get together and write one of the most scathing, damning reports in the history of modern science, aimed squarely at BushCo's thoroughly atrocious record of cover-ups and obfuscations and outright lies regarding the health of the planet?
What do you get when those very scientists, a highly respected, nonpartisan group called the Union of Concerned Scientists, go on to claim that no other president in modern history has so openly misled the public or been so flagrantly disrespectful of scientific fact and mountains of irrefutable research, deliberately and systematically mutilating scientific data in the service of its rather brutal, pro-corporate, anti-environment agenda?
If you answered, "Why, you get even more painful polyps of sadness and disgust on your soul due to the BushCo onslaught," consider yourself among the millions who are right now rather horrified and appalled and who are wondering just what sort of human -- not what sort of politician, mind you, not what sort of power broker, not what sort of failed Texas oilman corporate lackey -- but what sort of human being you have to be to enact such insidious ongoing planet-gouging legislation, smirking and shrugging all the way.
It is not an easy one to answer, as you can only wonder what has gone so horribly wrong, what sort of line has been crossed so that not even the basic dignity of the planet, not even a modicum of respect for it, is the slightest factor anymore in modern American right-wing politics. What, too extreme? Hardly.
The story about the scientist's report is at http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,62339,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2. It was broadcast over many major media channels, somewhat loud and mostly clear, though most media was far more eager to bury it under all those more hotly controversial pics of happy gay people smooching on the steps of S.F.'s city hall than they were to trumpet the dire claims of a bunch of boring genius scientists.
Such is the national priority. After all, no one wants to hear how badly we've been duped by this administration, again. Given the nonexistent WMDs and the complete lack of Iraqi nukes and the bogus wars and manufactured fear and a galling budget deficit and nearly 3 million lost jobs and a raft of BushCo lies so thick you need a jackhammer to see some light, no one wants to know that even the world's top scientists are disgusted with our nation's leadership.
We can, after all, take only so much abuse, can be only so karmically and ideologically hammered, before we become so utterly exhausted that we just stop caring.
And, in fact, BushCo would love nothing more than to cripple our outrage and deflect attention away from all the dead U.S. soldiers in Iraq and his overall atrocious record on the war, jobs, the environment and foreign policy, and center it all on divisive issues of God-centric moral righteousness, like all those sicko gay people trying to dignify their sinful love.
This is a president, after all, who truly believes he is doing God's will by turning this country into the most lawless, internationally loathed aggressor on the planet, something I'm sure is very reassuring to those countless thousands of dead Iraqi civilians.
Does it really matter anymore? After all, as any child can tell you, politics has always been a wildly corrupt and slimy profession, valued somewhere between professional wrestler and professional baby-seal clubber on the moral and spiritual scale o' delicious karmic significance.
And, yes, it must be noted that there isn't a U.S. president on record who hasn't somehow deliberately mangled scientific data and covered up important reports during his term in order to further favored policies. Goes almost without saying.
But, as the Union of Concerned Scientists point out, never has the oppression of fact been so systematic, so widespread, so repulsive as that which Bush has wrought. Never has the abuse been so flagrant, the border marking what's morally acceptable so shamelessly crossed.
Maybe you don't believe the hippie environmentalists who are always spouting off about saving the whales and protecting the forests. Maybe you like to hiss at and dismiss, say, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s outstanding, powerfully researched articles in the recent issue of Rolling Stone and the latest issue of The Nation that carefully delineate just how Bush's enviro record is the worst in history, and call Kennedy just another typical left-wing liberal. You wish to be that small and boorish? Fine.
Not so easy, however, to dismiss a small army of nonpartisan, internationally respected scientists as just more agenda-thick political BS, as BushCo has done. To do so reeks of something far beyond mere name calling and dumb party maneuvering. It reeks of sheer heartlessness regarding the planet. It reeks of abuse. It reeks of hate.
This, then, is the gist of the BushCo attack on the planet: a hate crime. An intentional, ferocious dismantling of protections and guidelines, a view that Mother Nature is nothing but a cheap resource to be exploited, a giant oil can to be suckled, a hunk of toilet paper for Dick Cheney to -- well, let's not imagine.
Look at it this way. It's like music videos. Over and over again, endless droning shots of gyrating sweating booty-pumping faux-sexy bodies pretending to writhe in bogus orgasmic bliss, video after video and hour after hour where you watch and watch and go slowly numb and say, Jesus with a skimpy thong and a spray bottle of baby oil, how much further can they go?
How much more naked and sexist and overblown and abusive can they get before they say oh screw it and just strip down and have sex with a live chicken as 50 Cent downs a bottle of Crystal and grins maniacally?
This is like the saturation level of BushCo. Something's gotta give, you say. Surely some sort of ugly orgiastic critical mass has been reached wherein Bush and his planet-reaming policies simply cannot go any further without some sort of meltdown, some sort of massive international cosmic recoil whereby we finally see the Bush admin for what it is, quite possibly the most self-serving, egomaniacal cluster of enviro thugs in modern history.
But with the Union of Concerned Scientists report, this sentiment goes one step further -- this is not just hate for the planet, not merely a blatant right-wing revulsion for those much-loathed intangible New Age-y touchstones like earthly vibration, energy, true spiritual connection and a deep veneration and sense of profound awe for the raw divinity of nature.
This is more sinister, and more disturbing. BushCo's ugly rejection of not merely the "liberal" environmental politicking but also of the factual science of the natural world is, ultimately, a form of self-loathing.
It is a snide and self-destructive rejection of the human-nature connection, of the very real and very direct correlation between how we treat our world and how we view ourselves, between what we choose to celebrate/annihilate in nature and what we venerate/devastate in own spirits. After all, the less regard you have for one, the less you care about the other. Simple, really.
Look. We reflect the planet. The planet reflects us. And 60 out of 60 scientists agree: BushCo's time of reflecting nothing but cruel blackness and abuse needs to come to an end, right now.
Scientists Say Administration Distorts Facts (Feb 19)
Crimes Against Nature
Bush is sabotaging the laws that have protected America's environment for more than thirty years By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
George W. Bush will go down in history as America's worst environmental president. In a ferocious three-year attack, the Bush administration has initiated more than 200 major rollbacks of America's environmental laws, weakening the protection of our country's air, water, public lands and wildlife. Cloaked in meticulously crafted language designed to deceive the public, the administration intends to eliminate the nation's most important environmental laws by the end of the year. Under the guidance of Republican pollster Frank Luntz, the Bush White House has actively hidden its anti-environmental program behind deceptive rhetoric, telegenic spokespeople, secrecy and the intimidation of scientists and bureaucrats. The Bush attack was not entirely unexpected. George W. Bush had the grimmest environmental record of any governor during his tenure in Texas. Texas became number one in air and water pollution and in the release of toxic chemicals. In his six years in Austin, he championed a short-term pollution-based prosperity, which enriched his political contributors and corporate cronies by lowering the quality of life for everyone else. Now President Bush is set to do the same to America. After three years, his policies are already bearing fruit, diminishing standards of living for millions of Americans. CLIP - Amazing article - A MUST read!
The Junk Science of George W. Bush
Scientific Integrity in Policymaking
An Investigation into the Bush Administration's Misuse of Science
Natural disaster deaths rise sevenfold (February 27, 2004)
FRANKFURT - Natural disasters caused by extreme weather claimed seven times as many victims in 2003 as in the previous year and the trend is set to continue, says the world's biggest reinsurance company.
4) MEDITATION VIGIL FOR DENNIS KUCINICH
Date: 28 Feb 2004
From: David Nicol firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Sunday's meditation in support of Dennis Kucinich
Dear friend of peace,
It has been a joy to us (the ISA team) to watch this project unfold and grow over the past month. We have received so many messages from new members expressing their thrill at being able to participate in a global-wide spiritual event for such a worthwhile cause. It feels very beautiful to us to hear of so many hearts being touched and opened.
And, in our opinion, your participation in this work of "spiritual activism" is not only an act of joy; it is also an act of courage. In the modern world, it is sometimes harder to identify our own noble acts of courage, caught up as we often are in the momentum of impersonal economic and political forces against which we can feel insignificant and powerless. Yet every small act we do that is loyal to the wisdom within us is a modern act of courage.
It takes courage to open our hearts and souls to hope. To genuinely hope means to risk our hearts. They will feel more pain than if we shield them behind a dull mask of cynicism. Yet it is only through risking our hearts being broken that they stand a chance of being broken open.
We want to honor the courage in your soul for risking your heart.
Tomorrow's global meditation event promises to be special. The energies we have been raising over the past month will come to a peak, as we focus our blessing power on the "Super Tuesday" primaries on March 2. The states involved are: California, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Minnesota and Massachusetts. If you are following our suggested meditation format, please include these states at the appropriate step.
There are many hopeful signs that the Kucinich campaign will break through to greater national prominence on Tuesday. As many of you will know, Dennis came second last week in Hawaii, with 27% of the overall vote (he won Maui outright!). [I have to share that I felt a noticeable sense of power during our meditation last week when we sent our energy to Hawaii.] Dean, the other candidate popular among progressives, is out of the race. California, especially North California, is perhaps where Dennis is most popular of all, and heís also likely to do well in Ohio, his home-state. Now that Ralph Nader has declared he will run as an Independent, Democrat voters will be aware that their party faces a genuine pressure to retain progressive voters by demonstrating that it takes their values seriously. The best way for them to do that will be to take seriously the real progressive candidate in the Democrat Party : Kucinich.
In short, we have a tremendous opportunity this week for the many streams of positive social change that the Kucinich campaign represents peace, ecology, social justice, womenís rights, gay rights to break through to a new level of prominence in the US public awareness. This may ultimately have tremendous implications for the planet.
So please gather your courage, your love, and the fire of your soul, and burn with us tomorrow. Let our meditation take you to the deepest and most sacred place within you. May you taste utter silence. May you be as receptive as the ocean to the soft showers of Grace. May you contact the lionís heart within you.
In my own circle here in the Bay Area, we will be led in ceremony by a powerful shamanic guide.
We thank Mother Earth for grounding and supporting this work in Her abundant love, and we open, in humility, to the Mystery of support from other spiritual guides and entities.
Yours in hope for a transformed world,
(for Stephen Dinan, Amara Rose, and Kosta Makreas)
P.S. To those of you who have not already joined our yahoo group, we urge you to join the yahoogroup to stay up to date with upcoming events, since it is far easier for us to communicate to just one list. To join, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/intspiritualalliance.
International Spiritual Support Day: Sundays 8pm GMT
For US participants, this translates to 12 noon PST, 1 pm MST, 2 pm CST, and 3 pm EST.
To review the original Call To Spiritual Action (posted 02/05/2004) and review a time chart displaying local times around the world corresponding to 20:00 GMT, please go at
Suggested Meditation/Prayer Format for international participants
Please feel free to adapt the following suggested format to your own tradition or creative inspiration. We welcome a diverse expression of spiritual styles and practices. Simply tuning in and offering a prayer, meditation, or blessing of any kind would be perfectly welcome and greatly appreciated.
For those wanting more specific guidance, the following meditation could be read aloud by someone in your circle.
- We suggest that you begin by some moments of silence, just settling into yourself. Allow a few moments to arrive, to breathe, to let yourself be, just as you are.
- After you feel centered in yourself, you might take a moment to open your awareness to the other people in your circle, sensing their presence and, in particular, their heart energy.
- Expand your awareness to the silent presence and support of Mother Earth herself. Take a few moments to feel how supported and nourished we are by Mother Earth. Ask Her to bless this work. Offer this work to Her in love.
- Now, open to the mystery of other spiritual presences that are meaningful to you. Speak out aloud into the circle the names of guides, teachers, Angels, Masters, and other spiritual presences or qualities that you wish to invoke to support our intention today.
- Now, bring your awareness to the presence of all those people gathering in circles around the world (not those in America), joining you in this shared intention. You might read out aloud the names of the different countries in which circles are forming: England, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Greece, India, Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The people gathering in these countries are like conduits for the archetypal qualities and spiritual energies associated with each country. Take a few moments to pause after reading the name of each country to connect with the energies emanating out of each country.
- After you have finished reading out aloud the list of countries, visualize a beam of light passing through your heart, and connecting your heart with the hearts of all these people around the world. Imagine your circle joining with those around the world in a beautiful blending of spiritual energy.
- Now, visualize your circle or yourself sending this energy into the US, pouring love and light toward the people gathering in over 250 places within the US. Imagine the people within America receiving this energy into their hearts.
- Now visualize the energy flowing from the US circles toward Dennis Kucinich himself. Imagine this energy bathing Dennis in unconditional love, in gratitude, in spiritual protection. To make this process more active and powerful, we suggest you raise your hands and visualize the energy pouring into Dennis from your hands and your heart, while toning the sacred sound Om. (Please feel free to substitute for Om any sacred sound or word that is meaningful to you). Take whatever time you need to feel complete in this process.
- Now visualize the energy extending to all those participating in the greater global movement of transformation that the Kucinich campaign represents. Bathe them in love and offer them courage.
- We now invite you to say in a clear voice, out aloud, three times: Victory to the Light through Dennis Kucinich and the global movement of transformation! Finish this step by saying out aloud We ask for this or something better to now manifest for the highest good of all.
- This week we ask you to now visualize this energy of unconditional love extending especially to the American people in (states about to participate in their primaries: California, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Minnesota and Massachusetts on Tuesday, March 2). Pray that they find the courage to vote the truth of the heart. Offer a gentle, soothing embrace of those people caught in fear.
- Now visualize this energy of unconditional love and compassion extending to all beings around the world who are experiencing pain and suffering. Those suffering from poverty and sickness, war and violence, the heartbreaking loss of loved ones. Even more fundamentally, all of us who are suffering from feeling separate in some way from the Source. Visualize all these people being gently touched by this energy of unconditional love and compassion.
- Extend this compassion also to animal species who are losing their habitats and are on the verge of extinction, forests that are being felled, rivers that are being polluted, and to the whole Earth Community.
- Finally, bring this energy of unconditional love and compassion into yourself. Let it fill you and embrace you just exactly where you are. Ask for guidance and support with your own personal challenges. Let this love gently hold you in your places of fear. Let it heal any wounds from the past that are ready to be healed.
- You might close by returning to your own center, to your breath and your body, and by giving thanks to your fellow participants around the world, and to the sources of spiritual support that have assisted us.
After the meditation, feel free to play inspirational music, dance, and celebrate. You may want to share your experiences with other members of your circle. We encourage you to honor the sacred space you have created by avoiding the tendency to move into chatter.
Thank you so much for your participation in this sacred work.
Namaste. Amen. Blessed Be.
"The Institute for Global Spirituality hereby endorses Dennis Kucinich, not as a member of the Democrat Party, but as a human being and as a conscious server of the Light. We encourage U.S. and global citizens to support him in his endeavors, to the fullest possible extent, with their love, thought-power and financial support. For those with eyes to see, he before others in the running has had the blessing of the Forces of Light. The stakes could not be higher, not only for the United States but for the entire global community. Whether he attains to the nomination or not, Dennis Kucinich's presence and the power of his message will only reach a larger audience if we, who are more conscious and aware than the average human being, support him. The forces of materialism, also know as the Dark Forces, have done, and will continue to do, all in their power to marginalize him and portray his message as the product of an impractical dreamer. This can only be countered by our focused efforts."
- Dr Joseph Contrada email@example.com>, Feb 27
"The attack on government is essentially an attack upon ourselves and our aspirations of what we are to become as a people. The attack on the institution of democratic government is in and of itself antidemocratic. It is a theft of the anchor points or philosophical coordinates of a free society. It would disestablish the American community and replace it with the tyranny of monolithic rule, whether by concentrated wealth or corporate control. As conscience becomes subordinate to commerce, we become alienated from our inalienable rights. Lost in an alien nation, people do not trust the government and the government does not trust the people. A dialectic of fear sets in. Institutional decay and public apathy follow. Self government deteriorates as people feel that neither their voice nor their vote matters. Government then loses its legitimacy, and Lincoln's prayer for an imperishable 'government of the people, by the people and for the people' is not heard, lost in the deafening roar of the cash registers of interest groups who view democratic principles as an impediment to doing business, notwithstanding human needs."
- Dennis Kucinich, excerpted from his article "Government" that appeared in IMAGINE: What America Could Be in the 21st Century, a collection of essays edited by Marianne Williamson, published in the year 2000.
Subject: Meditation at the UN for Kucinich
Date: 28 Feb 2004
From: Meditation at UN for Kucinich firstname.lastname@example.org>
You are cordially invited to a Meditation to support
Dennis Kucinich at the United Nations
Monday, March 1st, 2004 at 4pm
Meditation Room - United Nations Headquarters
46th Street & First Avenue, Visitor's entrance
We will meet in front of the Chagall stained glass window on the righthand side of the lobby (after passing through the security tent outside). From there we will spend 15 minutes in silence together in the Meditation Room sending our positive intentions out for the Campaign of Dennis Kucinich for President. This is to be a small gathering, as the Meditation Room is not very large.
5) CELEBRATE THE SPRING EQUINOX
THE 2004 SOLAR WAVE CEREMONIES &
MAYAN NEW YEAR REPORT
SPRING EQUINOX 2004 by Aluna Joy
On March 21 2004 we being once again a yearly Mayan cycle where we have the opportunity to let go of the past and reinvent ourselves to fulfil the vision we hold inside. Ancient cultures around the world know and understand the value and importance of Equinox. During the Equinox the SUN is equal distance between Northern and Southern hemispheres and at a mid point between Heaven and Earth. This position creates a sacred solar cross in the cosmos which emanates beautiful and harmonious energy that washes over the planet in a wave of light at sun rise. When we attune with this wave in a conscious way the power is accelerated. When we work with this energy in a groups it is multiplied a hundred fold, but if we work with the wave of the rising sun globally
. its power to heal, harmonize, illuminate and create peace is UNMEASURABLE.
CLIP - Read this whole article at http://www.kachina.net/~alunajoy/2004feb.html
Why not let yourself out, get creative and join in on the MAYAN NEW YEAR by organizing your own SOLAR WAVE ceremonies in your area. A decade ago I became a cosmic instigator for a global Solar Meditation called The Solar Wave that takes place every Equinox until 2012! All ancient cultures around the world know and understand the value and importance of Equinox. So it is about time we take to heart that deep wisdom and do something about the world we live in. Remember when we work with this energy in a groups it is multiplied a hundred fold, but if we work with the wave of the rising sun globally... its power to heal, harmonize, illuminate and create peace is UNMEASURABLE. I invite you, and all your relations, to come together at sunrise in a place of power of your choice on March 21, 2004, and envision the positive future we know we deserve. For our families, communities countries and planet, it is so important that we do so.
Solstices and Equinoxes
Long observed as important times to harmonise with the solar cycle, the solstices and equinoxes are now recognised as important times to link up globally in meditation and celebration. The exact times of the solstices and equinoxes, which vary each year, are used for the linkups. The nearest sunrise and sunset to the solstice or equinox are traditionally marked by meditation and celebration.
The solstice occurs twice a year, in June, when the Sun is furthest north of the equator, and in December, when the Sun is furthest south of the equator. In the northern hemisphere the June solstice is the longest day of the year, while in the southern hemisphere it is the longest night of the year. In the northern hemisphere the December solstice is the longest night of the year, while in the southern hemisphere it is the longest day of the year. Each solstice therefore brings maximum light to one hemisphere, representing the peak of illumination and vitality, and maximum darkness to the other hemisphere, representing a time for reflection and consolidation, and a sense of hope and renewal as the light is about to return.
The equinox also occurs twice a year, in March and September, when the Sun is directly over the equator and the days and nights are of equal length in both hemispheres. The equinoxes can therefore represent a time of balance between light and dark. They can also represent a time to either reap the harvest of our actions (autumn/fall equinox), or nurture the seeds for the future that we have planted (spring equinox), in preparation for the coming solstice and all that it represents.
According to the official Equinox and Solstice Times website at
http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/AB1473/webpage.cfm?WebPage_ID=59&DID=8 the precise moment of this Spring equinox (for the northern hemisphere) this year will be on March 20 at 6:49 GMT - To view your local corresponding time for 6:50 GMT on March 20, simply go at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?day=20&month=3&year=2004&hour=6&min=50&sec=0&p1=0
More on this coming Spring Equinox at
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